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Sep 26, 2020

Khudobin back in goal as Stars look to stay alive
The Dallas Stars are starting Anton Khudobin in goal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, as they face elimination against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Rangers trade Staal, 2nd-round pick to Red Wings
The Red Wings acquired Marc Staal and a second-round draft pick from the Rangers for future considerations Saturday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Stars to go with Khudobin in goal for Game 5
The Dallas Stars are starting Anton Khudobin in goal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, as they face elimination against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Wings sign veteran Gagner to 1-year extension
Detroit has signed forward Sam Gagner to a one-year contract extension after acquiring the 13-year veteran in a Feb. trade.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Lightning's Stamkos out for possible Cup clincher
The Tampa Bay Lightning have a chance to clinch the Stanley Cup on Saturday night, but they'll have to do it without their captain, Steven Stamkos.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Ryan bought out by Sens after going on waivers
The Senators have bought out forward Bobby Ryan, one day after placing him on waivers. The move will save Ottawa $3.67 million in cap space in each of the next two seasons.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Keys to a possibly decisive Game 5
With a 3-1 lead, the Lightning are looking to finish the job. For the Stars, the climb to overcome that lead could include a goalie change.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Stars upset with OT penalty: 'It's the playoffs'
Stars coach Rick Bowness wasn't happy with the tripping call on Jamie Benn in overtime of Friday's Game 4, saying, "Players want to dictate the end of the game. ... Let them decide the game."

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Stars mum on Game 5 goalie plan after OT loss
Anton Khudobin got the start in net for the Stars on Friday, but coach Rick Bowness isn't making his plans known for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

ESPN NHL
Sep 26, 2020

Stanley Cup Final Game 4 takeaways: Controversial ending puts Lightning one win away
Tampa Bay is now up 3-1 after a questionable call in overtime led to a power-play, game-winning goal by Kevin Shattenkirk.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

Senators put Ryan on waivers in buyout move
The Senators waived forward Bobby Ryan on Friday in a buyout move that will save them $3.67 million in cap space in each of the next two seasons.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

Khudobin gets start in net for Stars in Game 4
Anton Khudobin got the start in net for the Stars on Friday, but coach Rick Bowness isn't making his plans known for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

Leafs hire ex-Sens coach MacLean as assistant
Former Senators coach Paul MacLean was hired by the Maple Leafs as an assistant coach.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

Canadiens give D Petry 4-year, $25M extension
The Canadiens have rewarded defenseman Jeff Petry with a four-year, $25 million extension.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

Lightning's Stamkos 'unfit to play,' out Game 4
Saying Lightning captain Steven Stamkos was "unfit to play," coach Jon Cooper said he was ruled out of Game 4 but not necessarily the rest of the series.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

Stars play coy with goalie plans for Games 4, 5
All signs point to Anton Khudobin getting the start in net for the Stars on Friday, but coach Rick Bowness isn't making his plans known for Games 4 or 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

How the Lightning have short-circuited the Stars' top line
While Tampa's stars are delivering big production in the Stanley Cup Final, the Stars' top-line trio are not. Here's why, and how they can turn the tide.

ESPN NHL
Sep 25, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: How the Stars get back in the series
Down 2-1 -- and coming off a 5-2 loss -- Dallas needs a big boost in Game 4. Here are the key players to watch on Friday night.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Pens ship 2-time champ Hornqvist to Panthers
The Penguins traded Patric Hornqvist to the Panthers on Thursday in exchange for Mike Matheson and Colton Sceviour.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Preds sign forward Trenin to 2-year, $1.45M deal
The Nashville Predators have signed forward Yakov Trenin to a two-year contract worth $1.45 million.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Sabres sign RW Lazar to 2-year, $1.6M contract
The Sabres signed restricted free agent Curtis Lazar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract Thursday. Lazar had five goals and five assists in 38 games with the Sabres this season.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

