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  • New Jersey Devils Sit Taylor Hall As A Precaution

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As if there wasn’t rampant Taylor Hall trade speculation already, the New Jersey Devils had to turn the drama up to soap opera levels on Friday night. After taking part in warm-ups, Hall was announced as a late scratch just minutes before puck drop. The team would only..." December 14

  • Avs get close look at Taylor Hall as trade rumors continue

    NBC Sports "Taylor Hall‘s days as a member of the New Jersey Devils are definitely numbered. The team’s playoff chances are fading by the day, he is months away from free agency, there seems to be no progress in contract talks, and general manager Ray Shero is reportedly listening to..." December 13

  • Where Nathan MacKinnon fits in world’s best player debate

    Sportsnet "After the 2017-18 season when Taylor Hall took home the Hart Trophy, some voters decided Connor McDavid wasn’t worthy of it because his team missed the playoffs. But in giving it to Hall, voters also had to overlook another player: Nathan MacKinnon. Overall,..." December 13

  • Hockey's moment of reckoning is in its infancy

    TSN "Fifteen days after Akim Aliu’s seismic tweet, an aftershock sent another shiver through the NHL when the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for what the team called “unprofessional conduct.”   These two and a half weeks have shaken the..." December 12

  • Colorado Eagles staff member dressed in blackface as Akim Aliu during 2011 party

    Coloradoan "Akim Aliu played in 10 games for the Colorado Eagles in the 2011-12 season. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, his time with the team included seeing a team staffer dress up like him while wearing blackface Aliu says he was invited to the team..." December 11

  • 6 Canadiens trade targets to help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 campaign appears to be slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens. After missing out on the post-season two years in a row, the Canadiens currently sit two points out of third place in their division, and five points out of a wild-card spot. They’re fresh off an..." December 11

  • Latest On Salary Cap Ceiling For 2020-21

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t give a specific salary cap range estimate for the 2020-21 season, Pierre LeBrun took the pulse of the league’s board of governors. LeBrun shared those thoughts on TSN today: "They had their..." December 10

  • Four teams that could take a shot on trading for Alex Galchenyuk

    Sportsnet "When Alex Galchenyuk first landed in Pittsburgh this past off-season, a returning asset to the Penguins in exchange for Phil Kessel going to Arizona, there was a lot of anticipation for the one-time 30-goal scorer to regain that offensive level alongside Evgeni Malkin. But..." December 10

  • NBA Schedule Change Ideas Should Also Be Considered By NHL

    Featurd "The NBA is proposing radical changes to the league’s schedule. These alterations would dramatically reshape the regular season, mess with tradition and completely alter the status quo. They’re also fabulous suggestions. Hopefully, the NHL is listening as..." December 10

  • Potential 2021 World Cup Of Hockey Cancelled

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL had been hoping to pull off another World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021, but commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters today including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the idea is now dead. The league will hold an All-Star game instead, though Pierre LeBrun..." December 10

  • Gary Bettman: Teams to face 'severe discipline' for not reporting incidents

    The Score "Gary Bettman is shedding some light on what the NHL plans to do to address inappropriate behavior by its coaches and those involved in the game. On Monday after the league's Board of Governors meetings in California, the commissioner laid out the initial steps the NHL will take in..." December 10

  • Sizing Up The Backup Goalie Trade Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many teams hovering around the 30 games played mark, they’ve had a good chance to assess their goaltending situation.  While starters moving at this point of the season is rare, there could be some opportunities for teams to change their backups in an effort to shore up their..." December 10

  • Cale Makar “day-to-day” with upper-body injury

    Colorado Hockey Now "Well, the news certainly could have been worse. The Avalanche announced just now that Calder Trophy favorite Cale Makar is “day-to-day” an upper-body injury. It would seem that the worst fears – maybe a dislocated shoulder, maybe a concussion or both – happily..." December 09

  • NHL Seattle could unveil logos, colors in February

    NHL.com "NHL Seattle could reveal logo designs and colors at the same time it announces the name of the League's 32nd team in February or March, president and CEO Tod Leiweke said following his presentation to the NHL Board of Governors on Monday. "We think so, but we're still..." December 09

  • Claude Julien: Nikita Zadorov should be suspended for 'dirty' hit on Jesperi Kotkaniemi

    MSN.com "Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien didn't hide his displeasure with Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov following Thursday's contest. Zadorov caught Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi with a heavy hit that forced the Finn..." December 06

  • Habs' Jesperi Kotkaniemi suffered concussion on hit from Nikita Zadorov

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi suffered a concussion on the hit that forced him to exit Thursday's game versus the Colorado Avalanche, reports The Athletic's Arpon Basu. Avs defender Nikita Zadorov drove Kotkaniemi hard into the..." December 06

