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  • Zack Smith out 7-10 days for Blackhawks with hand injury "Zack Smith will be out 7-10 days for the Chicago Blackhawks because of a left hand injury. The forward was injured late in the second period of a 3-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday after being cut by a skate.  " February 14

  • Scott Howson Elected AHL President

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The AHL’s board of governors has unanimously elected Scott Howson as the league’s next president and CEO. He will replace the outgoing David Andrews, who will vacate the position after June 30th. Andrews will continue in his position as chairman of the board...." February 14

  • Bargain Hunting: 10 cost-effective trade options contending teams should target at the deadline

    The Hockey News "If you go back through the past five trade deadlines and peruse the moves made by Stanley Cup-winning sides, one thing stands out: the big budget, headline-making, splashy moves are the exception, not the rule. Last season, for instance, the St. Louis Blues made one acquisition at the..." February 14

  • The NHL Olympics debate is a sham

    ESPN "It's getting very, very hard to sympathize with the National Hockey League when it comes to Olympic participation. For a while, it was easy. The International Olympic Committee was on the other side of the table, an organization that makes FIFA look like Amnesty International by..." February 14

  • Analyzing the best and worst linemate situations in the NHL

    TSN "On Tuesday, I had an interesting conversation with The Athletic’s Justin Bourne about which forward has the most favourable deployment situation in the National Hockey League. Bourne was making the argument that Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot – a winger on a line..." February 14

  • 25 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about before the deadline

    Sportsnet "Less than two weeks before the trade deadline, and we’re starting to see some deals come in. Toronto acquired Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford last week, while the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild swapped Alex Galchenyuk and Jason Zucker this week — two..." February 12

  • Leave playoff gimmicks to MLB and keep the NHL post-season just the way it is

    The Hockey News "The day after what would have been Bill Veeck’s 106th birthday – look him up on Google, kids – news came out that Major League Baseball recently had a meeting with its Players’ Association to discuss adding teams to the playoffs and a scheme in which higher-seeded..." February 12

  • Elias Pettersson is the latest in a long line of NHL stars who are targets of on-ice abuse

    The Hockey News "Anyone who has watched NHL hockey over the past season-and-a-half did not require a Hockey Night in Canada montage to come to the conclusion that Elias Pettersson is a target of abuse. This has been going on pretty much since Pettersson first stepped onto the ice as a rookie. And as..." February 11

  • NHL 'not even close' on agreement to send players to Olympics

    ABC7 "The NHL remains reluctant to reverse course and compete in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, despite new assurances --which have the backing of the league's players -- from Olympic officials to resolve some major stumbling blocks. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly..." February 11

  • Blue Jackets using most first-year players in NHL "1-Columbus Blue Jackets  Total games played by rookies (11 players): 240 games Players: Forwards Alexander Texier, Emil Bemstrom, Eric Robinson, Kevin Stenlund, Ryan MacInnis, Kole Sherwood; defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov, Gabriel..." February 10

  • Senators have flexibility ahead of trade deadline

    Sportsnet "There isn’t another team in the league with the roster flexibility of the Ottawa Senators, who not only have 10 pending unrestricted free agents but just four non-ELC players signed beyond next season (Thomas Chabot, Nikita Zaitsev, Colin White and Bobby..." February 10

  • Money Money 2020: sizing up the 10 best pending RFA defensemen

    The Hockey News "Things are starting to heat up with between Darnell Nurse and the Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday night during Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Oilers and Nurse are making progress on an expected short-term deal. Nurse is on the final year of..." February 10

  • The NHL’s Orginal Six romance is no more

    New York Post "That Original Six romance just is not what it used to be — and neither is the Original Six. Because until the Maple Leafs nosed their way into a playoff spot with a victory on Friday, the Bruins were the only one of the old celebrated sextet to hold a spot in the Stanley Cup tournament..." February 09

  • Report: IOC, IIHF open to addressing NHL's concerns about Olympics

    The Score "The governing bodies of international sport and hockey have taken a big step in negotiations over the NHL's potential Olympic participation in 2022. Following a meeting earlier this week, the IOC and IIHF indicated a willingness to address the issues the league has raised about..." February 09

  • Blackhawks' Robin Lehner gets tattoo of Long Island in respect to last season

    Yahoo! Sports "Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Robin Lehner has overcome many personal tribulations throughout his career. To commemorate his transformative year as a New York Islander last season, the 28-year-old recently got a tattoo. In his one year on Long Island, he was able to set career highs..." February 07

  • NHL, NHLPA to resume negotiations on collective bargaining agreement "The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet in Toronto on Tuesday to resume negotiations toward an extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. It will be the first time the sides have conducted formal negotiations since September, when each agreed to waive the..." February 07

  • Strengths and weaknesses of NHL’s top five trade candidates

    Sportsnet "As we draw nearer to the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, the list of names that will be available is becoming clearer. So today we’re going to look at five of the top players available, their strengths, their weaknesses, and what they’re worth on the..." February 07

  • Trade Bait: the first domino has fallen; who will be the next goalie moved?

