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  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Blue Jackets eager to prove doubters wrong without Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets said they're angry and offended about the narrative that has followed them since goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and left wing Artemi Panarin signed with other teams July 1. "All of a sudden just because we lose a couple players,..." September 17

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17

  • NHLPA declines option, CBA extends to 2022

    TSN "The National Hockey League Players' Association has declined their option to re-open the collective bargaining agreement, which will now remain in effect through the 2021-2022 season. The NHL declined their option to re-open the CBA in August, leaving the the..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 3 risky players to gamble on

    The Score "Every year, there are players fantasy owners avoid for one reason or another. Injury concerns, inconsistency, and adjusting to a new team can all turn a once-dependable name into anything but. Despite those factors, there are always a few players with particularly uncertain futures..." September 16

  • Fantasy: 4 goalies who could become studs

    The Score "Among all the positions in hockey, there's no question goaltenders take the longest to realize their potential. With so much uncertainty in the crease, it can be tricky to land two proven netminders come fantasy draft day. Sometimes an increase in opportunity or a change of..." September 15

  • NHLPA’s Decision To Re-Open CBA Will Be Announced Monday

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After the NHL announced that they have formally declined using their opt-out clause to re-0pen the current CBA early, the NHLPA has until Sept. 15th to make their decision on whether they want to opt-out of the current agreement after the 2019-20 season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman..." September 14

  • Fantasy: 5 bounce-back candidates

    The Score "The following five players disappointed last season but are primed to bounce back in 2019-20: William Nylander, C/RW, Maple Leafs Nylander never got comfortable last season. He was mired in a contract holdout well into the campaign, ultimately signing minutes before the..." September 13

  • What does Zach Werenski’s contract mean for Brandon Carlo and Charlie McAvoy?

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "There’s been little movement on the contract fronts for Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, as they remain two of many restricted free agents who have yet to sign new deals. That RFA group shrunk by one on Monday, as Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Zach Werenski signed a..." September 11

  • Fantasy: 3 aging players you can still bank on

    The Score "Age should always be a concern in fantasy, but it shouldn't deter owners from drafting certain players altogether. While most veterans experience a natural decline in production after playing for a decade or so, some remain effective well into their 30s for a variety of reasons...." September 11

  • Women officials thrilled by NHL experience

    NHL.com "Four women officials had the career opportunity of a lifetime at NHL prospect tournaments this week, and each loved every second of it.  "It's more than I could have ever imagined," said Kirsten Welsh, a first-year official. "Incredible and a dream come..." September 11

  • Blue Jackets 'going to be good' despite losing key free agents, GM says

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets will remain competitive despite losing several key players during a tumultuous offseason, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Tuesday. "We are going to miss some contributions those guys had," Kekalainen said. "It's undeniable that they..." September 10

  • Fantasy: 5 rookies who can make an impact in 2019-20

    The Score "It's difficult to break into the NHL and contribute right away. Most players need a year or two of experience before beginning to produce consistently, though a select few make an immediate impact. Here are some rookies who will be fantasy difference-makers in their first NHL..." September 10

  • KHL To Implement Salary Cap Floor

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The KHL’s Board of Governors was busy this weekend, discussing and ultimately deciding on a number of major issues. The league approved the use of “smart puck” tracking technology, distributed television revenue to each team, and formally open up investigations into both..." September 09

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Re-sign Zach Werenski

    Last Word On Hockey "The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced that they have re-signed defenceman Zach Werenski to a three-year contract. The deal has an annual cap hit of $5 million.   September 09

  • Fantasy: 4 bust candidates who won't meet expectations

    The Score "You shouldn't completely avoid the following players in fantasy hockey this season, but they're unlikely to meet expectations relative to how high you'll have to draft them. Morgan Rielly, D, Maple Leafs Rielly finished third among NHL defensemen with 72 points..." September 09

  • Who can challenge Alex Ovechkin for NHL’s goal crown this season?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin has been the NHL’s most dominant goal-scorer from the moment he entered the league and has a chance to finish his career as the league’s all-time goal-scoring leader. Even if he doesn’t eclipse Wayne Gretzky’s mark of 894, there were still be an argument to..." September 08

  • In NHL first, 4 women selected to officiate prospect games

    CBC "The NHL for the first time selected four female officials to work on the ice at prospect tournaments held this weekend. Katie Guay and Kelly Cooke were selected as referees, while Kirsten Welsh and Kendall Hanley will work as linesmen, the league announced Friday. The four..." September 07

