Time, TV, streaming info and players to watch as Stars, Lightning open Stanley Cup Final
The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning face off in the Stanley Cup Final, starting Saturday in the Edmonton, Alberta bubble.The former San Jose Sharks captain chose Dallas.
Chicago Blackhawks . With free agency now less than a month away, many teams are already looking ahead to when it opens up. He’s two years away from unrestricted free agency so this is the time when a long-term pact should be the focus for both sides.
With free agency now less than a month away, many teams are already looking ahead to when it opens up. There will be several prominent players set to hit D Erik Gustafsson – With five unrestricted free - agent defensemen, the team is likely to have to make some tough decisions in the near future.
With free agency now less than a month away, many teams are already looking ahead to when it opens up. There will be several prominent players set to hit the open market while many teams have key restricted free agents to re-sign. Chicago has several notable young players in need of new deals as well as a long-term veteran who is hoping to stick around a little longer. © Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Can the Blackhawks find their way to a deal to keep Corey Crawford around or will he leave after 17 years with the organization?
Key Restricted Free Agents
F Dominik Kubalik – No one really knew what to expect from the 25-year-old entering his first season but even the most optimistic of guesses likely wouldn’t have had Kubalik getting 30 goals or finishing third in Calder Trophy voting. But that’s exactly what happened even with six forwards averaging more ice time per game than him in the regular season. He put up front line goal totals with the playing time of a fringe second liner. Now, both sides have to find a suitable compromise at a time where there aren’t really any good comparable players out there as let’s face it, rookies that come over at his age typically don’t put up 30 goals. That makes a short-term deal a more palatable scenario and with there being three years until he’s eligible for free agency, it’s the likeliest outcome as well.
St. Louis Blues' keys heading into '20 offseason
There are still a few things that GM Doug Armstrong needs to accomplish. Clear out contracts © Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports St. Louis was a team that was hit hard by the pandemic, causing the salary cap to flatten out. All of a sudden, instead of either trying to add to their roster or at least keep it intact, the Blues have already had to move out one veteran on the cheap after sending Jake Allen to Montreal for a relatively low return of a third-round pick.
Blackhawks mailbag: Potential free agent targets, Erik Gustafsson's value and offseason priorities originally appeared on nbcsportschicago.com. Every Friday we'll shoot to do a Blackhawks mailbag, so be sure to stay with us all summer long. Thanks to all who submitted this week!
Dzingel is a free agent that would fit the Blackhawks needs on the third or fourth line. There are many who would love to see him in a Blackhawks sweater. With his projected salary cap a Everyone is hoping that Crawford stays healthy this season but another concussion would make the end of his
F Dylan Strome – Strome’s second season in Chicago wasn’t quite as productive as his first as his output dipped from 51 points in 58 games to 38 in 58. However, that’s still a 54-point pace over a full schedule which is production equivalent to a second liner which is pretty good considering he was seemingly on the outs in Arizona just two years ago. Even so, it feels like there is still some uncertainty surrounding his upside. Is the number three pick in 2015 a core player that should be built around or is he expendable in the right situation? His production so far with Chicago suggests the former but when the beginning of Strome’s career gets factored in, the decision isn’t so easy. Suffice it to say, a long-term deal probably isn’t in the cards, especially when he doesn’t have arbitration eligibility.
All of the Chicago Bulls head coaches since Phil Jackson's last dance
Braves 1B Freddie Freeman caught the final out of a win over the Marlins on Tuesday night, securing the team's third straight National League East title.
I don't know what the Blackhawks are going to do in free agency to fix their blown chance at another Stanley Cup, but because I'm a pleaser, not a teaser 1. Center Paul Stastny: A fast, talented skater who 's perfect for the moment that coach Joel Quenneville yanks Andrew Shaw off a line with Patrick
Analyzing every Vegas free agent — restricted and unrestricted — and the likelihood of Avalanche Blackhawks Blues Jets Predators Stars Wild. There will be some difficult decisions this offseason as the Golden Knights maneuver to make cap space for restricted free agent William Karlsson.
