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2018 NHL Draft ready to roll in Dallas

Dahlin expected to be No. 1 pick; Red Wings have 11 selections in two-day event

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

DALLAS -- The Detroit Red Wings will be the busiest team at the 2018 NHL Draft, with a League-high 11 picks.

They have the No. 6 and No. 30 selections in the first round, which will be held at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 are Saturday (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS).

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Trotz hired as coach of Islanders after leaving Capitals

Won Stanley Cup for first time, fifth in NHL wins

by Mike Battaglino / NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Barry Trotz was hired as coach of the New York Islanders on Thursday.

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NHL Insider

Reirden top candidate to become Capitals coach, GM says

Associate under Trotz will be interviewed next week, no others scheduled

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

DALLAS -- Todd Reirden could be the Washington Capitals coach by next week.

Reirden, a Washington assistant, will interview for the job vacated by Barry Trotz with general manager Brian MacLellan, who said it's Reirden's job to lose with no other candidates scheduled.

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Trotz, Capitals didn't agree on salary, coach says

Left 'in terms of principle,' which led Stanley Cup winner to Islanders

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals disagreed over his value, which led to his resignation earlier this week, the coach said Thursday after being hired by the New York Islanders.

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NHL Insider

Trotz becoming Islanders coach adds to Tavares free agency intrigue

Captain must decide if new hire gives him best chance to win

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

DALLAS -- What do you think now, John Tavares?

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Press Release

2018-19 NHL schedule released

Season opens Oct. 3, will include games in Sweden, Finland, outdoors at Notre Dame, Philadelphia

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK - The NHL's 2018-19 regular season will commence Wednesday, Oct. 3, with a four-game slate, highlighted by the Washington Capitals raising their first Stanley Cup championship banner before facing the Boston Bruins at Capital One Arena. The 1,271-game regular-season schedule - 82 games per team - will conclude Saturday, April 6, 2019.

The other three games on the first night of the 2018-19 season include the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena; the Vancouver Canucks hosting the Calgary Flames at Rogers Arena; and the San Jose Sharks playing host to the Anaheim Ducks at SAP Center.

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Kovalchuk to get contract offer from Bruins, GM says

Sweeney says free agent forward has 'strong interest' in Boston

by Matt Kalman / NHL.com Correspondent

DALLAS -- Ilya Kovalchuk will get a contact offer from the Boston Bruins, general manager Don Sweeney said Thursday.

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10 must-see games in 2018-19

Capitals raising Cup banner, two outdoor games, Global Series in Sweden, Finland among highlights

by David Satriano @davidsatriano / NHL.com Staff Writer

The NHL released its 1,271-game 2018-19 regular-season schedule Thursday, one day after revealing each of the 31 teams' home openers.

With the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN) and rounds 2-7 on Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN), followed by the free agency signing period beginning July 1, there are already plenty of games to look forward to.

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NHL Awards

Hall honored to become first Devils player to win Hart Trophy

Edged MacKinnon after leading New Jersey to first playoff appearance since 2012

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Taylor Hall didn't think of himself as a Hart Trophy candidate until the fans at Prudential Center started chanting "MVP" in his direction in the second half of the season.

"I just kept trying to play and I thought if we made the [Stanley Cup Playoffs], maybe I'd get nominated, but it wasn't really a big focal point to me," the New Jersey Devils left wing said.

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NHL Draft

Canadiens unsure what they'll do with No. 3 pick in 2018 NHL Draft

Could shape first round after expected selections of Dahlin, Svechnikov

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The Montreal Canadiens have the No. 3 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on Friday, and general manager Marc Bergevin said he isn't sure what they'll do with it.

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Trade Coverage

2018-19 NHL Trade Tracker

Official deals since June 8

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Welcome to the 2018-19 NHL Trade Tracker, the official list of completed deals since June 14, 2017. This is your one-stop shop for news, analysis and reaction from around the League as teams position themselves for the present and beyond.

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NHL Draft

Oilers willing to trade No. 10 pick for NHL defenseman, GM says

Looking for someone who can run power play

by Mike Zeisberger @Zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The Edmonton Oilers are willing to trade the No. 10 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft if it means landing a proven NHL defenseman in return, general manager Peter Chiarelli said Thursday.

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Nichushkin will get two-year offer from Stars: report

Forward played past two seasons in KHL after three with Dallas

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Valeri Nichushkin will be offered a two-year contract by the Dallas Stars, The Athletic reported Thursday.

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Seguin has flashback while leading youth hockey clinic with Stars

Forward skates alongside top prospects in 2018 NHL Draft, recalls own memories

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- Tyler Seguin was having flashbacks as he skated alongside six of the top prospects for the 2018 NHL Draft at a youth hockey clinic at Dr Pepper StarCenter Farmers Branch on Thursday.

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NHL Draft

2018 NHL Draft prospects take part in youth clinics

Dahlin, others help kids experience playing hockey for first time

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

FARMERS BRANCH, Texas -- Rasmus Dahlin said he's been thinking about the first round of the 2018 NHL Draft a lot more in recent weeks and looks forward to what is sure to be a memorable night at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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Crawford expected to be ready for Blackhawks next season, GM says

Goalie missed final 47 games with upper-body injury

by Tracey Myers @TraMyers_NHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- Corey Crawford is expected to be ready for the 2018-19 NHL regular season, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said.

