• Backes certainly wants to re-sign with Blues

    The Score "The captain has no desire to jump ship. After helping the St. Louis Blues come close to the Stanley Cup, David Backes doesn't appear set on testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent come July 1, preferring instead to re-sign with the club." May 28

  • Anze Kopitar may be in, and Dustin Brown out, as Kings captain

    Los Angeles Times "There were smiles and polite words about group leadership, and the coach said the captain had been asked to relinquish his position to a teammate and, as “a gentleman,” he had agreed to do so. Was this all about Kings captain Dustin Brown stepping aside for his friend and teammate, $80-million..." May 28

  • Jonathan Drouin 'definitely' wants to stay with Lightning

    Tampa Bay Times "The relationship between RW Jonathan Drouin and the Lightning has seemingly been salvaged. Drouin, 21, who requested a trade in November before a six-week holdout in January, indicated Friday that demand is off the table and he expects to be back in Tampa Bay next season and beyond. "I..." May 28

  • Thornton, Marleau kicking off Cup quest in city where NHL careers began

    San Jose Mercury News "The trip to Pittsburgh for the Stanley Cup final takes Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau full circle to the 1997 draft, which was held at Pittsburgh's old Civic Arena. Thornton was the No. 1 overall pick, taken by the Boston Bruins. Marleau went No. 2 overall to the Sharks. The top two picks..." May 28

  • Steven Stamkos says he’d like to remain with Lightning

    ESPN "Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning. The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1; however, he reiterated Friday that he'd like to stay with the team that drafted him No. 1..." May 28

  • Phil Kessel nearly speechless as he heads for first trip to Stanley Cup final

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Count Phil Kessel among the speechless after the Penguins’ Game 7 win Thursday night at Consol Energy Center. This Penguins winger whose career has taken off in these 2016 playoffs is going to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. “I’m so thrilled,” a beaming Kessel said. “I, I, I don’t..." May 28

  • The Canucks preached patience, then made a ‘right now’ trade for Gudbranson

    Pro Hockey Talk "A few months ago, when the Vancouver Canucks’ miserable season was drawing to a merciful close, club president Trevor Linden went on the radio and said, “When we look at getting ourselves out of this situation, it’s about drafting and developing, and that’s where our focus lies.” Linden’s..." May 28

  • Capitals prospect Bowey in hot water after high hit, possible slur

    The Score "Washington Capitals farmhand Madison Bowey appeared to direct a homophobic slur at Toronto Marlies forward Kasperi Kapanen in Game 4 of the American Hockey League's Eastern Conference Final on Friday night. The exchange happened while the Hershey Bears defender was being escorted off the ice..." May 28

  • Final World Cup selections include plenty of surprises and a few controversial choices

    ESPN "The World Cup of Hockey rosters are set. Each of the eight teams taking part in the tournament in Toronto this September revealed its final seven players on Friday, completing the full 23-man World Cup rosters. Barring injury -- or, in the case of Russian defenseman Slava Voynov, possible league..." May 28

  • Experts split on Penguins, Sharks

    CBS Sports "The 2016 Stanley Cup Final match up has all the makings for an instant classic. The Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks have been the two best teams throughout the playoffs and each boast a cast of players that can put on a show. Both teams also come into the final with a lot to prove. The..." May 28

  • Sharks' Matt Nieto optimistic he'll return during Stanley Cup final

    San Jose Mercury News "Sharks forward Matt Nieto took part in his first full practice Friday since being injured earlier this month and is optimistic he'll be available to play at some point during the Stanley Cup final against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Nieto took part in the roughly 30-minute practice and was able to..." May 28

  • ‘I felt a huge pop’: Bishop suffered an ankle/shin injury in Eastern Conference Final

    Pro Hockey Talk "Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop revealed he had strained ligaments in his ankle/shin area, which ultimately put him on the sidelines for the Eastern Conference Final. Bishop was stretchered off the ice after suffering the injury in the first period of Game 1 versus the Pittsburgh..." May 28

  • Canucks’ Benning explains McCann trade, draft strategy

    Sportsnet "When the Florida Panthers rang up the Vancouver Canucks asking for young forward Jared McCann, general manager Jim Benning moved quickly. He was looking for a big, play-now defenceman to skate in his top four, so once the Panthers were agreed to part with 6-foot-5 24-year-old Erik Gudbranson,..." May 27

