Hockey Wiretap

NHLPA Rejects Offer To Extend CBA For Winter Olympics

Dec 3, 2016 1:19 AM

The NHL Players' Association, as anticipated, has rejected the league's proposal to extend the collective bargaining agreement three years in exchange for Olympic participation.

The news was the result largely expected from the moment the NHLPA received a verbal offer from the league, in large part because of the players' unhappiness with escrow payments in the CBA.

The union informed the NHL officially on Friday of the offer's rejection, an NHLPA spokesman told

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

Vegas Owner Defends Use Of 'Golden Knights'

Nov 30, 2016 4:01 PM

Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point but says that the naming of his NHL expansion team doesn't cross any lines with the U.S. Army, whose longtime elite parachute team also uses the nickname Golden Knights.

"I have complete respect for the US Army and all that it does for our nation," Foley told ESPN in an email after news surfaced that the U.S. Army was looking into the official naming of the 31st NHL franchise last week because of the shared nickname.

"Our development and use of the name Vegas Golden Knights was based upon Nevada being the largest gold producing state in the country and the golden tones of the Las Vegas strip," Foley wrote.

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

New Panthers Coach Tom Rowe Meets With Captain, Players

Nov 30, 2016 3:10 AM

New Florida coach Tom Rowe met with captain Derek MacKenzie and the rest of the Panthers' leadership on Monday. He talked to the whole team on Tuesday.

Rowe knows Gerard Gallant is well-liked in Florida's locker room, and Rowe wanted to be as transparent as possible on why the coach was let go just 22 games into the season.

"I came in and I told them, I said 'Listen, we're not going to change a whole lot. We need to tweak a few things,'" Rowe said.

"But if I came in here and wasn't sensitive to that, it just wouldn't work. I love our room. I love our leadership group, and we've got the right guys to help us get going."

Tags: Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor

Jackets Trade Goloubef To Avs For Stanton

Nov 29, 2016 3:06 AM

The Blue Jackets have traded defenseman Cody Goloubef to the Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Ryan Stanton, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced tonight. Stanton has been assigned to the Cleveland Monsters, Columbus' American Hockey League affiliate.

Stanton, 27, has appeared in 120 career NHL games, registering four goals and 23 assists for 27 points with 71 penalty minutes and a +14 plus/minus rating with Washington, Vancouver and Chicago. 

Goloubef, 26, was selected by the Blue Jackets in the second round of the 2008 NHL Draft and tallied 2-16-18 and 41 penalty minutes in 96 career NHL games with the club. He also picked up 20-57-77 and 254 penalty minutes in 217 career AHL games, including 2-5-7 and 22 penalty minutes in 16 games with Cleveland this season.

Press Release

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Jack Eichel Could Play For Sabres On Tuesday

Nov 28, 2016 2:47 PM

Sabres center Jack Eichel declared he's cleared every hurdle in recovering from a sprained left ankle, and coach Dan Bylsma said there's a possibility the center will make his season debut at Ottawa on Tuesday.

"We'll see," Bylsma said Monday, giving no guarantees that Eichel will play against the Senators. But Bylsma noted he was impressed by how the player performed during consecutive days of rigorous practices.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators, Injury, Misc Rumor

Panthers Fire Coach Gerard Gallant

Nov 28, 2016 1:17 AM

Gerard Gallant was a Coach of the Year finalist last season after guiding the Florida Panthers to a division title and the best regular season record in franchise history.

He made it through just 22 games this season, but then the Panthers decided a change was needed.

The team fired Gallant on Sunday night, a source confirmed to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun. The move was made after the Panthers' 3-2 loss at Carolina, which dropped Florida to 11-10-1 this season, good for only 10th in the Eastern Conference.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor

Canucks Sign Ben Hutton To Two-Year, $5.6M Deal

Nov 27, 2016 2:24 AM

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Ben Hutton to a two-year, $5.6 million contract extension, the team announced Thursday.

Tags: Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor, Signing

Matt Carle Retires From NHL

Nov 27, 2016 2:20 AM

Veteran defenseman Matt Carle is retiring after playing for four different NHL teams, most recently the Nashville Predators.

