Canucks make $66M defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson a healthy scratch vs. Lightning

head coach Bruce Boudreau turned heads on Thursday when he admitted defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson could be a healthy scratch for the team’s contest against the that night. “Look, we’ll have to scratch a couple of players,” . “I think [Ekman-Larsson] can be better, but I think there’s a lot of guys that can be better. … Read more

Senators sign defenceman Artem Zub to four-year contract extension

OTTAWA — Defenceman Artem Zub has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the . The contract has an average annual value of US$4.6 million. Zub will earn $4 million in 2023-24, and then $4.8 million in each of the remaining three seasons. The new contract takes effect on July 1 and includes a 10-team … Read more

Hall of Fame defenceman Borje Salming dead at 71 after battle with ALS

TORONTO — Hall of Fame defenceman Borje Salming, who starred for the over 16 NHL seasons and was a trailblazer for Europeans who later made their mark in the world’s top pro hockey league, has died at 71 after a battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The Maple Leafs confirmed Salming’s death Thursday in a statement. … Read more

Maple Leafs acquire defenceman Conor Timmins from Coyotes

With their defence corps missing several key contributors, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a to shore up their blue line on Wednesday, acquiring Conor Timmins from the . Toronto is sending centre Curtis Douglas to Arizona in return. Coyotes insider Craig Morgan reports the team ideally wanted to pass Timmins through waivers in order to … Read more