Nearly five months later, Andrei Vasilevskiy was still searching for answers. Speaking in a quiet boardroom at a downtown Chicago hotel in early September, the goalie for the Tampa Bay Lightning was barely whispering as he tried to explain his team’s stunning sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round
Vancouver Canucks forward Brock Boeser has been cleared to return to action after suffering a concussion last week, but he still believes the play that caused the injury was “pretty dirty.” Boeser returned to full practice with his teammates on Monday, a week after he was hit from behind by Ottawa Senators forward Chris Tierney
The Islanders placed defenseman Hickey on waivers today David Pagnotta: The New York Islanders have been trying to trade defenseman Thomas Hickey since last season. He has three years on his deal at a $2.5 million salary cap hit. There may not have been a trade worth taking out there, so he’s on waivers today.
Sep 28, 2019 Associated Press VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Canucks right winger Brock Boeser returned to practice Saturday less than a week after suffering a concussion. He wore a noncontact jersey and spent about a half hour participating in drills and skating on the first power-play unit. Boeser was placed in the concussion protocol after
[embedded content] GRAND RAPIDS – It’s hard to predict where the Grand Rapids Griffins will finish this season, but with so former No. 1 picks, it’s easy to know the interest level. That would be high, as in the Griffins might be more interesting than the Detroit Red Wings this season. The AHL team, which
With the first puck drop of the 2019-20 season quickly approaching, general manager Rob Blake and the Los Angeles Kings will soon begin the process of rebuilding. The franchise’s schedule consists of 41 home games for Staples Center’s 20th anniversary season, 15 back-to-back matchups and an enthusiastic contest at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Few players in the NHL will experience a career trajectory quite like that of Yanni Gourde. After going undrafted, he led the QMJHL scoring race during the 2011-12 season, bounced around the San Jose Sharks’ ECHL and AHL affiliates for a few seasons before finding a home with the Tampa Bay Lightning. While it took
Adding dynamic puck-moving defenceman Cale Makar to the high-octane Colorado Avalanche last season was like tweaking the engine of an Indy race car. When something already moves that fast, it’s difficult to notice any difference. But Makar noticed the difference in how fast he had to move, especially when he was moving up ice with
Josh Morrissey lifted the Winnipeg Jets to 5-4 overtime victory over the Minnesota Wild on Sunday. Morrissey’s game-ending goal helped the Jets to victory in their final pre-season game, after the Wild leveled the score 4-4 with 1:30 remaining in the third. Winnipeg goaltender Connor Hellebuyck allowed three goal on 19 shots over two periods,
7:00 AM ET Veteran goal-scorer Phil Kessel was acquired this summer to ignite an Arizona Coyotes team that struggled offensively last season. Can he carry them to the playoffs? Here’s everything you need to know about the the Coyotes heading into the 2019-20 NHL season: The big question: Can Phil Kessel ignite the offense? The
With the Edmonton Oilers pre-season schedule officially over, the time for Ken Holland and Dave Tippett to decide who will be part of the equation in Wednesday’s season opener has arrived. Chances are both will lean towards a more experienced lineup but lets us hope that won’t be deciding factor in determining who ultimately makes
When new Edmonton Oiler and projected top-four defenseman Joel Persson went down with a shoulder injury in the Oilers 4-2 preseason loss to the Arizona Coyotes, head coach Dave Tippett skated over to Ethan Bear the next day at practice and said “Knock knock”, implying that this was his chance to shine and grab an
Members of the Carolina Hurricanes organization go out of their way to not heap the heavy burden of high expectations on 19-year-old Andrei Svechnikov. No one uses numbers to predict what the teenage winger could do this season. But if Svechnikov nets 30 or more goals, no one within the organization could honestly say, “We
The Toronto Maple Leafs put the finishing touches on their pre-season by firing on all cylinders. Now they hope they can carry that into October when the games count. “Pre-season feels like it’s a month [or] two months long,” Auston Matthews said. “It’s just nice to get it over with and start the real thing.” Matthews
1:53 PM ET Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Jordan Staal has been picked as the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes. The team announced Staal’s selection Sunday before its exhibition game against Washington, adding that forward Jordan Martinook and defenseman Jaccob Slavin will be the alternates. Staal shared the captaincy with since-traded defenseman Justin Faulk two
