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  • What the heck is going on with Matt Dumba?

    Hockey Wilderness "It’s officially been over a decade since an NHL defenseman scored 30-plus goals in a single season — Mike Green, playing for the Washington Capitals during the 2008-09 season, was the last to pull off the feat. But Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt..." December 13

  • Hockey's moment of reckoning is in its infancy

    TSN "Fifteen days after Akim Aliu’s seismic tweet, an aftershock sent another shiver through the NHL when the Dallas Stars fired coach Jim Montgomery Tuesday for what the team called “unprofessional conduct.”   These two and a half weeks have shaken the..." December 12

  • 6 Canadiens trade targets to help shore up the blue line

    Sportsnet "The 2019-20 campaign appears to be slipping away from the Montreal Canadiens. After missing out on the post-season two years in a row, the Canadiens currently sit two points out of third place in their division, and five points out of a wild-card spot. They’re fresh off an..." December 11

  • Latest On Salary Cap Ceiling For 2020-21

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Though NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wouldn’t give a specific salary cap range estimate for the 2020-21 season, Pierre LeBrun took the pulse of the league’s board of governors. LeBrun shared those thoughts on TSN today: "They had their..." December 10

  • Four teams that could take a shot on trading for Alex Galchenyuk

    Sportsnet "When Alex Galchenyuk first landed in Pittsburgh this past off-season, a returning asset to the Penguins in exchange for Phil Kessel going to Arizona, there was a lot of anticipation for the one-time 30-goal scorer to regain that offensive level alongside Evgeni Malkin. But..." December 10

  • NBA Schedule Change Ideas Should Also Be Considered By NHL

    Featurd "The NBA is proposing radical changes to the league’s schedule. These alterations would dramatically reshape the regular season, mess with tradition and completely alter the status quo. They’re also fabulous suggestions. Hopefully, the NHL is listening as..." December 10

  • Potential 2021 World Cup Of Hockey Cancelled

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The NHL had been hoping to pull off another World Cup of Hockey in February of 2021, but commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters today including Chris Johnston of Sportsnet that the idea is now dead. The league will hold an All-Star game instead, though Pierre LeBrun..." December 10

  • Gary Bettman: Teams to face 'severe discipline' for not reporting incidents

    The Score "Gary Bettman is shedding some light on what the NHL plans to do to address inappropriate behavior by its coaches and those involved in the game. On Monday after the league's Board of Governors meetings in California, the commissioner laid out the initial steps the NHL will take in..." December 10

  • Sizing Up The Backup Goalie Trade Market

    Pro Hockey Rumors "With many teams hovering around the 30 games played mark, they’ve had a good chance to assess their goaltending situation.  While starters moving at this point of the season is rare, there could be some opportunities for teams to change their backups in an effort to shore up their..." December 10

  • NHL Seattle could unveil logos, colors in February

    NHL.com "NHL Seattle could reveal logo designs and colors at the same time it announces the name of the League's 32nd team in February or March, president and CEO Tod Leiweke said following his presentation to the NHL Board of Governors on Monday. "We think so, but we're still..." December 09

  • These are Wild times in Minnesota

    Pro Hockey Talk "Expectations surrounding the Minnesota Wild were pretty low heading into this year. They were old, fired general manager Paul Fenton after he was allowed to sign players last summer, and they missed the playoffs by seven points in 2018-19. So, forgive the hockey world if they didn’t..." December 06

  • Mikko Koivu placed on injured reserve by Wild

    Nano News "Mikko Koivu was placed on injured reserve by the Minnesota Wild on Friday because of a lower-body injury. The 36-year-old forward has 12 points (two goals, 10 assists) in 28 games this season, and he played his 1,000th NHL game against the Dallas Stars on Sunday. Koivu,..." December 06

  • Snoop Dogg now featured in ‘NHL 20’ as color analyst, player

    Sportress of Blogitude "Snoop Dogg, one of the biggest celebrity NHL fans on the planet, is now a featured character in to “NHL 20,” both as a color analyst and more strangely, as a playable character. EA Sports has been hinting at Snoop’s inclusion in the latest iteration of the..." December 06

