Tag: Toronto Maple Leafs

Tom Wilson, Zach Sill

Caps sign tough guy Sill to one-year, two-way deal


Washington has brought in someone to lessen Tom Wilson and Michael Latta’s fight load — Zach Sill, who announced his one-year, two-way deal to the Truro Daily News on Wednesday.

“They came with an offer and it was a good one,” Sill said. “I think there’s a good chance I’ll be able to play there. They have a good strong team and it looks like a good situation to go into.”

The 27-year-old split last season between Pittsburgh and Toronto, finishing with four points in 63 games… and nine fights. Sill’s willingness to drop the gloves should make Washington an even feistier team next year; the Caps were tied for the eighth-most fighting majors (31) last year, thanks in large part to Wilson (who fought 12 times — once against Sill!) and Latta (who fought eight).

No word yet on the financial details of Sill’s deal.

PHT Morning Skate: Burish says ‘getting out of San Jose will be for the better’

UNIONDALE, NY - MARCH 14: Adam Burish #37 of the San Jose Sharks waits in an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 14, 2014 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Last month, the San Jose Sharks bought Adam Burish out of the final year of his contract. Now, Burish is out to “prove some people wrong,” adding that “getting out of San Jose will be for the better.” (Chicago Tribune)

Calgary farmhands Bill Arnold and Bryce Van Brabant have signed their qualifying offers. (Calgary Herald)

Former Toronto Maple Leafs first-rounder Tyler Biggs, widely considered a draft bust, is looking to shed that label after getting dealt to Pittsburgh in the Phil Kessel trade. (Post-Gazette)

Former Minnesota North Stars players will participate when the Minnesota Wild and Blackhawks hold their alumni game festivities prior to their Stadium Series outdoor game on Feb. 21 at TCF Bank Stadium. (ESPN 1500 Minnesota)

The Los Angeles Kings announced the signing of d-man prospect Erik Cernak, their second-round pick at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. (LA Kings Insider)

PHT Morning Skate: Ron Wilson expects Phil Kessel ‘to score at least 40 goals this year’

Phil Kessel

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Ron Wilson — Phil Kessel’s former coach in Toronto, who once ripped Kessel for being “uncoachable” — says the former Maple Leaf is destined for great things with the Penguins. “Pittsburgh is building a team that wants to win the Stanley Cup now, and I think Phil is only going to add to their success, so I expect him to score at least 40 goals this year and be a dominant player again.” (NHL.com)

Sounds like the Oilers will hire University of Alberta bench boss Ian Hebers as one of Todd McLellan’s assistants. (Edmonton Journal)

Are the NHL and NHLPA looking to score $8 million in jersey sponsorships fees from the 2016 World Cup of Hockey? (TSN)

Fancy stats are being utilized in arbitration hearings. (TSN)

Nashville has re-upped with depth defenseman Anthony Bitetto on a one-year, two-way contract worth $665,500 at the NHL level and $60,000 at the AHL level. (NHL)

After a busy and important offseason, highlighted by the Brandon Saad trade, the Blue Jackets “have to go out and perform,” according to team president John Davidson. (NHL)