Hockey Wiretap

Noah Hanifin, Golden Knights Agree To Eight-Year Deal

Apr 11, 2024 7:54 PM

Noah Hanifin and the Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to an eight-year contract extension worth $7.35 million annually, the team announced Thursday.

Re-signing Hanifin, who was set to become a pending unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, to a long-term deal comes a little more than a month after the defending Stanley Cup champion Golden Knights acquired the 27-year-old defenseman in a three-team trade with the Calgary Flames and the Philadelphia Flyers just days before the NHL trade deadline.

Tags: Vegas, Terms Agreement

Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg Retiring At End Of Season

Apr 11, 2024 1:15 PM

Anaheim Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg will retire at the end of the 2023-24 season, the club announced Thursday. Silverberg will skate in his final home game with the Ducks on Friday against Calgary.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Coyotes Could Relocate To Salt Lake City

Apr 10, 2024 3:38 PM

The NHL is preparing a contingency that could relocate the Arizona Coyotes to Utah as soon as next season, sources told ESPN.

Even though the NHL remains convinced a franchise should be in Arizona, the league is skeptical about the Coyotes' newest plan to build an arena in Phoenix, which involved Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo's bid to win a land auction in June.

The NHL has prepared a backup option that would sell the team to Ryan and Ashley Smith, owners of the NBA's Utah Jazz, in a relocation move to Salt Lake City, multiple sources said.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor

Jackson Blake Signs With Hurricanes

Apr 10, 2024 3:41 PM

Hobey Baker Award finalist and University of North Dakota forward Jackson Blake signed his entry-level contract with the Carolina Hurricanes, the club announced Wednesday.

Blake's contract will start this season. He'll make $775,000 at the NHL level this season and earn $832,500 at the NHL level in the 2024-25 and the 2025-26 seasons. He'll earn $80,000 at the AHL level for all three seasons, and his deal also includes a $277,500 signing bonus.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Signing

Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid Favorites In NHLPA Poll

Apr 10, 2024 11:11 AM

Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby was once again named the NHL's most complete player in the annual NHLPA poll released Wednesday.

Crosby earned 38.4% of the votes for "most complete player" ahead of Aleksander Barkov of the Florida Panthers (14.6%). In the five seasons the NHLPA has voted on this category, Crosby has won it every year.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Edmonton Oilers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Alex Ovechkin Makes History With 18th 30-Goal Season

Apr 10, 2024 12:31 PM

Alex Ovechkin had eight goals through his first 43 games this season.

At that point, some folks might have wondered if the 38-year-old forward was finally slowing down. But not his Capitals teammates. Forward Dylan Strome said he was chatting with goalie Charlie Lindgren around that time.

“We were like, ‘I’m not going to be surprised when he gets 30 this year,’” Strome said.

Fast-forward to the Capitals’ 2-1 win against the Red Wings on Tuesday.

Ovechkin streaked through the neutral zone as the clock counted down at the end of the second period. Forward T.J. Oshie banked the puck off the left-wing boards, and Ovechkin collected it as he crossed the blue line.

In a flash, Ovechkin handled the puck and snapped a shot from the top of the left circle. The puck whizzed past the blocker of goalie Alex Lyon with eight seconds left, giving the Capitals a 2-0 lead and Ovechkin his 30th goal of the season.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Game Recap, Personal Award

Peter Laviolette Calls Out 'Vicious" Hits After Loss

Apr 10, 2024 11:07 AM

Rangers coach Peter Laviolette called two hits by Islanders players "vicious" after an 4-2 loss on Tuesday night.

With 11:09 left in the third period, Rangers center Mika Zibanejad skated into the shoulder of Islanders defenseman Adam Pelech at center ice while both were watching play down in the Rangers' zone.

Zibanejad fell flat to the ice and Rangers training staff tended to him. Zibanejad left for the dressing room and didn't return to the ice for the rest of the period, although he did return to the Rangers' bench near the end of the game, according to Laviolette.

"He came back at the end from that vicious hit. He came back. That vicious shoulder, elbow to the head. Watch it," the coach said.

When asked if he felt it was less an accidental collision with Pelech and more an intentional hit, Laviolette said, "I do."

Tags: New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Devils' Jack Hughes Ruled Out vs. Maple Leafs

Apr 9, 2024 3:19 PM

New Jersey Devils star forward Jack Hughes was ruled out of Tuesday's game against the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs due to an upper-body injury.

Devils interim coach Travis Green would not specify how long that Hughes would be out of action.

Tags: New Jersey Devils, Toronto Maple Leafs, Injury

Connor McDavid Day-To-Day With Lower-Body Injury

Apr 9, 2024 3:17 PM

Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid did not participate in practice for the second straight day Tuesday and is considered day-to-day due to a lower-body injury.

Oilers coach Kris Knoblauch acknowledged McDavid felt discomfort during the final five minutes of Saturday's 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames. He also told reporters that McDavid could sit out the team's game versus visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Wednesday.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Injury

Arber Xhekaj To Have Season-Ending Surgery

Apr 9, 2024 12:33 PM

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj will undergo season-ending surgery on his left shoulder, the team announced Tuesday.

Per the Canadiens, Xhekaj will have surgery Wednesday and is expected to be ready for the start of next season.

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Injury

Avs' Mikko Rantanen Remains In Concussion Protocol

Coyotes Ready To Bid For New Arena Site At Land Auction

Aaron Ekblad Injured, Likely Out Until Playoffs

Devils Sign Dylan Wendt To Two-Year Deal

Sharks Sign Top NCAA Free Agent Collin Graf To Entry-Level Deal

Rangers-Devils Game Opens With Brawl, Eight Ejections

Hurricanes Sign Scott Morrow To Three-Year Entry-Level Deal

Wild' Ryan Hartman Suspended Three Games For Stick Toss

Pat Maroon Practices With Bruins For First Time Since Trade

Connor McDavid, Logan Thompson, Alexis Lafreniere Named '3 Stars'

Jonathan Quick Gets 392nd NHL Win, Most By A U.S.-Born Goaltender

Auston Matthews Scores 60th Goal For Second Time

Ivan Fedotov Joins Flyers To Help With Playoff Push

Panthers Looking For More After Clinching Playoff Berth

Marc-Andre Fleury Could Return To Wild Next Season

Capitals' Ethan Bear Enters NHL/NHLPA Assistance Program

Blues' Oskar Sundqvist Out For Season With Torn ACL

Coyotes Legend Shane Doan Watches Son Score Two Goals In Debut

Rangers First To Clinch Playoff Spot, Peter Laviolette Gets 800th Win

Jets Coach Rick Bowness Returns To Bench