January 2018 - Hockey Wiretap

Mike Fisher Returning To Predators

Jan 31, 2018 12:58 PM

Mike Fisher has decided to end his retirement from the NHL and rejoin the Predators, with whom he played in the Stanley Cup Final last season. He's expected to sign a contract for the rest of the season ahead of the Feb. 26 NHL trade deadline, when postseason rosters must be set.

He practiced in full Predators gear on Wednesday morning at Bridgestone Arena.

Fisher will turn 38 on June 5. He's the fifth-leading goal-scorer in Predators history with 109.


Tags: Nashville Predators, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Jagr Clears Waivers, Joins HC Kladno In Czech Republic

Jan 30, 2018 1:54 AM

Jaromir Jagr cleared waivers and has been assigned to HC Kladno of the Czech 1 Liga in the Czech Republic, the Flames announced Monday.

"Jaromir's career speaks for itself," Flames GM Brad Treliving said in a news release. "He is a legend in our sport and we are very appreciative that he selected Calgary to pursue his career in the NHL. Regretfully, with a late start to his season combined with nagging injuries, he wasn't in a position to perform at the level both he and our team had hoped.

"During his short time in Calgary, Jaromir demonstrated tremendous leadership and professionalism, especially with our young players. We thank him for his contributions to our group both on and off the ice."


Tags: Calgary Flames, Misc Rumor, Signing, Waiver

Isles To Play Twelve Home Games At Nassau Coliseum Next Season

Jan 29, 2018 2:55 PM

Ever since the Islanders relocated to Brooklyn's Barclays Center in 2015, many of their die-hard fans have clamored for an eventual return to their first home, the 46-year-old Nassau Coliseum.

Those prayers have finally been answered -- on a temporary and part-time basis.

For at least the next three seasons, the Islanders will split their home games between Barclays and Nassau while a new arena is constructed at Belmont Park racetrack. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the team will play half of their 120 home games at each arena ahead of the new building's expected opening in three years. The Islanders confirmed that 12 of their 41 regular-season home games in 2018-19 will be played at Nassau Coliseum. 


Tags: New York Islanders, Misc Rumor

Flames Place Jaromir Jagr On Waivers

Jan 28, 2018 2:04 PM

Future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr was placed on waivers by the Calgary Flames on Sunday.

Jagr, 45, was limited to 22 games this season due to injury after signing with Calgary in October 2017. He has one goal and six assists and last played on Dec. 31.


Tags: Calgary Flames, Injury, Misc Rumor, Waiver

Bettman: 'Everyone Is Overthinking Reviews'

Jan 28, 2018 12:54 AM

As criticism of the NHL coach's challenge grows louder around the league, commissioner Gary Bettman wants a little less scrutiny and a little more common sense in these reviews.

"We need to give a refresher to the officials. Take a good look, a quick look, but don't search it to death," Bettman said Saturday ahead of the NHL All-Star skills competition in Tampa.


Tags: All-Star, Misc Rumor

Joe Thornton Likely Out Weeks With Knee Injury

Jan 24, 2018 3:12 PM

Sharks star Joe Thornton will likely miss "several weeks" with an MCL-related injury to his right leg, GM Doug Wilson said on Wednesday.

Thornton, 38, came off the ice with 40 seconds left in the third period of the Sharks' 5-4 overtime loss to the Jets on Tuesday night in San Jose. Teammate Mikkel Boedker fell on his right leg as Thornton was tumbling to the ice after chasing down a puck in the neutral zone.

Wilson said, at a minimum, Thornton will miss two weeks. According to The Athletic, the Sharks are still waiting for the results of an MRI for a determination on surgery or next steps for Thornton.


Tags: San Jose Sharks, Injury, Misc Rumor

Kings Trade Jeff Zatkoff To Jackets For Future Considerations

Jan 22, 2018 5:19 PM

The Los Angeles Kings have traded goaltender Jeff Zatkoff to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for future considerations, Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today. Zatkoff appeared in 13 games last season with the Kings, posting a 2-7-1 record, a .879 save percentage and a 2.95 goals-against average.

Press Release

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Columbus Blue Jackets, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Marc Savard Retires From The NHL

Jan 22, 2018 5:15 PM

Marc Savard has officially retired from the NHL, seven years to the day of his final appearance in an NHL game.

Savard, 40, last played with the Boston Bruins on January 23, 2011, before having his career cut short because of concussion-related symptoms.


Tags: Boston Bruins, Injury, Misc Rumor

Jackets Trade John Ramage To Coyotes

Jan 22, 2018 2:37 PM

The Blue Jackets have traded defenseman John Ramage to the Coyotes in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Ramage, 26, has registered two goals and seven assists for nine points with 37 penalty minutes in 33 American Hockey League games with the Cleveland Monsters this season. He has skated in one game with the Blue Jackets in 2015-16 and added 14-47-61 and 171 penalty minutes in 170 games with the Monsters since signing as a free agent with Columbus on July 3, 2015.

Press Release

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

Jim Johannson, GM Of USA Hockey Dies At Age 53

Jan 21, 2018 11:27 PM

Jim Johannson, the general manager of USA Hockey who helped put together an American Olympic team without NHL players, has died at the age of 53.

USA Hockey released a statement saying that Johannson died in his sleep early Sunday morning at his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Tags: Misc Rumor

Jackets Claim Jussi Jokinen Off Waivers From Kings
Veteran forward Jussi Jokinen has scored 187 goals in 932 career NHL games.

Press Release

Golden Knights Give Deryk Engelland Extension
Deryk Engelland has received a one-year, $1.5M extension from the Vegas Golden Knights.


Sharks Place Paul Martin On Waivers
Paul Martin has been limited to playing in three games this season due to injury and illness.


Ducks Claim J.T. Brown Off Waivers From Lightning
J.T. Brown staged a protest during the national anthem on October 7, raising his right fist during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner.


New Hurricanes Owners Calls Himself 'Impatient'
Tom Dundon wants his team to win, and end the postseason drought.


Ducks Give Andrew Cogliano Three-Year, $9.75M Extension
Andrew Cogliano has not missed a game in his 11-year NHL career.


Tom Dundon Becomes Canes' Majority Owner
Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has purchased a majority stake in the franchise from Peter Karmanos Jr.


NHL Announces All-Star Game Rosters
The host Lightning receive four All-Star selections for the game on on January 28 in Tampa.


Blackhawks Acquire Anthony Duclair, Adam Clendening From Coyotes
The Blackhawks trade Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin to the Coyotes.


Blackhawks Waive Cody Franson
Cody Franson had appeared to meet the expectations that the Blackhawks had placed upon him since joining the team on a professional tryout.


Canadiens Trade Al Montoya To Oilers For Draft Pick
Goalie Al Montoya is 65-47-22 in 159 career NHL games.


NHL Names All-Star Captains
All-Star Weekend will be held January 27-28 at Amalie Arena in Tampa.


Brian Gionta Named USA Team Captain
A number of familiar NHL names will play for Team USA in the 2018 Winter Olympics.


Zach Parise Cleared For Season Debut
Wild left wing Zach Parise will play on Tuesday night against the Panthers.