Since missing the playoffs in 2010, the New York Rangers have made it to the Eastern Conference Final three times, and to the Stanley Cup Final once. Instead, they’ve lost to the L.A. Kings in the final and watched their division rivals from Pittsburgh win it twice in a row, even losing to the Penguins in the first round in 2016. The Rangers went after prized free agent defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk with a four-year contract worth $26.6 million.
–Penguins defenseman Kris Letang had his day with the Stanley Cup, and he decided to bring it to a children’s hospital in the Montreal area. —Jordan Eberle may not be a member of the Edmonton Oilers anymore, but that didn’t stop him from having a good time at his wedding with some of his old teammates. Country music star Brett Kissel also made an appearance during Eberle’s big night.
Ilya Kovalchuk will not be returning to the NHL this year but that hasn’t stopped the Russian star from making a splash during the offseason. It is believed the former Devil wanted to return to North America but with New Jersey holding his rights and a trade not materializing, the 34-year-old will return to SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL for one more season. This weekend, he went fishing to kick off Shark Week and didn’t disappoint, catching a substantially-sized hammerhead shark.