• Laine apologizes to Jets linemate Little for comments

    NHL.com " Patrik Laine apologized to Winnipeg Jets linemate Bryan Little for comments in a Finnish newspaper this week that appeared to be critical of him, Little said Thursday. "He was saying sorry and apologizing for just the way I think it was interpreted, which I..." September 20

  • Avs targeting long-term deal for Mikko Rantanen at $8.4M-$8.75M AAV

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche are apparently looking to strike a six- or eight-year deal with restricted free-agent forward Mikko Rantanen at an average annual value ranging from $8.4 million to $8.75 million, according to The Athletic's Ryan Clark. The..." September 20

  • St. Louis Blues’ goaltender Jake Allen Promised Trade Protection

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Even after winning the Stanley Cup, many expected that the St. Louis Blues would be active on the trade market this summer. The team seemingly lacked the salary cap space to re-sign a vast number of restricted free agents, including goaltender Jordan Binnington, defenseman Joel..." September 20

  • Brayden Point, Lightning 'a ways apart' on contract, agent says

    NHL.com "Brayden Point and the Tampa Bay Lightning aren't close to agreeing to terms on a contract, his agent said Thursday. "We're a ways apart right now, but like I said, I say all the time, you can do a deal in a day if you're so inclined, so things can move quickly,..." September 20

  • Penguins sign 3rd-round draft pick Nathan Legare

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Penguins signed forward prospect Nathan Legare to a three-year entry-level contract. Legare, 18, was a third-round selection (No. 74 overall) in this year’s draft. The Penguins dealt three picks (No. 98, No. 151, No. 207 overall) to move up in the draft and select..." September 20

  • The Phil Kessel Experience begins for the Arizona Coyotes

    ESPN "It was an hour before Game 7 in the 2017 second-round playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, and Penguins players were assembled around the visiting locker room preparing for a tense game. Some guys were kicking around a soccer ball, others were..." September 20

  • Rangers, D Tony DeAngelo agree to 1-year deal

    TSN "The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenceman Tony DeAngelo, the club announced Friday.   RFA Tony DeAngelo has agreed to terms with September 20

  • Justin Faulk blocks out trade rumors, prepares as if he'll stay with Hurricanes

    NHL.com " Justin Faulk was an alternate captain in his first game of the preseason against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. In that sense, nothing has changed for the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman. Despite rumors that he might soon be traded because he is in the final season of..." September 20

  • Jon Cooper: Lightning have more openings than ever before

    Tampa Bay Times "Roster spots aren’t the only competition in Lightning training camp. Players are also jockeying for positioning within the lineup. “The bottom line is there are spots that are open on this team,” coach Jon Cooper said, “probably more than there have ever been..." September 20

  • Bryan Little Needs Better Players To Play With

    Jets Nation "Patrik Laine didn’t name any names when he talked to a Finnish newspaper about wanting to play with the best players on the Winnipeg Jets and that he instead had to settle for playing with “the guys I’m told to play.” But much like a sub-tweet on Twitter, we..." September 20

  • Former Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi announces retirement

    NHL.com "Former Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi announced his retirement today after 13 NHL seasons, including two with the Bolts.  "I would like to thank all my coaches, family, friends and teammates for supporting me throughout my entire hockey career," Girardi..." September 20

  • Dream Gap Tour aims to pave way for sustainable women’s hockey league

    TSN "When the Canadian Women’s Hockey League shuttered last spring, the move united 200 female hockey players in a common goal – to build a better, more sustainable future for their sport for the next generation of girls.   It was that dream that spawned the aptly..." September 20

  • Patrik Laine contacted Bryan Little to apologize for linemate comments

    Ottawa Citizen "Call it a transcontinental bro hug. Winnipeg Jets star Patrik Laine has reached out across the Atlantic to tell teammate Bryan Little he was sorry for making waves. Laine contacted Little shortly after the unsigned star goal scorer’s comments about his linemates..." September 19

