NEW YORK (AP) -- NBC Sports is switching up its broadcast schedule for the Stanley Cup Final.
Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:01 pm

FILE - In this May 7, 2015, file photo, Czech Republic's Jaromir Jagr celebrates after scoring against France during the Hockey World Championships Group A match in Prague, Czech Republic. The Czech Republic will have to do without Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey in September. Jagr retired from the national team after last year's world championship, and was not included in the first 16 players for the Czech's World Cup squad announced March 2. But Czech Republic general manager Martin Rucinsky and coach Josef Jandac hoped the 44-year-old Jagr would change his mind after yet another productive NHL season. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)

The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey. Also, the NHL questioned whether defenseman Slava Voynov is eligible to play in September after being added to Russia's roster on Friday. The former Los Angeles Kings player pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and voluntarily returned to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League last summer.


Posted: May 27, 2016, 5:02 pm

Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen (7) celebrates a goal by teammate Sidney Crosby (87), as Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy (88), of Russia, remains kneeling on the ice, during the second period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals Tuesday, May 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Brian Blanco)

It will be speed vs. speed in the Stanley Cup final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins. San Jose got through the Western Conference the same way Pittsburgh got through the East: with plenty of depth and speed to kill. The final will feature the three top playoff scorers in the Sharks' Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns against Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.


Posted: May 27, 2016, 4:30 pm

FILE - In this May 18, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov (26) reacts after Chicago Blackhawks' Duncan Keith scored during the second period in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Chicago. Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is no sure thing to play in the World Cup of Hockey despite being named to Russias final roster on Friday, May 27, 2016. Voynov served two months in jail on domestic violence charges, was detained by immigration officials and voluntarily returned to Russia last year, and those legal troubles could keep him out of the tournament. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is no sure thing to play in the World Cup of Hockey despite being named to Russia's final roster on Friday. Voynov served two months in jail on domestic violence charges, was detained by immigration officials and voluntarily returned to Russia last year. ''We will obviously have to review his status with the Players' Association prior to the start of the tournament in September,'' NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.


Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:20 pm

Pittsburgh Penguins' Bryan Rust (17) misses a shot on Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy during the third period of Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

During his first day on the job in mid-December, Mike Sullivan looked around the Pittsburgh Penguins' dressing room and saw a couple of MVPs, a handful of All-Stars and millionaires in abundance. ''I said, 'I think we have great players,''' Sullivan said. Five months later, the collection of seemingly mismatched parts Sullivan inherited has evolved into a juggernaut.


Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:20 am

Pittsburgh Penguins' Ian Cole (28) celebrates with teammates Phil Kessel (81), Evgeni Malkin (71) and Ben Lovejoy as they gather around goalie Matt Murray after the Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals, Thursday, May 26, 2016, in Pittsburgh to advance to the Stanley Cup finals. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The hours before the biggest game of Bryan Rust's life were restless. The nap he tried to sneak in never materialized. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward's mind was simply too busy.


Posted: May 27, 2016, 4:32 am

Ottawa Senators' Chris Phillips smiles during a news conference, Thursday May 26, 2016 in Ottawa, where he announced he was retiring from professional hockey. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is closing out his career with the only NHL team he has ever known. Drafted first overall by the Senators in 1996, the 38-year-old Phillips announced his retirement Thursday. ''Nineteen years of professional hockey takes a toll on a body,'' Phillips said.


Posted: May 27, 2016, 1:23 am
Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been rehabilitating his back injury without surgery, putting him on track to be at full strength by September. Parise joined teammates Erik Haula, Jason Pominville, Nate Prosser, Jared Spurgeon and Jason Zucker at an autograph signing to raise money for people affected by the wildfires in Alberta. The parents of Spurgeon's wife, Danielle, lost their home to a fire in the Edmonton area.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 10:02 pm

San Jose Sharks right wing Joonas Donskoi, foreground, from Finland, celebrates after scoring a goal against St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott, rear, during the third period in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, May 25, 2016. The Sharks won 5-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues. St. Louis who will have to settle for its first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001. ''I think if you're going to look at one aspect, it's our inability to close off those first two series and get the rest that San Jose got by closing off L.A. so early,'' coach Ken Hitchcock said after the 5-2 Game 6 loss Wednesday night in San Jose sent the Blues packing.


Posted: May 26, 2016, 7:56 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect forward Vaclav Karabacek to a three-year entry-level contract.
Posted: May 26, 2016, 6:01 pm
The Finnish League's reigning defenseman of the year.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:45 pm
Big news out of L.A.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:34 pm
"Right place, right time."
Author: Jason Brough
Posted: May 27, 2016, 6:12 pm
Could be an intriguing option...
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 5:27 pm
With Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:47 pm
He was one of the original hires when the team moved to Winnipeg from Atlanta in 2011.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:32 pm
John Klingberg among the notable snubs.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:17 pm
Friday's collection of links.
Author: Joey Alfieri
Posted: May 27, 2016, 1:00 pm
Slava Voynov also made the team, but he may not be eligible to play.
Author: Joey Alfieri
Posted: May 27, 2016, 12:42 pm
They named the last seven players.
Author: Joey Alfieri
Posted: May 27, 2016, 12:14 pm
Carolina prospect Sebastian Aho makes the cut.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 7:19 am
Head coach Mike Sullivan was full of praise for his AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton farmhands.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 5:33 am
"He's our leader."
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 4:02 am
The Sharks and Penguins will get things underway on Monday (NBC, 8 p.m. ET).
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:31 am
A thrilling Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 3:07 am
Bryan Rust, man.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 2:00 am
Continuing his stellar playoff run.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 1:26 am
Bolts captain will return from a blood clotting issue, and make his playoff debut in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 27, 2016, 12:04 am
But will he play?
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: May 26, 2016, 11:36 pm
Minnesota's alternate captain is 'happy with the way everything's going."
Author: Associated Press
Posted: May 26, 2016, 11:15 pm

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