• Nashville Predators' Austin Watson returned to available status

    Fox 17 "Nashville Predators' Austin Watson has been returned to available status as the Nashville Predators say he has entered the follow-up care phase of a substance abuse program. " March 18

  • Leafs embrace late-season adversity as playoffs near

    The Score "It's been a difficult stretch for the Toronto Maple Leafs, as the team has suffered three regulation defeats and allowed 23 goals in its last four games. However, the Leafs remain positive despite the rough patch. "In our meetings today just talking with one..." March 18

  • How concerned should Maple Leafs be as playoffs approach?

    Pro Hockey Talk "There is no team in the NHL under more immense pressure to win, and win big, this postseason than the Toronto Maple Leafs. There probably is not even a team that is a close second when it comes to the expectations this team is carrying around. Not only are they the Toronto..." March 18

  • Florida Panthers Sign Brady Keeper

    Litter Box Cats "The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms with defenseman Brady Keeper on a two-year, entry-level contract. ”Brady is a promising puck-moving defenseman who possesses strong offensive instincts and plays a physical game,” said GM Dale Tallon. “He has been a leader..." March 18

  • Report: Blue Jackets closing in on contract with top goalie prospect

    The Score "Elvis could enter the building in the next couple of weeks. The Columbus Blue Jackets are closing in on a one-year, entry-level deal with the organization's top goalie prospect, Elvis Merzlikins, according to The Athletic's Aaron..." March 18

  • Maple Leafs to sign forward Nic Petan to two-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs are set to sign forward Nicolas Petan to a two-year deal, Sportsnet’s Irfaan Gaffar reports. Petan, 23, was acquired by Toronto at the 2019 trade deadline in exchange for depth forward Par Lindholm. Through three..." March 18

  • Hurricanes in position to end NHL’s longest active playoff drought

    Pro Hockey Talk "The last time the Carolina Hurricanes were in the playoffs, the Black Eyed Peas were on top of the charts and The Hangover was just about to hit theaters. This year, the “bunch of jerks” from Raleigh have a legitimate chance to end the NHL’s longest active playoff..." March 18

  • Making calls on the calls: A night inside the NHL's Situation Room

    The Score "It's a Friday evening in the Center of the Hockey Universe and thousands of Maple Leafs fans are streaming into Gate 1 at Scotiabank Arena. They gab and laugh, weaving through a tight hallway. It's nearly go time for a St. Patrick's Day weekend matchup against the..." March 18

  • Bruins’ David Pastrnak back skating in familiar spot following injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Click to share on Flipboard (Opens in new window) Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window) Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new..." March 18

  • Wayne Gretzky’s NHL-record goals mark might not be so out of reach after all

    San Francisco Chronicle "Even though Wayne Gretzky holds or shares 61 NHL records, it’s pretty darn hard to break even one. For example, Sharks forward Joe Thornton continues to move up the all-time list for points and assists. In the 21st season of his illustrious career,..." March 18

  • Panthers, Islanders Expected To Be Active This Off-Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the New York Islanders sitting in second place in the Metropolitan Division and the Florida Panthers not yet out of postseason contention, eight points back of the final wild card slot with a game in hand, fans are not yet looking toward next season with plenty of meaningful games left..." March 18

  • NCAA prospect Snively signs with Capitals

    TSN "Yale University forward Joe Snively has decided to sign his first NHL contract with the Washington Capitals, the team announced on Monday.  Yale senior and Herndon, Va., native Joe Snively has picked the..." March 18

  • Joel Quenneville breaks his silence and eyes return to coaching sooner than later, but 'no hurry'

    Chicago Tribune "Former Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville has avoided speaking to reporters since his firing in November. But on Sunday, while coaching a team of Hawks alumni in a charity hockey game in Willowbrook, Quenneville broke his silence and spoke to WGN-TV’s Dan Roan..." March 18

