The NHL Today – January 16th, 2013

Defenceman Sean O’Donnell is hanging ‘em up. Jerome Miron – USA TODAY

News and notes from the NHL today.

  • Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong has signed a 5 year extension.  I would like to commend St. Louis for actually announcing the amount of years (in this case, 5).  I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
  • The Winnipeg Jets have claimed winger Anthony Peluso off of waivers from the St. Louis Blues.
  • Islanders defenceman Lubomir Visonovsky has announced that he is unable to return to the team for at least two weeks for “personal reasons”.
  • The Canadiens and P.K. Subban have still not come to an agreement on a new contract.  With each passing minute, it looks more and more like he’ll be held out of action against the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.
  • Scott Gomez and Wade Redden have hit the waiver wire for the purpose of being bought out.  They won’t be making 9 million dollars, but I bet you’ll see them both in the NHL this year.
  • Travis Zajac has signed an eight year $46M contract to remain with the New Jersey Devils until the 2020-21 season.  Let the comparisons to Shawn Horcoff fly, but eight years on a deal after a torn Achilles tendon is a slight risk, yes?
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs have sent Matthew Lombardi to the Phoenix Coyotes for a fourth round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.  The Maple Leafs are retaining 1.5M of Lombardi’s salary, the first known instance (for me, anyways) under the new CBA where a team keeps part of a traded player’s salary.
  • 20 years and eight teams later, defenceman Sean O’Donnell is calling it quits.

Jonathan is in Halifax tonight at the CHL/NHL Prospects game.  Expect a recap in the not-too-distant future.

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