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Zdeno Chara doesn't appear to be thinking of retirement just yet.

Chara has one year left on his current contract, and he's interested in signing a new deal after next season. The 40-year-old's production has slowed down, but he's still an effective defenseman. He had 10 goals and 19 assists in 75 games this season. He averaged 23:19 of ice time during the regular season and 28:46 during the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 10:01 PM

Travis Hamonic was named a finalist for the NHL's Foundation Player Award.

The award is given to the "NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community." The winner is also given $25,000 to donate to a charity of his choice. Hamonic was nominated alongside Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers.
Apr 25 - 8:54 PM

After getting past the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round, the Washington Capitals believe they came away from the series with a little more mental toughness.

"That's something mentally that you have to go through a little bit because other team is going, 'We've got nothing to lose' and we're on the other side going, 'We've got everything to lose,'" Trotz said. "So that hardened us, too. We've handled that a lot better this year versus last year. That's why I like where our team is going in terms of the growth and finding the next level of maturity." The Capitals are hoping the adversity they overcame in round one against the Maple Leafs will help build a foundation in their quest for their first ever Stanley Cup. They’re headed into a rematch of last year’s round two series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, a series in which they lost in six games. If Washington gets past the Penguins this time around, it’ll be the first time they pass the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs since they went to the final in 1998.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 25 - 8:11 PM

Wayne Simmonds has been nominated for the NHL Foundation Player Award.

The award is given to "an NHL player who applies the core values of hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community." The winner of the award will receive $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. Wayne's Road Hockey Warriors has helped raise $100,000 through this event.
Apr 25 - 7:08 PM

Colin Wilson (lower body) could return to the lineup for Game 1 of their second-round series against St. Louis on Wednesday.

Wilson missed the entire first round because of an injury. The Preds forward has been surprisingly productive in the playoffs, as he's posted 18 points in his last 20 postseason games. If he's now back for Game 1, he should return at some point soon.
Apr 25 - 6:57 PM

Coach Randy Carlyle wants Ryan Getzlaf to shoot more often.

"His best explanation is this: He says the coaches tell him to shoot the puck, but his linemates tell him to pass it to them, so he doesn't listen to the coach, he listens to the linemates," Carlyle said. "Getzy has a vision and has a range and size and ability that he can do things that a lot of people can't." He had 10 shots on goal and three markers against Calgary in Round 1 of the playoffs. Getzlaf had five points in the Ducks' four-game sweep over the Flames.
Apr 25 - 6:54 PM

Andrew Cogliano is proud to be a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

"It was cool," Cogliano said. "I've been nominated a few times and finally snuck in there. I'm proud. Whenever you're nominated for something, you're doing something right, so I'm pretty happy about it. If you're nominated for it, it’' something special." He has played in 786 consecutive regular-season games over 10 seasons, which is the fourth-longest streak in league history. The award goes to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Apr 25 - 6:49 PM

Lars Eller missed Tuesday's practice for maintenance.

However, he is expected to be fine to play on Thursday night when Washington hosts Pittsburgh in Game 1 of the second round of the playoffs. Eller had two assists in six contests against Toronto in Round 1. He had 25 points in 81 games during the regular season.
Apr 25 - 6:21 PM

Tom Wilson is fine after leaving practice early on Tuesday, according to coach Barry Trotz.

He was hit in the foot with a shot and left the session early. Wilson had three goals and 12 penalty minutes in six games against Toronto in Round 1 of the postseason. He should be available for Game 1 versus Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Apr 25 - 6:18 PM

Karl Alzner (upper body) is questionable for Game 1 of the second round against Pittsburgh.

He went through a full practice Tuesday, but he skated on the team's extra pairing with Taylor Chorney. "He's progressing," coach Barry Trotz said. "He's day to day, and when the trainers say go then he'll go." The Capitals may use seven defenders when Alzner is healthy because Nate Schmidt has played well during his absence.
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

Logan Couture still has to get some dental work done.

"There's going to be some implants to get the teeth fixed," Couture said. "Hopefully get it done in the next few weeks, and then I'll head back to Canada." He revealed on Tuesday that he sustained some facial fractures in addition to damaged teeth when he was struck in the face by a puck on Mar. 25. Couture said that he is still having trouble eating and sleeping.
Apr 25 - 5:44 PM

Colby Sissons has been assigned to Albany of the AHL.

He had 28 points in 63 games with Swift Current of the WHL in 2016-17. Sissons also had six points in 14 playoff contests. Sissons agreed to an entry-level contract with New Jersey back in October.
Apr 25 - 4:59 PM

Brandon Carlo confirmed that he was suffering from a concussion.

Carlo didn't play in Boston's six-game series against Ottawa due to the injury, but he was getting better and felt a return was close had the Bruins lasted longer. The 20-year-old defender played in all 82 games during the regular season. Carlo recorded 16 points, 88 shots, 59 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating in his first NHL season.
Apr 25 - 4:38 PM

Roman Polak (leg) expects to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 campaign.

He had surgery after he was hurt in Game 2 against Washington. Polak is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July if he doesn't re-sign with the Maple Leafs.
Apr 25 - 4:33 PM

Joe Thornton (knee) is expected to be ready for the start of the 2017-18 season.

He had surgery Monday to repair two damaged ligaments in his knee. Thornton was hurt on April 2 and his torn ACL and MCL kept him out for the final three games of the regular season as well as the first two matches of the playoffs.
Apr 25 - 4:29 PM


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