Lightning sign Domingue to 2-year, $2.3M contract

Louis Domingue won't be bolting anywhere this offseason.

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed the goaltender to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.15 million, the team announced Friday.

Domingue was acquired midseason to back up Andrei Vasilevskiy and performed admirably, posting a .914 save percentage and a 2.89 goals-against average in 12 games.

The 26-year-old spent the previous three seasons of his career with the Arizona Coyotes. He owns a lifetime .907 save percentage and a 2.98 goals-against average in 96 NHL games.

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Report: Jets’ Enstrom will test free agency

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom will test free agency when the market opens July 1, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Enstrom recorded one goal and six points in 43 games during the 2017-18 season.

In May, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that Enstrom's tenure with the Jets was likely finished, in large part due to being scratched during the Western Conference Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Enstrom was reportedly playing through a rib injury and was upset by coach Paul Maurice's decision.

Enstrom has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization after being drafted 239th overall in 2003.

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Canucks sign Granlund to 1-year deal

The Vancouver Canucks signed centerman Markus Granlund to a one-year contract valued at $1.4 million, the team announced.

"Markus is a versatile forward with the ability to play in all situations," general manager Jim Benning said. "He plays a complete, two-way game and has shown he can produce offensively. We look forward to seeing Markus continue to develop as a Vancouver Canuck this season."

Granlund registered eight goals and four assists in 53 games for Vancouver last season. He was drafted 45th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2011.

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Sabres will not retain Robin Lehner for 2018-19 season

Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill confirmed that the team will not retain goaltender Robin Lehner for the 2018-19 season.

"We've made a decision on Robin Lehner. It was a difficult decision. Robin is not coming back next year. We felt we had to make some adjustments," Botterill told reporters Friday.

More to come.

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Report: Kovalchuk’s agent expected to meet with Bruins, Kings, Knights, Sharks

After weeks of speculation, Ilya Kovalchuk's preferred NHL destination is starting to become much clearer, as the highly sought-after winger's agent is expected to meet with four teams Friday to discuss acquiring the sniper's services, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Those front-running teams are the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Vegas Golden Knights.

It was previously reported that Kovalchuk was meeting with both the Kings and Sharks, but Friday's report reveals that both the Bruins and Knights are also serious contenders to land the former 52-goal man.

Rumors have swirled regarding Kovalchuk and his desire to return to North American arenas since March. And there has been no shortage of teams showing interest in the 35-year-old Russian.

Kovalchuk hasn't suited up in the NHL since 2013, but scored 31 goals and added 32 assists in 53 games with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL this past season.

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Report: Senators looking to deal Anderson

The Ottawa Senators continue to try and turn the page on a difficult campaign and a strenuous offseason, as the team now searches for a new home for veteran netminder Craig Anderson, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.

Related: Senators trade Hoffman to Sharks for Boedker

Reports regarding Anderson's potential departure come only days removed from Mike Hoffman's trade to the San Jose Sharks, as Sens general manager Pierre Dorion looks to shake things up.

Related: Sens GM on trading Hoffman: 'Our dressing room was broken'

Anderson is under contract with Ottawa for the next two seasons at a cap hit of $4.75 million. He also has a modified no-trade clause that allows him to submit a list of 10 teams that he would not accept a trade to.

The 37-year-old had a rough season in 2017-18, registering a 23-25-6 record to go along with two shutouts, a 3.32 goals-against average, and a lowly .898 save percentage.

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Red Wings name Dan Bylsma assistant coach

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday.

Bylsma most recently served as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, but was released in April 2017 after the team failed to make the playoffs in his two seasons with the organization.

The 47-year-old is best known for his stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which included a Stanley Cup win in 2009. Pittsburgh fired him in 2014.

Bylsma also played 429 games in the NHL, split between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

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2018 NHL Draft: Top 50 Big Board

The 2018 NHL Draft begins Friday night, when 31 players will find out the starting point of their NHL careers. Before it begins, theScore ranks the top 50 prospects in this year's pool.

