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  • The 12 Highest-Paid NHL Players This Season, Ranked

    Complex "Hockey is back, and with it comes highlight-reel plays, online debates, and fantasy drafts. In short: it’s the type of high-octane diversion we all deserved given the global circumstances. Not even a reduced season (56 games) and a late start (Jan. 13) could dampen our spirits...." February 26

  • What Your Team Is Thankful For: Washington Capitals

    Pro Hockey Rumors "What are the Capitals most thankful for? A consistent stream of firepower.  While a few players have come and gone due to salary cap constraints, the majority of Washington’s core has been intact for a while.  The end result has been plenty of..." February 25

  • Capitals to wear Black History Night warmup jerseys before Penguins game

    NHL.com "The Washington Capitals will wear special Black History Night warmup jerseys before they host the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; ESPN+, TVAS, NBCSWA, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV). The black jerseys feature a Players Against Hate end racism shoulder patch. They will be autographed..." February 25

  • Henrik Lundqvist not rushing decision on future in NHL after open-heart surgery

    NHL.com "Henrik Lundqvist said it will be months before he knows if he'll be able to resume playing in the NHL after having open-heart surgery in early January. The Washington Capitals goalie skated earlier this week at a private rink in Alpine, New Jersey, and acknowledged on his..." February 25

  • 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

    NHL.com "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

  • Henrik Lundqvist back on ice after open heart surgery

    New York Post "Henrik Lundqvist is already back on the ice. The legendary Rangers goaltender, who signed with the Capitals during the offseason after having the final year of his contract bought out, shared video of him in full gear for an on-ice workout seven weeks after he underwent open..." February 23

  • After Lake Tahoe games, Peter Laviolette wants to see NHL try pond hockey

    NBC Sports Washington "  The NHL forayed into unknown territory last weekend when it hosted a pair of games at Lake Tahoe, constructing an ice rink on the 18th fairway of a golf course on the Nevada side of the picturesque lake and its surrounding mountains. It was the first time the NHL..." 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

  • 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

  • Ilya Samsonov could return this weekend for Capitals

    NHL.com "Ilya Samsonov could start for the Capitals this weekend for the first time since Jan. 17. The goalie, who last played in a 4-3 shootout loss at the Pittsburgh Penguins, entered NHL COVID-19 protocol on Jan. 20 and returned to practice Feb. 8. Samsonov said he feels ready after..." February 19

  • The Capitals Defense: Actually Good?

    Japers' Rink "In a lot of ways, the Washington Capitals are still trying to figure it out - new coaches, new players, new systems, et cetera, and perhaps nowhere is this more apparent than on the blueline, where injuries and other sidelinings have forced head coach Peter Laviolette to..." February 19

  • 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

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov expected to return for Capitals against Penguins on Sunday

    NHL.com "Forwards Evgeny Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana, defenseman Justin Schultz and goalie Ilya Samsonov will be ready to return for the Washington Capitals when they play at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVAS). It will..." 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

  • 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

  • Taking a quick look at the improbability of the Caps struggles while ahead

    Japers' Rink "Super Bowl Sunday in the Nation’s Capital saw its hockey team squander a two-goal lead, spoil a highlight reel performance from Alexander Ovechkin, and gift two more points to a competitor in a season where we know points are at a premium. And yet this wasn’t exactly a shocking..." February 10

  • Capitals hire Michael Peca, a two-time Selke winner, as player development coach

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The Washington Capitals announced a new addition to their coaching staff on Wednesday. Brian MacLellan has hired Michael Peca, a two-time Selke-winning forward (1997, 2002), as a player development coach. According to the Capitals, Peca will work primarily with players on the..." 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

  • Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers postponed due to COVID-19

    ESPN "Tuesday's Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers game has been postponed because of COVID-19 issues on the Flyers, a source confirmed to ESPN. The Flyers are now the fifth NHL team on pause. The Buffalo Sabres, Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota..." 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

  • Evgeny Kuznetsov, Ilya Samsonov rejoin Capitals after landing in protocol

    NBC Sports Washington "  Evgeny Kuznetsov and Ilya Samsonov took a step towards returning to action on Saturday as both players rejoined the team to begin workouts, according to Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette. Both players remain on the NHL's COVID-19 absence-related protocol..." February 08

  • 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

  • Flyers activate Sean Couturier from injured reserve ahead of game vs. Capitals

    Sportsnet "The Philadelphia Flyers have activated star centre Sean Couturier from injured reserve ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Washington Capitals. Couturier has been sidelined since Jan. 15 when he forced to leave the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins after..." February 07

  • 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

  • Is the “Fourth Line” Deployment Experiment Working?

    Japers' Rink "Usually, the duty of checking an opponents’ top line in hockey goes to another team’s top-six line, perhaps the third line - but rarely the fourth line. That’s why it’s fascinating that head coach Peter Laviolette, over the last six games at home with last change,..." February 05

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alex Ovechkin passes Mike Gartner for seventh in NHL history with 709 goals

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin passed Mike Gartner for seventh on the NHL goals list when the Washington Capitals forward scored against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday. Ovechkin scored his 709th goal 11:01 into the second period. The 35-year-old has played 1,159..." 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

  • 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

  • With 'no-move' request window open, how NMCs shaped 2017 Expansion Draft

    TSN "The formation of the Seattle Kraken quietly took a tiny step forward on Monday. That’s because Monday marked the first day NHL teams may request that a player waive his “no-move clause” for purposes of the Expansion Draft. That window will remain open for five..." February 03

  • Postponements have NHL headed toward scheduling crunch

    TSN "One of the uncomfortable realities of playing a professional sports season during a global pandemic – even amidst optimism surrounding a worldwide vaccination effort – is that nothing can be set in stone. Last season, the National Hockey League led from the front by..." February 02

  • Zdeno Chara's hockey sticks sent to N.J. man's house

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Zdeno Chara let Evgeny Kuznetsov use one of his sticks before a training camp practice in mid-January. “Just don’t break it,” Chara said. “I don’t have enough.” A few weeks later, Chara’s new shipment of twigs arrived in the..." February 02