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  • Lightning dealt with myriad injuries during Final
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    Injuries played a role as the Tampa Bay Lightning fell short in their bid to win three straight championships.

    • General manager Julien BriseBois updated the status of star centers Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov and others on Tuesday, two days after a 2-1 season-ending loss to Colorado in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

      BriseBois said Point sustained a significant quad tear in his leg in Game 7 of the first round against Toronto. He sat out for 10 games, returned for Games 1 and 2 against the Avalanche and then didn't play again.

      Kucherov suffered a sprained MCL during the Final, most likely from a cross-check by Colorado's Devon Toews in Game 3. He was limited to a goal and three assists in the series against the Avalanche.

      Injuries also affected Bolts forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (MCL), Brandon Hagel (broken foot), Corey Perry (shoulder), Anthony Cirelli (shoulder) and Nick Paul (shoulder, MCL), and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (finger).

      BriseBois said all of the players are expected to be healthy in time for next season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche favored to repeat after sportsbooks take hit on Cup title
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Colorado Avalanche lifting the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history proved to be painful for sportsbooks.

    • The Avalanche opened the season as the betting favorite by most oddsmakers and remained in that position throughout the season. That included at BetMGM, where Colorado opened at +600 and saw its odds shorten to +375 by the end of the regular season.

      The Avalanche entered the Stanley Cup Final at -190 and by the end they had drawn the most title tickets at BetMGM at 25.7 percent, as well as the highest handle at 32.9 percent.

      "The Avalanche were preseason favorites to win the Stanley Cup and represented a significant liability for the sportsbook all season," said BetMGM sports trader Christian Cipollini.

      Colorado is the heavy favorite to repeat in the 2022-23 season, opening at +450 at BetMGM, +400 at DraftKings and +450 at FanDuel.

      As of Monday afternoon, the Lightning's odds of claiming their third Cup in four years stood at +900 at both BetMGM and DraftKings and +1000 at FanDuel.

      2022-23 Stanley Cup Title Odds (BetMGM)

      Colorado Avalanche (+450)

      Toronto Maple Leafs (+850)

      Tampa Bay Lightning (+900)

      Florida Panthers (+1000)

      Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)

      Vegas Golden Knights (+1400)

      Edmonton Oilers (+1600)

      Calgary Flames (+1800)

      Minnesota Wild (+1800)

      New York Rangers (+2000)

      Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000)

      St. Louis Blues (+2200)

      Boston Bruins (+2500)

      New York Islanders (+3000)

      Washington Capitals (+3500)

      Dallas Stars (+4000)

      Los Angeles Kings (+4000)

      Nashville Predators (+5000)

      Detroit Red Wings (+5000)

      Vancouver Canucks (+5000)

      Philadelphia Flyers (+6600)

      Winnipeg Jets (+6600)

      Buffalo Sabres (+6600)

      Anaheim Ducks (+8000)

      New Jersey Devils (+8000)

      Ottawa Senators (+8000)

      Chicago Blackhawks (+10000)

      Columbus Blue Jackets (+10000)

      San Jose Sharks (+10000)

      Seattle Kraken (+12500)

      Montreal Canadiens (+15000)

      Arizona Coyotes (+50000)

      --Field Level Media

  • Sedin twins, Roberto Luongo, Daniel Alfredsson named to Hockey HOF
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Daniel and Henrik Sedin did most everything together during their playing careers. Now the identical twins will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together, too.

    • The Sedins were named to the Hall of Fame's Class of 2022 on Monday, along with their longtime Vancouver Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo, Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson, Finnish women's hockey star Riikka Sallinen and Black hockey icon Herb Carnegie.

      The Canucks made Daniel and Henrik Sedin the second and third overall picks in the 1999 NHL Draft. They entered the league together in 2000 and spent their entire 17-year careers in Vancouver, with Daniel Sedin on the wing and Henrik Sedin playing center.

