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  • Player Report Card: Zemgus Girgensons

    Die By The Blade "Total Season Stats: 69 GP | 12 G | 7 A | 19 PTS Age: 26 Contract Status: UFA In danger of making this sound like too much like a eulogy, it’s been quite an unusual ride for Zemgus Girgensons over the first seven seasons of his career. He went from..." April 03

  • The NHL's Big Test: Inside the League's Pandemic Response

    SI "On March 12, the day after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19 and the NBA postponed its season, the NHL Board of Governors held an emergency conference call to determine the league’s course of action. The most urgent business was completed without debate: After..." April 03

  • It’s a tough time for Taylor Hall and other free agents

    Toronto Sun "The pitch has become a bit more problematic these days. When the Arizona Coyotes traded for Taylor Hall and his expiring contract in December, general manager John Chayka knew there was no guarantee that the pending free agent would stay beyond the season. But Chayka also knew that..." April 03

  • Modifying the shootout, 3-2-1 points system, and other ways to 'fix' the NHL

    CBC Sports "We've got plenty of time on our hands as the NHL season remains in limbo amid the COVID-19 outbreak, so why don't we use this team to brainstorm some ideas on how to "fix" the league? We love hockey and (sometimes) the NHL but we can probably all agree that it's not..." April 03

  • Best Teams Ever bracket: NHL edition, Final Four

    Yahoo! Sports "Welcome to the Best Team Ever bracket series, where the greatest of all time have their most dominant seasons stacked up against each other until we ultimately crown a champion in each sport. The tournament will be decided by fan vote, so be sure to submit yours below! Check out the first..." April 03

  • Jordan Kawaguchi Receiving NHL Interest From A Handful Of Teams

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Of the three players that were named as a Hobey Baker Hat Trick Finalist earlier today, only one of them is an undrafted player in center Jordan Kawaguchi.  The 22-year-old recently told Postmedia’s Steve Ewen that he has had interest from..." April 03

  • Top 2020 NHL Draft prospects compared to current players "Who do the top prospects eligible for the 2020 NHL Draft compare to in the NHL? NHL Central Scouting is producing its final rankings of the top North American skaters and goaltenders for the 2020 draft via video conferencing, which is being led by NHL Central Scouting director Dan..." April 03

  • NHL, NHLPA make educational hockey-themed resource free to families

    Sportsnet "The NHL and NHLPA are stepping out to help families that are homeschooling kids due to school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hockey Scholar, a hockey-themed STEM curriculum for elementary and middle-school-aged students that is part of the NHL and NHLPA’s Future Goals..." April 02

  • Who rules the NHL’s 3-on-3 format?

    TSN "When the National Hockey League introduced a comprehensive 3-on-3 overtime system five years ago, it was met with intrigue and curiosity. The league’s goal was to reduce the frequency of the shootout, and it has succeeded on that front. The format has been so fruitful that..." April 02

  • Jack Eichel donates 5,000 masks, Jeff Skinner contributes $53,000 to COVID-19 fight "Jeff Skinner and Jack Eichel are stepping up to help people fight the coronavirus. The Buffalo Sabres forwards announced crucial donations to support hospital employees and food shelters in Western New York on Wednesday. Eichel is teaming up with Bauer Hockey..." April 02

  • Jack Eichel, Bauer team up to donate much-needed medical equipment

    Pro Hockey Talk "Jack Eichel was enjoying a career-best season up until the NHL pause, but his greatest impact has come during the stop in action. Buffalo’s captain purchased 5,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) masks from the hockey equipment manufacturer, Bauer. The essential items..." April 02

  • NHL's first service-puppy trainee has found a new home -- and new purpose

    ESPN "The New York Rangers' most significant recent free-agent acquisition might not have been superstar winger and MVP front-runner Artemi Panarin. Instead, their best signing might turn out to be a benchwarmer who managed to chew and claw his way into their hearts. The..." April 02

  • Prospects could have a much harder time making the jump to the NHL next season

    Mile High Hockey "With games currently suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL is looking at any and all possibilities that would allow them to finish the 2019-20 season. In an effort to do so, the league has already postponed the NHL Entry Draft indefinitely.  As of now, we don’t..." April 02

  • Player Report Card: Johan Larsson

    Die By The Blade "Total Season Stats: 62 GP | 6 G | 12 A | 26 PTS Age: 27 Contract Status: Pending UFA The Buffalo Sabres have their fare share of roster problems. The third line centerspot should not be one of them. Because that spot in the lineup should be..." April 01

  • Mike Emrick misses sports, sees games as 'an addition to life' "Mike "Doc" Emrick misses greeting people at the rink with a handshake and a hello, having conversations with everyone from players to coaches to the television crew and arena workers, and telling the inside stories he learns on the broadcast that night. It's those things..." April 01

  • The NHL shouldn't be in a hurry to cancel its regular season

    Ottawa Sun "If all had gone as planned, the NHL would have been heading into the final week of its season with all seven Canadian teams in action on Hockey Night in Canada on the final Saturday night. The National Hockey League shouldn’t rush to judgement on the rest of its regular..." April 01

  • Can hockey be a summer sport?