  • Snoop Dogg now featured in ‘NHL 20’ as color analyst, player

    Sportress of Blogitude "Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest celebrity NHL fans on the planet, is now a featured character in to “NHL 20,” both as a color analyst and more strangely, as a playable character. EA Sports has been hinting at Snoop’s inclusion in the latest iteration of the..." December 06

  • Gabriel Landeskog Activated From Injured Reserve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Colorado Avalanche will have their captain back in the lineup tonight for the first time since October. Gabriel Landeskog has been activated off injured reserve and will play tonight against the Montreal Canadiens. Andre Burakovsky will be across from him on the second..." December 05

  • ‘I Have No Regrets’: Nathan MacKinnon On Being Underpaid, The Shifting RFA Market

    Forbes.com "In the summer of 2016, Nathan MacKinnon was due for a substantial pay raise. As a restricted free agent (RFA), he didn’t have leverage to seek out the highest bidder. But the 20-year-old still had plenty to bring to the bargaining table: status as the No.1 pick in the 2013..." December 05

  • Report: NHLPA accused of covering up theft of over $100K from union funds

    Yahoo! Sports "A former technical support analyst for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) alleges that the NHLPA covered up a theft exceeding $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives, according to a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. TSN’s Rick..." December 05

  • Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers restaurant honors ‘Doc’ Emrick

    NBC Sports "One of the ultimate signs of respect from the city of Pittsburgh is when Primanti Brothers, the local sandwich shop known for piling mountains of french fries and cole slaw on its sandwiches, names something after you. NBC Sports announcer ‘Doc’ Emrick recently had that..." December 05

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Muzzin and the secondary NHL free agents due for significant raises in 2020

    Sporting News "Over the course of this season, the status of the top pending unrestricted free agents will garner growing interest among fans and pundits. The contract talks of the best potentially available talent, such as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and St. Louis Blues..." December 05

  • 'Still a long way to go,' but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL

    USA Today "Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential. “She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon..." December 05

  • Manon Rhéaume will be honoured with statue in Quebec City

    CBC "Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play in the NHL, will be immortalized outside Quebec City's Videotron Centre. Next year, a life-size bronze statue of the former goalie will go up at place Jean-Béliveau, right outside the arena. As a child,..." December 05

  • Avalanche's Matt Calvert ready to rock

    CBS Sports "Matt Calvert (concussion) will return to the lineup for Wednesday's matchup with the Maple Leafs. " December 04

  • Nazem Kadri: Mike Babcock a good coach but 'sometimes his methods weren't the greatest'

    The Score "Nazem Kadri acknowledges Mike Babcock's behavior wasn't always ideal. The Colorado Avalanche forward didn't say no when asked if some of his former bench boss' tactics to get the best out of players crossed a line. "Sometimes," Kadri..." December 04

  • Seattle NHL expansion team energized on one-year anniversary

    NHL.com "It has been one year since the NHL announced expansion to Seattle on Dec. 4, 2018. The arena is under construction. The team has no name, logo or colors, let alone coaches or players. It won't begin play until 2021-22.  Yet, since Oct. 30, the first season-ticket..." December 04

  • Gabriel Landeskog could return for Avalanche against Maple Leafs

    NHL.com "Gabriel Landeskog could play for the Colorado Avalanche against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, TVAS, ALT, NHL.TV). The forward has missed the past 15 games with a lower-body injury sustained Oct. 26. He practiced in a no-contact jersey..." December 03

  • Avalanche's Colin Wilson out indefinitely after surgery

    CBS Sports "Colin Wilson (lower body) will undergo surgery and is expected to be out long term, Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic reports. " December 03

  • Matt Calvert to return Wednesday; Avs get another scare with Mikko Rantanen, but likely for Leafs

    Colorado Hockey Now "Because of some logistical reasons, I departed today to Canada for the upcoming Avs road trip, which starts Wednesday in Toronto and continues through to Montreal and Boston. So, I wasn’t at practice today (I’m currently on layover for a couple hours in Orlando, Fla., where..." December 03

  • Coach Behavior To Be Main Topic At NHL Board Of Governors Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a whirlwind few weeks in the NHL coaching ranks. After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock back on November 20, several former players used the opportunity to criticize the veteran coach’s tactics and the way he treated some of his players. Former..." December 03

  • Akim Aliu says ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu believes some much-needed change is coming to the NHL. The former Calgary Flames forward met with commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday, and told reporters after the meeting that he’s excited to see that change come..." December 03

  • Why the NHL might finally be ripe for a European coach

    Sportsnet "Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time. And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something. Nineteen years have passed since the last..." December 03

  • Should the Avalanche go all-in on a Taylor Hall trade?

