March 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

Flyers Place Shayne Gostisbehere On Waivers

Mar 31, 2021 1:03 AM

If relegating starting goalie Carter Hart to practice-only duty this week didn't get the Philadelphia Flyers' attention, perhaps placing defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere on waivers will.

Philadelphia made the surprising move involving one of its top defensemen on Tuesday, a day after the team nearly became the first to lose to the Buffalo Sabres in more than a month.

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Waiver

Sabres' Winless Streak Reaches 18 Games

Mar 30, 2021 2:02 AM

The Sabres' winless streak has now reached 18 games (0-15-3), the longest by an NHL team in 17 years. Wednesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flyers was especially bitter, as Buffalo blew a 3-0 lead in the third period.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Philadelphia Flyers, Game Recap

Aaron Ekblad Out 12 Weeks After Leg Surgery

Mar 30, 2021 1:59 AM

Aaron Ekblad will be out 12 weeks for the Florida Panthers after the defenseman had successful surgery Monday on a fracture in his left leg.

"Overwhelmed by the love and support of my family and teammates, my peers and the Florida Panthers fan base and organization," Ekblad said in a post on Twitter. "I appreciate each and every one of you.

"Thank you Dallas Stars for everything last night. I'm so grateful for your help. To everyone who has reached out, I see you. Thank you!"

Tags: Florida Panthers, Injury

Canadiens Acquire Eric Staal From Sabres

Mar 27, 2021 1:12 AM

Eric Staal was traded to the Montreal Canadiens by the Buffalo Sabres on Friday for a third-round and a fifth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Staal is in the final season of a two-year, $6.5 million contract ($3.25 million average annual value) he signed with the Minnesota Wild on Feb. 25, 2019 and can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Sabres will retain $1.625 million of the forward's salary.

Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, Official Trade

Tuukkla Rask Out At Least Two Games

Mar 26, 2021 2:11 PM

Tuukka Rask will be out at least two games for the Boston Bruins because of an upper-body injury.

The goalie will not play when the Bruins host the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday (1 p.m. ET; SN1, NESN, MSG-B, NHL.TV) nor Sunday against the New Jersey Devils.

Rask played one period for the Boston Bruins against the New York Islanders on Thursday before leaving the game.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Injury

Hurricanes Could Look To Trade Goalie

Mar 26, 2021 2:08 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes could look to trade one of their goalies for help in other areas ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on April 12, general manager Don Waddell said in comments published by The Athletic on Friday

Alex Nedeljkovic and James Reimer have shared the goaltending since Petr Mrazek had surgery to repair a broken right thumb Feb. 3.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Trade Rumor

Flyers Will Be Aggressive Prior To Trade Deadline

Mar 25, 2021 1:13 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers are initiating conversations with other teams ahead of the NHL Trade Deadline on April 12.

"We're certainly not looking at selling right now," general manager Chuck Fletcher said Wednesday. "I would say to you in my calls with managers around the League, first of all, I've received very few calls. It's been really quiet in terms of receiving calls.

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Trade Rumor

Lightning Trade Alexander Volkov To Ducks For Prospect, Draft Pick

Mar 25, 2021 1:09 AM

Alexander Volkov was traded to the Anaheim Ducks by the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

The Lightning receive forward prospect Antoine Morand and a seventh-round NHL Draft pick.

Volkov has scored five points (three goals, two assists) in 19 games for the Lightning this season, his second in the NHL. The 23-year-old forward had one assist in nine NHL games last season. He was a second-round pick (No. 48) by Tampa Bay in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Anaheim Ducks, Official Trade

NHL Approves New Draft Lottery Rules For 2022

Mar 23, 2021 1:20 PM

The NHL board of governors has approved new rules for the NHL draft lottery that will help last-place teams but restrict perpetual losers from winning multiple lotteries, a source confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday.

The rules will be implemented beginning with the 2022 lottery. TSN was first to report the approval.

Tags: Draft, Misc Rumor

Patrick Marleau Open To Trade From Sharks

Mar 23, 2021 1:12 AM

Patrick Marleau is open to a trade from the San Jose Sharks, the 41-year-old forward told The Athletic.

"I wouldn't actively maybe look for it, but if it does happen or it does come, or a team wants me, that's something you have to seriously consider," Marleau said in remarks published Sunday. "Obviously, that's still my goal, to win a Stanley Cup. It would definitely be something to consider."

Marleau can became an unrestricted free agent after this season and said he'd like to continue his NHL career.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Matt Roy Signs Three-Year, $9.45M Deal With Kings

Avs Acquire Jonas Johansson From Sabres

Sabres GM 'Open To Anything And Everything,' Including Trading Hall

Sabres Fire Coach Ralph Krueger

Evgeni Malkin Injured In Penguins Loss To Bruins

Alex Ovechkin Scores 718th Goal Passing Phil Esposito

Maple Leafs Looking To Be Active Prior To Trading Deadline

Ben Chiarot Out 6-8 Weeks After Hand Surgery

Jack Eichel Out For 'Foreseeable Future'

Capitals, Alex Ovechkin Seek Mutual Deal

Capitals GM Leaves Door Open For Henrik Lundqvist Return This Season

Blue Jackets Acquire Mikko Lehtonen From Maple Leafs

Blues Sign Jordan Binnington To Six-Year, $36M Extension

NHL, ESPN, Disney Reach New Deal

Ducks GM Gives Coach Dallas Eakins Endorsement

Predators Place Matt Duchene On IR

Darryl Sutter Denies Abuse Allegations From 2019

Sabres GM Evaluating Coach Ralph Krueger

Brent Seabrook Retires After 15 Seasons

Flames Fire Coach Geoff Ward, Replaced By Darryl Sutter