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Over at The Athletic, we take a look at individual expectations for the defensemen and goaltenders for this season. What will we get out of those guys? [The Athletic ($)]
If you were hoping for a shiny new defenseman courtesy of the Lightning, well, that’s not happening:
Mikhail Sergachev gets a three-year deal with #TBLightning carrying a $4.8M AAV.— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) November 25, 2020
Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk is retiring after an eye injury he suffered during last season: “I mean, the injury’s causing me to stop playing, so I don’t know if it’s retiring, or [long term injured reserve],’’ he said. “I just know that it’s going to cause me to not play because it’s basically not safe for me if I can’t see things coming.’’ [ESPN] [Newsday]
The two leaders had had nearly daily dialogue most of the off-season, so this communication stalemate is noteworthy for that reason. But again, I think they will see a way through this eventually.— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 25, 2020
Assuming play does return, what do the playoffs look like this season? Three ideas here from Pierre LeBrun: [The Athletic ($)]
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