September 2018 - Hockey Wiretap

Seattle City Council Approves Renovation Of Key Arena

Sep 25, 2018 2:53 PM

The Seattle City Council unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena on Monday, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city's bid to land an expansion NHL franchise.

The 8-0 vote was the final step needed to strengthen Seattle's expansion application, and it means a team could be playing in the building during the 2020-21 season.

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

Brian Gionta Retires From NHL, Joins Sabres Front Office

Sep 24, 2018 4:56 PM

Forward Brian Gionta has announced his retirement from the NHL after 16 seasons.

Gionta, 39, is a former Canadiens and Sabres captain and two-time U.S. Olympian. He won a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2003.

"Playing with my childhood team the Sabres was a highlight of my career," the western New York native said at a news conference Monday.

With his playing career over, Gionta said he's taking a role within the Sabres organization.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Misc Rumor

Canadiens Sign Paul Byron To Four-Year Deal

Sep 24, 2018 12:40 AM

The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with forward Paul Byron.

The deal, which has an average annual value of $3.4 million, was announced Sunday.

The 29-year-old Byron had 20 goals and 15 assists in 82 games with the Canadiens last season and ranked second on the team in goals.

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Misc Rumor, Signing

Devils Sign Miles Wood To Four-Year, $11M Deal

Sep 22, 2018 8:42 PM

The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Miles Wood to a four-year, $11 million contract.

General manager Ray Shero announced the signing Saturday. Wood will earn $2.5 million annually in the first three years of the contract and $3.5 millon in 2021-22.

Tags: New Jersey Devils, Misc Rumor, Signing

Mike Green Suffering From Fatigue

Sep 22, 2018 1:10 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will be without top defenseman Mike Green for the start of the regular season as he deals with a virus that has led to ongoing fatigue.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Green "hasn't had a lot of energy," which led to him getting blood work done and then a follow-up appointment with a doctor.

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Injury, Misc Rumor

Sabres Sign Sam Reinhart To Two-Year, $7.3M Deal

Sep 19, 2018 2:52 PM

The Buffalo Sabres can finally prepare for the start of the season after signing Sam Reinhart to a two-year, $7.3 million contract on Wednesday.

Reinhart was a restricted free agent, and the team's lone offseason holdout before reaching the deal after missing the first five days of training camp and two preseason games.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Golden Knights Remain NHLs Hottest Ticket

Sep 19, 2018 2:49 PM

The Golden Knights are the most in-demand team for the second year in a row, according to StubHub data.

Vegas is outselling the Toronto Maple Leafs, the second-top-selling team, by 27 percent. This marks the first time a team has topped StubHub's NHL list two seasons in a row since the Chicago Blackhawks reigned from 2014-2016. Meanwhile, Vivid Seats reports that it has seen double the volume of sales for the Golden Knights as their No. 2-selling team, the New York Rangers.

Tags: Vegas, Misc Rumor

Panthers Name Aleksander Barkov Captain

Sep 17, 2018 2:08 PM

Aleksander Barkov is the new captain of the Florida Panthers.

Barkov is taking over for forward Derek MacKenzie, who held the role for the past two seasons. The 23-year-old from Finland becomes the 10th player to be designated as Florida's captain.

Tags: Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor

Flames Co-Owner Clay Riddell Dies At 81

Sep 17, 2018 12:46 AM

Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL's Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81.

The Flames and Paramount Resources confirmed his death Sunday, with the oil and natural gas company saying Riddell died Saturday.

Tags: Calgary Flames, Legal, Misc Rumor

Henrik Zetterberg To Retire With Back Injury

Sep 14, 2018 5:24 PM

Henrik Zetterberg will retire from the NHL due to a back injury.

Zetterberg had been holding out hope that he would be able to play again. Last month, he described a deteriorating condition that included nerve pain in his legs and disk-related issues.

Zetterberg has three years remaining on his contract, with an annual cap hit of $6.083 million. 


Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Injury, Misc Rumor

Stars Sign Tyler Seguin To Eight-Year, $78.8M Extension
Tyler Seguin had a career-high 40 goals to go with 38 assists last season.


Sharks Acquire Erik Karlsson From Senators
Erik Karlsson was entering the final year of a seven-year, $45 million contract.


Columbus Signs John Tortorella To Two-Year Extension
John Tortorella has taken the Blue Jackets to the playoffs each of the past two seasons.


NHL Suspends Austin Walton 27 Games For Domestic Assault
Austin Walton pleaded no contest in July to a domestic assault charge.

Emily Kaplan/ESPN

NHL Won't Vote On Seattle Expansion Until December At The Earliest
The Seattle Hockey Partners are looking to bring the NHL to the pacific Northwest.

Jackets Sign Top Three Executives To Extensions
The Blue Jackets have signed John Davidson, Jarmo Kekalainen, and Bill Zito to new deals.

After Trade, Golden Knights Sign Max Pacioretty To Extension
The Golden Knights acquired Max Pacioretty from the Canadiens on Sunday.

Blake Wheeler Signs Five-Year, $41.25M Extension With Jets
Blake Wheeler led the Jets with 91 points (23 goals, 68 assists).

Emily Kaplan/ESPN

Flames Sign Noah Hanifin To Six-Year, $29.7M Contract
Noah Hanifin had 18 goals and 65 assists in 239 games in three seasons with Carolina.