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  • Scott Howson Elected AHL President

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The AHL’s board of governors has unanimously elected Scott Howson as the league’s next president and CEO. He will replace the outgoing David Andrews, who will vacate the position after June 30th. Andrews will continue in his position as chairman of the board...." February 14

  • Bargain Hunting: 10 cost-effective trade options contending teams should target at the deadline

    The Hockey News "If you go back through the past five trade deadlines and peruse the moves made by Stanley Cup-winning sides, one thing stands out: the big budget, headline-making, splashy moves are the exception, not the rule. Last season, for instance, the St. Louis Blues made one acquisition at the..." February 14

  • The NHL Olympics debate is a sham

    ESPN "It's getting very, very hard to sympathize with the National Hockey League when it comes to Olympic participation. For a while, it was easy. The International Olympic Committee was on the other side of the table, an organization that makes FIFA look like Amnesty International by..." February 14

  • Analyzing the best and worst linemate situations in the NHL

    TSN "On Tuesday, I had an interesting conversation with The Athletic’s Justin Bourne about which forward has the most favourable deployment situation in the National Hockey League. Bourne was making the argument that Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot – a winger on a line..." February 14

  • Penguins’ standard of excellence a model for Canadiens to follow

    Sportsnet "There are words pasted on the wall of the northeast corner of the dressing room at the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice facility, ones that encapsulate a championship mentality that’s been in place since Jim Rutherford took over as general manager of the team back in June of..." February 14

  • The Jason Zucker trade makes sense on every level

    PensBurgh "Jim Rutherford finally got him, After months of rumors, speculation, and one vetoed attempt at acquiring Jason Zucker, the Pittsburgh Penguins finally acquired him this week when they sent Alex Galchencyuk, top prospect Calen Addison, and a conditional first-round..." February 13

  • 25 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about before the deadline

    Sportsnet "Less than two weeks before the trade deadline, and we’re starting to see some deals come in. Toronto acquired Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford last week, while the Pittsburgh Penguins and Minnesota Wild swapped Alex Galchenyuk and Jason Zucker this week — two..." February 12

  • Leave playoff gimmicks to MLB and keep the NHL post-season just the way it is

    The Hockey News "The day after what would have been Bill Veeck’s 106th birthday – look him up on Google, kids – news came out that Major League Baseball recently had a meeting with its Players’ Association to discuss adding teams to the playoffs and a scheme in which higher-seeded..." February 12

  • The Penguins results are still great, but there are some recent concerns

    PensBurgh "There has been a real 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff vibe to the Pittsburgh Penguins over the past couple of weeks. The results are great. Even with some significant injuries they keep winning games and finding ways to win games. That is important, especially in a..." February 11

  • Elias Pettersson is the latest in a long line of NHL stars who are targets of on-ice abuse

    The Hockey News "Anyone who has watched NHL hockey over the past season-and-a-half did not require a Hockey Night in Canada montage to come to the conclusion that Elias Pettersson is a target of abuse. This has been going on pretty much since Pettersson first stepped onto the ice as a rookie. And as..." February 11

  • NHL 'not even close' on agreement to send players to Olympics

    ABC7 "The NHL remains reluctant to reverse course and compete in the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, despite new assurances --which have the backing of the league's players -- from Olympic officials to resolve some major stumbling blocks. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly..." February 11

  • Blue Jackets using most first-year players in NHL "1-Columbus Blue Jackets  Total games played by rookies (11 players): 240 games Players: Forwards Alexander Texier, Emil Bemstrom, Eric Robinson, Kevin Stenlund, Ryan MacInnis, Kole Sherwood; defensemen Vladislav Gavrikov, Gabriel..." February 10

  • Wild trade Jason Zucker to Pens for Alex Galchenyuk, 1st rounder and prospect

    TSN "Zucker has 14 goals and 29 points across 45 games this season. The 28-year-old signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract extension with the Wild in July 2018. His deal carries a $5.5 million salary cap hit and modified no-trade clause. He has three more years left on his..." February 10

  • Penguins' John Marino set for surgery after shot to face, out indefinitely

    The Score "The Pittsburgh Penguins' injury woes continue. Rookie defenseman John Marino will undergo surgery Monday after taking a slap shot to his face on Thursday, and there is no timetable for his return to action, head coach Mike Sullivan told reporters,..." February 10

  • Senators have flexibility ahead of trade deadline

    Sportsnet "There isn’t another team in the league with the roster flexibility of the Ottawa Senators, who not only have 10 pending unrestricted free agents but just four non-ELC players signed beyond next season (Thomas Chabot, Nikita Zaitsev, Colin White and Bobby..." February 10

  • Money Money 2020: sizing up the 10 best pending RFA defensemen

    The Hockey News "Things are starting to heat up with between Darnell Nurse and the Edmonton Oilers. On Saturday night during Hockey Night in Canada, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported that the Oilers and Nurse are making progress on an expected short-term deal. Nurse is on the final year of..." February 10

