• Report: Kris Versteeg heading to Swiss league next season

    Jared Clinton
    Kris Versteeg (Harry How/Getty Images)

    One week ago, we named Kris Versteeg among the five players still floating around in unrestricted free agency who could still make an impact in the NHL next season. But it appears Versteeg is going to try his hand overseas instead of waiting for an NHL club to come calling.

    According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, it’s expected that Versteeg, 30, will be signing a deal this weekend to join the Swiss NLA’s SC Bern. While there are no reported terms for the deal quite yet, it’s likely Versteeg is signing a one-year deal to play in Bern with the chance to see a different type of hockey and maybe, finally, find a permanent home for an entire season. Versteeg has played for six teams in the past six seasons, making stops in Toronto, Philadelphia, Florida, Chicago, Carolina and Los Angeles.

    However, even if Versteeg is choosing to make the move as a way to see some of the world and try his hand at playing in Switzerland, signing overseas is a rather shocking move considering Versteeg could have almost certainly landed himself an NHL deal for this coming season. Read more

  • Good news for Flyers: Giroux returns to training ahead of schedule after hip surgery

    Jared Clinton
    Claude Giroux (Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images)

    The Flyers didn’t make a big splash in free agency, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t positive news coming out of Philadelphia.

    After going under the knife in mid-May to repair a sports hernia and a hip injury, Flyers star center Claude Giroux is ahead of schedule and appears as though he’ll have additional time to recover ahead of the World Cup in September, where he’s set to compete as part of Canada’s roster. The original recovery time for the surgery was expected to be anywhere from 10-12 weeks, but Giroux hit the ice in Philadelphia this week, which means he’s back in action just nine weeks after his surgery.

    That Giroux, 28, is healthy ahead of schedule bodes well for the Flyers, especially as the past campaign was a disappointing one for the club’s captain. Read more

  • Are Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier Hall of Famers?

    Vincent Lecavalier (left), Brad Richards and Martin St-Louis (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

    From their days together as roommates at boarding school in Saskatchewan to winning a Memorial Cup together in Rimouski to a Stanley Cup in Tampa and signing contracts later in their careers that didn’t quite work out as well as everyone had hoped, Brad Richards and Vincent Lecavalier have had almost parallel tracks when it comes to their hockey careers.

    So it is only fitting that they would retire from the NHL in the same year and maybe, just maybe, enter the Hall of Fame together in the fall of 2019. The call on both players will be a vexing decision for the Hall of Fame selection committee. To be sure, there are players who are inferior to both Richards and Lecavalier and accomplished less in the NHL than they did who are in, but induction into the Hall seems to be something of a moving target that is unpredictable.

    Richards and Lecavalier had very good NHL careers. But were they truly great, Hall of Fame careers? It’s debatable, which makes things really interesting. Let’s take a look at both players:

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  • Evander Kane officially charged over alleged Buffalo nightclub incident

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    Evander Kane (Photo by Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

    Buffalo Sabres power forward Evander Kane has officially been charged with criminal trespass and up to four counts of non-criminal harassment stemming from an incident at a local nightclub, notes the Buffalo News. In a surreal scene, Kane was even handcuffed when he met with detectives outside of the city’s Central Booking Bureau:

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  • Update: Kreider inks four-year, $18.5-million contract with Rangers, Hayes signs two-year deal

    Jared Clinton
    Chris Kreider (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

    The Washington Capitals and Marcus Johansson avoided arbitration Tuesday by making a compromise. Johansson wanted $5.25 million per season, the Capitals wanted to pay $3.85 million and the two sides met almost exactly in the middle — $4.583 million — to get a deal done and avoid arbitration. The same can’t be said for Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers, but it turns out the deal isn’t too bad for either side.

    The Rangers announced Friday that they’ve inked Kreider, 25, to a new deal, which is a four-year, $18.5-million deal that will pay the 6-foot-3, 226-pound winger $4.625 million per season, according to Aaron Ward.

    The deal is an absolute win for Kreider, who was entering arbitration seeking $4.75 million with the Rangers countering with $3.2 million. And while it seems like there was no compromise on Kreider’s part, it’s hard to blame him for not wanting to take anything less after the deal Johansson received from the Capitals. Read more

  • Carey Price is 100 percent healthy, injury ‘no longer a concern,’ says goalie coach

    Jared Clinton
    Carey Price (Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

    It’s been almost exactly eight months since Carey Price last stepped on the ice for an NHL game, but the Montreal Canadiens will absolutely be ready for action come the World Cup of Hockey, according to Habs goalie coach Stephane Waite.

    Waite told RDS.ca that he has spent three days practicing with Price, and that the 28-year-old netminder wasn’t showing any signs of injury. Price missed nearly 60 games in 2015-16 with an MCL sprain, which came only a week after he had returned from another, separate lower-body injury.

    “I’m not a doctor, but all I know is that on the ice it was perfect,” Waite told RDS. “It is 100 percent restored. We are happy and our medical staff did a great job with him to bring him to the top. It is no longer a concern, he is ready to go.” Read more

  • Black Knights gets top odds as Las Vegas’ moniker, long shot names hilarious and bizarre

    Jared Clinton
    Las Vegas (George Rose/Getty Images)

    Las Vegas expansion team owner Bill Foley isn’t having the easiest time naming his franchise.

    “I didn’t realize how complicated it was, and it is complicated,” Foley said last week when introducing George McPhee as the team’s first GM. “We are working our way through the process right now, as we speak…We have a lot names in mind, but a lot of the ones I really liked are trademarked, so that is a little bit of an issue.”

    The assumption is Foley is running into issues with naming the team Black Knights. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Foley wants the team to have some tie to his alma mater. But Foley didn’t say it was Black Knights or nothing. In fact, he said he’d take suggestions if others were willing to give them. His only request was that the name should “represent Las Vegas, represent the environment and be unique to Las Vegas.”

    Foley has said the NHL urged him to not to go the gambling route with the name. According to Foley, the league “has made it very clear that it really should not be associated with gambling and so on. It needs to be something a little different than that.”

    But when it came to suggesting team names, sports betting site Sports Interaction appears to have simply come up with the first 34 names they could think of, attached betting odds to ‘em and called it a day. Seriously, check some of these out: Read more