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  • Scott Howson Elected AHL President

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The AHL’s board of governors has unanimously elected Scott Howson as the league’s next president and CEO. He will replace the outgoing David Andrews, who will vacate the position after June 30th. Andrews will continue in his position as chairman of the board...." February 14

  • Bargain Hunting: 10 cost-effective trade options contending teams should target at the deadline

    The Hockey News "If you go back through the past five trade deadlines and peruse the moves made by Stanley Cup-winning sides, one thing stands out: the big budget, headline-making, splashy moves are the exception, not the rule. Last season, for instance, the St. Louis Blues made one acquisition at the..." February 14

  • The NHL Olympics debate is a sham

    ESPN "It's getting very, very hard to sympathize with the National Hockey League when it comes to Olympic participation. For a while, it was easy. The International Olympic Committee was on the other side of the table, an organization that makes FIFA look like Amnesty International by..." February 14

  • Analyzing the best and worst linemate situations in the NHL

    TSN "On Tuesday, I had an interesting conversation with The Athletic’s Justin Bourne about which forward has the most favourable deployment situation in the National Hockey League. Bourne was making the argument that Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot – a winger on a line..." February 14

  • Why Phil Esposito loves Alex Ovechkin's passion for goals

    NBC Sports Washington "Alex Ovechkin has always played the game with passion. That is never more evident than when he scores. From the gap-toothed smiles to his joyous slamming into the boards, Ovechkin’s celebrations can be contagious. They also can rub people the wrong way. An old school..." February 12

  • 25 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about before the deadline

    Sportsnet "Less than two weeks before the trade deadline, and we’re starting to see some deals come in. Toronto acquired Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford last week, while the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild swapped Alex Galchenyuk and Jason Zucker this week — two..." February 12

  • Leave playoff gimmicks to MLB and keep the NHL post-season just the way it is

    The Hockey News "The day after what would have been Bill Veeck’s 106th birthday – look him up on Google, kids – news came out that Major League Baseball recently had a meeting with its Players’ Association to discuss adding teams to the playoffs and a scheme in which higher-seeded..." February 12

  • Elias Pettersson is the latest in a long line of NHL stars who are targets of on-ice abuse

    The Hockey News "Anyone who has watched NHL hockey over the past season-and-a-half did not require a Hockey Night in Canada montage to come to the conclusion that Elias Pettersson is a target of abuse. This has been going on pretty much since Pettersson first stepped onto the ice as a rookie. And as..." February 11

  • NHL 'not even close' on agreement to send players to Olympics

    ABC7 "The NHL remains reluctant to reverse course and compete in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, despite new assurances --which have the backing of the league's players -- from Olympic officials to resolve some major stumbling blocks. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly..." February 11

  • Blue Jackets using most first-year players in NHL

    NHL.com "1-Columbus Blue Jackets  Total games played by rookies (11 players): 240 games Players: Forwards Alexander Texier, Emil Bemstrom, Eric Robinson, Kevin Stenlund, Ryan MacInnis, Kole Sherwood; defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov, Gabriel..." February 10

  • Senators have flexibility ahead of trade deadline

    Sportsnet "There isn’t another team in the league with the roster flexibility of the Ottawa Senators, who not only have 10 pending unrestricted free agents but just four non-ELC players signed beyond next season (Thomas Chabot, Nikita Zaitsev, Colin White and Bobby..." February 10

  • Money Money 2020: sizing up the 10 best pending RFA defensemen

    The Hockey News "Things are starting to heat up with between Darnell Nurse and the Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday night during Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Oilers and Nurse are making progress on an expected short-term deal. Nurse is on the final year of..." February 10

  • Is Alex Ovechkin the NHL's greatest goal scorer ever?

    ESPN "We're officially locked in on 700 watch for Alex Ovechkin, the longtime goal-scoring legend for the Washington Capitals. Currently sitting at 698 goals for his career, and 40 on this 2019-20 season, Ovi is No. 8 on the all-time list. Ovechkin's scoring started..." February 10

  • Assessing Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews and David Pastrnak's chances of breaking 60-goal mark

    Yahoo! Sports "The Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard Trophy is often considered the exclusive property of Alexander Ovechkin (for good reason), but this season is shaping up to be a competitive race for the league’s goal-scoring title. Ovechkin has won the award eight times in his career,..." February 10

  • Report: IOC, IIHF open to addressing NHL's concerns about Olympics

    The Score "The governing bodies of international sport and hockey have taken a big step in negotiations over the NHL's potential Olympic participation in 2022. Following a meeting earlier this week, the IOC and IIHF indicated a willingness to address the issues the league has raised about..." February 09

  • Alex Ovechkin hoping to score 700th goal in front of Capitals home crowd

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin said he usually doesn't take time to think about his legacy. He's too busy writing it. But being on the verge of becoming the eighth player in NHL history to reach 700 goals has caused the Washington Capitals forward to pause briefly to consider where he..." February 08

  • NHL, NHLPA to resume negotiations on collective bargaining agreement

    NHL.com "The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet in Toronto on Tuesday to resume negotiations toward an extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. It will be the first time the sides have conducted formal negotiations since September, when each agreed to waive the..." February 07

  • Strengths and weaknesses of NHL’s top five trade candidates

    Sportsnet "As we draw nearer to the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, the list of names that will be available is becoming clearer. So today we’re going to look at five of the top players available, their strengths, their weaknesses, and what they’re worth on the..." February 07

  • Trade Bait: the first domino has fallen; who will be the next goalie moved?

