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: Sharks flip Hoffman to Florida


Mike Hoffman was officially a San Jose Shark for about an hour. The Sharks have now traded Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round pick to the Florida Panthers for a 2019 second-round pick, a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2018 fifth-round pick. San Jose had earlier acquired Hoffman from the Senators in-exchanged for Mikkel Boedker, Julius Bergman and a sixth-round pick in 2020.

NHL: Mike Hoffman jettisoned to San Jose


The Ottawa Senators have traded Mike Hoffman, Cody Donaghey and Ottawa’s fifth-round choice in the 2020 NHL Draft to the San Jose Sharks for Mikkel Boedker, defenseman Julius Bergman and a sixth-round draft choice in 2020. The Senators organization has turned into one of the worst in the NHL and this trade continues that as Ottawa has been forced to sell extremely low due to the allegations surrounding Hoffman’s fiancée who Hoffman has continued to support 100%, which crushed his trade value around the league. The statement from Senators GM Pierre Dorion says it all. “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,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion. For San Jose there areRead More »

Barry Trotz Leaving Capitals


The expectation throughout the league this past season is that it would be the last for Barry Trotz and despite the Capitals winning the Stanley Cup, it has ended up being the last season for Trotz in Washington. Trotz today officially resigned as head coach of the Capitals, the team announced. “Barry Trotz informed the organization today of his decision to resign as head coach of the Washington Capitals. 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” — Statement from Washington Capitals The Capitals winning the Stanley Cup triggered an automatic two year extension for Trotz at $1.8 million per season withRead More »

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 »