• Lightning's Steven Stamkos won't return until he's 100 percent

    Sporting News "Steven Stamkos doesn't know when he'll be back on the ice. With only 10 regular-season games remaining for Tampa Bay, the Lightning center and captain knows his window of opportunity to return is beginning to close. Despite his ambition, he stands firm that he won't push himself to play until..." March 23

  • Donald Fehr: Players won't concede in Olympic stalemate

    ESPN "The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo,..." March 23

  • NHL's 'stupid' playoff format will crush Capitals, Penguins or Blue Jackets

    Chicago Tribune "As the NHL season winds down with roughly 10 games remaining, one of the most fascinating playoff races to watch will involve three teams who have already clinched postseason berths. Washington, Columbus and Pittsburgh are separated by just two points atop the league standings, and because they're..." March 23

  • Chicago Blackhawks Sign Tanner Kero To Two-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have decided Tanner Kero has done enough to stick around, as they have signed him to a two-year extension that will run through 2018-19. The 24-year old was set to become a restricted free agent this summer, and would have been eligible for salary arbitration. The financials..." March 23

  • New York Rangers ink netminder Chris Nell to ELC

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Rangers have confirmed, as of Thursday morning, that goaltender Chris Nell has inked an entry-level deal with the club. A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Nell went undrafted in the NHL out of the USHL’s Chicago Steel. He’s spent the last three years skating for Bowling Green..." March 23

  • Islanders lose key piece just before push for final playoff spot

    New York Post "The Islanders’ playoff hopes just took a big hit. Forward Ryan Strome, the team’s sixth-leading scorer, suffered a broken wrist in the Isles’ 3-2 win over the Rangers on Wednesday, a source told Newsday on Thursday. The injury likely will keep Strome out the rest of the season unless the..." March 23

  • Ristolainen suspended for three games

    Buffalo News "Rasmus Ristolainen was given a three-game suspension, announced by NHL Player Safety for his hit on on Pittsburgh forward Jake Guentzel in Tuesday's game in KeyBank Center. The NHL Player Safety Twitter account said a video explanation will be released later on Thursday. Ristolainen spoke..." March 23

  • Taylor Hall ‘jealous,’ won’t root for Oilers in playoffs

    Sportsnet "Taylor Hall is jealous, and you can understand why. The Stanley Cup Playoffs have grown increasingly painful for one of the game’s best left wingers to watch as season after season slips by without his participation. Call it the seven-year itch. “My first couple seasons in the league I..." March 23

  • Maple Leafs’ Roman Polak suspended two games for hit on Bjorkstrand

    Toronto Sun "The Maple Leafs will have to get by without Roman Polak into next week. Polak on Thursday afternoon was suspended for two games by the National Hockey League’s department of player safety for his hit on Oliver Bjorkstrand of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday night. Polak, who previously..." March 23

  • Luke Kunin inks entry-level deal with Wild

    Fanrag Sports "The Minnesota Wild selected forward Luke Kunin with the 15th overall pick at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Now, after spending his post-draft season playing NCAA hockey, he’s going pro. It was confirmed on Thursday afternoon, per the Wild’s official Twitter account, that Kunin has inked an..." March 23

  • Islanders promote Halak from AHL Bridgeport

    Sportsnet "It looks like the New York Islanders will carry three goalies for the remainder of the NHL season. In a move to shore up their goaltending while chasing a wild card berth in the Eastern Conference, the team announced Thursday morning it has recalled veteran Jaroslav Halak from the AHL’s..." March 23

  • Panthers' Ekblad out with neck injury

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to multiple reports on Twitter including George Richards of the Miami Herald, Aaron Ekblad will be out for the Florida Panthers again after waking up with a sore neck. The injury is apparently unrelated to his most recent concussion. After returning for just one game earlier this..." March 23

  • Canadiens’ Paul Byron earns nomination for Bill Masterton Trophy

    Sportsnet "If it wasn’t for YouTube, Montreal Canadiens forward Paul Byron might not be in the position he currently finds himself in. On Sunday Byron scored his 20th goal of the season as part of a 4-1 win over the Ottawa Senators, and on Wednesday he was informed that the Montreal chapter of the..." March 23

