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  • Senators GM says locker room was 'broken' before trade
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 22, 2018

    Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion did not mince words Thursday regarding his decision to rid the club of veteran Mike Hoffman.

    • The Senators shipped Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks, who promptly flipped him to the Florida Panthers, earlier this week. The moves came as Hoffman's fiancee, Monika Caryk, faces allegations that she harassed and cyberbullied the wife of Senators captain Erik Karlsson before and after the Karlssons' son was stillborn.

      Hoffman has denied the allegations. Melinda Karlsson has filed for an order of protection against Caryk.

      "Trading Mike Hoffman was something that we needed to do," Dorion said. "Our dressing room was broken. We have to have a dressing room that wants to win together. Key components for us moving forward are character, leadership, accountability, and we're very happy with the return we got on Mike Hoffman."

      Ottawa received forward Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft pick in 2020 from San Jose.

      Boedker, 28, had 15 goals and 22 assists in 74 games last season. He has scored 109 goals in 618 career games.

      "We know with the culture that we're aiming to get, (Boedker is) going to fit in that dressing room," Dorion said.

      Bergman, 22, is a highly touted prospect who has yet to make his NHL debut. The native of Sweden was a second-round pick (No. 46 overall) by the Sharks in 2014.

      Hoffman, 28, was productive on the ice before drawing controversy off it. He posted four straight seasons with at least 20 goals for Ottawa, including a 22-goal campaign in 82 games last season. For his career, he has 107 goals and 123 assists in 342 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Cup-winning Trotz named Isles coach
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Barry Trotz became the head coach of the New York Islanders on Thursday, days after he resigned as head coach of the new Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

    • Reports put the price tag on the five-year deal at up to $4 million per season, which would more than double what Trotz, who turns 56 next month, would have made with the Capitals.

      The Cup victory over the Vegas Golden Knights triggered a contract extension for Trotz at well below market value -- $1.8 million per season -- and he and the Capitals failed to come up with an amicable solution in negotiations.

      Trotz is the first coach since 1994 -- Mike Keenan -- to not return to the NHL champions the following season because of a dispute. Stan Bowman retired after a 2002 Stanley Cup win.

      --Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford missed the final 47 games of last season but should be ready to start the 2018-19 regular season, general manager Stan Bowman told reporters.

      Crawford was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 1 with a lower-body injury and returned to action on Dec. 8. He played in seven games before landing on IR again on Dec. 27 with what the team termed an "upper-body" injury that sidelined him the rest of the season.

      While the Blackhawks never specified Crawford's injury, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in January that the 33-year-old was dealing with "vertigo-like symptoms." The Blackhawks went on a skid once Crawford went down, finishing the season 33-39-10 and missing the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

      --On the eve of the NHL draft, general managers for all 31 teams received clarity for possible trades as the league and NHLPA revealed that the 2018-19 salary cap will rise $4.5 million to $79 million.

      General managers looking to make big deals before and at the draft also found out that the cap floor will be $58.8 million salary for next season.

      The new salary-cap increase more than doubles the spike before last season's $75 million cap, which was up $2 million from 2016-17. Commissioner Gary Bettman had told reporters following the Board of Governors meeting Wednesday that the cap for next season was expected to wind up between $79.5 million and $80 million.

      --The NHL released its complete 1,271-game schedule for 2018-19, headlined by an Oct. 3 season-opening slate including the home opener for the Stanley Cup champion Capitals plus three games in Europe and two outdoor games.

      The Capitals will raise a Cup banner for the first time in franchise history before they host the Boston Bruins in one of four games to launch the NHL season. Washington currently holds a 12-game regular-season winning streak against Boston.

      The following day, the Stanley Cup runner-up Vegas Golden Knights will begin their second season at home against the Philadelphia Flyers. The first rematch of this year's Stanley Cup Final will happen on Oct. 10 when the Capitals host the Golden Knights.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL releases 2018-19 schedule, including two outdoor games
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    The National Hockey League released its complete 1,271-game schedule for 2018-19 on Thursday, headlined by an Oct. 3 season-opening slate including the home opener for the Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

    • The Capitals will raise a Cup banner for the first time in franchise history before they host the Boston Bruins in one of four games to launch the NHL season. Washington currently holds a 12-game regular-season winning streak against Boston.

      The other three games on the NHL's opening night tab the Montreal Canadiens traveling to face the Toronto Maple Leafs in an Original Six matchup, the Calgary Flames visiting the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks hosting the Anaheim Ducks.

      The following day, the Stanley Cup runner-up Vegas Golden Knights will begin their second season at home against the Philadelphia Flyers.

      The first rematch of this year's Stanley Cup Final will happen on Oct. 10 when the Capitals host the Golden Knights at Capital One Arena.

      The regular-season schedule also includes three games in Europe as part of the league's Global Series. The Edmonton Oilers play the New Jersey Devils for their season opener in Gothenburg, Sweden, on Oct. 6. The Florida Panthers and Winnipeg Jets will match up in back-to-back games in Helsinki, Finland, on Nov. 1-2.

      The NHL also will play hold Winter Classic games next season.

      On Jan. 1, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Bruins will play outdoors at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Ind., maintaining the tradition started in 2008 of the league scheduling a regular-season outdoor game the first day of the new year.

