January 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

Alex Ovechkin, Three Teammates Placed On COVID-19 Absence List

Jan 21, 2021 12:49 AM

Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin and three teammates were placed on the NHL's COVID-19 protocol-related absences list on Wednesday, as the league fined the team $100,000 for a violation of health and safety protocols.

Ovechkin, center Evgeny Kuznetsov, defenseman Dmitry Orlov and goaltender Ilya Samsonov were all added to the daily list of players who are "unavailable to play or practice, in accordance with the league's COVID protocols."

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Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

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Avs Trade Ian Cole To Wild For Greg Pateryn

Jan 19, 2021 8:09 PM

Colorado and Minnesota swapped defensemen on Tuesday, with the Avalanche acquiring Greg Pateryn and the Wild receiving Ian Cole.

The trade represents a significant salary-cap savings for Colorado from Cole's $4.25 million hit to Pateryn's $2.25 million. It also frees up a spot on the left side of the blue line for 19-year-old Avalanche prospect Bowen Byram.

"The trade really works for them and the trade really works for us," Wild GM Bill Guerin said. "And that's what's most important, I think, in making deals is you make a fair deal."

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Tags: Colorado Avalanche, Minnesota Wild, Official Trade

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John Tortorella Denies Benching Pierre-Luc Dubois

Jan 19, 2021 1:40 AM

Blue Jackets center Pierre-Luc Dubois has requested a trade from the team, which is why interest around the league was piqued when he didn't take a regular shift during the second period of the team's 3-2 win over Detroit on Monday.

Coach John Tortorella denied he "benched" the 22-year-old scorer.

"You guys are really dissecting this benching and sitting. I guess I benched Max [Domi] the other night, you said. Slow down, boys. You'll know when I bench someone. I have to make decisions when the game is being played, when I think someone is going at certain times. But don't try to manifest something as far as the benching. That's all part of a three-period hockey game."

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Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Misc Rumor

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Keith Yandle Scores 100th Career Goal, Keeps Game Streak Alive

Jan 18, 2021 12:51 AM

Panthers defenseman Keith Yandle scored his 100th career goal and kept his consecutive games streak alive in their season-opening win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, just days after it appeared he might be a healthy scratch.

Yandle scored the second goal in the Panthers' 5-2 home victory over the Blackhawks, emphatically celebrating to the delight of his teammates.

The defenseman played 16:41 for the night in his 867th consecutive NHL game, which is the fourth-longest streak in NHL history. Doug Jarvis has the NHL record at 964 games.

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Tags: Florida Panthers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Stars Set To Open Season January 22

Jan 17, 2021 12:51 AM

The Dallas Stars will open their season Jan. 22 at home against the Nashville Predators after their first four games had to be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team.

In training camp, 17 members of the Stars tested positive for COVID-19, which forced the team to shut down its facilities for several days.

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Coyotes Add Jay Varady To Coaching Staff

Jan 15, 2021 6:53 PM

Arizona Coyotes General Manager Bill Armstrong announced today that Tucson Roadrunners Head Coach Jay Varady will be joining Coyotes Head Coach Rick Tocchet’s staff for the 2020-21 NHL season.

“We are thrilled to add Jay to our coaching staff this season,” said Armstrong. “Jay is a talented coach with a great work ethic. He will help take our coaching staff to the next level.”

“Jay is a great coach with a very high hockey IQ,” said Tocchet. “I’ve developed a good relationship with him the last six months and I’m confident that he can help us in a lot of areas. I’m looking forward to working with him this season.”

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Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Signing

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Blackhawks Place Jonathan Toews, Kirby Dach On Long-Term IR

Jan 14, 2021 1:22 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks have placed captain Jonathan Toews and young center Kirby Dach on long-term injured reserve.

The move means that each player must miss at least 10 games and 24 days. The Blackhawks also gain some financial flexibility to go over the salary cap while the players are out.

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Bruins To Honor Willie O'Ree, NHL's First Black Player

Jan 13, 2021 1:42 AM

The Boston Bruins will retire Willie O'Ree's No. 22 and raise it into the rafters this season, honoring him for being the NHL's first Black player. The Bruins will celebrate O'Ree in a ceremony on Feb. 18 before a game against the New Jersey Devils.

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Blackhawks Give Coach Jeremy Colliton Two-Year Extension

Jan 13, 2021 1:40 AM

The Chicago Blackhawks are embarking on a rebuild, and they want their young coach to be a part of it. The team announced Tuesday that Jeremy Colliton has received a two-year extension that runs through the 2022-23 season.

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NHL Announces 27 Players Have Tested Positive During Training Camps

Jan 13, 2021 1:38 AM

The NHL announced that 27 players had confirmed positive COVID-19 tests during training camps, which concluded Tuesday.

Of those players, 17 were members of the Dallas Stars, who shut down their training facilities last Friday after an outbreak. Dallas' first three games -- at Florida on Thursday and Friday and at Tampa Bay on Sunday -- have been postponed. The defending Western Conference champions are now tentatively set to open at the Lightning on Jan. 19 in a Stanley Cup Final rematch.

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Evander Kane Files For Bankruptcy, May Not Play This Season

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Wild Sign Marcus Foligno To Three-Year, $9.3M Deal

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NHL Outdoors At Lake Tahoe February 20-21

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Coyotes Hire Shane Doan As Chief Hockey Development Officer

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Stars To Resume Practice On Tuesday

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Gary Bettman Expects Billions In NHL Losses This Season

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Coyotes Sign Frederik Gauthier To One-Year Deal

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Mike Milbury Out As NBC Hockey Analyst

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Devils Re-Sign Jesper Bratt To Two-Year, $5.5M Deal

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Red Wings Claim Christian Djoos Off Waivers From Ducks

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Islanders, Matthew Barzal Agree To Three-Year, $21M Deal

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Corey Crawford Retires Before Ever Playing For Devils

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Corey Crawford Takes Indefinite Leave Of Absence For Personal Reasons

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Stars' Opener Delayed Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests

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Six Of Seven Canadian NHL Teams Allowed To Play At Home

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Devils Re-Sign Sami Vatanen

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Blue Jackets Sign Oliver Bjorkstrand To Five-Year, $27M Extension

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Zemgus Girgensons To Miss Regular Season After Hamstring Surgery

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Predators Sign Luke Kunin To Two-Year, $4.5M Deal

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Colin Wilson Retires After 11 NHL Seasons

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