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Sidney Crosby's three-game point streak was snapped in Game 6 against Ottawa.

He had three goals and two assists during that span. Crosby was credited with six shots on target on Tuesday night, but he couldn't beat Senators goalie Craig Anderson in a 2-1 loss. "You've got to refocus," he said. "It's a big one so we've got to learn from this one. The last couple games I think we've really played on our toes and generated a lot, so we've just got to keep that in mind and make sure we do the same thing in Game 7." Crosby has a history of coming up big in big-game situations and Pittsburgh could use another performance like that in Game 7 on Thursday night.
May 24 - 5:27 PM

Darryl Sydor has been added to the coaching staff of the St. Louis Blues as an assistant.

Sydor was an assistant coach on Mike Yeo's staff during his stint with the Minnesota Wild. "I am excited to have Darryl back on my staff," said Yeo. "He was an outstanding teacher during our time in Minnesota and will add a wealth of experience and knowledge to our team." Sydor didn't have his contract renewed by the Wild after the 2015-16 season following a drunk driving incident.
May 24 - 5:16 PM
Jan Rutta - D -

Jan Rutta is being pursued by the Chicago Blackhawks, according to a source.

TSN's Darren Dreger reported last week that Edmonton and Calgary were in the mix for Rutta as well. The 26-year-old blueliner was second among defensemen in points in the Czech Extraliga this past season with 32 in 46 games for Pirati Chomutov. He also had 13 points in 17 playoff matches.
May 24 - 5:01 PM

Winnipeg may ask Toby Enstrom to waive his full no-movement clause, so that he can be exposed in the expansion draft.

If that turns out to be the case then the Jets can protect one goalie, three defensemen and seven forwards rather than one goalie and eight skaters. Enstrom suffered a concussion in early April and he was shut down shortly afterward after he underwent knee surgery.
May 24 - 4:35 PM

2017 NHL Draft prospect Gabriel Vilardi will be watched closely at the Memorial Cup.

Vilardi was North America's No. 4 ranked skater on NHL Central Scouting's final list. The players ahead of him aren't playing for the CHL championship, so he will be in the spotlight. "I know the draft is coming and that people are going to be watching me, but I can't pay any attention to that," said the 17-year-old center. "I'm not going to impress anyone by trying to win games by myself. I need to play my game and find ways to help my team win this tournament. If I play a team game and give us a better chance to win, everything else will work out on its own." He had 29 goals and 61 points in 49 games for the Windsor Spitfires during the regular season. He has one assist in two games so far during round-robin play.
May 24 - 4:16 PM

According to Nashville GM David Poile, there is a very good chance that Mike Fisher will be available for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Fisher has missed the last two games with an undisclosed injury. The Predators will get back on the ice for practice on Thursday and then travel to Pittsburgh or Ottawa over the weekend.
May 24 - 3:20 PM

Craig Cunningham has agreed to a two-year contract to serve as a pro scout for the Arizona Coyotes.

"We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout," said GM John Chayka. "Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club." Cunningham went into cardiac arrest on the ice before an AHL game in November. He had part of his leg removed in the procedure to save his life and he has made a remarkable recovery. We wish him the best in his new role with the Coyotes.
May 24 - 2:11 PM

The Florida Panthers will interview Bob Boughner for the team's vacant head coaching job this week.

The Panthers got permission from San Jose to speak to Boughner earlier this month. Boughner may be Buffalo's radar as well, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun, but it's believed that the Sabres have not reached out to the Sharks yet to talk to him. Other candidates for Florida and Buffalo include Jim Montgomery, Michel Therrien and Phil Housley. Housley can't be interviewed until after the Stanley Cup Final because he is still with the Predators.
Source: TSN.ca
May 24 - 1:56 PM

Ethan Bear and the Seattle Thunderbirds struggled in the Memorial Cup, but he is looking forward to turning pro next year.

"It has been a really exciting couple of years, but I know I still have a lot of work in front of me," Bear said. "I loved watching Edmonton play this season and I want to be a part of that. That's my goal." Bear, who will turn 20 next month, tallied 28 goals and 70 points in 67 games during the 2016-17 campaign. The talented defender also had 26 points in 17 matches during the WHL playoffs. He will probably play in the AHL if he doesn't crack Edmonton's roster.
May 24 - 1:21 PM

Libor Sulak has agreed to a two-year, entry-level contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

The free agent rearguard had 10 goals and 28 points in 54 games with Orli Znojmo of the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga this past season.
May 24 - 12:30 PM

Vadim Shipachyov accounted for 13 points in 10 games for Russia at the 2017 World Hockey Championship.

He produced two goals and 11 assists to help Russia earn the bronze medal. Shipachyov had 26 goals and 76 points in 50 KHL games during the 2016-17 season. He inked a two-year, $9 million contract with the Golden Knights earlier this month and should be a key member of the team's offense in 2017-18.
May 24 - 12:04 PM

San Jose made the signing of Radim Simek official on Tuesday,

He agreed to a one-year contract with the Sharks after playing 211 games in the Czech Extraliga. "Radim is a quick transition defenseman who drives the play offensively and plays with a physical edge," GM Doug Wilson said in a statement. "We like his offensive instincts especially on special teams and think his game will translate well in North America."
May 24 - 11:22 AM

John Klingberg wants to be a leader on the Dallas back end and his gold-medal winning performance at the World Hockey Championship should help him accomplish that goal.

He registered two goals, six points and a plus-7 rating in 10 games for Sweden at the tournament, while averaging 19:33 of ice time per contest. "When you have an opportunity to play for your country, that's an opportunity you should take," Klingberg said. "It's a high level of hockey." He feels that experience will help him going into next season.
May 24 - 11:06 AM

Colorado has cut loose assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Francois Allaire.

The Avalanche announced on Tuesday that Army, Farrish and Allaire would not be back next season. They were inherited by head coach Jared Bednar after Patrick Roy chose to leave, but now he can help hire his own assistants for his staff.
Source: Denver Post
May 24 - 11:00 AM

John Hayden is completely focused on hockey now that he has earned a degree in political science.

He had to juggle his studies and playing for the Blackhawks after he signed a two-year deal in March. "Now that everything is officially settled down it's a relief not to have any summer classes," Hayden said. "Now it's the first time in my life I officially have just hockey on my menu." He skated in 12 games with Chicago in 2016-17 and posted four points. Hayden also dressed in one playoff match. The 22-year-old forward is hungry for more NHL action in 2017-18, but he will have to earn his spot at training camp.
May 24 - 10:55 AM



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