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  • 5 unbreakable NHL records

    The Score "Records are meant to be broken - just not these ones. Below, in no particular order, we investigate five NHL benchmarks that will stand the test of time. .psd-readMoreComponent{padding-top:15px;padding-bottom:15px;border-top:1px solid #eee;border-bottom:1px..." October 26

  • Updated List of Way-Too-Early Predictions for 2022 NHL Free Agency

    Bleacher Report "It may seem premature to take a look at the NHL's 2022 class of unrestricted free agents when the current season is just two weeks old. Free agency doesn't start until noon ET on July 13, 2022, and a lot can happen between now and then regarding the top UFA talent. Following..." October 26

  • Blue Jackets attempting to identify fan who taunted Elvis Merzlikins

    TSN "A day after a Dallas Stars fan allegedly taunted Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins about the death of his friend and former Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks, the team is trying to identify the fan. The Athletic's Aaron Portzline reports the team and..." October 26

  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins: Stars fan taunted me over Matiss Kivlenieks' death

    The Athletic "Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Elvis Merzlikins said a fan wearing a Dallas Stars sweater taunted him before Monday night's game about the offseason death of friend and former teammate Matiss Kivlenieks. After stopping 31 of 32 shots in a 4-1 win, Merzlikins referenced the pregame comment..." October 26

  • Analyzing Every NHL Team's Worst Contract

    Bleacher Report "When casually taking a stroll down CapFriendly, an NHL analyst's version of taking a random walk down Wall Street, it's generally pretty easy to pick out each team's worst contract. Typically, that deal will belong to an aging member of the organization's core who once..." October 24

  • Ranking the 10 Best Playmakers in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "When one speaks of NHL scorers, they're usually speaking about goal scorers. Each year, the leading goal scorer is honored with the Maurice Richard Trophy, named for the first player to reach 50 goals in a season and the 500-career-goal plateau. Washington Capitals winger..." October 23

  • Re-drafting the NHL class of 2017: Would Cale Makar or Elias Pettersson go No. 1 today?

    The Athletic "It has been four years since the 2017 NHL Draft class walked up on the stage in Chicago. With four more seasons of play, there is a lot more evidence to prove what these players are. So now I take a look at how this class has changed with a new ranking of how I would order the players..." October 22

  • Carey Price, Jordan Binnington among 6 goalies on Team Canada's list for Olympics

    The Score "Team Canada will officially have six goalies to choose from when it comes time to build its roster for the upcoming Beijing Olympics. Carey Price, Jordan Binnington, Darcy Kuemper, Mackenzie Blackwood, Carter Hart, and Marc-Andre Fleury are the netminders..." October 21

  • The state of the captain's 'C' in the NHL

    ESPN "The Jack Eichel saga in Buffalo has been quite the soap opera. But nothing in that saga was as odious and contentious as when the Sabres announced they were stripping their franchise player of his captaincy. "From our perspective and my perspective, I feel the captain is the..." October 21

  • 5 Potential NHL Trade Destinations for Vitali Kravtsov

    Bleacher Report "Selected ninth overall in the 2018 NHL draft, Vitali Kravtsov seemed destined for a bright future with the New York Rangers. Three years later, the 21-year-old right winger and the Blueshirts appear on the verge of parting ways. On Oct. 12, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman..." October 19

  • Why NHL players and teams are agreeing to more long-term contracts

    The Atlantic "You get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you get an eight-year deal. And you and you and you! Long-term deals have been in vogue the last few months in the NHL, with Charlie McAvoy, Ryan Pulock, Nick Suzuki, Mika Zibanejad and Aleksander Barkov all doing max..." October 19

  • Ilya Kovalchuk Named GM Of Russian Olympic Team

    SI "One of Russia's greatest hockey players will now usher in his country's next generation. Ilya Kovalchuk was announced as GM of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation on Monday morning, tasked with overseeing the team that will take part in the 2022 Winter Olympics in..." October 18