Rank Player Pos. Team
1 Rasmus Dahlin D Frolunda (SHL)
2 Andrei Svechnikov RW Barrie (OHL)
3 Filip Zadina RW Halifax (QMJHL)
4 Brady Tkachuk LW Boston University (NCAA)
5 Quinn Hughes D Michigan (NCAA)
6 Oliver Wahlstrom RW USNTDP 
7 Jesper Kotkaniemi C Assat (SM Liiga)
8 Adam Boqvist D Brynas IF (SuperElit)
9 Noah Dobson D Acadie-Bathurst (QMJHL)
10 Evan Bouchard D London (OHL) 
11 Joe Veleno C Drummondville (QMJHL)
12 Joel Farabee LW USNTDP
13 Barrett Hayton C Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 
14 Ty Smith D Spokane (WHL) 
15 Rasmus Kupari C Karpat (SM Liiga) 
16 Martin Kaut RW Pardubice (Czech Extraliga) 
17 Vitali Kravtsov RW Chelyabinsk (MHL) 
18 Grigori Denisenko LW Yaroslavl (MHL) 
19 Dominik Bokk RW Vaxjo Lakers (SuperElit) 
20 Jake Wise C USNTDP
21 Bode Wilde D USNTDP 
22 Serron Noel RW Oshawa (OHL) 
23 Isac Lundestrom C Lulea (SHL)
24 Ryan Merkley D Guelph (OHL) 
25 Ty Dellandrea C Flint (OHL) 
26 K'Andre Miller D USNTDP
27 Ryan McLeod C Mississauga (OHL) 
28 Jonny Tychonick D Pentiction (BCHL) 
29 Jared McIsaac D Halifax (QMJHL) 
30 Rasmus Sandin D Sault Ste. Marie (OHL) 
31 Jonatan Berggren RW/C Skelleftea (SuperElit) 
32 Akil Thomas RW Niagara (OHL) 
33 Mattias Samuelsson D USNTDP 
34 Liam Foudy C London (OHL) 
35 Alexander Alexeyev D Red Deer (WHL) 
36 Jay O'Brien C Thayer Academy (USHS) 
37 Jack McBain C  Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL)
38 Nils Lundkvist D Lulea (SHL) 
39 Benoit-Olivier Groulx C Halifax (QMJHL) 
40 Calen Addison D Lethbridge (WHL) 
41 Jesse Ylonen RW Espoo United (Mestis) 
42 Nicolas Beaudin D Drummondville (QMJHL)
43 Jacob Olofsson C Timra IK (Allsvenskan)
44 Cameron Hillis C Guelph (OHL) 
45 Aidan Dudas C Owen Sound (OHL) 
46 Blake McLaughlin LW Chicago Steel (USHL) 
47 Adam Ginning D Linkopings HC (SHL) 
48 Jakub Lauko C/LW Chomutov (Czech Extraliga) 
49 Jacob Bernard-Docker D Okotoks (AJHL) 
50 Jett Woo D Moose Jaw (WHL) 

1. Rasmus Dahlin
6-foot-3
185 lbs
LHD
Frolunda (SHL)
Notes: Elite, dynamic offensive defenseman.

2. Andrei Svechnikov
6-foot-2
192 lbs
RW
Barrie Colts (OHL)
Notes: Pure scorer. Has the Midas touch

3. Filip Zadina
6 feet
197 lbs
RW
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Notes: Electric skill and hard work combined.

4. Brady Tkachuk
6-foot-3
192 lbs
LW
Boston University Terriers (NCAA)
Notes: High-end offense. Pain in the neck.

5. Quinn Hughes
5-foot-10
173 lbs
LHD
University of Michigan Wolverines (NCAA)
Notes: Best skater this year. Elite offensive defenseman.

6. Oliver Wahlstrom
6-foot-1
208 lbs
RW
USNTDP
Notes: Best shot in the class.

7. Jesperi Kotkaniemi
6-foot-2
182 lbs
C
Assat (SM Liiga)
Notes: Top-notch vision and puck skills.

8. Adam Boqvist
5-foot-11
165 lbs
RHD
Brynas IF (SuperElit)
Notes: Elite offensive defenseman. Ignore the size.

9. Noah Dobson
6-foot-3
177 lbs
RHD
Acadie-Bathurst Titan (QMJHL)
Notes: Talented all-around D-man. Plays top minutes.

10. Evan Bouchard
6-foot-2
196 lbs
RHD
London Knights (OHL)
Notes: Strong puck-mover who works hard.

11. Joe Veleno
6-foot-1
191 lbs
C
Drummondville Voltiguers
Notes: Burning speed. Power-play quarterback.

12. Joel Farabee
6 feet
162 lbs
LW
USNTDP
Notes: Elusive skater with high-end offense.

13. Barrett Hayton
6-foot-1
190 lbs
C
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (OHL)
Notes: Straightforward center with smart puck skills.

14. Ty Smith
5-foot-11
176 lbs
LHD
Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
Notes: Dynamic defenseman with high offensive ceiling.

