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Mark Scheifele recorded two goals and two assists for the Winnipeg Jets


Mark Scheifele recorded two goals and two assists for the Winnipeg Jets

We’ll be trying a new feature on BB this season to keep you abreast of the latest developments around the National Hockey League.

Here’s a look at what’s making headlines today:

- The Columbus Blue Jackets re-signed forward R.J. Umberger to a five-year, $23 million deal.  The Blue Jackets continue to lock up important assets and now have their young nucleus of Umberger, Rick Nash, Jeff Carter, Fedor Tyutin and James Wisniewski all signed through the 2016-2017 season.  Top prospect Ryan Johansen will be added to the mix shortly as well, so Columbus is clearly trending up.  Umberger’s cap hit will be $4.6 million, or $300k more than Brandon Dubinsky’s cap hit.  Umberger, 29, had 57 points last year while Dubinsky had 54, but Umberger has posted two consecutive 55+ point seasons.  Umberger was once Rangers’ property, but the two sides never came to a contract agreement.  He was set to be an unrestricted free agent next summer.

- The Winnipeg Jets made their official debut last night before a raucous crowd of over 15,000.  Mark Scheifele, the seventh-overall pick in the 2011 draft, stole the show with a four-point night.  Jets’ fans are understandably jacked up for the season, but their club may be in for a long year.  However they do have some young talent and Scheifele, who was originally thought to be a few years away, could make a big impact much sooner than anticipated.

- The Philadelphia Flyers walloped the Toronto Maple Leafs last night 4-0.  We all know that Philly’s lineup will be dramatically different this season, but will they be that much worse?  Sean Couturier, the eighth-overall pick in the 2011 draft, netted a goal and an assist and was promptly signed to an entry-level deal by the Flyers today.  Couturier, originally expected to be a top-three pick in the draft, could turn out to be a gem for the Flyers.  Philadelphia has some tight competition for just a few forward spots, but Comcast Sportsnet’s Tim Panaccio expects prospect Matt Read to make the club, possibly at the expense of Andreas Nodl.  Wayne Simmonds, acquired in the Mike Richards deal, scored once on the power play and nearly converted a shorthanded breakaway for Philly.

- The NHL’s Board of Governors met yesterday to discuss realignment, among other things.  Nothing’s been decided yet, but we will likely see some new Eastern Conference opponents next season.

- Dustin Byfuglien was charged with four counts of intoxicated boating for an incident on Lake Minnetonka three weeks ago.

 

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Posted by Kevin Baumer | September 21, 2011 at 11:56 am
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