Of course, sacrifice is a relative term here. Shattenkirk’s new deal still averages a cool $6.65 million a year, a hefty salary cap hit the Rangers made room for by trading center Derek Stepan and his $6.5 million cap charge to the Coyotes before the draft. But it’s not easy to dismiss walking away from an additional $20 million or so, either.
“I think you have to give credit to Kevin on this one,” Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said. “He wanted to come here and that (longer) term deal was there for him somewhere else, but he’s a player who really wants to be here and left money on the table, that sent a pretty strong message to us.”
The Penguins have been involved in the Stanley Cup Playoffs Extremely Cheap Jerseys for five weeks; they’ve already had four players miss games with apparent or reported concussions, and there could be a fifth, depending on how forward Scott Wilson feels after getting a forearm/elbow in the head near the conclusion of Sunday’s 7-0 victory over Ottawa.
At the conclusion of the fifth game in the Pittsburgh-Ottawa series, which put the Penguins within a victory of their second consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearance, Ottawa nobody Tommy Wingels spun his body toward Wilson, who was executing a meaningless clearance of the puck. Wingels elevated his right arm and jammed it directly into Wilson’s face.
Gaudreau scored the first goal of his NHL career in the Game 1 loss. The Predators fell into an 0-2 hole when Malkin, the playoffs’ points leader, and the Penguins unloaded with nine goals in two games seemingly by exploiting the lack of center depth on the other end.
But Gaudreau netted the game winner Saturday and broke a 1-1 tie in Game 4 Find Cheap Jerseys with a wraparound that came so close to not going in that play continued for another 35 seconds until officials whistled for a review. The puck barely snuck inside the goal line, bouncing off a lunging Matt Murray’s blocker pad and back out in a split second.