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Red Wings sign Trevor Daley to 3-year deal

The Detroit Red Wings added to their blueline in free agency Saturday, signing Trevor Daley to a 3-year contract, the club announced.

The deal's worth over $9 million.

Daley will be 34 in October, and had five goals and 14 assists in 56 games with Pittsburgh last season, averaging 20:23 in ice time.

The veteran is a back-to-back Stanley Cup champion, his season and a half with the Penguins producing two rings for the blueliner who was drafted 43rd overall by Dallas way back in 2002.

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Canadiens sign Alzner to 5-year deal

Karl Alzner is headed north.

The Montreal Canadiens signed the former Washington Capitals defenseman to a five-year contract in free agency, the club announced. It's a big-money deal:d.

Alzner, 29 in late September, had three goals and 13 points in 82 games last season. The stay-at-home defender has been a mainstay on the Caps' blueline for the past seven seasons, regularly averaging 20 minutes of ice time per game.

He'll do the same in Montreal, no doubt.

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Maple Leafs’ towering 2nd-rounder compares his game to Ristolainen’s

The Toronto Maple Leafs drafted a hulking defenseman in Eemeli Rasanen on Saturday, taking the Finn in the second round at No. 59.

Rasanen models his game after countryman Rasmus Ristolainen, according to The Athletic's James Mirtle. Ristolainen is a cornerstone on Toronto rival Buffalo's blue line.

If you thought Ristolainen's tall at 6-foot-4, Rasanen's got him by three inches. Only 18, he'll be adding to his 208-pound frame, no doubt. And the kid's confident, too, believing he can play in the NHL in a year or two.

Rasanen had six goals and 39 points in 66 games with Kingston in the OHL last season, his first in North America after coming over from Finland.

He's a right-handed shot who can quarterback a power play and move the puck, but the biggest knock to his game is his skating, which must improve.

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Sens’ Dorion would ‘like to keep’ Phaneuf

The Ottawa Senators are receiving calls about the availability of defenseman Dion Phaneuf, but if it's up to general manager Pierre Dorion, No. 2 will remain in the Canadian capital.

"We'd like to keep Dion," Dorion said, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. "But you have to look at all options."

It was reported Friday that Ottawa was trying to move the 32-year-old, and TSN's Darren Dreger added Saturday that there's interest from outside of Phaneuf's list of teams he's willing to accept a trade to.

Ottawa did ask Phaneuf to waive his no-move clause for the expansion draft, but the defender refused, as was his right. However, Dorion said that despite that, the team and defender are on good terms.

That's a smart way to look at it.

That, too.

Phaneuf's under contract through 2020-21 at a cap hit of $7 million per season.

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NHL Awards: McDavid wins big while Bobrovsky, Burns, Matthews earn hardware

The 2016-17 NHL season is officially over.

The league handed out its annual hardware Wednesday night, and here's a rundown of who won what:

Hart Trophy: Connor McDavid

The kid's alright.

McDavid scored an awards hat trick Wednesday (he officially collected his Art Ross Trophy as the league's leading scorer), capping off his stellar night by winning the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP. He's 20 years old.

Vezina Trophy: Sergei Bobrovsky

Bobrovsky won his second career Vezina Trophy, punctuating a remarkable season for both the 28-year-old and his Columbus Blue Jackets. The goaltender was emotional in victory, noting his return from groin injuries that threatened to derail his career for good.

James Norris Trophy: Brent Burns

Burns has his Norris Trophy. The San Jose Sharks defenseman edged Erik Karlsson for the award, his first, after posting career highs across the board.

Calder Memorial Trophy: Auston Matthews

For the first time in basically forever, a member of the Maple Leafs won an NHL award, with Matthews declared the league's top rookie. He scored 40 goals and Toronto made the playoffs.

Bill Masterton Trophy: Craig Anderson

Anderson had one hell of a year. His wife Nicholle was diagnosed with cancer in the fall, resulting in the goaltender taking multiple leaves of absence from the Ottawa Senators. The club rallied around its goaltender and his wife, though, and the Sens' deep run into the playoffs was one of the more special stories of the season.

Even better, Nicholle was in attendance in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, cancer-free.

Frank J. Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron

Bergeron won his fourth Selke Trophy on Wednesday, tying legend Bob Gainey for the most all time. Bergeron took the honor for the third time in four years. It's his until it isn't.

