Description: The Pittsburgh Penguins pulled off the biggest move of July first, not with a free-agent signing, but trading for Maple Leafs winger Phil Kessel.
Insight: Pittsburgh sent two prospects, Nick Spaling, and two draft picks to Toronto for Kessel, two prospects and one draft pick. The biggest fantasy impact in this trade is obviously Kessel, who has scored 30 goals in a season five times. Playing next to Sidney Crosby and/or Evgeni Malkin, Kessel has the potential to score 40-50 goals. This move to Pittsburgh will make Kessel at least a second-round draft pick in standard fantasy leagues.
Description: The New York Rangers traded backup goalie Cam Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers for three draft pitcks.
Insight: The Oilers also received a late draft pick in the trade. Talbot played very well, replacing the injured Henrik Lundqvist during the spring months. He was 21-9-4 with a .926 save percentage and 2.21 GAA. Of course, he will not have the luxury of playing in front of the best defense in the league anymore. Edmonton might have the worst defense in the league, so fantasy owners should proceed with caution.
Description: Vancouver traded backup goaltender Eddie Lack to Carolina for a third-round pick and seventh-rounder in the 2016 NHL draft according to Sportsnet.ca.
Insight: Lack played well as a replacement for the injuried Ryan Miller this spring. He was 18-13-4 with a .921 save percentage and .245 GAA. Lack will compete with Cam Ward for the starting netminder job in Carolina.
Description: Edmonton selected Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Insight: No surprise, as whomever won the lottery was taking him. McDavid is a once in a generation type of talent, and will look took to get the Oilers back on track. McDavid will make a fantasy impact immediately.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos had just one shot on net in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Insight: That one shot was a breakaway chance that Stamkos was not able to cash in. The puck was rolling on him, but one would think a player as talented as Stamkos would be able to find a way to elevate the puck and beat the diving Corey Crawford. Tampa Bay lost Game 6, 2-0, and Chicago won the series, 4-2.
Description: Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane had a goal and an assist in the, 2-0, victory in Game 6 over the Lightning.
Insight: Kane assisted Duncan Keith's goal that broke the scoreless tie. Then, Kane snapped a no-look pass from Brad Richards into the yawning net to make it 2-0 in the third. Kane finished the 2015 postseason with 11 goals and 12 assists.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford recorded his second shutout of the 2015 postseason in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals as Chicago clinched the series in six games.
Insight: Crawford stopped all 25 shots he faced. The Blackhawks netminder has never received a lot of the credit for Chicago's success, but he stood out in this series. Crawford allowed just two goals in the final three games, which were all Chicago victories. Crawford finished the playoffs 13-6 with a .924 save percentage.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop played through a torn groin according to USA Today.
Insight: That is quite heroic of him, but he and his team fell short. Bishop made 30 saves and allowed two goals in Game 6 as Chicago won, 2-0. Bishop finished the postseason 13-11 with a .924 save percentage.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith became only the second defenseman to score the game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup series-clinching game and win the Conn Smythe Trophy in the same year.
Insight: Keith took a shot from the blue line that Ben Bishop stopped but didn't control the rebound. Keith followed his own shot and scored the rebound. That broke the scoreless tie in the second period. Chicago won Game 6, 2-0, to win their third championship in six years.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop allowed two goals Saturday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Bishop allowed an unfortunate goal in the first period after colliding with a teammate that led to an easy goal by Patrick Sharp. The good news is Bishop managed to play the whole game, and should be fine for a do-or-die Game 6.
Description: Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette scored the game-winning goal Saturday versus Tampa Bay.
Insight: It was Vermette's second game-winning goal of the series, as he did the same thing in Game 1. Vermette scored two minutes into the final period, and Chicago managed to hold on. He has four goals this postseason.
Description: While questionas remain on who they will face, Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is expected to be in goal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Insight: Crawford had to turn aside some tremendous chances for Tampa Bay right in front of the net with time close to expiring in the third period of the Game 4 win. Crawford stopped 24-of-25 shots, and the series is tied, 2-2. No time to change.
Description: Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews finally scored in the, 2-1, victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.
Insight: Toews had just one assist in the first three games versus the Lightning, so it was good for Chicago to get him back in the scoring column. He was able to knock in a loose puck in front of the net on the score. The victory ties the series, 2-2.
Description: Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy was alright in the, 2-1, loss to the Blackhawks in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday.
