Grading the Jack Eichel trade: Sabres whiff on franchise-altering deal

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. After months of rumors about a Jack Eichel trade, the deal was finally completed on Thursday, with the Vegas Golden Knights landing the 25-year-old center from the Buffalo Sabres. Going to Buffalo are veteran forward Alex Tuch, prospect Peyton Krebs, and there will also be a swap of picks: If Vegas’ first-round pick in the 2022 draft is not a top-10 pick, then

Penguins sexual assault scandal, explained: Former AHL assistant coach, wife file lawsuits alleging assault, retaliation

Content warning: This story contains details about alleged sexual assault. One year ago, a lawsuit was filed against the Penguins, their ownership and their former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach for “negligently retaining a known serial harasser, defendant Clark Donatelli, as a head coach, allowing him to harass and sexually assault women” and then “retaliating against her husband” after he reported the assault. The lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania as the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Exploring trade rumors, surgery options for Jack Eichel and the Sabres

On Adele’s new single, “Easy on me,” she rhapsodizes: “There ain’t no room for thing to change when we are both so deeply stuck in our ways.” Is there any other way to describe the Sabres-Jack Eichel soap opera drama? The two sides are both sticking to what they want. And now there’s a new wrinkle, which kind fits the next set of lyrics: “You can’t deny how hard I have

Sharks Kane suspended for violating protocols

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for 21 games without by the NHL for an “established violation” of the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 protocol. Sources confirmed earlier this month that Kane was being investigated over allegations that he submitted a fake COVID-19 vaccination card to the NHL and the Sharks. While the NHL and the NHLPA do not have a vaccine mandate

For a wrestling coach and a daughter of an NHL icon, 'ALS stands for A Love Story'

ON FEB. 7, 2018, 33-year-old Randel McCoy sits in his car, alone, in an empty parking lot. He’s processing the life-changing news he has just heard, contemplating a world in which he will slowly lose everything — his strength, his freedom, his life. Through tears, he reaches for his cellphone. He calls his brother. Then he dials the person he knows he can’t do this without, despite having known her

NHL Opening Night 2021 -- Best moments from Tampa Bay Lightning's banner raising, the Seattle Kraken's first game and more

After a long offseason, hockey is back! The NHL regular season kicks off Tuesday night featuring some exciting games from some of the the league’s best — and newest — franchises. The Tampa Bay Lightning will raise their second banner in as many years while the Pittsburgh Penguins try to spoil their special night. Later on, two of the league’s newest teams — the Vegas Golden Knights and the Seattle

Kraken vs. Golden Knights: Live score, updates, highlights from Seattle's inaugural NHL game

Unleash the Kraken! The NHL’s newest team hits the ice for the first time in its history on Tuesday night, as the Kraken head to Sin City to take on the Golden Knights. It’s a battle of the league’s two newest franchises, and Vegas left some big shoes to fill. During its inaugural season in 2017-18, the club won the Pacific Division and went all the way to the Stanley

Rangers, Zibanejad agree to 8-year, $68M deal

The New York Rangers and top center Mika Zibanejad have agreed to an eight-year contract worth $68 million. Zibanejad, 28, will count $8.5 million against the salary cap beginning next season and through 2029-30. He was a point-per-game player last season with 24 goals and 26 assists in 50 games. “Since joining the team in 2016, Mika has emerged as one of the premier players in the NHL,” first-year general

Ranking the top 10 NHL defensemen entering the 2021-22 season

It’s getting chillier out, which can only mean one thing: the NHL season is right around the corner. After two wonky seasons, 2021-22 is shaping up to be a full 82-game slate (knock on wood, please) chock-full of the slickest goals, flashiest saves and countless big-time moments. But before things get underway, and as the league hits the reset button, it’s the perfect time to sort through the rosters and

NHL 2021-22 preseason schedule: Times, TV and live stream to watch exhibition games

The preparations for the NHL’s 2021-22 season have begun and, unlike last season, fans will get a peek behind the curtain. For the first time in two years, there will be preseason games. Running from Sept. 25 to Oct. 9, teams will hit the ice across North America, including in a number of non-NHL cities. The Seattle Kraken, holding off on their first official home game at Climate Pledge Arena until the