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PHT Morning Skate: Pavelec retires; NHLers love coconut water

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.• After 11 NHL seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets and New York Rangers, goaltender Ondrej Pavelec is retiring at the age of 31. [Winnipeg Free

Nothing to ‘C’ here: Importance of NHL captains is changing

Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno.''There was just no doubt,'' Johansen said. ''It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want to rush. You don't want

Rangers win in David Quinn’s preseason debut as coach

Neal Pionk scored 1:20 into overtime to lift the New York Rangers to a 4-3 victory over a New Jersey Devils split-squad, giving David Quinn a win in his preseason coaching debut Monday night.Pionk's goal was the only time the Rangers led in the game. Lias Andersson had two goals

Lundqvist happy to be part of Rangers’ rebuilding

Henrik Lundqvist is entering his 14th season in the NHL, having spent his entire career with the New York Rangers. And although the team is in a rebuilding mode for a future run at their first Stanley Cup title since 1994, the 36-year-old goalie wants to stick around and be

Youthful Rangers focused on getting better after changes

GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) -- Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers have put last season's struggles behind and are just focusing on trying to get better.''Show up and compete every single day,'' Kreider said Friday as players skated in groups for on-ice testing. ''We want to win games. It's not

Blue Jackets, Tortorella agree on two-year extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets and John Tortorella have agreed to a two-year extension that puts the coach under contract through the 2020-21 season.Financial terms were not disclosed.Tortorella, 60, is the franchise's all-time wins leader with a record of 129-87-23 (.588 points percentage) in 239 games since taking over as the

Tough to watch McQuaid go, but trade was smart move for Bruins

BRIGHTON -- Adam McQuaid is a great teammate. He's an intimidating and fierce fighter who inspires fear in opponents, and conversely is one of the nicest hockey players you'd ever want to meet. He blocks shots fearlessly and stands up without hesitation for his teammates against the biggest, toughest NHL foes. So it was understandable that

Trade: Bruins ship Adam McQuaid to Rangers

The Boston Bruins were set to enter the 2018-19 season with four right-shooting defensemen on their NHL roster. Charlie McAvoy, Brandon Carlo and Kevan Miller all had their spots in the lineup. But it was going to be tough to find a spot for rugged defender Adam McQuaid, so the

Wild C Staal awaiting contract talks after season begins

Eric Staal, Minnesota's leading scorer a season ago, is eager to talk with the Wild about a long-term future with the team."I've let it be known that I've enjoyed it and I'd like to stay," Staal said during the NHL Player Media Tour on Thursday. "I think it's a great

NHL notebook: Jets, Wheeler ink five-year extension

The Winnipeg Jets signed captain Blake Wheeler to a five-year, $41.25 million contract extension on Tuesday, the team announced.The deal, which begins next season and runs through 2023-24, will carry an average annual value of $8.25 million.Wheeler, 32, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season following

PHT Time Machine: The Lindros trade that didn’t happen

Throughout the summer we will be taking a look back at some significant moments in NHL history. This is the PHT Time Machine. Today we look back to the Eric Lindros trade and the sequence of events that resulted in him joining the Philadelphia Flyers instead of the New York

PHT’s 31 NHL Team Days: Examining the past, present and future

Throughout the month of August we examined different aspects of all 31 NHL teams. We looked back at their 2017-18 season, took a dip in their prospect pool, pointed out a player/coach/executive under pressure, highlighted a player coming off a breakthrough season, and asked questions about the future.Thanks for reading

2018-19 Metropolitan Division preview: New York Rangers

The Capitals have won the Metropolitan Division three straight years. Can they defend their title? Here's a preview of each team in the division for the 2018-19 season.Today's team: New York Rangers2017-18 Results: 34-39-9, 77 points, eighth in the division. Did not qualify for the playoffs.Notable acquisitions: D Fredrik Claesson, head

Artemi Panarin reportedly wants to join Rangers, Lightning trying to recruit?

Artemi Panarin’s number one landing spot is New York. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)Separate from the ongoing and very complicated Erik Karlsson trade rumours, another big trade target and unresolved situation remains.Artemi Panarin, whose name hasn’t been in headlines as much as the aforementioned Karlsson, is also looking to be

2018-19 Preview: Part 5

Part five of our 2018-19 season preview will feature the last three teams in the Metropolitan Division and the first two teams in the Pacific Division. You can check out Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four of the series here if you haven’t already done so.Don’t forget, for everything NHL, check out Rotoworld’s

Rangers could once again be active in trade market

Each day in the month of August we’ll be examining a different NHL team — from looking back at last season to discussing a player under pressure to focusing on a player coming off a breakthrough year to asking questions about the future. Today we look at the New York

Three questions facing New York Rangers

Each day in the month of August we’ll be examining a different NHL team — from looking back at last season to discussing a player under pressure to focusing on a player coming off a breakthrough year to asking questions about the future. Today we look at the New York

PHT Morning Skate: Ellis on extension; Oilers questions post-Sekera injury

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.• Meet Beacon, the new mascot for the ECHL’s Maine Mariners. It’s jacked. [Mariners]• Ryan Ellis on leaving some money on the table after signing his

ECHL’s Maine Mariners Introduce New Mascot: Beacon the Puffin

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Maine Mariners officially have a mascot: Beacon the Puffin.Portland’s newest professional hockey franchise announced Wednesday that Beacon will be at all Mariners home games, and the mascot will make appearances in the community year-round.The Puffins was one of the five finalists in a contest to

Bruins featured prominently on NBC national schedule

The Boston Bruins are coming off back-to-back playoff seasons, so they won't be any strangers to the national television audience in the upcoming NHL season.The Bruins are set to be on NBC or NBCSN 14 times in nationally televised games during the 2018-19 season including the Jan. 1 Winter Classic

PHT Morning Skate: Tkachuk’s impact on Sens; Hunter returns to London

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.• There was an outdoor game in Norway on Saturday. Mats Zuccarello and a bunch of current and former NHLers like Henrik Lundqvist, Zdeno Chara and

PHT Morning Skate: Summer Showcase standouts; Puljujarvi breakout coming?

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.• The new Arizona State hockey jerseys are so, so pretty. [Sun Devils]• When did the marriage between the Carolina Hurricanes and Jeff Skinner go wrong?

Capitals hire Arniel, Cashman as assistant coaches

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals filled out new coach Todd Reirden's staff Monday by hiring Scott Arniel and Reid Cashman as assistants.For all the continuity on their roster, the Capitals have undergone the most change behind the bench this summer. Coach Barry Trotz resigned

PHT Morning Skate: Larkin talks contract; Canadiens and their cap space

Welcome to the PHT Morning Skate, a collection of links from around the hockey world. Have a link you want to submit? Email us at phtblog@nbcsports.com.• Dylan Larkin is confident he’ll be able to work out a long-term extension with the Detroit Red Wings. [Free Press]• Carolina says goodbye to Jeff

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