Jason Botterill, a former Michigan Wolverine, is a big proponent of the college route in terms of player development. This was evident when he was an assistant GM in Pittsburgh, and it has become more evident in his first year as GM of the Buffalo Sabres. Through the draft and through free-agent signings, Botterill has
After a stunningly abrupt and ugly end to an uneven season, the Anaheim Ducks appear intent on retaining veteran coach Randy Carlyle heading into the 2018-19 season. The 62-year-old bench boss has coached the Ducks during two separate stints, compiling the most victories (363) in the franchise’s brief history. Now, though, a new challenge awaits him,
The Winnipeg Jets came into Sunday afternoon’s Game 5 knowing their backs were against the wall and they’d have to leave it all out there on the ice to extend their season. But they didn’t play like they knew. The Jets launched a dud in their most important game of the season, losing 2-1 to the
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
COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The United States topped Canada 4-1 to claim the bronze medal at the world ice hockey championship on Sunday. Chris Kreider led the U.S. with two goals. Forward Nick Bonino scored the winner on a rebound during a power play in the final period. Anders Lee and Kreider added empty-net insurance goals
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
From the Ted Lindsay Award to the James Norris Trophy, hockey (and sports) have a history of naming things after former players, coaches and integral people. It’s no different when it comes to the Gordie Howe hat trick. No, we’re not talking about a three goal performance of some kind. Rather, a Gordie Howe hat
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
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
Scenario: you wake up in the morning with the incredible urge to spend your own money on 31 National Hockey League jerseys, one from the history of each franchise. Which ones would you choose? More importantly, whose name would be on the back? There’s a lot that would go into such decisions. Do you value
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
Ever since he was chosen in the second round (59th overall) in the 2010 draft, Jason Zucker has slowly worked to become a fan favorite in the State of Hockey. At 26-years-old, he is just beginning to reach the prime of his career. He is one of the fastest players in hockey and knows how to
3:23 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
It seems there is a ton of news coming out of Europe that affects the Edmonton Oilers. It was recently noted that Yohann Auvitu, Iiro Pakarinen, and Anton Slepyshev are all headed to European teams next season. Auvitu, 28, is an unrestricted free agent (UFA) that is reportedly heading back to play in Finland next
Author’s Note: This article was published before an announcement was made by the Edmonton Oilers confirming the signing of Joel Persson to a one-year entry-level contract (ELC). Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli has stated Persson will be loaned to the Vaxjo Lakers of the SHL for the 2018-19 season. Edmonton does have recall rights if
The Nashville Predators’ season fell short by a few rounds as the Winnipeg Jets vanquished them in seven games. There were many reasons why the chips fell as they did, but I wanted to highlight a few of them. A lot of these reasons were present through the season but were covered by the immaculate
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.
11:11 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN WASHINGTON — Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom returned to the lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night. Backstrom, who was a game-time decision Thursday morning before being medically cleared to play, had four shots on goal in the Capitals’ 4-2
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
HERNING, Denmark — Captain Patrick Kane scored two goals to lift the United States to a 3-2 win over the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday, while Canada beat Russia 5-4 in overtime. Kane claimed the third-period winner to take the outright lead in the scoring table on