Flurry of trades, signings expected before NHL free agency
While Julien BriseBois knows exactly how confident he is about the possibility of re-signing playoff performer Ondrej Palat and veteran defenseman Jan Rutta, he's not saying. "Still working on that," the two-time Stanley Cup-winning general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning said. Colorado, which beat Tampa Bay in the Cup Final, is looking to sign postseason standout Valeri Nichushkin among a group of potential free agents, and others such as Calgary MVP candidate Johnny Gaudreau, Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin and Florida trade deadline pickup Claude Giroux could all get new deals to stay rather than hitting the open market.news.yahoo.com
Lightning-Avalanche most compelling Stanley Cup Final in years
The Detroit Red Wings have won more Stanley Cups (four) than any team in the past quarter century. The Lightning face the Colorado Avalanche in the most compelling Stanley Cup Final matchup in years. The Lightning have won 11 consecutive playoff series, third-most in NHL history. The Avalanche are in the Final for the first time since 2001, when they won their second Cup in a seven-game series against New Jersey. Return to gloryFormer Red Wings grinder and energy player Darren Helm is seeking his second Stanley Cup, 14 years after his first.mlive.com
Francouz, Kadri lead Avs to 4-0 win over Oilers in Game 2
Nazem Kadri had three assists in a 2:04 span in the second period, backup Pavel Francouz stopped 24 shots for his second career playoff shutout and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 on Thursday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals.
Ryan Graves hopes to be shutdown defenseman for NJ Devils
New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald has been talking to Colorado counterpart Joe Sakic for almost two years about acquiring defenseman Ryan Graves. It led the two general managers to renew their discussions about the 26-year-old Graves, and they beat the deadline with a deal on Thursday night. “I slept very well,” Fitzgerald said Friday, less than a day after he sent forward Mikhail Maltsev and a second-round pick in this year's draft to the Avalanche for the former New York Rangers draft pick.news.yahoo.com
Rantanen scores OT winner, Avs up 2-0 in series vs. Knights
Mikko Rantanen scored a power-play goal 2:07 into overtime, Philipp Grubauer outdueled fellow Vezina Trophy finalist Marc-Andre Fleury and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Vegas Golden Knights 3-2 to take a 2-0 lead in their second-round playoff series.
Hats off: Donskoi scores 3 in 1st, Avs beat Coyotes 9-3
Colorado Avalanche right wing Joonas Donskoi reacts after scoring a goal against the Arizona Coyotes in the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, march 31, 2021, in Denver. Donskoi scored three times during Colorado’s five-goal first period, and the Avalanche beat the Arizona Coyotes 9-3 on Wednesday night in front of a smattering of boisterous fans. “Everybody was fired up and I think we showed it.”Donskoi secured his second career hat trick over a 3:27 span. AdAndre Burakovsky and Pierre-Edouard Bellemare also scored in a wild first period that included Arizona goals by Michael Bunting and Oliver Ekman-Larsson. Gabriel Landeskog finished with two goals, Mikko Rantanen added another and Burakovsky scored his second with 3:11 remaining on an assist by Donskoi.
One view of where Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman ranks among NHL GMs
But the Detroit Red Wings’ Steve Yzerman is second, according to Adam Gretz. He made a series of low-risk trades last season, including the acquisition of former first-round pick Robby Fabbri, who resurrected his career with the Red Wings. Longtime former Red Wings GM Ken Holland, coming off his first season in Edmonton, checked in at No. Former Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill was ranked seventh after seven seasons in Dallas. More: How temporary divisional alignment could affect Red Wingsmlive.com