The 32-year-old Carle announced his retirement Friday in a news release sent by the Predators. Carle played six games for Nashville this season and had one assist.

Tags: Nashville Predators, San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor

Las Vegas Expansion Team Named 'Vegas Golden Knights'

Nov 23, 2016 12:57 AM

Five months after being awarded an NHL franchise, Las Vegas' expansion team finally has a name. The Vegas Golden Knights will be the city's first major professional sports team when they begin play in the 2017-18 season.

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley made the announcement, alongside NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and team general manager George McPhee, in front of a raucous crowd outside the recently constructed T-Mobile Arena, the team's new home, located just off the Las Vegas Strip.

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

Rangers Claim Matt Puempel Off Waivers From Senators

Nov 22, 2016 5:19 PM

New York Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has claimed forward Matt Puempel off waivers.
Puempel, 23, has skated in 13 games with the Ottawa Senators this season, registering 12 shots on goal and seven penalty minutes.

He has posted a plus/minus rating of even or better in nine of the 13 contests he has played in 2016-17.
Puempel has skated in 52 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2014-15 – 2016-17), all with Ottawa, registering four goals and two assists for six points, along with 24 penalty minutes.

Tags: New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Sharks, Brent Burns Agree To Eight-Year Extension
Brent Burns leads the Sharks this season with seven goals and has nine assists in 19 games.

NHL Announces New 'John Scott Rule' For All-Star Voting
The NHL will disqualify players from being named All-Star captains if they are injured or sent to the AHL.

Steven Stamkos Out Four Months After Knee Surgery
Lightning coach Jon Cooper feels that Steven Stamkos will be back in time for the playoffs in April.

Ducks Trade Sgarbossa To Panthers For Shaw
Logan Shaw has five goals and two assists in 53 games with the Panthers.

Steven Stamkos Out Indefinitely
Lightning star Steven Stamkos has suffered a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee.

Press Release

Steven Stamkos To Have Injured Leg Examined
Lightning star Steven Stamkos is leaving the team's current road trip to have his right leg examined in Tampa.

QB Russell Wilson Joins Seattle Investment Group
An investment group led by Chris Hansen is working on building an NBA/NHL arena in Seattle's SODO neighborhood.

NHL To Meet With IIHF To Discuss 2018 Olympics
Time is running out to make a decision on NHL players playing in the next Winter Games.

Coyotes Complete Deal For New Arena
The Coyotes expect the new 16,000-plus-seat area to be ready for the start of the 2019-20 season.

Flyers Tried To Lure Eric Lindros Out Of Retirement
The comeback offer to former Flyers' star Eric Lindros came five years after his retirement from the NHL.

Las Vegas Team Will Unveil Name, Logo On November 22
Team owner Bill Foley has said the NHL expansion team would be called "something Knights."

Rangers Trade McIlrath To Panthers For Kampfer, Draft Pick
Steven Kampfer will add depth to the Rangers' defense.

Jets, Jacob Trouba Agree To Two-Year Deal
Jacob Trouba has signed a two-year deal with the Jets worth a total of $6M.

NHL Names Kucherov, Crawford, Hayes 'Three Stars'
Nikita Kucherov shared the League lead with 3-47 in three contests to guide the Lightning to five out of a possible six standings points and second place in the Atlantic Division.

Jaromir Jagr Listed Day-To-Day With Groin Injury
Panthers RW Jaromir Jagr left Saturday's game with the Capitals after feeling a cramp in his groin.

Zach Bogosian Out Indefinitely With Sprained MCL
Defenseman Zach Bogosian was hurt in the Sabres win at Minnesota on Tuesday.

Pens Trade Mike Condon To Senators For Draft Pick
Penguins goalie Matt Murray is returning to the ice after missing the start of the season.

Red Wings Re-Acquire Martin Frk Off Waivers
The Wings have claimed Martin Frk off waivers from the Hurricanes, and assigned him to Grand Rapids.

Ales Hemsky Out Five To Six Months After Hip Surgery
The Stars have announced that Ales Hemsky underwent surgery for a torn labrum in his hip.

Zach Parise Week-To-Week With Lower Body Injury
The Wild say Zach Parise was injured during a 4-0 win over Buffalo on Thursday.