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  • NHL Draft / Free Agency Updates A general view of a video board displaying all thirty-one first round selections in the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center.(Photo: David Banks, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-   CHICAGO – After the Nashville Predators marched to the Stanley Cup Final on the strength of elite defense and savvy goaltending it’s easy to understand why the Calgary Flames surrendered a 2018 first-round pick and two second-round picks to land defenseman Travis Hamonic from the New York Islanders on ...
  • NHL draft 2017: Winners, losers from a wild week (through Round 1) FILE - In tis May 24, 2017, file photo, Windsor Spitfires defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (31) skates past Erie Otters left wing Patrick Fellows (21) during first period of a Memorial Cup round robin hockey game in Windsor, Ontario. The Tampa bay Lightning have traded forward Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in a deal that gets them defensive prospect Mikhail Sergachev. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)CHICAGO — The Arizona Coyotes had no coach, no goalie and no captain heading into the 2017 NHL draft. But they had a general manager who isn’t timid about making deals to improve his team. GM John Chayka became one of the big winners at Friday’s draft when he made two bold trades to acquire a new defensive partner ...
  • NHL mock draft 2017: Nico Hischier, Nolan Patrick lead the crop FILE - At left, in a Feb. 4, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Mark Streit plays during an NHL game against Tampa, in Tampa, Fla. At right, in a Feb. 23, 2016, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Valtteri Filppula, of Finland, looks to pass against the Arizona Coyotes during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Tampa, Fla. The Tampa Bay Lightning acquired defenseman Mark Streit from the Philadelphia Flyers for center Valtteri Filppula and two draft picks. Philadelphia receives a 2017 fourth-round pick and conditional seventh-round pick in the trade. The teams announced the deal Wednesday afternoon, March 1, 2017, shortly before the trade deadline. (AP Photo/File)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —   The NHL draft starts Friday at 7 p.m. ET (NBC Sports Network) at Chicago’s United Center and continues Saturday morning at 10 a.m (NHL Network). Here’s a look at our mock draft: 1. New Jersey Devils Center Nico Hischier, Halifax (QMJHL), 6-0/180 The Swiss forward is a dynamic offensive catalyst, proven by his ...
  • 2017 NHL draft: How to watch, first-round pick order Claude Julien, Mike Babcock, Randy Carlyle, Bruce Boudreau, New York, Athlete injuries, Athlete health, New York City, NHL Pacific Division, NHL Western Conference, Hockey, Men's hockey, NHL hockey, Professional hockey, Columbus Blue Jackets, NHL Central Division, Toronto, National Hockey League, NHL Atlantic Division, NHL Eastern Conference, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, Stanley Cup Finals, John Tortorella, Chicago Blackhawks, Sidney Crosby, Montreal, Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, John Carlson, Ottawa, Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, Calgary Flames, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Islanders, Anaheim Ducks, Nashville Predators, Ottawa Senators, Tampa Bay Lightning, Mike Sullivan, Mike Yeo, Guy Boucher, Glen Gulutzan, NHL Metropolitan Division, Frederik Andersen, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Brandon Carlo, Bruce Cassidy(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    The 2017 NHL draft kicks off Friday night in Chicago, with the New Jersey Devils on the clock. They will be followed by the division-rival Philadelphia Flyers, who made the biggest jump in the draft lottery. The consensus top two prospects are forwards Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick. With three selections, the result of moves ...
  • Five of the biggest surprises from NHL expansion draft / NHL Awards Bruins v Lightning(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —   The Vegas Golden Knights will be benefitting from expansion until 2020. That’s when they cash in on the last 10 draft picks they acquired during the run-up to the expansion draft. They will add more assets once they start dealing some of the 13 defensemen they drafted. Here are the biggest ...
  • NHL awards, expansion draft colliding in Vegas Washington Capitals right wing Justin Williams (14) blocks a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Carter Rowney (37) with Capitals goalie Braden Holtby (70) out of the net, during the third period of Game 7 in an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinal, Wednesday, May 10, 2017, in Washington. The Penguins won 2-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    It’s 116 degrees in the ice hockey capital of the world. For the next few days, Las Vegas is the place to be on skates. The desert gambling mecca is hosting the NHL’s annual postseason awards show on Wednesday, when the league also will reveal the Vegas Golden Knights’ choices in ...
