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NHL Rumors: Bruins, Oilers, Lightning, Maple Leafs Big Addition, More

In today’s NHL rumors rundown, Chris Johnston of Sportsnet believes the Toronto Maple Leafs will add someone to the roster that will surprise everyone. He dropped a few hints as to where that player would come from, but held off the rest of the buzz for a later time. Meanwhile, the Edmonton Oilers might take advantage of the Boston Bruins busy offseason and target one of their wingers. David Krejci talked about his future and Julien BriseBois of the Tampa Bay Lightning tried to explain how Nikita Kucherov was able to return on Game 1 and not be a salary cap circumvention issue.
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Latest 2021 Stanley Cup Championship Odds for Remaining NHL Playoff Teams

In their first three seasons as an NHL franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights were a perennial postseason contender. They reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2018, their inaugural season, and made the playoffs every year thereafter. This season, their fourth, Vegas again made it to the postseason. And it's one...
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Detroit Red Wings: Debuting a new top line in ’21-22 is smart

The Detroit Red Wings are going to be in a new spot when the 2021-22 season rolls around. While the organization has already moved on from Anthony Mantha, the team is going to have to adjust to being without Mantha now that Tyler Bertuzzi has returned. The Detroit Red Wings...
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Islanders hold off Lightning in massive Game 1 win

TAMPA — Coach Barry Trotz said his Islanders’ series-opening blowout loss to the Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals last season wasn’t a fair fight, after his team was thrown onto the ice the day after traveling between the NHL’s bubbles. A rested Islanders squad had no such troubles Sunday...

Tampa Bay Lightning lament mental mistakes in Game 1 loss to New York Islanders

TAMPA, Fla. -- The New York Islanders were mentally prepared for Game 1 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series. The Tampa Bay Lightning were not. "Our work ethic was there. Our compete [level] was there. Our minds weren't there," said Lightning coach Jon Cooper, whose team lost 2-1 on Sunday afternoon. "Some of our decisions were poor. That's what happens when you get this deep into the playoffs. You have to have everything working in unison and we just weren't there tonight."
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Islanders vs. Lightning: Three takeaways from New York's Game 1 win

It has been a long time since the Islanders and Lightning have faced off in any kind of game, let alone a postseason clash. To be exact, it has been 265 days. That was when they met in the 2020 Eastern Conference finals. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, they did not go toe-to-toe in the regular season this year.

Islanders represent rude awakening for Lightning

If it is true that the Lightning represent a step up in class for the Islanders, the inverse is equally true, if not quite equally apparent. Yes, folks, the Islanders represent a step up in class for the Lightning just as well. And it was the Islanders who elevated in...

DeBrusk’s Name Out There in Trade Talks, Edmonton Oilers Linked

“He’s out there again but at what price,” an NHL scout commented to Boston Hockey Now on Saturday when it came to forward Jake DeBrusk. When the rumors were dug into a little further, Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney acknowledged that he was listening to trade offers. When Jake...

Blackhawks Business: What To Do With Pius Suter

Part of the Chicago Blackhawks’ offseason will involve the evaluation of pending free agents. Today let’s take a look at RFA Center Pius Suter. Pius Suter is the latest in the seemingly unending flow of European Free Agents to sign with the Blackhawks, getting their first taste of North American Professional Hockey in Chicago. He had a solid debut in his rookie season as a 24-year-old, not reaching the levels of Dominik Kubalik in 2019, but 27 points in 55 games is not bad by any stretch.
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Could Bruins be Losing Minor League Coach?

Over the last couple of seasons, the Boston Bruins have been getting contributions from the minors and their American Hockey League (AHL) club the Providence Bruins. One of the reasons for the success that the Providence Bruins have had has been because of their coach Jay Leach. The former NHL left-shot defensemen played two games for the Black and Gold in the 2005-06 season before also playing in the NHL for the Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, and San Jose Sharks.
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NHL Playoffs 2021: Updated Stanley Cup Outlook Before Semifinal Matchups

With no second-round series going the full seven games, there wasn't any Stanley Cup playoff action Friday and Saturday. But things are about to pick back up Sunday, and the stakes will be even larger. The playoff field is down to four teams. The Tampa Bay Lightning and New York...

Lightning own up to mistakes in Game 1 loss to Islanders

Poor puck management, decision-making costly in series opener. The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't grasping for answers or doing any soul-searching after losing Game 1 to the New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup Semifinals on Sunday. They know why they lost 2-1 at Amalie Arena in Tampa to fall behind...

Notebook: Larsen looks to fill staff with the right people

New head coach addresses power-play struggles, talks about his relationship with Tortorella. The Blue Jackets have one big question answered with Thursday's announcement that Brad Larsen will be the team's new head coach. Now the first-time NHL head man has a lot of responsibilities ahead of him, including having to...
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Semyon Varlamov, Islanders beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Semyon Varlamov and the New York Islanders are on a roll. The veteran goaltender made 30 saves to outplay Andrei Vasilevskiy, and the Islanders got goals from Mathew Barzal and Ryan Pulock to hold off defending champion Tampa Bay 2-1 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup semifinals.

Canadiens and their rich history face NHL newcomers, Vegas

Growing up in Quebec, Marc-Andre Fleury has such respect for the Canadiens’ rich history, the Golden Knights goalie uses the formal, “mister,” when referencing Montreal’s notable stars. Such was the case Saturday upon being informed the the team invited former Montreal forward and GM Bob Gainey to address the Canadiens...
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Jon Cooper Says Lightning's 'Minds Weren't There' in Game 1 Loss vs. Islanders

The Tampa Bay Lightning weren't mentally ready for Sunday's Game 1 of their Stanley Cup semifinal series against the New York Islanders. At least according to their coach. "Our work ethic was there," Jon Cooper said following his team's 2-1 loss, per Greg Wyshynski of ESPN. "Our compete [level] was there. Our minds weren't there. Some of our decisions were poor. That's what happens when you get this deep into the playoffs. You have to have everything working in unison and we just weren't there tonight."

Pulock Pots Another Game-Winner for Islanders

Ryan Pulock leads all defensemen with third game-winning goal of the playoffs. Ryan Pulock has developed his game throughout his six-year NHL career, but he used the heavy shot that he's most well-known for to help the Islanders take a 1-0 series lead. Up 1-0, Pulock picked up a loose...

Canes Sign Eric Gelinas to One-Year Contract

RALEIGH, NC - Don Waddell, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Eric Gelinas to a one-year, two-way contract. Gelinas will earn $750,000 at the NHL level and $100,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level in 2021-22. The contract comes with a $125,000 guarantee.