Chara to retire after 24 NHL seasons, as a Bruin

Ryan Clark is an NHL reporter for ESPN. Zdeno Chara, the hulking defenseman who captained the Boston Bruins to their sixth Stanley Cup, announced Tuesday he is retiring from the NHL. The 45-year-old finishes his career with 209 goals and 680 points in 1,680 games over 24 seasons with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators, Bruins and Washington Capitals before returning to the Isles for the 2021-22 season. Chara scored

Star defenseman Subban, 33, retires from NHL

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. P.K. Subban announced on Tuesday his retirement from the NHL following 13 seasons played among the Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and New Jersey Devils. The defenseman suited up in 834 career games, with 115 goals and 467 points. He revealed “the end of this chapter” to his career in an Instagram post. “I remember my dreams of playing in the NHL

NHL considering World Cup play-in for 2024

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. HENDERSON, Nev. — The NHL is considering a play-in tournament for the 2024 World Cup of Hockey that would be held directly before the February event. “For 2024, we may do a mini-qualifier as part of the tournament,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN on Thursday during the Player Media Tour here. The NHL and the NHLPA are working out details for

Jackets, Laine agree to 4-year, $34.8M extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets and forward Patrik Laine have agreed to a four-year extension worth $34.8 million, the team announced Friday. The extension carries an average annual value of $8.7 million and keeps Laine in Columbus through the 2025-26 season. Laine, the second overall pick in the 2016 draft, was traded by the Winnipeg Jets to the Blue Jackets during the 2020-21 season. In his first full season with Columbus

Winners and losers of Day 1 of NHL free agency, plus the best remaining players

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The opening hours of NHL free agency did not bring us an answer as to where Nazem Kadri and John Klingberg would be skating in 2022-23, but there was no shortage of money being doled out elsewhere. Plus, we were treated to some blockbuster trades, as the Carolina Hurricanes added Brent Burns and Max

NHL free agency buzz: Latest intel as the market gets set to open

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The four days between the end of the draft and the start of free agency occur at a frenetic pace behind the scenes. It’s crunch time for teams to sign their pending unrestricted free agents before they lose their coveted trump card: an eighth year on a contract. Front offices toggle between their wish lists and contingency plans while the trade market remains

Source: Pens' Malkin to test free agency in first

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Evgeni Malkin will test free agency for the first time in his career as the star center and the Pittsburgh Penguins remain at a contract impasse, an NHL source told ESPN on Monday, confirming a TSN report. Malkin, 35, has spent all 16 years of his career with the Penguins. He was part of the core, along with center Sidney Crosby and defenseman

Predators lock up Forsberg with 8-year extension

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Nashville Predators have re-signed forward Filip Forsberg to an eight-year contract extension days before he was set to reach unrestricted free agency, the team announced on Saturday. Forsberg’s deal carries an average annual value of $8.5 million against the NHL salary cap, a source confirmed to ESPN. There was no word on no-trade or no-movement clauses in the contract, although Predators general

Bruins' DeBrusk in 'better place,' drops trade ask

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. MONTREAL — Boston Bruins’ forward Jake DeBrusk has rescinded the trade request he made in November, Boston general manager Don Sweeney confirmed Wednesday. Speaking ahead of the NHL’s entry draft, which starts Thursday, Sweeney said that the previously dissatisfied Bruins winger had a more positive outlook about his future with the club after last season and that he is committed to

Reports: Grier to Sharks as NHL's 1st Black GM

Mike Grier will be named general manager of the San Jose Sharks, becoming the first Black man in NHL history to hold the position, according to multiple reports. The Sharks have not confirmed the hiring but have scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. ET on Tuesday, when they are expected to formally announce Grier as their new GM. Grier, 47, played 14 seasons in the NHL for four different