Gelinas hasn’t asked Devils for trade, but admits this is ‘the worst it’s been’

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Things aren’t going well for Eric Gelinas in New Jersey.

The 24-year-old blueliner — who scored a career-high seven goals and 29 points two years ago — has been a healthy scratch 24 times this season, including a current stretch of six straight games in the press box.

“The worst it’s been,” Gelinas said Monday, per NorthJersey.com.

The situation has, not surprisingly, led to discussions about a potential deal to get Gelinas out of Newark.

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The Devils definitely have some depth on their blue line and, with the trade deadline coming up at 3 p.m. next Monday, Gelinas could end up being expendable if GM Ray Shero is able to get something back to help the team now or in the future.

“It’s not really in my control, but I know it is coming,” Gelinas said of the trade deadline. “I don’t know what the team’s plans are or anything. I guess we’ll see in six or seven days.”

Gelinas said he has not asked for a trade.

“It’s in their hands, really,” he said. “If they still want me, we’ll see.”

Gelinas is in the first of a two-year, $3.15 million deal, one that carries a $1.575M cap hit. The contract was one of the first negotiated by Shero after his hire last May, but it appears there’s a disconnect between how the previous regime (of Lou Lamoriello/Peter DeBoer) sees Gelinas compared to the current one, comprised of Shero and first-year coach John Hynes.

All told, Gelinas has just one goal and six points in 34 games this year. But given his past offensive exploits and size (6-foot-4, 215 pounds), one has to think there would be some interested teams at the trade deadline.

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.

Lightning donate $2 million to Hurricane Ian relief efforts

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning and team owner Jeff Vinik are donating $2 million toward Hurricane Ian relief efforts.

The NHL team announced that $1 million each will be donated by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and the Vinik Family Foundation.

“This is a tragic situation for many families and communities across the state of Florida, but especially so in the southwest region of the state,” Vinik said in a statement released by the team. “In times like these the most important thing we can do is support one another, and we hope this donation will help families recover and rebuild in the months to come.”

Ian made landfall Wednesday on Florida’s Gulf Coast, south of the Tampa Bay area. The Lightning postponed two home preseason games and moved the club’s training camp to Nashville, Tennessee, during the storm.

Maple Leafs sign defenseman Rasmus Sandin to 2-year deal

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TORONTO — Rasmus Sandin has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the club announced on Thursday.

The 22-year-old from Sweden was the 29th overall selection in the 2018 draft. Sandin had 16 points in 51 games with Toronto last season. He’s played in 88 career regular-season games, with six goals and 22 assists, and has one goal in five playoff games.

“Got a great set of tools,” fellow defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “With experience, I think they’re only going to get better.”

The signing comes as the Leafs’ blueliners been hit hard by injuries. Muzzin has been dealing with a back issue, and Timothy Liljegren recently had surgery for a hernia.

Toronto then lost Jamie Benn (groin) and Carl Dahlstrom (shoulder) in Wednesday’s 3-0 preseason victory over the Montreal Canadiens, pressing forwards Calle Jarnkrok and Alexander Kerfoot into defensive roles for two periods.