• Flames coach Gulutzan: We think we could be a 100-point club

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames seem to have a knack for Cinderella stories. First came the club’s unlikely 2015 playoff run, wherein the Flames snuck into the dance and tip-toed into the second round. Then there was last season’s debacle – a brutal start that saw the Flames win just five of their first 16..." August 19

  • Golden Knights ‘impressive’ in call with free agent Will Butcher

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "The Golden Knights “painted an impressive picture” for college free agent Will Butcher during a phone call Thursday, according to his agent Brian Bartlett. Butcher, a defenseman who won the Hobey Baker Award last season at Denver, became a free agent after turning down an opportunity to sign..." August 19

  • Wild’s Mikko Koivu releases statement on deadly stabbings in Finland

    Sportsnet "Two women were killed and seven other people injured during a knife attack in Turku, Finland on Friday. Turku is the hometown of Minnesota Wild forward Mikko Koivu and his older brother, retired NHLer Saku Koivu. Upon hearing of the deadly attack, the Wild captain released the following..." August 19

  • Francis hopes Hurricanes live up to hype

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Carolina Hurricanes haven’t been able to make the jump that some have been anticipating for a while, but that hasn’t shaken GM Ron Francis’ confidence in head coach Bill Peters. At least not yet. Francis had high praise for Peters and other facets of this Hurricanes team in a detailed..." August 19

  • Ankle injury prevents Nate Schmidt from attending Golden Knights event

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Defenseman Nate Schmidt skipped the Golden Knights’ stop Friday in Montana because of an ankle injury suffered during his offseason training. Schmidt was set to attend Friday’s street hockey clinic in Bozeman, but his injury prevented him from traveling. General manager George McPhee said..." August 19

  • Islanders’ Eberle and Tavares hoping to rekindle old chemistry

    Sportsnet "Though they lost a few key pieces this summer, the New York Islanders managed to swing one of the most talked-about deals of the off-season, completing a trade that brought them five-time 20-goal scorer Jordan Eberle in late June. That long-rumoured swap was likely music to John Tavares‘ ears,..." August 19

  • Craig Cunningham to have number retired by Coyotes’ AHL team

    Sportsnet "Roughly one month before the one-year anniversary of the game that saw Craig Cunningham collapse on the ice, beginning a hectic ordeal that brought his professional hockey career to a close, the courageous AHLer will have his number retired by his former club. The Tuscon Roadrunners’ manager of..." August 19

  • For Jack Eichel, the money is secondary

    Lowell Sun "Last season, his second in the National Hockey League, Jack Eichel was agonizingly close to earning a $2 million performance bonus. The North Chelmsford native averaged 0.934 points per game. The bonus kicked in if he finished the year among the league's top 10 in points-per-game production...." August 19

  • Statistics reveal players with breakout potential

    NHL.com "After scoring 41, 39 and 44 points in the three prior seasons, forward Mikael Granlund led with the Minnesota Wild with an NHL career high of 69 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 81 games last season. Using an example like this as a template, can underlying numbers identify who might be next for a..." August 19

  • Jaromir Jagr Is a Victim of Ageism and Stupidity

    Vice Sports "Jaromir Jagr, like so many of us, is incredibly talented and unemployed. People like us, the supremely gifted, are left to wonder how we reached this point in our lives. We look at the landscape and fight to understand how others are plying their trade for fair wages while we are left to..." August 18

  • Gorton deserves kudos for Rangers’ rebuild on the fly

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s easy for fans to demand a full-on rebuild when times get tough for their team. It’s another matter for a general manager to actually commit to years of losing, with no guarantee of brighter days ahead. For Jeff Gorton, a tear-it-down rebuild was never really an option in New York..." August 18

  • John Tavares: What’s going into my patient Islanders decision

    New York Post "John Tavares is considering “everything” before signing a contact extension with the Islanders, and that includes going into this season without a new deal in place. The captain explicitly said so when asked on the phone Wednesday by The Post during a late-summer check in. “Yea, I am,”..." August 18

  • Marian Gaborik Has “Non-Surgical Procedure” On Knee

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At the Los Angeles Kings’ state of the franchise event yesterday, GM Rob Blake revealed to season ticket holders and media that Marian Gaborik had undergone a “non-surgical” procedure and is still unlikely for camp. That news comes from Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period and the NHL Network,..." August 18

  • Butcher not seeking guaranteed NHL roster spot

    Pro Hockey Talk "Even with numerous suitors lining up to try and sign him, Will Butcher isn’t making any unreasonable demands as a free agent. Case in point, the 22-year-old defensemen — the same guy who just won the Hobey Baker Award after a terrific senior year at the University of Denver — isn’t saying he..." August 18

  • Lightning re-sign forward Tye McGinn to one-year, two-way contract

    NHL.com "The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed forward Tye McGinn to a one-year, two-way contract, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today. McGinn, 27, skated in 21 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, posting 10 goals and 19 points to go..." August 18

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic: Matt Duchene trade talks 'quiet on all fronts'

