Plenty of Dallas Stars fans – many of whom hang out here – have finally taken a deep breath now that they’ve been assured there’s a plan to bring Valeri Nichushkin back to Big D. But proof is the bottom line, and that’s up to Val himself. That’s how Mike Heika of The Dallas Morning News explained it in his weekly chat on Monday: A lot is going to depend on this season. [Nichushkin] is going to have the opportunity to play big minutes on a good team in the KHL and also should have a good chance to play for Russia at the Olympics. These are both challenges and opportunities. If he plays very well, he will get a good contract and he should get a chance to play prime minutes with the Stars in 2018-19.
Author: Defending Big D
Posted: July 26, 2017, 5:00 am
It was a headline-free day in Islanders Country, so...let’s get to ex-Islanders news after one delightful prospect roundup: Josh Ho-Sang, enticing breakout candidate. [FanRag] Former Isles captain Mark Streit returns to his original team, the Montreal Canadiens on a cheap ($700,000) one-year deal. Nice value for the Habs. Streit is coming off that big four-year deal that was a little too long and rich for the Isles. [HEOTP] Jesse Graham, left unqualified and thus allowed to walk by the Isles this summer, has landed with the Avalanche. [FanRag | Soundin’ Off] Here’s the Associated Press version of Kyle Okposo’s return to health. And to complete the ex-Isles updates, apparently there is no clause
Author: Lighthouse Hockey
Posted: July 26, 2017, 5:00 am
"At the end of the day he's just one of the guys," Chiasson said. "He just happened to be a lot better at hockey than the rest of us.. Uhh, ya think? But, seriously a very nice article here about the long-time hometown friends of Sidney Crosby. [Penguins.com] Matt Murray is still young enough to play on the U-23 “Team North America” if it happened again this year (which, it’s not). [Pension Plan Puppets] Kris Letang is a freakishly athletic human being, but he is no match to keep up in this drill with a 43-year old Terrell Owens who’s a doubly freakishly athletic human being. [Streamable] TO did Letang some love after the workout: The Penguins aren’t the only team waiting on a veteran center’s
Author: PensBurgh
Posted: July 26, 2017, 5:00 am
Johnny Oduya is headed to the Eastern Conference. The 35-year-old defenseman signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Ottawa Senators. The contract could be worth up to $1.25 million with incentives. Oduya, who the Blackhawks re-acquired prior to the trade deadline last season from the Dallas Stars, finished with two goals and seven assists in 52 games between the two teams. It comes to no one's surprise that the Blackhawks didn't re-sign the veteran defenseman. After being swept in the first round of the playoffs last season by the Nashville Predators, Stan Bowman has made it clear the Blackhawks are headed in a different direction, and their offseason has been plenty of busy so far. Headline
Author: CSN Chicago
Posted: July 26, 2017, 4:06 am
As we skate toward the start of the 2017-18 NHL Regular Season, our CSN Capitals team of Jill Sorenson and Tarik El-Bashir detail and analyze the Capitals roster. They will take a look at breakout candidates, prospects on the rise, players in need of improvement and a look at the rest of the Metropolitan Division, all leading up to the start of the NHL regular season. It's time to take a look at which top prospects have the tools to become a full-time NHL player and what they have to do to get the call-up from Hershey. Our first entry was Jakub Vrana. Next up is Nathan Walker, who is on pace to become the first Australian to play in an NHL game. YOU CAN WATCH TARIK AND JILL'S FULL BREAKDOWN OF
Author: CSN Mid-Atlantic
Posted: July 25, 2017, 7:32 pm
Hockey Canada has announced its management staff and the timeline for how Team Canada will be built for the Pyeongchang Games.