      The Flyers will host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Feb. 23 at Lincoln Financial Field in an outdoor rematch of the teams' meeting at Heinz Field last season.

      The NHL on Wednesday announced the home-opening date and opponent for all 31 teams.

      Edmonton has the latest home opener, dropping the puck for the first time at Rogers Place on Oct. 18, against Boston. Much of that has to do with the Oilers opening their season in Sweden.

      The league's regular-season will end on April 6 with 30 of the 31 teams in action.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL sets salary cap for 2018-19, tabs $4.5M increase
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    On the eve of the NHL draft, general managers for all 31 teams received clarity before possible trades as the league and NHLPA revealed Thursday that the 2018-19 salary cap will rise $4.5 million to $79 million.

    • General managers looking to make big deals before and at the draft also found out that the cap floor will be $58.8 million salary for next season.

      Commissioner Gary Bettman had told reporters following the Board of Governors meeting Wednesday that the cap for next season expected to wind up between $79.5 million and $80 million.

      The new salary cap increase more than doubles the spike before last season's $75 million cap, which was up $2 million from 2016-17.

      "A large part of our thinking is we want a (salary cap) number that keeps the escrow down," Bettman said Wednesday before the cap figures were finalized. "We think by only having a more modest increase last season it was instrumental in keeping the escrow down to what we project will be about 8 percent, which will have been the lowest in years. The amount of the escrow is simply a function of how high the cap is. Higher the cap, higher the escrow. There is no magic to that."

      The escrow pertains to the amount of money the league and NHLPA withhold from player salaries during the season in order to make sure teams and players equally split hockey-related revenue.

      Bettman said the league expects revenue growth to increase up to 8.5 percent from last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks' Crawford expected back to start season
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford missed the final 47 games of last season but should be ready to start the 2018-19 regular season, general manager Stan Bowman told reporters Thursday.

    • Crawford was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 1 with a lower-body injury and returned to action on Dec. 8. He played in seven games before landing on IR again on Dec. 27 with what the team termed "an upper-body" injury that sidelined him the rest of the season.

      While the Blackhawks never specified Crawford's injury, the Chicago Sun-Times reported in January that the 33-year-old was suffering from "vertigo-like symptoms."

      "We expect Corey to be back. There's no reason to think that won't happen," Bowman said. "But as far as any other things at this point in the summer, all the players are preparing for next season. Corey's in that same preparation mode."

      The Blackhawks went on a skid once Crawford went down, finishing the season 33-39-10 and missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in 10 years.

      While on the ice last season, Crawford posted a .929 save percentage and a 2.27 goals-against average. In his absence, the Blackhawks used five different goaltenders to try to replace him.

      --Field Level Media

  • Islanders name Trotz as head coach
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Barry Trotz became the head coach of the New York Islanders on Thursday, days after he resigned as head coach of the new Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals.

    • Reports put the price tag on the five-year deal at up to $4 million per season, which would more than double what Trotz, 55, would have made with the Washington Capitals.

      Trotz was on the open market after resigning his post with the Stanley Cup champion Capitals. The Cup victory over the Vegas Golden Knights triggered a contract extension for Trotz at well below market value -- $1.8 million per season -- and he and the Capitals failed to come up with an amicable solution in negotiations.

      The presence of Lou Lamoriello, who became the Islanders' president of hockey operations last month, was a key factor in attracting Trotz to New York. Lamoriello previously was the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New Jersey Devils.

      "No. 1, if you know anything about Lou Lamoriello, his background and what he does, he'll do what it takes to win," Trotz said, according to Newsday. "That got me excited right away.

      "His vision and plan for the team and what he's already done in a short amount of time, he's changed a lot of cultural things. I love that. That's what they hired me to do in Washington, change the culture and try to win the Cup. That's what we'll try to do on the Island."

      Trotz is the first coach since Mike Keenan in 1994 to not return to the NHL champions the following season because of a dispute. Scotty Bowman retired after a 2002 Stanley Cup win.

      Asked if he thought the Capitals wanted him to stay, Trotz said, per Newsday, "I don't think that was an issue. I think it was more principle."

      The Islanders parted with longtime general manager Garth Snow and head coach Doug Weight while bracing for the potential departure of star free agent John Tavares.

      Lamoriello assumed the GM role, and he announced Trotz was hired on Thursday as the team converged on Dallas for the NHL draft.

      Trotz said of Tavares, according to Newsday, "Obviously, John is such a big part of the team. We talked. We talked about a lot of things, the vision that was relayed to me and also relayed to John from Lou. We talked about where he was. We talked about the team and areas we feel we can fix together and areas we can look to improve upon. It was a great conversation."

      Trotz, 55, guided the Capitals to the Presidents' Trophy two of the past three seasons and is fifth in the NHL in all-time victories with 762.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ovechkin, Backstrom disappointed to see Trotz leave Caps
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 21, 2018

    Capitals stars Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom were just as surprised as many when Washington head coach Barry Trotz resigned last week.

    • And while both are sad to see him go, they understand why the decision was made.

      "It's hard when it happened right away, you know?" Ovechkin told reporters at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday. "First of all, thanks to him for being with us, to give us a chance to win the (Stanley) Cup. All of what he did was only for the team, not for personal-wise. But I'm pretty sure he will be fine and he will find what he wants.

