After hearing development coach Tim Taylor sing the praises of a late-blooming defenseman playing college hockey in Alaska, Doug Armstrong went to see for himself. The St. Louis Blues' general manager and Taylor watched as Colton Parayko dominated a game at Bowling Green, and even then Armstrong didn't get his hopes too high. Just two […]
Chad Krys was like any other freshman college hockey player last season. He had his ups and downs and improved as the season continued. In a few months the Blackhawks prospect will be heading to Boston University for his sophomore year, and his coach believes he can be one of college’s best defensemen next season. […]
It’s easy to see why Chicago Blackhawks fans are excited about Alex DeBrincat. The undersized forward already seemed like a potential steal when the Blackhawks drafted him in the second round (39th overall) back in 2016, as he was coming off consecutive 100-point seasons in the OHL. DeBrincat topped that in 2016-17, scoring more than a […]
ST. LOUIS – The wait is over for Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. Just minutes before the team and Parayko were headed to arbitration, the sides came to a resolution on a new deal after announcing the signing of a five-year, $27.5 million contract for the restricted free agent ($5.5 million AAV). The contract will take […]
Luke Johnson has gotten a few chances to talk to Rockford head coach Jeremy Colliton, and he likes what the new coach is selling. “He seems like a knowledgeable guy about the game,” said Johnson, who played 73 games with the IceHogs last season. “He’s a younger guy and his career wasn’t too long ago. […]
The Dallas Stars expect to have talented young forward Valeri Nichushkin back from the KHL for the 2018-19 NHL season, general manager Jim Nill said on Wednesday. The move would give the Stars a major boost to an already impressive forward corps following next season. Nichushkin, a 2013 first-round pick by the Stars, left the […]
When Alexandre Fortin went to Blackhawks training camp last season he picked up where he left off in development camp, impressing brass and earning a three-year, entry-level contract. As the Blackhawks roster stands right now, however, there may not be any room for him on the big club. Fortin had sports hernia surgery three weeks […]
Plenty of NHL teams have dealt with looming salary arbitration hearings, but one big name remaining – literally and figuratively – is St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. On the bright side, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports a divide that seems pretty moderate. Parayko’s current ask, according to Friedman: one year, $4.85 million.
As much as it stings to lose James Neal to Vegas, the Nashville Predators are mostly enjoying a strong off-season. More specifically, it’s been a pretty solid week for GM David Poile & Co. A day after signing Frederick Gaudreau to a team-friendly deal, the Predators handed speedy, intriguing forward Pontus Aberg a two-year, $1.3 […]
If there was a theme to the Dallas Stars’ off-season, it was to getting bigger and meaner. Bringing back Ken Hitchcock was a big step in that direction. As you can see, Hanzal was especially effusive in his praise of Jamie Benn, deeming him a “top-five player” in the NHL.
In the case of the Colorado Avalanche’s Tuesday signings, the most noteworthy name is one that wasn’t on the list. Defenseman Nikita Zadorov still needs a deal, which means there’s still at least some threat that he’d leave for the KHL. A little more than a week ago, reports surfaced that Zadorov may strike a […]
For Beau Starrett, there are a few good reasons to be one of four brothers who grew up playing hockey: the competition was right under the same roof and you never had to go far to assemble a pickup game. “We had a goalie, a defenseman and two forwards. Almost a full starting lineup,” the […]