NHL: Leafs’ Campbell out 2 weeks, Stars’ Heiskanen on IR, and Flyers officially extend Ristolainen
Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell will be sidelined a minimum of two weeks because of a rib injury, the team announced on Thursday.
The Maple Leafs reached out to the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League and recalled goaltender Erik Kallgren on an emergency basis.
Campbell, 30, made 26 saves while playing in all 60 minutes of the Maple Leafs’ 6-4 victory over the expansion Seattle Kraken on Tuesday.
He owns a 24-9-4 record with four shutouts, a 2.65 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 40 games (39 starts) this season.
Kallgren, 25, is 15-8-1 with a 3.02 GAA and .904 save percentage in 26 games this season with the Marlies.
Miro Heiskanen on IR with mono
Dallas Stars defenseman Miro Heiskanen was placed on injured reserve on Thursday after being diagnosed with mononucleosis.
The move to IR is retroactive to March 2. He is out indefinitely.
Heiskanen, 22, has paid early dividends on the eight-year, $67.6 million contract he signed with the Stars last July. He has recorded 29 points (four goals, 25 assists) and averaged 24:46 of ice time in 52 games this season.
Heiskanen has collected 124 points (32 goals, 92 assists) in 257 career games since being selected by the Stars with the third overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.
He has notched 30 points (eight goals, 22 assists) in 40 playoff games, including 26 (six goals, 20 assists) in 27 games during the Stars’ run to the Stanley Cup Final in 2020.
Official: Flyers extend Rasmus Ristolainen
Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract on Thursday.
Ristolainen, 27, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. His new deal represents a slight decrease from the $5.4 million he received per season after signing a six-year, $32.4 million contract prior to the 2016-17 campaign.
“Rasmus is an important part of our team and we are very happy to have him on our blue line for the next five years,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said. “He is committed to being a Flyer, and brings a consistent physical presence to our team.”
Ristolainen has recorded 13 points (two goals, 11 assists) in 49 games this season, his first with the Flyers.
“I’m very happy and I really wanted to stay. It’s a great feeling to have it done before the deadline,” Ristolainen said. “I love this city. I love the fans. I love my teammates and I want to be here when we turn it around next year.”
He has 258 points (48 goals, 210 assists) in 591 career games with the Buffalo Sabres and Flyers. He was selected by the Sabres with the eighth overall pick of the 2013 NHL Draft.
Buffalo traded him in July 2021 to Philadelphia for Robert Hagg, a first-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft and a second-round pick in 2023.
–Field Level Media