During a news conference last month in Columbus, Ohio, a reporter asked Artemi Panarin if he would be able to maintain his impressive scoring production without Patrick Kane on his line.
Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen interjected: "It should be noted that Patrick Kane had a couple of his best seasons of his career, too, playing ...Read more
Just before the puck dropped on the Wild's preseason opener at Winnipeg, the team announced captain Mikko Koivu has signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension.
Koivu, 34, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Instead, he will remain with the Wild through 2019-20. The deal will pay Koivu $6 million in 2018-19 and ...Read more
Eventually, this is going to look hard for Jake Guentzel.
It certainly didn't for most of last season, as he tore up the NHL with 16 goals in 40 regular-season games and a league-high 13 in the playoffs.
But this year, Guentzel will add the challenge of trying to keep up that pace -- or at least close to it -- over the course of a ...Read more
Barring some sort of unforeseen development, one that borders on a miracle, NHL players won't participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby wishes that wasn't the case.
"I'd love to be there," Crosby told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for Day 3 of Penguins training camp....Read more
CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- For as much as the Pittsburgh Penguins' first day of training camp Friday felt like a reunion of the group that won the Stanley Cup just three months ago, there were some notable differences.
Perhaps none more so than the fact that the locker immediately to the left of the entrance to the locker room in Cranberry no ...Read more
Technically, Sidney Crosby got a slightly longer summer this year.
With no World Cup of Hockey, the Penguins' captain had 96 days off after lifting the Stanley Cup, up from 84 a year ago.
Could he feel the difference?
"Nope," Crosby said with a laugh this week. "Not really. It was a quick one. Any guy will tell you they'll take short ...Read more
PHILADELPHIA -- With several rookies knocking on the door for jobs, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the increased competition is what has him the most excited about training camp, which opens Friday morning at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.
"I hope players are on edge," he said about those fighting for roster spots, "...Read more
CHICAGO -- It has been nearly five months since the Nashville Predators swept the Blackhawks out of the playoffs.
It has been nearly three months since winger Marian Hossa said he would miss at least this season because of a skin condition. Also three months since the Hawks traded winger Artemi Panarin and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in deals...Read more
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CHICAGO -- If you're walking downtown and you accidentally run into a 6-foot-1 Finnish 18-year-old with blond hair, staring up toward the sky, try not to hold it against him.
He's just getting a good look at the buildings.
Henri Jokiharju, a defenseman from Finland who was the Hawks' first-round draft pick in June, spent part of his summer ...Read more
Over the course of a four-minute interview session, Kris Letang was asked three different times whether he plans to adapt his workload or style of play when he returns to the ice this season.
Short answer: Nope.
Letang, who missed the Penguins' entire Stanley Cup run last season following surgery to correct a herniated disc in his neck, said ...Read more
The Florida Panthers went to Fenway Park on Sunday.
While it was a beautiful, picturesque day for a ballgame, the hockey players had South Florida on their minds.
A number of players were part of a group effort in collecting funds for hurricane relief at Sunday's Sox game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
As Hurricane Irma lashed at South Florida, ...Read more
Pierre Pilote, a former Blackhawks captain and defenseman who helped the franchise hoist the Stanley Cup in 1961, died Saturday night. He was 85.
"The Chicago Blackhawks offer our sincere condolences to the family of Pierre Pilote as we mourn his passing," the Blackhawks said Sunday in a statement. "Pierre was one of the most decorated ...Read more
SEATTLE -- Sounders defender Chad Marshall remembers the first time he tried to repeat as a champion.
Marshall was a back-line anchor for the Columbus Crew squad that captured the 2008 MLS Cup. A year later, the Crew won a Supporters Shield as the league's best regular-season team and entered the playoffs seeking another title.
But it wasn't ...Read more
A number of Florida Panthers players have been in South Florida preparing for their upcoming season.
On Friday, a good many of them will jet out of the path of a Category 5 hurricane.
The Panthers chartered a plane to shuttle players, staff members and their families to Boston.
The team is paying for the flight and could open training camp in...Read more
Matt Read is navigating a career crossroads.
The veteran Flyers winger is coming off a dismal season and is in the final year of his contract. In addition, several younger, promising wingers -- such as Travis Konecny, Jordan Weal and Oskar Lindblom -- will make it difficult for him to land a top-nine spot.
Or perhaps even a spot in the top 12....Read more
As Blues coach Mike Yeo made an eight-hour drive to St. Louis last weekend, he recalled his feelings of coming to town a year ago as the team's "coach in waiting."
"I remember walking into the locker room the first day last year and you don't know who the players are," Yeo said. "It's a different story when they don't have their uniforms on, so...Read more
The numbers caution that veteran center Jay McClement, signed to a professional tryout contract by the Penguins on Friday night, may be on the downside of his career.
McClement, 34, doesn't feel that way.
It's not even close, actually.
"I feel like I still have a lot left in the tank," McClement told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a phone ...Read more
The Detroit Red Wings may only get a year or two more from captain Henrik Zetterberg.
In an interview with his hometown Sundsvall Tidning, Zetterberg said he "will probably not play" through the end of his contract, which runs until 2020-21.
Zetterberg, 36, cited a longing for his native Sweden as part of his reasoning. But he also ...Read more
Matt Cullen could have retired a back-to-back champ or re-signed in Pittsburgh for a chance to three-peat.
Instead, the born and bred Minnesotan and former St. Cloud State standout has made a family decision and decided to return for a second stint and 20th NHL season with his home-state Wild.
Cullen's deal is for one year at $1 million, with ...Read more
Bryan Murray, who was both coach and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings when they began their impressive playoff run, has died at age 74, after being diagnosed with colon cancer.
The news was announced Saturday by the Ottawa Senators, where Murray served as general manager from 2007-16.
Murray joined the Wings during the 1990-91 season, ...Read more
- Blackhawks' Patrick Kane back in familiar territory … searching for linemates
- Guentzel's challenge: Performing at the same level for an entire NHL season
- Mikko Koivu signs 2-year, $11 million contract extension with Wild
- Penguins' Sidney Crosby on Olympics: 'I'd love to be there'
- Prospect Tyler Inamoto and his Samurai ways could help Panthers get tougher