• NHL teams to have 28-man rosters, unlimited goaltenders for training camp, playoffs

    Yardbarker "As part of the 24-team format to crown a Stanley Cup champion amid the coronavirus pandemic officially announced on Tuesday by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman , clubs will be limited to 50 personnel at hub cities for round-robin seeding games, all best-of-five play-in series,..." May 28

  • League Still Not Allowing New Contracts For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When Scott Perunovich agreed to terms on two different contracts with the St. Louis Blues back in March, it led to plenty of confusion around the league. The plan was to have Perunovich sign a contract for 2019-20 if the season returned, allowing him to step right into a spot on..." May 28

  • Lightning coach Jon Cooper on NHL playoff format, possible games without fans

    Pro Hockey Talk "Lightning coach Jon Cooper covered an array of NHL playoff-related topics during an interview with Mike Tirico on “Lunch Talk Live.” You can watch the full interview in the video above, complete with some fun razzing. (Even with some ribbing, Cooper’s route to the..." May 28

  • Red Wings eye future success after season ends

    NHL.com "The Detroit Red Wings will not make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for a fourth straight season after reaching them the previous 25. The Red Wings (17-49-5) were not among the 24 teams to make the Qualifying Round or Seeding Round Robin when the NHL announced its Return to Play Plan May..." May 28

  • Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut signs contract with Russian team

    Buffalo News "Despite an uncertain start to free agency, the Buffalo Sabres might have already lost a player they wish to retain for next season. A source told The Buffalo News that Sabres defenseman Lawrence Pilut, a pending restricted free agent whose contract runs through June 30, has signed..." May 28

  • Hockey Canada cancels all camps, programs through Sept. 1

    Sportsnet "Hockey Canada has cancelled all programs and national team camps through Sept. 1, but plans to hold “various programming and training sessions” virtually over the summer. The programs and camps that will be moved to a virtual setting include: • BFL Canada..." May 28

  • Jake Bean Wins AHL Defenseman Of The Year

    Yardbarker "After handing out the top goaltending honors Tuesday, the AHL continued Wednesday by announcing the top defenseman. The Eddie Shore Award has been given to Jake Bean of the Charlotte Checkers after a vote from coaches, players and media members around the..." May 28

  • Kyle Dubas, John Tavares embracing playoff format as 'tremendous opportunity'

    The Score "Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas is excited for his club's opportunity to see its season through with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman officially announcing the league's 24-team playoff format Tuesday. "I think we're certainly going to..." May 27

  • The Carolina Hurricanes feel slighted by playoff format

    News & Observer "Of course the Carolina Hurricanes would vote against an NHL playoff format that includes 24 teams. After all those years, those many years they were stranded somewhere in the grimy neighborhood of 24th, lost in postseason purgatory, they have finally crossed back over into the living world. And..." May 27

  • Nick Foligno: 'There's going to be a fight' if players from hub cities can't see families

    NHL.com "After months of uncertainty, the Blue Jackets at least now know one thing -- what their on-ice situation will look like as the NHL attempts to return to play this year.  There are still myriad details to work out from dates and places to specifics regarding travel parties and..." May 27

  • Gary Bettman says NHL's expanded playoffs 'a one-time thing'

    The Hockey News "Given the circumstances, there was no way the NHL was going to make everyone happy. Is a 24-team Stanley Cup tournament in the dead of summer the ideal solution here? Probably not. But when it comes to what millions of other people are enduring as a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic,..." May 27

  • NHL not ruling out possibility of teams returning home for playoffs

    Yardbarker "The NHL announced its return-to-play plan this week, and that includes two hub cities hosting 24 teams in a rather interesting playoff format. While NHL commissioner Gary Bettman named 10 hub city finalists, things aren't set in stone. There's still a chance..." May 27

  • Jeff Blashill will return for sixth season as Red Wings coach

    Detroit News "Jeff Blashill will return as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. General manager Steve Yzerman said on his season-ending Zoom meeting with the media Wednesday that Blashill would return for a sixth season with the Wings. Blashill, 46, took over in 2015-16 and took the..." May 27

  • 6 deals that could be in limbo with 24-team playoff format

    The Score "With the NHL officially unveiling its plan to use a 24-team playoff format if it does return to play this season, commissioner Gary Bettman ruled the 2019-20 regular season effectively finished. A number of big trades were made this past year that included conditional draft..." May 27

  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asks Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for NHL entry exemption

    TSN "In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney asked the federal government to exempt NHL players and personnel from the country's travel protocol to facilitate Edmonton's bid to be a hub city in the NHL's potential return to play. Kenney..." May 27

  • NHL's Bill Daly Doesn't Think 1 Positive COVID-19 Test Would End Playoffs

    Bleacher Report "As the NHL turns its attention to a return to play that would feature 24 teams playing in two hub cities in an effort to determine a Stanley Cup champion, the league does not think one positive COVID-19 test would shut down the efforts. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly..." May 27

