• 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

  • Lightning 1 of 2 clubs to vote against 24-team playoff format

    Tampa Bay Times "The Lightning reportedly were one of two teams to vote against a proposed 24-team return-to-play plan in balloting by NHL Players Association representatives. The union announced late Friday that it had authorized moving forward in talks with the league on returning to play from the..." May 24

  • Length of 1st series after play-in round still up for discussion

    The Score "Conventional wisdom dictates the true Stanley Cup Playoffs feature best-of-seven series, but under these unconventional conditions, that tradition is being reconsidered. In addition to the debate over whether to reseed or use a bracketed structure following the play-in round of the..." May 24

  • Saluting Jaromir Jagr, the most overqualified sidekick in NHL history

    The Score "It was Game 1 of the 1992 Stanley Cup Final and the defending champion Pittsburgh Penguins were trailing 4-3 with five minutes left in regulation. They were in trouble, until one Pittsburgh forward - No. 68, the guy with the brown mullet spilling out of his helmet - intercepted a..." May 23

  • Boston's All-Time Draft Team: No Bobby Orr, No Eddie Shore, No Problem

    The Hockey News "The first thing you’ll notice about the Boston Bruins’ all-time all-drafted team is that many of the franchise’s best-ever players are nowhere to be found. The NHL’s first amateur draft was held in 1963, and the draft was expanded in 1969 to encompass any and..." May 23

  • Penguins players vote ‘yes’ to NHL’s proposed return-to-play format

    Sportsnet "As reports swirled that the Pittsburgh Penguins voted against the 24-team resumption of the NHL season, the team’s NHLPA representative, Kris Letang, said that he voted in favour of the proposal. “At the end of the day, nobody gets exactly what they..." May 23

  • Doc Emrick’s Memorial Day tribute

    Pro Hockey Talk "Memorial Day this year will be different in the U.S. The coronavirus pandemic has canceled parades and other tributes around the country. It’s also a day that has usually ended with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final. " May 23

  • NHLPA Executive Board approves NHL’s proposed return to play format

    Sportsnet "The NHLPA Executive Board approved the NHL’s return to play format, pending further negotiations on issues related to resuming play. “The Executive Board of the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) has authorized further negotiations with the NHL on a..." May 22

  • NHLPA expected to approve NHL's return-to-play plan

    The Score "A vote by the NHLPA's executive committee is expected to result in the union's approval of the league's return-to-play proposal, reports TSN's Bob McKenzie. A conference call Thursday about the proposal "got a little heated at times," and players still..." May 22

  • 5 NHL Teams That Would Benefit the Most From 24-Team Playoff Format

    12 Up "Friday is an important day for the National Hockey League. Players are currently voting for a new 24-team playoff format that will replace the traditional 16-team Stanley Cup Playoffs to serve as the league's return to play plan. That's all due to the coronavirus pandemic..." May 22

  • Doctor encourages NHLers to consider long-term health risks of COVID-19

    TSN "National Hockey League players should ensure they have a guarantee the league will cover the costs of any long-term medical issues that might arise if they contract COVID-19 before agreeing to return to play, a Toronto infectious disease specialist says. Since its..." May 22

  • Penguins players vote ‘yes’ to NHL’s proposed return-to-play format

    Sportsnet "As reports swirled that the Pittsburgh Penguins voted against the 24-team resumption of the NHL season, the team’s NHLPA representative, Kris Letang, said that he voted in favour of the proposal. “At the end of the day, nobody gets exactly what they..." May 22

  • How NHL 20 became a hockey 'lifeline' during the coronavirus pandemic, and what comes next

    ESPN "For a goalie who had just faced 102 shots on goal, Cory Schneider of the New Jersey Devils was looking curiously rested in his postgame interview. In fact, he hadn't even broken a sweat during the game. "There are games where you just have to give a lot of..." May 22

  • Patrik Laine eager to return to play, regardless of format

    The Score "Winnipeg Jets sniper Patrik Laine is excited to hopefully get back on the ice this summer and compete for the Stanley Cup, but he knows his game won't pick up where it left off. "My game is probably gonna look terrible since I haven't skated for two..." May 22

  • Ian Cole: Avs can beat any team in playoffs

    NHL.com "Ian Cole has won the Stanley Cup twice, and the Colorado Avalanche defenseman said he believes he has a good chance at a third championship this season. "You only have so many opportunities to be on a really great team that has a very legitimate chance, and I view us as a..." May 22

  • Better in their own zone: Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin?

