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Jeff Zatkoff will get the nod against the New York Islanders on Thursday night.

Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 28th win of the season Wednesday night against Montreal, so Zatkoff will give him the night off. This will mark his first action since Jan. 10 when he permitted four goals on 31 shots in an overtime loss to Edmonton.
Thu, Jan 23, 2014 01:18:00 PM

Had Peter Laviolette been out of a job one month later, he would have likely been named head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins according to GM Jim Rutherford.

Of course, Laviolette and Rutherford worked together in Carolina when they both guided the Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup 11 years ago. "Interesting how things could have worked out differently, isn't it?" Rutherford said Friday. "I really have a special admiration for what he did when we worked together. ... We would have reunited. But the timing didn't work out. I think that's about as clear as I can say about what I thought about Peter Laviolette - the fact that if he was available, I would have hired him here when I first got here." Of course, the job eventually went to Mike Johnston who was eventually replaced by Mike Sullivan. It worked out for both parties involved as Laviolette has guided the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final and the Penguins will look to win back-to-back Stanley Cups.
Source: theScore
May 27 - 12:24 PM

Vancouver GM Jim Benning wants to bring back pending unrestricted free agent Ryan Miller.

If that happens then Miller and Jacob Markstrom would probably share action in the crease, while Thatcher Demko gets more time to develop in the minors. "As we're transitioning these young players into our lineup, I feel that if we have solid goaltending on a night-to-night basis, we can be competitive," Benning said. "There's no worse feeling than trying to develop young players and get them up and going when you know you don't have a chance to win. Ryan and Jacob have a healthy relationship because they're competitive and respect each other. We have something to offer Ryan that he already knows. We've got some positives for him and if that’s the route we go, that's why we're doing it." Miller just completed a three-year, $18 million contract.
May 27 - 10:11 AM

With the Ottawa Senators season officially coming to an end on Thursday, it is time for the Senators organization to shift their focus to the upcoming expansion draft.

The biggest conundrum facing the Senators is whether or not to protect Bobby Ryan for the Vegas expansion draft taking place on June 21st. Despite a strong playoff run, Ryan picked up only 25 points during the regular season and his $7.25 cap hit for the next five-years is the highest on the team. If the Senators were to lose him to Vegas, they'd free up some money but they'd find it extremely difficult to replace Ryan's production during the past few weeks. One thing is certain, the talented forward definitely wants to stay. "Ten years for me, I’ve never been part of anything like it," Ryan said of the "incredible run by an incredible group of guys". Despite his contract, he appears to be highly motivated to build on his playoff success and bounce back during the upcoming campaign.
Source: Ottawa Sun
May 27 - 9:56 AM

Erik Karlsson registered a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 double overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The loss officially puts an end to Ottawa's playoff run. Karlsson picked up the primary assists on goals by Mark Stone (1-1) and Ryan Dzingel (2-2). The Sens captain finished the game with a plus-1 rating, two shots on goal and one hit in 39:33 of ice time. He finishes the postseason with two goals and an incredible 18 points in 19 contests. Karlsson did everything he could to get the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, but in the end, his team came up one goal short.
May 26 - 12:15 AM

Chris Kunitz had a night to remember in Pittsburgh's 3-2 double overtime win over the Ottawa Senators in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After picking up just two assists in 13 playoff games this spring, Kunitz came through with two goals, including the game-winner at the 5:09 mark of the second overtime frame. He also added an assist on Justin Schultz's power play goal in the third period. Kunitz finished the game with three points, a plus-2 rating, six shots on goal, four hits and three blocked shots in 22:50 of ice time. The Penguins now move on to play the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 will be played in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
May 26 - 12:05 AM

Justin Schultz will play in Game 7 against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

Schultz missed the last four games because of an upper-body injury, but he's good to go tonight. He'll skate on a pairing with Ian Cole.
May 25 - 8:04 PM

Conor Sheary will play in Thursday's Game 7 against Ottawa in the Eastern Conference Final.

It looked like Sheary was going to be a healthy scratch in tonight's game, but with Patric Hornqvist (upper body) out, Sheary will draw in. He has no goals and three assists in eight games this postseason. Josh Archibald, Oskar Sunqvist, Cameron Gaunce Mark Streit and Derrick Pouliot will serve as healthy scratches in this one.
May 25 - 8:03 PM

Updating a previous item, Patric Hornqvist (upper body) will not play in Game 7 against the Senators on Thursday.

Hornqvist was on the ice for the pre-game warmup, and he even skated on a line during rushes, but now we know he was just acting as a decoy. Conor Sheary will take his spot in the lineup.
May 25 - 8:00 PM

Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens will reportedly meet next week to discuss a contract extension.

Price has one year remaining on his current deal at $6.5 million. The Canadiens goalie posted a 2.23 goals-against-average and a .923 save percentage during the regular season. Whenever the two sides agree on an extension, expect the cap number to be higher than his current salary.
May 25 - 7:27 PM

Sami Vatanen has undergone shoulder surgery.

It's not clear exactly how long Vatanen will need to recover, but teammate Hampus Lindholm is expected to need four-to-five months to rehab from his upcoming shoulder surgery and the Ducks revealed that Vatanen will take "even longer" for his recovery. In other words, don't expect Vatanen to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign. He had three goals and 24 points in 71 contests.
May 25 - 5:32 PM

Hampus Lindholm will need to undergo shoulder surgery this summer.

It will take Lindholm about four-to-five months to recovery from the surgery, so it's entirely possible that he won't be ready for the start of the season. On top of that there is some danger that he'll get off to a sluggish start because his recovery could impact his ability to get ready for the 2017-18 campaign over the summer. He had six goals and 20 points in 66 contests this season.
May 25 - 5:30 PM




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