The Memorial Cup began Friday night and the Edmonton Oil Kings took the win over host Shawinigan. NHL draft eligible Griffin Reinhart had a goal and an assist for the Kings.
Reinhart says it was a lucky goal in a Tweet:
Griffin Reinhart @GriffinReinhart
Good to get the first win out of the way! And for all u who asked.. I could take that shot 100 times and it goes in once #luckyshot
In Saturday night action the London Knights face the St. John Ice Dogs at 7pm eastern.
The Rangers are in New Jersey for game three of the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night. Marian Gaborik who was benched for the third period of the Rangers loss in game two will be highly motivated. For the Rangers to win this series they will have to provide Henrik Lundqvist with some more goal support than they have recently. Game three is a pivotal game as the series is even 1-1
Colorado Avalanche have resigned forward and Captain Milan Hejduk to a one year deal at $2 million. Hejduk played in 81 games last season scoring 37 points.
Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren spoke to media Friday and gave an update on Flyers players who were playing through injury and had surgery recently as well as their recovery time.
Wayne Simmonds – Had surgery to repair broken left index finger. Recovery time is 4-6 weeks.
Matt Carle – Had surgery to repair torn stomach muscle. Recovery time is 4-6 weeks.
Claude Giroux – Had surgery on his right wrist to repair torn cartilage and surgery on his left wrist to remove bone spurs. Recovery time is 6 weeks.
Kimmo Timonen – Will have surgery next week to remove a disc fragment from his lower back. Full recovery is expected in 8-10 weeks.
James van Riemsdyk – Will have surgery next week to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Recovery time is 6 weeks.
Off Season Decisions For Ottawa
Here is my post on The Hockey Writers as the Sens face an off-season of tough decisions. The biggest questions are can they resign Erik Karlsson and will Captain Daniel Alfredsson retire?
With Ottawa recently having resigned Peter Regin, and the emergence of some of their top prospects such as Jakub Silfverberg, Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone, where will all their forwards fit in the roster?
The decision will begin at the draft and continue through free agency all summer and into training camp for the Sens.
Andrew Hirsh at Hockey Writers suggests there is a possibility of a Jordan Staal trade, and that a Jordan Staal trade makes sense for the Hurricanes. . If Staal were available he would make sense on any team, not just Carolina. Staals fantasy value would be sure to see a boost if he were able to emerge from underneath the shadow of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Hirsh suggests the compensation could come in the form of Brandon Sutter and a prospect, or draft pick. Perhaps a little low as that may not make so much sense for Pittsburgh. However, it sounds as if the Staal brothers are interested in playing together and Jordan may approach Pittsburgh and suggest a move.
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