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  • St. Louis Blues Sign Troy Brouwer, Jamie McGinn To Professional Tryouts

    St. Louis Game Time "With Vladimir Tarasenko out for five months, and Alexander Steen out for at least one, it was expected that the Blues would work from within to make up for those losses. Jacob de la Rose got his debut on Saturday night in a 3-2 overtime win against the Flames, but the..." November 12

  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Alexander Steen exits Blues' win with lower-body injury

    ESPN "Forward Alexander Steen left the St. Louis Blues' 5-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday because of an apparent lower-body injury. " November 07

  • NHL Odds: Bruins Favorites To Win Stanley Cup As Strong Start Continues

    NESN "Oddsmakers have joined the Boston Bruins’ band of believers. FanDuel Sportsbook on Thursday gave the Bruins 7/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup Final in 2020. These latest lines peg the Bruins as title favorites for the first time this season. The Bruins’ 24 points..." November 07

  • Blues' Alex Steen out 4 weeks with high ankle sprain

    CBC Sports "Blues' injury woes continue as top-line winger Vladimir Tarasenko is out the rest of the regular season. St. Louis Blues winger Alex Steen will miss at least four weeks because of a high ankle sprain. Steen injured his left ankle in a collision with Edmonton's Alex..." November 07

  • Jordan Binnington believes he deserved Calder: There's a 'bad taste in my mouth'

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The young upstarts came to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions, not praise them. Vancouver, after all, did so 2 ½ weeks ago in St. Louis, so why not do it again at home? The Canucks arrived at Rogers Arena even hotter than the Blues, having gone 5-0-2 in their past seven..." November 07

  • Blues trade Robby Fabbri to Red Wings for Jacob de la Rose

    NHL.com "Robby Fabbri was traded to the Detroit Red Wings by the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday for Jacob de la Rose. Fabbri, who did not play in the Blues' 5-2 win against the Edmonton Oilers, has one goal in nine games this season. The 23-year-old forward had six points (two..." November 07

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities

    Forbes.com "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • Latest On Alex Pietrangelo

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The St. Louis Blues have already made some big splashes this season, acquiring Justin Faulk from the Carolina Hurricanes and then extending both Faulk and Brayden Schenn to long-term contracts. Now all eyes are on captain Alex Pietrangelo who stands as easily their..." October 30

  • Blues Vladimir Tarasenko to miss five months after shoulder surgery

    TSN "St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko will miss at least five months after undergoing left shoulder surgery. The team announced Monday that the star winger will be placed on injured reserve and will be re-evaluated in five months. He sustained the injury in a win over..." October 28

  • Bringing NHL Feuds to Centre Stage

    The Hockey Writers "In the media, and all over Twitter, capturing the banter between these two stars seemed to be priority one. The rivalry is fun, it’s gripping, and it has been going on for several seasons with no real end in sight. Whenever the Flames and Kings play each other, Doughty and..." October 28

  • Analyzing the NHL’s luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far

    Sportsnet "Do you believe this is the year Buffalo, under Ralph Krueger, finally gets back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning just a shell of the 62-win team that dominated the regular season in 2018-19? Will Edmonton and Vancouver claim two of the top three..." October 28

  • Vladimir Tarasenko exits vs. Kings due to upper-body injury

    The Score "St. Louis Blues star winger Vladimir Tarasenko suffered an upper-body injury versus the Los Angeles Kings in the first period of Thursday's contest and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the game, the team announced. There's no word on the..." October 25

  • Jordan Kyrou Loaned To AHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to the AHL transaction page, St. Louis Blues forward Jordan Kyrou has been loaned to the San Antonio Rampage. That would indicate that Kyrou is close to returning from the offseason knee surgery that had him on season-opening injured reserve to begin the year. " October 24

  • Who will be the Craig MacTavish of visors?

    TSN "Ryan O’Reilly is among the last of a dying breed. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner became the face of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory last season – in part because he’s one of the few players remaining in the NHL whose face isn’t protected by a..." October 24

  • Yes, let’s get alumni involved in the NHL Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have..." October 24

  • Sticker shock aside, NHL Seattle is banking on fans paying big to watch its team in person

    Seattle Times "To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to..." October 23

  • Blues must rediscover the 'buy-in' and fight that makes them fearsome

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Admittedly it feels uncomfortable to suggest this, especially because my sweet mother reads the morning paper, but someone on the Blues needs to drop the gloves and punch an opponent in the face. The Blues need an emotional jolt, something, anything to fire them up out there. And in..." October 22