'We're not going home!' 'Quest for the Stanley Cup' Episode 4 recap
The Stars and Lightning have reached the Stanley Cup Final. Here are the top moments from this week's episode.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

NHL teams can reopen training facilities Oct. 15
NHL teams are allowed to reopen their training facilities for voluntary workouts on Oct. 15, the league announced Thursday as part of its offseason training protocols.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

'We're not going home!': 'Quest for the Stanley Cup' Episode 4 recap
The Stars and Lightning have reached the Stanley Cup Final. Here are the top moments from this week's episode.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Alex Pietrangelo's savvy 'local hero' pressure play on the Blues
The Blues' captain is hitting free agency, and has made some tactical moves to convince St. Louis to ante up.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Top NHL draft defense prospects break down their own scouting reports
Jake Sanderson and Jamie Drysdale are the top defensemen in this year's draft class. We had an anonymous scout break down their games and then let the blueliners respond.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Stamkos scores in return; Game 4 status unclear
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos made his long-awaited return Wednesday and scored in the first period as the Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars in Game 3, 5-2, taking a 2-1 series lead.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Khudobin pulled, vows to be ready for Game 4
Stars coach Rick Bowness said pulling Anton Khudobin in Game 3 wasn't necessarily for his performance, but for rest, although the goalie added that he didn't think he need a break.

ESPN NHL
Sep 24, 2020

Stanley Cup Final Game 3 takeaways: Stamkos return keys lopsided Lightning victory
The captain was back -- and scored on his first shot in nearly seven months in Tampa Bay's 5-2 win. Here's what else stood out on Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 23, 2020

Stamkos returns for Lightning, scores on 1st shot
Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos made his long-awaited return for the Lightning on Wednesday night and scored in the first period.

ESPN NHL
Sep 23, 2020

Senators won't re-sign longtime goalie Anderson
The Senators have told goalie Craig Anderson that they won't re-sign him.

ESPN NHL
Sep 23, 2020

Keys to the rest of the Stanley Cup Final: Stamkos, Seguin and more
We checked in with two-time Cup champ Kris Versteeg for his take on what the Stars and Lightning must do to get the upper hand.

ESPN NHL
Sep 23, 2020

From The Brick to The Bubble: How NHLers got their starts at the famous youth tournament
For 30 years, North America's top 10-year-old hockey players have come to Edmonton for a famous youth hockey tournament. Many have now returned for an adult version of sorts.

ESPN NHL
Sep 23, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: How Game 3 will be won
With the series knotted at one game apiece, Wednesday's matchup yields a major reward. Here's what to watch for when the puck drops.

ESPN NHL
Sep 22, 2020

Pain medicine led to health problems for Kesler
Former NHL forward Ryan Kesler is dealing with chronic digestive problems, he said in a documentary, after taking pain medications as a player.

ESPN NHL
Sep 22, 2020

Interim no more: Sharks name Boughner coach
The San Jose Sharks saw enough from Bob Boughner last season to make him the ninth head coach in franchise history.

ESPN NHL
Sep 22, 2020

2020 NHL draft order: Picks for all seven rounds
Here is an ordered list of all 31 NHL teams' picks -- from No. 1 to No. 217 -- for the 2020 draft, set to take place Oct. 6-7.

ESPN NHL
Sep 22, 2020

NHL best-case mock draft: How each team aces the first two rounds
Forget for a minute what will happen at the 2020 NHL draft. Chris Peters instead previews what should happen, from No. 1 overall right through the end of the second round.

ESPN NHL
Sep 22, 2020

NHL bubble confidential: Go inside the Toronto and Edmonton playoff hubs
From on-site amenities (or lack thereof) to playing without fans to recreational substances of choice, here's the inside scoop from those who lived it.

ESPN NHL
Sep 22, 2020

Kucherov sets Lightning's playoff points record
Nikita Kucherov surpassed Brad Richards' Tampa Bay franchise record for most points in a single postseason playoffs with his 28th (six goals and 22 assists).

