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Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan wants to re-sign Dave Bolland.

"I'd like to get him signed," Shanahan said. "He's the type of player I like, the type of player we need. This is a guy we want to have back. Dave (Leafs GM Nonis) knows I want him back. But any time you are a UFA, there are other factors involved. He's got to want to play for us, as well." If Bolland is still seeking a new contract in the neighborhood of seven years at $5 million per season then he's unlikely stay in Toronto and he may not get many takers on the open market either at that price. Bolland missed most of the 2013-14 campaign after a skate sliced a tendon on the outside of his ankle.
Source: Toronto Sun
Thu, May 15, 2014 01:42:00 PM

Zach Parise is doing well in his recovery from a season-ending back injury.

"I'm happy [with] the way it's going because I'm able to do what I normally would do had nothing happened," Parise said. "That's why I'm really optimistic and feeling really good about it." He opted for rehabilitation instead of surgery and hopes to be ready for the World Cup of Hockey in September.
May 27 - 1:00 PM

Bryan Rust, the Penguins' 24-year-old rookie third liner, scored two huge goals on Thursday night to push the Pens past Tampa Bay 2-1 and onto the Stanley Cup Final.

Rust now has five goals and eight points in 17 playoff games this season. It's only the eighth time in playoff history where a rookie has had multiple points in a Game 7. Martin Jones and the Sharks now have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Phil Kessel and Rust to keep an eye on, the latter of which has a three-game points streak going into Game 1 on Monday.
May 26 - 11:04 PM

Chris Phillips has formally announced his retirement.

"Chris’ trademark leadership, determination, hard work, and resilience as a hockey player gave our city and our fans the opportunity to witness an impressive 19 year journey in the National Hockey League," said Senators owner Eugene Melnyk. "Chris’ commitment to our team and our city places him among one of the greatest players to don a Senators uniform. He will forever hold a special place in the history of our hockey club. Chris, his wife Erin and their children Ben, Zoe and Niomi will always be part of our Senators family and I look forward to their ongoing involvement with our team, our community and various foundations." Phillips is the Senators' leader in games played with 1,179. Unfortunately he wasn't able to participate in 2015-16 though due to a cracked vertebrae. Although he was more of a defensive defenseman, he did score 71 goals and 288 points over the course of his career. He also served as an alternate captain for roughly a decade.
May 26 - 12:23 PM

Forward Joel Ward scored two goals to help the San Jose Sharks defeat the visiting St. Louis Blues 5-2 Wednesday night and advance to the Stanley Cup Championship Series for the first time in their history.

The Sharks coasted to the victory, grabbing a 4-0 lead before the Blues could break San Jose's shutout bid with a goal at 11:39 of the third period. Ward's goals were his fifth and sixth of the postseason. He also netted two in the Sharks' 6-3 triumph over the Blues in St. Louis on Monday. Logan Couture also had a big night for San Jose Wednesday, notching three points -- two assists and an empty-net goal. He assisted on Ward's second goal, which gave the Sharks a 3-0 lead early in the third. Couture then assisted on the Sharks' fourth goal, scored by Joonas Donskoi, his fifth of the postseason. Couture's goal, at 19:40 of the third period, was his eighth of the postseason. He also has 16 assists. Joe Pavelski opened the scoring at 3:57 of the first period with his 15th goal of the playoffs. The Sharks won the Western Conference Final in six games. They will face the Eastern Conference Final winner -- Pittsburgh or Tampa Bay -- in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 25 - 11:50 PM

The Vancouver Canucks have acquired Erik Gudbranson and a 2016 fifth-round draft pick from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jared McCann, a 2016 second round pick, and a 2016 fourth rounder.

That's a hefty price to pay for Gudbranson, but he's still just 24 years old and will provide the Canucks with some needed defensive help. He's a defensive defenseman who finished the 2015-16 campaign with two goals, nine points, and 49 penalty minutes in 64 contests. On May 9 he inked a one-year extension with Florida that will pay him $3.5 million.
May 25 - 9:19 PM

Jon Merrill has undergone successful shoulder surgery

Merrill didn't play past March 19 due to the injury. He's expected to need another four months to recover so he should be ready for the regular season, but you should probably temper expectations for him as this could limit his ability to get ready for 2016-17 over the summer and training camp. Additionally, any setback in his recovery could end up eating into the campaign.
May 25 - 2:12 PM

Sidney Crosby scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Crosby picked up the primary assist on Phil Kessel's first period, power play goal. He then extended the Penguins' lead to 3-0 with his goal at the 19:34 mark of the second period. Crosby finished the game with four shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and two hits in 18:09 of ice time. The Pens captain six goals and 15 points in 17 postseason games in 2016. Kris Letang, Bryan Rust and Nick Bonino also found the back of the net for the Penguins. Game 7 will take place in Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The winner will advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
May 24 - 11:12 PM

Brian Elliott will play between the pipes in Game 6 on Wednesday.

The Blues started Jake Allen in the last two games, but they're switching things up again after Allen allowed four goals on 25 shots Monday night. Elliott has a 2.34 GAA and .925 save percentage in 17 starts in the 2016 playoffs.
May 24 - 5:18 PM

Kevan Miller has agreed to a four-year, $10 million contract extension with the Boston Bruins.

That represents a big raise over Miller's previous contract, which paid him $1.6 million over two years. Miller had five goals, 13 assists, and 53 penalty minutes in 71 games last season. The 28-year-old blueliner has 159 NHL games under his belt.
May 24 - 3:11 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins will start Matt Murray in Game 6 on Tuesday.

Marc-Andre Fleury got his first start of the playoffs on Sunday, but he allowed four goals on 25 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss. Although Murray similarly struggled in Game 4, he's the goaltender that's gotten Pittsburgh this far in the playoffs, so it's not surprising to see the Penguins go back to him when facing elimination.
May 24 - 12:58 PM

Joe Pavelski scored two goals and added an assist as the San Jose Sharks defeated the Blues 6-3 in St. Louis Monday night.

The victory gave the Sharks a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference Final. The Sharks can win the best-of-seven series and earn a berth to the Stanley Cup Final if they beat the Blues in Game 6 in San Jose Wednesday night. Pavelski, who now has 13 goals and nine assists in the playoffs, wasn't the only three-point producer for the Sharks Monday. Joe Thornton also had three points, all assists. He now has 14 assists in the postseason. Thornton and Pavelski both assisted on the game-opening goal by defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic at 3:51 of the opening period. Vlasic's goal was his first of the postseason. The Sharks tied the game at 2-2 on a goal by Joel Ward (third of the playoffs) at 4:37 of the second period. Vlasic assisted on the Ward goal, which came on a power play. Pavelski tied the game again at 3-3 on another San Jose power play goal at 18:33 of the second. It was all Sharks in the third period. They got goals from Pavelski, Chris Tierney and Ward again to make it a 6-3 final.
May 23 - 11:21 PM




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