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Trouba: ‘I can see myself being in New York for a long time’

It appears restricted free agent Jacob Trouba is ready to call the Big Apple his new home.

The New York Rangers acquired the rights to the defenseman from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for blue-liner Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick at the 2019 NHL Draft. In need of a new deal, Trouba sounds happy with his new landing spot.

"Everything is definitely on the table. I can see myself being in New York for a long time," Trouba said, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen.

The 25-year-old cited New York as a preferred destination for family reasons, as his fiancee is preparing to become a doctor, according to the New York Post's Brett Cyrgalis.

Trouba also noted his "great relationship" with Rangers defenseman and longtime friend Brady Skjei as a plus in joining the club, according to USA Today's Vince Z. Mercogliano. The pair won a gold medal together with the U.S. at the World Under-18s in 2012.

The Rangers have a projected $19 million in cap space to work with this offseason and don't have any top players in need of a new deal outside of Trouba.

The 6-foot-3 rearguard is coming off a career season with the Jets, having recorded eight goals and 50 points in 82 games.

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Lightning sign Coburn to 2-year, $3.4M deal

The Tampa Bay Lightning and defenseman Braydon Coburn have agreed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.7 million, the team announced Tuesday.

Coburn has spent the last five campaigns with the Lightning and contributed 23 points in 74 games during 2018-19, his highest total since joining the team.

The 34-year-old also averaged 16:07 of ice time while recording 62 blocks and 96 hits this past season. Additionally, he posted the second-highest possession rating at five-on-five among Lightning defensemen with a Corsi For of 52.75 (minimum 20 games played).

The Lightning now have $76.1 million committed to 18 players for next season, leaving $6.87 million in projected cap space, according to CapFriendly.

Tampa Bay still has four restricted free agents in line for new deals, including 41-goal-scorer Brayden Point. Veteran defensemen Dan Girardi and Anton Stralman are also set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.

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Penguins trade Maata to Blackhawks for Kahun, 5th-round pick

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for forward Dominik Kahun and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick, the team announced Saturday.

Mattaa, a 24-year-old, left-shot defenseman, should bolster the blue line for a Blackhawks team that ranked 30th in the league with 292 goals against last season.

The 6-foot-2 rearguard helped the Penguins capture back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017. He has three years remaining on his current contract and carries an annual cap hit of just over $4 million.

Kahun enjoyed a productive rookie campaign with the Blackhawks last season, contributing 13 goals and 37 points while playing in all 82 regular-season games.

The fifth-round pick helps a Penguins club that does not hold its own second-, third-, or fourth-round selections in this year's draft. The deal also freed up approximately $3.15 million in cap space for Pittsburgh, according to CapFriendly.

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Report: Panthers looking to trade Reimer

The Florida Panthers are reportedly working on a trade involving goalie James Reimer, according to The Athletic's George Richards.

The 31-year-old has two years remaining on his contract, which carries an average annual value of $3.4 million. Richards added that trading the goaltender is more likely than buying him out because a buyout would not benefit the team salary-wise.

Reimer struggled in his third season with the Panthers, posting a record of 13-12-5 with a .900 save percentage and a 3.09 goals-against average while splitting crease time with Roberto Luongo.

The Panthers have been tied to Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

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Oilers’ Holland expects McDavid to be ready for training camp

Edmonton Oilers general manager Ken Holland expects Connor McDavid to be ready for the start of training camp after suffering a knee injury in the team's regular-season finale in April.

"He's doing good," Holland said, according to the team. "I've seen him twice this week ... he's rehabbing.

"I expect to see him on the ice at training camp. Working very closely with our medical team and the medical people that he's got in Toronto to make sure he's getting the best care possible. He's in great spirits."

McDavid injured his posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) after crashing into the post at nearly full speed but didn't require surgery.

The 22-year-old is coming off a career 116-point season, and his 324 points over the last three campaigns leads all players.

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Report: Sharks continue to work on extension for Karlsson

The San Jose Sharks are continuing to work on a contract extension for unrestricted free agent Erik Karlsson, according to The Athletic's Kevin Kurz.

The Sharks are the only team that can offer Karlsson a term of eight years. Once July 1 passes and the free-agent signing period begins, the maximum term the 29-year-old can get elsewhere is seven years.

With $24.7 million in projected cap space, the Sharks can make it work, but will have some important decisions to make this offseason.

Veteran forwards Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Gustav Nyquist, and Joonas Donskoi are all unrestricted free agents, and young talents Kevin Labanc and Timo Meier are coming off their entry-level contracts, putting them in line for their first big-league deals.

Karlsson battled a pair of groin injuries over the latter half of the year and underwent successful surgery May 31.

It was reported earlier this month that Karlsson is hopeful to receive competitive offers from the Ottawa Senators and Montreal Canadiens because his wife would like to live closer to family.

