• Sabres announce Bylsma hiring; reportedly agree to 5-year deal

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres have hired Dan Bylsma as their new head coach. The Sabres will reportedly give the Pittsburgh Penguins a third-round draft pick as compensation, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. Bylsma signed a five-year contract, Dreger added. A press conference to introduce Bylsma is set for..." May 28

  • ’15 Draft prospect Connor wins USHL Player of the Year

    Pro Hockey Talk "Youngstown Phantoms forward Kyle Connor — No. 13 on Central Scouting’s 2015 NHL Draft rankings — took home some serious hardware on Wednesday, winning the USHL’s Player and Forward of the Year trophies. “It was a special year for Kyle and he took tremendous strides as a 200-foot player while..." May 28

  • 2015 Stanley Cup Final schedule: Game 1 set for June 3

    CBSSports.com "We don't know which two teams will be playing in the Stanley Cup Final, but we do know when the season finale will start. The NHL announced that the Final will begin with Game 1 on Wednesday, June 3, at 8 p.m. ET. The New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Anaheim Ducks all still have a..." May 28

  • Bryan Murray, Ottawa Senators GM, plans to leave post after next season

    CBC Sports "Bryan Murray expects next season to be his last as general manager of the Ottawa Senators, he told the CBC's Hallie Cotnam during a one-on-one interview. Murray took a short break from planning for June's NHL draft to talk about his health and future as he continues chemotherapy treatment for..." May 28

  • LA Kings’ Slava Voynov’s wife remains in counseling, no plan to testify, attorney says

    Daily Breeze "A Torrance judge on Wednesday allowed the wife of Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov to continue receiving counseling before she announces whether she will agree to testify during her husband’s upcoming domestic violence trial. Indications are, however, she won’t testify. Judge Eric..." May 28

  • Blue Jackets sign D Cody Goloubef to extension

    Fox Sports Ohio "The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Cody Goloubef to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Thursday. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed. Goloubef, 25, registered nine assists with 19..." May 28

  • Simon Gagne Looks to Return to NHL in 2015

    Today's Slapshot "Simon Gagne had a less-than-stellar campaign with the Boston Bruins in 2014-2015, though not of his own accord. Signed to a one year deal by the offensively stagnant Bruins to solidify their weak right side, Gagne came out of his one-year hiatus from NHL hockey with a bang. The then-34 year old..." May 28

  • Salary cap will force Blackhawks to make some tough decisions

    ESPN.com "The Chicago Blackhawks hope next season isn’t just around the corner. But whether it comes in the next few days following the Western Conference finals or it’s a few weeks from now following the Stanley Cup finals, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman has been preparing for what’s next. The..." May 28

  • Salary cap issues will keep Wild from free agent frenzy

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Saddled by the salary cap, the Wild probably isn’t in position to make major offseason changes. General Manager Chuck Fletcher was set to begin conversations with the agent for goalie Devan Dubnyk this week and also will establish communication with the camp of restricted free agent center..." May 28

  • Caps Nicklas Backstrom undergoes successful surgery

    CSN Washington "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom underwent successful arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday, a team spokesman confirmed. "Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season," a team spokesman confirmed by..." May 28

  • Blackhawks fan files lawsuit; alleges drunken Kings fans beat him up in 2014 playoffs

    Yahoo! Sports "A Chicago Blackhawks fan filed a lawsuit saying he was beat up by drunken Kings fans at Game 3 of the 2014 Western Conference Final at Staples Center last year. The story, reported by the LA Daily News, says the following: Bruce Dobrowski’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit against team..." May 28

  • Guy Lafleur says Brendan Gallagher should be next Canadiens captain

    Montreal Gazette "“I like the way he plays,” Lafleur said Wednesday after handing out the Guy Lafleur Awards of Excellence to top student-athletes in the Quebec university and junior ranks. “He shows up every night and gives 100 per cent. I think he’s a great influence on his teammates. “A captain shouldn’t be..." May 28

  • End to End: What does Hakstol hiring mean for Lecavalier?

