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  • Breaking down this offseason’s crowded goalie market

    Pro Hockey Talk "Need a goalie? You’re in luck, because this offseason’s NHL free agent and trade market is overflowing with options as several prominent goaltenders are set to become available over the coming days and weeks. Let’s take a look at some of the most notable options,..." October 01

  • Which NHL teams should try to sign Henrik Lundqvist after Rangers buyout?

    Pro Hockey Talk "With the Rangers’ long-rumored buyout of Henrik Lundqvist now official, the natural question is: “Which team will sign Lundqvist?” This, of course, assumes that Lundqvist will continue his vaunted career. Just about any hockey fan should hope that the..." October 01

  • Top NHL UFAs by position: Looking at the 10 best left wingers available

    Sportsnet "During the lead-up to NHL free agency opening on Oct. 9, we’re taking a look the top UFAs at each position. Today, we’re focusing on the left wingers who could be targeted most on the open market. There’s a clear No. 1 and No. 2 here, and after that most of the names..." September 30

  • Flames loan Juuso Valimaki to Tampereen Ilves in Finland’s Liiga

    Sportsnet "The Calgary Flames have loaned defenceman Juuso Valimaki to Tampereen Ilves in Finland’s Liiga. Valimaki, who turns 22 next week, missed the entire 2019-20 season with a torn ACL in his right knee. He appeared in 24 NHL games and 20 AHL games in 2018-19, his..." September 29

  • Top NHL UFAs by position: Looking at the 10 best centres available

    Sportsnet "During the lead-up to NHL free agency opening on Oct. 9, we’re taking a look the top UFAs at each position. Today, we’re targeting the centremen who could garner the most interest on the open market. This year’s class at centre presents some interesting cases. Unlike..." September 29

  • NHL Announces Official 2020 Draft Order

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Now that the Stanley Cup has been awarded the order of selection has been finalized for next week’s draft. The first round will take place on Tuesday, Oct 6 and will be followed by rounds 2-7 the next afternoon. The entire draft will be held virtually this year. The full..." September 29

  • Calgary Flames Re-Sign Justin Kirkland

    Calgary Sun "Justin Kirkland, along with his better-half Madison, moved to Calgary mid-summer so he could train with the Flames’ strength and conditioning coaches. They’d love to make this a more permanent home, and they’re going to get that chance. Kirkland, a..." September 29

  • Calgary Flames Loan Dmitry Zavgorodniy To SKA St. Petersburg

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Calgary Flames have played a trick on hockey writers everywhere, loaning Dmitry Zavgorodniy to SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL. The announcement does not indicate whether the young forward will be returning to North America when camp opens, but Ryan Pike of FlamesNation..." September 28

  • NHL may consider hybrid system with 4-6 bubbles for 2020-21

    The Score "The NHL won't replicate its two-bubble format for the full 2020-21 campaign, but it may explore a hybrid concept. The idea of utilizing four-to-six bubble environments next season "has been kicked around on a preliminary basis," reports TSN's Frank Seravalli...." September 28

  • NHL records 10th straight week with no positive COVID-19 tests

    The Score "As the Stanley Cup Final nears its conclusion, the NHL announced a 10th consecutive week with no positive COVID-19 tests within the bubble. Daily testing began one week before the league officially dropped the puck for its return, and a total of 33,174 tests have been..." September 28

  • Flames 2020 NHL Draft preview: will Calgary swing for fences with trade?

