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Senator’s Mikkel Boedker Excited to Return to Canada

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Ottawa Senators’ winger Mikkel Boedker is excited to return to Canada, where he played junior hockey, as he came over in a June trade from the San Jose Sharks.

“I’m very much (excited),” Boedker said, according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun. “It’s a good opportunity to play some good hockey and join a Canadian franchise that’s about to turn the ship around. It’s good to be part of something like that.”

Boedker finished with 37 points last season and Ottawa is hoping that he can offset some of the production from forward Mike Hoffman, who was sent to San Jose in return.

“When people talk about Ottawa I don’t think they give them enough credit because I think there’s a lot of capable players and a lot players that have done some damage in their careers on the stats sheet,” Boedker said. “I still think it’s a very capable team and we’ve just got to get back to that. We’ve just got to get back to where it’s all in every night and every night matters.”

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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