    CSN Philly "After Hakstol's press conference Monday, it became clear. Even with a new head coach, the relationship between Vinny Lecavalier and the Flyers isn't going to get any smoother. Hakstol outlined successful teams as those who play without the puck, with good structure and fast. In other words,..." May 28

  • Peter DeBoer to replace Todd McLellan behind Sharks' bench

    ESPN.com "The San Jose Sharks are expected to name Peter DeBoer as their next head coach before the end of the week, a source said. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson, when reached by ESPN.com, declined to comment. DeBoer, who coached the New Jersey Devils to a berth in the 2012 Stanley Cup finals,..." May 27

  • Oilers, Slepyshev agree to entry-level deal

    TSN.ca "The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with left wing Anton Slepyshev. TSN Edmonton Bureau reporter Ryan Rishaug confirmed the signing via Twitter Wednesday." May 27

  • Devils GM Ray Shero signs two top prospects

    Newark Star-Ledger "In his first key moves as Devils general manager, Ray Shero Wednesday signed prospects Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila to entry-level contracts. Kujawinski, a 20-year-old center, signed a 3-year contract that would pay him an NHL salary of $667,500, $667,500 and $742,500. The cap hit is..." May 27

  • Report: Dave Hakstol owes North Dakota $100,000 for taking Flyers job

    CBSSports.com "The Philadelphia Flyers raised some eyebrows in the hockey world when they selected former University of North Dakota hockey coach Dave Hakstol to replace Craig Berube behind their bench. It wasn't that Hakstol did not have the track record or resume to be a contender for the job that made it..." May 27

  • No NHL-first offer has been made for Seattle arena, says Hansen

    Pro Hockey Talk "The latest from the NHL-to-Seattle front: Chris Hansen, the local investor behind the SoDo neighborhood arena, says there has been no offer made from a hockey franchise to become the prospective building’s inaugural tenant. “We’ve had a lot of informal discussions with people about this, but us..." May 27

  • Henrik Lundqvist’s legacy won’t be defined by Stanley Cup title

    New York Post "One more time, there will be a Game 7, there will be a night of hope and horror and everything in between at Madison Square Garden, the Rangers and the Lightning colliding under the pinwheel roof, before the eyes of the city and the sport. One more time we will have do-or-die, make-or-break,..." May 27

  • Joel Ward seeking new contract with Capitals before July 1

    Washington Post "Five weeks and one day from the start of free agency, the Washington Capitals have plenty pressing contractual matters on the docket for June, chief among them the statuses of four restricted free agents. Speaking recently, General Manager Brian MacLellan categorized re-signing Braden Holtby,..." May 27

  • Stars goalies still giving GM Jim Nill plenty of information to mull over the summer

    Dallas Morning News "The Stars’ biggest issue in the summer will probably be sorting out their goaltending — and there still is plenty of information coming in on that subject. Kari Lehtonen has three years left on his contract at a cap hit of $5.9 million, but is coming off an uneven season. While he ranked 11th..." May 27

  • Red Wings' Holland plans to meet with Blashill this week

    Detroit Free Press "Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland plans to meet with Jeff Blashill later this week, while also taking in a Grand Rapids Griffins game. The Griffins are tied 1-1 heading into Thursday's Game 3 of their Western Conference final against the Utica Comets. The Griffins used two goals..." May 26

  • Lundqvist steps up in elimination games

    Covers.com "New York Rangers face another elimination game Tuesday night, but they are thankful they have Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes, who is 14-3 when the Rangers season is on the line. Lundqvist also owns an impressive 1.39 goals-against average and a 9.56 save percentage in those games." May 26

  • Hitchcock Agrees to a One-Year Contract

    NHL.com "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club and Head Coach Ken Hitchcock have agreed on a one-year contract. Hitchcock, 63, was originally named the 24th head coach in Blues history on Nov. 7, 2011. Since, he has guided the..." May 26

  • Bruins targets once they gain 'flexibility'

    CSN New England "Don Sweeney spoke of many things to many people in his opening press conference as general manager of the Boston Bruins. It was an impressive display of the energy, ideas and intelligence Sweeney holds in abundance, and it included plenty of messages that should have B’s fans enthused about the..." May 26