F Drake Caggiula – With nine goals and six assists in 40 games, Caggiula’s numbers don’t stand out but when you factor in that he averaged less than 12 minutes a night, they look a bit more impressive. He’s an effective energy winger when healthy but staying in the lineup has been a challenge. That, coupled with his $1.5M qualifying offer, presents a tough call for GM Stan Bowman. There’s no denying that Caggiula is a useful player on their roster but with limited cap room and other notable players ahead of him needing new deals, this could be a case where they non-tender him to look for a cheaper replacement (or to try to get him to take a bit of a pay cut).
Other RFAs: F Alexandre Fortin, D Slater Koekkoek, D Ian McCoshen, G Malcolm Subban, D Joni Tuulola
Key Unrestricted Free Agent
G Corey Crawford – Having moved out Robin Lehner and Erik Gustafsson at the trade deadline, Crawford is the one and only regular NHL player that’s set to hit the open market next month. His case is a particularly interesting one. For starters, the Blackhawks are the only organization he has been a part of since they drafted him in the second round back in 2003 and has played in 13 different NHL seasons for them. Along the way, he became a good starter which helped him pick up a couple of Stanley Cup titles.
Keys to the Colorado Avalanche's 2020 offseason
The Syracuse Orange defended their home turf with a 37-20 victory over Georgia Tech. Syracuse quarterback Tommy DeVito threw for 194 yards and 2 touchdowns, and running back Sean Tucker rushed for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns in the win.
Seattle has at least 15 players who can become unrestricted free agents in March. Here's a look and an early guess at what might happen with each.
Chicago Blackhawks . 9 quarterbacks who could be free agents in the 2020 NFL offseason, sorted by likelihood. These are the quarterback contract situations to keep an eye on this season.
But in recent years, he hasn’t been able to stay in the lineup as frequently to the point where Bowman brought in Lehner in free agency just to have another reliable option. Crawford’s year-to-year performance has varied considerably and he’s coming off of a season where his numbers were decent (2.77 GAA, .917 SV%) but not near the top of the leaderboard either. Between that and his age (35), it’s hard to see him as the long-term solution. A multi-year deal may even be tough to do and it seems likely that his next contract will come a bit cheaper than the $6M AAV that he has played under for the past six years.
Crawford has said that he wants to stay in Chicago but that he also wants to be a starter which is a role he hasn’t really exclusively held for a while. Can they find their way to a deal to keep him around or will he leave after 17 years with the organization?
Other UFAs: F Joseph Cramarossa, D T.J. Brennan, F Anton Wedin
Projected Cap Space
At the moment, Chicago has a little over $73.5M in commitments to 17 players, per CapFriendly. Getting all of their impact players re-signed for the $8M difference isn’t going to happen so some trimming needs to be done, be it through a buyout, trade, or both. While Brent Seabrook and Andrew Shaw missed significant portions of the season and didn’t suit up in the bubble, both expect to be ready to start 2020-21 which takes relying on LTIR off the table for now. Things could change in-season but for the time being, Bowman needs to free up some cap room to keep the core of his team intact.
Free-agent focus: Who stays, who goes for Blue Jackets?
While the Columbus Blue Jackets have no UFA’s of note, they still have their work cut out for them with a laundry list of RFA’s, including several core players. © Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports Getting Dubois, 22, locked up long-term is the core objective of the Blue Jackets’ off-season. Key Restricted Free AgentsF Pierre-Luc Dubois – Getting Dubois, 22, locked up long-term is the core objective of the Blue Jackets’ off-season. Over the three seasons of his entry-level contract, Dubois totaled 158 points in 234 games, including a 61-point campaign in 2018-19 and a 57-point pace this season.
