Prior to the start of the five games that were on the schedule on Saturday, the NHL Championship was animated by a mega trade between the Winnipeg Jets and the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Second overall pick of the 2016 draft, Finnish winger Patrick Laine (22) took over the direction of Ohio with American center Jack Roslovic (23). In return, the Manitoba club secured the services of Quebec striker Pierre-Luc Dubois (23), drafted third in 2016, and a third-round pick in the 2022 draft.
Laine is 250 points, including 140 goals, in 306 matches. Dubois is 159 points, including 66 goals, in 239 games.
“I’m happy to join the team (from Winnipeg),” Dubois told TVA Sports. My father (note: assistant coach of the school club in AHL) told me about it. It’s an organization that treats the players really well and it’s a good team. I had heard several rumors over the past few days, but I’m happy to finally join the Jets. ”
As for Laine, he said: “Maybe Winnipeg was not the right environment for me as well as for the team. There is a lot of depth and very good players and it was time, both for me and for the team, to turn the page. They got quite a player in return and I think he will do the Jets a great service. ”
A few hours after the officialization of the exchange, the Blue Jackets (without Wool, injured, and who must also submit to quarantine) beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, holder of the Stanley Cup (5-2).
Zurich defender Dean Kukan skated 15’12 (+1 differential) with the club coached by John Tortorella while Swiss licensed Latvian goalkeeper Elvis Merzlikins was awarded the first star after returning a 93.8 card % of stops.
At Rogers Place in Vancouver, the Montreal Canadiens won 2-5 to settle first in the overall league standings (6 games, 10 points).
In the 4th minute, back Joel Edmundson threw the gloves off and won his fight with Tyler Myers, who had made a violent charge on Joel Armia (not sanctioned by the security department) in the previous face to face between the two Canadian formations.
Left winger Jonathan Drouin took advantage of this game to score his first goal of the campaign; goaltender Carey Price notched his 350th success with the Habs.
NHL. Saturday’s matches:
Vancouver – Montreal 2-5
Boston – Philadelphia 6-1
St.Louis – Los Angeles 4-2
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