Hockey Wiretap

Lightning' Dan Girardi Out Indefinitely

Mar 20, 2019 1:32 PM

Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury.

The team announced Girardi's status Wednesday before visiting the defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals. Girardi has missed the past five games.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Injury, Misc Rumor

Capitals' Braden Holtby Declines White House Invitation

Mar 23, 2019 10:25 AM

Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby has pulled out of Monday's scheduled visit to the White House in celebration of the team's 2018 Stanley Cup championship.

Holtby is the most high-profile member of the team to decline the invitation.

"It's one of those things you have to think about, but for me, I have to stay true to my values. I'm going to respectfully decline the offer," Holtby said.

"It's a tough situation for everyone, to be forced into making a decision. You're a team. You want to stick together, no matter what. I hope everyone kind of blows it away -- that you don't worry about who goes and who doesn't. For me, it's just a personal thing. I believe in what I believe in. In order to stick to those values, I have to do what I think is right, but that doesn't make a difference in anyone else's decision. We stick by every teammate and their decision."

Holtby was the goalie for all 16 wins in the Capitals' playoff run, leading the NHL postseason with a 2.16 goals-against average.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

Truck Driver In Humboldt Crash Gets 8 Years

Mar 23, 2019 10:22 AM

The truck driver who pleaded guilty in causing the Humboldt Broncos bus crash has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

It's the longest dangerous driving sentence ever in Canada for a case that didn't involve alcohol.

Jaskirat Sidhu's sentence was announced on Friday in a Saskatchewan court by Judge Inez Cardinal, who said: "Nothing can turn back the clock. The collision was avoidable."

On April 6, 2018, the Humboldt Broncos -- a junior hockey team of players ages 16 to 21 -- were en route to a playoff game when their bus collided with Sidhu's truck, which was carrying peat moss. The 16 dead included 10 players as well as the team's head coach.

Emily Kaplan/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

Blackhawks-Flyers To Open Next Season In Prague

Mar 23, 2019 10:20 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers will play their 2019-20 season-opening game on Oct. 4 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Both teams will hold their training camps in Europe and then play a number of exhibition games.

The NHL also announced that the Buffalo Sabres will play two games against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 8 and 9 as part of the 2019 NHL Global Series Challenge.


Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Misc Rumor

Bruins Win After Conor McGregor's Pregame Speech

Mar 17, 2019 8:11 AM

The Boston Bruins won 2-1 in overtime against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday after receiving a pregame speech from Conor McGregor.

Brad Marchand scored the game-winner a few minutes into overtime and paid tribute to McGregor by doing a rendition of the MMA fighter's walk after he scored.

"Yeah, I kind of wanted, was hoping to score just to do it before the game," Marchand said of copying McGregor's entrance into the ring. "It's not every day you have an icon here in the room. I just wanted to have a little fun with it."

McGregor spoke to the team before the game and after.

"He's an incredible guy, very energetic," Marchand said. "He was humble. He was happy to be here. He's expressed that to everyone. It was an honor to meet him. It was great to have him here. It's something we'll remember."

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor

Red Wings Recall Brian Lashoff From Grand Rapids

Mar 16, 2019 7:46 AM

The Detroit Red Wings recalled Brian Lashoff from Grand Rapids of the AHL.

The Red Wings host the New York Islanders on Saturday. The defenseman was recalled under emergency conditions.

Lashoff hasn't played for the Red Wings yet this season. He has no goals and 11 assists in 44 games for Grand Rapids.

Associated Press

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor

NHL Moves 'Jack Hughes' Sweepstakes Up To April 9

Mar 16, 2019 12:18 AM

NHL teams that are part of the Jack Hughes sweepstakes will find out a lot earlier if they'll get a chance to draft the highly regarded American center at No. 1.

The league announced Wednesday it was moving its draft lottery up to April 9, on the eve of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The event, which will take place in Toronto, typically occurred during the playoffs.

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Gabriel Landeskog Will Miss 4-6 Weeks

Mar 10, 2019 9:19 AM

Gabriel Landeskog will miss four to six weeks with an upper-body injury, the Colorado Avalanche have announced.