Who knows? What we do know is both Quenneville and Bowman insisted they’re comfortable with the #HeyLaz Do you think a trade for Hamhuis/Vrbata would’ve better helped the # Blackhawks A whole lot of teams would want Andrew Ladd as a free agent . And the Hawks will need to offer more
Bam, who I think is an unbelievable talent and the modern center of what centers will be over the next decade Antetokounmpo seems to want to stay in Milwaukee when he becomes a 2021 free agent , but only Obviously everybody talks about his impending free agency , and I think everything is open
Subscribe to Yardbarker's Morning Bark, the most comprehensive newsletter in sports. Customize your email to get the latest news on your favorite sports, teams and schools. Emailed daily. Always free! Sign up now ▸
- Leon Draisaitl wins 2020 Hart Memorial Trophy
- St. Louis Cardinals shut Dakota Hudson down for season
- The 'Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks' quiz
Related slideshow: The best NHL player at every age (Provided by Yardbarker)
The best NHL player at every age
From the very youngest players in the NHL to the most experienced veterans we take a look at the best players in the league at every age. Players are grouped based on their age as of October 1, 2020. From Jack Hughes to Zdeno Chara and every age in between.
Age 19: Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils
His rookie season may not have been as dominant as the Devils were hoping for, but not every young player is going to enter the league and be a superstar from the very beginning. There is a learning curve here, especially for players this young. He still showed improvement as the year went on and along with Nico Hischier is going to be the focal point of the Devils' organization going forward.
Age 20: Quinn Hughes, Vancouver Canucks
On a team that already boasts Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser up front as building blocks, Hughes might end up being the best and most significant player of the bunch. Why? The position he plays and the impact he makes while doing so. He stepped right into the Canucks' lineup this season and immediately became their most effective defender, driving possession and making a huge impact offensively. Having a game-changing defenseman like that is a must for every Stanley Cup contending team, and the Canucks look like they have a great one emerging. Hughes, Dallas' Miro Heiskanen, and Colorado's Cale Makar are the next wave of defense superstars in the league and going to be contending for the Norris Trophy for years.
Age 21: Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars
During his rookie season Stars goalie Ben Bishop proclaimed that Heiskanen already looked like a hall of fame talent and was already one of the best defensemen that he had been teammates with. Considering some of the defensemen that Bishop has called teammates over the years (Erik Karlsson, Victor Hedman, John Klingberg) that is extremely high praise. It is all warranted. All Heiskanen has done in year two is get even better. When the Stars reportedly tried to trade for Karlsson last year it was rumored that they made Heiskanen an untouchable in those trade talks. It was a smart move, because he is their franchise player going forward.
Age 23: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
Forget age 23, McDavid is probably the best player in the world. At any age. A breathtaking skater, sublime passer, and just downright dominant offensive force. He is going to be a lock to finish somewhere in the top-three of the scoring race every season as long as he stays healthy and plays enough games. The hype surrounding him when he entered the league was massive. He is met it as a player. Maybe even exceeded it.
Age 24: Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers
He proved this season that he does not need McDavid as his center to put up huge numbers. He ran away with the scoring title this season not only by centering his own line at times, but by also helping to carry the Oilers when McDavid was out of the lineup due to injury. He topped his assist and total point numbers from last year despite playing in 11 fewer games, and had the regular season been a full 82-game season he was on pace for a second straight 50-goal, 100-point season. He and McDavid give the Oilers to MVP level talents at forward.
Age 25: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche
I am not prepared to say that MacKinnon is on the McDavid-Sidney Crosby level of superstars, but he is on the tier immediately below them. He is, at this point, the third-best player in hockey. It took him a few years to develop into a truly dominant player, but now that he has he is a force to be reckoned with on every single shift. Along with Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen he helps make up one of the league's most dominant lines.
Age 26: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning
The Lightning have superstars at every level of their team, with a couple of first-line forwards and a Norris Trophy defenseman (Victor Hedman). As if that is not enough, they add to their embarrassment of riches with a Vezina Trophy caliber goalie. Vasilevskiy has become a mainstay in that yearly award race having been a finalist three years in a row.
Age 27: Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning
Kucherov is one of the league's most productive forwards, and along with Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos (when he is healthy) gives the Lightning a dominant trio of forwards. He has scored at a 100-point pace (per 82 games) three years in a row and has not finished a season with less than 85 points in over four years.
