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  • Capitals F Tom Wilson out 6-8 months after ACL surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Washington Capitals winger Tom Wilson underwent surgery to reconstruct his left torn ACL.

    • The Capitals said Wednesday that Wilson, who had the surgery Tuesday, is expected to miss 6-to-8 months. That would put Wilson out for roughly the first month of the 2022-23 season, at least.

      Wilson suffered the injury in Game 1 of the Caps' first-round Stanley Cup playoff series against Florida on May 3 after a hit from Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar.

      Wilson recorded just 1:31 time on ice before getting injured. He scored the game's first goal at 3:47 of the first in the Caps' 4-2 win. However, the Panthers went on to win the series, 4-2.

      Wilson, 28, was the Capitals' fourth-leading scorer during the regular season with 52 points (24 goals, 28 assists).

      Wilson has 273 points (115 goals, 158 assists) in 647 games over nine seasons with Washington since being drafted in the first round (16th overall) in 2012.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers' Joe Thornton undecided on NHL future
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Veteran center Joe Thornton saw the Florida Panthers' season come to an abrupt end earlier this week.

    • Thornton, however, wasn't so quick to close the book on his NHL career Wednesday.

      "My wife was kind of asking me last night," Thornton said. "And really, I have no plans. It's kind of exciting that way. I came here to win a championship, and we fell short of that. But I think the Florida Panthers are going to be good for a long time. It's exciting around here now."

      Thornton's 24th NHL season came to a halt after the Presidents' Trophy-winning Panthers were on the business end of a four-game sweep by the Tampa Bay Lightning in their Eastern Conference semifinal series.

      Thornton, who turns 43 on July 2, said Wednesday that he isn't putting a timeline on making a decision on his NHL career.

      "I've been privileged to play this game for a long time," Thornton said. "I don't take anything for granted."

      Thornton recorded 10 points (five goals, five assists) in 34 games with the Panthers after signing a one-year contract last August.

      The recipient of the Hart and Art Ross trophies in 2005-06, Thornton has collected 1,539 points (430 goals, 1,109 assists) in 1,714 career games with the Boston Bruins (1997-2005), San Jose Sharks (2005-20), Toronto Maple Leafs (2020-21) and Panthers. He was selected by Boston with the first overall pick of the 1997 NHL Draft.

      He began his NHL career with the Bruins before being traded to the Sharks for Marco Sturm, Wayne Primeau and Brad Stuart in November 2005.

      Thornton captured an Olympic gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Vancouver Games. He also was part of two championship teams in the World Cup of Hockey (2004, 2016).

      --Field Level Media

  • Senators G Matt Murray (concussion) to be ready for camp
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Ottawa Senators goaltender Matt Murray will be ready for training camp this fall, general manager Pierre Dorion confirmed Wednesday.

    • Murray missed the final 28 games of the season while recovering from a concussion sustained on March 5 at Arizona in a collision with teammate Nikita Zaitsev.

      Murray, who turned 28 on Wednesday, finished the season 5-12-2 with one shutout, a .906 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average.

      A two-time Stanley Cup winner with Pittsburgh, Murray is 132-78-22 with 14 shutouts, a 911 save percentage and a 2.77 GAA in 246 games (238 starts) with the Penguins (2015-20) and Senators.

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins D Taylor Fedun signs two-year, two-way deal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 25, 2022

    Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Taylor Fedun signed a two-year, two-way contract extension on Wednesday.

    • The deal carries an average annual value of $762,500 at the NHL level.

      Fedun, who turns 34 on June 4, last appeared in an NHL game with the Dallas Stars in 2019-20.

      He recorded 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in 44 games this past season while serving as the captain of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.

      Fedun has collected 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 127 career games with the Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Vancouver Canucks, Buffalo Sabres and the Stars.

      --Field Level Media

  • Coyotes sign goalie Ivan Prosvetov to extension
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    The Arizona Coyotes signed goaltender Ivan Prosvetov to a one-year contract extension, the club announced Tuesday.

    • Prosvetov, 23, was drafted by the Coyotes in the fourth round (114th overall) of the 2018 NHL Entry Draft and called up to the NHL team for three games in each of the past two seasons. In 2021-22, he recorded a 4.22 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage with Arizona.

      The Moscow native has spent most of the past three seasons with the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. He has a 38-41-6 record with a 3.40 GAA and .893 save percentage with three shutouts in 90 career AHL games with Tucson.