  • Yzerman: No reason to believe Drouin won't return next season

    The Score "After a roller coaster of a season, it appears Jonathan Drouin is part of the Tampa Bay Lightning's long-term plans after all. Speaking with the media Friday following his team's Game 7 loss, general manager Steve Yzerman said there was "no reason to believe" the 21-year-old forward would not..." May 27

  • Brown told he's no longer Kings' captain

    TSN "The Los Angeles Kings will be naming a new captain for next season as TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli tweeted on Friday that Dustin Brown has been told he will no longer wear the 'C' for the team. Brown captained the Kings to Stanley Cup victories in 2012 and 2014." May 27

  • Pekka Rinne encouraged by strong finish to season

    Tennessean "The final image of Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne's season was of him angrily cracking his stick against the post, hurling the broken remains into the corner as he stormed off the ice. Rinne's aggravation in that particular moment stemmed from the Predators' blowout Game 7 loss to the Sharks..." May 27

  • Joe Thornton should watch hockey, not play with kids, says Mike Milbury

    Sporting News "Joe Thornton has waited a long time to get to the Stanley Cup Final; 19 seasons, to be exact. So maybe he's earned the right to prepare for it as he darn well pleases. When asked after the Sharks secured their trip to the Final with a 5-2 win against the Blues on Wednesday, Thornton had this..." May 27

  • Focus on Stamkos now shifts to the offseason

    TSN "All the news surrounding Steven Stamkos over the last few weeks focused solely on whether he was healthy enough to return to the Tampa Bay Lightning lineup for the Stanley Cup playoffs. And now that their run is over, The Stamkos Watch takes on a whole different meaning. With the Lightning..." May 27

  • NHL may ban Slava Voynov from competing for Russia in World Cup of Hockey

    ESPN "The National Hockey League may bar former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov from the World Cup of Hockey for Team Russia in September in Toronto. Voynov, who was among the final roster members named to Team Russia on Friday, was suspended by the NHL early in the 2014-15 season after..." May 27

  • Max Talbot signs in KHL

    Pro Hockey Talk "Earlier this week, we passed along word that veteran NHLer Max Talbot was contemplating a move to Europe. On Friday, that move was made official. KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl announced that Talbot has agreed to a one-year contract. " May 27

  • Dale Hunter: Why Leafs’ Babcock will like Mitch Marner

    Sportsnet "The offence is obvious. The London Knights‘ 19-year-old superstar is bludgeoning opponents with it. Mitchell Marner has 13 points in three MasterCard Memorial Cup games, but that’s not the reason — at least not the only one — Knights coach Dale Hunter believes Toronto Maple Leafs head coach..." May 27

  • Avalanche Signs Sergei Boikov

    NHL.com "The Colorado Avalanche has signed defenseman Sergei Boikov to a three-year, entry-level contract. Boikov completed his third campaign with the Drummondville Voltigeurs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2015-16, where he recorded 26 points (six goals and 201 assists), 73 penalty..." May 27

  • Brian Campbell to Test Free Agency: Report

    The Hockey Writers "Veteran leader Brian Campbell may be headed to free agency rather than re-signing with the Florida Panthers, according the Miami Herald’s George Richards per general manager Tom Rowe. While details are scarce, it’s not entirely surprising, seeing as the veteran defender has strong underlying..." May 27

  • Panthers, agent refute report Gudbranson turned down 4-year deal

    The Score "It appears Erik Gudbranson didn't reject a longer contract offer from the Florida Panthers before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks after all. A report emerged Thursday saying the defenseman had turned down a four-year, $18-million contract with the Panthers prior to signing a one-year,..." May 27

  • Sheary benefited from healthy scratch

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Being a healthy scratch might have done Penguins left winger Conor Sheary some good. After sitting out Game 5 Sunday, Sheary was back in the lineup for Game 6 Tuesday. Logging 12:07 of ice time on 18 shifts, Sheary had an entry into the offensive zone which led to the primary assist on a goal..." May 27

