December 2016 - Hockey Wiretap

Isles Waive Goalie Jaroslav Halak

Dec 31, 2016 2:23 AM

The New York Islanders waived goalie Jaroslav Halak on Friday.

The move comes one day after Halak was pulled after allowing four goals on 24 shots during a 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

For the season, Halak is 6-8-5 with a 3.23 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage.

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Tags: New York Islanders, Misc Rumor, Waiver

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Hawks Sign Artemi Panarin To New Two-Year Deal

Dec 29, 2016 1:41 AM

The Blackhawks have signed winger Artemi Panarin to a two-year extension.

The Russian goal scorer, 25, would have been a restricted free agent July 1, but he has agreed to a new deal that will pay him an average of $6 million per year starting next season, his agent, Tom Lynn, confirmed to ESPN.

He's currently earning $3.5 million per season.

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Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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NHL Names Jagr, Carter, Talbot 'Three Stars'

Dec 27, 2016 12:48 AM

Florida Panthers right wing Jaromir Jagr, Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Cam Talbot have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 25.

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Tags: Florida Panthers, Los Angeles Kings, Edmonton Oilers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Pens Extend Coach Mike Sullivan Through 2019-20 Season

Dec 26, 2016 3:41 PM

The Pittsburgh Penguins and coach Mike Sullivan have agreed on a three-year contract extension through the 2019-20 season, the team announced Monday.

Sullivan, 48, took over the job after Mike Johnston was fired on Dec. 15, 2015. Under Sullivan, the Penguins posted a 33-16-5 record last season and won the 2016 Stanley Cup.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Steve Downie Critical Of Don Cherry, Coyotes

Dec 24, 2016 1:51 AM

Former NHL forward Steve Downie went on a lengthy Twitter rant Friday night, taking aim at hockey commentator Don Cherry and the Arizona Coyotes.

Downie, who played parts of eight seasons in the NHL, criticized the culture of violence that he believes Cherry perpetuates through his "Rock 'Em Sock 'Em" series of videos.

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Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Misc Rumor

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Red Wings Lose Howard For Four To Six Weeks

Dec 23, 2016 6:51 PM

Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard will miss four to six weeks due to a knee sprain, general manager Ken Holland told reporters Friday.

Howard was hurt Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay. He left the game in the second period, unable to put weight on his right leg.

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Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Injury, Misc Rumor

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David Legwand Retires After 16-Year NHL Career

Dec 23, 2016 2:01 AM

David Legwand announced his retirement Thursday, ending a 16-year NHL career that began as the Nashville Predators' first draft pick.

The 36-year-old Legwand had 228 goals and 390 assists in 1,136 career regular-season games with Nashville, Detroit, Ottawa and Buffalo. He's Nashville's career leader in goals (210), assists (356), points (566), game-winning goals (41) and games (956). He had five goals and nine assists in 79 games last season for Buffalo.

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Tags: Nashville Predators, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Ottawa Senators, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Jagr Passes Messier For No. 2 On NHL Points List

Dec 23, 2016 12:54 AM

Jaromir Jagr broke a tie with Mark Messier for No. 2 on the NHL career points list. Afterward, he was upset about the two standings points the Panthers let slip away with a 3-1 loss to the Bruins.

"You want to win the hockey game," Jagr said. "The best thing is to put this behind us, and the whole team can now be concerned about winning. ... I've learned that hockey is a team game. Only team victories count. I wish it had happened in the first period, or it was a goal to give us the lead."

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Tags: Florida Panthers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Hawks Place Anisomov On IR; Crawford Returns

Dec 22, 2016 2:55 PM

The Blackhawks will welcome goalie Corey Crawford back to the lineup on Friday, but they won't have center Artem Anisimov or winger Marian Hossa.

Anisimov, who has 14 goals and 13 assists playing mostly on the line with Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin, was placed on injured reserve Thursday, retroactive to Dec. 18. He suffered an upper-body injury during Saturday night's victory at St. Louis.

Crawford is returning from having an emergency appendectomy in Philadelphia on Dec. 3. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said Thursday that Crawford will be between the pipes on Friday.

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Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Ben Bishop To Miss Three To Four Weeks

Dec 22, 2016 1:36 AM

Lightning goalie Ben Bishop will miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury, the team announced Wednesday.

In a corresponding roster move, the Lightning recalled goalie Kristers Gudlevskis from their Syracuse AHL team.

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Tortorella First U.S.-Born Coach To Reach 500 Wins
Blue Jackets captain Nick Foligno said it was a special moment handing coach John Tortorella the game puck in the locker room.

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Penguins' Kris Letang To Miss Two Weeks
A lower-body injury will keep defenseman Kris Letang sidelined for a couple of weeks.

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Subban, Crosby, Price, McDavid Among Top All-Star Vote Leaders
Hockey fans will determine the four All-Star captains for the 2017 Honda NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 29.

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Isles, Cal Clutterbuck Agree To Five-Year Extension
Cal Clutterbuck's new five-year deal with the Islanders is worth $17.5M.

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Coyotes Send 2018 Pick To Leafs For Peter Holland
Peter Holland has scored 30 goals in 203 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Ducks.

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Wayne Gretzky Views Sidney Crosby The NHL's Best
The impressive second season that Connor McDavid is having has started a debate among hockey fans as who is the game's best player.

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Patent Office Denies Vegas Golden Knights' Trademark
The new NHL Las Vegas franchise is set to take the ice next season.

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Bettman: Owners Make No Decision On 2018 Olympics
The discussion among owners sending NHL players to South Korea is not positive.

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John Scott Retires From NHL After Ten Seasons
John Scott had a rule named after him because of last year's All-Star voting controversy.

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Lindros Says Canada Needs Concussion Standards
Eric Lindros has joined other athletes in discussing a protocol that could be taught in schools to recognize head injuries.

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NHL, NHLPA Discussing 'Bye-Week' In 2017-18
The five-day bye weeks are part of the NHL, NHLPA talks as both sides finalize the 2017 All-Star Game negotiations.

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NHLPA Rejects Offer To Extend CBA For Winter Olympics
The NHLPA informed the NHL officially on Friday of the offer's rejection.

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