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Alex Ovechkin will be allowed to play in the 2014 Winter Olympics, according to Capitals owner Ted Leonsis.

The NHL hasn't committed to playing in the next Olympic games, so this is a major statement. If the NHL decides not to participate, then Ovechkin could leave the Washington Capitals during the stretch run of the campaign to go to Russia and play in the tournament.
Thu, Jan 17, 2013 07:00:00 PM

Carter Hart was named the CHL goaltender of the year for the 2017-18 season.

In doing so, Hart has become the first goaltender in CHL history to win the award twice after having also won after the 2015-16 season. In 2017-18, the young goaltender led the WHL in goals-against-average (1.60), save percentage (.947) and shutouts (seven). He'll go down as one of the best goaltenders in CHL history. Flyers fans are eagerly awaiting his arrival as they hope he can finally solve the revolving door that is their goaltending. The 19-year-old will likely start his first professional season as the starting netminder for the Lehigh Phantoms of the AHL.
Source: NBC Sports
May 26 - 3:20 PM

Devante Smith-Pelly said he's good to go for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a Ryan McDonagh shot to the head in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Smith-Pelly added that his neck stiffened up after absorbing the shot and he could have probably returned to the game if the Caps weren't up 3-0. This is good news for the Caps as Smith-Pelly has brought some physical play to the lineup combined with four goals and five points through 19 playoff games. He skated on the fourth line during Saturday's practice alongside Chandler Stephenson and Jay Beagle.
May 26 - 1:07 PM

Elias Pettersson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Pettersson excelled in Sweden this season with 24 goals and 56 points in 44 contests. He was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and will be worth keeping an eye on during training camp as he could make the Canucks and have a sizable impact as a rookie. "Elias is a talented offensive player with tremendous vision and skill," said GM Jim Benning. "Like most Canucks fans we watched with excitement the incredible season he had in Sweden. This is an important offseason of training and development for Elias and we expect him to be ready to challenge for a roster spot in training camp."
May 25 - 12:14 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins are reportedly interested in trading Phil Kessel.

Take that with a grain of salt. Also keep in mind that even if the Penguins are exploring their options, that doesn't mean that Kessel will end up going anywhere. There has been talk about a rift between Kessel and Penguins coach Mike Sullivan - though that might not truly be the case - and Kessel did struggle in the playoffs. To the latter point though, Kessel was apparently had some injury issues that might have limited his performance. In the regular season, he was outstanding with 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games.
May 25 - 10:30 AM

Samuel Morin isn't expected to be ready to resume playing until February due to a torn ACL, per Flyers GM Ron Hextall.

Morin sustained the injury while playing in the AHL on May 9th and will require surgery. This terrible news is coming after Morin already missed most of the 2017-18 campaign due to what was believed to be a recurring groin issue. The 22-year-old has so much potential, but unfortunately he's had terrible luck.
May 24 - 4:55 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly hired Glen Gulutzan and Trent Yawney to serve as assistant coaches.

If that's the case, then Todd McLellan will have plenty of experience on his coaching staff. Gulutzan spent the past two seasons as the Calgary Flames' bench boss and previously was the head coach of the Dallas Stars for two campaigns. Yawney also has some experience as an NHL head coach as he was in charge of the Chicago Blackhawks for about a year and a half during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns. Yawney has served as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons.
May 24 - 1:18 PM

The San Jose Sharks have signed Evander Kane to a seven-year contract extension.

The San Jose Sharks didn't disclosed the financial terms of the signing, but based on previous reports, it's probably in the ballpark of $7 million per season. The Sharks acquired Kane from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline and he meshed well with San Jose, scoring nine goals and 14 points in 17 regular season games with the Sharks. Overall, he had 29 goals and 54 points in 78 contests last season. The Sharks are taking a risk here given the inconsistent nature of Kane's career to date, but Kane's also just 26-years-old (he'll turn 27 in August), so the Sharks are buying what should be the prime years of his career. "At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders."
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 10:59 AM

Laurence Gilman has been hired to serve as an assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gilman will join the recently promoted Brandon Pridham in working under new GM Kyle Dubas. Gilman's duties will include a focus on player personnel and the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Gilman worked within the Vancouver Canucks' organization from 2008-15, ascending to the role of assistant general manager. He was also part of the NHL's Expansion Draft Rules and Regulations Committee, ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights' draft. "Laurence provides terrific experience to our management team," Dubas said. "His 20-plus years in the NHL have seen him manage nearly every type of department in professional hockey and have success doing so."
Source: Toronto Sun
May 24 - 10:18 AM

Braden Holtby turned aside all 29 shots he faced in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Capitals will now move on to play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Holtby gave up four, three and three goals in Games 3, 4 and 5 of this series, but he managed to keep the Lightning off the board in Games 6 and 7, which is pretty remarkable. The 28-year-old can now put his up-and-down season behind him, as he'll be heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career. Holtby will head into the next round with a 12-6 record, a 2.04 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in the postseason. Game 1 of the final will be played in Vegas on Monday night.
May 23 - 11:18 PM

David Quinn has officially been hired as the new head coach of the New York Rangers.

Quinn is replacing Alain Vigneault, who the Rangers parted ways with after the 2017-18 campaign. Quinn is a former assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche and more recently served as the bench boss for Boston University. He's also a former development coach for USA Hockey. "We are excited to announce that David will become the next Head Coach of the New York Rangers," Rangers GM Jeff Gorton said. "In a coaching career that has spanned over two decades at the collegiate, pro, and international level, David has helped his teams achieve success while simultaneously teaching the game and helping his players develop on and off the ice."
May 23 - 2:09 PM

Alex Killorn skated on the top line during Wednesday's morning skate.

Killorn is projected to play alongside Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov in Game 7 against Washington. He has notched five goals and two assists in 16 postseason matches this year.
May 23 - 10:38 AM




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