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2018-19 NHL home openers

Season begins Oct. 3, when Capitals host Bruins

by NHL Public Relations @PR_NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League today announced the home openers for all 31 clubs for the 2018-19 regular season. The League's complete 1,271-game schedule will be revealed live on NHL Network tomorrow, Thursday, June 21, at 5 p.m. ET during NHL Tonight: 2018-19 Schedule Release, hosted by Fran Charles and analysts Ken Daneyko and Mike Johnson. The hour-long show will also be streamed live on NHL.com.

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NHL Awards

Hart Trophy unpredictability fitting for NHL season full of surprises

Strong MVP cases for Hall of Devils, Kopitar of Kings, MacKinnon of Avalanche

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Who will win the Hart Trophy?

It's a question that divides the hockey world because, unlike in previous years, there doesn't appear to be a consensus pick among the three finalists, New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar.

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Sutter announces retirement as NHL coach: report

Rules out opening with Capitals; won Stanley Cup twice with Kings

by NHL.com / NHL.com

Darryl Sutter, who won the Stanley Cup twice as coach of the Los Angeles Kings, announced his retirement as an NHL coach, Sportsnet reported Wednesday.

"Forty years, that's enough," Sutter, 59, told Sportsnet reporter Eric Francis of his NHL career that began in 1979 as a rookie forward with the Chicago Blackhawks. He played eight seasons with Chicago before becoming their coach in 1992, his first of 17 seasons behind an NHL bench.

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NHL Insider

Hoffman 'will work out well' with Panthers, Luongo says

Goalie, Barkov expect forward to help offense after being traded by Senators

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Aleksander Barkov and Roberto Luongo were not consulted about the Florida Panthers trading for Mike Hoffman, but they each said Tuesday he will help them next season.

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Cunningham to receive lifetime achievement award

Director of security for NHL since 1993 will be honored

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Dennis Cunningham, executive vice president/director of security for the National Hockey League, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award during the 2018 National Sports Safety and Security Conference and Exhibition on July 12-14 in Louisville, Kentucky.

The award is presented annually by the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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Fantasy hockey awards for 2017-18 season

MacKinnon most-popular MVP choice in standard leagues; Karlsson consensus pick for biggest surprise

by Fantasy Hockey Staff @NHLFantasy / NHL.com

With the 2017-18 regular season and 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs behind us, NHL.com's fantasy staff reflects on the players that have defined the landscape -- for better or worse.

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NHL Awards

Trotz surprised NHL coaches with resignation from Capitals

Jack Adams finalists Gallant, Cassidy, Bednar felt he would return after winning Stanley Cup

by Tom Gulitti @TomGulittiNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

LAS VEGAS -- When Vegas Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant was shaking hands with Barry Trotz to congratulate him on winning the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals, never would he have guessed Trotz would resign as the Capitals coach 11 days later.

"No. Not at all," Gallant said Tuesday. "Obviously, you heard rumors about the situation that was going on, but I never thought of that."

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Bergeron will be ready for Bruins camp, Selke finalist had surgery

At NHL Awards for seventh straight season, center anxious to get back on skates

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- Patrice Bergeron had groin surgery 10 days ago, and the Boston Bruins center is feeling a little anxious about the training time he's missing.

His coach is not.

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NHL Insider

Ovechkin should keep celebrating Cup win, Subban says

Norris Trophy finalist at NHL Awards enjoys watching Capitals captain's championship party

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

LAS VEGAS -- P.K. Subban has watched the seemingly endless and wonderfully creative Stanley Cup celebration of Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin, who needed 13 seasons to become an NHL champion.

And the Nashville Predators defenseman doesn't want it to stop.

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Tavares could draw interest from Kings

GM Blake says pursuing possible free agent 'something you would have to look at'

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- John Tavares could be of interest to the Los Angeles Kings should the center become an unrestricted free agent July 1, general manager Rob Blake said Tuesday.

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Over The Boards

Mailbag: Trotz, Capitals each ponder next move

NHL.com's Dan Rosen answers weekly questions

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

Here is the June 20 edition of Dan Rosen's weekly mailbag, which will run on Wednesdays periodically throughout the offseason. If you have a question, tweet it to @drosennhl and use #OvertheBoards.

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NHL Draft

Hughes first of three brothers expected to be NHL Draft selection

Michigan defenseman could be top-10 pick in 2018; younger brothers Jack, Luke likely to follow in next few seasons

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

Quintin Hughes learned early in his hockey career that having the puck was a whole lot better than chasing it.

That was the appeal to becoming a defenseman when he turned 13 years old.

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NHL Draft

Metropolitan Division team draft needs

Hurricanes looking for goal-scorer at No. 2; Devils, Islanders seeking defensemen

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

The 2018 NHL Draft provides an opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of young talent.

The first round of the draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas is 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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Doughty should stay with Kings because they're contenders, Kopitar says

Expects Norris Trophy finalist to get new contract before becoming free agent

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

LAS VEGAS -- Anze Kopitar said the Los Angeles Kings remain a contender to win the Stanley Cup, which should entice Drew Doughty to stay.

Kopitar said Tuesday he has no concerns about Doughty's future and said he has a gut feeling the defenseman will remain with the Kings beyond next season.

