2010 NHL free agency: Small-time signings ahoy

grantclitsome.jpgSometimes some signings aren’t quite big news enough to demand their own single post. No offense guys, but there’s a bit of a pecking order around here. We’ll sum up today’s depth signings for you here.

Blue Jackets re-sign defenseman Grant Clitsome

Everyone’s favorite defenseman, whether they know it or not, is back
on a one-year deal with the Blue Jackets. Clitsome, a former standout
defenseman at Clarkson University, got some part-time work with the Blue
Jackets last year as they dealt with injuries. He spent the majority of
last season in the AHL with Syracuse.

Senators sign 2009 fifth-round pick Mike Hoffman

Hoffman is a 20 year-old winger who just completed his last year in the CHL. He was the QMJHL most valuable player last year with the St. John Sea Dogs. He scored 46 goals and had 85 points last season for the Sea Dogs. Whether he gets to crack the Ottawa lineup or not remains to be seen, but an immediate future in AHL Binghamton isn’t out of the question.

Senators re-sign forward Cody Bass for one year

Cody Bass is what you’d call a “scrappy” player. He’ll do all the dirty work that the rest of the guys on the ice might not want to do. He’ll go into the corners, he’ll throw the body and he’ll fight on occasion. There’s a spot for guys like on every team and in Bass’ case, he’ll have either Ottawa or Binghamton to do that with as his contract is a two-way deal.

Flames sign goaltender Jean-Philippe Lamoureux

The Flames are looking for more goaltending depth within the organization and in signing Lamoureux they’ve got it. The former University of North Dakota standout played with the Portland Pirates of the AHL last year. Just so long as other teams in the AHL aren’t populated with former Boston College Eagles, Lamoureux should do all right in Abbotsford with the Heat.

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    2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT predicts Round 2

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    So after a Round 1 that was full of unexpected endings, what can even expect from Round 2? How many more brackets might get busted over the next two weeks — if they weren’t already busted after what we just witnessed?

    Here are some fun facts about Round 1:

    • 14 of the 16 top point producers from the regular season are not in the Second Round

    • 5 of 8 winning teams overcame a series deficit

    • 7 of the top 10 regular-season teams eliminated

    • 3 Game 7s – most in the opening round since 2014 (3 Game 7s in entire playoffs last year)

    • Ten games required overtime, matching the total from the entire 2018 postseason.

    • For the first time in NHL history, the top team from each conference and all division winners were eliminated in the opening round. Washington’s defeat guarantees that there will be a new Stanley Cup champion for the 19th time in the past 20 seasons.

    • Only three other rounds in NHL history have featured two Game 7s that required overtime, with each occurring on either the same day or on consecutive days: the 1997 Conference Quarterfinals (2 on April 29), 2011 Conference Quarterfinals (April 26-27) and 2012 Conference Quarterfinals (April 25-26). No postseason in NHL history has ever featured more than two Game 7s that have required overtime.

    • Overall, 10 of 46 games required overtime in the First Round (21.7%), matching the total from the entire 2018 postseason (10 of 84 GP; 11.9%).

    Now let’s move on to Round 2. Here’s who we think will advance to the conference finals. Who do you have moving on?

    PHT’s Round 2 previews
    Round 2 schedule, TV info

    Questions for the final eight teams
    PHT Roundtable
    Conn Smythe favorites after Round 1

    WATCH LIVE: Blue Jackets-Bruins, Stars-Blues kicks off Round 2

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    Game 1: Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m. ET
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    Pre-game coverage begins tonight on NBCSN at 6 p.m. ET with NHL Live.

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    Golden Knights’ owner says NHL executive apologized for Game 7 penalty

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    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The owner of the Vegas Golden Knights said Thursday a senior NHL executive phoned him to apologize for a penalty called during Game 7 of his team’s loss to the San Jose Sharks.

    Owner Bill Foley said the call came the morning after Vegas lost 5-4 in overtime Tuesday night to end the first-round series. Foley said at a news conference the call came from an executive who is ”about as senior as you can get,” but he did not want to identify him.

    The play in question was a major penalty on Cody Eakin of the Golden Knights that Foley described as ”infuriating.”

    The owner said the executive admitted it was a ”bad call” and the league did ”acknowledge” it. Foley added that the apology made him ”feel a little better after that.”

    Foley said he was sitting with injured forward Erik Haula in a suite at SAP Center when Eakin cross-checked Sharks captain Joe Pavelski in the chest with 10:47 to play. Paul Stastny bumped Pavelski as he fell to the ice, where he was knocked out and bleeding on the ice.

    The officials conferred on the unreviewable play while a dazed Pavelski was helped to the locker room with a towel pressed to his head. Eakin was assessed a 5-minute penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct. The Sharks scored four goals on the ensuing power play.

    Series supervisor Don VanMassenhoven said the major penalty was given because the cross-check caused a significant injury.

    ”The game was ours, it was over, 3-zip,” Foley said. ”We were looking, saying ‘all we gotta do is play some defense, play defense and stay out of the box.’ Within 30 seconds, 5-minute major. It wasn’t a penalty. Painful.”

    San Jose coach Peter DeBoer said Pavelski is listed as day to day but is not expected to be cleared for Game 1 of the second-round series against the Avalanche on Friday night.

    DeBoer downplayed the league’s call to Foley.

    ”I haven’t gotten many of their calls where they made a mistake,” DeBoer said. ”There were a couple earlier in that series where I would have appreciated a call. We’re past that. We’re on to the next opponent now.”

    AP sports writer Josh Dubow in San Jose, California, contributed to this report.

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    Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman needs surgery for torn knee ligament

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    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has a torn knee ligament and is expected to miss a minimum of six months.

    The team said Thursday he injured his anterior cruciate ligament during a playoff loss to Boston and will have surgery Monday.

    The 26-year-old Hyman set career highs in goals (21) and points (41) this season. He had one goal during the seven-game playoff loss to the Bruins.

    He has 115 points in 251 career NHL games.