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  • Logjam at top of Pacific makes for intense playoff push

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Pacific Division is proving to be the wild, wild west of the NHL this season. Vancouver beat defending champion St. Louis on Monday night to move to 60 points in 50 games. Edmonton (57 points in 49 games), Calgary (57 points in 50 games), Arizona (57 points in 51 games) and Vegas..." January 28

  • 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

  • Trade Deadline Primer: Calgary Flames

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the trade deadline now less than a month away, we will be taking a closer look at the situation for each team over the coming weeks.  Where do they stand, what do they need to do, and what assets do they have to fill those needs?  Next up is a look at the Calgary..." January 25

  • 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

  • Maple Leafs And Flames Need To Swap Travis Hamonic for Kasperi Kapanen

    The Hockey Writers "The Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames have a lot in common. Both teams suffered painful first-round playoff exits last season after thinking it may have been their year to go deep. They each started the year off slow, before unexpected coaching changes gave the rosters a bolt of..." January 24

  • Brady, Matthew Tkachuk ready for memorable All-Star experience

    Pro Hockey Talk "It was always in Brady Tkachuk’s plans to head to St. Louis to support his brother Matthew in the NHL All-Star Game. But when a wrist injury forced Auston Matthews to withdraw, the Senators forward cut short his bye week vacation in the Bahamas to join the..." 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

  • Flames Looking To Trade T.J. Brodie

    Pro Hockey Rumors "January 24: If the Maple Leafs are still interested, they’ll have to deal with another obstacle. James Mirtle of The Athletic tweets that Brodie has Toronto on his eight-team no-trade list. Mirtle explained himself further on TSN radio today, suggesting that..." 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

  • Flames Looking To Trade T.J. Brodie

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Last offseason, the Flames had a deal in place with Toronto that would have seen defenseman T.J. Brodie go to the Maple Leafs as part of a package for center Nazem Kadri but Kadri admitted to using his partial no-trade clause to nix that deal.  It certainly seems as if..." January 22

  • Akim Aliu set for pro hockey return in Czech league

    Toronto Star "Akim Aliu will reportedly resume his professional hockey career with HC Litvinov of the Czech Extraliga. According to Sports Illustrated, the 30-year-old former NHL forward will join his new team Wednesday and play the rest of the season, starting with Friday’s..." January 21

  • 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

  • Fans troll with Matthew Tkachuk billboard, charities end up the big winners

    Pro Hockey Talk "Matthew Tkachuk‘s trolling made a great impact, and not just by earning the Flames a power play. Thanks to enterprising Flames and Oilers fans, a drive to put up a Tkachuk billboard in Edmonton morphed into something much more, raising a ton of money – more than $50K..." January 18

  • Flames’ David Rittich to replace Coyotes’ Darcy Kuemper in All-Star Game

    Sportsnet "Calgary Flames goaltender David Rittich has been named an NHL All-Star for the first time. The 27-year-old will replace the Arizona Coyotes‘ Darcy Kuemper — who has been out with a lower-body injury since Dec. 19 — on the Pacific..." January 16

  • NHL cautions Oilers, Flames ahead of rematch

    Yahoo! Sports "The National Hockey League is taking notice prior to next Wednesday’s matchup between the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames. In an effort to calm the controversy between Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk and Oilers forward Zack Kassian, the league is reportedly talking..." January 16

  • Dion Phaneuf has been hanging out with Brendan Shanahan

    Pension Plan Puppets "On TSN’s Insider Trading on January 16, Bob McKenzie talked briefly about Dion Phaneuf who has been seen around the Leafs offices lately. McKenzie explained that Paneuf has been shadowing Brendan Shanahan for a few days, and will move on in a few more to a..." January 16

  • Calgary, Edmonton Looking For Top-Six Forward

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Both NHL teams based out of Alberta, Canada are on the lookout for help in their top-six, according to the recent edition of TSN’s Insider Trading. Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger report that the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are both in the trade market for a forward,..." January 16

  • Auston Matthews on Matthew Tkachuk: 'His stuff probably won't work on me'

    Yahoo! Sports "Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has been the centre of the NHL’s attention of late for his agitating play, but Toronto Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews believes he’s unsusceptible to the winger’s ways. In anticipation of the two facing off on Thursday night,..." January 16

  • 7 Maple Leafs trade targets who could help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs’ tumultuous season has seen a new dose of chaos thrown into the mix. If a coaching change, an off-season blockbuster deal that hasn’t panned out, and injuries to Mitch Marner and John Tavares weren’t enough to shake things up, the loss of..." January 15