  • Avalanche unwilling to give Mitch Marner money to Mikko Rantanen

    The Score "The Colorado Avalanche are not prepared to give restricted free-agent forward Mikko Rantanen the same money Mitch Marner will earn on his new contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. Marner, who was also a..." September 19

  • One potential RFAs solution? Move up deadline

    TSN "Training camps are nearly halfway finished. But Matthew Tkachuk is training with the OHL’s London Knights instead of the NHL’s Calgary Flames. Kyle Connor is working out with the Michigan Wolverines and Patrik Laine is spitting truth in Switzerland..." September 19

  • Senators sign star defenceman Thomas Chabot to 8-year, $64m contract extension

    Silver Seven "That breeze you might be feeling in Ottawa is the collective sigh of relief from Senators fans that Thomas Chabot has been extended for a full eight years, and with plenty of time left on his current contract. The deal carries a cap hit of $8m per year. It starts at $7m in salary for..." September 19

  • Lightning and their star are not close to contract, but all signs Point to a bridge deal

    The Hockey News "Things can change with one conversation, but as it stands right now, the Tampa Bay Lightning and Brayden Point do not have a contract. Not only do they not have a contract, they’re not even close to having one. “We haven’t made any progress,” said Point’s agent..." September 19

  • The Oilers and Jets could make good trade partners

    Oilers Nation "Earlier today, Bob McKenzie dropped a bombshell, stating that Dustin Byfuglien was taking an absence from the Winnipeg Jets in order to contemplate his future in the league. As discussed over at JetsNation, the Jets are giving the veteran defenceman time and space while he decides whether he..." September 19

  • Kings GM knows a return to Stanley Cup contention leans on prospect development

    Los Angeles Times "Rob Blake took the stage last month at a state-of-the-franchise event to the playing of an organ and a smattering of applause. With an easy smile and familiar face, the former Kings player is still treated like a fan favorite. But after the team’s discouraging two-season rut..." September 19

  • Igor Shesterkin’s hyped Rangers debut was years in the making

    New York Post "The countdown, more than five years in the making, arrived at 10:10 of the second period of the Rangers’ exhibition opener against the Devils at the Garden on Wednesday. That is when 23-year-old Igor Shesterkin, the Moscow-born 118th-overall selection of the 2014 entry draft,..." September 19

  • Has Patrik Laine been unfairly deployed by the Jets?

    TSN "Does Patrik Laine have a legitimate beef with the Winnipeg Jets? That is the question of the week after a story by Pekka Jalonen – a sportswriter for the Finnish publication Iltalehti – who has covered Laine since the earliest stages of his..." September 19

  • Leafs ink Robertson to entry-level deal

    NHL.com "The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the hockey club has signed Nicholas Robertson to a three-year entry level contract. Robertson, 18, appeared in 54 games with the Peterborough Petes (OHL) during the 2018-19 season and registered 55 points (27 goals, 28 assists), which led..." September 19

  • Brian McGrattan gets new dance partner on Battle of the Blades

    Sportsnet "Flipping through video after video on his phone in search of an angle that shows his finest form, Brian McGrattan’s grin widens. The clip he’s excited to show isn’t vintage footage from hockeyfights.com or Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Hockey. It’s..." September 19

  • Canes sign forward Ryan Suzuki to entry-level contract

    News & Observer "The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Ryan Suzuki, their first-round pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract. Suzuki, 18, will be paid $832,500 at the NHL level or $70,000 at the American Hockey League level for all three seasons, the team..." September 19

  • Penguins Salary Cap Danger Threatens Depth

    Pittsburgh Hockey Now "Marcus Pettersson accepted a well below expected-value contract last Thursday and the Pittsburgh Penguins salary cap outlook changed, again. We spent the summer assuming the Penguins would clear at least $1.5 million for Pettersson, but his $874,125 cap hit allows the Penguins to use a little..." September 19

