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  • NHL postpones Winter Classic, All-Star Game

    TSN "The NHL has announced the postponement of the 2021 Winter Classic and the All-Star Game. The annual outdoor game was scheduled for Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minnesota. The All-Star Game was scheduled for Jan. 30 in Sunrise, FL. The postponements were expected as the dates were..." October 22

  • American Hockey League plans alternatives to Dec. 4 season start date

    ESPN "The American Hockey League's target start date for the 2020-21 season is Dec. 4, but the league is preparing to offer another plan to its Board of Governors that could push it later. "We're getting close to Dec. 4, and there's been minimal improvement as far as fan..." October 22

  • How the NHL Bubble Changed Players, Physically and Mentally

    SI "Ever start a workout and realize it’s just not your day? Maybe you had one too many sugary alcoholic drinks the night before and your head is pounding. Maybe the Popeyes chicken sandwich isn’t sitting right and the burpees make you want to throw up. So you call it. You shave a few..." October 22

  • Inside EA Sports' decision to revive NHL '94

    ESPN "Retro gaming fans, rejoice: It's 2020, and NHL '94 is back. Electronic Arts announced in early October that the beloved game that often finds itself in the "Mount Rushmore of sports video games" conversation is officially getting the remaster treatment. Entitled..." October 21

  • How will Joe Thornton fit on the 2020–21 Toronto Maple Leafs?

    Sportsnet "I wonder if, in the history of the NHL, more has ever been said about the signing of a player to a league minimum contract than has been said about Joe Thornton signing with the Toronto Maple Leafs. If an occasion has surpassed this, it can’t have been by much. Granted,..." October 21

  • NHL tentatively grants 7 non-playoff teams longer training camps

    The Score "The seven teams excluded from the NHL's return-to-play postseason over the summer will get to hit the ice sooner to get back into the groove of things. The NHL and NHLPA have tentatively agreed to allow the Anaheim Ducks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Los..." October 21

  • High-End Players Hit The Market Much More Than Suggested

    Sinbin Vegas "We’ve heard it a lot from the Golden Knights front office, and we hear it pretty much any time any team ends up with a new high-end player. We had what we believe was an incredibly rare opportunity to add a defenseman, an elite player like Alex to our team. We really viewed it..." October 21

  • Sharks Loan Ivan Chekhovich To The KHL

    Fear The Fin "The San Jose Sharks have loaned forward prospect Ivan Chekhovich to the HC Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), Russia’s top men’s league, for the entirety of the 2020-21 season. The KHL team announced the signing this..." October 21

  • Top NHL candidates to be traded before season starts

    The Daily Goal Horn "The NHL season is expected to start sometime in January or February. That gives General Managers plenty of time to assess their teams from now until then to make a big trade. There are three big names rumored to be available and to be had in the right deal. They are Patrik Laine from..." October 20

  • Sharks have the talent to bounce back, but a lot needs to go right

    Pro Hockey Talk "There was no bigger disappointment during the 2019-20 NHL season than the San Jose Sharks. Coming off of a trip to the Western Conference Final, there was still a championship level of expectation surrounding this team at the start of the season. But instead of competing for the..." October 20

  • Agent: Interest in Mike Hoffman 'very strong'

    The Score "Mike Hoffman's representative says his client isn't lacking suitors 11 days into free agency. Interest in the productive forward "has been very strong," Robert Hooper told The Athletic's Adam Vingan on Monday. Hooper revealed that 13 teams..." October 20

  • How Patrick Marleau helped sell Joe Thornton on joining Maple Leafs

    Sportsnet "When faced with deciding where his life and career would take him next, Joe Thornton didn't do it alone. He sought advice and insight from those he knew best and those who knew what it was like to leave a city they'd called home for the majority of their professional..." October 20

  • Eric Lindros says playing with Leafs is 'special' for Joe Thornton and other veterans

    Toronto Sun "A player who risked his Hall of Fame reputation in a failed 33-game stint with the Toronto Maple Leafs said he understands why veterans Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds all decided to return home this year. “There’s a pull,” said Eric Lindros...." October 20

  • Sharks GM: Young players 'need to step up to the next level'

    NHL.com "The San Jose Sharks are preparing for a future without Joe Thornton, who played the past 15 seasons with them before he signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday. "We have to re-establish our game," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said..." October 20

  • IIHF Releases 2021 World Junior Schedule

    Broad Street Hockey "It’s been a little sleepy around here, since the draft has wrapped up and most of the big free agent signings are out of the way, but we’ve got some actual hockey news dropping on this fine Monday evening. That’s right, the World Juniors schedule is..." October 20

  • Hockey world honors 'Doc' Emrick's memorable career

    The Score "Legendary broadcaster Mike "Doc" Emrick announced his retirement Monday, and the hockey world is celebrating the 74-year-old's storied career and already missing his distinct voice. Here are kind words from the many people Emrick impacted over his 47-year career, along..." October 19

  • Five NHL teams who could win big from 2020 free-agency gambles

    Sportsnet "Whenever a team makes big off-season moves, the cranks out there are quick to remind us that Stanley Cups are won in June, not the first day of free agency. (Well…you know.) Sure, you can’t secure your rings simply by making a few splashy moves, but the heavy lifting when..." October 19