      "It's sad, but it's a business. We can't decide who's going to be in and who's going to be out."

      Trotz is said to have resigned over a contract stalemate, with the team's Stanley Cup win reportedly triggering a two-year extension with a $300,000 bump in salary that would have upped his earnings to $1.8 million annually, still low compared to many of his peers.

      "It's tough," said Backstrom, who was also in Las Vegas. "He's done a great job in our organization. I would say a little surprised, but at the same time, I understand him. But I think something you can't take away from Barry is what he's done to this team. Him and the coaching staff has been doing a tremendous job to just get us together. He's been schooling us good these four years, and we got a good finish out of it. ...

      "Hopefully there's no hard feelings. He's always going to be remembered in Washington as a champion, which is great, which he deserves."

      Trotz, 55, came to Washington in the summer of 2014 after serving as Nashville's head coach for each of the first 15 seasons of the franchise's existence. He is 762-568-60-134 in the regular season, giving him the fifth-most regular-season wins in NHL history.

      Ovechkin, winner of the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the postseason, especially noted the impact Trotz had on him, pushing him to improve his game to the next level.

      "I think he's been very good for me," Ovechkin said. "We've been back and forth all the time, you know? He was hard on me. He gave me very good advice because he has experience, and that's the whole thing. When the coach knows who you are and knows how to use you, you just feel great."

      Associate coach Todd Reirden is presumed to be the favorite to fill the Capitals' coaching vacancy. Ovechkin and Backstrom both would support Reirden's appointment.

      "Well, it's not my thing, but if it's Todd, I'm sure lots of guys, everybody, is going to be really happy," Ovechkin said. "He's a guy who's a very good communicator, very good specialist, and has lots of respect from us."

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL awards: Hall claims Hart Trophy
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Taylor Hall claimed the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player at the NHL awards ceremony Wednesday night in Las Vegas, becoming the first player in New Jersey Devils history to earn the honor.

    • Hall, who narrowly beat out Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon (1,264 voting points to 1,194), tallied a career-best 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 76 games this season, including a 26-game point streak. He managed those numbers despite sustaining torn ligaments in his left hand in December, an injury that required surgery to repair in late April.

      Hall, 26, garnered 72 first-place votes to MacKinnon's 60 from the Pro Hockey Writers Association, which votes on the award. He earned the honor in his second year with the Devils after spending his first six seasons with the Oilers, including the 2015-16 campaign as a teammate of last season's MVP, Connor McDavid.

      While McDavid finished fifth in the Hart voting this year, he did claim his second consecutive Ted Lindsay Award, edging MacKinnon and Hall. At age 21, McDavid is the youngest two-time winner of the award, which is given to the most outstanding player as voted on by his peers.

      McDavid also won the Art Ross Trophy this year by leading the NHL in points (108 -- 41 goals, 67 assists) for the second consecutive season.

      Winning the Calder Trophy, awarded to the NHL's top rookie, was New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, who finished 15th in the league with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists).

      The team's first-round pick in 2015, Barzal appeared in two games during the 2016-17 campaign before his official rookie season this past year. The 21-year-old beat out finalists Brock Boeser of the Vancouver Canucks and Clayton Keller of the Arizona Coyotes.

      Victor Hedman claimed the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman, becoming the first winner of the honor in Tampa Bay Lightning history. The selection comes a year after Hedman was a Norris finalist and made his first career All-Star appearance.

      The 27-year-old finished the season with 63 points (17 goals, 46 assists), fifth among NHL defensemen, and a career-best plus-32 rating. Hedman beat out finalists Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and PK Subban of the Nashville Predators for the honor.

      The Predators' Pekka Rinne earned his first Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender after finishing as a finalist on three previous occasions. He produced a league-high eight shutouts this season while going 42-13-4 with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.

      The Winnipeg Jets' Connor Hellebuyck and the Lightning's Andrei Vasilevskiy were the other finalists.

      The Kings' Anze Kopitar, who finished third in the Hart voting, earned his second Selke Trophy in the last three seasons as the best defensive forward. Before receiving the honor in 2015-16, Kopitar had been a Selke finalist in each of the last two years. He finished this season with a plus-21 rating.

      In one of the least surprising results, the Vegas Golden Knights' Gerard Gallant took the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year. He led the Knights to 109 points, fifth best in the league, in their first-ever regular season before a run to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Washington Capitals.

      Gallant, who was runner-up for the award in 2015-16 while with the Florida Panthers, claimed 102 of a possible 108 first-place votes, with the Avalanche's Jared Bednar and the Boston Bruins' Bruce Cassidy joining him as finalists.

      Also garnering recognition for his job with the expansion Golden Knights was George McPhee, who was named the general manager of the year after assembling Vegas' deep roster through the expansion draft and several trades.

      Among other award winners:

      --Late Humboldt Broncos junior hockey coach Darcy Haugan was honored with the inaugural Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award, presented to an individual who, through the game of hockey, has positively impacted his or her community, culture or society. Haugan was among 16 who died when the team's bus was struck by a semi truck near Armley, Saskatchewan, on April 6 while traveling to a game. Ten of the 13 players who survived the crash were honored on stage Wednesday night.

