• Will Taylor Hall re-sign long-term?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Let’s ponder three questions for the 2019-20 Devils: 1. Has all the offseason work enticed Taylor Hall to re-sign? In early June, a report from The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta suggested that Hall had no interest in re-signing with the club. Fast..." August 18

  • Logan Couture has good feeling Joe Thornton will return to Sharks

    NBC Sports Bay Area "In June, Joe Thornton hinted that he would be returning for his 22nd NHL season, and that he believes he could play five more years. Almost two months later, Thornton still is an unrestricted free agent. He was seen working out with former Shark Patrick Marleau recently, and Sharks..." August 18

  • Sabres insist there's no change in Rasmus Ristolainen's status

    Buffalo News "No matter what Rasmus Ristolainen may have said last week in Finland, the party line from the Buffalo Sabres is they're currently planning to have the veteran defenseman on their team for the start of training camp next month. Speaking last week to Finnish outlet MTV Sports,..." August 18

  • Canucks extending Benning shows ownership’s belief in long-term plan

    Sportsnet "It is not hard to find critics of the Vancouver Canucks’ owners. You can start with any of the general managers and presidents who have worked for Francesco Aquilini’s family, although getting former senior employees to talk on the record may be difficult, complicated by ongoing..." August 17

  • Mikko Rantanen 'not stressful' about lack of contract with Avalanche

    NHL.com "Mikko Rantanen isn't concerned that he and the Colorado Avalanche have yet to agree on a new contract, and he expects the Avalanche to be a better team than last season once he does sign. "Nothing's wrong; there's still one month until [training] camp starts,"..." August 17

  • Matt Duchene under pressure to make Predators Stanley Cup contenders

    Pro Hockey Talk "Few players enter the 2019-20 season with more to prove than Matt Duchene. He’d be under pressure for his fat new contract in any context. Frankly, there’s plenty of room for debate that Duchene will be worth his $8 million cap hit next season, let alone as the 28-year-old..." August 17

  • Is this the season Jonathan Drouin finally breaks out?

    Montreal Gazette "The pressure is on Jonathan Drouin. It could be argued that the 24-year-old Québécois winger just might be the key to whether or not the Montreal Canadiens thrive or dive down the standings this season. Of course there are other Habs whose fortunes will have a big..." August 17

  • Red Wings promote Kris Draper to director of amateur scouting

    Detroit News "Four-time Stanley Cup champion Kris Draper has been officially promoted to director of amateur scouting for the Detroit Red Wings, according to the team's website. Draper, who was the assistant to former general manager Ken Holland, replaces Tyler Wright, whose contract..." August 17

  • Patrik Laine comments a reminder of Jets’ vulnerability in RFA market

    Sportsnet "It has been a long summer for Winnipeg Jets fans waiting for updates on the status of contract negotiations between Patrik Laine and the team. For those fans, Friday’s news, via an interview in Finland between Laine and Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, was probably not what..." August 17

  • Can David Pastrnak use playoffs as learning experience?

    NBC Sports Bay Area "When you look back at the numbers, they certainly didn’t tell the entire story. David Pastrnak finished tied for the team lead with his nine playoff goals and he had a perfectly respectable 19 points in his 24 playoff games during Boston’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. But..." August 17

  • Lindsey Vonn helps NHL boyfriend P.K. Subban train on the ice this summer

    USA Today "For a short period of time, before Lindsey Vonn dedicated her life to skiing, she wanted to be a figure skater.  “I was awful,” Vonn told USA TODAY in an interview Thursday for her foundation’s Strong Girls Camp. “So my parents pulled me out of..." August 17

  • Drew Doughty sees Kings rebounding after they 'failed the entire organization'

    NHL.com "Drew Doughty vowed the Los Angeles Kings will bounce back this season after finishing 30th in the NHL standings in 2018-19. "We're excited to have another opportunity to show everyone we still have it and we can still be a contending team," the defenseman told NHL.com on..." August 17

  • Hurricanes Sign Chase Priskie

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The top player in the mid-August free agent class is off the board as the Hurricanes announced that they have signed defenseman Chase Priskie to a three-year, entry-level contract.  The deal will pay him the maximum $925K at the NHL level (including signing bonuses) and $70K in the..." August 17

  • Canucks extend GM Jim Benning’s contract beyond 2019-20 season

    The Province "The Jim Benning era continues. The Vancouver Canucks have extended their General Manager, according to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Benning, 56, has been the Canucks’ GM since May 2014, and was set to enter the 2019-2020 season on an expiring contract..." August 17

  • What Does Mats Zuccarello Bring to the Wild?