  • Sharks GM Doug Wilson remains confident in 'bones' of roster

    NBC Sports Bay Area "  Joe Thornton is one of the Sharks’ all-time great players, but the 41-year-old  signed with the the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday after 15 years in San Jose, hoping to have a better chance of competing for a Stanley Cup as he enters his 23rd NHL..." October 19

  • Joe Thornton spoke to Joe Montana before signing with Maple Leafs

    The Mercury News "Among the people Joe Thornton consulted while weighing his decision to leave the Sharks after 15 seasons was one whose departure might rank No. 1 in Bay Area sports history. Yes, Thornton spoke to Joe Montana, who spent 13 seasons with the 49ers before requesting a trade to the Kansas..." October 19

  • Maple Leafs, Joe Thornton unite long, painful quests for Stanley Cup glory

    Sportsnet "Joe Thornton was probably sound asleep under the Swiss Alps, resting up to open up his 24th professional hockey season, when the CN Tower alit in teal. The colour long associated with the heart and soul of the San Jose Sharks — all their hopes and disappointments,..." October 17

  • Joe Thornton is a Maple Leaf. They’ve been after the future Hall of Famer for a long time

    The Star "The Maple Leafs have signed Joe Thornton, ending a three-year pursuit of the future Hall of Famer whose passing skills are among the best the NHL has ever seen. Thornton, who this week joined the Swiss league to keep his skills sharp while testing free agency, signed a..." October 16

  • 5 NHL Trades That Should Happen

    Bleacher Report "Though the NHL draft has come and gone, and the free-agency market has been open for a week (as of noon ET on Friday), the B/R ice hockey team hasn't gotten its player-movement fix. So we took a look at teams still in need of specific talent—not to mention others..." October 16

  • Sharks Sign Ozzy Wiesblatt

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Center Ozzy Wiesblatt (@ozzywiesblatt) to a standard, entry-level contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Ozzy brings speed, playmaking, and..." October 16

  • 'Adapt or die': Scouting has been turned on its head for 2021 NHL Draft

    The Score "After seven months away from his place of work, an amateur scout for an NHL club drove into the parking lot of a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League arena and found a prime spot. The lot, usually bustling on game nights, was nearly empty. The scout, who had been asked by the league to..." October 16

  • Ranking the 10 Worst NHL Unrestricted Free-Agent Contracts Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "It's been almost a week since the 2020 NHL free-agent market opened. A handful of unrestricted free agents, such as Alex Pietrangelo, Torey Krug and Jacob Markstrom, signed expensive long-term contracts despite a flattened salary cap and economic uncertainty..." October 16

  • Golden Knights owner Bill Foley thinks 2020-21 season will start in February, there’ll be a Canadian division

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "Bill Foley was a guest on Las Vegas’s KSHP Radio on Wednesday and the Golden Knights’ owner revealed several bombshells to host Brian Blessing. For instance, why was Foley not concerned with trading first pairing defender Nate Schmidt to Pacific Division rival..." October 15

  • Joe Thornton to play for HC Davos

    TSN "Joe Thornton is expected to play this weekend with HC Davos after signing a contract with the Swiss club, TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun reports. Thornton, an unrestricted free agent, last skated on March 11 before the NHL season was halted by the COVID-19 pandemic. " October 15

  • NHL free agency 2020: Best players still available

    ESPN "The 2020 NHL free-agent frenzy has started to mellow out. The flat salary cap had teams scrambling to find the right fits under less-than-ideal financial conditions, leaving some free agents waiting to see if lucrative opportunities would still materialize. Here are the top..." October 15

  • NHLPA Announces 2020 Arbitration Hearings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The dates for the upcoming arbitration hearings have been set, with the first three being held on October 20. Hearings will continue through November 8. It is important to remember that this offseason, once a hearing begins, teams are no longer allowed to negotiate with the player in..." October 14

  • Patrick Marleau Is Back Where He Belongs

    SI "It always had to come back to San Jose. Patrick Marleau spent the first 19 seasons of his NHL career with the Sharks and now the veteran forward returns for a third and likely final stint with the franchise. As a team, the stakes are low - San Jose is in a rebuilding trough right now..." October 13

  • Maple Leafs sign goalie Aaron Dell to one-year, $800K contract

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed goalie Aaron Dell to a one-year, $800,000 contract, the team announced Tuesday. The 31-year-old has four seasons with the San Jose Sharks on his resumé — he’s posted a combined .908 save percentage..." October 13

  • 7 Bargain Free Agents Available Your NHL Team Should Sign

    Bleacher Report "Most of the best available players were quickly signed after the NHL's free-agent market opened at noon ET on Oct. 9. However, several free agents remain available who could fit in well on most rosters. Among the noteworthy forwards still unsigned include winger Corey..." October 13

  • Joe Thornton Linked To Toronto Maple Leafs

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Once again, smoke is building around Joe Thornton and the Toronto Maple Leafs. After the veteran forward was linked to the team in the 2017 offseason (when teammate Patrick Marleau signed a three-year deal with Toronto), there has been a lingering notion that he could..." October 13

