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  • What usually happens with an NHL team that changes its coach mid-season

    Sportsnet "This is your introduction to the concept of “LOFT,” which is at the centre of conversations NHL GMs and owners have when their team is losing and they’re considering their options to quickly get better. Is our coach failing to get the most out of this roster, or are..." February 25

  • AHL Announces Full 2020-21 Schedule For Canadian Clubs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over a month since the AHL released the regular season schedules for its American teams and more than three weeks since those same teams started playing, the league has finally announced a full season schedule for its Canadian contingent. Of course, the clubs already began..." February 24

  • NHL Announces Schedule Changes for Four Games "The NHL has announced changes to four Blackhawks games over the remainder of the 2020-21 season, including last Saturday's postponed game agaisnt the Carolina Hurricanes:  CHI at NSH - Monday, April 19 (originally Sunday, April, 4)  CHI at CAR -..." February 23

  • Updated Landing Spots for Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Nation "The Buffalo Sabres' struggles through the opening month of this season prompted one NHL insider to suggest they could trade Jack Eichel. During an appearance on Buffalo radio WGR 550's The Instigators (h/t to The Athletic's John Vogl), Sportsnet's..." February 23

  • How temporary realignment has impacted the NHL standings so far

    TSN "Looking at the National Hockey League standings, the first thing you notice is the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in pole position. But is it real? The answer is yes. In my seven years at TSN, that was the easiest piece I’ve written to date! Now for a more interesting..." February 22

  • Columbus’ Elvis Merzlikins Out Week-To-Week

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have two quality young goaltenders, but can’t seem to get either one back to their 2019-20 form. The team hasn’t got the production it wanted from Joonas Korpisalo, who has struggled with a 3.46 GAA and a .889 save percentage. And despite already being..." February 21

  • 7 fast thoughts on early trade rental candidates

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. This week’s column should be up for the Hart, Selke, Rocket. 1. With all due respect to the Vancouver Canucks’ dismal start, we’re counting just..." February 20

  • Blackhawks' Stan Bowman favorite to be GM for U.S. Olympic men's team

    The Score "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is the front-runner to serve as GM of the United States men's hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading." USA Hockey will not..." February 18

  • GM Doug Armstrong: '10 or 11 locks' for Team Canada at Olympics

    TSN "Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday the list of players being considered for the 2022 Men's Olympic team is already being pared down. Armstrong, who was officially named general manager earlier this month, said discussions on the roster have been ongoing..." February 18

  • What drives the modern NHL defenseman, and what's next?

    The Score "Ty Smith remembers his dad's sales pitch like it was yesterday. It was 2007 or 2008 and his minor hockey team was short on defensemen in the middle of a tournament. None of Smith's teammates were eager to drop back and help out, so, as the coach's son, he became the..." February 18

  • As NHL deals with COVID-19 issues, is on-ice transmission among players to blame?

    USA Today "The signs that COVID-19 would wreak havoc on the 2021 NHL season were there before the first puck even dropped. Five days prior to opening night on Jan. 13, the league announced the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars would not open the season as scheduled because..." February 17

  • 5 Landing Spots for Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins' recent hiring of Ron Hextall as their general manager and Brian Burke as president of hockey operations had NHL pundits pondering what changes lay in store for the roster. TSN's Darren Dreger went as far as raising the possibility of..." February 17

  • NHL players to wear custom Willie O'Ree-inspired skates

    Yardbarker "Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier when he became the first Black player to take the ice for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He'll now be honored by players across the league with custom skates.  The NHL announced Wednesday..." February 17

  • NHL Announces Widespread Schedule Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With so many games postponed so far this season, the NHL has had to make widespread adjustments to get back on track. The league’s position is still to have all 31 teams play a full 56-game campaign, meaning the schedule-maker is working overtime through the COVID and inclement..." February 16

  • Bill Daly confident NHL can finish full season amid wave of postponements

    The Score "The NHL has faced numerous hurdles with COVID-19 since the season's start just over a month ago. The league has postponed more than 30 games so far, and nearly a hundred players have appeared on the COVID-19 protocol list from 27 different teams. Despite the setbacks, NHL deputy..." February 16

  • 10 NHL Players Having Disappointing Starts to the 2020-21 Season

    Bleacher Report "Over a month into the NHL's shortened 2020-21 season, there are several notable players encountering difficulties in the early going. Some, such as Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, are longtime superstars unaccustomed to being in this position. Others, like..." February 16

  • Patrik Laine, Jack Roslovic bringing production and excitement to Blue Jackets lineup

    Pro Hockey Talk "It has only been a couple of weeks, but the Patrik Laine experience in Columbus is already living up to all of the hype that could have possibly preceded it. When the Blue Jackets acquired Laine (and Jack Roslovic) from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for disgruntled..." February 15

