Adam Larsson went from a top-four defenseman to a top-three rearguard with the New Jersey Devils in 2015-16, but he wants to take “an even bigger step” forward this season with the Edmonton Oilers. Larsson, 23, sees his offense as one area he can make strides. More
Danny DeKeyser was already a top-three blueliner in Detroit this past season, but his new six-year, $30-million deal with the Red Wings means he’s in line to take over top spot and become the face of the blueline moving forward.
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy doesn’t sound like he has any intention of ever heading back to play in the KHL. The Russian goaltender, and heir to the Lightning crease, said he’d rather watch from the bench in the NHL than play every game for a KHL club.
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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?