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  • Blues' David Perron added to COVID-19 protocol list

    Sportsnet "St. Louis Blues forward David Perron was added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list on Saturday, according to Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. Perron joins teammates Nathan Walker and Jake Walman on the list.  " May 15

  • 1 key matchup for each opening-round playoff series

    The Score "The NHL made it. After a truncated regular season littered with COVID outbreaks, the playoffs are here. Competition for the Stanley Cup begins Saturday night as the Boston Bruins visit the Washington Capitals. Here's one key matchup for each of the eight opening-round..." May 15

  • NHL wants coronavirus-related Canada border answer for Stanley Cup playoffs by June 1

    ESPN "The NHL has told the Canadian government that it needs an answer on the Stanley Cup playoffs' coronavirus-related border travel issue by June 1. "The conversations are ongoing. We've told them we really do need to know by the end of the first round, and that's..." May 14

  • NHL won't award famed conference championship trophies during Stanley Cup playoffs

    ESPN "There won't be any superstitious drama about NHL teams touching the conference championship trophies in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs -- because they won't be awarded this season. "We're not handing them out," NHL Chief Content Officer Steve Mayer told ESPN on..." May 14

  • Ryan O’Reilly's thoughts on playing the Colorado Avalanche in the playoffs

    Colorado Hockey Now "The Avalanche-Blues series hasn’t even begun, and we already have some prime bulletin-board material for Avs players to stare at for the next three days, courtesy of former Avs forward Ryan O’Reilly. Here is what O’Reilly said tonight to Blues reporters via Zoom,..." May 14

  • NHL Releases First Round Playoff Schedules

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Even though the Colorado Avalanche and Vegas Golden Knights don’t know exactly who they will be playing just yet, the NHL has released the playoff schedules for the first round. Things will kick off on Saturday with a game between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals, while..." May 13

  • 5 NHL Playoff Teams with Big Decisions to Make in Net

    Bleacher Report "NHL teams are changing the ways they think about goaltending. Look at how the Vegas Golden Knights conducted business in the crease during the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs. Robin Lehner, ostensibly the team's chosen goaltender, gave way to Marc-Andre Fleury for one game in each of..." May 13

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Tattoos Are the Most Popular of Any Sports Team in the World

    Complex "It’s no secret that Leafs fans are some of the most die-hard sports fanatics out there, and it turns out they’re also the most tatted in the world when it comes to riding for their team.  Gambling.com investigated which sports logos have been..." May 13

  • Matthew Beniers, 18, named to Team USA for worlds

    TSN "USA Hockey has unveiled the roster that will take part in the 2021 IIHF men's World Championship in Riga, Latvia from May 21 - June 6.  The roster includes three goaltenders, nine defencemen and 14 forwards.  The youngest player on the roster is 18-year-old..." May 13

  • OHL announces plan for 68-game 2021-22 season beginning Oct. 7

    Sportsnet "The OHL announced Thursday its plans to hold a 68-game 2021-22 regular season running from Oct. 7 to April 3, 2022. The playoffs are scheduled from April 7 to May 30, with the Memorial Cup set from June 2 to 12. " May 13

  • NHL hot seat watch: The players, coaches and GMs with the most on the line

    The Athletic "All of what has transpired in the past five months may indeed be a one-off for the NHL. The four divisions. The divisional-only play. The COVID-19 shortened 56-game regular season. Doesn’t mean the pressure is any different for the 16 teams that have qualified for the 2021..." May 13

  • NHL missed out on nearly $3.6 billion in revenue in 2020-21 because of limited attendance

    The Athletic "The National Hockey League missed out on almost $3.6 billion in revenue this season from ticket sales and in-arena purchases because of attendance restrictions. League and team executives wouldn’t confirm or share financial impacts specifically, but when The..." May 13

  • NHL could support women’s league if PWHPA, NWHL work together

    Sportsnet "The NHL informed both the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association and the National Women’s Hockey League that it is not in position to operate a women’s league in the foreseeable future, but also indicated that if the two entities come together with a plan, the league..." May 13