      Henrik Sedin scored 1,070 career points (240 goals, 830 assists) while Daniel had 1,041 (393 goals, 648 assists). They also won Olympic gold together, starring for Sweden at the 2006 Turin Games, and appeared in one Stanley Cup Final, a seven-game loss to Boston in 2011. Henrik Sedin won the 2010 Hart Memorial Trophy for the league's most valuable player.

      Luongo was one of the premier goaltenders of his generation and ranks fourth all-time in wins (489), second in total saves (28,409) and second in games played (1,044) by a goaltender.

      In a 19-year career with the New York Islanders (1999-2000), Florida Panthers (2000-06, 2014-19) and Canucks (2006-14), Luongo posted a .919 career save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average. He also won two Olympic gold medals playing for Canada.

      Alfredsson played 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with Ottawa. His career honors included the 1996 Calder Trophy for rookie of the year and the 2013 Mark Messier Leadership Award. He put up 1,157 points (444 goals, 713 assists) in his 18 seasons, the last of which came with the Detroit Red Wings. He holds the Senators' franchise records with 426 goals, 682 assists and 1,108 points.

      Alfredsson won gold at the Olympics as well, playing with the Sedins for the victorious Swedish team in 2006.

      Sallinen is the all-time leading scorer among European women in international competition, according to Sportsnet, having scored 123 points (63 goals, 60 assists) for Finland's national team.

      Carnegie is considered the best Black player to have never played in the NHL. The league's color barrier kept Carnegie from making the league during his heyday in the 1940s and 1950s. Carnegie, who passed away in 2012 at age 92, was a star forward who spent most of his career in the Quebec Senior Hockey League and also founded one of Canada's first hockey schools.

      The class will be inducted on Nov. 14 at Meridian Hall in Toronto.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins sign GM Don Sweeney to extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Boston Bruins signed general manager Don Sweeney to a multiyear contract extension on Monday.

    • Financial terms were not released by the club. His contract was set to expire on Thursday.

      "Under his management, the Boston Bruins have been one of the winningest franchises in the league and a perennial playoff contender year in and year out," Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said in a statement. "While we recognize there is work to be done to achieve the ultimate goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston, I'm confident that Don's commitment to being best-in-class on and off the ice will help us climb that mountain once again."

      Sweeney's priority No. 1 is finding a head coach. He elected to part ways with Bruce Cassidy earlier this month.

      Sweeney, 55, was named Bruins GM ahead of the 2015-16 season. He started with the club in 2006 as director of player development.

      The Bruins are one of just four Eastern Conference teams (Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals) to reach the playoffs in each of the past six seasons. They were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes last month.

      Sweeney was named General Manager of the Year following the 2018-19 season, in which the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

      --Field Level Media

  • Leafs D Timothy Liljegren signs 2-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Timothy Liljegren agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension Monday.

    • Liljegren, 23, registered 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 61 games during the 2021-22 regular season.

      The 2017 first-round pick (17th overall) has played in 74 games since making his Maple Leafs debut on Jan. 18, 2020.

      Liljegren has also accumulated 73 points (11 goals, 62 assists) in 148 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks name Luke Richardson head coach
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday officially named Luke Richardson as their new head coach.

    • Richardson, 53, replaces interim coach Derek King, who went 27-33-10 after Jeremy Colliton was fired on Nov. 6.

      "We are excited having a seasoned coach like Luke join the organization as head coach," Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said in the release. "Throughout the interview process, it became evident that he not only had every quality we were looking for in a head coach, but also is a high-character individual that was perfect to lead this next era of the Chicago Blackhawks."

      He filled in behind the Montreal bench during the 2021 NHL playoffs while coach Dominique Ducharme was in the COVID-19 protocol. The Canadiens went 3-3 during that stretch, which included eliminating the Vegas Golden Knights and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

      "I am honored to be trusted with this opportunity to coach an Original Six franchise like the Chicago Blackhawks," said Richardson.

      Richardson was the head coach of the AHL's Binghamton Senators from 2012-16 and has also worked as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

      A defenseman from Ottawa and a 1987 first-round pick by Toronto, Richardson played parts of 21 seasons in the NHL with the Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators.