Jack Adams Award: John Tortorella

The man affectionately known as "Torts" won his second career Jack Adams Trophy, and he deflected praise thrown his way, saying he was glad his Blue Jackets were recognized for their incredible regular season.

Ted Lindsay Award: McDavid

McDavid's peers know he's the man. The Oilers captain took home most outstanding honors, as voted by the NHLPA.

NHL GM of the Year Award: David Poile

Poile's Nashville Predators fell two wins shy of the Stanley Cup, but the general manager was rewarded for how far his team has come.

Lady Byng Trophy: Johnny Gaudreau

Calgary Flames superstar Gaudreau took home his first NHL trophy, the Lady Byng. He finished fourth in voting last season.

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Fleury, Methot, Neal headline Golden Knights’ expansion draft roster

The NHL's 31st team is ready to play hockey.

The Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft roster was unveiled Wednesday night, ending months of speculation as to the look of the league's newest team.

Here are head coach Gerard Gallant's players, broken down alphabetically by position:


  • Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (from Flyers)
  • Connor Brickley [1] (from Hurricanes)
  • William Carrier [2] (from Sabres)
  • David Clarkson [3] (from Blue Jackets via trade)
  • Cody Eakin (from Stars)
  • Mikhail Grabovski [4] (from Islanders via trade)
  • Nikita Gusev [5] (from Lightning via trade)
  • Erik Haula (from Wild)
  • William Karlsson (from Blue Jackets)
  • Brendan Leipsic (from Maple Leafs)
  • Oscar Lindberg (from Rangers)
  • Jonathan Marchessault (from Panthers)
  • James Neal (from Predators)
  • Tomas Nosek (from Red Wings)
  • David Perron (from Blues)
  • Teemu Pulkkinen (from Coyotes)
  • Reilly Smith [6] (from Panthers via trade)
  • Chris Thorburn [7] (from Jets)
  • Alex Tuch [8] (from Wild via trade)


[1] Hurricanes trade 2017 fifth-round pick to Golden Knights as part of Brickley selection.
[2] Sabres trade 2017 sixth-round pick to Golden Knights (so Linus Ullmark wouldn't be selected, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman).
[3] Blue Jackets trade David Clarkson, 2017 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick to Vegas as part of Karlsson selection.
[4] Islanders trade 2017 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, forward Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff to Golden Knights as part of Jean-Francois Berube selection.
[5] Lightning trade Gusev, second-round pick in 2017, fourth-round pick in 2018 to Vegas as part of Garrison selection.
[6] Panthers trade Reilly Smith to Golden Knights for 2018 fourth-round pick.
[7] Golden Knights flip Jackets' first-round pick in 2017 to Winnipeg for Jets' first-round pick in 2017 and third-round pick in 2019 (as part of agreement to keep Vegas from selecting Toby Enstrom in the draft).
[8] Wild trade Tuch to Vegas for conditional third-round pick in 2017 or 2018.


  • Jake Bischoff [9] (from Islanders via trade)
  • Alexei Emelin (from Canadiens)
  • Deryk Engelland (from Flames)
  • Jason Garrison [10] (from Lightning)
  • Brayden McNabb (from Kings)
  • Jon Merrill (from Devils)
  • Marc Methot (from Senators)
  • Colin Miller (from Bruins)
  • Griffin Reinhart (from Oilers)
  • Luca Sbisa (from Canucks)
  • David Schlemko (from Sharks)
  • Nate Schmidt (from Capitals)
  • Clayton Stoner (from Ducks)
  • Shea Theodore [11] (from Ducks via trade)
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk (from Blackhawks)


[9] Islanders trade 2017 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, forward Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff to Golden Knights as part of Jean-Francois Berube selection.
[10] Lightning trade Gusev, second-round pick in 2017, fourth-round pick in 2018 as part of Garrison selection.
[11] Ducks trade Theodore to Golden Knights as part of Stoner selection.


  • Jean-Francois Berube [12] (from Islanders)
  • Marc-Andre Fleury [13] (from Penguins)
  • Calvin Pickard (from Avalanche)


[12] Islanders trade 2017 first-round pick, 2019 second-round pick, forward Mikhail Grabovski, defenseman Jake Bischoff to Golden Knights as part of Berube selection.
[13] Penguins trade 2020 second-round pick to Vegas as part of Fleury selection.