  • NHL Power Rankings: Poor goaltending sinking the champs

    Yahoo! Sports "Hey everyone, we here at Yahoo! Sports are doing real power rankings for teams Nos. 1-31. Here they are, based on only how I am feeling about these teams and their chances to win the Cup, meaning you can’t tell me I’m wrong because these are my feelings and feelings can’t be..." October 22

  • The NHL rules players would love to unfollow

    Toronto Star "No game is ever perfect, and hockey seems to tinker with its rules more and more every year. Everyone seems to have an idea of how to make the game they love just a little bit better. Even the players, who sounded off about coaches’ challenges, offside reviews, icing..." October 22

  • Space Needle time capsule includes NHL Seattle’s final five name choices

    Pro Hockey Talk "Seattle NHL’s expansion franchise will have an official name sometime in 2020, but as of Monday the team is down to five choices ahead of their entry to the league for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, a time capsule that was sealed and won’t be opened until the..." October 22

  • NHL legend, Barrie Colts HC Dale Hawerchuk battling stomach cancer

    The Score "Hockey Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk is undergoing chemotherapy after being diagnosed with stomach cancer in August. "For some reason, the Lord put me in this kind of fight and I'm ready to fight it," Hawerchuk told TSN's Rick Westhead in an interview last..." October 21

  • Exclusive: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with Mile High Hockey

    Mile High Hockey "It was 83 degrees in Denver on October 9th. By the morning of October 10th, Denver’s first snowfall of the season had ripped through town while thermometers in the Mile High City read 19 degrees, a record-breaking temperature drop in just a matter of hours. And it couldn’t..." October 18

  • A guru to the goalies

    Winnipeg Free Press "Somewhere in the wilds of B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, just north of Kelowna, lives a man who never played the game. Nevertheless, Adam Francilia's work during the six-month-long National Hockey League season takes him on the road. A lot. It's a grind he says averages out to..." October 18

  • Wysh List: The most overrated advanced stats in hockey

    ESPN "Ron Hainsey was a plus-30 last season. That means Ron Hainsey was sixth in the NHL in something, at a time when Ron Hainsey shouldn't be sixth in the NHL in anything. Go back 15 years, and a plus-30 would have been an indisputable measure of a defenseman's prowess. But..." October 17

  • St. Louis Blues visit White House to celebrate Stanley Cup win

    Washington Post "President Trump feted the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday for their unlikely championship season during a White House ceremony that was at once more elaborate, but also more political, than the reception he held for the Washington Capitals last year. In a formal Rose Garden event,..." October 15

  • Stuck on zero: Notable NHL players still searching for first goal

    NBC Sports "We are a couple of weeks into the 2019-20 NHL season and there have been some surprising players at the top of the goal-scoring leaderboard, including James Neal, Anthony Mantha, Victor Olofsson, Brayden Schenn, and Erik Haula. Perhaps just as surprising is..." October 15

  • Jordan Binnington is ready to prove you wrong

    ESPN "A few weeks before St. Louis Blues training camp, in what's become an annual tradition, Jordan Binnington sat down for lunch with his junior goalie coach Greg Redquest. Since "goaltender" and "superstitious" are synonymous in hockey, they went to the..." October 15

  • NHL 2019-2020 season preview: Is St. Louis set up for another run at the Stanley Cup?

    CBS Sports "With another NHL season rapidly approaching, we're continuing our 2019-2020 preview week. We'll be taking a look around the league, division by division, and providing a snapshot of all 31 teams. In addition to top-to-bottom rankings, we'll give you reasons to believe in every team..." October 13

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • NHL teams are adding dogs to their rosters: Cute pooches are welcomed across the league

    USA Today "NHL teams are as thrilled to acquire a cute dog these days as they would be landing a scoring right wing. Ten teams now boast official team dogs, and that number may grow because team dogs are becoming as popular as players. “I can't tell you how many selfies our..." October 10

  • Sammy Blais is becoming the Blues secret weapon

    St. Louis Game Time "Sammy Blais officially welcomed himself to St. Louis during the postseason last year. His physical play helped set the tone. But now, Blais has begun to show a more consistent scoring touch. It took Blais until January of last season to score his first and second goals, the only..." October 09

  • New NHL rules forcing coaches to think twice before challenging plays

    Calgary Herald "Evidence of the National Hockey League’s new rules came in the pre-season, giving coaches everywhere a window into how they can approach the changes in the most advantageous way to their teams. The Detroit Red Wings were playing the Toronto Maple Leafs in their exhibition finale..." October 08