September 2017 - Hockey Wiretap

Senators, Craig Anderson Agree To Two-Year, $9.5M Deal

Sep 30, 2017 2:41 AM

Senators goalie Craig Anderson agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract extension Friday that will pay him $5.5 million in 2018-19 and $4 million in 2019-20.

The 36-year-old American was set to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Jaromir Jagr Drawing Interest From Blues

Sep 28, 2017 4:40 PM

The St. Louis Blues have discussed the possibility of signing 45-year-old free agent forward Jaromir Jagr, the second-leading scorer in NHL history.

"He's a great player," general manager Doug Armstrong said Thursday. "Certainly we've talked internally about him, as well as a number of players. But we're really going to have to dig deep into how our style of play is and what type of players can come in and complement our style."

Tags: St Louis Blues, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Sharks' Ward Decides Not To Kneel For Anthem

Sep 28, 2017 4:36 PM

Joel Ward is not going to kneel for the national anthem.

The San Jose Sharks forward posted a lengthy statement to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to explain his decision. Ward, one of about 30 black players in the NHL, previously told reporters he "wouldn't cross out" joining a movement that has swept the NFL.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor

Joel Ward Mulling Anthem Protest

Sep 27, 2017 1:32 AM

Sharks forward Joel Ward said he is uncertain if he will protest during the national anthem at games this season, but said he has gotten support to do so from the team's brass.

Ward, who is Canadian and one of about 30 black players currently in the league, told the San Jose Mercury News that protesting during "The Star Spangled Banner" is "definitely something I wouldn't cross out."

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor

Penguins Will Visit The White House

Sep 25, 2017 12:12 AM

The Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins will visit the White House this year, the team said in a statement on Sunday.

The Penguins said they "respect the institution of the Office of the President."

"Any agreement or disagreement with a president's politics, policies or agenda can be expressed in other ways," the statement read. "However, we very much respect the rights of other individuals and groups to express themselves as they see fit."

Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Erik Karlsson Skates For First Time Since Surgery

Sep 23, 2017 6:07 PM

Senators captain Erik Karlsson skated with his teammates Saturday for the first time since having surgery to repair torn tendons in his left foot on June 14.

Karlsson, a two-time Norris Trophy winner as the NHL's best defenseman, wore a light blue non-contact jersey and did not take part in all the drills during the morning skate at Canadian Tire Centre before a preseason game against the Canadiens.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Misc Rumor

Alexander Steen Injures Left Hand

Sep 20, 2017 8:01 PM

Blues forward Alexander Steen will miss the rest of training camp after suffering a left hand injury in the team's first preseason game.

The 33-year-old Steen was hurt against Dallas on Tuesday night and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He is entering his 10th season with the Blues and coming off a year in which he had 16 goals and 35 assists in 76 regular-season games.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Injury, Misc Rumor

Coyotes Trade McGinn To Panthers For Demers

Sep 18, 2017 5:44 PM

The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Jason Demers from the Florida Panthers on Sunday for forward Jamie McGinn.

Demers, 29, had nine goals and 19 assists in 81 regular-season games for the Panthers last season. He has 37 goals and 134 assists in 504 career games with San Jose, Dallas and Florida.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Ducks Hope To Have Ryan Kesler Back By Christmas

Sep 16, 2017 7:20 PM

Ryan Kesler remains out indefinitely after undergoing offseason hip surgery.

"As of right now, there is no timeline whatsoever," general manager Bob Murray told the Ducks website Friday. "He couldn't skate [during the second half of the season]. No push-off on his right leg. He has to rebuild his glutes and quads. That's what we're in the process of doing right now. I'm hopeful to have him back before Christmas, but that's all I'm going to say right now."

Kesler had 58 points (22 goals, 36 assists) in 82 games last season, and had eight points (one goal, seven assists) in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games. 

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Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Injury

Joe Thornton Fully Healthy After MCL, ACL Surgery In April

Sep 16, 2017 7:18 PM

Joe Thornton said his surgically repaired left knee is 100 percent healthy after suffering a tear of the MCL and ACL on April 2nd.

Thornton missed the San Jose Sharks' final three regular-season games and their first two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Two weeks after being injured, he played Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Edmonton Oilers. Thornton played the final four games of the series, which the Sharks lost in six games.

Thornton returned to the ice by early August, then, after a break, he "started ramping it up" two weeks ago.

"Jumbo is one of the most unique athletes, forget about hockey players, that I have ever seen," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "Nobody loves the game more than Joe Thornton. The amount of work he's put in rehab wise and fitness wise is such an inspiration to everybody in this organization. If we were starting [the season] tomorrow, he'd be ready to go."

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Tags: San Jose Sharks, Injury

Kris Letang Cleared For Contact
Pens defenseman Kris Letang underwent season-ending neck surgery on April 13.

Vernon Fiddler Retires After 14 NHL Seasons
Vernon Fiddler played 877 NHL games with four different teams.

Bruins, David Pastrnak Agree To Six-Year, $40M Deal
Forward David Pastrnak also receives some form of no-movement clause from the Bruins.

Oilers Sign Chris Kelly To Tryout Contract
Center Chris Kelly scored five goals for Ottawa last season.

Damon Severson Signs Six-Year, $25M Deal With Devils
Damon Severson's new deal will keep him with the Devils through the 2022-23 NHL season.

Rangers Hire Leetch, Richards As Advisers
Brian Leetch and Brad Richards will work on prospect and on-ice development.

Jackets Sign Alexander Wennberg To Six-Year, $29.4M Deal
The Blue Jackets set franchise records for wins and points last season, advancing to the playoffs.

Canucks, Vanek Agree To One-Year, $2M Deal
Forward Thomas Vanek scored 17 goals in 68 games with the Panthers and Red Wings last season.