  • NHL Player Safety could not have handled the Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk feud worse

    Vancouver Courier "The animosity between Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames and Zack Kassian of the Edmonton Oilers is great theatre. The bad blood between the two players adds an extra edge to the Battle of Alberta, a rivalry that has lost something with the Oilers long absence from the..." January 15

  • Zack Kassian has no regrets about Matthew Tkachuk altercation: 'I'd do it again'

    The Score "Zack Kassian isn't going to apologize anytime soon for his actions toward Matthew Tkachuk that warranted a two-game suspension. "I'd do it again all over again," Kassian said to reporters when asked if he'd do anything differently...." January 14

  • New skills event will have players shooting pucks from stands

    The Score "The NHL is unveiling a new skills competition event at the 2020 All-Star Weekend that will feature players shooting pucks from up in the stands into targets on the ice, sources told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski. Eight players will stand in a section of the Enterprise Center in St. Louis..." January 14

  • Zack Kassian suspended two games for pummeling Matthew Tkachuk

    Yahoo! Sports "The Battle of Alberta is known for its tussles, but usually they’re a bit less one-sided than the one that transpired during Saturday’s contest between the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers. Oilers forward Zack Kassian sought retaliation immediately after receiving a..." January 13

  • NHL extends agreement with Buffalo to host combine through 2022

    Buffalo News "Buffalo will remain the final stop for prospects before the National Hockey League's entry draft. The league and the Buffalo Sabres announced Monday the two sides signed a three-year contract to continue to hold the combine in KeyBank Center and LECOM Harborcenter through 2022...." January 13

  • Women's 3-on-3 event arranged for NHL All-Star Weekend

    Yahoo! Sports "Hockey’s greatest rivalry is set to take the spotlight during the 2020 NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis, Missouri. A 3-on-3 matchup featuring the top women’s hockey players from the United States and Canada will take place at some point during the..." January 13

  • Matthew Tkachuk: If Zack Kassian 'doesn't want to get hit, stay off the tracks'

    The Score "Matthew Tkachuk had some advice for Zack Kassian after the Edmonton Oilers winger responded to a hard hit from the Calgary Flames forward with a series of pummeling blows. “If (Kassian) doesn’t want to get hit, then stay off the..." January 12

  • Flames’ Milan Lucic played unique role in development of now-rival Oilers

    Sportsnet "Milan Lucic leaned comfortably against a table in the Calgary Flames dressing room, talking about his time on the other end of the Battle of Alberta, when someone asked if a front-row seat watching Connor McDavid for three seasons had taught him..." January 11

  • Potential targets for the Colorado Avalanche as we approach the NHL trade deadline

    Mile High Hockey "As the 2020 NHL trade deadline draws closer, it’s only a matter of time before the rumor mill picks up steam. We’re set to hear dozens of teams and player mentioned in ‘rumors’ and ‘rumbling’ on a nearly daily basis. Some rumored trades will come to..." January 09

  • Flames sign Rasmus Andersson to 6-year, $27.3M extension

    TSN "The Calgary Flames have signed defenceman Rasmus Andersson to a six-year contract extension, with a $4.55 million AAV. Andersson, 23, is in his second full season with the Flames. " January 08

  • NHL's Bill Daly says trend of players skipping All-Star Game 'a concern'

    ESPN "The decision by Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin to skip back-to-back All-Star Weekends has the NHL concerned it could start a trend among players, according to deputy commissioner Bill Daly. "In terms of player participation, is that a concern? Yes, I..." January 08

  • NHL unveils black-and-white 2020 All-Star Game jerseys

    Yahoo! Sports "The best players across hockey will convene in St. Louis this year for the annual NHL All-Star Game, and with it comes the yearly debate about whether or not the jerseys displayed on ice are aesthetically pleasing, or doomed to be forgotten at best, and ridiculed at worst. The 2020..." January 08

  • Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and the value of a supporting cast

    TSN "Two of hockey’s superstars will square off Monday night in Toronto as Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers face Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs (6:30 p.m. ET on TSN 4). Any time you get a head-to-head matchup between players of this calibre, it is..." January 06

  • Rene Fasel: NHL needs to make Olympic decision by end of August

    The Score "IIHF president Rene Fasel has set a deadline for the NHL to decide whether or not the league will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Speaking at the closing press conference at the world juniors Sunday, Fasel said he needs a decision from commissioner Gary Bettman by..." January 06

