• Tortorella insists Johnson wants to be a Blue Jacket: 'Jack loves it here'

    Columbus Dispatch "Blue Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson initiated a private meeting before last Friday’s game to let coach John Tortorella know of his interest to be traded, but both said Wednesday their relationship remains strong and they can envision a future for Johnson in Columbus. “You slowly start getting..." January 18

  • Edmonton Oilers Place Nugent-Hopkins On IR, Recall Pakarinen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Edmonton Oilers have placed Ryan Nugent-Hopkins on injured reserve, recalling Iiro Pakarinen to fill his roster spot. Nugent-Hopkins was injured in Saturday’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights, but was expected to return following the Oilers bye week. Edmonton won’t be back in action until..." January 18

  • Bo Horvat back on the ice and nearing a return to the Canucks lineup

    Vancouver Courier "Canucks fans got some welcome news on Thursday. Our long provincial nightmare is over: Bo Horvat will soon be back in the Canucks lineup. Horvat hit the ice at Rogers Arena Thursday morning for the first time (that we know of) since he fractured his foot against the Carolina Hurricanes on..." January 18

  • With new Sabres deal never discussed, Kane awaits trade call

    Buffalo News "Evander Kane knows his phone could crackle today, tomorrow, next week or that he might have to wait all the way until the NHL's trade deadline on Feb. 26. The Sabres' winger, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, knows the call is inevitably coming. He's going to be traded by the..." January 18

  • Blackhawks’ poor defense could lead Chicago to miss playoffs for first time since 2008

    Washington Post "The Chicago Blackhawks, a perennial Stanley Cup contender, are not living up to their usual lofty expectations this season. The team is last in the Central Division with a 22-17-6 record (50 points) with the possibility of losing goaltender Corey Crawford, out since Christmas with an..." January 18

  • Why Corey Crawford situation is tricky for Blackhawks

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks have been tight-lipped about Corey Crawford's status ever since he was placed on injured reserve on Dec. 27 with an upper-body injury, and it's fueled rampant speculation on social media about what's really going on. That came to an end on Tuesday when Mark Lazerus of the Chicago..." January 18

  • Sabres' steep asking price for Evander Kane stirs debate over worth

    Sporting News "The floundering Sabres are expected to move Evander Kane before the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline. The 26-year-old left wing is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July and could seek a significant raise over his current $5.25 million annual average salary. He might not fit into the Sabres'..." January 18

  • Max Pacioretty Calls Out Canadiens Teammates After Ugly Loss To Bruins

    NESN "The Montreal Canadiens aren’t used to being dominated at TD Garden, but that’s exactly what happened Wednesday night, as the Boston Bruins scored four unanswered goals in a 4-1 win. Canadiens captain Max Pacioretty, who provided a screen on Montreal’s only goal of the night, was critical of..." January 18

  • Two AHL teams played a game in an empty arena and made the most of it

    CBS Sports "If you thought the Carolina Hurricanes had attendance issues, you should see what the Charlotte Checkers have to deal with. The Checkers, AHL affiliate of the Hurricanes, elected to close their arena's doors to the public on Wednesday night thanks to inclement weather, which amounted to..." January 18

  • Rick Nash shows Rangers he still has what they desperately need

    New York Post "It wasn’t a coincidence that the Rangers’ best performance in weeks coincided with one of Rick Nash’s most productive performances of the season. There was a connection between the eight-time 30-goal scorer snapping his 12-game scoring drought and his team responding in kind to seeing their top..." January 18

  • Where is Dave Hakstol's sixth sense?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Movie director M. Night Shyamalan may have created the sixth sense, and some of the more successful coaches in the NHL actually possess it. No, not the ability to see dead people, but rather, the recognition of assessing in-game situations and taking an immediate and proactive course of action..." January 18

  • Claude Julien gets standing ovation in return to Boston

    WEEI Boston "With no Paul Pierce in the building to stop them, the Bruins did the right thing and honored Claude Julien, who was fired last February, with a video tribute. Regardless of how things ended between the B's and Julien, this was still a coach that won more game than any other coach in franchise..." January 18

  • Why the Canadiens should get a massive return if they trade Max Pacioretty

    Sportsnet "As the NHL’s trade deadline approaches on Feb. 26, there could be more big-name players available than we’ve seen in several years. One of those names, provided the Montreal Canadiens don’t suddenly get red hot, is Max Pacioretty. Despite the Canadiens’ captain still having a year left on his..." January 17

