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  • Mikko Koivu, who won't return to Wild, undecided on continuing NHL career

    NHL.com "Mikko Koivu has yet to decide whether he will continue playing in the NHL after the Minnesota Wild decided not to re-sign him for next season. The 37-year-old center is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent Oct. 9 after playing his entire 15-season NHL career with the..." September 25

  • Here Are The Top 10 NHL Buyout and Trade Candidates

    The Daily Goal Horn "The Daily Goal Horn took a look at the landscape to rank the Top 10 NHL trade and buyout candidates. 1. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR (Trade/Buyout) The Rangers have to start thinking about the future and sadly, 38 year-old goalie Henrik Lundqvist represents the past. Jeff Gorton is..." September 25

  • 5 potential trade destinations for Patrik Laine

    The Score "Patrik Laine is one of the league's most intriguing young stars. He's still just 22 years old and has shown the potential to be one of the league's most dangerous goal-scorers, ranking seventh in the league with 138 tallies since his NHL debut in 2016. After signing a..." September 25

  • NHL Announces Offseason Training Protocols

    Pension Plan Puppets "Today the NHL announced their protocol for offseason training at team facilities. The rules draw heavily on the Phase 2 protocols that covered players returning to their facilities prior to the official start of training camp before the Return to Play. All protocols are subject..." September 25

  • Condensed Season Puts More Pressure On Goaltending

    Pro Hockey Rumors "One of the things most talked about in the hockey world as we approach the draft and free agency is the game of musical chairs that awaits many of the league’s goaltenders. Braden Holtby, Robin Lehner, Jacob Markstrom, Anton Khudobin, Cam Talbot, the list of..." September 25

  • The NHL's 31 teams fit neatly into three buckets this off-season

    TSN "After making his rounds on the phone, one NHL general manager said Wednesday he realized that most of the league’s 31 teams fit neatly into one of three buckets that will determine the cadence of this off-season. There are the teams with massive salary cap issues or financial..." September 24

  • 5 Potential Destinations for Marc-Andre Fleury

    The Hockey Writers "After an unsuspecting tweet by his agent shook the hockey world, Marc-Andre Fleury and the Vegas Golden Knights have become a talking point. Stemming from a lack of playing time during the playoffs, the tweet, although now deleted, seemed to accelerate the process of what was Vegas going to do..." September 24

  • Six goaltenders Flames could consider adding this off-season

    Sportsnet "It has been seven years since the Calgary Flames had the type of goaltending star the team could hang its hat on. Since Miikka Kiprusoff left for the Finnish hinterlands in 2013 the club has been piecemealing its goalie tandems together, year after year. Heck, one year they..." September 23

  • Five power forwards the Canadiens would love to acquire through trade

    Sportsnet " Let’s qualify this: There are no guarantees any of the following players are available, and none that the Montreal Canadiens are pursuing them through trade. But our editor asked for a list of players the Canadiens might consider in order to fill the most..." September 22

  • NHL bubble confidential: Go inside the Toronto and Edmonton playoff hubs

    ESPN "For nearly two months, the National Hockey League has kept the teams in its postseason tournament inside "bubbles" that it helped construct with the NHL Players' Association in an effort to safely finish the 2019-20 season after it was paused because of the COVID-19..." September 22

  • NHL Announces First And Second All-Star Teams, All-Rookie Team

    Yardbarker "Following the announcements of the final five NHL regular-season awards, the league also revealed its three all-league rosters: The First-Team All-Stars, the Second-Team All-Stars, and the All-Rookie Team. Below are the 2019-20 honorees: First All-Star..." September 22

  • NHL records no positive COVID-19 tests for 9th straight week

    The Score "The bubble remains effective, as the NHL did not record a single positive COVID-19 test for the eighth consecutive week since resuming play. It's the ninth straight week overall for the league without any new cases.  " September 21

