NHL PLAYER NEWS
Blues take home first Stanley Cup in franchise history
The St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 4-1 on Wednesday in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Jordan Binnington shut down 32 of 33 shots as the Blues won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It's a stunning accomplishment for a team that had the worst record in the NHL on January 2. Ryan O'Reilly earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs.
Binnington, 25, finished the postseason with a 16-10 record while posting a 2.46 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage.
Nikita Kucherov signs 8-year extension with Lightning
Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov has signed an 8-year extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning worth an annual average value of $9.5 million.
Kucherov is now locked in with the Lightning through the 2026-27 season. The 25-year-old former second-round pick has totaled 334 points through 365 NHL contests.
Kucherov averaged 17.7 FanDuel points per game last season while scoring 39 goals and 100 points in 80 games.
Kings, Drew Doughty agree to eight-year extension
The Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Drew Doughty have agreed to an eight-year contract extension.
The deal will reportedly pay Doughty around $11 million per season through the life of the deal, which will go until his age-37 season. He will play out the final year of his current deal before this one kicks in. Even more impressive is that Doughty reportedly negotiated his own deal, saving himself between $1.75 and 2 million in agent fees.
In 2017-18, Doughty played 2,201 minutes in 82 games while accounting for 10 goals, 50 assists and 205 shots.
John Carlson, Capitals agree to 8-year extension
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson has signed an 8-year contract extension.
Carlson's new deal is worth $64 million for an annual average of $8 million per season. The 28-year-old recorded a career-high 15 goals and 53 assists last season.
Carlson led all defensemen in scoring during both the regular season (68 points) and playoffs (20 points).
Sharks sign Evander Kane to massive seven-year deal
The San Jose Sharks have signed winger Evander Kane to a seven-year extension worth $49 million.
Kane will make $7 million a year under the deal, which includes a very limited no-trade clause. If the team wants to deal the 26-year-old they'll only have three teams to choose from. The no-trade goes throughout the contract, so this is a high-risk, high-reward move. The team will hope that Kane hits his stride in his prime, after performing well since landing in San Jose at the trade deadline.
Across his time with the Sharks and Buffalo Sabres, Kane produced 29 goals, 25 assists and 54 points with 307 shots in 1,527 minutes.
T.J. Oshie scores a pair as Capitals force Game 7 in Eastern Conference Final
Washington Capitals winger T.J. Oshie scored 2 goals in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Oshie opened the scoring with a powerplay goal late in the second period and then the 31-year-old added an empty-netter with less than a minute remaining in regulation. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, 5 shots on goal, and 2 hits in 20:44 of ice time while helping the Capitals get within one win of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Oshie reeled in 34.1 FanDuel points in Game 6. He's now up to 7 goals and 15 points in 18 postseason contests.
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