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  • Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Goalie Tandems

    Bleacher Report "A strong goaltending tandem can be a crucial part of an NHL team's success. With the 2020-21 regular season compressed into a tight 56-game schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having two capable goalies could be more important than ever. Every team has a starting..." January 26

  • Matthew Tkachuk: It's 'classic' to accuse me of purposefully falling

    The Score "Matthew Tkachuk is well-aware of his reputation around the league, but the Calgary Flames pest denied any notion he intentionally fell on netminder Jack Campbell in the dying moments of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs. "It was just a..." January 25

  • AHL’s Stockton Heat To Play 2020-21 Season In Calgary

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a surprising move, especially given the AHL’s return to action in less than two weeks, the Stockton Heat will not be playing in Stockton in 2021. Scott Linesburgh of The Stockton Record writes this evening that city and county officials have confirmed that the club does not..." January 25

  • NHL Considering Prospect Showcase Before 2021 Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many junior leagues shut down throughout the world and playing time being limited for up-and-coming draft prospects due to the pandemic, there is talk of making some changes to the upcoming draft format. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is talk that the..." January 24

  • Canadian NHL teams request change to quarantine rule

    MSN.com "Back in training camp, the standard for being cleared to participate for Canadian NHL teams was four negative COVID-19 tests in a seven-day span with players getting the green light to join on-ice activities on the eighth day.  That changed once the regular season started with the rule..." January 24

  • 10 NHL Coaches and General Managers On The Hot Seat

    Bleacher Report "The NHL began its abbreviated 56-game 2020-21 season on Jan. 13. For several coaches and general managers, this campaign could determine their ongoing employment. Some, such as Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, are..." January 22

  • AHL Releases 2020-21 Regular Season Schedule

    Yardbarker "Two weeks from now, the American Hockey League will start what it is still calling the 2020-21 season. On Feb. 5, things will kick off with several games around the minor leagues even without a handful of teams that opted out. League president Scott Howson released this statement Friday,..." January 22

  • NHL COVID game calls: Player quantity, not quality

    ESPN "The Carolina Hurricanes said the NHL's postponement of two games this week was not based on the prestige of the players who are currently on the league's COVID related absence list. The Hurricanes have five players on that list, including key forwards Jordan..." January 21

  • Which teams make the most sense for Pierre-Luc Dubois trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the NHL, you don’t see a lot of situations along the lines of James Harden forcing his way out of Houston in just about the least nuanced way possible. Usually, you barely hear a rumbling about a high-profile player wanting out. So, by the standards of headline-averse NHL..." January 21

  • 6 Players over 30 We Want to See Lift the Stanley Cup

    Bleacher Report "It's one of the hardest sports trophies to win. And when each and every NHL playoff tournament ends, there's a particularly poignant moment when a championship team's popular first-timer has the Stanley Cup handed to him for a celebratory skate. Steven..." January 20

  • NHL's Canadian teams are flying one-third fewer miles this season

    TSN "If only, Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice mused, the NHL could have it all – an all-Canadian North Division and fans in the stands. What a bubbling cauldron that would create: endless one-anthem nights to feed frenzied fan bases with rivalries that feel like more than just..." January 20

  • The Fight Over Hockey's Racial Reckoning

    SI "On Sept. 3, just past the midway point of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL issued a 2,500-word press release cataloguing, as the headline declared, "Initiatives to Combat Racism and Accelerate its Inclusion Efforts."  It was a sensitive moment for the league. A..." January 20

  • The NHL has pushed pause on its puck tracking project

    Scouting The Refs "The National Hockey League has pushed pause on its puck tracking project. From the NHL: The National Hockey League announced today that, effective with tonight’s games, the League will be using game pucks without the imbedded tracking technology. The decision was made..." January 19

  • Behind the Scenes at a Fanless NHL Game

    Bleacher Report "Madison Square Garden is a special place. So many of these buildings are generic, dual-sport facilities that all feel the same and look the same once you're inside. But not the Garden. The Garden has a feel all its own. My first trip to the World's Most Famous Arena..." January 19

  • Flames' Elias Lindholm praises Jacob Markstrom: 'He deserves the contract'

    The Score "Elias Lindholm believes new Calgary Flames goaltender Jacob Markstrom is worthy of the team's splashy offseason investment. "For now, he deserves the contract," Lindholm said with a smile about his fellow Swede, according to Postmedia's..." January 19

  • Calgary Flames Sign Michael Stone, Place On Waivers

    Flames Nation "More signing news from the Calgary Flames, and it’s another minor one. The club has announced the signing of defender Michael Stone to a one year, two-way deal worth $700,000 at the NHL level. He was placed on waivers, as well. Brett Ritchie, signed and waived on Sunday, has..." January 18

  • IIHF to move world championship from Minsk due to political unrest

    The Score "The 2021 men's world championship will no longer be played in Minsk, the IIHF announced Monday. The tournament - which the IIHF awarded to Minsk and the Latvian capital of Riga in 2017 - is being relocated due to political unrest in Belarus and the ongoing pandemic...." January 18