      The Blackhawks missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons and haven't made it past the first round since winning the 2015 Stanley Cup.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman misses Game 6 due to COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tested positive for COVID-19 and didn't participate in the postgame ceremonies after the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night.

    • Deputy commissioner Bill Daly handled the presentation of the Stanley Cup to the Avalanche. ABC play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough revealed that Bettman wasn't conducting the festivities due to a positive test for the virus.

      Bettman reportedly is feeling better but remains in COVID-19 protocol. The 70-year-old has been commissioner for 19 years.

      The Avalanche defeated the host Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 on Sunday.

      Earlier this month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in COVID-19 protocol during the NBA Finals. Deputy commissioner Mark Tatum presented the Larry O'Brien Trophy to the Golden State Warriors after they won the series in Game 6 over the Boston Celtics.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche coach: 'We'll see' about Andre Burakovsky for Game 6
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar kept it close to the vest when asked about forward Andre Burakovsky's availability for Sunday's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the host Tampa Bay Lightning.

    • "We'll see," Bednar said of Burakovsky's potential return to action.

      Burakovsky, who briefly participated in the morning skate on Sunday, has been sidelined since sustaining an apparent hand injury in the Avalanche's 7-0 romp over the Lightning in Game 2 of the series.

      Tampa Bay has rallied to win two of the next three games to trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

      Burakovsky scored in overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 win in Game 1 on June 15. The 27-year-old Austrian collected a goal and an assist in Game 2 on June 18 before taking a shot off his hand from Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman in the second period.

      Burakovsky has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 games during the postseason. He registered career-high totals in goals (22), assists (39) and points (61) in 80 games during the regular season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning's Brayden Point unlikely to play in Game 6 vs. Avs
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are not expected to have forward Brayden Point in the lineup on Sunday night when they attempt to stave off elimination against the visiting Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    • Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he doesn't anticipate altering his lineup for Sunday's game, meaning Point would not draw back in after missing the team's past three games.

      "It's unfortunate because it's a severe injury," Cooper said without getting into specifics of the exact injury that is plaguing Point.

      Tampa Bay, which is bidding for a three-peat as Stanley Cup champion, trails 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Colorado needs one more win to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.

      Point sustained a lower-body injury on May 14 in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He missed the team's next 10 games before returning for the series opener against the Avalanche.

      Point, 26, has two goals and three assists in nine playoff games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alex Ovechkin scores a goal ... in soccer
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    Alex Ovechkin has a nose for the net, regardless of sport.

    • The Washington Capitals superstar captain signed a one-day contract with soccer club FC Dynamo Moscow on Saturday. He then took to the pitch later that day and scored a goal to help his club record a 5-0 victory over Amkal in an exhibition match.

      Ovechkin's goal had a familiar look to it. After all, he scored from the left side -- like so many of his one-timers from the left faceoff circle on the ice.

      The three-time Hart Trophy recipient celebrated on the pitch with much the same intensity and enthusiasm as he traditionally does on the ice.

      Ovechkin has scored 780 goals to reside 21 shy of matching Gordie Howe for second all-time in NHL history. Wayne Gretzky tops the list with 894 goals.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Barry Trotz won't coach in 2022-23
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz won't pursue an NHL coaching job for 2022-23, he told NHL.com

    • The New York Islanders fired Trotz, 59, on May 9 after a 37-35-10 (84 points) season, which wasn't good enough to make the playoffs. He said he will divert his time this upcoming season toward personal issues.

      "I've got some things personally that I've got to take care of, family-wise that I've got to take care of," Trotz said Friday. "I didn't feel ... if I'd said I'll take the job, I think I would have done any team a little bit of a disservice and myself a disservice because to be a coach in the NHL, it is demanding and it requires your all. It just does, emotionally it just does, mentally it just does. So I couldn't go down that path."

      Trotz said he isn't ruling out a return to coaching. Just not yet.