    The Hockey News "As the NHL continues to evolve, the need for a competent backup goaltender continues to increase. The days of having your star goalie play 70 games a year while having an inexpensive backup fill in a few times a year are over – sorry, Scott Clemmensen and essentially everyone who backed..." February 07

  • Brent Seabrook completes last of 3 surgeries and is expected to be ready for training camp

    Chicago Tribune "The Blackhawks announced defenseman Brent Seabrook underwent successful right hip surgery Thursday — the final of three surgeries he has had since December — and is expected to be ready for training camp in September. Seabrook, 34, had surgery on his right shoulder in..." February 06

  • Chris Kreider atop 8 teams' trade wish lists

    The Score "Chris Kreider is in high demand. Eight teams have informed the New York Rangers they have the winger at the top of their respective wish lists ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline, reports The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The Rangers are reportedly..." February 04

  • Ryan Smyth among five players going to IIHF HOF

    TSN "'Captain Canada' is going to the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame. Former NHL forward Ryan Smyth, who wore the 'C' for Canada at the World Championship more than any other player in tournament history, is among five players and one builder who will be inducted this..." February 04

  • Eight goalie trade options the Maple Leafs should explore

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have been kicking tires in goalie market for weeks now, but it’s time for Kyle Dubas to slip on a pair of steel-toed boots and get serious about adding to his depth in the crease. Two things happened in Monday night’s dominant 5-3 loss to..." February 04

  • Blackhawks claim defenseman Nick Seeler off waivers from Wild

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Blackhawks announced Monday morning that they have claimed defenseman Nick Seeler off waivers from the Minnesota Wild. His contract runs through the 2020-21 season and carries a cap hit of $725,000. Seeler doesn't have much offensive upside, but he's known to be..." February 03

  • After flurry of key injuries, Blackhawks getting healthy at the right time

    NBC Sports Chicago " The Blackhawks were decimated by injuries during the first half of the season and most of them were key pieces to the puzzle, particularly on the back end, which included Duncan Keith, Connor Murphy and season-ending injuries to Calvin de Haan and Brent Seabrook. But the..." February 01

  • Buyer beware! Tomas Tatar and other risky trade candidates abound for the Penguins

    PensBurgh "With it looking more and more likely it’s a matter of “when” and not “if” the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the trade market to add a top-six scoring winger ahead of next month’s trade deadline, the focus shifts to just who it might..." January 31

  • At Least Eight Teams Pursuing Chris Kreider

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The top rental on the open market this season as the trade deadline approaches is undoubtedly Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then when Pierre LeBrun reports on the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading that “at..." January 31

  • Seattle NHL franchise responds to rumors about selecting 'Kraken' as team name

    CBS Sports "The new NHL franchise in Seattle has still yet to decide on a team name, or at least they what they would like to have you believe. After a report surfaced on Wednesday claiming that the Seattle expansion franchise would call itself the Seattle Kraken, the team has pushed back against those..." January 30

  • What the NHL can learn from the KHL's support of women's hockey

    ESPN "When U.S. national team defender Megan Bozek signed with the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays of the Russian-based Women's Hockey League in November, she met the team in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, for an away game. Bozek and fellow American teammate Alex Carpenter dropped off their equipment at the..." January 29

  • Akim Aliu has two points in first games with Czech club HC Litvinov

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu had two points in his first two games with HC Litvinov in the Czech Extraliga — the first two professional games he’s played in since he skated in 14 games with the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Bears last season. In his first game — a 4-3 shootout loss to HC..." January 29

  • Hall of Fame goalie Ed Belfour arrested on mischief, intoxication charges

    Montreal Gazette "Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender Ed Belfour was arrested for public intoxication early Tuesday morning at a hotel in Bowling Green, Ky., the Bowling Green Daily News reported. An arrest report obtained by the newspaper said Belfour, born in Carman, Man., caused damage to the..." January 28

  • Players on board with 'international flavor' All-Star Game idea

    The Score "Shortly after announcing that the Florida Panthers will host the 2021 All-Star Game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman added that the event could feature a "distinct international flavor." What that could mean remains to be seen, but the players are..." January 27

  • NHL mourns death of ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant "Kobe Bryant's death on Sunday sent shockwaves across the hockey world. The former NBA star, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.  Bryant, who won five NBA championships with the Los..." January 27

  • Shea Weber, Mathew Barzal, Canadian women among winners at Skills Competition

    The Score "The 2020 NHL All-Star Skills Competition featured several memorable moments, including the dethroning of a defending champ, a previous king reclaiming his crown, and a historic showcase for women's hockey. Here's what happened in each event: Fastest..." January 25

  • Gary Bettman Speaks On Tracking Technology, Nassau Coliseum, Olympics, And More

