• Flyers deny report of Hakstol firing, Quenneville hiring

    The Score "The Philadelphia Flyers have denied a report that head coach Dave Hakstol has been fired and Joel Quenneville hired to be the team's new bench boss, with a spokesperson telling Sam Carchidi of The Inquirer that the organization had "nothing new to report." Sources told..." December 16

  • Flyers make the decision to fire Dave Hakstol, hire Joel Quenneville

    Courier-Post "Flyers management’s expectations this season were to win a playoff round for the first time since 2012. Instead they are dead last in the Eastern Conference with 28 points through Sunday, eight shy of a playoff spot, have lost five of their last six games and it will cost coach Dave..." December 16

  • Hurricanes owner: 'We won't be drafting defense in the first round as long as I'm here'

    Yardbarker "The Hurricanes have taken defensemen in the first round in three of the last five drafts (Haydn Fleury, Noah Hanifin and Jake Bean) and have amassed plenty of depth at that position in recent years. Speaking with Lauren K. Ohnesorge of the Triangle Business Journal (subscription required), team..." December 16

  • Ovi after tallying in 6th straight game: 'You can't score every night'

    The Score "Most players aren't threats to find the back of the net on a nightly basis, but most players aren't Alex Ovechkin. The Washington Capitals superstar didn't notch a third straight hat trick Saturday, but he scored in regulation and added the eventual shootout winner in a..." December 16

  • Trade watch heats up as teams start checking in on Blues’ Tarasenko

    Sportsnet "The NHL’s holiday trade freeze gets put into effect this coming Wednesday and with this date looming the trade market, as we inch towards the league’s Feb. 25 trade deadline, is beginning to stir. On Saturday, during Hockey Night in Canada’s Headlines segment,..." December 16

  • Ottawa Places Max McCormick On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Ottawa Senators have placed winger Max McCormick on waivers, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. " December 16

  • Cops say Tommy Hawk attacked at UC; video shows mascot land punches too

    Chicago Sun-Times "Things went from bad to worse for the Blackhawks during their 4-3 overtime loss to the Winnipeg Jets. Tommy Hawk was attacked by a fan on the United Center concourse on Friday, authorities say, in a video-recorded encounter that has made waves on social media. Chicago police..." December 16

  • Florida Panthers' MacKenzie Weegar gets big penalty for clipping linesman with stick

    USA Today "Taking a double-minor penalty in hockey is always bad, but Florida Panthers defenseman MacKenzie Weegar made things a whole lot worse for himself during Saturday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.  In the second period with the Panthers leading 2-0, Weegar was..." December 16

  • Blues ink Bortuzzo to three-year extension

    TSN "Robert Bortuzzo is sticking around in St. Louis.  The Blues announced Saturday that the defenceman has signed a three-year contract extension worth $1.375 million per season.  In 12 games so far this season, Bortuzzo has one goal and two assists to go along with..." December 15

  • Andre Burakovsky Has Come Up In Trade Talks

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Capitals winger Andre Burakovsky has had a rough start to his season and was a healthy scratch for a second straight game tonight against Carolina.  Accordingly, his name has started to come up in trade discussions, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman noted in an appearance on Sportsnet..." December 15

  • Blues won't loan Robert Thomas to Canada for WJHC

    The Score "One of the St. Louis Blues' best prospects is sticking with the team for the time being. Robert Thomas will not be loaned to the Canadian national team for the upcoming World Junior Championship, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong confirmed to TSN's Pierre LeBrun on..." December 15

  • Kristian Vesalainen Declines Invitation To The World Juniors

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Most young players view the opportunity to play at the World Juniors as an exciting one.  However, that doesn’t seem to be the case for Jets prospect Kristian Vesalainen.  Jussi Ahokas, the head coach of Team Finland, acknowledged to Yle Urheilu, a Finnish newspaper, that the..." December 15

  • Sabres suspend Patrik Berglund indefinitely for 'failure to report'

    Buffalo News "Patrik Berglund's first season with the Buffalo Sabres took another surprising turn Saturday when he was suspended indefinitely by the team for "failure to report." Berglund, acquired from St. Louis as part of the Ryan O'Reilly trade in July, has two goals and two..." December 15

