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Tavares most desirable free agent in NHL history

Former teammates praise skill, ambition with Islanders captain as decision nears

by Brian Compton @BComptonNHL / NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

John Tavares and Matt Moulson have known each other since Tavares was in Grade 8 and played lacrosse with Moulson's brother.

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Norris Trophy

Norris Trophy favorite debated by NHL.com

Doughty, Hedman, Subban finalists for top defenseman

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Who was the NHL's best defenseman in 2017-18?

Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, Victor Hedman of the Tampa Bay Lightning and P.K. Subban of the Nashville Predators are the three finalists for the Norris Trophy, as voted by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association.

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NHL Draft

1998 Redraft: Datsyuk would be No. 1 pick, Lecavalier second

Forward was selected in sixth round by Red Wings

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

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

Pavel Datsyuk had been passed over twice when the Detroit Red Wings selected him in the sixth round of the 1998 NHL Draft at Marine Midland Arena in Buffalo.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland long has been lauded for finding a superstar like Datsyuk so late in the draft. But as he always said, if he really was that smart he wouldn't have waited until the sixth round to select him.

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NHL Draft

Dahlin generating excitement for 2018 NHL Draft, Hedman says

Lightning defenseman can relate to hype surrounding likely No. 1 pick

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

Victor Hedman said the advent of social media has contributed to the excitement of Rasmus Dahlin likely becoming the first Sweden-born player chosen No. 1 in the NHL Draft since the Quebec Nordiques selected Mats Sundin in 1989.

The Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has a good idea what Dahlin, 18 years old and No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final list of International skaters, is going through as the most discussed blue-chip prospect from overseas of the 2018 draft in Dallas.

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NHL Draft

2018 NHL Draft: Top 10 defensemen

Dahlin, Bouchard among best prospects at position

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

In the days leading to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23, NHL.com will break down the top prospects by position. Today: The top defensemen available.

Rasmus Dahlin of Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League is not only the best defenseman of the 2018 NHL Draft, but the best player.

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Hart Memorial Trophy

Hart Trophy winner debated by NHL.com writers

Devils forward Hall, Kings center Kopitar, Avalanche center MacKinnon finalists for MVP

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Who is most deserving of the 2018 Hart Trophy?

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association have voted for the NHL MVP and the three finalists are New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon. The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN).

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Domi calls joining Canadiens 'huge honor' after trade

Forward was acquired from Coyotes for Galchenyuk

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Max Domi couldn't be happier about being a member of the Montreal Canadiens.

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NHL Insider

Galchenyuk looking forward to playing center for Coyotes

After trade from Canadiens, preparing for return to natural position

by Craig Morgan / NHL.com Correspondent

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Alex Galchenyuk said he was not looking for a change of scenery, but he is looking forward to a change of position.

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fantasy

Fantasy team power rankings for 2018-19

Blue Jackets trending up with young core, solidified top line; Barkov, Yandle should help Panthers bounce back

by Rob Reese @NHLReese / NHL.com Fantasy Editor

NHL.com will update fantasy team power rankings based on number of players in the top 250 overall, top 75, placement of highest-ranked goalie among top 30 (if applicable) and power-play percentage from most recent season. Any ties will be broken by other trends based on the writer's discretion.

Fantasy owners should use these rankings as a basis for team evaluation, keeper decisions and offseason draft research. These rankings will be updated throughout the offseason after the 2018 NHL Draft, free agency, trades, injury updates, prospect news, fantasy mock drafts and other developments.

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NHL Draft

2008 Redraft: Stamkos remains No. 1 pick of Lightning

Center is two-time Richard Trophy winner; Holtby climbs 88 places to No. 5

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

NHL.com will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading to the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

How early did the Tampa Bay Lightning lock onto forward Steven Stamkos as a potential top pick for the 2008 NHL Draft at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa?

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Sunday Long Read

2008 NHL Draft marked by selections of Stamkos, Doughty, Karlsson

Inside story of first round that made big impact on League

by Adam Kimelman @NHLadamK / NHL Deputy Managing Editor

Drew Doughty carried the Stanley Cup around the ice at Staples Center, having achieved his dream when the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in Game 6 of the 2012 Final.

Smiling and cheering, he looked to pass the Cup to his beaming defense partner. On that day, it was Rob Scuderi.

But it very nearly was another player, one who was available 11 picks after the Kings took Doughty No. 2 in the 2008 NHL Draft, and who could have given Los Angeles two franchise defensemen from that class.

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Ovechkin winning Stanley Cup can motivate Maple Leafs, Babcock says

Believes Calder Cup championship by Marlies also will help: report

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The Toronto Maple Leafs should draw some motivation from Alex Ovechkin finally breaking through and winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, Toronto coach Mike Babcock said.

"They were able to watch Washington do it at their own level, and see a 32-year-old guy like Ovi, who has not always been at playoff time smooth, and [got] lots of kicks in the butt, win," Babcock told the Toronto Sun on Friday. "But that's what life is about. Steve Yzerman won his first Cup at 32 (with the Detroit Red Wings). It just doesn't happen for most people right away and you have to dig in."

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Keefe not target of NHL coaching job, Maple Leafs GM says

Future of Calder Cup winner one item for Dubas entering busy offseason

by Mike Zeisberger @zeisberger / NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- Sheldon Keefe has not been the subject of a request to be interviewed for an NHL coaching job, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas said Saturday at a celebration for the Toronto Marlies, coached by Keefe, winning the Calder Cup.