  • Doan, Coyotes eyeing one-year deal

    Arizona Sports "Coyotes general manager John Chayka doesn’t have a contract to announce after meeting with Shane Doan and Doan’s agent, Terry Bross, but Chayka did say both sides are now focused on a one-year deal. “We’ve discussed both a multi-year deal and a one-year deal, but at this time we’re progressing..." May 27

  • Patrik Laine highlights final additions to Finland's World Cup roster

    The Score "The Finnish Ice Hockey Federation announced Thursday its final 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey. Patrik Laine, who's expected to be drafted second overall in June, highlights the seven players added to the initial roster. The 18-year-old impressed at the recent World Championship,..." May 27

  • New Panther McCann to ask Jagr about hair conditioner

    NHL.com "The Florida Panthers made their first big splash of what is expected to be an exciting offseason on Wednesday night, sending defenseman Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Vancouver Canucks for center Jared McCann, a 2016 second-round pick and a 2016 fourth-round pick. McCann,..." May 27

  • Steven Stamkos returns to Lightning lineup for Game 7 vs. Penguins

    SI "The Tampa Bay Lightning got an unexpected surprise when captain Steve Stamkos was declared fit to play in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. Stamkos, one of the NHL’s elite goal scorers, hasn’t played since March 31, having missed Tampa Bay’s final five regular-season games and all 16..." May 26

  • Lightning Game 7 public viewing party canceled amid declining NHL playoff TV ratings

    SB Nation "Low ratings might be at the heart of Tampa Bay's decision to cancel the party before the biggest game of their season. Public viewing parties are one of the best ways to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs. Should you not be able to snag a ticket to a game, it's very likely your team of choice is..." May 26

  • Wild's Zach Parise says rehab from back injury is going well

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Zach Parise said his rehabilitation from a season-ending back injury is progressing well. Parise, at a charity event Thursday organized by Wild teammate Jared Spurgeon and his wife, Danielle, to raise money for victims of the Alberta fires, said he’s already skating and working out. Parise, the..." May 26

  • Red Wings Trade 2017 Third Round Pick to Sharks for Dylan Sadowy

    Winging It In Motown "Some interesting news out of Twitter today, as the Red Wings have already started their summer of being more aggressive with trades: Sadowy was a Sharks' draft pick in 2014, going in the third round at #81 overall. It's not immediately clear whether the third round pick that goes to San Jose..." May 26

  • Rangers willing to part with McDonagh, Stepan, Brassard for right price

    The Hockey News "The past five seasons have been successful ones for the New York Rangers, with eight playoff series victories, three conference final appearances and one Eastern Conference championship, but a woeful showing in the first round this post-season has left the potential for major changes in New York..." May 26

  • Gudbranson turned down 4-year, $18M extension from Panthers

    The Score "Erik Gudbranson could have been with the Florida Panthers for a few more years at least. The young defenseman was traded to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, circa two weeks after signing a one-year, $3.5-million contract extension with the team. According to George Richards of the Miami..." May 26

  • No Steven Stamkos, Ben Bishop for Game 7

    Tampa Bay Times "With the Lightning's season on the line in tonight's Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, it needs all the help it can get. "You want to be part of it," captain Steven Stamkos said. But Stamkos (blood clot) and goalie Ben Bishop (lower left leg) aren't expected to be available for..." May 26

  • Senators defenceman Chris Phillips announces his retirement from NHL

    CBC Sports "It's official: the longest-serving Ottawa Senator has announced his retirement from the NHL. Veteran defenceman Chris Phillips, who was drafted first overall by the Senators in 1996, has been dealing with back problems and wasn't able to play a single game in the 2015-16 season. "I loved and..." May 26

  • Sabres Sign Karabacek to Entry Level Deal

    NHL.com "The Buffalo Sabres today announced the team has signed forward Vaclav Karabacek to a three-year, entry-level contract. Karabacek (6’0”, 199 lbs., 5/2/1996) tallied 30 points (18+12) and 56 penalty minutes in 47 regular-season games with the Baie-Comeau Drakkar and the Moncton Wildcats of the..." May 26

  • Joe Thornton on preferred Stanley Cup Final opponent: 'I'll play 'em both'

    The Score "Joe Thornton and his beard are going to the Stanley Cup Final. Say it out loud. And "Jumbo Joe" couldn't care less which team comes out of the Eastern Conference. "I'll play 'em both, if they want to dress 40 guys," Thornton said." May 26