  • Ranking the 8 Best Defensive Forwards in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "Since 1978, the NHL has annually awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy "to the forward who best excels in the defensive aspects of the game." A number of great players, including Bob Gainey, Sergei Fedorov and Pavel Datsyuk, have won this award multiple times. Several..." October 17

  • Mikko Lehtonen Signs Long-Term Contract With SKA St. Petersburg In The KHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The brief experiment of KHL stud defenseman Mikko Lehtonen plying his trade in North America is over, perhaps for good. TSN’s Chris Johnston reports that Lehtonen has signed a four-year deal with SKA St. Petersburg. At 27 years old, this could mark the end of his NHL..." October 17

  • 2021-22 Season Goals for Every NHL Team

    Bleacher Report "Any NHL executive or player worth their weight in cliches will tell you their goal is to win the Stanley Cup. It doesn't matter how likely or unlikely it is for that to happen. That's especially true early in the season before the haves and have-nots settle into..." October 16

  • Ranking every starting goalie in the NHL for the 2021-22 season

    Yardbarker "No position or player can change a team more than a great goaltender (or a bad goaltender if that happens to be the case). So we are going to take a look at all 32 starting goalies in the NHL and rank them from Andrei Vasilevskiy in Tampa Bay to Carter Hutton in Arizona and..." October 15

  • Why no-trade clauses are becoming an important contract battleground in the NHL

    The Athletic "Mattias Ekholm isn’t about to complain after signing a four-year extension which will pay him an average of $6.25 million a season right up to 36. But what he didn’t get in his new extension is what almost no Predators player ever gets: A no-trade or no-move..." October 15

  • 10 Storylines to Watch at the Start of the 2021-22 NHL Season

    Bleacher Report "The 2021-22 NHL season is underway, a little later than usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic's ongoing effects upon life in general. Its impact upon unvaccinated players and the league's schedule will remain a noteworthy storyline to follow in the coming weeks. That's..." October 15

  • Buying or Selling the Latest NHL Trade and Free-Agency Rumors

    Bleacher Report "The 2021-22 NHL season is underway, and there's already plenty of trade and free-agent speculation. A rumor mill that had slowed throughout the month of August is returning to life following several weeks of training camp and preseason play through September into early..." October 14

  • Maple Leafs are most valuable NHL team at $2 billion

    Yardbarker "Despite being stuck in a Stanley Cup drought of over half a century, the Toronto Maple Leafs are No. 1 among all NHL franchises in one category. According to data compiled by Sportico, the Maple Leafs are worth an NHL-high $2 billion. According to ESPN's Emily Kaplan, each of the..." October 14

  • Blue Jackets' Elvis Merzlikins tries to move on after death of Matiss Kivlenieks

    ESPN "When Elvis Merzlikins heard the Columbus Blue Jackets had another Latvian goalie in the organization, he was excited -- but also confused. "My first question was: Who the hell is this guy?" Merzlikins says. "I had never heard about him, never knew about his..." October 14

  • DraftKings Becomes Exclusive NHL Sportsbook, Daily Fantasy Provider for Turner Sports

    Bleacher Report "DraftKings announced Wednesday that it reached an agreement to become the official sports betting, daily fantasy sports and iGaming partner of the NHL as well as the exclusive NHL sportsbook and DFS provider for Turner Sports. Regarding the working relationship between..." October 13

  • Gary Bettman says only four NHL players unvaccinated as season begins

    ESPN "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season. Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener between the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning and the Pittsburgh..." October 12

  • NHL sets escrow on contracts at 17.2 percent: What it means for players

    The Athletic "The NHL set escrow on player contracts at 17.2 percent for the 2021-22 season, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. That's in line with projections for this season, which were estimated between 14-18 percent. The league set escrow, the amount that the league pulls back..." October 12

  • 22 predictions for the 2021-22 NHL season

    The Score "1. Lightning almost three-peat, lose to Avalanche in Cup Final The Tampa Bay Lightning, along with the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, are a popular Stanley Cup pick. Frankly, the two-time defending champions are probably the most talented team in the..." October 12

  • NHL starts season with fewer than five players unvaccinated. How league achieved 99% buy in.

