January 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

Jim Rutherford's Exit Surprises Sidney Crosby

Jan 28, 2021 3:19 PM

Sidney Crosby is used to change. More than 15 years in the NHL has taught the Pittsburgh Penguins longtime captain that it's simply part of the business

It was weird for Crosby and the rest of the Penguins to learn after practice Wednesday that general manager Jim Rutherford decided to step down. Rutherford cited personal reasons and declined to get into specifics with anyone, including Crosby.

"I think everyone was surprised," Crosby said Thursday.

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Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor

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Jimmy Howard Retires After 14 NHL Seasons

Jan 28, 2021 3:16 PM

Former Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard announced his retirement after 14 seasons on Thursday.

Howard, 36, a free agent, didn't sign anywhere this offseason. He finishes with a 246-196-70 career record with a 2.62 goals-against average and 24 shutouts in 543 games.

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Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Personal Award

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Senators Trade Christian Jaros To Sharks For Jack Kopacka, Draft Pick

Jan 28, 2021 1:09 AM

The Ottawa Senators acquired forward Jack Kopacka and a 2022 seventh-round draft pick from the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday for defenseman Christian Jaros.

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Penguins GM Jim Rutherford Resigns, Citing Personal Reasons

Jan 27, 2021 3:35 PM

In a stunning move, Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford resigned Wednesday, citing personal reasons.

"There always has been so much support from everyone involved with the Penguins, both on the hockey and business staffs, and, of course, from a special group of players led by Sidney Crosby," Rutherford said in a statement. "The fans here have been tremendous to me and my family. I know it's a little unusual to have this happen during a season, but just felt this was the right time to step away."

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Jordan Staal Back At Practice After Positive Test

Jan 26, 2021 7:41 PM

Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal is back at practice after testing positive for COVID-19.

Staal said Tuesday he feels good now after having some chills and coughing. He was the first of six Hurricanes players that ultimately appeared on the league's daily COVID-19 unavailability list, which ultimately led to the postponement of three games.

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Golden Knights GM Behind Bench While Coaching Staff Isolates

Jan 26, 2021 7:39 PM

Golden Knights general manager Kelly McCrimmon will be behind the bench for Tuesday's game against the St. Louis Blues while the Vegas coaching staff is self-isolating "out of an abundance of caution," the team announced.

According to sources, there was at least one positive COVID-19 test on the coaching staff, and because of close contact, isolation is necessary.

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Maple Leafs Lose Jack Campbell For 'Weeks'

Jan 26, 2021 7:37 PM

CALGARY, Alberta -- Toronto Maple Leafs backup goaltender Jack Campbell will be out "weeks" with a leg injury, according to head coach Sheldon Keefe.

Campbell was hurt late in Toronto's 3-2 win at Calgary on Sunday when Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk landed on him in a goalmouth scrum.

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NHL Suspends Former Coyotes GM John Chayka

Jan 26, 2021 2:04 AM

The NHL has suspended former Arizona Coyotes general manager John Chayka through Dec. 31, 2021, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Commissioner Gary Bettman made the ruling Monday and circulated a memo to all teams that stated Chayka engaged in "conduct detrimental to the league and game." Bettman's ruling also said Chayka "breached his obligation to the club."

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Blue Jackets Place Brandon Dubinsky On Long-Term IR

Jan 25, 2021 1:42 AM

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed center Brandon Dubinsky on Long-Term Injured Reserve, club General Manager and Alternate Governor Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Dubinsky, 34, has not appeared in a game since the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, missing all of the 2019-20 campaign due to a chronic wrist injury.  

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Blue Jackets Trade Pierre-Luc Dubois To Jets For Patrik Laine

Jan 23, 2021 3:23 PM

The Blue Jackets and Jets have completed a blockbuster trade to swap disgruntled stars as winger Patrik Laine is headed to Columbus while center Pierre-Luc Dubois has landed in Winnipeg.

Forward Jack Roslovic, a Columbus native, is also headed to the Blue Jackets as part of the deal. Columbus is sending Winnipeg its 2022 third-round pick.

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Jets Place Patrik Laine, Nate Thompson On IR

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Maple Leafs Lose Joe Thornton For Four Weeks With Fractured Rib

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

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Avs Trade Ian Cole To Wild For Greg Pateryn

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John Tortorella Denies Benching Pierre-Luc Dubois

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

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Stars Set To Open Season January 22

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Coyotes Add Jay Varady To Coaching Staff

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

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

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Blackhawks Give Coach Jeremy Colliton Two-Year Extension

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NHL Announces 27 Players Have Tested Positive During Training Camps

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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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