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  • Ranking the NHL's 10 Best Goalie Tandems

    Bleacher Report "A strong goaltending tandem can be a crucial part of an NHL team's success. With the 2020-21 regular season compressed into a tight 56-game schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic, having two capable goalies could be more important than ever. Every team has a starting..." January 26

  • AHL’s Stockton Heat To Play 2020-21 Season In Calgary

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a surprising move, especially given the AHL’s return to action in less than two weeks, the Stockton Heat will not be playing in Stockton in 2021. Scott Linesburgh of The Stockton Record writes this evening that city and county officials have confirmed that the club does not..." January 25

  • Nashville Predators goalie Connor Ingram enters player assistance program

    Tennessean "Predators goalie Connor Ingram will be away from the team for an undetermined amount of time after he voluntarily entered the league's player assistance program, the league announced Monday morning. The program is confidential and provides assistance, through the NHL and NHLPA,..." January 25

  • NHL Considering Prospect Showcase Before 2021 Draft

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many junior leagues shut down throughout the world and playing time being limited for up-and-coming draft prospects due to the pandemic, there is talk of making some changes to the upcoming draft format. According to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston, there is talk that the..." January 24

  • Predators' Mikael Granlund to make season debut vs. Stars

    The Score "The Nashville Predators will receive an offensive boost against the Dallas Stars on Friday with forward Mikael Granlund set to make his season debut, head coach John Hynes confirmed, according to The Athletic's Adam Vingan. Granlund, 28, joined the..." January 22

  • 10 NHL Coaches and General Managers On The Hot Seat

    Bleacher Report "The NHL began its abbreviated 56-game 2020-21 season on Jan. 13. For several coaches and general managers, this campaign could determine their ongoing employment. Some, such as Columbus Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella and Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas, are..." January 22

  • AHL Releases 2020-21 Regular Season Schedule

    Yardbarker "Two weeks from now, the American Hockey League will start what it is still calling the 2020-21 season. On Feb. 5, things will kick off with several games around the minor leagues even without a handful of teams that opted out. League president Scott Howson released this statement Friday,..." January 22

  • NHL COVID game calls: Player quantity, not quality

    ESPN "The Carolina Hurricanes said the NHL's postponement of two games this week was not based on the prestige of the players who are currently on the league's COVID related absence list. The Hurricanes have five players on that list, including key forwards Jordan..." January 21

  • Which teams make the most sense for Pierre-Luc Dubois trade?

    Pro Hockey Talk "In the NHL, you don’t see a lot of situations along the lines of James Harden forcing his way out of Houston in just about the least nuanced way possible. Usually, you barely hear a rumbling about a high-profile player wanting out. So, by the standards of headline-averse NHL..." January 21

  • 6 Players over 30 We Want to See Lift the Stanley Cup

    Bleacher Report "It's one of the hardest sports trophies to win. And when each and every NHL playoff tournament ends, there's a particularly poignant moment when a championship team's popular first-timer has the Stanley Cup handed to him for a celebratory skate. Steven..." January 20

  • The Fight Over Hockey's Racial Reckoning

    SI "On Sept. 3, just past the midway point of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, the NHL issued a 2,500-word press release cataloguing, as the headline declared, "Initiatives to Combat Racism and Accelerate its Inclusion Efforts."  It was a sensitive moment for the league. A..." January 20

  • The NHL has pushed pause on its puck tracking project

    Scouting The Refs "The National Hockey League has pushed pause on its puck tracking project. From the NHL: The National Hockey League announced today that, effective with tonight’s games, the League will be using game pucks without the imbedded tracking technology. The decision was made..." January 19

  • Behind the Scenes at a Fanless NHL Game

    Bleacher Report "Madison Square Garden is a special place. So many of these buildings are generic, dual-sport facilities that all feel the same and look the same once you're inside. But not the Garden. The Garden has a feel all its own. My first trip to the World's Most Famous Arena..." January 19

  • Predators-Hurricanes game 1/19/21 postponed due to COVID-19

    On The Forecheck "Pierre LeBrun reported this morning that he has heard that the rematch tonight between the Nashville Predators and the Carolina Hurricanes has been postponed. We and our colleagues at Canes Country are still waiting for news from either team. Hurricanes beat..." January 19

  • IIHF to move world championship from Minsk due to political unrest

    The Score "The 2021 men's world championship will no longer be played in Minsk, the IIHF announced Monday. The tournament - which the IIHF awarded to Minsk and the Latvian capital of Riga in 2017 - is being relocated due to political unrest in Belarus and the ongoing pandemic...." January 18

  • USHL Gaining Top Players With Canadian Junior Leagues Out Of Action

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The United States Hockey League, USHL, is the top junior league in the U.S. and has been growing as a top developmental destination in recent years. Yet, they have never seen an influx of talent as they have this season. Early on, it was NCAA players whose teams (mostly Ivy League programs)..." January 17

  • 10 NHL Players Who Will Have Breakout Performances in 2020-21

    Bleacher Report "In every NHL season, several promising young players break out as stars. We can expect the same during this truncated 2020-21 campaign. Fans usually focus on top rookies or sophomore players who can build upon their promising debuts. However, there are various players entering their..." January 14

