Tom Kuhnhackl rejected 2 year offer from Penguins

The Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday opted not to qualify winger Tom Kuhnhackl, making Kuhnhackl a free agent.

Kuhnhackl who will be signing elsewhere, was a strong candidate not to be tendered from the get-go due to the Penguins logjam of left wingers and desire to add more offense to the 4th.

The team, though, did make an attempt to sign Kuhnhackl prior to the qualifying offer deadline.

Penguins GM Jim Rutherford told the Post-Gazette on Tuesday that Kuhnhackl rejected a 2-year offer from the team.


NHL: Dan Bylsma hired by DET

Bylsma lands with Red Wings

Former Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma has been hired as an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings.

Bylsma had also talked with the Washington Capitals this week about joining their staff in some role but has been far along with the Red Wings for a couple weeks now.

This is a good move for Bylsma.

His best chance to get back into the game as a head coach has been going the assistant route or the AHL head coach route, try to reestablish his value a bit.

Detroit is also an interesting situation. They’re a club that isn’t trying to go into a full rebuild and Jeff Blashill isn’t on strong footing there.

Few would be surprised that Bylsma took over at somepoint.


NHL: NYI to hire Barry Trotz

Islanders to hire Barry Trotz

The expected has happened.

Just three days after resigning as the Washington Capitals head coach, Barry Trotz will be hired as the New York Islanders new head coach.

The deal is a big one as Trotz will receive a five year deal north of $20 million, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

The deal will put him over a million per season more ahead of two-time Stanley Cup winning coach Mike Sullivan who is making close to $3 million per season.


NHL Awards Rundown: Taylor Hall wins Hart Trophy

The NHL Awards show often gets ripped every year for being quirky but this years show was very well done.

There were several heart warming tributes and the league, players, ect knocked it out of the park.


Taylor Hall, New Jersey Devils

Taylor Hall became the first New Jersey Devil in team history to take home the Hart Trophy as Hall edged out Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon.

Hall helped lead the Devils to their first playoff berth since the 2011-2012 season and had 41 points more than his next closest teammate.

Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin finished 7th in voting with 97 pts.

Ted Lindsay Award (Leagues Best Player as voted on by Players)

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

McDavid who led the NHL with 108 pts, took home the Ted Lindsay Award, which is voted by the players on who they feel was the best player in the NHL.

What gets lost with McDavid’s season is that he had a striking 84 even strength points, 20 more than any player in the NHL.

Norris Trophy
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

This one was expected to be neck-and-neck and it was with Victor Hedman receiving 726 pts in voting to 672 for Drew Doughty.

Vezina Trophy
Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

Rinne received 110 first place votes (646 pts) to cruise to his first Vezina Trophy at age 35. Former Penguin Marc Andre Fleury finished 4th in voting (76 pts).

Selke Trophy
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Kopitar (1152 pts) edged Sean Couturier (976 pts) for the leagues best 200 ft player award. Sidney Crosby finished 9th in voting.

Kessel voted Third Team Right Winger

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