Latest NHL Pacific Division News

Golden Knights eye return to postseason under Bruce Cassidy

Sep. 28, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One year after missing the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s existence, the Vegas Golden Knights are eyeing a return with their third coach in six seasons. Bruce Cassidy replaced Peter DeBoer after both were fired from their respective jobs after...

Addition of Fiala means heightened expectations for Kings

Sep. 28, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After making the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, Todd McLellan thinks the easy part is done for the Los Angeles Kings in their rebuilding project. Now comes living up to expectations. “We have to accept that responsibility to step up...

Avs launch Cup defense after summer filled with celebrations

Sep. 28, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen can’t believe how quickly the summer flew by. One moment the Colorado Avalanche were riding through the streets of Denver on firetrucks and the next they’re back on the ice. “But it was a good reason for a short summer,” the Avalanche forward...

Ducks counting on talented young core to lead playoff flight

Sep. 28, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Some of the most exciting young players in hockey are wearing the Anaheim Ducks' sweater this winter. Their fans are hoping they'll also be wearing it closer to the summer while ending the Ducks' four-year playoff drought. Trevor Zegras, Troy...

Sharks hope changes get team back on track after 3-year skid

Sep. 28, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks are a team in transition. After missing the playoffs for a third straight season for the first time in franchise history, the Sharks overhauled the coaching staff and front office, dealt away star defenseman Brent Burns and come into the...

Coyotes aiming to take step forward in franchise rebuild

Sep. 28, 2022 11:11 AM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes predictably labored during the first season of their rebuilding project, finishing near the bottom of the NHL standings. The focus of the second year will be about making progress, no matter how incremental. “I told...

Czech government: NHL Russian players unwanted in Prague

Sep. 22, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The war in Ukraine threw a wrinkle into the National Hockey League's planned return to Europe next month to play its first games outside North America since the start of the pandemic. The Czech Foreign Ministry told two NHL teams opening their seasons in Prague that...

Coyotes' Chychrun looking for trade to playoff contender

Sep. 21, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun still wants to be traded to a playoff contender. He's not going to let that impact how he plays while he's still in the desert. “I've been here a while now and the way I operate and take care of my business, I try...

Training camps open around NHL after another short offseason

Sep. 21, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

Training camps open around the NHL on Thursday after another short offseason, a third in a row squeezed by the pandemic. That doesn’t bother Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon one bit. For one of hockey's best players and his teammates, it's already time to get back on the...

Coyotes sign Hayton right before training camp

Sep. 20, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Barrett Hayton to a two-year contract right before the start of training camp. Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not released. The 22-year-old Hayton was a restricted free agent and not initially...