NHL notebook: Blackhawks, Sabres swap recent 1st-rounders

The Chicago Blackhawks and Buffalo Sabres exchanged former first-round picks Tuesday.
The Blackhawks will get 21-year-old forward Alexander Nylander while sending 20-year-old defenseman Henri Jokiharju into Buffalo.
Nylander, the No. 8 overall pick from the 2016 draft, appeared in 19 career games for Buffalo, including 12 final season, when he had two goals and 2 assists. Jokiharju, selected 29th in the very first round in 2017, posted 12 assists in 38 games for Chicago as a rookie last season.
Nylander, a native of Calgary, had 31 points (12 goals, 19 assists) in 49 games for the AHL’s Rochester Americans last season. Jokiharju, from Finland, published 17 points (two goals, 15 assists) in 30 games to the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL.
–Former Nashville captain Greg Johnson, who shot the first faceoff died Tuesday at Detroit. He was 48. No cause of death was immediately reported.
A second-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1989, Johnson scored 369 points (145 goals, 224 assists) from 785 career NHL games from 1993-2006. He functioned as the Predators‘ captain from 2002 to 2006 and holds the franchise documents for short-handed goals (11) and also short-handed points (17).
Johnson is survived by his wife and two children. His younger brother, Ryan Johnson, played 13 seasons in the NHL (1997-2011) with five teams.
–Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar signed up a two-year contract extension, the team announced, keeping him under contract during the 2021-22 year old.
The 47-year-old Bednar has guided the Avalanche into the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.
„Jared has done a huge job behind the bench, and it has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team,“ Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a news release. „He’s an outstanding coach who has the full trust of his players, coaches and team. He’s guided this franchise to two straight playoff appearances and we are excited with this group can perform moving forward.“
–The Vegas Golden Knights avoided arbitration with Malcolm Subban, signing up the goaltender to a yearlong, $850,000 contract.
Subban appeared in 21 games (20 starts) for Vegas last year, using an 8-10-2 record, a 2.93 goals-against average and a .902 save percent. Subban, 25, again will be an arbitration-eligible restricted free agent after next year.
Subban, claimed off waivers from the Boston Bruins in October 2017, was 13-4-2 in the 2017-18 season with a 2.68 GAA and a .910 save percentage, helping the Golden Knights reach the Stanley Cup Final.
–Field Level Media

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