    Tampa Bay Times "The pause button was pushed on the NHL season on March 12. Nearly three weeks later, hockey officials are not yet ready to push the panic button. Even with President Trump announcing Sunday that social distancing guidelines would be in place until April 30, the NHL still..." April 01

  • Stanley Cup contenders staying ‘optimistic’ about games resuming

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL pause has made us all dream of the day hockey returns and we can finish the 2019-20 season. That rings true for players as well, and there’s a strong feeling among teams that owned Stanley Cup dreams before everything shut down. The defending champion Blues are..." April 01

  • From NHL Pause to Playoffs: How to End the 2019-20 Regular Season

    The Hockey Writers "With the COVID-19 pandemic raging, the NHL has hit the ‘Pause’ button. It’s unlikely that the league will be able to schedule both the remainder of the 2019-20 regular season and the Stanley Cup Playoffs in their current formats. One horrible scenario has North America on..." April 01

  • Ottawa Senators closing in on a deal Russian defenceman Artyom Zub

    Ottawa Sun "His KHL contract doesn't expire until April 30, but it's believed he and the Senators are waiting from NHL clearance to finalize the deal. The Ottawa Senators aren’t sure if they’ll get a chance to suit up for the final 11 games of this National Hockey League..." April 01

  • NHL extends isolation period to April 15

    TSN "The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team facilities for a third time due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reports the league is asking that players and staff extend their..." March 31

  • Players say Penguins' Sidney Crosby is NHL's most complete player

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was named the NHL's most complete player, while Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand earned both best and worst trash-talker honors in the 2019-20 NHL Players Association poll released Tuesday. The annual..." March 31

  • And the NHL Award goes to...

    Stanley Cup Of Chowder "If the NHL doesn’t return this season, it will be a shame on so many accounts. Of course the health and well-being of the players, staff and fans takes precedence over the game, however for Bruins’ fans a cancelled season, will be the end to a very promising year that could..." March 31

  • Player Report Card: Colin Miller

    Die By The Blade "2019-20 Season Stats: 51 GP | 1 G | 10 A | 11 PTS Age: 27 Contract Status: Signed through 2021-22 ($3.875 Million) There are quite a few Buffalo Sabres on the 2019-20 roster who are perhaps a bit more difficult to grade than most. Veteran..." March 30

  • NHL coaches, GMs share stories of their first jobs in hockey

    Sportsnet "With the NHL season still on hold, this feels like a natural time for many in the game to do a little reflecting.  Hockey Central has hosted several coaches and general managers over the course of the league’s current suspension, and Sportsnet’s Brian Burke has..." March 30

  • NHL’s Top 16 RFAs of 2020: Latest rumours, reports

    Sportsnet "The restricted free agent dominated hockey conversation in the summer of 2019, as a loaded class of emerging stars took greater slices of their respective teams’ salary pie, pushed negotiations into training camp, and signed an array of short-, long- and mid-term extensions that expanded..." March 30

  • The NHL's coronavirus pause: Possible playoff formats, players' workout plans, free agency and more

    ESPN "It has now been 18 days since the NHL decided to hit the pause button on the 2019-20 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and players, coaches, team personnel and fans throughout the hockey world have been self-quarantining and social distancing -- well,..." March 30

  • Ranking every Conn Smythe Trophy run in the 2010s

    The Score "The Conn Smythe Trophy is awarded annually to the player deemed to be most valuable during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. A total of 47 different men have earned the award since its introduction in 1965, while netminder Patrick Roy has received the honor a record three times and became the youngest..." March 30

  • Which NHL players might be considering retirement?

    Pro Hockey Talk "When the coronavirus outbreak started to ratchet up in mid-March, hockey fans received at least one bit of soothing news. It turns out Joe Thornton doesn’t rank among the NHL players who might be considering retirement as the season hangs in the balance. TSN/The Athletic’s..." March 30

  • Bill Daly sees summer ‘window’ to complete NHL season, playoffs

    Sportsnet "Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly is hopeful that the NHL can fit in the end of the 2019-20 regular season and playoffs during a “bigger window” this summer and play a full schedule in the 2020-21 season. “I will say that it remains our hope, if not our goal, to be..." March 27

  • NHL bubble teams want more games or expanded playoffs

    Yardbarker "The NHL hit pause on the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and there's no timetable for a possible return. While many alternatives have been discussed, teams on the bubble have a few requests if hockey returns to action. Connor McDavid's Edmonton Oilers are..." March 27

  • Connor McDavid, Marc-Andre Fleury don't think NHL should go straight into playoffs

    The Score "Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Vegas Golden Knights netminder Marc-Andre Fleury don't think it would be fair for the NHL to head directly into the postseason once play resumes. The two stars believe some sort of tuneup would be..." March 27

  • Like NHL, Donald Fehr says having full 2020-21 season important

    TSN "NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has said numerous times that having a full 82-game season in 2020-21 is paramount. NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr agrees but, like Daly says, that doesn't mean next year's start date can't be pushed back to accommodate playoff hockey this..." March 27

