Bolts extend Point through ’30 to offset losses

After losing two key pieces at the start of free agency, the Tampa Bay Lightning tried to shore up their long-term future by signing No. 1 center Brayden Point on Wednesday to an eight-year extension through 2030 for $76 million. The 25-year-old has spent all five of his NHL seasons

NHL draft winners and losers: First-round goalies, Steve Yzerman, University of Michigan hockey

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. A long, long ride is over. The 2021 NHL draft had a bit everything. Consider the blockbuster trades, as stars Seth Jones, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Jakub Voracek, Cam Atkinson and Sam Reinhart all changed teams. Consider the

Flyers ‘trade’ Gostisbehere, picks to Coyotes

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Philadelphia Flyers traded defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and two draft picks to the Arizona Coyotes and received nothing in return. The Flyers sent a second-round pick in 2022 and a seventh -round pick in the 2022 NHL draft, previously acquired from the Montreal

NHL Draft order by round 2021: Complete list of all 224 picks for Rounds 1-7

Now that the Stanley Cup has been handed back to the Lightning and the expansion Seattle Kraken have plucked a player from each NHL franchise except the exempt Golden Knights, the hockey world is setting its sights on the next generation of NHL talent. Between July 23 and 24, more than 200

Predators’ Luke Prokop comes out as gay, becomes NHL’s first openly gay player

Luke Prokop made history on Monday. The Predators defenseman signed an entry-level contract with Nashville in December, but perhaps the bigger life event happened for him on July 19, when the 19-year-old came out as gay, becoming the NHL’s first openly gay player. Prokop posted a tweet announcing it: Prokop’s

Flyers add Ellis, dump Patrick in three-team trade

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and Vegas Golden Knights made interconnected trades ahead of Saturday’s roster freeze for the Seattle expansion draft. The Flyers, who missed the postseason this year after advancing to the second round in the playoff bubble last year, traded

NHL Draft sleepers: Five potential steals in 2021 include Ryan Mast, Ben Boyd

Want to compete for the Stanley Cup? Hit on your first-round pick. Then the second-rounders and those thirds, fourths, fifths, sixths and sevenths, too. Find yourself some sleepers. Why? Look no further than the Lightning. Nikita Kucherov? He was the No. 58 pick a decade ago. Ondrej Palat went at No.

Tampa Bay’s rink ice used in limited-edition beer

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. As Tampa Bay Lightning fans drink up their team’s second straight Stanley Cup, they’ll soon be able to sip beer made from the ice on which they won it. Coors Light has used ice collected from the rink at Amalie Arena during the

Blue Jackets confirm Matiss Kivlenieks’ death occurred at coach Manny Legace’s home

Blue Jackets front office staff on Wednesday confirmed that Matiss Kivlenieks died following an accident Sunday at goaltending coach Manny Legace’s home in Novi, Mich., after celebrating the wedding of Legace’s daughter. Kivlenieks was 24 years old. “We understand at this point that it was a day and a night

‘Nothing easy:’ Habs win in OT to avoid sweep

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. The Montreal Canadiens were on the brink of elimination in the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning, blew two leads in Game 4 and were amid a four-minute penalty kill as they headed into overtime. Daunting for most teams. Perfectly on