  • Brad Marchand is a bona fide NHL superstar and it’s time to realize that

    Yardbarker "Pest. Diver. Fake tough guy. All those words — and I’ve chosen the nice ones — have been used to describe the polarizing play of Brad Marchand by non-Boston Bruins fans. But, one descriptor isn’t being thrown around nearly enough representing Marchand’s ability: superstar. By and large,..." March 23

  • Roman Polak to have hearing after boarding Bjorkstrand

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Roman Polak will have a hearing with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety on Thursday morning for a boarding infraction on Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand. At the one-minute mark of the final frame of Wednesday's game, Polak was assessed a..." March 23

  • Columbus started extension talks with key youngsters Wennberg, Anderson

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was a busy man on Tuesday, signing three players — center Lukas Sedlak, left winger Markus Hannikainen and blueliner Scott Harrington — to two-year extensions. Kekalainen’s also working on some more significant deals as well. Per the Dispatch, he’s begun..." March 22

  • Career back on track, Bernier hopes he can re-sign in Anaheim

    L.A. Daily News "On a disastrous early December night in Calgary, Jonathan Bernier not only gave up the most goals he’s ever allowed in an NHL game but gave his detractors further ammunition when it came to debating his merits as a netminder in the league. Eight goals against – on only 25 shots from the Flames..." March 22

  • How much would fans really care if NHL skips 2018 Winter Olympics?

    Sportsnet "Let’s be honest with ourselves here. On Tuesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman informed fans to assume that the NHL will not send players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. I just erased several hundred emotional words I had written blasting the NHL for even thinking of not..." March 22

  • Avalanche's Johnson: 'We're the worst team in 20 years'

    Denver Post "Erik Johnson, who turned 29 Tuesday, is signed through the 2022-23 season, at $6 million per year. The Avalanche’s top defenseman is not untradable, but probably close to it. So his assessment of how things have gone in this horrible season comes in a context of mutual long-term..." March 22

  • Sabres’ Ristolainen to have hearing for hit on Penguins’ Guentzel

    Sportsnet "Buffalo Sabres defenceman Rasmus Ristolainen has a disciplinary hearing Thursday afternoon with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a hit on Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jake Guentzel. Ristolainen was issued a major penalty and game misconduct for interference at 8:46 of the first period of..." March 22

  • Torey Krug: Bruins won't fall out of playoff picture

    NHL.com "There is at least one consolation for Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy: When he wakes up on Wednesday, a breather for the Bruins after back-to-back games and back-to-back losses, his team will still be in contention for a Stanley Cup Playoff berth. "I don't think I'm going to wake up tomorrow..." March 22

  • Antti Raanta: Don’t give me the hook quite yet

    New York Post "Antti Raanta, who has started six straight for the Rangers in Henrik Lundqvist’s absence, is sure hoping to extend the second-longest such streak of his career to seven when the Islanders visit the Garden on Wednesday. It would mark the third complete set of back-to-backs within 13 days for the..." March 22

  • Theo Fleury on Matthew Tkachuk’s elbow: ‘I love it’

    Sportsnet "He’s a pretty dirty player, that kid. To be a rookie and play like that is a little surprising.” — Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, on Matthew Tkachuk. “I love it,” Theo Fleury was saying Tuesday afternoon, picking up the phone to chat about a young Calgary Flame that has opponents..." March 22

  • Canadiens’ Max Pacioretty expects NHLers to go to 2018 Olympics

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty has joined the chorus of players speaking out about the possibility the NHL won’t participate in the 2018 Olympics. “People want to see us go, we want to go,” said Pacioretty, who represented the United States at the 2014 Sochi Games. “I think it helps..." March 22

  • Bettman: 'Assume' NHL not going to Olympics

    TSN "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman is advising fans to brace for the 2018 Winter Olympics to take place without NHL players in Pyeongchang. Speaking to Reuters in New York on Tuesday at the Sports Business Summit, Bettman said “people should assume” the NHL is not going to play in..." March 21

  • It really helps to be a linemate of Sidney Crosby

    Sportsnet "There might not be a sweeter job in hockey than riding shotgun on the wing of Sidney Crosby. Just ask Conor Sheary and Jake Guentzel. Both players were full-time AHLers only two seasons ago, and are now contributing members of the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. Sheary,..." March 21