      --Golden Knights forward William "Wild Bill" Karlsson won the Lady Byng Trophy as the "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." He beat out finalists Aleksander Barkov of the Panthers and Ryan O'Reilly of the Sabres.

      --Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland won the Mark Messier Leadership Award over fellow finalists Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers and Blake Wheeler of the Jets.

      --Devils forward Brian Boyle won the Bill Masterton Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication. He overcame a training camp diagnosis of a rare bone marrow cancer and his son's painful treatments for a jaw malformation to play 69 games, scoring 23 points (10 goals, 13 assists). The Panthers' Roberto Luongo and the Coyotes' Jordan Staal were also finalists.

      --Canucks forwards Daniel and Henrik Sedin received the King Clancy Trophy for on- and off-ice leadership, along with humanitarian efforts. The identical twin brothers announced their retirement after 17 NHL seasons playing together in Vancouver earlier this year.

      --Subban was announced as the cover athlete for EA SPORTS' "NHL 19" video game. Wayne Gretzky will also appear on the cover of the special Legends and Ultimate editions of the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL salary cap expected to increase by $5M
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The NHL salary cap for the 2018-19 season is expected to wind up between $79.5 million and $80 million, commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters following the Board of Governors meeting Wednesday.

    • The new figure could be up to a $5 million increase on last season's $75 million cap, which was up $2 million from 2016-17.

      The league and the NHL Players' Association are expected to reach a final agreement by the end of Thursday.

      "A large part of our thinking is we want a (salary cap) number that keeps the escrow down," Bettman said. "We think by only having a more modest increase last season it was instrumental in keeping the escrow down to what we project will be about 8 percent, which will have been the lowest in years. The amount of the escrow is simply a function of how high the cap is. Higher the cap, higher the escrow. There is no magic to that."

      The escrow pertains to the amount of money the league and NHLPA withhold from player salaries during the season in order to make sure teams and players equally split hockey-related revenue.

      Bettman said the league expects revenue growth to increase up to 8.5 percent from last season.

      Bettman also provided an update on the NHL's efforts to expand to Seattle, noting there have been no setbacks in the process despite a timetable not yet being determined.

      The league is hopeful Seattle will be playing by the 2020-21 season.

      "The timetable on finishing the application and doing what we need to do, we can do that as quickly or as slowly as appropriate," Bettman said. "That's a matter of weeks and months, not years. The bigger issue is going to be their timeline on the building."

      KeyArena, expected to be the home for the team, has already had a $600 million renovation plan approved by the Seattle City Council.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Caps to raise banner Oct. 3
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The Washington Capitals may not know who their head coach will be when they open next season, but they know the team they will play -- and when they will raise their first Stanley Cup banner.

    • The NHL on Wednesday announced the home-opening date and opponent for all 31 teams for the 2018-19 season, and the champs will play the season's first game on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins. Washington currently holds a 12-game regular-season winning streak against Boston.

      The game at Capital One Arena will be one of four scheduled for the first day of the NHL season. Toronto will host Montreal in an Original Six matchup while Calgary will play at Vancouver and San Jose will host Anaheim.

      The following day, Stanley Cup runner-up Vegas will begin its second season at home against Philadelphia. The full 1,271-game schedule for 2018-19 will be released Thursday.

      --Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested Saturday night and is facing a domestic assault charge, according to multiple media reports.

      The report cites the Franklin Police Department in Tennessee. Watson was released on a $4,500 bond and must return to court on June 28.

      The Predators said in a statement that they were gathering facts and would not immediately comment further. Watson, 26, finished last season with a career-best 19 points and had another eight points in the playoffs before Nashville was eliminated in the second round.

      --The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Connor Carrick and goaltender Calvin Pickard to one-year contracts.

      Carrick's deal is worth $1.3 million, according to the Maple Leafs. Pickard signed for $800,000.

      Carrick, 24, scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 47 games last season. He has eight goals and 16 assists in parts of three seasons with Toronto. Pickard, 26, played in just one game for the Maple Leafs last season and allowed four goals. He went 21-9-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs sign Carrick, Pickard to one-year deals
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Connor Carrick and goaltender Calvin Pickard to one-year contracts on Wednesday.

    • Carrick's deal is worth $1.3 million, according to the Maple Leafs. Pickard signed for $800,000.

      Carrick, 24, scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 47 games last season. He has eight goals and 16 assists in parts of three seasons with Toronto.

      Overall, Carrick has nine goals and 21 assists in 167 NHL games. He also played parts of two seasons with the Washington Capitals.

      Pickard, 26, played just in one game for the Maple Leafs last season and allowed four goals. He went 21-9-1 with a 2.31 goals-against average for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.

      Pickard has played in 87 career games -- 86 with the Colorado Avalanche from 2014-17 -- and is 28-44-7 with a 2.78 GAA and .913 save percentage.

      --Field Level Media

  • Caps will open NHL season, raise banner Oct. 3 vs. Bruins
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    The Washington Capitals may not know whom their head coach will be when they open next season, but they know who they'll play -- and when they'll raise their first Stanley Cup banner.

