NHL Headlineshttps://www.nhl.com/news/NHL HeadlinesFri, 21 Jul 2017 16:15:51 -0400Rangers counting on Shattenkirk to bolster defense, power playhttps://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-rangers-offseason-analysis/c-290445784<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the New York Rangers:</em></p><p>The window for the New York Rangers to win the Stanley Cup with goalie <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-2028BECE217CC49D15B81">Henrik Lundqvist</span> remains open. They've made moves this offseason with the intent to finally skate through it.</p></div>Dan RosenFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Tatar agrees to four-year contract with Red Wings: reporthttps://www.nhl.com/news/detroit-signs-tomas-tatar-to-four-year-deal/c-290193752<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Forward <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-D4A0C11AC8EB7E6FFF99E">Tomas Tatar</span> agreed to terms on a four-year contract with an average annual value of $5.3 million with the Detroit Red Wings on Friday, according to Sportsnet.</p><p>Tatar had an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Thursday but both sides were able to agree to terms on a new contract prior to the arbitrator's ruling.</p></div>NHL.comFri, 21 Jul 2017 16:15:51 -0400Dzingel agrees to terms on two-year contract with Senatorshttps://www.nhl.com/news/ottawa-signs-ryan-dzingel-to-two-year-deal/c-290467846<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Forward <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-1F3FD4C6987D88DE0F38F">Ryan Dzingel</span> agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators on Friday with an average annual value of $1.8 million.</p><p>Dzingel, who was a restricted free agent, avoided a salary arbitration hearing in Toronto on Friday morning. He will be paid $1.5 million this season and $2.1 million in 2018-19.</p><p>"First of all, we're really happy," general manager Pierre Dorion told the Senators website. "Ryan has shown through the course of his first full season with us that he was an important member of our team. Getting this done on a two-year contract brings security. He probably feels that he gave up money if he produces at the same level on the second year and we probably got a bargain on the first year.</p><p>"If we went to arbitration, we were afraid the ruling would be closer to their number than our number. Now we get a happy player that will produce for us for the next two years and someone who has shown with his speed, talent and hopefully he can convert on a few more breakaways that we'll have a pretty special player."</p></div>NHL.comFri, 21 Jul 2017 12:12:43 -0400McPhee 'comfortable' with Golden Knights rosterhttps://www.nhl.com/news/mcphee-comfortable-with-golden-knights-roster/c-290470908<div class="article-item__preview"><p>The Vegas Golden Knights have 11 defensemen on the roster, but two months before the start of their first training camp, general manager George McPhee isn't in a rush to reduce that number.</p><p>"We're at a manageable number right now," McPhee told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Friday. "We're pretty close to where we want to be and we're comfortable with the roster we have. ... We'll be busy the next few weeks. But we're rolling along and looking forward to training camp in our new facility."</p></div>NHL.comFri, 21 Jul 2017 15:57:25 -0400Parayko signs five-year contract with Blueshttps://www.nhl.com/news/colton-parayko-st-louis-blues-agree-to-five-year-contract/c-290199160<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Defenseman <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-B31C498CD06F09327D6B8">Colton Parayko</span> signed a five-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday with an average annual value of $5.5 million.</p></div>NHL.comThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:16:03 -0400NHL Free Agent Trackerhttps://www.nhl.com/news/free-agency-signings-2017/c-281090126<div class="article-item__preview"><p>One-stop shop for a comprehensive list of all 2017 NHL free agents and signings, including stories and analysis.</p><p><em>NOTE: Some of these players may have recently signed with their respective club; however, their contracts had not yet been filed with the League.</em></p><p> </p></div>NHL.comFri, 21 Jul 2017 12:17:43 -0400Fantasy faceoff: Ben Bishop vs. Andrei Vasilevskiyhttps://www.nhl.com/news/fantasy-faceoff-ben-bishop-vs-andrei-vasilevskiy/c-290464034<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>All offseason long, NHL.com will cover all the angles leading up to your fantasy hockey draft. For some of the most compelling debates, our fantasy staffers will compare two players at a given position in the same projected draft range.</em></p><p><em>Value is quantified based on factors including (but not limited to) line combinations, power-play usage, team goalie situations, injury history, bounce-back, breakout or sleeper potential, possible regression, and age. Once each writer has made his argument, fans can cast their vote in our @NHLFantasy Twitter poll.