  • How NHL return plans renew Maple Leafs’ draft-lottery hopes

    Sportsnet "With the Toronto Maple Leafs poised to make the playoffs under traditional circumstances, the fair assumption was that they had waved sayonara to their 2020 first-round draft pick and any faint hope of winning a stud prospect like Alexis Lafreniere or Quinton..." May 27

  • NHL would like Canadian hub city but 14-day rule may prevent it

    The Score "NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the league remains keen on having a Canadian city serve as a hub if and when the return-to-play plan is initiated, but he admits that might not be possible. "We would certainly like to have a (hub) city in Canada," Daly..." May 27

  • Colorado Avalanche Place Igor Shvyrev On Unconditional Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though it won’t grab many headlines after the league’s announcement yesterday, there is a little bit of other hockey news today. The Colorado Avalanche have placed Igor Shvyrev on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract termination. " May 27

  • NHL's return will bring us one of sports' greatest experiences: overtime playoff hockey

    USA Today "Palms are slick with sweat and the heart rate is elevated. Breaths are sharp and hurried. Expletives are verbally hurled at the television, quite often. This is the heightened life experience otherwise known as watching playoff hockey. It's a feeling sports fans haven't..." May 27

  • An explainer for the very confusing 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, which will include two phases

    CBS Sports "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league's official return-to-play plan on Tuesday afternoon, making the NHL the first of the four major North American sports leagues to officially declare its plans to play following the coronavirus shutdown. Bettman officially closed the book on..." May 27

  • Sidney Crosby joins Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux with latest point-per-game season

    The Score "With the NHL's regular season officially over, Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby joins legends Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux as the only players in league history to average more than one point per game over their first 15 campaigns, according..." May 27

  • Alexander Ovechkin's second son born

    TSN "Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin and his wife Anastasia Shubskaya welcomed their second son, Ilya, to the world on Wednesday morning. " May 27

  • Final standings for 2019-20 NHL season, playoff schedule, NHL draft odds

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL seeks to hand out the 2020 Stanley Cup despite the COVID-19 pandemic, so with that, Tuesday ranks as a big day. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the league’s return-to-play plan, which includes a 24-team playoff format involving two “hub cities.”..." May 26

  • Sabres co-owner, president Kim Pegula says Jason Botterill to return as GM

    Sportsnet " Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has ownership’s backing to return for a fourth season despite overseeing a team that will miss the playoffs for a ninth consecutive year, team president and co-owner Kim Pegula told The Associated Press on..." May 26

  • Bruins Lock Up Slew Of Awards With Official Ending Of 2019-20 Season

    NESN "The 2019-20 NHL season came to an official end Tuesday, and the Boston Bruins made out pretty well. Commissioner Gary Bettman revealed the official 24-team playoff format as well as phases the league will have to go through before the potential return of hockey. But, as is..." May 26

  • NHL Announces Details On Return To Play Format

    Pro Hockey Rumors "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman today explained how exactly the 24-team return to play format will work, a proposal that was submitted to and approved by the NHLPA executive board over the weekend. First and foremost was the announcement that the 2019-20 regular season is..." May 26

  • Still A Long, Dark Tunnel To The Playoffs, But Is That A Light We See?

    The Hockey News "Tens of millions of dollars in costs to the NHL, some 30,000 COVID-19 tests and, unless the Canadian government relaxes its 14-day quarantining requirement for people entering the country, no chance of seeing any live hockey in the best league in the world north of the 49th parallel for..." May 26

  • Jack Edwards Thinking NHL Screwed Bruins With New Playoff Format is So Classic Boston

    12 Up "On Tuesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed that the 2019-2020 regular season is over as the league will transition to a 24-team playoff format when play restarts. This modified blueprint gives squads that were knocking on the door of a playoff berth before play..." May 26

  • NHL Announces 2020 Draft Lottery to Take Place June 26, Could Include 2 Phases

    Bleacher Report "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league will host the 2020 draft lottery on Friday, June 26, in what could be the first of two phases to determine the full draft order. Fifteen teams will be eligible for the top three picks, including the seven teams that were not..." May 26

  • NHLers face new normal as league prepares to ramp up toward return to play

    Sportsnet "Before NHL players are permitted to step back inside a team facility they must first have a swab inserted roughly four centimetres into their nasal cavity. Laboratory-based RT-PCR testing is used to detect any active or recent infection with COVID-19, and will be administered 48 hours..." May 26

  • 4 big questions as NHL's return-to-play plan slowly comes into focus

    The Score "Baby steps. That's what it's going to take for NHL action to return this summer. The league and the players' association moved ever so slightly in that direction Monday by announcing their intention to transition from Phase 1 (months of..." May 26

  • Wild prospect Kaapo Kahkonen wins AHL Goalie of the Year

    Yardbarker "The minor leagues were absolutely littered with high-end goaltending prospects this season, but only one could take home the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as the league’s best netminder. That honor was given to Kaapo Kahkonen of the Iowa Wild after a..." May 26

  • Full List Of 2020 Expiring Draft Rights

    Pro Hockey Rumors "When drafting a player out of North America or any European country with a transfer agreement, a team acquires their exclusive negotiating rights for a set amount of time. Each year on June 1, a long list of players see those rights expire and become unrestricted free agents (or choose to..." May 26