  • Why an NHL summer playoff bracket would be the best hockey we’ve ever seen

    Mile High Sports "It would be ignorant to pretend I have any idea when the COVID-19 pandemic will end. All we can do, as hockey writers or anyone else, is play the “what if” game. Fact is, there is a chance that the 2019-20 NHL season will not be completed. But the glass-half-full-side of me says it..." March 27

  • Players doing what they can to stay in shape during NHL pause

    Pro Hockey Talk "What do you do if you’re an NHL player and don’t have access to your team’s workout facilities? If you’re Anders Lee you order a Peloton bike. If you’re Alex Ovechkin you have your personal trainer work you out in your home gym. The NHL’s season..." March 27

  • KHL Goaltender Alexei Melnichuk Drawing NHL Interest

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The premature end to the KHL season combined with the current pause in the NHL season has front offices looking even closer than usual at the free agents coming out of Europe’s top league. KHL free agency opens on May 1 and a number of players will be expected to make the jump to North..." March 27

  • Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin Want NHL Playoffs to Begin After COVID-19 Hiatus

    Bleacher Report "If the 2019-20 NHL season does resume after the current hiatus amid the coronavirus pandemic, the league's biggest stars don't want to go back to regular-season games. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby said he wouldn't mind if the league just..." March 26

  • Cancel the NHL regular season already

    ESPN "The National Hockey League needs to cancel its remaining regular-season games. It brings me no pleasure to put this out there. We all want to see this season to its equitable completion; if there is a postseason, to have the previous five-and-a-half months boiled down to the points..." March 26

  • 5 biggest questions about the proposed NHL lottery tournament

    The Score "With the 2019-20 NHL season on pause - and potentially finished - there are a number of questions that will need to be answered in the coming months. One of the biggest unknowns is how the league will handle the draft lottery should the season be canceled. According to The..." March 26

  • NHL postpones draft, combine, and awards show

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "With the NHL focused on trying to salvage the 2019-20 season, the league on Wednesday night was forced to postpone the 2020 scouting combine, awards show and entry draft. The combine was originally scheduled for June 1-6, followed by the awards June 18 and the..." March 25

  • NHL chief medical officer cautions against early return

    ESPN "The NHL's chief medical officer is urging caution toward the league returning to play this season -- including the idea of playing in empty arenas. "From a medical perspective, I think we'd have to understand what the risks are for the different groups," Dr. Willem..." March 25

  • NHL team proposes lottery tournament to award 1st overall pick

    The Score "With the NHL throwing around myriad options regarding a return to action this season, teams are starting to get really creative. At least one NHL club has submitted a proposal featuring a tournament in which lottery teams would play for the first overall pick of the draft, according..." March 25

  • Sabres agree to sign prospect defenseman Mattias Samuelsson "The Buffalo Sabres have agreed to terms with defenseman Mattias Samuelsson on a three-year, entry-level contract.  The Sabres selected Samuelsson, 20, in the second round of the 2018 NHL Draft (32nd overall). He recently completed his sophomore season at Western Michigan, where..." March 25

  • Top 11 (purely hypothetical) NHL compliance buyout candidates

    Sportsnet "The last time the National Hockey League endured such a severe interruption of action — and the inevitable economic sucker-punch that goes with it — the general managers were granted a get-out-of-jail-free card. Two of them, in fact. In the summer that followed the 2012-13..." March 25

  • Looking at the 2019-20 Buffalo Sabres

    Pro Hockey Talk "With the 2019-20 NHL season on hold we are going to take a look at where each NHL team stands at this moment with a series of posts examining their season. Have they met expectations? Exceeded expectations? Who has been the surprise? All of that and more. Today we look at the 2019-20 Buffalo..." March 24

  • NHL instructs players, team staff to extend self-quarantine another 10 days

    Sportsnet "The NHL has instructed players and team staff to extend their period of self-quarantine by another 10 days amid the spread of the COVID-19 virus. That message was shared with general managers during Tuesday’s call with senior league officials. Clubs had originally been asked to..." March 24

  • NHL to temporarily cut pay in league office

    ESPN "The NHL is temporarily cutting the pay of league office employees by 25%. The league confirmed that salaries will be reduced across the board starting April 1. The NHL's season has been on pause since March 12 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. According to..." March 24

  • CHL cancels playoffs, Memorial Cup

    The Score "The 2019-20 Canadian Hockey League playoffs and the Memorial Cup have been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, the CHL announced Monday. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Ontario Hockey League play under the CHL umbrella. The..." March 23

  • Ralph Krueger hangs on to Sabres' playoff hopes "Ralph Krueger says the 11 days since the NHL paused its season due to concerns about the coronavirus have felt like a lifetime. The Buffalo Sabres coach is a citizen of Switzerland, and he's been in Zurich since early last week, in self-isolation, wondering when and if the 2019-20..." March 23

  • NHL Board of Governors conference call reportedly set for Monday

    Pro Hockey Talk "The NHL Board of Governors will hold a conference call on Monday afternoon, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun. Dreger fills in many of the details: Financial issues are going to be the primary focus. Expanding upon that,..." March 23