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Expansion mock draft: Vegas Golden Knights take shape

We're so close.

The protected and available players lists for the expansion draft are public, which means it's time to finally take our best shot at filling out the Vegas Golden Knights' roster.

We've listed the roster by position, and broken down each selection by team, including the player's age, salary cap hit, and contract status.


  • Josh Bailey
  • Pierre-Edouard Bellemare
  • Beau Bennett
  • Mikkel Boedker
  • William Carrier
  • Marko Dano
  • Mikhail Grigorenko
  • William Karlsson
  • Jujhar Khaira
  • Brendan Leipsic
  • Trevor Lewis
  • Jonathan Marchessault
  • James Neal
  • David Perron
  • Teemu Pulkkinen
  • Hunter Shinkaruk
  • Lee Stempniak
  • Chris Wagner


  • Brandon Davidson
  • Jake Dotchin
  • Matt Dumba
  • Marc Methot
  • Colin Miller
  • Jamie Oleksiak
  • Luca Sbisa
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk


  • Marc-Andre Fleury
  • Philipp Grubauer
  • Petr Mrazek
  • Antti Raanta

Projected Cap Hit: $52,515,000*

*Not including restricted free agents

Picks by team

Anaheim Ducks

  • Player: Chris Wagner (RW)
  • Age: 26
  • Cap hit: $637,500
  • Signed through: 2017-18

All signs point to an agreement between the Ducks and Vegas that ensures the Golden Knights don't select Sami Vatanen or Josh Manson, and beyond those two, it's slim pickings. Like, super slim.

Arizona Coyotes

It's either Pulkkinen or Alex Burmistrov, and Pulkkinen's 2014-15, when he had 34 goals and 61 points in 46 games in the AHL, remains too impressive to pass up, even two years later.

Boston Bruins

  • Player: Colin Miller (D)
  • Age: 24
  • Cap hit: $1M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

Miller's age, cap hit, and experience - he's played 103 regular-season games, averaging almost 16 minutes in ice time - make him an easy choice.

Buffalo Sabres

  • Player: William Carrier (LW)
  • Age: 22
  • Cap hit: $689,167
  • Signed through: 2017-18

If you've got a better suggestion than Carrier, we're all ears.

Calgary Flames

There are veteran and more expensive options - like Troy Brouwer - but Shinkaruk, a former first-round pick, had 15 goals and 35 points in 52 games in the A last season, and our Vegas roster is being built with youth in mind.

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Player: Lee Stempniak (RW)
  • Age: 34
  • Cap hit: $2.5M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

Stempniak will score, provides veteran experience, is well-traveled, and can be flipped at the trade deadline. That's basically his specialty.

Chicago Blackhawks

Another no-brainer. The kid averaged 18:25 on the Blackhawks' blue line last season and chipped in with 16 points. This could be a great move for his career, which already includes a Stanley Cup ring.

Colorado Avalanche

While Grigorenko hasn't lived up to his 12th overall selection in 2012, he's had back-to-back 20-point seasons and has played over 200 games at only 23 years old. That counts for something.

Columbus Blue Jackets

A reported deal is in place that will see Vegas not select Josh Anderson, Joonas Korpisalo, Jack Johnson, or David Savard, but all is not lost. Karlsson's a decent consolation prize, especially considering a first-round pick is reportedly headed the Golden Knights' way. It'll be interesting to see what the kid can do given more of an opportunity.

Dallas Stars

The Stars' list of available players may be the most underwhelming in the NHL. No offense, Mr. Oleksiak.

Detroit Red Wings

  • Player: Petr Mrazek (G)
  • Age: 25
  • Cap hit: $4M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

Mrazek being left exposed is a surprise, especially considering Jimmy Howard's contract. Vegas must take advantage. It gives the Golden Knights a large salary to help get to the cap floor, and he can be used as a potential trade chip.

Edmonton Oilers

  • Player: Jujhar Khaira (LW)
  • Age: 22
  • Cap hit: $675K
  • Signed through: 2018-19

Khaira is young and signed for two more years. Worth a shot.

Florida Panthers

Dude had 30 goals and 51 points last season, and is a no-brainer at his salary.

Los Angeles Kings

  • Player: Trevor Lewis (C)
  • Age: 30
  • Cap hit: $2M
  • Signed through: 2019-20

A veteran with a couple of rings to play up the middle. Nothing wrong with that.