</em></p><p><em>Today, we compare goaltenders <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-ED1E766C35A2076EACD8B">Ben Bishop</span> of the Dallas Stars and <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-472B0D46E34CFD22E609B">Andrei Vasilevskiy</span> of the Tampa Bay Lightning:</em></p></div>Fantasy Hockey StaffFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Islanders add Eberle to increase scoring, improve power playhttps://www.nhl.com/news/new-york-islanders-team-reset-2017/c-290387684<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the New York Islanders:</em></p><p>The New York Islanders took a step back last season, failing to qualify for the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs after back-to-back 100-point seasons, and in 2016 winning a postseason series for the first time in 23 years.</p></div>Brian ComptonFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Hall, Devils to lighten Hischier's load in first NHL seasonhttps://www.nhl.com/news/taylor-hall-wants-to-help-nico-hischier-in-rookie-year-with-devils/c-290467192<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>TORONTO -- </b>New Jersey Devils forward <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-0DCB7F9E9207EA8E635B5">Taylor Hall</span> is no stranger to the expectations that come with being the No. 1 pick of the NHL Draft, and plans to do his best to help center and Devils teammate Nico Hischier navigate what awaits him this season.</p><p>When Hall was selected the first pick of the 2010 NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, he found himself burdened by expectations that he would spark a turnaround. But they never got on track during Hall's tenure, and he was traded to the Devils on June 29, 2016.</p></div>Dave McCarthy / NHL.com CorrespondentFri, 21 Jul 2017 11:38:28 -0400Dahlin among those on Sweden roster for World Junior Summer Showcasehttps://www.nhl.com/news/sweden-finland-world-junior-summer-rosters-revealed/c-290468488<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Defenseman Rasmus Dahlin, projected to be one of the top picks in the 2018 NHL Draft, will be among the 25 players participating for Sweden at the World Junior Summer Showcase.</p><p>The event will be held at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Micighan, from July 28-Aug. 5 and feature practices and games against the United States, Canada and Finland. It's the first step in picking the teams for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship.</p></div>Adam KimelmanFri, 21 Jul 2017 13:32:29 -04002017-18 NHL Trade Trackerhttps://www.nhl.com/news/2017-18-nhl-trades/c-289968698<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>Welcome to the 2017-18 NHL Trade Tracker, the official list of completed deals since June 14. This is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and reaction from around the League as teams position themselves for the present and beyond.</em></p></div>NHL.comTue, 04 Jul 2017 12:02:51 -0400Maple Leafs' outlook adds energy to Smashfesthttps://www.nhl.com/news/maple-leafs-add-energy-to-smashfest/c-290464378<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>TORONTO </b>-- There was a buzz in the air at the Steam Whistle brewery on Thursday when Toronto Maple Leafs forward <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-51AFE5EFDF12381160197">Dominic Moore</span> hosted 25 NHL players and several hundred guests for his annual Smashfest Charity Ping-Pong Challenge.</p><p>It was a good example of what will surround the city once the Maple Leafs, coming off an impressive season, take the ice in October.</p><p>"Obviously there is a ton of energy around this event, but there is a ton of buzz about the season," Moore said. "I'm really excited to get going with the start of the season and enjoying my time with the new team."</p></div>Dave McCarthy / NHL.com CorrespondentThu, 20 Jul 2017 23:34:41 -0400Gaudreau: Playing for Flyers someday 'would be sweet'https://www.nhl.com/news/calgary-flames-johnny-gaudreau-open-to-joining-philadelphia-flyers-someday/c-290470170<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Forward <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-23E6B0C10583B53F351AB">Johnny Gaudreau</span> is happy playing for the Calgary Flames, but said he would someday welcome a chance to play for the Philadelphia Flyers <span class="token token-hyperLink" id="token-27A31330B9C582AF355B8"><a href="http://embed.radio.com/clip/df98b27d-6ff9-40cf-a776-a7b700c8c424?ads_ga_page_tracker=UA-17434257-35&amp;rollup_ga_id=UA-2438645-53&amp;station_id=">during an interview with WIP radio in Philadelphia</a></span> on Friday.</p><p>Gaudreau grew up a Flyers fan in Salem, New Jersey, about 40 miles south of Philadelphia.</p></div>NHL.comFri, 21 Jul 2017 14:53:26 -0400Esposito revisits stories behind maskhttps://www.nhl.com/news/tony-esposito-reveals-stories-behind-legendary-goalie-mask/c-290451266<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>MONTREAL --</b> Tony Esposito's distinctive white mask, nearly a half-century old, is a magnificent mess.</p><p>It is scratched and chipped and dented, chunks having been knocked out of it by pucks and the metal bars he installed over the eyes bent by slashing sticks, skates and his own pliers.