Lightning Round: Alex Barre-Boulet is back

Less than two weeks after Alex Barre-Boulet was placed on waivers and claimed by the Seattle Kraken prior the start of the 2021-22 NHL regular season, the Tampa Bay Lightning claimed him back after he was waived again. Barre-Boulet played in two games with Seattle, recording an assist in the first game against the Nashville Predators. In the last game against the Columbus Blue Jackets he played just nine seconds in the third period and was left out of the line-up for the next game against the Philadelphia Flyers. He averaged 8:39 in two games in the Kraken uniform.
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Report: Lightning place Kucherov on LTIR

The Tampa Bay Lightning placed forward Nikita Kucherov on long-term injured reserve Tuesday, according to CapFriendly. This guarantees the Russian superstar will miss at least 10 games and 24 days. It also means the $9.5-million average annual value on Kucherov's contract won't count against the cap for the time being.
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FTB: Lightning can exploit cap tricks by last year’s Leafs

The Toronto Maple Leafs carried a lot of LTIR baggage that I don’t think they expected to encounter last season. After starting the season under the ceiling and without any dead cap hits, the Leafs dealt with many injuries that ultimately limited their cap space at the trade deadline. One trade they did make was for Riley Nash. Nash was on LTIR in Columbus, and at the time the Leafs had enough “space” to fit his contract. They made the deal and then put him back on LTIR a day later. They were then able to “stash” him until the playoffs, at which point both he and the team disappointed.
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Kucherov’s Out: What’s the next move by BriseBois

Late Tuesday morning, it was announced that star forward Nikita Kucherov was being put on LTIR. While many fans think of it as a way to get better players, there’s still more that goes into it, and it’s still going to hurt the Lightning badly. Julien BriseBois, the Tampa Bay...

Blues vs. Golden Knights game preview; Old friends return to Vegas

After getting a much-needed early-season five-day break, the Vegas Golden Knights return to action tonight, hosting the St. Louis Blues in a nationally televised game on TNT to start a critical three-games-in-five-nights stretch at T-Mobile Arena. Friday, they’ll have to deal with Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers. Sunday, the...

Marc Bergevin thinks it's a 'long shot' Shea Weber ever plays again

It’s been a brutally tough go on the ice for the 2021 Montreal Canadiens, and an even tougher one off of it for the core pillars of the team’s Cup Final run a few months ago. It was announced shortly after the Canadiens’ magical run fell just short to the...

Wednesday’s News and Notes -- Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin unexpectedly spoke with the media today and provided a few updates on the team while head coach Dominique Ducharme brought out the line blender for practice. Below is a quick summary of some of the points from Bergevin’s session. On His Contract Situation. Following...


The Tampa Bay Lightning are catching a lot of flak from other team's fans since placing Nikita Kucherov on long-term injured reserve Tuesday following what appeared to be a groin injury. Kucherov did not play in the regular season at all in 2020-21, which allowed the Lightning to hold on to other players they would have had to get rid of to fit under the cap until the playoffs, when it's no longer in effect. The Lightning managed to dump some cap space this offseason and, with Kucherov now back on LTIR, CapFriendly has outlined how the defending Stanley Cup champions can grab one of the most coveted pieces available on the market right now.

Storm Advisory 10/20/21: NHL News, Daily Links and Roundup

Andrei Svechnikov off to a hot start and way too soon overreactions from the Carolina Hurricanes first two games. Chicago Wolves' first home game in 600 days spoiled by in-state rivals, Rockford Icehogs. Reading Assignments:. St Louis Blues forward, Pavel Buchnevich, suspended two games for headbutting Arizona Coyotes forward Lawson...


Last season, many fans were upset with the fact the Tampa Bay Lightning had forward Nikita Kucherov on long-term injured reserve all year, freeing up a ton of cap room, only to activate him for the playoffs and go on to win the Stanley Cup. Those fans may soon be...

Montreal Canadiens: Salary Cap Problems Could be on Horizon

Montreal Canadiens history with the salary cap was to stay far away from it for a few years. After Andrei Markov and Alex Radulov left via free agency in 2017, the team just didn’t go near the cap for three seasons. Heading into the 2020-21 season, they added Josh Anderson, Joel Edmundson, Jake Allen and Tyler Toffoli and were once again a cap team.

Pens Points: Hello, Dallas

Here are your Pens Points for this Tuesday morning... Both Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin were spotted on the ice yesterday ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ scheduled practice time. While both players are still rehabbing their respective injuries, this is a positive sign in that process nonetheless. [PensBurgh]. On the...

VHN Daily: Golden Knights welcome back trio; Cody Glass to AHL

While the Vegas Golden Knights wait on the status of injured captain Mark Stone, they may be getting back three forwards in time for the resumption of their season Wednesday. Nicolas Roy, William Carrier and Brett Howden all skated with the team in practice Monday and coach Peter DeBoer was optimistic the trio would be available to play when the Knights host the St. Louis Blues at T-Mobile Arena.

NHL Injury Updates: Bruins, Avs, Blue Jackets, Oilers, Canadiens, Devils, Islanders, Penguins and Lightning

Joe Haggerty: Boston Bruins forward Curtis Lazar is listed as week-to-week according to coach Bruce Cassidy. At this point, he’s avoiding surgery. Puck Pedia: The Colorado Avalanche have put Pavel Francouz and Stefan Matteau on the LTIR at $2.75 million. The Avs were $6,500 under the salary cap ceiling and can now exceed the salary cap by $2.74 million.

Report: Canucks suspend veteran defenseman Travis Hamonic without pay

The Vancouver Canucks placed Travis Hamonic on waivers before the start of the season after the veteran defenseman failed to appear at training camp because of a personal issue. The team did not expand on what exactly was keeping him away from the team but decided to assign Hamonic to the minor leagues instead of suspending him. He hasn’t actually joined the Abbotsford Canucks yet, and Monday CapFriendly reported that Hamonic has now been suspended by the team.