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NHL season preview: Power rankings, best- and worst-case scenarios and bold predictions

The 2021-22 NHL season is being called a return to normalcy. Last season was an unprecedented one for the NHL due to the COVID-19 pandemic: Four geographically realigned divisions, including one solely comprising Canadian teams; teams playing only opponents within those divisions; and a new playoff format that eschewed wild-card teams. But it ended just […]

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Lingering questions for all 32 NHL teams heading into training camp: Goaltending, lineup, injuries, more

But now that fall is officially set to begin on Thursday, it’s also time for training camps around the NHL to open, as we look ahead to opening night of the season on Oct. 11. To help get you ready for the next few weeks — as teams decide on which players make the roster, […]

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Fantasy hockey dynasty ranks: What will the NHL look like in 2027

Well, we know their age. We also know what kind of production they have put up in the past. But beyond those two criteria, we don’t really know a whole lot. We can certainly guess a lot. In January 2018, ESPN asked me to do the first one of these dynasty rankings. While I didn’t […]

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New Jersey Devils acquire John Marino, ‘a competitive, highly mobile defenseman,’ through trade

On Saturday, he cashed in on that quest, dealing a 2023 third-round draft choice along with Ty Smith to the Pittsburgh Penguins for John Marino. Marino, 25, can play on the right side for New Jersey — a clear position of need for a club that failed to make the playoffs last season — and […]

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Fantasy hockey reaction to 2022 NHL free agency signings, trades and more

Will the big defenseman Brent Burns continue to be a top fantasy option in Carolina? What effect will Claude Giroux and Andre Burakovsky have on their new linemates? ESPN Fantasy Hockey analysts Victoria Matiash and Sean Allen sort through the biggest free agent deals to help fantasy managers prepare for the 2022-23 season. NHL free […]

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Free agent goaltender Darcy Kuemper, fresh off Stanley Cup win, joins Washington Capitals

Goaltender Darcy Kuemper, who won the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche last month, has signed a five-year free agent contract with the Washington Capitals. Kuemper, 32, agreed to a $26.25 million deal that carries an average annual value of $5.25 million against the salary cap. “You never know where you’re going to end up,” […]

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2022 NHL draft – Fantasy hockey wrap-up and reaction

Once again, we expect most draftees to blossom in seasons beyond 2022-23 – especially following recent limited opportunities to play through the COVID-19 pandemic. Most, but not all. And even in re-draft or limited keeper leagues, it’s never too early to look ahead, or remain prepared in case some promising player makes an unexpectedly premature […]

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Washington Capitals decline to give Ilya Samsonov, 25, qualifying offer, remain ‘open to all avenues’ on team’s next starting goaltender

It was a shocking move from the Capitals, as general manager Brian MacLellan said last week that Samsonov would be qualified. The decision means the Capitals are currently without both of their starting goaltenders from last season. Samsonov, 25, played 44 games, going 23-12-5 with a .896 save percentage. Vitek Vanecek played 42 games, going […]

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Fantasy hockey: Way too early 2022-23 rankings

To get the ball rolling on discussions for the fall, we present the way-too-early top 300 fantasy rankings. Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers Auston Matthews, C, Toronto Maple Leafs Leon Draisaitl, W, Edmonton Oilers Igor Shesterkin, G, New York Rangers Nikita Kucherov, W, Tampa Bay Lightning Andrei Vasilevskiy, G, Tampa Bay Lightning Kirill Kaprizov, W, […]

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Stanley Cup playoffs 2022: Viewers guide to Washington Capitals-Florida Panthers Game 3 on ESPN

To help get you ready for the game, we’ve put together a guide on all the key players to watch for each team, including in-depth statistical insights from ESPN Stats & Information, as well as paths to victory for each club, courtesy of Kristen Shilton and Greg Wyshynski. Shilton and Wyshynski also give their final […]

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