  • Staying or Going? NHL Teams That Have Head Coaching Decisions to Make

    Bleacher Report "The Columbus Blue Jackets, Arizona Coyotes and the New York Rangers have already dismissed their head coaches, and a few other teams are expected to follow in the coming days. The Seattle Kraken have yet to hire a head coach, and a few teams bound for the postseason face..." May 12

  • Keys to the offseason for NHL teams, including draft, free-agency game plans

    ESPN "The 2021 NHL season was -- hopefully -- the most unique campaign that any of us will witness. Arenas had reduced numbers of fans -- or no fans -- and as a result of the U.S.-Canada border being closed, the divisions had to be realigned to sequester the Canadian teams; that decision..." May 12

  • Free Agent Frenzy: Dougie Hamilton tops list with postseason, Expansion Draft looming

    TSN "This isn’t Canada’s favourite game show, but we have a Quiz question ahead of Free Agent Frenzy: Who is the only NHL defenceman to hit double digits in goals in each of the last seven seasons? A. Victor HedmanMay 12

  • Does A Strong Finish For Non-Playoff NHL Teams Carry Over To The Next Season?

    Expected Buffalo "The Buffalo Sabres 2020-21 season is in the books. Another season that ends without a playoff berth and another where they finish at the bottom of the NHL standings. The good news for the club is that they finished the year on a positive note. When you look at the final 25 games of..." May 12

  • Why the NHL’s foray into sports betting may finally mean more specific injury disclosure

    The Athletic "Once upon a time, back when the NHL was a modest 21-team entity, the league had a comprehensive injury disclosure policy that rivalled other professional sports leagues for its detail and transparency. Kevin Allen, the longtime hockey writer for USA Today, recalls just how specific it..." May 12

  • 5 Possible Trade Destinations for the Washington Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov

    Bleacher Report "Could the Washington Capitals listen to trade offers this summer for Evgeny Kuznetsov? That's what TSN's Pierre LeBrun suggested on May 4, noting the 28-year-old center and Ilya Samsonov were scratched from a recent game for being late to a team..." May 11

  • Justin Abdelkader, Brian Boyle To Play For Team USA

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Sometimes the IIHF World Championship is a great place for those playing overseas to show what they can do against NHL talent. It can operate as a springboard to a North American career for young undrafted talents, or act as a way to prove the worth of a former NHL regular. The latter will be..." May 11

  • Analyzing how the biggest NHL trade deadline deals have panned out so far

    Sportsnet "Even though we're about a month past the deadline, trade rumours of the off-season variety are already swirling again. Jack Eichel contributed to those in a big way Monday, with a press availability that was filled with bombs left and right. He didn't outwardly say he had..." May 11

  • What NHL executives are saying about a potential Jack Eichel sweepstakes

    The Athletic "And so now we ask the question: Which team will be responsible for paying the remaining $50 million on Jack Eichel’s contract? That’s really where the conversation must start if you’re a team thinking of calling the Sabres this offseason. Read..." May 11

  • The top rising candidates for NHL coach, GM jobs

    ESPN "If there's anything we know about NHL hiring practices, it's that they can be predictable. Since 2005-06, there have been 171 head-coaching changes in the NHL -- more than the NFL, NBA or MLB. However, 101 of the 171 new hires had previous head-coaching experience, according to the..." May 11

  • Are the New York Rangers the front-runner for Jack Eichel?

