NHL unveils numerical rosters for all eight World Cup teams (Update)

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The World Cup of Hockey is fast approaching and on Thursday, the NHL revealed the numerical rosters of each team.

Not every player’s regular jersey number will be available, so it’s interesting to see what the alternatives are.

Some of the things that stand out:

UPDATE: Carey Price will be wearing his usual no. 31.

–Three players on Canada’s roster regularly wear no. 19 with their NHL teams (Toews, Bouwmeester and Thornton). But it’s Seguin, who usually wears no. 91 in Dallas, that will take 19. Toews will go with his usual international no. 16, Thornton takes 97 and Bouwmeester goes with no. 4.

Steven Stamkos keeps no. 91, while John Tavares takes no. 20.

–Team USA’s Justin Abdelkader will wear no. 89 because no. 8 is taken by Sharks forward Joe Pavelski.

–USA’s Derek Stepan keeps no. 21, while James van Riemsdyk takes no. 16.

–2016 first overall pick Auston Matthews will wear no. 34 for Team North America.

–Russia’s Artemi Panarin takes no. 27 because his usual no. 72 is taken by goalie Sergei Bobrovsky.

Here’s every team’s numerical roster

TEAM CANADA
# Pos. Name Team*
31 G PRICE, Carey Montreal Canadiens
4 D BOUWMEESTER, Jay St. Louis Blues
6 D WEBER, Shea ‘A’ Montreal Canadiens
7 D MUZZIN, Jake Los Angeles Kings
8 D DOUGHTY, Drew Los Angeles Kings
9 F DUCHENE, Matt Colorado Avalanche
15 F GETZLAF, Ryan Anaheim Ducks
16 F TOEWS, Jonathan ‘A’ Chicago Blackhawks
19 F SEGUIN, Tyler Dallas Stars
20 F TAVARES, John New York Islanders
27 D PIETRANGELO, Alex St. Louis Blues
28 F GIROUX, Claude Philadelphia Flyers
37 F BERGERON, Patrice Boston Bruins
39 F COUTURE, Logan San Jose Sharks
44 D VLASIC, Marc-Edouard San Jose Sharks
50 G CRAWFORD, Corey Chicago Blackhawks
63 F MARCHAND, Brad Boston Bruins
70 G HOLTBY, Braden Washington Capitals
77 F CARTER, Jeff Los Angeles Kings
87 F CROSBY, Sidney ‘C’ Pittsburgh Penguins
88 D BURNS, Brent San Jose Sharks
91 F STAMKOS, Steven Tampa Bay Lightning
97 F THORNTON, Joe San Jose Sharks

TEAM CZECH REPUBLIC
# Pos. Name Team*
2 D MICHALEK, Zbynek Arizona Coyotes
3 D GUDAS, Radko Philadelphia Flyers
6 D KEMPNY, Michal Chicago Blackhawks
9 F MICHALEK, Milan Toronto Maple Leafs
11 F HANZAL, Martin Arizona Coyotes
12 F FAKSA, Radek Dallas Stars
14 F PLEKANEC, Tomas ‘C’ Montreal Canadiens
17 F SOBOTKA, Vladimir Avangard Omsk (KHL)
18 F PALAT, Ondrej Tampa Bay Lightning
23 F JASKIN, Dmitrij St. Louis Blues
30 G NEUVIRTH, Michal Philadelphia Flyers
31 G PAVELEC, Ondrej Winnipeg Jets
33 D NAKLADAL, Jakub Unrestricted free agent
34 G MRAZEK, Petr Detroit Red Wings
46 F KREJCI, David Boston Bruins
47 D JORDAN, Michal Unrestricted free agent
48 F HERTL, Tomas San Jose Sharks
62 D SUSTR, Andrej Tampa Bay Lightning
64 D POLAK, Roman Toronto Maple Leafs
67 F FROLIK, Michael Calgary Flames
83 F HEMSKY, Ales Dallas Stars
88 F PASTRNAK, David Boston Bruins
93 F VORACEK, Jakub Philadelphia Flyers