      "I've been doing this for 25 straight years and I've put a lot of stuff on the back burner and I think it's time. The one thing I do know, and it's a mistake that everybody makes, is you think you have time and you don't," he said. "And so this is my time when I can get to a lot of things I've put on the back burner. I have to take care of those, for peace of mind for everything so I will be 100 percent in if I get back into it and I'll be a better coach for it."

      A native of Manitoba, he told the Winnipeg Jets he wasn't interested in their open coaching job.

      "Winnipeg came after me in terms of wanting me to be part of the organization and I was really impressed with their commitment to winning. ... I've got relatives that work for the Jets and friends that work security there, people I went to school with. I know lots about the Jets. They've got a tremendous organization and a real family atmosphere. But I could not commit to any team; it wasn't just Winnipeg, it was every team that I had talked to because I had to know I was 100 percent in."

      Trotz has 914 career victories in 23 seasons with Nashville (1998-2014), Washington (2014-18) and the Islanders. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018.

      His 914 wins are the third-most in NHL history behind Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Joel Quenneville (969). He is a two-time winner of the Jack Adams Award.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flyers' Joel Farabee has surgery, could miss start of next season
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Philadelphia Flyers forward Joel Farabee could miss the start of next season after undergoing disk replacement surgery on his neck.

    • Farabee is expected to require three to four months to recover from Friday's surgery. That would mean the 22-year-old will miss the majority -- if not all -- of training camp and possibly the start of the season.

      He recorded 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists) in 63 games this season. He missed 19 games due to a pair of injuries to his left shoulder area.

      "Shoulder feels good," Farabee said at his end-of-the-season press conference April 30. "I think coming back the first time, it definitely wasn't in great shape. Definitely tried to play through it a bit, but I think coming back from the second time, I felt a lot stronger. Ever since then, it's been good.

      "Obviously it gets a little sore with the schedule, playing back-to-backs and stuff like that, it can get a little sore. But at the end of the day, the strength was there and I felt pretty good the last few weeks of the season there."

      Farabee led the Flyers in 2020-21 with 20 goals and added 18 assists. He became the second-youngest player, following Hockey Hall of Famer Eric Lindros, to lead the franchise in goals for a season.

      Farabee has 93 points (45 goals, 48 assists) in 170 career games since being selected by the Flyers with the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche's Andre Burakovsky a 'possibility' to play in Game 6
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Colorado Avalanche forward Andre Burakovsky is a "possibility" to play in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the host Tampa Bay Lightning, coach Jared Bednar said Saturday.

    • Burakovsky has been sidelined since sustaining an apparent hand injury in the Avalanche's 7-0 romp over the Lightning in Game 2 of the series.

      The Lightning have rallied to win two of the next three games to trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Game 6 is Sunday night in Tampa.

      Burakovsky scored in overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 win in Game 1 on June 15. The 27-year-old Austrian collected a goal and an assist in Game 2 last Saturday before taking a shot off his hand from Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman in the second period.

      Burakovsky has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 games during the postseason. He registered career-high totals in goals (22), assists (39) and points (61) in 80 games during the regular season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche favored to close out Lightning in Game 5
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    It has been 21 years and 15 days since the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup. They have three chances to do it again, starting with Friday night at Denver.

    • Colorado leads the Stanley Cup Final 3-1 after beating the Lightning 3-2 in overtime at Tampa Bay on Wednesday night on what Lightning coach Jon Cooper said was a goal that shouldn't have counted.

      Now his team has to climb out of a big hole -- and win two road games -- to capture its third straight title.

      The Lightning are a consensus underdog entering Game 5.

      Colorado is a 1.5-goal favorite at DraftKings, where it has drawn one-sided action with 80 percent of the spread-line bets while Tampa Bay has garnered more of the spread handle at 58 percent.

      The Avalanche opened at -150 at BetMGM but the line had moved to -175 by Friday with Colorado backed by 70 percent of the spread bets and 88 percent of the handle.

      Tampa Bay faces a tough task that has been made even harder with injuries. Brayden Point, who didn't play in Game 4, is likely out for Game 5 and Eric Cernak didn't play much Wednesday, leaving Tampa Bay with just five defensemen most of the game.

