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  • What usually happens with an NHL team that changes its coach mid-season

    Sportsnet "This is your introduction to the concept of “LOFT,” which is at the centre of conversations NHL GMs and owners have when their team is losing and they’re considering their options to quickly get better. Is our coach failing to get the most out of this roster, or are..." February 25

  • Mike Babcock says he expected to be fired after Lou Lamoriello left Maple Leafs

    Yahoo! Sports "According to Mike Babcock, the writing was on the wall for his eventual firing as Toronto Maple Leafs head coach. It’s been 15 months since Sheldon Keefe replaced the established bench boss, but the 57-year-old says it was operational differences and destiny that led to him..." February 24

  • AHL Announces Full 2020-21 Schedule For Canadian Clubs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Over a month since the AHL released the regular season schedules for its American teams and more than three weeks since those same teams started playing, the league has finally announced a full season schedule for its Canadian contingent. Of course, the clubs already began..." February 24

  • NHL Announces Schedule Changes for Four Games

    NHL.com "The NHL has announced changes to four Blackhawks games over the remainder of the 2020-21 season, including last Saturday's postponed game agaisnt the Carolina Hurricanes:  CHI at NSH - Monday, April 19 (originally Sunday, April, 4)  CHI at CAR -..." February 23

  • Updated Landing Spots for Buffalo Sabres Captain Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Nation "The Buffalo Sabres' struggles through the opening month of this season prompted one NHL insider to suggest they could trade Jack Eichel. During an appearance on Buffalo radio WGR 550's The Instigators (h/t to The Athletic's John Vogl), Sportsnet's..." February 23

  • How temporary realignment has impacted the NHL standings so far

    TSN "Looking at the National Hockey League standings, the first thing you notice is the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in pole position. But is it real? The answer is yes. In my seven years at TSN, that was the easiest piece I’ve written to date! Now for a more interesting..." February 22

  • 7 fast thoughts on early trade rental candidates

    Sportsnet "A quick mix of the things we gleaned from the week of hockey, serious and less so, and rolling four lines deep. This week’s column should be up for the Hart, Selke, Rocket. 1. With all due respect to the Vancouver Canucks’ dismal start, we’re counting just..." February 20

  • Blackhawks' Stan Bowman favorite to be GM for U.S. Olympic men's team

    The Score "Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is the front-runner to serve as GM of the United States men's hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading." USA Hockey will not..." February 18

  • GM Doug Armstrong: '10 or 11 locks' for Team Canada at Olympics

    TSN "Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday the list of players being considered for the 2022 Men's Olympic team is already being pared down. Armstrong, who was officially named general manager earlier this month, said discussions on the roster have been ongoing..." February 18

  • What drives the modern NHL defenseman, and what's next?

    The Score "Ty Smith remembers his dad's sales pitch like it was yesterday. It was 2007 or 2008 and his minor hockey team was short on defensemen in the middle of a tournament. None of Smith's teammates were eager to drop back and help out, so, as the coach's son, he became the..." February 18

  • As NHL deals with COVID-19 issues, is on-ice transmission among players to blame?

    USA Today "The signs that COVID-19 would wreak havoc on the 2021 NHL season were there before the first puck even dropped. Five days prior to opening night on Jan. 13, the league announced the defending Western Conference champion Dallas Stars would not open the season as scheduled because..." February 17

  • 5 Landing Spots for Pittsburgh Penguins Captain Sidney Crosby

    Bleacher Report "The Pittsburgh Penguins' recent hiring of Ron Hextall as their general manager and Brian Burke as president of hockey operations had NHL pundits pondering what changes lay in store for the roster. TSN's Darren Dreger went as far as raising the possibility of..." February 17

  • NHL players to wear custom Willie O'Ree-inspired skates

    Yardbarker "Willie O'Ree broke the NHL's color barrier when he became the first Black player to take the ice for the Boston Bruins on Jan. 18, 1958 against the Montreal Canadiens. He'll now be honored by players across the league with custom skates.  The NHL announced Wednesday..." February 17

  • NHL Announces Widespread Schedule Changes

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With so many games postponed so far this season, the NHL has had to make widespread adjustments to get back on track. The league’s position is still to have all 31 teams play a full 56-game campaign, meaning the schedule-maker is working overtime through the COVID and inclement..." February 16

  • Bill Daly confident NHL can finish full season amid wave of postponements

    The Score "The NHL has faced numerous hurdles with COVID-19 since the season's start just over a month ago. The league has postponed more than 30 games so far, and nearly a hundred players have appeared on the COVID-19 protocol list from 27 different teams. Despite the setbacks, NHL deputy..." February 16

  • Lou Lamoriello still passionate as Islanders GM at 78 years old

    NHL.com "Lou Lamoriello is not one to laud his achievements, and the New York Islanders general manager has had many over his 33 seasons in the NHL. So it was no surprise Lamoriello quickly shared the credit for becoming the third GM to reach 1,300 NHL wins when the Islanders defeated the..." February 15