      "We are very pleased to sign Ivan to a contract extension," said Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong. "He is a big, athletic goaltender who is very talented. We look forward to continuing to watch him develop."

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues' David Perron fined $5K for crosscheck on Nazem Kadri
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, May 24, 2022

    St. Louis Blues forward David Perron was fined $5,000 for the crosscheck he delivered to Colorado's Nazem Kadri during Monday night's Game 3 of the Western Conference playoffs.

    • The incident occurred at 5:30 of the second period when both Perron and Pavel Buchnevich went after Kadri. Perron was whistled for crosschecking while Buchnevich was hit with a roughing penalty. The play ended with Perron tackling Kadri to the ice.

      The Avalanche failed to score during the 5-on-3, but Kadri scored his second goal shortly after the power play expired.

      Perron whiffed on a flying elbow he apparently attempted to hit Kadri with while Kadri was celebrating that second goal.

      Kadri finished with a hat trick.

      Tensions with Kadri have boiled over after he was involved in an inadvertent hit on Jordan Binnington earlier in the series. Binnington is out for the rest of the playoffs with a lower-body injury.

      Kadri has received death threats over the incident, resulting in a boost of security in St. Louis at the team hotel and arena.

      Perron was hit with two crosscheck penalties in Game 3, the other coming on Cale Makar.

      The Avs lead the series 3-1. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Colorado.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Security boosted as Nazem Kadri reportedly threatened
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 23, 2022

    The NHL asked police in St. Louis to ramp up security at the Avalanche's team hotel and the Blues' arena amid threats allegedly made toward Colorado forward Nazem Kadri, TSN reported Monday.

    • Kadri was involved in a play in Game 3 of the teams' second-round Western Conference playoff series that left Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington with a lower-body injury and out for the rest of the series.

      Binnington was injured 6:45 into Saturday's game after Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen crashed into him. Binnington tried some agility drills but was not able to continue.

      No penalty was assessed but fans have called out Kadri for a dirty play. The Avalanche won 5-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series, which resumes in St. Louis on Monday night.

      Kadri is Muslim and a founding member of the Hockey Diversity Alliance. Akim Aliu, a former NHL player who chairs the committee, said Kadri has been on the receiving end of "racist" remarks since Saturday night.

      "Naz has been subject to so many racist attacks and threats since last night that police had to be brought in," Aliu wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "Racist attacks like this have no place in hockey and should be investigated and reported on."

      Kadri told reporters after the game that he did nothing wrong.

      "I just see a loose puck," he said. "I was kind of just sitting behind him and just tried to poke it with my stick. And I think their defenseman (Rosen) kind of collided with me and pushed me into him. So, you know, had that not been the case, I don't think I would have hit him at all. It's a loose puck. I'm just trying to bang it in."

      But Kadri, 33, has a history of suspensions and especially bad blood with the Blues and their fans. A year ago -- May 21, 2021 -- Kadri was suspended eight games following an illegal check to the head of Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup first-round playoff series. The Avalanche swept the series.

      Including last year, Kadri has been suspended three times in the postseason.

      This season, Kadri has appeared in seven playoff games, with two goals and four assists. He played in 71 regular-season games, amassing 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) and 71 penalty minutes.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning F Brandon Hagel fined $3,750 for boarding
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 23, 2022

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brandon Hagel was fined $3,750 Monday for boarding the Florida Panthers' Eetu Luostarinen.

    • It was the maximum allowable fine under the collective bargaining agreement.

      The incident occurred in Sunday's Game 3. Hagel, 23, sent Luostarinen flying into the end boards and was called for a crosschecking penalty. However, the league labeled the fine for boarding.

      Hagel, acquired by the Lightning in a trade with Chicago in March, has four points (one goal, three assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 10 postseason games.

      The Lightning lead the best-of-seven series with the Panthers 3-0. Game 4 is Monday night in Tampa.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL roundup: Nikita Kucherov, Lightning push Panthers to brink
    By Field Level Media / Monday, May 23, 2022

    Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists to help the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the visiting Florida Panthers 5-1 in Game 3 of their second-round playoff series on Sunday and move within one win of advancing to the Eastern Conference Finals for a third straight season.

    • Steven Stamkos scored two goals for Tampa Bay, and Corey Perry and Erik Cernak also scored. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 34 saves for the Lightning, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions who will bring a 3-0 lead into Game 4 on Monday night in Tampa.