    The Hockey News "As the NHL continues to evolve, the need for a competent backup goaltender continues to increase. The days of having your star goalie play 70 games a year while having an inexpensive backup fill in a few times a year are over – sorry, Scott Clemmensen and essentially everyone who backed..." February 07

  • Alex Ovechkin is on pace to be the most dominant 34-year-old of all-time

    NBC Sports Washington "Alex Ovechkin continues to amaze with his goal-scoring prowess and now sits just two goals shy of being the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals. It is easy to take for granted what Ovechkin is doing, but you shouldn't especially when you consider he is 34 years..." February 07

  • The Capitals Must Play Tougher Hockey Down the Stretch

    Nova Caps Fans "The NHL standings change on the daily during the regular season.  In the Metropolitan Division, it is a tight race these days.  None of the teams inside the Metropolitan Division can afford to have any lengthy losing stretches.  As the regular season approaches the spring, the..." February 06

  • Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews impressed by Alex Ovechkin as both chase Rocket Richard

    Sportsnet "As Alex Ovechkin has rocketed to the top of the NHL’s goal list by scoring 14 times in his last seven games, his peers can only shrug their shoulders and laugh. That includes Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews, one of Ovechkin’s closest..." February 06

  • Alex Ovechkin continues march toward 700 with another hat trick

    Pro Hockey Talk "Alex Ovechkin continued his quest for 700 goals with his third hat trick since January 16th in the Washington Capitals’ 4-2 win against the Los Angeles Kings. He scored goals 696, 697 and 698 and reached the 40-goal milestone for the 11th time in his marvelous NHL..." February 05

  • How Is Every Player On The Capitals Living Up To Their Contract?

    Nova Caps Fans "As we get into the stretch run of the 2019-20 season, the offseason will be here before we all know it and the Washington Capitals will have some major contract decisions to make in the near future. NoVa Caps takes a look at how every player is living up (or not) to their contract..." February 05

  • Chris Kreider atop 8 teams' trade wish lists

    The Score "Chris Kreider is in high demand. Eight teams have informed the New York Rangers they have the winger at the top of their respective wish lists ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline, reports The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The Rangers are reportedly..." February 04

  • Ryan Smyth among five players going to IIHF HOF

    TSN "'Captain Canada' is going to the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame. Former NHL forward Ryan Smyth, who wore the 'C' for Canada at the World Championship more than any other player in tournament history, is among five players and one builder who will be inducted this..." February 04

  • Eight goalie trade options the Maple Leafs should explore

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have been kicking tires in goalie market for weeks now, but it’s time for Kyle Dubas to slip on a pair of steel-toed boots and get serious about adding to his depth in the crease. Two things happened in Monday night’s dominant 5-3 loss to..." February 04

  • Alex Ovechkin won't be at bottom of 700-goal club for long, members say

    NHL.com "The NHL 700-goal club is ready to welcome Alex Ovechkin with open arms. But its members said they do not expect the Washington Capitals forward to be satisfied when he joins them. They suspect he'll move on quickly -- and past most of them -- in pursuit of Wayne..." February 04

  • Why hasn't Mario Lemieux congratulated Alex Ovechkin on passing him in goals?

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Mario Lemieux hasn’t said “congratulations” to Alex Ovechkin for moving up the all-time goal list and bumping him out of the Top Ten. It probably just slipped his mind. Grocery shopping, buying new suits that are too long in the arms, re-gelling his..." February 03

  • Buyer beware! Tomas Tatar and other risky trade candidates abound for the Penguins

    PensBurgh "With it looking more and more likely it’s a matter of “when” and not “if” the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the trade market to add a top-six scoring winger ahead of next month’s trade deadline, the focus shifts to just who it might..." January 31

  • At Least Eight Teams Pursuing Chris Kreider

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The top rental on the open market this season as the trade deadline approaches is undoubtedly Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then when Pierre LeBrun reports on the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading that “at..." January 31

  • Alexander Ovechkin passes Steve Yzerman on NHL goals list

    NHL.com " Alex Ovechkin passed Steve Yzerman for ninth place on the NHL all-time goals list, but the Nashville Predators rallied for a 5-4 win against the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Wednesday. Ovechkin, who was suspended one game for missing the 2020 Honda NHL..." January 30

  • Seattle NHL franchise responds to rumors about selecting 'Kraken' as team name

    CBS Sports "The new NHL franchise in Seattle has still yet to decide on a team name, or at least they what they would like to have you believe. After a report surfaced on Wednesday claiming that the Seattle expansion franchise would call itself the Seattle Kraken, the team has pushed back against those..." January 30

