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David Quinn's first game as an NHL head coach will be on Oct. 4th.

Quinn's Rangers will host the Nashville Predators to kick off their season. Quinn is replacing Alain Vigneault. The Rangers' new bench boss spent the previous five seasons as the head coach of Boston University and before that he was an assistant coach with the Colorado Avalanche for the 2012-13 campaign.
Source: NY Post
Jun 21 - 4:49 AM

Taylor Hall's battle with Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart Trophy was a close victory.

The Hart Trophy is given to the league's most valuable player, as voted on by the press. It was a tight race though with Hall getting 1,264 points in voting while MacKinnon finished in second place with 1,194 points. Hall had a clearer lead when it comes to first place votes as he had 72 to MacKinnon's 60. Anze Kopitar was a distant third with 551 votes while Claude Giroux just barely missed out on being a finalist with his 546 votes. Connor McDavid, who won the Art Ross Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award, was the media's fifth choice with 270 votes.
Jun 21 - 4:45 AM

The Montreal Canadiens' decision to trade away Alex Galchenyuk makes it more likely that they'll re-sign Max Pacioretty.

Pacioretty can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2018-19 campaign. He's coming off a rough season where he had 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games, but he recorded at least 30 goals in each of his previous four campaigns. The only other players to reach the 30-goal milestone with Montreal dating back to 2013-14 are Brendan Gallagher and Galchenyuk. To be fair, Galchenyuk actually had 19 goals and 51 points in 82 games last season, but his potential as a sniper is now with Arizona, which makes Pacioretty's skill set more important to Montreal. That all said, it wouldn't be surprising to see Montreal wait until the 2018-19 campaign to make a serious push to re-sign Pacioretty so that the club can get a sense if he will bounce back.
Jun 21 - 4:37 AM

Winning the Ted Lindsay Award took Connor McDavid by surprise.

"I’m actually shocked," McDavid said. "I definitely didn’t think I would win it, just because everything was made about not being in the playoffs. I didn’t think there was much of a chance." It's seems fair to say that it was the Oilers' failure to make the playoffs that kept him from being one of the finalists for the Hart Trophy, which goes to the league's most valuable player and is voted on by the writers' association. However, the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the 'most outstanding player', is voted on by the players and it seems for them the fact that the Oilers struggled as a team was less a factor when judging McDavid's individual performance. McDavid finished the season with 41 goals and a league-high 108 points in 82 games.
Jun 21 - 4:26 AM

The Dallas Stars are reportedly among the teams that would pursue John Tavares if he became an unrestricted free agent.

Tavares can test the UFA waters on July 1 if he doesn't re-sign with the Islanders. Dallas would certainly be an interesting destination for him. The Stars have the cap space for it and with Spezza's $7.5 million annual cap hit coming off the books in the summer of 2019, Tavares' contract would likely fit in the long run too. Tavares would also nicely fill the void left by the fading Spezza. Adding Tavares to a team that already has Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Alexander Radulov would once again give the Stars an enviable offense. Of course, Dallas is far from the only team that would make a push for him, but they'd be an interesting destination.
Jun 21 - 4:02 AM

Rod Brind'Amour will have to hit the ground running in his debut season as Carolina's head coach.

While the full NHL schedule hasn't been released yet, we do know that the Hurricanes have a back-to-back set right off the bat. Carolina's home opener will be against the Islanders on Oct. 4 and then they'll head to Columbus to face the Blue Jackets on Oct. 5. Those will be Rod Brind'Amour's first two games as a head coach after he replaced former Hurricanes bench boss Bill Peters.
Jun 21 - 3:52 AM

The Anaheim Ducks will celebrate their 25th anniversary versus the same team as their original home opener, the Detroit Red Wings.

The game is set for Oct. 8th, which is precisely 25 years after the Ducks' first ever regular season game. The Red Wings beat the Ducks 7-2 back then, but there's a good chance history won't repeat itself there. Anaheim's season will start on the road as the Ducks are set to play in Arizona on Oct. 6.
Jun 21 - 3:45 AM

New Jersey Devils forward Taylor Hall won the Hart Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The Hart Trophy is "given to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team". Hall certainly fit the bill in 2017-18. The 26-year-old finished the year with 39 goals and 93 points in 76 games last season. Hall is one of the huge reasons why the Devils went from being last in the Eastern Conference two years ago to being a Wild Card team last season. This was the first Hart Trophy of his career. Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar were the other two nominees.
Jun 20 - 10:17 PM

Golden Knights general manager George McPhee was named GM of the year on Wednesday night.

This is hardly surprising considering he built an expansion team that not only won their division but also made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas finished 2017-18 with an incredible 51-24-7 record in their inaugural season. This is the first time McPhee wins the award. He beat out Winnipeg's Kevin Cheveldayoff and Tampa Bay's Steve Yzerman. This was the fourth individual award of the night for the Golden Knights after Gerard Gallant (Jack Adams), William Karlsson (Lady Byng) and Deryk Engelland (Mark Messier Leadership Award) won a trophy of their own on Wednesday.
Jun 20 - 9:48 PM

Pekka Rinne won his first Vezina Trophy at the NHL Awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

The Vezina Trophy is "given to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at this position as voted by the general managers of all NHL clubs". Rinne had his share of struggles during the playoffs, but he managed to post 42-13-4 record, a 2.31 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage during the regular season. Rinne had been a finalist for the award multiple times, so it's nice to finally see him win one. Winnipeg's Connor Hellebuyck and Tampa Bay's Andrei Vasilevskiy were the other finalists for the award.
Jun 20 - 9:43 PM

Deryk Engelland captured the Mark Messier Leadership Award.

The Messier Award is given to "the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season." Engelland was acquired via the expansion draft to be a leader for some of the young players on the roster. He is the third member of the Golden Knights to win an award on Wednesday after Gerard Gallant (Jack Adams) and William Karlsson (Lady Byng) earned some hardware before him.
Jun 20 - 9:30 PM

Gerard Gallant won the Jack Adams Award at the NHL Awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

The Jack Adams Award is given "to the NHL coach adjudged to have contributed the most to his team's success". Gallant was a shoe-in for this award, as he led the expansion Vegas Golden Knights to a Pacific Division crown in their first year. The Golden Knights finished the season with a remarkable 51-24-7 record and they also made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Final. Boston's Bruce Cassidy and Colorado's Jared Bednar were also nominated for the award in 2018.
Jun 20 - 9:22 PM

Anze Kopitar took home the Frank J. Selke Trophy at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night.

The award is "given to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game". Kopitar has been one of the premiere two-way forwards in the league for a number of years. The 30-year-old had 35 goals and 92 points in 82 games during the regular season. This is the second time he wins the award in the last three years. He beat out Philadelphia's Sean Couturier and Boston's Patrice Bergeron.
Jun 20 - 9:11 PM

Nashville Predators defenseman P.K. Subban will be on the cover of the NHL 19 video game.

Subban is the first defenseman to be on the cover of the video game since Dion Phaneuf appeared on the front back in 2009. He's also the first Predator to receive this honor. The 29-year-old had 16 goals and 59 points in 82 games during the regular season. He added another nine points in 13 contests during the postseason. Subban continues to be one of the more polarizing players in the NHL.
Jun 20 - 9:02 PM

Brian Boyle won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Wednesday night.

The trophy is given to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." Boyle was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia prior to the start of the season, but he managed to return to the ice in November. The Devils forward had 13 goals and 23 points in 69 games this season.
Jun 20 - 8:55 PM



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