September 2019 - Hockey Wiretap

New Seattle Arena On Track To Open Summer 2021

Sep 17, 2019 3:38 PM

SEATTLE -- The arena for Seattle's NHL expansion franchise remains on track to open sometime in the summer of 2021.

Construction officials said Monday that the entire bowl of the former KeyArena has been demolished and excavation work is ongoing. Officials hope to begin digging down 15 feet from the current floor by year's end and to spend most of 2020 constructing the new seating bowl from the bottom up.

Tags: Expansion, Misc Rumor

NHLPA Agrees To Stick With Current CBA

Sep 17, 2019 3:49 PM

The NHLPA announced that it will not exercise its option to reopen the collective bargaining agreement following the 2019-20 season. The NHL previously decided not to trigger its opt-out clause, meaning the current CBA will remain intact through the 2021-22 season.

"While players have concerns with the current CBA, we agree with the league that working together to address those concerns is the preferred course of action instead of terminating the agreement following this season," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said in a statement. "We have been having discussions with the league about an extension of the CBA and expect that those talks will continue."

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

Flyers Sign Travis Konecny To Six-Year, $33M Deal

Sep 17, 2019 3:46 PM

The Philadelphia Flyers wrapped up another of their key free agents by signing forward Travis Konecny to a six-year, $33 million deal.

"We are happy to have Travis under contract for the next six seasons," general manager Chuck Fletcher said in a statement Monday. "Travis has shown progression in each of his three seasons and is an integral part of our group of young forwards. His speed, skill and tenacity sets him apart in today's NHL."

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Bruins Sign Brando Carlo To Two-Year Deal

Sep 17, 2019 3:44 PM

The Boston Bruins have two of their young, key blueliners under contract for a couple of years after signing restricted free agent Brandon Carlo to a two-year deal Tuesday.

The team announced that the contract carries an annual average value of $2.85 million.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor, Signing

Canucks, Brock Boeser Agree To Three-Year Extension

Sep 17, 2019 3:43 PM

The Canucks and restricted free-agent forward Brock Boeser have agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Monday.

The deal holds an average annual value of $5.875 million.

"We're very pleased to have Brock re-sign," Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said. "He's a talented player, a key contributor to our offense and an important part of our team's future. We look forward to having Brock join the team in preparation for the upcoming season."

Tags: Vancouver Canucks, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

Team Of Investors Buy NWHL's Boston Pride

Sep 17, 2019 3:41 PM

The Boston Pride of the National Women's Hockey League has been purchased by a team of investors, led by Cannon Capital managing partner Miles Arnone.

It's a significant step for the NWHL, which is aiming for sustainability as many of the sport's top stars have opted to sit out this season.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

Bruins Sign Charlie McAvoy To Three-Year, $14.7M Deal

Sep 15, 2019 11:23 AM

Another top restricted free agent signed with his current team Sunday when defenseman Charlie McAvoy inked a three-year, $14.7 million deal.

Bruins general manager Don Sweeney made the announcement that the 21-year-old would remain with the team, just days after training camp began.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Study Shows Stan Mikita Suffered from CTE

Sep 14, 2019 4:19 PM

A posthumous study of Stan Mikita's brain shows the Hockey Hall of Famer suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death a year ago.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the BU CTE Center, announced the findings during the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Chicago Honors Dinner on Friday night at the request of Mikita's family.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

NHL Suspends Evgeny Kuznetsov Three Games For Inappropriate Conduct

Sep 14, 2019 4:17 PM

Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov has been suspended three games for inappropriate conduct, the NHL announced Saturday.

Kuznetsov tested positive for cocaine at the 2019 IIHF World Championship on May 26. He will not appeal the suspension.

"I am once again sorry that I have disappointed my family, my teammates, and the Capitals organization and fans," Kuznetsov said in a statement.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Wild Sign Jared Spurgeon To Seven-Year, $53M Extension

Sep 14, 2019 4:14 PM

Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon, coming off a career season, has signed a seven-year, $53.025 million contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

Tags: Minnesota Wild, Misc Rumor, Signing

Oilers Clear Connor McDavid For Practice

Jets Grant Dustin Byfuglien Leave Of Absence

Broken Foot Could Delay Corey Perry's Debut With Stars

Maple Leafs, Mitch Marner Agree To Six-Year Deal

Shea Theodore Treated For Testicular Cancer

Flyers Sign Ivan Provorov To Six-Year, $40.5M Deal

Jets Sign Josh Morrissey To Eight-Year, $50M Extension

Wild Re-Sign Kevin Fiala To Two-Year, $6M Deal

Bruins Sign Coach Bruce Cassidy To Multiyear Extension

Almost A Dozen Big Name Free Agents Remain Unsigned

Devils Re-Sign Pavel Zacha To Three-Year, $6.75M Deal

Blue Jackets, Zach Werenski Agree To, Three-Year, $15M Deal

Recent NHL, NHLPA Talks Breed CBA Optimism

Devils GM Ray Shero Still Attempting To Sign Pavel Zacha

Hurricanes Sign Jake Gardiner To Four-Year Deal

Sharks Hire Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti As A Scout

Sharks Sign Joe Thornton To One-Year, $2M Deal

NHL Players Still Deliberating Ahead Of CBA Deadline

Tim Thomas Breaks Silence, Fine With Seclusion

Coyotes Sign Clayton Keller To Eight-Year Extension