  • Babcock's gone, but the right man chose to stay in Detroit

    Fox Sports Detroit "The Red Wings lost their coach last week when Mike Babcock, arguably one of the best in the business, said goodbye to Detroit and signed on with the Toronto Maple Leafs. But it could have been a whole lot worst. Under Babcock, the Wings enjoyed one of the better 10-year runs in their history...." May 26

  • Free agent Franson eyes Maple Leafs, Canucks

    Sportsnet.ca "Cody Franson’s most useful and impressive shifts have been in a Toronto Maple Leafs sweater. So even though he was acquired as a trade deadline rental by his original NHL team, the Nashville Predators, the defenceman would still welcome a return to the club that traded him away — especially..." May 26

  • Wild reporter pegs Dubnyk deal at ‘well north of $3 million per’

    Pro Hockey Talk "A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about free-agent goalie Devan Dubnyk and suggested a contract of three years at $4.5 million per season to re-sign with the Minnesota Wild. PHT commenters were aghast. Way too high, they said. The media is so dumb. Why is the media so dumb? Is it because they have..." May 26

  • Sens brass plans for busy summer

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators wrapped up their amateur scouting meetings last Friday and everybody headed their separate ways before they reconvene in late-June for the annual crapshoot in Sunrise, Fla. Between now and then there is plenty of work to be done. It might be the off-season but as evidenced by..." May 26

  • Anton Slepyshev ‘wants to join’ the Edmonton Oilers

    Edmonton Journal "Peter Chiarelli didn’t have much time off between leaving the Boston Bruins and hiring on with the Edmonton Oilers, and he has a lot of items to get cleared away. He needs a draft plan, a free agency plan, and he has to figure out which pieces of the organization (both front office and on-ice)..." May 26

  • Andrei Kostitsyn interested in returning to NHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "After spending the last three seasons in the KHL, Andrei Kostitsyn is hoping to take his services back to North America, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. Kostitsyn, 30, was taken by the Montreal Canadiens with the 10th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry and went on to record 99 goals..." May 26

  • Stone reflects on 'frustrating' playoff injury from Subban slash

    Winnipeg Sun "Mark Stone endured plenty of twists and turns during an eventful rookie season with the Ottawa Senators. The Winnipegger started out as a depth player but became a key contributor, finishing tied for second in team scoring with 26 goals and 64 points in 80 games as the Senators got on a..." May 26

  • Cedric Paquette questionable, Braydon Coburn healthy for Game 6

    Tampa Bay Times "Center Cedric Paquette is questionable for tonight's Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final, Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after today's morning skate at Amalie Arena. Paquette held his right hand/arm as he left Sunday's first period after blocking a shot. He later returned but played only..." May 26

  • Should Don Sweeney consider trading Bruins captain Zdeno Chara?

    The Hockey News "At first blush, the hiring of a guy like Don Sweeney by the Boston Bruins doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense. After all, will the new boss be really all that different than the old boss. Sweeney has worked in the Bruins front office for almost a decade, the last six of them as the assistant to..." May 25

  • Penguins want to trade for a first-round pick

    Sportsnet.ca "Even though David Perron performed admirably as a Pittsburgh Penguin, general manager Jim Rutherford is trying to get back what he gave up to land him. Rutherford traded away his first-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft (along with winger Rob Klinkhammer) to the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 2 for..." May 25

  • Maple Leafs sign Sam Carrick to one-year deal

    Toronto Sun "The first player signed by the Maple Leafs since Mike Babcock became coach is exactly the feisty type with an offensive touch the new boss should welcome. Sam Carrick, who will be a strong challenger for a fourth line/penalty killing centre's role at camp, agreed to a one-year deal on Monday...." May 25

  • How is Red Wings' potential pursuit of Dion Phaneuf affected by Mike Babcock's move to Toronto?

    Michigan Live "Now that Mike Babcock is in Toronto, will Dion Phaneuf have a new lease on life? Or will it expedite his departure? That will be one of the main storylines this summer and possibly into the season for the Maple Leafs. The Detroit Red Wings figure to be watching with interest. The Red Wings..." May 25

  • Bylsma wants Sabres' head coaching job

    The Score "The Buffalo Sabres may have missed out on Plan A, but their Plan B continues to look promising. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman joined Calgary's Sportsnet 960 on Monday morning and discussed the coaching vacancy in Buffalo. The Sabres are interested in former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan..." May 25

  • If Canucks move a defenceman out, who do you bring in?