  • Evgeni Malkin Week-To-Week With Upper Body Injury

    Last Word On Hockey "The Pittsburgh Penguins were dealt another injury blow to their lineup as head coach Mike Sullivan has announced that Evgeni Malkin will be week-to-week with an upper-body injury. Malkin suffered the injury on a crosscheck from Robert Bortuzzo during Saturday..." March 18

  • Wild sign Gophers goaltender Mat Robson to entry-level contract

    St. Paul Pioneer Press "A couple of days after a controversial call helped knock the Gophers men’s hockey team out of the Big Ten Tournament, goaltender Mat Robson has found a new home. Luckily for him, he doesn’t have to move far. After mulling a number of offers, the 22-year-old..." March 18

  • Red Wings sign Chase Pearson to entry-level contract

    Michigan Live "Chase Pearson, who spent the past three seasons at the University of Maine, signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Pearson will join the Grand Rapids Griffins later this week on an amateur tryout contract. The 21-year-old forward served..." March 18

  • Penguins fans taunt Flyers with 16,000 chant

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Flyers may have beaten the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday, but Penguins fans were still able to play the ultimate trump card. Sunday marked the 16,000th day since the Flyers last won a Stanley Cup. Fans were quick to use that as a taunt on social media and also at the..." March 18

  • NHL must eradicate refereeing oversights before playoffs

    Sportsnet "You know there has been an astonishing interpretation of the NHL rule book when the most shocking thing about the Canucks’ 3-2 shootout win Sunday against the Dallas Stars was not Vancouver winger Tim Schaller scoring twice. Or the Canucks winning. Frequently..." March 18

  • Red Wings playing for NHL draft lottery seeding. Here's how they'll finish

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Red Wings spent the weekend enjoying something that’s become rare: a winning feeling. There isn’t likely to be much more of that as they embark on the last three weeks of the season — and that’s ultimately for the better of the..." March 18

  • Senators To Try To Sign Josh Norris

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The month of March is one where teams often look to lure players out of college with the hopes of adding them to their lineup down the stretch.  While the Senators can’t do that with the currently-injured Josh Norris, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports (video link) that..." March 18

  • Vegas Golden Knights Looking To Move Out Salary

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Vegas Golden Knights have gone from an empty expansion team roster to a cap crunch sooner than anyone could have expected. The defending Western Conference champs are enjoying another strong season and made a major splash at the trade deadline, acquiring Mark Stone and..." March 17

  • Maple Leafs Gardiner & Brown: Will They Be Back in Blue & White?

    The Hockey Writers "If Scott Wheeler of The Athletic is correct, the answer to whether Jake Gardiner or Connor Brown will be with the Toronto Maple Leafs next season is a solid “no.” Jim Parsons, in his most recent The Hockey Writers’ podcast, interviewed Wheeler and what he had to say about..." March 17

  • Sharks coach: Erik Karlsson still 'not close' to returning

    San Jose Mercury News "Erik Karlsson is back on the ice, but he isn’t “close” to rejoining the Sharks lineup. Karlsson took his first-big step toward returning from a groin injury that’s sidelined him for 17 games on Saturday, skating for roughly 30 minutes prior to the Sharks..." March 17

  • Toronto Looking To Make Sheldon Keefe One Of AHL’s Highest-Paid Coaches

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the top AHL coaches looks close to being off the market as the Toronto Maple Leafs organization is close to an agreement with Toronto Marlies head coach Sheldon Keefe to be one of the highest-paid coaches in AHL history, Nick Kypreos of Hockey Night in Canada reported late last..." March 17

  • Report: DeBoer nearing extension with Sharks

    NBC Bay Area "Peter DeBoer's future appears to be staying behind the San Jose Sharks' bench. Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos said Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada "it's imminent" that the Sharks coach will sign a multiyear contract extension.  The..." March 17

  • Matthews represents new wave of NHL

    TSN "Marc Crawford coached Auston Matthews in the Swiss league during his draft year and found out, almost immediately, that the kid from Arizona was the real deal.  "When he was with us in Zurich, I think the thing that kind of told me as a coach right away is, the..." March 16