ESPN NHL
Sep 22, 2020

Stanley Cup Final Game 2 takeaways: How the Lightning held off a late Stars rally
Hint: The win had something to do with their goaltender. Here are the top things to know as the series is knotted heading into Game 3.

ESPN NHL
Sep 21, 2020

Edmonton's Draisaitl takes Hart Trophy as MVP
Edmonton's Leon Draisaitl, who posted a 110-point season, was named winner of the Hart Trophy, given to the most valuable player, during the NHL's awards show Monday night.

ESPN NHL
Sep 21, 2020

Nevin, 2-time Cup winner with Leafs, dies at 82
Bob Nevin, a two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Maple Leafs and former Rangers captain, has died at 82.

ESPN NHL
Sep 21, 2020

Stamkos at morning skate, but still iffy to play
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who's been out for six months, took part in morning skate Monday but his Game 2 status is still iffy.

ESPN NHL
Sep 21, 2020

'Beast Mode' on the ice: Jamie Benn investment is finally paying off for the Stars
The forward's eight-year, $76 million deal was starting to look a little sour. Then this playoff run happened.

ESPN NHL
Sep 21, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Lightning look to even up the Stanley Cup Final
The Stars took the early lead in the series. Here are the key players to watch for Game 2.

ESPN NHL
Sep 20, 2020

Canadiens Stanley Cup winner Langlois dies at 85
Albert Langlois, a three-time Stanley Cup winner with the Montreal Canadiens, has died. He was 85.

ESPN NHL
Sep 20, 2020

Lightning's Stamkos closing in on return vs. Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Sunday that captain Steven Stamkos "is inching his way closer" to seeing game action, but wouldn't specify whether he'll be able to play in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 19, 2020

Khudobin's play in goal lifts Stars to Game 1 win
Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin had 22 third-period saves to help Dallas beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.

ESPN NHL
Sep 19, 2020

Lightning wake up late, Khudobin puts them to bed: Takeaways from Stanley Cup Final Game 1
The Stars strike first on the strength of a 35-save outing from their veteran netminder. Here's what we learned from Game 1.

ESPN NHL
Sep 19, 2020

NHL let Panthers handle probe of ex-assistant
The NHL said it was made aware of an incident where Florida Panthers assistant coach Mike Kitchen allegedly kicked a player on the bench, but said that it left any investigation and punishment up to the team.

ESPN NHL
Sep 19, 2020

Bettman: Unsure when '20-21 season will start
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman admitted on Saturday that he "would not be surprised" if the start date for the 2020-21 season "slips into later December, [or] could slip into January."

ESPN NHL
Sep 19, 2020

Conn Smythe Watch: Hedman, Khudobin lead the race for playoff MVP
Heading into the Stanley Cup Final, we identify the top 10 candidates to take home playoff MVP honors.

ESPN NHL
Sep 19, 2020

Stanley Cup Final preview: Lightning vs. Stars matchup, series pick
Who will win the Stanley Cup? We break the series down in six categories, and make a prediction.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Lightning GM: 'Don't expect' Stamkos for Game 1
Lightning captain Steven Stamkos, who is out with a lower-body injury, hasn't been ruled out for the Stanley Cup Final opener, but GM Julien BriseBois said he doesn't expect him to play.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Penguins re-sign foward McCann to 2-year deal
Penguins forward Jared McCann signed a two-year contract that runs through the 2021-22 season and holds an average annual value of nearly $3 million.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Picks for the Stanley Cup champion, Conn Smythe Trophy winner
Who will take home the ultimate prize in pro sports when the Lightning and Stars clash? Our panel members make their picks on the champ, plus playoff MVP.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

After 15 seasons, Wild not re-signing Koivu
Mikko Koivu, 37, who was named the Wild's captain in 2009 and the first to play all 1,000 NHL games with Minnesota, will not be re-signed, GM Bull Guerin said Friday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Lightning vs. Stars: The lapsed fan's guide to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final
Missed a game or two this postseason? Missed all of them? Get caught up quickly here before Game 1.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: The Stanley Cup Final matchup is set
The final series of the 2020 postseason begins on Saturday night after Thursday's epic OT thriller. Get caught up here.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Why aren't there more families in the NHL bubble?
Although the plan was for players' partners and children to join them for the conference final round and beyond, not many have. We explore why that is.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Why a bunch of ex-Bruins are backing Rick Bowness in the Stanley Cup Final
The last time Bowness was head coach of a playoff team was 1992. We check in with his players from that season on why they want to see him win.

