Two Swiss faced each other on the night of Friday Saturday when two matches appeared on the calendar of the NHL championship. In Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes of the gray winger Nino Niederreiter (17’02, neutral balance) were beaten 3-4 by the Washington Capitals of the Zurich defender Jonas Siegenthaler (12’26, neutral balance). Principal actor of the duel, the goalkeeper of the Caps Ilya Samsonov was solicited 41 times.
The bad news is from Columbus: the Blue Jackets put Dean Kukan on the long-term injury list. The Zurich rear end suffered a ligament and cartilage injury to the left knee in the match won Boston on Thursday (1-2 AD). The duration of the absence of the Swiss international could amount to weeks. The Ohio club is particularly affected by the health problems since it currently has eleven players in the infirmary.
#CBJ defenseman Dean Kukan has been placed on IR and is out indefinitely after suffering a medial meniscus tear and articular cartilage injury Thursday at Boston. https://t.co/2yuYckRczO Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) January 3, 2020
The Montreal Canadiens, who also lost several impact attackers in combat (Drouin, Armia, Gallagher and Byron, in particular), hired Russian veteran Ilya Kovalchuk (36) until the end of the season. The first overall pick in the 2001 draft (Atlanta Trashers) was available on the market after being released by the Los Angeles Kings. He accepted a pact worth 700,000 US dollars with the Habs.
The Canadians agree on the terms of a two-season contract (2019-2020) with striker and free agent Ilya Kovalchuk. The deal will bring in $ 700,000 for Kovalchuk in the NHL and $ 70,000 in the American League.#GoHabsGohttps://t.co/Pnvrffzy9n Montreal Canadiens (@CanadiensMTL) January 3, 2020
In the other game, the Dallas Stars logically beat the Detroit Red Wings (4-1). The Texas club have also learned that they will have to do without Corey Perry for five games. The Canadian striker charged the head of defender Ryan Ellis on January 1 during the Winter Classic won against the Nashville Predators (4-2).