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  • Blues acquire C Schenn from Flyers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    CHICAGO -- The St. Louis Blues acquired center Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2017 NHL draft on Friday in exchange for center Jori Lehtera, the No. 27 pick and a conditional first-round selection in 2018.

    • Schenn, 25, tallied 55 points (25 goals, 30 assists) in 79 games with the Flyers last season. He has scored at least 20 goals in three of his past four seasons.

      Schenn does not come cheap, however, as his contract represents a $5.125 million cap hit in each of the next three seasons.

      Philadelphia added Lehtera, 29, who had 22 points (seven goals, 15 assists) in 64 games last season. The Flyers used the No. 27 pick to draft Morgan Frost, a center from Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League.

      The Blues pulled off their second trade of the night when they sent forward Ryan Reaves and the No. 51 pick of the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins for center Oskar Sundqvist and the No. 31 pick. With the final pick of the first round, St. Louis chose forward Klim Kostin out of Russia.

      Reaves collected seven goals, six assists and 104 penalty minutes in 80 games last season. He is expected to provide a bit of muscle to protect Sidney Crosby and others with the Penguins.

      Sundqvist, 23, did not record a point in 10 games with the Blues last season.

  • Ducks extend RW Eaves' contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    Anaheim Ducks right winger Patrick Eaves signed a three-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed by the Ducks, but TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported the pact was worth $9.45 million.

      Acquired from the Dallas Stars on Feb. 24, Eaves collected 11 goals, three assists, a plus-8 rating and eight penalty minutes in 20 games last season with Anaheim. The 33-year-old set season career-high totals in goals (32), assists (19), points (51) and games (79) in 2016-17.

      Eaves was acquired from Dallas for a conditional second-round selection in the 2017 NHL draft. However, the pick was upgraded to the first round after Anaheim reached the Western Conference final.

      Eaves has 131 goals, 110 assists and 206 penalty minutes in 624 career games with the Ottawa Senators, Carolina Hurricanes, Detroit Red Wings, Nashville Predators, Stars and Ducks.

  • Devils tab Hischier with No. 1 pick in 2017 NHL draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    CHICAGO -- The New Jersey Devils selected center Nico Hischier with the first pick of the 2017 NHL draft on Friday night.

    • Hischier, an 18-year-old from Switzerland, racked up 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) in 57 games last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was named the league's rookie of the year.

      The selection marked the Devils' first No. 1 overall draft pick in franchise history. New Jersey general manager Ray Shero and his front-office staff opted for Hischier over Nolan Patrick, another playmaking 18-year-old center who was considered for the top pick.

      The Philadelphia Flyers happily grabbed Patrick with the next selection. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Winnipeg native had 46 points (20 goals, 26 goals) in 33 games last season with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.

      Miro Heiskanen of Finland was the first defenseman off the board when the Dallas Stars selected him at No. 3.

      Defenseman Cale Makar (Colorado Avalanche) and center Elias Petterson (Vancouver Canucks) round out the top five picks.

      The Vegas Golden Knights used their first draft pick at No. 6 overall to select Cody Glass, an 18-year-old from the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL. Glass tallied 94 points in 69 games last season.

      After the New York Rangers selected Swedish center Lias Andersson at No. 7, the Buffalo Sabres selected a high school senior with the eighth pick. The Sabres drafted Casey Mittelstadt, a center who won Minnesota's coveted Mr. Hockey Award as a baby-faced standout at Eden Prairie High School.

      The Detroit Red Wings added one of the largest players in the draft by taking 6-foot-6, 221-pound center Michael Rasmussen at No. 9. The Florida Panthers picked right winger Owen Tippett from the Ontario Hockey League to finish the top 10.

      Highly touted Canadian center Gabriel Vilardi surprisingly slipped out of the top 10. However, he did not have to wait much longer for his name to be called as the Los Angeles Kings took him at No. 11.

      The Golden Knights had two more first-round picks thanks to previous deals with the Winnipeg Jets and New York Islanders. Vegas added center Nick Suzuki at No. 13 and defenseman Erik Brannstrom at No. 15.

      Several first-round picks had NHL bloodlines. The Tampa Bay Lightning used the 14th pick to take defenseman Callan Foote, the son of two-time Stanley Cup champion Adam Foote.

      One year ago, the Toronto Maple Leafs used the top overall pick to select Auston Matthews, who went on to score 40 goals as a rookie. The Maple Leafs added another promising young player on Friday with the selection of Swedish defenseman Timothy Liljegren at No. 17.

      Other top 20 picks included Czech center Martin Necas (No. 12, Carolina Hurricanes), Finnish blue-liners Juuso Valimaki (No. 16, Calgary Flames) and Urho Vaakanainen (No. 18, Boston Bruins), American center Joshua Norris (No. 19, San Jose Sharks) and Canadian center Robert Thomas (No. 20, St. Louis Blues).

      The smallest player to be drafted in the first round was right winger Kailer Yamamoto (5-8, 153 pounds), who went to the Edmonton Oilers with the 22nd selection. Yamamoto racked up 99 points (42 goals, 57 assists) in 65 games last season with Spokane of the WHL.

      After a busy day of deals across the league, the trade market cooled considerably during the draft. Nearly 2 1/2 hours passed before the Blackhawks and Stars struck the first draft deal. Chicago sent its No. 26 pick to the Stars for picks No. 29 and 70.

      The Stars used the 26th pick to select Boston University goaltender Jake Oettinger. The 6-4, 218-pound netminder posted a 2.11 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage last season for the Terriers.

