Canucks sign Podkolzin but not Keppen
Puck Pedia: The Vancouver Canucks have signed 2019 first-round pick Vasili Podkolzin to a three-year entry-level contract with a $925,000 salary cap hit and an AAV of $1.775 million.
Podkolzin will get $832,500 base salary, $92,500 signing bonus, $850,000 in “A” bonuses, and $70,000 in the minors.
Iain MacIntyre: “Given cap/talent issues, it will help immensely if Vasily Podkolzin can step into third line for Canucks next season. But don’t sleep on possibility of Will Lockwood earning a spot behind him. Looked good in late-season cameo and team needs speed and tenacity.”
Rick Dhaliwal: The Canucks won’t signing 2019 fourth-round pick Ethan Keppen before the June 1st deadline. He will no longer be their property.
Reaves assessed a match penalty
NHL Injury Updates
Defenseman Kevan Miller hasn’t started skating yet and will be out for Game 2.
Michael Smith: Carolina Hurricanes forward Nino Niederreiter missed Game 1 with an upper-body injury. Coach Rod Brind’Amour said that Niederreiter is “very, very doubtful” to return during their round two series.
Bedner on Johnson: “Guys like having him around. Obviously, he’s a lot of fun and a committed teammate.”
Sheldon Keefe on his status for Game 7 tonight: “He hasn’t been ruled out at this point”