  • 5 head coaches on the hot seat entering this season

    The Score "There's no shortage of bench bosses who will begin 2019-20 feeling the heat. Whether they guide a team on the rise that hasn't gone deep enough, a franchise that's stuck in the mud, or a historically great regular-season club that hasn't achieved Stanley Cup glory,..." September 19

  • Kings add Ron Hextall to front office in advisory role

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "Former Flyers general manager Ron Hextall has found a new job in the NHL.  Hextall has been hired as a part-time advisor to hockey operations for the Los Angeles Kings, the team announced Wednesday. Fired by the Flyers in November after a poor start to the 2018-19..." September 19

  • Agent for Mikko Rantanen, Patrik Laine: 'We're not close' in negotiations

    The Score "The man who represents restricted free agents Mikko Rantanen and Patrik Laine says his clients aren't on the verge of agreeing to new contracts with their respective clubs. "We're not close, how about that? That's about as much as you're going..." September 18

  • Oilers GM 'optimistic' Connor McDavid will be ready for opening night

    TSN "Edmonton Oilers GM Ken Holland said Wednesday it looks optimistic for captain Connor McDavid to play in the team's regular-season opener on Oct. 2. Holland said there remains a chance McDavid could play in a preseason game, but noted his availability remains in the hands..." September 18

  • Seattle NHL expansion team arena on schedule to open in summer 2021

    NHL.com "The New Arena at Seattle Center, which will be home to the Seattle NHL expansion franchise, is on schedule to open in the summer of 2021. The $930 million project, overseen by Oak View Group, includes keeping the roof of the building, formerly named Key Arena, in place while the..." September 18

  • Mikko Rantanen follows Patrik Laine to SC Bern

    Mile High Hockey "As the number or unsigned restricted free agents dwindles, two of the highest-profile names have decided to head to Switzerland to join SC Bern - one of them is Colorado Avalanche star winger Mikko Rantanen. A couple days after reports surfaced that Patrik..." September 18

  • Did the players hand Gary Bettman a victory even before the battle began?

    The Hockey Writers "When the NHL Players’ Association declined to reopen the collective bargaining agreement, they didn’t just guarantee uninterrupted NHL hockey until Sept. 15, 2022. They essentially set the stage for a CBA extension that could go until 2025 or 2026 and may have secured labor peace..." September 18

  • Dustin Byfuglien believed to be weighing future

    TSN "According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Winnipeg Jets defenceman Dustin Byfuglien is believed to be pondering his NHL future as he takes a leave of absence from the club. McKenzie notes Byfuglien is weighing his options at the moment and remains without..." September 18

  • Winger Anton Burdasov earns professional tryout with Oilers

    Sportsnet "Russian right winger Anton Burdasov will join the Edmonton Oilers on a professional tryout.   Can confirm that Anton Burdasov will join the Edmonton Oilers on a PTO, as first reported by September 18

  • Ben Hutton Signs With the Los Angeles Kings

    Last Word On Hockey "The Los Angeles Kings signed free agent defenceman Ben Hutton to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million for the season. This contract carries him through the 2019-20 season.   September 18

  • Justin Barron ranked as potential NHL first-rounder

    The Chronicle Herald "Justin Barron is the latest blue-chip prospect to come through the Halifax Mooseheads’ pipeline. The 17-year-old defenceman is projected as a potential first-rounder for the 2020 NHL draft, continuing a recent rich run in Halifax that goes back to 2013 when Nathan MacKinnon and..." September 18

  • 5 best goaltending duos in the NHL

    The Score "Load management has become one of the hottest topics in the modern NHL, with teams looking for new ways to gain an advantage during the regular-season slog. In 2018-19, we saw more teams shift toward a platoon between the pipes, and the need for multiple netminders who can handle a..." September 18

  • Don Sweeney expecting 'to have conversations' with Torey Krug on extension

    NBC Sports Boston "With the Bruins now having cost certainty with Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo in the last couple of days, the expectation is that they will be moving on to extending the players entering the final year of their contracts with the Black and Gold. One of the top names on that list of..." September 18

