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  • Hockey's moment of reckoning is in its infancy

    TSN "Fifteen days after Akim Aliu’s seismic tweet, an aftershock sent another shiver through the NHL when the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for what the team called “unprofessional conduct.”   These two and a half weeks have shaken the..." December 12

  • Ron Francis on extending Bill Peters after abuse allegation: 'We felt it was behind him'

    Seattle Times "NHL Seattle general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday he hopes to learn from his experiences with the Carolina Hurricanes and put fallout from the Bill Peters situation behind him. In a sit-down interview near the team’s Queen Anne headquarters, his first since his..." December 12

  • Flames' Matthew Tkachuk day-to-day with UBI

    TSN "Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk did not play Tuesday night in Arizona against the Coyotes and is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury, the team announced.       

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  • 6 Canadiens trade targets to help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 campaign appears to be slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens. After missing out on the post-season two years in a row, the Canadiens currently sit two points out of third place in their division, and five points out of a wild-card spot. They’re fresh off an..." December 11

  • Latest On Salary Cap Ceiling For 2020-21

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t give a specific salary cap range estimate for the 2020-21 season, Pierre LeBrun took the pulse of the league’s board of governors. LeBrun shared those thoughts on TSN today: "They had their..." December 10

  • Four teams that could take a shot on trading for Alex Galchenyuk

    Sportsnet "When Alex Galchenyuk first landed in Pittsburgh this past off-season, a returning asset to the Penguins in exchange for Phil Kessel going to Arizona, there was a lot of anticipation for the one-time 30-goal scorer to regain that offensive level alongside Evgeni Malkin. But..." December 10

  • NBA Schedule Change Ideas Should Also Be Considered By NHL

    Featurd "The NBA is proposing radical changes to the league’s schedule. These alterations would dramatically reshape the regular season, mess with tradition and completely alter the status quo. They’re also fabulous suggestions. Hopefully, the NHL is listening as..." December 10

  • Potential 2021 World Cup Of Hockey Cancelled

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL had been hoping to pull off another World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021, but commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters today including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the idea is now dead. The league will hold an All-Star game instead, though Pierre LeBrun..." December 10

  • Gary Bettman: Teams to face 'severe discipline' for not reporting incidents

    The Score "Gary Bettman is shedding some light on what the NHL plans to do to address inappropriate behavior by its coaches and those involved in the game. On Monday after the league's Board of Governors meetings in California, the commissioner laid out the initial steps the NHL will take in..." December 10

  • Sizing Up The Backup Goalie Trade Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many teams hovering around the 30 games played mark, they’ve had a good chance to assess their goaltending situation.  While starters moving at this point of the season is rare, there could be some opportunities for teams to change their backups in an effort to shore up their..." December 10

  • Jakob Pelletier to miss World Junior camp with injury

    Flames Nation "Bad news, everybody. Calgary Flames top prospect Jakob Pelletier was invited to Canada’s World Junior selection camp. But he’ll be missing the camp (and the tournament) due to an injury.       December 09

  • NHL Seattle could unveil logos, colors in February

    NHL.com "NHL Seattle could reveal logo designs and colors at the same time it announces the name of the League's 32nd team in February or March, president and CEO Tod Leiweke said following his presentation to the NHL Board of Governors on Monday. "We think so, but we're still..." December 09

  • Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau shows plenty of fight after demotion to third line

    Sportsnet "Demoted to the third line and reduced to a season low of ice time, Johnny Gaudreau finally pushed back Thursday. Instead of pouting and further retreating, the man whose engagement has been questioned throughout the season showed plenty of fight. Legs pumping to..." December 06

  • Flames add Ryan Edwards to coaching staff as assistant

    NHL.com "Ray Edwards, director of player development for the Calgary Flames, was added as an assistant coach Friday. " December 06

  • Snoop Dogg now featured in ‘NHL 20’ as color analyst, player

    Sportress of Blogitude "Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest celebrity NHL fans on the planet, is now a featured character in to “NHL 20,” both as a color analyst and more strangely, as a playable character. EA Sports has been hinting at Snoop’s inclusion in the latest iteration of the..." December 06

  • Calgary Flames Agree To New Arena Deal

    Calgary Herald "The announcement was made Thursday at a meeting of city council’s event centre committee. Mayor Naheed Nenshi acknowledged Thursday that “the arena is not something that has universal support and acclaim throughout our community” — but he added that it was..." December 05

  • Report: NHLPA accused of covering up theft of over $100K from union funds

    Yahoo! Sports "A former technical support analyst for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) alleges that the NHLPA covered up a theft exceeding $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives, according to a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. TSN’s Rick..." December 05

  • Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers restaurant honors ‘Doc’ Emrick

