It appears Cody Eakin is about to be reunited with George McPhee. Then the general manager of the Washington Capitals, McPhee selected Eakin in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. On Wednesday, reports emerged that Eakin is heading to Las Vegas, taken in the expansion draft by McPhee, now GM of the Golden Knights and perhaps right now the most powerful person in the league.
The Stanley Cup finalist Pittsburgh Penguins and Nashville Predators get another look at each other Oct. 7 in the 2017-18 schedule released by the league on Thursday. That game will be in Pittsburgh, and the teams will meet again Nov. 11 in Nashville. Hart Trophy winner Connor McDavid takes his Edmonton Oilers to Pittsburgh to face MVP runner-up Sidney Crosby on Oct. 24. The Toronto Maple Leafs and Calder Trophy winner Auston Matthews host the Penguins Dec. 9. New Vegas Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury returns to Pittsburgh to face his old teammates Feb. 6. The scheule a number of special games. The New York Rangers will play the Buffalo Sabres at Citi Field in the Winter Classic on Jan.
After undergoing another hip surgery, Anaheim Ducks forward Ryan Kesler told reporters on Tuesday that he could potentially be out four to five months, according to NHL.com. Initially, it was expected that Kesler would miss 12 weeks after the club said he underwent an operation for some “general cleaning” that included the removal of bone fragments. “It’s going to take awhile,” Kesler said on the eve of the 2017 NHL Awards and NHL Expansion Draft presented by T-Mobile.