  • Bill Daly: NHL will do its best to have fans at games in 2020-21

    Sportsnet "Once either the Dallas Stars or Tampa Bay Lightning hoist the Stanley Cup later this month, the NHL will turn its full attention to the off-season and the 2020-21 calendar. A major question the league faces is whether or not its 31 teams will be able to travel next season, or will the..." September 21

  • Eric Staal says reuniting with Sabres GM helps with 'shock' of trade from Wild

    NHL.com "Eric Staal said his longtime relationship with Kevyn Adams has helped him overcome the shock of being traded to the Buffalo Sabres. "When he became general manager in Buffalo, I sent him a note wishing him the best knowing that he would succeed and do well," the center..." September 21

  • Examining the NHL’s top 14 buyout candidates of 2020

    Sportsnet "Is there anything more wonderful than a mulligan? Believe us, NHL GMs will be clamouring for them this fall as they try to solve their financial puzzles around overpaid players. Problem is, those do-overs won’t come cheap. With the 2020-21 salary cap flattening in..." September 21

  • Gary Bettman says 2020-21 NHL season could start in December or January

    Sportsnet "NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said on Saturday he wouldn’t be surprised if next season starts later in December or in January 2021. Speaking at his annual state of the league address ahead of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said the league had begun informally thinking..." September 19

  • NHL buyout window opens on September 25

    Blue Seat Blogs "The NHL buyout window will open on September 25. This date was set following the conclusion of the Conference Final last night. The buyout window will run through October 8, which is the day before free agency begins. Rangers Plans Rumors..." September 18

  • Wild Will Not Re-Sign Mikko Koivu

    Twin Cities "Longtime captain Mikko Koivu will not be back with the Wild next season. That much was set in stone on Friday morning when general manager Bill Guerin announced the team will not re-sign the 37-year-old center. In a statement, Guerin said, “Mikko’s legacy will live on..." September 18

  • Top Trade Packages, Landing Spots for Jack Eichel

    Bleacher Report "The Buffalo Sabres' surprising front-office shakeup on June 16 raised questions about center Jack Eichel's future with the franchise. Two weeks before the Sabres' front-office purge, the 23-year-old Sabres captain expressed his frustration over the years of constant..." September 18

  • Stanley Cup's traveling status up in air once Final completed

    ESPN " The Stanley Cup will fly back from Edmonton with the winning team to its playing city. But after that, nobody knows how hockey's most famous trophy will celebrate. The NHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame are weighing options on what to do next with the Cup. Typically, each..." September 18

  • Why the Winnipeg Jets should be interested in trading for Matt Dumba

    Sportsnet "rom the outside, it looks like a simple game of connect-the-dots. One team has a relative surplus, the other has an obvious need. So what’s it going to take to bring the two sides together? As general manager Bill Guerin made a couple of moves to put his..." September 17

  • IIHF announces 2021 world juniors will be played in Edmonton bubble

    Sportsnet "After the success of the NHL’s return in Toronto and Edmonton bubbles, the International Ice Hockey Federation will be using a similar format for the upcoming under-20 World Junior Hockey Championships. The IIHF announced Thursday that the 2021 edition of the tournament will be..." September 17

  • Sabres acquire Eric Staal from Wild for Marcus Johansson

    Pro Hockey Talk "Bill Guerin continued to reshape the Wild by trading Eric Staal to the Sabres for Marcus Johansson on Wednesday. The Wild GM has been busy reshaping his roster and he now adds a veteran center. The move also reunites Staal with Jeff Skinner, his former..." September 16

  • Get ready for a wild offseason as the market is expected to be flooded with both UFAs and RFAs

    The Daily Goal Horn "“The market will be flooded with players,” was how one team executive framed the NHL offseason landscape to me. “There is nothing normal about this year,” and it seems like most teams are figuring it out as it develops. That’s because of many factors..." September 16

  • How will Jonas Brodin’s extension affect Matt Dumba’s future with Wild?