    NBC Sports "One of the ultimate signs of respect from the city of Pittsburgh is when Primanti Brothers, the local sandwich shop known for piling mountains of french fries and cole slaw on its sandwiches, names something after you. NBC Sports announcer ‘Doc’ Emrick recently had that..." December 05

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Muzzin and the secondary NHL free agents due for significant raises in 2020

    Sporting News "Over the course of this season, the status of the top pending unrestricted free agents will garner growing interest among fans and pundits. The contract talks of the best potentially available talent, such as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and St. Louis Blues..." December 05

  • 'Still a long way to go,' but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL

    USA Today "Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential. “She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon..." December 05

  • Manon Rhéaume will be honoured with statue in Quebec City

    CBC "Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play in the NHL, will be immortalized outside Quebec City's Videotron Centre. Next year, a life-size bronze statue of the former goalie will go up at place Jean-Béliveau, right outside the arena. As a child,..." December 05

  • Austin Czarnik Assigned To Conditioning Stint

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Calgary Flames today assigned Austin Czarnik to the Stockton Heat of the AHL on a conditioning stint, signaling that he is nearing a return from the lower-body injury that has kept him out for the last six weeks. Czarnik, 26, was an important part of the Flames’..." December 04

  • Seattle NHL expansion team energized on one-year anniversary

    NHL.com "It has been one year since the NHL announced expansion to Seattle on Dec. 4, 2018. The arena is under construction. The team has no name, logo or colors, let alone coaches or players. It won't begin play until 2021-22.  Yet, since Oct. 30, the first season-ticket..." December 04

  • Coach Behavior To Be Main Topic At NHL Board Of Governors Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a whirlwind few weeks in the NHL coaching ranks. After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock back on November 20, several former players used the opportunity to criticize the veteran coach’s tactics and the way he treated some of his players. Former..." December 03

  • Akim Aliu says ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu believes some much-needed change is coming to the NHL. The former Calgary Flames forward met with commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday, and told reporters after the meeting that he’s excited to see that change come..." December 03

  • Longtime NHL centre Matt Stajan retires after time with Leafs, Flames

    Yahoo! Sports "Matt Stajan has retired from pro hockey following 14 seasons in the NHL. The 35-year-old native of Mississauga, Ont., had 413 points (146 goals, 267 assists) in 1,003 career NHL games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Calgary Flames. A centre, Stajan finished his career..." December 03

  • Why the NHL might finally be ripe for a European coach

    Sportsnet "Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time. And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something. Nineteen years have passed since the last..." December 03

  • Geoff Ward: New coach the kind of 'guy's guy' the Flames need right now

    Calgary Sun "There was a stretch, Rocky Thompson remembers, somewhere between 2003 and ’05 when he was feeling it. Skating well, racking up his usual pile of penalties in the American Hockey League playing for the Edmonton Oilers’ farm team, life was cruising along. Or so he..." December 02

  • Ignore the negative noise, this is hockey’s reckoning

    Sportsnet "It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a..." December 02

  • Bill Peters no longer Flames head coach

    TSN "Bill Peters’ time with the Calgary Flames has come to an end in the wake of revelations this week that he repeatedly used racial slurs a decade ago while coaching in the American Hockey League.? Flames GM Brad Treliving will hold a press conference on the matter at 12:30..." November 29

  • How Calgary Flames players reacted to Bill Peters' resignation

    Sporting News "The Calgary Flames and Bill Peters formally parted ways on Friday in the wake of several allegations levied against the former head coach this week. Interim head coach Geoff Ward takes over the team's bench for the time being and now needs to guide a struggling..." November 29

  • Flames’ GM discusses Bill Peters’ resignation, due diligence on hiring

    NBC Sports "Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving met with the media on Friday afternoon to discuss the resignation of coach Bill Peters. The press conference came after it was revealed that the disgraced coach had used a racial slur against former player Akim Aliu in the American Hockey..." November 29

  • Report: Akim Aliu, NHL meeting to discuss hockey's cultural issues

    Yahoo! Sports "Akim Aliu brought past racist comments by now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters into the public eye earlier this week and will reportedly meet with the NHL to discuss hockey’s cultural problems. According to Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, the two parties will have..." November 29

  • Geoff Ward takes over as interim head coach of the Calgary Flames

    Sportsnet "On Friday, Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving announced Bill Peters had resigned as head coach of the Calgary Flames following allegations earlier this week from Akim Aliu that Peters had directed racial slurs towards him 10 years ago. During the press conference, Treliving..." November 29

  • Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters resigns after his past n-word use and physical abuse comes to light

    The Comeback "This week saw Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters come under heavy fire for his past behavior, with former player Akim Aliu saying Peters repeatedly used the n-word towards him over music Aliu was playing in the locker room (in 2009-10, while both were with the AHL’s..." November 29