TEAM EUROPE
# Pos. Name Team*
1 G GREISS, Thomas New York Islanders
2 D SEKERA, Andrej Edmonton Oilers
5 D SBISA, Luca Vancouver Canucks
7 D STREIT, Mark Philadelphia Flyers
8 F RIEDER, Tobias Arizona Coyotes
10 D EHRHOFF, Christian Unrestricted free agent
11 F KOPITAR, Anze Los Angeles Kings
12 F GABORIK, Marian Los Angeles Kings
21 F TATAR, Tomas Detroit Red Wings
22 F NIEDERREITER, Nino Minnesota Wild
26 F VANEK, Thomas Detroit Red Wings
29 F DRAISAITL, Leon Edmonton Oilers
31 G ANDERSEN, Frederik Toronto Maple Leafs
33 D CHARA, Zdeno Boston Bruins
36 F HANSEN, Jannik Vancouver Canucks
41 G HALAK, Jaroslav New York Islanders
44 D SEIDENBERG, Dennis Unrestricted free agent
51 F NIELSEN, Frans Detroit Red Wings
59 D JOSI, Roman Nashville Predators
63 F ZUCCARELLO, Mats New York Rangers
78 F BELLEMARE, Pierre-Edouard Philadelphia Flyers
81 F HOSSA, Marian Chicago Blackhawks
89 F BOEDKER, Mikkel San Jose Sharks

TEAM FINLAND
# Pos. Name Team*
2 D JOKIPAKKA, Jyrki Calgary Flames
3 D MAATTA, Olli Pittsburgh Penguins
7 D LINDELL, Esa Dallas Stars
9 F KOIVU, Mikko ‘C’ Minnesota Wild
12 F LEHTERA, Jori St. Louis Blues
18 D LEPISTO, Sami Salavat Yulaev Ufa (KHL)
19 G KOSKINEN, Mikko SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
20 F AHO, Sebastian Carolina Hurricanes
22 D POKKA, Ville Chicago Blackhawks
27 F DONSKOI, Joonas San Jose Sharks
28 F KORPIKOSKI, Lauri Unrestricted free agent
29 F LAINE, Patrik Winnipeg Jets
35 G RINNE, Pekka Nashville Predators
36 F JOKINEN, Jussi Florida Panthers
40 G RASK, Tuukka Boston Bruins
45 D VATANEN, Sami Anaheim Ducks
51 F FILPPULA, Valtteri Tampa Bay Lightning
55 D RISTOLAINEN, Rasmus Buffalo Sabres
56 F HAULA, Erik Minnesota Wild
64 F GRANLUND, Mikael Minnesota Wild
71 F KOMAROV, Leo Toronto Maple Leafs

86 F TERAVAINEN, Teuvo Carolina Hurricanes
91 F BARKOV, Aleksander Florida Panthers

TEAM NORTH AMERICA
# Pos. Name Team*
3 D JONES, Seth Columbus Blue Jackets
4 D PARAYKO, Colton St. Louis Blues
5 D EKBLAD, Aaron Florida Panthers
8 D TROUBA, Jacob Winnipeg Jets
10 F MILLER, J.T. New York Rangers
13 F GAUDREAU, Johnny Calgary Flames
14 F COUTURIER, Sean Philadelphia Flyers
15 F EICHEL, Jack Buffalo Sabres
20 F SAAD, Brandon Columbus Blue Jackets
23 F MONAHAN, Sean Calgary Flames
27 D MURRAY, Ryan Columbus Blue Jackets
29 F MacKINNON, Nathan Colorado Avalanche
30 G MURRAY, Matt Pittsburgh Penguins
34 F MATTHEWS, Auston Toronto Maple Leafs
36 G GIBSON, John Anaheim Ducks
37 G HELLEBUYCK, Connor Winnipeg Jets
44 D RIELLY, Morgan Toronto Maple Leafs
53 D GOSTISBEHERE, Shayne Philadelphia Flyers
55 F SCHEIFELE, Mark Winnipeg Jets
71 F LARKIN, Dylan Detroit Red Wings
72 F DROUIN, Jonathan Tampa Bay Lightning
93 F NUGENT-HOPKINS, Ryan Edmonton Oilers
97 F McDAVID, Connor Edmonton Oilers

