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  • NHL postpones Winter Classic, All-Star Game

    TSN "The NHL has announced the postponement of the 2021 Winter Classic and the All-Star Game. The annual outdoor game was scheduled for Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minnesota. The All-Star Game was scheduled for Jan. 30 in Sunrise, FL. The postponements were expected as the dates were..." October 22

  • American Hockey League plans alternatives to Dec. 4 season start date

    ESPN "The American Hockey League's target start date for the 2020-21 season is Dec. 4, but the league is preparing to offer another plan to its Board of Governors that could push it later. "We're getting close to Dec. 4, and there's been minimal improvement as far as fan..." October 22

  • How the NHL Bubble Changed Players, Physically and Mentally

    SI "Ever start a workout and realize it’s just not your day? Maybe you had one too many sugary alcoholic drinks the night before and your head is pounding. Maybe the Popeyes chicken sandwich isn’t sitting right and the burpees make you want to throw up. So you call it. You shave a few..." October 22

  • Inside EA Sports' decision to revive NHL '94

    ESPN "Retro gaming fans, rejoice: It's 2020, and NHL '94 is back. Electronic Arts announced in early October that the beloved game that often finds itself in the "Mount Rushmore of sports video games" conversation is officially getting the remaster treatment. Entitled..." October 21

  • High-End Players Hit The Market Much More Than Suggested

    Sinbin Vegas "We’ve heard it a lot from the Golden Knights front office, and we hear it pretty much any time any team ends up with a new high-end player. We had what we believe was an incredibly rare opportunity to add a defenseman, an elite player like Alex to our team. We really viewed it..." October 21

  • Top NHL candidates to be traded before season starts

    The Daily Goal Horn "The NHL season is expected to start sometime in January or February. That gives General Managers plenty of time to assess their teams from now until then to make a big trade. There are three big names rumored to be available and to be had in the right deal. They are Patrik Laine from..." October 20

  • Agent: Interest in Mike Hoffman 'very strong'

    The Score "Mike Hoffman's representative says his client isn't lacking suitors 11 days into free agency. Interest in the productive forward "has been very strong," Robert Hooper told The Athletic's Adam Vingan on Monday. Hooper revealed that 13 teams..." October 20

  • Chicago Blackhawks Issue Letter To Fans

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Chicago Blackhawks have taken a page from the New York Rangers, issuing a letter to fans explaining their recent moves and their commitment to a rebuild. The letter reads: We recently said goodbye to a pair of popular, two-time champions and acquired some new players via..." October 20

  • IIHF Releases 2021 World Junior Schedule

    Broad Street Hockey "It’s been a little sleepy around here, since the draft has wrapped up and most of the big free agent signings are out of the way, but we’ve got some actual hockey news dropping on this fine Monday evening. That’s right, the World Juniors schedule is..." October 20

  • Hockey world honors 'Doc' Emrick's memorable career

    The Score "Legendary broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick announced his retirement Monday, and the hockey world is celebrating the 74-year-old's storied career and already missing his distinct voice. Here are kind words from the many people Emrick impacted over his 47-year career, along..." October 19

  • Five NHL teams who could win big from 2020 free-agency gambles

    Sportsnet "Whenever a team makes big off-season moves, the cranks out there are quick to remind us that Stanley Cups are won in June, not the first day of free agency. (Well…you know.) Sure, you can’t secure your rings simply by making a few splashy moves, but the heavy lifting when..." October 19

  • Former Stanley Cup Champ Brent Sopel is Here to Change the World

    SI "When you hear the word champion, a few of the characteristics that spring to mind are strength, discipline, passion and sacrifice. Brent Sopel displayed all those traits throughout his hockey career, especially while winning the Stanley Cup in 2010 with the Chicago Blackhawks. But even as he..." October 17

  • 5 NHL Trades That Should Happen

    Bleacher Report "Though the NHL draft has come and gone, and the free-agency market has been open for a week (as of noon ET on Friday), the B/R ice hockey team hasn't gotten its player-movement fix. So we took a look at teams still in need of specific talent—not to mention others..." October 16

  • Jonathan Toews is not happy with idea of Blackhawks rebuild; Can they pull one off?