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Humboldt, Parkland teams 'true inspiration' at NHL Awards

Tributes bring somber tone to ceremony

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The 2018 NHL Awards Presented by Hulu was supposed to be about the game's biggest stars. But the award winners willingly took a back seat to the surviving members of the Humboldt Broncos from the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League on Wednesday.

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Hoffman trade made to repair Senators' 'broken' dressing room, GM says

Moving on from forward 'was something that we needed to do'

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DALLAS -- Mike Hoffman being traded was necessary in order for the Ottawa Senators to move forward, general manager Pierre Dorion said Thursday.

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NHL Awards

Hedman follows in footsteps of Lidstrom, Karlsson with Norris Trophy

Lightning defenseman becomes third Swede to win award

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Victor Hedman was nervous making his acceptance speech after the Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman won the Norris Trophy at the 2018 NHL Awards Presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday.

"It's the first time I've done something like this," Hedman said.

Hedman said his nerves caused him to forget to thank his coaches and supporters back in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik, Sweden and the Modo hockey program there. But it was clear what winning the Norris Trophy for the first time, and becoming the first Lightning defenseman to win it, meant to him.

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Short Shifts

Ovechkin, Backstrom dance with Stanley Cup in Bellagio fountains

Teammates celebrate Capitals captain's Richard Trophy in Vegas

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Carter finds Ovi and Backstrom

Lynda Carter locates Ovechkin and Backstrom in Vegas

Legendary 'Wonder Woman' actress Lynda Carter helps find Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, as their celebration continues at the NHL Awards

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Alex Ovechkin partied in a fountain again, but this time he had company.

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NHL Awards

Golden Knights cap 'crazy year' with four wins at NHL Awards

Expansion team honored after reaching Final, uniting city following shooting

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- It was the epilogue to the fairy tale of the 2017-18 Vegas Golden Knights.

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Vezina Trophy

Rinne honored to join boyhood heroes with Vezina Trophy win

Predators goalie admired Brodeur, Roy, Hasek growing up

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Pekka Rinne's miniature Vezina Trophy will be going back home to Kempele, Finland, and the Nashville Predators goalie figures that his father, the custodian of the Rinne memorabilia collection, will soon be cleaning up his old bedroom to give it a place of honor.

Rinne was named winner of the Vezina at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday. It was the 35-year-old's first win after having finished second in 2010-11 and 2014-15 and third in 2011-12.

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The RoundUp

2018 NHL Awards winners

Hall gets Hart Trophy as League MVP

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Welcome to the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu. Thirteen awards were handed out at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, including the Hart Trophy for NHL MVP, Vezina Trophy for the top goaltender, and Norris Trophy, for the top defenseman.

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Boyle gives emotional speech after winning Masterton Trophy

Devils forward, who has chronic myeloid leukemia, gets award for perseverance and dedication to hockey

by Shawn P. Roarke @sroarke_nhl / NHL.com Director of Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- On a night filled with emotion, Brian Boyle appeared that he would lose the battle to keep his in check at the 2018 NHL Awards Presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The New Jersey Devils forward stuttered and stammered, often pausing to regain control of himself while trying to power through his acceptance speech after winning the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his perseverance and dedication to hockey.

He stood alone on stage, facing a packed house of his peers, retired players and fans. As he spoke, he either looked down at the trophy in his hands or to where his wife, Lauren Bedford, sat in the crowd on their wedding anniversary.

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Calder Trophy

Barzal of Islanders wins Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year

Center led first-year players in assists, points, finished tied for 13th in League scoring

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Mathew Barzal of the New York Islanders won the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year at the 2018 NHL Awards Presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old center led NHL rookies with 85 points (22 goals, 63 assists), 20 more than the next closest player (Clayton Keller, Arizona Coyotes) and finished tied for 13th in the League in scoring. He was the seventh rookie in NHL history with at least 20 goals and 60 assists in one season and the first since Sidney Crosby with the Pittsburgh Penguins, who had 102 points (39 goals, 63 assists) in 2005-06.

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NHL salary cap will be $79.5 million next season

Increase of $4.5 million from this season

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The NHL salary cap for the 2018-19 season will be $79.5 million, the League and the NHL Players' Association said Thursday.

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Seattle process for NHL expansion team remains on track

Aiming to play by 2020-21; goalie equipment will be streamlined

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- The process to bring an NHL expansion team to Seattle remains ongoing without any setbacks to date but with no timetable for it to be completed, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said following the Board of Governors meeting here Wednesday.

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Gaudreau buys stake in his former USHL team in Dubuque

Flames forward joins Sabres' Girgensons as part of ownership group

by Adam Kimelman @NHLAdamK / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Johnny Gaudreau didn't hesitate when offered a chance to join the ownership group with Dubuque, the team he played for in the United States Hockey League.

The Calgary Flames forward joined with Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, NHL Network analyst Dan Bylsma and Florida Panthers alternate governor Peter Luukko in purchasing a stake in the USHL team Thursday.

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NHL Draft

5 Questions entering 2018 NHL Draft

Canadiens' selection with No. 3 pick, defense prospects to be taken after Dahlin highlight intrigue

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

DALLAS -- The Buffalo Sabres are expected to confirm what NHL scouts and prognosticators have projected the past two years when they select defenseman Rasmus Dahlin with the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on Friday.

Dahlin (6-foot-3, 185 pounds), No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of International skaters, has been on the radar of NHL scouts the past three years and projected as the top pick of this draft for the past two.

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