    Sporting News "Matt Duchene's messy divorce from the Avalanche is inevitable, but not imminent. Long the subject of trade speculation, general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday he expects the star center to attend training camp in Colorado when the team reconvenes later this month. And while he remains open for..." August 17

  • Sabres sign Zemgus Girgensons to two-year deal

    wkbw.com "On Thursday the Buffalo Sabres announced that forward Zemgus Girgensons has signed a two-year deal worth an average of $1.6 million per season. Girgensons, a 2013 first round draft, has spent four years with the Sabres, appearing in 277 career games. In 2016-2017, Girgensons scored the fewest..." August 17

  • John Tavares isn’t stressed, but Islanders fans should be

    Sportsnet "Curious why your left eye keeps twitching? Why your forehead’s a cold-sweat mess, you can hear your heart pulse like it’s tethered to your Beats by Dre, and you feel an urge to grasp something stable so you don’t faint? The cause of your symptoms is simple and frightening. You are a New..." August 17

  • No contact between Leafs, Butcher

    TSN "Free agent defenceman Will Butcher and the Toronto Maple Leafs have not had any contact according to Craig Custance of The Athletic Detroit. The Columbus Blue Jackets however have reportedly made a pitch to Butcher. Earlier Thursday, Jay Zawaski of 670 the Score in Chicago reported that..." August 17

  • Mikael Granlund injures ankle while running in Finland

    Sportsnet "Minnesota Wild forward Mikael Granlund has reportedly sustained an off-season ankle injury. The 25-year-old rolled his ankle while running in Finland and is on crutches, according to the Minnesota Star-Tribune‘s Michael Russo, though it doesn’t appear Granlund will be out of commission for very..." August 17

  • Penguins shouldn’t rush to replace Bonino

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nick Bonino was an important player for Pittsburgh the past two years. So when he signed with Nashville on July 1, it was natural for Penguins fans to want an immediate replacement. But for GM Jim Rutherford, finding a new third-line center may take some time. The Penguins might even start the..." August 17

  • Sharks' Couture updates facial injury: 'My top teeth are all fake now'

    San Jose Mercury News "Logan Couture delivered somewhat calming news to Sharks fans with an update on how is mouth is feeling. Couture talked with NHL Tonight about his health five months after taking a puck to the mouth, which caused major damage and seemingly stalled the Sharks center during the..." August 17

  • Canucks meeting with NCAA free agent Alex Kerfoot

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks are one of a number of suitors meeting with NCAA star Alexander Kerfoot, according to multiple reports. Kerfoot, a West Vancouver native, became an unrestricted free agent Wednesday after the New Jersey Devils‘ rights on the college prospect expired. The 23-year-old..." August 17

  • Latest big NHL deal complicates Bruins-David Pastrnak talks

    Boston Herald "The stunning eight-year contract Edmonton Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli lavished yesterday on 21-year-old center Leon Draisaitl — paying $8.5 million dollars per season — hardly was overlooked by Bruins restricted free agent winger David Pastrnak. Indeed, Pastrnak has been waiting to..." August 17

  • Oilers cap situation is scary, and not just because of Draisaitl, McDavid

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Edmonton Oilers pulled the trigger – and likely made teams with big RFA headaches like the Boston Bruins grimace – in signing Leon Draisaitl to a massive eight-year, $68 million contract on Wednesday. You have to do a little stretching to call it a good deal, although credit Puck Daddy’s..." August 17

  • Cullen explains why he chose Wild over Penguins

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Last weekend, Matt Cullen drove east to the Twin Cities to watch his three sons play hockey. On Wednesday, immediately after ending a conference call with the Wild media, Cullen ran into a rink in Grand Forks, N.D., to join his recently-retired hockey-playing brothers, Mark and Joe, so they could..." August 17

  • Lightning not among early suitors for Will Butcher

    Tampa Bay Times "Hobey Baker-winning defenseman Will Butcher is now an unrestricted free agent, and is likely to draw his share of suitors. So far, however, the Lightning isn't among them. Butcher, 22, drafted by the Avalanche in 2013, is expected to chat with several teams, reportedly including the Sabres,..." August 17

  • Islanders’ John Tavares not in a rush to get extension done

    Newsday "John Tavares is not worried about his contract situation. Training camp begins in less than a month, but the Islanders’ captain and star player said the fact that he’s prepared to enter this season, the last under his current deal, without an extension is not causing him to lose any..." August 17

  • Jim Rutherford: Penguins' search for third-line center could stretch into regular season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Penguins have been in search of a third-line center ever since Nick Bonino signed with Nashville on July 1. Now, with training camp barely a month away, the pressure is on general manager Jim Rutherford to make a move. Right? Not exactly. Rutherford said Wednesday it’s possible the..." August 17

  • Penguins to pursue highly touted college prospect Will Butcher

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "As expected, the Penguins will make a pitch to try to land former University of Denver defenseman Will Butcher — the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner as college hockey’s top player — a source confirmed to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette early Wednesday morning. Butcher had until midnight Tuesday..." August 17

  • Wild, Cullen agree to 1-year, $1M deal

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat. Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state..." August 16