</p></div>Dave StubbsFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Patrick of Flyers held off ice for second straight dayhttps://www.nhl.com/news/nolan-patrick-held-off-ice-for-second-straight-day/c-290454400<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Philadelphia Flyers forward <span class="token token-hyperLink" id="token-14CA5EE00F454E6963A96"><a href="https://www.nhl.com/player/nolan-patrick-8479974">Nolan Patrick</a></span> has an infection in his face that has kept him off the ice the past two days.</p><p>Patrick, the No. 2 pick of the 2017 NHL Draft, had abdominal surgery to repair a sports hernia June 13. He was expected to need 4-6 weeks to recover.</p><p>Patrick signed his entry-level contract Monday, at which time the Flyers announced that he was expected to start skating in the next week.</p></div>NHL.comThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:41:45 -0400DeBrincat wants to force Blackhawks' hand in training camphttps://www.nhl.com/news/alex-debrincat-eyes-chicago-blackhawks-roster-spot/c-290452312<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>CHICAGO</b> -- If Alex DeBrincat were a few inches taller, he probably wouldn't have slipped to the Chicago Blackhawks outside the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft.</p><p>Nobody knows that more than Blackhawks director of amateur scouting Mark Kelley, who helped select the high-scoring forward with Chicago's first pick at No. 39 in the second round.</p></div>Brian Hedger / NHL.com CorrespondentFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Bear raising game, expectations for Oilershttps://www.nhl.com/news/edmonton-oilers-prospect-ethan-bear-raising-all-around-play/c-290448798<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>EDMONTON <em>-- </em></b>Edmonton Oilers defenseman prospect Ethan Bear played through the pain for Seattle in the Western Hockey League playoffs last season, and has the scar to prove it.</p><p>Bear, 20, broke the index finger on his left hand blocking a shot in Game 3 of the WHL Western Conference Final against Kelowna. He missed the final three games of the series, but returned to play against Regina in the final, helping Seattle win its first league championship.</p></div>Derek Van Diest / NHL.com CorrespondentFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Devils never had trade offer for Kovalchuk, GM sayshttps://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-never-had-trade-offer-for-ilya-kovalchuk/c-290464268<div class="article-item__preview"><p>The New Jersey Devils never received an offer to possibly trade forward Ilya Kovalchuk to an NHL team, general manager Ray Shero told Northjersey.com this week.</p><p>Kovalchuk will stay in the Kontinental Hockey League this season after trying to work with the Devils to return to the NHL. The Devils held Kovalchuk's rights and would have had to sign him to a contract before trading him.</p><p>Shero said despite efforts by Kovalchuk and his agent, it never reached that point.</p></div>NHL.comThu, 20 Jul 2017 23:00:05 -0400Statistics predict which teams will benefit most from moveshttps://www.nhl.com/news/statistics-predict-which-teams-will-benefit-from-moves/c-290459794<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Every offseason, each front office across the NHL has specific priorities to address from its unique set of needs. Some are looking for help on special teams, others want to improve their goaltending situation, and there are those searching for another option in the shootout.</p><p>Modern hockey analytics can help identify a team's needs, and how successfully those needs have been addressed during the offseason. From a statistical perspective, here are the teams that have improved the most this offseason in six categories: coaching, power play, penalty kill, shootout, hitting and goaltending.</p></div>Rob Vollman / NHL.com CorrespondentFri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Murray visits 7-year-old goalie's lemonade stand for charity in hometownhttps://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-goalie-matt-murray-visits-childs-lemonade-stand/c-290456062<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Though Gavin Currie's lemonade stand attracted friends, neighbors and a firetruck full of firefighters, the two-time Stanley Cup winner who pulled up and hung out for more than 30 minutes was the 7-year-old's biggest customer of the day.</p></div>Cristina LedraThu, 20 Jul 2017 12:40:29 -0400Fantasy faceoff: Kevin Shattenkirk vs. Duncan Keithhttps://www.nhl.com/news/fantasy-faceoff-kevin-shattenkirk-vs-duncan-keith/c-290452442<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>All offseason long, NHL.com will cover all the angles leading up to your fantasy hockey draft. For some of the most compelling debates, our fantasy staffers will compare two players at a given position in the same projected draft range.