Hockey Wiretap

Raffi Torres Suspended 41 Games For Hit On Silfverberg

Oct 6, 2015 12:20 AM

Raffi Torres has received the NHL's longest ever suspension for a hit on another player.

The NHL banned Torres for the first 41 games of the season for an illegal check to the head of Jakob Silfverberg.

Torres' latest infraction resulted from a hit in a preseason game Saturday. He was ejected with 7:15 left in the first period. Silfverberg did not return to the game either.


Torres waived the right to an in-person hearing and has until Wednesday to decide if he wants to appeal the suspension.

The previous longest suspension for player-on-player violence was a 30-game suspension to Chris Simon of the New York Islanders in December 2007 for stomping on the skate of Pittsburgh forward Jarkko Ruutu.

Torres will forfeit $440,860 in salary for the suspension. The money goes to the players' emergency assistance fund.


Tags: Anaheim Ducks, San Jose Sharks

Discuss Buy Tickets
Jaromir Jagr Bringing Back Trademark Mullet

Oct 5, 2015 4:00 PM

Jaromir Jagr is 43, still playing in the NHL with the Florida Panthers and is bringing back his trademark mullet.

"I have to," said Jagr.

Jagr was the fifth overall pick in the 1990 NHL Draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins and was traded to the Panthers in 2015.

Hemal Jhaveri/USA Today

Tags: Florida Panthers

Discuss Buy Tickets
NHL Teams Waiving Players On Big Contracts

Oct 5, 2015 2:30 PM

NHL teams are waiving players with big contracts before opening night.

The Philadelphia Flyers waived defenseman Andrew MacDonald and the Calgary Flames waived Mason Raymond amid a flurry of transactions.

MacDonald has five years left on his contract at a salary-cap hit of $5 million. He'll still count $4.05 million against Philadelphia's cap even if he's sent to the American Hockey League. Raymond, caught in the Flames' logjam at forward, has two years left at a cap hit of $3.15 million.

The Boston Bruins waived forward Max Talbot, and the Winnipeg Jets waived defenseman Jay Harrison. Goaltender Dustin Tokarski was put on waivers by the Montreal Canadiens, with Mike Condon winning the backup job behind Carey Price. Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tim Erixon was waived by the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Edmonton Oilers already made their money-saving moves, sending defenseman Nikita Nikitin and goalie Ben Scrivens to the minor leagues after they cleared. Nikitin has one year left at a cap hit of $4.5 million; Scrivens has a year left at $2.3 million.


Discuss Buy Tickets
Mike Weaver Retires After 11 NHL Seasons

Oct 5, 2015 2:28 PM

Mike Weaver has retired at the age of 37 after 11 seasons in the NHL.

Weaver announced his retirement Monday in a statement by the NHL Players' Association, saying he ''never could have imagined'' such a career.

Weaver also played for the Atlanta Thrashers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers. Undrafted out of Michigan State, Weaver helped Montreal reach the Eastern Conference finals in the 2013-14 season.


Discuss Buy Tickets
Tomas Fleischmann Signs One-Year Deal With Canadiens

Oct 5, 2015 2:27 PM

Tomas Fleischmann and the Canadiens agreed to a one-year contract reportedly worth $750,000 on Sunday.

Fleischmann, 31, played 66 games with the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15, scoring eight times and adding 19 assists.

Fleischmann has 123 goals and 187 assists in 581 regular-season games with the Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, Panthers and Ducks. He added four goals and five assists in 35 playoff games.


Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Discuss Buy Tickets
Coyotes Assign Dylan Strome To OHL

Oct 5, 2015 2:26 PM

The Arizona Coyotes have assigned Dylan Strome to Erie of the OHL.

Arizona used the third overall pick in the 2015 draft on Strome, behind Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Jack Eichel of Buffalo.

Strome made an impressive case to begin the season with Arizona.


Tags: Phoenix Coyotes

Discuss Buy Tickets
Hurricanes Sign Eddie Lack To Two-Year Extension

Oct 3, 2015 10:04 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes and goalie Eddie Lack have agreed to a two-year contract extension.

The deal announced Saturday will pay Lack $2.5 million next season and $3 million in 2017-18. He is entering the final year of a deal that will pay him $1.3 million this season.

Lack spent the preseason competing with Cam Ward for the starting position in goal for the Hurricanes.


Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Misc Rumor, Signing

Discuss Buy Tickets
Zdeno Chara Has No Timetable For Return

Oct 1, 2015 4:48 PM

Zdeno Chara returned to the ice this week after sustaining an undisclosed upper body injury in a Sept. 24 exhibition game against the New York Rangers. But he's been skating alone, before his teammates take the ice.

Asked about his progress at media day on Thursday, Chara said, ''I skated today.'' Asked if he was able to shoot pucks yet, Chara repeated, ''I skated today.''

Chara said he can't put a timetable on his return as he tries to recover from an undisclosed injury.

