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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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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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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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Playoffs’ leading scorer Kuznetsov day to day with upper-body injury

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov is considered day to day with an upper-body injury, head coach Barry Trotz told reporters Thursday.

Kuznetsov leads all players with 25 points during the postseason, including 11 goals.

The Capitals star left Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a high hit from Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb and did not return, with Lars Eller seeing increased minutes in his absence.

"He's been our best player in playoffs so far," Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom said to Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post. "I mean, that's tough. We'll see what happens."

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Golden Knights owner says team won’t be shy during free agency

The Vegas Golden Knights became a genuine contender faster than anyone could've anticipated, and are going to reap obvious unintended benefits, as a result, this summer.

Against all projections, Vegas made the Stanley Cup Final in its inaugural season and is now looking to topple the Washington Capitals, splitting the first two games of the series.

Since the vast majority of the Golden Knights' roster was accrued through the expansion draft, the team has ample cap space and will be a major player in free agency, owner Bill Foley indicated in an extensive Q+A with The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Oh, we're going to make an effort. There's always transition on a team. There's always two, three or four guys that will want to do something else or who may want a little more term or a little more money than we're prepared to advance. We like all of our guys, we love our players. But we're realists. And they're businessmen just like we are. So we're planning right now. Vaughn Karpan, our director of player personnel, has been in the last week or so, we're analyzing all the free agents, we're thinking about who might be a UFA that might come our direction; we're thinking about other guys under contract with various teams that maybe get traded, maybe their contracts are a little heavy for that team. And we have $30 million in cap space, so we have a lot of cap space and we have the money to spend. We're not going to be shy.

Foley also indicated the Golden Knights exceeded his initial expectations.

"I first said three years, in three years we'd get there and be in the playoffs. I was sort of timing our draft picks we got last year, that those guys would start rotating in, in about three to five years and then we'd make a run in five. But I misjudged the character and the quality and dedication of our team. They're unbelievable."

The Golden Knights are undeniably one of the surprise stories of the North American sports calendar and it's a scary proposition that they could stand to significantly improve over the summer.

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Capitals in awe of Holtby’s jaw-dropping save

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby may live on hockey's highlight reel forever after robbing Vegas Golden Knights forward Alex Tuch to preserve a 3-2 victory in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Holtby bounced back from an uneven Game 1, making 37 saves, but one clearly stood out to his teammates, who were grateful for the former Vezina Trophy winner.

Related: Twitter reacts to Holtby's unbelievable stick save

"The save of the year ... maybe the save of a lifetime," Capitals forward Jay Beagle said to NHL.com's Brian McNally.

"Thank God he’s our goalie," Alexander Ovechkin told Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post.

"That'll be on Sportscenter," Matt Niskanen added.

The Capitals now head back home with a 1-1 series split and are looking to take control of the series after surviving the Golden Knights in a rowdy atmosphere.

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Twitter reacts to Holtby’s unbelievable stick save

Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby may have pulled off the save of the year at the most critical time.

With the Capitals holding onto a narrow 3-2 lead, Vegas Golden Knights winger Alex Tuch appeared certain to tie the game up in the final stages, but Holtby had other ideas, getting his stick on the puck to preserve the lead.

The hockey world was expectedly in awe of the save.

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Kuznetsov heads to locker room after hit from Golden Knights’ McNabb

Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov headed to the locker room after taking a high hit from Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Brayden McNabb during the first period.

The Capitals' star was not on the bench to begin the second period and was later deemed questionable to return with an upper-body injury.

Here is the play in question:

Kuznetsov leads the NHL in scoring during the playoffs with 25 points and if he is to miss any time, it would be a crushing blow for the Capitals.

It's likely that Lars Eller sees more ice time as a result of Kuznetsov's injury.

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Capitals’ Connolly: ‘We’ve played like s— some nights’

Washington Capitals forward Brett Connolly succinctly summarized the importance of a great start to Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Vegas Golden Knights.

"In the playoffs, we've gotten down in games, we've played like s--- some nights," Connolly told Mike Hume of The Washington Post prior to Wednesday's contest.

The Capitals actually took a 4-3 lead early in the third period of Game 1, but the Golden Knights responded with three consecutive goals to win 6-4.

Connolly scored the opener for the Capitals in Game 1, and will be looked upon to continue providing secondary contributions. Time will only tell if his candid assessment serves as a rallying point.

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Golden Knights owner wants to prevent Capitals fans from sitting together

Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley was on hand to see his team defeat the Washington Capitals in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, but there is one notable change he'd like to make moving forward.

Foley was irked by the Capitals' traveling fan base that occupied large portions of the arena and is considering not selling blocks of tickets as the Golden Knights look to win a title in their inaugural season.

"I can move around the ticket locations," Foley told Alan Snel of LVSportsBiz.com. "I don't want to see them together."

Foley said he believed Capitals supporters occupied approximately 12 percent of T-Mobile Arena.

It doesn't appear Foley will get his wish imminently, but a raucous home crowd figures to give Vegas the home-ice advantage it needs entering a pivotal Game 2.

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