Ovechkin, Capitals are Stanley Cup Final Bound; What’s Next for the Lightning & Lookahead to WSH-VGK

 

The NHL couldn’t be getting a better Stanley Cup Final when it comes to storylines. This is everything. #ALLCAPS pic.twitter.com/9mDKjv9fBE — Washington Capitals (@Capitals) May 24, 2018 The expansion Vegas Golden Knights and the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals. Ratings will never be that high for the NHL but this matchup is going to draw a little extra attention from the casual sports fan and places like ESPN may allot 4-5 minutes of coverage instead of 1-2 minutes. There’s certainly a lot of buzz surrounding this matchup and should be. Capitals showing 2016 Penguins Resemblance — The Washington Capitals finally did it with a 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals. The series might have went seven games with the Capitals trailing 3-2 after give games, but the better team throughout the seven games prevailed. Washington was handily the better team in fiveRead More »

Sharks dish out 7 year contract to Evander Kane

 

Evander Kane is exhibit A why you hire a great agent. Kane represented by the powerful agency at Newport Sports, has signed a 7 year, $49 million contract with the San Jose Sharks. It's official: the #SJSharks re-sign @evanderkane_9 to a 7-year contract! 🦈: https://t.co/nTFWhIBjsL pic.twitter.com/6Mhtdg1eUc — San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) May 24, 2018 This is quite the contract for Kane in getting seven years, a type of deal that was very unlikely in free agency. In the final 72 hours of the trade deadline, the Sabres received just one offer for Kane and the return for Kane now looks a little better with the second-rounder turning into a 2019 first round pick. The Kane contract is great news for James van Riemsdyk, another client of Newport Sports.

Vegas Stanley Cup Bound, Fleury’s Hall-of-Fame Case & More Buzz

 

Vegas Marches to the Stanley Cup Final The remarkable story of the Vegas Golden Knights continues with a run to the Stanley Cup. The Western Conference Champions ousted the favored Winnipeg Jets in five games, winning four straight to close out the series. In the Golden Knights series clinching 2-1 win, it had quite the Pittsburgh connection. There’s Marc Andre Fleury putting together a 31 save performance to close out the series, Ryan Reaves a major outcast in the Penguins system, scoring the game winning goal, and Deryk Engelland playing 23 minutes in Game 5 and on the ice for the final minute of play to preserve a one-goal lead and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas reaching the Stanley Cup Final has already cemented them as one of the greatest stories in NHL history and winning the Cup would turn it into one of the greatest storiesRead More »

Rumors: Hurricanes motivated to trade Jordan Staal

 

TIOPS Inside Buzz *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* — A familiar name to Penguins fans is strongly on the trade block: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal. As former Hurricanes GM Ron Francis saw the 29 year old Staal as a building block in his long-term plan, declined to entertain any trade inquiries into Staal the past two years, namely from the Pittsburgh Penguins, that is no longer the case under new owner Tom Dundon and GM Don Waddell, a former pro scout with the Penguins. Waddell and ownership are highly motivated to move Staal who has 5 years, $30 million in actual cash left on his contract, league sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports. The Hurricanes willingness to move Staal this summer is more about the contract than anything else. Staal who went through a lot this past season with the death of his daughter to a terminal birth defect, is loved byRead More »

NHL: Why the Capitals are 2 wins away from reaching Stanley Cup Final

 

Are things finally setting up as ‘This being the year’ for the Washington Capitals? The Capitals with a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals have stormed out to a 2-0 series lead. Washington taking both games in dominant fashion on the road has been even more impressive in doing it without second-line center Nicklas Backstrom. This was supposed to be a series where the faster, more skilled Lightning team would prove to be too much for the Capitals. Instead Washington is beating Tampa Bay at their own game. The Capitals are excelling at the more skilled game and they’re playing faster than Tampa Bay, something many did not see coming in. Washington has outscored Tampa Bay 7-2 during 5-on-5 play in the Eastern Conference Finals. Still a ways to go but the Capitals are finally showing all the ingredients of aRead More »

NHL Playoff Scoring Leaders: Sid & Jake

 

