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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
So now we will get a much better read of just how much “vaunt” is in the Rangers’ vaunted depth up front.
For though the Blueshirts have coped extremely well with injuries such as those that have sidelined Chris Kreider and Pavel Buchnevich through portions of the season’s first quarter, the test will become severe in the aftermath of Mika Zibanejad having suffered a broken left fibula in the first minute of overtime in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout defeat to the Panthers at the Garden.
The top-six center, injured when he crashed into the wall with his leg extended after having become entangled with Florida’s Reilly Smith 41 seconds in, will be out from six-to-eight weeks, per coach Alain Vigneault. His absence will create a significant void in the middle that, for at least Monday’s game in Pittsburgh, the Blueshirts will attempt to fill from within.
“We’re no different from any other team that has injuries,” said Vigneault. “Every coach will say in these moments that it is an opportunity for someone else to get more ice time.”
Watch how the injury occurred below...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Derick Brassard, who took a step backward last year even while recording a personal-best 27 goals that led his team, is gone, off to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad. It was a center-for-center swap in which the Blueshirts came away with the younger, faster, bigger and cheaper player, plus a 2018 second-rounder, to boot.
Cap space was cleared, $2.375 million of it with the newest Swede to join the team in at $2.625 million for the year while Brassard carries a $5 million hit. The Blueshirts now have a fair amount of maneuverability both immediately and into the season. But the added space is more a byproduct of the deal than the motivating force behind it.
The Rangers wanted — if not needed — a different kind of center behind Derek Stepan and they got it in Zibanejad, who is stronger without the puck and in his own end and projects to be feistier and tougher than the gifted, finesse-oriented Brassard.
They acquired a center who they believe will be a better match against bigger, physical pivots and thus alleviate some of the burden on Stepan, whom coach Alain Vigneault had come to rely on almost exclusively — and ultimately to No. 21’s detriment — the last two years in power-against-power matchups.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
NEW YORK, July 18, 2016 – New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has acquired forward Mika Zibanejad and a second round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Derick Brassard and a seventh round pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft.
Zibanejad, 23, skated in 81 games with Ottawa this past season, registering 21 goals and 30 assists for 51 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2015-16, including games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (seven), and faceoff win percentage (50.5; 659-for-1,306). Zibanejad has tallied a goal on 13 of his 28 career NHL shootout attempts (46.4%), and he has recorded five game-deciding goals in the shootout. Zibanejad’s five game-deciding goals in the shootout are the second-most a Senator has tallied since 2005-06, as he passed Daniel Alfredsson for sole possession of second place during this past season.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While the roads outside the Canadian Tire Centre were slippery, it was a little slippery for the Senators inside as not only did they drop a 4-2 decision to the Philadelphia Flyers the club was force to finish the game shorthanded after losing centre Mika Zibanejad and winger Milan Michalek to injury.
Michalek is gone long-term with what would be a broken hand while there’s no update on Zibanejad.
“Michalek is going to be out awhile,” said coach Dave Cameron....
Michalek left after blocking a shot with his glove in the second while Zibanejad took a forearm shot to the head from Radko Gudas in the third that wasn’t penalized but it will likely be reviewed. The Senators will have to recall at least one forward from Binghamton because the only extra is winger Colin Greening.
Cameron was livid there was no call on the Gudas hit.
“What do I think about it? It’s a five-minute major,” said Cameron. “It’s right to the head. Do I think (it should be reviewed)? For sure, isn’t that what the league is about today, with no headshots?
“I’d be shocked if that’s not reviewable and suspended.”
more on the game...
Watch the hit below on Zibanejad...
via Ottawa Senators tweets,
The #Sens have agreed to terms with forward Mika Zibanejad on a two-year contract extension.
The two-year contract for #Sens Mika Zibanejad has an AAV of $2.625 ($2M, $3.25M)
The #Sens have agreed to terms with forward Mark Stone on a three-year contract extension.
The three-year contract for #Sens Mark Stone has an AAV of $3.5M ($2.25M, $3.75M, $4.5M)
Any way you slice it, tonight's game was an important one for the Ottawa Senators. It was a chance to get an important two points against a division rival, a chance to bounce back on the road after a home loss in a game they probably should have won, and a chance to avoid falling behind early in the Atlantic division.
Of course, all that ignores the elephant in the room. The fact is, even though a lot of the Sens players had avoided talking about it, or said they weren't thinking about it, this was probably a night they've had circled on their calendar's since the middle of the summer for one reason. Daniel Alfredsson.
This was not an easy call for the Situation Room to make. The quick answer however is that Mika Zibanejad did NOT utilize a natural stopping motion with his left skate as he entered Carey Price's goal crease and focused on the incoming puck. Instead Zibanejad demonstrated a turn of that skate toward the net coupled with a distinct forward motion toward the goal as he contacted the puck. NO GOAL!
-Kerry Fraser of TSN where you can read more on the controversial goal.
Want to watch the goal? Here you go...
Most of the folks I follow on Twitter thought this goal would not count, what about you?
via the Situation Room Blog at NHL.com,
At 11:55 of the third period in the Canadiens/Senators game, video review upheld the referee's call on the ice that the puck deflected off Mika Zibanejad's left skate and into the net in a legal fashion. Good goal Ottawa.
According to Rule 49.2 "A puck that deflects into the net off an attacking player's skate who does not use a distinct kicking motion is a legitimate goal."
Ottawa scored late in the 3rd period and the game is headed to OT.
Sens win in OT on a goal from Kyle Turris on Peter Budaj who replaced Price at the start of OT. Price appeard to hurt a leg at the end of regulation.
added 10:45pm, Watch below to see how Carey Price was injured.