    • The NHL on Wednesday announced the home-opening date and opponent for all 31 teams for the 2018-19 season, and the champs will play the season's first game on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins. Washington currently holds a 12-game regular-season winning streak against Boston.

      The game at Capital One Arena will be one of four scheduled for the first day of the NHL season. Toronto will host Montreal in an Original Six matchup, while on the West Coast Calgary will play at Vancouver and San Jose will host Anaheim.

      The following day, Stanley Cup runner-up Vegas will begin its second season at home against Philadelphia.

      Less than two weeks after winning the first Cup in franchise history earlier this month, the Caps on Monday learned they will be getting a new head coach next season as Barry Trotz announced his resignation from the club.

      Edmonton has the latest home opener next season, dropping the puck for the first time at Rogers Place on Oct. 18 -- also against Boston. Much of that has to do with the Oilers opening their season against New Jersey in Sweden on Oct. 6.

      The full 1,271-game schedule for 2018-19 will be released Thursday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Predators' Watson faces domestic assault charge
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 20, 2018

    Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested Saturday night and is facing a domestic assault charge, according to ESPN.

    • The network cites the Franklin Police Department in Tennessee in its report.

      Watson was released on a $4,500 bond and must return to court on June 28.

      "We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement," a statement from the team reads. "The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND in the fight to end violence against women."

      Watson, 26, was taken 18th overall by the Predators in 2010 and has become a regular in the past two seasons, averaging 76.5 games in that span.

      He finished last season with a career-best 19 points and had another eight points in the playoffs before the Predators were eliminated in the second round.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Facing scrutiny, Hoffman traded twice in one day
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Left winger Mike Hoffman was traded by the Ottawa Senators to the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday on the heels of allegations his fiancee harassed captain Erik Karlsson's wife. Hoffman then was acquired by the Florida Panthers only a few hours later.

    • Hoffman was shipped out along with ECHL defenseman Cody Donaghey and Ottawa's fifth-round choice in the 2020 draft. The Sharks in return gave up a sixth-round pick in 2020, defenseman Julius Bergman and forward Mikkel Boedker.

      About two hours later, the Panthers announced they acquired Hoffman from the Sharks along with a seventh-round pick for Florida's picks in the second, fourth and fifth rounds in 2018.

      On the basis of online harassment, Melinda Karlsson filed an order of protection against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, on May 4.

      --The Los Angeles Kings plan to extend defenseman Drew Doughty this offseason before he enters the final year of his contract, general manager Rob Blake said.

      Blake added that the team will turn its attention to negotiations with the former Norris Trophy winner after this weekend's draft. The Kings can begin discussing an extension with Doughty, who has played seven years of an eight-year deal he signed in September of 2011, on July 1.

      Doughty, 28, posted a career-high 60 points (10 goals, 50 assists) last season and is a Norris Trophy finalist. He previously won the award in 2015-16, a year after being the runner-up. This year's winner will be announced Wednesday night at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas.

      --In response to a report that the Columbus Blue Jackets are "testing the market" for left wing Artemi Panarin, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen issued a statement saying the team wants Panarin to "be a Blue Jacket for many years."

      Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that Panarin -- who is entering the final year of his contract -- has told the team he is not willing to consider an extension "at this time," prompting Columbus to test the market for the 26-year-old.

      In his first year in Columbus, Panarin led the Jackets in points (82), goals (27) and assists (55) in the regular season and in assists (five) and points (seven) in six postseason games. The Blue Jackets lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in the first round.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jackets GM: Want to keep LW Panarin, despite trade report
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    In response to a report that the Columbus Blue Jackets are "testing the market" for left wing Artemi Panarin, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen issued a statement Tuesday saying the team wants Panarin to "be a Blue Jacket for many years."

    • Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Tuesday that Panarin -- who is entering the final year of his contract -- has told the team he is not willing to consider an extension "at this time," prompting Columbus to test the market for the 26-year-old.

      Kekalainen responded later Tuesday with a statement that, while not denying any trade discussions, indicated the team hopes to sign Panarin to an extension before his current deal expires.

      "Artemi is an elite National Hockey League player," Kekalainen said in the statement. "Our position has been that we want him to be a Blue Jacket for many years and that has not changed. He has a year left on his contract, so there is plenty of time to work towards that end. Should anything change moving forward, we will address it at that time and any decision we make will be in the best interest of our club."

      The sides can begin negotiating a contract extension starting July 1. Panarin is due $6 million in 2018-19, the second year of a two-year extension he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks.

      Panarin arrived in Columbus via trade from Chicago on June 23, 2017, before the start of the 2017 draft. The Blue Jackets sent the Blackhawks forward Brandon Saad, goalie Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick in 2018 in exchange for Panarin, forward Tyler Motte and a 2017 sixth-rounder, which was used on Swedish forward Jonathan Davidsson.

      In his first year in Columbus, Panarin led the Jackets in points (82), goals (27) and assists (55) in the regular season and in assists (five) and points (seven) in six postseason games. The Blue Jackets lost to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals in the first round.

      Over the previous two campaigns, Panarin racked up 151 points (61 goals, 90 assists) in 162 games with the Blackhawks -- winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year in 2015-16 -- after spending the previous nine years in the KHL, most recently starring for St. Petersburg SKA from 2012 to 2015.

