Hockey Wiretap

Joe Thornton Has ACL, MCL Surgery Before Free Agency

Apr 25, 2017 1:42 AM

Before Sharks center Joe Thornton heads into an uncertain offseason where he could be a free agent, he had more pressing business.

Thornton underwent surgery on a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee Monday to repair an injury that sidelined him less than two weeks before he returned to play the final four games of a first-round series loss to the Oilers.

"I've been in this business a long time," GM Doug Wilson said. "You see a player play with that type of injury tells you all you need to know about him."

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Tags: San Jose Sharks, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Blackhawks Fire Assistant Coach Mike Kitchen

Apr 24, 2017 2:28 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired assistant coach Mike Kitchen.

After the Blackhawks became the first top-seeded team to be swept in the first round of the playoffs since the NHL adopted its current playoff format in 1994, GM Stan Bowman promised changes.

"We believe this decision is best for our organization moving forward," Bowman said in a statement. "Mike had an impact on two different Stanley Cup championship teams during his tenure in Chicago. We appreciate his many contributions and wish he and his family success in the future."

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Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Misc Rumor

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Kings Name Assistant John Stevens New Head Coach

Apr 23, 2017 1:14 PM

The Kings named assistant John Stevens their new head coach on Sunday.

New GM Rob Blake announced the decision. Blake never expanded his search past Stevens, a source confirmed to ESPN, focusing his discussions only with Stevens in determining whether there was a fit.

"John and I had very productive dialogue this last week in relation to his head coaching philosophy and specifically how he would implement a strategy to activate our players offensively while maintaining the defensive philosophies we have come to be known for," Blake said in a statement. "I am confident that we are both in agreement on how that can be executed. With that said, we believe John has the ideal qualities to lead our hockey club. His wide array of coaching experience, including success as an NHL head coach and his inherent knowledge of our players and those in our development system, is very appealing to us. We are confident he is the best person to lead our hockey club forward."

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Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Hawks GM Stan Bowman Is Promising Changes

Apr 23, 2017 1:53 AM

Coach Joel Quenneville will be back next season. Everything else is on the table for the Blackhawks.

GM Stan Bowman is promising changes after Chicago was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs for the second straight year. The Blackhawks, who won the Stanley Cup in 2010, '13 and '15, were swept by Nashville this time around, managing just three goals in 13 periods.

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Terry Pegula Vows To Take Hands-On Approach To Fix Sabres

Apr 22, 2017 1:36 AM

Criticizing the Sabres' management structure for being flawed under its previous regime, team owner Terry Pegula accepted the blame and vowed Friday to take a hands-on approach to fix what went wrong.

The first step, Pegula said, begins with him directly overseeing the search to hire a new front office. He spoke one day after the Sabres cleaned house by firing general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma.

"Accountability starts with me," Pegula said. "We are not happy with our season this year, and there are no excuses."

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Isles Looking At Belmont Park, Willets Point For New Arena

Apr 22, 2017 1:24 AM

The Islanders are looking at Belmont Park as the site for their new hockey arena and plan to submit a bid to the state of New York, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday.

Bettman also mentioned the land next to the Mets' Citi Field in Willets Point as a possible spot for the team, while noting that the team's former home, a renovated Nassau Coliseum is "not a long-term option."

"Yes, there is an RFP [request for proposal] for Belmont and I know they are going to participate in that," Bettman told a group from the The Associated Press Sports Editors in New York, according to Newsday. "I believe that everyone thinks there is a terrific opportunity there, if not at Willets Point, to create a more hockey friendly environment for the Islanders, which is something [Islanders co-owner] Scott [Malkin] is committed to do."

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Tags: New York Islanders, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Rangers Sign Free Agent Defenseman Alexei Bereglazov

Apr 21, 2017 2:27 PM

Rangers General Manager Jeff Gorton announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Alexei Bereglazov.


Bereglazov, 23, skated in 60 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) this season, registering one goal and 18 assists for 19 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 20 penalty minutes. Bereglazov established KHL career-highs in several categories this season, including games played, assists, points, plus/minus rating, and average ice time (19:27).

