Trade Grades: Coyotes score big in landing Phil Kessel

After years of rumors — and one deal that fell through thanks his own veto — Phil Kessel has finally been traded. He will make his new home with the Coyotes, as they acquire the 31-year-old, two-time Stanley Cup champ, reuniting him with former Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet. The deal: Coyotes get: RW Phil […]

Wysh List: Abolish the NHL’s hard salary cap!

P.K. Subban and Patrick Marleau were both traded during the 2019 NHL draft last weekend. Or, perhaps you know them by their more popular names: Nine Million Dollars Against the Cap Through 2022 and Six Point Five Million Dollars Against the Cap Through 2020. They are human beings, virtually converted into currency. They are treated […]

Vegas deals Haula to Canes for Roy, 2021 pick

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Erik Haula from the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for forward Nicolas Roy and a conditional fifth-round draft pick in the 2021 NHL draft, the teams announced Wednesday night. Haula, 28, played in just 15 games last season before undergoing season-ending surgery on his right heel. He was injured […]

Seattle NHL franchise to get AHL affiliate in Calif.

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Seattle’s new NHL franchise intends to have its American Hockey League affiliate in Palm Springs as part of a new arena proposed for the city. The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and Oak View Group announced plans Wednesday to build a privately funded arena on tribal land in downtown Palm […]

Ranking the NHL’s top 50 (plus) free agents into tiers

It’s often said that the winner of the NHL’s unrestricted free-agent frenzy is the team that stays away from bloated unrestricted free-agent bidding. You know who would disagree with that? General manager Doug Armstrong of the St. Louis Blues. He signed center Tyler Bozak last summer. He signed winger Patrick Maroon. Both of them played […]