Blackhawks re-sign Marcus Kruger, low Canadian dollar could scuttle Quebec expansion bid & more in today’s collection of NHL headlines.
Notable NHL Game Recaps.
BOSTON HERALD: Brad Marchand scored the only goal and Jonas Gustavsson made 42 saves to carry the Boston Bruins to a 1-0 overtime win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
TSN.CA: New York Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak picked up his 200th career NHL win, but also was forced from the game late in the third period with a possible groin injury, backstopping his club to a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Alex Galchenyuk scored twice to lift the Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Dallas Stars. Galchenyuk’s been red hot of late, with nine goals and an assist in his last seven games. It was a costly loss for the Stars, as defenseman Jason Demers left the game with a suspected neck injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season.
CBC SPORTS: Speaking of the Canadiens, winger Brendan Gallagher will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a lower-body injury.
NEW YORK POST: Rangers defenseman Dylan McIlrath (right kneecap) could be sidelined another two weeks.
THE SCORE: Toronto Maple Leafs defensman Matt Hunwick will undergo season-ending sports hernia surgery.
Notable NHL Headlines.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: The Blackhawks re-signed center Marcus Kruger to a three-year, $9.25 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The annual cap hit is worth just over $3 million. It’s a fair and affordable new deal for Kruger, who’s been a invaluable depth player for the ‘Hawks. However, it bites further into the Blackhawks limited cap space for next season. Expect GM Stan Bowman to shed some salary, including another attempt to move out winger Bryan Bickell’s $4 million cap hit for 2016-17.
CSNPHILLY.COM: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit recently played his 700th NHL game.
SPORTSNET: Quebecor chairman and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney admits the weakened Canadian dollar has hampered his group’s bid to bring an NHL expansion franchise to Quebec City.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canadian dollar is slow to significantly rebound from its current value, I wonder if the league could shift its view from Quebec City to an American-based city like Seattle or Portland?
ESPN.COM: An undiagnosed concussion might have contributed to the 1968 on-ice death of Minnesota North Stars forward Bill Masterton.
OTTAWA SUN: The NHLPA is reportedly seeking a tax exemption for Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators players from paying into the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.