    The Athletic "Jack Eichel has some “thinking to do in this offseason,” and the Buffalo Sabres star doesn’t sound like his focus will be on staying with his current team. On Monday, he vented his frustrations with the organization and specifically how they’ve..." May 11

  • NHL’s relaxed dress code could give players a chance to show their style

    The Athletic "Dressing for a home game used to be more of a plug-and-play approach for the Arizona Coyotes. Pick a suit, pick a tie and you’re off. “Now you get to actually think about it a little bit more,” Coyotes center Clayton Keller said. “You actually have..." May 11

  • Ranking the 10 Most Despised Players in the NHL Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "Some are whiners. Some are bullies. Some live to get under your skin. The common thread: Some NHL players are simply loathed. Hockey history is full of tales of players who didn’t get along with opponents, fans or even their own teammates. The past two-plus decades..." May 10

  • Nominees Announced For 2021 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy is given out annually to the NHL player who exemplifies perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey. The award has been voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association since 1968, and today they announced their nominees for..." May 10

  • Calder Trophy favorites include Kirill Kaprizov, Jason Robertson

    NHL.com "Who was the best rookie in the NHL during the 2020-21 regular season? That will be officially decided when the Calder Trophy, voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, is revealed during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Though the regular season isn't scheduled to end until May 19,..." May 10

  • Hurricanes’ Rod Brind’Amour is the front-runner for the Jack Adams, according to NHL GMs poll

    The Athletic "The Jack Adams Award as NHL coach of the year is voted on by the NHL Broadcasters’ Association. It’s one of the few awards the Professional Hockey Writers Association doesn’t get to vote on — the general managers vote for the Vezina Trophy — and I must..." May 10

  • 25 Under 25: Ranking the Best Young Players in the NHL

    Bleacher Report "A quick look at this season's NHL stats reveals a number of players under the age of 25 sit among the league's top stars. Several, such as Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, established themselves as superstars..." May 09

  • NHL to relax COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated playoff teams

    The Score "The NHL will relax its COVID-19 protocols for playoff teams once 85% of a club's traveling party has been fully vaccinated for two weeks, reports Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. The easements will reportedly allow players to gather socially outside of team facilities, eat and..." May 08

  • Blues Clinch Stanley Cup Playoff Spot; Latest 2021 NHL Playoff Picture

    Bleacher Report "The St. Louis Blues are back in the Stanley Cup playoffs for the ninth time in 10 seasons. The 2018-19 champions booked a place in the postseason Friday by virtue of an overtime loss to the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche's 3-2 win over..." May 08

  • Re-Grading Last Year's Biggest NHL Free-Agent Signings

    Bleacher Report "When the 2020 NHL free-agent market opened on Oct. 9, we graded the biggest unrestricted free agent signings. As the 2020-21 regular season draws to a close, it's time to revisit our assessments of those deals. Some of the notable signings included defenseman Alex..." May 08

  • How retiring NHL linesman Pierre Racicot honors his fallen friend

    The Athletic "Pierre Racicot and Stephane Provost began a ritual on May 11, 1999, when Provost’s youngest daughter, Ashley, was born. Racicot showed up at the Weston, Fla., hospital with a cooler of beer and the best friends and on-ice partners shared lots of laughs, talked excitedly about..." May 07

  • David Backes shares heartfelt, tear-filled postgame interview with Darren Pang in St. Louis

    Marker Zone "It was an emotional send-off for former Blues captain David Backes on Wednesday in St. Louis, as the current Anaheim Duck played what could very well be his last game in the city he called home for 10 seasons during his 15-year NHL career. Backes, 37, served as the..." May 06

  • Why is the modern NHL power play so effective?

    The Score "Toward the end of a five-on-four power play Monday, Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo curled behind his own net, gathered the puck, and skated out of the zone unbothered. With no opposing players applying pressure, Pietrangelo gently left the puck for a trailing teammate, Alex..." May 06

  • 1 Nightmare Matchup for Every NHL Playoff Contender

    Bleacher Report "It's an unalienable truth about the postseason: You can't win it if you're not in it. So, for the 16 teams who entered Monday night's games in position to earn entry to the Stanley Cup playoffs, that's the priority. Finish the season strong, clinch your playoff..." May 04

  • St. Louis Blues Extend Steven Santini

    NHL.com "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the Blues have signed defenseman Steven Santini to a two-year, two-way contract extension. Santini, 26, was originally signed by the Blues as a free agent on Oct. 10, 2020. " May 04

  • Proposed junior showcase hopes to give young NHL hopefuls a platform in an otherwise lost season

    The Athletic "It started as a joke. Frustrated with the on-again, off-again nature of the Ontario Hockey League, and watching a full season pass by, Andrew Perrott, a defenseman with the Owen Sound Attack, joked with his good friends Ryan Humphrey and Ryan Beck. “What if we just ran..." May 04

  • Who are the NHL’s worst shooters?

