May 2018 - Hockey Wiretap

NHL Expansion Draft Rules Unlikely To Change

May 29, 2018 6:56 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says he has gotten "no pushback whatsoever" from owners regarding if the league should give a prospective Seattle franchise the same expansion draft rules that the Vegas Golden Knights received.

"I think clubs have learned a lot," Bettman said at a news conference before the Stanley Cup Final began in Las Vegas, where the Golden Knights hope to become the first expansion team in the NHL, MLB, NBA or NFL to win a championship in its inaugural season since the 1950 Cleveland Browns. "We needed to make the team more competitive. ... This was the first expansion in the salary-cap era. As we afford all of our clubs an opportunity to be competitive, it wouldn't make any sense to not have the expansion team the same way."

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

Glen Gulutzan Joins Oilers As Assistant Coach

May 26, 2018 1:29 AM

Former Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan has joined the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant coach.

The Oilers hired Gulutzan, Trent Yawney and Manny Viveiros on Friday as assistants under head coach Todd McLellan.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, Misc Rumor, Signing

Evander Kane Agrees Upon Seven-Year Extension With Sharks

May 24, 2018 11:19 AM

The San Jose Sharks and Evander Kane have agreed upon a seven-year contract extension.

"At only 26 years old, Evander has established himself as one of hockey's true power forwards and an impact player," said Doug Wilson. "We think his abilities mesh perfectly with our group of skilled, young players and veteran leaders. It's extremely heartening to have Evander join a trend of elite players who have chosen to remain in San Jose. It speaks volumes as to how players view this organization and further illustrates the continued commitment to our fans by our owner Hasso Plattner."

Kane posted 14 points (nine goals, five assists) in 17 games with San Jose, including his first career hat trick and four-goal game on March 26 at Calgary, after being acquired at the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline.


Tags: San Jose Sharks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Antti Niemi Agrees To Re-Sign With Montreal

May 22, 2018 1:14 PM

Goaltender Antti Niemi has agreed to re-sign with the Montreal Canadiens on a one-year, one-way contract worth $950,000, the team announced Tuesday.

Niemi, 34, would have been an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

In 19 games with the Canadiens last season, Niemi was 7-5-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average.

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing, Terms Agreement

Maple Leafs, Assistant GM Mark Hunter Mutually Part Ways

May 22, 2018 1:10 PM

Assistant general manager Mark Hunter, who had been with the Maple Leafs' managerial staff since October 2014, has mutually parted ways with the team. Hunter, 55, had previously been the owner, vice-president, and general manager of the London Knights in the OHL for 12 years.

"Following extensive discussions with Mark, he and the Toronto Maple Leafs have mutually agreed to part ways," said Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan. "I'd like to sincerely thank Mark for everything he's done for this organization over the last four years and I wish him nothing but the best in the future."

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor

Lou Lamoriello To Take Over Isles' Hockey Operations

May 22, 2018 12:20 AM

Lou Lamoriello, the architect of three Stanley Cup championships and five conference titles during his 28 years as president and general manager of the New Jersey Devils, will take over hockey operations for the New York Islanders "in a number of days," The Athletic reports.

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

Wild Name Paul Fenton GM

May 22, 2018 12:16 AM

Since the Predators joined the NHL in 1998, Paul Fenton had been part of their front office, first as a director of player personnel and then as assistant GM. He became one of the most respected executives in the league. Through the years, he interviewed with a number of teams for GM vacancies while taking his name out of consideration for dozens more.

The right fit never arrived until an old friend came calling.

On Monday, Fenton, 58, was named the GM of the Wild, who are owned by Craig Leipold, the Predators' founding owner. Fenton replaces Chuck Fletcher, whose contract wasn't renewed after close to nine years as GM.

Tags: Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Misc Rumor, Signing

Golden Knights Win Series, Advance To Stanley Cup Finals

May 21, 2018 12:30 AM

The Vegas Golden Knights have a nickname for themselves.

"We call ourselves the Golden Misfits for a reason," said winger Ryan Reaves, who scored the game-winning goal in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals. "We've proven everyone else wrong all season."

Vegas defeated the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on the road to win the series 4-1, and advance to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Tags: Vegas, Winnipeg Jets, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Marian Hossa Announces Retirement From NHL

May 20, 2018 12:06 PM

Marian Hossa has announced his retirement from the NHL.

"I'm done playing hockey," the 39-year-old forward told Slovak newspaper Novy Cas. "I have a contract with Chicago for the next three years, but I have to watch my health, and my body says the comeback is not possible."

Hossa, who had 1,134 points (525 goals, 609 assists) in 1,309 NHL games and won the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in 2010, 2013 and 2015, did not play this season because of a progressive skin disorder and side effects of medication to treat it. He was placed on long-term injured reserve Oct. 4.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Misc Rumor

Rangers To Hire David Quinn As Head Coach

May 20, 2018 9:22 AM

The New York Rangers will hire David Quinn of Boston University as head coach to replace Alain Vigneeault.

Quinn and the Rangers, according to multiple reports, have discussed a five-year contract worth approximately $2.5 million annually, but a source with knowledge of the negotiations told ESPN that a deal isn't done.

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton is in Denmark until Monday for the IIHF World Championships. It's expected details will be ironed out with Quinn when Gorton returns.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, NCAA

Jaromir Jagr To Play 30th Season In Czech Republic
Jaromir Jagr, 46, is co-owner and team president of the Kladno Knights.

Mike Fisher Retires Again From NHL
Predators forward Mike Fisher played in the NHL for 18 seasons.

Maple Leafs Promote Kyle Dubas To GM
Kyle Dubas has served as assistant GM with the Maple Leafs since 2014.

GM Rutherford: Pens' Roster To Change This Offseason
Penguins GM Jim Rutherford said the roster changes will not impact the nucleus of the team.

Hurricanes Promote Rod Brind'Amour To Head Coach
The team also announced that Don Waddel will take over as the full-time general manager.

Stars Introduce Jim Montgomery As Head Coach
Jim Montgomery is the second coach in three years to go directly from the college ranks to coaching in the NHL.

Hurricanes Trade Marcus Kruger To Coyotes For Jordan Martinook
Jordan Martinook scored six goals and had nine assists in 81 games this season.

Avs Sign Goaltender Pavel Francouz To One-Year Deal
Pavel Francouz has played the past three seasons in Russia's KHL as a member of Traktor Chelyabinsk.

Stars To Name Jim Montgomery Head Coach
Jim Montgomery has spent the past five seasons as head coach at Denver University.

Russ Brandon Resigns As President Of Sabres, Bills
Russ Brandon says he he had been pondering a change for a while.

Ron Francis Out As Canes' President
The Hurricanes on Monday terminated the contract of club president Ron Francis.