Predicting the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2023

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes its newest class on Monday night in Toronto with a fascinating group: Vancouver Canucks legends Daniel and Henrik Sedin, their former teammate Roberto Luongo, former Ottawa Senators great Daniel Alfredsson, Finnish women’s hockey icon Riikka Sallinen and the late Herb Carnegie, a pioneering Black player. Who will join them in the class of 2023? There is one

Buffalo boos fuel Eichel's revenge hat trick in win

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. BUFFALO — Jack Eichel knew what was coming. Turns out, it was his own revenge. The Golden Knights forward — and former Sabres captain — was in town to face his old squad Thursday for the second time since Buffalo traded him to Vegas last November. The last time he was at KeyBank Center, on March 10, Eichel had zero points

Oilers' Kane to hospital as skate blade cuts wrist

TAMPA, Fla. — Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane was taken to a hospital Tuesday night after being cut by a skate blade on his left wrist early in the second period against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Oilers said Kane was in stable condition and would undergo a procedure. Kane went down to the ice when he got tangled with Lightning defenseman Philippe Myers and then was cut by Pat

Bruins cut ties with prospect Miller amid criticism

Ryan S. Clark is an NHL reporter for ESPN. Less than three days after signing Mitchell Miller to an entry-level contract, the Boston Bruins announced Sunday they were cutting ties with the controversial prospect. The decision to sign the 20-year-old defenseman drew intense criticism from the moment the Bruins announced it Friday. Miller was previously a fourth-round draft pick by the Arizona Coyotes in 2020. Shortly after he was drafted,

League interviews Lightning's Cole, sources say

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Ian Cole was interviewed at the NHL office in New York for roughly an hour on Wednesday afternoon as part of the league’s investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against him, sources told ESPN. At the time of the interview, the person who posted a lengthy statement on Twitter saying Cole sexually abused and groomed her as a minor had

Expert picks for the 2022-23 NHL season: Stanley Cup, division winners, awards

The 2022-23 NHL season is set to begin Tuesday night with a doubleheader on ESPN and ESPN+, but we’re looking beyond just those two matchups. Will the Colorado Avalanche repeat? Which team will top the standings in each division? Who will take home all of the individual hardware? We’ve gathered our cross-platform ESPN hockey family together to predict the winners of each division, along with the Stanley Cup champion and

Players want more from NHL to combat racism

For too long, Matt Dumba felt he was on his own dealing with racial taunts directed at him as a youngster growing up in Saskatchewan. It was no different for Dumba as an adult, one of just a handful of minority players in the National Hockey League. Even in a circle of his fellow players, the Minnesota defenseman was alone in dropping to one knee on a global stage to

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