  • Pickard embracing challenge with Golden Knights

    NHL.com "No, goaltender Calvin Pickard did not board the bus in Las Vegas on Monday and spend 20 hours riding 1,100 miles for an event here on Tuesday as part of the Vegas Golden Knights Road Trip. He flew in. But he flew in from home in Winnipeg, which is about the same distance away that Las Vegas..." August 16

  • Avalanche Signs Toninato

    Real GM Hockey "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season. Toninato became a college free agent on Aug. 15. Toninato, 23, wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior..." August 16

  • Oilers sign Leon Draisaitl to contract extension

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension, through the 2024-25 season, with an average annual value (AAV) of $8.5 million. The 21-year old native of Cologne, Germany completed his third National Hockey League (NHL) season in 2016-17, setting..." August 16

  • Vegas among teams in on Pens draftee Byron

    Pro Hockey Talk "Will Butcher isn’t the only college free agent garnering interest in free agency. University of Maine senior Blaine Byron, Pittsburgh’s sixth-round pick in ’13, has passed on signing with the club and can now ink with a team of his choosing. Per The Hockey News, the four “lead suitors” for..." August 16

  • Sabres to Meet With Will Butcher

    The Hockey Writers "Free-agent forward Jimmy Vesey chose dirty-water dogs, Broadway lights and the New York Rangers. Free agent goalie Cal Petersen opted for the film industry, Sunset Boulevard and the Los Angeles Kings. For Sabres fans, let’s hope with defenseman Will Butcher, the third time is the charm and he opts..." August 16

  • Ekman-Larsson: Being Coyotes captain would be 'huge honor'

    NHL.com "If defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson is asked to be the next captain of the Arizona Coyotes, he's up to the task. "That would be a huge honor," Ekman-Larsson said during the European Player Media Tour last week. "I didn't dream of that when I was a kid. It was a long, long way from that. It..." August 16

  • Eichel: Sabres 'think we can be a playoff team'

    NHL.com "Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel is sick of losing. He's tired of watching other teams and players, especially his peers, pass him and the Sabres by. Connor McDavid, the only player selected before Eichel in the 2015 NHL Draft, took the Edmonton Oilers to the Western Conference Second Round..." August 16

  • Prokhorov pressuring Islanders to play at Nassau Coliseum

    New York Post "Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, looking to protect a $165 million investment in the Nassau Coliseum, is pressuring the New York Islanders to play a significant number of games at the Long Island arena in the 2018-2019 season, The Post has learned. Prokhorov, who owns Brooklyn’s..." August 16

  • Why do Bruins struggle handling talented young players?

    Boston Herald "The Bruins are starting to look like the University of Kentucky basketball program: Talented young players come and go in the blink of an eye, honing their skills and then moving on to bigger and better things. For the Kentucky basketball players, “bigger and better things” means the National..." August 16

  • Report: Devils, Sabres, Vegas in on Hobey Baker winner Butcher

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Will Butcher sweepstakes began today, and there are already a few interested suitors lined up. Per the Denver Post, Butcher — the Denver University product that captured this year’s Hobey Baker — has officially balked on signing with the team that drafted him, the Colorado Avalanche, and..." August 15

  • ESPN analyst ranks Flyers' farm system No. 1 in NHL

    CSN Philly "Ron Hextall never told fans to "trust the process," but apparently any faith in the Flyers' GM has been vindicated. At least that's the case if you believe ESPN NHL writer Corey Pronman's latest farm system rankings (it's an Insider story, so apologies in advance). Pronman has the Flyers' farm..." August 15

  • Leafs’ Marchenko reportedly returning to KHL

    Toronto Star "Alexey Marchenko — an experienced NHL defenceman and potentially a solid depth piece for the Maple Leafs heading into the coming season — is reportedly returning to Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. Marchenko’s agent, Dan Milstein, tweeted Monday that the Russian blue-liner had been placed..." August 15

  • Oilers, Leon Draisaitl would be beyond foolish to part ways

    Sportsnet "The most telling pressure points for me, when it comes to Leon Draisaitl’s protracted contract negotiations with the Edmonton Oilers, is this: Why on earth would the player ever want to play elsewhere? And why would the team ever allow him to do so? On what other team would Draisaitl be able..." August 15

  • Sweeney: Bruins not trading Pastrnak

    TSN "Don Sweeney has no plans to trade David Pastrnak. The Boston Bruins general manager dismissed speculation from this week that the team could deal the winger, who is a restricted free agent. "Not trading Pastrnak," Sweeney wrote in an email to The Boston Globe on Monday. The Bruins and..." August 15

  • Leafs among teams eyeing D Butcher

    TSN "According to Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the lone Canadian team linked to University of Denver standout Will Butcher. Butcher became a free agent on Tuesday after failing to reach an entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche, who drafted him in the fifth round..." August 15

  • Kuznetsov doesn't want to hear talk of Capitals' regression: 'That's bull'

    NHL.com "Three months have passed since the Washington Capitals lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round, but the disappointment remains after coming up short again in their pursuit of the Stanley Cup. With the start of training camp in September rapidly..." August 15

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