  • John Tortorella’s nonsensical fine reeks of NHL hypocrisy

    New York Post "It is always amusing when Colin Campbell leaps to the defense of the integrity of the league, as the NHL’s director of hockey operations indirectly did when castigating John Tortorella’s “unprofessional and unacceptable” Dec. 29 postgame tirade against the..." January 06

  • Calgary Flames not interested in using free cap space on rentals

    Sportsnet "After freeing up some cap space with a recent trade, the Calgary Flames do not appear interested in acquiring rental players at the trade deadline. This week, the Flames traded pending free agent Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres, which opened up some cap space..." January 05

  • Mikael Backlund critical to Calgary Flames success in 2020

    The Sports Daily "As the calendar turns to 2020, the Calgary Flames will need an excellent second half of the season from center Mikael Backlund of Vasteras, Sweden in order to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second year in a row and the fourth time in six years. So far in 2019-20, Backlund only..." January 05

  • Which team should the Minnesota Wild face in the 2021 NHL Winter Classic?

    Hockey Wilderness "It’s official, folks. The Minnesota Wild will finally host a Winter Classic! The big game will take place on New Year’s Day 2021 at Target Field, which can contain close to 40,000 fans. The entire week leading up to the game will essentially be one massive party,..." January 03

  • Five most underrated stars heading into 2020

    Pro Hockey Talk "Like in all sports, the NHL has some players that are both overrated and underrated. Players might fall into either category because of where they play, which players they play with or their personalities both during interviews and on social media. Today, we don’t want to focus..." January 03

  • Four potential trade destinations for Rangers winger Chris Kreider

    Sportsnet "The first marquee trade chip of the season has already been dealt. With elite winger Taylor Hall shipped from New Jersey to Arizona in mid-December, the trade market has officially opened. And as is often the case with big-ticket deals, the fallout is just as important as the initial..." January 03

  • Michael Frolik trade finally gives Flames flexibility

    Flames Nation "As of this morning, the Calgary Flames had accumulated just $19,000 in salary cap room for the remainder of the season. For an admittedly underachieving group with higher aspirations, that couldn’t continue. As a result, the Flames consummated a trade that sent fourth line winger Michael..." January 03

  • Calgary Flames Trade Michael Frolik To Buffalo

    Matchsticks & Gasoline "One of the long rumoured Flames to be traded is on the move. The Flames sent veteran forward Michael Frolik to the Buffalo Sabres for a 4th Round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft Thursday night. A bonus for the Flames is they won't have to eat any..." January 02

  • NHL All-Decade Power Rankings: Blackhawks reign supreme

    The Score "Welcome to a special edition of theScore's NHL Power Rankings, which will encompass the last 10 seasons. With the new decade now underway, it's time to take one last look back at the previous 10 years and see which franchises were the class of the league. Let's rank how..." January 01

  • Breaking down the most egregious 2020 NHL All-Star team snubs

    Sportsnet "The rosters for the NHL’s four divisional All-Star squads are nearly set. After announcing the four captains earlier this month — Connor McDavid, Nathan MacKinnon, David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin, who’s elected to skip the festivities to rest up for the..." December 31

  • Divisional imbalance sure to impact NHL playoff races

    TSN "One story I’ve been monitoring since the National Hockey League adopted a division-based playoff format at the onset of the 2013-14 regular season is how divisional imbalance influences playoff races. There were a few reasons for realignment, but the league’s primary bet..." December 31

  • NHL unveils All-Star Game rosters, Last Men In candidates

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today the four divisional rosters for the 2020 Honda NHL® All-Star Weekend as well as the return of the 2020 NHL All-Star Last Men In presented by adidas, which gives fans the ability to vote for the final player on each All-Star..." December 30

  • After dispiriting loss to Flames, Oilers look like they no longer believe

    Sportsnet "The Edmonton Oilers are back to looking like they don’t believe, a familiar look in the land that playoff hockey forgot. They’ve lost whatever spirit they had, not to mention 11 of their past 15 games, and we all know where it goes from here. This isn’t a..." December 28

  • How tragedy forged special bond between Dougie Hamilton and a grieving family

    Sportsnet "With a simple flick of the wrist, Dougie Hamilton demonstrated his ability to change the complexion of an afternoon. The highlights showed him doing it for his Carolina Hurricanes with a power-play goal here two Saturdays ago. What people didn’t see was the..." December 27