Hockey Wiretap

Bettman: Concessions Needed Before Sending Players To Olympics

Mar 24, 2017 5:46 PM

The International Olympic Committee and hockey's governing body will have to make concessions before the NHL sends the world's best players to the Winter Games in South Korea next year, commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

"As things stand today, you should assume we're not going," he said.

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Panthers Coach Regrets Rushing Ekblad Back To Lineup

Mar 27, 2017 2:05 AM

Panthers coach and GM Tom Rowe says he regrets rushing Aaron Ekblad back to the lineup after the defenseman suffered a concussion earlier this month.

Ekblad is now dealing with a sore neck and will not join the Panthers for their four-game road trip that begins Monday in Buffalo.

Although the neck injury is not believed to be related to the concussion, Rowe said he made a mistake in putting Ekblad back in the lineup so quickly.

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Kings, Canucks Will Play In China Next Fall

Mar 24, 2017 5:55 PM

The NHL and the NHL Players' Association will announce next week that the league will travel to China for two preseason games between the Kings and Canucks next fall.

Officials from the league and players' association including NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will formally announce the games, first reported by ESPN in early February, at the LeSports Center in Beijing on Thursday.

It's expected the teams will play two games in mid- to late September before the start of the 2017-18 NHL season. One game would be held in Beijing, the site of the 2022 Olympics, with the other likely in Shanghai.

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Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Misc Rumor

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Sens Owner Blasts Sidney Crosby

Mar 24, 2017 5:51 PM

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is not happy with Penguins star Sidney Crosby, saying the two-time league MVP should be suspended "for a long time" as a result of a serious finger injury to Senators defenseman Marc Methot.

"We all know who he is. The guy is just beyond belief," Melnyk told TSN 1200 radio in Ottawa on Friday. "You do this kind of stuff, I don't care who you are in the league, I don't care if you're the No. 1 player in the league, you need to sit out a long time for this kind of crap."

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Tags: Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Fehr: NHL Players Won't Concede In Olympic Stalemate

Mar 24, 2017 2:31 AM

The NHL should not be waiting for the players to give up something in return for Olympic participation, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr told ESPN on Thursday.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said earlier this week that if things stayed status quo, "assume we are not going" to the 2018 Winter Olympics. Many read that as an inference that the league wants the players to give something back so they can participate.

"I don't know what it can be from the players' perspective,'' Fehr told ESPN in a phone interview Thursday. "Obviously the players are not about to engage in collective bargaining in return for getting an opportunity to go to the Olympics for which they aren't being paid, where very valuable things would go elsewhere in return for that.''

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Stamkos: 'When I'm 100 Percent, I'll Be Back'

Mar 23, 2017 1:44 PM

Lightning captain Steven Stamkos said he won't return to the lineup until he's 100 percent.

The 27-year-old forward has been sidelined since having surgery on Nov. 17 to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee. He's been practicing with the team and described his progress as "slow," but he feels he's getting closer.

"When I'm 100 percent, I'll be back," Stamkos said after the team's morning skate. "Obviously, you hope that's sooner than later, but I have no control of the healing that goes on in the process."

 

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NHL's Divisional Playoff Format Criticized

Mar 23, 2017 1:24 AM

In a cruel twist of the NHL's divisional playoff format, get ready to say goodbye to one of the three best teams in the league in the first round.

"I don't think it was designed for this," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "I don't think it was intended for this to happen."

The Blue Jackets, Capitals and Penguins could finish 1-2-3 in points, but because they all play in the Metropolitan Division, the second- and third-place teams will face off in the first round. 

"It's stupid. It's the stupidest thing ever," Capitals forward Daniel Winnik said. "It doesn't work. It doesn't make sense."

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Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor

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Pens Beat Sabres To Clinch 11th Straight Playoff Berth

Mar 22, 2017 1:49 AM

After losing a pair of front teeth, Sidney Crosby wasn't available to discuss the highlight-reel, one-handed goal he scored in helping the Penguins clinch their 11th consecutive playoff berth.