  • Best remaining NHL free agents

    Pro Hockey Talk "Now that Taylor Hall and Alex Pietrangelo both landed in unexpected spots in as NHL free agents, teams and fans must be wondering: who’s left? As different as things are right now, with 2020 NHL Free Agency in October, some things haven’t..." October 13

  • Patrick Marleau returns to Sharks on one-year deal

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Marleau to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Patrick is one of the most iconic..." October 13

  • Sharks Sign Forward Matt Nieto

    NHL.com " San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt Nieto to a one-year contract. "Matt's a player we're obviously familiar with having been here for our Stanley Cup Final..." October 13

  • Carolina Hurricanes Sign Joakim Ryan

    Canes Country "The Carolina Hurricanes added some depth to the organization’s blue line Monday, signing UFA defenseman Joakim Ryan to a one-year, two-way deal. Ryan played 35 games for the Kings last year with one goal and four points. Before that, he played parts..." October 13

  • Sharks Re-Sign Kevin Labanc To A Four-Year Deal

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Sharks have avoided salary arbitration with RFA winger Kevin Labanc, announcing that they’ve signed him to a four-year contract.  Pierre LeBrun of TSN and The Athletic reports (Twitter link) that the deal will carry an AAV of $4.725MM.  GM Doug Wilson released..." October 10

  • Sabres with another depth signing in defender Brandon Davidson

    Die By The Blade "The Buffalo Sabres announced their third signing of the day in left-shot defenseman Brandon Davidson. The contract is a one-year, one-way deal worth the league minimum of $700k. The left-shot defender has played no more than 15 NHL games in each of the last three years. He..." October 09

  • Sharks re-sign Stefan Noesen

    The Mercury News "The Sharks have re-signed forward Stefan Noesen to a one-year contract. According to a source, the contract is worth $925,000, a bump from the $700.000 he made last season. “Stefan came in here last season and made a pretty seamless transition both on and off the..." October 09

  • Backloaded Deals Might Be A Trend This Offseason

    Sinbin Vegas "If there’s one thing we’re starting to learn to count on it’s that there will never be a shortage of comments from NHL agent Allan Walsh. While he’s seemingly done discussing his client Marc-Andre Fleury’s future (for now), Walsh explained a way a team like..." October 09

  • What Exactly Does a Jan. 1 Start to the NHL Season Look Like?

    SI "In the lead-up to the NHL draft Tuesday night, commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the league and the NHL Players’ Association have targeted Jan. 1 for the start of the 2020-21 season. (Which would actually just make it the 2021 season, no?) He was short on details, just as he was..." October 08

  • 5 UFAs best served by re-signing with current teams

    The Score "This offseason's free-agent pool offers quite a bit of high-end talent, including an unusual surplus of goaltenders. Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the league's economics, not only this season but for the foreseeable future, certain teams will have to get creative with..." October 08

  • Cap concerns have displaced a number of quality players into free agency

    TSN "With the 2020 NHL Entry Draft in the rear-view mirror, front offices are turning their attention to the growing talent pool available in unrestricted free agency. We knew the league’s economic crisis, coupled with the flat salary cap growth, would force teams to make difficult..." October 08

  • Predicting homes for the NHL's most intriguing UFAs

    The Score "NHL free agents can officially sign with new teams as of noon ET on Oct. 9, and theScore is guessing the landing spots for some of the most interesting names. This list doesn't necessarily include all the best players, but rather the most intriguing. With no free-agent courting period, this..." October 08

  • Top Ten Notable NHL Non-Tenders

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Lost in the shuffle on the marathon second day of the draft is that Wednesday also represented the deadline for qualifying offers to be tendered.  The flattening of the salary cap increased the concerns about salary arbitration which has certainly affected the quality of players that are..." October 08

  • 5 NHL teams primed to make a big splash in free agency

    The Score "It's "July 1" but on Oct. 9. The NHL is set to open free agency at noon ET on Friday, more than three months later than usual. With the salary cap remaining at $81.5 million for (at least) the 2020-21 season, and with the 2021 Seattle Kraken expansion looming, there shouldn't..." October 08

  • Sharks Re-Sign Antti Suomela

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As part of their qualifying offer announcements, the Sharks announced that they’ve re-signed center Antti Suomela to a one-year, two-way contract.  While financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, CapFriendly reports that the deal is worth..." October 07

  • HDA cuts ties with NHL, calls league's equality work 'performative'

    The Score "The Hockey Diversity Alliance is not satisfied with the NHL's anti-racism work and will no longer operate hand-in-hand with the league as a result.  "The HDA is grateful for the support from the public we received. Unfortunately, the support we hoped (to get) from the..." October 07

  • Ranking top 25 NHL free agents for 2020 offseason: Anyone need a goalie?

    USA Today "The usual July 1 opening of NHL free agency has turned to Oct. 9 due to the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Eleven days after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup in the Edmonton, Alberta, bubble and two days after the conclusion of the NHL draft, general managers are..." October 07