If you’re Steve Yzerman, you should have had Steven Stamkos signed to an eight-year contract extension more than a month ago. Same goes for Dean Lombardi and his dealings with Anze Kopitar. It’s simple really. These guys are franchise players. … More
The AIHL Grand Final — a one-game, winner-take-all match for the Goodall Cup — finished in dramatic fashion Sunday when Newcastle North Stars center Brian Bales was given a penalty shot in overtime. Watch as Bales makes no mistake, lifting Newcastle to its first AIHL championship in seven years.
The Los Angeles Kings are going to need to find salary cap space this off-season to retain star Anze Kopitar, and one cap casualty could be recently acquired Milan Lucic. Lucic will seek a raise as an unrestricted free agent next season and the Kings likely won’t be able to afford it. Meanwhile, current free agent Cody Franson might be wise to consider the Sabres’ reported two-year deal.
In 2011, Curtis Glencross signed a team-friendly deal with the Flames that kept him in Calgary for four seasons. But Glencross admitted he wishes he could go back and take advantage of what could have been a lucrative free agency. The 32-year-old remains a free agent nearly two months after free agency opened and might have to sign a tryout contract.
Defensemen Keith Ballard and Jordan Leopold may have played their final NHL games. According to a report, both blueliners are considering retirement after more than a decade in the league. Injury troubles have plagued Ballard’s career, while Leopold isn’t actively seeking a deal for 2015-16.
The Tampa Bay Lightning captain is one of the best hockey players in the world, but in the summer he also plays baseball. Many top-flight NHLers and prospects play different sports in the off-season and it's a great way to develop.
The long season, the Ducks’ hitting, the Bolts’ speed – nothing Could stop Keith, the freak of fitness who was born to play big minutes and capped his incredible playoffs by scoring the Stanley Cup winning goal in Game 6.
Before the 1974-75 season, it is speculated Jacques Lemaire was on the verge of becoming a Buffalo Sabre. The trade never materialized, though, and Topps' and O-Pee-Chee's attempt at getting ahead of the curve backfired as they released a Lemaire card that pictured him in a Sabres uniform. Lemaire remained a Canadien for his entire career.
Sharks off-season signing Joel Ward is ready for the challenges of a new home, team and coaching staff and he hopes San Jose can be the place he finally gets a deep run into the post-season.
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