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Alexander Ovechkin admitted that Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final is the biggest game of his career.

"I'm excited. We're all excited. ... We all want to be in this position and move forward," said Ovechkin. "(Wednesday night) is probably biggest game in my life, this team, organization probably. ... We still haven't reached our goal. Tomorrow is going to be a huge step forward." The 32-year-old has never been this close to a berth in the Stanley Cup Final. He'll head into this game with 11 goals and 21 points in 18 games this postseason.
May 22 - 10:04 PM

The San Jose Sharks have reportedly agreed to a long-term deal with Evander Kane.

The Sharks hit a home run when they acquired Kane from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline and it sounds like they're about to award him with a huge pay day. According to Sportsnet's Irfaan Gaffar, the deal is believed to be in the seven-year, $7 million per season range. The 26-year-old had nine goals and 14 points in 17 games with the Sharks. He then added another four goals and one assist in nine postseason games. If this report is true, the conditional pick that went from San Jose to Buffalo would become a first-round pick in 2019 instead of a second-rounder.
May 22 - 7:13 PM

Winnipeg Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff doesn't expect to buy out Steve Mason's contract this off-season.

"I don't sit here and anticipate that a buyout is a course of action I would take with Steve Mason," Cheveldayoff said. "Steve Mason is a capable No. 1 goaltender in the NHL. He signed with us knowing - and we were very up front with him - that this was going to be about winning, whether it was him, or whether there was going to be competition to win." The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his contract that comes with a cap hit of $4.1 million. The Jets also need to re-sign starter Connor Hellebuyck to a new deal this summer. Injuries limited Mason to just 13 games in 2017-18. He finished the season with a 5-6-1 record, a 3.24 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage. There's no denying that if the Jets could move him, they would.
Source: The Score
May 22 - 7:05 PM

Arizona GM John Chayka expects Dylan Strome to establish himself as an NHLer next season.

"I spoke to Dylan and told him we have high expectations for him," Chayka said. "We've made him earn things, and playing a top-six center position as a 20-year-old is a very hard thing to do. I think in his latest segment where he came up and played, I thought he showed a lot of improvement. I thought he proved a lot to himself and his teammates that he can handle that type of role and be productive. He's been productive his whole life. It's always good to see progression, and I think we've seen that with Dylan." Strome had a successful first AHL season with 22 goals and 53 points in 50 contests. He also had eight points in nine postseason contests and nine points in 21 appearances with the Coyotes in 2017-18.
May 22 - 7:00 PM

William Carrier (undisclosed) is still considered day-to-day.

Coach Gerard Gallant hopes that Carrier will be ready to play soon. He has been sidelined since May 4 because of an undisclosed injury.
May 22 - 5:15 PM

Malcolm Subban (undisclosed) remains day-to-day, according to coach Gerard Gallant.

Gallant is hopeful that Subban will be ready to play soon, but it's unclear if he will be ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. The 24-year-old netminder hasn't been available since Game 2 of the Western Conference Final because of an undisclosed injury. If he isn't ready then Maxime Lagace will continue to serve as Marc-Andre Fleury's understudy.
May 22 - 5:06 PM

David Quinn is still on track to be named head coach of New York Rangers, per TSN's Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie said all the paperwork hasn't been finalized yet, but an announcement remains a possibility before the end of this week or next week. The former Boston University bench boss is poised to take over for the Rangers after the team fired Alain Vigneault.
May 22 - 4:37 PM

Cam Ward, who can become an unrestricted free agent in July, would prefer to stay with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Ward has spent his entire career with the Hurricanes, but Carolina desperately needs to to upgrade their crease situation. Hurricanes GM Don Waddell stated on Tuesday that decisions on the pending UFAs Derek Ryan, Lee Stempniak and Ward haven't been made yet.
May 22 - 3:59 PM

Jeff Skinner's future with the Hurricanes is uncertain.

Skinner, who has been mentioned in trade rumors, has one more season left on his contract before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency. "We have him for another year and that's the way it remains," Carolina GM Don Waddell said Tuesday. "Jeff's been a great player for our franchise. Certainly if there's another fit someplace that makes sense for all of us we might explore it, but if not we know he'll be a part of this group going forward."
May 22 - 3:53 PM

Anders Nilsson helped Sweden win gold at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.

Nilsson didn't start out as the team's starting goaltender, but took advantage of his chance to be the team's top netminder and ran with it. He posted a .954 save percentage, a 1.09 goals-against average and three shutouts in the tournament. "I'm just excited for him to finish off the year like that," Canucks goalie coach Dan Cloutier said Monday. "It's a huge accomplishment. There was a lot of pressure on him and he's going to be more positive in the summer and that's going to make his workouts better." Nilsson will have to fend off Vancouver prospect Thatcher Demko for a roster spot at training camp if he wants to compete for starts with Jacob Markstrom next season.
May 22 - 3:21 PM

Evander Kane is slated to get a mid-to-long term contract extension offer from the San Jose Sharks, according to what the Athletic's Kevin Kurz is hearing.

Kane appeared to be willing to re-sign with the Sharks after the team was eliminated from the playoffs in the second round, but he still may decide to the test the open market. San Jose made their intentions known that they were interested in keeping the potential UFA earlier this month.
May 22 - 3:03 PM

Derek Ryan is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

Carolina GM Don Waddell said decisions pending UFAs Ryan, Cam Ward and Lee Stempniak haven't been made yet. Ryan registered career highs in goals (15), assists (23) and points (38) during the 2017-18 campaign.
May 22 - 2:42 PM

Klas Dahlbeck will play in the KHL next season.

Carolina GM Don Waddell has confirmed that Dahlbeck has chosen to play in the KHL. A team wasn't named, but he will reportedly be joining CSKA Moscow. Dahlbeck recorded five points in 33 games with the Hurricanes last year.
May 22 - 2:36 PM

Patrik Laine's entry-level contract expires after the 2018-19 campaign.

Laine said after the Jets' playoff elimination that he wants to be with the team as long as they want him. He added that Winnipeg feels home to him. The 20-year-old forward has made an immediate impact at the NHL level with 80 goals and 134 points over 155 games in his first two seasons. Winnipeg will likely look to lock him up to a long-term contract extension.
May 22 - 2:15 PM

Jacob Trouba is a key restricted free agent for the Jets this off-season.

Trouba would prefer to get a deal done as soon as possible. "I've been down that road once," he said. "The quicker, the better." Trouba missed Winnipeg’s training camp and the start of the 2016-17 season because of a contract holdout. He eventually agreed to a two-year bridge deal worth $6 million.
May 22 - 1:16 PM

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