6:26 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Since the Nashville Predators joined the NHL in 1998, Paul Fenton had been part of their front office, first as a director of player personnel and then as assistant general manager. He became one of the most respected executives in the league. Through the years, he interviewed with a number
When the Washington Capitals hit the ice at Capital One Arena Monday night they will be just one loss away from elimination in the Eastern Conference Final. Rewind to just a week ago, and the Caps were flying high, having dominated the first two games of the series on the road against the Tampa Bay
11:09 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN WINNIPEG, Manitoba — There was a time, not too long ago, that Ryan Reaves wondered if the NHL wanted him anymore. The league has been turning to smaller and faster players over the past decade. Fighting has, organically, come out of vogue. Reaves — a thick 6-foot-1, 225-pound winger, the
It’s going to be a very long summer for Chicago Blackhawks fans. For the first time in 10 years, the Hawks aren’t participating in the postseason festivities. It’s a tough pill to swallow for a fanbase that’s watched their favorite team win the Stanley Cup three times in a span of six years. We’re told
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Sweden capped a victorious run through the ice hockey world championship by edging Switzerland 3-2 on Sunday in the final after a penalty shootout to successfully defend its title. Forward Filip Forsberg scored the decisive goal in the shootout to give Sweden a third world title in six years, and 11th overall.
9:35 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN WINNIPEG, Manitoba — The Vegas Golden Knights have a nickname for themselves. After they punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final on Sunday night, they’re happy to say it with pride. “We call ourselves the Golden Misfits for a reason,” said winger Ryan Reaves, who scored the game-winning goal
The Edmonton Oilers and Patrick Maroon are a familiar story. Maroon came to the Oilers from the Anaheim Ducks during the 2015-16 NHL season and was an absolute steal for the franchise. With only four goals in 56 games with the Ducks that season, Anaheim deemed him dispensible and not only moved him to Edmonton
The hiring of Joel Bouchard as the new coach of the Montreal Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket, is the first big move of the team’s offseason. As the saying goes “It takes a village to bring up a child” and the lack of success in the Habs’ ability to develop new talent from their
The Royal wedding took place on Saturday morning in jolly old England. The celebration was filled with the pageantry and splendor that one would expect. As an ode to this momentous occasion, I reckon that we crown the best all-time blokes…err…Los Angeles Kings from each country, shall we? Brilliant. Well, let us carry on, then.
The New York Rangers’ search for a head coach seems to be coming to an end. Boston University Terriers’ (B.U.) head coach David Quinn is reported by multiple sources to be close to signing a five-year, $12 million contract to replace recently terminated Alain Vigneault. Quinn would become the 35th head coach in Blueshirts’ history.
Fans of the Carolina Hurricanes are watching other teams in the NHL playoffs, as they have done now for nine seasons in a row. This can be a difficult time, as frustration with the home team reaches new levels every year. But, it can also be a learning experience for the Hurricanes, especially if their
Just over a month ago, the Washington Capitals found themselves in a similar predicament to the one the Tampa Bay Lightning were in heading into Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Entering the first round of the playoffs as the top seed in the Metropolitan Division, the Capitals suffered back-to-back home losses to the
2:14 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Boston University coach David Quinn has informed school officials that he intends to leave for the vacant New York Rangers head-coaching position, sources have told ESPN’s John Buccigross. Quinn, 51, would replace Alain Vigneault, who was fired after amassing a 226-147-37 record over five seasons. Quinn and the Rangers, according
12:50 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Marian Hossa‘s playing career appears to be over. The Chicago Blackhawks winger told the Slovakian publication Novy Cas, “I will not play hockey anymore,” in an interview published Saturday. Hossa, 39, played 19 seasons in the NHL with the Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Sweden strode into the final of the ice hockey world championship by crushing the United States 6-0 on Saturday. The defending champion set up a gold-medal game on Sunday against Switzerland, a 3-2 winner over Canada. The Swedes set up the victory with three goals in three minutes and seven seconds midway
8:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN WASHINGTON — Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy calls it the worst moment of his life, even if it was undeniably the catalyst for some of his best ones. It was 2016. Vasilevskiy was 22, in his third season as goalie Ben Bishop‘s understudy. He hadn’t played more than 24
No one can perfectly predict how Joel Bouchard will work out as the new head coach of the Montreal Canadiens’ minor-league team, the Laval Rocket. But, as one of the top candidates, if the not the absolute best, Bouchard being signed is an undeniably good move. Habs general manager Marc Bergevin deserves credit as a
With All-Star names like Matt Duchene and Erik Karlsson passing on the chance to represent their countries at the World Hockey Championships this month in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark, let’s take a look at how their Ottawa Senators teammates are faring on the international stage. Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Canada Representing Canada for the first time in
3:59 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN There’s an annual tradition in the Stanley Cup Playoffs where the last remaining Canadian franchise, attempting to bring the chalice north-of-da-border for the first time since 1993, is anointed “Canada’s team” by the barometer of public sentiment, the newspaper editorial page. “The Winnipeg Jets are the perfect team for all
It’s hard to imagine there could be greater divide over a single player on the Buffalo Sabres roster more than Robin Lehner. But, times have changed. Move over Robin — it’s Ryan O’Reilly’s turn. After O’Reilly’s comments at locker room cleanout day that he’d “lost passion for the game at times this year,” he’s become
Minnesota Whitecaps, welcome to the National Women’s Hockey League! After three exhilarating seasons in which three different Isobel Cup champions were named, the league finally has a new team in addition to the “Founding Four”. And while NWHL proponents knew that increasing the number of hockey clubs was always inevitable, it makes the introduction no
Can the Carolina Hurricanes win the Stanley Cup in 2018-19? They were among the best teams in the league just over a decade ago, made two trips to the Stanley Cup Final in four seasons, and emerged victorious in 2005-06. Since then, they have made the playoffs just once, and have placed no higher than
Kyle Dubas was hired as the 17th general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs last week, a promotion from his previous position as assistant GM. The choice to hire him over fellow assistant GM, Mark Hunter, surprised many but it was not only the planned choice, it was the right one. Kyle Dubas Was Shanahan’s
Yesterday we touched on the recent rumors about the Edmonton Oilers closing in on Swedish defenseman Joel Persson. This deal is said to be a sure thing, but we’ve still yet to hear an official announcement from the Oilers themselves. There’s been plenty of discussion about Persson’s upside, but one thing everyone can agree on
54-23-5 49-26-7 1 2 3 T TB 2 0 2 4 WSH 1 1 0 2 WASHINGTON — Jon Cooper’s Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final despite going the equivalent of more than a period without a shot on goal. They won despite falling behind about 4 1/2 minutes into
2:36 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN WASHINGTON — With just over eight minutes left in regulation, the Washington Capitals survived the most lethal power play in the postseason. The home crowd roared in appreciation of the Capitals’ penalty kill. For a moment, the crowd exhaled. All the Tampa Bay Lightning needed to tie up the Eastern
Rasmus Sandin 2017-18 Team: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (#9)Date of Birth: March 7, 2000Place of Birth: Uppsala, SWEHt: 5’11” Wt: 190 lbsShoots: LeftPosition: DNHL Draft Eligibility: 2018 first-year eligible Rankings If there is one thing that the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds are good at, it’s that they can find great talent anywhere in the world.
WASHINGTON — Thanks to Qatar, hockey fans in the U.S. capital get an extra hour of subway service on the night of Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final between the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning. It costs $100,000 to keep the Metrorail system open for an additional 60 minutes past midnight. Metro eliminated
While Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson carries a reputation for big hits and controversial, perhaps dangerous plays and checks, he found himself on the other side of the play Tuesday. With Wilson turned to the boards in a battle for the puck in the first period of Game 3, Anton Stralman came from behind, throwing
The Buffalo Sabres have relied on Jack Eichel, Ryan O’Reilly, Sam Reinhart and Rasmus Ristolainen to carry all of the offensive load over the past three seasons. The lack of help from the supporting cast has been well documented and is one of the biggest reasons the Sabres have been in the NHL’s basement for