Minnesota Wild

  • Player: Matt Dumba (D)
  • Age: 22
  • Cap hit: $2.55M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

Eric Staal's tempting, but Dumba's age, experience, and the fact he's coming off a career season make him the selection.

Montreal Canadiens

Davidson's a sixth-round pick done good, and can fill out the defense corps.

Nashville Predators

  • Player: James Neal (LW)
  • Age: 29
  • Cap hit: $5M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

A proven goal scorer who could be dangled at the deadline, should Vegas go that route.

New Jersey Devils

  • Player: Beau Bennett (RW)
  • Age: 25
  • Cap hit: RFA ($725K in 2016-17)

Not a whole lot of tantalizing options out of Newark, so Bennett gets the nod because he was more productive than Devante Smith-Pelly.

New York Islanders

  • Player: Josh Bailey (LW)
  • Age: 27
  • Cap hit: $3.3M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

A reported trade has Vegas banking another first-round pick for not plucking exposed Brock Nelson or Ryan Strome. While Bailey could also be included in that agreement, we're going to assume that he's not. He had 56 points last season.

New York Rangers

  • Player: Antti Raanta (G)
  • Age: 28
  • Cap hit: $1M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

Raanta had a .922 save percentage last season. That'll do, especially at a million bucks.

Ottawa Senators

  • Player: Marc Methot (D)
  • Age: 31
  • Cap hit: $4.9M
  • Signed through: 2018-19

Blame Dion Phaneuf, who refused to waive his no-movement clause, leaving Methot exposed.

Philadelphia Flyers

Bellemare's a bit cheaper than Michael Raffl, and is a durable bottom-six forward who can provide some leadership on a young team.

Pittsburgh Penguins

There are some interesting names on the Pens' available list, including Carl Hagelin, Tom Kuhnhackl, Bryan Rust, and Scott Wilson, but Fleury to Vegas has to happen. It's been discussed far too much for it not to.

San Jose Sharks

Boedker's first season in San Jose was a disaster, but he's proven he can score in double digits and is a two-time 50-point scorer.

St. Louis Blues

  • Player: David Perron (LW)
  • Age: 29
  • Cap hit: $3.75M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

Perron brings a little bit of everything on an expiring deal.

Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Player: Jake Dotchin (D)
  • Age: 23
  • Cap hit: RFA ($616,667 in 2016-17)

A young D-man who averaged 18:26 on Jon Cooper's blue line in 35 games last season, in which he had 11 assists. There's something here.

Toronto Maple Leafs

Leipsic has nothing left to prove in the AHL, he's ripped it up, and is a casualty of too much young talent in Toronto (when was the last time you could say that?).

Vancouver Canucks

  • Player: Luca Sbisa (D)
  • Age: 27
  • Cap hit: $3.6M
  • Signed through: 2017-18

He played 19 minutes a night and didn't miss a game last season. And, really, Vancouver's list of available players is downright ghastly.

Washington Capitals

Grubauer could be a long-term option as a No. 1. It's worth finding out.

Winnipeg Jets

  • Player: Marko Dano (C)
  • Age: 22
  • Cap hit: $850K
  • Signed through: 2017-18

Dano's still living on potential.

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Expansion Draft: A list of all players available to Vegas

The protected lists are in.

We know who the Golden Knights can't select. On the flipside, below is a comprehensive list - broken down by team - of all the players George McPhee can have join him in Vegas.

Anaheim Ducks

  • Spencer Abbott (F)
  • Jared Boll (F)
  • Sam Carrick (F)
  • Patrick Eaves (F)
  • Emerson Etem (F)
  • Ryan Garbutt (F)
  • Max Gortz (F)
  • Nicolas Kerdiles (F)
  • Andre Petersson (F)
  • Logan Shaw (F)
  • Nick Sorensen (F)
  • Nate Thompson (F)
  • Corey Tropp (F)
  • Chris Wagner (F)
  • Nate Guenin (D)
  • Korbinian Holzer (D)
  • Josh Manson (D)
  • Jaycob Megna (D)
  • Jeff Schultz (D)
  • Clayton Stoner (D)
  • Sami Vatanen (D)
  • Jonathan Bernier (G)
  • Jhonas Enroth (G)
  • Ryan Faragher (G)
  • Matt Hackett (G)
  • Dustin Tokarski (G)

