The Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres traded former first-round picks Tuesday.
The Blackhawks will receive 21-year-old ahead Alexander Nylander while sending 20-year-old defenseman Henri Jokiharju to Buffalo.
Nylander, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2016 draft, appeared in 19 career games for Buffalo, for example 12 final year, even when he had two goals and two assists. Jokiharju, selected 29th at the first round in 2017, posted 12 assists in 38 games for Chicago as a rookie last season.
Nylander, a native of Calgary, had 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 49 games for the AHL’s Rochester Americans last season. Jokiharju, from Finland, posted 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 30 games to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
–Deadly Nashville captain Greg Johnson, who took the faceoff died Tuesday at Detroit. He was 48. No cause of death was immediately reported.
A second-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1989, Johnson scored 369 points (145 goals, 224 aids ) from 785 career NHL games from 1993-2006. He functioned as the Predators’ captain from 2002 to 2006 and holds the franchise records for short-handed goals (11) and also short-handed points (17).
Johnson is survived by his wife and two kids. His younger brother, Ryan Johnson, played 13 seasons in the NHL (1997-2011) with five teams.
–Colorado Avalanche trainer Jared Bednar signed up a two-year contract extension, the team announced, keeping him under contract through the 2021-22 season.
The 47-year-old Bednar has directed the Avalanche to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
“Jared has done a huge job supporting the bench and has got the opportunity to keep on leading this team,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a news release. “He is an outstanding coach with the full confidence of his players, coaches and staff. He has guided this franchise to two straight playoff appearances and we’re excited with what this group can perform moving forward.”
–The Vegas Golden Knights avoided arbitration with Malcolm Subban, signing up the goaltender into a yearlong, $850,000 contract.
Subban appeared in 21 games (20 starts) for Vegas last season, with an 8-10-2 record, a 2.93 goals-against average and a .902 save percentage. Subban, 25, again will be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent after next season.
Subban, claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins at October 2017, was 13-4-2 in the 2017-18 season with a 2.68 GAA and a .910 save percentage, helping the Golden Knights reach the Stanley Cup Final.
–Field Level Media

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