January 2017 - Hockey Wiretap

Rangers Sign Coach Alain Vigneault To Extension

Jan 31, 2017 12:41 PM

The Rangers on Tuesday signed head coach Alain Vigneault to an extension through the 2019-20 season that would make him the third highest-paid coach in the NHL.

A source told ESPN's Pierre LeBrun that Vigneault's new deal is worth a little more than $4 million per season, which would place him behind only Toronto's Mike Babcock and Chicago's Joel Quenneville among the highest-paid coaches.


Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Kings Place Matt Greene On IR

Jan 31, 2017 1:32 AM

The Los Angeles Kings have placed defenseman Matt Greene on injured reserve.

Greene has been dealing with an accumulation of injuries for much of the season, including back problems and a strained groin, according to coach Darryl Sutter. The Kings didn't cite a specific injury.


Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Injury, Misc Rumor

Isles, Thomas Greiss Agree To Three-Year Deal

Jan 31, 2017 1:28 AM

The Islanders announced Monday that goaltender Thomas Greiss has agreed to terms on a three-year contract. The deal is worth $10 million, according to a source.

Greiss, 31, has a 14-7-3 record with a 2.25 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage this season.


Tags: New York Islanders, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Bettman: Hurricanes 'Not Moving'

Jan 30, 2017 1:01 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says Carolina Hurricanes fans shouldn't worry about losing their team to Quebec City.

Bettman swiftly knocked down speculation about a possible relocation of the Hurricanes on Saturday during All-Star Weekend, saying the league is committed to keeping the team in Raleigh, North Carolina.

"The club is not moving," Bettman said.


Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Expansion, Misc Rumor

Metropolitan Division Wins NHL All-Star Game

Jan 30, 2017 1:55 AM

Wayne Simmonds scored the tie-breaking goal with 4:58 to play, and fill-in coach Wayne Gretzky led the Metropolitan Division to a 4-3 victory over the Pacific Division on Sunday in the final match of the revamped NHL All-Star Game.


Tags: All-Star, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Bettman: 'Nothing New' Regarding Next Winter Olympics

Jan 28, 2017 7:19 PM

The NHL's board of governors convened at its annual meeting during the league's All-Star break and spent only 10 seconds, by commissioner Gary Bettman's estimation, talking about NHL participation in the next Winter Olympics.

There is no formal deadline to make a decision as to whether the NHL will send its players to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the next Olympics, but the clock is definitely ticking. The league has plans to finalize regarding next season's schedule and All-Star Game, all dependent on whether the players compete in the 2018 Winter Games.

"I reported there was nothing new since the board meeting in December," Bettman said on the decision.


Tags: Misc Rumor

Gretzky Replaces Tortorella At All-Star Game

Jan 28, 2017 7:15 PM

Wayne Gretzky will coach the Metropolitan Division team in the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday.

He is replacing Jackets head coach John Tortorella, who is skiipping the weekend because one of his family's dogs is ailing.


Tags: All-Star, Misc Rumor

Ducks Sign Goaltender Ryan Faragher To One-Year Deal

Jan 28, 2017 3:08 AM

The Ducks announced today that the club has signed goaltender Ryan Faragher to a one-year, two-way contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Faragher, 26, has gone 6-12-1 with one shutout, a 2.85 goals-against average (GAA) and .898 save percentage (SV%) in 20 career AHL games with San Diego (2015-16) and Norfolk (2014-15). The goaltender has also appeared in 86 career ECHL games with Utah, posting a 44-30-8 record with five shutouts, a 2.60 GAA and .909 SV%.

Originally signed by Anaheim as a free agent on Apr. 7, 2014, Faragher has gone 10-9-1 with one shutout, a 3.02 GAA and .893 SV% in 21 appearances this season with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). The Fort Frances, Ontario native played three NCAA seasons with St. Cloud State from 2011-14, posting a 53-34-8 record with five shutouts, a 2.58 GAA and .911 SV% in 98 career appearances.