  • Lindros honored to have No. 88 retired by Flyers

    NHL.com "Eric Lindros' visits to Philadelphia have been a lot more fun during the past six years. But his next one could be the real topper. Lindros will have his No. 88 jersey retired by the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday, prior to their game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (7 p.m. ET; TVA Sports,..." January 17

  • Matt Murray to miss ‘indefinite period of time’ following passing of his father

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Matt Murray has missed the past two games and was briefly away from the team due to what was described as a personal matter. The team would not go into any details and asked everyone to respect his privacy. On Wednesday, the Penguins announced that Murray’s father,..." January 17

  • Leafs’ van Riemsdyk soaking up advice ahead of free agency

    Sportsnet "They are the conversations that have helped James van Riemsdyk calm his mind amid a season of uncertainty. With free agency looming and his future with the Toronto Maple Leafs up in the air, the 28-year-old has been tapping into his well of contacts to see what other players have experienced..." January 17

  • NHL draws backlash for Kid Rock’s impending ASG performance, Roenick calls him “the greatest musician in the world”

    The Comeback "The NHL created a whole lot of backlash Tuesday with its announcement of Kid Rock as the featured 2nd intermission performer at the upcoming All-Star Game on Feb. 18. Kid Rock, or Robert James Ritchie, has earned five Grammy nominations and sold over 25 million albums in the U.S., and he does..." January 17

  • Bruins announce retirement of longtime anthem singer Rene Rancourt

    Boston Herald "The Bruins announced an end of an era today. Longtime anthem singer Rene Rancourt, who has performed the national anthems at Bruins games for over 40 years, will retire at the end of the season. Rancourt started serenading Garden crowds back in the 1975-76 season." January 17

  • Carolina Hurricanes “Won’t Lose Players We Want For Five Percent More Money”

    Pro Hockey Rumors "For years, the Carolina Hurricanes have been one of the league’s lowest spenders. This season, they rank 30th in the league in terms of payroll, only ahead of the penny-pinching Arizona Coyotes. With the recent sale to Dallas billionaire Thomas Dundon, many Hurricanes fans would hope that would..." January 17

  • Report | Blackhawks worried Corey Crawford done for season

    Fanrag Sports "Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has been out since late December, and it doesn’t appear as though he’ll be returning to the ice any time soon. Although the only official word from the Hawks is that Crawford was put on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, three sources told Mark..." January 17

  • Islanders about to get back a key piece

    New York Post "There was a glimmer of good news on the Islanders’ injury front Tuesday for the first time in a while. Josh Bailey will skate Wednesday at practice and could make his return from a lower-body injury as soon as Thursday against the Bruins. “Bails is feeling pretty good,” coach Doug Weight said..." January 17

  • Debating Brayden Schenn trade? Sean Couturier playing role in it

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "For two straight seasons, Brayden Schenn made a living doing it. Roaming the middle from circle to circle on the power play, ready to let a shot rip, punch home a tip pass or flush a rebound. Schenn mastered the role by understanding how to complement the playmakers surrounding him. He..." January 17

  • Blue Jackets claim Jussi Jokinen off waivers from Kings

    Sportsnet "The Columbus Blue Jackets have claimed forward Jussi Jokinen off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings. Jokinen has one goal and five assists this season, split between the Kings and Edmonton Oilers. Los Angeles acquired the Finnish winger from Edmonton on Nov. 14 in a trade for Mike..." January 17

  • Injured Kings center Jeff Carter is finally back on ice skating

    Los Angeles Times "The long road of recovery for Jeff Carter has seen a significant sign of progress, just as the Kings changed out some parts to prevent the wheels from falling off. Carter has begun skating on his own, according to general manager Rob Blake on Tuesday in what represents the biggest news yet in..." January 17

  • Red Wings' trade net should include own goal

    Detroit News "The Red Wings’ front office headed out of town to figure out a plan. But if Ken Holland & Co. needed a map, Jeff Blashill’s team certainly pointed them in the right direction Tuesday night. A 4-2 loss to the Dallas Stars at Little Caesars Arena offered another reality check for anyone still..." January 17

