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Penguins Recall Aston-Reese

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The Pittsburgh Penguins are recalling first-year forward Zach Aston-Reese on Saturday after placing Conor Sheary on injured reserve.

A top college prospect last offseason, Aston-Reese comes in with a lot of hype after the Penguins beat out teams such as the Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks, and Ottawa Senators, opting to sign a 2-year deal with Pittsburgh.

Aston-Reese was a Hobey Baker finalist in 2016-17 scoring 63 points in 38 games.

Aston-Reese, 23, has scored 9 goals and 20 assists in 41 games this season with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

Buffalo Sabres

Sabres Re-Sign Sam Reinhart

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The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year deal that pays $3.65 million annually, according to an official team press release.

Reinhart set new career highs in games played (82), goals (25), points (50), power-play goals (12) and power-play points (21) during the 2017-18 regular season.

 

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Carolina Hurricanes

Hurricanes’ Victor Rask Out Indefintely

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Carolina Hurricanes’ forward Victor Rask underwent surgery to repair his fourth and fifth fingers on his right hand after injuring them while slicing food in his kitchen, according to a team announcement on Thursday.

Rask has been ruled out indefinitely.

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Columbus Blue Jackets

Blue Jackets Sign John Tortorella to Two-Year Contract Extension

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed head coach John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension that will keep in with the team through the 2020-21 season, the team announced on Wednesday.

It makes sense for Columbus, who has experienced it’s most success under Tortorella’s watch, highlighted by a a franchise-best 50 wins and 108 point season in 2016-2017 that saw Tortorella walk away with that season’s Jack Adams Trophy as the league’s best coach.

“Our team has been one of the winningest in the NHL over the past two seasons and John Tortorella has played a critical role in that success and in raising the level of our team’s play since his arrival,” Blue Jackets’ general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “His passion and commitment to being the best has permeated our team and we believe will lead to even greater success in the future.”

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