• Boughner and Dineen ‘major candidates’ for Avs gig, Arniel out

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just weeks after Patrick Roy’s shock departure, Colorado’s search for a new head coach appears to be taking shape. There’s plenty to get into, so let’s go bullet points: • Per the Denver Post, a pair of assistant coaches — San Jose’s Bob Boughner and Chicago’s Kevin Dineen — have emerged as..." August 23

  • Taylor Hall supports teen phenom Connor McDavid for Oilers captaincy

    Canoe "Taylor Hall said he has not been back to Edmonton since being traded to the New Jersey Devils on June 29. But the 24-year-old, who was drafted first-overall by the Oilers in 2010 and spent six years playing for the organization, is still “rooting for” certain players on his former team. One of..." August 23

  • Cody Ceci inks new deal with Ottawa Senators

    Today's Slapshot "With the weeks ticking down until the 2016-17 regular season begins, Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci was one of the league’s remaining restricted free agents who had yet to see a new deal. That changed on Tuesday, though. The Senators confirmed that Ceci, who finished his 2015-16 season..." August 23

  • Logan Couture added to Team Canada for World Cup

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture was added to Team Canada's 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. Couture replaces Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn, who had core muscle surgery last month. Benn was expected to need six weeks to recover and should..." August 23

  • Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mikko Koivu will serve as Finland's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Koivu has been the Minnesota Wild's captain since 2009. He was captain for Finland at three world championships, winning in 2011. A native of Turku, Finland, the 6-3, 215-pound center has 161 goals and 395..." August 23

  • Spotlight will shine brightly on Canadiens' Alexander Radulov

    Montreal Gazette "The 30-year-old right-winger wanted to watch the UFC 202 main event that night between Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz and it wasn’t available in his hotel room, so he went looking for a bar that was showing the mixed martial arts fight. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder ended up at a packed La Cage..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Carey Price feeling 'like my old self'

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price said he is fully recovered from the knee injury that ended his 2015-16 season after 12 games. "I feel like my old self on the ice," Price told NHL.com after two 90-minute ice sessions at a fundraiser for the Eli Wilson Goaltending Sponsorship Fund on..." August 23

  • Oilers’ McDavid: ‘I’m not some 18-year-old kid anymore’

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid won’t turn 20 until January, but the prospective Edmonton Oilers captain doesn’t want anyone thinking of him as a teenager anymore. The bar is already set incredibly high for the 19-year-old this season and while he wouldn’t divulge details on personal goals, McDavid did offer..." August 23

  • Maple Leafs sign goalie Jhonas Enroth to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs filled out their depth chart by signing goaltender Jhonas Enroth on Monday afternoon. Enroth, 28, will earn $750,000 on a one-year deal and is expected to be the No. 2 goalie in Toronto, behind new starter Frederik Andersen." August 22

  • McDavid: Team North America has 'ability to surprise some teams'

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad said it would be a mistake for the other teams in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 to take the youthful Team North America lightly. "There is a lot of speed and a lot of talent on our team," Ekblad said. "I think it all comes down to how we jell as a team..." August 22

  • How Wayne Gretzky almost ended up on the Flyers or Red Wings

    CSN Philly "What if the Flyers had successfully traded for Wayne Gretzky in 1988? That question arose this week given Gretzky’s stunning remark Tuesday on the NHL Network's NHL Tonight, when he divulged that the Flyers were among the final three clubs from which he had to choose. Aug. 9 marked the 28th..." August 22

  • Mikko Koivu named Team Finland captain for World Cup of Hockey

    Today's Slapshot "The Finnish Ice Hockey Association has announced that Minnesota Wild forward, and captain, Mikko Koivu was selected to serve as Team Finland’s Captain at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Koivu, 33, has scored 161 goals and accumulated a total of 556 points over his 11 NHL seasons, all spent with..." August 22

  • George Parros: Vegas will be 'great hockey market'

    NHL.com "George Parros may be retired from the NHL, but that hasn't diminished his excitement that his hometown will have a franchise in the League beginning next season. The forward, who played 474 regular-season games in nine seasons in the League with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche,..." August 22

