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  • Don Cherry out as co-host of ‘Coach’s Corner’ following "You people" controversy

    Global News "Long-time hockey commentator Don Cherry is out as co-host of Coach’s Corner following televised remarks where he claimed new immigrants don’t wear poppies and implied they don’t support veterans “Following further discussions with Don Cherry after..." November 11

  • Don Cherry addresses firing: 'I speak the truth and I walk the walk'

    Yahoo! Sports "Sportsnet dismissed hockey commentator Don Cherry after anti-immigrant comments during Saturday’s broadcast. Cherry sneered at Toronto and its surrounding communities for not purchasing poppies ahead of Remembrance Day, snarling at “you people” in an unprompted,..." November 11

  • Ron MacLean apologizes for allowing Don Cherry’s “discriminatory” rant

    Daily Hive "Don Cherry wasn’t the only broadcaster under fire for Saturday’s anti-immigrant comments during Hockey Night in Canada. Ron MacLean, his friend and longtime Coach’s Corner sidekick, faced heavy criticism for being complicit in Cherry’s rant. Cherry has..." November 11

  • When will enough be enough with Don Cherry and Coach's Corner?

    The Score "Don Cherry doesn't represent me. He likely doesn't represent you. The Canada he longs for, and the hockey community he longs for, have both long since passed out of date. But, in choosing a set of carefully crafted words over swift action for his most recent diatribe,..." November 11

  • Gary Bettman: Olympic participation 'incredibly disruptive' to NHL season

    The Score "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman remains resistant to the idea of allowing the league's players to participate in the 2022 Olympics in Beijing. "I don't want to sound like a broken record on the subject, but I think going to the Olympics is a challenge for us," Bettman..." November 09

  • Rasmus Dahlin meets idol Nicklas Lidstrom before Sabres play Lightning in Global Series "Rasmus Dahlin found a surprise at his locker after the morning skate Friday. Nicklas Lidstrom. "I was shaking," Dahlin said. "I felt like a child. Yeah, that was cool." The Buffalo Sabres defenseman had never met the Hockey Hall of Famer,..." November 08

  • KHL Stars Generating NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Teams around the NHL are always looking for an opportunity to add talent through means other than the draft, especially those that consistently pick in the back half of the round. In that way the KHL has always been a mysterious proving ground, where some players that find great success then..." November 08

  • Lightning employees make the trip to Sweden as fans

    Tampa Bay Times "Carmen Varga has been to just about every Lightning home game for the last four years, but she had to travel to Sweden to see them play. Varga works security at Amalie Arena. More specifically, she works the dressing room door. So she’s always there, but the best she can do is..." November 07

  • Victor Hedman likely to play for Lightning in Global Series against Sabres "Victor Hedman is likely to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2019 NHL Global Series against the Buffalo Sabres at Ericsson Globe on Friday (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV). "We'll see how it goes, but very hopeful," the defenseman said after practice on..." November 07

  • NHL Player Survey Reveals Players Don’t Believe There Is A Cocaine Problem In The League

    BroBible "Fifty NHL players were asked a number of interesting questions in ESPN’s NHL Player Confidential survey and one of the big takeaways was that a majority of players don’t believe that there is a cocaine problem around the league. The results revealed that 58% of..." November 05

  • Do NHL Players Want To Play For Seattle In Year 1? New Poll Reveals Answer

    NESN "The NHL’s expansion into Seattle still is more than a year away as the league prepares to add a 30th team to the ranks. But here’s the big question: Do players want to play in the Emerald City in Year 1? An anonymous poll conducted by ESPN posed that very question to 50..." November 05

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 05

  • Victor Hedman at home in Sweden, hopes to play in Global Series with Lightning " Victor Hedman said he remains hopeful he can play in the first game of the 2019 NHL Global Series here against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday at Ericsson Globe (2 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN1, NHL.TV), but coach Jon Cooper said the veteran defenseman will have to begin skating soon to justify..." November 04