      Vasilevskiy held the Toronto Maple Leafs to one goal in a 2-1 victory in Game 7 of their first-round series, and he has limited the Panthers to one goal in each of the first three games of this series.

      Sam Reinhart scored Sunday, and Sergei Bobrovsky made 31 saves for Florida, which had the best record in the NHL during the regular season.

      Oilers 4, Flames 1

      Evander Kane collected a natural hat trick while Leon Draisaitl set an NHL record with four assists in a period as host Edmonton defeated Calgary to pull ahead in their Western Conference second-round playoff series.

      Connor McDavid collected three assists and Zach Hyman scored once for the Oilers, who lead 2-1 in the best-of-seven series. Game 4 will be Tuesday night in Edmonton. Oliver Kylington replied for the Flames, while goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 30 of 34 shots before giving way to Dan Vladar for the third period.

      Oilers goaltender Mike Smith stopped 32 shots and was working on a shutout but was pulled due to concussion protocol after Calgary's Milan Lucic drove into him midway through the third period. Smith returned after missing four-plus minutes. Lucic received a major penalty and game misconduct.

      Rangers 3, Hurricanes 1

      Igor Shesterkin made 43 saves and New York held on to beat visiting Carolina in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference second-round series.

      Mika Zibanejad scored a power-play goal in the first period and set up Chris Kreider's 30th career playoff goal in the second period as the Rangers cut the Hurricanes' series advantage to 2-1. Tyler Motte added an empty-net goal with 83 seconds remaining.

      Nino Niederreiter scored in the second for Carolina, which is 0-4 on the road in this year's postseason. Antti Raanta made 30 saves. Game 4 will be Tuesday, also in New York.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs sign Mark Giordano to two-year, $1.6M deal
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Mark Giordano has agreed to a two-year deal worth $1.6 million.

    • The 38-year-old Giordano had 35 points (eight goals, 27 assists) in 75 games while splitting the season with the Seattle Kraken and the Maple Leafs. Toronto acquired him from Seattle in March.

      Giordano had two goals and 10 assists in 20 regular-season games with the Maple Leafs. He added two assists in seven playoff games.

      Giordano spent his first 14-plus NHL seasons with the Calgary Flames before Seattle selected him in last July's expansion draft.

      Giordano is a three-time All-Star and he won the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman for the 2018-19 season. He has 143 goals and 366 assists (509 points) in 949 career regular-season games.

      Giordano just completed a six-year, $40.5 million deal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues G Jordan Binnington out for rest of series vs. Avs
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, May 22, 2022

    St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington will miss the remainder of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Colorado Avalanche due to a lower-body injury, coach Craig Berube announced Sunday.

    • Binnington was injured 6:45 into Saturday's 5-2 loss after Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen crashed into him. Binnington tried some agility drills but was not able to continue.

      No penalty was assessed on the play.

      Ville Husso replaced Binnington and finished with 19 saves for the Blues, who trail 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

      Binnington, 28, started 37 games in the net for the Blues this season, posting an 18-14-4 record with a 3.13 goals-against average and .901 save percentage.

      The GAA and save percentage represent career-worst marks since Binnington joined the regular rotation in 2018-19. He has elevated his play during the postseason, notching a 1.72 GAA and .949 save percentage.

      Binnington threw a water bottle at Kadri during a postgame interview in response to the play.

      Kadri previously received an eight-game suspension for an illegal check against Blues defenseman Justin Faulk in 2021.

      "Look at Kadri's reputation," Berube said in response to questioning about the play. "That's all I've got to say."

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins sign Bryan Rust to six-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 21, 2022

    The Pittsburgh Penguins locked in one of their top impending free agents, agreeing to terms with forward Bryan Rust on a $30.75 million deal that keeps him in Pittsburgh for the next six years, general manager Ron Hextall announced Saturday.

    • "Bryan exemplifies what it means to be a Pittsburgh Penguin," said Hextall. "Since being drafted by Pittsburgh, he has developed into a versatile player and leader on our team, capable of contributing in any situation. His leadership qualities and experience as a two-time Stanley Cup champion is an important piece of our team."

      Rust was drafted by the Penguins in 2010 and has played his entire professional career with the team, including acting as a key player during the Penguins' back-to-back Stanley Cup runs in 2016 and 2017.

