Top prospects dealing with nerves, unknown futures ahead of NHL draft

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 22: (L-R) Owen Tippett, Casey Mittelstadt, Nolan Patrick, Michael Rasmusen and Cody Glas enjoy the ride uring the 2017 NHL Draft top prospects media availabilty on the Bright Star Boat on the Chicago River on June 22, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) CHICAGO – The boat ride Read more

Coyotes GM wanted Tippett back, not interested in Hossa

CHICAGO – It’s been an eventful last week for Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka. It was revealed on Monday that Shane Doan, the team captain and a 21-year member of the franchise, would not be extended a contract offer as a free agent. That was after the team traded starting goalie and six-year Coyote Mike Read more

Penguins, T.J. Oshie and Artemi Panarin (Puck Daddy Countdown)

  (In which Ryan Lambert takes a look at some of the biggest issues and stories in the NHL, and counts them down.) 8 – That TJ Oshie contract I get the thinking in giving a guy, who will be 31 in December, eight years at $5.75 million. At least if you’re the Washington Capitals. Read more

Help Wanted: NHL free agents who can fill a need

Justin Williams will be a coveted player in free agency. (Nick Wass/AP) This year’s free-agent class is a little underwhelming, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t help to be had. Although there’s no big fish, there are plenty of role players available who can help a team fill a need. Here’s a look at what’s Read more

Will Connor McDavid’s new mega contract break Oilers?

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid is poised to break the bank on his second contract, as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports his new deal will net him $106 million over eight years, one of the richest contracts in NHL history. McDavid still has one year left on his entry-level deal, and this mega-contract would kick in Read more

T.J. Oshie re-signs with Capitals for a long, long time

TORONTO,ON – APRIL 23: T.J. Oshie #77 of the Washington Capitals passes against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Air Canada Centre on April 23, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) Scratch T.J. Oshie off of Read more

What We Learned: NHL Draft 2017 weekend report card

  (Hello, this is a feature that will run through the entire season and aims to recap the weekend’s events and boils those events down to one admittedly superficial fact or stupid opinion about each team. Feel free to complain about it.) Change was promised, change was delivered. But the question very quickly becomes: Is Read more

Antti Niemi finally getting bought out by Dallas Stars

  The Dallas Stars finally learned their lesson after this season about sub-par goaltending. They traded for goalie Ben Bishop’s rights and then signed him to a six-year contract. Now, they’re finally bidding farewell to one of their aforementioned sub-par goalies, Antti Niemi, who will have the final year of his misbegotten contact bought out after Read more

Connor McDavid explains those awkward airport hug photos

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid is a superstar, which means that photos with fans come with the territory. A couple of those photos recently went viral: McDavid, looked uncomfortable, as he’s hugged and gripped by strangers at airports. As candid photos with celebrities go, they were unintentionally hilarious. On a recent episode of Puck Soup, Read more

Joe Thornton to the Los Angeles Kings?

  Earlier on Tuesday, we noted that free agent center Joe Thornton was getting tire kicks and sniffs and long looks from several teams around the NHL. It all felt like something that could leverage the San Jose Sharks into giving him the contract that he’s looking for – a three-year deal that one assumes Read more

Why do Hockey Hall of Fame debates hate on longevity?

The Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2017 was a study in contrast. There was Paul Kariya, who had 989 points in 989 games, in a career cut short by injury. The induction of players like Pavel Bure (702 games) and Eric Lindros (760) made the world safe for Kariya, who made an unquestioned impact Read more

Can Joe Thornton leverage Sharks into long-term deal?

The naked photo of Joe Thornton and Brent Burns taking a faceoff, an excerpt from the ESPN Body Issue, is one of those images that we’re going to look at in 25 years like Bobby Clarke’s missing teeth smile or Terry Sawchuk’s scarred face. It’s iconic, for the moment. It perfectly captures the modern NHL Read more

Dierks Bentley pays up, wears Matt Murray jersey on stage

Dierks Bentley paid up his Stanley Cup Final bet, wearing Matt Murray’s jersey on stage in Pittsburgh. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) After having the last laugh in Nashville, Matt Murray had another. Country star and Predators celebrity fan Dierks Bentley paid up a Stanley Cup Final bet he lost to a Pittsburgh radio host Read more

Key Dates: 2017-18 Ottawa Senators Schedule

On June 22nd, the NHL followed up its release of the home opener schedule with the full 2017-18 NHL regular season schedule for all 31 teams. Most notable, are the games slated for Feb 9 through 25, cementing the NHL’s decision not to participate in the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, which means that Read more

Selanne, Kariya, Andreychuk and Recchi in 2017 Hall of Fame class

Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya will be reunited in immortality. The Hockey Hall of Fame announced its 2017 Hall of Fame class on Monday. The players were Teemu Selanne, the brilliant former Winnipeg Jets and Anaheim Ducks forward; Paul Kariya, who was Selanne’s teammate with the Ducks and Colorado Avalanche, a point-per-game player who had his Read more

Teemu Selanne, Paul Kariya and a Hall of Fame friendship

Paul Kariya used to marvel at the speed of Teemu Selanne’s hands when the two were teammates in the NHL. How appropriate, then, that Selanne’s call congratulating Kariya on making the Hockey Hall of Fame actually arrived before the one from the Hockey Hall of Fame telling him he’d made the cut for the Class Read more

What the Marc Methot deal says about the Golden Knights, Senators

The Vegas Golden Knights have dealt former Ottawa Senators defenseman Marc Methot to the Dallas Stars.(AP Photo/Gene J.Puskar) Marc Methot is no longer in limbo.  The Vegas Golden Knights have dealt the veteran defenseman – and who many believe was their most valuable trade chip picked up in the Expansion Draft – to the Dallas Read more

Hockey Hall of Fame 2017: Who gets call, and is it Selanne and Kariya?

The Hockey Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2017 on Monday, which means Teemu Selanne should make sure his phone battery is sufficiently charged this afternoon. But who else has a chance to join him in Toronto this November? The following odds were established through previous votes, discussions with those around the hockey Read more

Follow along with the NHL Draft 2017 live blog!

It’s the 2017 NHL Draft from Chicago, as the New Jersey Devils pick first and 30 others teams shall follow! But while you’ll spend some time looking up obscure junior hockey players that your teams draft, you’re really here for the blockbuster trades that may or may not happen. So follow along with our live Read more

Nico Hischier loves to hockey, had no idea he’d go No. 1

CHICAGO – Nico Hischier didn’t know he was going to be the first player selected in the 2017 NHL Draft by the New Jersey Devils. The team didn’t inform him until they were on the stage, announcing his name, which made Friday in Chicago an exhilarating and harrowing day for the Swiss centerman. “This morning, Read more