Busy Kings sign D-man Gavrikov to extension

A day after clearing cap space in a trade, the Kings signed defenseman Vladislav Gavrikov to an extension. ... Continue Reading

Panthers' Montour rushes to birth of his child

Panthers defenseman Brandon Montour barely made it to the birth of his first child. ... Continue Reading

NHL free agency: Top options, best values, boom-or-bust players

The signing period begins July 1. Here is a guide to 120 unrestricted free agents looking for a new contract this summer. ... Continue Reading

Marchessault, Knights 'rewarded' in Game 2 win

Former Panthers forward Jonathan Marchessault scored twice, and the Vegas Golden Knights continued to make the most of home ice on Monday night, overpowering Florida 7-2 to take a dominant 2-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final. ... Continue Reading

Why this Stanley Cup is so important to Indigenous players Brandon Montour and Zach Whitecloud

Having Whitecloud and Montour both in the Cup Final is a source of great pride for both the players and their communities. ... Continue Reading

Blue Jackets deal with Flyers, Kings, add Provorov

The Columbus Blue Jackets, who finished last in the East and have a new coach on the way, added star power to their blue line Tuesday, acquiring Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov, 26, in a three-way deal that included the Los Angeles Kings. ... Continue Reading

Stanley Cup Playoffs Central: Cup Final schedule, scores, highlights

From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered. Explore the full picture and coverage on each team. ... Continue Reading

Can the Panthers come back? Top takeaways from a Vegas blowout in Game 2

The Golden Knights are two wins away from their first Stanley Cup as the series shifts to Florida. Here's what we've learned so far -- and how it impacts the remaining games. ... Continue Reading

Panthers affirm 'utmost confidence' in Bobrovsky

Though Florida coach Paul Maurice didn't confirm Sergei Bobrovsky would be back in goal for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, the Panthers -- following their 7-2 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights Monday -- vowed to be better in front of their goaltender. ... Continue Reading

Confident Tkachuk stands by Panthers' physicality

Despite the Panthers trailing 2-0 in the Stanley Cup Final, Matthew Tkachuk hasn't lost his confidence and hopes the Golden Knights are thinking about being "halfway there" as they travel to Florida for Games 3 and 4. ... Continue Reading

Panthers lose Gudas in first period of Game 2 loss

Florida Panthers defenseman Radko Gudas, a 33-year-old veteran who was on the other end of a hit from Vegas forward Ivan Barbashev with 13:23 left in the first period, left Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, a 7-2 victory for the Golden Knights. ... Continue Reading

Stanley Cup Final Game 2: Sights and sounds

Vegas and Florida are set for their first-ever postseason meeting with the Stanley Cup on the line. Here are the top sights from Game 1 in Las Vegas. ... Continue Reading

Bedard: Try to look at outside noise 'as a positive'

"If they decide to take me, that would be unbelievable," 17-year-old hockey phenom Connor Bedard said of the possibility of going No. 1 overall to the Blackhawks. "But we'll see what happens." ... Continue Reading

Caufield, Canadiens reach 8-year, $63M deal

The Montreal Canadiens have committed to young scorer Cole Caufield, agreeing to terms on an eight-year, $62.8 million deal. ... Continue Reading

'Ideal fit': Ducks hire Cronin as next head coach

The Ducks have hired veteran NHL assistant and AHL head coach Greg Cronin to be their new head coach. ... Continue Reading