You know it is NHL preseason when the news of the day involves injuries, contract talks or fights. First, San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng reported that Timo Meier’s agent says there will be no talks about a contract extension until after the season.
This is one of the rare times when a negotiations delay makes sense for both parties.
Meier, 25, is earning $6 million this season. He will be a restricted free agent next summer. The San Jose Sharks want to see whether Swiss star Meier is really the 35-goal scorer he was last season. Meanwhile, Meier is hoping another strong season will enhance his value.
In other news, goalie Carter Hart is hurt in Philadelphia Flyers training camp. The Flyers have been overrun by injuries since last season.
Finally, a preseason fight didn’t end well for defenseman Ben Harpur. He’s in the Columbus training camp on a PTO. Pittsburgh Penguins player Jamie Devane leveled Harpur with a hard punch. YouTube restricted the video as “inappropriate content.”
Defenseman Ben Harpur, in camp with #CBJ on a PTO, suffered a scary end to a fight with Penguins forward Jamie Devane in the earlier game today in Pittsburgh.
Told he was able to fly back to Columbus with the Blue Jackets.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 25, 2022
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Vancouver: Forwards Ilya Mikheyev injured in a Canucks’ preseason loss. Vancouver Canucks.
Washington: Confident McMichael embraces the center competition in the Capitals training camp. Washington Capitals.