''Today was better than it was yesterday,'' he said. ''If it keeps improving, we'll see how it's going to be next week.''

Jimmy Golen/AP

Tags: Boston Bruins, Injury

Discuss Buy Tickets
Wild Claim Chris Porter Off Waivers

Oct 1, 2015 4:47 PM

The Minnesota Wild have claimed left wing Chris Porter off waivers from Philadelphia.

The move was made Thursday before the Wild's final exhibition game against Buffalo. Porter signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers but was one of their final training camp cuts. The native of Toronto has played in 173 NHL games, all with St. Louis over parts of the past six seasons. Porter played in three playoff games for the Blues last spring in the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Wild.

The 31-year-old Porter was a teammate of Wild star Zach Parise at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault, Minnesota, and in college with North Dakota. Porter and Parise attended each other's weddings.


Tags: Minnesota Wild, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Discuss Buy Tickets
Sharks Waiting To Name Team Captain

Sep 30, 2015 5:32 PM

The San Jose Sharks will name a captain before their season-opener against the Los Angeles Kings on Oct. 7, first-year coach Peter DeBoer said.

When that captain will be named is still unknown, although "it won't be the morning of the [Kings] game," DeBoer said. "I'll give [the media] a little more notice."

DeBoer has had a number of players serve as alternate captains during preseason games, among them forwards Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Patrick Marleau, and defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. Marleau and Thornton previously have been Sharks captains.

"We've kind of spread it out amongst a group of guys that I think are all part of the leadership committee here," DeBoer said. "There wasn't a ton of thought put into it. The guys who have worn the 'A' in preseason are the guys who are, for me, a part of that leadership group that's here.

"I'm very happy with the leadership here. Real impressed with how they come to work every day, the professionalism, how serious they are. There's a lot of good things in that area here."

Tags: San Jose Sharks

Discuss Buy Tickets
Jordan Eberle Out 4-6 Weeks With Shoulder Injury
Jordan Eberle was the Oilers' top scorer last season with 63 points (24 goals, 39 assists) in 81 games.


Leafs Assign First Round Pick Mitch Marner To OHL
Mitch Marner was selected fourth overall in the June draft.


Las Vegas, Quebec City Moving Closer In Expansion Bids
Las Vegas and Quebec City are moving closer in their bids to land a NHL franchise.

Larry Lage/AP

Brent Seabrook Signs Eight-Year, $55M Extension With Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

Scott Powers/ESPN

Leafs Sign Brad Boyes To One-Year Deal
Brad Boyes was originally invited to training camp with Toronto on a professional try-out.

Zdeno Chara Day-To-Day With Upper Body Injury
Zdeno Chara played three shifts and logged 1:57 of ice time before he suffered the injury.

Joe McDonald/ESPN

Prosecutor: Mother Of Kane's Accuser Lied About Bag
Thomas Eoannou said he was still confident in the accuser's allegations against Patrick Kane.


Islanders Name George McPhee Special Adviser To Garth Snow
George McPhee served as the Capitals' general manager for 17 seasons beginning in 1997-98.


Dennis Seidenberg Out Eight Weeks With Back Surgery
Dennis Seidenberg will have surgery Thursday to repair a lumbar spine disk herniation and will be sidelined approximately eight weeks.

Joe McDonald/ESPN

Kane's Accuser's Attorney: Rape Kit Left On Mother's Doorstep
Thomas Eoannou said the bag at one point contained the rape kit used when the woman reported that she had been assaulted.


Seidenberg To Have Back Surgery, Will Miss Eight Weeks
Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg suffered the back injury during an offseason workout.

Avs, Erik Johnson Agree To Seven-Year Deal
Erik Johnson scored 12 goals last season for the Avs, despite missing the final 34 games with a knee injury.

John Tortorella To Coach U.S. At 2016 World Cup
John Tortorella has 446 victories as an NHL head coach.

Ducks Sign Goalie John Gibson To Three-Year Deal
John Gibson's deal is worth an average of $2.3M per season.

Oilers Sign Oscar Klefbom To Seven-Year Extension
Oscar Klefbom, 20, scored two goals in 60 games for the Oilers last season.

Report: Lack Of DNA Evidence In Kane's Case
Patrick Kane on Thursday said he had "done nothing wrong" and that he expected to be absolved.

Blackhawks Re-Sign Michal Rozsival To One-Year Deal
Michal Rozsival scored one goal and had 12 assists over 65 games for the Blackhawks last season.

Coyotes Sign Stefan Elliott To One-Year Deal
Stefan Elliott went scoreless in five games with the Avalanche last season.

Fans Support Kane On Opening Day Of Camp
An estimated crowd of 4,000 people showed their support for Patrick Kane on Friday during the first day of camp at Notre Dame.

Wings Prospect Jerome Verrier Breaks Leg
Jerome Verrier collided with Darren Helm during the training camp's first ten minutes.

Check out RealGM Hockey on LockerDome on LockerDome