Tyler Seguin injured, Blackhawks raise ticket prices & more in today’s collection of NHL headlines.
Notable Game Recaps.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Former Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd scored in his first game back in Winnipeg since his trade to the Chicago Blackhawks, helping his new team to a 4-0 victory. Jets fans gave Ladd a standing ovation during a first-period break in the action
THE DENVER POST: Mikkel Boedker’s shootout goal lifted the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames. It could be a costly win for the Avs, as center Nathan MacKinnon left the game in the third period with a knee injury. He will be re-evaluated today.
THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Frederik Andersen kicked out 38 shots to backstop the Anaheim Ducks to a 4-0 blanking of the Boston Bruins.
THE WASHINGTON POST: Evgeny Kuznetsov collected three assists to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators,
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Cam Talbot had a 40-save shutout performance to carry the Edmonton Oilers to a 2-0 win against the Vancouver Canucks.
THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Stars center Tyler Seguin will miss 3-4 weeks after suffering a partial cut of his right Achilles’ tendon. In other Stars news, the club re-signed defenseman Stephen Johns to a two-year, one-way contract worth $650K next season and $800K in 2017-18.
THE ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Coyotes captain Shane Doan could join Gordie Howe and Jaromir Jagr among the oldest players to lead their NHL teams in goal scoring.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sam Reinhart joins Jack Eichel as the first pairing of Buffalo Sabres rookies to score 20 goals in a season since Danny Gare and Peter McNab in 1974-75.
PHILLY.COM: Flyers winger Chris VanderVelde received a two-game suspension for an elbow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks announced average ticket prices for 2016-17 will increase by six percent. It’s the seventh consecutive year they’ve raised ticket prices.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Success comes with a price. After winning three championships in seven years, it’s no surprise ticket prices are rising. Considering they’re selling out their building, they’re charging what their market can bear.
THE SCORE: cites a report by TSN’s Darren Dreger claiming the NHL and NHLPA met on Thursday for initial discussions on the league’s ongoing expansion process. While a framework for an expansion draft was unveiling on Wednesday, the rules won’t be negotiated until the league confirms it will be expanding. That decision is expected in June.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Former NHL forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard announced his retirement at age 31 to avoid the risk of further injury from concussions. Bouchard played 10 of his 11 NHL seasons with the Minnesota Wild, but three concussions (including one which sidelined him for all but one game in 2009-10) hampered his career. He spent the last two seasons playing in Switzerland. In his NHL career, Bouchard had 356 points in 593 games.