Posts Tagged ‘2019 NHL Season’

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The Anaheim Ducks and pending unrestricted free-agent forward Jakob Silfverberg agreed on a five-year contract extension, according to Eric Stephens and Josh Cooper of The Athletic.

The deal is worth more than $5 million annually and contains a modified 10-team no-trade clause, but it won’t be officially announced until March 1 or later to give the Ducks time to sort out tagging issues, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Silfverberg was acquired by the Ducks from the Ottawa Senators in 2013 and signed a four-year, $15-million contract with Anaheim two years later.

The 28-year-old has 16 goals and eight assists in 51 games this season.

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Gustav Nyquist might be staying in the Motor City.

The Detroit Red Wings are ready to sign the pending unrestricted free-agent forward to a contract extension if they don’t receive a trade offer that meets their asking price, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported on Tuesday’s edition of “Insider Trading.”

Nyquist could become an attractive commodity for teams that miss out on top-tier forward rentals Artemi Panarin, Mark Stone, or Matt Duchene. The 29-year-old has 15 goals and 48 points in 59 games this season, but would need to waive his no-trade clause before being dealt.

Nyquist headlines Detroit’s list of pending UFAs which also includes veteran Thomas Vanek, right-handed blue-liner Nick Jensen, and goaltender Jimmy Howard.

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Add another team to the potential bidding war for Mark Stone.

The Boston Bruins will be all-in on the star winger if the Ottawa Senators are unable to sign him to a new deal, reports the New York Post’s Larry Brooks.

In addition to the Bruins, the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights have also reportedly expressed interest in Stone.

The 26-year-old’s camp and the Senators have reportedly re-engaged in discussions regarding an extension to see there’s any common ground.

Stone is a pending unrestricted free agent who could be one of the most sought-after players ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline.

The premier two-way player is carrying a $7.35-million cap hit on his expiring deal.

Stone leads the Senators with 28 goals and 62 points in 59 games.

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The Dallas Stars may be looking to bolster their forward depth.

Dallas has checked in on New York Rangers winger Mats Zuccarello, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Zuccarello is one of the top potential rental candidates ahead of the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline.

The 31-year-old is a pending unrestricted free agent carrying a $4.5-million cap hit, according to CapFriendly.

Zuccarello has produced 37 points in 44 games this season.

NHL: Preseason-Winnipeg Jets at Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild traded forward Charlie Coyle to the Boston Bruins for forward Ryan Donato and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2019, the teams announced Wednesday.

The pick will become a fourth-rounder if the Bruins advance to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Coyle has recorded 28 points in 60 games this season while averaging over 17 minutes per contest. The 26-year-old will slot in behind Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci down the middle of the ice and will provide the Bruins with some offensive depth for the stretch run.

The seven-year veteran is under contract until 2020 at a cap hit of $3.2 million.

Donato has struggled to carve out a role with Boston this season. The 22-year-old made a name for himself after scoring five goals in five games last year for the United States at the PyeongChang Olympics but has bounced between the Bruins and AHL Providence during the 2018-19 campaign. Donato has recorded nine points in 34 games in the NHL this season while chipping in 12 points in 18 contests in the minors.

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Marian Hossa is opening up about the skin condition that forced him to retire last May.

The former star forward recently went into detail about the physical challenges he endured in the final years of his career in an interview with The Athletic’s Scott Powers in his native Slovakia.

“I wasn’t really thinking about the end, it just (came) basically, the eczema kind of told me,” Hossa told Powers. “My body told me there was no other way. That’s when I had to start thinking, ‘Well, it could be.’ Because my skin (was) almost like breaking. (It was) leaking from the wounds. (I was) missing practices.”

Hossa said he was diagnosed with eczema six years ago, triggered by the combination of his sweat and hockey equipment. It was initially manageable but intensified over time, as red blotches began forming on his body.

Eventually, his condition affected more than just hockey.

“That’s the one thing, I was still in great shape, I felt good. But I came home, I was afraid to touch my kids because (my) skin was not in a good shape,” Hossa explained. “I said ‘I’m not supposed to be like this. I’m not supposed to eat pills to play hockey.’ Those pills are not easy pills. Those are hard pills. Every second week I have to go to (the) hospital to check my blood. If those pills don’t affect me, something else (does).

“I said at what point should I be doing this to keep going? I have a life. I have a young family. I don’t want to risk it with another year with the pills on me. So I just came to the thing where I had to make a big decision and I have to be like, ‘Body says you have to stop.'”

Hossa said he felt uncomfortable removing his gear in the dressing room after games and that his condition prevented him from going to dinner with his Team Europe teammates before the final at the World Cup of Hockey in 2016.

The 40-year-old won the Stanley Cup three times with the Chicago Blackhawks and played for five teams in his 19-season career, racking up 525 goals and 1,134 points in 1,309 games.

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New York Islanders players are sticking up for John Tavares after a retired former teammate questioned his leadership.

Several of Tavares’ old running mates dismissed Rob Schremp’s insinuation that the Toronto Maple Leafs center is a selfish player when they were asked about the comments.

“He was by no means a bad leader or a bad teammate,” New York forward Matt Martintold Sportsnet’s Eric Francis. “I think he was a good captain, led by example, played hard every night, and really cared about the organization and the team.”

“It’s silly to me,” Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey said. He then added an anecdote about when Tavares lost the 2014-15 scoring title by a single point after asking for his deflection to instead be credited to Hickey on a goal about halfway through the season.

“He’s a good teammate,” Hickey continued. “For anyone to say he’s selfish, they’re just misguided. Maybe they’re looking for a headline.”

Jordan Eberle agreed.

“If the team isn’t having success and he is, it’s not his fault. I’ve never seen him be selfish,” he said. “(The tweet) was a bit surprising. I was shocked, because I know John and played with him and I think the majority of guys who played with him will say the same thing.”

Tavares had individual goals but the team was his top priority, according to Andrew Ladd.

“The way he takes care of himself and all that – he wanted to be the best,” he said. “That’s his goal. Everything he did was for the group. Nothing but good things from me as a teammate. He’s got a good rep in this room.”

Tavares spent nine seasons with the Islanders, including five as captain. He ranks fifth on the club’s all-time points list.

Schremp spent parts of two of those campaigns with Tavares and New York. He was a first-round pick in the 2004 draft, but last played in the NHL in 2010-11 and spent his final seven seasons playing in Europe.

Tavares signed with the Leafs as a free agent last July.