• New Jersey Devils Sit Taylor Hall As A Precaution

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As if there wasn’t rampant Taylor Hall trade speculation already, the New Jersey Devils had to turn the drama up to soap opera levels on Friday night. After taking part in warm-ups, Hall was announced as a late scratch just minutes before puck drop. The team would only..." December 14

  • Vancouver Canucks Notes: Trade Targets, Updates On Jacob Markstrom And Brandon Sutter

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Vancouver Canucks are exceeding expectations this season and, after a brief slide, are back to their winning ways with twelve points in their past ten games. The team is currently sitting in the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, but trail Calgary and Edmonton in the..." December 14

  • Flyers' Oskar Lindblom to be treated for bone cancer

    TSN "The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that forward Oskar Lindblom is not expected to return for the remainder of the season due to Ewing's sarcoma, a type of bone cancer.       

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  • Grading John Tortorella's latest rant compared to his career bests

    The Score "Everybody loves a good John Tortorella rant. The NHL's most brazen head coach was at it again on after his Columbus Blue Jackets were blanked by the rival Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night, insisting it was impossible for him to describe how poorly his team performed..." December 13

  • Avs get close look at Taylor Hall as trade rumors continue

    NBC Sports "Taylor Hall‘s days as a member of the New Jersey Devils are definitely numbered. The team’s playoff chances are fading by the day, he is months away from free agency, there seems to be no progress in contract talks, and general manager Ray Shero is reportedly listening to..." December 13

  • Ilya Kovalchuk's contract with Los Angeles Kings to be terminated, report says

    Sporting News "It seems the writing is on the wall for Ilya Kovalchuk's exit from the Los Angeles Kings franchise. Russian sports journalist Igor Eronko reported Friday that the 36-year-old's contract with the Kings will soon be terminated. Kovalchuk has not skated for..." December 13

  • Where Nathan MacKinnon fits in world’s best player debate

    Sportsnet "After the 2017-18 season when Taylor Hall took home the Hart Trophy, some voters decided Connor McDavid wasn’t worthy of it because his team missed the playoffs. But in giving it to Hall, voters also had to overlook another player: Nathan MacKinnon. Overall,..." December 13

  • Bruins Congratulate Ex-Goalie Tim Thomas On USA Hall Of Fame Induction

    NESN "Tim Thomas really has stayed out of the public eye since the 2013-14 season ended, but he resurfaced this week. Thomas, who spent his first eight seasons with the Boston Bruins and helped lead them to a 2011 Stanley Cup, was inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame on..." December 13

  • Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom expected by owner to finish careers with Capitals

    NHL.com "The owner of the Washington Capitals said he expects Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom to play their entire NHL careers with the team. Ted Leonsis said Thursday he's not worried about Ovechkin or Backstrom re-signing when their contract..." December 13

  • Clarity on Ilya Kovalchuk's status with Kings to come next week?

    Yardbarker "After the Los Angeles Kings removed Ilya Kovalchuk from the lineup a month ago, the rest of the hockey world waited to see what would happen to the veteran forward. With a signing bonus payment due on Dec. 15, there should be some clarity coming this weekend. Igor..." December 13

  • Oilers headed toward another collapse without major change

    Pro Hockey Talk "Take a quick glance at the NHL standings and it is easy to conclude that the Edmonton Oilers have put themselves in a pretty good position. They are just two points out of first place in the Pacific Division, and after a disastrous meltdown in 2018-19 it would seem first-year coach..." December 13

  • Lukas Radil, Giovanni Fiore Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "According to CapFriendly, the San Jose Sharks have placed Lukas Radil on waivers, another change in the days since they fired Peter DeBoer and installed Bob Boughner as head coach. The Arizona Coyotes have also placed Giovanni Fiore on unconditional..." December 13

  • Cayden Primeau is showing he’s NHL-ready

    Habs Eyes On The Prize "I don’t know what Marc Bergevin was planning with making Cayden Primeau the backup goaltender to Carey Price. The Montreal Canadiens were beyond struggling when they made the call-up, and I honestly thought it was a terrible idea to throw a 20-year-old netminder..." December 13

