NHL NEWS-STANLEY CUP FINALS

Josh Gold-Smith

With the series tied 1-1, Washington carries the momentum into Game 3 and got a boost Friday when center Evgeny Kuznetsov, who left Game 2 with an upper-body injury in the first period, took part in an optional practice.

Brooks Orpik took a slash from Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula in the waning seconds of Washington’s 3-2 win on Wednesday that required upwards of 15 stitches on his index finger.

Brooks Orpik last goal came back in February 2016, Las Vegas didn’t even have an NHL team, much less a Stanley Cup contender.

After re-signing two players yesterday, the Vegas Golden Knights have added three more names to their future plans. The team announced this evening that they have come to terms on entry-level contracts with draft picks Jake Leschyshyn and Ben Jones and free agent Gage Quinney. Leschyshyn and Jones signed three-year deals, while Quinney signed a two-year deal. Financial terms have not yet been disclosed.  Pro Hockey Rumors reports.

The Nashville Predators have arguably the NHL’s best defense core, and general manager David Poile intends to keep it that way beyond the 2018-19 season.

Evander Kane has re-signed with the San Jose Sharks. The financial details several reports have it totaling $49MM ($7MM AAV).

The New York Rangers have officially announced David Quinn as their next head coach. The former Boston University coach will be the 35th head coach in Rangers history, and try to take the team in a new direction after a disappointing 2017-18.

Phil Kessel is not on the trade market, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford told The Athletic on Friday, and reports of problems between the forward and coach Mike Sullivan are exaggerated.

Mike Van Ryn returns to the St. Louis Blues, this time to make his mark as a coach.

Montreal Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty for the better part of a year, there may be more evidence to support an upcoming contract extension.

 

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