  • Canucks trade McCann, picks to Panthers for Gudbranson

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks have traded forward Jared McCann to the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenceman Erik Gudbranson. The Canucks also sent their 2017 second and fourth round draft picks to the Panthers in the deal, and will get back a fifth round pick from the Panthers." May 26

  • Hockey’s Loonie Problem May Cost NHL $200 Million, Bettman Says

    Bloomberg "The National Hockey League may miss out on as much as $200 million this season because of the slide of the Canadian dollar, according to league commissioner Gary Bettman. Bettman said in an interview on Bloomberg Television that while he still believes the NHL will set a revenue record this..." May 25

  • Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk to sign with SKA

    Sportsnet "Pavel Datsyuk has reportedly reached a final decision on his 2016-17 season. The Detroit Red Wings legend is nearing a two-year deal with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg, according to multiple reports out of Russia. Gennady Timchenko, chairman of the KHL’s board of directors, told reporter Slava..." May 25

  • Max Talbot considering options in Europe

    Today's Slapshot "The Boston Bruins didn’t get much in the way of production from veteran depth center Max Talbot during his tenure with the team, seeing just seven points in 38 games through the 2015-16 season and three assists in 18 games following the 2014-15 trade deadline. Now, after a less-than-impressive..." May 25

  • How Phil Kessel has thrived in Pittsburgh

    The Sports Quotient "From an individual standpoint, Phil Kessel was certainly not struggling in Toronto. The Boston Bruins traded Kessel to the Maple Leafs in 2009, and he quickly made an impact on the team: In the six seasons he spent there, he was the team's leading scorer every year and never missed a game. He..." May 25

  • Loui Eriksson, Torey Krug’s Pending Free Agency Is Top Of Bruins’ Mind

    NESN "The Boston Bruins have several decisions to make on players who will be eligible for unrestricted and restricted free agency before July 1, and general manager Don Sweeney provided updates on a few of them Wednesday. The most important decision involves veteran winger Loui Eriksson, who will be a..." May 25

  • Bruins will be ‘aggressive’ in pursuit of puck-mover

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Boston Bruins are going to be aggressive in their pursuit of a “transitional” defenseman this offseason. GM Don Sweeney understands it won’t be easy, given all the other teams that will be looking for the exact same thing, but he plans to pursue a puck-mover “either through free agency or..." May 25

  • Merrill undergoes shoulder surgery, out four months

    North Jersey "Defenseman Jon Merrill may not be available for at the start of the new season after undergoing shoulder surgery, with Devils general manager Ray Shero saying, in a press release the "expected recovery time is approximately four months." Exactly four months would push Merrill past the start of..." May 25

  • Every Oilers winger is expendable, save for Hall & Maroon

    Edmonton Journal "In the long run Jordan Eberle has been every bit as good as Taylor Hall on the wing for the Edmonton Oilers. In the last two years, however, Hall has taken a major step ahead of Eberle in terms of his two-way play, which is why Eberle should be considered the team’s top trade bait. He’s enticing..." May 25

  • The Dallas Stars goaltending scenario for next season that may shock fans, but may also make most sense

    Sports Day "I'll begin this way-too-long missive with a statement that might seem shocking to most of you on the heels of that Game 7 goaltending meltdown... There's a chance -- and possibly a good chance -- that Dallas starts next season with Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi sharing the net. "There's no way..." May 25

  • Friedman wonders about Tarasenko’s future with Blues

    Today's Slapshot "As part of a larger discussion on the St. Louis Blues: “The Tarasenko thing is amazing to me. Here’s a guy who they signed to a huge extension. He’s an $8 million dollar a year player. And very quietly all year, there have been rumblings that they haven’t been satisfied with him. And this..." May 25

  • While Green gets press, Gulutzan gets Flames interview for vacant head coaching gig

    Vancouver Province "Travis Green got the press. Glen Gulutzan got the interview. But neither may get the gig. According to Vancouver general manager Jim Benning, the Calgary Flames asked for permission to speak with Gulutzan, the Canucks’ assistant coach. But they have yet to ask for permission to speak to Green,..." May 25