    Hockey Wilderness "Back on July 1, the first day of NHL free agency, the Minnesota Wild signed veteran winger Mats Zuccarello to a five-year deal worth $6 million annually. Zuccarello’s deal includes a full no-move clause and a modified no-trade clause in the final two years of his contract — a bit..." August 17

  • Aaron Ekblad calls Panthers 'team to beat' after offseason moves

    NHL.com "Aaron Ekblad said the Florida Panthers are "the team to beat" this season after their offseason moves. "Maybe in the past people overlooked us, but right now, I would say we go into this year as the team to beat," the defenseman told The Athletic in an interview..." August 17

  • Sharks jersey retirements: Why Joe Thornton should be honored first

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The history of the Sharks can be split into two eras: Before Joe Thornton, and after Joe Thornton. It’s befitting of a man nicknamed “Jumbo,” as San Jose’s acquisition of the probable Hall of Famer from the Boston Bruins on Nov. 30, 2005 marks the biggest..." August 17

  • Kaapo Kakko hopes to be on same line as Panarin with Rangers

    NHL.com "Kaapo Kakko is already relishing the possibility of playing on the same line as Artemi Panarin with the New York Rangers. Selected by New York with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Kakko (6-foot-3, 195 pounds), a left-handed shooting right wing, could end up playing on a line..." August 17

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • Jets' Patrick Laine uncertain of future as contract negotiations at a crawl

    Winnipeg Sun "Patrik Laine said he knows he’ll be playing somewhere next year but stopped short of answering the where part. The 20-year-old restricted free agent spoke with Sportnet’s Chris Johnston on Friday at the Finnish Alumni All-Star Game, saying he’s not worrying too much..." August 16

  • Canadiens' Max Domi kept first tattoo a secret from father Tie

    Yahoo! Sports "Max Domi loves himself some tattoos, which is evident by the sleeve he has on each of his arms. His father, noted NHL enforcer Tie, however, doesn’t feel the same way about them. So when the Montreal Canadiens star forward went to get his first tattoo, he had his..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Buffalo Sabres unveil golden 50th anniversary jerseys, announce they'll go back to royal blue in 2020

    CBS Sports "This upcoming season will be the Buffalo Sabres' 50th, a milestone that they're preparing to celebrate in a variety of ways. One of those ways is with a new commemorative jersey, which they unveiled on Friday morning.  The 50th anniversary Sabres alternate brings a..." August 16

  • Canadiens need more from Jonathan Drouin

    Pro Hockey Talk "On the surface, Jonathan Drouin‘s 2018-19 season doesn’t look too bad. The 24-year-old finished with 18 goals and respectable 53 points in 81 contests, but there was plenty of disappointment, too. When the Canadiens needed him most, he was a no-show. The Habs were in..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • Red Wings' Dylan Larkin wants to create 'buzz around town' with fast start

    Detroit News "It’s August, hockey season is getting closer, and Dylan Larkin can’t wait. This time of year could be the worst for a rink rat like Larkin, who normally has to be chased off the ice. There's still four weeks before the Wings begin training camp in Traverse..." August 16

  • Lou Lamoriello says Islanders needed Belmont arena to remain on Long Island

    Newsday "Lou Lamoriello always believed the Islanders’ new arena at Belmont Park would become a reality. It’s likely he would never have agreed to become the team’s president and general manager in 2018 otherwise. Still, Lamoriello knows how significant it is for the..." August 16

  • NHL rumors: Ex-Devil Bill Guerin front-runner to be new Minnesota Wild GM?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Minnesota Wild are deep into their search for their next general manager after abruptly firing Paul Fenton in July after just one season at the helm. One of the top candidates emerging for the job is a former Devil. According to a report from The..." August 16

  • Cam Neely Notes ‘Very Important’ Offseason For Bruins’ David Backes

    NESN "It was a very trying season for Boston Bruins veteran David Backes. The 35-year-old found himself as a healthy scratch at multiple points in the regular season and the playoffs during the B’s stretch to the Stanley Cup Final. Backes, who still has two years left on..." August 16

  • Do the Wild have short-term path back to playoffs?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Before the 2018-19 season went sideways, the Minnesota Wild had a five-year run where they were a mostly outstanding and consistently underrated hockey team. They had three 100-point seasons in a four-year stretch and even though they had limited success once they made the playoffs,..." August 15

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic on unsigned Mikko Rantanen: “We want him here for training camp.”

    Mile High Hockey "With approximately a month left before the NHL preseason opens up, Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic spent Thursday morning on the golf course hosting his 22nd annual charity golf tournament. During his time on the course, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post and Ryan Clark of The..." August 15

  • Sebastian Aho: 'I'm happy with my situation' after offer sheet played out

    The Score "Carolina Hurricanes forward Sebastian Aho has no regrets about his offer sheet saga with the Montreal Canadiens. "It's done and that's the best part because now I don't have to think about it for the next five years," Aho told NHL.com's Dan Rosen. "Last..." August 15

  • Victor Hedman feeling 100 percent after injury struggles last season

    NHL.com "Victor Hedman said he is healthy entering training camp for the Tampa Bay Lightning. "If I wasn't 100 percent, I wouldn't be here right now, I'd be in Tampa," the 28-year-old defenseman said at the NHL European Player Media Tour in Sweden on Thursday...." August 15

  • Fans Unfazed By Decline In NHL Fighting

    Last Word On Hockey "Fewer Fights, and Many Fans Don’t Miss It NHL Fighting On July 30, ESPN published “’The new normal’: Why fighting in the NHL has dropped to historic lows,” an article by Greg Wyshynski, who highlights the statistical decline of fighting in the..." August 15

  • Wild need to hope Zach Parise, Eric Staal are capable of another big season

    Pro Hockey Talk "When you look at the top returning scorers for the Minnesota Wild there is a pretty common theme among almost all of them. Almost all of them are in their mid-30s. The group of Zach Parise, Eric Staal, Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Jason Zucker, and Mikko Koivu (the top-six..." August 15

  • What is Sidney Crosby’s current place among NHL’s all-time greats?

