Brandon Prust and Dan Carcillo suspended, updates on the Blackhawks and Kings, the Lightning re-sign Tyler Johnson, plus the latest on Milan Lucuc, Alex Semin and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust received a two-game suspension for “interference” on NY Rangers forward Derek Stepan (giving Stepan a broken jaw in the process), while Rangers forward Dan Carcillo was suspended ten games for abusing an official.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Prust should’ve received at least five games for that late hit. The only good thing I can say about these suspensions is this series is free of two reckless idiots for a couple of games. The Rangers, meanwhile, will be without one of their best scorers for a few games. And no, this doesn’t make up for the Canadiens losing Carey Price after a Game One collision with Chris Kreider. That was clearly an accident. Prust targeted Stepan. Finished his check, my ass. That excuse is heard far too often to try to justify those hits.
LOS ANGELES TIMES/CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Dustin Brown and Mike Richards are stepping up for the Kings, while Peter Regin will likely be scratched by the Blackhawks to make room for the returning Andrew Shaw.
TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning yesterday announced the re-signing of forward (and Calder Trophy nominee) Tyler Johnson to a three-year, $10 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That works out to $3.333 million per season. Certainly a nice raise over his entry-level deal. No surprise after tallying 50 points in 82 games in his rookie season. It’s a fair deal for both sides.
BOSTON GLOBE: Milan Lucic (wrist) and Chris Kelly recently underwent surgery. Both are expected to be ready for training camp in September.
NBC SPORTS: Carolina Hurricanes forwards Alex Semin (wrist) and Andrei Loktionov (shoulder) also underwent surgery.
MLIVE.COM: Detroit Red Wings forward Cory Emmerton has signed with KHL team Sochi Leopards.
TSN.CA: Montreal’s Michel Bergevin, Los Angeles’ Dean Lombardi and Anaheim’s Bob Murray are nominees for NHL GM of the Year.
ESPN.COM: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman once again expansion isn’t in the league’s plans for the near future.
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: Good news, Sharks fans, your club won’t be raising ticket prices next season.