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Gaming World Championships

NHL's inaugural World Gaming Championship a success

Finland's Tammenpaa sweeps best-of-3 final to win $50,000

by Danny Webster / NHL.com Correspondent

LAS VEGAS -- Erik Tammenpaa needed one win to guarantee a spot in the finals of the inaugural NHL World Gaming Championship. He won with ease, and it didn't stop there.

Tammenpaa won the first two games of the best-of-3 final against David Roebuck to win the inaugural NHL esports championship at Allied Esports Arena at the Luxor Hotel & Casino. 

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NHL Awards

Golden Knights set sights on Stanley Cup

Have four finalists at NHL Awards, but eye ultimate trophy next season

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

LAS VEGAS -- The fairy tale has ended. The Vegas Golden Knights are on to the sequel.

"This past year was a remarkable year, but it's over," general manager George McPhee said during NHL Awards media day at the Wynn Encore on Tuesday. "We're moving on. We're taking the rearview mirror out of the car. We're not looking back. We're talking about next year now."

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NHL Draft

2018 NHL Draft: Tkachuk vs. Zadina

Scouts discuss abilities of each forward, debate who should be selected ahead of the other

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

Choosing between left wing Brady Tkachuk of Boston University and right wing Filip Zadina of Halifax might come down to the preference of the team making the decision at the 2018 NHL Draft in Dallas.

The first round is at American Airlines Center is 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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NHL Awards

Barzal confident Islanders will do 'great job' on Tavares, new coach

Calder Trophy finalist says he has faith in new GM Lamoriello

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

LAS VEGAS -- Calder Trophy finalist Mathew Barzal can't help but wonder what is in store for the New York Islanders, who face a defining two weeks after the recent upheaval that saw the arrival of Lou Lamoriello as president of hockey operations and the firing of general manager Garth Snow and coach Doug Weight.

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Trade Coverage

Hoffman traded to Panthers by Sharks after being acquired from Senators

Forward sent to Florida for draft picks, went to San Jose for Boedker

NHL.com @NHL

Mike Hoffman was traded to the Florida Panthers by the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday, about two hours after being acquired by the Sharks in a trade with the Ottawa Senators.

Hoffman went to the Panthers along with a seventh-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft, with the Sharks receiving a fourth-round and a fifth-round pick in 2018 and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

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Kings confident Doughty will sign extension

Defenseman eligible for new contract July 1

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Correspondent

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings expect to sign defenseman Drew Doughty to a contract extension during the offseason, general manager Rob Blake said Tuesday.

"We're under the understanding we're going to do what it takes to get Drew signed," Blake said. "That's our understanding here."

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NHL Awards

Humboldt survivors 'symbol of strength and bravery' at NHL Awards

League, NHLPA plan special day of hockey in community Aug. 24

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

LAS VEGAS -- The town of Humboldt, Saskatchewan, will get a chance to come together and cheer Aug. 24.

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NHL Awards

NHL Awards Buzz: Rinne primed for Vezina, Keller excited about Galchenyuk

McDavid on Dahlin at No. 1 in Draft; tough interview for Norris finalist Hedman

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Welcome to the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu. The best players, coaches and executives in the NHL will be honored at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). But before the hardware can be handed out, the nominees participated in NHL Awards Media Day at Encore at Wynn on Tuesday.

Here is the latest from Las Vegas:

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NHL Draft

Dahlin, Svechnikov unanimous 1-2 in final 2018 mock draft

Projected to go to Sabres, Hurricanes by NHL.com experts; Tkachuk, Zadina order in question at Nos. 3, 4

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Rasmus Dahlin remains the unanimous pick to be the No. 1 selection of the 2018 NHL Draft in the final NHL.com mock drafts.

NHL.com writers Adam Kimelman, Mike G. Morreale and Guillaume Lepage agree the Buffalo Sabres will select the defenseman from Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League with the first pick of the draft at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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William Karlsson expects contract talks with Golden Knights to begin soon

Forward, leading scorer can become restricted free agent July 1

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

LAS VEGAS -- William Karlsson, a pending restricted free agent, said Tuesday he has not started negotiations on a new contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Panarin has long future with Blue Jackets, GM says

Columbus aiming to re-sign forward, who can become unrestricted free agent after next season

NHL.com @NHL

The Columbus Blue Jackets intend to try to sign forward Artemi Panarin to a new contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent after next season, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Tuesday.

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NHL Insider

'Miracle on Manchester' remains one of greatest comebacks in NHL history

Players recall Kings' rally against Oilers on April 10, 1982

by Stan Fischler / NHL.com Special Contributor

"It ain't over 'til it's over." -- Yogi Berra, New York Yankees catcher and philosopher

Nothing about the Stanley Cup Playoff game between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers on April 10, 1982, made sense.

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Vezina Trophy

Vezina Trophy favorite debated by NHL.com

Rinne, Hellebuyck, Vasilevskiy finalists for top goaltender

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Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators has three top-3 finishes in Vezina Trophy voting, finishing second in 2010-11 and 2014-15, and third in 2011-12. Is this the season he finally wins?

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NHL Awards

Boyle up for Masterton at NHL Awards after fighting cancer with Devils

Center also overcame son's health challenge to help New Jersey return to playoffs

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / NHL.com Senior Writer

The worst part of Brian Boyle's season had nothing to do with him being diagnosed with leukemia in September.

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