      The Blackhawks stirred the crowd by having Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane announce their pick at No. 29. Chicago took 18-year-old defenseman Henri Jokiharju from Portland of the WHL.

      In another late-round trade, the Blues acquired 25-year-old center Brayden Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers for veteran center Jori Lehtera, the No. 27 pick and a conditional first-round pick in 2018. The Flyers used the 27th selection to take Morgan Frost, a center from Sault Ste. Marie of the OHL.

      The Blues pulled off their second trade of the night when they sent forward Ryan Reaves and the No. 51 pick of the second round to the Pittsburgh Penguins for center Oskar Sundqvist and the No. 31 pick. With the final pick of the first round, the Blues chose forward Klim Kostin out of Russia.

  • NHL notebook: Capitals ink Oshie to eight-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie signed an eight-year, $46 million contract, the team announced on Friday.

    • Oshie recorded career highs in goals (33) and plus/minus rating (plus-28) to go along with 23 assists in 68 games last season for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals.

      The former U.S. Olympic hero also contributed in the playoffs, scoring four goals and setting up eight others in 13 postseason games as Washington advanced to the second round before succumbing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

      "Couldn't be happier to resign with the @Capitals!!" the 30-year-old Oshie wrote on Twitter. "Great city, great organization and even more important great people."

      Oshie has collected 107 points (59 goals, 48 assists) in 148 career contests in Washington.

      --The Chicago Blackhawks traded three-time Stanley Cup champion defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin.

      Hjalmarsson, 30, played his entire 10-year career with Chicago and was a member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

      Murphy, 24, notched two goals and a career-high 15 assists in 77 games last season. In 258 career NHL games, he has 13 goals and 36 assists.

      Dauphin, 22, has skated in 32 career games in the NHL over the last two seasons with Arizona, scoring three goals with an assist. Last year, he split time between Arizona and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.

      --The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forwards Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft from the Blackhawks in exchange for forward Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

      Panarin, 25, recorded 151 points (61 goals, 90 assists) and 53 penalty minutes in two seasons with the Blackhawks, including 17 power-play goals and 12 game-winners in 162 career NHL games. This past season, he racked up 74 points (31 goals, 43 assists) and 21 penalty minutes.

      Motte, 22, split his rookie pro season in 2016-17 between Chicago and the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs. He notched four goals, three assists and 14 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Blackhawks. He added 10 goals, six assists and 20 penalty minutes in 43 outings with Rockford.

      Saad, 24, joined the Blue Jackets via trade with the Blackhawks in June 2015. He collected 106 points (55 goals, 51 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 160 games with the Blue Jackets and represented the club at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.

      --The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta, the teams announced.

      Stepan, 27, recorded 55 points (17 goals, 38 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Rangers last season.

      Raanta, 28, was 16-8-2 record in 30 games with the Rangers last season with four shutouts, a 2.26 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. His 2.26 GAA ranked ninth among qualified NHL goaltenders and his four shutouts were tied for the 10th-most despite playing in only 30 games.

      DeAngelo, 21, split this past season between the Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. He skated in 39 NHL games with Arizona in 2016-17, registering five goals, nine assists and 37 penalty minutes. He played in 25 AHL games, recording three goals, 13 assists and 31 penalty minutes.

      --The Los Angeles Kings bought out the contract of defenseman Matt Greene, who was part of the team's two Stanley Cup victories.

      The 34-year-old Greene had one year remaining on his player contract. He played for the Kings in the past nine seasons.

      The buyout will result in a cap charge of approximately $833,333 for the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 season.

      Limited to 26 games this past season due to injury, Greene was still named the recipient of the Ace Bailey Memorial Award (Most Inspirational Player) as voted by his teammates for the sixth time.

      --Jack Capuano, former head coach of the New York Islanders, joined the Florida Panthers as associate coach on Bob Boughner's new staff.

      Capuano, 50, spent over a decade in the New York Islanders' organization serving as head coach (2010-17) and assistant coach (2005-06).

      As head coach of the Islanders, Capuano owned a 227-192-64 record and made three playoff appearances including the club's 2013 postseason berth, their first since the 2007 playoffs. His 227 victories are second on the Islanders' all-time list behind Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour.

      --The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Kris Russell to a four-year contract extension.

      Financial details were not released by the team, but TSN reported the deal is worth $16 million and contains a modified no-trade clause.

      Russell, 30, appeared in 68 games with the Oilers last season, posting one goal, 12 assists and 23 penalty minutes. He led the NHL with 213 blocked shots and also recorded 67 hits. He averaged 21:13 minutes of ice time per game, ranking third on the team.

      The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Russell led the league in blocked shots two of the past three seasons and finished second in the NHL in 2015-16. He also led the league with 283 blocked shots in 2014-15. On March 6, 2015, Russell set an NHL record with 15 blocked shots in one game against the Boston Bruins.

      --The Blue Jackets signed center Alex Broadhurst to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

      Broadhurst, 24, posted 11 goals, 14 assists and 23 penalty minutes in 52 games with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters this past season. He finished tied for seventh on the team in goals, assists and points (25).

      The Orland Park, Ill., native owns 120 points (43 goals, 77 assists) and 73 penalty minutes in 216 career AHL games with the Monsters and Rockford IceHogs. He also has recorded three goals, 10 assists and eight penalty minutes in 24 career AHL playoff games, including three goals and nine assists in 17 contests to help the Monsters capture the 2016 Calder Cup.

