2:38 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Vancouver Canucks veterans Henrik and Daniel Sedin, 37, will retire after the 2017-18 season, announcing the decision jointly in a letter on the team’s website. “We started the year with the mindset that a decision would be made in the postseason. But it became clear, after discussions with our families
LAS VEGAS — On the night the Vegas Golden Knights clinched the NHL’s Pacific Division title, the expansion team retired the No. 58 jersey and raised a banner with the names of the 58 killed in the Oct. 1 concert shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. In a pregame ceremony Saturday night, the black and
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has a concussion, a broken nose, facial lacerations and dental injuries after suffering a hit Saturday night. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher and to a Nashville hospital after being checked into the boards by Predators forward Scott Hartnell. Antipin, who has since been released from the
PHILADELPHIA — Boston Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy fears defenseman Brandon Carlo could miss significant time after being taken off the ice on a stretcher with a left leg injury. Cassidy said Sunday that the swelling hasn’t gone down enough to make a definitive diagnosis, but added “it’s probably not going to be good news.” Carlo
Buffalo Sabres center Jack Eichel tied a franchise record with five assists on Saturday night. Eichel assisted on Jason Pominville‘s goal just 43 seconds into a 7-4 victory over the Predators, then added four more in a five-goal, second-period outburst. He is the fourth player in franchise history to tally five assists in one game,
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Victor Antipin has been taken off the ice on a stretcher during the second period against the Nashville Predators. Antipin was behind the Sabres’ net and passing the puck when Predators forward Scott Hartnell checked him into the glass from behind, though Antipin turned his head just before the
For over 30 years there has been a statistic with an uncanny reliability for predicting the winner of the Hart Trophy, and it is pointing squarely at Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers winning the award for 2017-18. Before calling the engraver, it’s important to consider the unwritten rules that apply to Hart Trophy voting.
3:05 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Johnny’s IceHouse, a local rink just a few blocks from the United Center, the Chicago Blackhawks‘ arena, is home to several beer leagues. It’s where one would typically find Scott Foster tending goal. Emergency goaltender Scott Foster played the final 14 minutes after Chicago lost Anton Forsberg and Collin Delia
Well, good luck. It comes down to this final week of action to determine if you will take home the fantasy glory this season. It’s been another fantastic season of forecasting the NHL action, and we all deserve a rest. As do NHL players. Uh oh. That’s right. As the end of the season approaches
Mar 30, 2018 Greg WyshynskiESPN It’s a tribute to Connor McDavid‘s second-half surge, having scored a preposterous 49 points in 29 games since the NHL All-Star break, that he’s making some very smart people advance a very stupid idea, which is that a player whose team is 17 points out of the wild card should
It was a fitting move on the opening day of baseball season. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby batted his own rebound out of the air and into the net 19 seconds into overtime on Thursday night and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New Jersey Devils 4-3. Crosby’s initial shot ricocheted off the crossbar, but he
CHICAGO — Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook has played in his 1,000th NHL regular-season game. Seabrook got the start alongside Duncan Keith for Thursday night’s matchup with the Winnipeg Jets. He has appeared in 77 of Chicago’s 78 games this season. Each of the Blackhawks warmed up in Seabrook’s No. 7 jersey, and the franchise recognized
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators already sit atop the NHL standings, and now they’ve added another offensive boost before the playoffs. General manager David Poile announced Thursday that the team had signed forward Eeli Tolvanen of Finland, the 30th pick overall last year, to an entry-level contract. Poile credited Tolvanen’s agent, Jay Grossman, with
The New York Rangers were without assistant coach Lindy Ruff for the team’s Wednesday night game after he suffered a concussion during Tuesday’s practice. Ruff was injured when he fell and hit his head on the ice. In addition to the concussion, the veteran coach had a large cut on the back of his head.
With the playoffs on the horizon, free agency will be in the back of the minds of general managers around the NHL. The league’s non-playoff teams will start planning player contracts or trade plans for next season while the playoff GMs will be considering the increased prices that could come along with a strong postseason.