      The contract extension comes after Rust finished up a career season, notching 24 goals and a career-high 34 assists in 60 games. The 30-year-old Pontiac, Michigan, native also had career highs this past season with nine power-play goals and 21 power-play points.

      Consistency has been key for Rust, especially over the past three seasons during which Rust has recorded 156 points in 171 games, good for a 0.91 points-per-game average that is fourth-best on the Penguins since 2019-2020.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sam Girard suffers broken sternum; Jordan Binnington also injured in G3
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Colorado defenseman Sam Girard suffered a broken sternum and is out for the remainder of the playoffs, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar said after the Avs' 5-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Saturday night.

    • Girard suffered the injury early in the first period when Blues forward Ivan Barbashev drove him into the end boards with a big hit. Girard was taken to a local hospital in St. Louis for further evaluation.

      No penalty was assessed on the play. Bednar called the hit a legal check.

      Girard had three points (one goal, two assists) in six postseason games.

      Blues goalie Jordan Binnington was knocked out 6:45 into the game when Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri and Blues blueliner Calle Rosen crashed into him in the net. It appeared to be a lower-body injury. Binnington tried some agility drills but was not able to continue.

      No penalty was assessed on the play.

      Ville Husso replaced Binnington and finished with 19 saves.

      The Avs took a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rick Bowness steps down as Stars coach
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 20, 2022

    Dallas Stars head coach Rick Bowness announced Friday that he is stepping away from the team, effective immediately.

    • Stars general manager Jim Nill also announced assistant coaches Todd Nelson, Derek Laxdal and John Stevens will not return to the team. Nill noted "the search for a new head coach will begin immediately."

      Bowness, 67, has been behind an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant.

      He guided the Stars (46-30-6, 98 points) to a wild-card spot in the Western Conference this season. Dallas, however, fell in seven games to the Calgary Flames in the first round.

      "After careful consideration with my wife Judy, we feel it's best to step away and allow the organization the opportunity to pursue a different direction at the head coaching position," Bowness said. "I'd like to thank all the passionate fans and the dedicated staff for their support and hard work in my time here. It has been an honor for me, and my family, to represent the Stars and the city of Dallas."

      Bowness, who joined the Stars as an assistant coach prior to the 2018-19 season, was named the team's interim head coach on Dec. 10, 2019 after Jim Montgomery was fired. The team appeared to respond favorably to the move, as Bowness guided the Stars to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since the 2000-01 season before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

      Bowness officially became Dallas' head coach on Oct. 29, 2020.

      Bowness, who owned an 89-62-25 record with the Stars (2019-22), joined Hockey Hall of Famers Scotty Bowman and Pat Quinn as the lone head coaches with games in five different decades. Bowness coached the Winnipeg Jets (1989), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98) and then-Phoenix Coyotes (2004).

      "Rick is one of the most respected and beloved individuals to have ever coached in the NHL," Nill said of Bowness, who owned a 211-351-76 (48 ties) career coaching record.

      "His dedication and commitment to the game, and the impact that he's made on countless players, coaches and support staff throughout his five decades in the League is unmatched. He has dedicated his life to our game, and we are honored to say that the Dallas Stars are part of his legacy. When he was called upon to lead our team a few seasons ago, he stepped into the role seamlessly and helped guide our team through unprecedented global events that affected our players and staff both on and off the ice."

      Bowness also served in assistant coaching roles with the Jets, Bruins, Senators, Islanders, Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Lightning.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ryan Getzlaf leads three finalists for King Clancy trophy
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 20, 2022

    Anaheim Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse and New Jersey Devils defenseman P.K. Subban were named the finalists for the King Clancy Memorial Trophy on Friday.

    • The award is presented to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

      Voted on by a committee of senior NHL executives led by commissioner Gary Bettman, the winner will be announced on June 7. The winner receives a $25,000 donation from the National Hockey League Foundation to a charity or charities of his choice. The runners-up each receive a $5,000 donation.

      Getzlaf, 37, is a founder of the Anaheim Ducks Learn to Play program that supports first-time players and has benefited more than 18,000 kids. He also hosts an annual golf event that raises money to find a cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Getzlaf retired on April 5 after 17 seasons with the Ducks.

      Nurse, 27, has been an outspoken advocate for diversity and inclusivity in the sport while speaking out against racism. He is an ambassador for the charitable organizations Free Play for Kids and Right to Play, and he created a scholarship fund in 2021.

