NHL: Sabres acquire Jeff Skinner


Jeff Skinner a top trade target of the Penguins leading into the 2018 entry draft, has been dealt to the Buffalo Sabres. In the deal Carolina receives Cliff Pu from Buffalo along with a second-round pick in the 2019, a third-round pick in the 2020 and a sixth-round pick in the 2020. Pittsburgh was among three finalists for Skinner during draft weekend but trade discussions between the Penguins and Hurricanes became scarce after July 1.    

NHL: Leafs win the John Tavares sweepstakes


Tavares Heading Home Welcome home, @91Tavares. pic.twitter.com/14Weo1ANlS — Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) July 1, 2018 The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the John Tavares sweepstakes with the star center agreeing to a 7 year, $77 million contract. The longer this kept going on with Tavares not committing to the Islanders, it seemed to have Toronto written all over it. Toronto will now boast a 1-3 punch down the middle in Matthews/Tavares/Kadri that few if any teams can rival.

NHL: Caps unload Orpik to COL


Capitals Clear Cap Space to resign Carlson TRADE COL Receives G Philipp Grubauer WSH Receives: 2018 2nd RD Pick The Washington Capitals took a necessary step towards resigning John Carlson in unloading Brooks Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche. Washington was able to take advantage of a hot trade market for backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer in being able to attach a big contract in the deal. The Capitals now have over $21 million in cap space to work with. Orpik with one season left on his contract carries a $5.5 million cap hit. Grubauer a pending RFA was due a $1.5 million qualifying, so the Capitals save at least $7 million with the trade. Orpik who turns 38 in September spent the last four seasons in Washington and played a major factor in changing their room/culture. There was a reason he was handed the Cup third in the celebration. The AvalancheRead More »

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. UPDATE: Detroit #RedWings EVP and GM Ken Holland announced today that the team has hired Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach. Details: https://t.co/To8H1x4OPZ pic.twitter.com/ZMUFoq8Ppr — Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) June 22, 2018 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 strongRead More »

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 »