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  • 25 Under 25: Ranking the Best Young Players in the NHL

    Bleacher Report "A quick look at this season's NHL stats reveals a number of players under the age of 25 sit among the league's top stars. Several, such as Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews, established themselves as superstars..." May 09

  • NHL to relax COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated playoff teams

    The Score "The NHL will relax its COVID-19 protocols for playoff teams once 85% of a club's traveling party has been fully vaccinated for two weeks, reports Sportsnet's Chris Johnston. The easements will reportedly allow players to gather socially outside of team facilities, eat and..." May 08

  • Re-Grading Last Year's Biggest NHL Free-Agent Signings

    Bleacher Report "When the 2020 NHL free-agent market opened on Oct. 9, we graded the biggest unrestricted free agent signings. As the 2020-21 regular season draws to a close, it's time to revisit our assessments of those deals. Some of the notable signings included defenseman Alex..." May 08

  • Jonas Brodin Has Deserved His Newfound Praise for Years

    Zone Coverage "An extremely noteworthy rookie season followed by seven years under the radar isn’t always the NHL template. When you consider Jonas Brodin was a Calder Trophy candidate in 2013 as a 19-year-old defensive-defenseman, fans may wonder where the Kirill Kaprizov-style..." May 07

  • How retiring NHL linesman Pierre Racicot honors his fallen friend

    The Athletic "Pierre Racicot and Stephane Provost began a ritual on May 11, 1999, when Provost’s youngest daughter, Ashley, was born. Racicot showed up at the Weston, Fla., hospital with a cooler of beer and the best friends and on-ice partners shared lots of laughs, talked excitedly about..." May 07

  • Wild signs Daemon Hunt and Ryan O'Rourke to entry-level contracts

    NHL.com "Minnesota Wild General Manager Bill Guerin today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defensemen Daemon Hunt and Ryan O'Rourke to three-year, entry-level contracts starting with the 2021-22 season. May 06

  • Why is the modern NHL power play so effective?

    The Score "Toward the end of a five-on-four power play Monday, Golden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo curled behind his own net, gathered the puck, and skated out of the zone unbothered. With no opposing players applying pressure, Pietrangelo gently left the puck for a trailing teammate, Alex..." May 06

  • 1 Nightmare Matchup for Every NHL Playoff Contender

    Bleacher Report "It's an unalienable truth about the postseason: You can't win it if you're not in it. So, for the 16 teams who entered Monday night's games in position to earn entry to the Stanley Cup playoffs, that's the priority. Finish the season strong, clinch your playoff..." May 04

  • Proposed junior showcase hopes to give young NHL hopefuls a platform in an otherwise lost season

    The Athletic "It started as a joke. Frustrated with the on-again, off-again nature of the Ontario Hockey League, and watching a full season pass by, Andrew Perrott, a defenseman with the Owen Sound Attack, joked with his good friends Ryan Humphrey and Ryan Beck. “What if we just ran..." May 04

  • Who are the NHL’s worst shooters?

    The Athletic "In the “Star War” film series, stormtroopers are the fictional space marines of the Galactic Empire. They became notorious over the years for their subpar blaster aim, which constantly allowed the heroes of the stories to escape them unharmed. It’s gotten to the point that..." May 04

  • Comeback win shows glimpse of playoff potential for Wild

    Hockey Wilderness "The Minnesota Wild have been one of the more entertaining teams in the league this season. Not for any high-flying offense or spectacular goals — outside of what Kirill Kaprizov and Kevin Fiala are able to do every night — but for the pure will and determination..." May 03

  • 5 storylines to watch over final month of NHL season

    The Score "With the 2020-21 regular season heading into crunch time, there are still plenty of key affairs to be determined down the stretch. Teams are jockeying for the final playoff positions, players are battling for individual hardware, and a few of the league's stars look to leave their..." May 01

