It’s plausible – yet not guaranteed – that Derick Brassard will be better next season than the player he was traded for, Mika Zibanejad. Plenty of New York Rangers fans are justified in being excited about the long-term impact of the move, and not merely because of the second-round pick they received in the swap. Zibanejad is a lot younger than Brassard. Even if Brassard ages well at 29, his Swedish trade counterpart is merely 23. The Rangers, quite reasonably, wonder if Zibanejad’s best days are still ahead of him. “He’s a younger player that our scouting staff and our management all felt he was on the upswing,” Vigneault said to the Rangers’ website. “The speed is there. The skill is there.
This summer, we wondered what Brad Marchand’s next contract might look like. Now we know. Per Sportsnet, the Bruins have inked the talented, agitating winger to a hefty eight-year, $49 million contract extension — one that carries an average annual cap hit of $6.125 million per season. “I have been a Bruin since the start of my pro career and there is no place I would rather play,” Marchand said in a statement. “I look forward to doing everything I can to help our team achieve success and bring the Stanley Cup back to Boston.” This news comes with Marchand heading into the final year of his current deal, a four-year, $18 million pact with a $4.5M AAV — so it’s a pretty nice pay bump. This extension
The New York Islanders scored three goals in the third period to beat the Philadelphia Flyers, 3-0, on Monday. Shane Prince scored a power-play goal 4:28 into the period, and Joshua Ho-Sang scored 4 1/2 minutes later to make it 2-0. Michael Dal Colle scored an empty-netter with 2:34 remaining. Jean-Francois Berube and Christopher Gibson both recorded 14 saves. Berube played 30:41, while Gibson 29:08.