• Report: Vegas likely to be exempt from potential Seattle expansion draft

    Sinbin Vegas "Some good news on the horizon for the Golden Knights in relation to the future of the NHL. It appears evident that Seattle will join the league in the near future and will be afforded the same Expansion Draft rules Vegas had back in June. The caveat however is that Vegas is expected to be..." March 21

  • Seattle’s possible NHL expansion draft would have same rules as Vegas

    Sportsnet "If and when Seattle is officially granted an NHL franchise, the expansion draft to follow would be conducted under the exact same rules as when the Vegas Golden Knights broke into the league. As Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reported Wednesday at the GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., NHL deputy..." March 21

  • Will Coyotes give Dylan Strome a real shot?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Aside from seeing who can tank harder, it might be tough to sell the Arizona Coyotes’ game against the Buffalo Sabres tonight. There is one interesting storyline, though: will Dylan Strome finally gain some traction? And will the Coyotes give him a solid chance to actually do so? A failure at..." March 21

  • Penguins have strong chance at three-peat, GM says

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins are preparing for a run at a three-peat, and there's good reason to believe it's possible. "It's the opportunity to win," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "Not only do we have that opportunity again this year, I see it for a few more years." Pittsburgh has won..." March 21

  • Red Wings senior VP talks up Holland, Blashill

    TSN "The future is unclear for both Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland and head coach Jeff Blashill, but the pair received a vote of confidence from team senior vice-president Jimmy Devellano on Tuesday. The Red Wings are set to miss the playoffs for a second straight season after making..." March 21

  • Sounds like Auston Matthews will finally return for Leafs

    Pro Hockey Talk "All things considered, the Toronto Maple Leafs have weathered the storm when it comes to Auston Matthews‘ injuries. Granted, there are likely “What if?” games, with Tuesday’s disappointing loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning standing as an example. Would the Maple Leafs have coughed up a 3-0 lead..." March 21

  • Stamkos fined 5K for 'dangerous trip'

    TSN "Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos has been fined $5,000 for a "dangerous trip" on Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly during Tuesday's game, NHL Player Safety announced. The fine is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement. The incident happened when..." March 21

  • Oilers acquire rights to Cooper Marody from Flyers for 3rd-round pick

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers have acquired the rights to forward prospect Cooper Marody from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2019. " March 21

  • New York Rangers Open To Trading First-Round Pick

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Rangers were busier than any other team at the trade deadline, tearing down their old core by trading players like Rick Nash, Nick Holden, Michael Grabner, J.T. Miller and of course Ryan McDonagh. Those moves came with the benefit of stockpiling draft picks, but that’s not necessarily..." March 21

  • NHL recommends hockey ops makes goalie interference calls

    The Score "NHL general managers have officially recommended a change to the goaltender interference rule, agreeing to leave video reviews up to the league's hockey operations department rather than on-ice referees, commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday. The team responsible for making the calls..." March 21

  • Blackhawks Eliminated from Playoff Contention for 1st Time in 10 Years

    Bleacher Report "The Chicago Blackhawks' disastrous 2017-18 season will not feature a miraculous postseason turnaround at the end. According to Scott Powers of The Athletic, Chicago was officially eliminated from playoff contention Tuesday thanks to a 5-1 loss to the Colorado Avalanche. It marks the first time..." March 21

  • John Tavares focused on finishing season, not future with Islanders

    Newsday "Plenty of people have spent plenty of time this season speculating about John Tavares’ future. The Islanders captain is not one of them. “Not really,” Tavares said on Tuesday. “I haven’t thought about my situation maybe as much as I thought I would.” Tavares, 27, is completing a six-year,..." March 21

  • Defenceman Christian Wolanin signs with the Senators

    Ottawa Sun "The Ottawa Senators have signed University of North Dakota defenceman Christian Wolanin to a two-year contract. Wolanin, 23, scored 12 goals and 23 assists in 40 games this season and had one year of U.S. college hockey eligibility remaining, but he will immediately join the..." March 21