    Sportsnet "While the NHL will spend two days casting its gaze on hundreds of 18-year-old prospects at the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, the focus in Calgary will be on a 27-year-old veteran. If, in fact, general manager Brad Treliving agrees with the ever-growing belief in Calgary that it’s time..." September 28

  • Chris Stewart Announces His Retirement

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Pending unrestricted free agent Chris Stewart has decided to not test the market when it opens up next month.  Instead, the veteran winger announced his retirement via his Twitter account and is hanging up his skates at the age of 32. This past season, Stewart..." September 27

  • Here Are The Top 10 NHL Buyout and Trade Candidates

    The Daily Goal Horn "The Daily Goal Horn took a look at the landscape to rank the Top 10 NHL trade and buyout candidates. 1. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (Trade/Buyout) The Rangers have to start thinking about the future and sadly, 38 year-old goalie Henrik Lundqvist represents the past. Jeff Gorton is..." September 25

  • 5 potential trade destinations for Patrik Laine

    The Score "Patrik Laine is one of the league's most intriguing young stars. He's still just 22 years old and has shown the potential to be one of the league's most dangerous goal-scorers, ranking seventh in the league with 138 tallies since his NHL debut in 2016. After signing a..." September 25

  • NHL Announces Offseason Training Protocols

    Pension Plan Puppets "Today the NHL announced their protocol for offseason training at team facilities. The rules draw heavily on the Phase 2 protocols that covered players returning to their facilities prior to the official start of training camp before the Return to Play. All protocols are subject..." September 25

  • Condensed Season Puts More Pressure On Goaltending

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the things most talked about in the hockey world as we approach the draft and free agency is the game of musical chairs that awaits many of the league’s goaltenders. Braden Holtby, Robin Lehner, Jacob Markstrom, Anton Khudobin, Cam Talbot, the list of..." September 25

  • The NHL's 31 teams fit neatly into three buckets this off-season

    TSN "After making his rounds on the phone, one NHL general manager said Wednesday he realized that most of the league’s 31 teams fit neatly into one of three buckets that will determine the cadence of this off-season. There are the teams with massive salary cap issues or financial..." September 24

  • 5 Potential Destinations for Marc-Andre Fleury

    The Hockey Writers "After an unsuspecting tweet by his agent shook the hockey world, Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights have become a talking point. Stemming from a lack of playing time during the playoffs, the tweet, although now deleted, seemed to accelerate the process of what was Vegas going to do..." September 24

  • Six goaltenders Flames could consider adding this off-season

    Sportsnet "It has been seven years since the Calgary Flames had the type of goaltending star the team could hang its hat on. Since Miikka Kiprusoff left for the Finnish hinterlands in 2013 the club has been piecemealing its goalie tandems together, year after year. Heck, one year they..." September 23

  • Five power forwards the Canadiens would love to acquire through trade

    Sportsnet " Let’s qualify this: There are no guarantees any of the following players are available, and none that the Montreal Canadiens are pursuing them through trade. But our editor asked for a list of players the Canadiens might consider in order to fill the most..." September 22

  • NHL bubble confidential: Go inside the Toronto and Edmonton playoff hubs

    ESPN "For nearly two months, the National Hockey League has kept the teams in its postseason tournament inside "bubbles" that it helped construct with the NHL Players' Association in an effort to safely finish the 2019-20 season after it was paused because of the COVID-19..." September 22

  • Eetu Tuulola Loaned To Vasterviks IK

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Calgary Flames have loaned another prospect overseas, this time sending Eetu Tuulola to Vasterviks IK in the Swedish second league. Tuulola just finished his first season in North American pro hockey, scoring 23 points in 50 games for the Stockton Heat. He’ll be..." September 22

  • NHL Announces First And Second All-Star Teams, All-Rookie Team

    Yardbarker "Following the announcements of the final five NHL regular-season awards, the league also revealed its three all-league rosters: The First-Team All-Stars, the Second-Team All-Stars, and the All-Rookie Team. Below are the 2019-20 honorees: First All-Star..." September 22

  • NHL records no positive COVID-19 tests for 9th straight week

    The Score "The bubble remains effective, as the NHL did not record a single positive COVID-19 test for the eighth consecutive week since resuming play. It's the ninth straight week overall for the league without any new cases.  " September 21