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Sign Sedlak, Hannikainen, Harrington To Two-Year Deals

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have locked up three pending restricted free agents today, signing Lukas Sedlak, Markus Hannikainen and Scott Harrington to one-way, two-year contract extensions. While no financial details have been released, it is interesting to note that all three would have been..." March 21

  • Ekblad set to return after missing 4 games with concussion

    Miami Herald "Aaron Ekblad will return to the Florida Panthers lineup on Tuesday night after missing the previous four games with a concussion. If it was up to Ekblad, coach Tom Rowe said, he would have only missed three. Ekblad, 21, returned to skating last week and said he felt so good he tried to hop..." March 21

  • Hockey player gets 16-game suspension after hit on former Oilers star Ryan Smyth

    CBC Sports "A hockey player who left Ryan Smyth injured after blindsiding him during a senior men's hockey game last week has been issued a 16-game suspension by Hockey Alberta. Smyth, a former Edmonton Oilers star who now plays for the Stony Plain Eagles, was injured in a game against the Lacombe Generals..." March 21

  • Maple Leafs sign Jeremy Bracco to entry-level contract

    Fanrag Sports "The Toronto Maple Leafs confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that forward Jeremy Bracco, drafted by the club with the 61st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, has been inked to an entry-level deal with the club. A native of Freeport, New York, Bracco skated for the US National Under-17 and..." March 21

  • Tkachuk latest example of why first-time offenders should get longer suspensions

    The Hockey News "Matthew Tkachuk will not be appropriately punished for elbowing Drew Doughty. And the Kings will seek revenge next time they play, and the cycle will repeat itself. When the NHL’s Department of Player Safety announces its sanction against Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk for drilling his..." March 21

  • Matthew Tkachuk suspended two games

    NHL.com "Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has been suspended for two games, without pay, for elbowing Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty during NHL Game No. 1069 in Calgary on Sunday, March 19, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today. The incident occurred..." March 21

  • Which team is furthest away from winning a Stanley Cup?

    The Hockey News "Many teams are excited for the playoffs to begin and make a run for the Stanley Cup. Some teams are right within their Cup window, and some teams are decidedly not. Here's a look at four teams that will have to wait a long time before being considered legit contenders. Detroit Red..." March 21

  • Senators strength coach alarmed over declining youth athletic skills

    Ottawa Citizen "Chris Schwarz has a dream job. As the strength and conditioning coach of the Ottawa Senators, Schwarz helps keep world-class athletes such as Erik Karlsson, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone finely tuned. Schwarz isn’t referring to those star players, nor is he citing recent flu virus issues in the..." March 21

  • Going pro? Ottawa wasted no time contacting prospect White

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators have a decision to make on Colin White. His Boston College Eagles were officially eliminated from the NCAA playoffs Saturday night with a 4-3 loss to UMass Lowell at the TD Garden which means the Senators are free to negotiate with the 20-year-old centre who would like to leave..." March 20

  • Players, coaches support having NHL players in OIympics

    ESPN "As the waiting game continues on an NHL decision for next year's Olympic Games in South Korea, three-time Olympian Zdeno Chara still harbors hope of a solution, even while clearly frustrated with where things stand. "I think every player wants to be part of the Olympics," the Boston Bruins..." March 20

  • Bruins’ Marchand would be stung by potential Olympics exclusion

    Sportsnet "Imagine spending a lifetime working towards the height of your profession, only to be told that one of the biggest perks of the position is gone. Now imagine being Boston Bruins winger Brad Marchand right now – among the NHL leaders in goals (37) and points (79), the newly minted NHL first star..." March 20

  • McLellan: Workhorse Talbot ‘has been better than I thought he’d be’

    Edmonton Journal "Nice of Cam Talbot to step forward and address the Edmonton Oilers backup goalie situation. With head coach Todd McLellan taking the whip to him like he was trailing by a neck at the derby – playing him in 22 of the last 23, 40 of the last 43 and 64 of 71 this season – it’s become clear now..." March 20