  • Sens sign North Dakota's Christian Wolanin to entry-level deal

    The Score "The Ottawa Senators have signed defenseman Christian Wolanin out of the University of North Dakota to a two-year entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday. Wolanin was a Senators' fourth-round draft pick in 2015, and has spent the last three seasons with the Fighting Hawks." March 21

  • Why Flyers should ride Alex Lyon, not Petr Mrazek

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "When the Flyers acquired Petr Mrazek from Detroit out of necessity in February, Ron Hextall explained the trade as a reward for his players’ hard work. “We’re in a tough situation — you lose your top two goalies when you’re fighting for a playoff spot,” Hextall said then, “and our players have..." March 21

  • David Backes grateful for quick bandage, but not likely to play on road trip

    Boston Herald "Brandon Carlo was sitting in the medical room at Tampa’s Amalie Arena about to have a cut over his left eye stitched up. It was a fairly routine hockey injury. But what came bursting through the door last Saturday was anything but routine. It was a frantic David Backes, and he was clutching a..." March 21

  • Why the Flames’ once-promising season went off the rails

    Sportsnet "It was four months ago Glen Gulutzan identified the problem that eventually railroaded the Calgary Flames season. "It’s basically the fear of failure," said the team’s second-year coach of his club’s penchant for pulling up lame. "When adversity hits you have to be at your best, you have to..." March 20

  • Sabres' Eichel has an answer for anyone wondering why he's playing

    Buffalo News "It's a question that's been asked often among fans. It's been asked to Jack Eichel himself. Why would the Buffalo Sabres' franchise player come back, play out the meaningless few weeks and risk reinjuring his ankle? "It's a bit frustrating for myself to get that question from people because..." March 20

  • Jets' Trouba diagnosed with concussion

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba has been diagnosed with a concussion, head coach Paul Maurice told reporters Tuesday. Trouba was forced from Sunday's contest after a hard collision with Dallas Stars' captain Jamie Benn in just his second appearance since returning from a lower-body injury..." March 20

  • Senators captain Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, lose child

    Ottawa Citizen "Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and his wife, Melinda, have lost their son, the National Hockey League team announced Tuesday afternoon. The Karlssons were married last August in Ottawa. Their first child had been expected in April. The pregnancy was announced in November, and the..." March 20

  • Should Canadiens let Carey Price play again this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "On Monday night, Carey Price made his return to the Canadiens lineup after he missed 13 games with a concussion. Price didn’t play in last night’s game against the Panthers, but the fact that he dressed as the backup means it’s just a matter of time before he ends up back between the..." March 20

  • Arizona Coyotes To Recall Dylan Strome

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the more interesting prospects in the entire NHL is Dylan Strome. Selected third overall in 2015 just behind Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, Strome had almost everything you wanted out of a prospect. A big body, soft hands, elite hockey IQ, offensive creativity, responsible defensively; he..." March 20

  • Henrik Lundqvist is ready to see some action again

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist will finally return to the net for the Rangers on Tuesday night at the Garden against the Blue Jackets after the franchise goaltender had been given a three-game respite so that the coaching staff and management could get a good look at rookie Alexandar Georgiev. Lundqvist most..." March 20

  • Krupa: Season isn't lost for some Red Wings

    Detroit News "It feels like a low ebb. Unfortunately, rebuilding can seem like that repeatedly before the job is finally done. A losing streak of historic note, tied for 12th longest in the 92-year history of the Red Wings, is providing a macabre chapter in the disappointing story of decline that began a..." March 20

  • Goals are nice but Ducks’ Rickard Rakell wants to be complete

    Orange County Register "Excuse Rickard Rakell if he feels being labeled as a goal scorer is confining. It is a label he can’t deny. Rakell is the Ducks’ leader in that area for two years running and his latest score in their 4-2 victory over New Jersey on Sunday pushed his season total to 31. Just four other Ducks..." March 20

  • The pros and cons of reuniting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews on Blackhawks top line

    NBC Sports Chicago "Jonathan Toews' offense usually comes in spurts. We're seeing it again right now. But it's no coincidence his numbers have spiked since Patrick Kane joined him on the top line. After recording another two points in Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Buffalo Sabres, the Blackhawks captain has 11..." March 19

