CHICAGO – The 2017 NHL Draft weekend in Chicago has come to an end. There were some stunning trades. There were some interesting picks in a tricky draft. There were winners and there were losers, at least in a hasty first glance.
LAS VEGAS — The image marks a single moment in hockey’s long history. A smiling and shaggy-haired Connor McDavid, six weeks removed from his 16th birthday, posing for a photo while standing between Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby and team owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. Taken after a Penguins home game during the 2012-13 NHL season, the photo has since been viewed widely on the Internet. But for McDavid, who captured the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league’s most valuable player Wednesday night at the annual NHL awards show, it was an opportunity to witness in person the standard he wanted to meet in his career. “It was very cool to go meet him,” McDavid said of Crosby. “It’s pretty
As New York Rangers players cleaned out their lockers after a second-round playoff exit, all the talk was about impending change. Big moves leading up to and at the draft by the Rangers, rival New York Islanders, Chicago Blackhawks and others set up a potentially crazy week to come going into free agency. Teams could begin talking to pending free agents Sunday and can sign them starting Saturday afternoon, and in between there could be plenty more movement now that the Vegas expansion draft is over and the foundation has been laid for trades.