      Subban, 33, launched his own foundation in 2014 and has pledged $10 million over seven years to Montreal Children's Hospital. In March, he donated $1 million to support the Montreal mental health clinic Le Spot. A finalist for the fourth time, Subban is also co-chair of the NHL's Player Inclusion Committee.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jackets sign G Joonas Korpisalo to one-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Friday, May 20, 2022

    The Blue Jackets signed goaltender Joonas Korpisalo to a one-year contract extension Friday for the 2022-23 season.

    • Financial terms were not announced.

      Korpisalo, 28, was 7-11-0 with a 4.15 goals-against average and .877 save percentage during an injury-plagued 2021-22 season that ended in March with hip surgery.

      He has posted a 76-67-21 record with three shutouts, a 3.04 GAA and .902 save percentage in seven seasons with the Blue Jackets.

      "Joonas has been a consummate pro during his Blue Jackets career and just two years ago was coming of a season in which he was selected to play in the All-Star Game and had a record-setting performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a news release. "His 2021-22 season was derailed by injury, but we fully believe he will return to form, and are happy that he will continue to be a part of our team."

      Columbus selected Korpisalo in the third round of the NHL draft in 2012.

      --Field Level Media

  • Knights' Mark Stone has back surgery, to return for 2022-23
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone underwent lumbar discectomy on his lower back and will be ready for the start of the 2022-23 season, the team announced Thursday.

    • The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Watkins IV at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey (Calif.) Hospital.

      Stone, 30, was dogged by injuries throughout the season. He finished with nine goals and 21 assists in 37 games, and he had four stints on injured reserve.

      "Definitely take positives from a negative season and that's I'm going to have time to heal," Stone said during his final media session on May 3, per the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

      "It's never easy rehabbing injuries during the season. You always want to try and rush yourself back, to get back in. I think I made a couple mistakes throughout this season trying to get back too quick."

      The dropoff in production was stark for Stone, who had 20-plus goals in each of his previous seven seasons. He has 179 career goals in 541 games with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dates announced for 2022 NHL Awards winners
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 19, 2022

    The league announced the schedule Thursday for the 2022 NHL Awards winners.

    • The winners of seven trophies will be announced from June 1-7, one winner per day, during the conference finals.

      They are the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award (June 1), Jack Adams Award (June 2), Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (June 3), Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award (June 4), Frank J. Selke Trophy (June 5), Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (June 6) and King Clancy Memorial Trophy (June 7).

      The five remaining awards -- Calder Memorial Trophy, Hart Memorial Trophy, James Norris Memorial Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy -- will be revealed in a live one-hour special on June 21 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN in the U.S. and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada.

      Voting for the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award is being conducted during the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The finalists will be announced at the June 21 awards show and the winner will be named at the July 7-8 NHL Draft in Montreal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Predators sign coach John Hynes to two-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Nashville Predators head coach John Hynes signed a two-year contract extension on Thursday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed for Hynes, who owns a 92-64-10 record since replacing Peter Laviolette on Jan. 7, 2020.

      The Predators (45-30-7, 97 points) were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of this season's playoffs. Nashville has clinched a playoff berth in all three seasons under Hynes.

      "I think he's done a fantastic job -- and his staff," Predators general manager David Poile said. "... I am totally comfortable with John and his coaching staff to lead us to bigger and better things moving forward."

      Hynes, 47, had been signed through the 2021-22 season with a team option for 2022-23.

      He coached the New Jersey Devils from 2015-19 and posted a 150-159-45 record. His career record in the playoffs is just 4-15.

      --Field Level Media

  • Rangers' Gerard Gallant leads Jack Adams Award finalists
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Gerard Gallant of the New York Rangers, Andrew Brunette of the Florida Panthers and Darryl Sutter of the Calgary Flames are the finalists for the NHL's 2021-22 Jack Adams Award

    • Voted on by members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association, the annual honor recognizes the head coach who has "contributed the most to his team's success."

      The winner will be announced on June 2.

      Gallant, 58, is a finalist for the third time with his third different team, having won the award with Vegas in 2017-18 and finished second with Florida in 2015-16. He guided the Rangers (52-24-6, 110 points) to their best record since capturing the Presidents' Trophy in 2014-15.

      Brunette, 48, was named the interim head coach on Oct. 29 and guided the Panthers (58-18-6, 122 points) to their first Presidents' Trophy and a franchise-record 13-game win streak (March 29-April 23). He is looking to become the first Panthers coach to win the award.

