Sounds like talks are well underway between Arizona and winger Mikkel Boedker on a new deal.
“I’ve been in discussions with his agent,” Coyotes GM Don Maloney explained, per the Arizona Republic. “We’ll continue to arm wrestle to try to get something done.”
Boedker, 25, just wrapped a two-year, $5.1 million deal with a $2.55M average annual cap hit. Still an RFA, he should be in line for a fairly decent raise — the Danish speedster had a nice season for the Coyotes before a season-ending spleen injury in January; he had 14 goals and 28 points in 45 games and was the team’s leading sniper when he got hurt.
Barring a wild turn of events, it’s expected Boedker will be back on Arizona next season. The club only has a handful of forwards under contract next season and given he doesn’t turn 26 until December, Boedker could easily fit into what promises to be a youth movement in the desert; prospects Anthony Duclair and Max Domi will likely be with the big club next year, as could the likes of Henrik Samuelsson, Brendan Perlini and whomever the club takes with the No. 3 overall pick at this year’s draft.
Trailing 3-0 and facing elimination, the Ottawa Senators will go back to their veteran netminder tonight at home versus Montreal.
Coach Dave Cameron confirmed this morning that Craig Anderson would get the start over rookie Andrew Hammond.
“He has a proven playoff record of being a real good goalie,” Cameron told reporters.
Anderson stopped all but two of the Canadiens’ 49 shots in Sunday’s 2-1 overtime loss — a defeat that put the Sens on the verge of being swept.
As noted by his coach, the 33-year-old has been a solid playoff performer, registering a career postseason save percentage of .928 in 25 appearances. Among active goalies who’ve started more than 10 playoff games, only Mike Smith, Jonas Hiller, Braden Holtby, and Tuukka Rask have a higher save percentage than that.
Antoine Vermette will make his series debut tonight when the Blackhawks play host to the Nashville Predators.
Vermette, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes for a first-round draft pick and defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck at the trade deadline, was a healthy scratch for the first two games in Nashville.
The 32-year-old had three assists and a minus-2 rating in 19 games with the Blackhawks following the trade.
Andrew Desjardins, who has yet to play in the series, could also return to the lineup tonight.
Desjardins had two assists in 13 games with the Blackhawks after being acquired from the San Jose Sharks prior to the trade deadline.