• Blues to retain Ken Hitchcock as head coach

    The Score "After leading his team to the Western Conference Final for the first time in his five-year tenure, it appears head coach Ken Hitchcock has done enough to stay with the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are expected to make a formal announcement as early as Tuesday that Hitchcock will remain with the..." May 30

  • NHL players in the Olympics may hinge on who picks up cost

    Puck Drunk Love "Will the NHL participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea? A formal decision hasn’t been made, but Gary Bettman made a few comments prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final which hints that the league won’t be participating unless someone else picks up the..." May 30

  • No process in place for Penguins to sell team, Bettman says

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins are not close to being sold a year after announcing the hiring of a firm to “review strategic options.” “They listened — and look — at options, but there's nothing pressing,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday afternoon at Consol Energy Center. “And there's no process in..." May 30

  • Flames' Jokipakka could miss World Cup after hip surgery

    The Score "Defenseman Jyrki Jokipakka underwent hip surgery upon the completion of the Calgary Flames' season, president Brian Burke revealed Friday on Sportnset 960 The Fan radio. The procedure may keep Jokipakka from playing for Finland at this fall's World Cup in Toronto, Burke said. Jokipakka was..." May 30

  • Free agent Troy Brouwer thinks about joining Canucks

    Sportsnet "Smart move, Troy Brouwer. More than a month ahead of unrestricted free agency, the St. Louis Blues forward just upped his popularity in his hometown by speaking favourably about joining the Vancouver Canucks this summer. “I have thought about it, for sure,” the North Deta native told..." May 30

  • Fleury: Now’s not the time to think about future in Pittsburgh

    Pro Hockey Talk "The last time the Penguins were in the Stanley Cup Final, Marc-Andre Fleury was the club’s unquestioned No. 1 netminder. Now, seven years later, the Pens are back — but Fleury’s in a greatly reduced role. He’s backing up 22-year-old Matt Murray, which has cast doubt on Fleury’s future in..." May 30

  • Ways Red Wings can upgrade defense

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Red Wings have several needs. A franchise defenseman – or at least a top-pair D-man – would top the list. But those types of players are difficult to acquire. The free-agent market for top-tier defensemen is thin. Some top-pair defensemen could be available by trade, but the cost is..." May 30

  • Chiasson’s days numbered in Ottawa

    The Hockey News "Alex Chiasson’s days in Ottawa appear to be coming to an end. The 25-year-old is a restricted free agent, but Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun suggested the forward could be dealt prior to the NHL draft in Buffalo next month. Chiasson’s agent, Kent Hughes, confirmed to THN that he’s expecting his..." May 30

  • Crosby motivated to win Cup again

    NHL.com "Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby started to reel off names of people who serve as motivation for him to win the Stanley Cup again. It took him a while. He started with Pascal Dupuis, his former teammate who had to retire because of blood clot issues. He talked about Mario Lemieux, the..." May 29

  • It's still Auston Matthews at No. 1, but let's give credit to Patrik Laine

    Toronto Star "There is no doubt in my mind the Maple Leafs will select Auston Matthews with the first overall pick in the June draft. But there are second-guessers everywhere. Part of the issue is folks have been talking about Matthews for two years as the presumptive No. 1 overall pick, and it's human..." May 29

  • Pominville: ‘Name one guy who had my start who winds up having a good year’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jason Pominville couldn’t have envisioned a worse start to his season. Pominville picked up four assists in his first three games of 2015-16, but he didn’t score his first goal until Nov. 28 (22 games). The 33-year-old finished the year with 11 goals and 36 points in 75 games. Those are clearly..." May 29

  • Penguins' Daley out 4-8 weeks, won't rule himself out of Cup Final

    The Score "Trevor Daley is keeping the door ever-so-slightly open on a return during the Stanley Cup Final. The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman suffered an ankle injury on May 21 that effectively ended his postseason, and while Daley admitted Sunday the expected timeline of recovery is four-to-eight weeks,..." May 29

