Steven Stamkos could be the most sought-after free agent to hit the NHL market in years. Buffalo is expected to be interested. After all, who wouldn't be?
— Buffalo News Sports (@TBNSports) May 13, 2016
"How much is Stamkos worth and where does he land?" Gleason wrote. "It depends on which teams need him and how much they value him? It’s a question Buffalo and Toronto must answer before they start shopping. Both need Stamkos more than Tampa Bay does. We’ll see how much they’re willing to spend."
Stamkos, meanwhile, could return to the Lightning lineup soon. It's unlikely, however, he'll play in Game Two on Monday in Pittsburgh. Tampa holds a 1-0 series lead after winning the opener Friday night.
— Joe Smith (@TBTimes_JSmith) May 15, 2016
St. Louis has opened with a 1-0 series lead after dropping San Jose, 2-1, Sunday night. Brian Ellis made 31 saves to shut down the Sharks.
(Updated) Elliott shines as Blues take Game 1 against the Sharks ... https://t.co/a2pMB9LrKf
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) May 16, 2016
The teams got off to a bit of a testy start.
— #StanleyCup Playoffs (@NHL) May 16, 2016
The United States is fielding a young team at the world championships. They're getting a lot of experience -- though not always the fun kind.
German scored with 35 seconds left Sunday to deal the Americans a 3-2 defeat. The U.S. team (3-3) would have locked up a spot in the quarterfinals with a victory. Instead, it plays Slovakia on Tuesday (5:15 a.m., NBCSN) with advancement on the line.
"We've just got to bounce back against Slovakia," Sabres and U.S. defenseman Jake McCabe said. "It's do or die now. We need that win, so it's all or nothing."
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) May 15, 2016
McCabe was the player of the game for the United States against Germany after scoring.
— golden boy (@MarkoFznFutures) May 15, 2016
Slovakia is being captained by former Sabres blue-liner Andrej Sekera.
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) May 16, 2016
The Sabres' 2013 trade that sent Thomas Vanek to the New York Islanders looks even better now. The Isles have dumped the player that they later acquired for Vanek.
#Isles Transaction: Sebastian Collberg has cleared unconditional waivers. His standard player contract has been terminated.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) May 14, 2016
Deal was Vanek for Moulson, 2015 second-round pick (Guhle) and 2015 first-round pick, which was dealt to Ottawa for Lehner, Legwand.
— John Vogl (@BuffNewsVogl) May 13, 2016
The deal can go even further if you want to throw in what the Sabres got for sending Moulson to Minnesota. Buffalo picked up Torrey Mitchell, and 2014 second-round pick and a 2016 second-round pick for Moulson and Cody McCormick. The Sabres still have the 2016 second-rounder. The others got dealt:
*The Sabres traded the 2014 second-round pick to Washington (which selected Vitek Vanecek) for a second-rounder (Eric Cornel) and a third-round pick (Brycen Martin).
*The Sabres sent Mitchell to Montreal for a 2016 seventh-round selection and minor-leaguer Jack Nevins.
So, in a round-about way, the Sabres got the services of Robin Lehner, Brendan Guhle, Matt Moulson, David Legwand, Torrey Mitchell, Eric Cornel, Brycen Martin and second- and seventh-round picks in the 2016 draft for Thomas Vanek.