• Tavares on not meeting with Habs: 'I'm not here to make everyone happy'

    Sportsnet "With the Montreal Canadiens and the franchise’s travelling reporters rolling into town Monday, we are reminded that the team most desperately in need of signing John Tavares this summer wasn’t even granted a seat at the table. The new Toronto Maple Leafs centreman was..." September 24

  • Islanders sign defenseman Luca Sbisa

    Last Word On Hockey "The New York Islanders signed free-agent defenseman Luca Sbisa to a one-year deal. Earlier this off-season, Sbisa was invited to Islanders camp on a Professional Try-Out. He showed enough in camp to earn a deal with the team. Financial Terms have not yet been..." September 24

  • William Nylander doesn't appear close to deal with Leafs

    Yardbarker "Maple Leafs winger William Nylander is one of just three remaining restricted free agents and it doesn’t appear as if a deal is particularly close. In an appearance on TSN 1050 (audio link), TSN’s Darren Dreger suggested that there haven’t been many talks as of late between..." September 24

  • Connor McDavid on missing playoffs: ‘It was miserable around town’

    Sportsnet "Entering his fourth NHL season, Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers are facing the pressure of needing to have a bounceback season after failing to make the playoffs in 2017-18. But there is one major difference this season that will impact Edmonton’s front office flexibility going..." September 24

  • Ryan Kesler Cleared For Contact, Aiming For Season Opener

    Pro Hockey Rumors "At one point this off-season, there were major questions about Ryan Kesler’s health and whether the Anaheim Ducks center would play at all in 2018-19. While Kesler has a ways to go before he is back at 100%, he is certainly trending in the right direction and far from the doomsday..." September 24

  • Did Sunday's practice lineup show who the Caps' fourth line center will be?

    NBC Sports Washington "The Capitals had a very familiar look to them when their first group took to the ice for Sunday’s practice. With 41 players on the roster, the team is still split into two groups with each practicing at different times. The first group on the ice Sunday, however, looked an awful lot like..." September 24

  • Ozhiganov a front-runner for Maple Leafs’ third defensive pairing

    Sportsnet "Igor Ozhiganov is not yet at a point where he can speak comfortably in English with reporters. Ask any Toronto Maple Leaf not named Nikita Zaitsev how much they’ve been able to interact with the six-foot-two mystery man from Krasnogorsk and you’ll get responses like this..." September 24

  • Quenneville doubts Crawford will be ready for season opener

    The Score "Don't count on "Crow" being between the pipes for the Chicago Blackhawks in their first game of 2018-19. When asked whether starting netminder Corey Crawford will be ready in time for the Oct. 4 season opener against the Ottawa Senators, Blackhawks head coach Joel..." September 24

  • The NHL’s revenge culture is a danger to the health of players

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "When Max Domi threw a punch that broke Aaron Ekblad’s nose and got him ejected from a pre-season hockey game, it was widely expected that it wouldn’t go without repercussions. Domi ended up suspended until the start of the regular season, but in the eyes of..." September 24

  • Brian Gionta retires after 16-year NHL career

    Pro Hockey Talk "Brian Gionta announced his retirement from the NHL on Monday, officially putting an end to an incredibly successful 16-year career. The 39-year-old Gionta made the announcement in Buffalo, where he will be taking on a small, unspecified role with the team that will allow him to remain..." September 24

  • Detroit Red Wings' Mike Green (virus) believed 'over the worst of it'

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green appears to be over the worst of his viral infection, but there is no firm timeline for his return. General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press on Sunday that tests performed Friday by an infectious diseases specialist show Green,..." September 24

  • Kampfer excited for his second go-round with the Bruins

    NBC Sports Boston "These days Steve Kampfer definitely looks a little bigger, a little stronger and a little older than the last time he suited up for the Black and Gold back in 2012. That makes perfect sense, given that he’s about to turn 30 years old rather than the 20-something fresh out of the..." September 24