  • Vancouver Canucks Ink Jett Woo To Entry-Level Contract

    NHL.com "Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the club has signed defenceman Jett Woo to a three-year entry-level contract. "We're very excited at the strides Jett has made this season with Moose Jaw," said Benning. "He plays the game with good..." March 16

  • Los Angeles Kings Sign Akil Thomas To Entry-Level Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Akil Thomas to a three-year entry-level contract, according to Fox Sports’ Jon Rosen. The 19-year-old center is the team’s second-round pick from the 2018 draft. " March 16

  • Stars’ Nichushkin having historically uneventful (and dull) season

    Pro Hockey Talk "After spending two years in the KHL, Valeri Nichushkin returned to the Dallas Stars this season on a two-year contract that will pay him nearly $3 million per season. A first-round pick by the team back in 2013, Nichushkin had shown flashes of the potential that made him a top-10 pick before..." March 16

  • Jets prove contender status by withstanding blue-line injuries

    Sportsnet "What’s your favorite NHL team? OK, now take away your team’s best two defencemen, the way the Winnipeg Jets have been without injured blue-liners Dustin Byfuglien and Josh Morrissey for the past seven games. How would your team fare? In Toronto, they’re..." March 16

  • Bednar: Avalanche were 'checking with our eyes' in loss to Ducks

    Denver Post "Avalanche coach Jared Bednar chastised his players Friday after his rested squad blew a 2-0 lead and lost to the road-weary Anaheim Ducks in a game Colorado had to win to keep its dwindling playoff hopes alive. “We were checking with our eyes,” Bednar said after the Ducks..." March 16

  • NHL has new look: Arizona and Carolina both in the playoffs

    USA Today "Success smells like smoked barbecue for the Carolina Hurricanes. The more they win, the earlier tailgating begins at PNC Arena. Saturday’s home game against the Buffalo Sabres starts at 7 p.m. “By noon there will be hundreds of people in our parking lot,” Hurricanes..." March 16

  • Canucks’ future looks secure with Jacob Markstrom

    Sportsnet "The discussion about how many of their remaining games the Vancouver Canucks should devote to Thatcher Demko’s development would be much simpler if Jacob Markstrom would just stop playing so well. In their garbage-time game Friday against the New Jersey Devils, nearly all the..." March 16

  • Hughes, Caufield set NTDP records heading toward NHL Draft

    NHL.com "Jack Hughes and Cole Caufield, forwards projected to be selected in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft, each established a record on the same play when the USA Hockey National Team Development Program defeated Green Bay 12-4 at USA Hockey Arena on Friday. Caufield set the program..." March 16

  • Jets Sign Johnny Kovacevic

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Jets have inked one of their prospects as TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie reports (Twitter link) that they’ve signed defenseman Johnny Kovacevic to a two-year, entry-level deal.  Financial terms of the contract have not been disclosed. The 21-year-old was a third-round..." March 16

  • Coyotes Sign Kevin Bahl To An Entry-Level Contract

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Coyotes announced Friday they have signed defenseman Kevin Bahl to a three-year entry-level contract. The 18-year-old Bahl was a second-round pick by the Coyotes in the 2018 NHL Draft. For the Ottawa 67’s this season in the Ontario Hockey League, Bahl has..." March 16

  • Evander Kane calls support 'humbling' after daughter's death

    San Jose Mercury News "In a time of immense personal strife, Evander Kane is finding a sliver of peace in the outpouring of support he’s received from teammates, Sharks fans and the hockey community as a whole. After Kane shared the tragic news regarding the death of his unborn daughter on Twitter..." March 16

  • Mike Hoffman just had to have banner mocking his ‘hours’ with Sharks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Every now and then, a player will “join” a team via a trade, only to never play a game with that team before being traded again. It’s part of the process during three-team trades, whether they’re official or unofficial, so that was the case with Mike Hoffman..." March 16