ESPN NHL
Sep 18, 2020

Predictions, stats and schedule for the Stanley Cup Final
The matchup for the Stanley Cup Final is set. Here are our early predictions, along with stats for the matchup and the schedule.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

Cup's travel plans still up in air following Final
The NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame are weighing options on what to do with the Cup after the Stanley Cup Final. One possibility is to have the winners stay in that city to celebrate, as opposed to the Cup flying in and out of cities.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

Coyotes make Armstrong next general manager
The Coyotes have named Blues assistant general manager Bill Armstrong their new GM.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

World Juniors to be held in Edmonton bubble
The IIHF announced that the 2021 World Junior Championship will be held without spectators and in a single-venue "bubble" format in Edmonton, Alberta, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

What to watch for in Episode 3 of 'Quest for the Cup'
The conference finals are coming to a close. Plus, we learn more about the mental strain of living and playing in a bubble for several weeks.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

The Islanders' case as the current 'Kings of New York sports'
It's mostly a sea of ineptitude across the major sports in New York right now. Can Mathew Barzal & Co. stake their claim with a Stanley Cup win?

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

Kraken change AHL team site, delay team by year
The Seattle Kraken will split their players among several American Hockey League teams for their inaugural 2021-22 season with plans for their own AHL franchise in the Palm Springs area delayed by a year.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Islanders, Lightning both under pressure in Game 6
It's win or leave the bubble for the Isles, and the Lightning do not want to let this series go any longer.

ESPN NHL
Sep 17, 2020

2020 NHL Playoffs Central: Bracket, schedule, scores, highlights, analysis
From the qualification round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered. Check out the full picture and coverage on each team.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

GM: Settling goaltending picture Knights' priority
Figuring out the team's goaltending picture with Robin Lehner and Marc-Andre Fleury is the top priority for the Vegas Golden Knights this offseason, general manager Kelly McCrimmon said Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

St. Louis hires former Dallas coach Montgomery
Jim Montgomery was hired by the St. Louis Blues as an assistant Wednesday, less than a year since he was fired by the Dallas Stars for unprofessional conduct.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

Sabres acquire Staal from Wild for Johansson
The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran center Eric Staal in a trade that sent forward Marcus Johansson to the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

Kraken delays Palm Springs AHL team by 1 year
The Seattle Kraken will split its players among several American Hockey League teams for its inaugural 2021-22 season with plans for their own AHL franchise in the Palm Springs area delayed by a year.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: How far can the Isles push the Lightning?
We're getting at least six games in the Eastern Conference finals this year, and the Dallas Stars get some extra time off before the Stanley Cup Final.

ESPN NHL
Sep 16, 2020

Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 double-OT win
Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the Islanders avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Panthers asst. out amid report he kicked player
Assistant coach Mike Kitchen will not return to the Florida Panthers next season among a series of staffing changes announced Tuesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Caps expect goalie Holtby to enter free agency
Goaltender Braden Holtby, who gave up 14 goals in the Capitals' first-round playoff loss to the Islanders, is expected to be a free agent, Washington GM Brian MacLellan said.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Can Peter Laviolette fix what ails the Capitals?
The veteran coach was tapped to take over a team that's underachieved after winning the Stanley Cup in 2018. Here's how it could work.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Wild sign Brodin to seven-year, $42M extension
Defenseman Jonas Brodin signed a seven-year, $42 million contract extension Tuesday with the Wild.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Stars GM: Bowness 'earned the right' to return
After the Stars reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2000, GM Jim Nill said interim coach Rick Bowness has "earned the right" to return as head coach.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Capitals name Laviolette their next head coach
Peter Laviolette, who has 18 years of head-coaching experience, will be the next coach of the Capitals, the team announced Tuesday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Sources: Capitals hiring Laviolette as next coach
Peter Laviolette, who has 18 years of head coaching experience, has reached an agreement with the Capitals to be their next coach, sources confirmed to ESPN.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Islanders hope to avoid elimination in Game 5
The Stars are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. Will the Lightning join them with a win in Game 5?

