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Blue Jackets: Gerbe excited to be back in NHL, eager to play
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PHILADELPHIA — As his team took the ice for their morning workout on Thursday, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he didn't know what his lineup would look like later that night against the Philadelphia Flyers. The Jackets, who picked up defenseman Taylor Chorney off of waivers and called up

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Jarome Iginla skates with AHL Providence, still wants to play
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Jarome Iginla is still without a team but isn’t giving up hope just yet on one last ride in the NHL. The 40-year-old Iginla, who last played in 2016-17 with the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings, was spotted on the ice at Providence Bruins practice on Tuesday, but there’s nothing in the works as […]

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Butler enjoying another chance to play in NHL
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Blues defenseman Chris Butler played in his 389th NHL game on Tuesday night, and his second in the past two seasons. He has now appeared in an NHL game in 10 seasons, and while the games seem to be more and more spread out, it just serves to make them that much more special. “You […]

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Mrazek's stellar play ramps up trade speculation
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Detroit — The goaltending trade market around the NHL is beginning to open up, and suddenly a few goalies could be in demand. Would Petr Mrazek be one of those that could intrigue a team like the Philadelphia Flyers or Calgary Flames or New York Islanders? If Mrazek continues to play as he did Saturday

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Record-breaking Kovalchuk remains sharp despite KHL play
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GANGNEUNG, South Korea (AP) – Ilya Kovalchuk may have been out of the NHL for almost five years, but he remains an impressive player. The former New Jersey Devils wing and five-time Olympian scored his 12th and 13th career goals at the games in Saturday's 4-0 win over the United States. Before the

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Predators aim to step up play vs. Red Wings
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Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette looks more at the process of a game, or a stretch of games, than the overall record. As his team was collecting points in seven straight games to start February, going 5-0-2 and overtaking Winnipeg for first place in the Central Division, Laviolette knew the Predators weren't playing their best […]

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'I want to play in the NHL': Maple Leafs' Leivo addresses trade request
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For the most part, the Maple Leafs have done a good job limiting deadline distractions. It will be harder moving forward, as the three-week countdown began Monday and amid winger Josh Leivo going public with his disgruntlement about not playing, Nikita Soshnikov parked with the Toronto Marlies and former

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What we learned in NHL over the last week of play: Kings must be more consistent
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The Kings can't let their romp over league-worst Arizona on Saturday fool them into thinking all is well. They'll probably have to finish among the top three teams in the Pacific division in order to make the playoffs because teams in the stacked Central division are likely to grab the two West

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Vlasic considered risking arrest, contract termination to play at PyeongChang 2018
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San Jose Sharks defenceman – and 2014 Sochi Olympic Gold medalist – Marc Edouard Vlasic was so disappointed by the NHL's decision not to let players participate in the PyeongChang Olympics that he considered risking arrest and contract termination in an effort to play. "Do you want to do that?" Vlasic asked about the possible […]

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Will Paul Martin get to play in the NHL again?
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SAN JOSE — Defenseman Paul Martin is trying to not look too far ahead. It's game day, he's feeling good, and on Friday night, he'll be expected to log significant minutes for the Barracuda in a rivalry game against the Stockton Heat. In a season beset by injuries and disappointment, thinking

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Jagr dealing with knee problems; will play for Czech team this weekend
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The injury that ended Jaromir Jagr's season with the Calgary Flames will not stop him from playing for his new Czech club. Related – By the numbers: A look back at Jagr’s legendary NHL career On Thursday, the 45-year-old held a press conference as he officially joined Kladno of the Czech League, explaining his time […]

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Penguins eager to play Sharks, build on wins
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Traditionally, All-Stars rejoining their teams after the exhibition game and activities are given a day off from practice. Sidney Crosby and Kris Letang wanted no such special treatment. The Pittsburgh Penguins' two All-Stars were full participants in practice Monday.

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