April 2019 - Hockey Wiretap

Canes' van Riemsdyk Out, Mrazek Listed Day-To-Day

Apr 29, 2019 6:28 PM

Carolina Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk is out with an upper-body injury.


Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Injury, Misc Rumor

NHL Apologizes To Golden Knights For Incorrect Penalty Call

Apr 26, 2019 2:41 AM

The National Hockey League has apologized to the Vegas Golden Knights for an incorrect major penalty call that opened the door for a four-goal San Jose Sharks rally and eventual victory in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series.

"The league did reach out and apologize," general manager George McPhee said Thursday in Las Vegas.


Tags: Vegas, San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor

Playoff Format Change Supported By NHLPA Reps

Apr 22, 2019 1:03 PM

Hockey players are conditioned to think that winning the Stanley Cup means going through the best teams to be the best team.

That doesn't mean they are unaware of some of the inequalities of the NHL's current divisional playoff format. An Associated Press/Canadian Press survey of NHLPA representatives from all 31 teams shows that almost half favor changing the format -- and most support going back to seeding the Eastern and Western Conferences 1 through 8, the structure that was used from 1994 to 2013.


Tags: Misc Rumor

Sharks' Hertl Delivers On Game 7 Promise

Apr 22, 2019 11:07 AM

After the Game 5 victory last Thursday, Sharks forward Tomas Hertl told an arena full of jubilant San Jose fans that there would be a Game 7 in their series against the Golden Knights.

"I know we have one more game and come back for Game 7," he said. "I believe it. We're a better team than them."

His short-handed goal in double overtime in Game 6 on Sunday delivered on that proclamation, giving the Sharks a 2-1 win in Las Vegas and a 3-3 series tie to force Game 7 on Tuesday night.


Tags: San Jose Sharks, Vegas, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Flyers Remove Kate Smith Statue From Outside Arena

Apr 21, 2019 8:24 PM

The Flyers have officially removed the statue of Kate Smith from its location outside their arena and will no longer play Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" at games, the team announced in a statement on Sunday.

This follows the Yankees' decision to suspend the use of Smith's rendition of "God Bless America" during the seventh-inning stretch while they investigate an allegation of racism against the late singer.


Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Misc Rumor

Red Wings Name Steve Yzerman New GM

Apr 20, 2019 11:47 AM

Steve Yzerman is getting another chance to return the Red Wings to glory.

The Hockey Hall of Famer did it as one the game's all-time great leaders, helping Detroit end a 42-year championship drought with the first of three Stanley Cup celebrations in 1997 during his playing tenure in Detroit.

Now, he has a shot to do it as the Red Wings' general manager.


Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor, Signing

Sharks' Tomas Hertl Vows Game 7

Apr 19, 2019 11:56 AM

With two goals in Game 5 on Thursday night, Sharks forward Tomas Hertl helped his team avoid elimination. Then he guaranteed the fans that there will be a Game 7 back in San Jose against the Vegas Golden Knights.

"I know we have one more game, and come back for Game 7," Hertl said after the 5-2 victory over the Knights cut the series deficit to 3-2. "I believe it. We're a better team than them."


Tags: San Jose Sharks, Vegas, Misc Rumor

Isles Lose Johnny Boychuk For Three To Four Weeks

Apr 19, 2019 11:52 AM

New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk will miss three to four weeks with a lower-body injury, general manager Lou Lamoriello said Friday.

Boychuk was injured in the second period of the Islanders' series-clinching win over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday. 

The timeline would knock Boychuk out for at least the team's second-round series.


Tags: New York Islanders, Injury, Misc Rumor

Source: Red Wings To Name Steve Yzerman New GM

Apr 19, 2019 11:49 AM

Steve Yzerman is returning to the Detroit Red Wings, with a source confirming to ESPN that Yzerman will be named the team's general manager.

The Red Wings have called a news conference for 3 p.m. ET Friday that includes Yzerman without specifying the purpose.

