It says a lot about Anze Kopitar — and the Kings — that he has led them in scoring 14 of the last 15 seasons.
"Did he lead it last year too?" longtime teammate Drew Doughty asked. "I thought Phil won it."
Nope. No. 2 center Phillip Danault made a strong impression in his Kings debut but ranked third with 51 points, behind Kopitar (67) and ...Read more
One, two, three, four.
That's how many games the Wild's Alex Goligoski is from 1,000 in his NHL career, and the defenseman knows it.
"It'll be cool," Goligoski said. "It seems so crazy how fast it goes."
The Grand Rapids native was actually on track to reach the milestone last season, his first with the Wild, before he started ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — After the Chicago Blackhawks named Jaime Faulkner their president of business operations on Dec. 16, 2020, a flower arrangement was delivered to her. The sender? The first woman to ever be hired to that position in the NHL — the Flyers’ Valerie Camillo.
Camillo, who helped blaze the trail for women in senior positions in ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The NHL’s Global Series games in the Czech Republic next week will go on as planned – with Russian players included.
A Czech government official said Thursday that Russians from the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will be allowed to enter the country next week for their regular season games in Prague on Oct. 7 ...Read more
Jordan Greenway was on the ice Tuesday morning, skating with the first group at the Wild's practice facility in St. Paul. But it's unknown when he will appear in a game.
Will he miss a week to start the season? Two weeks? The first month? For now, his script will remain the same. Go to rink. Get treatment. Skate. Avoid contact. Get more ...Read more
Seeing new Kraken defenseman Justin Schultz out running the power play in the team's preseason opener shouldn't really have surprised.
Coach Dave Hakstol clearly used Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers to deploy newer faces in envisioned roles. Holdovers such as Yanni Gourde, Jordan Eberle, Jaden Schwartz, Jared McCann and Vince ...Read more
The predominant theme for the Penguins this offseason was continuity. Sticking with the core despite Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang now closer to 40 than 30. Returning capable wings such as Bryan Rust and Rickard Rakell. Bringing back Casey DeSmith instead of shopping for a snazzier complement to Tristan Jarry.
Jan Rutta ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Zamboni at the Sharks’ main practice rink was still resurfacing the ice and the team’s scheduled scrimmage remained about 20 minutes away when Kevin Labanc – the first player out of the dressing room – opened the gate and began to glide around.
If it was an example of Labanc’s impatience to get this season ...Read more
SEATTLE — For the Seattle Kraken, their inaugural season was all about the wonderment of having an actual NHL team in town, playing in a brand-spanking-new arena.
It was a vibe. It was a novelty. It was a honeymoon.
On Thursday, the Kraken officially kicked off training camp for Year Two, and that new-team smell has largely worn off. The ...Read more
PITTSBURGH — As reporters gathered around Evgeni Malkin's dressing room stall at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for the first time since pandemic restrictions were lifted, the Penguins center was clearly ready. Once he finished untying his skates following a morning workout and scrimmage, Malkin quickly started cracking off jokes.
"Sid's ...Read more
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — They’ve come a long way already, the new coach and his “true” captain.
When Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman hired Derek Lalonde away from the Tampa Bay Lightning back in late June, one of Lalonde’s first phone calls was to Dylan Larkin, Detroit’s homegrown leader.
And while that line of communication ...Read more
Patrick Kane called it “crushing.”
Jonathan Toews expressed “anger.”
But neither fixture of the Chicago Blackhawks said that the draft-week trades of Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach last season — or any other major changes stemming from the team’s rebuild — led them to request a trade over the summer.
“To be honest, there hasn�...Read more
The first day of training camp for these Florida Panthers was no syllabus day.
By the time the first hour of the first session was over Thursday in Coral Springs, Paul Maurice had already stopped practice and barked some colorful language at his new players. By the time those players trudged back to the locker rooms at the Florida Panthers ...Read more
After David Quinn officially became the San Jose Sharks coach on July 26, he began to reach out to several of the team’s players, including some individual face-to-face meetings in Canada with veterans like Logan Couture, Erik Karlsson, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.
With regards to hockey, though, the real get-to-know-yous begin this week.
For ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA — As NHL training camps get underway this week, the greater hockey community is still searching for answers in the midst of multiple ongoing investigations into Hockey Canada’s handling of a sexual assault allegation involving members of their 2018 World Juniors team.
TSN reported in May that Hockey Canada settled a lawsuit out...Read more
DETROIT — A new coaching staff, many new faces in the lineup, and expected progress from the holdovers who are a year older and more experienced.
That's the Red Wings as they prepare Thursday for the first practice of training camp, and it all blends into an outlook that is more promising than it's been recently.
In his state-of-the-team ...Read more
It takes a lot to get Aleksander Barkov to curse and Matthew Tkachuk, on the eve of his first training camp with the Florida Panthers, nearly got his captain there Wednesday — sort of.
After wrapping up some precamp testing at the Florida Panthers IceDen, Barkov recalled the first text conversation he had with his new All-Star teammate after ...Read more
TAMPA, Fla. — Roster turnover is inevitable every hockey offseason, especially for a team annually pressed up against the salary cap like the Lightning.
But when you lose a rock in the locker room like Ryan McDonagh, one of the team’s top defensemen and unquestioned leaders, it doesn’t sit well even months later.
Lightning general ...Read more
CHICAGO — When the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice Thursday at Fifth Third Arena to begin training camp, they’ll kick off a new era.
It’s their first camp under fresh leadership in general manager Kyle Davidson and coach Luke Richardson.
“It’s nice to get around and talk to (the players) while they’re doing their medicals and ...Read more
SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks in recent years almost no choice but to include some forwards on their opening night rosters who just weren’t ready to play a full season in the NHL.
In 2019, it was Danil Yurtaykin and Lean Bergmann, and the following year, John Leonard and Joel Kellman made the team, almost by default. None of those ...Read more
- Helene Elliott: Kings' Stanley Cup hopes rest on teammates challenging Anze Kopitar for scoring crown
- Goligoski approaches 1,000th career NHL game: 'It goes really quick'
- Flyers president Valerie Camillo is happy to no longer be the NHL's only woman in 'the room'
- Jason Mackey: In a Penguins offseason built around continuity, addition of Jan Rutta stands out
- Kevin Labanc never lost faith in himself. For now, the Sharks' new coach is showing that same belief.