• Capitals Coach Barry Trotz wants to see Alex Ovechkin eliminate slashing penalties

    Washington Post "Before the puck dropped to start the third period at Bell Centre on Wednesday night, Alex Ovechkin was talking with two referees on the ice. Both sides had their say, and then Ovechkin returned to the penalty box to finish serving his second slashing penalty of the game. “I asked them, ‘You..." September 22

  • Report: Lupul will have ‘independent medical exam’

    Pro Hockey Talk "Joffrey Lupul issued a statement Wednesday, saying he wouldn’t seek a second medical opinion after the Maple Leafs announced he didn’t pass his training camp physical. A day later, reports have surfaced that the 33-year-old forward will, in fact, undergo another, independent medical..." September 22

  • Blue Jackets RFA Josh Anderson contacts Hockey Canada about Olympics

    Sportsnet "The NHL’s regular season is right around the corner yet Columbus Blue Jackets forward Josh Anderson remains an unsigned restricted free agent. According to Sportsnet’s John Shannon, this has resulted in the Burlington, Ont., native’s representatives reaching out to Hockey Canada to inquire..." September 22

  • Montreal Places Zach Redmond On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Montreal Canadiens came into camp with quite a few players battling for spots on the blue line after adding Karl Alzner, David Schlemko, and Mark Streit this summer as well as Jordie Benn and Brandon Davidson late last season. With mainstays Shea Weber and Jeff Petry having spots locked in as..." September 22

  • Kevin Gravel makes L.A. Kings’ roster decisions difficult

    L.A. Daily News "What does Kevin Gravel admire most about the Kings’ defenseman who comprise one of the NHL’s stingiest units? “Whether they have a good game or a bad game, they move on and forget about it,” he said. “They always keep an even keel.” The current circumstances for this young Kings defenseman..." September 22

  • Patrice Bergeron Doesn’t Sound Like Biggest Fan Of NHL’s Faceoff Crackdown

    NESN "Patrice Bergeron hasn’t finished outside the NHL’s top 10 in faceoff percentage since 2010-11, so the Boston Bruins center knows a thing or two about draws. Bergeron is also a consummate professional who rarely speaks out against anything that might be perceived as slightly controversial...." September 22

  • Oilers, Maroon open contract talks

    TSN "The Edmonton Oilers are working another contract extension. According to TSN's Ryan Rishaug, the Oilers have begun preliminary talks on an extension with forward Patrick Maroon. As Rishaug points out, the term and salary could be tough for the two sides to agree on with Maroon coming off a..." September 22

  • Blackhawks release trio from professional tryouts

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Chicago Blackhawks made some roster moves Thursday, releasing forwards Drew Miller and John Mitchell, and defenseman Mark Stuart from their professional tryouts. All three players were added to the training camp roster at the beginning of last week, after Cody Franson was previously brought..." September 21

  • Joffrey Lupul apologizes for saying Maple Leafs 'cheat'

    Sporting News "Joffrey Lupul apologized Wednesday for a since-deleted Instagram caption in which he said the Maple Leafs "cheat," a comment apparently related to his failed physical with the NHL team. Lupul, 33, said his comments — which included "Haha failed physical?" — were an "unneeded distraction" for..." September 21

  • Torey Krug Injury: Bruins D-Man Out At Least 3 Weeks With Fractured Jaw

    NESN "Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug will get a late start to the 2017-18 season after an unfortunate preseason injury. The Bruins D-man made an early exit from Tuesday’s preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings after taking a puck to the face. The B’s announced Thursday morning Krug suffered a..." September 21

  • All eyes on Polak as Maple Leafs' blue-line battle ramps up

    Toronto Sun "Many Maple Leaf defencemen put in long hours in summer skates at the club’s practice rink — Travis Dermott and Andrew Nielsen to start, and Andreas Borgman, Calle Rosen and Timothy Liljegren near the end. But it might be the latest of the blue-line latecomers who gets the most attention in the..." September 21

  • Canadiens prospect Juulsen expected to miss six weeks with foot injury

    Sportsnet "Montreal Canadiens defence prospect Noah Juulsen is expected to be sidelined for six weeks as he recovers from a foot fracture suffered on Sept. 18, the team announced Thursday. Taken 26th overall in the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Juulsen has yet to suit up for the big club, spending..." September 21