Author: Puck Daddy
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:13 pm
Enjoy a time-lapse of the final game at Joe Louis Arena, from the pregame to the postgame celebration. The Red Wings beat the Devils, 4-1, Sunday, April 9, 2017. Video by Mandi Wright, DFP. Passionate fans, atmosphere and a rich history made Joe Louis Arena a premier venue for the Detroit Red Wings.  That's what coach Jeff Blashill and three players said in Part I of the team's new six-episode mini-documentary series "The Final Farewell" that aired online today.   The Wings just wrapped up its final season at the Joe and will play in newly built Little Caesars Arena when the season begins Oct. 5 against Minnesota.  "The Joe, to me, represents the great hard working people of Detroit," Blashill
Author: Detroit Free Press
Posted: July 25, 2017, 6:06 pm
The NHL’s last big date of the offseason has passed — the start of free agency on July 1. While the news has slowed down after the rush to sign free agents on Saturday, there will likely be a lot of signings from here on out. To help you keep track of everything this summer, we have put all the free agency signings in one place! So, when Kevin Shattenkirk inevitably goes home to New York — which he did —- or when Jarome Iginla goes to yet another contender to try to win a Stanley Cup — which has not happened yet — you can see all the deals made right in one spot. Not only that, we’ll update this all summer long. Yes, even in the doldrums of the offseason we will have you covered. Regardless,
Author: SB Nation
Posted: July 25, 2017, 4:26 pm
The Predators' roster for next season has taken shape, with the team re-signing five restricted free agents since last Monday and taking an active approach to free agency earlier this month. Captain Mike Fisher still is unsigned, though. The 37-year-old unrestricted free agent is deciding whether he wants to return for a seventh full season in Nashville and 18th overall in the NHL.  "He is on vacation, and I have been away and (focused on preparing for arbitration hearings)," Predators general manager David Poile said Monday. "I'm hoping to talk to him later this week to see where he's at. I'd say by next week, we should have an update." Fisher concluded last season without a definitive answer
Author: The Tennessean
Posted: July 25, 2017, 4:13 pm
The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Mirco Mueller to a two-year contract extension with a cap hit of $850,000. Mueller, a first-round draft pick of the Sharks in 2013, has only played 54 NHL games, scoring two goals with four assists. In June, after spending most of 2016-17 in the AHL, San Jose traded the 22-year-old to the Devils. In New Jersey, Mueller should get a good chance to crack a rebuilding roster. “Mirco is adding another piece to what we’re trying to build here,” Devils coach John Hynes said, per NJ.com. “He’s a young player, he can play with pace. He’s a very good skater. He’s got size, which is something we need on the back end. He makes a good first pass. He allows you
Author: ProHockeyTalk
Posted: July 25, 2017, 3:50 pm
The New York Rangers knew what center Mika Zibanejad wanted. Heading into an arbitration hearing scheduled for Tuesday, the 24-year-old was asking for one year at $5.35 million. No, to get that annual value on that deal, the Rangers wanted Zibanejad locked down for a bit.
Author: Puck Daddy
Posted: July 25, 2017, 3:43 pm
The International Ice Hockey Federation has announced that three KHL players have been suspended after testing positive for banned substances. Here’s an excerpt from the KHL’s website: The IIHF has informed the KHL that three players – forward Danis Zaripov (then with Metallurg Magnitogorsk), defenseman Andrei Konev (Admiral Vladivostok) and defenseman Derek Smith (Medvescak Zagreb) – have tested positive for banned substances. Derek Smith tested positive for a category S6.а stimulant. Andrei Konev tested positive for a category S6.b stimulant. Danis Zaripov tested positive for a category S6.b stimulant plus category S5 diuretics and masking agents. Zapirov, who was part of Team Russia at the
Author: ProHockeyTalk
Posted: July 25, 2017, 2:06 pm
Goaltenders have been, and potentially always will be, the toughest position to evaluate and project a development curve for in hockey. They have proven to be far more inconsistent than a forward or defenceman, and their performance often rides heavily on their team’s success. It’s tough to show a scout great potential while playing for a bottom feeding team and allowing four goals each night. On the other hand, it’s extremely easy to overhype a goalie who is reaping the benefits of playing behind a top tier team, putting up great numbers despite only facing 20 shots per game. At all levels of hockey, the highest drafted goaltender doesn’t always end up being the best one down the road. Even
Author: The Hockey Writers
Posted: July 25, 2017, 2:05 pm
The Arizona Coyotes have a new head coach, but Rick Tocchet still has to fill out the rest of his staff. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the ‘Yotes might be looking to add John MacLean to their coaching staff. MacLean, 52, spent six years as an assistant coach with the New Jersey Devils (2002-2009) before becoming the head coach of their AHL affiliate. After one year of coaching in the minors, MacLean was promoted to head coach of the Devils. His tenure didn’t last very long, as he was fired after just 33 games (they were 9-22-2 under his watch). He spent the following three seasons as an assistant in Carolina, but he was let go after the 2014 season. MacLean hasn’t been back behind
Author: ProHockeyTalk
Posted: July 25, 2017, 1:32 pm
The Buffalo Sabres avoided salary arbitration with goalie Robin Lehner, as they inked him to a one-year, $4 million contract on Tuesday morning. Lehner and the Sabres were scheduled to have their hearing on July 27, but that obviously won’t be necessary anymore. The 26-year-old played a career-high 59 games in 2016-17. He finished the year with a 23-26-8 record, a 2.68 goals-against-average and a .920 save percentage. Both of Buffalo’s goalie (Lehner and Chad Johnson) will have something to prove this season because they’re both on one-year contracts. More details to come.
