News and notes around the NHL this morning:
- The New York Rangers have promoted former NHL Chris Drury to Assistant GM this morning. Drury was previous the Rangers’ Director of Player Development, and played a large role in landing coveting NCAA free agent Jimmy Vesey. Drury played four of his twelve seasons in the NHL with the Rangers, and collected 255G and 360A in 892 games overall with the Rangers, Avalanche, Flames, and Sabres.
- David Rundblad has officially signed with the ZSC Lions in Switzwerland. Rundblad, a former 1st round draft pick, never found success in the NHL, scoring only 4G and 21P in 113 games. He played nine games for the Chicago Blackhawks last season—and put up two points—before both parties mutually agreed to terminate the contract. Rundblad joins another former NHLer in Marc-Andre Bergeron on the Lions as they try to defend their Swiss Cup championship.
- Aivis Kalnins first reported that Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Frederik Andersen was injured today in a Olympic qualifying game. Andersen’s Denmark was playing Slovenia today and the goalie left the ice with just over four minutes remaining after being run into by his own player. Denmark ended up losing 3-0. The Leafs traded a 1st and 2nd rounder to Anaheim for Andersen for the former RFA before signing him to a five-year, $25MM deal. Andersen is projected to be the Leafs starter out of training camp, but the team may have to ride Jhonas Enroth if Andersen’s injury is significant.