After a tumultuous season, Brad Ross is trying his luck overseas.
Ross, the Toronto Maple Leafs farmhand slapped with a 20-game suspension this year for using performance-enhancing substances, has signed with Iserlohn of Germany’s Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the club announced on Friday.
Picked 43rd overall by the Toronto at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (four spots ahead of Tyler Toffoli, if that sort of thing interests you), Ross never played a game for the Maple Leafs and has spent all of his professional career shuttling between the Marlies and the ECHL.
The 23-year-old was hit with his suspension in January. The development was noteworthy as Ross was the second player in the Leafs organization to be busted for PEDs last season; in November, it was forward Carter Ashton who was suspended 20 games by the NHL.
Following his suspension, Ross returned to the Marlies lineup and appeared in 11 games, scoring one point.
After catching on with Los Angeles in November of last season and scoring nine points in 26 games, veteran d-man Jamie McBain says he’d like to stick with the Kings — but knows the club’s financial situation might keep it from happening.
“[No contract talks], nothing yet,” McBain said of his current status with the club, per Mayor’s Manor. “From the exit meetings – and I’ve already known this, anybody who looks at the paper knows – they have pieces that they have to get in place first. With the salary cap the way it is – even last year, me getting called up, it needed to be for the least amount of money possible – they had to find some money within the salary cap.
“I know they have some pieces they have to figure out first and they have to figure out the salary cap issue.”
The Kings were pressed up against the ceiling for most of last season — a big reason why McBain was brought in (at $550,000) following Slava Voynov’s arrest for domestic assault. The former Sabre and Hurricane performed reasonably well, considering he went the first four weeks of the campaign without a deal, but was a non-factor down the stretch and didn’t play over the final month-and-a-half of the regular season.
One of the guys that supplanted McBain in the lineup last year, trade deadline acquisition Andrej Sekera, is in line for an extension this summer (the two sides have already started preliminary talks), and that’s one of the cap issues McBain alluded to. The Kings also need to hammer out new deals for RFA forward Tyler Toffoli and d-man Brayden McNabb, which might not leave much room for McBain to re-sign.
It’s something the 27-year-old understands.
“It’s one of those things where it all depends on other organizations and the Kings, as far as what teams offer me,” he explained. “It’s tough to say exactly what the future is going to hold.”
It was smooth sailing for the Americans and Canadians in their respective opening contests at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.
The Americans were led by a pair of goals from captain Matt Hendricks to cruise to a 5-1 win over Finland, while Canada got three point efforts from Nathan MacKinnon and Jason Spezza to beat Latvia 6-1.
Highlights from the U.S. romp:
New Nashville signee Steve Moses opened the scoring for the Americans with a great solo effort late in the first period. Nick Bonino and Dan Sexton had the other goals, while Connor Hellebuyck stopped 29 of 30 shots for the win.
Canada had five different goalscorers in its romp: MacKinnon, Spezza, Tyler Toffoli, Matt Duchene and captain Sidney Crosby, who converted on a penalty shot. It was an easy victory over a Latvian team that was woefully overmatched; the country’s lone NHLers, Zemgus Girgensons and Ronalds Kenins, aren’t participating in the tournament.