    Vancouver Province "In a sobering six-game loss to the Flames, the Canucks defence looked like a group that needs to get younger, faster and more able to generate offence. That’s not a transition that happens overnight, but the right moves through free agency and/or trade can hasten the process. Dynamic, mobile..." May 25

  • Boudreau, Ducks considering lineup changes ahead of Game 5

    Pro Hockey Talk "With the Anaheim Ducks dropping Game 4 5-4 in double-overtime on Saturday night coach Bruce Boudreau admitted he’s considering possible lineup changes for Game 5 tonight at the Honda Center. “We’re mulling it over,” Boudreau said on Sunday. “I mean, (Chris) Wagner is an energy guy that would do..." May 25

  • Lightning's Braydon Coburn gets 'sick' on bench during Game 5

    Sporting News "As if Ben Bishop's pre-Game 5 mishap weren't enough, the Lightning's 2-0 shutout of the Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals on Sunday featured another oddity sure to churn stomachs. Defenseman Braydon Coburn has been an important piece to Tampa's blueline, averaging 17:14 so far in the..." May 25

  • Babcock will attract free agents to Toronto: Franson

    NHL.com "Defenseman Cody Franson, who played almost four seasons for the Toronto Maple Leafs before being traded in March, said Saturday that free agents, like himself, will find the team more attractive now that it's coached by Mike Babcock. "I definitely think it makes [Toronto] more interesting,"..." May 24

  • Blues planning to keep Hitchcock as head coach

    Sportsnet.ca "The St. Louis Blues have yet to announce an official decision, but barring any unforeseen circumstances, Ken Hitchcock will return as head coach, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. Hitchcock’s future with the club was up the air after the Blues lost in the first round of the Stanley Cup..." May 24

  • Devils ask to interview Bylsma, for coach: report

    NHL.com "The New Jersey Devils are believed to have permission to talk to Dan Bylsma about their coaching position, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday. Devils general manager Ray Shero hired Bylsma in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bylsma replaced Michel Therrien as coach on Feb. 15 and..." May 24

  • Kesler on wearing down Chicago: 'No human can withstand that many hits'

    Pro Hockey Talk "Last night, the Chicago Blackhawks showed their resiliency in becoming the first team to win four multiple-overtime games in a single postseason. The Anaheim Ducks seem to believe that they can grind Chicago down, though. On the subject of wear-and-tear, Ryan Kesler reiterated his plan to..." May 24

  • Oilers’ Todd Nelson free to look elsewhere

    Sportsnet.ca "It’s been quite an off-season for the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers won the Connor McDavid sweepstakes by landing the No. 1 draft selection in April’s NHL Draft Lottery and then took steps towards pulling the organization out of the Western Conference basement by naming Peter Chiarelli general..." May 24

  • Deadline looms for Sobotka

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The common reaction a year ago when reports surfaced that Vladimir Sobotka was leaving the Blues to play in the Kontinental Hockey League was that he was bluffing. Sobotka and the Blues were at an impasse in contract negotiations, and because he was a restricted free agent the club held his..." May 24

  • Dubnyk and Wild to begin contract talks this week

    Pro Hockey Talk "According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Minnesota Wild will sit down with the agent representing goaltender Deven Dubnyk this week and begin contract talks. Dubnyk had a fantastic second half of the season following a January trade from the Arizona Coyotes leading the Wild to a playoff..." May 24

  • Dan Bylsma to meet with Buffalo Sabres this week

    Sportsnet.ca "The Buffalo Sabres’ coaching search is moving forward after the club fell short on landing high-profile candidate Mike Babcock. The Sabres reportedly received permission to speak with Dan Bylsma and the club will visit with the former Pittsburgh Penguins bench boss later this week, according to..." May 24

  • Penguins looking to acquire first round pick

    Pro Hockey Talk "It’s expected to be the deepest draft in over a decade so there’s no surprise the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking to get themselves a first round pick. GM Jim Rutherford dealt the Pens’ first round selection, which would’ve been 16th overall, to the Edmonton Oilers along with Rob Klinkhammer..." May 24