  • With Martin waived, holes in Burns' game are his to fix alone

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Defenseman Paul Martin cleared waivers on Tuesday, and will now get a chance to play regularly with the San Jose Barracuda as his agent and Sharks general manager Doug Wilson attempt to find a trade destination. While he’s in the minors, his former partner, Brent Burns, is now playing with the man..." January 17

  • Marc Staal exits with hip-flexor injury

    New York Post "One defenseman back, and another gone. As captain Ryan McDonagh returned from a one-game absence because of back spasms in Tuesday night’s resounding 5-1 victory over the Flyers, the Rangers also lost Marc Staal at the start of the third period to a hip-flexor injury. Coach Alain Vigneault..." January 17

  • Kings place F Jokinen on waivers

    TSN "The Los Angeles Kings have placed winger Jussi Jokinen on waivers, just two months after acquiring the veteran from the Edmonton Oilers. Jokinen, 34, has just one goal and four assists in 18 games with Los Angeles after posting a single assist over 14 contests with the Oilers earlier this..." January 16

  • Golden Knights’ defense coming into focus with signings

    Pro Hockey Talk "As the Vegas Golden Knights’ success gradually goes from shocking to accepted, there’s still the question of what this team might look like next season and beyond. Such questions are only natural when you consider all the key players who still need contract extensions. Golden Knights management..." January 16

  • Thomas Vanek goes from cast-off to valuable Canucks trade chip, mentor

    Sportsnet "A long time ago in the Vancouver Canucks’ dressing room, Mike Sillinger emerged showered and dressed and loudly declared to no one in particular: “I can’t wait until tomorrow!” Sure enough, some sucker asked why. And Sillinger beamed in triumph and yelled the punchline: “Because I get better..." January 16

  • Jagr return to Flames from injury remains uncertain

    NHL.com "Jaromir Jagr's future with the Calgary Flames is uncertain after the forward was placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, general manager Brad Treliving told TSN on Tuesday. "As far as what the future holds, we're not in a position to talk about that yet, other than he's on IR and..." January 16

  • John Tavares gives Islanders good news then bails them out

    New York Post "Of course when John Tavares went into the hockey-media echo chamber of Montreal, he was asked about his future as a possible free agent. And of course, Tavares answered in the same way he has over the past few months — albeit with stronger language. “I hope to stay in Long Island,” Tavares told..." January 16

  • Golden Knights sign Jon Merrill to 2-year extension

    Sportsnet "The Vegas Golden Knights have signed defenceman Jon Merrill to a two-year contract extension worth $2.75 million. " January 16

  • No hesitation from Chara in scoring after scary incident in Montreal

    NBC Sports Boston "Less than 48 hours after one of his legendarily hard slap shots put a Montreal Canadiens forward in the hospital after striking him in the head, Zdeno Chara didn’t hesitate when given the chance to wind up and blast away on Monday afternoon. It was the 40-year-old Chara that rocketed a slapper..." January 16

  • Canadiens Jonathan Drouin plays wing at practice

    TSN "Jonathan Drouin was on the wing Tuesday at Canadiens practice for the first time in a Habs' uniform. He has been playing centre since the start of training camp. Drouin has six goals and 21 points with a minus-19 rating in 39 games this season. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said..." January 16

  • Possible destinations for Evander Kane and what they might have to offer

    Hockey Buzz "The NHL traded deadline is February 26, but with their fate pretty much sealed for this season, a bottom-dweller like the Buffalo Sabres has had ongoing trade talks for weeks with GM Jason Botterill reportedly fielding calls from numerous contending teams. Buffalo's big trade chip is winger..." January 16

  • Andrew Cogliano chokes up talking about the end of his iron-man streak

    Pro Hockey Talk "An emotional Andrew Cogliano said having his iron-man streak ended by suspension was a “tough pill to swallow.” Speaking to Fox Sports’ Kent French prior to the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 loss against the Colorado Avalanche on Monday, Cogliano choked up when asked about how tough the past 24 hours had..." January 16

  • Trade Rumors Swirl Around Toronto

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It wasn’t long ago that the Toronto Maple Leafs were one of the worst franchises in the NHL, making the playoffs once in just eleven seasons and suffering an epic collapse in that one postseason appearance. Therefore, it was fittingly a surprising and exciting story line when the young 2016-17..." January 16