Arizona Coyotes

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  • Alexander Burmistrov (F)
  • Shane Doan (F)
  • Tyler Gaudet (F)
  • Peter Holland (F)
  • Josh Jooris (F)
  • Jamie McGinn (F)
  • Jeremy Morin (F)
  • Mitchell Moroz (F)
  • Chris Mueller (F)
  • Teemu Pulkkinen (F)
  • Brad Richardson (F)
  • Garret Ross (F)
  • Branden Troock (F)
  • Radim Vrbata (F)
  • Joe Whitney (F)
  • Kevin Connauton (D)
  • Jamie McBain (D)
  • Zbynek Michalek (D)
  • Jarred Tinordi (D)
  • Louis Domingue (G)

Boston Bruins

  • Matt Beleskey (F)
  • Brian Ferlin (F)
  • Jimmy Hayes (F)
  • Alex Khokhlachev (F)
  • Dominic Moore (F)
  • Tyler Randell (F)
  • Zac Rinaldo (F)
  • Tim Schaller (F)
  • Drew Stafford (F)
  • Linus Arnesson (D)
  • Chris Casto (D)
  • Tommy Cross (D)
  • Alex Grant (D)
  • John-Michael Liles (D)
  • Adam McQuaid (D)
  • Colin Miller (D)
  • Joe Morrow (D)
  • Anton Khudobin (G)
  • Malcolm Subban (G)

Buffalo Sabres

  • William Carrier (F)
  • Nicolas Deslauriers (F)
  • Brian Gionta (F)
  • Derek Grant (F)
  • Justin Kea (F)
  • Matt Moulson (F)
  • Cal O'Reilly (F)
  • Cole Schneider (F)
  • Brady Austin (D)
  • Mathew Bodie (D)
  • Zach Bogosian (D)
  • Justin Falk (D)
  • Taylor Fedun (D)
  • Cody Franson (D)
  • Josh Gorges (D)
  • Dmitry Kulikov (D)
  • Anders Nilsson (G)
  • Linus Ullmark (G)

Calgary Flames

  • Brandon Bollig (F)
  • Lance Bouma (F)
  • Troy Brouwer (F)
  • Alex Chiasson (F)
  • Freddie Hamilton (F)
  • Emile Poirier (F)
  • Hunter Shinkaruk (F)
  • Matt Stajan (F)
  • Kris Versteeg (F)
  • Linden Vey (F)
  • Matt Bartkowski (D)
  • Ryan Culkin (D)
  • Deryk Engelland (D)
  • Michael Kostka (D)
  • Brett Kulak (D)
  • Ladislav Smid (D)
  • Michael Stone (D)
  • Dennis Wideman (D)
  • Tyler Wotherspoon (D)
  • Brian Elliott (G)
  • Tom McCollum (G)

Carolina Hurricanes

  • Bryan Bickell (F)
  • Connor Brickley (F)
  • Patrick Brown (F)
  • Erik Karlsson (F)
  • Danny Kristo (F)
  • Jay McClement (F)
  • Andrew Miller (F)
  • Andrej Nestrasil (F)
  • Joakim Nordstrom (F)
  • Lee Stempniak (F)
  • Brendan Woods (F)
  • Klas Dahlbeck (D)
  • Dennis Robertson (D)
  • Philip Samuelsson (D)
  • Matt Tennyson (D)
  • Daniel Altshuller (G)
  • Eddie Lack (G)
  • Michael Leighton (G)
  • Cam Ward (G)

Chicago Blackhawks

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  • Kyle Baun (F)
  • Andrew Desjardins (F)
  • Marcus Kruger (F)
  • Pierre-Cedric Labrie (F)
  • Michael Latta (F)
  • Brandon Mashinter (F)
  • Dennis Rasmussen (F)
  • Jordin Tootoo (F)
  • Brian Campbell (D)
  • Dillon Fournier (D)
  • Shawn Lalonde (D)
  • Johnny Oduya (D)
  • Ville Pokka (D)
  • Michal Rozsival (D)
  • Viktor Svedberg (D)
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk (D)
  • Mac Carruth (G)
  • Jeff Glass (G)

