• Goalie interference expected to be a hot topic at NHL GM meetings

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders‘ hopes of clinching a playoff berth have been steadily declining since the NHL Trade Deadline. At that time, general manager Garth Snow was clear about his deadline intentions, stating that his captain, pending UFA John Tavares, wasn’t going anywhere. He was also adamant..." March 18

  • Housley sees Predators as model for Sabres

    NHL.com "Nine months after coming two wins shy of hoisting the Stanley Cup, Phil Housley once again will be behind the bench for a Nashville Predators game. Only this time, he'll be trying to beat them. Having served as a Predators assistant from 2013-17, Housley, 54, was named as coach of the..." March 18

  • Leafs’ Shanahan says ‘no decision’ made on Lamoriello’s future

    Sportsnet "If you’re wondering about the status of Lou Lamoriello’s contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, don’t count on getting an answer any time soon. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman spoke with Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan Saturday morning about Lamoriello’s future as GM, and relayed the..." March 18

  • Dundon, Hurricanes suspend search for new GM: report

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Carolina Hurricanes’ search for a general manager is on hiatus. Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported Saturday that the process of replacing former GM Ron Francis is being put on hold for the time being, citing that owner Tom Dundon needs more time. “Tom hasn’t had the time he needs to do..." March 18

  • Bruins' David Backes cut by skate blade in net-front collision, leaves game

    Sporting News "Bruins forward David Backes rushed off the ice clutching his bleeding right leg following a frightening collision Saturday against the Lightning. Yanni Gourde’s skate blade appeared to cut Backes near his knee or thigh as the two tumbled into the Tampa night at full speed toward the end of the..." March 18

  • Rangers adding Erik Karlsson a dream that should stay that way

    New York Post "On three different occasions over the past few weeks, The Post has encountered people inside the NHL who either implied or inquired about the possibility of the Rangers going after superlative defenseman Erik Karlsson, who it seems inevitable will be traded by the Senators before the June 22..." March 17

  • Hurricanes GM search being stalled because of low salary offer, says report

    Sporting News "The Carolina Hurricanes are currently without a general manager, and that seat could continue to remain vacant if owner Tom Dundon doesn't dig a bit deeper into his pockets, according to a new report. During the "Headlines" segment on Hockey Night In Canada, the panel addressed Carolina's..." March 17

  • John Tavares will move to wing in Doug Weight’s experiment

    Newsday "The Islanders are not blind to the obvious. They are not mathematically eliminated from the playoffs, but their season will end on April 7. “I think the realistic part of it is, obviously, the odds are stacked against us,” said captain John Tavares, perhaps playing his last three weeks with..." March 17

  • Why Lightning’s Nikita Kucherov shouldn’t be in Hart Trophy conversation

    Sportsnet "Fans of the Tampa Bay Lightning weren’t very pleased when I broke down the chances Eric Staal has of winning the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2017-18, and concluded that, while examining some of the top contenders, Nikita Kucherov shouldn’t be in the..." March 17

  • Predators rode Rinne, depth, balance to clinch playoff berth

    NHL.com "The Nashville Predators arguably have the most talented roster in their history, leading to the NHL's best record (47-14-10) for 104 points in 71 games. The Predators are going to the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, becoming the first team to clinch a berth into the..." March 17

  • Rangers getting a good look at the future, despite playoff disappointment

    Pro Hockey Talk "Silver linings for teams far off the playoff line are few and far between at this time of the year. But if there is one that can be taken for any team looking at re-tooling or rebuilding for next season, it’s the ability to take a look at the future crop against NHL adversaries. The New York..." March 17

  • Murray practices with Penguins

    NHL.com "Matt Murray participated in practice Saturday for the first time since sustaining a concussion Feb. 26. The Pittsburgh Penguins goalie who faced full shots prior to a 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday, split time in net with rookie goalies Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith..." March 17

