December 2017 - Hockey Wiretap

Blues Sign GM Doug Armstrong To Four-Year Extension

Dec 27, 2017 11:33 PM

The Blues have signed general manager Doug Armstrong to a four-year contract extension with a team option for a fifth year, the team announced Wednesday.

Armstrong, who is also the team's president of hockey operations, is in his 10th season with the Blues. Since he became GM in 2010, the team has a 337-185-56 regular-season record (fourth-best in the NHL since the 2010-11) and has reached the playoffs six years in a row.

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Tags: St Louis Blues, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Auston Matthews Dealing With Concussion Symptoms

Dec 22, 2017 7:36 PM

Maple Leafs star center Auston Matthews, who has been dealing with concussion symptoms after colliding with a teammate in a game earlier this month, participated in his first practice in two weeks on Friday.

Matthews, who has missed six games, confirmed the nature of his latest injury Friday.

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Ken Hitchcock Gets 800th Career Win

Dec 22, 2017 7:33 PM

Ken Hitchcock became the third coach in NHL history to reach 800 career wins in the Stars' 4-0 victory over the Blackhawks on Thursday night.

After the game, he was quickly congratulated by Chicago counterpart Joel Quenneville, who ranks second on the career list with 868 coaching wins. Scotty Bowman is the all-time leader with 1,244 wins.

"Congratulations from Joel means more than anything,'' Hitchcock said. "We've had so much mutual respect from each other and helped each other along the way when we were both kind of in the down and outs. Coming from him, it means more than the number.''

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Tags: Dallas Stars, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Isles To Leave Brooklyn, Return To Suburbs

Dec 20, 2017 12:31 PM

The Islanders, who moved from their suburban home to Brooklyn in 2015, have won a bid to build a new arena on the grounds of the Belmont Park horse track.

State officials confirmed the deal Wednesday ahead of a formal announcement at the racetrack, which is home to the third leg of horse racing's Triple Crown.

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Tags: New York Islanders, Misc Rumor

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Lightning Lose Ryan Callahan Indefinitely

Dec 17, 2017 2:39 AM

Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan is out indefinitely after taking a nasty spill into the boards in Thursday night's 4-1 win over the Coyotes, the team announced Friday.

Callahan, whose right arm was in a sling after the game, will be re-evaluated in three to four weeks with what the Lightning are calling an upper-body injury.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Senators Owner Says Team 'Could Look Good Somewhere Else'

Dec 16, 2017 12:52 PM

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk floated the notion of relocating his franchise, saying Friday that the team "could look good somewhere else" if its market conditions don't improve.

Melnyk spoke to reporters on the eve of the NHL 100 Classic, an outdoor game in Ottawa, Ontario, between the Montreal Canadiens and the Senators to commemorate the NHL's centennial.

His remarks came at a time when cities such as Seattle, Houston and Quebec City are all seeking NHL teams.

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Tags: Ottawa Senators, Expansion, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Coyotes Acquire Ryan Kujawinski From Devils

Dec 15, 2017 2:50 PM

Arizona Coyotes President of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Chayka announced today that the Coyotes have acquired forward Ryan Kujawinski from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for forward Michael Latta.

Kujawinski has registered 1-1-2 and seven penalty minutes (PIM) in five games with the Binghamton Devils (AHL) this season. The 22-year-old native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario has totaled 13-22-35 and 65 PIM in 96 career AHL games. Kujawinski was originally drafted by the Devils in the third round (73rd overall) in the 2013 Entry Draft.

Latta has recorded 2-6-8 and 17 PIM in 20 games with the Tucson Roadrunners (AHL) this season. The Coyotes signed Latta on July 4, 2017.

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Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Official Trade

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Gary Bettman Projects NHL Salary Cap To Rise

Dec 10, 2017 2:14 AM

Gary Bettman projects the salary cap will be between $78 million and $82 million in 2018-19 -- an increase from the current salary cap of $75 million.

"The league has never been healthier," the commissioner said at the NHL's board of governors meetings.

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Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

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NHL Invites Seattle To Apply For Expansion Team

Dec 8, 2017 2:40 AM

Seattle has been invited to apply for NHL expansion, commissioner Gary Bettman said Thursday.

The NHL's price for Seattle's expansion bid: $650 million.

"It is envisioned that the terms of an expansion agreement, would it go forward, would basically be the same as Las Vegas -- except the price," Bettman said, speaking at the league's Board of Governors meeting. "If we decide for whatever reason for the 2020 season, instead of expanding, using an existing franchise, that's always an option. But that's not something we're focused on right now. Because we're not anticipating anybody moving right now."

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Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

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Tom Dundon Agrees To Purchase Hurricanes

Dec 8, 2017 2:36 AM

Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the Carolina Hurricanes from longtime owner Peter Karmanos.

The team announced the agreement Thursday, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the team would not move.

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Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Rangers Remain NHL's Most Valuable At $1.5B
Forbes says the average NHL team is now worth $594 million.

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Seattle's Chance For NHL Team Improves
The Seattle City Council has approved a memo of understanding for the $660M, privately financed redevelopment of KeyArena.

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Sabres Trade 2019 Pick To Wings For Scott Wilson, Waive Matt Moulson
Sabres GM Jason Botterill has begun to make moves in an attempt to improve their underperforming team.

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Mike Keenan Fired By KHL Team
Former NHL player Bobby Carpenter takes over the Kunlun Red Star team that is based in China.

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