  • Islanders agree to two-year entry level deal with Robin Salo

    Yahoo! Sports "The Islanders announced on Friday that they have agreed to a two-year entry level deal with defenseman Robin Salo, and reassigned him to Orebro of the Swedish Hockey League. The 22-year-old has recorded five goals and 20 assists (25 points) in 39 games this season with Orebro...." February 12

  • Bill Daly confirms NHL working on changing draft lottery

    TSN "Given what happened in the Habs and Oilers game and on the heels of Tomas Nosek getting yanked out of the Vegas Golden Knights game on Tuesday, it’s pretty clear how critical rapid testing has now become. Where are we on that front? Frank Seravalli: This has been..." February 12

  • Early Projection for Team Canada's 2022 Olympic Men's Hockey Roster

    Bleacher Report "The 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing are scheduled for Feb. 4-20. They will mark the first time NHL players have participated in men's ice hockey at the Games since 2014 in Sochi, Russia. Team Canada took home the gold medal at the Sochi Games. Eight years later, they will attempt..." February 12

  • Islanders place F Leo Komarov on waivers

    TSN "The New York Islanders have placed forward Leo Komarov on waivers. Komarov, 34, has zero points in six games this season. " February 12

  • Rapid testing among NHL's enhanced COVID-19 measures

    The Score "The NHL announced its enhanced COVID-19 measures Thursday, which include rapid testing on game days, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Other key protocols include: Asking that players remain at home as much as possible (except for..." February 11

  • Which teams have been NHL's biggest surprises a month into season?

    USA Today "The NHL's first month is nearly done, and though COVID-19 postponements have dominated the news, there has been some good action on the ice. So what have been the biggest surprises of the early season? USA TODAY Sports' hockey experts weigh in.  New York..." February 11

  • Gov. Andrew Cuomo: New York sports venues can reopen at 10 percent capacity

    Yardbarker "Fans of New York sports franchises will finally get to attend games in person after nearly one year away, provided the teams allow fans. According to ESPN's Malika Andrews, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that sports venues can reopen at 10 percent capacity on Feb...." February 10

  • 6 NHL Players on Bad Teams Who Could Help Contenders at Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "It's the stuff that Stanley Cup dreams are made of. A contending team looking for a final puzzle piece—a scorer, a goalie, a defender or a glue guy—pulls the trigger on a late-season transaction that ultimately puts it over the top.   It makes the..." February 10

  • Josh Ho-Sang sent packing by European team after a handful of games

    Trade Rumors "After just five games with Örebro of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), Josh Ho-Sang, who remains the property of the New York Islanders, is coming back to North America. According to Örebro's official website , Ho-Sang was cut for physical conditioning reasons.February 10

  • It’s Time to Pause the NHL Season

    Japers' Rink "Maybe we should’ve known that the NHL season shouldn’t have started when the Dallas Stars and Carolina Hurricanes couldn’t make it through training camp without a COVID outbreak. Maybe it was when the Washington Capitals were fined $100,000 for..." February 09

  • Five candidates to coach Team Canada at 2022 Winter Olympics

    Sportsnet "Last week, it was announced the 2022 Canadian men's Olympic hockey team would be led by Doug Armstrong, as the Blues GM will be tasked with building out the roster and hiring the coaches to organize it all. What's especially interesting heading into the 2022 tournament is that..." February 09

  • Barry Trotz passes Ken Hitchcock for 3rd on all-time coaching wins list

    News Day "Barry Trotz didn’t want to talk about it at first. The Islanders’ 2-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday night at Madison Square Garden was career win No. 850 for Trotz, breaking a tie with Ken Hitchcock and moving him into third place on the NHL’s all-time..." February 09

  • Why goalies are struggling so far in 2021

    ESPN "On Feb. 28, Maddie Rooney will play at Madison Square Garden as part of the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association Dream Gap Tour. For the 23-year-old goalie, it's "an incredible opportunity" to play in New York City at the world's most famous arena...." February 08

  • Islanders, Penguins face off after unexpected break

    Sportsnaut "The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders got an unexpected break this week, thanks to problems within other organizations, and they used the time to better prepare for their meeting Saturday at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y. New York has been off since Sunday’s 4-3..." February 06

  • NHL reschedules 27 games featuring all 8 East Division teams

    The Score "The NHL announced schedule changes to 27 games affecting all eight teams in the East Division on Saturday. All times ET. " February 06

  • Below the NHL, players are scrambling: 'I just want to play a hockey game'

    The Score "Technically, Chris Gerrie is a professional hockey player, having appeared in two ECHL games for the Wichita Thunder over the past 11 months. However, with his roster spot gone and the province of Alberta in lockdown mode, the only ice available to him right now is at outdoor facilities open to..." February 06

  • NHL, NHLPA investigating expansion of rapid COVID-19 testing

    The Score "The NHL and NHLPA are looking into ways to more quickly identify positive COVID-19 cases amid a number of postponements league-wide. The two entities are considering conducting rapid testing for players and other team personnel on game days, reports TSN's Frank..." February 05

  • Analyzing potential trade suitors for Tony DeAngelo

    Blue Seat Blogs "As the Rangers look to trade Tony DeAngelo, Darren Dreger noted that there is significant interest. This makes sense, since teams feel they can get him for pennies on the dollar in a trade. This is likely true, since it’s clear he’s played his last..." February 05

  • NHL Moves Up Games From Later In Season

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL has done what many fans and media members have suggested. Two games scheduled to take place between the Arizona Coyotes and St. Louis Blues later in the season have been moved up. Originally scheduled for March 29 and 31, the two teams will now play on February 6 and..." February 05

  • Norm Maciver looking for players that will fit in with Seattle Kraken

    Sound Of Hockey "When the Seattle Kraken announced the hiring of Norm Maciver to serve in the front office, he talked about how excited he was to join a franchise at the ground floor. It played a huge role in leaving the Chicago Blackhawks, where he had served for 14 seasons. It’s been a..." February 05

  • NHL Considering Postponing 2021 NHL Entry Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the Coronavirus pandemic continues to impact hockey at all levels, the NHL and its member teams have begun to discuss what to do about the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. If the draft proceeds as scheduled in July, teams will be facing an unprecedented lack of information on the eligible prospects...." February 04

  • Bob McKenzie lists teams inquiring about Tony DeAngelo; says Rangers may choose another option

    Trade Rumors "With the New York Rangers actively attempting to move defenceman Tony DeAngelo, TSN's Bob McKenzie appeared on the NHL Network Wednesday night and listed teams that have inquired about what it would cost to get their hands on him. However, in stark contrast to his colleague Darren Dreger,..." February 04

  • NHL making 4 changes to in-arena COVID-19 protocols

    The Score "The NHL is making four changes to its in-arena protocols to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. TV viewers will notice the removal of the glass directly behind all team benches. The league is hoping this will increase airflow in an..." February 04

  • Adjustments look to bring Islanders’ second line back into the fold

    NYI Hockey Now "Last week in a loss against the Washington Capitals, New York Islanders head coach Barry Trotz declared it felt like he had just one line on the ice that was generating something positive. And for the large part of this season, Trotz’s words have rang..." February 03

  • With 'no-move' request window open, how NMCs shaped 2017 Expansion Draft

    TSN "The formation of the Seattle Kraken quietly took a tiny step forward on Monday. That’s because Monday marked the first day NHL teams may request that a player waive his “no-move clause” for purposes of the Expansion Draft. That window will remain open for five..." February 03

  • Postponements have NHL headed toward scheduling crunch

    TSN "One of the uncomfortable realities of playing a professional sports season during a global pandemic – even amidst optimism surrounding a worldwide vaccination effort – is that nothing can be set in stone. Last season, the National Hockey League led from the front by..." February 02

  • Sabres-Isles postponed by COVID protocol

    TSN "Tuesday's game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Islanders has been postponed due to the league’s COVID Protocol. "Due to weather conditions yesterday, the Sabres altered their travel schedule so as to fly today to New York. So that required COVID..." February 02

  • 2021 Hobey Baker Nominees Announced

    MSN.com "With the collegiate hockey season (such as it is this year) entering the home stretch, voting for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award has opened with 50 players nominated for the award. The trophy is given to the top NCAA player in the country and has an impressive line of winners over the..." February 02

  • NHL, NHLPA begin celebration of Black History Month

    NHL.com " This month, the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and National Hockey League (NHL®) will celebrate Black History Month with an array of original content and programming exploring the contributions of NHL Players and pioneers. Content and programming will be..." February 01

  • Player agent calls for ban on predatory hits to the head in the NHL

    Trade Rumors "The NHL has come a long way in attempting to address the issue of traumatic brain injuries since the science to link concussions to CTE was brought to light, but there is still a very long way to go in terms of further reducing cases across the league. The fact of the matter is..." February 01

  • Handful Of NHL Teams Off To Surprising Starts to 2021 Season

    Featurd "It's not astonishing to see teams such as the Vegas Golden Knights, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Washington Capitals atop their respective divisions during the first two weeks of this season. These talented clubs entered this season considered among the leading contenders for the..." January 29

  • In pandemic-condensed season, NHL morning skates mount comeback

    CBC "D.J. Smith knows what the data suggests. NHL players strapping on their gear for a morning skate seven or eight hours before a game probably isn't the best use of energy. But in an abbreviated, pandemic-condensed season where practice time is limited and days off..." January 29

  • NHL debate: Which team's hot start to 2021 season isn't a fluke?

    USA Today "The start of every NHL season is sure to bring surprises. Some teams get off to unexpected hot starts. Teams that were pegged to contend can sometimes stumble out of the gate. Less than 10 games in, we're very much still in the "small sample size" portion of the season...." January 28

  • NHL borrows $1 billion to divide among teams

    Chicago Business Journal "The NHL has raised around $1 billion in new debt on the private placement market, and the league is using the capital to create a central facility from which each of its clubs can draw up to $30 million to address cash-flow issues, payroll costs and other operational expenses amid the..." January 28