  • Kings’ Jeff Carter Linked To Boston Bruins

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When one national writer connects a contending team with a trade candidate, it’s simply speculation. When three link the two in the span of a few days, there is usually something to it. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman suggested that the Boston Bruins could be a possible destination..." December 15

  • Oilers CEO says Chiarelli's job is safe if team makes playoffs

    The Score "With things recently taking a turn for the better in Edmonton, Oilers CEO and vice-chair Bob Nicholson gave general manager Peter Chiarelli a somewhat conditional vote of confidence. The Oilers have gone 8-2-2 since Ken Hitchcock replaced Todd McLellan as head coach, vaulting the club..." December 15

  • How should Rangers approach the trade deadline?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Whether by design or not, the New York Rangers have been better than expected so far in 2018-19. Despite waving the white flag of rebuild, they’re only one point behind the Islanders for third place in the Metro, which would help them sneak into the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs...." December 15

  • Oilers’ Alex Chiasson has earned his place on Connor McDavid’s wing

    Sportsnet "There are 13 pay periods inside a National Hockey League season. When Alex Chiasson got off the plane in Edmonton back in September, he was just trying to get to one of them. He came out west on a professional tryout — a PTO — the second year in a row that he had gone..." December 15

  • Golden Knights' Erik Haula undergoes knee surgery, out indefinitely

    ESPN "Vegas Golden Knights forward Erik Haula had surgery on his right knee, general manager George McPhee said Friday. Haula was injured Nov. 6 against the Toronto Maple Leafs. McPhee said the surgery took place "a couple of weeks" after Haula was hurt. "It..." December 15

  • Sens fans eager to turn the page on a bizarre 2018

    TSN "It was exactly one year ago – on a chilly Friday night in mid-December – when Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk’s frosty words plunged his relationship with the fan base into a deeper freeze. Speaking to reporters just prior to his club hosting an outdoor..." December 14

  • Giordano production, consistency keys for surging Flames

    NHL.com "It may seem as if Mark Giordano never gets tired, but the 35-year-old Calgary Flames defenseman has a different take. "If you came and sat on the bench beside me after a shift, you'd see me breathing pretty heavy after most shifts," he said. Perhaps, then,..." December 14

  • Evander Kane To Judge ... Unmask My Abortion Accuser!

    TMZ "NHL star Evander Kane is calling out "Jane Doe" -- claiming the woman accusing him of stiffing her out of $3 MILLION for aborting his child must reveal her REAL NAME if she's gonna proceed with her lawsuit.  TMZ Sports broke the story ... the accuser filed a lawsuit..." December 14

  • Vancouver Canucks Sign Mitch Eliot To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Vancouver Canucks have signed undrafted free agent defenseman Mitch Eliot to a three-year, entry-level contract. The deal will kick in for this season given Eliot is already 20 years old, and expire after the 2020-21 season. He will also take up one of Vancouver’s 50 contract..." December 14

  • New Jersey Devils Taylor Hall A Game-Time Decision Against Vegas Golden Knights

    Last Word On Hockey "The New Jersey Devils announced that winger Taylor Hall will be a game-time decision for tonight’s game against the Vegas Golden Knights. Hall spent some time doing line rushes with the team during today’s gameday skate but left the ice early. Taylor Hall..." December 14

  • Golden Knights' Stastny to play vs. Devils after 30-game absence

    The Score "Vegas Golden Knights forward Paul Stastny will make his highly anticipated return to the lineup Friday against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced. Stastny was Vegas' big-ticket signing in free agency - inking a three-year, $19.5-million contract on July 1 - but missed the..." December 14

  • Toronto Maple Leafs Sign Ian Scott To Entry-Level Contract

    Pro Hockey Rumors "You can’t really have a better start to the season than Ian Scott. The junior goaltender is off to a record-setting start with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL, has a chance to represent Canada at the World Junior Championship, and has now signed his first professional..." December 14