  • Dreams of Stanley Cup keep Bieksa going

    The Province "The 2011 Stanley Cup Final haunts many Vancouver Canucks fans. It gnaws at players, too, if Kevin Bieksa is any indication. Sitting in a dressing room in the Richmond Ice Centre after a training session last week with skills coach Derek Popke, former Vancouver rearguard Bieksa, 35, talked about..." August 22

  • Burke: Vesey will ‘make a difference’ but college free agent contributions equal a ‘pimple on an elephant’s butt’

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’ve stated before in this space that Brian Burke has never been afraid to deliver some interesting, comical one-liners when expressing his opinion. Asked this week for his take on how teams had been lining up to woo college free agent Jimmy Vesey — Sidney Crosby was part of Pittsburgh’s pitch..." August 21

  • Tavares still processing departures of Okposo, Nielsen

    Newsday "Islanders captain John Tavares knows how much his team has changed this summer. Although longtime teammates and friends Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin departed in free agency July 1 and Tavares knew long before then that there was a chance all three could leave, it’s still hard for him..." August 21

  • The Avalanche core isn’t the problem, they just need some help

    Pro Hockey Talk "Three years ago the Colorado Avalanche came out of nowhere to win 52 games and surprisingly take the Central Division crown during the 2013-14 season. Even though there were a lot of red flags that came along with that success (they weren’t a good defensive team and they were one of the worst..." August 20

  • Stars' Hamhuis looking to provide experience, 'sound' defense

    Sports Day "Dan Hamhuis is pretty familiar with Lindy Ruff, having played for the Stars coach on the gold medal Canadian team at the 2014 Olympics. But the veteran defenseman, who signed with Dallas as a free agent in July, said he does have one change he would like to make in his relationship with his new..." August 20

  • Ex-Avs winger Brad Larsen a candidate for head coaching job

    Denver Post "The Avalanche coaching search is continuing over the weekend, with Colorado and general manager Joe Sakic seeking a “teacher”-type who can nurture the franchise’s younger players and get the most out of the much-cited and much-challenged “core.” Brad Larsen, the former Avalanche winger who now..." August 20

  • Bruins' Beleskey unimpressed with Vesey: 'Bad decision, fella'

    The Score "Jimmy Vesey appears to have fanned the flames of the Boston-New York sports rivalry. Upon choosing the Rangers over his hometown Bruins after extensive meetings and deliberations, Vesey promptly caught a gibe from Boston forward Matt Beleskey, who signed with Boston as a free agent last summer." August 20

  • Blues would make a big mistake if they traded Kevin Shattenkirk

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’ve seen some twists and turns in the “Will they or won’t they?” saga regarding the St. Louis Blues trading Kevin Shattenkirk. The truth is, it shouldn’t even be a discussion. Shattenkirk is far too valuable to be shipped away in what would likely be a panic move. The main issue for the..." August 20

  • Blues believe Sobotka is still coming back

    St. Louis Game Time "It’s been assumed that Vladimir Sobotka would be leaving the KHL and returning to the Blues for the 2016-2017 season. Is this an exciting development for the team? Eh. Sobotka would be a welcome addition, but after the off-season that the Blues had, losing David Backes to the Boston Bruins and..." August 20

  • How the Vesey signing impacts the Rangers

    The Score "Just when you thought the spotlight on Jimmy Vesey's long-awaited decision couldn't get any brighter, he chose the shiniest city in the world. The 23-year-old Harvard product is heading to Broadway after signing with the New York Rangers on Friday, ending months of constant..." August 20

  • Jimmy Vesey ends drama, signs with Rangers

    Boston Globe "Former Harvard left winger Jimmy Vesey has agreed to a two-year entry-level contact with the New York Rangers, the team announced Friday on its official Twitter account. He will earn the NHL rookie maximum of $925,000 annually, plus a possible $1.925 million in performance bonuses. Vesey became..." August 19