  • Sullivan: Kessel showing Penguins how badly he wants to win

    NHL.com "When forward Phil Kessel was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Toronto Maple Leafs on July 1, 2015, he didn't immediately envision making the Stanley Cup Final. But almost 11 months later, he'll take the ice for Game 1 of the Final against the San Jose Sharks at Consol Energy Center on..." May 29

  • Matt Duchene believes the Avalanche were afraid to lose in 2015-16

    Denver Post "It can get a bit confusing, or perhaps redundant. The International Ice Hockey Federation stages annual World Championships in the spring, and the participating NHL players come from teams that don’t make the playoffs or are eliminated early. Even if available, many big names pass (or aren’t..." May 29

  • Capitals prospect Bowey escapes disciplne for high hit, possible slur

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "Capitals prospect Madison Bowey will not face further discipline after he was investigated for using a homophobic slur in Game 4 of the Calder Cup Eastern Conference Finals on Friday. In a series in which everything has been going right for the Hershey Bears, something went very wrong on Friday..." May 29

  • John Scott wants to form World Cup team with Phil Kessel, other snubs

    The Score "Call them the people's champions. Following Friday's World Cup roster announcements, NHL All-Star MVP John Scott took to Instagram to address the exclusion of Phil Kessel from Team USA. Scott's proposal, framed around a grainy photo of an infamous preseason stick-swinging incident back in..." May 29

  • Should Lightning trade Bishop and hand the torch to Vasilevskiy?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Erik Erlendsson poses what may seem like a bold question on Hockey Buzz: should the Tampa Bay Lightning hand the reins to Andrei Vasilevskiy by trading Ben Bishop? Erlendsson points to these comments made by Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, with the last sentence likely being most pertinent: “I..." May 29

  • Why Penguins-Sharks goalie matchup is unique

    CBS Sports "When it comes to the playoffs experience is always something that will be a major talking point, and it doesn't matter what sport it is. Who has it, who doesn't, why it matters, why it could hurt the team that doesn't have it. It's one of those things that is often looked at as an important..." May 29

  • Senators' Chiasson expects to be traded

    The Hockey News "Alex Chiasson’s days in Ottawa appear to be coming to an end. The 25-year-old is a restricted free agent, but Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun suggested the forward could be dealt prior to the NHL draft in Buffalo next month. Chiasson’s agent, Kent Hughes, confirmed to THN that he’s expecting..." May 29

  • Vladimir Sobotka expected to return to the NHL next season

    Sportsnet "According to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest, forward Vladimir Sobotka will soon announce his intention to return to the NHL. Sobotka left the St. Louis Blues for the KHL after the 2013-14 season. He’s spent the last two seasons with Avangard Omsk, totalling 72 points in 97 games. " May 28

  • Kevin Shattenkirk knows the trade rumors probably won't go away

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Three days after their season ended in San Jose, the Blues gathered their gear at Scottrade Center Saturday morning and departed for the offseason. It was the last time fans will hear from them for a few months, and perhaps the last time ever as a Blue. There are many questions facing the..." May 28

  • Backes certainly wants to re-sign with Blues

    The Score "The captain has no desire to jump ship. After helping the St. Louis Blues come close to the Stanley Cup, David Backes doesn't appear set on testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1, preferring instead to re-sign with the club." May 28

  • Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    Los Angeles Times "There were smiles and polite words about group leadership, and the coach said the captain had been asked to relinquish his position to a teammate and, as “a gentleman,” he had agreed to do so. Was this all about Kings captain Dustin Brown stepping aside for his friend and teammate, $80-million..." May 28

  • Jonathan Drouin 'definitely' wants to stay with Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "The relationship between RW Jonathan Drouin and the Lightning has seemingly been salvaged. Drouin, 21, who requested a trade in November before a six-week holdout in January, indicated Friday that demand is off the table and he expects to be back in Tampa Bay next season and beyond. "I..." May 28

