NHL: Sharks Nikolai Knyzhov out (Achilles), Blackhawks extend Caleb Jones, and more news

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May 3, 2021; San Jose, California, USA; San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov (71) between plays against the Colorado Avalanche during the third period at SAP Center at San Jose. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov is expected to miss the first few months of the upcoming season after sustaining a torn right Achilles tendon.

Knyzhov, 24, was injured while participating in off-ice training. He underwent surgery on Wednesday at Kaiser Permanente San Jose, with the Sharks estimating that he’ll need approximately six months to recover.

Knyzhov sat out all of last season with a groin injury.

He has totaled 10 points (two goals, eight assists) in 59 career games with the Sharks.

Blackhawks re-sign two players

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Apr 29, 2022; Buffalo, New York, USA; Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Caleb Jones (82) makes a pass as Buffalo Sabres center Rasmus Asplund (74) defends during the first period at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms on one-year contract extensions with defenseman Caleb Jones and forward Philipp Kurashev.

Jones’ deal has a $1.35 million salary cap hit, while Kurashev’s pact has a $750,000 hit. Both contracts run through the 2022-23 season.

Jones, 25, recorded career-high totals in goals (five), assists (10) and points (15) in 51 games last season.

He played with Seth Jones in the lineup to become the first set of brothers to play for the Blackhawks at the same time since Brent and Rich Sutter. The latter pair last played in the lineup together on Feb. 20, 1995.

Caleb Jones has 34 points (10 goals, 24 assists) in 144 career games with the Edmonton Oilers (2018-21) and Blackhawks.

Kurashev, 22, had 21 points (six goals, 15 assists) in 67 games last season.

He has totaled 37 points (14 goals, 23 assists) in 121 career games since being selected by the Blackhawks in the fourth round of the 2018 NHL Draft.

Golden Knights extend two players

On Saturday, the Vegas Golden Knights signed forwards Paul Cotter and Jake Leschyshyn to three-year deals with an AAV of $750,000 each.

Cotter, 22, scored 2 goals in 7 games last season. He was drafted by Vegas in the fourth-round of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.

Leschyshyn, 23, registered 2 goals and 6 points in 41 games in 2021-22. He was selected by the Knights in the second-round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

–Field Level Media