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The New York Rangers will reportedly not buy out Dan Girardi's contract.

The team has also not asked Girardi if he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause, so while anything is still possible, it looks like he'll be back in 2016-17. Girardi is coming off of a rough season, but he was playing through a knee issue. Girardi's six-year, $33 million contract runs through 2019-20.
Source: NY Post
May 26 - 2:25 PM

Vaclav Karabacek has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.

Karabacek has 18 goals and 30 points in 47 QMJHL games in 2015-16. Buffalo took him with the 49th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 26 - 1:22 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

Jori Lehtera registered an assist in the Blues' 5-2 loss to San Jose Wednesday night.

Lehtera finished the playoffs with three goals and nine points in 20 contests. He also had nine goals and 34 points in 79 regular season games.
May 26 - 11:49 AM

Joonas Donskoi found the back of the net in San Jose's 5-2 win against St. Louis on Wednesday.

Donskoi has five goals and nine points in 18 playoff contests. During the regular season he had 11 goals and 36 points in 76 games.
May 26 - 11:46 AM

Joe Thornton recorded an assist in San Jose's 5-2 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.

Thornton is on a four-game point streak. That brings him up to three goals and 18 points in 18 contests. At the age of 36, Thornton will finally get to play in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 26 - 11:45 AM

Patrick Marleau registered two assists in a 5-2 win over St. Louis Wednesday night.

Marleau has four goals and 12 points in 18 postseason contests. During his career he has 64 goals and 115 points in 165 games in the playoffs. Despite all that playoff experience, Wednesday's victory has pushed him into the Stanley Cup Final for the first time.
May 26 - 11:43 AM

Joe Pavelski will go into the Stanley Cup Final riding a seven-game point streak.

Pavelski found the back of the net in the Sharks' 5-2 victory on Wednesday. He has 13 goals and 22 points in 18 playoff contests.
May 26 - 11:41 AM

Chris Phillips is expected to announce his retirement on Thursday.

Phillips wasn't able to play at all in 2015-16 due to a cracked vertebrae. While that's unquestionably a rough way to end, it doesn't detract from the fact that Phillips had a great career. He spent his entire NHL career with the Ottawa Senators and is their all-time leader in games played with 1,179. Although he wasn't an offensive defenseman, he did chip in 71 goals and 288 points along the way.
May 26 - 9:17 AM

The Nashville Predators are hoping Colin Wilson will be more well-rounded in 2016-17.

More specifically, Nashville wants Wilson to play in the regular season like he does in the playoffs. In 2015-16 he was limited to just 24 points in 64 regular season games, but during the 2016 postseason he had 13 points in 14 contests. Wilson is certainly aware of the contrast and attributes it to his focus on helping the Predators succeed in the playoffs. The goal then is to think like that throughout the campaign. "When it's just like such a short period, you have to go out there and win," Wilson said. "It's just different than an 82-game schedule. I think you kind of get lost, go into slumps, so I've got to embrace every game, embrace every moment. That mindset has been successful for me, so I'll be trying to do it next year."
May 26 - 9:11 AM

Gustav Nyquist has taken an interest in horse racing lately as the Kentucky Derby winner was named Nyquist, after the Red Wings forward.

Nyquist, the horse, then placed third in the Preakness Stakes. "It’s cool. It’s different," Nyquist said. "I watched the race and like, calling a horse instead of my name on the ice, that was definitely different, for sure. It was an honor and a lot of fun to follow for sure." Nyquist, the player, was planning to go to Belmont Park to see the horse race, but now it appears Nyquist, the horse, won't be racing there, so the Red Wings forward hopes to see him another time. Meanwhile, Nyquist had a great showing in the World Championship to put a more positive ending on what had been a bit of a disappointing season.
May 26 - 8:54 AM

Lukas Sedlak has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract extension.

Sedlak had 14 goals and 18 points in 54 AHL contests in 2015-16. The 23-year-old forward hasn't made his NHL debut.
May 26 - 8:36 AM

The Boston Bruins are interested in adding a puck moving defenseman that's capable of playing on the top pairing.

That doesn't exactly put Boston on an exclusive list, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney said he'll do whatever is necessary to get one. It will be interesting to see if he's able to fulfill that goal over the summer.
May 26 - 8:33 AM

Brian Elliott returned to the St. Louis net Wednesday night, but it didn't turn out to be as pleasant a comeback as he hoped it would be.

Elliott was chosen to start Game 6 of the Western Conference Final after being replaced by Jake Allen in the series' previous two games. He allowed four of the 26 shots he faced to get past him, however, as the Sharks took a 4-0 lead in San Jose and coasted to a 5-2 win a berth into the Stanley Cup Championship Series. Elliott wound up with a postseason record of 9-9, a goals-against average of 2.44 and a save percentage of .921.
May 26 - 12:23 AM

Sharks goalie Martin Jones made 24 saves as he and his San Jose teammates coasted to a 5-2 triumph over the visiting St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final Wednesday night.

The win gives the Sharks their first berth into the Stanley Cup Championship Series. They have been in the National Hockey League since 1991-92. They will face the winner of the Eastern Conference Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning. Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final goes on Monday night. Jones has been steady, if not flashy, for the Sharks throughout the postseason. His record is 12-6 in the playoffs. He takes a goals-against average of 2.12 into the Stanley Cup Final. He is sporting a .919 save percentage.
May 26 - 12:10 AM


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