  • Report: IOC, IIHF open to addressing NHL's concerns about Olympics

    The Score "The governing bodies of international sport and hockey have taken a big step in negotiations over the NHL's potential Olympic participation in 2022. Following a meeting earlier this week, the IOC and IIHF indicated a willingness to address the issues the league has raised about..." February 09

  • Report: John Marino has broken cheekbone, surgery required

    PensBurgh "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo John Marino took a puck to the face last night when Steven Stamkos took a shot that was partially deflected by a Penguins player straight into Marino’s face. It looked scary, but some good news was..." February 07

  • NHL, NHLPA to resume negotiations on collective bargaining agreement "The NHL and NHL Players' Association will meet in Toronto on Tuesday to resume negotiations toward an extension of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. It will be the first time the sides have conducted formal negotiations since September, when each agreed to waive the..." February 07

  • Strengths and weaknesses of NHL’s top five trade candidates

    Sportsnet "As we draw nearer to the NHL’s trade deadline on Feb. 24, the list of names that will be available is becoming clearer. So today we’re going to look at five of the top players available, their strengths, their weaknesses, and what they’re worth on the..." February 07

  • Trade Bait: the first domino has fallen; who will be the next goalie moved?

    The Hockey News "As the NHL continues to evolve, the need for a competent backup goaltender continues to increase. The days of having your star goalie play 70 games a year while having an inexpensive backup fill in a few times a year are over – sorry, Scott Clemmensen and essentially everyone who backed..." February 07

  • Penguins power play has been not great, not terrible

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review " Evgeni Malkin sounded more like a hospital admissions coordinator Wednesday than superstar. When asked about the Penguins’ inconsistent power play, Malkin opened up by naming a who’s who of teammates who have missed games because of various..." February 06

  • Brian Dumoulin can’t get back soon enough

    PensBurgh "Due to one devastating and long-term injury to one key player after another, the Penguins have been in “hold on” mode for much of this season. And, they’ve held on, looking at another 100+ point season that should easily punch their ticket to the playoffs, even in a..." February 04

  • Chris Kreider atop 8 teams' trade wish lists

    The Score "Chris Kreider is in high demand. Eight teams have informed the New York Rangers they have the winger at the top of their respective wish lists ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline, reports The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. The Rangers are reportedly..." February 04

  • Ryan Smyth among five players going to IIHF HOF

    TSN "'Captain Canada' is going to the IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame. Former NHL forward Ryan Smyth, who wore the 'C' for Canada at the World Championship more than any other player in tournament history, is among five players and one builder who will be inducted this..." February 04

  • Eight goalie trade options the Maple Leafs should explore

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have been kicking tires in goalie market for weeks now, but it’s time for Kyle Dubas to slip on a pair of steel-toed boots and get serious about adding to his depth in the crease. Two things happened in Monday night’s dominant 5-3 loss to..." February 04

  • Why hasn't Mario Lemieux congratulated Alex Ovechkin on passing him in goals?

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Mario Lemieux hasn’t said “congratulations” to Alex Ovechkin for moving up the all-time goal list and bumping him out of the Top Ten. It probably just slipped his mind. Grocery shopping, buying new suits that are too long in the arms, re-gelling his..." February 03

  • Tristan Jarry gets first start after the All-Star break; plus, what's up with Nick Bjugstad?

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Tristan Jarry got the start Friday at PPG Paints Arena when the Penguins hosted the Philadelphia Flyers in their first game after the NHL’s All-Star break. There was intrigue over which goalie Mike Sullivan would turn to coming out of the break. Matt Murray has won five starts..." February 01

  • Buyer beware! Tomas Tatar and other risky trade candidates abound for the Penguins

    PensBurgh "With it looking more and more likely it’s a matter of “when” and not “if” the Pittsburgh Penguins hit the trade market to add a top-six scoring winger ahead of next month’s trade deadline, the focus shifts to just who it might..." January 31

  • At Least Eight Teams Pursuing Chris Kreider

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The top rental on the open market this season as the trade deadline approaches is undoubtedly Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers. It shouldn’t surprise anyone then when Pierre LeBrun reports on the latest edition of TSN’s Insider Trading that “at..." January 31

  • Seattle NHL franchise responds to rumors about selecting 'Kraken' as team name

    CBS Sports "The new NHL franchise in Seattle has still yet to decide on a team name, or at least they what they would like to have you believe. After a report surfaced on Wednesday claiming that the Seattle expansion franchise would call itself the Seattle Kraken, the team has pushed back against those..." January 30

  • Breaking down the remaining schedules of East's playoff hopefuls

    The Score "The All-Star break has come and gone, and from now until early April, it's going to be a dogfight for several clubs to get inside the playoff cutline. With that in mind, let's break down the remaining schedules of the teams battling for position in the Eastern Conference. Note..." January 29

  • What the NHL can learn from the KHL's support of women's hockey

    ESPN "When U.S. national team defender Megan Bozek signed with the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays of the Russian-based Women's Hockey League in November, she met the team in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, for an away game. Bozek and fellow American teammate Alex Carpenter dropped off their equipment at the..." January 29

  • Penguins announce Marcus Pettersson contract extension, five years $4.025 million cap hit