  • Dmitry Kulikov out eight weeks following back surgery

    Yardbarker "When Dmitry Kulikov was listed as day-to-day with an upper-body injury last week, it seemed completely innocuous. Now, it appears to be anything but and potentially season-altering for the Winnipeg Jets. Sportsnet’s Sean Reynolds reports that Kulikov is undergoing back surgery and will be out..." March 17

  • Sabres' Jack Eichel: Will return Saturday

    CBS Sports "Eichel (ankle) will rejoin the lineup Saturday against the Blackhawks. Eichel has practiced with the team since Tuesday and has finally made enough progress to rejoin his teammates in game action for the first time since Feb. 10." March 17

  • Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews sheds non-contact jersey at practice

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs received some good news regarding their best player Saturday morning. Auston Matthews wore his normal practice jersey at the team’s skate ahead of a Hockey Night in Canada showdown with the Montreal Canadiens, indicating he could be nearing a return to the lineup. The..." March 17

  • Geoff Molson confirms GM Marc Bergevin will return

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens owner Geoff Molson confirmed Friday that Marc Bergevin will stay on as general manager after this season. Speaking to media members after a Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation event involving Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde — who are on their first state visit to..." March 17

  • Devils' Tom Fitzgerald pulls out of contention for Hurricanes GM job

    Sportsnet "The Carolina Hurricanes‘ search for a new general manager narrowed slightly Friday as two more potential candidates bowed out of the race. Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton has withdrawn his name from consideration, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. New..." March 17

  • Could goalie interference review process change after GM meetings?

    Sportsnet "When the NHL general managers meet next week, goaltender interference figures to be a focal point of the discussion. On last weekend’s Headlines segment during Hockey Night in Canada, Chris Johnston reported that one point for the league will be to relay a message that it’s not OK with the..." March 16

  • Latest on Ilya Kovalchuk's NHL return

    Yardbarker "Last offseason was hijacked at some points by Ilya Kovalchuk and his desire to return to the NHL. It seemed as though every day Kovalchuk would waver between returning and staying in the KHL, and eventually it became clear that he would not be able to find a deal that was acceptable for the New..." March 16

  • Price close to return with Canadiens

    NHL.com "Carey Price is moving closer to returning after a concussion, and the Montreal Canadiens goaltender said he did not for a moment consider shutting down his season. "No, we never had that discussion," Price said Friday. "But for me, personally, it's all about, whether we're in the playoffs or..." March 16

  • Predators AGM Paul Fenton withdraws from Hurricanes GM search

    Sportsnet "The Carolina Hurricanes‘ search for a new general manager narrowed slightly again Friday as another candidate bowed out from the race. Nashville Predators assistant general manager Paul Fenton has withdrawn his name from consideration, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Fenton was..." March 16

  • Tavares, Islanders Could Work Out Sign-And-Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "A “sign-and-trade” scenario, in which a player signs with his current team or another only for the purposes of being traded to a different team, is uncommon in the NHL. It most frequently seen in the NBA, where such deals often offer the teams making the deal some salary cap loophole or benefit...." March 16

  • Devils' Brett Seney: Inks entry-level deal

    CBS Sports "Seney agreed to terms on a two-year, entry-level contract with New Jersey on Friday. Seney just wrapped up his senior season with Merrimack College in which he tallied 13 goals, 19 assists and 48 PIM. " March 16

  • Canadiens need to look in mirror before moving forward

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens have been a colossal disappointment in 2017-18. Instead of building on their first-round playoff exit from last year, the Habs have bottomed out as one of the worst teams in the league from day one of the season. The highs have been short and the lows have been long, but..." March 16

  • Canadiens’ Carey Price: ‘I would like to finish the season strong’

    Sportsnet "Carey Price will travel with the Montreal Canadiens to Toronto on Friday but won’t be available for their game against the Maple Leafs on Saturday. The 30-year-old goaltender, who suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 20, returned to practice Thursday and was back on the..." March 16

  • PHWA to make NHL award ballots public for first time

    Pro Hockey Talk "Beginning this June, the Professional Hockey Writers Association will reveal the ballots of each voter for the NHL Awards. After much debate over the past several years, 81.3 percent of the group’s membership voted in favor of full transparency. The PHWA, which announced the decision on Friday,..." March 16