TEAM RUSSIA
# Pos. Name Team*
1 G VARLAMOV, Semyon Colorado Avalanche
7 D KULIKOV, Dmitry Buffalo Sabres
8 F OVECHKIN, Alex Washington Capitals
9 D ORLOV, Dmitry Washington Capitals
13 F DATSYUK, Pavel SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
22 D ZAITSEV, Nikita Toronto Maple Leafs
27 F PANARIN, Artemi Chicago Blackhawks
41 F KULEMIN, Nikolay New York Islanders
42 F ANISIMOV, Artem Chicago Blackhawks
47 D MARCHENKO, Alexey Detroit Red Wings
63 F DADONOV, Evgenii SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
71 F MALKIN, Evgeni Pittsburgh Penguins
72 G BOBROVSKY, Sergei Columbus Blue Jackets
74 D EMELIN, Alexei Montreal Canadiens
77 F TELEGIN, Ivan CSKA Moscow (KHL)
79 D MARKOV, Andrei Montreal Canadiens
86 F KUCHEROV, Nikita Tampa Bay Lightning
87 F SHIPACHEV, Vadim SKA St. Petersburg (KHL)
88 G VASILEVSKIY, Andrei Tampa Bay Lightning
89 D NESTEROV, Nikita Tampa Bay Lightning
90 F NAMESTNIKOV, Vladislav Tampa Bay Lightning
91 F TARASENKO, Vladimir St. Louis Blues
92 F KUZNETSOV, Evgeny Washington Capitals

TEAM SWEDEN
# Pos. Name Team*
1 G ENROTH, Jhonas Toronto Maple Leafs
4 D HJALMARSSON, Niklas Chicago Blackhawks
6 D STRALMAN, Anton Tampa Bay Lightning
9 F FORSBERG, Filip Nashville Predators
11 F BACKLUND, Mikael Calgary Flames
14 D EKHOLM, Mattias Nashville Predators
16 F KRUGER, Marcus Chicago Blackhawks
18 F SILFVERBERG, Jakob Anaheim Ducks
19 F BACKSTROM, Nicklas Washington Capitals
21 F ERIKSSON, Loui Vancouver Canucks
22 F SEDIN, Daniel Vancouver Canucks
23 D EKMAN-LARSSON, Oliver Arizona Coyotes
25 G MARKSTROM, Jacob Vancouver Canucks
30 G LUNDQVIST, Henrik New York Rangers
33 F SEDIN, Henrik Vancouver Canucks
34 F SODERBERG, Carl Colorado Avalanche
47 D LINDHOLM, Hampus Anaheim Ducks
62 F HAGELIN, Carl Pittsburgh Penguins
65 D KARLSSON, Erik Ottawa Senators
67 F RAKELL, Rickard Anaheim Ducks
72 F HORNQVIST, Patric Pittsburgh Penguins
77 D HEDMAN, Victor Tampa Bay Lightning
92 F LANDESKOG, Gabriel Colorado Avalanche

Team USA
# Pos. Name Team*
2 D NISKANEN, Matt Washington Capitals
3 D JOHNSON, Jack Columbus Blue Jackets
4 D CARLSON, John Washington Capitals
6 D JOHNSON, Erik Colorado Avalanche
8 F PAVELSKI, Joe San Jose Sharks
9 F PARISE, Zach Minnesota Wild
16 F VAN RIEMSDYK, James Toronto Maple Leafs
17 F KESLER, Ryan Anaheim Ducks
19 F DUBINSKY, Brandon Columbus Blue Jackets
20 D SUTER, Ryan Minnesota Wild
21 F STEPAN, Derek New York Rangers
23 F PALMIERI, Kyle New Jersey Devils
26 F WHEELER, Blake Winnipeg Jets
27 D McDONAGH, Ryan New York Rangers
30 G BISHOP, Ben Tampa Bay Lightning
33 D BYFUGLIEN, Dustin Winnipeg Jets
32 G QUICK, Jonathan Los Angeles Kings
35 G SCHNEIDER, Cory New Jersey Devils
42 F BACKES, David Boston Bruins
67 F PACIORETTY, Max Montreal Canadiens
74 F OSHIE, T.J. Washington Capitals
88 F KANE, Patrick Chicago Blackhawks
89 F ABDELKADER, Justin Detroit Red Wings

Kraken add some size, acquire Jaycob Megna from San Jose

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SEATTLE — The Seattle Kraken acquired defenseman Jaycob Megna from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round draft pick.