  • Why NHL teams should blow up the bridge deal and bet on young stars

    Sportsnet "John Chayka was pretty fresh on the job in 2016 when Clayton Keller became the first player drafted under his tenure as GM of the Arizona Coyotes. The scene was exactly what you’d expect after Keller’s name was called seventh overall; big smiles, hugs from the family, a bunch of..." November 04

  • Ref You Suck: Subpar Officiating Hurting NHL’s Image, Integrity

    Sinbin Vegas "I’m not one to blame officials for the outcome of games. I always believe that you make your own luck in sports. And I have yet to see a referee actually score a touchdown, sink a basket or put a puck in the net. But when the officiating negatively impacts the outcome of games,..." November 04

  • Matt Barzal's play leading to Isles early season success

    The Sports Daily "After an offseason in which the Islanders stayed rather quiet after missing out on key free agents, the question became if the Islanders could stay competitive in a tough Metropolitan Division. Early on in the season, the Islanders are proving that they can repeat the success from a year..." November 03

  • League Notes: Waiver Priority, Power Play, AHL Trades

    Pro Hockey Rumors "November 1st marks an important day on the NHL calendar, but one many may not be aware of. Fortunately, CapFriendly is here for the reminder. This day marks the official change over to the waiver priority by current NHL standings. In the first month of the season, as the sample size is too..." November 02

  • Cooper: Victor Hedman out Friday, hopeful to return for Global Series in Sweden

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman remains out Friday with a lower-body injury, but head coach Jon Cooper is optimistic that he'll play in next weekend's Global Series in his home country. "He'll be out tonight, but we're hopeful for the..." November 01

  • The ugly, gory, bloody secret life of NHL dentists

    ESPN "WHEN THE PUCK finally came to rest, it was almost entirely inside Craig MacDonald's mouth. It was Dec. 21, 2007, and with 1:51 left to play, the Tampa Bay Lightning winger, working in his own zone, stepped in front of an errant, elevated slap shot that instantly cleaved a..." November 01

  • Devils get Louis Domingue in trade with Lightning for conditional draft pick

    North Jersey "The New Jersey Devils have acquired goaltender Louis Domingue from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. Domingue will report to Binghamton of the American Hockey League.  The 27-year-old will serve as insurance for a..." November 01

  • Cooper: Victor Hedman out Friday, hopeful to return for Global Series in Sweden

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman remains out Friday with a lower-body injury, but head coach Jon Cooper is optimistic that he'll play in next weekend's Global Series in his home country. "He'll be out tonight, but we're hopeful for the..." November 01

  • Tampa Bay Lightning Recall Three Players

    Raw Charge "The Tampa Bay Lightning have dipped into their farm system to help plug the holes in their line-up caused by their sudden run of injuries. Per a tweet from his agent, Alexander Volkov, in his third year of professional hockey, got the nod late Tuesday night and will join the..." October 31

  • Kevin Shattenkirk’s strong start in Tampa evidence of Rangers poor asset management

    Blueshirt Banter "Tuesday marks the first time the New York Rangers will face Kevin Shattenkirk since the team bought him out during the offseason and he subsequently signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Rangers’ decision to drop the axe on the veteran defenseman remains..." October 31

  • Trade Bait: Leafs facing deadline with Zach Hyman nearing return

    TSN "It’s so early in the season for a TSN Trade Bait board that it’s scary. But it is Halloween - and we do like handing out little trade treats to mark the occasion. The Trade Bait board will undoubtedly take different shape as we move closer to the Feb. 24 trade..." October 31

  • USA Hockey increases penalty for on-ice slurs

    ESPN "USA Hockey announced Wednesday that it is increasing penalties for racial and derogatory slurs of any kind by way of a directive from the governing body's president. Anyone penalized under the rule that covers racial and derogatory slurs will now receive a match penalty, which..." October 31

