Hockey Wiretap

Ducks Acquire Adam Cracknell From Leafs

Dec 11, 2018 2:46 AM

The Ducks announced today that the club has acquired right wing Adam Cracknell from the Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Steven Oleksy.

Cracknell, 33, has earned 21-22=43 points with a +4 rating in 208 career NHL games with St. Louis (2010-14), Columbus (2014-15), Vancouver (2015-16), Edmonton (2015-16), Dallas (2016-18) and the New York Rangers (2017-18). 

Oleksy, 32, collected two assists with 36 PIM in 15 AHL games with the San Diego Gulls (AHL) this season. Signed as a free agent on July 1, 2017, Oleksy owns 20-89=109 points in 388 career AHL games. 


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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Ducks Extend GM Bob Murray Through 2021-22 NHL Season

Dec 8, 2018 2:26 PM

The Ducks announced today that the club has extended the contract of Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray for two additional seasons. Murray is now under contract through the 2021-22 NHL season.

“Bob has created a winning organization with his commitment and expertise,” said Ducks Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman. “We are very pleased to be in a position where expectations are high virtually every season, thanks in large part to Bob and his staff. We passionately share a common goal – bringing another Stanley Cup to Orange County.”

A three-time finalist for NHL General Manager of the Year (won in 2013-14), Murray has led Anaheim to the playoffs the last six consecutive seasons (only Pittsburgh has a longer streak) and five consecutive 100+ point seasons (NHL’s longest active streak). The Ducks are the only Western Conference team to play in the Conference Finals in two of the last four seasons and have won a conference-leading 31 playoff games since 2014. 



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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Seattle Begins Work On New Arena

Dec 6, 2018 2:55 AM

Wednesday's celebration outside the building that Seattle's new NHL team will eventually call home came with all the formality of a groundbreaking event, complete with the principals taking turns giving remarks and ceremonially shoveling dirt.

It also came with a new price tag even higher than what was stated a day earlier when Seattle was awarded the NHL's 32nd franchise.

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

Forbes: Rangers Most Valuable NHL Team

Dec 6, 2018 2:51 AM

The Original Six are well represented on Forbes' latest list of the most valuable NHL teams, with the New York Rangers sitting on top.

The Rangers were valued at $1.55 billion, followed by the Toronto Maple Leafs ($1.45 billion), Montreal Canadiens ($1.3 billion), Chicago Blackhawks ($1.05 billion) and Boston Bruins ($925 million). The other Original Six team, the Detroit Red Wings, checked in at No. 8 ($775 million).

According to Forbes, the value of the average NHL team rose 6 percent to a record $630 million.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Senators Acquire Stefan Elliot, Tobias Lindberg From Penguins

Dec 6, 2018 2:48 AM

The Ottawa Senators have acquired defenseman Stefan Elliott and forward Tobias Lindberg in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Macoy Erkamps and forward Ben Sexton.

The swap of minor leaguers was announced on Wednesday.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Seattle Gets NHL Expansion Team

Dec 6, 2018 2:45 AM

The NHL will add a franchise in Seattle, the league announced Tuesday after a unanimous vote by the board of governors.

The NHL's 32nd franchise will enter the league for the 2021-22 season as a member of the Pacific Division. That will trigger a realignment that will send the Arizona Coyotes to the Central Division.

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

NHL To Deal With Uncertain Situations At Winter Meetings

Dec 4, 2018 2:22 AM

Things are going well enough that the NHL is ready to expand to Seattle and the salary cap keeps going up.

But the league is still dealing with a few uncertain situations on the eve of what should be a slam-dunk expansion vote to bring Seattle into the fold.

The Ottawa Senators' downtown-arena project is in danger of falling apart, and Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway is looking for a partner as he tries to secure a long-term home in the desert. Meanwhile, the league would like to begin making plans for a 2020 World Cup of Hockey but has no guarantee of labor peace that would allow such a tournament to take place.

Tags: Expansion, Legal, Misc Rumor

Pens Trade Daniel Sprong To Ducks For Marcus Pettersson.