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

How the Islanders can come back to win the Eastern Conference finals
Although they're down 3-1, this group has been counted out before. Here are four key areas where they need to improve to turn the tide.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Top-seed Golden Knights fail to reach Cup Final
A penalty in overtime proved costly for Vegas on Monday night as Dallas secured its first berth in the Stanley Cup Final since 2000, leaving the top-seeded Golden Knights to wonder how it all went wrong.

ESPN NHL
Sep 15, 2020

Keys to the offseason for every eliminated NHL team
We explore what went wrong for NHL teams that are looking to the offseason, identify moves they should make and forecast their 2020-21 outlooks.

ESPN NHL
Sep 14, 2020

Flames make Ward head coach after interim run
The Flames have removed the interim tag from coach Geoff Ward, who took over the team in late November.

ESPN NHL
Sep 14, 2020

Four reasons the Golden Knights are in trouble vs. the Stars
We identify the fundamental problems for Vegas, and whether the Golden Knights can fix them in time to turn the tide in the Western Conference finals.

ESPN NHL
Sep 14, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Stars need one more win to reach Stanley Cup Final
Dallas takes a 3-1 lead into Monday night's game against Vegas. Meanwhile, the Lightning moved within one game of the Stanley Cup Final themselves with a Game 4 win over the Isles.

ESPN NHL
Sep 13, 2020

Isles' Cizikas, Kuhnhackl exit bubble with injuries
Islanders forwards Casey Cizikas and Tom Kuhnhackl are both out for the rest of the playoffs with undisclosed injuries.

ESPN NHL
Sep 13, 2020

Down 3-1, Knights say, 'We've been here before'
Down 3-1 in the Western Conference Finals following a 2-1 loss to Dallas in Saturday night's Game 4, Vegas coach Peter DeBoer vowed, "This is a long way from over and we're going to be a tough out."

ESPN NHL
Sep 12, 2020

Islanders' Lamoriello named GM of the year
The New York Islanders' Lou Lamoriello finished ahead of fellow finalists Julien BriseBois of the Tampa Bay Lightning and Jim Nill of the Dallas Stars.

ESPN NHL
Sep 12, 2020

Carolina trades Edmundson's rights to Montreal
The Carolina Hurricanes parted ways with defenseman Joel Edmundson after one season, trading his free agent rights to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday for a fifth-round pick. Edmundson is set to become a free agent in October.

ESPN NHL
Sep 12, 2020

NHL Playoffs Today: Can the Golden Knights strike back?
Vegas looks to avoid falling into a 3-1 hole to Dallas, while the Islanders got a win on the board against the Lightning. Get caught up here.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Wild get Bjugstad from Penguins for 2021 pick
The Wild added center Nick Bjugstad on Friday in exchange for a 2021 conditional draft pick.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Avs' MacKinnon takes home Lady Byng Trophy
Lady Byng winner Nathan MacKinnon had a career-low 12 penalty minutes while posting the fifth-most points in the NHL this season.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Kings sign Walker to 4-year, $10.6M extension
Defenseman Sean Walker signed a four-year extension with the Kings worth $10.6 million, the team announced Friday.

ESPN NHL
Sep 11, 2020

Source: Vegas, Lehner handshake on new deal
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner has a handshake agreement on a 5-year contract extension with a $5 million average annual value, according to an NHL source.

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