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The New York Rangers have returned Jason Missiaen to the minors.

The Rangers have their two healthy goalies in Henrik Lundqvist and Cameron Talbot so Missiaen will play in the AHL.
Fri, Nov 1, 2013 06:57:00 AM

Islanders forward Mathew Barzal won the Calder Memorial Trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

The award is given to "the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the National Hockey League" (rookie of the year). Barzal had an impressive 22 goals and 85 points in 82 games during his first full year. The 21-year-old beat out Vancouver's Brock Boeser and Arizona's Clayton Keller. Barzal will continue to be a huge part of the Islanders' franchise going forward. If John Tavares were to leave in free agency this summer, Barzal would become the face of the franchise.
Jun 20 - 8:38 PM

Victor Hedman won the James Norris Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The award is given to "the defenseman who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." This is the first time that the Lightning defenseman has taken home the award. The 27-year-old had 17 goals and 63 points in 77 games during the regular season. He beat out Nashville's P.K. Subban and Los Angeles' Drew Doughty.
Jun 20 - 8:18 PM

Connor McDavid took home the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night.

The award is "presented annually to the 'most outstanding player' in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the National Hockey League Players' Association". This is the second year in a row that he takes home this award. The Oilers missed the playoffs this season, but that wasn't McDavid's fault. The 21-year-old had 41 goals and 108 points in 82 games during the regular season. He beat out New Jersey's Taylor Hall and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon.
Jun 20 - 8:10 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman estimated that the 2018-19 cap will be in the range of $79.5 million to $80 million, though the process of NHLPA negotiations and approval still needs to happen.

That would represent a jump from $75 million in 2017-18. The last time we saw an increase comparable to this was when the cap went from $64.3 million in 2013-14 to $69 million in 2014-15. A healthy cap increase is naturally great news for teams close to the ceiling like Los Angeles, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. It's also good for players recently tied to long-term contracts, like Edmonton, which will begin dedicating $12.5 million in cap space annually to Connor McDavid starting with the 2018-19 campaign.
Jun 20 - 4:18 PM

Austin Watson has been charged with domestic assault.

Watson was arrested on Saturday night after a Franklin police officer was flagged down by a witness for a possible domestic situation, according to an arrest affidavit. Watson said that he and his girlfriend were arguing about her drinking and not being able to attend a wedding. He admitted to pushing her and was arrested. As of Wednesday, Watson was let go on a $4,500 bond and he has a court date set for June 28. Nashville responded to the situation by stating they are still gathering information and will fully cooperate with the investigation. The team ended the statement by saying, "The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND in the fight to end violence against women."
Jun 20 - 11:13 AM

Mike Hoffman is slated to play on Florida's second line next season.

Hoffman is viewed as a fit for Vincent Trocheck's wing and he's expected to bolster Florida's power play. His 21 points on the man advantage led the Ottawa Senators last year. A key to the success of the trade will be how well Hoffman fits in the room, though, after the cyberbullying controversy that led to Ottawa making the decision to send him elsewhere. Aleksander Barkov and Roberto Luongo, who are in Las Vegas for the NHL Awards, voiced their support for the move, which is a good sign. "I'm sure he'll fit right in. We'll welcome him. I'm not worried about that stuff," said Luongo. "I think it'll take care of itself. That fact that our group is so strong and close-knit, I think it'll work out well."
Jun 20 - 10:16 AM

Martin Frk won't get a qualifying offer from the Detroit Red Wings.

There was some debate a week ago whether or not Detroit would re-sign Frk, who was slated to be a restricted free agent. By not giving him a qualifying offer, Frk will instead become an unrestricted free agent. Detroit may still try to sign him, but he will be able to test the open market.
Jun 20 - 9:10 AM

Buffalo GM Jason Botterill isn't surprised that there is plenty of interest in center Ryan O'Reilly.

"To be honest, the interest in Ryan is not surprising at all. Ryan is one of our better players," Botterill said. "He had another successful World Championship, even though Team Canada was disappointed that they didn't come away with the medal. But he played a very big role for Canada again. Look, when I'm having discussions with other teams or other teams call me, they're not looking for some of our players who are struggling. They're looking to improve with our talented players." Buffalo is listening to offers, but the team isn't actively shopping O'Reilly. Trade talks in general have heated up this week going into the NHL Draft and the Sabres center is among the more attractive options available.
Jun 20 - 9:02 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers "are gearing to potentially trade" forward Wayne Simmonds, according to The Athletic's Michael Russo.

Simmonds has one year remaining on his contract at a cap hit of $3.975 million. The 29-year-old 24 goals and 46 points in 75 games last season, but he managed to score at least 28 goals in each of his previous four seasons. Simmonds has a modified no-trade clause that allows him to block a trade to 12 teams. There should be a significant amount of interest in his services across the league.
Jun 19 - 11:04 PM

Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron underwent groin surgery 10 days ago.

Bergeron made the announcement during his media availability in Vegas ahead of the NHL Awards ceremony, which will take place on Wednesday night. He's expecting to be back at full strength by early August. Bergeron had 30 goals and 63 points in 64 games last season.
Jun 19 - 10:54 PM

Phil Kessel is reportedly willing to leave the Pittsburgh Penguins via trade, according to The Athletic.

It's important to note that beat reporter Josh Yohe opened his story by reminding people that Kessel is also willing to stick around Pittsburgh, so he isn't demanding a trade even though his relationship with Mike Sullivan is rocky. Kessel would also be willing to play for former assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who's now the head coach of the Arizona Coyotes, but that's unlikely to happen. There's a very real chance that the 30-year-old winger could find himself on another team in the coming weeks. He had 34 goals and 92 points in 82 games last season.
Jun 19 - 7:21 PM




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