Newsday "The Islanders will select fifth in the 2014 NHL draft after the league's draft lottery was conducted Tuesday night -- unless general manager Garth Snow decides to send that pick to the Sabres to complete the Thomas Vanek trade. The Florida Panthers, who had the second-best percentage to win..." April 18
The NHL is looking into the gesture made by #Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville during last night's loss to the Blues. No action taken yet.
Sports Business Daily "Philadelphia attorney and hedge fund manager Andrew Barroway is no longer alone in his pursuit of the Islanders. According to a financial industry source, Islanders Owner Charles Wang has received interest in his team from at least two other potential buyers. "The Islanders are a year away..." April 18
CBSSports.com "With injuries to key players left and right all year, one has to wonder which member of the Tampa Bay Lightning walked under a ladder. Lightning head coach Jon Cooper had a great quote in his meeting with the media Thursday that offers a glimpse into their mindset when it comes to dealing with the..." April 18
#Caps Alex Ovechkin will join the national team for the IIHF Worlds on April 20; Evgeny Kuznetsov will join a day earlier.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Alex Steen scored 26 seconds into the third overtime as the Blues beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 in a marathon Game 1 of the NHL Western Conference quarterfinals Thursday at Scottrade Center. David Backes and Steve Ott assisted on the play, as Ott centered the puck to a crashing Steen. He..." April 18
Denver Post "The #WhyNotUs Avalanche seemed to be headed toward a #BecauseThat'sWhy answer from the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series Thursday night. A team that appeared nervous much of the night in a favored, home-ice role against the Wild regrouped to pull..." April 18
New York Post "This was all supposed to be about discipline, and it turned out being about gravity. That’s because as Flyers rookie Jason Akeson fell to the Garden ice midway through the third period of Game 1 on Thursday night, his stick flew wildly upward, hard into the upper lip of the Rangers’ Carl..." April 18
San Jose Mercury News "The Sharks scored only 10 goals a year ago in their seven-game playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings and goalie Jonathan Quick. Thursday night they had half that number in just two periods in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series, then held on for a 6-3 victory over the Kings that saw..." April 18
NHL.com "Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf has a deep facial laceration but X-rays were negative and he is expected to play in Game 2 of the Western Conference First Round series Friday at Honda Center (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS (JIP), FS-SW, PRIME), according to the team. Getzlaf was struck by Tyler..." April 18
Palat a game-time decision, Cooper said, and added not to expect to see Bishop (elbow) "any time soon."
CBSSports.com "The St. Louis Blues will open their series on Thursday night at home against the defending champs -- a second straight postseason they've had that distinction -- but won't be doing so with their full lineup. There was some growing hope that T.J. Oshie would be available to play against the..." April 17
NHL.com "The brace around Patrick Kane's left knee is hidden by his red socks, but there's no hiding the fact that the Chicago Blackhawks star right wing has to learn to deal with the new, cumbersome piece of equipment if he's going to be as valuable in the Stanley Cup Playoffs as he was last year, when he..." April 17
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Like the “humongous” universe he was so fascinated by during HBO’s ‘‘24/7,’’ the Ilya Bryzgalov YouTube library is vast and endless. Type his name into the search field, and you’ll find out Bryz- galov is afraid of bears in the forest. You’ll hear how the Wild goaltender thinks Siberian huskies..." April 17
NHL.com "The sting of last season's Stanley Cup Playoffs was a talking point for the Anaheim Ducks in training camp. It was referenced liberally this week and literally worn on their sleeves in the form of "Unfinished Business" T-shirts. They followed through Wednesday with a 4-3 win against the Dallas..." April 17
Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Evgeni Malkin dumped a puck early. A third-liner scored the go-ahead goal late. The Penguins held onto a lead. This was not a perfect opening to the Stanley Cup playoffs, but it provided a look at how things are different with these Penguins. Start, as veteran winger Craig Adams did, with..." April 17
Montreal Gazette "Dale Weise scored at 17:08 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 5-4 win over the Lightning Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. The win gave the Canadiens 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series. Back and forth: These teams were miserly during their..." April 17
Buffalo News "In order to confidently rebuild the Sabres, General Manager Tim Murray and coach Ted Nolan will want trusted advisers, guys they’ve known through their years in hockey. To bring in those people, they need to get rid of the holdovers they inherited. Nolan started the changes..." April 17
Berube confirms Mason is out for Game 1. Emery is 7-2-0 lifetime against the Rangers - one blemish was that March 26 loss at the Garden.
NHL.com "The Dallas Stars are ready to go. After battling down the stretch to secure the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the Stars are now ready to open their first round series against the top-seeded Ducks tonight at Honda Center in Anaheim. “They feel loose, good spirit. I don’t get any..." April 16
NHL.com "Paul Maurice is returning as coach of the Winnipeg Jets, agreeing Wednesday to a four-year contract. "Quite honestly it really didn't take that long," Jets executive vice president and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "He's an impressive hockey coach, but he's an impressive person as..." April 16
This 1st round has the makings to be the best 1st round in the salary cap era, all 16 teams are strong, skilled and determined with no team having a huge edge over the other. If you enjoyed the regular season, let us remind you, you ain't seen nothing yet. April 16
Sabres Digital Press Box "The Buffalo Sabres today announced several changes to the team’s coaching staff, effective immediately: Assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton have been offered reassignment within the organization’s hockey department; the contract of assistant coach Teppo Numminen will not be renewed;..." April 16
Pro Hockey Talk "A year after losing out on the No. 1 pick, the Florida Panthers flipped the script. Florida won the 2014 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, edging out Buffalo for top spot despite the Sabres holding superior odds for the first overall pick. Last year, the Panthers were on the other end of this..." April 16
Raleigh News & Observer "It’s hard to imagine the Carolina Hurricanes without Eric Staal or Cam Ward. They starred on the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup team. They’ve become fixtures with the franchise. Staal has been the team captain since January 2010. But the Hurricanes now have missed the Stanley Cup playoffs five..." April 16
Detroit News "Henrik Zetterberg is hopeful, but also realistic. Zetterberg would like to play in this first-round series against Boston, and because it doesn’t begin until Friday, he essentially has two bonus days to get well. But after having back surgery in late February, he knows this entire..." April 16
No Bishop for Game 1 for Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Montreal Canadiens.