  • Capitals sign Oshie to eight-year contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    Washington Capitals right wing T.J. Oshie signed an eight-year, $46 million contract, the team announced on Friday.

    • Oshie recorded career highs in goals (33) and plus/minus rating (plus-28) to go along with 23 assists in 68 games last season for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Capitals.

      The former U.S. Olympic hero also contributed in the playoffs, scoring four goals and setting up eight others in 13 postseason games as Washington advanced to the second round before succumbing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.

      "Couldn't be happier to resign with the @Capitals!!" the 30-year-old Oshie wrote on Twitter. "Great city, great organization and even more important great people."

      Oshie has collected 107 points (59 goals, 48 assists) in 148 career contests in Washington.

      "T.J. is an invaluable member of our team and we felt it was imperative for us to re-sign him in a competitive free agent market," general manager Brian MacLellan said. "T.J. is a highly competitive player with a tremendous skill set; he epitomizes the kind of player our team must have in order for us to continue to put ourselves in a position to compete in this league."

      Oshie has recorded 417 points (169 goals, 248 assists) in 591 career NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Capitals. He was selected by the Blues with the 24th overall pick of the 2005 draft.

  • Oilers extend D Russell's contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Kris Russell to a four-year contract extension on Friday.

    • Financial details were not released by the team, but TSN reported the deal is worth $16 million and contains a modified no-trade clause.

      "I love playing there," Russell said. "The guys in the room are great and I'm excited to get it done. It's a place I want to be."

      Russell, 30, appeared in 68 games with the Oilers last season, posting one goal, 12 assists and 23 penalty minutes. He led the NHL with 213 blocked shots and also recorded 67 hits. He averaged 21:13 minutes of ice time per game, ranking third on the team.

      The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Russell led the league in blocked shots two of the past three seasons and finished second in the NHL in 2015-16. He also led the league with 283 blocked shots in 2014-15. On March 6, 2015, Russell set an NHL record with 15 blocked shots in one game against the Boston Bruins.

      The Caroline, Alberta, native owns 190 points (39 goals, 151 assists) and 210 penalty minutes in 641 career NHL games.

      Russell represented Canada on five occasions, winning gold twice at the World Junior Hockey Championship (2006, 2007).

  • Kings part ways with D Greene
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Los Angeles Kings on Friday bought out the contract of defenseman Matt Greene, who was part of the team's two Stanley Cup victories.

    • The 34-year-old Greene had one year remaining on his player contract. He played for the Kings in the past nine seasons.

      The buyout will result in a cap charge of approximately $833,333 for the 2017-18 season and the 2018-19 season.

      "Matt has made incredible contributions to our hockey club and we are very grateful for everything he has done since joining our organization including his outstanding leadership," Kings president Luc Robitaille said in a statement. "Upon his arrival to Los Angeles he played a significant role in helping change the culture of the Kings and his contributions to our two Stanley Cups in particular is immeasurable."

      Limited to 26 games this past season due to injury, Greene was still named the recipient of the Ace Bailey Memorial Award (Most Inspirational Player) as voted by his teammates for the sixth time.

      Greene played in 464 regular-season games with the Kings and recorded 67 points (16 goals, 51 assists) and 458 penalty minutes. He also skated in 61 playoff games with the Kings and tallied two goals, 11 assists and 48 penalty minutes.

      Greene's final playoff game was in 2014 when he lifted the Stanley Cup for the second time. The native of Grand Ledge, Mich., was originally selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the second round (44th overall) of the 2002 draft.

      Greene broke into the NHL with the Oilers during the 2005-06 season after three seasons at the University of North Dakota. In his first NHL season, he advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

      Greene was acquired by the Kings from Edmonton on June 29, 2008, and served eight seasons as a Kings' assistant captain after being named to the post prior to the 2008-09 season.

  • Blue Jackets obtain Panarin from Blackhawks
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired forwards Artemi Panarin and Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft from the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday in exchange for forward Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round pick in the 2018 draft.

    • In addition, the Blue Jackets acquired center Jordan Schroeder from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for center Dante Salituro.

      Panarin, 25, recorded 151 points (61 goals, 90 assists) and 53 penalty minutes in two seasons with the Blackhawks, including 17 power-play goals and 12 game-winners in 162 career NHL games. This past season, he racked up 74 points (31 goals, 43 assists) and 21 penalty minutes.

      Panarin was named a 2016-17 second team NHL All-Star earlier this week, and was NHL Rookie of the Year in 2015-16.

      "Artemi Panarin was the best rookie in the NHL two years ago, a second team All-Star this past season and is one of the most dynamic offensive players in the NHL," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "There is a cost to adding a player like Artemi, as well as a very good NHL prospect in Tyler Motte, but we believe this is a very good move for our team. We wish Brandon and Anton well and thank them for their contributions to our organization."

      Panarin, a native of Korkino, Russia, won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 2015-16 after tallying 77 points (30 goals, 47 assists) and 32 penalty minutes, eight power-play goals and seven game-winning goals in 80 games. He became the first rookie since Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby to record 10 three-point games in a season.

      Motte, 22, split his rookie pro season in 2016-17 between Chicago and the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs. He notched four goals, three assists and 14 penalty minutes in 33 games with the Blackhawks. He added 10 goals, six assists and 20 penalty minutes in 43 outings with Rockford.

      Saad, 24, joined the Blue Jackets via trade with the Blackhawks in June 2015. He collected 106 points (55 goals, 51 assists) and 22 penalty minutes in 160 games with the Blue Jackets and represented the club at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.