      Among other Blue Jackets players who have one year remaining on their deals are goalies Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo, defenseman Zach Werenski and forward Sonny Milano.

      --Field Level Media

  • GM Blake: Kings plan to extend D Doughty
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    The Los Angeles Kings plan to extend defenseman Drew Doughty this offseason before he enters the final year of his contract, general manager Rob Blake said Tuesday.

    • "We're under the understanding we're going to do what it takes to get Drew signed," Blake said. "That's our understanding here."

      Blake added that the team will turn its attention to negotiations with the former Norris Trophy winner after this weekend's draft. The Kings can begin discussing an extension with Doughty, who has played seven years of an eight-year deal he signed in September of 2011, on July 1.

      "He knows right now our focus has been on the draft, and then I communicate with him," Blake said. "We'll sit down after and get things going."

      Doughty, 28, posted a career-high 60 points (10 goals, 50 assists) last season and is a Norris Trophy finalist. He previously won the award in 2015-16, a year after being the runner-up. This year's winner will be announced Wednesday night at the NHL awards show in Las Vegas.

      The three-time All-Star has missed just four games in the last six seasons, all in 2013-14.

      Blake also said the Kings will consider pursuing New York Islanders center John Tavares, who is set to become a free agent July 1.

      "I think a lot of teams would be excited about the opportunity to entertain John Tavares for sure," Blake said. "There's still time before that period would even come, and then whether you're one of the teams in on it, but it definitely would be something you would have to look at. I don't think players of that caliber come around very often and especially at that age."

      The 27-year-old Tavares had 84 points last season (37 goals, 47 assists), giving him 621 through nine NHL campaigns, an average of 76.1 per 82 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hoffman shipped to San Jose, then Florida amidst harassment claim
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 19, 2018

    Left winger Mike Hoffman was traded to the San Jose Sharks on the heels of allegations his fiancee harassed captain Erik Karlsson's wife on Tuesday, then was acquired by the Florida Panthers only a few hours later.

    • Hoffman was shipped out along with ECHL defenseman Cody Donaghey and Ottawa's fifth-round choice in the 2020 draft. The Sharks in return gave up a sixth-round pick in 2020, defenseman Julius Bergman and forward Mikkel Boedker.

      "Today's trade showcases our determination to strengthen the future of the team by improving chemistry, leadership and character in the locker room and on the ice. We are confident it is a step in the right direction for the long-term success of this organization," Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in a statement.

      Hoffman did not have much time to celebrate California residency.

      About two hours later, the Panthers announced they acquired Hoffman from the Sharks along with a seventh-round pick for Florida's picks in the second, fourth and fifth rounds in 2018.

      "Mike is a skilled, consistent and hard-working player who has proven himself to be a talented goal scorer in the NHL," Panthers president and GM Dale Tallon said in a statement. "His speed, experience and offensive abilities will bolster our top-six group."

      Hoffman has 230 points in 342 career games, including 107 goals. He was a fifth-round pick in 2009 by the Senators.

      On the basis of online harassment, Melinda Karlsson filed an order of protection against Monika Caryk, Hoffman's fiancee, on May 4.

      In the claim, Karlsson alleged harassment included remarks about the death of their child, who was stillborn in March, via comments on Melinda Karlsson's Instagram account under a pseudonym.

      "Monika Caryk has uttered numerous statements wishing my unborn child dead ... uttered that she wished I was dead and that someone should 'take out' my husband's legs to end his career," the document said, according to media reports.

      Hoffman told the Ottawa Citizen the claim is untrue.

      "It's 150 percent that it's not us," Hoffman told the Ottawa Citizen. "We have nothing to hide."

      --Field Level Media

  • Seattle group hires ex-Coyotes coach Tippett as adviser
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Former Arizona Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett was hired on Monday as a senior adviser for the Oak View Group, which is expected to bring an NHL expansion team to Seattle for the 2020-21 season.

    • Tippett spent last season out of hockey after he and the Coyotes "parted ways" following the 2016-17 season, in which the team finished 30-42-10 (70 points). That capped an eight-year run with the franchise, during which the Coyotes went 282-257-83. Tippett also spent six years with the Dallas Stars, going 271-156-28 while taking them to the playoffs five times.

      It is unclear if Tippett would be considered to be the team's head coach, if a franchise is indeed awarded to the Oak View Group and Seattle.

      Led by investment banker David Bonderman, sports executive Tim Leiweke and Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the group has already submitted paperwork and a $10 million down payment to become the NHL's 32nd franchise, which now requires approval from the league. The NHL's board of governors is expected to vote in the fall or early winter, commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters earlier this month.

      Last December, the group negotiated a $660 million deal -- financed privately -- with the city of Seattle to renovate KeyArena, where the WNBA's Seattle Storm play and where the NBA's Seattle SuperSonics played before moving to Oklahoma City.

      The city has shown tremendous interest in a team, as the Oak View Group said it received 25,000 season-ticket deposits within its first hour of offering them in March. The goal of 10,000 deposits was reached in 12 minutes. The stadium is expected to seat about 17,000 fans once renovations are complete.

      --Field Level Media

  • Trotz resigns as coach of Capitals, reportedly over contract stalemate
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 18, 2018

    Less than two weeks after winning their first Stanley Cup, the Washington Capitals are in search of a new head coach.