A source confirmed to ESPN that current general manager Ken Holland will remain with the organization. According to multiple reports, Holland will get the new title of senior vice president.


Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor

Cooper: Lightning Victims Of Their Own Success

Apr 17, 2019 4:01 PM

Here's the spin the Lightning had after Tuesday night's stunning 7-3 defeat in Game 4 of the first round: They were victims of their own success.

"When you have the amount of points we had, it's a blessing and a curse, in a way. You don't play any meaningful hockey for a long time. Then all of a sudden, you have to ramp it up. It's not an excuse. It's reality," Lightning coach Jon Cooper said after Game 4. "That's how it goes: You have a historic regular season, and we had a historic playoff."

Indeed, the Lightning made history in the 2019 playoffs -- just not the kind any coach would want. For the first time in league history, a team with the most points in the regular season failed to win a game in an opening-round, seven-game series.



Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor

Kings Name Todd McLellan Head Coach
Todd McLellan was also a candidate for the coaching vacancy with the Sabres.


Hurricanes' Svechnikov In Concussion Protocol
Canes forward Andrei Svechnikov, 19, was knocked out by Capitals star Alex Ovechkin in a fight during Monday's Game 3.


NHL Suspends Nazem Kadri For Rest Of First-Round
Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri has been suspended after his cross-check to the face of Jake DeBrusk in Game 2 on Saturday.


Joe Thornton Suspended For Game 4
The NHL has suspended Joe Thornton for an illegal check to the head of Tomas Nosek in Game 3.


Ovechkin Knocks Out Svechnikov In Game 3
Andrei Svechnikov, 19, is the youngest player in the NHL playoffs.


Flyers Name Alain Vigneault Head Coach
Alain Vigneault most recently coached the Rangers for five NHL seasons.


Vegas Adds Nikita Gusev To Playoff Roster
Nikita Gusev was the KHL's top scorer playing with SKA St. Petersburg this season.


Avs Sign UMass' Cale Makr For Playoff Run
The Avs signed the reigning Hobey Baker Award winner on Sunday, and he will join the team immediately.


Oilers' Connor McDavid Doesn't Need Knee Surgery
Oilers star Connor McDavid is expected to be ready for training camp in September.


NHL Suspends Nikita Kucherov One Game
Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov has been suspended after boarding Jackets defenseman Markus Nutivarra on Friday night.


Devils Beat Odds To Win NHL Draft Lottery
With the third-best odds, the Devils won the NHL draft lottery for the second time in three years.


NHL Suspends Slava Voynov For The Entire 2019-20 Season
The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for "unacceptable off-ice conduct."


Potential Top Pick Jack Hughes To Attend NHL Draft Lottery
Jack Hughes is planning to attend the lottery results event in Toronto on Tuesday night, with the Avalanche having the best odds to land the first-pick.


Devils Give GM Ray Shero New Deal
The Devils have given Ray Shero a new multi-year deal despite finishing with the NHL's third-worst record.


Lightning Heavy Favorites To Win Stanley Cup
The Lightning enter the postseason at 2-1 after finishing the regular season 21 points ahead of the next closest team.


Panthers Hire Joel Quenneville As Head Coach
Joel Quennville is second on the NHL's all-time victory list.


Kings Announce That Interim Coach Willie Desjardins Won't Return
The Kings went 27-34-8 the rest of the season with Willie Desjardins as interim head coach and finished last in the Western Conference.


Sabres Fire Coach Phil Housley
The Sabres have extended its franchise-worst playoff drought to an eighth straight season.


Panthers Fire Broughner, Eye Quenneville As Head Coach
The Panthers asked for and received permission from the Blackhawks to speak to Joel Quenneville.


Lightning Win NHL Record-Tying 62nd Game
The Lightning beat the Bruins 6-3 on Saturday in the teams' regular-season finale.