  • Flames notebook: Familiarity leading to early power play success

    Sportsnet "In the midst of wrapping up post-game media responsibilities following the Flames’ successful home opener Saturday, Geoff Ward suggested his power play was predictable. If that sounded like something he wasn’t happy with, guess again. He explained on Sunday that..." January 17

  • One question facing each Canadian team after frantic North Division start

    Sportsnet "The North Division has not disappointed through four days of action. We've seen thrilling overtime, heated physicality, and the storylines we've been waiting months to talk about are beginning to unfold. We're not even a week into this experiment and the all-Canadian..." January 17

  • Flames' Brett Ritchie: Inks deal with Calgary

    CBS Sports "Ritchie signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flames on Sunday, Aaron Vickers of NHL.com reports. Ritchie came into Calgary training camp on a PTO, but was cut prior to the beginning of the season.  " January 17

  • USHL Gaining Top Players With Canadian Junior Leagues Out Of Action

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The United States Hockey League, USHL, is the top junior league in the U.S. and has been growing as a top developmental destination in recent years. Yet, they have never seen an influx of talent as they have this season. Early on, it was NCAA players whose teams (mostly Ivy League programs)..." January 17

  • What Canucks have in Travis Hamonic, Flames in Chris Tanev after team swap

    Sportsnet "The Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames meet for the first time tonight in a game that features a pair of defencemen who have swapped sides in this rivalry -- Chris Tanev and Travis Hamonic. The Flames brought Tanev in to do what he did so well in Vancouver..." January 16

  • Flames GM: 'Teammates adore' hardworking Jacob Markstrom

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames lost their season debut Thursday night, however it didn’t derail general manager Brad Treliving’s optimism for this season – specifically his confidence in new starting goalie Jacob Markstrom. “He works as hard as any..." January 15

  • Jets' Nikolaj Ehlers expected to play vs. Flames on Thursday

    Sportsnet "Winnipeg Jets winger Nikolaj Ehlers is expected to be in the lineup when the team hosts the Calgary Flames for their season opener Thursday, per Sportsnet's Ken Wiebe. " January 14

  • 10 NHL Players Who Will Have Breakout Performances in 2020-21

    Bleacher Report "In every NHL season, several promising young players break out as stars. We can expect the same during this truncated 2020-21 campaign. Fans usually focus on top rookies or sophomore players who can build upon their promising debuts. However, there are various players entering their..." January 14

  • Enhanced Flames aim to be ‘serious contender’ this season

    TSN "Fresh off the heels of a $50 million spending spree (which was precipitated by another early playoff exit), the Calgary Flames enter the upcoming season with heightened expectations. Outside of Marc Bergevin, arguably no other general manager of a Canadian team did more to improve..." January 14

  • Canadian teams announce initial rosters, taxi squads for 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames have finalized their initial rosters and taxi squads ahead of the 2020-21 NHL season, with their peers in the North Division expected to follow suit Tuesday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is allowing each team..." January 13

  • 22 NHL players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on January 13, 2021, in accordance with the League's COVID Protocols. Beginning today, and continuing for the balance of the season, the NHL will be sharing the names of Players who are..." January 13

  • Enthusiasm, intrigue set the table for an NHL season unlike any other

    Sportsnet "In 2021, the promise of fresh ice and a fresh NHL schedule comes with no less excitement or anticipation than it usually would. But this season of our dreams in the Great White North also looms as a Great Unknown. We are not just talking about who will surprise and..." January 13

  • Canadiens, Flames announce initial rosters, taxi squads for 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "The Montreal Canadiens and the Calgary Flames have finalized their initial rosters and taxi squads ahead of the 2020-21 NHL season, with their peers in the North Division expected to follow suit Tuesday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is allowing each team..." January 12

  • NHL announces 27 positive COVID-19 tests through training camp

    Oilers Nation "The National Hockey League says 27 positive COVID-19 tests were returned among players during training camps. The positive tests came from nine teams, although the majority were due to an outbreak that included 17 players on the Dallas Stars. The players have been largely..." January 12

  • NHL 2021: Avalanche, Lightning top Stanley Cup odds for the season

    Sporting News "The puck is hours away from dropping on the 2021 NHL season. It'll be a sprint to the playoffs as the 31 NHL teams are set to play 56 games over the course of the next 116 nights. The defending champion Lightning are expected to make a big run once again, with preseason odds..." January 12

  • Canucks sign Travis Hamonic to one-year deal

    TSN "The Vancouver Canucks have made things official with Travis Hamonic, signing the veteran defenceman to a one-year contract. The team announced the deal Tuesday, saying in a release that the agreement is worth US$1.25 million. Vancouver signed Hamonic to a professional..." January 12

  • NHL 2021 season debate: The worst and best offseason moves

    USA Today "The 2021 NHL season is mere days away. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout North America, the NHL has implemented a more compact, 56-game schedule with teams allowed to carry a "taxi squad" of players. This group will consist of four to six players who teams..." January 12

  • NHL to have two outdoor games this season in Lake Tahoe

    The Sports Daily "The National Hockey League will have two outdoor games in Lake Tahoe during the 2020-21 regular season according to Sean Leahy of NBC Sports. The games will be played on February 20 between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, and then on February 21 between the Boston..." January 12

  • The NHL is set for a strange season. Here's why it will be among the most unusual in history.

