Hockey Wiretap

Pens Edge Sharks To Take Game 1

May 31, 2016 2:18 AM

If Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals was any indication, we're in for a treat, with two transition teams built on speed and skill giving the sport of hockey one unreal sales job over the next two weeks.

The Penguins' 3-2 win over the Sharks on Monday night was played at warp speed -- the third-period buzzer leaving you gasping for air, if you were fortunate enough to be inside a loud Consol Energy Center.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Steven Stamkos Wants To Stay With Lightning

May 29, 2016 1:06 AM

Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Lightning.

The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1; however, he reiterated Friday that he'd like to stay with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008.

"I certainly hope to be back. We obviously have unfinished business here," Stamkos said a day after Tampa Bay's loss to the Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"This group has been unbelievable, the city has been unbelievable for me," he added. "I can't believe it's been eight years already. Time flies."

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Penguins Edge Lightning, Advance To Cup Finals

May 27, 2016 1:07 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins posted a dramatic 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday night at Consol Energy Center.

The Penguins advance to the Stanley Cup finals to face the Western Conference-winning San Jose Sharks.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Tampa Bay Lightning, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Panthers Trade Gudbranson To Canucks For McCann

May 26, 2016 1:42 AM

The Panthers traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Canucks on Wednesday night for forward Jared McCann.

Gudbranson spent all five of his NHL seasons with the Panthers and signed a deal for the 2016-17 season this month. He had 11 goals and 32 assists in 309 games with Florida, helping the team reach the playoffs twice after being the No. 3 overall selection in the 2010 draft.

McCann just turned 20 earlier this month. He had nine goals and nine assists for Vancouver this season. The Canucks got him with the No. 24 overall pick in the 2014 draft.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Sharks Advance To First Stanley Cup Finals

May 26, 2016 12:05 AM

The San Jose Sharks finally did it on Wednesday night. After years of playoff frustration and heartbreak, they’ve advanced to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history, beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, St Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Bruins Sign Kevan Miller To Four-Year Extension

May 25, 2016 1:53 AM

The Bruins have signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year contract extension.

Boston general manager Don Sweeney announced the moves Tuesday. Miller's extension will run through the 2019-20 season and have a cap figure of $2.5 million per year. He entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Pens Beat Lightning To Force Game 7

May 25, 2016 1:34 AM

For 40 minutes of this Eastern Conference finals game, it didn't really matter who was in goal for the Pittsburgh Penguins, that's how good the Penguins were in rolling up a 3-0 lead through two periods over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

But in the wake of their 5-2 win Tuesday night, these two teams will play one final game Thursday night, with the winner going to the Stanley Cup finals.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Malkin All But Guarantees A Win In Game 6

May 24, 2016 3:01 AM

Penguins assistant captain Evgeni Malkin channeled his inner Mark Messier and all but guaranteed a victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Lightning on Tuesday at Amalie Arena.

The Lightning hold a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor

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Sharks Beat Blues, Lead Western Finals 3-2

May 24, 2016 2:56 AM

Joe Pavelski has gotten the Sharks to within one win of wrapping up the Western Conference finals, with Monday's 6-3 win over the Blues.

The Sharks now lead the Western Conference finals 3-2.

"It was huge, it was huge," Sharks linemate Joe Thornton, who set up -- well, who else? -- Pavelski for that tying goal in the second period. "The guys felt good about themselves coming into the dressing room. You could kind of feel the momentum shift a little bit."

Tags: San Jose Sharks, St Louis Blues, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Blues To Start Goaltender Jake Allen In Game 5

May 23, 2016 1:43 AM

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock is sticking with what works, giving goaltender Jake Allen another start.

Allen made his first start of the postseason Saturday after relieving Brian Elliott in Game 3. In Game 4, Allen made 31 saves in the Blues' 6-3 win, evening the series at two wins apiece. St. Louis host the Sharks on Monday.

"I am comfortable with either guy, but I woke up this morning and talked to the coaches again and decided to go with Jake," Hitchcock said Sunday.

Tags: St Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor

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MacLellan, Nill, Rutherford Finalists For GM Of The Year
The winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year will be announced June 22 in Las Vegas.

Capitals GM: 'Up To Him To Keep Cup Window Open For Ovechkin'
Alex Ovechkin is coming off a 50-goal NHL season.

Panthers Shake Up Front Office
The Panthers have moved Dale Tallon to president of hockey operations and Tom Rowe to GM.

Kings, Darryl Sutter Agree To New Multiyear Deal
Darryl Sutter's deal is for two years, with an option for a third year, at more than $3M per season.

Russia Calls Up Ovechkin, Kuznetsov, Orlov For World Championships
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will be playing in his 12th career world championship.

Isles' Travis Hamonic Has Change Of Heart
The Islanders have confirmed that Travis Hamonic has rescinded his trade request.

Senators Name Guy Boucher Head Coach
Guy Boucher becomes the 12th head coach in Senators franchise history.

Wild Hire Bruce Boudreau As Head Coach
Bruce Boudreau was fired as head coach of the Ducks on April 29.

Kane, Crosby, Benn Named MVP Finalists
The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded each year to the NHL's MVP.

Kings Present Offer To Darryl Sutter For Next Season
GM Dean Lombardi says the Kings' deal is "very fair" to coach Darryl Sutter.

Senators To Interview Bruce Boudreau
The Ducks fired Bruce Boudreau as head coach last week.

Jaromir Jagr Re-Signs With Panthers
Jaromir Jagr scored 27-goals for the Panthers this past season.

Coyotes Hire 26-Year-Old John Chayka As GM
The Coyotes are reported to name John Chayka the team's new GM on Thursday, replacing Don Maloney, who was fired in April.

Flames Fire Coach Bob Hartley
The Flames did not qualify for the playoffs this season, going 35-40-7, and finishing fifth in the Pacific Division.

Rangers, Antti Raanta Agree To New Deal
Goaltender Antti Raanta appeared in 25 games, posting a 11-6-2 record with the Rangers this past season.

Press Release

Leafs Sign Nikita Zaltsev To One-Year Deal
Defenseman Nikita Zaltsev scored eight goals in 46 regular season games with CSKA Moscow of the KHL this past season.

Press Release

Leafs Win NHL Draft Lottery
Auston Matthews is expected to be the top pick.

The Canadian Press

Bruce Boudreau Fired By Ducks
Bruce Boudreau has won 409 regular-season games and eight division titles, but just five playoff rounds in his coaching career.


Wild GM: Torchetti A Serious Candidate For Permanent Head Coach
The Wild finished 17-15-1 under John Torchetti.

Bishop, Holtby, Quick Are Vezina Trophy Finalists
The NHL's top goalie will be announced June 22 during the NHL awards in Las Vegas.