  • Drew Doughty: Hockey needs fighting to avoid meatheads, rats

    The Score "Los Angeles Kings star Drew Doughty's lasting impression from Thursday's 2-1 win over the rival Anaheim Ducks was a second-period fight between teammate Kurtis MacDermid and Anaheim's Nicolas Deslauriers. "The highlight for me is Dermy..." December 13

  • Forbes names Pittsburgh Penguins fans best in NHL

    Sporting News "Forbes released its rankings of the top fans around the NHL  on Friday— and Pittsburgh Penguins fans topped the list. The media company named the Penguins, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks as having the league's best fan bases. According to Forbes'..." December 13

  • No Extension Talks Between Blackhawks And Erik Gustafsson

    Yardbarker "Blackhawks defenseman Erik Gustafsson was one of the biggest surprises in the league last season.  While he was relatively productive in his two previous partial seasons with Chicago, no one expected him to go out and collect 17 goals and 43 assists in 2018-19, but that’s..." December 13

  • John Tortorella has no words to describe Blue Jackets’ ugly loss

    Pro Hockey Talk "The Columbus Blue Jackets need points right now, and they managed to at least get one in a 1-0 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday night. But even more important than individual points, they need wins. They need to take advantage of every possible situation..." December 13

  • Ontario Hockey League Goalie Severely Cut By Skate In Game, Rushed To Surgery

    TMZ "Gruesome night in the OHL on Thursday ... a goalie was cut so severely by a skate -- blood poured onto the ice and the guy needed emergency surgery to save his life. It all went down in Canada ... where during the 2nd period of the Niagara IceDogs' game against the London Knights,..." December 13

  • Retired NHL goalie Tim Thomas details brain damage from hockey

    USA Today "Former NHL goaltender Tim Thomas said Thursday that his post-concussion syndrome symptoms were so severe that he couldn’t make basic decisions and his brain wasn’t functioning well enough to even watch hockey. In his first public appearance since walking away from the..." December 12

  • Sabres' Zach Bogosian Requests Trade

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Buffalo Sabres have had an overload of NHL-caliber defensemen for the entire season, and now one of their veterans wants out. Darren Dreger of TSN is reporting that Zach Bogosian—who is expected to be a healthy scratch tonight—has requested a..." December 12

  • Why this year’s Capitals are a lot like last year’s Lightning

    Yahoo! Sports "The similarity between this iteration of Washington Capitals and the probably-best-ever regular-season Tampa Bay Lightning of 2018-19 is obvious on the surface. The Caps are on a blistering points pace, poised to run away from the pack and win the Presidents’ Trophy, even as the..." December 12

  • Bob Boughner, a "new voice" at the helm of the Sharks

    NHL.com "Bob Boughner may be the spark that will allow the San Jose Sharks to turn things around this season, players and team management said on Thursday. Boughner, who took over after Peter DeBoer's dismissal as Sharks coach on Wednesday, was an assistant coach with San Jose from 2015 to..." December 12

  • Senators continue to watch Sharks struggle with great interest

    Sportsnet "Over the 27-year history of the Ottawa Senators, there hasn’t been a strong connection with the San Jose Sharks. There was, of course, the initial fascination here and elsewhere with the non-traditional Sharks logo and merchandise, which flew off the shelves long..." December 12

  • Brady Tkachuk denies trying to steal puck from Cayden Primeau's 1st NHL win

    The Score "Brady Tkachuk claims he wasn't up to any mischief when he collected the puck after Wednesday's game against the Montreal Canadiens - which just so happened to be the first NHL victory for his old pal Cayden Primeau. The Ottawa Senators pest was..." December 12

  • Hockey's moment of reckoning is in its infancy

    TSN "Fifteen days after Akim Aliu’s seismic tweet, an aftershock sent another shiver through the NHL when the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for what the team called “unprofessional conduct.”   These two and a half weeks have shaken the..." December 12

  • Are Canadiens eyeing possible trade with Blackhawks?