  • Expansion draft: NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights set to make picks; plus TV schedule, info The Vegas Golden Knights name is displayed on a screen during an event to unveil the NHL's newest franchise.(Photo: John Locher, AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-   The Vegas Golden Knights’ expansion draft picks will be revealed June 21 during the NHL awards show. The Golden Knights are the NHL’s 31st team and will play their home games at T-Mobile Arena. Here is everything you know for the big night: HOW DOES IT WORK? Each of the existing ...
  • NHL Roundup: Vegas holds all the cards with NHL expansion draft list out Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel (59) shoots the puck past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, (35) and Ryan Ellis (4) for a goal during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —    Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee had difficulty containing his excitement in anticipation of the NHL’s expansion draft list being released. “The most fun I’ve ever had in hockey,” McPhee said in a video posted of him driving to the team’s headquarters on Sunday. And that was before McPhee learned of ...
  • NHL: All talk, few trades before NHL’s expansion roster freeze File-This Oct. 2, 2015, file photo shows Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith (41) in the first period during a preseason NHL hockey game against the San Jose Sharks in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes have traded longtime starting goaltender Smith to the Calgary Flames. Arizona received a conditional 2018 third-round pick, defensive prospect Brandon Hickey and the rights to pending unrestricted goaltender Chad Johnson. The teams announced the trade Saturday prior to the NHL’s trade freeze for the Vegas expansion draft. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Mike Smith went from Arizona to Calgary and a couple of defensemen traded places as NHL teams made last-minute moves before the Vegas expansion draft roster freeze. None of those defensemen came from the Minnesota Wild, Ottawa Senators or Anaheim Ducks, leaving big questions with the Vegas Golden Knights poised to ...
  • NHL News: Devils still holding No. 1 pick with the draft a week away Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee will be busy over the next week.(Photo: John Locher, AP)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — With the NHL draft a week away, the New Jersey Devils are still holding the No. 1 pick and getting ready to use it. Executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero said the team has gotten a couple of calls from teams asking what it would take to get the top ...
  • NHL Draft: Looming expansion draft turns up trade chatter around NHL FILE - In tis May 24, 2017, file photo, Windsor Spitfires defenseman Mikhail Sergachev (31) skates past Erie Otters left wing Patrick Fellows (21) during first period of a Memorial Cup round robin hockey game in Windsor, Ontario. The Tampa bay Lightning have traded forward Jonathan Drouin to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday, June 15, 2017, in a deal that gets them defensive prospect Mikhail Sergachev. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP / USA Today Sports)   —-   The prospect of losing talent to Vegas is keeping a lot of NHL general managers up at night. “Sometimes at 3 in the morning I wake up and remind myself of that: ‘You can only lose one player. Go back to sleep,'” Minnesota’s Chuck Fletcher said. All 30 ...
  • NHL: Capitals make trade with Wild with expansion draft in mind PK Subban 1297800005228_ORIGINALARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Tyler Graovac from the Minnesota Wild for a 2018 fifth-round pick. Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan announced the trade Wednesday night. The deal gives Washington a second forward under contract for next season to satisfy the minimum exposure requirements for the upcoming Vegas Golden Knights expansion ...
  • NHL draft 2017: Top 32 prospects NHL Draft -GTY-499841576Here is Red Line Report’s final identification list of the top eligible prospects for the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, which occurs June 23-24 in Chicago. (Ranking. Name, Position, Height/Weight, Shoots, Date of birth, Team.) 1. Nolan Patrick (*Injury), C, 6-3/198, R, 19 Sep 98, Brandon: The big, skilled, poised center every team is looking for. 2. Nico Hischier, C, ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017: Penguins have become NHL’s newest dynasty Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta grabs his nose after being hit there by a Nashville Predators' stick during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —    NASHVILLE — When Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby raised the Stanley Cup on Sunday night, he undoubtedly did it the right way. The Penguins embraced coach Mike Sullivan’s “play the right way” motto and conquered the Nashville Predators in six games to win the fifth Stanley Cup championship in franchise ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017 – Back to back champs: Penguins beat Preds 2-0 for Stanley Cup Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Murray (30) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(Photo: The Associated Press)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Sidney Crosby is bringing the Stanley Cup back home to Pittsburgh for a second consecutive year. He’s bringing another MVP trophy, too. Patric Hornqvist scored with 1:35 left and Matt Murray made 27 saves for his second straight shutout as the Penguins became the first team in nearly two decades to repeat ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017: Preds leaning on Rinne to force Penguins back to Pittsburgh Preds G6 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne is a friendly, polite man off the ice. Slipping the puck past the Nashville Predators goaltender is one of the few ways to anger the 6-foot-5 Finn. Pucks bouncing past him on the NHL’s biggest stage infuriate him. Rinne chopped his stick against a goalpost not once, but