    The Athletic "In the “Star War” film series, stormtroopers are the fictional space marines of the Galactic Empire. They became notorious over the years for their subpar blaster aim, which constantly allowed the heroes of the stories to escape them unharmed. It’s gotten to the point that..." May 04

  • 5 storylines to watch over final month of NHL season

    The Score "With the 2020-21 regular season heading into crunch time, there are still plenty of key affairs to be determined down the stretch. Teams are jockeying for the final playoff positions, players are battling for individual hardware, and a few of the league's stars look to leave their..." May 01

  • Ranking the 5 Teams That Need to Win 2021 NHL Draft Lottery

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NHL draft is scheduled for July 23-24 and will be held virtually for the second straight year. The order of the draft for teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs will be determined via lottery on June 2. Starting this year, the drawings for the lottery were..." May 01

  • Offseason Trade Ideas for Some of the NHL's Worst Teams

    Bleacher Report "The 2020-21 NHL regular season is scheduled to end on May 19. As playoff-bound clubs look ahead at possible first-round opponents and bubble teams jockey for the final postseason berths, those at the bottom of the standings will soon have plenty of time to make their plans..." April 30

  • Should the Seattle Kraken pursue UFA players at the Expansion Draft?

    Sound Of Hockey "It’s easy and probably overly simplistic to suggest that the Seattle Kraken go all out in signing unrestricted free agents (UFA) at July’s Expansion Draft. If Seattle were to agree to terms with one of those players in the team’s 48-hour exclusive negotiating window, that guy..." April 30

  • NHL paid $70.6 million in legal fees for concussion settlement that paid players $18.49 million

    The Athletic "Two years ago, the NHL paid $18.49 million to settle a concussion lawsuit brought by more than 100 former players.  Compared to a previous NFL concussion settlement of more than $1 billion, the consensus was the NHL won. The NHL paid handsomely, however, for the legal counsel..." April 30

  • How NHL players and coaches are using technology during games

    The Athletic "The iPad is no longer an alien object on an NHL bench. Since the tablets first started appearing on NHL benches in the spring of the 2016-17 season, they’ve become a common fixture. An assistant coach with his eyes fixed on the screen during a timeout, a player checking..." April 29

  • Latest 2021 NHL Standings, Playoff Picture, Maple Leafs Clinch Playoff Berth

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Maple Leafs are headed to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Toronto clinched its postseason spot Wednesday with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Here is a look at how Toronto stacks up to the rest of the league in the..." April 29

  • NHL to hold 2021-22 All-Star Game

    The Score "The NHL All-Star Game will return during the 2021-22 season, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading." Last year's festivities were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no guarantee the All-Star Game would take place..." April 28

  • Is NHL’s ESPN-Turner partnership good for hockey?

    The Athletic "NBC has an important legacy with the NHL. When the league missed the entire 2004-05 season due to a work stoppage and the NHL’s overall value and marketability crashed to an all-time low, NBC had just returned as a national television partner. In 2008, the NHL introduced an NBC..." April 28

  • Gerard Gallant to coach Canada at upcoming men’s world championships

    Sportsnet "Veteran head coach Gerard Gallant is getting back behind a bench, this time on the international stage. Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Gallant will lead the coaching staff for the upcoming men’s world hockey championships in Riga, Latvia. Mike Kelly and Andre Tourigny..." April 28