Megna is in the midst of his best season with 12 points in 48 games for the Sharks while averaging more than 19 minutes per game.

“Jaycob has shown with his play this season that he is a responsible defenseman that can be relied on in all situations,” Seattle general manager Ron Francis said. “He provides welcome depth to our defensive group and we are happy to have him join our organization.”

The 6-foot-6, 220-pound Megna will add some size and bulk to Seattle’s lineup. Megna ranked fifth for San Jose in both blocked shots and hits.

Megna previously played for Anaheim for parts of three seasons between 2016-19. The 48 games played this season is a career-high for the 30-year-old.

Seattle is tied for the lead in the Pacific Division and will return from the All-Star break beginning against the New York Islanders.

Islanders sign Bo Horvat to 8-year deal after trading for him

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The New York Islanders signed center Bo Horvat to an eight-year contract less than a week after acquiring him in a trade with the Vancouver Canucks.

The team announced the contract after their first practice following the All-Star break. Horvat’s deal is worth $68 million and carries a $8.5 million salary cap hit through the 2030-31 season.

General manager Lou Lamoriello joked to reporters at practice on Long Island that Horvat’s contract was “too long and it’s too much money.”

The Islanders sent forward Anthony Beauvillier, prospect Aatu Raty and a protected first-round pick to the Canucks for Horvat . He was set to be an unrestricted free agent after the season, and the trade was a result of Vancouver and Horvat’s camp being unable to reach a deal last summer.

Lamoriello and Horvat expressed confidence about getting a deal done after the trade. The 27-year-old has scored more than 30 goals for a second consecutive season.

Horvat was chosen as an All-Star and played for the Pacific Division despite the trade. He played with longtime Canucks teammate Elias Pettersson and combined on one last goal together before parting ways.

“I want to get going,” Horvat said after the All-Star 3-on-3 tournament. “That’s enough. Let’s start playing some games and getting to know the guys. I just want to start playing hockey again.”

Horvat was on vacation with his family in Orlando when he was traded. He said coach Lane Lambert wanted him to enjoy All-Star festivities before getting rolling with the Islanders, who play at the Philadelphia Flyers.

“Obviously getting my legs under me is going to be No. 1 and getting systems down and obviously chemistry with the new linemates and stuff like that,” Horvat said.

After facing the Flyers and Seattle, Horvat will play against his former team when Vancouver visits UBS Arena.

Bruins rolling, rest of NHL making final push for playoffs

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SUNRISE, Fla. — Bruce Cassidy’s Vegas Golden Knights lost eight of 10 games going into the All-Star break after leading the Pacific Division at the midway point of the NHL season.

They’re still safely in a playoff spot in the Western Conference, but they can’t keep it up.

“We’re still in a good position – that’s the way we look at it,” Cassidy said. “There’s not too many teams that can cruise home the last 30 games in this league, and we’re certainly not one of them.”

Cassidy’s old team, the Boston Bruins, probably could. They’re atop the NHL and running away with the Atlantic Division.

With 39 wins and 83 points through 51 games, Boston is on pace to break the record for the best regular season in NHL history. The Carolina Hurricanes, who beat Boston in seven games in the first round last year, are next in the standings at 76 points.

“Top to bottom, there’s no weaknesses,” Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said.

The Bruins are in a class of their own, but the playoff races behind them in the East and West should be hot down the stretch with roughly 30 games to go before the chase for the Stanley Cup begins.

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

The Hurricanes rode a seven-game winning streak into the break, putting some fear into the Bruins in the race for the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage through the postseason. Winger Max Pacioretty re-tearing his right Achilles tendon five games into his return didn’t slow them down, and if their goaltending holds up, Carolina stands a good chance of reaching the East final.

“This team, it’s a special group of guys,” said Brind’Amour, who captained Carolina to the Cup in 2006 and is in his fifth year as coach. “We kind of show that nightly. It’s just very consistent, and they take their job real serious. They do it right.”