  • Thornton, Marleau kicking off Cup quest in city where NHL careers began

    San Jose Mercury News "The trip to Pittsburgh for the Stanley Cup final takes Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau full circle to the 1997 draft, which was held at Pittsburgh's old Civic Arena. Thornton was the No. 1 overall pick, taken by the Boston Bruins. Marleau went No. 2 overall to the Sharks. The top two picks..." May 28

  • Steven Stamkos says he’d like to remain with Lightning

    ESPN "Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1; however, he reiterated Friday that he'd like to stay with the team that drafted him No. 1..." May 28

  • Phil Kessel nearly speechless as he heads for first trip to Stanley Cup final

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Count Phil Kessel among the speechless after the Penguins’ Game 7 win Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. This Penguins winger whose career has taken off in these 2016 playoffs is going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. “I’m so thrilled,” a beaming Kessel said. “I, I, I don’t..." May 28

  • The Canucks preached patience, then made a ‘right now’ trade for Gudbranson

    Pro Hockey Talk "A few months ago, when the Vancouver Canucks’ miserable season was drawing to a merciful close, club president Trevor Linden went on the radio and said, “When we look at getting ourselves out of this situation, it’s about drafting and developing, and that’s where our focus lies.” Linden’s..." May 28

  • Capitals prospect Bowey in hot water after high hit, possible slur

    The Score "Washington Capitals farmhand Madison Bowey appeared to direct a homophobic slur at Toronto Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen in Game 4 of the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final on Friday night. The exchange happened while the Hershey Bears defender was being escorted off the ice..." May 28

  • Final World Cup selections include plenty of surprises and a few controversial choices

    ESPN "The World Cup of Hockey rosters are set. Each of the eight teams taking part in the tournament in Toronto this September revealed its final seven players on Friday, completing the full 23-man World Cup rosters. Barring injury -- or, in the case of Russian defenseman Slava Voynov, possible league..." May 28

  • Experts split on Penguins, Sharks

    CBS Sports "The 2016 Stanley Cup Final match up has all the makings for an instant classic. The Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks have been the two best teams throughout the playoffs and each boast a cast of players that can put on a show. Both teams also come into the final with a lot to prove. The..." May 28

  • Sharks' Matt Nieto optimistic he'll return during Stanley Cup final

    San Jose Mercury News "Sharks forward Matt Nieto took part in his first full practice Friday since being injured earlier this month and is optimistic he'll be available to play at some point during the Stanley Cup final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nieto took part in the roughly 30-minute practice and was able to..." May 28

  • ‘I felt a huge pop’: Bishop suffered an ankle/shin injury in Eastern Conference Final

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop revealed he had strained ligaments in his ankle/shin area, which ultimately put him on the sidelines for the Eastern Conference Final. Bishop was stretchered off the ice after suffering the injury in the first period of Game 1 versus the Pittsburgh..." May 28

  • Canucks’ Benning explains McCann trade, draft strategy

    Sportsnet "When the Florida Panthers rang up the Vancouver Canucks asking for young forward Jared McCann, general manager Jim Benning moved quickly. He was looking for a big, play-now defenceman to skate in his top four, so once the Panthers were agreed to part with 6-foot-5 24-year-old Erik Gudbranson,..." May 27

  • Yzerman: No reason to believe Drouin won't return next season

    The Score "After a roller coaster of a season, it appears Jonathan Drouin is part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's long-term plans after all. Speaking with the media Friday following his team's Game 7 loss, general manager Steve Yzerman said there was "no reason to believe" the 21-year-old forward would not..." May 27

  • Brown told he's no longer Kings' captain

    TSN "The Los Angeles Kings will be naming a new captain for next season as TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli tweeted on Friday that Dustin Brown has been told he will no longer wear the 'C' for the team. Brown captained the Kings to Stanley Cup victories in 2012 and 2014." May 27

  • Pekka Rinne encouraged by strong finish to season

    Tennessean "The final image of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne's season was of him angrily cracking his stick against the post, hurling the broken remains into the corner as he stormed off the ice. Rinne's aggravation in that particular moment stemmed from the Predators' blowout Game 7 loss to the Sharks..." May 27