Insight: Vasilevskiy only allowed two goals, but he faced just 19 shots because of some great defense in front of him. He let up some juicy rebounds early, but settled in and was ok. It will be interesting to see if Ben Bishop can go in Game 5. The series is tied, 2-2.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford stopped a ferocious last-minute rally from the Tampa Bay Lightning to help Chicago hold on, 2-1, in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Insight: Crawford had to turn aside some tremendous chances for Tampa Bay right in front of the net with time close to expiring in the third period. Crawford stopped 24-of-25 shots, and the series is tied, 2-2.
Description: Lightning winger Alex Killorn had the only goal for Tampa Bay in the, 2-1, loss in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: Killorn scored on a beautiful pass where Valtteri Filppula had the puck behind the net and set up Killorn with a back-door chance. Killorn was wide open in front of the net and his elevated shot easily beat Corey Crawford. Killorn has nine goals and nine assists this postseason.
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad scored the game-winning goal in the, 2-1, victory in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Insight: Saad scored a greasy goal in front of the net about six minutes into the third period. He managed to get a backhanded shot off on a rolling puck that went into between Andre Vasilevskiy's legs. Saad has eight goals and two assists this postseason. The Stanley Cup Finals is tied, 2-2.
Description: Backup Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is going to start Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Insight: This is big surprise. There was no indication after Game 3 on Monday that starter Ben Bishop might not be able to suit up for Game 4. This is a heck of a time for Vasilevskiy to make his first career postseason start. He hasn't started since March 31, but he has played in three games this postseason.
Description: Blackhawks center Teuvo Teravainen scored another goal in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the Lightning.
Insight: Teravainen had two points in the, 2-1, Game 1 victory, so he has three points in the first two Stanley Cup Finals games. He has nine points in 14 playoff games this spring, which is the same number of points he recorded in 34 regular season games.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had a really bad game against the Lightning in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup on Saturday.
Insight: Crawford was not sharp with the worst goal he allowed being a bad angle shot from Tyler Johnson that beat him short side because Crawford wasn't hugging the post. He allowed four goals on 24 shots for a .833 save percentage. The series is tied, 1-1, heading to Chicago.
Description: Backup Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy won his first Stanley Cup playoff game on in Game 2 of the Finals against the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Insight: Vasilevskiy came in relief for Ben Bishop, who left the game in the middle of the third period. Bishop left twice in the third, and the first time, he returned during the next whistle break, but after he left the second time, Bishop did not return. Vasilevskiy came into a, 3-3, tie and made five saves for the victory. Stay tuned for updates on Bishop, but for now, Vasilevskiy is the man in Tampa Bay.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left Game 2 in the Stanley Cup.
Insight: There is no word as to why yet, but this is the second time Bishop left the ice. The first time, he immediately returned at the next whistle break. Stay tuned. Andrei Vasilevskiy is in net for Tampa Bay.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop took a tough liss in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
Insight: He had a 1-0 lead entering the third, but gave up two goals in less than a two minute span, with under eight minutes remaining in the game. Bishop made 19 saves on 21 shots, and will look to rebound on Saturday night.
Description: Penguins defenseman Kris Letang has begun training according to TVA Sports.
Insight: Letang suffered a concussion in March and didn't return. He finished with 11 goals and 54 points in 69 games, but as always, Letang's biggest hurl is staying healthy. It is an encouraging sign that he is back in the gym.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford will be in the net for Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Saturday night versus Anaheim.
Insight: No surprise here. Crawford made 30 saves in the Game 6 5-2 victory. Crawford had a poor Game 5, allowing five goals, but he rebounded nicely for this one. He has a .920 save percentage in this series.
Description: Lightning winger Alex Killorn scored the game-winning goal in the, 2-0, Game 7 victory over the Rangers on Friday.
Insight: Killorn had three shots on net and broke the scoreless tie one minute and 54 seconds into the third period. Ondrej Palat added an insurance tally about 10 minutes later. Tampa Bay is advancing to its first Stanley Cup Finals since 2004.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist was incredible in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but it wasn't enough as the Rangers lost to the Lightning, 2-0.
Insight: Lundqvist made some jaw-dropping saves, but ultimately, his team let him down, not scoring a single goal. Ben Bishop was good, but he really wasn't tested much. Lundqvist, who is 33 years old, is still searching for his first Stanley Cup.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop joined elite company as he earned his second Game 7 shutout this postseason as Tampa Bay defeated New York, 2-0, and advanced to the Stanley Cup.