</em></p></div>Fantasy Hockey StaffThu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Devils hope top draft pick Hischier can fill role as playmakerhttps://www.nhl.com/news/new-jersey-devils-roster-reset-analysis/c-290432068<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the New Jersey Devils:</em></p></div>Mike G. MorrealeThu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Wilson's day with Cup special second time aroundhttps://www.nhl.com/news/penguins-scott-wilson-has-day-with-stanley-cup/c-290457874<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>OAKVILLE, Ontario</b> -- <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-793254AD364488C2ADC92">Scott Wilson</span> brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown for the second straight summer, showing it off to about 350 fans at the Sixteen Mile Sports Complex on Thursday.</p><p>It may have been a familiar scene from last July, but the Pittsburgh Penguins forward said it meant much more to him this time around. </p></div>Dave McCarthy / NHL.com CorrespondentThu, 20 Jul 2017 15:13:49 -0400Predators reload after run to Stanley Cup Finalhttps://www.nhl.com/news/nashville-predators-team-reset-2017/c-290350564<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Nashville Predators:</em></p></div>Brian ComptonThu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Canadiens add Drouin, Alzner, Schlemko during busy offseasonhttps://www.nhl.com/news/montreal-canadiens-team-reset-2017/c-290419606<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>After the NHL Draft, free agency and other offseason moves, NHL.com is taking a look at where each team stands. Today, the Montreal Canadiens:</em></p><p>It would have been very difficult to predict on June 23, 2014, that the Montreal Canadiens would be in this position today.</p><p>That was the day defenseman <span class="token token-playerCard" id="token-1EE4C0B77AD54A8959A91">Andrei Markov</span> signed a three-year, $17.25 million contract with the Canadiens, and the primary concern was that at age 35 and with a history of knee injuries the contract was one year too long.</p></div>Arpon BasuWed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Poehling 'in awe' after being drafted by Canadienshttps://www.nhl.com/news/ryan-poehling-shifting-focus-to-world-junior-championship/c-290426848<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>BROSSARD, Quebec </b>-- Ryan Poehling said he blacked out when the Montreal Canadiens selected him in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft in June.</p><p>And that was just the start for the 18-year-old center.</p></div>Sean Farrell / NHL.com CorrespondentThu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Duhaime making strides with Wildhttps://www.nhl.com/news/minnesota-wild-prospect-brandon-duhaime-making-strides/c-290444536<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>ST. PAUL, Minn. --</b> Minnesota Wild forward prospect Brandon Duhaime showcased his progression when he stood out during his second development camp and was named Most Improved Player.</p><p>"It gives you a little bit of confidence knowing that the work you put in so far is recognized," said Duhaime, who was the Wild's fourth-round pick (No. 106) in the 2016 NHL Draft. "It's not done yet. I think having another month-and-a-half, or two months before the season, it's going to be even bigger than the first part."</p></div>Jessi Pierce / NHL.com CorrespondentThu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400NHL China Games tickets on salehttps://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-china-games-tickets-on-sale-july-20/c-290435214<div class="article-item__preview"><p><b>NEW YORK</b> - Tickets to the 2017 NHL China Games™ presented by O.R.G. Packaging in Shanghai and Beijing between the Los Angeles Kings and the Vancouver Canucks are available to the public to purchase today Thursday, July 20.</p><p>Tickets to the preseason games between the Kings and Canucks on Sept. 21, 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai and on Sept. 23, 2017 at Huaxi LIVE Wukesong's Le Sports Center in Beijing are available for purchase now via <span class="token token-hyperLink" id="token-974AFFA4DF4829B4BBDA2"><a href="https://en.damai.cn/" target="_blank">en.Damai.cn</a></span>.</p></div>NHL Public RelationsThu, 20 Jul 2017 10:14:18 -0400NHL Network reveals top 50 overtime goals of 2016-17https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-network-top-50-overtime-goals-of-2016-17/c-290392098<div class="article-item__preview"><p>Is there anything more exciting than an overtime goal?</p><p>Probably not.</p><p>The 2016-17 NHL season had plenty of goals scored in overtime, some coming on a breakaway or a deflection, some winning games in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 or the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs.</p></div>NHL.comSat, 15 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0400Contract extensions signed since July 1https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-contract-extensions-during-summer-of-2017/c-290284726<div class="article-item__preview"><p><em>NHL teams are signing key players a full year before they would be eligible to become a free agent. Here's a list of long-term contract extensions that have been completed since July 1:</em></p></div>NHL.comWed, 12 Jul 2017 12:07:40 -0400