Colorado Avalanche

  • Troy Bourke (F)
  • Gabriel Bourque (F)
  • Rene Bourque (F)
  • Joe Colborne (F)
  • Turner Elson (F)
  • Felix Girard (F)
  • Mikhail Grigorenko (F)
  • Samuel Henley (F)
  • John Mitchell (F)
  • Jim O'Brien (F)
  • Brendan Ranford (F)
  • Mike Sislo (F)
  • Carl Soderberg (F)
  • Mark Barberio (D)
  • Mat Clark (D)
  • Eric Gelinas (D)
  • Cody Goloubef (D)
  • Duncan Siemens (D)
  • Fedor Tyutin (D)
  • Patrick Wiercioch (D)
  • Joe Cannata (G)
  • Calvin Pickard (G)
  • Jeremy Smith (G)

Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Josh Anderson (F)
  • Alex Broadhurst (F)
  • Matt Calvert (F)
  • Zac Dalpe (F)
  • Sam Gagner (F)
  • Brett Gallant (F)
  • William Karlsson (F)
  • Lauri Korpikoski (F)
  • Lukas Sedlak (F)
  • T.J. Tynan (F)
  • Daniel Zaar (F)
  • Marc-Andre Bergeron (D)
  • Scott Harrington (D)
  • Jack Johnson (D)
  • Kyle Quincey (D)
  • John Ramage (D)
  • Jaime Sifers (D)
  • Ryan Stanton (D)
  • Oscar Dansk (G)
  • Anton Forsberg (G)
  • Joonas Korpisalo (G)

Dallas Stars

  • Adam Cracknell (F)
  • Justin Dowling (F)
  • Cody Eakin (F)
  • Ales Hemsky (F)
  • Jiri Hudler (F)
  • Curtis McKenzie (F)
  • Mark McNeill (F)
  • Travis Morin (F)
  • Patrick Sharp (F)
  • Gemel Smith (F)
  • Matej Stransky (F)
  • Mattias Backman (D)
  • Andrew Bodnarchuk (D)
  • Ludwig Bystrom (D)
  • Nick Ebert (D)
  • Justin Hache (D)
  • Dan Hamhuis (D)
  • Patrik Nemeth (D)
  • Jamie Oleksiak (D)
  • Greg Pateryn (D)
  • Dustin Stevenson (D)
  • Henri Kiviaho (G)
  • Maxime Lagace (G)
  • Kari Lehtonen (G)
  • Antti Niemi (G)
  • Justin Peters (G)

Detroit Red Wings

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  • Louis-Marc Aubry (F)
  • Mitch Callahan (F)
  • Colin Campbell (F)
  • Martin Frk (F)
  • Luke Glendening (F)
  • Darren Helm (F)
  • Drew Miller (F)
  • Tomas Nosek (F)
  • Riley Sheahan (F)
  • Ben Street (F)
  • Eric Tangradi (F)
  • Adam Almquist (D)
  • Jonathan Ericsson (D)
  • Niklas Kronwall (D)
  • Brian Lashoff (D)
  • Dylan McIlrath (D)
  • Xavier Ouellet (D)
  • Ryan Sproul (D)
  • Jared Coreau (G)
  • Petr Mrazek (G)
  • Edward Pasquale (G)
  • Jake Paterson (G)

Edmonton Oilers

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  • David Desharnais (F)
  • Justin Fontaine (F)
  • Matt Hendricks (F)
  • Roman Horak (F)
  • Jujhar Khaira (F)
  • Anton Lander (F)
  • Iiro Pakarinen (F)
  • Tyler Pitlick (F)
  • Zach Pochiro (F)
  • Benoit Pouliot (F)
  • Henrik Samuelsson (F)
  • Bogdan Yakimov (F)
  • Mark Fayne (D)
  • Andrew Ference (D)
  • Mark Fraser (D)
  • Eric Gryba (D)
  • David Musil (D)
  • Jordan Oesterle (D)
  • Griffin Reinhart (D)
  • Kris Russell (D)
  • Dillon Simpson (D)
  • Laurent Brossoit (G)
  • Jonas Gustavsson (G)

Florida Panthers

  • Graham Black (F)
  • Tim Bozon (F)
  • Jaromir Jagr (F)
  • Jussi Jokinen (F)
  • Derek MacKenzie (F)
  • Jonathan Marchessault (F)
  • Colton Sceviour (F)
  • Michael Sgarbossa (F)
  • Reilly Smith (F)
  • Brody Sutter (F)
  • Paul Thompson (F)
  • Shawn Thornton (F)
  • Thomas Vanek (F)
  • Jason Demers (D)
  • Jakub Kindl (D)
  • Brent Regner (D)
  • Reece Scarlett (D)
  • MacKenzie Weegar (D)
  • Reto Berra (G)
  • Sam Brittain (G)
  • Roberto Luongo (G)