      Forsberg, 24, was selected by Columbus in the seventh round of 2011 draft. He appeared in 10 games with the Blue Jackets over the past three seasons, going 1-8-0 with a 4.02 goals-against average and .879 save percentage.

      Schroeder, 26, tallied 40 points (17 goals, 23 assists) and 10 penalty minutes in 144 career games with the Wild and Vancouver Canucks since making his NHL debut in 2012-13. He recorded six goals, seven assists in 37 games with Minnesota in 2016-17.

      Salituro, 20, totaled 11 goals, 11 assists and 18 penalty minutes in 30 games with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League in 2016-17, before appearing in seven ECHL games with one goal in five games with Cleveland of the AHL.

  • Coyotes acquire Stepan from Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The New York Rangers acquired defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and the seventh overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for center Derek Stepan and goaltender Antti Raanta, the teams announced Friday.

    • Stepan, 27, recorded 55 points (17 goals, 38 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 81 games with the Rangers last season.

      "We are thrilled to acquire Derek," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said in a statement. "Our organization has been searching for a true No. 1 center for over a decade and we are confident that he can be that for us."

      Raanta, 28, was 16-8-2 record in 30 games with the Rangers last season with four shutouts, a 2.26 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage. His 2.26 GAA ranked ninth among qualified NHL goaltenders and his four shutouts were tied for the 10th-most despite playing in only 30 games.

      "Antti is a highly skilled, athletic goaltender," Chayka said. "We're confident that he can emerge as an excellent starting goalie for us."

      DeAngelo, 21, split this past season between the Coyotes and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. He skated in 39 NHL games with Arizona in 2016-17, registering five goals, nine assists and 37 penalty minutes. He played in 25 AHL games, recording three goals, 13 assists and 31 penalty minutes.

  • Blackhawks trade Hjalmarsson to Coyotes
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Chicago Blackhawks traded three-time Stanley Cup champion defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday in exchange for defenseman Connor Murphy and forward Laurent Dauphin.

    • In another blockbuster deal, the Blackhawks traded Artemi Panarin to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

      The Blackhawks acquired forward Brandon Saad, goaltender Anton Forsberg and a fifth-round draft pick in 2018 from the Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Panarin, Tyler Motte and Chicago's sixth round (170th overall) draft pick in 2017. Saad returns to the Blackhawks where he was a two-time Stanley Cup winner with Chicago in 2013 and 2015.

      Hjalmarsson, 30, played his entire 10-year career with Chicago and was a member of the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup championship teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015.

      "Niklas' contributions to the three Stanley Cup championship teams are well known but his dependability as a teammate, selfless attitude and the way he represented the Chicago Blackhawks on and off the ice are what made him such a beloved member of the organization," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "He made his debut in Chicago in 2008 and quietly established himself as one of the toughest competitors in franchise history. We wish he and his family continued success."

      The 6-foot-3, 197-pound Hjalmarsson registered 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 73 games with the Blackhawks last season. He also finished the season with a team-leading and a career-high 181 blocked shots, which ranked sixth in the NHL.

      In 623 career regular-season games, Hjalmarsson recorded 143 points (23 goals, 120 assists) and 238 penalty minutes. He holds the franchise record for most playoff games played by a defenseman (128) with two goals and 26 assists in postseason play. A native of Eksjo, Sweden, he represented his country with a silver medal in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

      "We are very pleased to acquire Niklas," Coyotes general manager John Chayka said. "He's an elite player and one of the NHL's top defenseman. He's a warrior who played a key role in Chicago's last three Stanley Cup wins. We are thrilled to have him join our team."

      Murphy, 24, recently completed his fourth season in the NHL, all as a member of the Coyotes. Last season, he notched two goals and a career-high 15 assists in 77 games. In 258 career NHL games, he has 13 goals and 36 assists.

      Dauphin, 22, has skated in 32 career games in the NHL over the last two seasons with Arizona, scoring three goals with an assist. Last year, he split time between Arizona and the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League.

      Panarin, 25, recently finished his second season in the NHL, playing all 82 games last year and scoring a career-high 31 goals and adding 43 assists. On Wednesday, the NHL named the left winger to the NHL Second All-Star Team, his first such honor. As a rookie in 2015-16, he was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy, leading all NHL rookies with 77 points (30 goals, 47 assists).

      "We thank Artemi for the immediate impact he made on our lineup during his seamless transition to the NHL," Bowman said. "His rookie year will always rank among the best in franchise history and his exciting style of play provided many memorable moments for our fans during his two seasons as a member of the team. Tyler has a bright future in this league and we appreciate his contributions and hard work he put in. We wish them both success in Columbus."

      Saad, 24, recently completed his sixth season in the NHL after having spent the last two seasons with Columbus. Last season, he appeared in all 82 games, tallying 24 goals and 29 assists.

      Forsberg, 24, split the last three seasons between Columbus and the Blue Jackets' American Hockey League affiliates in Cleveland -- where he was a member of the 2016 Calder Cup champion Lake Erie Monsters -- and Springfield. He owns a career NHL record of 1-8-0 in 10 games with a 4.02 goals-against average and .879 save percentage. He made one start with Columbus in 2016-17.

      Motte, 22, split time between Chicago and the Blackhawks' AHL affiliate in Rockford during the 2016-17 season. He scored four goals and notched three assists in 33 games with the Blackhawks last year, his first year in the NHL. He scored 16 points (10 goals, six assists) in 43 goals with Rockford last year.