  • Why the NHL's 'no soap operas' ad totally misses the point

    USA Today "Sometimes, the NHL makes good ads. Take a look, for example, at some of their Stanley Cup hype spots and feel the chills run down your spine. Those are legitimately stirring spots that naturally draw viewers to the game. Not as successful are a current spate of digital ads the NHL is running to..." September 06

  • Fantasy: 4 players who will excel with their new team

    The Score "The 2019-20 fantasy hockey season is fast approaching, and after a summer filled with roster moves throughout the NHL, it's important to keep tabs on all the new faces in new places as you gear up for your draft. With that in mind, here are four players set to excel on their new..." September 05

  • Cam Atkinson ready for Blue Jackets to ‘prove people wrong’

    Pro Hockey Talk "When training camps open next week, the Columbus Blue Jackets will be missing a number of faces that helped stage the biggest upset of the 2018-19 NHL season. Gone are Artemi Panarin, Matt Duchene, Ryan Dzingel, and Sergei Bobrovsky. But for Cam Atkinson, the franchise’s longest-tenured..." September 05

  • NHLPA weighing risks of poking the bear

    TSN "To poke or not poke the bear: that is the question staring down the NHL Players’ Association as they convene here for a meeting on Wednesday evening. In this case, that bear is commissioner Gary Bettman and the NHL’s Board of Governors. The NHLPA has until Sept...." September 05

  • A way-too-early look at the NHL's 2020 RFA panic

    ESPN "This summer, the NHL was split into two camps when it came to restricted free agents and their unsigned contracts covered in nervous droplets of flop sweat from general managers: Those who believed this was the new normal, and those who believed this offseason was an anomaly. I've..." September 05

  • Donald Fehr: NHLPA hasn't discussed extending deadline for CBA decision

    The Score "Donald Fehr says it's essentially status quo after the NHLPA met Wednesday night in Chicago, and the notion of postponing the union's opt-out deadline hasn't been broached, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. The NHLPA's executive director said no decisions were..." September 05

  • Sidney Crosby tops list of best-selling jerseys from last season

    The Score "One can debate whether Sidney Crosby is still the NHL's best player, but judging by jersey sales, he's still the most popular. The Pittsburgh Penguins captain topped the list of the league's most purchased sweaters from 2018-19 after finishing second to Toronto Maple Leafs..." September 04

  • Jason Pominville and other bargain bin NHL free agents to consider

    Pro Hockey Talk "With training camps nearing, it’s not surprising that you won’t find a ton of great NHL-ready options in free agency as of Sept. 3. That’s especially true once you start crossing certain names off of the list with the help of context. Jake Gardiner’s either..." September 04

  • Gary Bettman elected to U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

    NHL.com "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, the driving force behind the League's financial stability and growth since taking office 26 years ago, is among five people who will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Dec. 12, it was announced Wednesday. Former NHL players and Stanley..." September 04

  • 'Pissed' Tortorella vents about FA departures, Werenski negotiations

    The Score "Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is known for his candor, and the veteran bench boss didn't sugarcoat his frustration entering the 2019-20 campaign after losing multiple core pieces this offseason. "I'm pissed," Tortorella said according..." September 03

  • Emil Bemstrom to miss prospects tournament with facial injury; should be OK for Blue Jackets camp

    Columbus Dispatch "The Blue Jackets released their roster for the annual Traverse City prospects tournament next month, and one big name was missing. Emil Bemstrom, who led the Swedish Hockey League in goals last season at age 19, will not participate in the tournament because of a facial injury. The..." August 31

  • Top 25 NHL goaltenders in 2019-20: Ranking the best in the league, from Price to Lundqvist

    Sporting News "The age-old debate when it comes to any sport, any league, any team: who are the best of the best? With the NHL's preseason on the horizon, let's takes a look at the top 25 players at each position right now: forward, defense and goalie. This list takes into account both..." August 30

  • NHL Formally Declines CBA Opt-Out Clause

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has notified the NHLPA that they will not be using their opt-out clause to terminate the current CBA early according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. The agreement currently runs until September, 2022 but both sides had the ability to end it two years early. The NHL has decided..." August 30

  • Zach Werenski absence would hinder Blue Jackets at camp, GM says

    NHL.com "Zach Werenski remains unsigned, and if that is the case when training camp starts Sept. 13 it would become a significant issue for the Columbus Blue Jackets. "The real frustration for me [is when a contract negotiation] drags on into training camp, because that's a time for..." August 27