Age 29: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning
With all apologies and all due respect to Nikita Kucherov, Brayden Point, Steven Stamkos, and Andrei Vasilevskiy, this is the best and most important player on the Lightning roster. When you think of elite, Norris Trophy level, No. 1 defenseman this is the player you should be thinking about. He is a shutdown defender, he has great size, he is a smooth skater, he is a force offensively, and he literally controls every aspect of the game when he is on the ice. He is as good as it gets in the NHL on defense.
Age 30: Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Stamkos is one of the great "what ifs" in the NHL right now, because it is worth wondering what his career totals would look like with better health luck. Significant injuries (as well as a half season lockout) have robbed him of significant chunks of his prime years in the league, and maybe even a potential championship (though the Lightning still have a chance at one this season). Had he not missed so many games throughout his career he would almost certainly already be well over the 500-goal mark for his career, and maybe even closing in on 600 very shortly. The second-best goal scorer of this era after Alex Ovechkin.
Age 31: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
The talent around him has regressed significantly in recent years, but Kane is still one of the league's best and most elite offensive players. He has scored at a 90-point pace in four of the past five seasons and still drives the Blackhawks' offense. He is the reason they have remained even remotely competitive in recent years.
Age 32: Brad Marchand, Boston Bruins
All of the sideshow antics that he brings to the table take away from the fact that he is an outstanding hockey player that all 31 general managers would crawl over broken glass to have on their team. You know at this point he is going to score at a 35-goal, 90-point pace (at a minimum) and even exceed it in some seasons. Add in his defensive play and ability to play all phases of the game (power play, penalty kill, protect leads) and you have a force of a two-way player on your hands.
Age 33: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
It is crazy to think that Crosby is already 33 years old, but here we are. Even so, there is not much slowing down going on here. Maybe he is not the 115-120 point player he was earlier in his career offensively, but he remains one of the most productive offensive players in the league and is still one of the most dominant all-around players going. He is not only a Hall of Famer, he is one of the NHL's legends.
Age 35: Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
The greatest goal scorer in the history of the NHL. That is true today, and it will be true in the future even if he never actually breaks Wayne Gretzky's record (though I am not betting against that happening). Even as he sets to begin his age 35 season during the 2020-21 campaign he remains the NHL's goal-scoring king and is still a yearly threat for 50 goals and the clear-cut favorite to win the Rocket Richard award (league's leading goal scorer). He still has it.
Age 36: Mark Giordano, Calgary Flames
One of the NHL's all-time great undrafted success stories. Giordano worked his way up from the bottom to become one of the league's best all-around defenseman, even winning the Norris Trophy during the 2018-19 season. His career really started to take off around the 2013-14 season, and he has only managed to get better every year since then.
Age 37: Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks
Keith was not only one of the best defensemen of his era, but he has put together a Hall of Fame resume when you add up all of the personal hardware he has collected throughout his career. Three Stanley Cups, two Norris Trophies, a Conn Smythe Trophy. He has done it all for the Blackhawks and been one of the all-time greats in franchise history.
Age 38: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
The best goalie of his era and a Rangers legend. The only downside to his career with the Rangers is that he never got that Stanley Cup with the team, and it is looking unlikely that he will unless something drastic changes in the team's plans this offseason. Whether he is in New York or another city next season, he still has some productive hockey to offer somebody.
Age 39: Craig Anderson, Ottawa Senators
He never received enough credit for how good he was during his career, mostly because he played on some truly bad hockey teams over the years. But he has carved out a tremendous career for himself that has spanned 17 seasons. During that time he was one of the most efficient goalies in the league and at his peak was consistently one of the league's save percentage leaders.
Age: 40: Ryan Miller, Anaheim Ducks
He may not be a goalie you count on to carry your team as a starter anymore, but he is still an excellent backup or platoon option. Even at age 40 he can give you league average (and maybe even above league average) play. Unfortunately for him and John Gibson (the Ducks' other goalie) they are stuck on a rebuilding Ducks team that is years away from Stanley Cup contention.