Dec 4, 2018 2:15 AM

Daniel Sprong may finally get his chance to be an offensive force in the NHL. Just not with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The 21-year-old winger was traded to the Anaheim Ducks on Monday for defenseman Marcus Pettersson, ending a brief career with the Penguins that was limited to 42 games over three seasons. Pittsburgh drafted Sprong in the second round, 46th overall, in 2015.

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher As New GM

Dec 4, 2018 2:12 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers want to win now, and they believe Chuck Fletcher is the general manager to make that happen.

Fletcher was hired as executive vice president and general manager of the Flyers on Monday, one week after Ron Hextall was fired.

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Misc Rumor, Signing

Maple Leafs, William Nylander Agree To Six-Year Deal

Dec 3, 2018 1:34 AM

Forward William Nylander and the Toronto Maple Leafs ended their contract stalemate with a six-year deal that was made public minutes before Saturday's 5 p.m. ET deadline that would determine his eligibility for this season.

Nylander, 22, was a restricted free agent. His new deal pays him $41.77 million over six seasons and carries an annual average value of $6.9 million against the salary cap.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Kings Claim Nikita Scherbak Off Waivers From Canadiens
Nikita Scherbak has played in 29 career NHL games, all with the Canadiens.

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Maple Leafs Acquire Morgan Klimchuk From Flames
The Maple Leafs have sent Andrew Nielsen to the Flames in exchange for Morgan Klimchuk.

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Flyers Fire GM Ron Hextall
The Flyers are 10-11-2 on the season, and sit four points out of the final playoff seed in the Metro Division.

Coyotes Acquire Nick Schmaltz From Blackhawks
The Coyotes have sent Dylan Strome and Brendan Perlini to the Blackhawks in exchange for center Nick Schmaltz.

Oilers Trade Pick To Senators For Chris Wideman
Chris Wideman had scored two goals in 19 games for the Senators this season.

Extension Keeps Ducks In Anaheim Through 2048
The Anaheim City Council has approved a deal that extends the current Ducks agreement to keep the team in the Honda Center.

Oilers Fire Head Coach Todd McLellan
The Oilers will replace head coach Todd McLellan with Ken Hitchcock.

Blues Fire Head Coach Mike Yeo
The Blues have named Craig Berube the interim head coach while GM Doug Armstrong assembles a list of candidates.

Oilers Trade Ryan Strome To Rangers For Ryan Spooner
Ryan Sponner had a goal and an assist in 16 games this season with the Rangers.

Pens Trade Carl Hagelin To Kings
The Penguins have acquired LW Tanner Pearson in the trade with the Kings.

Penguins Sign GM Jim Rutherford To Extension
Jim Rutherford is the only GM to win Stanley Cups with multiple NHL teams since the league expanded in 1967.

Hockey HOF Welcomes Memorable Class
The HOF Class of 2018 includes former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur.

Senators Players Apologize For Uber Conversation
Matt Duchene and some of his teammates criticized the club and assistant coach Marty Raymond on a viral online video.

Blackhawks Fire Coach Joel Quenneville
The Blackhawks have promoted AHL coach Jeremy Colliton, who at 33 years old, becomes the youngest coach in the NHL.

Kings Fire Coach John Stevens
The Kings have replaced John Stevens with former Canucks coach Willie Desjardins.

Predators Sign Pekka Rinne To Two-Year Extension
Pekka Rinne's new two-year deal with the Predators is worth $10 million.

Lightning Re-Sign Yanni Gourde To Six-Year Deal
Forward Yanni Gourde will make an average of $5.17M under the new deal with Tampa Bay.

Kings' Jonathan Quick Out Indefinitely
Kings goalie Jonathan Quick had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

NHL Announces 'Betting Partner' With MGM Resorts
The NHL is the second league to announce a betting sponsorship, and it's the same partner that bought the NBA deal last month.

Tom Wilson's 20-Game Suspension Upheld
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman believes that Tom Wilson needs "an appropriate wake-up call."