It’s been just over a month since the Blackhawks were eliminated from the playoffs in swift fashion. And as Patrick Kane told WGN Radio on Tuesday morning, the bitter taste hasn’t gone away. “I think a lot of us didn’t figure we’d be in the situation we’re in right now,” Kane told Steve Cochran and Dave Eanet on Tuesday. “All of us can work this offseason to get better. It’s a long time to wait to get back to that opportunity to play in the playoffs again, so we’ll have a sour taste in our mouth for a while.” The Nashville Predators, who made quick work of the Blackhawks in the first round, eliminated the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night to earn the first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise
Age at the start of the 2017-18 season: 29 Last contract: 4 years for $11.2 million, $2.8 million cap hit 2016-17 stats: 3 goals, 10 assists in 82 games Chances he is back with the Caps: Low As sad as it may be, Karl Alzner's time in Washington is likely over. The Caps boast a solid top four in Matt Niskanen, Dmitry Orlov, Nate Schmidt and John Carlson and they have up and coming prospects in Madison Bowey and Christian Djoos who look like they may be ready for the jump to the NHL. Plus, with speed becoming more and more important in today's game, the Caps can't really afford to have two spots in their top six go to Alzner and Brooks Orpik. As he will be 29 next season, Alzner will be looking
–Sportsnet’s Andrew Berkshire takes a deeper look at P.K. Subban‘s contribution to Nashville’s run to the Stanley Cup Final. –The Anaheim Ducks and Toronto Maple Leafs made a couple of trades last offseason. First, the Leafs got Frederik Andersen from the Ducks.