Capitals goalie Henrik Lundqvist to undergo open heart surgery

The heart condition that will cause Washington Capitals goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to miss the 2020-21 NHL season will also force him to undergo open heart surgery, he revealed Monday.  "Last 3 weeks my focus has shifted from training camp and the upcoming season to my health and what I can and can't do," Lundqvist wrote in a social media message. The open heart surgery will include aortic valve replacement, aortic root

World Juniors 2021 exhibition games: Dates, times, TV channels for every pre-tournament meeting

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is set to begin on Dec. 25 as 10 teams hit the ice with one goal in mind — gold. But before the stakes are raised, the teams will play a few tune-ups to make sure they’re ready to go.  To not show their hand too early to their group-stage opponents, teams will face off against the opposite bracket with some eye-popping match-ups on the

World Juniors 2021: How has COVID-19 impacted the tournament?

The 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship is scheduled to begin with a tripleheader on Christmas Day and run through Jan. 5, but before the puck has even dropped in Edmonton, Alta., the tournament has been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Before traveling by private charter to Edmonton and entering the world junior bubble on Dec. 13, teams had to enter a bubble in their home country by Dec. 6 and test

Canucks' Braden Holtby, delayed at border, finally gets into Canada with pet tortoises

Slow and steady does win the race. Goaltender Braden Holtby, who was delayed by paperwork at the border this week as he tried to bring the family tortoises into Canada, is safely in. So are pets Honey and Maple. And now Holtby, the longtime Washington Capital who signed a two-year free-agent deal this fall with Vancouver, can settle in and prepare for his new role as Canucks goalie. The saga became public Wednesday afternoon

NHL 2021: How games, alignment and schedule could look for next season

The NHL’s projected start date of Jan. 1 is fast-approaching.  On Tuesday, NHL.com’s Nick Cotsonika reported that the NHL is looking into a few tweaks from the normal season — such as short-term hubs, realignment and a truncated schedule — when the league does hit the ice.  Speaking at the 2020 Paley International Council Summit alongside MLB’s Rob Manfred and the NBA’s Adam Silver, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman discussed what the NHL may look like

Is the NHL's Winter Classic canceled? Explaining the postponement of the 2021 game

The news shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s still just as disappointing: The 2021 Winter Classic has been officially postponed because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.  Originally scheduled for Jan. 1, 2021, the NHL’s annual outdoor game to ring in the New Year has been pushed to 2022. The announcement also noted that the 2021 All-Star Weekend scheduled for Jan. 29-30, 2021, which was to be hosted by the Panthers, also has been

Thornton spoke to Montana on leaving Bay Area

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. While considering a move to the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent, center Joe Thornton of the San Jose Sharks sought as much advice as possible. He spoke with family and friends. He spoke with Joe Pavelski and Patrick Marleau, former San Jose teammates who left the team via free agency. But Thornton said the most memorable guidance he received was from

Golden Knights go all-in on Alex Pietrangelo

The Golden Knights have hit the jackpot. Monday night, they raised the ante for the rest of the NHL by snagging the No. 1 free agent in 2020, Alex Pietrangelo, with a seven-year, $61.6 million contract ($8.8 million AAV). It’s a shrewd move by general manager Kelly McCrimmon considering numerous teams were interested in the defenseman’s services. When asked how close his team came to terms with Pietrangelo on Friday, Maple Leafs

Grades for every big NHL free-agent signing: How does Holtby fit in Vancouver?

NHL free agency for 2020 is underway! For each key signing, Emily Kaplan, Chris Peters and Greg Wyshynski will be assessing the player’s fit with his new team, weighing whether the terms of the contract make sense, and serving up an overall grade. We’ll be grading the most notable offseason signings below, so come back for updates as deals are completed throughout the fall. Braden Holtby, G, Vancouver Canucks Terms: