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Blue Jackets ink RFA defenceman Zach Werenski to a three-year contract

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have avoided prolonging a contract dispute into the regular season with one of their key defenceman.

The team announced Monday that they have finally agreed to a contract with Zach Werenski. The deal is worth $15 million over a span of three years, which works out to an average annual value of $5 million.

The 22-year old, who was selected eigth overall in the 2015 NHL Draft, has accumulated 38 goals, 90 assists and a plus-13 rating over a span of three seasons and 237 games with the franchise.

The offensively gifted d-man has recorded at least 10 goals and 35 points in every single season to this point, and has surpassed 30 assists in two of those seasons.

The news comes less than a week after head coach John Tortorella said he would be “disgusted” if the negotiations bled into the season.

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Alex Kerfoot out indefinitely after undergoing facial surgery

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Things just keep getting worse for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The team has learned on Friday that they have lost another forward to a long-term injury.

Third-line center Alex Kerfoot will be sidelined for an indefinite period of time after he underwent surgery repair facial dental fractures this week.

The 25-year old Vancouver native was acquired along with Tyson Barrie in an offseason trade that sent Nazem Kadri to the Colorado Avalanche on July 1st.

He has compiled five goals, three assists and a plus-1 rating in 20 games this season.

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TJ Brodie discharged from hospital, back at home after scary on-ice incident during practice

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The Calgary Flames and their fans can breathe a sigh of relief.

The team confirmed that defenceman TJ Brodie was released from the hospital and is back at home recovering with his family after a scary incident during Flames’ practice on Thursday where collapsed on the ice and started convulsing. He was eventually stretchered off the ice and sent to a hospital located near Scotiabank Saddledome for further testing.

Luckily everything appears to be okay.

“Following tests conducted at a local hospital, TJ has been discharged and is doing well in recovery at home with his family.”

No word yet on what caused this scary incident to happen. We will keep you updated as details emerge.

The 29-year old, who is in his tenth season with the franchise, has recorded eight assists in 21 games this season.

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Leafs waive struggling back-up Michael Hutchinson

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Micheal Hutchinson’s tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs has come to an end.

The team announced Monday that they have waived their struggling back-up goalie. The news comes less than a day after he allowed five goals on 34 shots during the team’s 5-4 road loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 29-year old, who was acquired last December, had yet to win a game in his five starts this season. He has posted a 0-4-1 record, 4.44 goals-against average and an 87.9 save percentage so far in 2018/19.

As a corresponding move, the Leafs are expected to recall goalie Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

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