  • Retirement could be in cards for Coyotes’ Michalek

    Arizona Republic "The Coyotes added options to their roster Sunday on the brink of a five-game road trip, recalling defenseman Zbynek Michalek and center Laurent Dauphin from the American Hockey League. Arizona had enough healthy players Saturday to field a lineup (20), but coach Dave Tippett said Sunday the..." March 20

  • Tkachuk to face hearing after elbowing Doughty in match against Kings

    Calgary Herald "Calgary Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk has a hearing Monday with the NHL’s Player Safety Department. The league disciplinarians are taking a closer look at Tkachuk’s elbow on Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty in Sunday’s tight-checking contest at the Saddledome, a 5-2 triumph for the..." March 20

  • Marchand, Crosby, Elliott named NHL's 3 stars of the week

    NHL.com "Boston Bruins left wing Brad Marchand, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Calgary Flames goaltender Brian Elliott have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending March 19. FIRST STAR - BRAD MARCHAND, LW, BOSTON BRUINS Marchand led the NHL with 5-4-9 in three games -..." March 20

  • Doughty calls out Tkachuk: 'He's a pretty dirty player, that kid'

    Sporting News "Flames rookie Matthew Tkachuk's chin-high elbow on the Kings' Drew Doughty in Sunday's game likely will get the league's attention. The late first-period elbow knocked Doughty down and out for the rest of the period. He returned in the second period of a 5-2 Flames win but afterward offered a..." March 20

  • Brad Marchand on Hart Trophy buzz: 'I'm not even paying attention to any of it'

    CSN New England "While Brad Marchand might be gaining a great deal of momentum in the Hart Trophy conversation, the Bruins Little Ball of Hart isn’t going to let it enter into his thinking in the heat of a playoff race. Marchand is second in the NHL for the overall scoring lead just a point (79) behind Connor..." March 20

  • Giroux admits hip has been a problem this season

    Philly.com "Flyers captain Claude Giroux is in a recent groove, having scored points in six consecutive games heading into Sunday's home matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes. Giroux seemed out of sorts for a long stretch before this streak, and after Sunday's optional morning skate, he talked about how..." March 20

  • Flames' Ferland under observation for mumps

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Calgary Flames will be without Micheal Ferland tonight when they face the L.A. Kings. The Flames announced Sunday that Ferland is now under observation for the mumps, a disease which has affected members of the Canucks and Wild this season, following an outbreak during the 2014-15..." March 20

  • Flames sign U.S. junior gold medalist Tyler Parsons to entry-level deal

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames signed goaltender Tyler Parsons and forward Ryan Lomberg to entry-level contracts on Sunday. Parsons’s deal is for three years while Lomberg’s is a two-year, two-way contract that begins next season. Calgary selected Parsons in the second round (54th overall) of the 2016..." March 20

  • Mike Babcock blames himself for Brad Marchand’s superstar transformation

    Sportsnet "If Mike Babcock could turn back time, he’d do things differently. For the Toronto Maple Leafs coach may have inadvertently created a roadblock for his team while wearing another hat with Team Canada. The decision to put Brad Marchand on the top line with Sidney Crosby and Patrice Bergeron..." March 19

  • Adorable 4-year old pops the question to NHL player, gets ‘engaged’

    Fox Sports "A 4-year-old Arizona Coyotes fan named Gracie got to meet her favorite player, LW Anthony Duclair, and she had a very special note prepared for him. Via NHL.com: “Dear Duke, I’m Gracie, and I’m four. I love you! Are you happy to be back? Will you marry me?” Duclair said it was his first..." March 19

  • Islanders negotiating temporary agreement with Barclays Center

    Sportsnet "The New York Islanders are in negotiations with the Barclays Center to remain in Brooklyn for at least a few more years, according to Nick Kypreos. Reports in January and February claimed the arena owners wanted the team out after the 2018-19 season because it believes more revenue could be..." March 19

  • Air Canada Centre ice ‘was brutal,’ says James van Riemsdyk after OT loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "James van Riemsdyk has already voiced his criticism of ice conditions in the NHL, including at the Air Canada Centre, this season. And he did so again Saturday. The Toronto Maple Leafs forward had a breakaway during a thrilling three-on-three overtime session with the Chicago Blackhawks but was..." March 19