After undergoing another hip surgery, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler told reporters on Tuesday that he could potentially be out four to five months, according to NHL.com. Initially, it was expected that Kesler would miss 12 weeks after the club said he underwent an operation for some “general cleaning” that included the removal of bone fragments. “It’s going to take awhile,” Kesler said on the eve of the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile.
SAN JOSE — The expansion draft came and went with the Sharks emerging relatively unscathed, losing a third-pairing defenseman to the NHL’s newest franchise. The Vegas Golden Knights plucked defenseman David Schlemko off the Sharks roster Wednesday, one of the 30 players they acquired in the expansion draft, which allowed them to select a single player from each NHL team’s unprotected list. As squads like the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres and Columbus Blue Jackets scrambled to make deals with the Golden Knights to hold onto their prized assets, the Sharks got to sit back and allow their new Pacific Division rivals to draft Schlemko, knowing they have the blue line depth to absorb his loss. “You
Patrice Bergeron‘s dominance as perhaps the best two-way forward in the game continues. For the fourth time in six years, Bergeron has captured the Selke Trophy, given to the forward that best excels in the defensive aspects of the game. Simply put, Bergeron may go down as one of the best two-way forwards to play the game when his career is done.