    Pro Hockey Talk "After trading Brandon Saad and letting Corey Crawford walk, it sure looks like the Chicago Blackhawks hit the “rebuild” button. From the sound of things, key Blackhawks such as Jonathan Toews aren’t thrilled with said rebuild. A..." October 16

  • 'Adapt or die': Scouting has been turned on its head for 2021 NHL Draft

    The Score "After seven months away from his place of work, an amateur scout for an NHL club drove into the parking lot of a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League arena and found a prime spot. The lot, usually bustling on game nights, was nearly empty. The scout, who had been asked by the league to..." October 16

  • Ranking the 10 Worst NHL Unrestricted Free-Agent Contracts Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "It's been almost a week since the 2020 NHL free-agent market opened. A handful of unrestricted free agents, such as Alex Pietrangelo, Torey Krug and Jacob Markstrom, signed expensive long-term contracts despite a flattened salary cap and economic uncertainty..." October 16

  • Golden Knights owner Bill Foley thinks 2020-21 season will start in February, there’ll be a Canadian division

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Bill Foley was a guest on Las Vegas’s KSHP Radio on Wednesday and the Golden Knights’ owner revealed several bombshells to host Brian Blessing. For instance, why was Foley not concerned with trading first pairing defender Nate Schmidt to Pacific Division rival..." October 15

  • NHL free agency 2020: Best players still available

    ESPN "The 2020 NHL free-agent frenzy has started to mellow out. The flat salary cap had teams scrambling to find the right fits under less-than-ideal financial conditions, leaving some free agents waiting to see if lucrative opportunities would still materialize. Here are the top..." October 15

  • NHLPA Announces 2020 Arbitration Hearings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The dates for the upcoming arbitration hearings have been set, with the first three being held on October 20. Hearings will continue through November 8. It is important to remember that this offseason, once a hearing begins, teams are no longer allowed to negotiate with the player in..." October 14

  • 7 Bargain Free Agents Available Your NHL Team Should Sign

    Bleacher Report "Most of the best available players were quickly signed after the NHL's free-agent market opened at noon ET on Oct. 9. However, several free agents remain available who could fit in well on most rosters. Among the noteworthy forwards still unsigned include winger Corey..." October 13

  • Best remaining NHL free agents

    Pro Hockey Talk "Now that Taylor Hall and Alex Pietrangelo both landed in unexpected spots in as NHL free agents, teams and fans must be wondering: who’s left? As different as things are right now, with 2020 NHL Free Agency in October, some things haven’t..." October 13

  • Blackhawks Statue Vandalized With Paint On Indigenous Peoples' Day

    TMZ "The Chicago Blackhawks' mascot statue was vandalized with paint and graffiti on Indigenous Peoples' Day ... and the damage was so severe, it'll be shipped off for repairs. Photos of the damage surfaced on Twitter early Monday morning ... with red paint covering the huge..." October 13

  • Blackhawks Reportedly Sign Lucas Wallmark to 1-Year Contract

    NBC Chicago "The Chicago Blackhawks have made another depth signing Monday, reportedly inking forward Lucas Wallmark to a one-year contract. The deal will pay Wallmark approximately $950,000 next season, per The Athletic’s Pierre LeBrun: In 67 combined games between the Carolina..." October 12

  • Blackhawks, Mattias Janmark agree on 1-year deal

    TSN "The Chicago Blackhawks and forward Mattias Janmark have agreed to terms on a one-year, $2.25 million deal, the team announced on Monday. Janmark played in 62 games last season for the Dallas Stars and scored six goals with 15 assists. " October 12

