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Coyotes season preview: Kessel, Soderberg added to increase offense

Coyotes season preview: Kessel, Soderberg added to increase offense

The 2019-20 NHL season begins Oct. 2. With training camps open, NHL.com is taking a look at the five keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the projected lines for each of the 31 teams. Today, the Arizona Coyotes.Coach: Rick Tocchet (third season)Last season: 39-35-8; fourth place Pacific Division5 KEYS1. Kessel’s linematesOne of the…

Matthews discusses Mexican roots, National Hispanic Heritage Month

Matthews discusses Mexican roots, National Hispanic Heritage Month

Auston Matthews has fond memories of visiting Mexico when he was growing up.The Toronto Maple Leafs center said he and his family would travel to Hermosillo, the hometown of his mother, Ema.”We always enjoyed it, my sisters and I going down there and just spending time with them,” said Matthews, who was born in San…

Ducks season preview: Prospects counted on to boost scoring

Ducks season preview: Prospects counted on to boost scoring

The 2019-20 NHL season begins Oct. 2. With training camps open, NHL.com is taking a look at the five keys, the inside scoop on roster questions, and the projected lines for each of the 31 teams. Today, the Anaheim Ducks.Coach: Dallas Eakins (first season)Last season: 35-37-10; sixth place Pacific Division5 KEYS1. Impact of EakinsEakins was…

Marner contract settled when forward, Maple Leafs ‘bared down’

Marner contract settled when forward, Maple Leafs ‘bared down’

PARADISE, Newfoundland — Mitchell Marner and Kyle Dubas each said a sit-down meeting in Toronto on Thursday proved to be the breakthrough in contract negotiations between the restricted free agent forward and the Toronto Maple Leafs.It led to Marner agreeing to a six-year, $65.358 million contract Friday, the first on-ice day at Maple Leafs training…

Tarasenko says one title ‘not enough’ for Blues

Tarasenko says one title ‘not enough’ for Blues

MARYLAND HEIGHTS, Mo. — Vladimir Tarasenko and the St. Louis Blues aren’t satisfied with simply being the defending Stanley Cup champions.”One [title] is not enough,” the Blues forward said Saturday. “We don’t want to lose anymore. I think we have pretty young group of guys there and it’s good for them at the start of…

Panarin not feeling pressure with Rangers

Panarin not feeling pressure with Rangers

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Artemi Panarin said he feels less pressure with the New York Rangers than he did when he was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets more than two years ago.”When I was traded from [the] Chicago [Blackhawks], I put pressure on myself,” the left wing, who signed a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with…

Kuznetsov aims to win back trust of Capitals, fans after three-game ban

Kuznetsov aims to win back trust of Capitals, fans after three-game ban

ARLINGTON, Va. — Evgeny Kuznetsov vowed to let his play and his actions demonstrate his remorse and appreciation for those supporting him after the NHL on Saturday suspended the Washington Capitals center three regular-season games for inappropriate conduct.Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine May 26 at the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, where he was…

Laine to train in Switzerland during contract impasse with Jets: report

Laine to train in Switzerland during contract impasse with Jets: report

Patrik Laine will train with SC Bern in Switzerland while he remains unsigned as a restricted free agent with the Winnipeg Jets, Finnish newspaper Ilta-Sanomat reported Saturday.The forward did not report to Jets training camp when it opened Friday.”We’ll probably go forward one week at a time,” SC Bern coach Kari Jalonen told the newspaper.…

Fantasy first line rankings for 2019-20

Fantasy first line rankings for 2019-20

NHL.com projects the top forward line for each of the 31 teams in 2019-20 and ranks them for fantasy hockey purposes. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.MORE FANTASY COVERAGE: Mock draft | Team previews | Cheat sheetRANKINGS: Second lines | Top 250 | Forwards | D-men | GoaliesPROJECTIONS: Forward…

Fantasy hits league draft guide for 2019-20

Fantasy hits league draft guide for 2019-20

NHL.com identifies 75 skaters worth targeting in fantasy hockey leagues that count hits,a standard category in Yahoo. These players, in addition to their upside in other categories, have proven production in the hits category. For more fantasy coverage, visit NHL.com/Fantasy and subscribe for free to the NHL Fantasy on Ice podcast.MORE FANTASY COVERAGE: Top 250 |…