    Pro Hockey Talk "Bill Guerin told the media on Tuesday that he was happy with his defense the way it currently stands following Jonas Brodin‘s seven-year, $42M extension. “Not saying I won’t try to do anything else,” the Wild general manager said. “It was kind of..." September 16

  • Wild Shopping Matt Dumba

    The Score "Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin has gauged the market for defenseman Mathew Dumba. "Guerin has not only gotten a lot of calls on Dumba this offseason, he has even actively shopped him," sources told The Athletic's Michael Russo. The..." September 16

  • Wild extend D Jonas Brodin on 7-year, $42M deal

    TSN "The Minnesota Wild signed defenceman Jonas Brodin to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension on Tuesday. The new deal, which will begin with the 2021-22 season, will carry a $6 million average annual value.  " September 15

  • Qualifying Offer Deadline Set For October 7

    Yardbarker "Considering the added pressure applied by the flat salary cap, restricted free-agent negotiations will take on even greater importance this offseason. That process is set to begin in just over four weeks, as TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the deadline for teams to submit..." September 15

  • Long-Term Injuries Represent Continued Opportunity For Cash-Rich Teams

    MSN.com "The NHL’s salary cap ceiling will be $81.5M for 2020-21 and will not increase until the league’s hockey-related revenue surpasses $3.3 billion once again. Even then, the number will grow slowly as the difference in escrow is slowly paid off. Despite that cap being the theoretical..." September 15

  • U.S. Hockey Hall Of Fame Announces 2020 Class

    Pro Football Rumors "The U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame has announced their newest class of inductees, as revealed by NBC Sports’ Eddie Olczyk, a U.S. Hall of Famer himself, before this evening’s Western Conference Final Game. The 2020 group is comprised of former NHL player and coach Tony..." September 14

  • NHL Issues Update On COVID-19 Testing

    Pro Hockey Rumors "As the NHL has done each Monday in recent weeks, they have released an update on the COVID-19 testing being done in the bubble cities.  For the seventh straight week, there have been zero positive tests.  Their statement reads as follows: The NHL completed the..." September 14

  • NHL General Manager of Year to be announced before Game 4 of West Final

    NHL.com "Winners of the 2020 NHL Awards presented by Las Vegas will be announced throughout the 2020 conference finals and 2020 Stanley Cup Final. The winner of the Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award will be announced Saturday by NBC, Sportsnet and TVA Sports during the pregame show..." September 12

  • Nick Bjugstad traded to Wild by Penguins for draft pick

    NHL.com "Nick Bjugstad was traded to the Minnesota Wild by the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday. Pittsburgh receives a conditional pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. The forward did not play this postseason because of a lower-body injury sustained March 10 against the New Jersey Devils...." September 11

  • NHL Announces Official Dates And Times For 2020 Draft, Opening Of Free Agency

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With the 2020 postseason proceeding ahead of schedule, there has been reporting and considerable speculation that the league would move up the dates of the delayed 2020 NHL Entry Draft and the beginning of the new league year and opening of free agency. The NHL has followed through on that..." September 11

  • At least 17 NHL teams have reduced pay amid COVID-19 crunch

    TSN "Winter is coming. More specifically, with no meaningful revenue incoming since mid-March and none on the immediate horizon, hockey’s long winter is approaching amid the uncertainty surrounding the 2020-21 NHL season. Meetings to slash expenditures, reduce payroll and set..." September 11

  • Bill Daly: NHL remains 'intent' on 82-game regular season

    Oilers Nation "The NHL has undoubtedly done an incredible job in executing the 2020 playoffs. After the league got put on pause when the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the league picked up and executed a 24-team playoff between two bubble cities, Edmonton and Toronto. Save..." September 10

  • 25 NHL trade candidates you’ll hear about this off-season

    Sportsnet "It’s hard to believe that we’re less than a month away from the Stanley Cup being awarded, but once that happens there will be a very short window to squeeze in a lot of key off-season dates. With the NHL draft moved to mid-week on Oct. 6 and 7, and free agency likely to follow on..." September 09