10:49 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, the towering 41-year-old defenseman having a resurgent season, has decided to return for 2018-19. General manager Don Sweeney announced on Wednesday that Chara has agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract with performance-based incentives that could add $1.75 million to his salary. Chara is in
NEW YORK — A change to the NHL’s protocol for goaltender interference reviews is happening quicker than expected. Beginning with games on Wednesday, all coach’s challenges for goaltender interference will be decided by the league’s situation room in Toronto instead of by on-ice officials. The NHL board of governors approved the change Tuesday that was
Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer “tweaked” something Monday in a win over the New York Rangers, coach Barry Trotz said, so the team has again recalled Pheonix Copley from Hershey. “I’m optimistic but ultra, ultra sensitive right now to the goalie situation,” Trotz said. Copley was up last week, backing up Grubauer after starter Braden
2:06 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week. If there’s a player you’d like to nominate, from your local team to a high school team to your beer league, email us here. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers (NHL) After playing in the NHL for 16 seasons and 907
3:10 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN The Vegas Golden Knights have defied the odds — they are going to the Stanley Cup playoffs. With a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night, Vegas became the first NHL team to clinch a playoff berth in its inaugural season since the Oilers and Whalers did so
New Jersey Devils forward Marcus Johansson, who has missed 28 games battling a concussion stemming from a Brad Marchand elbow to the head Jan. 23, returned to practice Monday and didn’t hold back on his opinion of the hit. “It was stupid. There’s nothing else to say about it,” said Johannson of the hit from
BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres‘ top prospect, Casey Mittelstadt, is leaving Minnesota following his freshman season after agreeing to a three-year, entry-level contract with Buffalo on Monday. Mittelstadt is scheduled to join the Sabres on Tuesday, and could make his NHL debut as early as Thursday, when Buffalo hosts the Detroit Red Wings. The
The banged-up Boston Bruins got a little healthier Sunday when center Patrice Bergeron returned after missing 13 games with a broken foot. Bergeron was back in his familiar spot on the top line between left wing Brad Marchand and right wing David Pastrnak, who had helped the Bruins go 9-2-2 in Bergeron’s absence. “I’m excited
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Defenseman Will Borgen is skipping his senior season at St. Cloud State after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Borgen’s contract with the Sabres won’t kick in until next season. He will finish this year playing for Buffalo’s minor league affiliate in Rochester, New York, after agreeing to sign
For fantasy managers who aren’t hunting for the championship, now is a time of year when you can get a look at some of the future assets who will populate your lineups going forward. Teams that are struggling with injuries or outside the playoff picture often start to give some ice time to their prospects.
1:09 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN It’s OK to admit that you’re going to miss the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It’s tournament time in college hockey. Chris Peters gets you ready for the opening regional rounds (March 23-25) with a full preview and a look at some of the more exciting players to
H. Wayne Huizenga, the founding owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers and former owner of the Miami Dolphins, died Thursday night at his home. He was 80. Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant to Huizenga, told The Associated Press of Huizenga’s death when reached at the family residence Friday. She gave no details on
CHICAGO — Former NHL forward and coach Eddie Olczyk says he is cancer-free after months of treatment. Olczyk, 51, made the announcement during the first intermission of Thursday night’s Canucks-Blackhawks game. Olczyk is a color analyst for TV broadcasts for the Blackhawks and NBC Sports. “All the cancer is gone,” he said. “We beat this
8:58 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Arizona Coyotes didn’t realize they had scored a goal against Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward on Thursday night. Then again, Ward had no idea, either. In one of the most bizarre scoring sequences in NHL history, the puck became lodged in Ward’s right skate before he stuck his leg
2:20 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN The NCAA men’s Division I hockey tournament begins Friday, and the 16-team field is rife with traditional rivalries. Some of the enmity of those heated rivalries extends to the pros, as college hockey has become a major pipeline to the NHL. We asked a handful of players who are alumni