Hockey Wiretap

Auston Matthews Has Top-Selling Jersey For 20017-18

Apr 20, 2018 6:12 PM

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews had the top-selling jersey among NHL players for the 2017-18 season, topping last year's leader Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

Matthews, 20, was fourth in jersey sales in 2016-17, when he won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Bill Peters Resigns As Hurricanes Head Coach

Apr 20, 2018 12:48 PM

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has resigned, the team announced Friday.

Peters, 51, went 137-138-53 in his four seasons with the Hurricanes, who missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the ninth consecutive season -- the longest drought in the NHL.

"I have a lot of respect for Bill as a person and coach," owner Tom Dundon said in a statement. "We thank him for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him success in whatever comes next."

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Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Misc Rumor

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Flames Fire Coach Glen Gulutzan

Apr 18, 2018 1:14 AM

The Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons.

Gulutzan, 46, guided the Flames to the playoffs after his first season in 2016-17, though the Flames were swept in the first round by the Ducks. The Flames missed the playoffs this past season with a 37-35-10 record. The team especially faltered down the stretch, losing 17 of its last 24 games.

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Ken Hitchcock Retires From Coaching

Apr 14, 2018 2:33 AM

Ken Hitchcock is retiring from coaching after 22 years, leaving the Stars' bench after just one season to become a consultant with the team.

"Ken Hitchcock is an icon when it comes to head coaches, not only in hockey, but across all of sports," Stars GM Jim Nill said in a statement Friday. "He poured his whole life into better understanding in-game concepts and strategy, inspiring players and enhancing teams.

"He leaves an indelible mark on the game, and his influence will be felt across the sport for years to come. We want to thank Ken for all that he has given throughout his coaching career."

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Tags: Dallas Stars, Misc Rumor

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Tod Leiweke Will Be CEO, President Of Seattle Hockey

Apr 12, 2018 2:33 AM

Tod Leiweke will be the CEO and president of Seattle Hockey, the group that has been authorized to redevelop KeyArena and bring an NHL team to the city.

Leiweke was formerly COO of the NFL before leaving the job in March. He worked at the NFL for three years. Before that, Leiweke was the CEO of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"It's kind of fun to start from scratch because you can build a culture the way you would want a culture to be built with likeminded people who want to serve, who love the game of hockey. In this, it is a grand opportunity,'' Leiweke said at his introduction Wednesday.

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Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

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Red Wings Are Bringing Back Jeff Blashill

Apr 10, 2018 7:22 PM

The Detroit Red Wings are bringing coach Jeff Blashill for a fourth season, sticking with him while they rebuild after missing the postseason for the second year in a row.

"I'm big on experience," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said after announcing the decision on Tuesday.

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Red Wings Sign GM Ken Holland To New Two-Year Deal

Apr 8, 2018 1:42 AM

Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland has signed a new two-year deal, putting a halt to speculation that his tenure would end following two straight seasons outside the playoffs.

"Ken has been integral part of four Stanley Cup championships," team governor Chris Ilitch said in a statement. "He started out as a scout. Many of the players he scouted became integral to our success. He is tremendous evaluator of talent at our core. When I fly in an airplane, I love doing it with a pilot who has done it before. Ken has done it before."

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Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Rangers Fire Coach Alain Vigneault

Apr 8, 2018 1:39 AM

The New York Rangers fired head coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday night.

The announcement came after the Rangers closed out the season with a loss to the Flyers in Philadelphia, finishing 34-39-9 and missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

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Coyotes Sign Antti Raanta Through 2020-21

Apr 7, 2018 2:31 AM

Antti Raanta handled injuries, a scorpion infestation, and a minor car wreck in his first season as a starting NHL goaltender.

Battling through all that earned him a three-year contract that makes him the Coyotes' franchise goalie for the foreseeable future. Raanta is scheduled to earn $12.75 million over the life of the deal that keeps him under contract through the 2020-21 season.

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Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Blackhawks To Retain Coach Joel Quenneville, GM Stan Bowman

Apr 5, 2018 2:42 PM

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman will return for the 2018-19 season, team president John McDonough announced on Thursday.

There was speculation about the status of both men's jobs after the Blackhawks failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in a decade. 

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Wild Lose Ryan Suter For The Rest Of The Season
Ryan Suter fractured his right ankle in Saturday night's loss to the Stars.

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Henrik, Daniel Sedin To Retire After 17 NHL Seasons
Henrik Sedin has 1,068 points in 1,327 games, including 828 assists. Daniel Sedin has 1,038 points in 1,303 games, including 391 goals.

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NHL Names Karlsson, Raanta, Eichel 'Three Stars'
William Karlsson led the NHL with 3-6-9, including a pair of shorthanded goals, in four games last week.

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Zdeno Chara Staying With Bruins
Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is in his 20th NHL season, and 12th season in Boston.

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Blues Lose Carl Gunnarsson To Season-Ending Injury
Carl Gunnarsson torn the ACL in his left knee on Friday night.

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NHL GMs Consider Change To Goalie Interference Review Process
The league's goalie interference process has become a hot issue at the NHL GM meetings.

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Ilya Kovalchuk Wants To Return To NHL
Ilya Kovalchuk is now playing for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores 600th Career Goal
Alex Ovechkin scored twice Monday night as the Capitals beat the Jets 3-2 in overtime.

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Capitals Sign GM Brian MacLellan To Extension
GM Brian MacLellan and coach Barry Trotz were hired at the same time in 2013 by owner Ted Leonsis and team president Dick Patrick.

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Canes Move GM Ron Francis To New Role
Ron Francis has been removed from his job as GM, and will serve as president of hockey operations.

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David Poile Becomes Winningest GM In NHL History
The Predators 4-2 win on Thursday night was GM David Poile's 1,320th victory in his career.

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Patric Hornqvist Signs Five-Year, $26.5M Extension
Patric Hornqvist is well on his way to scoring 20+ goals for the Penguins this season.

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Golden Knights Acquire Tomas Tatar At Trade Deadline
The Red Wings will receive three draft-picks from the Golden Knights.

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Ducks Trade Chris Wagner To Isles For Jason Chimera
Jason Chimera has recorded back-to-back 20-goal seasons for the Islanders.

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Sharks Acquire Evander Kane From Sabres
The Sharks have sent a first rounder and fourth rounder to the Sabres.

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Rangers Send Rick Nash To Bruins
The Rangers will receive Ryan Sponner, Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, and two draft picks in the deal with the Bruins.

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Maple Leafs Acquire Tomas Plekanec From Canadiens
The Maple Leafs also acquire forward prospect Kyle Baun from Montreal.

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Pens Acquire Brassard From Senators In Three-Team Deal
The Penguins sent Ian Cole to the Senators, and Ryan Reeves to the Golden Knights.

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Islanders, Josh Bailey Agree To Six-Year, $30M Deal
Josh Bailey has scored 15 goals for the Islanders this season.

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Rangers Trade Michael Grabner To Devils For 2018 Draft Pick, Prospect
The Rangers receive Yegor Rykov and a second-round draft pick from the Devils.

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