    PensBurgh "Over the weekend Steve Simmons, everyone’s favorite Canadian hockey columnist, used the opening section of his weekly notes column to ponder whether or not Sidney Crosby or Jean Beliveau is currently the fifth greatest hockey player of all time behind the hockey Mount Rushmore of Wayne..." August 15

  • Injury to Juuso Valimaki changes Flames’ plans for T.J. Brodie

    Sportsnet "Turns out Nazem Kadri may have done the Calgary Flames a massive favour. Instead of being booed Nov. 19 when Kadri makes his return to Calgary, a city he recently rejected a trade to, the former Toronto Maple Leafs centre should perhaps be thanked by Calgary faithful. After..." August 15

  • Oilers Counting on New Forwards

    The Hockey Writers "When Ken Holland accepted the job as general manager of the Edmonton Oilers, he inherited a roster with plenty of flaws. Chief among them was a lack of scoring on the wing. Sure, Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl combined for an outstanding 91 goals in 2018-19 (the most goals by any pair in the..." August 15

  • Logan Couture wants NHL to take the luck out of close calls

    The London Free Press "In games of chance, there is no such thing as too much good luck. But that’s not always the case in the National Hockey League. Logan Couture helped San Jose eliminate Vegas with the benefit of an infamous major penalty call in Game 7. Then, his Sharks went up 2-1 in..." August 15

  • 3 NHL teams that could return to the playoffs in 2019-20

    Yahoo! Sports "The 2018-19 NHL season didn’t unfold the way every team would have hoped. To be fair, any club not named the St. Louis Blues didn’t quite get the ending it wanted. But for the 15 squads that missed out on the playoffs, last year wound up being increasingly disappointing...." August 15

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Report: Joe Thornton will re-sign with Sharks

    TSN "Joe Thornton announced his intentions to return for a 22nd NHL season in June and according to Kevin Kurz of The Athletic, it is only a matter of time before the veteran re-signs with the San Jose Sharks. Kurz writes that "Thornton is not going anywhere and will..." August 15

  • Kevin Fiala Negotiations Waiting On New GM

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When Paul Fenton was fired a few weeks ago by the Minnesota Wild, not only did the team have to start an immediate (and perhaps desperate) search for a new general manager, but the rest of their offseason was put on hold. Assistant GM Tom Kurvers took over the day to day..." August 15

  • Brandon Saad looking to regain spot on Blackhawks' top line: 'That’s something that I think I’m capable of'

    NBC Sports Chicago "Brandon Saad emerged as a breakout star almost immediately in his early days with the Blackhawks. He quickly became a fixture on the top-six and developed unique chemistry on the first line with Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews. The Blackhawks were hoping Saad's second..." August 15

  • Seattle expansion team expects nickname early in 2020, before coach

    NHL.com "The Seattle NHL expansion team is likely to have a nickname before it has a coach, general manager Ron Francis told SI.com on Monday. "There's a meeting every week on it," Francis said of the nickname. "The plan is to have a name as we get early into..." August 15

  • How well do NHL's new coaching hires suit their teams?

    The Score "It's the dead of summer and, following seven offseason hirings, all 31 NHL teams have a head coach for the 2019-20 season. With the optimistic press conferences firmly in the rearview mirror, we thought it'd be fun to assess the fit of each new coach and team in advance of training..." August 15

  • Maple Leafs’ William Nylander ready to “dominate” after whirlwind year

    Sportsnet "The word most on William Nylander’s mind right now is “dominate.” A couple weeks out from Toronto Maple Leafs training camp, he drops it in various forms during a 15-minute conversation. It’s not by coincidence. The 23-year-old has long since..." August 15

  • Ivan Barbashev Looking At Overseas Options

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have methodically worked their way through a long list of restricted free agents this offseason, bringing each one back for another shot at the Stanley Cup. All but one that is, as Ivan Barbashev is still without a contract. Today, Jeremy Rutherford of The..." August 15

  • Canucks: No current plans to honour Roberto Luongo

    TSN "The Florida Panthers waited less than two months after Roberto Luongo retired to announce the goaltender would be the first player in team history to have his number retired. It appears the Vancouver Canucks won't be as quick to honour the..." August 15

  • David Pastrnak’s MVP Pick Hard To Argue But Likely Unpopular With Bruins Fans

    NESN "It looks like David Pastrnak is putting the Boston Bruins’ rivalry with the Toronto Maple Leafs aside … for now. The Bruins winger on Thursday gave his prediction for the 2019-20 Hart Trophy winner, and the particular player he picked may surprise you. Pastrnak..." August 15