  • Dominic Turgeon fills gap on dinged-up Red Wings' penalty kill

    Detroit News "The Red Wings' penalty kill, now back to 17th in the NHL with an 80.9 percent rate after sitting in the top 10 for a stretch earlier in the season, is battered by injuries. When Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm sustaining damage to their lower bodies during the weekend, they joined Luke..." January 16

  • Canadiens’ Phillip Danault has concussion symptoms after being hit by slap shot

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Montreal Canadiens offered an update on injured forward Phillip Danault on Monday afternoon, announcing that he is currently dealing with concussion-like symptoms and that he will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. Danault was injured over the weekend when he was hit in the head by a Zdeno..." January 15

  • Stars’ Jason Spezza made healthy scratch by head coach Ken Hitchcock

    Sportsnet "The Dallas Stars began a four-game road trip with Jason Spezza watching in his civvies as the centre was made a healthy scratch for Monday’s game against the Boston Bruins. The lineup move was head coach Ken Hitchcock’s call, the team announced prior to puck-drop. Spezza has struggled to..." January 15

  • Deryk Engelland Signs One-Year Extension

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Vegas Golden Knights have locked up another pending free agent, signing Deryk Engelland to a one-year, $1.5MM extension. The deal also includes up to $1MM in performance bonuses according to CapFriendly, similar to the deal he is currently on. Engelland was set to become an unrestricted free..." January 15

  • How Rangers tried to reassure, fix Shattenkirk during sit-down

    New York Post "It had only been 43 games into a four-year contract, so maybe it was a little early to make sweeping judgments about Kevin Shattenkirk’s time with the Rangers. But 43 games was also a good sample size to know that Shattenkirk was not giving the Blueshirts exactly what they expected when they..." January 15

  • As he climbs scoring charts, appreciate Thornton’s greatness while you can

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Joe Thornton officially passed Adam Oates on the NHL’s all-time scoring list in the most fitting way possible: With an assist. No, Thornton’s secondary setup on Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s odd overtime-winner against the Coyotes on Saturday won’t be confused with the tape-to-tape passes that made..." January 15

  • Blackhawks remain mum on injured goalie Corey Crawford’s status

    Chicago Tribune "Not only has Corey Crawford not been on the ice in Chicago since he was put on injured reserve Dec. 27, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he hasn’t talked to his goalie in a while. “It’s been quiet,” Quenneville said before Sunday’s 4-0 loss to the Red Wings, the 10th game Crawford has..." January 15

  • For Blackhawks, Brent Seabrook’s value goes beyond $55-million contract

    Chicago Sun-Times "It was quiet in the visitors dressing room in Ottawa last Tuesday. Oh, there was the usual low din of ripping tape, clattering sticks, and jostling equipment. But there was something missing: The booming voice of Brent Seabrook and the usual pregame platitudes that tend to spill out of him like..." January 15

  • Paul Martin Placed On Waivers; Montreal Claims Logan Shaw

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The early reports were true, and Paul Martin has indeed been placed on waivers by the San Jose Sharks according to Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic. LeBrun also notes that the Montreal Canadiens have claimed Logan Shaw off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks. Martin, 36, has had a rough season as he..." January 15

  • B's keep winning, McQuaid still waiting for his chance

    NBC Sports Boston "With the Bruins amidst a season-high 12-game point streak where they’ve put together a 9-0-3 record punctuated by a shootout win over the rival Montreal Canadiens last weekend, there isn’t going to be a push for big changes. Actually there isn’t going to be a push for any changes at this point..." January 15

  • McPhee, Gallant not caught up in Cup dreams despite Vegas’ rise

    Sportsnet "There are some stories in sports that you just can’t replicate, that exist in their own pocket of historic glory, the characters involved having just one chance to get it right. With the first half of the 2017-18 campaign in the books, the Vegas Golden Knights are marching towards one such..." January 14

  • Ducks' Cogliano suspended 2 games for hit on Kings' Kempe

    The Hockey News "He'd never missed a game, but now he'll sit for two thanks to a high hit on Adrian Kempe. Ducks left winger Andrew Cogliano's iron man streak has ended at 830 games, even though he's in perfect health, and he has no one to blame but himself, unfortunately. Saturday night's game between the..." January 14

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