July 2020 - Hockey Wiretap

Kraken Hire Dave Baseggio As Pro Scouting Director

Jul 31, 2020 12:46 AM

The Seattle Kraken added to their hockey operations staff by hiring Dave Baseggio as director of pro scouting Thursday.

Baseggio spent the past 12 seasons with Anaheim as a pro scout, director of pro scouting and assistant to the general manager for the Ducks. Baseggio also played and coached in the AHL.

"To help start a franchise from scratch is a unique opportunity," Baseggio said in a statement.

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Mike Babcock Joins Vermont's Staff As Volunteer Adviser

Jul 30, 2020 11:42 AM

Mike Babcock, fired as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs earlier this season, has been named a volunteer adviser for the University of Vermont's men's hockey team.

Catamounts coach Todd Woodcroft, who has worked on staffs with Babcock, had a unique opportunity to add the NHL's eighth-winningest coach to his program. Babcock, 57, one of the more marketable names in the offseason NHL coaching market, has coached 17 seasons in the league, with Anaheim, Detroit and Toronto. He led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003, and won the Stanley Cup with the Red Wings in 2008.

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Ducks, Sonny Milano Agree To Two-Year, $3.4M Extension

Jul 29, 2020 1:15 AM

Left wing Sonny Milano has agreed to a two-year, $3.4 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.

The Ducks announced the deal Tuesday night.

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Coyotes GM John Chayka Resigns Prior To NHL Playoffs

Jul 26, 2020 4:34 PM

John Chayka has resigned as general manager of the Arizona Coyotes on the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team announced on Sunday.

"John Chayka has quit as the General Manager and President of Hockey Operations of the Arizona Coyotes. The Club is disappointed in his actions and his timing as the Coyotes prepare to enter the NHL's hub city of Edmonton, where the team will begin post-season play for the first time since 2012," said the team in a statement. "Chayka has chosen to quit on a strong and competitive team, a dedicated staff, and the Arizona Coyotes fans, the greatest fans in the NHL."

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Bettman To Make Call On NHL Players Who Test Positive For COVID-19

Jul 26, 2020 12:41 AM

When the NHL restarts its season on Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, neither commissioner Gary Bettman nor deputy commissioner Bill Daly will be on-site.

"Bill and I have actually put ourselves on the back burner because we don't have the requisite approvals to enter Canada or the bubble without a 14-day quarantine," Bettman said Friday during a news conference. "We also have an open question as to whether or not an owner or a senior executive of a club can come in and watch the games from outside the bubble. Those are questions that are still evolving."

There are many questions about the NHL's restarted season, and some were answered during Bettman's availability, including the fact that the commissioner will be the one to ultimately make the call on a player's eligibility if he tests positive for COVID-19 or needs to be quarantined for any reason.

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Seattle Kraken To Debut In 2021-22 NHL Season

Jul 23, 2020 12:27 PM

Seattle's NHL team, which will make its debut in the 2021-22 season, on Thursday finally announced its name -- the Kraken -- as well as a color scheme: icy blue and navy blue with sharp red accents.

The NHL officially named Seattle as its 32nd team in 2018 for a $650 million expansion fee.

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UBS Reaches 20-Year Deal For Isles' Arena Naming Rights

Jul 23, 2020 12:56 AM

Wealth management service UBS secured 20-year naming rights to the New York Islanders' new arena at Belmont Park, a $1.5 billion project that is expected to be ready for the team to move in for the 2021-22 season.

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Steven Stamkos Suffers Lower-Body Injury During Workouts

Jul 13, 2020 2:18 PM

Captain Steven Stamkos will be limited at the start of Tampa Bay Lightning training camp because of a new lower-body injury, general manager Julien BriseBois announced Saturday.

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Wild Remove Interim Tag For Head Coach Dean Evason

Jul 13, 2020 2:16 PM

The Minnesota Wild removed the interim tag for coach Dean Evason and gave him a contract extension through the 2021-22 season, the team announced Monday.

Evason took over the Wild on Feb. 14 after longtime coach Bruce Boudreau was fired. He led Minnesota to an 8-4 record in 12 games

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NHL, NHLPA Approve Restart Plan, Four-Year CBA Extension

Jul 11, 2020 1:04 AM

The NHLPA and the NHL board of governors announced Friday night that they have approved a package that not only will allow the league to restart this summer but also includes a four-year CBA extension.

The NHLPA on Wednesday started a full membership vote on both return to play and the CBA, and voting concluded Friday.

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Devils Name Lindy Ruff Head Coach

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NHL Targeting December 1 To Begin 2020-21 Season

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Blackhawks Plan To Keep Nickname

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NHL, NHLPA Reach Tentative Agreement To Restart Season

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NHL, NHLPA Finalize Protocols For Season To Resume

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Hurricanes Losing Senior VP Rick Dudley

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Source: NHL Eyeing Toronto, Edmonton As Two Hub Cities

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Source: NHL Expected To Pay More Than $300M In Signing Bonuses

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