Age 41: Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
Thornton is one of the best playmakers and pure passers to ever play in the NHL. His resume is one of a Hall of Famer. Even though he is no longer a top-line center and 90-assist man, he remains a strong two-way presence that can impact a game defensively and still make some plays with the puck. Will he stay in San Jose? Or will he move on to a contender in a quest to finally get his Stanley Cup?
Age 43: Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
The oldest player in the NHL at the moment. Chara's offensive game has rapidly declined, and he may not be the Bruins' No. 1 defender anymore (Charlie McAvoy takes that role), but he can still play at a relatively high level. Throughout his career he was one of the most dominant all-around defenders to play in the NHL.
Gallery: The 25 best NHL duos of all time (Pro Hockey Rumors)
Oilers have been talking to Coyotes about Oliver Ekman-Larsson
Ekman-Larsson may very well prefer landing alongside Charlie McAvoy on the top pair of a perennial contender. © Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports It’s worth noting that Oliver Ekman-Larsson has a full No-Movement Clause and could nix a deal to Edmonton if he chooses. The Oilers are also known to be eyeing an addition in goal and have kicked the tires on a number of netminders on the trade block. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the latest name on that list is the Carolina Hurricanes’ Petr Mrazek.
The 25 best NHL duos of all time
From Hall of Fame linemates, to great 1-2 punches, to defense pairings that shut teams down we take a look at the 25 best duos in NHL history. These duos do not necessarily need to be players that played on the same line, but just notable duos that carried teams and made a constant impact. Or, most specifically, duos that define a team. Lemieux and Jagr. Gretzky and Messier. Hull and Oates. Savard and Robinson. We take a look at all of them.
Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier (Edmonton Oilers)
Gretzky and Jari Kurri were the linemates, but it Gretzky and Messier were the foundation of the team and the duo that is synonymous with Edmonton's glory days. Gretzky and Messier combined to win four Stanley Cups in the 1980s and were the focal points of one of the NHL's most dominant dynasties. They defined an entire era of NHL hockey and put up some of the most obscene offensive numbers ever. A truly dominant 1-2 punch.
Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr (Pittsburgh Penguins)
When these two were teamed up together on the ice there was nobody that could consistently stop them. Arguably two of the 10 best players to ever play in the NHL, they were not only on the same team, but also regularly on the same line. They made magic happen when they were both going at the best. They won two Stanley Cups together in Pittsburgh and combined for four MVP awards and 11 scoring titles.
Bobby Orr and Phil Esposito (Boston Bruins)
They may have played different positions (Esposito a forward and Orr a defenseman) but these might be the first two names that come to mind when you think of the Boston Bruins. They were the two most dominant offensive players of their era as they combined to win seven consecutive scoring titles between 1968 and 1975. In five of those seasons they finished first and second in the scoring race. They finished first and third in one of the others. The Bruins won two Stanley Cups during their time together, while Orr remains one of the most game-changing players in league history for the way he helped revolutionize the defense position. He was a consistent 100-point threat and scoring champion contender as a defenseman, something that was -- and still is -- almost unheard of in the NHL.
Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier (New York Islanders)
The duo that helped lead the New York Islanders to four consecutive Stanley Cup titles in the early 1980s. Trottier was the all-around foundation of the team, while Bossy was one of the most pure goal scorers to ever play in the league. He scored 50 goals in each of his first nine seasons in the league (including five 60-goal seasons). That run came to an end in his 10th -- and final -- NHL season when he "only" scored 38 goals in 63 games. That would have been a 50-goal pace over 82 games.
Serge Savard and Larry Robinson (Montreal Canadiens)
Simply the best and most dominant defense pairing in the NHL during the 1970s. Together with Guy Lapointe they helped form Montreal's famed "Big Three" on defense that shut down the rest of the league, powering the Canadiens to five Stanley Cups between 1972 and 1980. Robinson went on to have the best career of the three, but all of them were dominant in their own way. When you put two of them together (Robinson and Savard) the rest of the league did not have a chance.
Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins)
The best duo of the salary cap era. From the time Malkin arrived in Pittsburgh (one year after Crosby's debut) they helped the Penguins become one of the league's elite teams. Starting with the 2006-07 season (Malkin's first), the Penguins have more regular season and playoff games than any team in the league, been to four Stanley Cup finals (also the most in the league) and won three Stanley Cups (tied for the most). Along with that Crosby and Malkin are second and third in the league in regular season points, and first and second in postseason scoring.
Stan Mikita and Bobby Hull (Chicago Blackhawks)
Not only a dominant duo for the Blackhawks, producing a Stanley Cup championship together during the 1960-61 season, they were also game-changers. Mikita popularized the curved blade (something Hull also did) which eventually caused the league to limit how much curve a blade could have because it gave them such an advantage. Mikita was also one of the first players in league history to wear a helmet on the ice. Along with their Stanley Cup, the duo also combined to win three MVP awards and seven scoring titles, including a combined five in a row at one point.
Steve Yzerman and Sergei Fedorov (Detroit Red Wings)
Yzerman was always the face of the Red Wings and the most prominent player, but they were both among the best two-way players in the league. They helped bring there Stanley Cups to Detroit, while combining for three Selke Trophies (best defensive forward), two Lester B. Pearson Awards (best player as voted by the players), and a Conn Smythe Trophy. They were not only two of the most gifted offensive players in the league, they were also both outstanding defensive players. The total package, and the foundation of a mini-dynasty in the late 1990s.
Maurice and Henri Richard (Montreal Canadiens)
One of the most famous brother duos in league history, the Richard's only spent five years playing together in the NHL but they made the most out of that time by, quite literally, winning the Stanley Cup every season. They were at very different points of their careers when they finally got the opportunity to play together (Henri was just starting; Maurice was at the twilight) but they still were key contributors to one of the NHL's all-time great dynasties.
Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer (New Jersey Devils)
Throughout most of the 1990s and early 2000s the Devils were the most tenacious defensive team in the league. That blue line, led by Stevens and Niedermayerand (and later Brian Rafalski) was the focal point of three Stanley Cup winning teams in 1994, 2000 and 2003. Stevens and Niedermayer brought different styles to the table (Stevens was a hammer; Niedermayer was the smoothest skater in the league), but very similar results -- total defensive domination, and a heck of a lot lot of winning.
Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg (Detroit Red Wings)
Datsyuk and Zetterberg came up together in Detroit and started off as complementary players at the tail end of the Steve Yzerman era. Even though they had smaller roles at the very beginning, their talent and potential was obvious to anyone that watched them. Eventually they blossomed into the focal points of the franchise, and along with Nicklas Lidstrom, helped the Red Wings maintain their dominance over the league. Datsyuk and Zetterberg were two of the best two-way players of their era and helped lead the Red Wings to back-to-back Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2007-08 and 2008-09, winning in 2008 and losing in a seventh game at home in 2009 to the Pittsburgh Penguins in a Stanley Cup Final rematch.
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks)
The arrival of Toews and Kane in Chicago helped revive a dormant franchise that had become an afterthought in the league for more than a decade. Toews has been one of the league's best two-way players throughout his career, while Kane has been a consistent force offensively. Together they helped the Blackhawks end a decades long Stanley Cup drought and brought three championships to Chicago in a six-year stretch.
Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom (Washington Capitals)
They finally got their championship in 2018, but even before then this was one of the league's most dominant pairings. Ovechkin is the greatest goal-scorer of all time, while Backstrom was one of the best playmakers of his era (and a very good defensive player on top of that). During their time in Washington the Capitals won three Presidents' Trophies (best regular season record in the league) and a Stanley Cup.
Teemu Selanne and Paul Kariya (Anaheim Ducks)
A sublime display of offensive brilliance. Selanne and Kariya were a must-see attraction in Anaheim and one of the most breathtaking offensive duos the league has ever seen. They had production, the wow factor, and everything you want in a Hall of Fame talent (which they both are). Following their time in Anaheim they tried to briefly reconnect for a run in Colorado but were unable to duplicate the magic they had with the Ducks.