Insight: Patrick Roy and Tim Thomas are the only other goaltenders to earn two shutouts in Game 7 in one postseason. Bishop stopped all 22 shots he faced. He finished with a .889 save percentage, but Bishop won four games and that is what counts.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was solid again, allowing just two goals on 32 shots in the, 5-2, victory in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday.
Insight: Crawford made 30 saves in the victory. Crawford had a poor Game 5, allowing five goals, but he rebounded nicely for this one. He has a .920 save percentage in this series. Game 7 is on Saturday.
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen had another poor showing in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals as Anaheim lost to Chicago, 5-2.
Insight: Andersen allowed four goals on 22 shots, making just 18 saves in the game. The final score for Chicago was an empty-netter. In the last three games, Andersen has allowed 13 goals on 90 shots. Up until that point, Andersen was so stellar, but at this point, fantasy owners cannot count on Andersen showing up in Game 7, which is on Saturday.
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw scored a pair of insurance goals in the third period as Chicago beat Anaheim, 5-2, in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday.
Insight: Chicago scored the first three goals of the game, but Anaheim stormed back with a goal in the second period and then another one to start the third. Shaw's goal with about three and a half minutes to go allowed the United Center to breathe a little bit. Shaw then added an empty-netter. Shaw has three goals and an assist in this series. Game 7 is on Saturday.
Description: Left winger Patrick Maroon scored a power-play goal, but he failed to score in several great chances towards the end of the third period in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday.
Insight: Maroon scored Anaheim's first goal of the night, but teammates set him up on several great chances right in front of the net, and Maroon just missed. Despite the goal, Maroon was minus-three in the game. The Blackhawks won, 5-2. Game 7 will be on Saturday.
Description: Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was extraordinary in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals against the Ducks on Wednesday.
Insight: Keith started all three of the Blackhawks first three goals in the game. On the first one, he made a long stretch pass up ice, which Brandon Saad grabbed, sped into the offensive zone and beat Frederik Andersen. On the second goal, Keith faked his shot about two or three times and then found an open Marian Hossa on the other side of the goal. Hossa finished the play easily. Finally, Keith then saved a puck from leaving the offensive zone and then found Patrick Kane streaking to the net. Kane dazzled passed several defenders and scored. All three of those beautiful plays happened in the second period. Keith has two goals and 14 assists in 16 playoff games this spring. Chicago won Game 6, 5-2. Game 7 will be on Saturday.
Description: Rangers winger Rick Nash had a goal and three assists in the, 7-3, victory in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Insight: The top line of the New York Rangers was just outstanding. Derick Brassard has a hat trick with two assists, J.T. Miller had a goal and three assists and Nash had his four points. Nash started the playoffs slowly, but he has seven points in the last three games. Game 7 is on Friday.
Description: Rangers center Derick Brassard had a hat trick in the, 7-3, rout in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Tuesday.
Insight: Brassard just had a massive stat line with three goals, two assists, 10 shots on net and a plus-five rating. He also won seven faceoffs. Brassard has nine goals and six assists with a plus-nine rating in 18 postseason games.
Description: Lightning center Nikita Kucherov scored a pair of goals on three shots, but Tampa Bay still lost Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 7-3.
Insight: Kucherov netted both his goals in the third period, but New York had five goals in the same period. Kucherov has nine goals and 10 assists in 19 postseason games this spring. Game 7 is on Friday.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had an off night, allowing three goals on 38 shots, but it was enough to force Game 7.
Insight: That's because New York scored seven goals, which is the most for the Rangers this postseason. Lundqvist wasn't bad as he actually made some really nice saves in key situations, but his final stat line was just ok. He has a .921 save percentage in what was his 11th victory this postseason. Game 7 is Friday.
Description: Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen scored once in the first period and assisted on the game-winner in the third period.
Insight: Vatanen missed 15 games, but still posted 12 goals and 25 assists during the regular season with 17 of those points on the power play. He has played just as well in the "second season" with three goals and seven assists in 14 playoff games.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored for the fourth straight game in leading Tampa Bay to a 3-2 series lead over the Rangers.