The second-place New Jersey Devils are contending for the first time since 2018. Bottoming out the next season helped them win the lottery for No. 1 pick Jack Hughes, a two-time All-Star who has them winning ahead of schedule.

“Much better than being out of the mix,” Hughes said. “We’re really excited because it’s going to be a lot of important hockey, and it’s going to be really competitive and we’re really pumped to be where we are.”

They’re followed by the New York Rangers, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders. All three New York-area teams could make it, which was the expectation for the Rangers after reaching the East final last year.

“I think the run last year really taught us a few things and stuff that we obviously could build on for the rest of this year,” 2021 Norris-Trophy winning defenseman Adam Fox said.

ATLANTIC

The Rangers lost to the Lightning in six games last spring, when two-time champion Tampa Bay reached the Stanley Cup Final for the third consecutive season before getting beat by the Colorado Avalanche.

The Lightning are almost certain to face the Toronto Maple Leafs – who haven’t won a playoff series since the NHL salary cap era began in 2005 – in the first round and remain a threat to the Bruins.

But Boston has separated itself despite starting the season without top left winger Brad Marchand and No. 1 defenseman Charlie McAvoy. The Bruins have lost only 12 games under new coach Jim Montgomery.

“You just keep winning,” said All-Star right winger David Pastrnak, who’s tied for third in the league in scoring. “Every single line and every single guy is going and it obviously builds our confidence. It’s funny sometimes what confidence can do in hockey.”

The Islanders should have some more confidence after acquiring 30-goal scorer Bo Horvat from Vancouver, but still need to make up ground to get in.

CENTRAL

Defending champion Colorado climbed in the standings – winning seven of eight going into the break despite an injury-riddled first half of the season. Captain Gabriel Landeskog still has not made his season debut since undergoing knee surgery. It would be foolish to bet against the Avs coming out of the West again.

“It’s up to us: We control our own fate,” All-Star center Nathan MacKinnon said. “We need to definitely keep playing the way we were before the break. No matter who’s in the lineup we were playing well, playing hard, so it would definitely help with healthy bodies.”

They still trail the Dallas Stars, Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Wild in the Central, and the Nashville Predators are on their heels. Only the Stars and Jets are essentially guaranteed a spot.

“Every point, you grind for it,” Stars leading scorer Jason Robertson said. “Every point’s going to be a dog fight, so it’s going to be a fun 30 games down the stretch.”

PACIFIC

Undisputed MVP favorite Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers, who were swept by Colorado in the West final, have a little bit of catching up to do in the Pacific Division.

The top spot is held by the Seattle Kraken, who surprisingly are on pace to make the playoffs in their second season but still need to fend off the Los Angeles Kings and the Vegas Golden Knights.

Edmonton – and the Battle of Alberta rival Calgary Flames – have the talent to not only get in but make a run. McDavid leads the league with 41 goals and 92 points, 16 more than No. 2 scorer and teammate Leon Draisaitl, and is producing unlike anyone since Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux in the mid-1990s.

Now he’ll try to carry the Oilers into the playoffs and beyond.

“It hasn’t been easy at all for our group. We’ve kind of had to battle for everything that we’ve got,” McDavid said. “We’ve always been a second-half team for whatever reason. Even since my first year, we’ve always been better in the second half, so we’ll definitely look to continue that. That being said, we’re not going to hang our hat on that and expect that to carry us to the playoffs. There’s a lot of work to be done.”

Capitals sign Sonny Milano to 3-year, $5.7 million extension

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The Washington Capitals signed winger Sonny Milano to a three-year extension worth $5.7 million.

General manager Brian MacLellan announced the contract, adding to an already busy All-Star break for taking care of future business. The Capitals extended forward Dylan Strome for five years, $25 million.

Like Strome, Milano has fit in as a new addition for Washington. He’s now set to count $1.9 million against the salary cap through the 2025-26 season.

The 26-year-old Milano has been a near-perfect bargain signing for the Capitals after joining them on an NHL veteran one-year deal after this season got underway. He has eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points in 40 games since getting called up from Hershey of the American Hockey League.

Originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets 16th in 2014, Milano split his first eight seasons in the league with them and the Anaheim Ducks. He went unsigned as an unrestricted free agent last summer despite putting up 34 points in 66 games with Anaheim.