  • CBJ acquire LW Gregory Hofmann from Hurricanes for 2022 pick "The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired the rights to left wing Gregory Hofmann from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for a seventh round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Hofmann will remain with EV Zug in..." February 14

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Activate Zach Werenski

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets got some good news as one of their top-line defenders, Zach Werenski, has been activated off of injured reserve. The 23-year-old blueliner has missed the past three games since suffering a lower-body injury on Feb. 4 against the Dallas Stars. To make..." February 13

  • Bill Daly confirms NHL working on changing draft lottery

    TSN "Given what happened in the Habs and Oilers game and on the heels of Tomas Nosek getting yanked out of the Vegas Golden Knights game on Tuesday, it’s pretty clear how critical rapid testing has now become. Where are we on that front? Frank Seravalli: This has been..." February 12

  • Early Projection for Team Canada's 2022 Olympic Men's Hockey Roster

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. They will mark the first time NHL players have participated in men's ice hockey at the Games since 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada took home the gold medal at the Sochi Games. Eight years later, they will attempt..." February 12

  • Elvis Merzlikins Activated From Injured Reserve

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets are off to a rocky start, going 6-5-3 through their first 14 games. Not only have they struggled on the ice, but they’ve also been swirling in controversy since the start of the year. After trading Pierre-Luc Dubois, benching Patrik Laine, and..." February 11

  • Rapid testing among NHL's enhanced COVID-19 measures

    The Score "The NHL announced its enhanced COVID-19 measures Thursday, which include rapid testing on game days, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Other key protocols include: Asking that players remain at home as much as possible (except for..." February 11

  • Which teams have been NHL's biggest surprises a month into season?

    USA Today "The NHL's first month is nearly done, and though COVID-19 postponements have dominated the news, there has been some good action on the ice. So what have been the biggest surprises of the early season? USA TODAY Sports' hockey experts weigh in.  New York..." February 11

  • Mikko Koivu Deserved a Better Ending

    Zone Coverage "There’s never a good time to say goodbye. Too bad for Wild fans, who for the third time in five months are wishing farewell to Mikko Koivu. Back in September, the Minnesota Wild announced that they would not re-sign their longtime captain. The move was not..." February 11

  • John Tortorella Reportedly Wants Out Of Columbus

    NHL Trade Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have become headline central around the NHL media as the small market in Ohio appears to be constantly full of heat and drama. While first it was Pierre-Luc Dubois wanting out, to Patrik Laine being benched, now according to Aaron Portzline of The Athletic, head coach..." February 10

  • Patrik Laine: 'We've moved on' from benching

    TSN "Columbus Blue Jackets forward Patrik Laine said on Wednesday that he deserved to be benched during Monday night's 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes, but also that he and the rest of the team have moved on from that game. Laine has just 11:14 of ice-time on..." February 10

  • 6 NHL Players on Bad Teams Who Could Help Contenders at Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's the stuff that Stanley Cup dreams are made of. A contending team looking for a final puzzle piece—a scorer, a goalie, a defender or a glue guy—pulls the trigger on a late-season transaction that ultimately puts it over the top.   It makes the..." February 10

  • John Tortorella benched Patrik Laine for off-ice interaction with assistant coach

    Dispatch "It was one of the hot topics in the NHL on Tuesday, a day after Patrik Laine was benched for the final 26-plus minutes in the Blue Jackets’ 3-2 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes. Many observers pointed to a couple..." February 10

  • CBJ C Mikko Koivu Announces Retirement "Columbus Blue Jackets forward Mikko Koivu has decided to retire following a 16-year playing career in the National Hockey League, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. Koivu, 37 has recorded 206 goals and 505 assists for 711 points with 594..." February 09

  • It’s Time to Pause the NHL Season

    Japers' Rink "Maybe we should’ve known that the NHL season shouldn’t have started when the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t make it through training camp without a COVID outbreak. Maybe it was when the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for..." February 09

  • Five candidates to coach Team Canada at 2022 Winter Olympics

    Sportsnet "Last week, it was announced the 2022 Canadian men's Olympic hockey team would be led by Doug Armstrong, as the Blues GM will be tasked with building out the roster and hiring the coaches to organize it all. What's especially interesting heading into the 2022 tournament is that..." February 09

  • John Tortorella on Patrik Laine benching: 'It's what I feel I need to do'

    Sportsnet "Just four games into his tenure with the Columbus Blue Jackets, winger Patrik Laine appears to have already landed in John Tortorella's doghouse. Laine was benched for the third period of Monday's 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes after skating 11:14 in the..." February 09

  • Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella benches star winger Patrik Laine

    USA Today "Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella benched star Pierre-Luc Dubois for most of a game this season before the center was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. Monday, Tortorella benched another prominent player: Star winger Patrik Laine, who came back to Columbus in the Dubois..." February 09