  • 22 NHL players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol "The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on January 13, 2021, in accordance with the League's COVID Protocols. Beginning today, and continuing for the balance of the season, the NHL will be sharing the names of Players who are..." January 13

  • Enthusiasm, intrigue set the table for an NHL season unlike any other

    Sportsnet "In 2021, the promise of fresh ice and a fresh NHL schedule comes with no less excitement or anticipation than it usually would. But this season of our dreams in the Great White North also looms as a Great Unknown. We are not just talking about who will surprise and..." January 13

  • NHL announces 27 positive COVID-19 tests through training camp

    Oilers Nation "The National Hockey League says 27 positive COVID-19 tests were returned among players during training camps. The positive tests came from nine teams, although the majority were due to an outbreak that included 17 players on the Dallas Stars. The players have been largely..." January 12

  • NHL 2021: Avalanche, Lightning top Stanley Cup odds for the season

    Sporting News "The puck is hours away from dropping on the 2021 NHL season. It'll be a sprint to the playoffs as the 31 NHL teams are set to play 56 games over the course of the next 116 nights. The defending champion Lightning are expected to make a big run once again, with preseason odds..." January 12

  • NHL 2021 season debate: The worst and best offseason moves

    USA Today "The 2021 NHL season is mere days away. While the coronavirus pandemic continues to rage throughout North America, the NHL has implemented a more compact, 56-game schedule with teams allowed to carry a "taxi squad" of players. This group will consist of four to six players who teams..." January 12

  • NHL to have two outdoor games this season in Lake Tahoe

    The Sports Daily "The National Hockey League will have two outdoor games in Lake Tahoe during the 2020-21 regular season according to Sean Leahy of NBC Sports. The games will be played on February 20 between the Vegas Golden Knights and Colorado Avalanche, and then on February 21 between the Boston..." January 12

  • Predators claim Luca Sbisa off of waivers

    On The Forecheck "David Poile is doing David Poile things again—this time going back to his tried and true strategy of adding a bad, old defender whose main draws are his physical play and size. Can you tell that I’m annoyed? Sbisa is making a paltry $800K this year (small relative to the..." January 12

  • The NHL is set for a strange season. Here's why it will be among the most unusual in history.

    USA Today "The NHL has had two seasons shortened and another canceled because of labor disputes. Last season was paused in March because of a pandemic and eventually ended in late September. This season, the NHL will try to navigate another shortened season amid a surge in the COVID-19..." January 12

  • NHL's Gary Bettman expecting billions in losses during short season

    ESPN "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league and its clubs will lose billions of dollars to stage an abridged 2021 season largely without fans, but he felt it was critical to play through the pandemic anyway. "Let me make something really clear: We're coming back to play..." January 11

  • Corey Perry, Loui Eriksson among players on waivers

    TSN "Montreal Canadiens forwards Corey Perry and Michael Frolik were among a large number of players placed on waivers Monday as team's look to set their opening-day rosters before Wednesday. Both Perry and Frolik were signed by the Canadiens as free agents last months, with both..." January 11

  • NHL on NBC hires Mike Babcock in studio role

    The Score "Mike Milbury will not be back as an analyst for NBC Sports this season. The network released its broadcasting roster for the upcoming campaign Monday, and the longtime commentator's name is not on the list. Mike Babcock will make his debut as a studio analyst..." January 11

  • NHL 2020-21 Central Division season preview

    Sportsnet "What do you get when you combine the Stanley Cup champs and their runners-up, then add in a bunch of jerks and a couple of rebuilds? You get the new-look Central Division for the 2020-21 NHL season. The lone division to keep its original name, this year's edition of the Central..." January 10

  • 43 Players Placed On Waivers

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As teams begin to make their final camp decisions with the 2020-21 season getting started this week, the ramifications are apparent in today’s waiver wire group. All nine players from Saturday’s waivers cleared, but that is less likely to occur Sunday with a much longer..." January 10

  • Sportsnet to broadcast over 300 NHL games for the 2020-21 season

    Sportsnet "Sportsnet is answering the call of the North with more than 300 NHL broadcasts in a condensed 17-week schedule across its TV and streaming platforms this season. In addition, 140 all-Canadian matchups will be available across the Sportsnet Radio Network. Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 13,..." January 08

  • 25 players placed on NHL waivers

    TSN "Twenty-five players have been placed on waivers as of 12 p.m. ET. Notable names include David Backes and Nicolas Petan. Four teams are waiving the following players: Colorado Avalanche: Jacob MacDonald, Daniel Renouf, Kyle Burroughs, Michael Vecchione, Thomas Tynan, Miikka..." January 08

  • 5 NHL head coaches on the hot seat entering the season

    The Score "Expectations are a part of sports, and hockey is no exception. The most talented teams believe they can win the Stanley Cup, and anything less is a disappointment. Then there's the middle of the pack, comprised of teams fighting for a playoff spot and hoping for the best when they..." January 08