  • Treliving: Flames will 'continue to work away' on Gaudreau extension

    Yahoo! Sports "Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving had two big restricted free agents to lock up this summer, and as of Friday afternoon he’s down to one. Following Sean Monahan’s seven-year, $44 million extension, his good pal Johnny Gaudreau still remains unsigned. “It takes time. I’m positive he’s going to..." August 19

  • Blackhawks Player Artemi Panarin Reveals How He Bathed In Deer Blood For Strength

    BroBible "I wouldn’t be surprised if it was eventually revealed that Russia was actually some sort of fragment from another planet that crashed onto Earth and was covered up by the world’s governments. Russian people are nearly a different breed. If I was sent to Russia for a week and forced to survive of..." August 19

  • Sean Monahan signs huge seven-year deal with Flames

    Sportsnet "Hey, Johnny, you’re up. The Calgary Flames and top centre Sean Monahan have agreed to terms on a new seven-year contract, the club announced. The deal is worth approximately $44 million, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman." August 19

  • Penguins Sign Forward Thomas DiPauli to a Two-Year Contract

    NHL.com "The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed forward Thomas DiPauli to a two-year, entry-level contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford. DiPauli was originally drafted by the Washington Capitals in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2012 NHL..." August 19

  • Senators sign three-year deal with Logan Brown

    Ottawa Sun "The Senators have signed Logan Brown to a three-year entry-level deal. Selected No. 11 overall in the NHL entry draft in June, the Windsor Spitfires forward agreed to the deal Friday morning at the Canadian Tire Centre which means if he makes the team coming out of training camp next month..." August 19

  • Cooper: The sky's the limit for Drouin

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Lightning never gave up on Jonathan Drouin. Following a leaked trade request and an initial refusal to report to the club's minor-league affiliate, it appeared that Drouin's time in Tampa had all but evaporated. Yet, the tide turned in the playoffs, when a recalled Drouin..." August 19

  • Colorado Coaching Search Down To Four

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Denver Post’s Mike Chambers reports today that the short list of candidates for the vacant head coaching job with the Colorado Avalanche is down to four, three of which would be first-time NHL skippers: Jared Bednar, Travis Green, and Lane Lambert as well as Scott Arniel. Following the..." August 18

  • Report: Crosby reached out to Vesey on behalf of Pens

    The Score ""Hi, can I speak to Jimmy Vesey? It's Sidney Crosby." Imagine getting that phone call. It's possible young Vesey did. The prized collegiate free agent remains the talk of the hockey world during Jimmy Vesey Week, and he was reportedly contacted by the Pittsburgh Penguins' captain on behalf..." August 18

  • KHL brawler Damir Ryspayev gets a ‘lifetime’ ban

    Pro Hockey Talk "Remember that jaw-dropping KHL rampage from earlier in August? Well, it sounds like the KHL is doing it what it can to make sure there won’t be another Damir Ryspayev rampage. You can see Ryspayev (“playing” for Astana Barys) going after members of Chinese KHL expansion team Kunlun Red Star in..." August 18

  • Former Capitals draft pick Thomas DiPauli reportedly to sign with Penguins

    Washington Post "Center Thomas DiPauli will reportedly sign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, according to CBC Sports’ Tim Wharnsby. DiPauli was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 2012, and after he didn’t agree to a deal with Washington before Aug. 16, he became an unrestricted free agent. Contacted by phone..." August 18

  • Brent Burns needs a new contract but he’s priceless

    Sportsnet "The more time you spend in the vicinity of Brent Burns, the more a single thought occupies your mind: This is the way we are supposed to live. On this day, a hot midsummer one in Toronto, the San Jose Sharks defenceman enters a state-of-the-art workout gym in the Maple Leafs’ practice facility..." August 18

  • Preds explore dramatic overhaul of Bridgestone Arena

    Tennessean "The Nashville Predators unveiled concepts on Thursday to expand and improve Bridgestone Arena, including a new on-site hotel, an office tower, a secondary ice rink, an expanded concourse and a slate of upgrades to improve the interactive fan experience for millennials. Predators CEO Sean Henry..." August 18

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