November 2020 - Hockey Wiretap

Johnny Boychuk Retires Due To Eye Injury

Nov 25, 2020 2:42 PM

New York Islanders defenseman Johnny Boychuk announced his retirement Wednesday due to an eye injury suffered during the 2019-20 NHL season.

"I don't even think it was a decision. When you play with it and realize there's something wrong, and then you go and get tests, it really wasn't a decision; it was a life choice, I guess," Boychuk said in a news conference. "If I was to go and play again and not able to see somebody coming and get hit, I could be a lot worse than what I was."

Tags: New York Islanders, Injury

Several Blue Jackets Test Positive

Nov 24, 2020 5:30 PM

The Columbus Blue Jackets said Tuesday that several players recently tested positive for COVID-19 while preparing for the new season and went into quarantine.

The club has closed off-ice facilities at its training center as a precaution and will keep them off-limits through the Thanksgiving holiday.

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Misc Rumor

Bruins Sign Jake DeBrusk To Two-Year Extension

Nov 24, 2020 1:32 AM

The Boston Bruins have signed forward Jake DeBrusk to a two-year extension worth $3.675 annually, the team announced Monday.

DeBrusk, who was a restricted free agent, has been a big part of the Bruins' secondary scoring on a team that boasts David Pastrnak, Brad Marchand and Patrice Bergeron at the top.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Signing

Golden Knights Say Four Players Test Positive For COVID-19

Nov 24, 2020 1:34 AM

Four Vegas Golden Knights players have tested positive for COVID-19, the team confirmed on Monday night.

"Those individual players have been self-isolating and are all recovering well," the team said in a statement, without identifying which players tested positive. "As a precautionary measure, the Golden Knights off-ice player areas -- locker room, lounge, gym, training room and video room -- will be closed to all players and team staff through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend."

The news was first reported by TSN.

Tags: Vegas, Misc Rumor

Kendall Coyne Schofield Joins Blackhawks Staff

Nov 23, 2020 2:05 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks hired U.S. women's national team captain Kendall Coyne Schofield as a player development coach and promoted Meghan Hunter, previously general manager Stan Bowman's executive assistant, to director of hockey administration and amateur scout, the team announced on Monday.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Signing

NHLPA Feels 'Blindsided' By Owners' Request In New CBA

Nov 19, 2020 11:26 PM

The NHL and NHL Players' Association are still hoping to begin the 2020-21 season on Jan. 1, but talks between the two sides hit a significant snag this week as players felt "blindsided" when owners asked to change the terms of their new collective bargaining agreement, just four months after it was agreed upon, according to a player rep.

Said the rep: "This is a headache we weren't expecting."

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

Sources: Entire ECHL Northern Division Opts Out

Nov 19, 2020 1:47 AM

The ECHL's entire North Division has elected to voluntarily suspend operations for the 2020-21 season due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, sources confirm to ESPN.

The six teams impacted are the Adirondack Thunder, an affiliate of the NHL's New Jersey Devils; the Brampton Beast (Ottawa Senators); the Maine Mariners (New York Rangers); the Newfoundland Growlers, (Toronto Maple Leafs); the Reading Royals (Philadelphia Flyers); and the Worcester Railers (New York Islanders).

Tags: New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor

Panthers Hire Brett Peterson As Assistant GM

Nov 18, 2020 1:36 AM

Brett Peterson has been hired by the Florida Panthers, who believe that he is the first Black assistant general manager in NHL history.

"If it means that we're expanding opportunities for people in hockey, then I'm humbled. But this was a hockey hire," Panthers general manager Bill Zito told ESPN on Tuesday. "Hockey is such a great game. We need to make it accessible. I'm hopeful that maybe someone else can get a chance."

Tags: Florida Panthers, Signing

Lightning Eliminate 30 Positions Due To Virus

Nov 16, 2020 1:40 PM

Just months after winning the Stanley Cup, officials with the Tampa Bay Lightning said Monday they are eliminating 30 positions in a sign that even winning a championship does not spare a team from the effects of the coronavirus.

The positions were across the company and cut effective immediately, team officials said. The layoffs represent less than 10% of the team's workforce.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor

Sabres Sign First-Round Pick Jack Quinn To Three-Year Deal

Nov 16, 2020 1:38 PM

The Buffalo Sabres signed their first-round draft pick, forward Jack Quinn, to a three-year, entry-level contract Monday.

Quinn was selected with the No. 8 pick in the NHL draft last month.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Signing

Avs To Honor Quebec Nordiques With 'Reverse Retro' Jersey

Hurricanes Hope To Sign Dougie Hamilton To Extension

Brandon Saad Excited To Join Avs

Seattle Kraken Expect Training Center To Open Summer 2021

NHL Considering Temporary Realignment For 2020-21 Season

Stars Re-Sign Roope Hintz To Three-Year, $9.45M Deal

Ducks Sign No. 6 Pick Jamie Drysdale To Three-Year Deal

Blue Jackets Sign Vladislav Gavrikov To Three-Year, $8.4M Deal

Report: Rangers, Ryan Strome Agree To Two-Year, $9M Deal

Isles, Ryan Pulock Agree To Two-Year Deal

Gustav Nyquist To Miss Five To Six Months After Surgery

Tyler Sequin, Ben Bishop Out Five Months After Surgery

Red Wings Sign Anthony Mantha To Four-Year Deal

Oilers, Dominik Kahun Agree To One-Year Deal

Report: Seattle Kraken In No Hurray To Hire Coach