  • Why goalies are struggling so far in 2021

    ESPN "On Feb. 28, Maddie Rooney will play at Madison Square Garden as part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association Dream Gap Tour. For the 23-year-old goalie, it's "an incredible opportunity" to play in New York City at the world's most famous arena...." February 08

  • Trainee caused botched goal ruling in Blue Jackets-Hurricanes game

    The Comeback "The NHL wound up with one of the worst video review outcomes possible Sunday; a call that should have been reversed on initial review, but wasn’t, wasn’t fully changed after the fact, and wound up as the margin of victory. That happened with a late second-period play in the Carolina..." February 08

  • Pierre-Luc Dubois practices with Jets for first time since trade from Blue Jackets

    Sportsnet "Winnipeg Jets fans got their first glimpse of the team's potential lineup with Pierre-Luc Dubois on Sunday.   The promising young pivot took part in his first official practice with the club since he was acquired from the Blue Jackets on Jan. 23 in a..." February 07

  • Patrik Laine: Botched offside review 'biggest joke I've ever seen'

    The Score "The Columbus Blue Jackets aren't happy about being victimized by a controversial NHL mistake Sunday. Columbus was unsuccessful in challenging a Carolina Hurricanes goal for a potential offside. After the fact, however, the league revealed there was a..." February 07

  • Zach Werenski out 1-2 weeks for Blue Jackets with lower-body injury "Zach Werenski will be out 1-2 weeks because of a lower-body injury sustained in the third period of a 4-3 win against the Dallas Stars on Thursday.  The defenseman was placed on injured reserve Saturday and forward Liam Foudy was added to the roster from the taxi..." February 06

  • NHL reschedules 27 games featuring all 8 East Division teams

    The Score "The NHL announced schedule changes to 27 games affecting all eight teams in the East Division on Saturday. All times ET. " February 06

  • Below the NHL, players are scrambling: 'I just want to play a hockey game'

    The Score "Technically, Chris Gerrie is a professional hockey player, having appeared in two ECHL games for the Wichita Thunder over the past 11 months. However, with his roster spot gone and the province of Alberta in lockdown mode, the only ice available to him right now is at outdoor facilities open to..." February 06

  • NHL, NHLPA investigating expansion of rapid COVID-19 testing

    The Score "The NHL and NHLPA are looking into ways to more quickly identify positive COVID-19 cases amid a number of postponements league-wide. The two entities are considering conducting rapid testing for players and other team personnel on game days, reports TSN's Frank..." February 05

  • Analyzing potential trade suitors for Tony DeAngelo

    Blue Seat Blogs "As the Rangers look to trade Tony DeAngelo, Darren Dreger noted that there is significant interest. This makes sense, since teams feel they can get him for pennies on the dollar in a trade. This is likely true, since it’s clear he’s played his last..." February 05

  • NHL Moves Up Games From Later In Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has done what many fans and media members have suggested. Two games scheduled to take place between the Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues later in the season have been moved up. Originally scheduled for March 29 and 31, the two teams will now play on February 6 and..." February 05

  • Norm Maciver looking for players that will fit in with Seattle Kraken

    Sound Of Hockey "When the Seattle Kraken announced the hiring of Norm Maciver to serve in the front office, he talked about how excited he was to join a franchise at the ground floor. It played a huge role in leaving the Chicago Blackhawks, where he had served for 14 seasons. It’s been a..." February 05

  • Columbus Blue Jackets put goalie Elvis Merzlikins on IR

    Sportsnaut "The Columbus Blue Jackets put goaltender Elvis Merzlikins on injured reserve Thursday after he suffered an upper-body injury in practice the day before. Joonas Korpisalo will get the start Thursday night against Dallas. The team added goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks to the..." February 04

  • NHL Considering Postponing 2021 NHL Entry Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact hockey at all levels, the NHL and its member teams have begun to discuss what to do about the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. If the draft proceeds as scheduled in July, teams will be facing an unprecedented lack of information on the eligible prospects...." February 04

  • Bob McKenzie lists teams inquiring about Tony DeAngelo; says Rangers may choose another option

    Trade Rumors "With the New York Rangers actively attempting to move defenceman Tony DeAngelo, TSN's Bob McKenzie appeared on the NHL Network Wednesday night and listed teams that have inquired about what it would cost to get their hands on him. However, in stark contrast to his colleague Darren Dreger,..." February 04

  • Blue Jackets treating Patrik Laine like the superstar he knows he can be

    Toronto Sun "Ten days after getting traded to Columbus, Patrik Laine refused to speculate why it didn’t work out in Winnipeg. Was it his teammates? The coaches? The city? All of the above? Laine wouldn’t point any fingers — not even at himself for being the one who..." February 04

  • NHL making 4 changes to in-arena COVID-19 protocols

    The Score "The NHL is making four changes to its in-arena protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. TV viewers will notice the removal of the glass directly behind all team benches. The league is hoping this will increase airflow in an..." February 04