  • Joe Thornton should watch hockey, not play with kids, says Mike Milbury

    Sporting News "Joe Thornton has waited a long time to get to the Stanley Cup Final; 19 seasons, to be exact. So maybe he's earned the right to prepare for it as he darn well pleases. When asked after the Sharks secured their trip to the Final with a 5-2 win against the Blues on Wednesday, Thornton had this..." May 27

  • Focus on Stamkos now shifts to the offseason

    TSN "All the news surrounding Steven Stamkos over the last few weeks focused solely on whether he was healthy enough to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup for the Stanley Cup playoffs. And now that their run is over, The Stamkos Watch takes on a whole different meaning. With the Lightning..." May 27

  • NHL may ban Slava Voynov from competing for Russia in World Cup of Hockey

    ESPN "The National Hockey League may bar former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov from the World Cup of Hockey for Team Russia in September in Toronto. Voynov, who was among the final roster members named to Team Russia on Friday, was suspended by the NHL early in the 2014-15 season after..." May 27

  • Max Talbot signs in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this week, we passed along word that veteran NHLer Max Talbot was contemplating a move to Europe. On Friday, that move was made official. KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl announced that Talbot has agreed to a one-year contract. " May 27

  • Dale Hunter: Why Leafs’ Babcock will like Mitch Marner

    Sportsnet "The offence is obvious. The London Knights‘ 19-year-old superstar is bludgeoning opponents with it. Mitchell Marner has 13 points in three MasterCard Memorial Cup games, but that’s not the reason — at least not the only one — Knights coach Dale Hunter believes Toronto Maple Leafs head coach..." May 27

  • Avalanche Signs Sergei Boikov

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche has signed defenseman Sergei Boikov to a three-year, entry-level contract. Boikov completed his third campaign with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2015-16, where he recorded 26 points (six goals and 201 assists), 73 penalty..." May 27

  • Brian Campbell to Test Free Agency: Report

    The Hockey Writers "Veteran leader Brian Campbell may be headed to free agency rather than re-signing with the Florida Panthers, according the Miami Herald’s George Richards per general manager Tom Rowe. While details are scarce, it’s not entirely surprising, seeing as the veteran defender has strong underlying..." May 27

  • Panthers, agent refute report Gudbranson turned down 4-year deal

    The Score "It appears Erik Gudbranson didn't reject a longer contract offer from the Florida Panthers before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks after all. A report emerged Thursday saying the defenseman had turned down a four-year, $18-million contract with the Panthers prior to signing a one-year,..." May 27

  • Sheary benefited from healthy scratch

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Being a healthy scratch might have done Penguins left winger Conor Sheary some good. After sitting out Game 5 Sunday, Sheary was back in the lineup for Game 6 Tuesday. Logging 12:07 of ice time on 18 shifts, Sheary had an entry into the offensive zone which led to the primary assist on a goal..." May 27

  • Doan, Coyotes eyeing one-year deal

    Arizona Sports "Coyotes general manager John Chayka doesn’t have a contract to announce after meeting with Shane Doan and Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, but Chayka did say both sides are now focused on a one-year deal. “We’ve discussed both a multi-year deal and a one-year deal, but at this time we’re progressing..." May 27

  • Patrik Laine highlights final additions to Finland's World Cup roster

    The Score "The Finnish Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday its final 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey. Patrik Laine, who's expected to be drafted second overall in June, highlights the seven players added to the initial roster. The 18-year-old impressed at the recent World Championship,..." May 27

  • New Panther McCann to ask Jagr about hair conditioner

    NHL.com "The Florida Panthers made their first big splash of what is expected to be an exciting offseason on Wednesday night, sending defenseman Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for center Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round pick. McCann,..." May 27

  • Steven Stamkos returns to Lightning lineup for Game 7 vs. Penguins

    SI "The Tampa Bay Lightning got an unexpected surprise when captain Steve Stamkos was declared fit to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Stamkos, one of the NHL’s elite goal scorers, hasn’t played since March 31, having missed Tampa Bay’s final five regular-season games and all 16..." May 26