  • Panthers hire Capuano as associate coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    Jack Capuano, former head coach of the New York Islanders, joined the Florida Panthers on Friday as associate coach on Bob Boughner's new staff.

    • Capuano, 50, spent over a decade in the New York Islanders' organization serving as head coach (2010-17) and assistant coach (2005-06).

      "I am thrilled to welcome Jack to our coaching staff," Boughner, who was named the Panthers' head coach on June 12, said in a statement. "He is a knowledgeable and experienced voice to have behind our bench that will work well with our young players."

      As head coach of the Islanders, Capuano owned a 227-192-64 record and made three playoff appearances including the club's 2013 postseason berth, their first since the 2007 playoffs. His 227 victories are second on the Islanders' all-time list behind Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour.

      "I am extremely excited to join the Florida Panthers organization," Capuano said. "My familiarity with the Panthers has grown a lot throughout the past few years and I'm eager to work with such a young, talented group of players."

      Prior to joining the Islanders behind the bench, Capuano served as head coach of the Islanders' American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2007-10), and served as assistant coach (2006-07). In 1995, he started his coaching career in Tallahassee with the Tiger Sharks of the ECHL.

      The native of Cranston, R.I., and former defenseman appeared in six NHL games for the Boston Bruins (1991-92), Vancouver Canucks (1990-91) and Toronto Maple Leafs (1989-90). Throughout his professional career, he also played in 170 AHL games.

      "He's a knowledgeable and experienced voice to have behind our bench that will work well with our young players," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said.

  • Blue Jackets sign C Broadhurst to two-way deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    The Columbus Blue Jackets signed center Alex Broadhurst on Friday to a one-year, two-way NHL/AHL contract extension through the 2017-18 season.

    • Broadhurst, 24, posted 11 goals, 14 assists and 23 penalty minutes in 52 games with the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters this past season. He finished tied for seventh on the team in goals, assists and points (25).

      The Orland Park, Ill., native owns 120 points (43 goals, 77 assists) and 73 penalty minutes in 216 career AHL games with the Monsters and Rockford IceHogs. He also has recorded three goals, 10 assists and eight penalty minutes in 24 career AHL playoff games, including three goals and nine assists in 17 contests to help the Monsters capture the 2016 Calder Cup.

      Broadhurst was originally a seventh-round selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL draft. He was acquired by the Blue Jackets as part of a trade on June 30, 2015.

  • Coyotes part ways with coach Tippett
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 23, 2017

    Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway announced late Thursday that long-time coach Dave Tippett had been let go in a mutual agreement.

    • "On behalf of the entire Coyotes organization, I would like to sincerely thank Tip for all of his hard work and the many contributions he made to our organization," Barroway said. "Tip is a man of high character and we are very grateful for his leadership during his tenure as our head coach.

      "Ultimately, we have some philosophical differences on how to build our team. Therefore, we mutually agreed that it is in everyone's best interest to have a coaching change in order to move our franchise forward."

      According to arizonasports.com's Craig Morgan, Tippett, who was given a structured buyout, was not happy with the team recently trading away No. 1 goalie Mike Smith and deciding not to re-sign longtime captain Shane Doan, among other issues.

      Morgan also reported that no other members of the Coyotes coaching staff were let go, including assistants Jim Playfair, John Slaney and Jon Elkin.

      "After some thoughtful discussions with Andy, we both agreed that it was best for me to move on," said Tippett. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Coyotes and wish Andy and the entire organization all the best in the future."

      Tippett was named the 17th coach in franchise history Sept. 24, 2009, and compiled a 282-257-83 record with the team.

  • D Ruhwedel signs two-year deal to stay with Penguins
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Penguins re-signed defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a two-year, $1.3 million contract on Thursday.

    • The deal runs through the 2018-19 season and has an average annual value of $650,000.

      Ruhwedel, 27, played in a career-high 34 regular-season games this past season, scoring two goals to go along with eight assists and a plus-9 rating. He also played in six playoff games.

      Ruhwedel made his Pittsburgh debut on Dec. 20 against the New York Rangers and scored his first NHL goal three nights later vs. the New Jersey Devils.

      The 5-foot-11, 191-pound defenseman spent half of his first season in the Pittsburgh organization with AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, scoring four goals to go along with 12 assists in 28 games.

      Ruhwedel has appeared in a combined 67 career NHL regular-season games with Pittsburgh and Buffalo, scoring two goals and 10 assists.

      Also Thursday, the Penguins signed prospect forward Freddie Tiffels to a two-year, entry-level contract.

      Tiffels, 22, enjoyed a successful junior season at Western Michigan this past year, scoring nine goals and setting personal highs with 12 assists and 21 points in 37 games played. Tiffels was Pittsburgh's sixth-round selection in the 2015 draft.

  • NHL notebook: Islanders acquire Eberle from Oilers
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The New York Islanders acquired Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday for fellow forward Ryan Strome.

    • Eberle collected 20 goals and 31 assists while playing in 82 games last season for the Oilers. The 26-year-old has scored 165 goals and set up 217 others in 507 career games since being selected by Edmonton with the 22nd overall pick of the 2008 draft.

      Eberle is entering the fifth season of a six-year, $36 million deal he signed before the 2012-13 campaign.

      Strome, who is entering the final season of a two-year deal, recorded 13 goals and 17 assists in 69 games with the Islanders in 2016-17.

      --The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft from the Vegas Golden Knights for a second-round selection in this year's draft.

