In honor of Chris Sale, here are five NHL jerseys players should have refused to wear. More
Ben Bishop went back to the well and teamed up with his mask designer for the World Cup of Hockey. The result was an eye-popping Team USA lid that makes use of the same glow in the dark technology as his Tampa Bay Lightning helmet.
Jake Allen said he has to prove he’s “a legit No. 1 guy,” but doing so will mean he has to be among the best goaltenders in the league after a season in which now-former goaltender partner Brian Elliott put forward an exceptional performance.
At this stage, remaining UFAs like Kris Russell will have to accept short-term deals for average annual salaries considerably less than what they made last season.
Brayden Schenn was one of the league’s top scorers in the second half of the season, and the Philadelphia Flyers have paid him as such. Schenn, 24, now has to prove that his 19-goal, 44-point back half of the season was no fluke.
The controversial Adam Larsson-Taylor Hall trade did accomplish one goal right off the bat: Edmonton got a much-needed defenseman. But will the addition of Larsson and the continued growth of Oscar Klefbom and Darnell Nurse get the Oilers back to the post-season?
A recent report from the World Anti-Doping Agency said 14 hockey players had samples tampered with as part of Russia’s doping scandal. The IIHF will seek to identify the Russian players and suspend those who would have tested positive.
Florida is coming off a season in which they finished with a franchise-best for wins (47) and points (103) while winning the club’s second division title.
Burrows is coming off a season in which he saw his ice time dwindle to 15:10 a night – his lowest in seven seasons -- and was a career-worst minus-13. His nine goals and 22 points in 79 games were his lowest totals since injuries limited him to just 49 games during the 2013-14 season.