Talk about rubbing salt in the wound.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will play their home opener against the Washington Capitals on Oct. 13. Rivalry renewed, between the teams and their star players Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. But there is a little more to it.
The Penguins will also raise their Stanley Cup championship banner prior to the game — against the rival team they knocked out in six games in the second round of the 2016 playoffs.
The Capitals fell behind 3-1 in the series and couldn’t complete a comeback as Nick Bonino scored in overtime of Game 6 to send the Penguins through to the conference finals. And from there, they rallied for the franchise’s second Stanley Cup in the last eight years.
Meanwhile, the Capitals, after that Presidents’ Trophy-winning regular season, are still searching for their first championship.
Following the Penguins’ Stanley Cup victory, they were listed as 8/1 favorites to win it all next year, according to online bookmaker Bovada, while the Capitals followed close behind at 10/1.
The Florida Panthers have entered Monday’s trade market.
According to reports, the Panthers acquired the rights to pending unrestricted free agent defenseman Keith Yandle from the New York Rangers in exchange for draft picks.
At the age of 29, Yandle scored five goals and 47 points in 82 regular season games for the Rangers in 2015-16. He’s at the end of a five-year, $26.25 million contract.
Updated: Both teams have now announced the deal.
Related: UFA of the Day: Keith Yandle
The Anaheim Ducks now have two first-round picks in the 2016 NHL Draft, after shipping goalie Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade Monday.
In exchange for Andersen, the Ducks get the 30th overall pick — originally from Pittsburgh to Toronto in the Phil Kessel deal a year ago — in this week’s draft and a second-round pick in the 2017 draft. They also have the 24th overall pick in this year’s draft.
Last season, Andersen went 22-9-7 with a .919 save percentage and three shutouts. In the playoffs, he won three of his five starts and posted a save percentage of .947, as the Ducks were eliminated in the opening round by Nashville.
Andersen, 26, was a pending restricted free agent, but there’s more news on that front. too.
For only one more season, the Maple Leafs have Jonathan Bernier under contract at a cap hit of $4.15 million, while Garret Sparks is a pending RFA.
In the playoffs, Andersen was given the start over John Gibson in Game 3 of the first-round series, and never relinquished the position until the series was over. There had been speculation this season about Andersen’s future in Anaheim, with the idea he “will be expendable at some point” because of his contract status.
Ducks’ GM Bob Murray had also worried about the prospect of losing one of his goalies — Andersen or Gibson — to a possible expansion draft. This move solves that problem, while giving the 22-year-old Gibson the undisputed starting role.
The Buffalo Sabres have acquired the rights to forward Jimmy Vesey in a trade with the Predators that sent a third-round pick (76th overall) in this week’s NHL Draft to Nashville.
Vesey wrapped up his collegiate career with Harvard by claiming the Hobey Baker Award after scoring 24 goals and 46 points in 33 games this season as a senior.
The Predators selected Vesey in the third round of the 2012 draft, however he declined to sign an entry-level deal with Nashville, opting instead to choose free agency.
He doesn’t become an unrestricted free agent until Aug. 15, when he’ll be free to sign with any NHL club of his choosing.
Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton claimed in March that when the organization asked Vesey if he was going to sign in Nashville, he replied that he would.
The Vesey camp refuted that, saying in a statement that what Fenton said was not accurate.
Jesse Puljujarvi is expected to be the third overall pick in the NHL Draft next week, behind Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine.
Despite the excitement around that pick, it will take Puljujarvi a little longer before he takes the ice in the uniform of the team that does draft him.
According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post Dispatch, Puljujarvi will miss summer development camp after coming back from minor knee surgery that also kept him out of fitness testing at this month’s scouting combine.
The Columbus Blue Jackets currently have the third overall pick in the draft, followed by Edmonton and Vancouver.
However, there’s been speculation the Blue Jackets could consider moving that third overall pick. That said, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen also told ESPN Insider: “I’ve told everyone who has inquired, you’d better blow my socks off before we get to any kind of discussion about it.”
Related: Get to know a draft pick — Jesse Puljujarvi