  • 2019 NHL Heritage Classic Delivers Unique And Valuable Partner Activation Opportunities "From the ice-making to the fan experience, it takes a village to stage an event like the NHL’s Heritage Classic. “The tentpole events are most important for the fans,” commissioner Gary Bettman said last week in Regina, in the leadup to Saturday’s 2019 Heritage..." October 31

  • Victor Hedman day-to-day with lower-body injury

    Tampa Bay Times " The injuries piled up all at once for the Lightning on Tuesday. They started the game without Anthony Cirelli then lost Victor Hedman and Pat Maroon in the first period. Eventually, they lost the game, falling to the Rangers 4-1 at Madison Square Garden. Hedman played..." October 30

  • NHL players are paid like other major pro athletes — and ticket sales cover those wages

    Seattle Times "A number of readers wrote in last week inquiring about my statement that NHL players make salaries comparable to other major professional sports leagues. The wording attempted to add context to why NHL ticket prices are so high, namely because hockey players earn salaries..." October 30

  • Several NHL clubs enduring scary starts

    The Guardian "The current NHL season is nearly a month old, but several teams and players are having difficulties in the early going. With Halloween just around the corner, here's a look at those that are enduring scary starts. Mediocre Maple Leafs With just six victories in their first..." October 30

  • Bringing NHL Feuds to Centre Stage

    The Hockey Writers "In the media, and all over Twitter, capturing the banter between these two stars seemed to be priority one. The rivalry is fun, it’s gripping, and it has been going on for several seasons with no real end in sight. Whenever the Flames and Kings play each other, Doughty and..." October 28

  • Analyzing the NHL’s luckiest, and unluckiest, teams so far

    Sportsnet "Do you believe this is the year Buffalo, under Ralph Krueger, finally gets back to the playoffs for the first time in nearly a decade? Are the Tampa Bay Lightning just a shell of the 62-win team that dominated the regular season in 2018-19? Will Edmonton and Vancouver claim two of the top three..." October 28

  • How are the Lightning’s summer acquisitions fitting in so far?

    Raw Charge "Despite having one of the best regular seasons in recent memory last year, the Lightning front office did some tinkering with the roster over the summer. Most of it occurred lower in the lineup with the J.T. Miller trade to Vancouver being the most notable move as he spent..." October 25

  • Who will be the Craig MacTavish of visors?

    TSN "Ryan O’Reilly is among the last of a dying breed. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner became the face of the St. Louis Blues’ Stanley Cup victory last season – in part because he’s one of the few players remaining in the NHL whose face isn’t protected by a..." October 24

  • Yes, let’s get alumni involved in the NHL Skills Competition

    Pro Hockey Talk "Recently, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the NHL was looking into making some changes to the NHL Skills Competition for the 2020 All-Star Weekend this January in St. Louis. Some events — looking at you, updated Puck Control Relay — have..." October 24

  • Daniel Walcott Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Tampa Bay Lightning have placed Daniel Walcott on waivers, indicating that he is healthy enough to return to action after starting the year on season-opening injured reserve. Walcott missed almost all of the 2018-19 season with a shoulder injury, playing just five games with the..." October 23

  • Sticker shock aside, NHL Seattle is banking on fans paying big to watch its team in person

    Seattle Times "To say some local hockey fans gulped when initial NHL Seattle season-ticket prices were released last week would be inaccurate — it’s tough to swallow while spitting out coffee or enduring other reflexive actions after learning 44-game packages will cost from $12,540 to..." October 23

  • The NHL rules players would love to unfollow

    Toronto Star "No game is ever perfect, and hockey seems to tinker with its rules more and more every year. Everyone seems to have an idea of how to make the game they love just a little bit better. Even the players, who sounded off about coaches’ challenges, offside reviews, icing..." October 22

  • Space Needle time capsule includes NHL Seattle’s final five name choices

    Pro Hockey Talk "Seattle NHL’s expansion franchise will have an official name sometime in 2020, but as of Monday the team is down to five choices ahead of their entry to the league for the 2021-22 season. On Monday, a time capsule that was sealed and won’t be opened until the..." October 22