  • Capitals sign first-round pick Alex Alexeyev to entry-level contract

    Washington Post "The Washington Capitals have signed 2018 first-round pick Alexander Alexeyev to a three-year entry-level deal after the Russian defenseman impressed in his first training camp with the organization. Alexeyev was among the first round of training camp cuts, and he’ll spend this..." September 24

  • Bruins castoff carries chip into first full year with Rangers

    New York Post "Ryan Spooner needed a change. That much he made clear as he settles into his first full year with the Rangers following his February acquisition from the Bruins ahead of last season’s trade deadline, part of the deal that sent Rick Nash to Boston. The 26-year-old Spooner is also..." September 24

  • Flyers trying to use their tools to fight back against early injuries

    Courier-Post "Part of James van Riemsdyk’s daily routine includes a nightly steam in the sauna he has in his Philadelphia condo. “I’ve found it’s been a good recipe to keep the body limber and good,” he said, “but I’ve got a whole room full of bells and..." September 24

  • What Carter Hart can learn from Shayne Gostisbehere's rookie season

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Ron Hextall has exercised as much extreme caution and due diligence when it comes to throwing a young promising prospect into the frying pan of an NHL rink. But Nov. 14, 2015, will always be a day when the Flyers' general manager and the entire organization was forced to deviate..." September 24

  • Islanders’ free agents have plenty to prove to Lou Lamoriello

    New York Post "If there is one thing the Islanders have in abundance going into this season it’s flexibility. New team president Lou Lamoriello is strapped with the task of rebuilding this once-proud franchise that has fallen into disrepair. In doing so, he has not committed to any player long..." September 23

  • Sharks Sign Jake McGrew to Entry-Level Contract

    Hockey Fights "San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed forward Jake McGrew to a standard, entry-level contract. McGrew, 19, spent last season with the Spokane Chiefs in the Western Hockey League (WHL). After missing the 2016-17 season,..." September 23

  • Logan Brown, Drake Batherson among 15 Senators cut from training camp roster

    Ottawa Sun "It wasn’t exactly a quiet Sunday at the Canadian Tire Centre. The Ottawa Senators were given the day off as training camp entered its final stages with only 10 days remaining until the National Hockey League regular-season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks. Meanwhile, ..." September 23

  • The Montreal Canadiens sign Paul Byron to a four-year contract extension

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "The Montreal Canadiens and Paul Byron have agreed to a four-year contract extension. Byron was a waiver pickup by the Canadiens, as they added him from the Calgary Flamesorganization at the start of the 2015-16 season. He signed a three-year contract..." September 23

  • Spezza wants to be more than ‘good locker room guy’ for Stars

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jason Spezza is unlikely to play like a $7.5 million guy for the Dallas Stars this season, but it’s tough to imagine things getting worse than they did last season. Spezza mixed with Ken Hitchcock about as well as wolves get along with sheep in 2017-18, seeing his ice time..." September 23

  • Money is the last thing on Nathan MacKinnon's mind

    Denver Post "Name the NHL’s five-best players and Nathan MacKinnon, based on — if nothing else — what he accomplished last season, makes the list. The electrifying Avalanche center had a 39-goal, 97-point season and finished second in Hart Trophy voting as the league’s..." September 22

  • Devils' Miles Wood: Inks four-year deal

    CBS Sports "Wood has come to terms on a four-year deal with the Devils. He'll have a $2.75 million AAV over the life of this new contract. Getting this deal done now should give the 23-year-old power forward ample time to report to the team and get caught up by the start of the season. " September 22

  • Tough season behind him, Jason Spezza looks forward with 'fire in belly'

    NHL.com "Jason Spezza is ready to go. The veteran center has been in Frisco for weeks and can't wait for training camp to start Friday at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. There's good reason for that. Spezza is coming off the worst season of his 15-year NHL..." September 22

  • Will a goalie go in first round during 2019 NHL Draft?

