August 2019 - Hockey Wiretap

NHL Informs Union It Won't Reopen CBA

Aug 30, 2019 5:16 PM

Seeking a "continued, sustained period of labor peace," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Friday that the league will not exercise its option to reopen the collective bargaining agreement that's due to expire after the 2020-21 season.

The NHL had until Sept. 1 to decide whether to reopen the CBA, potentially ending its current term in September 2020. The NHL Players' Association has until Sept. 15 to exercise its own option to reopen negotiations. There have been concerns that if either side opted out, it could lead to the third work stoppage in the league since 2004.

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

Ben Lovejoy Retiring After 11-Year NHL Career

Aug 29, 2019 1:55 PM

Veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy is retiring from the NHL after an 11-year career, announcing his decision on NHL Network on Wednesday night.

Lovejoy, 35, was a Stanley Cup winner in 2016 during his second stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he began his career.

Tags: Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Sabres' Matt Hunwick To Miss Season With Neck Condition

Aug 28, 2019 5:39 PM

Sabres defenseman Matt Hunwick is expected to miss this season due to a neck condition that bothered the 12-year veteran for much of last season.

General manager Jason Botterill based Hunwick's prognosis on offseason medical evaluations in making the announcement Wednesday, about two weeks before the Sabres report to training camp.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Injury, Misc Rumor

Cam Ward Signs One-Day Deal To Retire With Hurricanes

Aug 28, 2019 3:29 PM

Goalie Cam Ward returned to the Carolina Hurricanes on a one-day contract Wednesday, and then he called it a career.

Ward, 35, retired from the NHL after a 14-year run that saw him lead the franchise to its only Stanley Cup championship in 2006. He was the first rookie goalie to accomplish that feat since Patrick Roy of the Montreal Canadiens in 1986, and he became the first rookie to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP since goalie Ron Hextall of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1987.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Mike McKenna Retires After Playing For 15 NHL Teams

Aug 28, 2019 12:13 PM

Mike McKenna's path through hockey looks stranger than fiction.

The journeyman goaltender announced his retirement Tuesday after stints with 15 NHL organizations and 22 professional teams in all, enough material to fill a novel.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Connor McDavid Preparing For Training Camp

Aug 27, 2019 12:29 PM

Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he's "working towards" being ready for the start of training camp.

The 22-year-old star center injured his left knee in April when he crashed into a post during Edmonton's regular-season finale. X-rays were negative but a subsequent MRI found a small tear in the posterior cruciate ligament.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Injury, Misc Rumor

Devils' P.K. Subban To Marry Lindsey Vonn

Aug 23, 2019 11:13 PM

Olympic gold medalists Lindsey Vonn and P.K. Subban are trying the knot.

Former ski champion Vonn announced her engagement to the NHL star on Instagram on Friday. The pair have been dating for at least a year.

Vonn, 34, told Vogue that they don't yet have a date for the wedding.

"I just want to enjoy the moment and the engagement," Vonn told Vogue. "We're not in a big hurry to get married. It kind of depends on his playing schedule, and when we have time to sit down and go through it. I don't want to stress him out because he has a big season coming."

Tags: New Jersey Devils, Misc Rumor

IIHF Suspends Evgeny Kuznetsov Four Years For Cocaine

Aug 23, 2019 3:01 PM

The International Ice Hockey Federation suspended Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov from international play for four years after he tested positive for cocaine at the 2019 IIHF World Championship on May 26.

The IIHF announced the suspension on Friday and said Kuznetsov "didn't require the analysis of his B-sample and was provisionally suspended on 13th June 2019." He will be eligible to return on June 12, 2023.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Senators Sign Colin White To Six-Year, $28.5M Contract

Aug 22, 2019 12:18 AM

The Ottawa Senators have signed center Colin White to a six-year, $28.5 million contract, the team announced.

The 22-year-old White stepped into the top center position and had a solid season with 14 goals and 27 assists. 

White will be counted on to play a significant role next season as the team continues its rebuild.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Misc Rumor, Signing

Islanders, Derrick Brassard Agree To One-Year Deal

Aug 22, 2019 12:16 AM

The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year contract with veteran center Derick Brassard on Wednesday, the team announced.

Terms were not disclosed.

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

Wild Name Bill Guerin New GM

Avs, Valeri Nichushkin Agree To One-Year Deal

Sabres Unveil Golden Jersey To Celebrate 50th Anniversary


William Nylander Ready To 'Dominate' This Season

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Hurricanes, Don Waddell Agree On Contract Extension

Associated Press

Panthers Will Retire Roberto Luongo's Number In March
The Panthers have announced they'll honor Roberto Luongo by retiring his No. 1 on March 7.

Associated Press

Joel Edmundson Wins One-Year, $3.1M Deal From Blues In Arbitration
Doug Armstrong called Joel Edmundson an important part of the Blues' defensive unit and said they're looking forward to another successful season.


Board Approves Plans For Islanders' $1.3 Billion Arena
The new arena will be built at Belmont Park.


Lightning Sign Kevin Shattenkirk To One-Year, $1.75M Deal
The Rangers bought out the last two years of Kevin Shattenkirk's contract last week.


Sabres, Jake McCabe Agree To Two-Year, $5.7M Contract
Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe passed up his scheduled arbitration hearing by agreeing to a two-year deal.

Scotiabank Getting Multimillion-Dollar Face-Lift
Michael Friisdahl calls it a "reimagination" of the Toronto venue that opened in February 1999.

Matt Cullen Joins Penguins' Hockey Operations Department
The Penguins will put to use Matt Cullen's 21 years of NHL experience.

Rangers Buy Out Kevin Shattenkirk's Contract
The Rangers bought out the final two years of Kevin Shaattenkir's contract on Thursday.