twice ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017: Preds: Shutting down Pens’ stars not possible every game Pittsburgh Penguins' Olli Maatta grabs his nose after being hit there by a Nashville Predators' stick during the third period in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Thursday, June 8, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)(Photo: The Associated Press)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have shut down the likes of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Getzlaf this postseason. They have slowed down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. Stopping them completely? Even Nashville defenders Roman Josi, Ryan Ellis, Mattias Ekholm and All-Star P.K. Subban are susceptible to an off night as ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017: Penguins crush Predators 6-0 to take 3-2 lead in Stanley Cup Pens up 3-2 PITTSBURGH (AP) — The night started with a catfish throw. It ended with haymaker after haymaker — both literal and proverbial — from Sidney Crosby and the rest of the resilient Pittsburgh Penguins. The defending champions provided an emphatic reminder of why they’re on the cusp of history with a 6-0 demolition of the Nashville Predators in ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017: For Predators, Penguins, Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final all that matters With tongue out, Predators defenseman P.K. Subban (76) moves the puck during the first period of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 5, 2017.(Photo: George Walker IV / The Tennessean)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   PITTSBURGH — The biggest mistake a fan could make right now, other than buying a counterfeit ticket for Sunday’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, is expecting Thursday’s Game 5 to be a continuation of the Predators’ momentum. There’s no such thing in a series with so much at ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017: Penguins head home upbeat despite 0-fer in Nashville Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35), of Finland, stops a shot by Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel (59) during the second period in Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Monday, June 5, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(Photo: The Associated Press)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The goals that came so easily to the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final — the ones that arrived in bunches and seemed to signal an emphatic end to Pekka Rinne’s spectacular playoff run — have disappeared. Across six periods in Nashville, the NHL’s highest-scoring team managed ...
  • Stanley Cup: Preds even Stanley Cup Final at 2-2, beat Penguins 4-1 People sit along Main Street to watch Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and Pittsburgh Penguins as it's projected on an inflatable screen in Portland, Tenn., Monday, June 5, 2017. (AP Photo/David Goldman)(Photo: The Associated Press)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Frederick Gaudreau sure is doing his best to earn his own locker with the Nashville Predators with a Stanley Cup Final debut for the ages. For now, he insists he is happy enough just to sit on the floor as long as he plays. An undrafted free agent playing in just his sixth ...
  • Stanley Cup 2017: Nashville leaning heavily on defense corps against Penguins Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel (59) shoots the puck past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, (35) and Ryan Ellis (4) for a goal during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(Photo: The Associated Press)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Roman Josi downplays the production of the Nashville Predators’ defensemen as simply the product of their system. “Our system allows defensemen to jump on the play and make something happen in the offensive zone, too,” Josi said. “And our forwards (are) doing a great job getting pucks to us, and yeah, tipping ...
  • Stanley Cup: Preds rout Pens 5-1, pull within 2-1 in Stanley Cup Final Pittsburgh Penguins center Jake Guentzel (59) shoots the puck past Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, (35) and Ryan Ellis (4) for a goal during the first period of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(Photo: The Associated Press)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Predators coach Peter Laviolette heard all the questions and criticism of Pekka Rinne after the goaltender’s struggles in the Stanley Cup Final in Pittsburgh. Well, Laviolette never thought of switching goalies. A change of scenery helped Rinne and all his Nashville teammates as they dominated once again on their own ice for the ...
  • All-Star promise: Subban says Preds will win Game 3 vs. Pens Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne, of Finland, waves to fans as he leaves the ice after his team defeated the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A good night’s sleep has P.K. Subban more confident than ever about what the Nashville Predators will do on their own ice trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2 in the Stanley Cup Final. He delivered an All-Star guarantee for Saturday night. “There’s no question,” Subban said Thursday. “We’re going to win the next game, ...
  • Stanley Cup: Predators goalie Rinne struggling as Pens take 2-0 lead Pittsburgh Penguins' Patric Hornqvist (72) has a wraparound shot stopped by Nashville Predators goalie Pekka Rinne (35) with Roman Josi (59) defending during the first period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)(Photo: The Associated Press)PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Nashville Predators insist goaltender Pekka Rinne isn’t to blame for the 2-0 series deficit against the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins in the Stanley Cup Final. Rinne is just looking to put both games in the past. Pittsburgh overwhelmed Rinne and the rest of the Predators with a three-goal blitz in the first 3:18 ...

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