  • Ranking the 5 Teams That Need to Win 2021 NHL Draft Lottery

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NHL draft is scheduled for July 23-24 and will be held virtually for the second straight year. The order of the draft for teams that fail to qualify for the playoffs will be determined via lottery on June 2. Starting this year, the drawings for the lottery were..." May 01

  • The Wild Became Paralyzed By Their Winning Streak

    Zone Coverage "There are certain truths about this Minnesota Wild team with which we must come to terms. They will be in the postseason. They have won seven games in a row and have outscored their opponents 32-14 during the winning streak. And they are also backing into the playoffs. Sorry to..." April 30

  • Offseason Trade Ideas for Some of the NHL's Worst Teams

    Bleacher Report "The 2020-21 NHL regular season is scheduled to end on May 19. As playoff-bound clubs look ahead at possible first-round opponents and bubble teams jockey for the final postseason berths, those at the bottom of the standings will soon have plenty of time to make their plans..." April 30

  • Should the Seattle Kraken pursue UFA players at the Expansion Draft?

    Sound Of Hockey "It’s easy and probably overly simplistic to suggest that the Seattle Kraken go all out in signing unrestricted free agents (UFA) at July’s Expansion Draft. If Seattle were to agree to terms with one of those players in the team’s 48-hour exclusive negotiating window, that guy..." April 30

  • NHL paid $70.6 million in legal fees for concussion settlement that paid players $18.49 million

    The Athletic "Two years ago, the NHL paid $18.49 million to settle a concussion lawsuit brought by more than 100 former players.  Compared to a previous NFL concussion settlement of more than $1 billion, the consensus was the NHL won. The NHL paid handsomely, however, for the legal counsel..." April 30

  • How NHL players and coaches are using technology during games

    The Athletic "The iPad is no longer an alien object on an NHL bench. Since the tablets first started appearing on NHL benches in the spring of the 2016-17 season, they’ve become a common fixture. An assistant coach with his eyes fixed on the screen during a timeout, a player checking..." April 29

  • Latest 2021 NHL Standings, Playoff Picture, Maple Leafs Clinch Playoff Berth

    Bleacher Report "The Toronto Maple Leafs are headed to the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season. Toronto clinched its postseason spot Wednesday with a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. Here is a look at how Toronto stacks up to the rest of the league in the..." April 29

  • NHL to hold 2021-22 All-Star Game

    The Score "The NHL All-Star Game will return during the 2021-22 season, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading." Last year's festivities were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no guarantee the All-Star Game would take place..." April 28

  • Is NHL’s ESPN-Turner partnership good for hockey?

    The Athletic "NBC has an important legacy with the NHL. When the league missed the entire 2004-05 season due to a work stoppage and the NHL’s overall value and marketability crashed to an all-time low, NBC had just returned as a national television partner. In 2008, the NHL introduced an NBC..." April 28

  • Gerard Gallant to coach Canada at upcoming men’s world championships

    Sportsnet "Veteran head coach Gerard Gallant is getting back behind a bench, this time on the international stage. Hockey Canada announced Wednesday that Gallant will lead the coaching staff for the upcoming men’s world hockey championships in Riga, Latvia. Mike Kelly and Andre Tourigny..." April 28

  • NHL draft lottery set for June 2

    The Score "The 2021 NHL Draft lottery will take place on June 2, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Tuesday's edition of "Insider Trading." The league recently announced several changes to the lottery system, with some taking effect immediately. The lottery will be reduced from..." April 27

  • NHL's Talks with Canadian Govt. on Playoff Travel May Last Until June

    Bleacher Report "The NHL is looking to avoid travel restrictions during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but its negotiations with the Canadian government could extend through the opening rounds of the playoffs until June, according to Greg Wyshynski of ESPN. "It's going to..." April 27

  • Wild's Marco Rossi opens up about heart condition that forced him off the ice

    The Athletic "After being off the ice for nearly four months, top Minnesota Wild prospect Marco Rossi opened up about his health struggles, including his diagnosis of myocarditis, to The Athletic's Michael Russo. Last November, Rossi was diagnosed with COVID-19. Following his recovery, he..." April 27