      Vegas announced van Riemsdyk as a member of its team during the expansion draft on Wednesday.

      Van Riemsdyk recorded five goals, 11 assists and a plus-17 rating in 58 games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks.

      --The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman David Schlemko from the Golden Knights for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft.

      The Golden Knights selected Schlemko in Wednesday's expansion draft from the San Jose Sharks.

      Schlemko recorded two goals and 16 assists in 62 games last season with San Jose.

      --Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger was named the Florida Panthers' senior advisor to the team's president of hockey operations.

      Pronger, 42, joins the Panthers' front office after working with the NHL's Department of Player Safety since 2014.

      Pronger, who was a Hart and Norris Trophy winner in 2000, helped Canada win the gold medal in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics.

      --The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Christian Djoos to a two-year, $1.3 million contract.

      The contract is a two-way deal during the 2017-18 season and one-way for the 2018-19 campaign.

      Djoos recorded career highs in goals (13), assists (45) and games played (66) with Hershey of the American Hockey League last season. His assist total was tied for first among AHL defensemen.

      --After being one of the last two teams on the ice in the Stanley Cup Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be one of the first to take it when the NHL begins the 2017-18 season.

      The NHL unveiled the 1,271-game regular-season schedule. The regular season will conclude on April 7, 2018.

      The Penguins will raise the franchise's fifth Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 4 prior to their season-opening game against the visiting St. Louis Blues.

      The Vegas Golden Knights will visit the Dallas Stars to play their first regular-season game on Oct. 6.

      --The Los Angeles Kings hired Don Nachbaur as an assistant coach on John Stevens' staff, the team announced.

      Nachbaur spent the past seven years as the head coach of Spokane of the Western Hockey League.

      --The Dallas Stars named Rick Wilson and Stu Barnes as assistant coaches.

      The two will join Curt Fraser as an assistant to new head coach Ken Hitchcock.

  • Devils in good position in stacked NHL draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    CHICAGO -- On Friday night, the New Jersey Devils will announce the No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft for the first time in franchise history.

    • If Devils general manager Ray Shero knows which player he will select, he is hiding it well.

      "There's some good options and good players to choose from," Shero recently said to the team's official website. "I wish we had picks one, two, three, four and five. They're all great kids and great players, and we know we'll get a good one."

      But which one?

      Centers Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier have emerged as the most likely options to go No. 1 when the first round gets underway at the United Center near downtown Chicago. Both prospects are skilled playmakers who could infuse the team with much-needed youth.

      Patrick, 18, is the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings in Canada's Western Hockey League. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Winnipeg native notched 46 points (20 goals, 26 assists) in 33 games last season. His father, Steve Patrick, played 250 games with the Buffalo Sabres, New York Rangers and Quebec Nordiques in the 1980s.

      Hischier, 18, is from Switzerland and spent last season with the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He racked up 86 points (38 goals, 48 assists) in 57 games.

      Neither Patrick nor Hischier knows whether he will be the No. 1 pick.

      "No idea, no idea," Patrick told the Winnipeg Free Press earlier this week. "It'd be an honor (to go first overall), but at the end of the day I don't care if I go one, two, three, four. It doesn't matter to me. I'm just excited to get drafted and have a chance to try out for an NHL team."

      The Philadelphia Flyers own the No. 2 pick and are expected to select whichever top prospect the Devils bypass. The Dallas Stars, Colorado Avalanche and Vancouver Canucks round out the top five selections.

      Meanwhile, picks Nos. 6-10 belong to the first-year Vegas Golden Knights, Arizona Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Florida Panthers.

      After Patrick and Hischier, the top-ranked forwards from North American amateur clubs include Eden Prairie (Minn.) High School center Casey Mittelstadt, center Gabriel Vilardi (Windsor, Ontario Hockey League) and center Michael Rasmussen (Tri-City, WHL). The top European club players are left winger Klim Kostin (Russia), center Elias Pettersson (Sweden) and center Lias Andersson (Sweden).

      The top-ranked North American defenseman is Cole Makar from the Brooks Bandits of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Miro Heiskanen of Finland is the No. 1 European blue-liner on the NHL's draft prospect rankings.

      As for goaltenders, Boston University standout Jake Oettinger is ranked No. 1 on the NHL's list of North Americans. The top-ranked European goaltender is Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen of Finland.

      Dallas, which holds the No. 3 pick, is willing to listen to trade offers from teams that want to move up. However, the price tag could be steep and include one or more proven veterans.

      "It's all part of the discussion," Stars general manager Jim Nill told the Dallas Morning News. "I understand it's a valuable asset, and that's why I'm prepared to move it. But it has to be for something that really helps us right now."

      The draft will conclude with Rounds 2-7 on Saturday.

  • NHL announced 2017-18 regular-season schedule
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    After being one of the last two teams on the ice in the Stanley Cup Final, the Pittsburgh Penguins will be one of the first to take it when the NHL begins the 2017-18 season.

    • The NHL unveiled the 1,271-game regular-season schedule on Thursday. The regular season will conclude on April 7, 2018.

      The Penguins will raise the franchise's fifth Stanley Cup championship banner to the rafters at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 4 prior to their season-opening game against the visiting St. Louis Blues. Two-time reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner Sidney Crosby led the Penguins to series victories over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals and Ottawa Senators before a six-game triumph over the Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup Final.

      That contest is just one of four on opening night. The Toronto Maple Leafs will visit the Winnipeg Jets, the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames will tangle in the latest installment of the "Battle of Alberta" and the San Jose Sharks host the Philadelphia Flyers to complete the opening night festivities.