Henrik and Daniel Sedin (Vancouver Canucks)
One of the most unique duos in league history, and also one of the most productive. Identical twin brothers that went second and third overall in their draft class (after an insane series of trades by the Vancouver Canucks to secure those two picks) and went on to be a Hall of Fame duo for more than a decade. They were never able to bring a Stanley Cup to Vancouver (they got as close as a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Final) but they were still among the best players of their era and helped make the Canucks a bonafide contender throughout their careers. Each of them won a scoring title in the NHL.
Eric Lindros and John Leclair (Philadelphia Flyers)
Along with Mikael Renberg these two helped form the Legion Of Doom in Philadelphia, which was not only one of the coolest line names in league history, but also a three-man wrecking crew that just steamrolled everything in its path. They were everything you imagine Philadelphia Flyers hockey to be -- big, strong, powerful, fearless, and talented. Lindros was the best of the bunch and the driving force behind the line only to have his career sidetracked by constant concussion problems toward the end. This duo powered the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final in 1997.
Brett Hull and Adam Oates (St. Louis Blues)
They only spent a couple of years together in St. Louis, but wow were they dominant during that time. Had they spent more time together they would have easily been higher on this list. With Oates as his playmaking center, Hull scored 158 goals during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 seasons and was ripping up the league again in 1991-92 before Oates was traded to Boston at the trade deadline.
Peter and Anton Stastny (Quebec Nordiques)
A significant duo in league history, not only for their brilliance on the ice, but for what their arrival meant to the future of the league. They were two of the first star players to defect from the Eastern European bloc teams to defect to the NHL and helped open the door for European players in the future.
Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer (Anaheim Ducks)
They each appear on this list two different times with two different teams. The joined forces in Anaheim at the start of the 2006-07 season when Pronger was acquired in a blockbuster trade with the Edmonton Oilers. Niedermayer had signed with the Ducks as a free agent one year earlier. Together they formed a Hall of Fame defense duo that drove the Ducks to a Stanley Cup in Pronger's first year. They only spent three years together (Pronger was traded to Philadelphia before the 2009-10 season) and they were both at the end of their careers when they played next to each other, but they were still as dominant as any duo in league history.
Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis (Tampa Bay Lightning)
They entered the league in completely opposite ways, but when united together they helped put Tampa Bay hockey on the map and brought a Stanley Cup to the sunshine state. While Lecavalier was the No. 1 overall pick and a prized prospect in 1998, St. Louis entered the league as an undrafted free agent and eventually signed with Tampa Bay in 2000 after a forgettable two-year run with the Calgary Flames. St. Louis won two scoring titles with the Lightning, while Lecavalier won a goal-scoring crown. Together they were as good as any duo in the league during their prime years.
Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall (St. Louis Blues)
When the Blues entered the league during the 1967 season as part of a massive expansion that doubled the size of the NHL, they made quite an entrance by playing in three consecutive Stanley Cup Finals. They were by far the best of the new teams, mainly due to the presence of a Hall of Fame goaltending duo in Plante and Hall during the 1968-69 and 1969-70 seasons. They may have been at the end of their careers, but they still played at an elite level and helped carry the team to success.
Tuukka Rask and Tim Thomas (Boston Bruins)
It is not often that a team has two Vezina Trophy winning goalies on its roster at the same time, and both playing significant roles. But it happened for the Bruins between 2009-10 and 2011-12 when they were one of the top teams in the league. And both goalies played a significant role in that success. Of the 70 goalies that appeared in at least 30 games during that stretch, Thomas and Rask were second and third in the NHL in save percentage with virtually identical numbers (.927 for Rask; .926 for Thomas).
Blackhawks interested in Penguins' Matt Murray? .
Murray is coming off the worst statistical season of his career as he managed just a .899 save percentage in 38 games (all starts).The 26-year-old is set to become a restricted free agent with arbitration eligibility next week, and in a recent column, Garrioch noted that there’s a sense that Murray’s preference might be to go through that process and become eligible for unrestricted free agency next offseason. While the acquiring team could certainly try to sign him to a new deal, that particular approach won’t help his trade value, which may not be all that high anyway given the other options available in trades and free agency.