Hockey Wiretap

Kings Sign Vladislav Gavrikov To Two-Year Extension

Jun 7, 2023 3:43 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have signed Vladislav Gavrikov to a two-year contract extension, securing one of the top defensemen who would have been available in free agency.

A pending unrestricted free agent, Gavrikov's contract has an average annual value of $5.875 million through the 2024-25 season. Most of his contract will be paid out in signing bonuses: $10.2 million in total, with a base salary of $775,000 in those two years. The contract also carries a no-movement clause.

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Signing

Sergei Bobrovsky To Start Game 3; Radko Gudas Expected To Play

Jun 7, 2023 3:46 PM

The Florida Panthers expect to have defenseman Radko Gudas in the lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final after he was injured during their Game 2 loss in Las Vegas.

Panthers coach Paul Maurice also confirmed Wednesday that goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will be his starter for Thursday's game after he was pulled in Game 2.

The Panthers trail the Golden Knights 2-0.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Vegas, Misc Rumor

Brandon Montour Rushes To The Birth Of His First Child

Jun 7, 2023 3:48 PM

Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour went through a life-changing 36 hours this week, from suiting up in his first Stanley Cup Final game to becoming a first-time father.

It wasn't the plan for those events to overlap. And Montour nearly missed the birth of son Kai because of hockey.

Montour was in Las Vegas for Game 1 of the Panthers' series against the Golden Knights on Friday when his wife, Ryian, went into labor back east. Montour didn't find out until after the Panthers' 5-2 loss and was immediately whisked onto a nerve-wracking cross-country flight to Florida.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor

Blue Jackets Acquire Ivan Provorov In Three-Way Deal

Jun 6, 2023 3:57 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov in a three-way deal that included the Los Angeles Kings, sources tell ESPN.

Provorov, 26, finished his seventh NHL season with six goals and 21 assists in 82 games for the Flyers, who drafted him seventh overall in 2015. He averaged 23:01 in ice time.

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Philadelphia Flyers, Los Angeles Kings, Official Trade

Panthers Vow To Be Better For Sergei Bobrovsky

Jun 6, 2023 11:33 AM

The Florida Panthers have an answer for why Sergei Bobrovsky allowed four goals and was pulled early in their 7-2 defeat Monday against the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Their response? It's not Bobrovsky's fault that the Golden Knights have a 2-0 series lead. It's on the rest of the team.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Vegas, Misc Rumor

Matthew Tkachuk, Panthers' Confidence Not Waning

Jun 6, 2023 11:30 AM

Down 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, Florida Panthers star forward Matthew Tkachuk hasn't lost his confidence. Instead, he's doubling down.

"(The Vegas Golden Knights) are halfway there and hopefully they're thinking about that a little bit when they're coming back to Florida," Tkachuk said following his team's 7-2 loss in Game 2 on Monday night.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Vegas, Misc Rumor

Golden Knights Defeat Panthers 7-2, Take 2-0 Series Lead

Jun 5, 2023 11:06 PM

Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and started an early blitz that chased the NHL's hottest postseason goaltender, and Adin Hill continued his stellar play as the Vegas Golden Knights seized control of the Stanley Cup Final with a 7-2 victory over the Florida Panthers to take a 2-0 series lead Monday night.

Hill made 29 saves, and Marchessault had an assist to finish with three points. Marchessault's 12 postseason goals set a Golden Knights record, with all coming after the first round as Vegas continues to show off its depth and drive.

Tags: Vegas, Florida Panthers, Game Recap

Ducks Name Greg Cronin Head Coach

Jun 5, 2023 1:29 PM

The Anaheim Ducks have hired Greg Cronin to be their next head coach, the team announced Monday.

Cronin, who was the head coach for the Colorado Avalanche's AHL affiliate, will be an NHL head coach for the first time in his career. The 60-year-old Cronin had spent five years with the Colorado Eagles and guided the team to the playoffs four times. Previously, Cronin was also the head coach of the New York Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

He replaces Dallas Eakins, who was dismissed after four seasons.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Signing

Panthers Pull Sergei Bobrovsky In Second Period

Jun 5, 2023 11:01 PM

Sergei Bobrovsky was pulled from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final after the Florida Panthers goalie allowed four goals on 13 shots in just over 27 minutes against the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena on Monday.

Alex Lyon replaced Bobrovsky following Brett Howden's goal at 7:10 of the second period that gave the Golden Knights a 4-0 lead. Lyon hadn't played since Bobrovsky replaced him in the third period of Game 3 against the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Vegas, Misc Rumor

Connor Bedard Considers Outside Noise 'As A Positive'

Jun 5, 2023 7:06 PM

Connor Bedard still isn't ready to admit what the rest of the hockey world has long assumed: that he'll be selected No. 1 overall by the Chicago Blackhawks in this month's NHL draft.

"If they decide to take me, that would be unbelievable," the 17-year-old forward told reporters Monday ahead of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. "But we'll see what happens."

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Draft, Draft Misc

Canadiens, Cole Caufield Agree To Eight-Year, $62.8M Deal

Golden Knights Defeat Panthers 5-2 In Game 1

Gary Bettman 'Hopeful' NHL Will Find Solution For Coyotes In Arizona

NHL Reveals Two-Day, Four-Team Rival Event

Blue Jackets To Hire Mike Babcock As Head Coach

Panthers, Golden Knights Owners Pledge $100K To Veterans Groups

Matthew Tkachuk: Panthers' Goal Is To 'Make History' By Winning Cup

Canadiens' Michael Pezzetta Signs Two_Year, $1.625M Extension

Maple Leafs New GM: Re-Signing Auston Matthews 'Top Priority'

Patrick Kane Out Four To Six Months After Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Penguins Hire Kyle Dubas As President Of Hockey Operations

Kraken Sign GM Ron Francis To Three-Year Extension

Maple Leafs Hire Brad Treliving As Next GM

Predators Hiring Andrew Brunette As New Head Coach

Capitals Name Spencer Carbery New Head Coach

Panthers See Positives During Long Wait For Final

Golden Knights Shut Out Stars, Advance To Stanley Cup Final

Jamie Benn Grateful Stars Kept Season Alive

Canada Beats Germany For Record 28th World Title

Latvia Defeats U.S. To Earn Bronze Medal At Worlds