Ex-Michigan hockey players cash in during NHL free agency
NHL teams have splurged in free agency this offseason, and several former University of Michigan players have cashed in. After the free agent mark opened Wednesday, NHL clubs signed 163 players to contracts worth $785 million, according to Capfriendly.com. The 32-year-old Pateryn has appeared in 280 career NHL games, while 27-yeard-old Di Giuseppe has played in 201. His $9.583 million salary cap hit is the third largest among NHL defenseman behind Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty. Werenski isn’t the only Michigan defenseman likely to sign a monster deal this offseason.mlive.com
Red Wings mailbag: Tyler Bertuzzi trade talk; Zach Hyman on the radar?
The Detroit Red Wings have many moves to make between signing their own free agents, making two picks in the first round (Nos. – DonA: It’s doubtful the Red Wings will move Bertuzzi, for several reasons. The Red Wings need that offense, and he also brings a different dimension with his grit. The Red Wings probably have a better chance at re-signing Marc Staal. More: Projecting who Red Wings will protect, lose in expansion draftmlive.com
Max Pacioretty, Kyle Connor highlight ex-Michigan players in NHL playoffs
The NHL playoffs begin Saturday with the usual 16 teams making the field, albeit with a slightly different format this year. Looking for some Michigan flavor to root for with the Red Wings missing the playoffs for a fifth straight year? Here is the full list:Forward Max Pacioretty, Vegas Golden KnightsPacioretty continues to be one of the top goal-scorers in the NHL. The Golden Knights finished tied with Colorado for the most points in the NHL but finished second in the division. The 2013 second-round pick had 19 points in 2021 and has 109 in 271 career games.mlive.com
Maple Leafs shut out Blue Jackets 3-0 to even playoff series
TORONTO, ONT Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-0 on Tuesday to even their best-of-five qualifying series at one game. Five Leafs power plays helped keep the Blue Jackets on their heels. Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was just as disappointed. ... Blue Jackets D Dean Kukan left the bench for observation in the first period after a big hit by Toronto's Kyle Clifford but returned later in the period. That also was the first playoff shutout in Blue Jackets history.
Hutchinson wins 1st, Maple Leafs beat Red Wings 4-1
TORONTO – Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves in his first win of the season and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Saturday night for their fourth straight victory overall and first with a No. Zach Hyman and Auston Matthews each had two goals and an assist for the Maple Leafs (19-14-4). Tyler Bertuzzi scored for the Red Wings (9-25-3), who have lost 15 of 17. The Leafs scored again when Matthews finished off a pass in front from Marner at 13:39. The Red Wings took advantage of the man advantage, spoiling Hutchinson's shutout bid when Bertuzzi scored with 1:44 remaining in the game.