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Tags: New York Rangers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Sabres Fire GM Tim Murray, Coach Dan Bylsma

Apr 20, 2017 12:38 PM

The Sabres fired general manager Tim Murray and coach Dan Bylsma after the team missed the playoffs for a sixth straight year, the team announced Thursday.

Last week, Murray had backed Bylsma returning for a third season as coach. Murray, however, noted that the ultimate decision on Bylsma and his own future rested with owner Terry Pegula.

Murray's rebuilding plan took a step back this season. With a 33-37-12 record, the Sabres finished last in the Atlantic Division, with two fewer wins than the previous year.

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Misc Rumor

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Agent: Jack Eichel Not Pushing For Coaching Change In Buffalo

Apr 19, 2017 2:48 PM

If Buffalo Sabres coach Dan Bylsma's job is in jeopardy, star forward Jack Eichel's representatives say their client is not the one pushing for a change.

Peter Donatelli told The Associated Press on Wednesday that a coaching change was "not even on [Eichel's] radar screen" last week during the player's exit meetings with Bylsma and general manager Tim Murray. Donatelli said any suggestion that the second-year player is demanding a change is "1,000 percent false."

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Paul Stastny Skates, Listed Day-To-Day

Apr 19, 2017 1:33 AM

Blues forward Paul Stastny skated for the first time in a month on Tuesday after missing the past 13 games with a lower-body injury.

Coach Mike Yeo said Stastny is day-to-day. St. Louis is up 3-0 in its first-round series against the Minnesota Wild, with Game 4 at home Wednesday night.

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Pavel Datsyuk's KHL Team Wins Title
Former Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk captures another championship, as SKA St. Petersburg wins KHL series 4 games to 1.

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Kings Focus On John Stevens As Next Coach
New Kings GM Rob Blake wants to see if associate coach John Stevens is the right fit.

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Report: Nassau Coliseum Operator Wants To Bring Back Isles
The Nassau Coliseum was home to the Islanders for 43 seasons, and has recently been renovated.

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Gerard Gallant To Coach Vegas Golden Knights
Gerard Gallant was fired by the Panthers in November after an 11-9-1 start.

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Stars Bringing Back Ken Hitchcock To Coach
Ken Hitchcock will be replacing Lindy Ruff, who was fired on Monday after the Stars missed the playoffs this season.

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Wings To Retain GM Holland, Coach Blashill
GM Ken Holland received a vote of confidence from Red Wings president and CEO Chris Ilitch.

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Toronto To Host NHL Draft Lottery April 29
The NHL Draft Lottery will consist of 15 teams this year.

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Kings Fire GM Dean Lombardi, Coach Darryl Sutter
The Kings have promoted assistant general manager Rob Blake to GM.

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Canucks Fire Head Coach Willie Desjardins
The Canucks also fired assistant coaches Doug Lidster and Perry Pearn.

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Connor McDavid Hits 100-Point Mark
Connor McDavid is the only NHL player to hit the 100-point mark this season.

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Stars Part Ways With Coach Lindy Ruff
The Stars missed the playoffs this season, after winning the Central Division last year.

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Bruins Prepare For Playoffs Without Krug, Carlo
Brandon Carlo suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday's loss to the Capitals.

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Bryan Bickell To Retire From NHL
Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in November.

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Cam Fowler Could Miss Two To Six Weeks
Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler is suffering from a right leg injury.

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Kyle Okposo Showing Signs Of Improvement
Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is under the care of team doctors for an undisclosed illness.

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Kris Letang Out Four To Six Months
Penguins star defenseman Kris Letang will have surgery for a herniated disc in his neck.

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Ovechkin Still Plans To Play For Russia In 2018 Olympics
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin hopes that an NHL deal can still be salvaged.

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Panthers Reportedly Won't Retain Tom Rowe As Coach
The Panthers plan to make another head coaching change at the end of the season.

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Auston Matthews Scores U.S. Rookie Record 39th Goal
Maple Leafs' rookie Auston Matthews scored his 39th goal of the season on Monday night against the Sabres.

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NHL Not Going To South Korea In 2018
The NHL on Monday announced that it would not be sending players to the Olympics in South Korea.

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