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Devante Smith-Pelly said he's good to go for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final after taking a Ryan McDonagh shot to the head in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Smith-Pelly added that his neck stiffened up after absorbing the shot and he could have probably returned to the game if the Caps weren't up 3-0. This is good news for the Caps as Smith-Pelly has brought some physical play to the lineup combined with four goals and five points through 19 playoff games. He skated on the fourth line during Saturday's practice alongside Chandler Stephenson and Jay Beagle.
May 26 - 1:07 PM

Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin spoke about his team's focus heading into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final in Vegas.

"We’re going there to play hockey, not to pool party and play in casino." Ovechkin said. "We’re going there to play hockey and do our thing and then we’re going to have all the summer and whatever we want to do, we can do it." It's taken the Russian captain 13 years, but he has finally made it to a Cup Final after years of heat break. The 32-year-old winger has 12 goals and 22 points through 19 playoff games so far and will face a Vegas goaltender in Marc-Andre Fleury that has given him some problems in the past as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game 1 is scheduled for Monday night.
May 26 - 12:35 PM

Devante Smith-Pelly took part in Washington's practice Saturday morning.

Smith-Pelly left Game 7 against Tampa and did not finish the contest after a shot hit him in the back of the head/neck. However, he participated in line rushes in regular jersey on Saturday, so it looks like he will be available for Monday night.
May 26 - 11:25 AM

Brooks Orpik is on the ice for the Capitals' practice Saturday morning.

Orpik, who was boarded by Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final, appears to be fine to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final Monday night. He managed to return to the game after he was hit.
May 26 - 11:02 AM

There were no changes to the Capitals' forward units during line rushes Saturday morning.

In the team's first full practice after defeating the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final, Tom Wilson skated alongside Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov on the Caps' first unit. Jakub Vrana, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie comprised the second unit, while Game 7 hero Andre Burakovsky and Brett Connolly flanked Lars Eller on the third line. Chandler Stephenson, Jay Beagle and Devante Smith-Pelly formed the fourth unit.
May 26 - 10:50 AM

The Toronto Marlies are heading to the AHL's Calder Cup Final after they swept the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Friday night.

Marlies forward Andreas Johnsson scored a pair of goals in Friday's 3-1 win over the Flyers' farm team. The 23-year-old is having a terrific postseason, as he's accumulated six goals and 15 points in nine postseason games. He also had three points in nine games with the Maple Leafs during the regular season and two points in six games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Marlies will play the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Rockford IceHogs and Texas Stars.
May 26 - 9:24 AM

Tyler Johnson's full no-trade clause will kick in on July 1st.

If the Lightning aren't convinced they want to have him around long term, they will have to consider moving him before that date. The 27-year-old is scheduled to make $5 million per season for the next five years, so that's a significant financial commitment for a team that will have to pay some of its stars in the near future. Johnson had 21 goals and 50 points in 81 games with the Lightning this season. There's a chance he could be on the move at some point this offseason.
May 26 - 9:19 AM

Nikita Kucherov will be eligible to sign a contract extension starting July 1st.

The Lightning forward is entering the final year of his contract, so that's why he can officially sign a deal with the team. The 24-year-old settled for a three-year bridge contract last time, but that certainly won't be the case this time around, as he's put together some impressive numbers. Expect him to get a huge raise from the $4.766,667 per year he's been making over the last couple of seasons. He had 39 goals and 100 points in 80 games for the Lightning in 2017-18. Kucherov will likely become one of the highest paid players in the league whenever he signs his new extension.
May 26 - 9:16 AM

Sabres coach Phil Housley admitted that he's been watching Youtube clips of potential number one overall pick Rasmus Dahlin.

The Sabres, who won the draft lottery, are going to take Dahlin first overall, so Housley has been familiarizing himself with the Swedish blue liner. "I know these are highlights and he's a young man and has to mature and really get to the NHL and North American game, but just seeing his poise and his hockey IQ of processing the game at a high speed is really, really something," Housley said. "I've been watching on YouTube and, boy, it's incredible. He's going to be a complete package in today's NHL."
May 26 - 9:09 AM

The Winnipeg Jets would like to re-sign Connor Hellebuyck to a long-term contract, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Hellebuyck will be a restricted free agent this summer. The fact that the Jets want to sign him is hardly surprising considering he was one of the top goaltenders in the league this season. The 25-year-old had a 44-11-9 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage during the regular season. He was also selected as one of the three finalists for the Vezina Trophy.
May 25 - 9:20 PM

David Quinn's contract with the New York Rangers is reportedly worth $12 million over five years.

Quinn insists he wasn't in a hurry to leave Boston University, which means the Rangers probably had to give him some incentive to take their head coaching job. He made it clear that money wasn't the reason why he took the gig. "I’m 52 years old, and I knew the window would close eventually," Quinn said. "Maybe it might be in three years, but it goes by fast and people stop calling. I have a comfort level with the organization. I wasn’t looking [to] leave Boston University and I told Chris Drury that. During the season, I talk to him two to three times per week. The more we talked about this (recently), the more we aligned with the process and how we envisioned a team being coached. It’s the Original Six, New York City and the Rangers. What else do you need?"
May 25 - 7:39 PM

Scott Hartnell isn't ready to retire from the NHL just yet.

The Predators already informed the veteran that they weren't going to offer him a contract, but that doesn't mean he's going to hang up his skates just yet. "Watching these games, I still have a fire inside me to play again," Hartnell said. 'My first priority, over the next couple of months, is to get ready [to return]. It wasn’t the way I wanted to end it. I was scratched, came back and had some good games. If there’s the right fit, I believe I can still be a presence, still be effective. If I didn’t believe that, I would step away." The 36-year-old had 13 goals and 24 points in 62 games this season.
May 25 - 7:35 PM

There's "a chance" that Ryan Kesler could miss all of the 2018-19 season, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Kesler suited up in just 48 games during the regular season because of a hip injury and Friedman says it's obvious to teammates and opponents that the Ducks center is in a lot of discomfort. According to this report, Kesler will not been undergoing surgery. Instead, he'll opt for an aggressive form of rehab. It's important to note that no one has said that Kesler will miss all of next season, it's just one possibility. The 33-year-old had eight goals and 14 points during the regular season and two points in four games in the playoffs.
May 25 - 7:26 PM

The Detroit Red Wings have signed Gustav Lindstrom to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Lindstrom was selected with the 38th overall pick of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. He had six goals and 14 points in 39 Swedish league games last season.
Source: NHL.com
May 25 - 6:09 PM

Barry Trotz will going into the Stanley Cup Final with his future undetermined.

Trotz is in the final season of his contract as the head coach of the Washington Capitals and that isn't about to change. Capitals GM Brian MacLellan confirmed that the team will assess the situation after the playoffs, so an extension isn't on the immediate horizon. That's not surprising as this is hardly the time to negotiate an extension, but it does highlight one of the biggest questions facing the Capitals regardless of if they win or lose in the finals.
May 25 - 5:04 PM



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