  • Nine teams with interesting conundrums ahead of Seattle expansion draft

    Sportsnet "Ron Francis is going to be the GM who makes the most impact this off-season. A little less than three months from now, the Seattle Kraken GM will be choosing one player off each NHL roster, except the exempt Vegas Golden Knights. Every expansion rule remains the same as it was for..." April 27

  • 6 Greatest Rebound Seasons in NHL History

    Bleacher Report "Pity the poor Buffalo Sabres. The Western New York-based franchise marked 50 years since its NHL arrival with one of the most woeful stretches in league history, going from mid-February to late March without a victory and essentially clinching that another Stanley Cup..." April 27

  • NHL signs 7-year deal with Turner Sports

    The Score "Turner Sports has picked up the remainder of the NHL's media rights as part of a seven-year deal worth $225 million per season, report The Athletic's Sean Shapiro and Richard Deitsch. NBC - which has aired NHL games for the past 16 years - has reportedly moved on from..." April 26

  • What does the future hold for NHL head coaches on expiring contracts or in interim positions?

    The Athletic "The season began with six NHL head coaches entering the final year of their respective deals. As the end of the regular season approaches, five of them are still in that position. Only Jeremy Colliton in Chicago has been extended in that group. So where are we with the five remaining..." April 26

  • Minnesota Wild Clinch Postseason Berth; Latest 2021 NHL Playoff Picture

    Bleacher Report "Step one is complete for the Minnesota Wild as they search for the first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. They clinched a spot in the playoffs Saturday with a 6-3 win over the San Jose Sharks. Three West Division teams have now locked up their spots in the..." April 25

  • Every NHL Team's Best Player so Far During the 2021 Season

    Bleacher Report "Welcome to the homestretch. OK, a spate of coronavirus-prompted rescheduled games have stretched the NHL's remaining schedule to 25 days, but it feels like we're reaching a frenzied final push for playoff berths and beyond. And with a series of important games comes..." April 24

  • 2021 NHL Free Agency: Early Rankings for the Top Players in the Market

    Bleacher Report "The 2021 NHL free-agent market is scheduled to begin at noon ET on July 28. With the 2021 trade deadline now history and the playoffs fast approaching, this is a good opportunity to evaluate the best unrestricted free agents who could be available in this summer's..." April 23

  • Could there be a Super League that includes NHL teams?

    ESPN "At this point, the international soccer Super League might go down as one of the biggest public relations fiascos in the history of sports. When fans, politicians, the media and FIFA all find themselves on the same side of an issue, something has gone terribly..." April 23

  • Expansion Draft Issues: Several NHL Teams Have Moves To Make Before July 17

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The trade deadline may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that there won’t be any more trades over the courses of the remainder of the league year. The NHL Expansion Draft is right around the corner, with protection lists due on July 17, ahead of the draft on July 21. By that..." April 23

  • NHL, NHLPA give IOC late-May deadline for Olympic participation

    The Score "The NHL and the players' association want a decision from the International Olympic Committee regarding the league's participation in the 2022 winter games by the end of next month, TSN's Frank Seravalli said on Thursday's edition of "Insider..." April 23

  • Why OHL players feel frustrated, deflated after cancelled season

    Sportsnet "Chandler Romeo is convinced he’s a different hockey player than he was 12 months ago. He just wishes he’d had the chance to prove it. Romeo was one of the many young hockey players who, after riding a wave of highs and lows all year, were crushed by news earlier this week..." April 23

  • How hockey fights work during a pandemic: A conversation with one of the NHL's last enforcers

    ESPN "Nicolas Deslauriers rose from the ice, blood trickling down his face from a cut on the bridge of his nose. He had thrown a flurry of right hands at San Jose Sharks forward Kurtis Gabriel before Gabriel threw him to the ice. It was the kind of spirited tussle..." April 22

