Kings’ extension of Kopitar a bad idea

Los Angeles Kings center and alternate captain Anze Kopitar, originally from  Slovenia, takes questions from the media during an NHL hockey news conference in El Segundo, Calif., Thursday, June 5, 2014. The Kings defeated the New York Rangers 3-2 on Wednesday night in the Stanley Cup finals opener. Game 2 is Saturday at the Staples Center. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

One of the most tumultuous situations an NHL executive can run into is having to fork out a ton of cash to a star player on the team. It’s not that the team is necessarily cheap — though there certainly are examples of ownership groups that couldn’t be bothered to shell out for anyone — but how that cap hit ...

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Zach Parise has advice for Steven Stamkos


If there is anyone who understands just what Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is going through as a pending free agent, it’s Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise. After all, it wasn’t all that long ago that Parise was back in New Jersey, the only franchise he’d ever known to that point, with free agency looming. He would play out ...

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Watch: Alex Ovechkin scores 500th NHL goal

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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin became the 43rd player to score 500 NHL goals with one in the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Verizon Center on Sunday. He has 25 goals this season. Ovechkin is the first player to reach 500 since Jarome Iginla on Jan. 7, 2012. The left wing is the fifth-fastest player reach 500. Wayne Gretzky (575 games), Mario Lemieux (605), Mike Bossy (647) and Brett Hull (693) are the only ...

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New York Rangers “in it big” for Jonathan Drouin

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According to multiple sources to the NY Post (Larry Brooks) the New York Rangers “are in big time” on Jonathan Drouin. Drouin, the former 3rd overall pick in 2013, requested a trade earlier in the year before publicly requesting a trade this week. Apparently, Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton and Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Steve Yzerman talked before the trade ...

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Rangers, Canucks swap struggling youngsters


Emerson Etem’s career with the New York Rangers was less than thrilling to say the least. A former first round pick of the Anaheim Ducks in 2010, Etem came to the Rangers with little fanfare and a few expectations, but couldn’t manage to live up to even those. His tenure with the Rangers came to an end on Friday night ...

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Jarome Iginla and the Hall of Fame


On Monday night, Colorado Avalanche winger Jarome Iginla tallied his 600th career NHL goal. That’s a pretty exclusive honor, something that only 18 other players in history can claim they’ve done. Over the course of his 19-year NHL career, which puts him over 1,400 games played in that time, Iginla has notched some pretty impressive totals. In addition to his ...

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Jonathan Drouin officially requests trade


Just a few days after reporting that Tampa Bay Lightning uber-prospect Jonathan Drouin was being sent back to the minors, it appears the situation has gotten worse for both parties. News broke just a day later that Drouin’s agent formally requested a trade from the Tampa Bay Lightning. From agent Allan Walsh: On behalf of Jonathan Drouin, I formally requested ...

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The Disappointing Jonathan Drouin


The 2013 NHL Draft wasn’t that long ago, but there it has already left an indelible mark on the league. With important contributors and budding superstars like Nathan MacKinnon, Aleksander Barkov, Max Domi and Sean Monahan already having huge impacts on their respective teams, other teams in that stacked first round are still waiting for their pick to make a ...

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Senators, Bruins end night with line brawl


To say that tempers got a bit heated at the end of last night’s game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins would be putting it lightly. The Senators had plenty of reason to be testy. They were at the end of a 7-3 beating at the hands of the hometown Bruins. Oh, and Brad Marchand does what he does ...

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Vezina Trophy is Holtby’s to Lose

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Being that it’s not even the New Year quite yet, it is probably a little early to start talking about awards season. After all, the regular season won’t finish for another four months and a lot can change with that much hockey left. Having said that, there is at least one clear-cut favorite for one of the awards. That’s right, ...

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