  • Report: NHLPA accused of covering up theft of over $100K from union funds

    Yahoo! Sports "A former technical support analyst for the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) alleges that the NHLPA covered up a theft exceeding $100,000 in union funds by one of its executives, according to a lawsuit filed in Ontario Superior Court. TSN’s Rick..." December 05

  • Pittsburgh’s Primanti Brothers restaurant honors ‘Doc’ Emrick

    NBC Sports "One of the ultimate signs of respect from the city of Pittsburgh is when Primanti Brothers, the local sandwich shop known for piling mountains of french fries and cole slaw on its sandwiches, names something after you. NBC Sports announcer ‘Doc’ Emrick recently had that..." December 05

  • Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Jake Muzzin and the secondary NHL free agents due for significant raises in 2020

    Sporting News "Over the course of this season, the status of the top pending unrestricted free agents will garner growing interest among fans and pundits. The contract talks of the best potentially available talent, such as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and St. Louis Blues..." December 05

  • 'Still a long way to go,' but women are gaining ground with new roles in the NHL

    USA Today "Caley Chelios is a story in Tampa because she is a female radio analyst working for an NHL team. The bigger story is Chelios, 26, is a broadcasting wunderkind with national potential. “She is as knowledgeable as anyone I talk to in the game,” Lightning coach Jon..." December 05

  • Manon Rhéaume will be honoured with statue in Quebec City

    CBC "Manon Rhéaume, the first woman to play in the NHL, will be immortalized outside Quebec City's Videotron Centre. Next year, a life-size bronze statue of the former goalie will go up at place Jean-Béliveau, right outside the arena. As a child,..." December 05

  • Wild's Jared Spurgeon out 2 weeks, Mikko Koivu day-to-day

    ESPN "The Minnesota Wild will be without defenseman Jared Spurgeon for about two weeks, while team captain Mikko Koivu is considered day-to-day after both players were injured during Tuesday's win over the Florida Panthers. " December 04

  • Seattle NHL expansion team energized on one-year anniversary

    NHL.com "It has been one year since the NHL announced expansion to Seattle on Dec. 4, 2018. The arena is under construction. The team has no name, logo or colors, let alone coaches or players. It won't begin play until 2021-22.  Yet, since Oct. 30, the first season-ticket..." December 04

  • Greg Pateryn Sent To AHL On Conditioning Assignment

    Pro Hockey Rumors "The Minnesota Wild could be getting a veteran defenseman back soon, as Greg Pateryn has been assigned to the Iowa Wild on a conditioning assignment. The 29-year old had bilateral core muscle repair at the beginning of October and hasn’t played at all this season. " December 03

  • Coach Behavior To Be Main Topic At NHL Board Of Governors Meetings

    Pro Hockey Rumors "It has been a whirlwind few weeks in the NHL coaching ranks. After the Toronto Maple Leafs fired head coach Mike Babcock back on November 20, several former players used the opportunity to criticize the veteran coach’s tactics and the way he treated some of his players. Former..." December 03

  • Akim Aliu says ‘big change coming’ after meeting with NHL

    Sportsnet "Akim Aliu believes some much-needed change is coming to the NHL. The former Calgary Flames forward met with commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly on Tuesday, and told reporters after the meeting that he’s excited to see that change come..." December 03

  • Why the NHL might finally be ripe for a European coach

    Sportsnet "Rikard Gronborg believes it’s only a matter of time. And with the disturbing crackling of the old boys coaching network in recent days, the most qualified coaching candidate outside of North America might be on to something. Nineteen years have passed since the last..." December 03

  • Ignore the negative noise, this is hockey’s reckoning

    Sportsnet "It’s great that hockey’s having this moment, that topics such as inclusion, bullying and hazing have been pushed into the forefront by the forced resignation of Bill Peters as head coach of the Calgary Flames stemming from allegations of racial epithets dating back to his time as a..." December 02

