Sports Avalanche's Samuel Girard set to return Saturday night vs. Oilers

05:26  10 april  2022
05:26  10 april  2022 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

Wild to extend defenseman Alex Goligoski with two-year deal

  Wild to extend defenseman Alex Goligoski with two-year deal The move should help the team navigate some salary cap issues.That’s exactly what is about to happen, as Kevin Weekes of ESPN reports the two sides will soon announce a two-year extension. Michael Russo of The Athletic confirms the deal, and adds that it will carry an average annual value of $2M.

The Colorado Avalanche will have defenseman Samuel Girard back in the lineup on Saturday night for the first time since March 8, according to The Athletic’s Peter Baugh. Girard’s return comes at a good time for Colorado, who were already missing Ryan Murray on the left side before seeing Devon Toews go down Friday night after blocking a shot against the Winnipeg Jets. Although Toews is expected to be OK after the shot block, it’s unclear if he will have to miss any time.

Samuel Girard will be back in the lineup on Saturday night. © Tom Horak-USA TODAY Sports Samuel Girard will be back in the lineup on Saturday night.

Getting the 23-year-old Girard back in the lineup also helps to lengthen an already stellar Avalanche defense group as the team looks to get into a groove heading into the playoffs. Colorado is currently first in the entire NHL with 108 points, two ahead of the Florida Panthers, and 13 points ahead of the Calgary Flames for the top spot in the west. After a career year in 2020-21 with 32 points in 48 games, Girard has taken a small step back, having 27 points in 56 games this season. But has been a steady and reliable presence on the back-end for a dominant Avalanche team.

Bruins' Taylor Hall avoids suspension, earns $5K fine for punching Maple Leafs' Ilya Lyubushkin

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Here are more injury notes...

  • There is positive injury news out in the desert, as Arizona Coyotes head coach Andre Tourigny announced that defenseman Janis Moser is on the Coyotes’ road trip and is now considered day-to-day for the team. It’s unclear when exactly Moser, who has not played since March 15, will return, but having the young defenseman return to finish out the season would be much-welcomed for Arizona. The Coyotes also expect prospect Jack McBain to make his NHL debut soon, says Tourigny. McBain, whom the Coyotes acquired from the Minnesota Wild on March 21, and signed on March 23, has been unable to play due to injury. Tourigny points to Arizona’s games at Vancouver and Calgary next week, or the following week at home as possible dates of McBain to debut. The 22-year-old spent this season and three prior as a standout for Boston College in the NCAA.
  • Edmonton Oilers’ prospect Philip Broberg is expected to return from injury within the next two weeks for the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL, says Daniel Nugent-Bowman of The Athletic. Broberg, who has split time between Bakersfield and Edmonton, has been out since March 18. Another Oilers prospect, Dylan Holloway, did not play last night and is expected to be out at least through this weekend, says Nugent-Bowman. A return timetable is not yet clear for Holloway, however, Nugent-Bowman does believe that Holloway will make his NHL debut before the end of the season. The 14th overall pick of the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by Edmonton, Holloway has eight goals and 13 assists in 32 games this season for Bakersfield.
  • From Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, defenseman Jake Walman is out of the lineup Saturday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury. Walman has been a reliable defenseman for both the Red Wings and the St. Louis Blues this season, coming to Detroit from St. Louis in the Nick Leddy trade back in March. No timetable for Walman’s return has been made available yet.

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Oilers sign first-round pick Xavier Bourgault

  Oilers sign first-round pick Xavier Bourgault The deal begins in 2022-23, and Bourgault will remain with the Shawinigan Cataractes for the rest of his season in the QMJHL. © James Carey Lauder-USA TODAY Sports Edmonton Oilers center Xavier Bourgault signed his entry-level deal. Selected 22nd overall in 2021, Bourgault has shown once again why he was regarded as such an interesting NHL prospect, recording 26 goals and 51 points in 31 games for Shawinigan this season. While he has missed multiple chunks of the season with injuries – including a freak eye injury in November – he’s back on the ice now and has scored in each of his last four contests.

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Mark Stone set to return for Golden Knights .
Mark Stone is officially playing tonight, and cap gymnastics have ensued for the Vegas Golden Knights. Forwards William Carrier, Nolan Patrick and goalie Laurent Brossoit, who have all missed significant time with injuries, have been moved to long-term injured reserve to permit Vegas to remove Stone’s $9.5M cap hit from LTIR. All three players must miss at least 10 games AND 24 days in order to be eligible for LTIR, starting from the retroactive date of placement. Their eligibility dates are as follows:Carrier is out with a leg injury, and his LTIR placement is retroactive to March 26, 2022.

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