May 2019 - Hockey Wiretap

NHL Suspends Oskar Sundqvist From Game 3

May 31, 2019 7:46 PM

Blues forward Oskar Sundqvist has been suspended for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final for delivering an elbow to the head of Bruins defenseman Matt Grzelcyk.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor, Suspension

NHL Clears Apologetic Evgeny Kuznetsov

May 31, 2019 7:43 PM

The NHL cleared Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov after a video surfaced Monday of him sitting next to a table on which there are two lines of white powder in what appears to be a hotel room.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Friday that the league "thoroughly reviewed the situation" and considers the matter closed.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Legal, Misc Rumor

Maple Leafs' Nikita Zaitsev Asks For Trade

May 30, 2019 7:50 PM

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Nikita Zaitsev has asked for a trade for personal reasons, and the team is willing to oblige him.

TSN first reported the trade request, and Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas confirmed it to

"That will be our goal, to try to find a fresh start for him, for his own personal and private reasons," Dubas said, according to

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Sharks Bringing Back Bob Boughner As Assistant

May 30, 2019 11:55 AM

The Sharks are bringing back former Florida Panthers coach Bob Boughner as an assistant, the team announced Wednesday.

Boughner will replace Rob Zettler on coach Peter DeBoer's staff.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor, Signing

Blues Win In OT To Even Series

May 30, 2019 11:52 AM

It was a win more than a half-century in the making. The St. Louis Blues defeated the Boston Bruins 3-2 in overtime to take Game 2, the franchise's first victory in a Stanley Cup Final game.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Game Recap, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Oilers Hire Dave Tippett As New Head Coach

May 28, 2019 6:58 PM

Dave Tippett has been hired as the 16th head coach of the Edmonton Oilers -- and the third of superstar Connor McDavid's five-year career.

Tippett, 57, previously coached the Dallas Stars (2002-09) and the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes (2009-17), with a career record of 553-413-28-120.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor, Signing

Bettman: NHL To Consider Expanding Video Review

May 28, 2019 12:59 PM

Commissioner Gary Bettman considers the NHL's current video review system "a blessing and a curse." There are times when it's a vital mechanism for getting calls on the ice correct. But in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, there have been a dozen instances of controversial plays that couldn't be remedied with replay because they fell outside of their scope.

Before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, Bettman said the NHL will consider expanding video review when the league's competition committee and general managers meet next month.

Tags: Misc Rumor

Bruins Rally Past Blues To Win Game 1

May 28, 2019 12:55 PM

Sean Kuraly scored to break a third-period tie and assisted on another goal, and Tuukka Rask stopped 18 shots to help the Bruins complete their comeback from a two-goal deficit and win Game 1 by the score of 4-2.

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Wednesday night.

Tags: Boston Bruins, St Louis Blues, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

Canadiens, Brett Kulak Agree To Three-Year Deal

May 26, 2019 11:40 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to a three-year contract with defenseman Brett Kulak.

The deal was announced Saturday and runs through the 2021-22 season, carrying an average annual value of $1.85 million.


Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Nevada Sportsbooks Sweating Stanley Cup

May 25, 2019 3:24 PM

Sportsbooks are facing their second straight Stanley Cup sweat.

Last year, as the expansion Vegas Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup Final, Nevada bookmakers found themselves rooting against the hometown squad to avoid a multi-seven-figure loss. This year, they're sweating the upstart St. Louis Blues, who have authored one of the greatest in-season turnarounds in recent memory, going from 300-1 long-shots in January to Stanley Cup finalists in May.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor

Wild Hire Mike Modano As Adviser To Owner
The Wild have named Mike Modano the executive adviser to owner Craig Leipold on Thursday.

Islanders Sign Brock Nelson To Six-Year, $36M Extension
Forward Brock Nelson has a career year for the Islanders this season.

Senators Name D.J. Smith New Coach
D.J. Smith has been an assistant coach with the Maple Leafs the past four NHL seasons.

Blues Advance To Stanley Cup Finals
Just five months ago the Blues had the fewest points in the standings of any NHL team.

Zdeno Chara On Track To Play In Finals
Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara returned to practice on Monday and felt good after the workout.

Blues Win Game 5 As Sharks Injuries Mount
The Sharks played without key players in the third period as they lost 5-0 to the Blues in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals.

Tuukka Rask Leads Bruins Past Canes For Series Sweep
Bruins' goaltender Tuukka Rask had a 24-save shutout in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday.

Jim Schoenfield Resigns As Rangers VP, Assistant GM
Jim Schoenfield spent 17 seasons in the Rangers' organization.

Ryan Kesler Likely Out For 19-20 Season With Hip Surgery
The Ducks said the surgery leaves "open the possibility that Ryan Kesler could resume his NHL career following a lengthy recovery."

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Oilers Hire Ken Holland As GM, Part Ways With Ken Hitchcock As Coach
Ken Holland had spent 36 years with the Red Wings organization, including 22 as GM.

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Seattle Franchise Launches Site To Help Decide Name, Colors
The team will begin play in 2021-22.


U.S. Rebounds With Victory Over France
The United States rebounded from a loss to Slovakia in the opening game at the ice hockey world championship by beating France 7-1 on Sunday.

Associated Press

Slovakia Stuns United States In World Championship Opener
Slovakia beat the United States 4-1 on Friday night, a stunning result on the first day of the world hockey championships.

Associated Press

John Tavares To Miss Worlds For Canada
John Tavares will miss the world hockey championships for Team Canada after suffering an oblique injury during practice in Slovakia.


Oilers Hire Ken Holland As GM, Part Ways With Ken Hitchcock As Coach
Ken Holland had spent 36 years with the Red Wings organization, including 22 as GM.

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Tampa Bay Named Early Favorites To Win 2020 Stanley Cup
Last summer, the Lightning were a 7-1 favorite to win the Cup, the shortest odds in the NHL.

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Red Wings Hire Pat Verbeek As Assistant GM
Steve Yzerman was hired recently by Detroit as general manager.


Auston Matthews Has Surgical Hardware Removed
Auston Matthews had a broken femur in 2013.


Golden Knights Promote Kelly McCrimmon To General Manager
Kelly McCrimmon was one of the NHL's most coveted GM candidates.

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Gary Bettman: Hockey Can't Completely Eliminate Head Injuries
Gary Bettman said hockey is safer for players and different in terms of physical contact from football, where there are repeated blows to players' heads.