  • Mikko Koivu model of consistency with Wild, to play 1,000th NHL game

    NHL.com "Mikko Koivu does not want to spend much time discussing personal achievements. Bring up the fact that the Minnesota Wild center will play in his 1,000th NHL game against the Dallas Stars on Sunday (3 p.m. ET; ESPN+, FS-N, FS-WI, FS-SW+, NHL.TV), and you'll be met with the..." December 01

  • How Matt Dumba’s Red Deer stint helped set him up for NHL success

    Sportsnet "To many, Red Deer, Alta., has long been a rest stop along the journey. A place to fuel up. In Matt Dumba’s case, it was a staging locale. There was so much more to Red Deer than Dumba thought when he was drafted in the 2009 Bantam Draft by the Western Hockey League’s..." November 29

  • Report: Akim Aliu, NHL meeting to discuss hockey's cultural issues

    Yahoo! Sports "Akim Aliu brought past racist comments by now-former Calgary Flames head coach Bill Peters into the public eye earlier this week and will reportedly meet with the NHL to discuss hockey’s cultural problems. According to Gare Joyce of Sportsnet, the two parties will have..." November 29

  • Ice wizards: NHL stars are embracing their creative side

    NBC Sports "Matthew Tkachuk watched Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov from 20 feet away and knew something special was about to happen. Svechnikov picked the puck up behind the net, cradled it on the end of his stick and rammed it past the goaltender from behind the net. Someone..." November 28

  • 8 Oilers trade targets to help improve the club’s depth scoring

    Sportsnet "Depending on how you look at it, the Oilers either house one of the game’s elite offences, or one in desperate need of help. On one hand, they’re led by the top two scorers in the league, with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl amassing an absurd 95 combined points through..." November 28

  • NHL admits Devils' goal vs. Wild shouldn't have counted

    The Score "On paper, New Jersey Devils rookie Jesper Boqvist scored his first career NHL goal Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild. In reality, it shouldn't have counted. The NHL admitted Boqvist's goal should have been overturned when Wild head coach Bruce..." November 27

  • NHL Seattle should most certainly pursue Mike Babcock next year if he’s still available

    Seattle Times "We’ve got this season’s first big-name coaching casualty in Mike Babcock, a Toronto Maple Leafs castoff NHL Seattle should take a serious look at. Those familiar with junior hockey will remember “Babs’’ as a highly decorated Spokane Chiefs..." November 27

  • Mats Zuccarello ready for fans’ reception ahead of MSG return

    Pro Hockey Talk "Mats Zuccarello wasn’t surprised that his nearly decade-long relationship with the Rangers ended at last season’s trade deadline, he just wishes the lines of communication between his camp and the team were a little better. “It was tough to accept because..." November 25

  • Mats Zuccarello on trade from Rangers: ‘The communication wasn’t really there’

    Sportsnet "After logging more than 500 games with the New York Rangers over a near-decade-long stretch with the storied club, former fan favourite Mats Zuccarello will make his return to Madison Square Garden Monday night. But while the 32-year-old figures to receive a warm..." November 25

  • Meet the man behind some of hockey's most legendary images

    Sportsnet "For 45 years, Bruce Bennett has captured hockey's greatest players, teams and memories, and shaped the way we see the game Acouple of hours before ticketholders start to file into TD Garden for Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, Bruce Bennett is setting up remote cameras at..." November 24

  • Gambles on goaltending are proving to be losing bets for many NHL GMs

    Yahoo! Sports "Coming into the season, much was made of San Jose’s decision to roll its two goalies from last year once again. Understandably so. The Sharks had the worst goaltending in the league, and to gamble that they would turn it around was risky at best, especially given the age of many..." November 21

  • Why punching your opponent in hockey is fine but spitting on him is not

    The Guardian "When done properly, a hockey fight between two (or more) consenting adults is a beautiful tradition with its own rules. There’s a disagreement between opposing players due to a rough hit or perceived dirty play – either in the immediate moments before a fight or in a prior meeting...." November 21

  • NHL stars carrying the biggest offensive burden for their teams

    ESPN "An exercise I do every season is looking at which players played the biggest role in their team's overall offensive production. While the raw list of scoring leaders is a good starting point and features a collection of the league's most prolific offensive players, it also doesn't..." November 21