  • Jonathan Toews says he's shocked by direction taken by Blackhawks

    NHL.com "Jonathan Toews said he's surprised the Chicago Blackhawks are making big changes to their roster with a focus on young players replacing key veterans.  "I've never been told that we were going through a rebuild," Toews told The Athletic on Saturday...." October 11

  • Blackhawks' core players 'have had enough' after latest moves

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks' veteran core - Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, and Brent Seabrook - is fed up with the organization's early offseason moves, according to The Athletic's Mark Lazerus. "They're pissed. The core guys have..." October 11

  • Blackhawks acquire Nikita Zadorov, Anton Lindholm from Avs for Brandon Saad, Dennis Gilbert

    TSN "The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defencemen Nikita Zadorov and Anton Lindholm from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for forward Brandon Saad and defenceman Dennis Gilbert, according to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun. Ryan S. Clark of The Athletic is reporting that the..." October 10

  • New Jersey Devils Sign Corey Crawford to Two Season Deal Worth $7.8 Million

    All About The Jersey "This evening, the New Jersey Devils announced their first signing of the 2020 free agency period. The team announced that they have signed goaltender Corey Crawford to a two-season contract worth a total of $7.8 million. The now-former Blackhawk will make $3.6 million this..." October 10

  • Blackhawks expected to re-sign Malcolm Subban

    The Score "The Chicago Blackhawks will likely hang on to Malcolm Subban after all. Despite not giving him a qualifying offer before Wednesday's deadline, the team is expected to re-sign the goaltender over the next few days, reports TSN's Pierre..." October 09

  • Blackhawks, Dominik Kubalik Nearing Multi-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "While Chicago is set to lose veteran goalie Corey Crawford in free agency, they’re closing in on a contract with one of their pending restricted free agents.  Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports (subscription link) that the Blackhawks are nearing a three-year deal with..." October 09

  • Blackhawks re-sign Dominik Kubalik, Malcolm Subban to 2-year contracts

    Chicago Sun-Times "Dominik Kubalik is staying with the Blackhawks. Right as the NHL free agency window opened Friday, the Hawks announced a two-year contract extension for Kubalik with a $3.7 million cap hit. The Hawks also re-signed goaltender Malcolm Subban to a two-year contract with an..." October 09

  • Will Blackhawks really commit to rebuild now?

    Second City Hockey "There was a noticeable shift the tone of Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman during his media availability Thursday. While prior media sessions with Bowman were typically vague and left fans wondering about nature of the behind-the-scenes discussions occurring in..." October 09

  • Backloaded Deals Might Be A Trend This Offseason

    Sinbin Vegas "If there’s one thing we’re starting to learn to count on it’s that there will never be a shortage of comments from NHL agent Allan Walsh. While he’s seemingly done discussing his client Marc-Andre Fleury’s future (for now), Walsh explained a way a team like..." October 09

  • Why the Blackhawks didn't re-sign Corey Crawford

    NBC Sports Chicago "  One day before 2020 NHL free agency, Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman dropped significant news by announcing goaltender Corey Crawford would not be back with the team next season. The two-time Stanley Cup champion was informed of the organization's decision on..." October 09

  • What Exactly Does a Jan. 1 Start to the NHL Season Look Like?

    SI "In the lead-up to the NHL draft Tuesday night, commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league and the NHL Players’ Association have targeted Jan. 1 for the start of the 2020-21 season. (Which would actually just make it the 2021 season, no?) He was short on details, just as he was..." October 08

  • 5 UFAs best served by re-signing with current teams

    The Score "This offseason's free-agent pool offers quite a bit of high-end talent, including an unusual surplus of goaltenders. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the league's economics, not only this season but for the foreseeable future, certain teams will have to get creative with..." October 08

  • Corey Crawford Won't Be Re-Signed by Blackhawks After 14 Seasons

    Bleacher Report "Veteran goaltender Corey Crawford won't be back with the Chicago Blackhawks. Crawford is a free agent this offseason, and Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman confirmed the team doesn't intend to offer him a new contract. The 35-year-old has spent..." October 08

