Could the Washington Capitals listen to trade offers this summer for Evgeny Kuznetsov?
With the Canucks officially eliminated from playoff contention, speculation about the future in Vancouver is ramping up.
Regarding the Rangers, while awaiting the decision on David Quinn’s fate as head coach:
With John Tortorella not returning to the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Arizona Coyotes announcing they’re parting ways with Rick Tocchet – not to mention the Seattle Kraken readying to enter the league – the NHL’s off-season coaching carousel is shaping up to be quite interesting.
If it was unclear about where Calvin Thurkauf stood in terms of his future with the Columbus Blue Jackets, it isn’t anymore. After spending the 2020-21 season on loan with his hometown club EV Zug, Thurkauf has opted to stay in his native Switzerland for the long haul. Fellow National League club HC Lugano has announced a three-year deal with the young forward, ensuring that he won’t be returning to Columbus any time soon, if at all.
Rick Tocchet will not return as head coach of the Arizona Coyotes, the team announced Sunday.
The Department of Player Safety has been busy since Saturday’s slate of games. It has already announced a hearing for Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon, but it was also busy handing out fines as well. Two of the three fines came from the Tampa Bay-Florida showdown, including fines to Florida Panthers defensemen MacKenzie Weegar and Brandon Montour.
Maroon has been suspended one game for his actions in Saturday's loss to Florida.
Rod Brind’Amour’s contract situation in Carolina has been a discussion point for a good chunk of the season. However, he appears to have his new deal in place as Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports that the bench boss has inked a three-year contract extension worth around $1.8MM per season. The agreement comes on the three-year anniversary of his initial hiring to the position. TSN’s Frank Seravalli somewhat contradicts that report, saying he was told by the team that the deal is not done yet. Having said that, Friedman having the terms suggest it’s all but done at this point which he reiterated in a follow-up tweet following the denial.
The NHL will relax its COVID-19 protocols for playoff teams once 85% of a club's traveling party has been fully vaccinated for two weeks, reports Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.
Regarding the Rangers, who deserved a more sanguine and respectful ending to their season, which will come to a conclusion late Saturday afternoon in Boston with a shadow squad on the ice:
There are two conversations at play when it comes to Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and the Edmonton Oilers.
Vancouver Canucks forward Zack MacEwen has been suspended one game for kneeing Edmonton Oilers defenceman Darnell Nurse.
The AHL will only have a postseason in one of the five divisions this season, meaning the Calder Cup will not be awarded. Instead, the Pacific Division will be battling to take home the John D. Chick Trophy in an interesting tournament-style playoff.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have inked a very interesting prospect, signing Valtteri Puustinen to a two-year entry-level contract. The deal will kick in for the 2021-22 campaign and keeps Puustinen from becoming an unrestricted free agent next month. Penguins assistant GM Patrik Allvin released a short statement on his newest player:
New York Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich has been suspended one game for high-sticking Washington Capitals forward Anthony Mantha in the face during Wednesday's contest, the NHL Department of Player Safety announced.
The new president and general manager of the New York Rangers had answered questions patiently for a little more than 16 minutes, and the Zoom conference was about to end.
It didn't take long for the New York Rangers to retaliate to Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson's antics.
Mark Messier is not impressed with how the New York Rangers have been assembled.
The NHL Department of Player Safety has suspended a player for questionable on-ice behavior. That player isn’t the one much of the hockey community was hoping would be suspended, though. It’s Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere!
It's an unalienable truth about the postseason: You can't win it if you're not in it.
The New York Rangers were not pleased with the decision from the Department of Player Safety this morning. The league decided not to suspend Tom Wilson after the incident in last night’s game, and the Rangers have released a statement in response:
St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed defenseman Steven Santini to a two-year, two-way contract extension.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed goaltender Ilya Konovalov to a two-year, entry-level deal that will begin in the 2021-22 season, the team announced Monday.