Insight: Stamkos also added an assist and has seven points in five games against New York. Considering his slow start in the playoffs (didn't score in his first eight playoff games this season), his 17 points in 18 games is still an elite total.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford had 47 saves in the, 5-4, double overtime victory on Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Crawford did allow four goals, but because of the heavy workload, his save percentage was still .922. This was also the first Crawford allowed more than three goals since Game 2 of the quarterfinals versus Nashville. Crawford is 7-3 with a .924 this postseason.
Description: Ducks winger Corey Perry scored a goal in the Game 4 loss in the Western Conference Finals against the Blackhawks on Saturday.
Insight: Perry scored the Ducks third goal in a 37-second span in the middle of the third period. He was camped in front of the net and finished a rebound that bounced off Corey Crawford. Perry's goal put Anaheim ahead, 4-3, but Chicago came back to tie the game and win it in overtime. Perry was also plus-one with six shots on net.
Description: Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad had a goal and two assists in the, 5-4, double overtime victory over the Ducks on Saturday.
Insight: Saad scored the first goal of the game, which was an unassisted shorthanded score. He then assisted Chicago's first two goals in third period as the Blackhawks took a, 3-1, lead. Saad has four goals and two assists in 14 playoff games this spring.
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen had his worst game of the postseason in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Andersen made 35 saves, but he also allowed five goals. Andersen had allowed five goals in the previous nine periods. He is still 10-3 with a .929 save percentage this postseason. The Western Conference is tied, 2-2.
Description: The Senators and rookie goaltending sensation Andrew Hammond agreed to a three-year, $4.05 million contract.
Insight: Hammond led Ottawa to one of the most improbale playoff run, going 20-1-2 with a 1.79 GAA and .941 save percentage in 24 games. He didn't play as well in the playoffs, but it is hard to ignore the success he had during the regular season. Ottawa also has goaltenders Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner under contract, so look for one of them to be traded this summer.
Description: Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw had a tremendous Game 2 in the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Shaw scored on the power play a little over two minutes in the game. He scored on a deflection off a shot from Duncan Keith. Shaw also scored in double overtime by heading the puck into the net, but the goal was disallowed. Even still, Shaw led the Blackhawks with seven shots.
Description: Ducks winger Corey Perry scored again in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Perry also had a couple chances to end Game 2 in overtime but failed to capitalize on the opportunities. This was his first point of the season. He now has eight goals and 16 points in 11 postseason games this spring.
Description: Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was fantastic in the, 3-2, triple overtime victory over the Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Crawford turned aside 60 shots in what was the longest game in Blackhawks history. Since taking back over for Scott Darling, Crawford is 6-1 with a .948 save percentage and a 1.57 GAA. The series is tied, 1-1.
Description: Ducks goaltender Frederik Andersen made 53 saves in the triple overtime loss to the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Andersen and his counterpart, Corey Crawford, were just sensational. Chicago didn't score on even strength until the game-winning goal. Both teams had so many opportunities in overtime, and the goalies made the save after save. Andersen has been outstanding this postseason. He is 9-2 with a .933 save percentage.
Description: Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal in triple overtime as Chicago beat Anaheim, 3-2, in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals.
Insight: Defenseman Brent Seabrook took a shot from the point, which Kruger knocked down right in front of the net and beat a diving Fredick Andersen. Kruger had two shots in the marathon game. It was the longest game in Chicago Blackhawks history. The series is tied, 1-1.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist had, by far, his worst game of the postseason as he allowed six goals in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Lightning.
Insight: Lundqvist didn't play as bad as the final stat line suggests, but he only made 20 saves on 26 shots. Three of the six goals came on the power play and another one was on a breakaway opportunity that Tampa Bay generated despite being down two men. Lundqvist is now 9-5 this postseason. The series is tied, 1-1.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop played very well again, saving 35 shots as Tampa Bay beat the New York Rangers, 6-2, in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.
Insight: Bishop made a huge save when the Lightning were only leading, 3-2. The big save kept the one-goal lead intact, and enabled Tampa Bay to go on the offensive and score three unanwered goals in the third period. Bishop is 9-6 this postseason.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan extended his point streak to five games, but the Rangers lost Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, 6-2.
Insight: Stepan tied the game at one with a power-play goal in the first period, but Tampa Bay played with one fewer active forward, which really seemed to confuse the Rangers and their line changes. Stepan finished with five shots and a minus-two rating. The series is tied 1-1.
