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Silver Seven Jun 26, 2015

Silver Nuggets: Bridge Contracts for Zibanejad and Stone

Some thoughts about the wisdom of bridge contracts, plus all the links you need for your weekend If you were living under a rock for the last couple days, here's some big news: Mika Zibanejad was extended for two years, and Mark Stone was extended for three years. Zibanejad's has a cap hit of $2.625-million, while Stone's is $3.5-million. Both are "bridge contracts", wherein a promising young player gets a couple years to prove themselves after their entry-level contract (ELC) expires before signing a contract that takes them into their UFA years. The Edmonton Oilers are probably the most...
Silver Seven Jun 25, 2015

Senators sign Mark Stone to a three-year contract extension

After announcing Zibanejad's signing, the Sens weren't done yet! It was a busy morning for the Ottawa Senators. Just minutes after news broke that the team re-signed Mika Zibanejad, they followed up with more big news.  They signed forward Mark Stone to a three-year contract extension worth an annual average of $3.5 million ($2.25M, $3.75M, $4.5M). BREAKING: The #Sens have agreed to terms with forward Mark Stone on a three-year contract extension. — Ottawa Senators (@Senators) June 25, 2015 To say that Stone had a breakout season would be a slight understatement. The 23-year-old...
Defending Big D Jun 24, 2015

Calder Trophy and Vezina Voting: John Klingberg 5th, No Votes For Kari Lehtonen

John Klingberg gets votes, but finished way behind the top candidates. Dallas Stars rookie defenseman John Klingberg was not a finalist for the Calder Trophy, but he did receive quite a few votes. He ended up in 5th place, but in a distant 5th. He came in 450 plus votes behind Filip Forsberg for 5th place and almost 100 votes behind Aaron Akblad. Some voting results are already being Tweeted out: My Calder Ballot: 1. Aaron Ekblad; 2. Johnny Gaudreau; 3. Filip Forsberg; 4. Mark Stone; 5. John Klingberg — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) June 25, 2015 This was a crowded Calder...

2015 Calder Trophy results: Aaron Ekblad defeats Johnny Gaudreau

Gaudreau still the best rookie of the year in our hearts. Even an incredible season wasn't enough to declare Johnny Gaudreau the best rookie of the year, although it was close. The Calgary Flames forward finished as a finalist alongside Mark Stone, but in the end, lost the Calder Trophy to Aaron Ekblad. All three were worthy finalists in an exceptional rookie class that even saw Filip Forsberg and John Klingberg on the outside looking in. There could only be one winner, though, and Ekblad's top pairing minutes as an 18-year-old to bring the Florida Panthers just within reach of the playoffs...
Silver Seven Jun 22, 2015

Mark Stone Should Win the Calder Trophy

As far as I'm concerned, Stone is the top candidate for rookie of the year. Let's get something out of the way to start with: I'm more than a little biased. I've watched Mark Stone play hockey all season. I'm a passionate fan of the Ottawa Senators. Still, I think Stone has the strongest case for winning. First of all, scoring is often used as the benchmark for the Calder winner. Stone and Johnny Gaudreau tied for the rookie lead with 64 points. Stone tied with Filip Forsberg for second in rookie goals with 26, one behind Stone's teammate Mike Hoffman. Stone also led rookies in...
Silver Seven Jun 17, 2015

Your Say: Mark Stone

We've given out our grades. Now it's your turn! We've finished our player grades for the 2014-15 season, but that was just 9 people talking about what they think--and it was a lot of information to talk about. Now it's time for our readers to cast their votes. And with that in mind, we present our Your Say series! Mark Stone recap: Stone's season was nothing short of spectacular. His start to the year may have been overshadowed by Hoffman's lead in rookie goals, but Stone's second-half was extremely impressive. He led the entire league in 5v5 points in 2015 with 32. He...