  • An early Canadian Expansion Draft primer

    TSN "Watching the Vegas Golden Knights nearly skate to their second Stanley Cup Final in three seasons of existence should have been a reminder to 31 other NHL teams that the Kraken are coming. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman unequivocally said on Saturday that the Seattle Kraken will debut..." September 21

  • Bill Daly: NHL will do its best to have fans at games in 2020-21

    Sportsnet "Once either the Dallas Stars or Tampa Bay Lightning hoist the Stanley Cup later this month, the NHL will turn its full attention to the off-season and the 2020-21 calendar. A major question the league faces is whether or not its 31 teams will be able to travel next season, or will the..." September 21

  • Examining the NHL’s top 14 buyout candidates of 2020

    Sportsnet "Is there anything more wonderful than a mulligan? Believe us, NHL GMs will be clamouring for them this fall as they try to solve their financial puzzles around overpaid players. Problem is, those do-overs won’t come cheap. With the 2020-21 salary cap flattening in..." September 21

  • Free Agent Focus: Calgary Flames

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With free agency now less than a month away, many teams are already looking ahead to when it opens up.  There will be several prominent players set to hit the open market while many teams have key restricted free agents to re-sign.  While the Calgary Flames have one or two key..." September 20

  • Gary Bettman says 2020-21 NHL season could start in December or January

    Sportsnet "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said on Saturday he wouldn’t be surprised if next season starts later in December or in January 2021. Speaking at his annual state of the league address ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said the league had begun informally thinking..." September 19

  • 5 realistic free-agent landing spots for Alex Pietrangelo

    The Score "Following Friday's report that the St. Louis Blues broke off contract talks with Alex Pietrangelo and advised their captain to pursue free agency, we look at five sensible landing spots for the star defenseman. Toronto Maple Leafs Can a star..." September 19

  • NHL buyout window opens on September 25

    Blue Seat Blogs "The NHL buyout window will open on September 25. This date was set following the conclusion of the Conference Final last night. The buyout window will run through October 8, which is the day before free agency begins. Rangers Plans Rumors..." September 18

  • Top Trade Packages, Landing Spots for Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Report "The Buffalo Sabres' surprising front-office shakeup on June 16 raised questions about center Jack Eichel's future with the franchise. Two weeks before the Sabres' front-office purge, the 23-year-old Sabres captain expressed his frustration over the years of constant..." September 18

  • Stanley Cup's traveling status up in air once Final completed

    ESPN " The Stanley Cup will fly back from Edmonton with the winning team to its playing city. But after that, nobody knows how hockey's most famous trophy will celebrate. The NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame are weighing options on what to do next with the Cup. Typically, each..." September 18

  • Oilers, Flames among teams interested in Darcy Kuemper, Oliver Ekman-Larsson

    The Score "Two Western Canadian teams are apparently eyeing a pair of desert dogs. The Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, and San Jose Sharks are among the clubs who have asked about Arizona..." September 17

  • IIHF announces 2021 world juniors will be played in Edmonton bubble

    Sportsnet "After the success of the NHL’s return in Toronto and Edmonton bubbles, the International Ice Hockey Federation will be using a similar format for the upcoming under-20 World Junior Hockey Championships. The IIHF announced Thursday that the 2021 edition of the tournament will be..." September 17

  • Offseason Keys: Calgary Flames

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has certainly been a disappointing last year and a half for the Flames.  After a quick exit at the hands of Colorado in the 2019 playoffs, GM Brad Treliving didn’t shake things up too much and instead just tweaked a few veteran players.  Things weren’t much better this..." September 16

  • Get ready for a wild offseason as the market is expected to be flooded with both UFAs and RFAs

    The Daily Goal Horn "“The market will be flooded with players,” was how one team executive framed the NHL offseason landscape to me. “There is nothing normal about this year,” and it seems like most teams are figuring it out as it develops. That’s because of many factors..." September 16

  • Which NHL team is Canada’s best hope to win Stanley Cup in 2021?