    PensBurgh "Once the new year arrived, the Penguins could officially begin work on a long term contract extension with defenseman Marcus Pettersson, and although it did not come together right away, Pettersson’s future with the Penguins never seemed in doubt. Less than..." January 28

  • Players on board with 'international flavor' All-Star Game idea

    The Score "Shortly after announcing that the Florida Panthers will host the 2021 All-Star Game, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman added that the event could feature a "distinct international flavor." What that could mean remains to be seen, but the players are..." January 27

  • NHL mourns death of ex-NBA star Kobe Bryant "Kobe Bryant's death on Sunday sent shockwaves across the hockey world. The former NBA star, along with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, were among nine people killed in a helicopter crash outside Los Angeles.  Bryant, who won five NBA championships with the Los..." January 27

  • Andreas Martinsen Clears Unconditional Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Saturday: Martinsen has cleared waivers, CapFriendly reports which will pave the way for Pittsburgh to terminate the rest of his deal. Friday: According to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet, the Pittsburgh Penguins have placed Andreas Martinsen on..." January 25

  • The 5 best lines in the NHL halfway through the 2019-20 season

    Sportsnet "Two months into the season we took a look at what lines around the NHL had been the most dominant at 5-vs-5, with the stipulation that the lines had to spend at least 100 minutes together in that game state as a unit, so we could get some semblance of a decent sample size. Over..." January 25

  • Gary Bettman Speaks On Tracking Technology, Nassau Coliseum, Olympics, And More

    Pro Hockey Rumors "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the gathered media at the NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis this evening, speaking on a variety of topics. The long-time leader of the league had plenty to say, including confirming a 2021 All-Star weekend hosted by the Florida Panthers..." January 25

  • All 16 arenas in postseason to have player, puck tracking

    The Score "The 16 arenas used during the NHL postseason will have player- and puck-tracking data, commissioner Gary Bettman announced at his All-Star Weekend press conference, according to theScore's John Matisz. Additionally, all 31 of the league's rinks will have access to such..." January 24

  • Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin among those selected to NHL All-Decade first team "Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Alex Ovechkin, Duncan Keith, Drew Doughty and Marc-Andre Fleury were selected to the NHL All-Decade first team. The six players, chosen by a panel of NHL general managers, NHL hockey operations staff, writers, and..." January 24

  • NHL All-Star Skills participants announced "The National Hockey League today announced the participants in the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka that will showcase hockey's top talent on Friday at 8 p.m. ET at Enterprise Center, home of the 2019 Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues. Highlighting the..." January 24

  • Andreas Martinsen waived unconditionally by Penguins

    CBS Sports "Andreas Martinsen was placed on unconditional waivers by the Penguins on Friday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports. Martinsen was brought in by the Penguins as part of the deal to move Erik Gudbranson and his contract. " January 24

  • PHWA Mid-Season Awards: A Look At The Front-runners For Major NHL Hardware And Notable Snubs

    The Hockey News "When the Professional Hockey Writers Association announced its mid-season award winners ahead of last season’s all-star break, it gave us a peek into the potential winners of the end-of-season hardware. After all, the PHWA is the body that votes on several awards — the Hart Trophy,..." January 24

  • Pittsburgh Penguins Activate Justin Schultz From IR

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Pittsburgh Penguins do not return to action for more than a week, when they square off with the rival Philadelphia Flyers on January 31st. However, fans now have even more to look forward to than just the return of their team. Joining them back on the ice will be defenseman Justin..." January 24

  • 3 ways to improve NHL All-Star Weekend

    The Score "The NHL's All-Star festivities are upon us, and even though the sport's best players are set to convene in St. Louis for a weekend-long showcase, the buzz leading up to the event is far from palpable. This isn't a new problem for the league, either. The NHL All-Star Game..." January 23

  • Pittsburgh Still Pursuing Jason Zucker

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Last summer, before he was traded to the Arizona Coyotes, Phil Kessel was asked by the Pittsburgh Penguins to waive his no-trade clause for a deal that would send him to the Minnesota Wild. That trade reportedly included Jason Zucker as the main piece coming the other..." January 23

  • Dominik Kahun out indefinitely for Penguins with concussion "Dominik Kahun has a concussion and will be out indefinitely for the Pittsburgh Penguins. The forward was injured in the second period of a 4-3 win against the Boston Bruins on Sunday. He has 27 points (10 goals, 17 assists) in 48 games this season, his second in the..." January 21

  • Evgeni Malkin scolds Penguins fans after Matt Murray jeered at home: 'It was stupid'

    The Score "Evgeni Malkin wasn't too fond of the Pittsburgh Penguins' home crowd after fans showered Matt Murray with sarcastic cheers on Sunday. "It was stupid. I'm not understanding our fans. (Murray) won two Cups for us," Malkin said, according..." January 20

  • Let's Dance: 12 Unforgettable Hockey Fights We're Still Talking About

    Complex "Although fighting in the NHL has been on a steady decline for years (sorry, Don Cherry), the recent drama surrounding the Battle of Alberta has put it back on the map—at least temporarily. With Edmonton Oilers’ winger Zack Kassian suspended two games for his now-infamous..." January 19