      Cooper did not have an update on injuries as of Thursday afternoon.

      The Lightning are not ready to concede the title to the Avalanche despite the two-game hole.

      "We haven't lost yet," Tampa Bay forward Pat Maroon said. "It's the first one to four wins right now. We've got a challenge in front of us, but if it's one team that can do it, it's this team."

      The Lightning are facing elimination after Colorado had a few fortunate bounces in Game 4. The first Avalanche goal went off Nathan MacKinnon's skate and the tying goal in the third period bounced off Andrew Cogliano's leg.

      Then there was the overtime goal, which Cooper thought happened with Colorado having six skaters on the ice. MacKinnon was skating toward the bench when Nazem Kadri jumped on the ice and scored the winner seconds later.

      "It's impossible to say what's the right decision there," Tampa Bay forward Ryan McDonagh said. "It's so fast and it probably happens a million times a game more than we think."

      The Avalanche are on the brink of a title, in part because of key lineup decisions. Coach Jared Bednar stuck with Darcy Kuemper in net and he came through with 37 saves Wednesday, and he put Kadri in the lineup for the first time since June 4.

      He also shuffled the lines somewhat and tinkered with defensive pairings, putting Norris Trophy winner Cale Makar with Erik Johnson and pairing Devon Toews with Bowen Byram.

      Byram was the one player who was certain Kadri's shot went in despite confusion on the ice. The puck went under Andrei Vasilevskiy's right arm and lodged in the top of the net, giving Colorado a dramatic win.

      "I've been waiting for this my whole life," Kadri said. "I figured it was time to join the party."

      The party will be big if the Avalanche can close it out on home ice Friday night. They are 7-2 at home in the playoffs, with both losses coming in the second round against St. Louis.

      Colorado knows it can't let up despite the 3-1 series lead. Andre Burakovsky is likely out for Friday, and despite his heroics, Kadri's surgically repaired thumb is not 100 percent.

      "They're going to bring their best and we need to do the same thing," Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said of the Lightning. "It's obviously exciting to get a big win on the road in overtime, but we have a big day of rest (Thursday) and get ready for Friday."

      The 6.0-goal Over/Under at BetMGM has seen the Over supported by 94 percent of the bets and 92 percent of the handle. Meanwhile, the most-bet player props have all been placed on MacKinnon: +900 to score the first goal of the game, +115 to score at any time during the game and -135 that he will take more than 4.5 shots.

      DraftKings' Over/Under is also at 6.0 total goals, with the Over receiving one-sided action with 80 percent of the bets while also drawing 66 percent of the spread handle.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Blackhawks hiring Luke Richardson as coach
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    The Chicago Blackhawks will name Luke Richardson as their new head coach, multiple outlets reported Friday.

    • He would replace interim coach Derek King, who went 27-33-10 after Jeremy Colliton was fired on Nov. 6.

      Richardson, 53, was an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens for the past four seasons.

      He filled in behind the Montreal bench during the 2021 NHL playoffs while coach Dominique Ducharme was in the COVID-19 protocol. The Canadiens went 3-3 during that stretch, which included eliminating the Vegas Golden Knights and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

      Richardson was the head coach of the AHL's Binghamton Senators from 2012-16 and has also worked as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

      A defenseman from Ottawa and a 1987 first-round pick by Toronto, Richardson played parts of 21 seasons in the NHL with the Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators.

      --Field Level Media

  • Paul Maurice looks to lead Panthers to next step
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Paul Maurice said he has plenty of energy and is rarin' to go during his introductory press conference with the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

    • Maurice, 55, sang a different tune when he stepped down as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 17, saying the team needed a new voice. He also admitted he was uncertain if he'd ever coach again, however that notion was quickly dismissed following an interview with Panthers general manager Bill Zito.

      "I don't know how much time you've spent with Bill, but he can jack you up about hockey in about 15 minutes, right?" Maurice said. "So I'm in a lather an hour into the meeting and ready to go. And that's what drives me. And that's what I love, right? You want to (work with) really smart, passionate people that want to put on not just a great game, but a great program for the community.