    Pro Hockey Talk "As much as you need an elite center and a star defenseman, goalie remains the make-or-break single position in hockey. Unfortunately, it’s easier to herd cats than predict goaltending performances. With that in mind, it’s not that shocking that the Marc-Andre Fleury/Rick..." September 22

  • Senators pledge to raise funds for Tornado victims

    Sportsnet "As communities in the Ottawa-Gatineau region begin to recover from Friday’s devastating tornado, the Ottawa Senators have announced a plan to help. The team created a GoFundMe page on Saturday in an effort to raise funds to help those affected by the storm that tore through..." September 22

  • Pavelski's agent calls extension talks with Sharks 'non-existent'

    The Score "The San Jose Sharks have held plenty of contract negotiations this offseason, but that apparently doesn't include talks with their captain. Joe Pavelski's agent, Dan Plante, recently revealed as much to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz. "Since there hasn't been..." September 22

  • McDavid’s new top-line trio proving a worthy experiment for Oilers

    Sportsnet "There is a question/opinion floating around the hockey talk shows about poor Connor McDavid. The gist is that his club has failed McDavid by forcing him to play with an out-of-position left-winger and a right-winger who isn’t even a proven NHLer. They’re not wrong. Ryan..." September 22

  • Contract talks between Devils, Miles Wood intensify

    NewJersey.com "Negotiations between the Devils and restricted free agent forward Miles Wood have become serious, and a new deal could be imminent, a person with knowledge of the talks told NJ Advance Media. The Devils and Wood's camp didn't have any serious..." September 22

  • Seven Players Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Not surprisingly, the waiver wire isn’t quite as busy today after 25 players were on it yesterday.  Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports (Twitter link) that the following seven players have been waived by their respective teams: G Joe Cannata (Colorado) D Alex..." September 22

  • Sullivan returns to Penguins following death of father

    NHL.com "Mike Sullivan returned to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins at practice Friday, his first time with the team since his father died Saturday. George Sullivan, 81, died after receiving care at Cardigan Nursing Home in Scituate, Massachusetts. "He was never short of an opinion..." September 22

  • Sabres’ Nylander talks brother’s contract stalemate with Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "Alexander Nylander says his brother William is doing “good” while waiting for a new contract from the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Buffalo Sabres prospect has kept in touch with his older sibling since returning to North America at the start of September but doesn’t know..." September 22

  • Tampa Bay Claims Danick Martel Off Waivers From Philadelphia

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The first waiver claim of 2018-19 has been made as the Lightning have claimed forward Danick Martel off waivers from Philadelphia, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman (Twitter link). Martel was a prolific scorer at the junior level, recording 102 points in 64 games in his..." September 22

  • Matt Duchene to be patient with next career move

    TSN "Mark Stone offered a full-throated retort to a report on Wednesday that hinted he may no longer want to be an Ottawa Senator because he didn’t like the direction the team was heading. “I love it here,” Stone told reporters, pouring cold water on the report...." September 22

  • Roman Josi talks upcoming contract extension

    Yardbarker "Many would suggest that Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis left some money on the table when he signed his eight-year, $50M contract extension earlier this summer.  Fellow blueliner Roman Josi certainly felt that way and hinted to Adam Vingan of The Athletic (subscription required) that he..." September 22

  • Ekblad broke nose on Domi punch, vows 'Scores will be settled'

    TSN "Aaron Ekblad revealed Friday he sustained a broken nose when he was punched by Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi on Wednesday night. The Florida Panthers defenceman said he doesn't believe Domi’s suspension for the remainder of the preseason fits the crime and vowed..." September 22

  • Domi addresses suspension: 'By no means did I want to hurt him'

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi spoke for the first time since being suspended for the remainder of the preseason for punching Florida Panthers blue-liner Aaron Ekblad. As transcribed by Stu Cowan of The Montreal Gazette, Domi said: "It's a real tough situation,..." September 22

  • Washington’s Options At Backup Goalie

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Washington Capitals have four goaltenders under contract for the coming season, Vezina Trophy-winning starter Braden Holtby and three unproven young backups: Pheonix Copley, Vitek Vanecek, and Ilya Samsonov. The defending Stanley Cup champions do not..." September 22

