Barrie’s X-rays negative after suffering ankle injury vs. Oilers

Tyson Barrie appears to have avoided a significant injury.

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe didn't offer a timeline for the injured defenseman's recovery, but he did shed some light on the blue-liner's status after Barrie was hurt blocking a shot against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

"No update other than his X-rays that we had were negative, but he just didn't feel comfortable enough to go back," Keefe said postgame. "We'll just see how he is when we get home."

Barrie left the Maple Leafs' 4-1 victory midway through the first period after absorbing a shot from Oilers forward Gaetan Haas.

Barrie tested out his ankle several times during subsequent breaks in the action, but the Leafs later said he wouldn't return.

The 28-year-old has collected 13 points in 33 games this season, his first campaign with the Maple Leafs after the Colorado Avalanche traded him to Toronto on July 1.

The Leafs, who just concluded a four-game road trip, host the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday night.

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Kucherov exits vs. Capitals after blocking shot

Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov was ruled out in the second period of Saturday's contest against the Washington Capitals with an undisclosed injury, the team announced.

Kucherov blocked a heavy one-timer from Capitals defenseman John Carlson and looked to be in pain while hobbling to the dressing room.

Head coach John Cooper didn't offer an update on his blue-chip winger's status following the game, according to the team.

Kucherov recorded one assist and two shots on goal through 11:47 of ice time before departing.

The 26-year-old sniper entered Saturday's action with 10 goals and a team-leading 33 points in 29 games this season.

Kucherov authored one of the best campaigns in recent memory in 2018-19, leading the NHL with 128 points to capture both the Art Ross and Hart trophies.

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Devils hold Hall out for 2nd straight game

Taylor Hall is sitting out for the second consecutive night.

The New Jersey Devils' star forward isn't in the lineup against the Arizona Coyotes, according to Devils reporter Chris Wescott.

New Jersey held Hall out of Friday's loss to the Colorado Avalanche as a precaution.

The Devils are reportedly listening to offers for the pending unrestricted free agent. The Avalanche, Coyotes, and Florida Panthers have expressed varying degrees of interest in the 2017-18 Hart Trophy winner.

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Rangers top Forbes’ list of most valuable NHL teams

For the fifth straight year, the New York Rangers have landed the top spot on Forbes' list of the most valuable NHL teams.

The Rangers lead all NHL teams with a worth of $1.65 billion - a 6% increase from 2018. They also made the most revenue ($270 million) and operating income ($123 million) of any team during the 2018-19 campaign despite not making the playoffs the past two seasons.

Rounding out the top three are the Toronto Maple Leafs at $1.5 billion and the Montreal Canadiens at $1.34 billion.

Here's the full list:

Rank Team Current Value Revenue
1. New York Rangers $1.65B $270M
2. Toronto Maple Leafs $1.5B $243M
3. Montreal Canadiens $1.34B $243M
4. Chicago Blackhawks $1.085B $208M
5. Boston Bruins $1B $228M
6. Los Angeles Kings $850M $203M
7. Philadelphia Flyers $825M $187M
8. Detroit Red Wings $800M $183M
9. Washington Capitals $775M $180M
10. Vancouver Canucks $740M $167M
11. Pittsburgh Penguins $665M $184M
12. Dallas Stars $600M $166M
13. Vegas Golden Knights $580M $167M
14. Edmonton Oilers $575M $154M
15. New Jersey Devils $550M $181M
16.  San Jose Sharks $540M $164M
17.  St. Louis Blues $530M $171M
18. New York Islanders $520M $115M
19. Minnesota Wild $510M $149M
20. Calgary Flames $500M $138M
21. Anaheim Ducks $480M $137M
22. Colorado Avalanche $475M $130M
23. Tampa Bay Lightning $470M $140M
24. Nashville Predators $460M $135M
25. Carolina Hurricanes $450M $128M
26. Ottawa Senators $445M $127M
27. Winnipeg Jets $420M $127M
28. Buffalo Sabres $400M $135M
29. Columbus Blue Jackets $325M $119M
30. Florida Panthers $310M $105M
31. Arizona Coyotes $300M $102M

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5 teams positioned well to trade for Taylor Hall

The Taylor Hall sweepstakes are officially underway, and they may not be here long.

The pending unrestricted free agent sat out New Jersey's most recent game Friday and he's expected to do so again Saturday. It appears the former Hart Trophy winner has played his last game with the Devils.

Here are the five teams with the best chances of landing the superstar forward.

Colorado Avalanche

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Record: 21-8-3 (1st in Central)
Cap space this season: $6.4M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $23.6M

No team is in a better position to land Hall and his $6-million cap hit. The Avalanche check off all the boxes: They are Stanley Cup contenders, hold the necessary draft pick capital, boast a prospect pipeline bursting with talent, and have ample cap space this season and moving forward for a possible extension.