      The Detroit Red Wings, who bid adieu to Joe Louis Arena last season, will begin play at Little Caesar's Arena on Oct. 5 against the Minnesota Wild. The Red Wings played at Joe Louis Arena since 1979.

      The Vegas Golden Knights will visit the Dallas Stars to play their first regular-season game on Oct. 6. The expansion club will play its first home contest four days later when it plays host to the Arizona Coyotes at T-Mobile Arena.

      St. Louis will exit Pittsburgh following the season opener and return home to face former head coach Ken Hitchcock and the Dallas Stars on Oct. 7.

      Speaking of the Penguins, they'll host the Predators in a Stanley Cup Final rematch on Oct. 7. The teams will tangle again in Music City on Nov. 11.

      Captain Erik Karlsson and the Ottawa Senators will face off against the captain Gabriel Landeskog and the Colorado Avalanche in their native Sweden on Nov. 10-11. The contests will be played at Ericsson Globe in the 2017 SAP NHL Global Series, marking the sixth time the league has played regular-season games in Europe -- but the first since 2011.

      Outdoor games will be a part of the 2017-18 festivities as the Senators and Montreal Canadiens will battle it out in the elements on Dec. 16 at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, home of the RedBlacks of the Canadian Football League. The contest was selected to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the NHL's first two games, one of which involved these two teams.

      Also, the NHL Winter Classic will be on display on New Year's Day as the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers travel to Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. The contest will mark the 10-year anniversary of the NHL Winter Classic, with the Sabres falling in a shootout to Crosby and the Penguins in the first one.

      The NHL All-Star break will occur from Jan. 26-29 in Tampa. The All-Star Game format will be the same as it has been in each of the last two years, with three 20-minute games. Star players from each NHL division will make up the four All-Star teams: Pacific, Central, Atlantic, and Metropolitan.

      Marc-Andre Fleury will return to Pittsburgh on Feb. 6 as the Golden Knights face the Penguins. Fleury, who is Penguins' all-time leader in goaltender wins (375) and shutouts (44), was selected by Vegas in the expansion draft on Wednesday.

      The Capitals will also take the action outdoors in the NHL's Stadium Series on March 3 when they host the Maple Leafs at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md.

  • Kings hire Nachbaur as assistant coach
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Los Angeles Kings hired Don Nachbaur as an assistant coach on John Stevens' staff, the team announced on Thursday.

    • Nachbaur spent the past seven years as the head coach of Spokane of the Western Hockey League, guiding the Chiefs to six playoff appearances in that stretch. The 58-year-old also has been a head coach at Seattle and Tri-City in the WHL as well as an assistant under Stevens with the then-Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League from 2000-02.

      "Don is a great addition to our coaching staff," Stevens said. "I personally have known him 30-plus years. I played with him and have coached alongside him. He has played the game at a high level and he is a tremendous all-around teacher who is very well-rounded."

      Nachbaur joins Dave Lowry and goaltending coach Bill Ranford on Stevens' staff.

  • Canadiens acquire Schlemko from Vegas
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenseman David Schlemko from the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday for a fifth-round pick in the 2019 NHL draft.

    • The Golden Knights selected Schlemko in Wednesday's expansion draft from the San Jose Sharks.

      Schlemko recorded two goals and 16 assists in 62 games last season with San Jose. The 30-year-old will be entering the second campaign of a four-year, $8.4 million contract he signed with the Sharks last July.

      Schlemko has collected 17 goals, 70 assists and 114 penalty minutes in 360 career contests with the Arizona Coyotes, Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, New Jersey Devils and the Sharks.

      The addition of Schlemko aids in Montreal's loss of fellow defenseman Alexei Emelin in the expansion draft.

  • Hurricanes land van Riemsdyk from Golden Knights
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft from the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday for a second-round selection in this year's draft.

    • Vegas announced van Riemsdyk as a member of its team during the expansion draft on Wednesday.

      "As a right-handed defenseman, Trevor fills an immediate need in our lineup," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said. "He has obviously already experienced success in Chicago, and now will be another good, young piece on our blueline."

      Van Riemsdyk recorded five goals, 11 assists and a plus-17 rating in 58 games last season with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 25-year-old failed to record a point in four playoff games as the Blackhawks were swept in their first-round series against the Nashville Predators.

      Van Riemsdyk has 31 points (eight goals, 23 assists) in 158 career contests with the Blackhawks.

  • Islanders acquire F Eberle from Oilers for F Strome
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The New York Islanders acquired Jordan Eberle from the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday for fellow forward Ryan Strome.

    • Eberle collected 20 goals and 31 assists while playing in 82 games last season for the Oilers. The 26-year-old has scored 165 goals and set up 217 others in 507 career games since being selected by Edmonton with the 22nd overall pick of the 2008 draft.

      "We're excited to add a proven offensive weapon like Jordan to our lineup," Islanders general manager Garth Snow said. "He brings speed and a knack for scoring not only consistently, but scoring big goals, in big games.

      "Jordan brings leadership and experience into our room, qualities that will continue to help us build towards our goals of being a consistent playoff contender and winning the Stanley Cup."

      Eberle is entering the fifth season of a six-year, $36 million deal he signed before the 2012-13 campaign.

      Strome, who is entering the final season of a two-year deal, recorded 13 goals and 17 assists in 69 games with the Islanders in 2016-17. The 23-year-old has posted 126 points (45 goals, 81 assists) in 258 career games since being selected by New York with the fifth overall pick of the 2011 draft.

