Capitals lock down Wilson with 7-year extension

The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tom Wilson to a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension, the team announced Friday. Wilson’s extension goes into effect in 2024-25 and runs through 2030-31. He is set to make a base salary of $5.1 million next season. “Tom possesses all the intangibles needed to

Kraken remove ‘BookTok’ content after pushback

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Seattle Kraken have removed TikTok videos marketed to the hockey “BookTok” community after forward Alex Wennberg and his wife Felicia published statements that criticized the objectification of NHL players. “BookTok” is a commonly used TikTok hashtag by content creators who want to

Wirtz, longtime owner of Blackhawks, dies at 70

CHICAGO — Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz has died at the age of 70, the team announced. The Blackhawks franchise has been in the Wirtz family since 1954 and Rocky was a longtime contributor. In a statement released by the club on Tuesday night, the Blackhawks acknowledged that his “commitments

Predators buy out Duchene with 3 years on deal

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Nashville Predators are buying out star center Matt Duchene after placing him on unconditional waivers Friday. Duchene, 32, had three years left on the seven-year, $56 million contract he signed with the Predators in July 2019. It carried an average annual value

NHL, PA launch inclusion coalition, earmark $1M

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The NHL and its players association on Tuesday announced the launch of the NHL Player Inclusion Coalition, a group of current and former NHL players and professional women’s players that will work to advance equality and inclusion in hockey. As

McDavid wins Hart Trophy as NHL MVP a 3rd time

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid swept the NHL’s top individual awards to cap his career-best season at the NHL Awards on Monday. McDavid won the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player and the Ted Lindsay Award as the

Busy Blackhawks acquire Hall to play with Bedard

Ryan S. Clark is an NHL reporter for ESPN. The Boston Bruins have traded former Hart Trophy Award winner Taylor Hall to the Chicago Blackhawks. Hall, along with the rights to pending unrestricted free agent forward Nick Foligno, were sent to the Blackhawks on Monday in exchange for the rights

NHL draft week buzz: Why the No. 3 pick is a pivot point, next phase of the Tkachuk effect, debating ‘top-line talent’

It’s a big week for the NHL. Tonight, the annual awards show will anoint the winners of the Hart, Vezina, Calder and Norris trophies. Wednesday is Round 1 of the draft (7 p.m. ET, ESPN and ESPN+), while free agency begins on Saturday at noon ET. To help make sense

The town that banned chocolate in quest for a minor league hockey title

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Winning a hockey championship requires sacrifice from the players. But the Coachella Valley Firebirds are asking their fans for an unusual sacrifice of their own during the team’s push for the American Hockey League’s championship round: Giving up all forms of chocolate as