The five craziest free agent offer sheets in NHL history

Scott Stevens ended up a New Jersey Devil after the St. Louis Blues signed Brendan Shanahan to an offer sheet. (Elsa/Getty Images)

The St. Louis Blues and GM Doug Armstrong have made no bones about it: whatever the price is for Vladimir Tarasenko, they’re willing to pay. In the end, that could come down to matching an offer sheet.

If the Blues can’t get Tarasenko, a restricted free agent, under contract by the time the draft comes and goes, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that another team will see the worth in locking up St. Louis’ star sniper. It’s a tactic that has been used for nearly three decades, although rarely over the past decade.

Looking back through the NHL’s history of offer sheets, though, gives us an idea of just how crazy things could get should Tarasenko ink an offer from another team. These are five of the craziest offer sheet scenarios in league history: Read more

Shea Weber’s mystery first-round injury was a dislocated kneecap

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Predators captain Shea Weber, before Game Two of Nashville's first-round series against Chicago. (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Nashville Predators lost their captain and star blueliner in Game 2 of the first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks, and now Shea Weber’s mysterious injury has been revealed: he dislocated his right kneecap following a hit from Brandon Saad.

From the moment Weber got hit by Saad, it was clear something was wrong. Following the collision behind the Nashville goal in Game 2, Weber limped to the bench, went back to the dressing room and it was the last anyone saw of him on-ice for the rest of the series. There was no immediate word during the series how long Weber would be out, but during Monday’s meeting with the media, Weber announced the surgery, which he had last week, would keep him on the shelf for 4-6 weeks. Read more

Your 2014-15 Norris Trophy finalists: P.K. Subban, Drew Doughty and Erik Karlsson

Drew Doughty (Andrew D. Bernstein/NHLI via Getty Images)

The NHL announced its three finalists in Norris Trophy voting this season - Ottawa’s Erik Karlsson, Montreal’s P.K. Subban and Los Angeles’ Drew Doughty – and the fact none of the three were finalists in 2013-14 says something about the calibre of defenseman currently working in hockey’s top league. Read more

Blackhawks pull off yet another incredible comeback, down Predators 4-3 to take series

Duncan Keith (Bill Smith/Getty Images)

It’s not often a team pulls their starting goaltender in the first period and goes on to win the game. It’s twice as rare that a team does it twice in one playoff series and skates away with two wins, let alone the series victory. Somehow, though, that’s exactly what the Chicago Blackhawks managed.

Early in the first period, the Chicago defense crumbled under the pressure from Nashville and Scott Darling, chosen to be the Game 6 start over Corey Crawford, was bombarded with quality scoring chance after quality scoring chance, surrendering three goals on 12 shots in 11:16. After the run of goals by the Predators – they were up 3-1 with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first period – Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville yanked Darling in favor of Crawford. From that moment on, Chicago controlled the play. Read more

Patrick Kane scores with six seconds left in first period on seeing-eye slapshot

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Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was questionable before the first-round series between Nashville and Chicago after having missed seven weeks with a broken clavicle. Surprisingly, Kane was in the lineup when the series began and his impact has been huge.

Through five games, Kane had found the score sheet in all but Game 3. Coming into a pivotal Game 6, after Chicago has scratched back from a 3-1 deficit to make it 3-2 late in the first period, the Blackhawks were set up in the Predators’ zone with next to no time remaining in the first frame. Brad Richards won the faceoff back to Duncan Keith, who touched it along to Kane. Without hesitation, Kane leaned into a slapshot that wasted no time finding the back of the net: Read more

Preds avoid elimination with win over Hawks in Game 5 – but viper’s den now awaits them in Chicago

Nashville's Filip Forsberg celebrates his goal with teammate James Neal behind Hawks goalie Scott Darling in Game 5 of Chicago's first-round series against Nashville Thursday. (John Russell/NHLI via Getty Images)

After an exhausting triple-overtime loss to Chicago Tuesday, the Nashville Predators were down 3-1 in their first-round series against a Hawks squad comprised of big-game players. Sure, they’d be playing before a supportive home crowd Thursday, but even the best fans on the planet aren’t going to beat Jonathan Toews & Co. The Preds needed a statement game of their own, and that’s what they got in a dominant 5-2 victory that included a hat trick from star rookie Filip Forsberg and a one-goal, two-point performance from winger James Neal.

Athough it wasn’t easy, that part will be a park’s walk compared to what lies ahead next: Game 6 Saturday night in Chicago, where rabid fans at the United Center will be pains in their ear, and Hawks players very likely will be pains in their rear. The Predators were unable to beat the Hawks in Chicago in both regular-season attempts and in Games 3 and 4, and one of the deepest Hawks teams in modern history is known for bending and not breaking.

A win is a win, but make no mistake: the pressure is all on Nashville now. They’ve got an appointment in the viper’s pit, and there’s enough snakes populating it to give their season a quick and painful demise. Read more