  • The workhorse goalie is disappearing from the NHL

    TSN "Minnesota Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk led National Hockey League goalies in games played (67) last season, and finished second to Montreal’s Carey Price in usage, playing just 25 fewer minutes. Dubnyk and Price were absolute workhorses for their respective teams, but that term has..." August 26

  • Former first-rounder Stefan Matteau signs AHL contract

    Yardbarker "After failing to see any time in the NHL last season, Stefan Matteau has settled for an AHL deal this time around. The 25-year-old forward has signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Monsters. Matteau qualified for Group VI unrestricted free agency after playing last season with the..." August 22

  • Top 10 entry-level players of the salary cap era

    The Score "With a ton of restricted free-agent chatter around the league - but little action - we thought it would be interesting to review which players performed the best while on their entry-level deals since the salary cap era began in 2005-06. Our list summarizes the 10 most productive..." August 22

  • NHL free agency 2019: Full list of signings, best available players

    Sporting News "Charles Dickens opened "A Tale of Two Cities" with: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness" - or, what the hockey world calls, free agency. Some of the biggest names in the game will be..." August 22

  • Report: Zach Werenski looking for three-year deal

    TSN "It appears restricted free agent Zach Werenski is looking for a bridge deal this summer. According to Brian Hedger of the Columbus Dispatch, Werenski is looking for a three-year contract with a cap hit in the $5 million range from the Columbus Blue..." August 21

  • The best (and worst) NHL teams of the past decade

    ESPN "A lot changed in the NHL standings during the past decade. There was an expansion team added, another that relocated and another that was renamed. There were six divisions when the decade began, with the top eight teams in each conference advancing to the playoffs; by 2014, we were..." August 21

  • NHL farm system rankings: Best, worst prospect pipelines for 2019-20, from 1 to 31

    Sporting News "The general managers who run NHL front offices, with support from their staff, use a variety of methods to identify, develop and assess the future talent within their own organizations. Unfortunately for the general public, they tend to keep us in the dark about the inner workings, which is why..." August 20

  • Columbus Blue Jackets Extend AHL Affiliation

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Columbus Blue Jackets have announced a multi-year extension with the Cleveland Monsters, keeping them as their AHL affiliate for the foreseeable future. Blue Jackets’ assistant GM Bill Zito explained why they made the decision to extend: The partnership has been..." August 20

  • #NHLTopPlayers: Top 20 Defensemen

    NHL.com "Whether it's breaking up a big play, setting up a goal, or scoring on the power play, some defensemen can do it all. NHL Network producers and analysts chose the top 20 defensemen in the League for a special program that premiered Sunday as the third in a nine-part series leading up to the..." August 19

  • The All-Decade Team for all 31 NHL clubs

    ESPN "In 2009-10, the New Jersey Devils were confident that 25-year-old Zach Parisewould help define their next decade in the NHL. Ditto the Washington Capitals, and their 25-year-old, 40-goal scorer Alex Semin. The Columbus Blue Jacketshad a 25-year-old franchise player..." August 19

  • Forecasting Canada's roster for potential 2021 World Cup

    The Score "With news that the NHL is "cautiously optimistic" that current CBA talks might lead to a World Cup in February 2021, we've decided to predict what each team's roster could look like should the tournament take place. We adopted the NHL's format for the..." August 16

  • ‘Cautiously optimistic’ NHL CBA talks could result in 2021 World Cup

    Sportsnet "Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says he’s “cautiously optimistic” about the direction of collective bargaining talks with the NHL Players’ Association and believes the sides are committed to staging the next World Cup in February 2021 if they can extend or renew the..." August 16

  • Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings

    The Score "After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course,..." August 16

  • 2019-20 NHL Fantasy Hockey Sleepers include goalie great Henrik Lundqvist

    CBS Sports "There are always tough decisions to make early on in Fantasy hockey drafts, but it's hard to go wrong when there are a plethora of superstars still on the board. However, things become much less straightforward in the mid-to-late rounds when big-name players become increasingly scarce...." August 15

  • Zach Werenski intends to sign with Blue Jackets before training camp

    CBS Sports "Zach Werenski is slated to sign a new contract with the Blue Jackets prior to training camp, NHL.com reports. Despite not signing his qualifying offer, Werenski's agent Pat Brisson told reporters, "It's our intention to have an agreement in time fo camp." " August 14