Hockey Wiretap

Trotz: Despite The Win, One Of Our 'Sloppier' Games

Mar 28, 2015 1:24 AM

Even if a win is a win is a win, Capitals coach Barry Trotz gave a rather blunt and unflattering assessment of his team's performance in this particular victory.

"I didn't think we had a real hard work ethic, weren't diligent on our responsibilities, and that was probably one of our sloppier games," Trotz said.

Trotz said the Capitals "got two lucky goals" en route to beating the Devils 3-2 on Thursday night.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

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Pronger Now Eligible For Hockey Hall Of Fame

Mar 27, 2015 1:18 AM

Chris Pronger is officially eligible for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame, according to an report.

The Hockey Hall of Fame's general voting members ratified new bylaws Wednesday which, among other things, introduced new language for the three-year waiting period for eligible players.

The new language resolved any ambiguity as it pertained to players who haven't played in three years but might still be getting paid and haven't officially retired due to salary-cap reasons in the NHL. Pronger, 40, is a prime example, having last played in November 2011 and whose career ended earlier than expected because of post-concussion issues.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Judge Denies NHLs Motion To Dismiss Concussion Litigation

Mar 26, 2015 12:48 AM

A judge in U.S. District Court in Minnesota denied the NHL's motion for dismissal in the current concussion litigation facing the league.

The suit was brought on behalf of several former NHL players. It alleged the NHL to be responsible for the "pathological and debilitating effects of brain injuries" caused by concussions that the former players suffered in their careers.

The NHL attempted to get the case thrown out by arguing both time-sensitivity and jurisdictional issues. The league also claimed the suit was not "adequately pled."

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

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FBI Investigates Threats Against Nick Leddy

Mar 25, 2015 3:19 PM

The FBI is investigating social media threats made against Islanders defenseman Nick Leddy.

FBI spokesman J. Peter Donald confirmed the investigation in an email Wednesday to The Associated Press.

Islanders spokesman Kimber Auerbach said Leddy and his family are safe and the NHL has been alerted to the situation.

Tags: New York Islanders, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Henrik Lundqvist Hopes To Play This Weekend

Mar 25, 2015 1:15 AM

Henrik Lundqvist joined his Rangers teammates on the ice Tuesday morning for the first time since early February and said that he hopes to play in a game this weekend.

"That's my goal," Lundqvist said after skating and facing shots for about an hour.

The Rangers play Saturday in Boston, but it's perhaps more likely that Lundqvist would return for the Sunday afternoon home game against the Capitals.

Tags: New York Rangers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Avs Sign Mason Geertsen To Entry Deal

Mar 25, 2015 2:40 AM

The Avalanche announced today that the team has signed defenseman Mason Geertsen to a three-year, entry-level contract. 

Geertsen, 19, just completed his 2014-15 season with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, where he led all team defensemen in scoring with 38 points  in 69 games. .
“Mason is coming off a strong junior season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President/GM Joe Sakic. “We are pleased to have him under contract and look forward to seeing him at training camp.”
Selected by Colorado in the fourth round (93rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Geertsen has recorded 78 points (19g/59a) and 437 PIM in 245 career WHL games. The Drayton Valley, Alberta native served as an alternate captain for Vancouver in each of the past two seasons.

Press Release

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Canucks Sign Chris Tanev To Extension

Mar 24, 2015 2:43 PM

The Canucks have signed defenseman Chris Tanev to a five-year contract extension.

The deal is worth $22.25 million, a source told's Pierre LeBrun.

"Chris has developed into an excellent NHL defenseman and is an extremely important part of our team," Canucks GM Jim Benning said Tuesday in a statement announcing the deal.

Tags: Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Pascal Dupuis Ruled Out For Season

Mar 24, 2015 2:06 AM

Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis has been ruled out of the regular season and the playoffs while getting treatment for blood clots.

