Hockey Wiretap

Blues Win Game 5 As Sharks Injuries Mount

May 20, 2019 3:02 AM

From the scoreboard to the trainers' room, the Sharks were bruised and battered in Game 5 by the Blues.

There was the 5-0 final score, as lopsided in the final math as it appeared on the ice, with the Blues controlling play from the second period onward to take a 3-2 series lead in the Western Conference finals. But more distressingly for San Jose, there were a parade of injuries that left the Sharks without key players Tomas Hertl, Joe Pavelski and Erik Karlsson in the third period, thwarting any hope of a rally.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, St Louis Blues, Game Recap, Injury, Misc Rumor

Tuukka Rask Leads Bruins Past Canes For Series Sweep

May 17, 2019 1:32 AM

The Boston Bruins are in the Stanley Cup Final, which means the Tuukka Rask redemption tour continues on.

The Bruins' goaltender has been spectacular in the Bruins' postseason run, including a 24-save shutout in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday to knock out the Carolina Hurricanes in a sweep.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Jim Schoenfield Resigns As Rangers VP, Assistant GM

May 17, 2019 1:27 AM

Jim Schoenfeld has resigned as vice president and assistant general manager of the New York Rangers.

The former NHL defenseman and coach spent 17 seasons in the Rangers' organization, serving in a variety of roles. He spent most of that time as general manager of the AHL's Hartford franchise, which he also coached for two seasons.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor

Ryan Kesler Likely Out For 19-20 Season With Hip Surgery

May 14, 2019 3:07 PM

Ryan Kesler underwent surgery on his right hip and will likely miss the entire 19-20 season.

The surgery is a "bone-preserving hip replacement that can provide pain relief and increase function in normal activities of daily living."

The Ducks said the surgery leaves "open the possibility that Kesler could resume his NHL career following a lengthy recovery."

Kesler underwent major hip surgery after the 16-17 season and has struggled since. 

Emily Kapan/ESPN

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Injury

Oilers Hire Ken Holland As GM, Part Ways With Ken Hitchcock As Coach

May 13, 2019 5:17 PM

The Edmonton Oilers have named Ken Holland general manager and president of hockey operations.

Holland will not retain Ken Hitchcock as coach.

Holland had spent 36 years with the Red Wings organization, including 22 as GM.

Emily Kapan/ESPN

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Misc Rumor

Seattle Franchise Launches Site To Help Decide Name, Colors

May 12, 2019 12:00 PM

The NHL's Seattle expansion franchise has launched an interactive fan portal site to help decide the team's name and colors.

The team will begin play in 2021-22.

According to the Seattle Times, a link to the site was sent via email to the 33,000 fans who either made season-ticket deposits or are on an extended waiting list.


Tags: Misc Rumor

U.S. Rebounds With Victory Over France

May 12, 2019 11:56 AM

The United States rebounded from a loss to Slovakia in the opening game at the ice hockey world championship by beating France 7-1 on Sunday.

Alex DeBrincat scored twice and Frank Vatrano added one in less than two minutes to set the pace early in the opening period for the U.S. to take command in the Group A game in Kosice, Slovakia.

The U.S. next faces Finland on Monday.

Associated Press

Tags: Misc Rumor

Slovakia Stuns United States In World Championship Opener

May 11, 2019 9:50 AM

Slovakia beat the United States 4-1 on Friday night, a stunning result on the first day of the world hockey championships.

Corey Schneider made 32 saves for the Americans. They will face France on Sunday.

Associated Press

Tags: Misc Rumor

John Tavares To Miss Worlds For Canada

May 11, 2019 9:48 AM

John Tavares will miss the world hockey championships for Team Canada after suffering an oblique injury during practice in Slovakia.

Hockey Canada contacted the Toronto Maple Leafs and it was agreed it was best for Tavares to return to Toronto for further evaluation of his oblique.

"We are disappointed that John will not be able to participate as a member of Team Canada," official Jason Botterill said in a statement. "We know John was excited about the opportunity to wear the Maple Leaf once again, and we were excited to have John as a member of our team and to welcome his many years of NHL and international experience."


Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Injury, Misc Rumor

Oilers Hire Ken Holland As GM, Part Ways With Ken Hitchcock As Coach

May 9, 2019 8:58 AM

The Edmonton Oilers have named Ken Holland general manager and president of hockey operations.

Holland will not retain Ken Hitchcock as coach.

Holland had spent 36 years with the Red Wings organization, including 22 as GM.

Emily Kapan/ESPN

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Misc Rumor

Tampa Bay Named Early Favorites To Win 2020 Stanley Cup
Last summer, the Lightning were a 7-1 favorite to win the Cup, the shortest odds in the NHL.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

Red Wings Hire Pat Verbeek As Assistant GM
Steve Yzerman was hired recently by Detroit as general manager.


Auston Matthews Has Surgical Hardware Removed
Auston Matthews had a broken femur in 2013.


Golden Knights Promote Kelly McCrimmon To General Manager
Kelly McCrimmon was one of the NHL's most coveted GM candidates.

Emily Kapan/ESPN

Gary Bettman: Hockey Can't Completely Eliminate Head Injuries
Gary Bettman said hockey is safer for players and different in terms of physical contact from football, where there are repeated blows to players' heads.


Canes' van Riemsdyk Out, Mrazek Listed Day-To-Day
Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is out with an upper-body injury.

NHL Apologizes To Golden Knights For Incorrect Penalty Call
The penalty call against Vegas opened the door for the Sharks to rally for a victory in Game 7 of their first-round series.

Playoff Format Change Supported By NHLPA Reps
Almost half of the player representatives support changing the playoff format, and going back to seeding.

Sharks' Hertl Delivers On Game 7 Promise
Tomas Hertl scored on a short-handed goal in double overtime on Sunday, as the Sharks won 2-1 to force game 7 on Tuesday night.

Flyers Remove Kate Smith Statue From Outside Arena
The Flyers will no longer play Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" at games.

Red Wings Name Steve Yzerman New GM
Chris Ilitch, the president and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, which owns the Red Wings, said Ken Holland encouraged him to hire Steve Yzerman to replace him

Sharks' Tomas Hertl Vows Game 7
After the Sharks 5-2 win on Thursday night, forward Tomas Hertl guaranteed to the fans there will be a Game 7 against the Golden Knights.

Isles Lose Johnny Boychuk For Three To Four Weeks
Johnny Boychuk's lower-body injury would knock him out for a least the upcoming second-round playoff series.

Source: Red Wings To Name Steve Yzerman New GM
According to reports current GM Ken Holland will remain with the organization.

Cooper: Lightning Victims Of Their Own Success
The Lightning were the first team in NHL history to have the most points in the regular season and fail to win a game in an opening-round, seven-game series.

Kings Name Todd McLellan Head Coach
Todd McLellan was also a candidate for the coaching vacancy with the Sabres.

Hurricanes' Svechnikov In Concussion Protocol
Canes forward Andrei Svechnikov, 19, was knocked out by Capitals star Alex Ovechkin in a fight during Monday's Game 3.

NHL Suspends Nazem Kadri For Rest Of First-Round
Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended after his cross-check to the face of Jake DeBrusk in Game 2 on Saturday.

Joe Thornton Suspended For Game 4
The NHL has suspended Joe Thornton for an illegal check to the head of Tomas Nosek in Game 3.

Ovechkin Knocks Out Svechnikov In Game 3
Andrei Svechnikov, 19, is the youngest player in the NHL playoffs.