Los Angeles Kings

  • Andy Andreoff (F)
  • Justin Auger (F)
  • Dustin Brown (F)
  • Kyle Clifford (F)
  • Andrew Crescenzi (F)
  • Nic Dowd (F)
  • Marian Gaborik (F)
  • Jarome Iginla (F)
  • Trevor Lewis (F)
  • Michael Mersch (F)
  • Jordan Nolan (F)
  • Teddy Purcell (F)
  • Devin Setoguchi (F)
  • Nick Shore (F)
  • Matt Greene (D)
  • Vincent Loverde (D)
  • Brayden McNabb (D)
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Tampa Bay Lightning

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Vancouver Canucks

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Washington Capitals

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Big win in Montreal: Bergevin redeems himself by landing Drouin

For Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, redemption is spelled "Jonathan Drouin."

Bergevin pulled off another June blockbuster Thursday, acquiring 22-year-old Drouin in a massive trade with the Lightning, sending prized defensive prospect Mikhail Sergachev to Tampa Bay. Conditional picks are involved as well, with the Lightning set to receive a second-round pick in 2018 for a sixth-round pick if Sergachev plays 40 games for Tampa Bay next season.

Welcome home

The immediate reaction: This is a big win for Montreal. Drouin's young, with 164 regular-season games and 23 playoff contests already under his belt. He's coming off his most productive season on the heels of his coming-out party in the 2016 playoffs, which ended a tumultuous season that saw his trade request from Tampa Bay go public, eventually leading to his suspension by the club after he failed to report to the AHL.

The parties made nice, but that's all in the past now, as Drouin, a restricted free agent July 1, is set to sign long term with the team he grew up adoring. He's finally where he truly wants to be, and Montreal has its young, dynamic - and French! - star to build around.

Think of it this way: P.K. Subban and Sergachev for Shea Weber and Drouin. That makes it a little easier to swallow, right?

Offense needed

Montreal averaged 2.72 goals per game this past season, which ranked 15th in the league. Average. But not good enough.

The Canadiens had only two players score 20 goals or more during the regular season, and one of them was Paul Byron, who'd never scored more than 11 before this past campaign. Only two Habs broke 50 points - Max Pacioretty and Alex Radulov, who is an unrestricted free agent in a couple of weeks.

In the playoffs, the Canadiens managed only 11 goals in six games in their first-round loss to the New York Rangers. Yes, Henrik Lundqvist is both an obscenely talented goaltender and stupidly handsome, but Pacioretty - who had only one assist in the series - and Co. needed help. They got it in Drouin.

Give to get

Sergachev, drafted ninth overall last year, is thought to have a bright future. He's been a force on defense for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires, posting back-to-back seasons of 57 and 43 points. He'll be 19 on June 25. He could turn out to be very, very good.

The thing is: Drouin's already proven he possess above-average offensive smarts. He's already a top-line player, and he's already been through a lot off the ice. And, let's face it, that's going to help him in Montreal, where the pressure's going to be dialed up about 467,738 times what it was in sunny Tampa Bay.

In the end, this trade was made for reasons to do with the expansion draft and the salary cap, and could turn out to be great for both teams. The Lightning could be looking at a Victor Hedman-Sergachev pairing for the next 10 years.

Questions remain

Bergevin's still got work to do, because even after acquiring Drouin, a lot of questions need answering:

  • Will the Canadiens move Drouin, a left winger, to center? If not, an already log-jammed wing position is one dynamic forward thicker.
  • If Drouin is moved to center, does that mean Alex Galchenyuk is traded?
  • Galchenyuk's only 23, and a restricted free agent himself. If Drouin is moved to the middle, can he stay in Montreal on the wing for good?
  • Does Bergevin dangle Galchenyuk for a center? Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, perhaps? Or does Bergevin try to trade Galchnyuk for help on defense?
  • Sergachev's departure means Andrei Markov's absolutely being re-signed, right?

Price's window

The bottom line: Bergevin can sacrifice depth on defense - even a stud prospect - when he's got Carey Price in goal. Only thing is, Price is under contract for only more season. He'll be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2018, and you have to think Bergevin doesn't let him get there.