Dupuis, 35, hasn't played since beginning treatment for blood clots in November. The team initially held out hope that Dupuis could return for the postseason. He is prohibited from contact while taking blood thinners to treat the condition.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Injury, Misc Rumor

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NHLPA Will Consider Three Potential Major Rule Changes

Mar 19, 2015 1:26 AM

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The NHL Players' Association spent the final day of this week's general managers meetings gathering information about three major rule changes to bring back to its constituency.

The NHLPA was presented with three potential rule changes that could be implemented starting with the 2015-16 season: 3-on-3 overtime, coach's challenges and a new face-off rule that would require the defensive player to put his stick on the ice first during face-offs, including those in the neutral zone.

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Lundqvist Practicing, But Will Need Another Week

Mar 19, 2015 1:32 AM

As anxious as he is to return to playing for the Rangers, Henrik Lundqvist said Wednesday that he agrees he'll need at least a week of practice before he's ready to play in a game.

"I want to take the first week and skate with the guys and get more speed, and then we'll take it from there," said Lundqvist, who hasn't played since Feb. 2 because of a blood vessel in his neck that was damaged when he was hit by a shot. "I don't want to rush back."

Tags: New York Rangers, Injury, Misc Rumor

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NHL Suspends Nazem Kadri Four Games
Nazem Kadri has been suspended four games for his hit to the head of Matt Fraser.

Kings Bring Back Mike Richards From AHL
Mike Richards played 16 games with the Kings' AHL affiliate.

Maple Leafs Sign Casey Bailey To Two-Year Entry Deal
Casey Bailey, 23, scored 22 goals in 36 games this season for Penn State.

Press Release

Trembly: Arresting Officer "Was Being Petty" Like Subban
Mario Trembly said the arresting officer was making a poor decision during a DWI stop.

Leafs Sign Nikita Soshnikov To Entry Deal
Nikita Soshnikov skated in 57 games with Moscow Oblast Atlant this season, scoring 14 goals.

Press Release

Jagr Moves Into Fifth On Career Goal List
Jaromir Jagr scored the 718th goal of his NHL career on Thursday night.

Sharks GM Wilson Backs Thornton
Sharks GM Doug Wilson says that Joe Thornton will remain in San Jose.

Henrik Lundqvist Medically Cleared To Practice
Henrik Lundqvist has missed the last six weeks with a vascular injury to his neck.

NHL May Introduce 3-On-3 OTs, Coach's Challenge
The overtime rules must be approved by the NHL's competition committee.

NHL GMs Discuss Goaltender Interference, Diving
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said his small group is open to implementing change.

NHL Names Jackets' Scott Hartnell 'First Star' Of The Week
Scott Hartnell scored five goals in four games last week to lead the Jackets to a 3-1-0 record.

Press Release

Thornton, Sharks Owner, GM Clear The Air
Joe Thornton and Sharks GM Doug Wilson have reconciled on a professional basis.

San Jose Mercury News

GMs To Discuss Goaltending, Three-On-Three OT
The NHL general managers will meet in Boca Raton to discuss video review of goaltender interference and 3-on-3 overtime.

Kadri Ready To Move On From Three-Game Ban
Nazem Kadri says he was "humiliated" but has learned from the ordeal.

Joe Thornton Fires Back At Sharks GM Doug Wilson
"I think Doug just needs to shut his mouth," Joe Thornton told the San Jose Mercury News on Friday.

Blues Give Hitchcock His 700th Regular-Season Victory
The Blues edged the Flyers 1-0 in a shootout on Thursday night.

Boychuck Signs Seven-Year Extension With Isles
Johnny Boychuck has seven goals and 25 assists in 59 games with the Islanders this season.

Rangers Beat Caps To Take Division Lead
The Rangers defeated the Capitals by the score of 3-1 on Wednesday night.

Leafs Will Sit Kadri For Next Two Games
Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri will sit the next two games as a healthy scratch.

Rangers Sign Adam Tambellini To Entry Deal
Adam Tambellini has skated in 65 games with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL this season, scoring 45 goals.

Press Release