      Sutter, 63, is a finalist for the second time -- 18 years after his third-place finish in 2003-04 during his first coaching stint with Calgary. The Flames improved from 26-27-3 in 2020-21 to 50-21-11 this season. Sutter's brother, Brian, won the award with the St. Louis Blues in 1990-91.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dallas Stars sign F Fredrik Olofsson
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    The Dallas Stars signed forward Fredrik Olofsson to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Wednesday.

    • Olofsson, who turns 26 years old later this month, spent the past two seasons in the Swedish Hockey League. He also played for Sweden in the Olympics this year.

      In his past two seasons, Olofsson had 28 goals and 48 assists in 100 games with Oskarshamn IK.

      The Chicago Blackhawks drafted Olofsson in the fourth round (No. 98 overall) in 2014. He returned to Sweden after failing to reach a contract agreement with the team.

      --Field Level Media

  • Vegas F Mark Stone to undergo back surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone is scheduled to undergo back surgery this week, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Stone, 30, was dogged by injuries throughout the season. He finished with nine goals and 21 assists in 37 games, and he had four stints on injured reserve.

      The dropoff in production was stark for Stone, who had 20-plus goals in each of his previous seven seasons. He has 179 career goals in 541 games with the Ottawa Senators and Vegas.

      Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon said earlier this week that he expects Stone to be ready for training camp next season.

      The team said Stone's procedure was scheduled for Thursday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning's Brayden Point out for Game 2 vs. Panthers
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brayden Point has been ruled out for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series against the host Florida Panthers on Thursday in Sunrise, Fla.

    • Lightning coach Jon Cooper on Wednesday announced the news in regard to Point, who sat out the series opener after sustaining a lower-body injury in the team's Game 7 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Point crumpled to the ice in the first period on Saturday after his right leg gave way along the side boards. He returned for a 25-second shift early in the second period but didn't play on.

      Tampa Bay, however, overcame Point's absence on Tuesday and skated to a 4-1 win over Florida.

      Point, 26, has collected two goals and two assists in seven playoff games after totaling 28 and 30, respectively, in 66 contests during the regular season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers D Ben Chiarot fined $5K for headbutt
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    The NHL fined Florida Panthers defenseman Ben Chiarot $5,000 on Wednesday for headbutting Tampa Bay forward Ross Colton.

    • The incident occurred with 9:47 left in the second period Tuesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference second-round series. The two-time defending champion Lightning won 4-1 in Sunrise, Fla.

      Chiarot pushed his helmet into Colton's visor during a break in the action, with Florida leading 1-0 at the time. Both players received two-minute penalties for cross-checking each other, but Chiarot was not disciplined at the time for the headbutt.

      Chiarot, 31, has one assist in seven games this postseason. The Panthers acquired him in a March 16 trade with the Montreal Canadiens.

      The fine was the maximum allowable under the collective bargaining agreement. Last week, Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse was suspended one game for headbutting Los Angeles Kings forward Phillip Danault.

      --Field Level Media

  • Hurricanes D Jaccob Slavin leads Lady Byng finalists
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaccob Slavin looks to become the first repeat winner of the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy in more than a decade.

    • Slavin, Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor and Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon were named the three finalists Wednesday for the 2021-22 award.

      The Lady Byng is presented annually to the player who combines sportsmanship and fair play in conjunction with a high skill level. Ballots are submitted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

      Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis was the last player to claim the Lady Byng in back-to-back seasons in 2009-10 and 2010-11.

      The winners of the 2022 NHL Awards will be revealed during the Stanley Cup semifinals and Stanley Cup Final, with exact dates and times to be announced.

      Slavin, 28, averaged a team-high 23:32 in ice time for a Carolina defense that surrendered a league-low 202 goals en route to the franchise's first William M. Jennings Trophy. Slavin set career highs in assists (38) and points (42) and was assessed only five minor penalties in 79 games.

      Connor, 25, is a first-time Lady Byng finalist who established career highs in goals (47), assists (46) and points (93) in 79 games. He finished fourth among NHL forwards in average time on ice (21:47) but received only four penalty minutes -- fewest among the league's top 100 scorers.

      Spurgeon, 32, was runner-up for the award last season. The Wild captain had 40 points (10 goals, 30 assists) in 65 games and led Minnesota to the best record in franchise history (53-22-7, 113 points). He received just five minor penalties, his seventh time in 12 seasons with 10 or fewer PIM.

      --Field Level Media