      "It's almost as hard to describe as that word 'fit.' But I think a perspective from the outside sometimes helps, somebody who's got maybe a bit of a historical perspective of the league and has seen teams very similar to this in the situation that they're at. ... And I think I can teach well. I do think that I can get in front of a room and explain ideas and have players understand them and certainly reach out to the players who don't. Certainly bring an emotional intensity in our daily work and excitement. Coming to work, we'll be a heavily caffeinated group in the morning."

      Maurice replaces interim head coach and Jack Adams Award finalist Andrew Brunette. He guided Florida after taking over for Joel Quenneville, who resigned on Oct. 28.

      The Presidents' Trophy-winning Panthers set franchise records for wins (58) and points (122) this past season.

      "We really, really want to take the next step," Zito said. "We have to keep going, we have to keep going. And part of that is looking at the horizon. And we need to prepare, and we need to be ready. And we have to anticipate, where are we headed right now? I think that's the biggest takeaway for us.

      "And so that's where I really believe that Paul, is, as you can tell, the special enthusiasm, the special experience in hockey that we're going to have some challenges this year. And I think that this is a great fit for us to move forward and take them on."

      Maurice owns a 775-681-130 record with 99 ties while serving as the head coach of the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Jets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning coach on Nazem Kadri's OT goal: 'I've moved on'
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 23, 2022

    Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper had much more to say on Thursday, mere hours after his team dropped a controversial 3-2 decision in overtime to the visiting Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    • Cooper was not as forthcoming when he held a short news conference on Wednesday night, during which he questioned whether Nazem Kadri's goal at 12:02 of overtime should have been allowed to stand. Replays showed the Avalanche had six skaters on the ice when Kadri gained the puck in the neutral zone seconds before scoring.

      Colorado owns a 3-1 edge in the best-of-seven series heading into Game 5 on Friday night in Denver.

      Teams that hold a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final have gone on to win the series 35 of 36 times. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs escaped a 3-0 hole in the finals to beat the Detroit Red Wings.

      While Cooper excused himself after one question on Wednesday, he was more than willing to talk on Thursday.

      "They're reviewing whether the puck's in the net. The only way I can find out is I have to go back in the room and look at the tape," Cooper said. "You do and then you have to face all of you (the media) five minutes after an emotional loss, so I apologize for last night because that's what you get when you have to speak to the media right away.

      "What's great about today is that it's not yesterday. Now, we've got some excitement for Game 5 and that's where my mind's turning on how to win that. Nothing we can do to turn back. They missed it. It's unfortunate, but it's water under the bridge now. Should be a hell of a Game 5."

      Cooper was asked if the play should have been reviewable.

      "That is not for me (to say)," he said. "I explained. It was an emotional time last night, but I've moved on."

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche F Nazem Kadri returns for Cup Final debut
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri returned to the lineup for Stanley Cup Final Game 4 against the host Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

    • Kadri missed the first three games of the series as well as his team's final Western Conference finals clash due to a thumb injury that required surgery. He got hurt when he was hit from behind against the Edmonton Oilers in Game 3 of the series that ended in a four-game Colorado sweep.

      Kadri, who plays center on the second line and is a strong checker, went into the Wednesday game having collected six goals and 14 points in 13 playoff games this year.

      The Avalanche led the best-of-seven finals 2-1 heading into Wednesday's contest.

      The Lightning appear to have avoided an injury issue with leading scorer forward Nikita Kucherov in the lineup after he left with six minutes left in Game 3 on Monday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wild sign F Connor Dewar to 2-year, $1.6M deal
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    The Minnesota Wild signed forward Connor Dewar to a two-year, $1.6 million contract.

    • The one-way NHL deal announced Wednesday will pay him $800,000 in both the 2022-23 and 2023-24 seasons.

      Dewar, 23, had two goals and four assists in 35 games during his first season with the Wild in 2021-22.