  • Cap concerns have displaced a number of quality players into free agency

    TSN "With the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in the rear-view mirror, front offices are turning their attention to the growing talent pool available in unrestricted free agency. We knew the league’s economic crisis, coupled with the flat salary cap growth, would force teams to make difficult..." October 08

  • Predicting homes for the NHL's most intriguing UFAs

    The Score "NHL free agents can officially sign with new teams as of noon ET on Oct. 9, and theScore is guessing the landing spots for some of the most interesting names. This list doesn't necessarily include all the best players, but rather the most intriguing. With no free-agent courting period, this..." October 08

  • Top Ten Notable NHL Non-Tenders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Lost in the shuffle on the marathon second day of the draft is that Wednesday also represented the deadline for qualifying offers to be tendered.  The flattening of the salary cap increased the concerns about salary arbitration which has certainly affected the quality of players that are..." October 08

  • 5 NHL teams primed to make a big splash in free agency

    The Score "It's "July 1" but on Oct. 9. The NHL is set to open free agency at noon ET on Friday, more than three months later than usual. With the salary cap remaining at $81.5 million for (at least) the 2020-21 season, and with the 2021 Seattle Kraken expansion looming, there shouldn't..." October 08

  • HDA cuts ties with NHL, calls league's equality work 'performative'

    The Score "The Hockey Diversity Alliance is not satisfied with the NHL's anti-racism work and will no longer operate hand-in-hand with the league as a result.  "The HDA is grateful for the support from the public we received. Unfortunately, the support we hoped (to get) from the..." October 07

  • Ranking top 25 NHL free agents for 2020 offseason: Anyone need a goalie?

    USA Today "The usual July 1 opening of NHL free agency has turned to Oct. 9 due to the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Eleven days after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in the Edmonton, Alberta, bubble and two days after the conclusion of the NHL draft, general managers are..." October 07

  • Ranking the Top 25 NHL Players Ahead of the 2020 Offseason

    Bleacher Report "They're the honors class of the National Hockey League. The premier point-scorers, nifty playmakers, lockdown defenders and save-making goaltenders. And precisely the sort of talents needed to revitalize a sagging franchise, make a playoff run, or, in the case of the..." October 07

  • 5 Facts about Hawks' No. 17 overall pick, Lukas Reichel

    NBC Sports Chicago "  During Day 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft on Tuesday, the Blackhawks selected German forward Lukas Reichel at No. 17 overall with their first pick. Here's five facts about the newest member of the Hawks organization: 1. He played against the Blackhawks with..." October 07

  • Wayne Simmonds Drawing Interest

    Yardbarker "The free agent market is approaching rapidly, and without an interview period, this season things may be complete chaos when the bell strikes on Friday. Then again, that perhaps will not be the case for every free agent. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports that the Buffalo Sabres..." October 06

  • NHL, NHLPA targeting Jan. 1 as start date for 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "The NHL and NHLPA are targeting Jan. 1 as the start date for the 2020-21 season, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. " October 06

  • What Blackhawks can do with newfound cap space

    NBC Sports Chicago "  The Blackhawks' salary cap situation significantly improved on Sunday when the team traded defenseman Olli Maatta to the LA Kings for forward prospect Brad Morrison. The Hawks freed up $3.25 million of cap space with the move, and..." October 06

  • NHL Draft: Five Teams That Must Hit A Home Run

    Featurd "There are teams for whom the NHL entry draft is merely a process for stockpiling future talent. The Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, for example, aren’t in a rush to add an influx of new talent. Then there are the teams for whom draft day could prove to be a defining..." October 06

  • Three wild NHL draft day trades that could shock you

    The Daily Goal Horn "The NHL Draft is almost upon us. There’s been plenty of talk around the hockey world of what an unpredictable offseason this could be. Looking at the large number of RFA’s and players on the block, anything can happen. Let’s attempt to concoct three NHL draft day..." October 05