  • Alex Ovechkin honors late Kobe Bryant by donning No. 24 in warm-ups

    USA Today "Tributes to the late Kobe Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash at the age of 41, continue to pour in from across the sports world. One of the National Hockey League's biggest stars is the latest to salute the late legend.  Alex Ovechkin –..." January 29

  • Alex Ovechkin's quest for 700 goals 'cool to watch,' Capitals teammates say

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin is ready to resume his pursuit of history, and the Washington Capitals are looking forward to the ride. Ovechkin will be back in the Capitals lineup when they host the Nashville Predators in a "Wednesday Night Hockey" matchup at Capital One Arena (7:30..." January 29

  • Breaking down the remaining schedules of East's playoff hopefuls

    The Score "The All-Star break has come and gone, and from now until early April, it's going to be a dogfight for several clubs to get inside the playoff cutline. With that in mind, let's break down the remaining schedules of the teams battling for position in the Eastern Conference. Note..." January 29

  • What the NHL can learn from the KHL's support of women's hockey

    ESPN "When U.S. national team defender Megan Bozek signed with the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays of the Russian-based Women's Hockey League in November, she met the team in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, for an away game. Bozek and fellow American teammate Alex Carpenter dropped off their equipment at the..." January 29

  • Players on board with 'international flavor' All-Star Game idea

    The Score "Shortly after announcing that the Florida Panthers will host the 2021 All-Star Game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman added that the event could feature a "distinct international flavor." What that could mean remains to be seen, but the players are..." January 27

  • NHL mourns death of ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant

    NHL.com "Kobe Bryant's death on Sunday sent shockwaves across the hockey world. The former NBA star, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.  Bryant, who won five NBA championships with the Los..." January 27

  • T.J Oshie thrilled to have father in attendance at 2020 NHL All-Star Game

    NHL.com " T.J. Oshie didn't want his father to miss this. When the Washington Capitals forward was voted by the fans to play for the Metropolitan Division in the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game at Enterprise Center on Saturday, he arranged for his father to make the trip from..." January 26

  • Gary Bettman Speaks On Tracking Technology, Nassau Coliseum, Olympics, And More

    Pro Hockey Rumors "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the gathered media at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis this evening, speaking on a variety of topics. The long-time leader of the league had plenty to say, including confirming a 2021 All-Star weekend hosted by the Florida Panthers..." January 25

  • All 16 arenas in postseason to have player, puck tracking

    The Score "The 16 arenas used during the NHL postseason will have player- and puck-tracking data, commissioner Gary Bettman announced at his All-Star Weekend press conference, according to theScore's John Matisz. Additionally, all 31 of the league's rinks will have access to such..." January 24

  • Wayne Gretzky hopes that Alex Ovechkin breaks his goals record one day

    CBS Sports "Wayne Gretzky truly believes in the idea that "records are made to be broken," so much so that he's actively rooting for Alex Ovechkin to break his all-time goal scoring record. Rather than get crotchety when asked to make comparisons with modern players, as..." January 24

  • Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin among those selected to NHL All-Decade first team

    NHL.com "Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty and Marc-Andre Fleury were selected to the NHL All-Decade first team. The six players, chosen by a panel of NHL general managers, NHL hockey operations staff, NHL.com writers, and..." January 24

  • NHL All-Star Skills participants announced

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League today announced the participants in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka that will showcase hockey's top talent on Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Enterprise Center, home of the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Highlighting the..." January 24

  • PHWA Mid-Season Awards: A Look At The Front-runners For Major NHL Hardware And Notable Snubs

    The Hockey News "When the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced its mid-season award winners ahead of last season’s all-star break, it gave us a peek into the potential winners of the end-of-season hardware. After all, the PHWA is the body that votes on several awards — the Hart Trophy,..." January 24

  • 3 ways to improve NHL All-Star Weekend

    The Score "The NHL's All-Star festivities are upon us, and even though the sport's best players are set to convene in St. Louis for a weekend-long showcase, the buzz leading up to the event is far from palpable. This isn't a new problem for the league, either. The NHL All-Star Game..." January 23

  • John Carlson steadily grows into All-Star force for Capitals

    NHL.com "John Carlson can't believe it's been 10 years. When the Washington Capitals defenseman thinks back to his overtime goal that won the 2010 World Junior Championship for the United States against Canada, the passing of the decade strikes him almost as much as the..." January 19

  • Let's Dance: 12 Unforgettable Hockey Fights We're Still Talking About

    Complex "Although fighting in the NHL has been on a steady decline for years (sorry, Don Cherry), the recent drama surrounding the Battle of Alberta has put it back on the map—at least temporarily. With Edmonton Oilers’ winger Zack Kassian suspended two games for his now-infamous..." January 19

  • Alex Ovechkin passes Lemieux on NHL goals list

    NHL.com "Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals passed Mario Lemieux and tied Steve Yzerman on the NHL goals list Saturday, and likely will keep climbing it before the season ends. The forward scored three goals in a 6-4 win against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, giving him..." January 19