    Sportsnet "It has been 27 long years since a Canadian NHL team last won the Stanley Cup, all the way back when the Patrick Roy-led Montreal Canadiens beat the Wayne Gretzky-led Los Angeles Kings in five games. This season looked to be a promising one for teams from the north...." September 15

  • Qualifying Offer Deadline Set For October 7

    Yardbarker "Considering the added pressure applied by the flat salary cap, restricted free-agent negotiations will take on even greater importance this offseason. That process is set to begin in just over four weeks, as TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the deadline for teams to submit..." September 15

  • Long-Term Injuries Represent Continued Opportunity For Cash-Rich Teams

    MSN.com "The NHL’s salary cap ceiling will be $81.5M for 2020-21 and will not increase until the league’s hockey-related revenue surpasses $3.3 billion once again. Even then, the number will grow slowly as the difference in escrow is slowly paid off. Despite that cap being the theoretical..." September 15

  • Why Geoff Ward hiring was a no-brainer for Flames

    Sportsnet "Given the extended time it took Brad Treliving to decide the fate of his coach, the Calgary Flames GM felt the need to clarify that Geoff Ward wasn’t handed a two-year extension by default. On Monday the 58-year-old rightfully had the interim tag..." September 15

  • U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces 2020 Class

    Pro Football Rumors "The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has announced their newest class of inductees, as revealed by NBC Sports’ Eddie Olczyk, a U.S. Hall of Famer himself, before this evening’s Western Conference Final Game. The 2020 group is comprised of former NHL player and coach Tony..." September 14

  • Flames remove interim tag, name Geoff Ward head coach

    TSN "The Calgary Flames have removed the interim tag and named Geoff Ward head coach. Ward was named interim coach after the resignation of Bill Peters in late November this season, and he led the Flames to a 25-15-3 record. " September 14

  • NHL Issues Update On COVID-19 Testing

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the NHL has done each Monday in recent weeks, they have released an update on the COVID-19 testing being done in the bubble cities.  For the seventh straight week, there have been zero positive tests.  Their statement reads as follows: The NHL completed the..." September 14

  • Mark Giordano of Flames wins Messier NHL Leadership Award

    NHL.com "Mark Giordano of the Calgary Flames won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award on Sunday, presented to the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities on and off the ice and who plays a leading role in his community growing the game of hockey. "This is a huge honor for..." September 13

  • Calgary Flames Leaning Towards Keeping Geoff Ward As Head Coach

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Calgary Flames are one of four teams that still don’t have permanent coaches in place, but that number could change soon. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported on Hockey Night in Canada Saturday that while the Calgary Flames say there is “no..." September 13

  • NHL General Manager of Year to be announced before Game 4 of West Final

    NHL.com "Winners of the 2020 NHL Awards presented by Las Vegas will be announced throughout the 2020 conference finals and 2020 Stanley Cup Final. The winner of the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award will be announced Saturday by NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports during the pregame show..." September 12

  • NHL Announces Official Dates And Times For 2020 Draft, Opening Of Free Agency

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the 2020 postseason proceeding ahead of schedule, there has been reporting and considerable speculation that the league would move up the dates of the delayed 2020 NHL Entry Draft and the beginning of the new league year and opening of free agency. The NHL has followed through on that..." September 11

  • At least 17 NHL teams have reduced pay amid COVID-19 crunch

    TSN "Winter is coming. More specifically, with no meaningful revenue incoming since mid-March and none on the immediate horizon, hockey’s long winter is approaching amid the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 NHL season. Meetings to slash expenditures, reduce payroll and set..." September 11

  • Bill Daly: NHL remains 'intent' on 82-game regular season

    Oilers Nation "The NHL has undoubtedly done an incredible job in executing the 2020 playoffs. After the league got put on pause when the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league picked up and executed a 24-team playoff between two bubble cities, Edmonton and Toronto. Save..." September 10