Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins made their limited chances count. Marchand broke a tie with 2:33 left and the Bruins - held without a shot in the second period - held on to beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Marchand scored off the rebound of Patrice Bergeron's shot.
Marc-Andre Fleury spent the regular season saying all the right things - and just as importantly, doing all the right things - while watching Matt Murray take his job. Never complaining about playing time and doing his best to help the 22-year-old Murray adjust to the grind during his first full season in the NHL. The Penguins held on to Fleury at the trade deadline, keenly aware that the time may come when they would need him to coax a little more magic out of his No. 29 sweater.
Henrik Lundqvist got over his troubles with the Montreal Canadiens in a hurry. The New York goalie survived a shaky first period to make 31 saves in the Rangers' 2-0 victory Wednesday night in their playoff opener. It will be up to the Canadiens to come up with an answer in Game 2 on Friday night at Bell Centre, or risk heading to New York down two games in the best-of-seven series.
Doug Weight said he hadn't thought about whether he wanted to return as coach of the New York Islanders while the season was winding down, but hoped to make a quick decision. The Islanders announced Wednesday that Weight, promoted from assistant coach to interim head coach in January, was a permanent hire. ''I talked about it a lot with friends and obviously my family, people within the organization,'' Weight said on a conference call with the Islanders' beat writers.
The Calgary Flames and the Anaheim Ducks were the NHL's two most-penalized teams this season. A week ago, the Flames' captain seriously injured the Ducks' best defenseman, leading to a third period featuring 106 combined penalty minutes. ''We know the emotions are always going to be ramped up in a playoff series,'' Anaheim coach Randy Carlyle said Wednesday.
A few days ago, we took a quick look at four available unrestricted free agents. To date, Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Andrei Markov, and Jaromir Jagr are still on the market. And there are some other captivating names available, even as teams get closer and closer to finalizing their NHL rosters for the 2017-2018 season. […]
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenceman Jaccob Slavin to a seven-year contract extension that packs an average annual value of $5.3 million. That’s quite an upgrade from his entry level contract, which has a season remaining for a cool $742,500. “Jaccob is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward and it was important […]
The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Tyler Johnson to a seven-year contract worth $35 million late Monday and now the discussion turns to Ondrej Palat and what comes next. Naturally, signing Johnson is a good thing for the Lightning. Last week, both Johnson and Palat filed for salary arbitration. Tampa is relatively ready for such […]
With a number of unrestricted free agents snapped up and a few still available, teams are turning their collective attention toward a number of restricted free agents. A few RFAs have been signed recently, including Alex Galchenyuk, Oscar Lindberg and Zach Hyman. Some have filed for salary arbitration and some teams are beginning to negotiate, […]
With July several days in, there are some compelling free agents still on the market. Teams looking for an edge may be doing a little shopping in the coming days. At the top of most lists is Jaromir Jagr, the 45-year-old who has proven his capability year after year. Jagr has serious upside, but signing […]
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Alex Galchenyuk to a three-year contract worth a reported total value of $14.7 million, which amounts to an average annual value of $4.9 million. The 23-year-old restricted free agent had 44 points in 61 regular season games in 2016-2017 and missed six weeks with a knee injury. He had […]
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Ryan Callahan: Callahan (hip) confirmed that he will not face any restrictions in training camp, NHL.com reports. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.
Francois Beauchemin has reportedly signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks.
Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after undergoing pectoral surgery.
The Minnesota Wild have signed Matt Cullen to a one-year contract worth $1 million.
The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract worth $68 million.
Will Butcher has officially become an unrestricted free agent.