Latest John Tavares News

Islanders keep Anders Lee, sign Varlamov to replace Lehner

Jul. 2, 2019 3:10 AM EDT

From the start of New York Islanders' training camp last September, Anders Lee insisted his impending free agency situation was different from the one John Tavares went through. Ultimately, he proved to be right. Tavares, the face of the franchise since he was drafted No. 1 overall in 2009, bolted for his...

Rangers, Panthers, Predators winners early in free agency

Jul. 2, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

The New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators came out ahead on Day 1 of NHL free agency, signing the best players available to seven-year contracts. If Artemi Panarin , Sergei Bobrovsky or Matt Duchene can help their new team win the Stanley Cup, it will go against a trend. Teams that have made...

Perry, Pavelski among veteran NHL free agents to watch

Jun. 27, 2019 2:47 AM EDT

The goodbye came quickly if respectfully for Anaheim Ducks veteran Corey Perry. After a knee injury limited the 34-year-old forward to 31 games, general manager Bob Murray last week bought out the final two years of Perry's contract and sent the franchise cornerstone unexpectedly into free agency. "This is one of...

Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart, Lindsay at NHL Awards

Jun. 20, 2019 11:11 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nikita Kucherov gratefully accepted the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night in recognition of his spectacular 128-point regular season in Tampa Bay. He might even be able to enjoy the trophies someday, whenever the sting of the Lightning's first-round postseason loss...

The Latest: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart Trophy

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NHL Awards show (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. The Russian right wing won the award for the first time after his prolific 128-point regular season. He beat out two-time MVP...

Escrow tops NHL players' list of concerns ahead of CBA talks

Jun. 16, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews says he just wants his contract to be worth what it says on paper. Right now, it's not that simple. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, NHL owners and players divide hockey-related revenue 50/50, and if player salaries exceed that split a certain percentage is withheld in escrow to...

Islanders, winger Jordan Eberle agree to $27.5M, 5-year deal

Jun. 14, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

Jordan Eberle calling free agency a "last resort" must be music to the ears of the New York Islanders and their fans after what happened a year ago. Eberle on Friday agreed to terms on a $27.5 million, five-year contract that counts $5.5 million against the salary cap. Unlike former captain John Tavares, who left...

Undersized Hughes stands out as top NHL draft prospect

May. 31, 2019 7:13 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Dan Marr will never forget the first time Jack Hughes landed on his radar as a potential top NHL draft prospect. It happened last summer, when the NHL Central Scouting director was attending a skills camp in Toronto. After listing New Jersey's Taylor Hall, Edmonton's Connor McDavid and...

Islanders agree to terms with Brock Nelson on 6-year deal

May. 23, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

Less than a year after losing John Tavares, the New York Islanders re-signed star center Brock Nelson before he could even test free agency. Nelson on Thursday agreed to terms on a $36 million, six-year contract through the 2024-25 season. Nelson scored 25 goals and set career highs with 28 assists and 53 points...

AP/CP survey: Players say NHL making progress on concussions

May. 23, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

Jason Dickinson was angry the moment he was pulled from a game to be checked for a concussion. On the receiving end of a hit that warranted a second look, the Dallas Stars forward later realized the precaution wasn't such a bad thing. "Today's game they're doing a lot, and they are focusing on concussions,"...