Hockey Wiretap

Penguins Hire Kyle Dubas As President Of Hockey Operations

Jun 1, 2023 11:43 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas as their president of hockey operations, the team announced Thursday.

Dubas, 37, will oversee all aspects of the Penguins hockey operations department "establishing the strategic vision and philosophy for the franchise," according to the team.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Signing

Maple Leafs New GM: Re-Signing Auston Matthews 'Top Priority'

Jun 1, 2023 6:31 PM

Maple Leafs incoming general manager Brad Treliving got straight to the point at his introductory news conference Thursday by addressing potential contract extension talks with star Auston Matthews.

The team's top center is about to enter the final season of his five-year, $58 million deal and is eligible to re-sign with Toronto as of July 1. Treliving has been on the job less than 24 hours but already made time to connect with Matthews.

"I communicated with Auston via text," Treliving confirmed. "I know [his agent] Judd [Moldaver], there's a great personal relationship [there]. We're not going to get into any public discourse about contracts but obviously we know where these contracts are at. Auston is one of the elite players in the world. We're not talking about [just] a good player. Getting to Auston is a priority."

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor

Patrick Kane Out Four To Six Months After Hip Resurfacing Surgery

Jun 1, 2023 6:29 PM

Patrick Kane will be shelved four to six months after undergoing a hip resurfacing procedure, his agent said Thursday.

Pat Brisson told reporters that Kane had the surgery Thursday and that the 34-year-old still "wants to play for a long time."

Tags: New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, Injury, Misc Rumor

Kraken Sign GM Ron Francis To Three-Year Extension

May 31, 2023 5:05 PM

The Seattle Kraken signed general manager Ron Francis to a three-year contract extension Wednesday through the 2026-27 season after the franchise reached the second round of the NHL playoffs in its second year of existence.

Hired to be the first GM in franchise history, Francis navigated through a difficult first season and helped land the players who turned Seattle into a playoff team in the second year without mortgaging future opportunities or putting the Kraken into challen

Tags: Seattle Kraken, Signing

Maple Leafs Hire Brad Treliving As Next GM

May 31, 2023 2:16 PM

Brad Treliving has been hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs' next general manager, the team announced Wednesday.

The Leafs parted ways with former GM Kyle Dubas earlier this month, opting not to renew his contract when it was set to expire June 30. Dubas has subsequently been tied to the Pittsburgh Penguins' vacant GM slot.

Treliving spent the past nine seasons as GM of the Calgary Flames. Hired in April 2014, Treliving guided the Flames to five postseason appearances, but winning just two rounds in the process. Calgary missed the postseason entirely following the 2021-22 season. With his contract on the verge of expiring on June 30, Treliving mutually parted with the Flames in April.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Calgary Flames, Signing

Predators Hiring Andrew Brunette As New Head Coach

May 30, 2023 1:24 PM

The Nashville Predators are making a change behind the bench, hiring Andrew Brunette to replace John Hynes, sources told ESPN's Kevin Weekes on Tuesday.

An official announcement is expected Tuesday afternoon.

Hynes spent part of four seasons with the Predators after replacing outgoing coach Peter Laviolette on Jan. 7, 2020. Nashville reached the playoffs in Hynes' first two full seasons, losing in the first round each time. The Predators failed to qualify for the postseason this year -- a first since 2014 -- after an injury-plagued 42-32-8 campaign.

Tags: Nashville Predators, Signing

Capitals Name Spencer Carbery New Head Coach

May 30, 2023 12:24 PM

The Washington Capitals named Spencer Carbery as their new head coach on Tuesday.

Carbery, 41, will receive a four-year deal, a source told ESPN.

Carbery was one of the buzziest names on the coaching circuit, most recently serving as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs and running their power play. He now returns to the Capitals organization, where he came up through the ranks coaching for its ECHL and AHL affiliates.

Sportsnet was first to report Carbery's hiring.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Signing

Panthers See Positives During Long Wait For Final

May 29, 2023 10:59 PM

The Florida Panthers still don't know who they will face in the Stanley Cup Final, but they now have clarity as to when they will play Game 1.

The Stanley Cup Final will start Saturday, June 3, after the Dallas Stars defeated the Vegas Golden Knights 4-2 in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday, avoiding elimination for the second straight game.

Game 1 of the Final will be played in Las Vegas or Dallas.

"We just have a plan now of what we're going to do the next few days here before we travel," defenseman Marc Staal said. "So everyone knows what we've got the next few days, and we'll prepare as best we can and go from there. So, it just gets a little more structured if we know what we're doing and prepare that way."

Tags: Florida Panthers, Vegas, Misc Rumor

Golden Knights Shut Out Stars, Advance To Stanley Cup Final

May 29, 2023 10:54 PM

William Karlsson had two goals and an assist for the Vegas Golden Knights, who advanced to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2018 with a 6-0 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 6 of the Western Conference Final at American Airlines Center on Monday.

The Golden Knights will play the Florida Panthers, who swept the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final. Game 1 will be in Vegas on Saturday.

Adin Hill made 23 saves, and Keegan Kolesar, Michael Amadio, and William Carrier each had a goal and an assist for Vegas, which is the top seed from the West.

Tags: Vegas, Dallas Stars, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Jamie Benn Grateful Stars Kept Season Alive

May 29, 2023 3:42 PM

After receiving a two-game suspension in the Western Conference finals, Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn thought his season might be over.

The Stars lost Game 3 to go down 3-0 to the Vegas Golden Knights, the same contest in which Benn cross-checked Mark Stone in the jaw to earn a first-period game misconduct and subsequent two-game ban. But the Stars won the next two games without Benn, giving their captain a chance to return for Game 6 on Monday night in Dallas.

"I was praying we were going to play two solid games just to get another chance and another kick at it here. I'm really proud of the guys," said Benn, who was the first player to hit the ice for practice. "It sucks watching, especially in playoffs. The guys had two gutsy efforts. Character wins and a lot of confidence in this room."

Tags: Dallas Stars, Vegas, Misc Rumor

Canada Beats Germany For Record 28th World Title

Latvia Defeats U.S. To Earn Bronze Medal At Worlds

Stars Win Game 5 To Stay Alive In Western Conference Final

Germany Stuns U.S. In Hockey Worlds, To Face Canada In Final

Sabres Sign Ryan Johnston To Two-Year Rookie Deal

Jonathan Marchessault: 'We've Got To Want It More'

Joe Pavelski Scores In OT, Stars Stay Alive In Series

Jonathan Marchessault Surprised By Panthers' Strategy In 2017

U.S. Advances To Semifinals At World Championship

Panthers Sweep Hurricanes To Reach Stanley Cup Final

Stars' Jamie Benn Suspended Two Games

NHL's Gary Bettman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Sabres Re-Sign Kyle Okposo To One-Year, $2.5M Deal

Aleksander Barkov Back For Game 4 After Injury

Stars Apologize For Fans Throwing Debris On Ice

Panthers Optimistic Aleksander Barkov Will Play In Game 4

Vegas Beats Stars 4-0 In Game 3 To Take Commanding Series Lead

Flames Promote Craig Conroy To GM

'Frustrated' Hurricanes in 3-0 Hole After Loss

Golden Knights Beat Stars 3-2 In OT, Take 2-0 Series Lead