    • Both the club and Barry Trotz announced Monday that Trotz is resigning as head coach of the team, effective immediately.

      "After careful consideration and consultation with my family, I am officially announcing my resignation as head coach of the Washington Capitals," Trotz's statement read in part. "When I came to Washington four years ago we had one goal in mind and that was to bring the Stanley Cup to the nation's capital. We had an incredible run this season culminating with our players and staff achieving our goal and sharing the excitement with our fans."

      The Capitals expressed disappointment in Trotz's decision, indicating they were looking to keep the partnership going:

      "Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals," the team statement read. "We are obviously disappointed by Barry's decision, but would like to thank Barry for all his efforts the past four years and for helping bring the Stanley Cup to Washington. Barry is a man of high character and integrity and we are grateful for his leadership and for all that he has done for our franchise."

      The statements came minutes after Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman tweeted that the two sides were unable to negotiate a contract extension.

      According to Friedman, winning the Cup -- also Trotz's first as head coach -- triggered a two-year extension, but it was below the current market value "as coaches' contracts have exploded in value."

      The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun later tweeted details on the contract and the impasse:

      "Barry Trotz had a clause in his contract where if he won the Stanley Cup he could accept a two-year extension with a $300k bump in salary. Obviously since he was only making $1.5M, low by today's NHL coach's standards, a $1.8-million salary doesn't cut it. So Trotz stepped down."

      Friedman reported that Washington will grant Trotz permission to speak with other clubs immediately.

      Speculation about Trotz's future has been ongoing for some time. One team repeatedly interested in Trotz should he become available is the New York Islanders. That franchise could be in a watershed offseason as superstar John Tavares enters free agency with the team failing to miss the playoffs in back-to-back seasons.

      Trotz, 55, came to Washington in the summer of 2014 after serving as Nashville's head coach for each of the first 15 seasons of the franchise's existence. He is 762-568-60 in the regular season, giving him the fifth-most regular-season wins in NHL history, per hockey-reference.com.

      --Field Level Media

  • On heels of unpopular trade, Domi reaching out to Montreal fans
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 17, 2018

    Max Domi didn't waste time trying to make friends in his new hometown.

    • A day after the Arizona Coyotes traded Domi to the Montreal Canadiens for Alex Galchenyuk, the 23-year-old forward praised the arena, the city and the fans on Saturday.

      "The fans in that rink [Bell Centre] and the fans in the city of Montreal are the best in not only hockey but all of sports," said Domi, via NHL.com. "And I'm just absolutely thrilled to represent that jersey and represent that group of fans and that city. It's a huge honor and it's something that I'm really, really excited about. It's arguably the most iconic and winning team and franchise in all of hockey, and to see some of the names that have worn that jersey and the names that are wearing the jersey right now, it's just an honor to be a part of."

      Upon joining the Canadiens, Domi agreed to a two-year, $6.3 million contract. Domi has 36 goals and 99 assists in 222 games with a minus-13. He was taken 12th overall in the 2013 draft.

      One name that has never before graced the back of a Canadiens sweater is Domi. In fact, Max's father, Tie Domi, was anything but a fan favorite in Montreal during his 12 seasons with rival Toronto.

      "Oh, he's ecstatic," Max said of Tie's reaction to the trade. "He can't wait. You know what, it's very close to home so he'll be able to tune into a lot more games, he won't have to stay up as late to watch the [games in the] Western time zone and all that stuff. ... My whole life he raised me to obviously watch him and the spotlight that he was in, and I saw how well he had performed and guys like Mats Sundin and all those other guys on the Leafs that really kind of showed everyone that performing under pressure is a skill and that's kind of in their DNA. And that's how I was raised, so he's excited."

      Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said the younger Domi's bloodlines could actually help him deal with the Montreal spotlight.

      "We all know Tie, he's a hard-nosed player," Bergevin said. "He's different than his dad, Max is, but he has a hockey background and his dad played in a hockey market too, so I think this is going to help him."

      Reaction to the trade from Canadiens fans has been less than enthusiastic thus far, with Galchenyuk a popular player since the franchise selected him No. 3 overall in 2012. In 418 career games, he has 108 goals, 147 assists and a minus-34 (though much of that is thanks to his minus-31 last season).

      Domi tied his career-low with nine goals and had 45 points in 82 games last season.

      "I had a rough start last year, our whole team did and that was unfortunate," Domi said. "I took a lot of that, you take that upon yourself when you expect yourself to be a big part of that team and ultimately creating a winning culture there ... but we finished off great with the young core and started to play a lot better and you feel like yourself a little bit. It was huge for the confidence.

      "And Montreal has an unbelievable hockey team right now, a combination of an unbelievable group of veteran leadership, some great young players and ultimately the best goalie in the League (Carey Price). So it's a great mix and I'm just going to try and slide in and do my part in helping this team win in any way it possibly can."

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes deal LW Domi to Canadiens for C Galchenyuk
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 16, 2018

    One week from the first round of the NHL draft, the pre-pick roster jockeying and salary-cap crunching is heating up.

    • The Arizona Coyotes traded former franchise anchor Max Domi to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for two-time 20-goal scorer Alex Galchenyuk on Friday night.