  • Ducks’ Kevin Bieksa to undergo surgery on left hand

    Sportsnet "Anaheim Ducks defenceman Kevin Bieksa will undergo surgery on his left hand Friday to remove scar tissue. The 36-year-old blue-liner is expected to miss two-to-five weeks. Bieksa has just eight assists and a minus-13 rating in 59 games for the Ducks this season, his third in Anaheim." March 16

  • Why Nugent-Hopkins is auditioning for both Oilers and Senators

    Sportsnet "Ryan Nugent-Hopkins may or may not know it. But with Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion taking in his second consecutive Edmonton Oilers game, he is auditioning. For the Oilers first, and the Senators second. As Dorion looked on, Nugent-Hopkins’ time on Connor McDavid’s left wing..." March 15

  • Leafs recall Sparks, downplay Andersen injury

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock downplayed Frederik Andersen's injury on Thursday, despite the team recalling Garret Sparks from the AHL on an emergency basis. "I don't think there's much going on there," Babcock said of Andersen. "He wasn't going to play tonight..." March 15

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Nathan Gerbe To Two-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have seen enough from Nathan Gerbe to determine that they want to keep him around. The veteran forward has signed a two-year, two-way contract extension that will take him through 2019-20. The deal pays Gerbe an average annual value of $675K in the NHL, and breaks down as..." March 15

  • Oilers sign Maksimov to entry level contract

    NHL.com "The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Kirill Maksimov to a three-year entry-level contract. Maksimov, 18, is in his third Ontario Hockey League season and second with the Niagara Ice Dogs. In 59 games with the Ice Dogs this season, the Moscow, Russia native has posted 73 points (33G, 40A),..." March 15

  • Islanders sign Scott Eansor to two-year contract

    Yardbarker "Hard work continues to pay off for Scott Eansor, who has earned his first contract with the New York Islanders after a strong season in the AHL. The team announced today a two-year, two-way contract with Eansor, though financial details were not released. Because of his age (22), this is the..." March 15

  • Carey Price practises, but he's not ready to play yet

    Montreal Gazette "Goalie Carey Price, who has missed the last 11 games after suffering a concussion from a slapshot off the mask during a game in Philadelphia on Feb. 20, was on the ice with goalie coach Stéphane Waite 30 minutes before the Canadiens’ morning skate Thursday in Brossard and also took part in the..." March 15

  • Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet's mother passes away

    Sporting News "Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, granted a leave of absence Monday to deal with a family illness, was back with the team Thursday after losing his mother to brain cancer the day before. Norma Tocchet was 93. "Family comes first," Coyotes GM John Chayka said in announcing his coach's absence earlier..." March 15

  • Rangers back open for business this summer

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Rangers have been very open about the rebuilding/retooling process they’re undergoing, but there do seem to be undercurrents of this being a quicker operation than some might have expected. The Rangers have always been tied to big trade rumors or free agent signings over the..." March 15

  • With Ducks scraping to make playoffs, Ryan Miller is again part of games that matter

    Orange County Register "The last time Ryan Miller was the man in net for a playoff game was three springs ago with Vancouver, the team the Ducks were facing Wednesday night. His choice to come to Southern California could, in some ways, play out just as he hoped. Miller is a different role with the Ducks, backing up..." March 15

  • Blackhawks ‘not as optimistic’ about Corey Crawford’s return — and they probably shouldn’t be

    Chicago Tribune "This season went nowhere fast for the Blackhawks after goalie Corey Crawford was put on injured reserve. Next season promises more of the same for the Hawks if Crawford isn’t 100 percent recovered from what the team has termed an “upper-body” injury, reportedly concussion-related. Which..." March 15