Crosby's teammates had plenty to say about it following the defending Stanley Cup champions' 3-1 win over the Sabres on Tuesday night.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Hawks Win To Clinch Ninth Straight Playoff Berth

Mar 20, 2017 2:26 AM

After a sluggish start, Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks stormed back late with a rapid-fire rally to strengthen their grip on first place in the Central Division -- and the Western Conference.

Toews scored twice, and Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin each had a goal in a span of 3:02 in the third period to erase Colorado's two-goal lead and send the Blackhawks past the Avalanche 6-3 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.

The victory, combined with Los Angeles' 5-2 loss at Calgary on Sunday, clinched Chicago's ninth straight playoff berth.

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Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Jackets Return To Playoffs For Third Time

Mar 20, 2017 2:20 AM

Making the playoffs for the third time in franchise history is just the first step for the Blue Jackets.

There's much more serious work ahead for coach John Tortorella and his team in the next few weeks.

Lukas Sedlak and Brandon Dubinsky scored on penalty shots and the Blue Jackets returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2014 with a 4-1 victory over the Devils on Sunday.

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Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, New Jersey Devils, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

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Capitals First To Clinch Playoff Spot
The Capitals beat the Lightning 5-3 on Saturday, and have their third consecutive 100-point season.

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Canadiens, Senators To Celebrate NHL's Centennial With Outdoor Game
The Canadiens beat the Senators 7-4 on December 19, 1917, when the NHL began play.

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Hawks Lose Artem Anisimov For Three To Four Weeks
Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov has a lower-body injury that will likely sideline him for the rest of the regular season.

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NHL Names Pavelski, Bernier, Karlsson 'Three Stars'
Joe Pavelski recorded six points in four games to power the Pacific Division-leading Sharks to three victories.

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Jackets Lose Ryan Murray For Four To Six Weeks
Ryan Murray suffered a broken right hand in a game against the Sabres on Saturday.

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Henrik Lundqvist Sidelined Two To Three Weeks
Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is suffering from a lower-body injury.

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NHL GMs Vote No On Timeouts After Icing, Tweak Bye-Week
All NHL five-day byes will occur within a two-week period next season.

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Bettman: 'Not Giving Up On Greater Phoenix Area'
Gary Bettman warns that the Coyotes cannot make their long-term home in Glendale.

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Bettman Lobbies For Coyotes Arena Closer To Phoenix
Commissioner Gary Bettman wants to keep the Coyotes in the Phoenix area, but said that Glendale is not capable of supporting the NHL franchise.

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NHL GMs Can't Agree On Offside Video Review
The NHL general managers have decided not to tweak the offside rule.

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NHL GMs Asked To 'Brainstorm' 5-10 Years Into The Future
The 31 NHL general mangers are holding their annual meetings in Boca Raton, Florida.

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Joe Thornton Records 1,000th Assist In Sharks Win
Sharks center Joe Thornton became the 13th player in NHL history to record 1,000 assists on Monday night.

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Vegas Golden Knights Sign First Player
The Golden Knights have signed free-agent Reid Duke who has played the past three seasons for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL.

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NHL GMs Expected To Discuss Concussion Protocol, Video Review
Goaltenders Mike Smith and Henrik Lundqvist have been critical of the concussion protocol rule.

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Ducks Sign Logan Shaw To One-Year Extension
Logan Shaw has collected 12 points in 96 career NHL games with the Ducks and Panthers.

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Vegas Golden Knights Officially Join NHL
The Golden Knights are the NHL's 31st team and were formally cleared to make roster transactions.

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Leafs Acquire Fehr, Olesky, Draft Pick From Pens For Corrado
Eric Fehr has played in 52 games for the Penguins this season, scoring six goals.

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Rangers Trade Bodie To Sabres For Catenacci
Daniel Catenacci has skated in 50 games with the Rochester Americans of the AHL this season.

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Hawks Send McNeill To Stars For Oduya
The Blackhawks are reuniting with defenseman Johnny Oduya, who was part of their last two championships.

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Sharks Send Prospect, Draft Pick To Canucks For Jannik Hansen
Winger Jannik Hansen has another year left on his deal next season at $2.5 million.

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