• Watch Jack Eichel snipe his first career goal on the power play

    Jared Clinton
    Jack Eichel (Bill Wippert/Getty Images)

    Well, that didn’t take long.

    Buffalo Sabres first round pick Jack Eichel has already found the back of the net. In the seasoning-opening game against the Ottawa Senators, Eichel buried the first tally of his career.

    In the third period, the 18-year-old Eichel took a pass from behind the net and notched his first career tally by blowing a wristshot over the shoulder of Ottawa Senators netminder Craig Anderson. Read more

  • Buffalo Sabres’ Robin Lehner injured in season opener

    Jared Clinton
    Robin Lehner (Tom Brenner/ Getty Images)

    If the Buffalo Sabres weren’t already facing an uphill climb after 2014-15’s basement finish, 2015-16 may be getting even more difficult as starting netminder Robin Lehner has gone down with an apparent leg injury.

    After dropping to make a save midway through the second period, Lehner appeared to injure himself. He needed help off the ice and toward the Sabres’ dressing room and has been ruled out for the remainder of Thursday’s game. Read more

  • Wild’s Matt Dumba is throwing hits for charity this season

    Jared Clinton
    Matthew Dumba (Gerry Thomas/Getty Images)

    If you see Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba throwing around the body a bit more this season, just know he’s doing it for a good cause.

    On his Instagram page, Dumba announced a new program he’s calling Dumba’s Hits For Heroes, in which the Wild blueliner will donate $100 to Defending The Blue Line for every hit he throws on Xcel Energy Center ice during the 2015-16. Defending The Blue Line is a charity which provides the opportunity for the children of military members to play hockey. Read more

  • Watch out for the Blackhawks’ newest weapon: ‘That young guy’

    Jared Clinton
    Artemi Panarin (Bill Smith/Getty Images)

    He can’t talk directly to Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and following a game in which he scored his first career goal on Henrik Lundqvist, the Rangers netminder admitted post-game that he didn’t even know to pronounce the name of “that young guy.” But after one game, Artemi Panarin is showing why he was one of the most intriguing free agents to come out of the KHL.

    In his 2014-15 campaign, the 23-year-old played alongside some outstanding KHL talent, including former NHLers such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Patrick Thoresen and Dmitri Kalinen, but it was Panarin, not the veterans around him, who led SKA St. Petersburg in scoring with 26 goals and 62 points. There was good reason for him to be a hot commodity in the international free agent market, with reportedly six teams showing serious interest in the young winger.

    When the Blackhawks inked him to a two-year, entry-level contract that will pay him $812,500 over the next two seasons, it included an out-clause: were Panarin to be sent to the AHL out of training camp, he would be able to return to Russia. But for reasons that were obvious to almost everyone with eyes on the Blackhawks’ No. 72 on opening night in Chicago, that clause didn’t get put to use. Read more

  • The wait is finally over – Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel debut Thursday

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    Connor McDavid (left) and Jack Eichel  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    After years of hype, the wait is finally over. No more sleeps until we get to see what Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel can do in the NHL.

    It’s rare that you get to see the debut of a generational type of player. It’s even more rare when you get to see two of them make their debuts on the same night, as we will tonight with McDavid and Eichel. The only thing better is if the NHL had arranged for the Edmonton Oilers and Buffalo Sabres to play one another Thursday. Come to think of it, why didn’t it do that? Alas, we’ll have to all wait until Dec. 6 for that one.

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  • The top 50 NCAA players to watch this season

    Ryan Kennedy
    Jimmy Vesey (Photo by Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

    I’m strongly considering going top 60 next year. This is the second time I’ve done a top 50 for the upcoming NCAA season and a lot of very good players didn’t make the cut. Such is life, I suppose. What is left is a pretty hardcore collection of prospects from across the NCAA. Rankings and selections are skewed towards NHL potential and overall buzz, so don’t be surprised to see more underclassmen than seniors. Let’s get to the list, shall we?

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  • Rumor Roundup: The top trade targets in 2015-16

    Dustin Byfuglien (Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images)

    With another NHL season underway, here’s a look at the NHL players most likely to be dealt by the Feb. 29 trade deadline.

    Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes. The 30-year-old Hurricanes is an unrestricted free agent next summer. His production’s declined in recent years and the club is rebuilding. If there’s no progress in either the Hurricanes’ performance or Staal’s contract talks, he could agree to be dealt to a contender at the deadline. Read more

  • Report: Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings working on settlement

    Jared Clinton
    Mike Richards (Photo by Juan Ocampo/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Mike Richards’ contract with the Los Angeles Kings was terminated more than three months ago, yet a grievance filed by the NHLPA on Richards’ behalf in August has left the two-time Cup-winning center’s status up in the air. The two sides could be nearing a resolution, however.

    TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the Kings and Richards have been working towards a settlement that would allow the Kings to follow through with the termination of the deal and Richards, who was owed $22 million over the next five seasons, to recoup a potentially larger sum of what he was set to be owed before the termination of his contract.

    The saga between the Kings and Richards has been dragging on for months now but McKenzie reported, “the two parties have been working hard to get it done. It appears it’s getting closer again.” Of course, McKenzie adds, in a deal such as this with so many things in play, nothing is final until the paperwork is signed and filed. Read more