    The Sports Daily "Sidney Crosby has always been known for his lethal backhander and incredible edge work. Evgeni Malkin has always been known for his dazzling dangles and ability to power his  way to the most dangerous areas of the ice. But what about their defensive..." May 22

  • Leon Draisaitl picks his all-time Oilers team, talks life without hockey

    Pro Hockey Talk "Oilers star (and NHL points leader) Leon Draisaitl answered several fan questions with Dave Amber for “Hockey at Home.” Here are some of the subjects Draisaitl covered: Draisaitl picks his all-time Oilers, talks running line without Connor..." May 22

  • NHLPA Executive Board voting on proposed 24-team playoff format

    Sportsnet "The NHLPA’s Executive Board is taking a vote on the 24-team return-to-play playoff format proposal, sources tell Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. The vote is ongoing and results aren’t expected until Friday. If the vote passes, there are still details to be worked out..." May 21

  • Alberta Premier Jason Kenney on Edmonton as NHL hub city: 'I think the decision is obvious'

    TSN "Alberta Premier Jason Kenney sat down with TSN's Ryan Rishaug on Thursday to discuss Edmonton's pitch to be a hub city for the NHL, saying the Oilers' facilities and the city's health record dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic make Edmonton an ideal choice. What have..." May 21

  • League Looking To Extend Expiring Contracts To End Of Season

    NESN "The NHL appears to be inching closer toward resuming its 2019-20 season, but some players could be left behind if action isn’t taken soon. Several players have contracts expiring June 30, which typically lands long after the season’s usual end in early June. But this..." May 21

  • Capitals’ John Carlson, Wild’s Eric Staal share thoughts on possible NHL return

    Pro Hockey Talk "Chances are, if the NHL can return to action for 2019-20 in some form, it won’t leave everyone happy. Doing so sounds borderline impossible. With that in mind, it’s interesting to gain some perspective from different players in different situations, including Washington Capitals..." May 21

  • USA Hockey to host World Junior Summer Showcase, Canada won't attend

    NHL.com "USA Hockey plans to host the World Junior Summer Showcase beginning in late July, but Canada will not participate due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus, according to John Vanbiesbrouck. Vanbiesbrouck, USA Hockey assistant executive director of hockey operations and the general..." May 21

  • Bruce Cassidy shared his thoughts on what he wants for a possible NHL playoff format

    Boston "Bruce Cassidy on the possible NHL season resumption: News about the possibility of the NHL resuming its season has been vague since games were first postponed in March. With June approaching, teams and fans are still wondering if the 2019-2020 season will be completed. Bruins..." May 21

  • 4 most intriguing play-in series under NHL's proposed format

    The Score "The NHL appears to be making progress in determining the parameters of its eventual return, as Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported Wednesday that the league and the players' union are working toward a 24-team playoff format based on points percentage within conference..." May 21

  • Gary Bettman says NHL-NHLPA relations are best he's seen in his career

    The Hockey News "If you were hoping the NHL would anywhere near a consensus, or even an idea, on how and when to return to play, you’re probably a pretty disappointed hockey fan right now. After weeks of stops and starts, just how much work is left to do was made clear when commissioner Gary Bettman..." May 21

  • Amerks sign Jesper Olofsson, Victor’s brother, to one-year AHL contract

    Buffalo Hockey Beat "The Rochester Americans have signed Jesper Olofsson, the older brother of Buffalo Sabres winger Victor Olofsson, to a one-year AHL contract, the team announced today. Jesper Olofsson, 28, has spent most of his career in the Swedish Hockey League, compiling 69 goals and 125 points..." May 21

  • Alexis Lafreniere, No. 1 prospect in 2020 NHL Draft, named QMJHL MVP

    NHL.com "Alexis Lafreniere, the favorite to be the No. 1 pick of the 2020 NHL Draft, was named the winner of the Michel Briere Trophy as most valuable player of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League on Thursday. It's the second straight season Lafreniere, a forward with Rimouski, has won..." May 21

  • The Carolina Hurricanes are close to a deal to remain at PNC Arena through 2029

    The News & Observer "A term sheet is in place between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Centennial Authority on a five-year extension to the team’s lease at PNC Arena, although the financial implications of the coronavirus pandemic may delay a final agreement. The authority, the city-county-state..." May 21

  • Jets' Blake Wheeler: 24-team playoffs could give bubble teams an edge

    TSN "TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger has relocated the Dreger Cafe, brought to you by Old Spice, from the World Hockey Championship to his home to bring you the latest from some of the game's prominent personalities. In the third at-home edition of 'Dreger Cafe,' Darren goes..." May 21

  • Taylor Hall won't consider taking 1-year deal because of pandemic

    ESPN "Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet says he's confident his team will be among the finalists for pending free-agent star Taylor Hall. "I'm not saying he is going to sign here, but I definitely think we're a team he's very interested in staying with,"..." May 21