  • Capitals sign D Djoos to two-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Christian Djoos to a two-year, $1.3 million contract on Thursday.

    • The contract is a two-way deal during the 2017-18 season and one-way for the 2018-19 campaign.

      Djoos recorded career highs in goals (13), assists (45) and games played (66) with Hershey of the American Hockey League last season. His assist total was tied for first among AHL defensemen.

      The 22-year-old represented his native Sweden at the 2013 and 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships.

  • Stars tab Wilson, Barnes as assistant coaches
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    The Dallas Stars named Rick Wilson and Stu Barnes as assistant coaches on Thursday.

    • The two will join Curt Fraser as an assistant to new head coach Ken Hitchcock.

      "We are very happy to have Rick, Stu and Curt returning to the Stars organization and rounding out Ken's staff," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "The three have a unique familiarity with the club from the time they spent here, and we're excited for the wealth of knowledge and experience they will add to our coaching staff."

      Wilson has spent 16 seasons with the Stars organization. The 66-year-old served as assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars from 1992-93 and then with Dallas from 1993-2002 before becoming the team's associate coach from 2002-09.

      Barnes will be making his second stint as a Stars assistant coach as the 46-year-old served in that role from 2008-11. He spent 16 seasons as a player in the NHL and amassed 597 points (261 goals, 336 assists) in 1,136 career regular-season games with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and Dallas.

  • Panthers hire Pronger in senior advisor role
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Pronger was named the Florida Panthers' senior advisor to the team's president of hockey operations on Thursday.

    • Pronger, 42, joins the Panthers' front office after working with the NHL's Department of Player Safety since 2014.

      "Chris has spent the last three years working for the league's Department of Player Safety and is ready to move into a more competitive, executive role," said Dale Tallon, who is both the president of hockey operations and the team's general manager.

      "One of the most dominant defensemen of his era, Chris' winning resume and wealth of hockey knowledge will be a great asset to our hockey club. We're thrilled that he has chosen to join the Panthers organization."

      Pronger was quick to return the compliment.

      "I'm excited to have the opportunity to work with and learn from an executive with the track record that Dale has," Pronger said. "I'm looking forward to doing everything I can to help the Panthers work towards winning the Stanley Cup."

      Pronger, who was a Hart and Norris Trophy winner in 2000, helped Canada win the gold medal in the 2002 and 2010 Winter Olympics. The five-time All-Star also guided the Anaheim Ducks to their lone Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2007 and, after a trade to Philadelphia in 2009, helped the Flyers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2010.

      Pronger collected 157 goals and 541 assists in 1,167 career games with the Hartford Whalers, St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, Ducks and Flyers. He was originally selected by Hartford with the second overall pick of the 1993 draft.

  • NHL awards roundup: McDavid steals show
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 21, 2017

    The Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby just won his third Stanley Cup, but it appears Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers is in the process of dethroning Sid the Kid as the NHL's best player.

    • The NHL's yearly awards were announced in Las Vegas on Wednesday night at T-Mobile Arena and McDavid was named the recipient of the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP, and the Ted Lindsay Award, which is the league's best player as voted on by the NHLPA. Crosby finished second for both awards.

      McDavid, who was also announced as the cover athlete on EA Sports NHL 18, scored the most points (100) in the 2016-17 regular season to win his first Art Ross Trophy. He also led the NHL in assists (70), points per game (1.22), even strength assists (45) and even strength points (71).

      San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns took the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the league's best defenseman. Burns set franchise records for goals (29) and points (76) by a defenseman. He became the first defenseman to record back-to-back 75-plus point seasons since Brian Leetch achieved the feat with the New York Rangers in 1995-96 and 1996-97.

      Sergei Bobrovsky of the Columbus Blue Jackets captured his second career Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's best goaltender. Bobrovsky led the NHL with a 2.06 goals-against average and .931 save percentage to guide the Blue Jackets to their best season in club history. He also ranked in the top five in the league in wins (third; 41), shutouts (tied for third; seven), saves (fourth; 1,727) and starts (tied for fifth; 63).

      Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year.

      Matthews, a near unanimous choice (164 of 167 first-place votes), led all rookies with 40 goals and 69 points while appearing in all 82 games this past season after being selected first overall in the 2016 draft. Matthews set franchise rookie records for goals and points.

      Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron won the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward for a record-tying fourth time.

      Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson earned the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey." Anderson recorded a successful season for the Senators while supporting his wife, Nicholle, in her fight against a rare form of throat cancer.

      Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the Mark Messier Leadership Award, making him the first NHL player to win both awards in the same year.

      The King Clancy award goes to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community. Mark Messier's Leadership Award, in existence since the 2006-07 season, also honors leadership efforts on and off the ice but the winner is selected by Messier himself.

      Calgary Flames left winger Johnny Gaudreau captured the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." Gaudreau (18 goals, 61 points) registered a career-low two minor penalties and four penalty minutes, tied for the fewest among skaters who appeared in at least 41 games.

      On the administrative end, David Poile of the Nashville Predators was named the General Manager of the Year and Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella earned the Jack Adams Award as the league's top coach.

      Poile's work helped the Predators earn a postseason berth for the 10th time in 13 seasons and advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time. Under Tortorella, the Blue Jackets (50-24-8, 108 points) set franchise records for wins, points, home wins (28) and road points (51). The club posted a 32-point gain over 2015-16, jumping from 29th to 2nd in team defense.