February 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

Bruce Boudreau Interested In Coaching Seattle Kraken

Feb 26, 2021 1:30 AM

Bruce Boudreau expressed an enthusiastic interest in coaching the expansion Seattle Kraken, The Athletic reported Monday.

"The thing about that job is it would be great to start with a team that is starting fresh and to be the builder of something," Boudreau told the website. "I think that is a real exciting thing. Even though it was in the minors, I got a chance to start a team in a new league in Muskegon (in the Colonial Hockey League in 1992) and in Mississippi (in the ECHL in 1996) too. ... It is exciting for you because it is something brand new."

The 66-year-old has not coached in the NHL since being fired by the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 14, 2020, in his fourth season with them.

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Tags: Expansion

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Canadiens Fire Coach Claude Julien

Feb 24, 2021 1:03 PM

The Montreal Canadiens fired coach Claude Julien on Wednesday.

Dominique Ducharme was named the interim coach, and the team added longtime NHL winger Alex Burrows to the coaching staff. The Canadiens also fired assistant coach Kirk Muller, who served as interim coach in the 2020 playoffs after Julien was hospitalized with chest pains and underwent a heart procedure.

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Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Misc Rumor

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Blues Lose Carl Gunnarsson, Ivan Barbashev

Feb 24, 2021 12:32 AM

The banged-up St. Louis Blues got more bad injury news Tuesday with word that defenseman Carl Gunnarsson won't play again this season and forward Ivan Barbashev is out at least six weeks.

Gunnarsson injured his right knee when he got tangled up with Kings forward Gabe Vilardi midway through a 3-0 loss to Los Angeles on Monday night. Barbashev had surgery on his left ankle Tuesday morning and will be reevaluated in early April.

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Tags: St Louis Blues, Injury

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Sabres Lose Jake McCabe For Rest Of Season With Knee Injury

Feb 23, 2021 1:23 AM

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Jake McCabe will miss the rest of the season after he injured his right knee during Saturday's 3-2 victory at New Jersey.

The 27-year-old McCabe was diagnosed Monday with ligament and meniscus damage, and the team said he will need six to eight months to recover.

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Injury

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Artemi Panarin Taking Leave For Personal Reasons

Feb 22, 2021 12:32 PM

New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence from the team for personal reasons.

The news comes after a Russian newspaper published allegations from Panarin's former KHL coach, Andrei Nazarov, claiming the winger got into a physical altercation with an 18-year-old woman in Latvia in 2011. Nazarov's interview said Panarin "sent her to the floor with several powerful blows," according to a translation provided to ESPN. Nazarov has previously criticized Panarin's outspoken beliefs toward Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Ducks Recall Top Prospect Trevor Zegras

Feb 22, 2021 12:34 AM

The Anaheim Ducks have recalled top prospect Trevor Zegras from their AHL affiliate in San Diego, setting the stage for the 19-year-old forward's much-anticipated NHL debut.

The Ducks made the move Sunday. They play at Arizona on Monday night, although Anaheim coach Dallas Eakins didn't confirm Zegras will play immediately.

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Sidney Crosby Has Two Assists In 1,000th NHL Game

Feb 21, 2021 12:00 AM

Sidney Crosby had two assists in his 1,000th NHL game to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the New York Islanders 3-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Saturday.

"It means a lot," Crosby said. "It's a special day regardless of the outcome, but it makes it so much better when you win. Just everything from the guys and the ceremony in the room and on the ice, I was just completely spoiled today. It was a pretty awesome experience and a day I'll always remember."

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Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders, Game Recap, Personal Award

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NHL Lake Tahoe Outdoor Rink Wows Golden Knights, Avs

Feb 20, 2021 1:29 AM

You have to see it to believe it.

Peter DeBoer said those words after the Vegas Golden Knights coach put the team through a fun, spirited pregame practice Friday on the NHL's makeshift rink built atop the 18th fairway at Edgewood Tahoe Resort, a slap shot away from Lake Tahoe with the Sierra Nevada in the distance.

"I think the pictures, as beautiful as they are, don't do it justice," DeBoer said. "I grew up in Canada and I know anywhere in the Northeast of the United States or Minnesota, anywhere they can build outdoor rinks, there's always a competition on the street of whose dad can build a better rink. Every year you come back, and someone adds lights or a scoreboard. This is a drop the mic-type outdoor rink. It's the nicest I've ever seen."

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Tags: Vegas, Colorado Avalanche, Misc Rumor

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Predators Owners 'Angry And Confused', But Not Planning To Fire GM

Feb 20, 2021 1:26 AM

The Nashville Predators owners are "angry and confused" with how this season has gone but are not planning to replace general manager David Poile, CEO Sean Henry told The Athletic.

"Everyone's angry and confused," Henry told the website Wednesday. "We all believed that this roster would produce more. We all want more, and it doesn't matter who you talk to."

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Connor McDavid Gets 500th Career Point

Feb 18, 2021 5:40 PM

Oilers captain Connor McDavid has joined an elite club.

McDavid notched his 500th NHL point with a first-period assist in Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets.

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Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Personal Award

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Rangers' Jacob Trouba Out Month

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Maple Leafs Acquire Alex Galchenyuk From Hurricanes

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Canucks Owner Not Planning Changes, Supports Coach, GM

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Senators Acquire Ryan Dzingel From Hurricanes

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Steven Stamkos Added To NHL's COVID-19 List

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NHL Adds New COVID-19 Protocols Following Outbreaks

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Coyotes Terminate The Contract Of Steve Sullivan

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Mikko Koivu Retires After 16 NHL Seasons

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Penguins Hire Brian Burke As President, Name Ron Hextall GM

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Flyers Now Fifth NHL Team On Pause

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Tortorella: Benching Laine 'The Last Thing I Want To Do'

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NHL Postpones More Games For Sabres, Wild, And Devils Due To COVID

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Maple Leafs Lose Wayne Simmons Until Mid-March

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NHL Admits Hurricanes Goal Should Not Have Counted

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Anton Khudobin Will Miss Game Due To 'Internal Issue'

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Hurricanes Hire Justin Williams As Special Adviser To GM

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Rangers Promote Chris Drury To Associate GM

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Sabres Coach Ralph Krueger Test Positive For Virus

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Blue Jackets Place Elvis Merzlikins On IR

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NHL Revises COVID-19 Protocols After Player Protests

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