  • Canucks could be in tricky situation with defenceman Erik Gudbranson

    The Athletic "The first three months of the 2017-18 season may very well determine Erik Gudbranson's future with the Vancouver Canucks. If he plays well, a long-term contract extension could be signed early in the new year. If, on the other hand, he doesn't play well, Canucks management could be facing..." September 21

  • Panarin trying to ‘find chemistry’ with new teammates in Columbus

    Chicago Sun-Times "Artemi Panarin was blindsided by the trade that sent him to the Columbus Blue Jackets. But three months later, he certainly doesn’t sound devastated by it. ‘‘This is business, baby,’’ he said — in English — with a broad smile after the Blackhawks’ 5-2 preseason victory Tuesday at Nationwide..." September 20

  • Eight teams interested in Avs' Duchene

    TSN "Matt Duchene's next destination remains a mystery as he spends training camp with the Colorado Avalanche awaiting a trade. According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, as many as eight teams have contacted Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic about Duchene, but no deal appears to be..." September 20

  • Blues’ Alexander Steen to miss start of season with hand injury

    Sportsnet "Blues forward Alexander Steen is expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because of an injury to his left hand. The Blues announced that Steen suffered the injury Tuesday night during a game in Dallas and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. The Blues’ first regular..." September 20

  • Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin puts his first stamp on city

    Montreal Gazette "Former Canadiens captain and general manager Serge Savard spoke Tuesday about how Jonathan Drouin could become the Jean Béliveau figure for today’s young generation of hockey fans in Montreal. There will never be another Béliveau — the classiest player to ever wear the CH — but in a city..." September 20

  • Flyers captain Claude Giroux appears to embrace move to wing

    CSN Philly "Dave Hakstol brought up the idea on Monday and Claude Giroux appeared to embrace it. The Flyers' captain switched to left wing during Tuesday’s practice on a line with Jakub Voracek at right wing and Sean Couturier in the middle. “That’s funny because I was pretty much a winger all my life,”..." September 20

  • Eddie Olczyk to undergo 6 months of chemotherapy, says Pat Foley

    Chicago Tribune "It has been more than a month since Blackhawks analyst Eddie Olczyk announced he was diagnosed with colon cancer, likely meaning he will miss part of the season in the booth as the lead Hawks and NBC hockey analyst. During Tuesday’s broadcast of the Hawks’ preseason game against Columbus, Hawks..." September 20

  • Jets' Myers aims to return to form

    Winnipeg Sun "Tyler Myers can’t wait for the day he doesn’t have to field questions about his health. After suffering through what was easily the most difficult year of his career — both on and off the ice — Myers is feeling nothing but positive vibes as he thinks about the upcoming season with the Winnipeg..." September 20

  • Devils announce Boyle has chronic thyroid leukemia

    TSN "The New Jersey Devils announced Tuesday centre Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic thyroid leukemia. Chronic tyroid leukemia is a type of cancer of the bone marrow that is treatable with medication. Boyle said on a conference call Tuesday he feels as close to normal as he can feel and..." September 19

  • Senators aggressive in pursuit of Avs' Duchene

    Ottawa Sun "The Ottawa Senators have done more than kick tires on disgruntled Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene. Sources say Senators general manager Pierre Dorion has been aggressive in his pursuit of the 26-year-old Duchene, who begrudgingly reported to training camp last week while he continues to..." September 19

  • Brad Marchand rips NHL crackdown on faceoffs: 'It's an absolute joke'

    WEEI Boston "The NHL preseason has come with an apparent crackdown on faceoff violations. The opening 24 minutes of Monday’s Maple Leafs-Senators contest had three penalties for violations at the dot. Same for last night’s meeting between Devils and Capitals. The Rangers-Islanders game featured one minor..." September 19

  • Jaromir Jagr won’t accept NHL tryout, KHL a possibility

    Sportsnet "Most NHL fans would prefer to see the return of 45-year-old Jaromir Jagr (who would turn 46 during the season) to the world’s top league this season, but those chances appear slimmer each day with the regular season less than two weeks away. The second-highest scorer in NHL history behind only..." September 19