  • Maple Leafs sign Der-Arguchintsev to entry-level deal

    Pension Plan Puppets "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced this evening that they’ve signed centre Semyon Der-Aguchintsev to an entry-level contract. Selected 76th overall in the 2018 draft, SDA immediately captured the imagination of Leafs twitter with his elusive skating and superior playmaking...." September 22

  • Erik Karlsson hadn’t spoken to Senators management ‘since November’

    Sportsnet "The Erik Karlsson trade continues to reverberate around the hockey world, and after meeting the media in San Jose and skating with his new teammates for the first time, Karlsson spoke a little more about what went on between him and Senators management in the lead up to the..." September 21

  • Ilya Kovalchuk quickly getting up to speed with Kings

    Yahoo! Sports "We’ll see how the skills we witnessed over 11 NHL seasons are following five years home in the KHL, but Ilya Kovalchuk is off to a good start after his first two preseason games with the Los Angeles Kings. After picking up an assist in their first game, the 35-year-old..." September 21

  • Detroit Red Wings' Mike Green (fatigue) may miss start of season

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green may miss the start of the season after fatigue led to blood work, and subsequently an appointment with a specialist.  General manager Ken Holland told the Free Press Green “hasn’t had a lot of energy. He’s trying to see a..." September 21

  • NHL not tough enough with preseason suspensions

    Pro Hockey Talk "When it comes to the court of public opinion the NHL’s Department of Player Safety is always going to be a no-win position. Their job is a brutally difficult, thankless one that by its very nature is going to anger almost everyone watching the NHL. No player receiving a..." September 21

  • Chrissy Teigen as a hockey goalie? LA Kings offer a tryout via Twitter to supermodel

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Kings are holding tryouts for emergency backup goaltender this weekend and would love to see supermodel Chrissy Teigen strap on the pads. The emergency backup goalie is the player who fills in when the projected starter for a game is sick or injured and can't..." September 21

  • After Erik Karlsson trade, Sharks in line for new defense pairings

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Since Peter DeBoer took over as Sharks head coach ahead of the 2015-16 season, defenseman Brenden Dillon’s played with plenty of partners. Seven defensive pairings have played 500 minutes of five-on-five hockey together in the regular season and playoffs during that stretch, according to..." September 21

  • Islanders' Devon Toews, Kieffer Bellows making a case for roster spots

    Newsday "Defenseman Devon Toews and left wing Kieffer Bellows are starting to stand out among the young prospects competing for a roster spot with the Islanders. At the very least, both have shown a comfort level in the NHL preseason. “They look really good,” veteran left..." September 21

  • Devils' Cory Schneider progressing, but still no timetable for return

    Newark Star-Ledger "While Cory Schneider has been active and on the ice nearly every day of Devils training camp, the goalie still doesn't have a clear picture of when he'll be ready to ramp up his practice activity or return to a game. Outside of his individual coach with..." September 21

  • Loui Eriksson Out “Week-To-Week” With Lower-Body Injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Will Loui Eriksson ever catch a break in Vancouver? The former 30-goal scorer’s tenure with the Canucks has been an unmitigated disaster, with constant injury issues playing a role in two streaky, underwhelming seasons. Eriksson has suited up for just 115 of the Canucks’..." September 21

  • As Capitals prepare for fourth preseason game, Devante Smith-Pelly still remains absent from game action

    NBC Sports Washington "When the Capitals take to the ice in Carolina on Friday, they will again be without playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly who has yet to play in the preseason. Friday’s game will be Washington’s fourth of the preseason contest. By now, every skater on the roster..." September 21

  • After a Nightmare Season, Jason Spezza Expects His Team to Rebound under Jim Montgomery

    Defending Big D "On the cusp of their first preseason game of the 2018-19 season, The Dallas Stars are oozing positive vibes. A new coach, a new rookie phenom, and a new Tyler Seguin contract all undergird a firestorm of anticipation for this year, which will almost certainly not end up being disappointing like..." September 21