Press Release

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Misc Rumor, Signing

Tortorella Caring For Deployed Son's Sick Dog

Jan 28, 2017 2:35 AM

Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella said he missed Thursday's 4-3 loss in Nashville in order to take care of his deployed son's sick dog.

The pet's ailing health also is forcing Tortorella to miss the NHL's All-Star Weekend in Los Angeles, where he had been selected to serve as a coach for the Eastern Conference's Metropolitan Division.


Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Matt Duchene Open To Trade From Avs

Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM

Center Matt Duchene, who leads the last-place Colorado Avalanche in goals, said he's open to a move as the Feb. 28 trade deadline approaches.

"I'm open to it," Duchene told The Denver Post on Wednesday. "When I say open to it, I know it's part of the business, and it's something that might happen. I'm not hiding from it. I'm not running away. I'm not banging my head. I understand it's part of what we deal with as pro athletes."

Duchene, 26, has two more years, worth $6 million per season, on his current deal.


Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Tortorella Dealing With Family Issue, Won't Coach All-Stars
Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella is dealing with a family emergency that requires his personal attention.


Lightning Acquire Jonathan Racine, Draft Pick From Habs
The Lightning send defenseman Nikita Nesterov to the Canadiens.

Press Release

Evgeni Malkin Out Thursday, Will Miss All-Star Game
Penguins star Evgeni Malkin has a lower-body injury, and will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.


Sharks Trade Wingels To Sens For Two Prospects, Draft Pick
Trading Tommy Wingels helps clear up some cap space for the Sharks if they want to make another deal before the deadline.


Patrick Marleau Scores Four Goals In Third Period
Sharks left wing Patrick Marleau became the 12th player in NHL history to score four goals in a period and the first since Mario Lemieux in 1997.


Kings Acquire Cam Schilling From Hawks
The Kings have sent forward Michael Latta to the Blackhawks.

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Predators Activate P.K. Subban Off IR
P.K. Subban is expected to play for the Predators on Friday night in Edmonton.


Ducks Trade Andrew O'Brien To Predators For Max Gortz
Max Gortz has collected 4 points in 30 games with Milwaukee of the AHL this season.

Press Release

Jonas Brodin Out For At Least Four Weeks
Wild defenseman Jonas Brodin broke his finger during Tuesday night's game against the Devils.


Connor McDavid Passes 100 Career Points
Connor McDavid's 100th career point came in his 92nd NHL game on Wednesday night.


Islanders Reportedly To Talk With Gerard Gallant
According to an NHL source, the Islanders have received permission to talk to Gerard Gallant.


Landeskog Doesn't Want To Be Traded From Avs
Avs captain Gabriel Landeskog wants to be part of the team's rebuild.


Isles Fire Head Coach Jack Capuano
Assistant GM Doug Weight will take over the last-place Islanders as head coach on an interim basis.


Lightning Retire St. Louis' No. 26
Martin St. Louis holds the Lightning' record for points (953) and assists (588).


Avs Trade Cody McLeod To Predators For Prospect
The Avs have sent veteran Cody McLeod to the Predators for Felix Girard.


Alex Ovechkin Reaches 1,000 Career Point Milestone
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin becomes the 84th NHL player to record 1,000 career points.


Leafs Claim Curtis McElhinney Off Waivers From Jackets
The Leafs claimed the veteran backup goalie on Tuesday from the Blue Jackets.


NHL Announces All-Star Game Rosters
The Blackhawks led the league with four players selected for the All-Star weekend in Los Angeles on January 27-29.


Leafs Trade Jhonas Enroth To Ducks For 2018 Draft Pick
Goaltender Jhonas Enroth has split his time this season between the Leafs and the AHL Marlies.

Press Release

Roberto Luongo Records 448th NHL Career Win
Roberto Luongo made 28 saves in the Panthers 3-0 win over the Devils on Monday night.