  • Exclusive: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman sits down with Mile High Hockey

    Mile High Hockey "It was 83 degrees in Denver on October 9th. By the morning of October 10th, Denver’s first snowfall of the season had ripped through town while thermometers in the Mile High City read 19 degrees, a record-breaking temperature drop in just a matter of hours. And it couldn’t..." October 18

  • A guru to the goalies

    Winnipeg Free Press "Somewhere in the wilds of B.C.'s Okanagan Valley, just north of Kelowna, lives a man who never played the game. Nevertheless, Adam Francilia's work during the six-month-long National Hockey League season takes him on the road. A lot. It's a grind he says averages out to..." October 18

  • Wysh List: The most overrated advanced stats in hockey

    ESPN "Ron Hainsey was a plus-30 last season. That means Ron Hainsey was sixth in the NHL in something, at a time when Ron Hainsey shouldn't be sixth in the NHL in anything. Go back 15 years, and a plus-30 would have been an indisputable measure of a defenseman's prowess. But..." October 17

  • Jonathan Drouin, Mikhail Sergachev still searching for consistency two years after trade

    Sportsnet "It’s been two years and a few months since Jonathan Drouin and Mikhail Sergachev were traded for each other and both players are still searching for the same thing — consistency. They’re both off to great starts with their respective teams, both..." October 15

  • Vladislav Namestnikov has three points in Senators victory over Lightning

    Sportsnet "OTTAWA — Vladislav Namestnikov scored his first two goals for his new team late in the third as the Senators topped the Tampa Bay Lightning 4-2 on Saturday for Ottawa’s first win of the season. Colin White and Jean-Gabriel Pageau also scored as the..." October 12

  • Puck hound Anthony Cirelli is ready to keep climbing with Lightning

    The Score "Anthony Cirelli has never met a hockey puck he didn't want. The unassuming Tampa Bay Lightning center is inherently drawn to the little rubber disc and will do everything in his power to retrieve it: waving his left-handed stick in passing lanes, poking at feet and..." October 12

  • Nikita Kucherov focused on winning Cup: 'I don't care about the personal stuff'

    The Score "Nikita Kucherov is hungrier for the Stanley Cup than ever before. The Tampa Bay Lightning star may have taken home the Hart Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award last year, but those individual accomplishments alone didn't satisfy him. " October 11

  • Lightning still lugging the baggage of last season’s collapse

    TSN "Andrei Vasilevskiy has his theory on the Tampa Bay Lightning’s epic collapse last spring. “I think we just got too comfortable in the regular season,” the reigning Vezina Trophy winner said last month at the NHL’s Player Media Tour in Chicago. If..." October 11

  • NHL, SMT announce expanded partnership for puck, player tracking

    Sport Business "The National Hockey League has expanded its 20-year partnership with real-time scoring system provider SportsMEDIA Technology (SMT), which will now also become the league’s puck and player tracking partner. The puck and player tracking technology is designed to aid the..." October 11

  • Brayden Point to make season debut vs. Maple Leafs

    The Score "Tampa Bay Lightning pivot Brayden Point will make his season debut in Thursday night's matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Jon Cooper confirmed to reporters. Point was expected to be out until late October after undergoing offseason hip..." October 10

  • The NHL's three tiers of hatred

    ESPN "I watched a Los Angeles Kings vs. Calgary Flames game this week. Not by mistake. Not because I fell asleep with Center Ice streaming. I watched it because of pure, uncut, mutual animosity. The rivalry between Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and Flames..." October 10

  • Mike Babcock, Jon Cooper trade friendly fire as Lightning unveil super line

    Sportsnet "We’re only one week into what should be a hotly contested race for the Atlantic Division crown, and already the gamesmanship and urgency has kicked in like a thunderclap. If the return of Tampa’s all-star centre, Brayden Point, now fully recovered from off-season hip..." October 10