  • 5 off-season targets Jets could consider to bolster defence corps

    Sportsnet "If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery, what can the Winnipeg Jets learn from the four teams left standing in the Stanley Cup playoffs when it comes to rebuilding their defence corps? With free agency set to open in one month, restocking the blue line is at..." September 09

  • The Golden Knights somehow already have more playoff wins than these four NHL teams

    Bardown "Being a Vegas Golden Knights fan hasn’t exactly been difficult since they entered the league in 2017. The NHL’s second newest team has already reached a Stanley Cup Final and could be playing in a second if things work out for them in their Western Conference..." September 09

  • What we've learned during the NHL's restart

    The Score "Four teams remain in the hunt for the Stanley Cup, and the storylines that contextualize those clubs' pathways through the NHL bubbles are plentiful. The two secure zones have kept COVID-19 at bay, with no positive tests reported since teams gathered in Edmonton and Toronto six..." September 09

  • NHL free agency to begin on Oct. 9

    MSN.com "The NHL has moved the 2020 Draft ahead a couple of days, with the first round now scheduled for Oct. 6 and the remainder of the event taking place Oct. 7, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. " September 08

  • 2020 NHL Draft being rescheduled to Oct. 6-7

    Sportsnet "The 2020 NHL Draft is being moved ahead to Oct. 6 and 7, with the first round occurring on the former, per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman. " September 08

  • NHL statement on COVID-19 testing results

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League today released the following statement on COVID-19 testing results: The NHL completed the sixth week of its Phase 4 Return to Play with no positive test results for COVID-19 among the 2,534 tests administered. " September 07

  • Wild’s Matt Dumba named winner of 2020 King Clancy Memorial Trophy

    Sportsnet "Minnesota Wild defenceman Matt Dumba has been named the winner of the 2020 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, the NHL announced Sunday. The award is presented to the player “who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy..." September 07

  • NHL’s ability to navigate uncertainty has led to memorable Stanley Cup Playoffs

    Sportsnet "I was skeptical. And I was far from the only one. If anything stands out from the fog of lockdown life in April, it’s the genuine concern from those I’d speak with in various corners of the hockey world who felt the season would be lost. Those were..." September 06

  • NHL Awards winners to be revealed daily starting Sept. 6

    NHL.com "The National Hockey League announced today that it will reveal winners of 2020 NHL Awards presented by Las Vegas throughout the 2020 Conference Finals and 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Beginning this Sunday, Sept. 6, NBC Sports, Sportsnet and TVA Sports will announce winners during their..." September 05

  • How NHL players and coaches are managing 'cabin fever' in the bubble

    The Score "Tuukka Rask didn't reveal a whole lot when he opted out of the NHL restart. In a short statement released on his way out of the Eastern Conference bubble Aug. 15, the Bruins' No. 1 goalie said that despite the fact that he wanted to compete for a Stanley..." September 05

  • NHL launches anti-racism initiatives

    NBC Sports Chicago "On Thursday, the NHL announced several anti-racism initiatives, as well as efforts to promote inclusion. Among the extensive efforts the league will be taking, the NHL and the NHLPA are planning mandatory inclusion and diversity training for all NHL players, which will be..." September 03

  • Seven NHL teams set up to take advantage of a flat salary cap

    Sportsnet "Like anything else these days, this off-season in the NHL is setting up to be a fascinating one. The goaltender market is full of options, but not only that, the salary cap is staying flat. So while GMs would have previously planned their budgets on the assumption the cap would keep..." September 02

  • Women's hockey players' association adds Sarah Nurse to board to fix 'blind spot'

    ESPN "Wanting to "set the standard for inclusion" and show support for the Black Lives Matter movement, Liz Knox has resigned from the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association board so that Sarah Nurse, one of a handful of Black players in the organization, can take her..." September 02