    Pro Hockey Rumors "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the gathered media at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis this evening, speaking on a variety of topics. The long-time leader of the league had plenty to say, including confirming a 2021 All-Star weekend hosted by the Florida Panthers..." January 25

  • All 16 arenas in postseason to have player, puck tracking

    The Score "The 16 arenas used during the NHL postseason will have player- and puck-tracking data, commissioner Gary Bettman announced at his All-Star Weekend press conference, according to theScore's John Matisz. Additionally, all 31 of the league's rinks will have access to such..." January 24

  • Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin among those selected to NHL All-Decade first team "Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty and Marc-Andre Fleury were selected to the NHL All-Decade first team. The six players, chosen by a panel of NHL general managers, NHL hockey operations staff, writers, and..." January 24

  • Carolina Monitoring Chicago Goaltending Situation

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Carolina Hurricanes have a deep defensive group (even with Dougie Hamilton sidelined), a trio of impressive young forwards and a former captain returning as a midseason boost. The team is third in terms of goal differential in the Metropolitan Division, yet head into the All-Star..." January 24

  • NHL All-Star Skills participants announced "The National Hockey League today announced the participants in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka that will showcase hockey's top talent on Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Enterprise Center, home of the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Highlighting the..." January 24

  • PHWA Mid-Season Awards: A Look At The Front-runners For Major NHL Hardware And Notable Snubs

    The Hockey News "When the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced its mid-season award winners ahead of last season’s all-star break, it gave us a peek into the potential winners of the end-of-season hardware. After all, the PHWA is the body that votes on several awards — the Hart Trophy,..." January 24

  • 3 ways to improve NHL All-Star Weekend

    The Score "The NHL's All-Star festivities are upon us, and even though the sport's best players are set to convene in St. Louis for a weekend-long showcase, the buzz leading up to the event is far from palpable. This isn't a new problem for the league, either. The NHL All-Star Game..." January 23

  • Blackhawks sign Matt Tomkins to 2-year, $1.4 million contract

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks signed minor-league goaltender Matt Tomkins to a two-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 per season that runs through the 2020-21 season Thursday. Tomkins will remain with the Rockford IceHogs in the AHL. Tomkins is 5-4 with a team-best 2.45..." January 23

  • Joel Quenneville expecting 'fun night' in return to Chicago

    The Score "It's been quite a few years since Joel Quenneville found himself behind the visitors' bench at the United Center. The Florida Panthers head coach is looking forward to Tuesday's matchup in Chicago, his first game there since serving as Blackhawks bench..." January 21

  • Akim Aliu set for pro hockey return in Czech league

    Toronto Star "Akim Aliu will reportedly resume his professional hockey career with HC Litvinov of the Czech Extraliga. According to Sports Illustrated, the 30-year-old former NHL forward will join his new team Wednesday and play the rest of the season, starting with Friday’s..." January 21

  • Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith get into scrap at morning skate

    TSN "Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews described his  physical altercation with defenceman Duncan Keith during Tuesday's practice as "just some friendly wrestling." Toews had Keith pinned down to the ice at one point during the incident,..." January 21

  • Let's Dance: 12 Unforgettable Hockey Fights We're Still Talking About

    Complex "Although fighting in the NHL has been on a steady decline for years (sorry, Don Cherry), the recent drama surrounding the Battle of Alberta has put it back on the map—at least temporarily. With Edmonton Oilers’ winger Zack Kassian suspended two games for his now-infamous..." January 19

  • Brandon Saad ‘ready to go,’ could return for Blackhawks against Maple Leafs

    Chicago Sun-Times "Two days shy of a month since his ugly-looking ankle injury Dec. 19 in Winnipeg, the Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad returned to full practice Friday. He could potentially rejoin the lineup Saturday against the Maple Leafs. “I’m in good shape and ready to..." January 17

  • Franchise of the Decade: Chicago Blackhawks "As the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2010 Stanley Cup championship against the Philadelphia Flyers in June of that year, they reveled in knowing they had ended decades of frustration with their first Cup in 49 years.  But it was just the beginning of what would be an..." January 17

  • Blackhawks place Dylan Strome on injured reserve, recall Brandon Hagel from AHL

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks placed Dylan Strome on injured reserve, retroactive to Jan. 7 with a right ankle injury, and recalled Brandon Hagel from Rockford in the AHL on Thursday. Strome has missed the past four games with a right ankle injury after he..." January 16

  • 7 Maple Leafs trade targets who could help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ tumultuous season has seen a new dose of chaos thrown into the mix. If a coaching change, an off-season blockbuster deal that hasn’t panned out, and injuries to Mitch Marner and John Tavares weren’t enough to shake things up, the loss of..." January 15

  • 20 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about before the deadline

    Sportsnet "There’s still lots to sort out between now and the NHL trade deadline on Feb. 24. Who will buy, who will sell? What will the standings even look like? And, how many trades will be made before the final day of dealing? All of this is going to influence which players are..." January 14