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Kevin Shattenkirk (knee) is expected to resume skating in roughly a month.

Shattenkirk's recovery is on schedule and thus we assume he's still expected to be available for the start of training camp. He wasn't able to play beyond Jan. 18 due to the injury.
May 24 - 2:07 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have reportedly hired Glen Gulutzan and Trent Yawney to serve as assistant coaches.

If that's the case, then Todd McLellan will have plenty of experience on his coaching staff. Gulutzan spent the past two seasons as the Calgary Flames' bench boss and previously was the head coach of the Dallas Stars for two campaigns. Yawney also has some experience as an NHL head coach as he was in charge of the Chicago Blackhawks for about a year and a half during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 campaigns. Yawney has served as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks for the last four seasons.
May 24 - 1:18 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have inked Gabriel Bourque to a one-year contract extension.

Bourque had five goals and 11 points in 56 games last season. He could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer after completing a one-year, $750,000 contract. "Gabriel brings leadership and a veteran presence to our team," said Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. "He plays hard minutes, kills penalties and is reliable at both ends of the ice."
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 1:02 PM

Evander Kane's newly signed seven-year contract is reportedly worth $49 million.

That meshes with the reports that came out before the signing became official. The contract also involves a pretty strong modified no-trade clause for Kane. If the Sharks want to move him, Kane can limit their options to just three teams and it looks like that no-trade clause extends throughout the life of this contract.
May 24 - 11:20 AM

The San Jose Sharks have signed Evander Kane to a seven-year contract extension.

The San Jose Sharks didn't disclosed the financial terms of the signing, but based on previous reports, it's probably in the ballpark of $7 million per season. The Sharks acquired Kane from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline and he meshed well with San Jose, scoring nine goals and 14 points in 17 regular season games with the Sharks. Overall, he had 29 goals and 54 points in 78 contests last season. The Sharks are taking a risk here given the inconsistent nature of Kane's career to date, but Kane's also just 26-years-old (he'll turn 27 in August), so the Sharks are buying what should be the prime years of his career. "At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders."
Source: NHL.com
May 24 - 10:59 AM

Laurence Gilman has been hired to serve as an assistant general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Gilman will join the recently promoted Brandon Pridham in working under new GM Kyle Dubas. Gilman's duties will include a focus on player personnel and the AHL's Toronto Marlies. Gilman worked within the Vancouver Canucks' organization from 2008-15, ascending to the role of assistant general manager. He was also part of the NHL's Expansion Draft Rules and Regulations Committee, ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights' draft. "Laurence provides terrific experience to our management team," Dubas said. "His 20-plus years in the NHL have seen him manage nearly every type of department in professional hockey and have success doing so."
Source: Toronto Sun
May 24 - 10:18 AM

Lightning coach Jon Cooper felt the Tampa Bay Lightning were strong in the first two periods of Game 7, even if they weren't rewarded for it.

"If you were going to tell me after watching the two periods that we would be the team down 3-0, I would have said no way," Cooper said. "But we were, and that was tough, and I know from personal experience to get this far you need breaks to go your way. And I just felt we pressed and pressed and pressed, and they got the breaks they needed, and we didn't." Washington ultimately won the game 4-0, making it the Capitals' second straight shutout. With that, they advanced to the Stanley Cup Final while Tampa Bay has been eliminated. It has to be a very frustrating way for the Lightning to finish their season, especially given all the offensive talent they have. The silver lining is that they have a real shot to bounce right back next season.
May 24 - 10:13 AM

Panthers assistant GM Eric Joyce identified Dryden Hunt as "a guy that has a real shot to make our NHL team next year."

Hunt stepped up in the AHL this season with 23 goals and 46 points in 58 games. He also played in 11 contests with the Panthers, though he was limited to an assist over that stretch. "When he came up, the coaching staff was really impressed with his ability to be consistent," Joyce said. "They put him on the fourth-line role, he’s hard on pucks when he forechecks, he covered his guys well. He didn’t score up here, but at the end of the day, did he do his job? Absolutely." If Hunt does make the Panthers, it will probably be in a bottom-six role.
May 24 - 9:20 AM

Anthony Greco might seriously compete for a roster spot with the Panthers in 2018-19.

Greco had 29 goals and 48 points in 75 AHL games this season. If he were to make the Panthers, it would be in a bottom-six role. It helps that he's been playing in all situations in the AHL, including on the penalty kill. "Grecs has certainly worked himself into a situation where he’s going be very competitive for a job on the National Hockey League team next training camp," Panthers assistant GM Eric Joyce said.
May 24 - 9:18 AM

Elvis Merzlikins plans to stay in Europe for the 2018-19 campaign.

Merzlikins had a 2.71 GAA and .921 save percentage in 42 Swiss league games this season. He still has one season remaining on his contract with Lugano, but there was some speculation that he'd try to get out of it so that he could head to North America. Merzlikins put those rumors to rest on Twitter. Columbus selected him with the 76th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
May 24 - 9:05 AM

Hurricanes GM Don Waddell doesn't want to rule anything in or out when it comes to the team's goaltending situation.

Cam Ward can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, but he'd like to re-sign with the Hurricanes. Waddell anticipates the Hurricanes keeping Scott Darling, which might suggest that they will part ways with Ward, but Waddell isn't saying that. "I don’t want to close any doors yet," Waddell said. "I want to keep all my options. We don’t have to make a decision yet. We have some time on this." Given that Darling struggled in 2017-18, it would make sense to pair him with a goalie capable of filling in as the starter, like Ward.
May 24 - 9:00 AM

Andrei Vasilevskiy allowed three goals on 22 shots in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Washington Capitals in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Bolts had home-ice advantage in Game 7, but they were unable to use that to their advantage. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring at the 1:02 mark of the first period and the Lightning were never able to recover in this one. The most disappointing thing for them is that they failed to score a single goal in the final two games of the series. Vasilevskiy ends the postseason with an 11-6 record, a 2.58 goals-against-average and a .918 save percentage. The Lightning had a huge bounce back year after failing to make the playoffs last year, but failing to reach the Stanley Cup Final will be a huge disappointment for this talented squad.
May 23 - 11:23 PM

Braden Holtby turned aside all 29 shots he faced in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

The Capitals will now move on to play the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Holtby gave up four, three and three goals in Games 3, 4 and 5 of this series, but he managed to keep the Lightning off the board in Games 6 and 7, which is pretty remarkable. The 28-year-old can now put his up-and-down season behind him, as he'll be heading to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his career. Holtby will head into the next round with a 12-6 record, a 2.04 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage in the postseason. Game 1 of the final will be played in Vegas on Monday night.
May 23 - 11:18 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky (twice) found the back of the net, it was Backstrom that finished off the game with an empty-netter in the final minutes of regulation. With the Caps facing elimination in Games 6 and 7, the Swedish center managed to put up three points. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, one shot on goal and one hit in 17:27 of ice time. The 30-year-old is up to four goals and 16 points in 15 games during the postseason. The Capitals will now face the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 will be played in Las Vegas on Monday night.
May 23 - 11:07 PM

Andre Burakovsky scored a pair of goals in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Alex Ovechkin opened the scoring just 1:02 into the first period, but it was Burakovsky's two second-period goals that put the game to bed, as he gave his team 2-0 and 3-0 leads in the middle frame. He finished the night with a plus-2 rating and two shots on goal in 11:19 of ice time. This was an impressive performance from a player that was a healthy scratch in Game 5 of the series. The two goals were his first points of the 2018 playoffs. The Capitals will now head to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night. It's the first time the Caps will be in the final since 1998.
May 23 - 10:59 PM


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