    USA Today "For two seasons, the NHL endured everything from pauses to restarts to bubbles while navigating the coronavirus pandemic. As the 2021-22 season approached and the league and players' association once again negotiated player safety protocols, all parties involved saw vaccines..." October 12

  • CBJ suspend D Mikko Lehtonen, place him on unconditional waivers

    NHL.com "Lehtonen, 27, signed a one-year contract with the club on July 30. Last season, he made his NHL debut and collected six assists, eight penalty minutes and 33 shots on goal, while averaging 15:53 of ice time in 26 games with the Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs. He collected 0-3-3..." October 12

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Name Boone Jenner Captain

    Jackets Cannon "The Columbus Blue Jackets announced a new captain Tuesday morning - following the departure of former captain Nick Foligno, the Blue Jackets will be captained by longest tenured Blue Jacket Boone Jenner for the upcoming 2021-22 season. In his Blue Jackets career, Jenner has amassed..." October 12

  • Examining the state of NHL officiating through its past, present and future

    The Athletic "NHL officiating is in the crosshairs every year, but the vitriol and unpleasantness soared to new heights during last year’s playoffs. And if one single moment capsulized the collective frustration, it occurred in the Stanley Cup semifinals when Islanders defenceman Scott Mayfield..." October 12

  • Can Turner do for the NHL what it did for the NBA? Here’s what to expect from Wayne Gretzky and Co.

    The Athletic "Turner Sports has an easy-to-digest goal when it comes to its inaugural season of broadcasting the National Hockey League: They want to be at the intersection of hockey and culture. Can they achieve it? Well, that is the challenge — and a significant one. October 12

  • What to expect from ESPN’s NHL coverage

    The Athletic "For starters, the theme song is back. When it comes to ESPN and the NHL, one of the most pressing questions, both internally and externally, centered around whether the ESPN NHL theme would be making a return as the network re-embarks on its journey as the national TV partner for the..." October 12

  • The Biggest Winners and Losers from 2021 NHL Preseason

    Bleacher Report "And just like that, the 2021-22 NHL season is upon us. Over the past few months, we've watched contenders try to bolster their Stanley Cup aspirations or scramble to keep their band together. The Tampa Bay Lightning lost their entire third line, for example. We've..." October 10

  • NHL season predictions 2021-22: Panel picks Stanley Cup winner, breakout star and biggest disappointment

    The Athletic "We made it through preseason and are on the cusp of a full 82-game NHL season for 2021-22. There is so much to look forward to in the next 1,312 games. The Seattle Kraken are now a real team — although we will miss the mock expansion drafts. Minnesota will..." October 10

  • Where each NHL head coach stands entering the season

    The Score "Behold, your comprehensive list of the statuses of all 32 NHL head coaches, broken down into tiers, as we inch toward the 2021-22 campaign.   Newcomers Here, we have all first-year coaches and ones who took over at some point last..." October 09

  • Ranking the 10 Best Offensive Defenseman in the NHL Today

    Bleacher Report "The primary role of NHL defensemen is to prevent their opponents from scoring. There are those, however, who are as renowned for their offensive skills as their defensive ones. Some, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning's Victor Hedman, play a terrific two-way game, contributing to..." October 09

  • Bold Trade Predictions Before the 2021 NHL Season Begins

    Bleacher Report "It feels like the Tampa Bay Lightning won their second consecutive Stanley Cup yesterday, but the start of the 2021-22 NHL season is already upon us like a ferocious forecheck from Ryan O'Reilly. Three months ago, the offseason appeared to be shaping up as one of the more eventful in recent..." October 08

  • Could the NHL’s reverse retro jerseys make a comeback?