      Domi, 23, was moved from the Coyotes after his scoring dipped since his strong rookie season in 2015-16, when he tallied 18 goals with 34 assists. Over the past two seasons, the left wing has scored just 18 goals combined in 141 games after being selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 2013 draft.

      "Sometimes in this league you have to give to get," Coyotes general manager John Chayka told reporters on a conference call. "Max is a very talented young player in his own right, but hopefully this works out where it will be a fit for both sides."

      The Coyotes give up Domi to fill a hole at center with Galchenyuk, who had provided Montreal with consistent production since being taken with the No. 3 overall pick in 2012. The 24-year-old scored 19 goals with 32 assists last season, albeit with a team-worst minus-31 plus/minus rating. Galchenyuk has averaged 21.5 goals over his past four seasons, including a career-high 30 in 2015-16.

      "It gives us optionality, gives us some depth there, versatility," Chayka said of acquiring Galchenyuk. "You get a guy who has been very productive and has played in those premium positions, so that was an added bonus with this deal."

      Domi, son of former longtime enforcer Tie Domi, is up for a new contract after just finishing his three-year entry-level deal worth an average of $1,363,333 per season. Galchenyuk carries a cap hit of $4.9 million per season after inking a three-year, $14.7 million deal last summer.

      The upcoming NHL draft is June 22-23 in Dallas, with the Canadiens selecting third overall and the Coyotes picking at No. 5 in the first round.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-Flames owner Scurfield dies at age 89
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 15, 2018

    Former Calgary Flames owner Sonia Scurfield died Thursday at Foothills Hospital in Calgary after a battle with cancer. She was 89.

    • Scurfield assumed ownership of the Flames in 1985 after her husband, Ralph, died in a skiing accident. She gave up her ownership share in 1994. Calgary won its only Stanley Cup under her guidance in 1989.

      She is the only Canadian woman to have her name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

      "Sonia lived a life of devotion to her family and her community," Flames president and CEO Ken King said in a statement. "The Scurfield family was an important part of bringing the NHL to our city and we will be eternally grateful. We will miss Sonia's friendship, wisdom and support."

      The Scurfields relocated the Flames to from Atlanta to Calgary in 1980.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks announce extensions with Hayden, Hinostroza
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 15, 2018

    The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to two-year extensions with forwards John Hayden and Vinnie Hinostroza, the team announced on Friday.

    • Financial terms of the deals were not announced.

      Hayden, a third-round draft pick by the Blackhawks in 2013, had four goals and nine assists in 47 games last season. He was due to become a restricted free agent.

      Hayden, 23, is a Chicago native who also played for the Rockford IceHogs in 2017-18 and had three points in 13 American Hockey League playoff games after picking up 17 points with them in the regular season.

      After being drafted, Hayden starred at Yale University before joining the Blackhawks, racking up 91 points in 127 games with the Bulldogs.

      Hinostroza, 24, had a career-best seven goals and 18 assists in 50 games last season.

      In 23 games with Rockford in 2017-18, Hinostroza totaled nine goals and 13 assists en route to an AHL All-Star selection.

      The former Notre Dame standout was selected in the sixth round of the 2012 draft by Chicago.

      --Field Level Media

  • Caps' Orpik: Pinkie 'kinda fell off'
    By Field Level Media / Friday, June 15, 2018

    Displaying the stereotypical hockey-player attitude, Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik laughed while telling reporters that his left pinkie finger "kinda fell off" during the Stanley Cup Final.

    • Vegas Golden Knights center Erik Haula slashed Orpik late in Game 2, and Orpik needed to get his pinkie stitched back together. He was back in action the following game, however, and didn't miss additional time.

      Haula received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, but the NHL didn't assess any additional punishment.

      Orpik said Wednesday that the pinkie won't require more medical attention in the offseason, but he might need hand surgery for a separate injury. He hurt his hand in the second game of the Capitals' first-round playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, yet he didn't miss any contests.

      Over 24 games during Washington's playoff run to the Stanley Cup title, Orpik logged one goal, four assists and an average of 16:49 of ice time. In 81 regular-season games, he had no goals and 10 assists.

      Orpik, 37, was part of another Cup-winning team in 2009 when he was a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He played his first 11 seasons in Pittsburgh before signing with Washington in July 2014 as a free agent.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes, Sharks swap prospects
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 14, 2018

    The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Kyle Wood from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Adam Helewka on Thursday.

    • Wood, 22, spent the past two seasons with the AHL's Tucson Roadrunners, scoring 62 points (17 goals, 45 assists) over that span. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder was a third-round draft pick by the Colorado Avalanche in 2014 before being traded to Arizona on Feb. 29, 2016, as part of a package for Mikkel Boedker.

      "Kyle possesses a rare combination of size and skill on the blue line and we're excited to add him to our organization," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said to NHL.com. "He was an AHL All-Star in his first professional season and we think his game will continue to evolve."

      Helewka, who turns 23 next month, spent most of last season with the AHL's San Jose Barracuda. He tallied 38 points (nine goals, 29 assists) in 63 games in 2017-18.

      The Sharks selected Helewka (6-2, 200 pounds) in the fourth round of the 2015 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media