    NBC Sports Chicago "The NHL trade deadline isn’t for another two-plus months, but this is an important time of year because all 31 teams have a pretty good idea of what its roster is as the standings take shape going into the 2020 calendar year.  Management groups across the league are..." December 12

  • Jeff Blashill's job under microscope as Red Wings near longest skid in franchise history

    Detroit Free Press "Coaches can pay the price if their teams don’t do well, and the Detroit Red Wings are doing terrible. They are 7-22-3, and their goal differential is minus-62. They return home to Little Caesars Arena on Thursday tarnished by a 12-game losing streak, just two..." December 12

  • Red Wings acquire defenseman Kyle Wood from Hurricanes for Oliwer Kaski

    Detroit News "The Red Wings made a move for a defenseman, except it was at the minor-league level. The Wings traded defenseman Oliwer Kaski, the undrafted European free agent who signed last spring, to Carolina for defenseman Kyle Wood. Now, whether Wood, a 6-foot-7, 236-pound..." December 12

  • Vitali Kravtsov Expected To Return From KHL

    Pro Hockey Rumors "After a recent demotion to the minor leagues in Russia, it appears as though Vitali Kravtsov will instead make his return to North America. Several reports out of Russia along with Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post have the top prospect returning to the New York Rangers..." December 12

  • Modest Optimism From the Devils’ Coaching Change is Quickly Evaporating as Ray Shero’s Seat Warms

    All About The Jersey "When the Devils fired their coach, John Hynes, there was a bit of glimmer of hope that the Devils could return to some level of competitiveness. Alex talked on this site about the “energy” that a coaching change could instill in the team. After two thoroughly..." December 12

  • Ron Francis on extending Bill Peters after abuse allegation: 'We felt it was behind him'

    Seattle Times "NHL Seattle general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday he hopes to learn from his experiences with the Carolina Hurricanes and put fallout from the Bill Peters situation behind him. In a sit-down interview near the team’s Queen Anne headquarters, his first since his..." December 12

  • San Jose Sharks fire coach Pete DeBoer

    ESPN "With a high payroll and even higher expectations, the San Jose Sharks fired head coach Pete DeBoer on Wednesday after an underwhelming first third of their season, a source confirmed. Bob Boughner, an assistant coach with the Sharks, takes over on an interim basis, sources..." December 11

  • Colorado Eagles staff member dressed in blackface as Akim Aliu during 2011 party

    Coloradoan "Akim Aliu played in 10 games for the Colorado Eagles in the 2011-12 season. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, his time with the team included seeing a team staffer dress up like him while wearing blackface Aliu says he was invited to the team..." December 11

  • Jim Montgomery firing not due to radio interview

    The Score "Former Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery's dismissal Tuesday wasn't due to his appearance on a local radio show despite speculation it was the cause, reports Sean Shapiro of The Athletic. Montgomery joined 96.7 FM's The Ticket on Dec. 5,..." December 11

  • New York Islanders Looking For Scoring Help

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Islanders are about the last organization in the NHL you’ll hear many rumors from, given the tight-lipped nature of any Lou Lamoriello-led front office. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet though reports that the team is looking for “a scorer,” but..." December 11

  • Brendan Shanahan addresses Mitch Marner, Johan Franzen situations in the wake of Mike Babcock’s firing

    TSN "For the first time on Tuesday, Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan addressed stories that came to light about coach Mike Babcock and players Mitch Marner and Johan Franzen in the wake of Babcock’s firing from the Leafs on Nov. 20. Shanahan said “much..." December 11

  • 6 Canadiens trade targets to help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 campaign appears to be slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens. After missing out on the post-season two years in a row, the Canadiens currently sit two points out of third place in their division, and five points out of a wild-card spot. They’re fresh off an..." December 11

  • Luke Glendening: Wings can't 'stop the bleeding'

