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William Carrier (undisclosed) seems doubtful for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Carrier skated for a second straight time on Sunday at Vegas practice in a non-contact jersey. He hasn't played since May 4, but there is hope that he will be ready before the end of the series. Tomas Tatar and Oscar Lindberg were extras during the session.
May 27 - 2:10 PM

Miikka Salomaki is expected to get a slight raise this summer.

Salomaki, who is a restricted free agent on July 1, had a cap hit of $612,500 in each of the previous two seasons. He registered eight points and 114 hits in 58 games during the 2017-18 campaign.
May 27 - 12:24 PM

Juuse Saros is a restricted free agent this summer.

Saros may get a bridge deal and some extra playing time in 2018-19 to prove that he is a worthy successor to Pekka Rinne. "We're extremely fortunate to have a young guy like Juuse here who continues to impress us," Predators coach Peter Laviolette said earlier this month. "As we moved through the season, we were able to find more games for (Saros), and that could very well be the same thing next year." Saros posted an 11-5-7 record with a 2.44 goals-against average, .925 save percentage and three shutouts in 26 appearances last year.
May 27 - 12:18 PM

Alex Barre-Boulet has captured the CHL Player of the Year Award.

The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect paced the QMJHL with 53 goals and 63 assists for 116 points in 65 games. Barre-Boulet agreed to an entry-level contract with the Lightning as a free agent during his overage season with Blainville-Boisbriand. He won the award over finalists Carter Hart (PHI) and Jordan Kyrou (STL).
Source: CHL.ca
May 27 - 11:23 AM

Nicolas Hague has been named the CHL Defenseman of the Year for the 2017-18 season.

Hague beat out Los Angeles Kings prospect Kale Clague of the Moose Jaw Warriors and Olivier Galipeau of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for the award. He piled up 35 goals from the back end, while adding 43 assists for 78 points in 67 games. The Vegas prospect produced 26 multi-point performances for the OHL's Mississauga Steelheads.
Source: CHL.ca
May 27 - 11:10 AM

Nikita Kucherov's agent, Dan Milstein, doesn't expect contract talks to begin with the Tampa Bay Lightning until the start of next season.

Kucherov, who can become a restricted free agent at the end of the 2018-19 campaign, can sign an extension as early as July 1. However, talks haven't begun yet and there isn't believed to be a need for a rush to get something done right away. Kucherov does have arbitration rights, but there doesn't appear to be any reason to panic if you are a Lightning fan. "He wants to stay in Tampa - he doesn't want to go anywhere," Milstein said. "Worst case, it's arbitration, they're not going to lose him. Both sides want him to be in Tampa."
May 27 - 10:55 AM

Valeri Nichushkin may have a new deal in place with the Dallas Stars soon, according to agent Mark Gandler.

"Val very much wants to come back," said Gandler. "Dallas wants him back and we are just very hopeful we'll be able to take care of this very soon." It's unclear when a contract could be finalized, but Gandler expects Nichushkin to be back with the Stars in 2018-19. He has spent the last two seasons playing in the KHL with CSKA Moscow
May 27 - 10:39 AM

Ryan Callahan, who will need surgery this off-season, said he played with a dislocated shoulder.

Callahan originally suffered on Dec. 14 at Arizona. It's tough," he added. "That's my third (surgery) in four years or something like that. It's never fun. It's part of it. Everybody goes through injuries. Everybody deals with it, so rehab, get better and get ready for next year." A date for the procedure is uncertain at this time, so it's unclear if he will be ready for the start of training camp.
May 27 - 10:21 AM

Tomas Plekanec hopes to be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.

"I don't think we're really allowed until a certain point of, I guess, June," Plekanec said on Montreal's TSN 690 Radio this past Thursday. "So, obviously, we haven't (talked), but we discussed that possibility when I got traded in February, so that's where it's at. As I said before, I'd love to come back to Montreal. That's my priority and Marc said they'd like to have me back and that’s where we are right now. But as I've said before, too, I'm sure things are changing, things are planning for next season, so we'll see where we're at by the end of June." Plekanec is eligible for unrestricted free agency after he completed the 2017-18 campaign with Toronto. He only had two assists in 17 appearances with the Leafs during the regular season, but he did play better in the playoffs.
May 27 - 10:14 AM

Tomas Tatar feels comfortable with the Golden Knights following his trade from Detroit, but it took some time get there.

"Obviously it takes a little longer. You're not building that stuff in a day," Tatar said. "But like I said, guys were really nice to me. They helped me a lot, they took me around. ... They kind of took me into their family. I feel like one of them now." He has been struggling to receive ice time with Vegas since he was acquired at the trade deadline. Tatar has dressed in just six of the team's 15 playoff matches. However, he will be ready if called upon during the Stanley Cup Final.
May 27 - 10:06 AM

Brooks Orpik is the only Washington Capital to have participated in a Stanley Cup Final.

That will all change on Monday night in Vegas but for now the former Penguin is the only Cap to have done so. "His presence, you can’t really put it into words. There’s no stat — that experience, that leadership, the way he prepares, the way he plays big games," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "No one probably demands, or gets, as much respect as Brooks Orpik in our locker room." The expansion Vegas Golden Knights have had two players with Cup Final experience in Marc-Andre Fleury and James Neal.
May 27 - 8:13 AM

Marc-Andre Fleury has had a rejuvenation this season with the Vegas Golden Knights.

Fleury had undergone an off-season with the Penguins in 2016-17 and was replaced by Matt Murray in goal, leading to his being available in the expansion draft for the Golden Knights. But Fleury has bounced back with a sensational regular season as he was 29-13-4 with a 2.24 GAA and a .927 save percentage and has been even better in the playoffs with a 12-3 mark to go with a 1.68 GAA and a .947 save percentage. He will face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals for the fourth time in the post-season with Fleury coming out victorious in the previous three rounds.
May 27 - 6:56 AM

The Calgary Flames do not have a pick in the first three rounds of the upcoming NHL Draft.

That is not good news for a team that missed the playoffs this season but they dealt away their first and second round selections to the Islanders in exchange for Travis Hamonic, while giving up a third to Arizona for Mike Smith. "Would we like to add a pick? Sure, but we’re not going to trade a player just so we can stand up there Friday night," GM Brad Treliving said. "You prepare just exactly like every other year and make sure everything is in the right order. We don’t have a (first round) pick now, but we have to be ready in case."
Source: Calgary Sun
May 27 - 5:04 AM

David Perron is still searching for his first goal of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Perron has seven assists in 11 games, but he's also missed four playoff games because of undisclosed injuries. The Golden Knights have been great throughout this postseason run, but they could use a dose of secondary scoring in the Stanley Cup Final.
Source: NHL.com
May 26 - 10:04 PM

Jonathan Marchessault has picked up 16 points in his last 11 contests.

Marchessault had just two assists in the first round, but he really turned it on in the second and third rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The 27-year-old has been the main offensive catalyst for the Golden Knights and he'll have to keep rolling if they're going to hoist the Stanley Cup.
Source: NHL.com
May 26 - 8:01 PM



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