Landeskog was hurt midway through the third period of Thursday night's game against the Dallas Stars after he collided with Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop.

Bednar called missing Landeskog, a "huge loss."


Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Injury, Misc Rumor

Detroit's Mike Green To Miss Rest Of Season With Virus

Mar 9, 2019 9:41 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will be without Mike Green for the remainder of the season because of a lingering virus that has sapped his energy.

Green, 33, missed the beginning of the season because of the virus, which has attacked his liver.

After the latest flare-up, he saw a specialist who recommended multiple weeks of rest.

He is under contract for one more year after this one, with a cap hit of $5.375 million.


Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Injury, Misc Rumor

Humboldt Going To Playoffs 11 Months After Crash

Mar 9, 2019 9:37 AM

The Humboldt Broncos are returning to the playoffs just eleven months after a fatal bus crash devastated their team.

The Broncos (35-19-3) finished in sixth place in the 12-team Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.

They will play the Estevan Bruins in the first round, which begins March 15.

The Broncos, a junior hockey team of 16- to 21-year-olds, were en route to a playoff game on April 6, 2018 in Saskatchewan when their team bus crashed into a semitruck at a rural intersection. The bus driver, the team's coach and general manager and 10 players were among the 16 killed. Thirteen others were injured.

Emily Kaplan/ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

NHL Considering New Helmetless Skater Rule
A proposal that would force a skater to go to the bench when he loses his helmet must go to the NHL/NHLPA competition committee and the the board of governors for approval.

NHL GMs Pleased With Greater Scoring
The NHL general mangers opened their meetings at the Boca Beach Club on Monday.

Jake McCabe Expected To Miss Rest Of The Season
Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe has an upper-body injury and will likely miss five to six weeks.

Senators Fire Coach Guy Boucher
The Senators named Marc Crawford as the team's interim head coach.

Predators Acquire Mikael Granlund From Predators For Kevin Fiala
Mikael Granlund has a $5.75 million cap hit and is under contract through the 2019-20 season.

Emily Kaplan/ESPN

Bruins Acquire Marcus Johansson From New Jersey
Marcus Johansson is in the final season of a three-year deal with a cap hit of $4.583 million.


Vegas Trades For Mark Stone From Senators
Vegas agreed to sign Mark Stone to a contract extension with an annual average of $9.5 million.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

Sharks Acquire Gustav Nyquist From Red Wings For Two Picks
Gustav Nyquist is currently second on the Red Wings in scoring, with 49 points (16 goals, 33 assists) in 62 games.

Columbus Acquires Ryan Dzingel From Ottawa
Ryan Dzingel played collegiately at Ohio State.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

Blue Jackets Acquire Matt Duchene From Ottawa
Matt Duchene is joining his third team in two seasons.


Rangers Trade Mats Zuccarello To Stars
Mats Zuccarello, 31, has 11 goals and 26 assists in 46 games this season.


Capitals Acquire Nick Jensen From Red Wings
The Capitals sent a 2020 second-round draft pick and Madison Bowey to the Red Wings.

Jackets Trade For Matt Duchene
The Senators will receive conditional first-round picks in 2019 and 20120, and two prospects in return.

Ducks, Jakob Silfverberg Agree To Five-Year Extension
Jakob Silfverberg's new deal carries an annual value of over $5M.

Capitals Trade Picks To Kings For Carl Hangelin
The Kings will receive a 2019 third-round draft pick and a 2020 conditional sixth-round pick from the Capitals.

Capitals Waive Devante Smith-Pelly
The Capitals had signed Devante Smith-Pelly to a one-year deal in the offseason.

Wild Trade Charlie Coyle To Bruins
The Bruins receive Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick in the deal with the Wild.

Ryan Miller Has Most Wins By U.S.-Born Goalie
The Ducks beat the Capitals 5-2 on Sunday night.

Ducks Retire Scott Niedermayer's No. 27 Jersey
Scott Niedermayer's No. 27 jersey was raised to the rafters on Sunday night at the Honda Center.

Canucks Acquire Ryan Spooner From Oilers
The Canucks are sending Sam Gagner to the Oilers in the deal.