    Detroit Free Press "The Detroit Red Wings sound as miserable as they look. Nothing is going in for them, nothing is going right for them. Even their airplane had issues. They ended up overnighting in Winnipeg on Tuesday because their jet had a mechanical issue. They found that out shortly before they..." December 11

  • Ville Meskanen Placed On Unconditional Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The New York Rangers have placed Ville Meskanen on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a contract termination, according to CapFriendly. Meskanen is in the second year of the entry-level contract he signed with New York in 2018 after going undrafted. He would become an..." December 11

  • Hall of Famer Guy Lapointe diagnosed with oral cancer

    The Score "Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lapointe has been diagnosed with oral cancer, the team announced Wednesday. "Dr. Keith Richardson, the treating physician from the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), indicated that the cancer is located at the base of the tongue...." December 11

  • The Leafs have a plan to ease Frederik Andersen’s workload

    Toronto Star "In a half-dark underground hallway, but tucked in a spotlight, Sheldon Keefe was asked about the plan. Mike Babcock used to have a plan when he coached the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that sucker was carved in stone: Frederik Andersen would be his goalie unless something had gone wrong. That left..." December 11

  • Penguins' John Marino is the best rookie defenseman no one's talking about

    ESPN "On the Pittsburgh Penguins team plane, John Marino challenges Sam Lafferty in Wordscapes, a fast-moving game they play on their mobile devices. They swipe different letter combinations into words, filling small crossword puzzles and earning points. If..." December 11

  • Dallas Stars players stunned by Jim Montgomery firing: 'No one expected this'

    The Score "Dallas Stars players are just as confused as fans and media members alike for the reasoning behind head coach Jim Montgomery's dismissal Tuesday morning. Despite leading the Stars to a 17-11-3 record so far this season, Montgomery was fired due to..." December 10

  • Alex Ovechkin takes time away from busy NHL season to skate with special-needs players

    Yahoo! Sports "During the hustle and bustle of an NHL season, some players are always known to give back and Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is certainly one of the bigger stars to always be generous with his time. On Tuesday, the star winger visited the MedStar Capitals Iceplex for a..." December 10

  • Dallas Stars fire coach Jim Montgomery ‘due to unprofessional conduct’

    Dallas Morning News "The Dallas Stars have fired head coach Jim Montgomery, effective immediately. Rick Bowness, who has served as assistant coach since June of 2018, will serve as interim head coach. Texas Stars head coach Derek Laxdal will be added to Bowness’ staff as Assistant..." December 10

  • Latest On Salary Cap Ceiling For 2020-21

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t give a specific salary cap range estimate for the 2020-21 season, Pierre LeBrun took the pulse of the league’s board of governors. LeBrun shared those thoughts on TSN today: "They had their..." December 10

  • Four teams that could take a shot on trading for Alex Galchenyuk

    Sportsnet "When Alex Galchenyuk first landed in Pittsburgh this past off-season, a returning asset to the Penguins in exchange for Phil Kessel going to Arizona, there was a lot of anticipation for the one-time 30-goal scorer to regain that offensive level alongside Evgeni Malkin. But..." December 10

  • NBA Schedule Change Ideas Should Also Be Considered By NHL

    Featurd "The NBA is proposing radical changes to the league’s schedule. These alterations would dramatically reshape the regular season, mess with tradition and completely alter the status quo. They’re also fabulous suggestions. Hopefully, the NHL is listening as..." December 10

  • Potential 2021 World Cup Of Hockey Cancelled

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL had been hoping to pull off another World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021, but commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters today including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the idea is now dead. The league will hold an All-Star game instead, though Pierre LeBrun..." December 10

  • Gary Bettman: Teams to face 'severe discipline' for not reporting incidents

    The Score "Gary Bettman is shedding some light on what the NHL plans to do to address inappropriate behavior by its coaches and those involved in the game. On Monday after the league's Board of Governors meetings in California, the commissioner laid out the initial steps the NHL will take in..." December 10