Latest NHL Metropolitan Division News

Devils sign defenseman Dmitry Kulikov

Oct. 22, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils added experience to their defense, signing Russian Dmitry Kulikov to a one-year, $1.15 million contract. Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the deal Thursday. “Kulikov is an experienced, physical left shot defenseman who skates well,”...

FILE - In this May 7, 2017, file photo, then-Nashville Predators coach Peter Laviolette, center left, and associated coach Kevin McCarthy, center right, talk during Game 6 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series against the St. Louis Blues in Nashville, Tenn. Kevin McCarthy joined Peter Laviolette's Washington Capitals coaching staff as expected Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, continuing the pair's partnership that has lasted for more than 15 years. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Capitals hire McCarthy as assistant, re-sign Siegenthaler

Oct. 21, 2020 8:35 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Kevin McCarthy joined Peter Laviolette's Washington Capitals coaching staff Wednesday, and the team re-signed one of the defensemen he'll be working with. Jonas Siegenthaler signed a one-year contract worth $800,000, a deal that should finalize Washington's blue line. McCarthy will be...

New Jersey Devils re-sign restricted free agent Nick Merkley

Oct. 21, 2020 12:07 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free-agent forward Nick Merkley to a one-year, two-way contract. General manager Tom Fitzgerald said Wednesday the 23-year-old Merkley would earn $874,125 annually at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level. Merkley is currently playing...

Rangers agree to sign DeAngelo, Georgiev to 2-year deals

Oct. 15, 2020 9:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers agreed to two-year contracts with defenseman Tony DeAngelo and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev on Thursday. DeAngelo’s deal is worth $9.6 million and Georgiev’s $4.85 million. The 24-year-old DeAngelo is coming off his best year as a pro, setting career...

FILE  - In this Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Zach Bogosian holds his son Hunter during an event at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. The Lightning defeated the Dallas Stars the day before to win the NHL hockey Stanley Cup. Toronto signed former Lightning defenseman Zach Bogosian. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP, File)

Lightning Effect: Skilled NHL teams add grit to go for Cup

Oct. 15, 2020 2:40 PM EDT

A skilled team that got eliminated early in the playoffs by a tougher opponent a few years removed from a Stanley Cup Final loss signed a forward with his name engraved on the trophy and a big defenseman hungry to win after years of not being in contention. Rewind to 2019 and early 2020 and that description fits...

FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, left, knocks the puck away from Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Denver. Saad is part of the new-look Avalanche squad after being acquired in a trade from Chicago. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Sakic walking fine line in free agency as big deals loom

Oct. 12, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Joe Sakic's free agency wish list: Depth and more depth. That's no real surprise after Colorado's injury-riddled season. The tricky part for the Avalanche general manager is fortifying an already talent-rich roster in this time of a flat salary cap ($81.5 million) that could be extended. ...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2020, file photo, Canada's Alexis Lafreniere shoots during the team's practice at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic. The New York Rangers might be on the clock in owning the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft on Tuesday, Oct. 6. That, and the prospect of selecting Quebec star forward Alexis Lafreniere, doesn't mean the still-retooling Rangers will be anywhere closer to being a contender, team president John Davidson cautions. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Rangers agree with top pick Lafrenière on rookie contract

Oct. 12, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

Alexis Lafrenière isn't going back to play junior hockey in Quebec, and the Rangers hope he's on the ice in New York sooner than later. The Rangers agreed to terms Monday with the No. 1 draft pick on his three-year, entry-level contract that includes the lucrative bonuses typical for a player selected in...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall (91) is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz. A person with direct knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press, late Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, that the Buffalo Sabres have agreed to sign free-agent forward Hall to a one-year, $8 million contract. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

Sabres agree to sign Taylor Hall to 1-year, $8 million deal

Oct. 11, 2020 10:30 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are banking on Taylor Hall to turn what was a long and unsettled offseason into a far brighter immediate future. Buffalo became the surprise team to win the Hall free-agency sweepstakes by signing the 10th-year forward and six-time 20-goal-scorer to a one-year, $8...

Devils acquire Johnsson, send Anderson to Maple Leafs

Oct. 10, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils continued their offseason makeover Saturday by acquiring winger Andreas Johnsson from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Joey Anderson. Johnsson, 25, had eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points in 43 games last season. He is signed for three more years at a...

FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2019, file photo, New York Rangers' Jesper Fast looks to pass during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a deal with Fast on a three-year contract. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

Hurricanes agree to terms on 3-year deal with RW Fast

Oct. 10, 2020 6:32 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a deal with right wing Jesper Fast on a three-year contract. The team announced the agreement Saturday, saying it would the deal will have an average annual value of $2 million through the 2022-23 season. Carolina president and general manager Don...