  • Rangers playing it straight, and it’s killing their draft prospects

    New York Post "Rangerstown is filled with folks attempting to conjure ways for the Blueshirts to move into the entry draft’s top three if luck isn’t with the club at the lottery drawing, and yes, I see you there among the riffraff, Mr. General Manager Jeff Gorton. Entering Wednesday night’s NBCSN showcase..." March 15

  • Connor Murphy still learning, still aiming for a major role with Blackhawks

    Chicago Sun-Times "Connor Murphy knows what kind of defenseman he wants to be and what kind of role he wants to have. “More of a defensive matchup guy,” he said. “A guy who can consistently play against the other team’s top line or top two lines and be relied upon to shut down good five-on-five play. A guy who..." March 15

  • Flyers under playoff pressure but ‘we need to realize we’re in the driver’s seat’

    Courier-Post "The great prognosticator, Jake Voracek, has spoken. The magic number, he believes, is 92. That’s the amount of points that will get a team in the playoffs for the Eastern Conference. It would be the lowest threshold in six years. Each of the last three seasons, Voracek has predicted..." March 15

  • Hurricanes coach concerned about culture of losing in Carolina

    Sportsnet "When we talk about a “culture of losing” developing around an NHL franchise, it’s often focused on a team that has chosen to go the tear-down rebuild route and aim for the No. 1 overall draft pick. The Edmonton Oilers, owners of four of the past eight first-overall picks, have found it tough..." March 14

  • NHL GMs reportedly like the idea of expanding the number of playoff teams

    CBS Sports "The NHL is in the process of expanding to 32 teams, and if some of the league's general managers have their way, the NHL will also, at some point, be in the process of expanding its playoff field beyond 16 teams. That's according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun, who surveyed GMs this week and..." March 14

  • Sharks Sign Forward Maxim Letunov

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed center Maxim Letunov to a standard, entry-level contract. "Max is a talented scorer and playmaker who has utilized his high-end speed and creativity to produce at every level that he has..." March 14

  • Top-10 Finalists Announced For 2018 Hobey Baker

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Hobey Baker Memorial Award is given to the most outstanding player in collegiate hockey, and has a long list of excellent NHL players among previous winners. Will Butcher, Jimmy Vesey, Jack Eichel and Johnny Gaudreau are the latest to take home the award, while others like Brendan Morrison,..." March 14

  • Time to start treating Giroux like all-time Flyer he is

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Claude Giroux was told he was too old. You know the rest. Monday night, it was a scene, and a script, all too familiar. The scene saw Giroux scoring his 205th career goal, but the script had heartbreak in the ending. The Flyers lost their sixth game in their last seven. This time, 3-2 to..." March 14

  • Sergei Gonchar continues to work magic with Penguins’ new defensemen

    Pro Hockey Talk "During his playing days Sergei Gonchar spent five years as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins and helped play a critical role in the team reaching back-to-back Stanley Cup Finals in 2008 and 2009. His impact was noticeable every time he was in the lineup. He was a 25-minute per night defenseman,..." March 14

  • Columbus Blue Jackets sign Dean Kukan to two-year contract extension

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Dean Kukan to a two-year contract extension through the 2019-20 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Kukan, 24, has registered four assists and two..." March 14

  • Oilers D Oscar Klefbom needs shoulder surgery

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers defenceman Oscar Klefbom is in need of shoulder surgery, but his season isn't over yet. Oilers head coach Todd McLellan said Klefbom will play Wednesday and could join the team for their upcoming four-game road trip before his surgery is scheduled." March 14

  • Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson to undergo shoulder surgery

    Sportsnet "Vancouver Canucks defenceman Erik Gudbranson has been removed from the team’s active roster as he prepares to undergo surgery on his shoulder. The Canucks say Gudbranson hurt his shoulder on Nov. 22 in a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins." March 14

  • Canadiens' Shea Weber sidelined for six months after foot surgery

    Montreal Gazette "Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber, who hasn’t played since Dec. 16, had surgery Tuesday to repair tendons in his left foot and the team expects his recovery period to be six months. The surgery was done by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Green Bay, Wisc. Weber played in only..." March 13