  • Josi named captain of Predators

    NHL.com "Defenseman Roman Josi was named the eighth captain in Nashville Predators history Tuesday. Josi, 27, has played all six of his NHL seasons for the Predators and has finished in the top 15 in Norris Trophy voting as best defenseman in the League each of the past three seasons. He replaces..." September 19

  • Colin White out six to eight weeks with broken wrist

    Ottawa Citizen "Ottawa Senators rookie centre Colin White suffered a broken left wrist in Monday’s 6-2 pre-season victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs and will be lost for six to eight weeks. It’s a crushing blow for White, who stood a decent chance of making the Senators opening day roster due as Derick..." September 19

  • Dreger and LeBrun scan Duchene trade landscape

    Fanrag Sports "Darren Dreger was drilled for his latest thoughts on the matter during a Monday afternoon radio hit on Edmonton’s TSN 1260, and was asked what, in his eyes, will be the domino that moves this situation along. “It seems like it’s going to have to be the right defenseman,” said Dreger. “At the..." September 19

  • Bouwmeester out with fractured ankle

    TSN "St. Louis Blues forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery and miss 5-6 months of action after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the injury on Tuesday. He also said defenceman Jay Bouwmeester has a left ankle fracture and will be..." September 19

  • Lupul has Thursday deadline for 2nd medical

    TSN "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has until Thursday at 5pm et to get a second medical opinion from the NHL Players' Association if he believes himself healthy enough to play this season. Lupul last played in February 2016, when his season ended due to a sports hernia injury. He spent..." September 19

  • Matt Duchene just taking things one day at a time

    BNS Denver "Matt Duchene broke his silence today at Colorado Avalanche headquarters, sort of. Briefly speaking to reporters and team media after Avs practice Monday, Duchene essentially gave non-answers to questions about what he sees for his future with the team. “I’m taking things one day at a time,”..." September 19

  • Ottawa’s depth issues magnified by Karlsson’s absence

    TSN "If there is one thing that the Ottawa Senators cannot afford, it’s to lose superstar defender Erik Karlsson for an extended period of time. In part, that’s why Karlsson had off-season surgery to repair torn foot tendons – to ensure that long-term, the nagging pain goes away. But there are two..." September 19

  • Claude Julien: Juulsen has chance to make Habs

    TSN "Noah Juulsen, the Montreal Canadiens first-round pick in 2015, appears to have a strong shot earn a roster spot in the NHL this season. Juulsen posted an assist in the Canadiens' preseason debut on Monday night and head coach Claude Julien said he liked what he saw from the 20-year-old..." September 19

  • Sens' Ryan calls 2016-17 a 'nightmare'

    TSN "Ahead of Monday's preseason opener with the Maple Leafs, right-winger Bobby Ryan spoke to TSN's Brent Wallace about his "nightmare" 2016-17 season. When asked for a few words to describe last year, Ryan responded with "Nightmare, you don't need more than one really. It was a tough year for me..." September 18

  • Lupul calls out Maple Leafs on Instagram for cheating

    Pro Hockey Talk "For the second time this week an NHL player is accusing the Toronto Maple Leafs of some shady dealings. The Maple Leafs announced this week that forward Joffrey Lupul failed his physical for the upcoming season, the second year in a row that has happened for him. On Sunday night Lupul posted..." September 18

  • NHL goalies won’t wear smaller chest protectors this season

    Sportsnet "NHL goalies will get to wait another year until they are required to downsize their chest protectors, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. The proposal to reduce the size of certain pieces of goaltender equipment — specifically their chest protectors and pants — was discussed at last..." September 18

  • Red Wings offer to Athanasiou sits at $1.9M

    TSN "The Detroit Red Wings are standing firm on their offer to restricted free agent Andreas Athanasiou. According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, the Red Wings have offered the 23-year-old a two-year, $3.8 million contract - a $1.9 million average annual value. McKenzie reports Red Wings..." September 18

  • Flames following predictable formula in attempt to bilk Calgarians

    Sportsnet "Here’s a good rule of thumb: If you’re looking for a balanced discussion of arena or stadium funding issues, don’t bother reading the sports pages. And if you’re looking here for another sports guy to carry water for an ownership group as it attempts to hold a mayor, a city and a civic election..." September 18

  • Still with Blue Jackets, Ryan Murray seeks to elevate play

    The Athletic "Barely one minute into the first scrimmage of Blue Jackets’ training camp on Saturday, fourth-line center Lukas Sedlak was sent hard into the end boards, causing a “boom” that resonated throughout the rink. “I got mad, but then I saw it was (Ryan Murray),” Sedlak said, chuckling. “He wasn’t..." September 18

  • Tyler Wong: Just who is this star of Golden Knights' first game?

