NHL News and Notes from Tuesday, October 12th, 2021
- The Montreal Canadiens re-signed forward Nick Suzuki to an eight year deal.
- The deal is worth $63 million, and will go through the 2029-30 season.
- According to NHL Insider Nick Kypreos, the NHL is coming to the conclusion on their investigation of San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed forward Brian Boyle to a one year deal.
- Boyle was on a PTO with the Penguins during training camp.
- The Columbus Blue Jackets named forward Boone Jenner the seventh captain in franchise history.
- Zach Werenski, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Gustav Nyquist were all named alternate captains.
- The Blue Jackets also announced that they have suspended defenseman Mikko Lehtonen, and has been placed on unconditional waivers.
- Lehtonen refused to report to the Cleveland Monsters of the American Hockey League, and will have his contract terminated once clearing waivers.
- Pittsburgh Penguins v. Tampa Bay Lightning – 730p ET
- In Tampa Bay the Lightning would raise their Stanley Cup banner in front of their home crowd as they prepared to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. After a scoreless first period that saw the Pens outplay the Bolts, it would be the Penguins with the first two goals of the game as Danton Heinen and Brian Boyle would both score their first goals as members of the Penguins to give them the 2-0 lead. Then in the third period Dominik Simon would score to grow the Pens lead to three, and then things would get weird. With six minutes left in regulation John Cooper would pull Andrei Vasilevskiy, and while the Lightning would get goals from Anthony Cirelli and Alex Killorn, the Penguins would net three empty netters from Teddy Blueger, Evan Rodrigues, and Bryan Rust to ruin the Bolts banner raising night with a “dominant” 6-2 victory.
- Seattle Kraken v. Vegas Golden Knights – 10p ET
- In Vegas the Golden Knights would open up their fifth season in the NHL against the new kids on the block as the Seattle Kraken take the ice for their first game in franchise history. In the first period the Knights would spoil the party as Max Pacioretty would score three minutes into the game to take the 1-0 lead, and then Jonathan Marchessault would score a little over three minutes later to grow the Knights lead to two. As the contest shifted to the second, Vegas would take the 3-0 lead with a Nicolas Hague goal. History would be made when the first goal in Seattle Kraken history was scored by Ryan Donato at the 11:35 mark in the period. A little more than a minute later, Jared McCann would score to bring the Kraken within a goal. As the game headed into the final frame, Morgan Geekie would tie the contest with his first goal of the season. However, 35 seconds later Vegas would secure the win when Chandler Stephenson scored the game winner as the Golden Knights defeat the Kraken 4-3.
- MON v. TOR – 7p ET
- NYR v. WAS – 730p ET – Kassie’s Game Preview
- WIN v. ANA – 10p ET
- CHI v. COL – 10p ET
- VAN v. EDM – 10p ET
Noteworthy in Hockey
- Read more on Nick Suzuki’s eight year contract with the Canadiens. (Montreal Canadiens)
- Plus watch NHL Insider Pierre Lebrun break done Suzuki’s new deal. (TSN)
- Elliote Friedman of SportsNet did a 32 Thoughts content drop with two podcasts and his weekly blog.
- TSN’s Insider Trading goes over several topics involving the Flyers, Blackhawks, Rangers, Predators, plus other notes around the League. (TSN)