Latest NHL Metropolitan Division News

Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov suspended 3 games by NHL

Sep. 14, 2019 12:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended without pay for three regular-season games by the NHL for "inappropriate conduct," less than a month after he was banned from playing for Russia for four years because of a positive test for cocaine. The NHL announced its...

Rangers begin training camp with goal of making the playoffs

Sep. 14, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

The New York Rangers have two clear goals this season: to keep improving and return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. The addition of forwards Artemi Panarin and Kaapo Kakko, and defenseman Jacob Trouba this summer helped accelerate the team's rebuild, and now the Rangers believe they are ready to take...

Penguins excited for fresh start after disappointing finish

Sep. 13, 2019 6:03 PM EDT

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins are excited for a fresh start. Sidney Crosby and the Penguins became the first team in a generation to win consecutive championships a little more than two years ago. But the Penguins stumbled into an extended offseason last spring when the New York...

After short summer, Hurricanes optimistic to start camp

Sep. 13, 2019 1:53 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Defenseman Brett Pesce and the Carolina Hurricanes zipped up and down the ice again, less than four months after wrapping up last season way later than usual. For a team that suffered through plenty of long summers, they can get used to these quick turnarounds. The Hurricanes opened...

Flyers sign defenseman Ivan Provorov to 6-year deal

Sep. 13, 2019 10:02 AM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Flyers have signed defenseman Ivan Provorov to a six-year, $40.5 million contract. The deal on Friday with the 22-year-old restricted free agent from Russia has an average annual value of $6.75 million. Provorov has 30 goals and 97 points in his first three seasons. He...

Blue Jackets look to move past drama of departing stars

Sep. 13, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The offseason drama churned up by the exodus of some of their top stars is now behind the Columbus Blue Jackets. Now they open training camp with some burning questions. Can veteran Joonas Korpisalo, rookie Elvis Merzlikins or someone else step into the huge skates vacated by star...

Moves make clear Preds' early playoff exits not good enough

Sep. 12, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — P.K. Subban now is with the New Jersey Devils, and Matt Duchene finally is a member of the Nashville Predators. That sends as clear a message as possible that last season was not nearly good enough. "It's a message from the front office that just willing to do anything that's going...

Islanders look to keep improving in 2nd year under Trotz

Sep. 12, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders know about the moves other teams in the Metropolitan Division made in the offseason. It just doesn't matter to them. After finishing second in the division and reaching the second round of the playoffs, the Islanders return mostly the same roster and are...

Uncertainty with Kuznetsov threatens to hang over Capitals

Sep. 12, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — They're no longer defending Stanley Cup champions, don't know if one of their best players will be eligible for opening night, are over the salary cap ceiling and face expiring contracts for two franchise cornerstones after the season. That parade feels like a long time ago. No bigger...

Rangers are one of NHL's biggest mysteries going into camp

Sep. 11, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist wants training camp to begin with an honest conversation. The longtime face of the New York Rangers sees this as an important time to define expectations for this season after watching the team fast-track a rebuild by signing winger Artemi Panarin, trading for defensemen Jacob Trouba and Adam...