  • ‘Blow the damn whistle’: The NHL has to stop letting player safety depend on referees’ judgment calls

    Russian Machine Never Breaks "The NHL has a problem. “Matt Calvert is helpless at the top of the circle—there’s blood still down all over the Avalanche zone!—and they don’t blow the whistle.” Avalanche commentators Mark Moser and Peter McNab were..." November 21

  • Wild’s personal ‘GEEK Squad’ helping Minnesota fix problems

    Twin Cities "Maybe the Wild have found their own personal GEEK Squad to fix their problems. Not to be confused with the techies that work for Best Buy, Jordan Greenway, Joel Eriksson Ek and Luke Kunin are helping Minnesota find its legs after a difficult start — and coach Bruce Boudreau..." November 20

  • NHL renames GM of the Year award after late Jim Gregory

    CBS Sports "On Tuesday, the NHL announced that the annual award presented to the top general manager in the league will be renamed to honor the late Jim Gregory who was best known for his time with the Toronto Maple Leafs. According to NHL.com, after presenting the new name in Toronto..." November 20

  • Odds to replace Don Cherry on 'Coach's Corner'

    The Score "When Sportsnet made the decision to fire Don Cherry, it vacated the biggest seat on one of the nation's longest-running television broadcasts, Hockey Night in Canada. Following one of the most divisive decisions in the network's history, the entire nation awaits its next move...." November 20

  • NHL GMs to re-examine offside specifics at March meeting

    Sportsnet "The NHL is going to take another run at tweaking its offside rule. The league’s general managers shot down a proposed change 2 1/2 years ago that would have seen an attacking player deemed onside if his skate was in the air above the blue line — but not on the ice —..." November 19

  • Seattle NHL expansion team 'getting close' to announcing nickname

    NHL.com "Seattle general manager Ron Francis said he hopes the NHL expansion team will announce its name in the first quarter or first half of next year. "I think we're getting close," Francis said at the PrimeTime Sports Management Conference on Tuesday. "But there's..." November 19

  • Who will make up the 2020 Hockey Hall of Fame class?

    Pro Hockey Talk "The 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class has been inducted, with Hayley Wickenheiser, Guy Carbonneau, Sergei Zubov, Vaclav Nedomansky, Jim Rutherford, and Jerry York getting enshrined in Toronto. With that, it’s time to turn the page and take a look at who Hall of Fame chairman Lanny..." November 19

  • Why is Jason Zucker struggling to score goals?

    Hockey Wilderness "Stop me if you’ve heard this one before — a Minnesota Wild player is creating a ton of high-quality scoring chances, but just can’t seem to put most of those chances in the back of the net. In fact, this could apply to almost any player on the Wild’s..." November 18

  • Don Cherry comes back with a new show

    Toronto Sun "They may have knocked Don Cherry to the ice with a hit he didn’t see coming. Now watch him get back up. You people out there who want the 85-year-old Cherry back, here’s the news you have been hoping for.  You people who wanted him to fade away are out of..." November 18

  • Gary Bettman talks puck tracking, CBA, Matt Calvert injury non-whistle

    Sportsnet "More than 20 years after a glowing puck gave hockey one of its best inside jokes, intimate puck-tracking technology is inching closer toward being part of the everyday game experience. Speaking at the Prime Time Sports and Entertainment Sports Management Conference on Monday morning,..." November 18

  • Ron MacLean addresses his Hockey Night in Canada future

    Yahoo! Sports "There’s plenty of uncertainty heading into the first Hockey Night in Canada broadcast since Don Cherry’s termination on Nov. 11 but one of the biggest questions was answered Friday. Ron MacLean, Cherry’s longtime co-host on Coach’s..." November 16

  • Paul Bissonnette to get chance to back up lacrosse boast

    NBC Sports "Paul Bissonnette will have a chance to back up his lacrosse boast. Two days after tweeting that he could make a National Lacrosse League team without having ever played a game, the former NHL player signed a professional tryout Friday with the Vancouver..." November 16