      The 2018 third-round pick added 17 points (eight goals, nine assists) in 19 games with the AHL's Iowa Wild.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov in, Brayden Point out for Game 4
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    Forward Nikita Kucherov was in the lineup Wednesday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning hosted the Colorado Avalanche in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    • Coach Jon Cooper confirmed Wednesday morning that the Lightning would use the same lineup as in Game 3.

      Brayden Point, who did not play in Tampa Bay's 6-2 win in Game 3 on Monday, sat out Game 4 as well.

      "I haven't ruled him out for the series, but he's out for tonight," Cooper said of Point.

      Forward Nicholas Paul remained in the lineup for the Lightning, who trailed 2-1 in the best-of-seven series.

      Kucherov, 29, exited Monday's game with 6:05 remaining in the third period after falling awkwardly following a penalized crosscheck from Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews.

      Kucherov was headed toward the boards when Toews hit him, and his left leg buckled. The former Hart Trophy recipient attempted to take part in the ensuing five-on-three power play but left the ice in discomfort.

      He collected two assists in the game, giving him 25 points in each of the Lightning's three consecutive Stanley Cup years. He is the fourth player in league history with three straight 25-point postseasons, joining Bryan Trottier (1980-82), Mike Bossy (1981-83) and Wayne Gretzky (1983-85).

      Point sustained a lower-body injury on May 14 in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He missed the team's next 10 games before returning for the series opener against the Avalanche.

      Point, 26, has two goals and three assists in nine playoff games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Paul Maurice to be next Panthers coach
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 22, 2022

    The Florida Panthers plan to name Paul Maurice as their next head coach, TSN reported Wednesday.

    • Maurice, 55, stepped down as head coach of the Winnipeg Jets on Dec. 17 after posting a 315-223-62 record in 600 games with the club. He had held the position since replacing the fired Claude Noel on Jan. 12, 2014.

      Maurice would replace interim head coach and Jack Adams Award finalist Andrew Brunette, who guided Florida after taking over following the resignation of Joel Quenneville on Oct. 28.

      The Presidents' Trophy-winning Panthers set franchise records for wins (58) and points (122) this season.

      Maurice owns a 775-681-130 record with 99 ties while serving as the head coach of the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Jets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews wins Hart Memorial Trophy at NHL Awards
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Toronto Maple Leafs star forward Auston Matthews won the 2022 Hart Memorial Trophy for the NHL's most valuable player Tuesday night.

    • During the league's "NHL Awards" show in Tampa, Matthews also picked up the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, as voted on by the members of the NHL Players' Association.

      Also Tuesday, Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers won the Vezina Trophy for best goaltender, Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider took home the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year and Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche won the Norris Trophy for top defenseman.

      The Hart, Calder and Norris Trophies were voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and the Vezina was voted on by the league's 32 general managers.

      Matthews, the NHL's first 60-goal scorer since Steven Stamkos in 2011-12, won his first Hart Trophy after finishing runner-up to Connor McDavid for the award last season. He finished the season with 106 points (60 goals, 46 assists) to lead Toronto to its best record in franchise history (54-21-7) and a playoff berth.

      Matthews received 1,630 total votes and 119 out of 195 first-place votes. McDavid took runner-up this time with 1,111 votes (29 first-place votes) and Shesterkin finished third with 738 votes (24 first-place votes).

      Shesterkin won the Vezina with a resounding 29 of the 32 first-place votes. Shesterkin finished with 154 total points, 101 more than Jacob Markstrom of the Calgary Flames. Juuse Saros (Nashville) was third, though neither Markstrom nor Saros earned a first-place vote.

      Frederik Anderson (Carolina), Andrei Vasilevskiy (Tampa Bay) and Ilya Sorokin (New York Islanders) earned one first-place vote apiece while finishing fourth through sixth.

      In just his second full NHL season, Shesterkin led the NHL in both save percentage (.935) and goals-against average (2.07) while amassing a 36-13-4 record to lead New York to the playoffs.