  • Searching for the NHL version of Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen

    TSN "Like everything in Michael Jordan’s orbit, The Last Dance  – a 10-part documentary series that concluded on ESPN and Netflix last week – was iconic and memorable. If not for the fact that it was virtually the only fresh sports content available during a global pandemic,..." May 26

  • Gary Bettman will make an announcement today regarding the Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 NHL season

    Sportsnet "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will make an exclusive announcement today at 4:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 p.m. PT regarding the Return to Play Plan for the 2019-20 NHL season. Watch the announcement on a special presentation of Tim & Sid, which will air on Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet 590 The Fan and..." May 26

  • Alexander Ovechkin jersey from 'The Goal' game auctioned off for $111K

    The Score "The jersey Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin wore when he scored "The Goal" against the then-Phoenix Coyotes in 2006 fetched $111,930 at an auction recently. Ovechkin's memorable goal put the Capitals up 6-1 in the Jan. 16, 2006 game at..." May 26

  • The NHL’s six most interesting goalie developments of 2019-20 so far

    Sportsnet "Goalies, they say, are voodoo. It may be the most difficult position to project but it is, of course, also the most important. If you don’t have a solid netminder then the cards are stacked against you from the word go. Just ask the San Jose Sharks, who finished with the worst..." May 26

  • Sergei Mozyakin Re-Signs In KHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It’s not that he was going to come over to North America at this point in his career, but there was some doubt if Sergei Mozyakin would continue at all. The all-time KHL scoring leader has decided to come back for one more season (at least), signing a one-year extension with..." May 26

  • Devan Dubnyk: NHL, NHLPA have 'long way to go' in cementing return to play

    The Score "Minnesota Wild netminder Devan Dubnyk says that while talks are moving in the right direction, the NHL and NHLPA still have a lot of work to do in establishing an appropriate plan for returning to play. Players voted last week in favor of a 24-team playoff..." May 25

  • Former Stars coach Jim Montgomery thankful for firing, says he deserved it

    TSN "Six months removed from his untimely dismissal as head coach of the Dallas Stars, Jim Montgomery says he thanks the organization for firing him. "I’m thankful for the Dallas Stars and Jim Nill for what they did, even though I understand that I disappointed Jim Nill, the..." May 25

  • Dmytro Timashov's representatives say Red Wing not signing with Latvian team

    Detroit News "Representatives for Detroit Red Wings forward Dmytro Timashov denied a report in Russia's Sport-Express that Timashov is close to signing with Latvia's Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. Timashov, who was claimed on waivers from the Toronto..." May 25

  • No one gives the Islanders credit for 4 straight Cups

    NHL.com ""Tonelli to Nystrom. He scores!" That call by CBC broadcaster Jim Robson described the final moments of the signature play in New York Islanders history. Bobby Nystrom's goal in overtime, off a pass from John Tonelli in Game 6 of the 1980 Stanley Cup Final against the..." May 25

  • NHL better not cheat the teams bound for draft lottery

    New York Post "So what now of the Stigmatized Seven, those clubs who couldn’t play up to an NHL .500 level before the league entered its pause phase on March 12 and have thus been deemed unworthy of an invite to the league’s imagined 24-team Stanley Cup tournament? What about the..." May 25

  • Jordan Martinook: Hurricanes voted against 24-team format because 'it hurts our odds'

    The News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes were one of two NHL teams to vote against a 24-team return to play format that has been approved by the NHL Players’ Association’s executive board.. Why? Jordan Martinook, the team’s player representative to the NHLPA, said Monday the Canes..." May 25

  • NHL/NHLPA targeting early June for Phase 2

    TSN "The National Hockey League and NHLPA sent out the Phase 2 protocol to all teams and players late Sunday, and said they are targeting a date in early June for the transition to Phase 2. Phase 2 would include small group workouts. "Based on the current information available, we are..." May 25

  • Wayne Gretzky continues to treasure trophy from Maurice Richard

    NHL.com "Wayne Gretzky, one of the most decorated players in NHL history, keeps one lone trophy in his California home. It's one the NHL all-time leading scorer didn't even win. It was a gift from the late Maurice "Rocket" Richard, one Gretzky has cherished for more than..." May 25

  • Islanders arena construction at Belmont Park ready to resume

    NHL.com "The new arena for the New York Islanders is about to resume construction after being shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced the news via Twitter on Sunday, two days after New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo unveiled plans to begin the..." May 24

  • Playoff plan is just one of many issues NHL faces in effort to return

    USA Today "In the first stride toward resuming a hockey season that has been frozen since March 12 by the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL Players Association voted Friday to proceed with negotiations on a return plan with a 24-team format to conclude the 2019-20 season. That’s the good news for..." May 24

  • Nick Ebert Receiving Overseas Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Rangers defenseman Nick Ebert decided to take another shot at playing in North America this season and signed with Ottawa with the hopes of getting an NHL opportunity.  However, he was moved to New York in an early-season trade as part of the Vladislav Namestnikov deal and spent..." May 24