    The Athletic "The reverse retro program may be getting a reboot. Multiple sources have told The Athletic that the alternate jersey program could be set to return during the 2022-23 season, which would be a welcome sight for many teams and executives who spoke on the matter. October 08

  • Nikolaj Ehlers, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Alexander True named to Denmark's first-ever Olympic team

    TSN "Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, Alexander True of the Seattle Kraken have been named to Team Denmark for the 2022 Olympics. The three were named to Denmark's first-ever Olympic hockey team on Friday. October 08

  • NHL trades to watch for: One player on all 32 teams who will end the season on a different roster

    The Athletic "It is never too early to talk about a trade in the NHL. After all, last season’s blockbuster trade that sent Patrik Laine and Jack Roslovic to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Pierre-Luc Dubois going to the Winnipeg Jets happened just 10 days into the..." October 07

  • Why the NHL has a sleep problem and how it could change

    Sportsnet "Hockey has a sleep balance problem, and it’s one without an easy fix. When I worked with the Toronto Marlies, the team travelled on two busses, one for just the players and one for the staff. This arrangement was created specifically so every player could have two seats they..." October 07

  • Hot seat rankings for NHL players, coaches, GMs: Who's under the most pressure in 2021-22?

    ESPN "As the 2021-22 NHL season arrives, so does the pressure of expectations. Every player, coach and general manager feels the heat to some degree. But some feel its intensity like a neglected hamburger under a fast food restaurant lamp, sizzling and spoiling and preparing to be tossed..." October 07

  • Jakub Voracek, Ondrej Palat, David Pastrnak named to Czech Republic's Olympic roster

    TSN "The Czech Republic named Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek, Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat and Boston Bruins forward David Pastrnak to their men's Olympic national team roster on Thursday. The IIHF and NHL/NHLPA have requested all participating teams to provide..." October 07

  • Blue Jackets To Honor Late Goalie Matiss Kivlenieks On Opening Night

    TMZ "Matiss Kivleneiks will be honored when the Columbus Blue Jackets take the ice on opening night ... with the late goalie's family set to attend the tribute. The 24-year-old tragically died after suffering serious damage to his lungs and heart during a fireworks mishap at a Jackets..." October 07

  • Sabres, Jack Eichel hopeful on trade after sharing additional info with teams

    TSN "It appears there could be some movement on the Jack Eicheltrade front. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports that ongoing discussions and additional access to Eichel’s medical file has helped teams with trade interest clearly see his situation. He adds that both the..." October 06

  • Which high-profile pending NHL UFAs could sign extensions early this season?

    The Athletic "There are no hard and fast rules about extending a player during the NHL season. Some pending UFAs prefer to halt talks once the season is officially underway. Others don’t care and keep the dialogue going. But generally speaking, it is rare for the higher-end pending UFAs not..." October 06

  • Tomas Hertl, Phil Kessel names to watch on trade market this season

    TSN "San Jose Sharks centre Tomas Hertl and Arizona Coyotes veteran Phil Kessel are two names to watch on the trade market this season, TSN Hockey Insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger said Tuesday. Both players are pending unrestricted free agents, and while the Sharks would have liked..." October 06

  • NHL will look at Mexico as next phase of expanding Latino fan base

    ESPN "Over the last three decades, the NHL's expansion into the American Sun Belt has served to diversify the league's geography and fan profile. Markets with high Latino populations such as Phoenix, Dallas-Fort Worth and Miami have reaped the benefits. Now, the league is poised to..." October 06

  • 5 big questions entering NHL season

    The Score "Every new NHL season brings numerous question marks, and there are more than usual heading into 2021-22. The league returns to an 82-game schedule after each team played 26 fewer contests in 2021, and after the 2019-20 regular season was cut short before those playoffs took place in..." October 06

  • The NHL’s top 10 regression candidates for 2021-22

    The Athletic "For as fun as it is to think about the breakout stars that will arrive with the dawn of a new NHL season, there’s also the other side of the coin: the players who will inevitably move in the opposite direction. That’s what we’re in search of today — 10 players..." October 06

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

    Bleacher Report "The NHL announced its 2022 trade deadline is set for March 21 at 3 pm ET. Fans can expect the usual flurry of activity leading up to that date. Playoff contenders will attempt to bolster their rosters while the non-playoff clubs attempt to shed free agents they can't or won't..." October 05