  • Extension Negotiations Expected For Jeff Blashill

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Detroit Red Wings haven’t found a ton of success this season, but they’re not blaming the coaching staff. The rebuilding team is expected to begin extension negotiations with head coach Jeff Blashill at some point according to Bob McKenzie of TSN, as the front office is happy..." March 15

  • Kuemper’s outstanding 2019 is driving Coyotes’ playoff push

    Pro Hockey Talk "Plenty has been written about the resiliency the Arizona Coyotes have shown in fighting through injuries during their stunning ascent into what’s currently a spot in the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. That’s been the case at PHT, for sure, as Sean Leahy’s been able to go..." March 15

  • Canadiens' Shaw: Teammates are 'taking nights off' amid playoff push

    The Score "After the Montreal Canadiens dropped their third game in the last four against the New York Islanders Thursday, forward Andrew Shaw didn't mince words about the attitude of his teammates as the club pushes toward a playoff spot. "We need to be a team..." March 15

  • Jets prospect Kristian Vesalainen returning from KHL, assigned to AHL

    Yardbarker "The Winnipeg Jets announced today that Kristian Vesalainen has been reassigned to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL now that his KHL season has come to an end. Vesalainen was loaned to Jokerit earlier this season after failing to catch on as a full-time member of the Jets. Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg..." March 15

  • Where Kucherov hitting 115 points fits in recent NHL history

    Pro Hockey Talk "Nikita Kucherov isn’t merely content to shred defenses and poor, helpless opposing goalies. He’s like a hot knife going through butter when it comes to the best seasons in recent NHL history, too. With an impressive two-goal, two-assist night in the Lightning’s..." March 15

  • Patrik Laine’s overall game improving at right time for Jets

    Sportsnet "Patrik Laine had the puck on his blade, cruising down the left edge of the slot like a Jag in the passing lane. Bruins goalie and fellow Finn, Tuukka Rask, shifted over towards the former 44-goal man, stuck at 29 snipes this season and hungry for more. “All the options are right..." March 15

  • Phil Housley’s Seat Is Red Hot

    The Hockey Writers "The Buffalo Sabres’ post-game answers have become as cliché as they get. The excuses flow faster than outlet passes from their zone. The blank stares match their scoreboard total. There’s talk about adding jam to their game. Competing. Digging deeper. It’s a broken..." March 15

  • Report: Rangers to Sign WHL Free Agent Jake Elmer

    Blueshirt Banter "The Rangers are on the verge of signing WHL forward Jake Elmer to an entry-level contract, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie. Elmer, 20, plays right wing for the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The 6’1 forward has 38 goals and 40 assists in 60 games. By WHL..." March 15

  • Filip Zadina Sent Back To AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Detroit Red Wings were true to their word today, sending Filip Zadina back to the minor leagues after his nine-game stint in the NHL. Zadina would have burned a year of his entry-level contract by playing in an additional game, and could have become eligible for the 2021 expansion..." March 15

  • Blue Jackets sign Fix-Wolansky to entry level contract

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed right wing Trey Fix-Wolansky to a three-year, entry level contract, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Fix-Wolansky was the Blue Jackets' seventh round pick, 204th overall, at the 2018 NHL Draft held at American Airlines Center in..." March 15

  • Should Bruins be worried about recent slump?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Between Dec. 29 and Mar. 9, the Boston Bruins lost a grand total of three games in regulation. That two-and-a-half month stretch didn’t allow them to close the gap between themselves and the Atlantic-Division leading Tampa Bay Lightning, but it created some space between themselves and..." March 15

  • Sharks' Evander Kane announces death of unborn child

    Sporting News "Evander Kane announced Thursday on Twitter that he and his pregnant wife lost their unborn child. She was just over halfway to term when the baby died. "I would like to thank everyone who has reached out to my wife and I during this extremely difficult time," Kane..." March 14