  • Akim Aliu responds to Bill Peters' apology

    TSN "Former NHL player Akim Aliu responded to Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters' letter of apology to the organization on Thursday, saying he found it to be, "misleading, insincere and concerning." "I have read the statement of Bill Peters, which..." November 28

  • Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side

    NBC Sports "Matthew Tkachuk watched Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov from 20 feet away and knew something special was about to happen. Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net, cradled it on the end of his stick and rammed it past the goaltender from behind the net. Someone..." November 28

  • 8 Oilers trade targets to help improve the club’s depth scoring

    Sportsnet "Depending on how you look at it, the Oilers either house one of the game’s elite offences, or one in desperate need of help. On one hand, they’re led by the top two scorers in the league, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amassing an absurd 95 combined points through..." November 28

  • Flames' Bill Peters situation complicated by lack of precedent

    Yardbarker "Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters  was already on the hot seat after a surprisingly poor start to the season. However, he came under fire this week for an entirely different reason, facing accusations of unacceptable off-ice conduct regarding former player Akim..." November 28

  • Flames' Bill Peters admits to using racial slur 10 years ago

    The Score "Flames head coach Bill Peters apologized for using a racial slur a decade ago in a letter he wrote to Calgary general manager Brad Treliving, according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis. Former NHL defenseman Akim Aliu tweeted Monday night that Peters directed the N-word..." November 27

  • Rod Brind'Amour says Bills Peters physically abused Hurricanes players

    The Score "Rod Brind'Amour corroborated allegations that Calgary Flames bench boss Bill Peters physically abused his players while head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes from 2014-2018. "You know with Bill, it for sure happened, the two issues that are in..." November 27

  • Sens coach recalls Akim Aliu hazing incident, how he wanted a new culture

    Sportsnet "Senators head coach D.J. Smith recalls a junior hockey hazing incident involving Akim Aliu as “unfortunate” and “unacceptable.” Smith was an assistant coach on the OHL Windsor Spitfires team Aliu played for as a rookie in 2005-06. In what became known as one of..." November 27

  • NHL Seattle should most certainly pursue Mike Babcock next year if he’s still available

    Seattle Times "We’ve got this season’s first big-name coaching casualty in Mike Babcock, a Toronto Maple Leafs castoff NHL Seattle should take a serious look at. Those familiar with junior hockey will remember “Babs’’ as a highly decorated Spokane Chiefs..." November 27

  • As Flames continue Bill Peters investigation, firing seems the only outcome

    Sportsnet "Brad Treliving has spoken to the accuser and the accused, the league and team management. He’s spoken to former players, current players and anyone else he figured would help him navigate through the unenviable position of determining Bill Peters’ fate. Given the..." November 27

  • Bill Peters won't coach Wednesday as Flames continue investigation

    Calgary Sun "Amid explosive allegations of racism and physical abuse of players, Bill Peters remains the head coach of the Calgary Flames. As of Tuesday evening, the Flames were continuing their investigation of a claim by former NHLer Akim Aliu that Peters “dropped the N bomb several times..." November 27

  • The Johnny Gaudreau Trade Rumors Are Absurd

    My NHL Trade Rumors "To say the Calgary Flames are off to a slow start to this season is an understatement. After finishing atop the Western Conference with their best regular-season numbers (107 points) in 30 years, the Flames were expected to be a serious Stanley Cup contender in 2019-20. As of Nov 25,..." November 27

  • Flames say they're investigating alleged racial slur by coach Bill Peters

    TSN "On the heels of criticism for Mike Babcock's coaching tactics with a rookie Mitch Marner in Toronto, Babcock protege Bill Peters was called out by a former player of his own on Monday. Akim Aliu tweeted he wasn't surprised to hear the Babcock news and said he..." November 26

  • Flames fire coach Bill Peters after allegations by Akim Aliu

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have fired head coach Bill Peters in response to allegations made by former player Akim Aliu on social media, according to Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek. On Monday night, Aliu alleged on Twitter that Peters had directed a racial slur toward him..." November 26

  • Ex-teammates corroborate former NHL player Akim Aliu's claim that Flames coach Bill Peters used racial slur

    USA Today "Two former teammates of ex-NHL player Akim Aliu on Tuesday corroborated Aliu's allegation that Calgary Flames coach Bill Peters used a racial slur toward him years ago when Aliu played for the American Hockey League’s Rockford IceHogs and Peters was..." November 26

  • Flames GM Treliving says Bill Peters investigation still ongoing

    Sportsnet "Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving met the media Tuesday afternoon and updated the situation surrounding Bill Peters following allegations from Akim Aliu Monday night. “Throughout the evening last night and into this morning we were starting an investigation into the..." November 26