    Sporting News "In the aftermath of the Vegas Golden Knights 9-4 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in their first-ever preseason game Sunday, it seemed hockey fans from all over had the same question. Just who is this Tyler Wong? The simple answer is that Wong is the player who scored Vegas' first-ever..." September 18

  • Draisaitl shrugs off pressure of new deal, starts on different line than McDavid

    Pro Hockey Talk "If nothing else, Leon Draisaitl is saying all the right things about how he’ll handle the contract he received from the Edmonton Oilers. Deep down, he might be nervous about justifying an $8.5 million cap hit over eight years, but as Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun reports, the German..." September 17

  • Hall expected to do more in second season with Devils

    NHL.com "Left wing Taylor Hall knows he has to do more in his second season with the New Jersey Devils. "I expect more and he knows that," general manager Ray Shero said during the first day of training camp Thursday. "We met at the end of the year for a long time and wanted him to understand what it..." September 17

  • Big, bad contracts? Bruins’ salary cap situation after Pastrnak signing

    Pro Hockey Talk "With a $6,666,666 cap hit, David Pastrnak‘s six-year contract might seem like a deal with the devil for the Boston Bruins. All things considered, it’s actually pretty reasonable, though. Pastrnak is 21, and he only reached the legal drinking age in the U.S. on May 25. His youthful potential..." September 17

  • Malkin endorses potential play for Russian winger Zaripov

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Evgeni Malkin confirmed Saturday that he has indeed spoken with Penguins management regarding 36-year-old Russian winger Danis Zaripov. Malkin also offered his own endorsement while also explaining that he also doesn’t want to say too much – unless, of course, he’s asked. Zaripov incurred a..." September 17

  • Purcell hopes to rekindle NHL career in Boston on a tryout

    CSN New England "It’s going to take a few things to fall into place, but NHL veteran winger and former University of Maine star Teddy Purcell is hoping that he comes away with an NHL job in Boston at the end of training camp. The 32-year-old Purcell found himself in the AHL for the bulk of last season after..." September 17

  • Saad picks up where he left off with Blackhawks

    NHL.com "It didn't take Brandon Saad long to feel comfortable wearing a Chicago Blackhawks jersey again. After helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015 before being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets, the 24-year-old forward looked right at home in his first couple of days of training camp...." September 17

  • Newly re-signed Bruins winger David Pastrnak rich in talent, humor

    Boston Herald "Maybe some day the six-year, $40 million contract will change David Pastrnak a little bit. But for now, the Bruins winger remains the same goofy kid with a deadpan sense of humor. Asked yesterday what his first big purchase would be now that he’s struck it rich, the 21-year-old Czech Republic..." September 17

  • Role reversal: Flyers reportedly hire Lombardi to work for Hextall

    Pro Hockey Talk "Here’s a wholly unscientific assumption: things started to go sideways for the Los Angeles Kings when Ron Hextall left then-GM Dean Lombardi & Co. to join the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Whether accurate or not, the two executives have experienced different paths lately, with Hextall..." September 17

  • Sabres' Bogosian hopes Housley will help tap into his offensive potential

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian loves jumping in the rush and utilizing perhaps his most underrated asset, his skating. “Unfortunately, the last two years in Buffalo I haven’t really had that role,” Bogosian said Saturday following practice inside HarborCenter. That time span, not..." September 17

  • Goalie Oscar Dansk stands out in Golden Knights scrimmage

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Oscar Dansk’s chances of making the Golden Knights’ opening-night roster remain minuscule. But the 23-year-old goaltender isn’t going down to the minors without a fight. Dansk made several fine saves during the Knights’ morning scrimmage Friday at City National Arena and showed that he may..." September 16

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