  • Carter could retire if moved by Kings

    TSN "Sitting last in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings are expected to begin a roster overhaul to insert more youth into the team's aging roster before the trade deadline. One veteran who could be on the move for Los Angeles is two-time Stanley Cup champion Jeff Carter. However, TSN..." December 14

  • Seattle group begins compiling list of potential GMs

    The Score "Nearly two weeks after formally being granted a franchise, the Seattle group has begun to compile a list of potential GM candidates, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported during Thursday's "Insider Trading" segment. "What I can tell you is the Seattle group has, over the..." December 14

  • Why Ottawa could be the best fit for Vancouver's Sam Gagner

    Yardbarker "Canucks center Sam Gagner is known to be available after he was sent back to the AHL earlier this month. In an appearance on TSN 1040 (audio link), TSN’s Darren Dreger suggested that Ottawa could make sense as a fit for the 29-year-old given their rash of injuries up front. He..." December 14

  • Carolina Hurricanes Had Trade Fall Through At Last Minute

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Carolina Hurricanes have been rumored to be very interested in adding a scoring forward this season, and they may have almost gotten their wish last week. On the latest edition of Insider Trading for TSN, Pierre LeBrun reports that a deal fell through at the last minute with a..." December 14

  • Stamkos: Playoff format 'a little imperfect,' old system more logical

    The Score "Count Steven Stamkos among NHL players not quite sold on the league's divisional postseason format. "It's a little imperfect," the Tampa Bay Lightning captain told Sportsnet's Chris Johnston on Thursday. "I've always thought when you go to the 1 (seed..." December 13

  • Could Chuck Fletcher strike major deal with Blues?

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "With the holiday roster freeze six days away, expect the speculation game to heat up. The trade deadline is still 10 weeks away, but business is starting to shake out. We’ve seen a couple of minor trades this week and some player movement on the waiver wire. Since Chuck Fletcher..." December 13

  • Lightning hold no grudge towards John Tavares for choosing Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "John Tavares could have joined the Tampa Bay Lighting last summer. Just imagine how that would have shifted the balance of power in the Atlantic Division. What made his decision to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs sting even more for Lightning head coach Jon Cooper was how..." December 13

  • Islanders' power play (1-for-last-28) may get some new combinations

    Newsday "The power has been out on the Islanders’ power play for about a month now. The last time they managed to score five-on-four? Try Nov. 15 when they did it twice. So when Anthony Beauvillier (hot streak) and Josh Ho-Sang (creative offensively) were spotted working on the..." December 13

  • Marchessault, 'Corsi god,' discusses Golden Knights rebound

    NHL.com "Marchessault is one of three players in the NHL to have at least 580 shots on goal and 250 hits since the beginning of the 2016-17 season (582 shots on goal, 250 hits). When asked to name the other two, Marchessault guessed "Ovechkin." He had it half right; it's Washington..." December 13

  • Which teams are likely to make moves before Holiday Freeze?

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’re exactly one week away from the NHL’s holiday roster freeze. Teams won’t be able to make a move between Dec. 19 at 11:59 pm ET and Dec. 28 at 12:01 am ET, which means there could be some fireworks between now and the 19th. So, which teams are most likely to make a move..." December 13

  • Stars forward Valeri Nichushkin goes from healthy scratch to top-line forward for Dallas

    Dallas Morning News "In his return to the Stars lineup Wednesday night in Anaheim, Valeri Nichushkin will be given a lot of responsibility, ascending to the top line with Tyler Seguin and Alexander Radulov after he was a healthy scratch in three of the last four games. Nichushkin is goalless in 22 games..." December 13

  • T.J. Oshie says he was held out of the lineup longer than he wanted to be as a precaution

    NBC Sports Washington "On Nov. 14, T.J. Oshie suffered a concussion on a hit from Josh Morrissey. The concussion sidelined him for nearly a month. He finally returned to the lineup Tuesday for a game against the Detroit Red Wings, but it sounds like he was medically cleared to return..." December 13

  • Penguins Place Patric Hornqvist On IR, Activate Matt Cullen

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins will have a slightly different look up front tonight and moving forward, after the shuffling a pair of injured players. The team announced that Patric Hornqvist has been placed on the injured reserve, retroactive to November 6th, while Matt..." December 13