  • Julien: Price is 100 percent healthy, ready to play after Monday

    The Score "The Montreal Canadiens are ready to welcome goaltender Carey Price back to the lineup. After the club sent netminder Charlie Lindgren back to AHL affiliate Laval, head coach Claude Julien said Price is 100 percent healthy and ready to play, though he won't start versus the Florida Panthers on..." March 19

  • Goaltender Interference Dominates GM Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL General Managers are currently at their yearly meetup in Boca Raton, Florida, and the agenda is filled with discussions on how to make the game better and more appealing to fans. Goaltender interference reviews were one of the biggest issues heading into the meetings, and one brought up..." March 19

  • We have ourselves a goalie rotation in Washington

    NBC Sports Washington "It’s happened. The Caps no longer seem to have a No. 1 goalie anymore, they have a No. 1 and 1a. That’s right, we have a goalie rotation in Washington. “There's no sense riding one,” Barry Trotz said after practice on Monday. “[Braden Holtby] is coming back and looking better every game and..." March 19

  • Patrice Bergeron Participates In Bruins’ Morning Skate

    CBS Boston "It’s been three weeks since Patrice Bergeron was shelved due to a fractured right foot, but the Bruins’ best all-around forward took a big step toward a return to game action on Monday. After skating on his own prior to Monday’s morning skate at Warrior Ice Arena, Bergeron stayed on the ice to..." March 19

  • Bruins sign Ryan Donato out of Harvard

    Boston Herald "Ryan Donato has seemed destined to become a Bruin for a long time now and, in the end, neither he nor the team wasted any time in getting a deal done. Donato’s Harvard University team was bounced from the ECAC tournament Friday night, and last night the winger signed a two-year entry-level NHL..." March 19

  • Connor McDavid to play for Canada at WHC

    TSN "While the Edmonton Oilers would need a miracle to reach the postseason, it appears Connor McDavid will still be taking to the ice in May. McDavid's teammate Oscar Klefbom revealed to Sweden's Hockeysverige.se on Sunday that the Oilers captain plans to play for Canada at the Ice Hockey World..." March 19

  • Bishop out at least 2 weeks with lower-body injury

    The Score "The Dallas Stars will be without Ben Bishop for the foreseeable future. The goaltender was injured upon making a big glove save during Sunday's eventual loss to Winnipeg and was forced to make an early exit. Following the game, the team announced his lower-body injury will be reevaluated in..." March 19

  • Rangers finally getting a chance to test out teenage draft picks

    New York Post "The most interesting time of the second half of the Rangers’ season is drawing near. That would be when both first-round picks from the most recent draft — center Lias Andersson (No. 7 overall) and Filip Chytil (No. 21) — get to come up and play as many NHL games as possible without burning the..." March 19

  • Amid all the losses, Blackhawks are trying to reinforce a ‘winning culture’

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was a fair question and a fair time to ask it, an attempt to find a faint silver lining on the black cloud that has hovered over this Blackhawks this season. Now that their playoff fate is set in stone, the heavy weight of a disastrous February off their shoulders, might the Hawks play a..." March 19

  • Will Lockwood To Stay In College For Another Year

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Vancouver Canucks were hoping to get a big boost out of the college ranks for next season, with players like Adam Gaudette and Will Lockwood looking ready to take the next step in their hockey careers. While they’ll have to wait on a final answer from Gaudette on whether he’ll turn pro after..." March 19

  • Kings coach John Stevens not worried about team’s spirit

    Orange County Register "Kings players Anze Kopitar and Alec Martinez on Saturday evening tried to convince reporters that their 3-0 loss that afternoon to visiting New Jersey wasn’t more deflating than usual, even though it came ahead of a four-game road trip as the team fights for a post-season berth with 10 games to..." March 19

  • Petr Mrazek wants his revenge game and likely earned it

    Courier-Post "Petr Mrazek’s eyes lit up and he showed a wide smile each time he was asked about his old team. He wants the revenge game against the Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday. What he did Sunday night, getting a win that dramatically changed the Flyers’ playoff outlook, probably earned him the..." March 19

  • 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