The only NHL team that needs a coach is the New York Islanders, whose general manager is Lou Lamoriello. Dubas was promoted to replace Lamoriello as Maple Leafs GM on May 11.

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Gaming World Championships

2018 NHL Gaming World Championship finalists set for Vegas

Discuss best moment of regionals, biggest competition

by Arda Ocal / Special to NHL.com

Arda Ocal will serve as play-by-play announcer for the 2018 NHL Gaming World Championship Final in Las Vegas on June 19. He caught up with the champions and runners-up from the United States, Canada and Europe who will compete head-to-head for the $50,000 first prize.

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Short Shifts

Getzlaf sends baby announcement to Marine, Ducks fan in Qatar

Anaheim forward recorded message revealing child's gender

by Daniel O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Norma Bates was looking for a special way to tell her fiancé he would be the proud papa of a baby girl. And two days before Father's Day, she got his favorite hockey player to do it.

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analysis

Domi brings energy, speed to Canadiens

GM Bergevin says forward acquired from Arizona gives Montreal 'different look'

by Sean Farrell / NHL.com Correspondent

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens have shown for a third straight year that they are willing to shake up their roster with a big trade.

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fantasy

Fantasy impact of Galchenyuk-Domi trade

Coyotes get No. 2 center, improve power play; Canadiens add to wing depth but still have void down middle

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

NHL.com examines how the Arizona Coyotes acquiring forward Alex Galchenyuk from the Montreal Canadiens for left wing Max Domi impacts each player's fantasy stock. See how each was utilized in 2017-18 and what to expect in 2018-19:

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NHL Draft

Foudy aims to be first-round pick at 2018 NHL Draft

Strong second half of season with London has forward ranked No. 19 among North American skaters

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

Liam Foudy always believed if he got the right amount of ice time that he would be able to show NHL scouts his talent level.

The forward got his chance in the second half of the season with London of the Ontario Hockey League and made the most of it.

Foudy, 18, had 40 points (24 goals, 16 assists) in 65 games this season and is No. 19 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters for the 2018 NHL Draft, to be held June 22-23 at American Airlines Center in Dallas. The first round is June 22 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 are June 23 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS).

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Tavares, Islanders talking daily: report

Agent says there's been 'ongoing dialogue' for three weeks about contract

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John Tavares and the New York Islanders have been in daily contact about a new contract, The Athletic reported Friday.

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Kovalchuk getting interest from Blues: report

'There's certainly intrigue there,' GM Armstrong says of free agent forward

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The St. Louis Blues have expressed interest in free agent forward Ilya Kovalchuk, general manager Doug Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday.

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NHL Insider

Ovechkin encourages fans to touch history on tour with Stanley Cup

Capitals captain poses for photos at police department, children's hospital, youth hockey program

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- Alex Ovechkin has been having so much fun with the Stanley Cup he wants to spread the joy throughout the district and its surrounding communities.

So with the help of a police escort, the Washington Capitals captain and owner Ted Leonsis went on a whirlwind tour with the Stanley Cup on Friday. It began at the Arlington County Police Department and was followed by a visit with children at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.

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Short Shifts

Ovechkin's sick moves among six NHL Kids' Choice Sports Awards nominees

Fans can vote for players, show airs July 21 on Nickelodeon

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It's the slimiest awards show around.

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NHL Draft

Kotkaniemi could be top-five pick at 2018 NHL Draft

17-year-old center impressed in Finland, draws comparisons to Kopitar

by Joe Yerdon / NHL.com Correspondent

Jesperi Kotkaniemi is getting a lot of attention leading up to the 2018 NHL Draft, and has the potential to be a top-five pick.

The center, who turns 18 on July 6, is No. 6 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters eligible for the draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas on June 22-23. The first round is June 22 (7:30 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVAS). Rounds 2-7 are June 23 (11 a.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVAS).

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NHL Draft

Smaller defensemen likely to be big names in NHL Draft

Hughes, Smith fit model of mobile new breed on blue line

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

Gone are the days when undersized defensemen were considered lucky to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft.

NHL scouts and general managers no longer are hesitant to choose faster, more elusive players along the blue line over bigger, more physically imposing ones.

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NHL Draft

Sandin's smooth skating could make him stand out in 2018 Draft

Sault Ste. Marie prospect has been compared to Blackhawks defenseman Keith

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

Rasmus Sandin can recall playing forward with defenseman Rasmus Dahlin for Sweden at the World Selects Under-13 Invitational in 2012-13 as if it were yesterday.

"We were selected as defensemen but the coach needed [Dahlin] to play center after an injury to one of our players," Sandin said. "So that just showed how much they valued his skating and offense, even as a 10-year-old."

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fantasy

Fantasy top 250 rankings for 2018-19

Stars players gain value after coaching change; Byfuglien highest-ranked defenseman following strong postseason

by Pete Jensen @NHLFantasy / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

Fantasy hockey never sleeps, so NHL.com is already diving into the overall landscape for next season.

The top 250 player rankings are based on past production and expectations for next season in standard Yahoo leagues. Fantasy owners should use these updated rankings as a basis for team evaluation, keeper decisions and offseason draft research. These rankings will be updated throughout the offseason after the 2018 NHL Draft, free agency, trades, injury updates, prospect news, fantasy mock drafts and other developments.

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NHL Draft

Flames in difficult spot at NHL Draft after trading top three selections

Acquisitions of Hamonic, Smith leave Calgary picking 105th

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer