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  • Gary Bettman on NHL’s U.S. TV ratings: ‘Viewership, overall, is up nationally’

    Daily Faceoff "National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman spoke to the media Saturday in a press conference prior to the 2023 NHL All-Star Game in Sunrise, Florida. Bettman is celebrating 30 years on the job this weekend after being named the NHL’s first commissioner in 1993. There were..." February 05

  • Toronto to host 2024 NHL All-Star Game "The 2024 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will be held at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto on Feb. 2-3, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Saturday prior to the 2023 Honda NHL All-Star Game at FLA Live Arena. It will be the ninth time that Toronto and the Maple Leafs have hosted an All-Star..." February 04

  • The most notable 2023 NHL All-Star Game snubs

    The Athletic "It’s NHL All-Star Weekend, when the best players in hockey congregate in one location — this year, it’s South Florida — to show off their skills. Well, most of the best players. This year, the initial 32 All-Stars were selected by..." February 04

  • NHL Skills Competition draws scathing reviews all over Twitter

    Clutch Points "The NHL held its annual Skills Competition on Friday ahead of the NHL All-Star Game. The biggest and brightest stars from across the league were supposed to entertain hockey fans around the world. However, hockey Twitter wasn’t exactly entertained. Reporters, fans, and..." February 04

  • NHL All-Star Skills Competition 2023: Results, Winners, Highlights and Reaction

    Bleacher Report "The NHL kicked off All-Star Weekend with the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills Competition at FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, on Friday, and the festivities did not disappoint. While the skills competition featured the classic Accuracy Shooting, Breakaway, Fastest Skater and Hardest Shot..." February 04

  • U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh a leading candidate for NHLPA executive director job

    Daily Faceoff "The NHL Players’ Association is zeroing in on a leading candidate to replace Donald Fehr as its executive director. As reported Wednesday by ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, the PA will be meeting this week in Florida during the 2023 NHL All-Star weekend to discuss the potential..." February 04

  • BS Meter on the Latest Rumors 1 Month from the NHL Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The annual trade deadline is among the biggest days on the NHL regular-season calendar. With one month to go until this year's deadline of Friday, March 3, this is a good opportunity to look at recent speculation regarding some of the biggest names being bandied about in the rumor..." February 03

  • Jonathan Toews trade destinations: 6 teams that could (and should) be interested

    The Athletic "The end of an era may be coming in Chicago if the Blackhawks move on from captain Jonathan Toews. The 34-year-old is in the final season of his lengthy eight-year contract that carries a $10.5 million cap hit.  The question stands whether Toews, who..." February 03

  • NHL Prospects Buyers Will Consider Moving at the 2023 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "A well-timed trading deadline addition can be the difference between an early playoff exit and a Stanley Cup banner. Every contender is looking to add, so you better participate in the arm's race. This trading deadline is particularly important. The Connor Bedard sweepstakes have..." February 03

  • Blackhawks receiving calls on Jake McCabe, Connor Murphy

    The Score "A pair of Chicago Blackhawk blue-liners are garnering quite a bit of interest. Chicago, which is expected to be a big seller at the trade deadline, has received a number of calls on defensemen Jake McCabe and Connor Murphy in recent weeks, according..." February 03

  • Blackhawks’ Max Domi Garnering Interest from 2 New Teams

    The Hockey Writers "Recently, I wrote a piece going over four teams that are currently linked to Max Domi. The Toronto Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, and Dallas Stars are all hoping to acquire the 27-year-old forward, and it ultimately makes sense when looking at how well he has..." February 03

  • Best Salary Dump Spots for Jesse Puljujarvi

    The Hockey Writers "If and when the Edmonton Oilers trade Jesse Puljujarvi (seems more like when than if) there will be plenty of options for the winger who hasn’t quite reached his NHL potential. Teams may view Puljujarvi as a reclamation project, but a select few will also see him as a salary cap dump that..." February 03

  • NHL All-Star Game 2023: Top Storylines to Watch

    Bleacher Report "The NHL All-Star Game has been controlled by the Metropolitan and Pacific Divisions since the event went to a four-division, three-on-three tournament in 2016. Metropolitan and Pacific have three wins each. Metropolitan won last season without Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin,..." February 03

  • Which NHL cap-era trade deadline can produce the best six-man roster?

    The Athletic "Today marks exactly one month until the NHL trade deadline, which means the only content I’m legally allowed to create until then is trade-related stuff. Sorry, I’m pretty sure it’s in the Canadian constitution. Today, let’s try a simple roster game:..." February 03

  • NHL announces player assignments for 2023 all-star skills competition

    Daily Faceoff "The NHL has revealed the full participant list for the 2023 NHL All-Star Skills Competition, taking place Friday at the FLA Live Arena in Florida. The competition will feature three new events, the Enterprise NHL Splash Shot, the Discover NHL Tendy Tandem and the Chipotle NHL Pitch..." February 03

  • Roberto Luongo on All-Star Skills cameo

    The Score "While Hall of Famer Roberto Luongo will need to dust off his goalie equipment ahead of Friday's All-Star Skills Competition, his patented wit is in mid-season form. "They asked me if I was interested and I don't know why I said yes," Luongo joked following..." February 03

  • Jonathan Toews trade proposals: Who says no to these deals for the Blackhawks captain?

    The Athletic "It’s hard enough for some Blackhawks fans to imagine the team trading captain Jonathan Toews — the face of the franchise for 15 years. But to trade him for something as pedestrian as a second-round pick and/or a middling prospect? Inconceivable. Blasphemous,..." February 02

  • Which team will try to unlock Jesse Puljujarvi’s potential at the Trade Deadline?

    Daily Faceoff "With just over four weeks remaining until the NHL’s March 3 Trade Deadline, we’ve got you covered every day at Daily Faceoff with at least one trade-focused story leading up to Deadline Day. Today we’re going to focus on Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse..." February 02

  • NHL TV ratings drop is easily explained away but there are other real problems

    The Athletic "A few things about the NHL that’d be necessary to remember if we weren’t constantly reminded of them: The dialogue surrounding the league is often stupid. The news is often bad. And plenty of time, the errors are unforced. So, with that in mind, there was a bit..." February 02

  • Why the Canucks acted early on a Bo Horvat trade, and are more blockbusters coming?

    The Athletic "The Canucks kickstarted trade season with Monday’s blockbuster deal sending captain Bo Horvat to the Islanders. But they’re likely not done. A day after the big trade, Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin joined me and Ryan Rishaug on..." February 01

  • Gary Bettman’s 30 years: Don’t judge him on what he’s done, but on what could have been

    The Athletic "Today marks the 30th anniversary of Gary Bettman becoming the NHL’s first commissioner. It’s a big milestone, one that puts Bettman ahead of legendary president Frank Calder’s 26 years and within range of Clarence Campbell’s 33. Even that doesn’t do..." February 01

  • Brian Burke on the NHL’s Pride Night snubs: ‘We’re still going the right way’

    The Athletic "A veteran hockey executive whose family helped reshape the conversation around LGBTQ+ issues in professional sports — through bravery, then tragedy — said he was left “clearly and visibly annoyed” when two NHL teams scaled back on scheduled Pride events, but..." February 01

  • Blackhawks’ Market for Patrick Kane Heating Up with 7 Teams Interested

    The Hockey Writers "The trade deadline is just about a month away, and all eyes are on the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks because of it. After announcing the start of their full-on rebuild last season, the Blackhawks currently have a 15-29-4 record and only the Columbus Blue Jackets have fewer points. As a result,..." January 31

  • NHL trade deadline: 12 under-the-radar bargains for Stanley Cup contenders to consider

    The Athletic "The Canucks and Islanders kicked NHL trade deadline season into high gear on Monday with the Bo Horvat trade. But with the deadline 31 days away, looking around the league you’ll see a lack of salary cap space available which may hinder teams from making..." January 31

  • Bye weeks: How they help, and which NHL teams use them best

    Daily Faceoff "The byes are back in town. Ugh. Sorry. Bad joke. But it’s true. Following a two-season hiatus after COVID condensed the league schedule, the NHL has officially reinstituted midseason bye weeks for 2022-23. The bye week concept was introduced in 2016-17 as a way of giving teams a..." January 31

  • January NHL vibe check: Sinking Ducks, spicy Islanders, Moritz Seider’s rebound, more

    The Athletic "The Ducks, they’re bad! This isn’t anything new or surprising. Anaheim was rated the worst team in 2022, and nothing changed in the opening month of 2023. Season-wide, the Ducks are one of the worst teams at generating offense at five-on-five and finishing their..." January 31

  • Hockey jerseys have returned to hip-hop

    Andscape "Hockey jerseys, a ’90s hip-hop fashion trend, have returned, with their vibrant colors framing logos from lightning flashes and bears to leaves and sharks. Some of the biggest names in music such as Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and Drake have been seen wearing NHL team jerseys. And on..." January 31

  • 7 Best NHL Teams for Connor Bedard Next Season

    Bleacher Report "As the second half of the NHL season ramps up and teams begin jockeying for playoff spots, there's another battle going on at the bottom of the standings. The allure of drafting NHL Central Scouting's No. 1 skater in their midterm rankings, Connor Bedard, is strong...." January 30

  • NHL trade deadline 2023: Which player (or pick) each team is most likely to deal

    The Athletic "Here are our writers’ picks for the most likely assets to be dealt.   Anaheim Ducks John Klingberg: Among the pending unrestricted free agents on the Ducks’ roster, the 30-year-old Klingberg is easily..." January 30

  • Red Wings’ Market for Tyler Bertuzzi Heating Up with 3 Teams Interested

    The Hockey Writers "The Detroit Red Wings currently have a 21-19-8 record and trail the Pittsburgh Penguins by seven points for the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. If they do not climb up in the standings before the trade deadline, they will very likely be sellers. Pending unrestricted free agent..." January 30

  • NHL midseason review: Who wins the Stanley Cup? Who gets Connor Bedard? Best signing?

    The Athletic "Officially, every NHL team is already past the halfway point of their season. By the time you read this, most teams will have played 50 or more games. But the All-Star Game is this weekend and that marks a sort of unofficial midseason point for the year. So we’re using..." January 30

  • Chandler Stephenson replaces Matty Beniers for NHL All-Star Game

    Daily Faceoff "Vegas Golden Knights forward Chandler Stephenson will replace injured Seattle Kraken forward Matty Beniers at the 2023 NHL All-Star Game in Florida this weekend. Beniers was banged up in a game against the Vancouver Canucks last week and a return date hasn’t been determined at..." January 30

  • 5 Teams with Best Chance to End Bruins Stanley Cup Dreams

    Bleacher Report "As we approach the NHL All-Star break the Boston Bruins have clearly established themselves as the NHL's best team. Entering play on Saturday their record was 10 points better than any other team in the league, their goal differential was 42 goals better than any other team and..." January 29

  • Updated Look at Top Landing Spots for Bo Horvat

    Bleacher Report "The Vancouver Canucks need to make big changes, and with each passing day it seems more and more likely those changes will begin with a Bo Horvat trade before the March 3 trade deadline. That became even more apparent this week when the Canucks made the decision to re-sign pending..." January 28

  • 5 bold NHL predictions post-All-Star break

    Sportsnaut "The NHL All-Star Game is taking place on Feb. 4, 2023, at FLA Live Arena, in Sunrise, Florida, with the skills competition set to happen the night before. Usually, the All-Star Game is considered the halfway mark of the season.  However, with the event now in February instead of..." January 28

  • Seattle Kraken’s Matty Beniers out for weekend games

    Daily Faceoff "Seattle Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol has confirmed that Matty Beniers will not be made available for the team’s games against Calgary and Columbus this weekend. There’s no word as to whether or not he’ll still participate in the NHL all-star game next weekend as..." January 27

  • Every NHL Team's Best Bargaining Chip to Use at the Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "Whether your favorite NHL team is a Stanley Cup contender, a fringe playoff club or a rebuilding bottom-feeder, you can be sure its general manager is working the phones in advance of the NHL trade deadline. Most teams will make some sort of a deal between now and the March 3 trade..." January 27

  • Best NHL trade deadline landing spots for Jonathan Toews

    Clutch Points "The March NHL trade deadline is getting closer, which means the focus on Chicago Blackhawks star center Jonathan Toews is only going to get more intense. Toews has yet to waive his no-trade clause, but if he does, these are some of the best NHL trade deadline destinations for the..." January 27

  • Devils GM looking to add top-6 winger under team control at trade deadline

    The Score "New Jersey Devils general manager Tom Fitzgerald has a clear goal in mind ahead of the March 3 trade deadline. "If it's possible, I'd like to add a top-six winger," Fitzgerald told The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. "And I'd like to be able to..." January 27

  • The ‘New Coach Bump’ is real…and it’s temporary

    Daily Faceoff "Ken Hitchcock estimated the drive would be five hours, give or take. He was determined to make every minute of it count. It was November 2011. The struggling St. Louis Blues had just fired head coach Davis Payne and named Hitchcock their new bench boss. They had a home game scheduled..." January 27

  • Blackhawks: 3 Potential Landing Spots for Sam Lafferty

    The Hockey Writers "During his Chicago Blackhawks tenure, Sam Lafferty has shown that he’s the perfect role player. Despite getting limited opportunities to crack the Pittsburgh Penguins’ roster, Lafferty emerged as a major positive since Blackhawks general manager (GM) Kyle..." January 27

  • Jakob Chychrun’s trade destinations: 7 teams that could (and should) be interested

    The Athletic "Maybe you’ve heard this before, but Jakob Chychrun is on the market.  This has been floating around for some time, but injuries and the asking price have held up a deal.  Why should other teams be interested in this player that..." January 26

  • Celebrating Ryan Hartman and the best NHL 'glue guys'

    ESPN "Ryan Hartman is many things to the Minnesota Wild: a physical, grinding forward; a 34-goal scorer last season; a favorite among fans, to the point where they raised money to help him pay an NHL fine; and according to his father Craig, the same "pain in the ass he was when he was..." January 26

  • Early Contract Predictions for Upcoming NHL Restricted Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "For the first time since 2019, the NHL's annual free-agent period begins at noon ET on July 1. Hockey fans and pundits will be focused on the potential destinations of the unrestricted free agents (UFAs). At the same time, the negotiations involving notable restricted free agent..." January 25

  • How to tank: Getting to the bottom of the NHL standings is more difficult than it looks

    The Athletic "How do you tank? Simple question really, but one that rarely gets asked. Or doesn’t get asked enough. Gary Bettman says “nobody tanks” in the NHL. Anyone watching this season knows better. So while, yes, players and coaches do their best to win,..." January 25

  • How can we judge Rick Tocchet, and the success of new coaches in general?

    Sportsnet "One of the more common text messages I received in the wake of the Canucks firing Bruce Boudreau and hiring Rick Tocchet was: “Why Rick Tocchet?” Of course, the question would come after a dozen “What the hell are the Canucks doing lol”-themed messages, but the..." January 25

  • Gary Bettman stands by NHL draft lottery system: 'Nobody tanks'

    The Score "Gary Bettman is adamant teams across the NHL don't throw their seasons in hopes for some lottery luck. "Nobody tanks because we have a weighted lottery," the commissioner said Tuesday, per The Athletic's Arpon Basu. "You're not going to lose games to..." January 25

  • 4 Win-Win Trades for the Montreal Canadiens and NHL Playoff Contenders

    Bleacher Report "The Montreal Canadiens are enduring the ups and downs of their first full season of rebuilding under executive vice president Jeff Gorton and general manager Kent Hughes. They've improved over their disastrous 2021-22 campaign but currently find themselves 11 points out of wild-card..." January 24

  • Coyotes’ massive Jakob Chychrun trade asking price, revealed

    Clutch Points "Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun can expect to hear his name in NHL trade deadline discussions more and more in the coming days and weeks, just like a year ago. In 2022, the Coyotes ultimately did not pull the trigger on a Chychrun trade, but that continues to be a..." January 24

  • 10 underrated players thriving on the worst NHL teams in 2022-23

    Daily Faceoff "We’re in the second half of the 2022-23 NHL season – and if your team is near the bottom of the standings, it’s been a miserable few months. The good thing is Connor Bedard is the ultimate consolation prize for missing the playoffs. We’ve been detailing the..." January 24