Former Goalie Emery, 35, Dies While Swimming – Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery drowned while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday. He was 35. According to the Hamilton Police Department, Emery was reported missing just after 6 a.m. Sunday in Hamilton Harbour, which is on the western tip of Lake Ontario. His body was recovered in close proximity to where he was last seen later in the afternoon, police said. The cause of death will be confirmed following an examination. Emery was an Ottawa Senators fourth-round draft pick in 2001. Over 11 NHL seasons, he played for the Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Anaheim Ducks and Chicago Blackhawks. Nicknamed “Razor” for his aggressive style, Emery helped the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2007 and won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2013 as a backup to Corey Crawford. Emery last played in the NHL in the 2014-15 season for the Flyers, though he played one more professional season, in both the American Hockey League and in Germany’s DEL. Emery battled avascular necrosis, the same serious hip ailment that ended two-sport star Bo Jackson’s career.
Blackhawks Send Hossa Contract To Coyotes – The Chicago Blackhawks cleared cap space by trading Marian Hossa‘s contract to the Arizona Coyotes, and they got someone familiar in return. In a seven-player deal that also included two draft picks, the Blackhawks received forward Marcus Kruger who was with Chicago from 2010 to 2017 and won two Stanley Cups. The Blackhawks also sent young winger Vinnie Hinostroza and defenseman Jordan Oesterle to the Coyotes and received prospects MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta and AHL player Andrew Campbell. Chicago sends a third-round pick in the 2019 draft and gets a fifth-round selection in the same draft. Hossa’s contract has a $5.275 million cap hit for the next three seasons, but the 39-year-old didn’t play last season and has said he is likely done in the NHL due to a skin condition. The team was relatively quiet during free agency — adding backup goaltender Cam Ward, forward Chris Kunitz and defenseman Brandon Manning.
Lightening Sign Kucherov To 8-Year Extension – As they jockey for position in the Erik Karlsson derby, the Tampa Bay Lightning didn’t hesitate to lock up one of their own star players until 2027. Right wing Nikita Kucherov signed an eight-year, $76 million extension that kicks in for the 2019-20 season, with an average annual salary of $9.5 million against the salary cap. Kucherov would have been a restricted free agent next summer. He has one more year on his current contract, carrying a $4,766,667 cap hit. “I’m truly grateful to sign this contract extension to keep me in Tampa for the next eight seasons today,” Kucherov said in a statement. “I’d like to thank the Lightning organization and all of the fans for the support since making the Bay Area my home.” Kucherov, 25, hit 100 points for the first time last season in 80 games, with 39 goals and 61 assists. His 1.20 points per game average over the past two seasons ranks behind only Connor McDavid of Edmonton (1.27) and Evgeni Malkin of Pittsburgh (1.21) among NHL leaders. His 19:49 in average ice time led all Tampa Bay forwards last season. In this career, Kucherov has 147 goals and 187 assists in 365 games.
Tavares Signing With Hometown Maple Leafs – John Tavares is heading home. The former New York Islanders franchise center is signing a seven-year contract with an average annual value of $11 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the team he grew up rooting for. Tavares, 27, was the gem of free agency this year, and the Islanders will see him walk without getting anything in return. Tavares is a five-time All-Star who has been the face of the Islanders since he was the first overall pick in the 2009 draft and came up as a 19-year-old. The New York captain, who is coming off a six-year, $33 million contract, had 37 goals and 47 assists last season. Despite his production, the Islanders missed the playoffs for the second straight season. They have been to the postseason only three times in his career and never advanced past the conference quarterfinals.
Pens Trade Sheary, Hunwick To Sabres For Pick – The Pittsburgh Penguins traded Conor Sheary and Matt Hunwick to the Buffalo Sabres for a conditional 2019 fourth-round draft pick on Wednesday. No salary is retained in the deal, as it appears to be a cap-clearing move for the Penguins ahead of free agency, which begins July 1. The trade was first reported by TSN. Sheary, a winger, is under contract through 2019-20 with a cap hit of $3 million. The 26-year-old signed with the Penguins as an undrafted free agent in 2015. He had a breakout season in 2016-17, scoring 23 goals and 30 assists in 61 games, but struggled last season with 18 goals and 12 assists in 79 games — and only two assists in 12 playoff games. Hunwick, a defenseman, is also under contract for the next two seasons. His cap hit is $2.25 million. The 33-year-old played in only 42 games for Pittsburgh last season, averaging 17:31 a night. Hunwick did not appear in any playoff games for the Penguins. The Penguins now have $10,282,500 in projected cap space ahead of free agency. They are in the market for a defenseman.
Chicago Cubs 1 – Los Angeles Dodgers 2
Highlights: Enrique Hernandez hit another homer, Kenta Maeda pitched seven strong innings and the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 2-1 on Monday night. Chicago lost its fifth straight, to tie a season high, after getting swept over four games at Cincinnati. The Cubs have scored a combined 13 runs over their past five games. Hernandez has six home runs, nine RBI and a .773 slugging percentage over his last 13 games. Hernandez also went deep twice Sunday. He has a career-high 13 home runs, surpassing his 12 from 2017. Maeda (5-4) struck out nine and allowed three singles over seven innings. The Dodgers returned to Los Angeles to open a 10-game homestand after sweeping the New York Mets over the weekend in a three-game series. As a team, the Dodgers have hit 48 home runs and gone 16-5 in June. Kenley Jansen gave up deep a sacrifice fly to Javier Baez in the ninth inning before closing out the Cubs for his 20th save. Cubs starter Duane Underwood (0-1) made his major league debut, recovering from a 41-pitch first inning to give up just two hits and a run over four innings, with three walks and three strikeouts.
NHL 2018 Draft – Meet The New Blackhawks:
Adam Boqvist, D – Picked: Round 1 (eighth overall)
Nicolas Beaudin, D – Picked: Round 1 (27th)
Jake Wise, C – Picked: Round 3 (69th)
Niklas Birdgrebm, RW – Picked: Round 3 (74th)
Phillipp Kurashev, LW/C – Picked: Round 4 (120th)
Mikael Hakkaralnen, F – Picked: Round 5 (139th)
Alexis Gravel, G – Picked: Round 6 (162nd)
Josian Slavin, F – Picked: Round 7 (193rd)
Carlson Re-Ups With Caps, Inks 8-Year, $64M Deal – The Washington Capitals and John Carlson agreed to a new eight-year, $64 million contract, the team announced Sunday. Carlson set career highs with 15 goals and 53 assists in 2017-18 as part of the Capitals’ first Stanley Cup Final in 20 years. He added five goals and 15 assists in the playoff run to Washington’s first championship. Carlson was the highest-scoring defenseman in the NHL during the regular season and playoffs. Carlson has spent his entire career in Washington since joining the franchise as a first-round draft pick in 2008. He has been a consistent part of the Capitals’ lineup over the years, appearing in every game in six of his nine NHL seasons. Carlson has 77 career goals and 256 assists in 608 games. He was an unrestricted free agent after completing a six-year, $23.8 million contract. Carlson’s new deal will put him second on the team in AAV behind captain Alex Ovechkin.