NHL News: Anthony Cirelli signs in Tampa, hockey in Canada a go, and Blackhawks lose Kirby Dach
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Anthony Cirelli re-signs with the Tampa Bay Lightning
Tampa Bay was dealt a serious blow when they lost Nikita Kucherov for the regular season. However, the Lightning were able to sign RFA, Anthony Cirelli to a three year deal with an AAV of $4.8 million. That wouldn’t have been possible without putting Kucherov’s $9.5 million cap hit on LTIR.
Lightning GM, Julien BriseBois is now $2 million over the cap so expect at least one move to get compliant. It is rumored that the Detroit Red Wings are willing to take Tyler Johnson and his entire cap hit of $5 million which would more than cover what Tampa needs.
Canadian based NHL teams can play in their home Provinces
The NHL released a statement indicating everything is a go with the local health officials to proceed with the season in Canada. All seven Canadian based teams will be able to play out of their home Provinces.
“On the basis of our discussions (with provincial health authorities) in the past week, as well as our exchange of correspondence over the last 24 hours, we believe we are aligned and in agreement on the conditions on which each of our Canadian franchises can begin play in their own buildings for the start of the 2020-21 NHL season.”
Blackhawks top prospect Kirby Dach out with fractured wrist
The Chicago Blackhawks took a risk when they let one of their prized young players go play at the World Juniors. Kirby Dach will miss weeks, if not months due to a fractured wrist he suffered during Team Canada’s only exhibition match.
There are several factors working in Dach’s favor. The injury being a fracture, rather than a full break or dislocation, is good news. And injuries to the wrist are often faster to recover from than those to other areas of the body.Chicago Sun Times
Now the Hawks will hope that the injury will not require surgery and cause him to miss a significant portion of this shortened season.
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