From ‘young and stupid’ to a leader of the Cup champs: Nathan MacKinnon opens up about his journey

Ryan S. Clark is an NHL reporter for ESPN. DENVER — So, now that Nathan MacKinnon has won a Stanley Cup, will he finally chill out? The question takes five seconds to ask, but it leads the Colorado Avalanche alternate captain to share more about himself over a 20-minute interview

NHL season preview: Power Rankings, X factors, best- and worst-case scenarios for all 32 teams

Ryan S. Clark is an NHL reporter for ESPN. Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. After a wild offseason that included multiple superstars joining or leaving the Calgary Flames, opening night of the 2022-23 NHL season is fast approaching. ESPN will be your home for hockey, including

Nine possible Matthew Tkachuk trade destinations: Which deal makes the most sense?

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. While other NHL general managers are finding serenity in the offseason, Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving has watched the foundation of his championship-caliber roster crumble into dust. Top scorer Johnny Gaudreau left as a free agent, signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets, citing

Keith retires after 17 NHL seasons, 3 Cup titles

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Edmonton Oilers defenseman Duncan Keith announced his retirement Tuesday after 17 NHL seasons, during which he twice won the Norris Trophy and won the Stanley Cup three times with the Chicago Blackhawks. Keith, 38, played 64 games with the Oilers in his only

Avs elevate Sakic to president, MacFarland to GM

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Colorado Avalanche are reshuffling their front office after winning the Stanley Cup. Executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic has been named the team’s president of hockey operations, clearing the way for assistant GM Chris MacFarland to take over as the fifth general

Arizona Coyotes front office dazzles NHL draft with matching suits

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. MONTREAL — Arizona Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong smiled when he was called an “NHL draft nerd” after the first round ended Thursday night. “It was extremely fun,” he said. “We were in town early. Maybe a couple days too early. But we

Habs get Slafkovsky at No. 1; Wright falls to 4th

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. MONTREAL — Slovakian left winger Juraj Slafkovsky was selected No. 1 overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft on Thursday. Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes announced the surprising pick before a packed house in Montreal’s own rink.

Chicago deals DeBrincat to Sens for three picks

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Alex DeBrincat to the Ottawa Senators for three draft picks, including the No. 7 overall selection on Thursday night, it was announced. The Blackhawks also will get the No. 39 pick in Thursday’s NHL draft (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) in addition to Ottawa’s third-round

Answering the biggest questions entering the 2022 NHL draft

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The 2022 NHL draft, to be held at Montreal’s Bell Centre, is scheduled to begin Thursday night at 7 ET (ESPN), with plenty of intrigue from the very top down. While Shane Wright of

NHL trade, free agency buzz: What we’re hearing ahead of the draft

Kristen Shilton is a national NHL reporter for ESPN. Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. MONTREAL — The NHL’s general managers met on the eve of the 2022 NHL draft. What their meeting lacked in rules changes or policy news, it made up for with post-meeting news and buzz