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The Toronto Marlies are heading to the AHL's Calder Cup Final after they swept the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night.

Marlies forward Andreas Johnsson scored a pair of goals in Friday's 3-1 win over the Flyers' farm team. The 23-year-old is having a terrific postseason, as he's accumulated six goals and 15 points in nine postseason games. He also had three points in nine games with the Maple Leafs during the regular season and two points in six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Marlies will play the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Rockford IceHogs and Texas Stars.
May 26 - 9:24 AM

Tyler Johnson's full no-trade clause will kick in on July 1st.

If the Lightning aren't convinced they want to have him around long term, they will have to consider moving him before that date. The 27-year-old is scheduled to make $5 million per season for the next five years, so that's a significant financial commitment for a team that will have to pay some of its stars in the near future. Johnson had 21 goals and 50 points in 81 games with the Lightning this season. There's a chance he could be on the move at some point this offseason.
May 26 - 9:19 AM

Nikita Kucherov will be eligible to sign a contract extension starting July 1st.

The Lightning forward is entering the final year of his contract, so that's why he can officially sign a deal with the team. The 24-year-old settled for a three-year bridge contract last time, but that certainly won't be the case this time around, as he's put together some impressive numbers. Expect him to get a huge raise from the $4.766,667 per year he's been making over the last couple of seasons. He had 39 goals and 100 points in 80 games for the Lightning in 2017-18. Kucherov will likely become one of the highest paid players in the league whenever he signs his new extension.
May 26 - 9:16 AM

Sabres coach Phil Housley admitted that he's been watching Youtube clips of potential number one overall pick Rasmus Dahlin.

The Sabres, who won the draft lottery, are going to take Dahlin first overall, so Housley has been familiarizing himself with the Swedish blue liner. "I know these are highlights and he's a young man and has to mature and really get to the NHL and North American game, but just seeing his poise and his hockey IQ of processing the game at a high speed is really, really something," Housley said. "I've been watching on YouTube and, boy, it's incredible. He's going to be a complete package in today's NHL."
May 26 - 9:09 AM

The Winnipeg Jets would like to re-sign Connor Hellebuyck to a long-term contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Hellebuyck will be a restricted free agent this summer. The fact that the Jets want to sign him is hardly surprising considering he was one of the top goaltenders in the league this season. The 25-year-old had a 44-11-9 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage during the regular season. He was also selected as one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy.
May 25 - 9:20 PM

David Quinn's contract with the New York Rangers is reportedly worth $12 million over five years.

Quinn insists he wasn't in a hurry to leave Boston University, which means the Rangers probably had to give him some incentive to take their head coaching job. He made it clear that money wasn't the reason why he took the gig. "I’m 52 years old, and I knew the window would close eventually," Quinn said. "Maybe it might be in three years, but it goes by fast and people stop calling. I have a comfort level with the organization. I wasn’t looking [to] leave Boston University and I told Chris Drury that. During the season, I talk to him two to three times per week. The more we talked about this (recently), the more we aligned with the process and how we envisioned a team being coached. It’s the Original Six, New York City and the Rangers. What else do you need?"
May 25 - 7:39 PM

Scott Hartnell isn't ready to retire from the NHL just yet.

The Predators already informed the veteran that they weren't going to offer him a contract, but that doesn't mean he's going to hang up his skates just yet. "Watching these games, I still have a fire inside me to play again," Hartnell said. 'My first priority, over the next couple of months, is to get ready [to return]. It wasn’t the way I wanted to end it. I was scratched, came back and had some good games. If there’s the right fit, I believe I can still be a presence, still be effective. If I didn’t believe that, I would step away." The 36-year-old had 13 goals and 24 points in 62 games this season.
May 25 - 7:35 PM

There's "a chance" that Ryan Kesler could miss all of the 2018-19 season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Kesler suited up in just 48 games during the regular season because of a hip injury and Friedman says it's obvious to teammates and opponents that the Ducks center is in a lot of discomfort. According to this report, Kesler will not been undergoing surgery. Instead, he'll opt for an aggressive form of rehab. It's important to note that no one has said that Kesler will miss all of next season, it's just one possibility. The 33-year-old had eight goals and 14 points during the regular season and two points in four games in the playoffs.
May 25 - 7:26 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have signed Gustav Lindstrom to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Lindstrom was selected with the 38th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He had six goals and 14 points in 39 Swedish league games last season.
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 6:09 PM

Barry Trotz will going into the Stanley Cup Final with his future undetermined.

Trotz is in the final season of his contract as the head coach of the Washington Capitals and that isn't about to change. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan confirmed that the team will assess the situation after the playoffs, so an extension isn't on the immediate horizon. That's not surprising as this is hardly the time to negotiate an extension, but it does highlight one of the biggest questions facing the Capitals regardless of if they win or lose in the finals.
May 25 - 5:04 PM

The Vancouver Canucks aren't attempting to trade Chris Tanev, per GM Jim Benning.

When healthy, Tanev is a top-four defenseman for the Canucks, but the problem is that he spends a lot of time on the sidelines. He played in just 42 games this season and 298 of a possible 410 contests over the last five seasons. He has two campaigns left on his five-year, $22.25 million contract.
May 25 - 4:09 PM

Jordan Sambrook will re-enter the NHL Entry Draft in 2018, per his agent.

Detroit selected Sambrook in the fifth round of the 2016 draft, but they don't plan on signing him to an entry-level contract. He had 10 goals and 39 points in 67 OHL games in 2017-18.
May 25 - 2:50 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have hired Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney, and Manny Viveiros to serve as the team's assistant coaches.

The hiring of Gulutzan and Yawney had been previously reported, but now it's official. Additionally, the Oilers bringing on Viveiros is new information. Viveiros had been serving as the head coach of the WHL's Swift Current Broncos, who won a championship this season. Gulutzan and Yawney have both previously served as head coaches in the NHL, with Gulutzan holding that position more recently as the bench boss of the Calgary Flames. There's a lot of experience on Todd McLellan's new coaching staff.
May 25 - 1:24 PM

Elias Pettersson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

Pettersson excelled in Sweden this season with 24 goals and 56 points in 44 contests. He was taken with the fifth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft and will be worth keeping an eye on during training camp as he could make the Canucks and have a sizable impact as a rookie. "Elias is a talented offensive player with tremendous vision and skill," said GM Jim Benning. "Like most Canucks fans we watched with excitement the incredible season he had in Sweden. This is an important offseason of training and development for Elias and we expect him to be ready to challenge for a roster spot in training camp."
May 25 - 12:14 PM

Evander Kane feels comfortable with the San Jose Sharks.

"The one thing about this team, this group and this organization is they allow you to be yourself," Kane said. "They embrace you for who you are and it’s a very unselfish group that makes it super-easy to come into and mesh well with." Kane had some issues along the way with the Winnipeg Jets and Buffalo Sabres, so finding a team he could mesh is likely of great value to him. Kane said he wanted to stay with the Sharks and demonstrated that by signing a seven-year, $49 million contract.
May 25 - 10:34 AM



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