  • Wild, Ryan Hartman agree to 3-year extension with $1.7M AAV

    The Score "The Minnesota Wild and forward Ryan Hartman agreed to a three-year extension carrying an annual cap hit of $1.7 million, reports The Athletic's Michael Russo. Hartman has registered six goals and 12 assists in 40 games this season while averaging a..." April 22

  • We’re Not Talking About Nico Sturm Enough

    Hockey Wilderness "This Minnesota Wild season has been full of surprises. No one truly knew how greatly the addition of Kirill Kaprizov would affect every single aspect of this franchise and the near future. Especially with so many changes throughout the roster, it was hard to really pinpoint whether or..." April 21

  • NHL Reportedly Targeting Oct. 12 Start Date for 2021-22 Regular Season

    The Score "The NHL hopes to begin the 2021-22 campaign on Oct. 12, the league said Wednesday during virtual general manager meetings, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun. That would be about a week later than the start of a normal season. The date is contingent on no further delays this..." April 21

  • Matt Dumba hopes ‘we can find some healing’ after Derek Chauvin verdict

    The Athletic "Matt Dumba lives in a high-rise in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, a mere five minutes from where George Floyd was murdered underneath the knee of a police officer last May 25. On Tuesday, nearly 13 months after the horrifying incident put Minnesota under the microscope, triggered..." April 21

  • NHL Issues More Schedule Updates

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL schedule maker has completed another shift, moving things around to try and fit in 56 games for all 31 teams. The Colorado Avalanche were the team that precipitated changes this time thanks to their recent COVID situation, but other teams in the West Division will also be..." April 21

  • 12 NHL stars who have not been on the cover of EA's NHL video game series

    Bardown "Getting named the cover athlete of a sport's main video game is one of the higher honours a player can receive. Forget Wheatie boxes, it's all about getting endorsed by EA these days! Sure, some athletes may have their hesitations about Madden, but Chel's a different story. No..." April 21

  • NHL’s statement after Derek Chauvin verdict all about optics and political theatre

    Yahoo! Sports "Shortly after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in connection to the killing of George Floyd, the NHL decided to publicly opine on the verdict. In one terse statement, the NHL revealed..." April 21

  • Seattle Kraken expansion draft: 6 teams in play to make a side deal

    The Athletic "As it stands, the Seattle Kraken are on track to make their final payment to the NHL by the end of April. Finishing that last bit of business will make them a full-fledged league member that can officially make deals. It just so happens that one of those transactions could be a side..." April 21

  • KHL president Alexey Morozov on how his league handled COVID-19, expansion, NHL exhibition games

    The Athletic "Sometime within the next two weeks, Alexey Morozov is finally going to be able to award the Gagarin Cup. Morozov was named the president of the Kontinental Hockey League on Feb. 14, 2020, after the prior president Dmitry Chernyshenko was appointed the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian..." April 21

  • Ranking the Top NHL Defensemen in the Next 5 Years

    Bleacher Report "Many of the best defensemen in the NHL this season are in their late-20s or early-30s. It usually takes young blueliners several seasons to fully develop their skills at the big league level. Notable examples include last season's finalists for the James Norris..." April 20

  • NHL statement following today's verdict in Minneapolis

    NHL.com ""While we hope the end of the trial offers a chance for healing, we remain committed to actively engaging in the movement for equality and we invite our fans to join us in supporting systemic change." " April 20

  • How the canceled OHL season impacts the NHL Draft

    The Athletic "After months of trying to get on the ice for a shortened 2020-21 season, the Ontario Hockey League officially canceled its season on Tuesday. “We have worked tirelessly with the Province and the Chief Medical Officer of Health for the past year on different scenarios and..." April 20

  • After Patrick Marleau's games played mark, six NHL records that could fall next

    ESPN "Patrick Marleau played his 1,768th game Monday night, breaking Gordie Howe's NHL career record. Which naturally led to questions about whether anyone would ever break Marleau's still-increasing games benchmark. "The modern game, the speed, the physicality ......" April 20