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Maple Leafs May Not Name a Captain This Season

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The Toronto Maple Leafs did not name a captain last season and it appears that they may not name one this season either.

According to new general manager Kyle Dubas, the fact that the Leafs have not named a captain during the offseason allows Brendan Shanahan and the coaching staff to better evaluate the roster options.

“I want to get into a day-to-day with these people and see who is best suited to handle [the captaincy], according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

“If we do determine that we need somebody to handle that. If we feel we have a void in leadership because we don’t have a formal captain, then that is something that I think we can address… We need to evaluate it as the season evolves and as we go through the ups and downs of a season and see how the players each individually handle the daily process of a season.”

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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