Newark Star-Ledger "It's just a couple of days since Martin Brodeur was thanked by Devils fans in what could have been his final game in New Jersey. So, of course he hasn't decided his future just yet, but he is thinking about returning to play in the NHL next year. But the legendary goaltender will be back to..." April 15
CBSSports.com "The Philadelphia Flyers had some business to take care of before the playoffs begin; signing defenseman Andrew MacDonald to a contract extension. MacDonald, 27, was acquired by the Flyers at the trade deadline this season in a deal with the Islanders. He was expendable to the Isles despite..." April 15
NHL.com "They were only three words, but seemed to hold more importance when spoken Monday by Jonathan Toews, the captain of the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. How does he feel, physically, after sitting out the final six games of the regular season with an upper-body..." April 15
CBSSports.com "It has been a few weeks since Evgeni Malkin played for the Pittsburgh Penguins thanks to a foot injury but from the look of things, he might return just in time for the real fun to begin. Malkin took to the ice with the Penguins on Tuesday and from his account, things went really well. So well..." April 15
Red Wings Front "The Detroit Red Wings are getting healthy at the right time. And the injury update hopes to get even better after practice Tuesday. Henrik Zetterberg will be on the ice at the start of practice Tuesday as the Wings prepare for their opening round series with the Boston Bruins, which begins..." April 15
WEEI Boston "Multiple Bruins are dealing with the flu, Bruins coach Claude Julien said after Tuesday’s practice. Missing from the practice were Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Patrice Bergeron, Loui Eriksson, Matt Bartkowski, Andrej Meszaros and Kevan Miller. Julien would not specify which Bruins have the flu..." April 15
Senators Extra "Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed that head coach Paul MacLean will be back behind the bench next season, but he was vague on the future of captain Jason Spezza. Melnyk, speaking in a conference call with Ottawa-based reporters Tuesday, answered a wide ranging assortment of..." April 15
Granlund says he feels "real good," very clear barring a setback at tomorrow's practice that he'll be in for game 1 #mnwild
"I'm convinced this guy is the right coach to lead us into much more successful times... He's relentless." - MacT on Coach Eakins
Calgary Herald "Surfacing one by one from the Calgary Flames dressing room at the conclusion of each exit meeting, they claimed that Monday was not the day for contract negotiations with the boss. But, still, the team’s unrestricted and restricted free agents were questioned about their future with the..." April 15
Arizona Republic "While Coyotes players were packing up their equipment Monday inside Jobing.com Arena before scattering to their off-season destinations, goalie Mike Smith was finally ready to unload his. Smith said "about now" was the time he would have been ready to return from what General Manager Don..." April 15
Sid on why to believe in Fleury: "I think the way he’s played speaks for itself. I think he’s done everything he’s had to do to bounce back"
Toronto Sun "One needs an operation. The other could decide, if he hasn’t already, that he needs a new address. The off-season for the Maple Leafs’ goaltenders will take divergent paths, but at least Jonathan Bernier, who will have sports hernia surgery on Wednesday, knows where he will be when the Leafs..." April 15
NHL.com "Long before Peter Chiarelli took over as general manager of the Boston Bruins, he admired the way the Detroit Red Wings went about their business. Chiarelli, who started in his current role prior to the 2006-07 season, even tried to steal a little of the Red Wings' secret formula when he made..." April 15
Pro Hockey Talk "With their seasons now complete, non-playoff teams can start looking forward to one of the biggest dates on their offseason calendars — the annual draft lottery. This year’s lottery will take place tomorrow (Tuesday, Apr. 15), determining the order of the first 13 picks of the ’14 Draft, which..." April 15
ESPN.com "The New York Rangers have landed one of the most sought-after college free agents in defenseman Mat Bodie. Bodie's agent, Brian Bartlett, told ESPN New York on Tuesday morning that his client has reached a deal with the Rangers. A team official confirmed the move. Bodie, 24, helped lead..." April 15
North Jersey "Now, the Devils will get into the process of figuring out which players that are potential free agents that they went to bring back and which ones they’ll let go. As far as potential unrestricted free agents, at the top of the list of the ones they’ll want to keep will be right wing Jaromir..." April 14
Tennessean "The only head coach in Nashville Predators history so far will not be back next season. Barry Trotz will not return for a 16th season with the team, according to sources familiar with the situation. Trotz has been with the Predators since the franchise's first game in 1998, hired by general..." April 14
CBSSports.com "With the Stanley Cup Playoffs set to begin Wednesday, Bovada revealed their odds for the postseason. The Boston Bruins, winner of the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's regular-season champ and last year's Stanley Cup runner up, is the favorite to claim the top prize at the end of the..." April 14
CBSSports.com "On Monday the Pittsburgh Penguins made an addition to their roster before the playoffs get under way; the recalled Tomas Vokoun from the AHL. Vokoun has missed the entire season after a frightening situation unfolded in the preseason after blood clots were discovered in his leg, surgery..." April 14
Newark Star-Ledger "Although Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello called Ryane Clowe "day-to-day" for the final two weeks of the season, the veteran winger confirmed he had another concussion and is worried about his long-term health beyond this season. Clowe missed the final seven games of the season after he..." April 14