After the game, Jets coach Paul Maurice all-but-guaranteed that the East Grand Forks Senior High and UND graduate would make the NHL club out of training camp. “I don’t want to unveil the spots,” Maurice said at the postgame press conference. “I probably have to talk to a couple of guys before that. But he’s
The time to win is now. That is the message the Calgary Flames are sending after signing Matthew Tkachuk to a highly-anticipated contract on Wednesday. Tkachuk put pen to paper on a three-year, $21 million agreement, ending the standoff between the left winger and the National Hockey League club. The 21-year-old restricted free agent (RFA)
So it looks like the New York Rangers have a No. 1 line. Not a default top forward unit that just happens to be better than their other ones; a legitimate, star-driven trio that should evoke envy around much of the NHL. When was the last time the Blueshirts could say that? Not in 2019-14,
The Colorado Avalanche signed restricted free-agent Mikko Rantanen to a six-year contract worth $55.5 million (all dollars U.S.) before Saturday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Stars. Rantanen, one of the last RFAs to sign, will count $9.25 million against the salary cap. The 22-year-old Finn set career highs with 31 goals, 56 assists and 87
Sidney Crosby left the Pittsburgh Penguins’ pre-season finale against Buffalo in the first period Saturday after taking a shot off his skate. Hit by a shot from Sabres defenceman Marco Scandella, Crosby played on to 6:42 before leaving. Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust left the game after he was hit in the hand in the third
Petrovic could get a deal from the Bruins Jim Matheson: There is the sense that the Boston Bruins could sign PTO defenseman Alex Petrovic to a two-way deal. He would get a good amount of money if he’s on their AHL team. Canucks could move Virtanen James (@Account4hockey): Chris Johnston said on Sportsnet 650 on
10:36 PM ET Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby left the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ preseason finale against the Buffalo Sabres in the first period Saturday after taking a shot off his skate. Hit by a shot from Sabres defenseman Marco Scandella, Crosby played on for 6 minutes, 42 seconds before leaving. Pittsburgh forward Bryan Rust left
Syracuse, N.Y. — Syracuse Crunch forward Cory Conacher looked younger and as fit as ever following the team’s first practice of the season on Tuesday, and he was quick with an explanation why. “I think my son keeps me young, too,” Conacher said. “He’s always on the move. I don’t have much time to sit
When the Arizona Coyotes selected Adin Hill as their 76th pick in the 2019 NHL Draft some would argue they saw their future No. 1 goalie. The 23-year-old Calgary native building a young core is something the club has been focused on and this has certainly been showcased each year at the draft. Is Hill
By The Canadian Press September 28th, 2019 WINNIPEG ’ The Winnipeg Jets have solidified their roster in time for the regular season by re-signing their last key restricted free agent. The Jets announced on Saturday that they have signed forward Kyle Connor to a seven-year, $50-million deal ’ one day after inking fellow RFA Patrik Laine to a new contract. Connors’ deal
Counting overtime and shootout losses, the New York Rangers lost 50 games in 2019-19. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist calls it the “toughest season of my professional career.” For the second season in a row, Lundqvist lost more games than he won (18-23-10). This is a goalie who has recorded 30 or more wins 11 times.
Forward Nolan Patrick, who is dealing with a migraine disorder, will miss the start of the regular season for the Philadelphia Flyers, the team announced Thursday. General manager Chuck Fletcher said Patrick, a 21-year-old who was the Flyers’ first-round pick in 2019, will be sidelined indefinitely and won’t make the team’s trip to Europe for
The Avs and Rantanen closing the gap on a new deal Chris Johnston: Colorado Avalanche restricted free agent forward Mikko Rantanen is not skating with SC Bern anymore and is going back to Helskinki. It is believed that they are making progress on a contract. Pierre LeBrun: There is still some work to be done
Sep 27, 2019 The Winnipeg Jets and right winger Patrik Laine have agreed to a two-year, $13.5 million contract, the team announced. Laine, who was a restricted free agent, was on pace for superstardom and a huge payday after two seasons in the league. But last season raised some questions. The 21-year-old had 36 goals
Wolves coach Rocky Thompson tells his players if they concern themselves with the present, future opportunities will come their way. They can’t focus their energy on the NHL, just the present and getting better if and when they get called to the next level. That also holds for Thompson himself. “I approach it the same.