Description: Lightning center Tyler Johnson ended his four-game goal-scoring drought with a hat trick in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Monday.
Insight: Johnson scored the first three goals of the game for Tampa Bay to help give them a, 3-2, lead, but the Lightning ended the game with three unanwered goals to win, 6-2. Johnson scored shorthanded, on the power-play and on even strength. He leads the playoffs with 11 goals. The series is tied, 1-1.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan had another key point in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals versus the Lightning on Saturday.
Insight: Stepan scored the first goal of the game with 13 seconds remaining in the second period. That was Stepan's four goal of the playoffs and fourth point in the last three postseason games. New York leads the series, 1-0.
Description: Lightning goalie Ben Bishop played extremely well in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, but Tampa Bay lost, 2-1.
Insight: The Rangers really dominated Game 1 at times, particularly in the first period, but Bishop made some great saves to keep Tampa Bay in it. The Lightning tied the game on the power play in the third, but Bishop couldn't stop a shot that went off Dominic Moore's body. Bishop finished with 28 saves.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots in the, 2-1, victory over the Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals on Saturday.
Insight: Lundqvist only allowed one goal, which came with the Lightning on their deadly power play. Lundqvist and the Rangers, however, killed the final two penalties and scored with under three minutes to go in regulation. Lundqvist is 9-4-0 this postseason.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a tremendous series, but he wasn't able to win Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Rangers.
Insight: Holtby made 37 saves in the game, but he couldn't control a rebound and then make a second straight save on a Derek Stepan shot. The only other goal Holtby allowed was on the power play. Kevin Hayes scored a beautiful goal that Holtby had no chance of stopping. The Rangers won Game 7 in overtime, 2-1. Holtby finishes the 2015 postseason 6-7 with a 1.71 GAA and a .944 save percentage.
Description: Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves in the Game 7 overtime victory over the Capitals in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
Insight: Lundqvist only allowed a goal to Alex Ovechkin in the first period, which was an unstoppable shot. New York controlled much of the game in the third period, but Lundqvist had to make some nice saves in the beginning of overtime to keep the Rangers in it. This series was one of the best goaltending battles of recent memory. Lundqvist allowed more than two goals just once in this series. In the playoffs, he is 8-4 with a 1.60 GAA and .944 save percentage.
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored Washington's only goal in the, 2-1, overtime Game 7 loss in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Rangers.
Insight: Ovechkin scored a beautiful goal in the first period on a great pass from Marcus Johansson. Ovechkin was skating in the slot when he received the pass and took a nasty wrister that beat Henrik Lundqivst. Washington, however, couldn't score again, and Ovechkin ultimately failed once again to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Description: Rangers center Derek Stepan scored the game-winner in overtime of Game 7 in the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Capitals.
Insight: Stepan won the faceoff and then slipped to the left side of the goal. The puck made its way to defenseman Keith Yandle, who took a slap shot from the point. Stepan pounced on the rebound and buried his shot passed a diving Branden Holtby. New York won, 2-1, and won the series, 4-3. The Rangers will face the Lightning in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Description: Canadiens right wing P.A. Parenteau scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals as Montreal won, 2-1, to force Game 6.
Insight: Parenteau scored on a perfect feed from P.K. Subban and shot the puck perfectly over Lightning goaltender Ben Bishop's glove. That was Parenteau's first goal of the playoffs. This is the first time in Canadiens history that they trailed 3-0 in a series and came back to force a Game 6.
Description: Lightning center Steven Stamkos scored his second goal of the playoffs to tie Game 5 in the third period, but the Canadiens answered and won, 2-1.
Insight: Before the goal, Stamkos won the faceoff and then the puck came back to him in front of the net. Carey Price couldn't see the puck, and Stamkos shot it passed Price on his left side. Stamkos has two goals and four assists in the series versus Montreal. Tampa Bay leads the series, 3-2, but Montreal has won the last two games.
Description: Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had an incredible game as Montreal forced a Game 6 versus the Lightning, winning Game 5, 2-1, on Saturday.
Insight: Price only allowed one goal on a rebound he couldn't control. It was a great goal from Steven Stamkos more than a bad one allowed by Price. He stopped the other 24 shots he faced. Price needs to be Montreal's best player in the final two games if the Canadiens are going to erase this, 3-0, hole. Tampa Bay leads the series, 3-2.