  • NHL RFA Deadline Approaching Quickly

    Pro Hockey Rumors "In a normal season, even restricted free agents that miss all of training camp have plenty of time to sign. To be eligible to play, they must have a contract signed and filed with the league by December 1, nearly two months after a normal NHL season begins. Two years ago we saw a negotiation go..." January 08

  • 5 NHL players poised for bounce-back seasons in 2021

    The Score "The following five players disappointed in 2019-20, but we're projecting them to bounce back in a big way this season. Johnny Gaudreau & Sean Monahan, Flames The Johnny and Mony Show followed up their 2018-19 career years with two of their worst..." January 08

  • Bill Daly: NHL not interested in keeping Canadian Division beyond 2021

    The Score "The NHL won't look to keep the North Division around beyond the 2021 season. "No. Quite the opposite, actually," deputy commissioner Bill Daly said on Sportsnet's "Tim and Sid" on Thursday. "I think from a league perspective, there's a..." January 07

  • Top Trades, Landing Spots for Pierre-Luc Dubois

    Bleacher Report "It was good news for the Columbus Blue Jackets. But not for long. Shortly after the ink was dry on a two-year, $10 million contract with restricted free agent forward Pierre-Luc Dubois—the team's leading scorer in 2019-20—word got out that the 22-year-old was..." January 07

  • Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes To Share AHL Affiliate " Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Thursday that the team has partnered with the Carolina Hurricanes to have Predators prospects assigned to Carolina's primary developmental affiliate, the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey..." January 07

  • Bill Daly: 'Everything on track' for Ontario, Manitoba to approve NHL's return

    Sportsnet "The Ontario and Manitoba governments have still not signed off on the NHL's return to play plan and safety protocols with less than a week before the puck drops on the new NHL season, but deputy commissioner Bill Daly is optimistic those approvals will come. "As I understand..." January 07

  • Egor Afanasyev Loaned Back To KHL "Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has loaned forward Egor Afanasyev to the Kontinental Hockey League's CSKA Moscow. Afanasyev, 19 (1/23/01), tied for second on Russia in points at the 2021 World Junior..." January 07

  • Nashville Predators sign Luke Kunin to two-year deal with $2.3M AAV

    On The Forecheck "Luke Kunin and the Nashville Predators agreed to a two-year deal with an AAV of $2.3M. Kunin was a restricted free agent and was acquired in a deal with the Minnesota Wild on the second day of the 2020 NHL Draft in exchange for well-loved forward Nick Bonino. A few..." January 06

  • Predators, John Hynes face “56 playoff games” in shortened NHL season

    A To Z Sports Nashville "The Nashville Predators are set to begin training camp on Monday, setting the table for one of the most crucial hockey seasons in recent history for the franchise. Following a number of successful seasons under Peter Laviolette, the Predators now enter the 2020-21 season under a slew..." January 06

  • 31 Thoughts: Why 2020–21 NHL season is a step into the unknown

    Sportsnet "Never have I been so happy to hear, “I’m in the best shape of my life,” or read tweets about first-day-of-practice defensive pairs. It feels like the NHL’s been gone forever, and this training camp is a super-sized glass of Jolt Cola before an all-night study..." January 05

  • NHL sells naming rights to four new divisions

    ESPN "The National Hockey League has sold naming rights to its four divisions for the first time in its history. The League announced on Tuesday that its teams will play in the Scotia NHL North Division, Honda NHL West Division, Discover NHL Central Division and the MassMutual NHL East Division..." January 05

  • NHL Will Not Require Blanket Quarantine Period For AHL Recalls

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Alongside the news of three teams opting out, four teams temporarily relocating, and realigned divisions for the coming season, more information continues to emerge following today’s AHL Board of Governors meeting. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports that NHL clubs and..." January 04

  • AHL to move forward with season after three teams opt out

    The AHL "American Hockey League President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Howson announced today that the 2020-21 season will include 28 teams when it gets underway on February 5. The AHL will operate in five divisions this season. Further details, including schedule formats and..." January 04

  • NHL Announces Full 2020-21 Schedule "The National Hockey League today announced start times for the 2020-21 regular season. The 2020-21 regular season will commence Wednesday, Jan. 13, with a five-game slate, including Pittsburgh at Philadelphia at 5:30 p.m. ET; Montreal at Toronto at 7 p.m. ET; Chicago at Tampa Bay at 8 p.m. ET;..." January 04

  • Salary Cap Deep Dive: Nashville Predators

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Navigating the salary cap is one of the more important tasks for any GM.  Teams that can avert total cap chaos by walking the tightrope of inking players to deals that match their value (or compensate for future value without breaking the bank) remain successful.  Those that..." January 03

  • B.C. gives NHL green light for in-province games during 2021 season

    Yahoo! Sports "B.C. has given the green light for National Hockey League games to be played in the province during the upcoming 2021 season. Premier John Horgan made the announcement in a tweet on Sunday. Horgan said he spoke with Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini on Saturday..." January 03

  • 8 NHL RFAs remain unsigned: Latest rumours, reports

    Sportsnet "OK, time to start sweating. All 31 NHL training camps will be open Sunday, and yet a handful of key restricted free agents are still without contract. The announcement of the league’s 2021 schedule spurred a flurry of Christmastime action, with notable RFAs..." January 03