The 6-foot rearguard recorded 45 points in 53 games in his first season with San Jose and added 16 points in 19 playoff games.

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Blues-Bruins Game 7 was most-watched NHL game on record

Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues on Wednesday night set a record with nearly nine million people tuning in, making it the most-watched NHL game ever, according to NBC Sports PR.

The term “on record” refers to the current Nielsen measuring system, which began in 1994.

Game 7 also pushed 11 markets to either the area's best or second-best rating for a game not including the home team.

The do-or-die contest's viewership peaked at 10.4 million, and it was also the most-streamed NHL game ever.

Overall, the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged a total audience delivery of 1.530 million viewers, ranking as the most-watched NHL postseason in 23 years.

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Binnington sets rookie record with 16th playoff victory

St. Louis Blues rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington cemented his place in the record books with a win in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The 25-year-old capped off a sensational year by becoming the first freshman netminder to win 16 games in a single postseason, according to NHL Public Relations. Binnington turned aside 32 of 33 shots in the title-clinching victory.

Binnington joined the club in late December and catalyzed one of the most incredible turnarounds in NHL history. The netminder finished the regular season with a record of 24-5-1 and a .927 save percentage to help lift the Blues from last place in the NHL to the third seed in the Central Division.

In the playoffs, Binnington continued to lead with his play between the pipes. He lost back-to-back contests just twice and posted a record of 5-1 in elimination games en route to helping the Blues end their 52-year Stanley Cup drought.

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6 defining moments of Blues’ Stanley Cup run

After 52 long years, the St. Louis Blues are finally Stanley Cup champions. There is no easy path to a championship, as every title run is filled with ups and downs.

From controversial calls to overtime thrillers, here are the six moments that defined the Blues' magical Stanley Cup run.

Game 5 vs. Jets: 3rd-period takeover

After stealing both road games to take a 2-0 series edge in the first round, the Blues dropped both contests in their own building and faced a 2-0 deficit heading into the third period of Game 5 back in Winnipeg. The Jets seemed to have finally found their groove and the Blues looked as though they'd be heading home facing elimination.

Ryan O'Reilly cut the lead in half just minutes into the third frame and Brayden Schenn tied the contest with 6:08 remaining. Then, with the Blues pressing in the final moments, Jaden Schwartz got his stick on a centering pass from Tyler Bozak to put the Blues ahead with 15 seconds to play. St. Louis ended the series two nights later in Game 6.

Game 7 vs. Stars: Hometown hero

This moment goes down as one of the most memorable and exciting endings to a postseason game in recent memory. Game 7, double overtime, and an unlikely hometown hero in Pat Maroon storming through the crease to bang in the goal that eliminated the Dallas Stars and lifted the Blues to the Conference Final.

Maroon shared a special postgame moment with his son, Anthony, and celebrated the victory with family and friends in the city where he grew up.

Game 4 vs. Sharks: Punching right back

After blowing the lead with a minute to play in Game 3, a missed hand pass led directly to the Sharks scoring the overtime winner, and the Blues faced a 2-1 series deficit while lacking home-ice advantage. Most teams would have crumbled when faced with such adversity, but not these Blues.

Just 35 seconds into Game 4, Ivan Barbashev provided a much-needed response with his first goal of the postseason. The Blues wouldn't trail for the rest of the series and eliminated the Sharks with three consecutive victories to advance to their first Stanley Cup Final since 1970.

Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final: Gunnarsson calls his shot

This contest headed to overtime with the Blues in danger of falling behind 2-0 in the series. During an intermission bathroom break, Carl Gunnarsson, who rattled one off the post in the final seconds of regulation, told head coach Craig Berube that he needed just "one more chance."

He delivered on his word only 3:51 into overtime, as Gunnarsson hammered a point shot past Bruins netminder Tuukka Rask for his first career postseason goal to tie the series at one as it moved back to St. Louis. That exchange between Gunnarsson and Berube has already been etched into St. Louis sports lore.

Game 5 of Stanley Cup Final: Blues catch a break

After surviving the hand pass against the Sharks, the Blues had karma swing back around in their favor in Game 5 of the Cup Final. With just under 10 minutes to play, Bozak appeared to get away with a trip on Bruins forward Noel Acciari, which led directly to David Perron's game-winning goal.

Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final: Binnington's signature moment

With the Blues up 2-0 in the third period and the Bruins hounding to get on the board, Joakim Nordstrom found himself alone in front of goal with all the time in the world. The 27-year-old forward pulled to his forehand only to be met by a sprawling Binnington, who kicked out his right pad to make the save of his life.

Vladimir Tarasenko went the other way just moments later to make it 3-0 and seal the Blues' first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

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