NHL Recent Player News
|6/13/2016||Sebastian Aho, Car, RW|
|The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a three-year entry-level contract with Aho. The team announced the terms Monday. The deal will pay the 18-year-old $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 in the American Hockey League for each season. Aho also receives a signing bonus of $277,500.
Analysis: Carolina selected Aho in the second round of the 2015 draft. He played in Finland's top professional league last season, leading Karpat with 45 points in 45 games. He has also represented Finland in several international tournaments and will play for Finland in this fall's World Cup of Hockey.
|6/12/2016||Patric Hornqvist, Pit, RW|
|Hornqvist clinched Pittsburgh's first Stanley Cup title since 2009 with an empty-net goal in Sunday's Game 6.
Analysis: The series-sealing score was Hornqvist's ninth goal of this postseason, one behind Phil Kessel for the team lead. He'll again be a fantasy asset if able to remain on Sidney Crosby's line next season.
|6/12/2016||Logan Couture, SJ, C|
|Couture had the Sharks' lone goal in Sunday's deciding Game 6 loss to Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Analysis: Though the Sharks didn't come away with a championship, Couture put together a tremendous playoff run to help them get within two wins of one. The standout center's 30 points and 20 assists led all NHL players this postseason.
|6/12/2016||Matt Murray, Pit, G|
|Murray helped seal the Penguins' first Stanley Cup title since 2009 with 18 saves in Sunday's 3-1 win in Game 6.
Analysis: The rookie was a difference-maker during Pittsburgh's championship run and especially so in the Finals, where Murray recorded a 1.77 goals-against average and allowed five goals in the Penguins' four wins. The 22-year-old may have earned himself the starter's job for next season after capably filling in for an injured Marc-Andre Fleury.
|6/12/2016||Martin Jones, SJ, G|
|The Penguins eliminated the Sharks in Sunday's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals despite another strong performance from Jones.
Analysis: Jones stopped 24 of 26 shots in the 3-1 loss to finish off an outstanding playoff run. The San Jose goaltender posted a 2.27 goals-against average and recorded three shutouts in 24 games to help the Sharks reach the Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history.
|6/12/2016||Sidney Crosby, Pit, C|
|Crosby was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoffs MVP following the Penguins' 3-1 victory at San Jose in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Analysis: Crosby assisted on Kris Letang's tie-breaking goal in the second period and added another on Patric Hornqvist's empty-netter that sealed Pittsburgh's first Stanley Cup since 2009. The Penguins captain finished with six goals and 13 assists during the club's 24 postseason games.
|6/10/2016||Paul Thompson, Fla, RW|
|The Panthers acquired Thompson and Graham Black from the Devils on Friday for Marc Savard and a second-round pick in 2018.
Analysis: Thompson was scoreless in three games last season for the Devils. He had 13 goals and 22 assists in 56 games for Albany of the American Hockey League.
|6/10/2016||Marc Savard, NJ, C|
|The Devils acquired Savard and a second-round pick in 2018 from the Panthers on Friday for Graham Black and Paul Thompson.
Analysis: Savard hasn't played since the 2010-11 season because of concussion-related issues. He has 207 goals and 499 assists in 807 career regular-season games with the New York Rangers, Calgary, Atlanta and Boston.
|6/10/2016||Brett Ritchie, Dal, RW|
|The Stars signed Ritchie to a one-year contract Friday.
Analysis: Ritchie split the 2015-16 season between Dallas and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League. He had one assist and 30 hits in eight regular-season games with Dallas.
|6/6/2016||Melker Karlsson, SJ, C|
|Karlsson scored the lone goal Monday for Sane Jose in the Game 4 loss.
Analysis: This was his fourth goal of the playoffs.
|6/6/2016||Evgeni Malkin, Pit, C|
|Malkin scored his first goal of the series and Matt Murray made 23 saves after a shaky Game 3 to lead the Penguins to a 3-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Monday night for a 3-1 series lead.
Analysis: Malkin woke up after being held pointless in the first three games of the series by setting up Ian Cole's goal to open the scoring. He added one of his own on the power play to give Murray all the support needed.
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