    USA Today "The NHL has had two seasons shortened and another canceled because of labor disputes. Last season was paused in March because of a pandemic and eventually ended in late September. This season, the NHL will try to navigate another shortened season amid a surge in the COVID-19..." January 12

  • NHL's Gary Bettman expecting billions in losses during short season

    ESPN "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league and its clubs will lose billions of dollars to stage an abridged 2021 season largely without fans, but he felt it was critical to play through the pandemic anyway. "Let me make something really clear: We're coming back to play..." January 11

  • Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson among players on waivers

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forwards Corey Perry and Michael Frolik were among a large number of players placed on waivers Monday as team's look to set their opening-day rosters before Wednesday. Both Perry and Frolik were signed by the Canadiens as free agents last months, with both..." January 11

  • NHL on NBC hires Mike Babcock in studio role

    The Score "Mike Milbury will not be back as an analyst for NBC Sports this season. The network released its broadcasting roster for the upcoming campaign Monday, and the longtime commentator's name is not on the list. Mike Babcock will make his debut as a studio analyst..." January 11

  • Flames season preview: Can Calgary put it together when it matters most?

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have the goaltending, the depth and the star power to contend for a Stanley Cup. What they don’t have is any semblance of proof they can put it all together when it matters most. "We know we’re going to be judged off the..." January 10

  • 43 Players Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As teams begin to make their final camp decisions with the 2020-21 season getting started this week, the ramifications are apparent in today’s waiver wire group. All nine players from Saturday’s waivers cleared, but that is less likely to occur Sunday with a much longer..." January 10

  • Flames Sign Brett Ritchie To PTO Agreement

    MSN.com "`As had been suggested earlier in the week by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Flames announced that they have indeed brought winger Brett Ritchie into training camp on a PTO agreement.  To make room for him on the roster, the team has assigned..." January 09

  • Flames' Rasmus Andersson serves up powerful reminder of potential 2021 impact

    Sportsnet "It took all of 80 seconds into the team’s first intrasquad scrimmage for Rasmus Andersson to serve up a powerful reminder of just how prominent a role he’ll play for the Calgary Flames this season. Seconds into Team McDonald’s first power play of the night,..." January 08

  • Sportsnet to broadcast over 300 NHL games for the 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "Sportsnet is answering the call of the North with more than 300 NHL broadcasts in a condensed 17-week schedule across its TV and streaming platforms this season. In addition, 140 all-Canadian matchups will be available across the Sportsnet Radio Network. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13,..." January 08

  • 25 players placed on NHL waivers

    TSN "Twenty-five players have been placed on waivers as of 12 p.m. ET. Notable names include David Backes and Nicolas Petan. Four teams are waiving the following players: Colorado Avalanche: Jacob MacDonald, Daniel Renouf, Kyle Burroughs, Michael Vecchione, Thomas Tynan, Miikka..." January 08

  • 5 NHL head coaches on the hot seat entering the season

    The Score "Expectations are a part of sports, and hockey is no exception. The most talented teams believe they can win the Stanley Cup, and anything less is a disappointment. Then there's the middle of the pack, comprised of teams fighting for a playoff spot and hoping for the best when they..." January 08

  • NHL RFA Deadline Approaching Quickly

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a normal season, even restricted free agents that miss all of training camp have plenty of time to sign. To be eligible to play, they must have a contract signed and filed with the league by December 1, nearly two months after a normal NHL season begins. Two years ago we saw a negotiation go..." January 08

  • 5 NHL players poised for bounce-back seasons in 2021

    The Score "The following five players disappointed in 2019-20, but we're projecting them to bounce back in a big way this season. Johnny Gaudreau & Sean Monahan, Flames The Johnny and Mony Show followed up their 2018-19 career years with two of their worst..." January 08

  • Bill Daly: NHL not interested in keeping Canadian Division beyond 2021

    The Score "The NHL won't look to keep the North Division around beyond the 2021 season. "No. Quite the opposite, actually," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Sportsnet's "Tim and Sid" on Thursday. "I think from a league perspective, there's a..." January 07

  • Top Trades, Landing Spots for Pierre-Luc Dubois

    Bleacher Report "It was good news for the Columbus Blue Jackets. But not for long. Shortly after the ink was dry on a two-year, $10 million contract with restricted free agent forward Pierre-Luc Dubois—the team's leading scorer in 2019-20—word got out that the 22-year-old was..." January 07