  • Blackhawks place Jan Rutta on waivers

    Second City Hockey "The Blackhawks placed defenseman Jan Rutta on waivers Thursday morning, according to multiple reports. The 28-year-old was a healthy scratch Wednesday night against Pittsburgh as Carl Dahlstromwas called up from the AHL. Dahlstrom, 23, had an assist, three..." December 13

  • Kevan Miller returns from throat injury, skates with Bruins Thursday

    NBC Sports Boston "It was a return for a number of injured Bruins players on Thursday as Kevan Miler, Patrice Bergeron and Zdeno Chara all appeared on the Warrior Ice Arena frozen sheet. Chara (left MCL sprain) and Bergeron (rib/sternoclavicular injury) skated ahead of Bruins practice and Miller (larynx) skated..." December 13

  • How Mats Zuccarello is dealing with his trade-bait reality

    New York Post "This is a strange time for Mats Zuccarello. The Rangers winger has heard his name in all the rumors, knows that with his expiring contract he is a valuable piece to general manager Jeff Gorton as the club thinks about the Feb. 25 trade deadline and the roster rebuilding that is being..." December 13

  • Trading Krug could put Bruins in the ballgame

    Boston Herald "There is plenty to love about Torey Krug. He is one of the best power-play quarterbacks in the NHL, has a competitive streak that takes a backseat to no one on this Bruins team, and possesses a penchant for showing up when it matters — like Game 7 against Toronto last year. In a..." December 13

  • Ducks goaltender Chad Johnson happy to have been claimed off waivers

    Orange County Register "The bad news arrived Monday, when the St. Louis Blues placed Chad Johnson on waivers. The good news came Tuesday, when the Ducks claimed him. As he related the story Wednesday, Johnson said the Ducks asked if he needed time to get his affairs in order. They told him to take..." December 13

  • Canucks prospect Quinn Hughes: ‘The plan is definitely to sign’ this season

    Sportsnet "When the Canucks nabbed Quinn Hughes seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Draft it was a bit of a surprise to most onlookers. With the likes of Noah Dobson and Evan Bouchard projected by many to be the second and third defencemen taken behind Rasmus Dahlin, Vancouver didn’t hesitate to jump on..." December 12

  • Alex Ovechkin isn’t slowing down

    Pro Hockey Talk "At 33 years old Alex Ovechkin is not supposed to be scoring goals at this sort of pace. He is not supposed to be scoring goals the way he was when he was in his mid-20s. The typical aging curve for NHL players, even the elites, says they are supposed to be slowing down..." December 12

  • Buffalo Sabres Unlikely To Pursue Rental Players

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have experienced a franchise rejuvenation this season, going from last place in the entire league to must-see hockey on a nightly basis. The team sits third place in the Atlantic Division with a two-point lead over the Boston Bruins, and are one of the most exciting groups in..." December 12

  • Report: Red Wings want at least 1st-round pick for Howard

    The Score "For the moment, the price for Jimmy Howard appears to be high. The Detroit Red Wings have made it clear they want at least a first-round draft selection in exchange for the veteran goaltender, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman wrote..." December 12

  • Penguins activate goaltender Matt Murray from injured reserve

    Sportsnet "The Pittsburgh Penguins have activated Matt Murray from injured reserve, the club announced Wednesday. Murray’s been out of action since Nov. 17 while dealing with a lower-body injury. The 24-year-old had been hampered by the injury for a couple weeks before..." December 12

  • Nylander already showing flashes of brilliance for Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Talk "After a contract holdout that extended almost until the last minute on Dec. 1, William Nylander finally signed with the Maple Leafs, yet he was unable to generate a point in his first two games back. One could almost feel the restlessness build in Toronto, but there were breakthrough moments in..." December 12

  • Bruins' David Backes barely escapes serious injury in taking skate blade to the face

    NBC Sports Boston "It seems like David Backes has been a magnet for high sticks this season and the 34-year-old has also missed time with a concussion as well. The bad luck streak continued for him on Tuesday night when Backes caught an errant skate blade to the face in the first period as Oliver..." December 12