  • How the Canucks should deploy Quinn Hughes in his first full NHL season

    Daily Hive "Expectations are high for Quinn Hughes, and so they should be. The seventh overall pick from the 2018 draft had a solid final campaign with the University of Michigan before joining the Canucks late last season. Even though he played but five games in Vancouver, he pulled off moves..." September 18

  • Just 1 game in, Devils’ Jack Hughes flashes his potential for future

    Newark Star-Ledger "Let’s start with the obvious caveat: Monday was just a preseason game, played against a Boston Bruins roster that lacked any serious NHL talent. But, man, Jack Hughes delivered a performance to back up the months of hype leading up to his debut. Playing in..." September 18

  • NHL Releases Detailed Rule Changes For 2019-20

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL’s Public Relations team has released a video updating all of the rule changes for the upcoming season, agreed upon earlier this year. The five-minute video goes in-depth on each change, noting that the focus was on expanded video review, promoting player safety and..." September 18

  • Blake Wheeler after Patrik Laine's ice-time comment: 'You want guys that are hungry'

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler doesn't have a problem with teammate Patrik Laine's comments regarding his lack of playing time. "It's a great trait to have to want more, to want more ice time, more playing time," Wheeler said, according..." September 17

  • Blake Wheeler on Patrik Laine: 'He's definitely not doing it by himself, I can guarantee you that'

    TSN "Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler said Tuesday restricted free agent Patrik Laine has benefited from his linemates throughout his first three seasons in Winnipeg.  Laine told Pekka Jalonen of Finland's Iltalehti that he believes he would..." September 17

  • Patrik Laine wants chance to play on Jets’ top line

    Sportsnet "Still unsigned and currently skating with SC Bern as contract talks with the Winnipeg Jets continue, RFA Patrik Laine indicated on Tuesday that there’s more to his current negotiations than just money and term. “In contract negotiations one thing is..." September 17

  • Brian MacLellan wants to re-sign both Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom, but is that realistic?

    NBC Sports Washington "As the Capitals prepare for the upcoming season, talk of next season is already starting to take over due to the uncertainty surrounding Braden Holtby and Nicklas Backstrom’s future. Both players are in need of new contracts and, not surprisingly, general manager Brian MacLellan would..." September 17

  • Blue Jackets eager to prove doubters wrong without Sergei Bobrovsky, Artemi Panarin

    NHL.com "The Columbus Blue Jackets said they're angry and offended about the narrative that has followed them since goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and left wing Artemi Panarin signed with other teams July 1. "All of a sudden just because we lose a couple players,..." September 17

  • What is and is Not Distracting about Taylor Hall’s Contract Situation

    All About The Jersey "Training camp has already begun and tonight will be the first set of preseason games the New Jersey Devils will play. As you would expect, there have been plenty of quips and observations as the players have taken to the ice. There are those who are in “the best shape of their..." September 17

  • Inside Connor McDavid's NHL political awakening

    ESPN "Ken Holland knew about Connor McDavid, the hockey player. He watched the most gifted offensive center on the planet shred through his Detroit Red Wings while he was their general manager. But as he sat down for lunch with McDavid in Toronto, three weeks after taking over..." September 17

  • Avalanche-Mikko Rantanen situation appears to have worsened

    Colorado Hockey Now "Just four days ago, I had thought things were getting more optimistic in the standoff between the Colorado Avalanche and Mikko Rantanen. I was hearing more about both sides being more open to different contract “structures” for the talented Finn right winger, who has..." September 17

  • Fantasy: 6 players with long-term value to target for keeper leagues

    The Score "The following players likely won't be fantasy relevant for the 2019-20 season, but could become incredibly valuable in keeper leagues down the road. These NHLers will need to be designated as not active, so be sure to check your league's settings before drafting any of..." September 17