NHL PLAYOFF SCORING LEADERS Jake Guentzel of the @penguins became the first player to score 10+ goals through his team’s first 10 games of a postseason since 2008, when Johan Franzen had 11 en route to capturing the #StanleyCup with the @DetroitRedWings. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/6rVIL22bW4 — NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 4, 2018 1. Jake Guentzel | 10 GP – 10 Goals – 11 Assists – 21 Pts 2. Sidney Crosby | 10 GP – 8 Goals – 11 Assists – 19 Pts 3. David Pastrnak | 10 GP – 5 Goals – 14 Assists – 19 Pts 4. Brad Marchand | 10 GP – 4 Goals – 11 Assists – 15 Pts 5. Alex Ovechkin | 10 GP – 8 Goals – 5 Assists – 13 Pts

NHL Playoffs: Vegas Sweeps, Caps win in Double-OT

 

Capitals avoid going down 3-0 (CLB Leads Series, 2-1) Capitals – Blue Jackets went to overtime for the third straight game and Washington has tightened the series on a Lars Eller goal in Double-OT to deliver a 3-2 Capitals win in Game 2. The ugly goal went off Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski and past Sergei Bobrovsky. The Capitals have now gone to overtime in 12 of their past 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games and despite being favorites in Round 1 the last two seasons, eight of their past nine first-round games have been decided in overtime. Vegas Sweeps The Vegas Golden Knights are the first team to punch their ticket to the second round. Vegas swept the Los Angeles Kings with a 1-0 series clinching win in Game 4 on Tuesday night. Marc Andre Fleury made 31 saves for his second shutout of the series. The amazing story of theRead More »

CBJ go up 2-0 in series over Capitals

 

CBJ 5 – WSH 4 (OT) Back-to-back overtime wins for the Columbus Blue Jackets have the favored Washington Capitals on the ropes as the series shifts to Columbus for Game 3. Sergei Bobrovsky made 54 saves and Matt Calvert was the hero in overtime, scoring off a rebound 12:22 into overtime to deliver a 5-4 Game 2 win and a 2-0 series lead for the Blue Jackets. Washington’s big boys came to play in the loss but suspect goaltending haunted Washington again. Alex Ovechkin scored twice and T.J. Oshie also scored in the win. Philipp Grubauer was pulled after allowing four goals on 22 shots, Braden Holtby stopped 7 of 8 shots. Barry Trotz who will surely be fired if the Capitals get ousted in Round 1, made the gamble to start the playoffs with Grubauer and the move hasn’t paid off. The Capitals outshot Columbus 58-30 but lost anotherRead More »

NHL: Rangers fire Alain Vigneault

 

In the midst of starting a quick rebuild/re-tool, the New York Rangers have fired head coach Alain Vigneault. Vigneault prior to the Rangers season ending loss to the Flyers, made a plea that he deserved to return and that the Rangers coaching staff was one of the organizations biggest strengths. He had multiple years left on his contract with a $4 million a year salary. Rangers management ultimately decided Vigneault was not the right fit for the Rangers mini-rebuild as always, coaches have expiration dates. From Press Release: Vigneault served as the Rangers Head Coach for five seasons (2013-14 – 2017-18) after he was named the 34th Head Coach in franchise history on June 21, 2013. In 410 regular season games with the Rangers, Vigneault posted a 226-147-37 record. He ranks third among head coaches in wins and ranks fourth in games coached in franchise history. During his tenure, theRead More »

Latest NHL Buzz: Penguins underwhelm in Murray’s return; Impact of rental winger additions in CLB/SJ

 

Islanders 4 – Penguins 1 PIT GAME LEADERS Matt Murray | 33 Saves, .923 SV% Conor Sheary | Goal (15), 2 SOG Phil Kessel | Assist, 3 SOG Derick Brassard | Assist, 2 SOG The Penguins performance in Matt Murray’s return to the lineup was underwhelming to say the least. Pittsburgh fell behind 2-0 in the first 10:33 of the game and although it was a one goal game going into the third period, it just never felt like it was going to be the Penguins night. In three games so far during a four game stretch against teams that are nine points or more out of a playoff spot, the Penguins have taken 3 out of a possible six points and the Penguins have looked like a bored team, especially in the defensive end. Defensively the Penguins did a lot of standing around against the Islanders Tuesday night andRead More »