      Seider was also an overwhelming winner, earning 170 first-place votes out of 195 Calder ballots and earning 1,853 total votes. The Anaheim Ducks' Trevor Zegras (1,191 votes, 15 first-place votes) was second and the Toronto Maple Leafs' Michael Bunting (877 votes, seven first-place votes) was third.

      Seider, the sixth overall pick of the 2019 NHL Draft, played all 82 games for Detroit in his first NHL campaign and tallied 50 points (seven goals, 43 assists). He had four game-winning goals while also landing 151 hits and blocking 161 shots.

      Makar edged Roman Josi of the Nashville Predators for the Norris, 1,631 votes to 1,606. Josi, in fact, earned more first-place votes (98 to 92). Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman (940 points, four first-place votes) finished third.

      Makar, in his third season in the league, led all defensemen in the league with 28 goals, including six game-winning goals. He added 58 assists for 86 total points, a new franchise record for a defenseman. He was the Avs' best defenseman as they posted the best regular-season record in the Western Conference and reached the Stanley Cup Final.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stars name Peter DeBoer head coach
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    The Dallas Stars named Peter DeBoer the team's new head coach on Tuesday.

    • Terms were not released by the club. However, The Athletic reported Monday it's a four-year contract worth more than $4 million per season.

      DeBoer, 54, replaces Rick Bowness, who stepped down following the team's playoff elimination against the Calgary Flames.

      "Over the last few seasons, I have seen firsthand what the Stars are building with a mix of dynamic young players and established leaders," DeBoer said in a release. "The chance to become this team's next head coach was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up."

      DeBoer reached the Western Conference finals in 2020 as coach of the Vegas Golden Knights. He was let go after this past season. DeBoer compiled a 98-50-12 record in three seasons with Vegas. He has an overall record of 513-379-123 as a coach with the Florida Panthers, New Jersey Devils, San Jose Sharks and Golden Knights.

      "Pete brings a wealth of experience to our dressing room, and we're thrilled to name him our next head coach," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "Every team that he has taken over has not only shown immediate improvement but has been ultra-competitive in the Stanley Cup Playoffs."

      The Stars scheduled a formal introduction for Wednesday at the American Airlines Center.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning's Nikita Kucherov likely to play in Game 4
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov is likely to play in Game 4 but fellow forward Brayden Point is expected to miss his second straight game, coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday.

    • Kucherov exited Monday's 6-2 victory against Colorado in Game 3 after a third-period hit from Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews.

      "As I sit right now, I think he can play tomorrow," Cooper said. "But I'm not Kuch. If I know Kuch, he's sitting there saying the same thing. But we'll see what the doctors and everybody says."

      Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final is Wednesday night in Tampa. The Avalanche hold a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the two-time defending champions.

      Kucherov, 29, leads the Lightning with 26 points (seven goals, 19 assists) in 20 games this postseason.

      Toews received a minor penalty on the play, which Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman called "dangerous." NHL Player Safety opted not to discipline Toews, ESPN reported.

      The Lightning are likely to be without center Brayden Point for a second straight game due to a lower-body injury originally suffered in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Cooper said Point is "highly doubtful" for Game 4.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jay Woodcroft reaches deal to remain Oilers coach
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 21, 2022

    The Edmonton Oilers reached agreement Tuesday on a three-year contract to keep Jay Woodcroft as head coach on a permanent basis.

    • Financial terms were not announced by the club.

      Woodcroft, 45, was named interim coach on Feb. 10 and finished the season 26-9-3, guiding the Oilers to the Western Conference finals, where they lost to the Colorado Avalanche. Woodcroft succeeded Dave Tippett.

      Woodcroft was coaching Edmonton's AHL affiliate at Bakersfield, Calif., before the promotion. He led the Condors to the AHL championship in 2020-21.

      Woodcroft previously worked as an assistant with the Oilers under Todd McLellan. He was named the head coach of the Condors in 2018. The Toronto native also was a video coach with the Detroit Red Wings (2005-08) and an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks (2008-15).

      --Field Level Media