In order to ensure Price's signature is on a new contract, though, Bergevin must show his prized goaltender that he's put together a team that can succeed, that can score. Drouin helps there, both in the short and long term.

The hope is: Drouin makes everyone forget about Subban, and keeps Price in Montreal for the majority of his career.

It's a strong bet, one Bergevin absolutely had to make. And he did.

Despite all the criticism the GM took as Subban and the Nashville Predators advanced to the Stanley Cup Final, Bergevin deserves respect, because the Canadiens are a far better and more dangerous team than they were Thursday morning.

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There’s no denying Crosby’s status as one of the best in NHL history

If there were any doubt, there isn't anymore: Sidney Crosby is one of the top five NHLers of all time. Sorry, haters.

All grown up now with three Stanley Cups and two Conn Smythe Trophies to his name, No. 87 cemented his legacy as one of hockey's all-time greats Sunday night. You can fight it, but much like facing the Pittsburgh Penguins, you'll lose.

He's not even 30

It's been a rather remarkable 18 months for Sid:

Add another Stanley Cup and another Conn Smythe to the ledger. And all this a couple of months before "the kid" turns 30 on Aug. 7.

It's also crucial to remember that Crosby played only 99 of 212 regular-season games between 2010 and 2013 - his age 23-to-25 seasons, his prime! - and arguably remains one major headshot away from potentially having to consider retiring due to his concussion history.

When you take the long view, and the team view, things get even more impressive. Here's what the Penguins accomplished over the last 10 years:

Penguins Number Rank
Stanley Cups 3 T-1
Stanley Cup Finals 4 1
Conference Finals 5 T-1
Playoff Wins 90 1
Playoff GP 152 1
Regular-Season Wins 467 1

Dominance. Dynasty. Plain and simple. And it's been done in the salary cap era, when goals have been practically impossible to score, when coaching and defense has never been better, and when goalies have mastered their position. With all due respect to the Chicago Blackhawks, what Crosby and his Penguins have accomplished is downright incredible, especially when you consider the defense corps they just won the Cup with.


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Crosby's a slam-dunk, first-ballot Hall of Famer. Even if he retired tomorrow. He's only the sixth player in NHL history to win two Conn Smythes, and only the third player to be named MVP of the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. The last player to do it? Penguins owner, Mario Lemieux, in 1991 and 1992.

Speaking of Lemieux, Crosby now has one more ring than No. 66 as a player. As The Tribune-Review's Kevin Gorman writes, Crosby and his running mate Evgeni Malkin will "go down as the greatest duo in the history of the City of Champions," no small feat when you consider Pittsburgh's legacy as a sports town.

There's more. Outside of Crosby, only one other player captained three teams to the Stanley Cup and won two Conn Smythe trophies, and you may have heard of him: Wayne Gretzky.

Rank 'em

Gretzky. Lemieux. Bobby Orr. Mike Bossy. Gordie Howe. That's five, and then there's Crosby, who very politely bullied his way into the group.

Bump who you need to bump, but, sorry, it's got to be Bossy or Howe, because Crosby - whose career 1.313 points per game in the regular season ranks sixth all time - belongs in the top five. Based on the era Crosby's played in, there's no longer denying the fact.

Crosby's done it all, won everything there is to win in hockey, and yet he remains as motivated as ever, because winning fuels him. He's addicted to it. That he's done what he's done in his age 28 and 29 seasons proves it. All things considered, these are the two best seasons of Sid's career. He's getting better, as unfathomable as that may be.

But perhaps the mistake is in doubting Crosby, in being amazed by what he's able to accomplish. This was his destiny, since before he was "the kid," since he was a little boy.

Up next

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Crosby is motivated by an unparalleled desire to succeed. And you know he's going to come into 2017-18 as if he's never won a Stanley Cup, or a Conn Smythe. He'll be all business, looking to three-peat, and make it four Stanley Cups.

You know who else won four Cups? Gretzky.

Forget about top five. As Crosby turns 30, his goal remains the same: win. And should he continue to do so - would you bet against this guy? - he'll be in the top-two conversation when it's all said and done.

Gretzky and Crosby. The best ever. It's no longer a stretch.

Much like there was only one Gretzky, there's only one Crosby. And that ain't fake news.

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