15. Rasmus Kupari
6-foot-1
189
C
Karpat (SM Liiga)
Notes: Top-notch playmaker. Creative.

16. Martin Kaut
6-foot-1
176 lbs
RW
Pardubice (Czech Extraliga)
Notes: Strong, quick, puts puck on net.

17. Vitali Kravtsov
6-foot-3
184 lbs
RW
Chelyabinsk (MHL)
Notes: Highly skilled offensively. Good skater.

18. Grigori Denisenko
5-foot-11
172 lbs
LW
Yaroslavl (MHL)
Notes: Quick, creative puck-mover. Good instincts.

19. Dominik Bokk
6-foot-1
176 lbs
RW
Vaxjo Lakers (SuperElit)
Notes: Agile and dynamic offensively.

20. Jake Wise
5-foot-10
195 lbs
C
USNTDP
Notes: Smart and creative offensively. Missed half the season with injury.

21. Bode Wilde
6-foot-2
198 lbs
RHD
USNTDP
Notes: Good skater with offensive skill. Needs consistency.

22. Serron Noel
6-foot-5
204 lbs
RW
Oshawa Generals (OHL)
Notes: Smooth skater with good offensive potential.

23. Isac Lundestrom
6 feet
183 lbs
C
Lulea (SHL)
Notes: Skilled forward. Does the little things very well.

24. Ryan Merkley
5-foot-11
168 lbs
RHD
Guelph Storm (OHL)
Notes: Definition of high-risk, high-reward.

25. Ty Dellandrea
6 feet
180 lbs
C
Flint Firebirds (OHL)
Notes: Standout on poor team. Quick and efficient.

26. K'Andre Miller
6-foot-3
199 lbs
LHD
USNTDP
Notes: Wonderful skater. High ceiling.

27. Ryan McLeod
6-foot-2
206 lbs
C
Mississauga Steelheads (OHL)
Notes: Fast skater. Lower ceiling, but safe pick.

28. Jonny Tychonick
6 feet
177 lbs
LHD
Penticton Vees (BCHL)
Notes: Smart, mobile puck-mover.

29. Jared McIsaac
6-foot-1
189 lbs
LHD
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Notes: Solid defender. Plays an aggressive game.

30. Rasmus Sandin
5-foot-11
186 lbs
LHD
Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
Notes: Smart defender who reads the play well.

31. Jonatan Berggren
5-foot-10
181 lbs
RW/C
Skelleftea (SuperElit)
Notes: Terrific offensive force. Works hard.

32. Akil Thomas
5-foot-11
177 lbs
RW
Niagara Ice Dogs (OHL)
Notes: Quick skater with high-end vision.

33. Mattias Samuelsson
6-foot-4
218 lbs
LHD
USNTDP
Notes: Good skater who defends well. Improving his offense.

34. Liam Foudy
6 feet
174 lbs
C
London Knights (OHL)
Notes: Terrific skater. Creative offensively.

35. Alexander Alexeyev
6-foot-4
196 lbs
LHD
Red Deer Rebels (WHL)
Notes: Mobile, strong defender with a solid shot.

36. Jay O’Brien
5-foot-11
176 lbs
C
Thayer Academy (USHS)
Notes: Highly-skilled center hidden in prep school.

37. Jack McBain
6-foot-3
201 lbs
C
Toronto Jr. Canadiens (OJHL)
Notes: Good vision and puck skills. Can improve skating.

38. Nils Lundkvist
5-foot-11
172 lbs
RHD
Lulea (SHL)
Notes: Poised and mobile. Reliable at both ends.

39. Benoit-Olivier Groulx
6-foot-1
193 lbs
C
Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL)
Notes: Skilled, smart two-way center.

40. Calen Addison
5-foot-10
178 lbs
RHD
Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
Notes: Small size. Big offensive instincts.

41. Jesse Ylonen
6 feet
167 lbs
RW
Espoo United (Mestis)
Notes: Elusive winger. Works hard.

42. Nicolas Beaudin
5-foot-11
175 lbs
LHD
Drummondville Voltiguers
Notes: Skilled playmaking blue-liner.

43. Jacob Olofsson
6-foot-2
189 lbs
C
Timra IK (Allsvenskan)
Notes: Well-rounded center who can finish.

44. Cameron Hillis
5-foot-10
168 lbs
C
Guelph Storm (OHL)
Notes: Playmaker. Thinks the game at a high level.

45. Aidan Dudas
5-foot-7
164 lbs
C
Owen Sound Attack
Notes: Tenacious, mobile center. Reads ice well.

46. Blake McLaughlin
6 feet
157 lbs
LW
Chicago Steel (USHL)
Notes: Elusive skater with strong playmaking skills.

47. Adam Ginning
6-foot-4
206 lbs
LHD
Notes: Strong positionally. Skating needs work.

48. Jakub Lauko
6 feet
179 lbs
C/LW
Chomutov (Czech Extraliga)
Notes: Strong defensively. Good wrist shot.

49. Jacob Bernard-Docker
6 feet
187 lbs
RHD
Okotoks Oilers (AJHL)
Notes: Agile skater. High hockey IQ.

50. Jett Woo
6 feet
200 lbs
RHD
Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL)
Notes: Two-way D-man. Agitator with an active stick.

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Hurricanes’ Ward likely to become UFA, says his agent

After 13 seasons in the blue paint in Carolina, Cam Ward's time as a Hurricane appears to be nearing its end. The netminder is likely to hit the open market come July 1, Ward's agent told Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News and Observer, although he'd prefer to stay on.

The 34-year-old Ward is set to become an unrestricted free agent. He stole the crease back from supposed No.1 Scott Darling last season, registering a 23-14-4 record to go along with a 2.73 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

According to Ward's agent, some teams have already expressed interest in the goaltender's services.

Ward was drafted 25th overall by Carolina in 2002, and he's the franchise leader in games played (668), wins (318), and shutouts (27). He won a Stanley Cup with the Hurricanes in 2006, and also took home the Conn Smythe Trophy for that postseason performance.

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