Author: ProHockeyTalk
Posted: July 25, 2017, 12:49 pm
–Hall-of-fame goalie Tony Esposito joined the guys on NHL Tonight to talk about his illustrious career. He talked about being named to the NHL’s Top 100 list, how he was one of the first goalies to use the butterfly style and more. (NHL.com) –It looks as though NHL players definitely won’t be playing in the next Olympics, which means certain players on AHL contracts could crack their country’s rosters. The Hockey News looks at eight minor leaguers that could find themselves at the next Olympic. Tom Kostopoulos could be an interesting player for Team Canada while Chris Bourque could be an option for the U.S. (The Hockey News) –Nashville Predators GM David Poile has had a relatively good offseason,
Author: ProHockeyTalk
Posted: July 25, 2017, 12:18 pm
Editor’s Note: The boring part of the summer is upon us. Training camps are still about two months away, and arbitration season in winding down. With many teams close to calling it a summer, it’s a good time to check in on what the Sharks’ rivals have done in our newest series: Pacific Peeks. First up are the defending division champions, the Anaheim Ducks. The first season of the Anaheim Ducks’ second Randy Carlyle era went far better than many expected. None of our writers predicted the Ducks to finish higher than second in the division ahead of the season, nor did any on SB Nation’s panel. So, of course, the Ducks won the division and appeared in the Western Conference Finals for the first
Author: Fear The Fin
Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:00 am
Excited about NHL 18? We’ve got a ton of codes for the closed beta that kicks off today on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Check out the below for a chance to nab a key. Good luck! Xbox One PlayStation 4 (North America only)
Author: Polygon
Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:00 am
Michael Cammalleri is back in the city where he started his NHL career, after signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Kings on July 1. Ten years ago, though — almost to the day — Cammalleri and the Los Angeles Kings sat on opposite sides in a five-hour arbitration hearing. Just one year into his tenure, Dean Lombardi successfully argued against the enormous raise Cammalleri was demanding, landing the Kings’ top scorer at $6.7 million overall on a two-year deal. And for a while, it was business as usual. The Kings were still pretty bad, but a (presumably) very motivated Cammalleri was still pretty dang good, potted ten goals in his first ten games of the new season. Cammalleri skated alongside
Author: Jewels From The Crown
Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:00 am
Nashville Predators News: Preds Sign Austin Watson to Three-Year Contract | NHL.com Austin Watson gets paid. Congratulations to he and his wife. Now David Poile, go catch the big fish. What We Learned: Predators keep gambling with smart bets | Yahoo Sports "The way things have gone for the Predators lately, it’s like great things just keep dropping on their laps." Love for David Poile's contract and trade wizardry. Isn't it nice to be one of the teams the media concentrates on in the off season? Central Division News: Hellebuyck signs one-year, $2.25 million contract with Jets | NHL.com "Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck and the Winnipeg Jets agreed to terms on a one-year contract with an average
Author: On the Forecheck
Posted: July 25, 2017, 5:00 am
Four days after a report out of Russia suggested the NHL had a "backup schedule" for the 2017-18 season that included a break for the Winter Olympics, the NHL is again shutting down hope that it will embrace the Pyeongchang Games. "There is not an alternative schedule," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said to THN.com in an email, according to The Hockey News. "Having NHL players participate in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games is not an available option. All of the international federations are planning appropriately for constructing teams that will not include NHL players. I anticipate there will be federation announcements in the coming days that should eliminate any and all continuing doubt
Author: CBS Sports
Posted: July 25, 2017, 4:07 am
Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo wrote a thank you letter to his fans on the team's website Monday, disclosing that he battled illness stemming from medication last season and possibly a concussion. "I've worked with a lot of different people -- concussion experts and people who have dealt with concussions themselves -- and I feel confident in the fact that I can play hockey again," Okposo wrote. "In fact, I know I can play again. "I know I can play and not worry about hitting my head, which is a major hurdle for someone who's dealt with this. If I didn't feel 100 percent right now, that probably wouldn't be the case." Okposo has been sidelined since March 28 following a return to the lineup
Author: UPI
Posted: July 25, 2017, 3:04 am
For almost a decade, Niklas Hjalmarsson was a mainstay on the Blackhawks’ back end, quietly providing some of the most effective defense in the league. In addition to Hjalmarsson, the ‘Hawks also bid adieu to Brian Campbell, Johnny Oduya, and Trevor van Riemsdyk this offseason. “We’re going to see when we’re putting the pairs together, whether we’re going to reunite [Duncan Keith] and [Brent Seabrook] or look for some balance,” head coach Joel Quenneville said, per CSN Chicago.
Author: NBC Sports
Posted: July 24, 2017, 6:30 pm
The figures and briefs are in for the Bruins and Ryan Spooner for their arbitration hearing Wednesday, but both sides are still hoping that a deal can be reached prior to it. The Bruins have submitted a one-year contract offer for $2 million. Spooner’s camp countered with $3.85 million, creating a sizeable gap of almost $2 million between the two. Spooner, 25, has averaged 12 goals and 44 points the past two seasons with the B’s, including 35 power-play points while working the half-wall for a Boston PP that’s been ranked seventh overall two seasons in a row. MORE BRUINS What's left out there in free agency for Bruins?  Haggerty: Touting Bruins' defense as "strength" of the team is a tad premature 
Author: CSNNE.com
Posted: July 24, 2017, 5:03 pm
On July 11, Rick Tocchet's long and sometimes painful wait to become an NHL head coach ended when he was hired by the Arizona Coyotes, a dysfunctional franchise that former head coach Dave Tippett walked away from in June despite having four years remaining on his contract. In an exclusive conversation with ESPN.com, Tocchet, 53, discussed his previous coaching stops with the Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning and Pittsburgh Penguins; his two-year ban from the NHL for his role in a gambling ring; his relationships with Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Mike Sullivan and Phil Kessel; and why he left what he called one of the best jobs in hockey -- assistant coach for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions -- for what many believe might be the most challenging.
Author: ESPN.com
Posted: July 24, 2017, 3:21 pm
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