    Mile High Hockey "As the New Jersey Devils flounder near the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, it is becoming more apparent that it’s only a matter of time before Taylor Hall is traded to a contender. A pending unrestricted free agent this summer, Hall’s name has been in..." December 02

  • Ignore the negative noise, this is hockey’s reckoning

    Sportsnet "It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a..." December 02

  • Report: Akim Aliu, NHL meeting to discuss hockey's cultural issues

    Yahoo! Sports "Akim Aliu brought past racist comments by now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters into the public eye earlier this week and will reportedly meet with the NHL to discuss hockey’s cultural problems. According to Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, the two parties will have..." November 29

  • Avalanche's Andre Burakovsky not expected to play Friday

    CBS Sports "Andre Burakovsky (upper body) isn't expected to make the trip to Chicago for Friday's clash with the Blackhawks, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. " November 28

  • Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side

    NBC Sports "Matthew Tkachuk watched Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov from 20 feet away and knew something special was about to happen. Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net, cradled it on the end of his stick and rammed it past the goaltender from behind the net. Someone..." November 28

  • Mikko Rantanen injury update: Colorado Avalanche star set to return after missing month-plus, report says

    Sporting News "The Colorado Avalanche will reportedly get a key part of their offense back this week. Mikko Rantanen is set to make his return to the team's lineup Saturday after missing 16 games with a lower-body injury, according to The Athletic's Ryan S. Clark.  " November 28

  • 8 Oilers trade targets to help improve the club’s depth scoring

    Sportsnet "Depending on how you look at it, the Oilers either house one of the game’s elite offences, or one in desperate need of help. On one hand, they’re led by the top two scorers in the league, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amassing an absurd 95 combined points through..." November 28

  • Stanley Cup odds: 4 teams to buy low on

    The Score "We're not sure if you've heard, but the St. Louis Blues went from last place in January to Stanley Cup champions in June last season. It's a story that's been beaten to death, but for good reason. The NHL regular season is a seven-month grind filled with ups and downs,..." November 28

  • Mikko Rantanen hoping to return for Avalanche by weekend

    NHL.com " Mikko Rantanen practiced with the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday and said he hopes to return for a home-and-home series with the Chicago Blackhawks beginning Friday. The forward, who has missed 14 games since sustaining a lower-body injury during a 3-1 loss at the St. Louis..." November 27

  • NHL Seattle should most certainly pursue Mike Babcock next year if he’s still available

    Seattle Times "We’ve got this season’s first big-name coaching casualty in Mike Babcock, a Toronto Maple Leafs castoff NHL Seattle should take a serious look at. Those familiar with junior hockey will remember “Babs’’ as a highly decorated Spokane Chiefs..." November 27

  • Maple Leafs’ Alexander Kerfoot talks Erik Johnson hit: ‘I feel terrible’

    Sportsnet "On Saturday night, Alexander Kerfoot made a reckless mistake. On Monday morning, he paid for it — and owned it. While Kerfoot was a participant in the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first full practice in the Sheldon Keefe era, his friend-slash-victim Erik..." November 25

  • Alexander Kerfoot of Maple Leafs suspended two games for boarding

    NHL.com "Toronto Maple Leafs forward Alexander Kerfoot has been suspended for two games, without pay, for boarding Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson during NHL Game No. 357 in Colorado on Saturday, Nov. 23, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety..." November 25

  • Meet the man behind some of hockey's most legendary images

    Sportsnet "For 45 years, Bruce Bennett has captured hockey's greatest players, teams and memories, and shaped the way we see the game Acouple of hours before ticketholders start to file into TD Garden for Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Bennett is setting up remote cameras at..." November 24

  • Avalanche’s Mikko Rantanen practises for first time since suffering injury

    Sportsnet "Colorado Avalanche winger Mikko Rantanen returned to practice wearing a no-contact jersey for the first time since suffering a lower-body injury last month. The 22-year-old suffered the injury on Oct. 21 against the St. Louis Blues when his left skate got caught in the..." November 23

  • Key numbers, trends helping to shape this NHL season

    The Score "Believe it or not, roughly one-quarter of the 2019-20 NHL season is in the rearview. It's featured a boatload of goals - 6.16 per game, to be exact, which is the highest average since 2005-06. Nine players are on pace for 100 points. Every night seems to feature at least one..." November 23

  • Gambles on goaltending are proving to be losing bets for many NHL GMs

    Yahoo! Sports "Coming into the season, much was made of San Jose’s decision to roll its two goalies from last year once again. Understandably so. The Sharks had the worst goaltending in the league, and to gamble that they would turn it around was risky at best, especially given the age of many..." November 21

  • Why punching your opponent in hockey is fine but spitting on him is not

    The Guardian "When done properly, a hockey fight between two (or more) consenting adults is a beautiful tradition with its own rules. There’s a disagreement between opposing players due to a rough hit or perceived dirty play – either in the immediate moments before a fight or in a prior meeting...." November 21