Colorado may be the best team in the NHL, and the addition of Hall would turn it into the clear Cup favorite. He could suit up alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on the top line or anchor a second line with Nazem Kadri and one of Joonas Donskoi or Andre Burakovsky. Either way, the Avs would become a legitimate nightmare for opponents.

Whether the Devils are looking for forward or defense help, the Avs have it. Forwards Shane Bowers (acquired from the Senators in the Matt Duchene trade) and Martin Kaut are both former first-round picks. If the Avalanche refuse to part with 2019 fourth overall pick Bowen Byram, they could dangle blue-liner Conor Timmins, the 32nd selection in 2017, as a part of a big package.

Pittsburgh Penguins

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Record: 18-10-4 (3rd in Metropolitan)
Cap space this season: $1.5M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $22.75M

Don't put anything past Jim Rutherford.

The Penguins are enjoying an outstanding season so far despite having both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup for just six of the team's 32 games. Don't be surprised if the savvy, veteran general manager makes a splash to give his squad another shot at a Stanley Cup while Sid and Geno are still elite.

Pittsburgh's farm system isn't what you'd consider rich. However, defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph (acquired from the Coyotes in the Phil Kessel trade) plus 2019 first-rounder Samuel Poulin and additional draft picks could get it done.

Pittsburgh may have to include struggling forward Alex Galchenyuk ($4.9 million AAV) in the deal to make it work cap-wise. Galchenyuk is a pending UFA, but the Devils could showcase him until the trade deadline to build his value before flipping him to another team.

Nashville Predators

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Record: 14-11-5 (6th in Central)
Cap space this season: $2.6M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $12M

David Poile is another general manager who isn't a stranger to a blockbuster trade. Poile and Devils GM Ray Shero have recent history too, as the Predators sent P.K. Subban to New Jersey this past summer.

The Preds are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but they have games in hand, and it feels like the organization is in win-now mode. Hall could help it reach the playoffs, and if Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros get hot, this team is capable of going on a run.

Someone like pending UFA Craig Smith ($4.25 million AAV) may have to be included for cap reasons, but the Devils could also retain up to 50% of Hall's salary. Nashville could use highly touted prospects Philip Tomasino and Eeli Tolvanen, along with a collection of draft picks, as trade bait.

New York Islanders

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Record: 21-7-2 (2nd in Metropolitan)
Cap space this season: $6M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $17.3M

Lou Lamoriello has remained quiet amid all the Hall rumors, but the "Godfather" could have some tricks up his sleeve.

The Islanders have been one of the league's most consistent teams this season, but adding another much-needed game-breaking talent alongside Mathew Barzal would go a long way in helping the team's Stanley Cup chances.

Both Barzal and Ryan Pulock are RFAs this summer, but the Islanders would likely still have enough cap space to offer Hall a long-term contract.

In addition to the necessary cap space, the Islanders also have multiple high-end prospects, including 2018 first-round picks Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson. Since Shero would be negotiating with a division rival, he'd be wise to demand at least one of them as part of a hefty package.

St. Louis Blues

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Record: 19-8-6 (2nd in Central)
Cap space this season: $20,326
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $7.72M

Why not try and make it back-to-back Stanley Cups, right?

Cap space may be tight, but there's a way to navigate this. Goaltender Jake Allen, who carries a $4.35-million hit this season and next, could head the other way. Allen owns a sparkling .925 save percentage during his resurgent season and could potentially help solve New Jersey's goaltending woes.

Obviously, other pieces, such as prospects Jordan Kyrou or Klim Kostin, may have to be involved as well. One thing is clear, though: If Doug Armstrong truly wants to take a run at Hall, he has the ammunition to do so.

(Salary information source: CapFriendly)

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5 teams positioned well to trade for Taylor Hall

The Taylor Hall sweepstakes are officially underway, and they may not be here long.

The pending unrestricted free agent sat out New Jersey's most recent game Friday and he's expected to do so again Saturday. It appears the former Hart Trophy winner has played his last game with the Devils.

Here are the five teams with the best chances of landing the superstar forward.

Colorado Avalanche

Michael Martin / National Hockey League / Getty

Record: 21-8-3 (1st in Central)
Cap space this season: $6.4M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $23.6M

No team is in a better position to land Hall and his $6-million cap hit. The Avalanche check off all the boxes: They are Stanley Cup contenders, hold the necessary draft pick capital, boast a prospect pipeline bursting with talent, and have ample cap space this season and moving forward for a possible extension.

