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Ex-NHL player Kurvers, 58, dies from lung cancer
Former NHL player and Minnesota Wild assistant general manager Tom Kurvers died Monday after a battle with lung cancer, the team and University of Minnesota-Duluth said. He was 58.[read more]

Barzal skirts suspension, fined $5K for Rutta hit
Mathew Barzal, who has 12 points this postseason, was fined $5,000 Tuesday, the maximum allowable under the NHL CBA, for cross-checking Tampa Bay defenseman Jan Rutta in Game 5, but the Islander was not suspended, and will play in Wednesday's Game 6.[read more]

The Dougie Hamilton derby: Where could the Hurricanes defenseman end up?
The Hurricanes have granted Hamilton and his reps the opportunity to explore the market, over a month before free agency. Here are 11 top options.[read more]

NHL free-agency tiers: Ranking the top 90 (plus) players
Who are the top players hitting the market? We sort them out into six tiers to set up this summer's frenzy.[read more]

2021 NHL Playoffs Central: Bracket, schedule, scores, highlights, analysis
From the first round all the way through the Stanley Cup Final, ESPN has you covered. Check out the full picture and coverage on each team.[read more]

NHL Playoffs Daily: Knights focus on winning 'best of 3'
With the series against the Canadiens tied 2-2 heading into Game 5, the next team to win two games heads to the Stanley Cup Final.[read more]

Trotz: Ugly 8-0 loss enough motivation for Isles
Barry Trotz's message to his Islanders players after an 8-0 blowout loss in Game 5 on Monday was simple: "... This result, how we played ... if that doesn't motivate us, then I'm not too sure what will."[read more]

Brown to retire, join Kraken as television analyst
J.T. Brown is retiring from professional hockey and joining the expansion Kraken as a television analyst, the Seattle team confirmed Monday.[read more]

Stars re-sign veteran Comeau for one year, $1M
The Stars have re-signed veteran forward Blake Comeau to a $1 million, one-year contract.[read more]

Isles season tickets sold out for new arena debut
The Islanders have already sold out their allotment of 15,000 season tickets for next season, when they begin play in their new home of UBS Arena.[read more]