Latest NHL Central Division News

Preds sign forward Yakov Trenin to 2 year, $3.4 million deal

Aug. 05, 2022 21:40 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators signed forward Yakov Trenin to a two-year, $3.4 million contract Friday after going through arbitration. Trenin, 25, is coming off his best season yet setting career-highs with 80 games played, 17 goals scored, 24 points, 33 blocked...

Blackhawks face Wild in Milwaukee's Fiserv Forum on Oct. 2

Aug. 03, 2022 13:36 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee will host an NHL game for the first time in more than three decades when the Chicago Blackhawks face the Minnesota Wild at Fiserv Forum, the home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. The Oct. 2 preseason matchup marks the first NHL game at Milwaukee since...

AP source: Ducks closing in on deal with D John Klingberg

Jul. 29, 2022 16:07 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks are close to signing John Klingberg, the top defenseman on the NHL free agent market, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the Ducks and Klingberg haven't finalized every...

Preds sign Nino Niederreiter to 2-year, $8 million deal

Jul. 21, 2022 16:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators offered forward Nino Niederreiter the perfect combination of a competitive team stocked with friends and former teammates along with a physical playing style. His new two-year contract also gives him the flexibility to either hit free agency again...

Five women in NHL assistant GM jobs took different paths

Jul. 20, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

One thing all five women who serve in assistant general manager roles around the NHL have in common is none saw this opportunity available to them earlier in life. “I never expected to be an assistant general manager in my wildest dreams,” Meghan Hunter of the Chicago Blackhawks...

NHL takes big strides on women in hockey ops executive roles

Jul. 20, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

Kate Madigan blushed and she could not keep herself from smiling. When it was time at New Jersey Devils development camp for her to introduce herself with her title, Madigan got the chance to say she was assistant general manager. She is just the sixth woman in the history of the...

Slovak defenseman Andrej Sekera, 36, announces retirement

Jul. 19, 2022 17:36 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Andrej Sekera announced his retirement on Tuesday after almost two decades in the NHL. The Slovak defenseman played the past 15 full seasons since making his debut in 2006. Sekera played 888 regular-season and playoff games for the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina...

Olczyk leaves Blackhawks broadcast, set to join Kraken

Jul. 18, 2022 19:13 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Eddie Olczyk is leaving the Chicago Blackhawks after 16 years as a color commentator on their television broadcasts. He’s expected to work Seattle Kraken games next season, joining the team his brother Ricky works for as an assistant general manager. ...

NHL free agency: Devils sign Palat, Capitals add Strome

Jul. 14, 2022 18:57 PM EDT

A day after the New Jersey Devils missed out on the top prize in NHL free agency, they landed two-time Stanley Cup champion Ondrej Palat on Thursday. The Washington Capitals, meanwhile, continued their busy offseason by signing former Chicago Blackhawks forward Dylan Strome. ...

Contenders re-sign key players at start of NHL free agency

Jul. 13, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

Recent Stanley Cup winners spent the first day of NHL free agency re-signing key players to long-term contracts. The reigning champion Colorado Avalanche brought back big defender Josh Manson and signed versatile winger Artturi Lehkonen. The team they beat in the final, the Tampa Bay...