Colorado may be the best team in the NHL, and the addition of Hall would turn it into the clear Cup favorite. He could suit up alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen on the top line or anchor a second line with Nazem Kadri and one of Joonas Donskoi or Andre Burakovsky. Either way, the Avs would become a legitimate nightmare for opponents.

Whether the Devils are looking for forward or defense help, the Avs have it. Forwards Shane Bowers (acquired from the Senators in the Matt Duchene trade) and Martin Kaut are both former first-round picks. If the Avalanche refuse to part with 2019 fourth overall pick Bowen Byram, they could dangle blue-liner Conor Timmins, the 32nd selection in 2017, as a part of a big package.

Pittsburgh Penguins

Bruce Bennett / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Record: 18-10-4 (3rd in Metropolitan)
Cap space this season: $1.5M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $22.75M

Don't put anything past Jim Rutherford.

The Penguins are enjoying an outstanding season so far despite having both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the lineup for just six of the team's 32 games. Don't be surprised if the savvy, veteran general manager makes a splash to give his squad another shot at a Stanley Cup while Sid and Geno are still elite.

Pittsburgh's farm system isn't what you'd consider rich. However, defenseman Pierre-Olivier Joseph (acquired from the Coyotes in the Phil Kessel trade) plus 2019 first-rounder Samuel Poulin and additional draft picks could get it done.

Pittsburgh may have to include struggling forward Alex Galchenyuk ($4.9 million AAV) in the deal to make it work cap-wise. Galchenyuk is a pending UFA, but the Devils could showcase him until the trade deadline to build his value before flipping him to another team.

Nashville Predators

Jeff Vinnick / National Hockey League / Getty

Record: 14-11-5 (6th in Central)
Cap space this season: $2.6M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $12M

David Poile is another general manager who isn't a stranger to a blockbuster trade. Poile and Devils GM Ray Shero have recent history too, as the Predators sent P.K. Subban to New Jersey this past summer.

The Preds are currently on the outside of the playoff picture looking in, but they have games in hand, and it feels like the organization is in win-now mode. Hall could help it reach the playoffs, and if Pekka Rinne or Juuse Saros get hot, this team is capable of going on a run.

Someone like pending UFA Craig Smith ($4.25 million AAV) may have to be included for cap reasons, but the Devils could also retain up to 50% of Hall's salary. Nashville could use highly touted prospects Philip Tomasino and Eeli Tolvanen, along with a collection of draft picks, as trade bait.

New York Islanders

Bruce Bennett / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Record: 21-7-2 (2nd in Metropolitan)
Cap space this season: $6M
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $17.3M

Lou Lamoriello has remained quiet amid all the Hall rumors, but the "Godfather" could have some tricks up his sleeve.

The Islanders have been one of the league's most consistent teams this season, but adding another much-needed game-breaking talent alongside Mathew Barzal would go a long way in helping the team's Stanley Cup chances.

Both Barzal and Ryan Pulock are RFAs this summer, but the Islanders would likely still have enough cap space to offer Hall a long-term contract.

In addition to the necessary cap space, the Islanders also have multiple high-end prospects, including 2018 first-round picks Oliver Wahlstrom and Noah Dobson. Since Shero would be negotiating with a division rival, he'd be wise to demand at least one of them as part of a hefty package.

St. Louis Blues

Bruce Bennett / Getty Images Sport / Getty

Record: 19-8-6 (2nd in Central)
Cap space this season: $20,326
Projected 2020-21 cap space: $7.72M

Why not try and make it back-to-back Stanley Cups, right?

Cap space may be tight, but there's a way to navigate this. Goaltender Jake Allen, who carries a $4.35-million hit this season and next, could head the other way. Allen owns a sparkling .925 save percentage during his resurgent season and could potentially help solve New Jersey's goaltending woes.

Obviously, other pieces, such as prospects Jordan Kyrou or Klim Kostin, may have to be involved as well. One thing is clear, though: If Doug Armstrong truly wants to take a run at Hall, he has the ammunition to do so.

(Salary information source: CapFriendly)

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Report: Canucks looking to trade Baertschi

The Vancouver Canucks are seeking a trade partner for forward Sven Baertschi, reports TSN's Rick Dhaliwal.

The 27-year-old has only made six appearances for the Canucks this season, recording two assists. He's spent the majority of his campaign with the AHL's Utica Comets, posting 22 points in 15 games.

"I am not happy with the way this season has gone for Sven," Baertschi's agent, Andre Rufener, said, per Dhaliwal. "He played well when he was in the NHL. In my opinion, he did not get the opportunity he needed.

Rufener added: "We would like to get traded, I am in contact with (GM) Jim Benning, he knows that."

Baertschi was limited to 26 games with the Canucks last season due to injuries, tallying nine goals and 14 points.

The Calgary Flames drafted him 13th overall in 2011.

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