May 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

Seattle Kraken's First Deal Is With Luke Henman

May 13, 2021 1:26 AM

The Seattle Kraken have signed their first player.

Luke Henman, a 21-year-old center, inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the NHL's 32nd franchise on Wednesday.

Henman, the team captain and leading scorer for Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL), was a fourth-round draft pick of the Carolina Hurricanes in 2018. He went unsigned by the Hurricanes in the offseason, making him a free agent.

Tags: Expansion, Signing

Rangers Fire Coach David Quinn

May 12, 2021 2:40 PM

The New York Rangers fired coach David Quinn and three of his assistant coaches on Wednesday, capping off a wild week and a half for the franchise.

In addition to Quinn, assistant coaches David Oliver, Jacques Martin and Greg Brown also were fired, the team announced. Goalie coach Benoit Allaire was the only assistant retained.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor

Rick Tocchet Out As Coach Of Coyotes

May 10, 2021 12:57 AM

Rick Tocchet turned the Arizona Coyotes into playoff contenders, even led them to the postseason during the pandemic season.

The Coyotes were unable to consistently cross the bridge into the playoffs in four seasons under Tocchet, so new general manager Bill Armstrong opted for a change.

Arizona announced Sunday that Tocchet is out as coach, a day after the team missed the playoffs for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor

Maple Leafs Clinch First Division Title Since 2000

May 9, 2021 1:05 AM

In a preview of what could be a marquee matchup in the postseason's first round, Mitch Marner scored his 20th goal of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs outlasted the rival Montreal Canadiens 3-2 on Saturday night.

With the victory, Toronto clinched the North Division title, its first division crown since 2000, and kept itself in line for an 80-point season. The Maple Leafs have 76 with two games left.

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Montreal Canadiens, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Source: John Tortorella Won't Return As Blue Jackets Coach

May 9, 2021 1:03 AM

John Tortorella will not return as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, a source told ESPN on Saturday night.

There had been heavy speculation in recent weeks that Tortorella's six-season tenure with the Blue Jackets would come to an end. He doesn't have a contract for next season and Columbus finished in last place in the Central Division with an 18-26-12 record (.429 points percentage).

"It was awful. I'm not even sure if we won two games in a row. I know we didn't win three in a row," Tortorella said. "This one was a kick in the teeth for me. I struggle with it."

Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Misc Rumor

Drury: David Quinn's Job As Coach Part Of Offseason Evaluation

May 6, 2021 2:53 PM

David Quinn's job status as coach of the New York Rangers and how equipped they are to reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs next season will be part of Chris Drury's offseason evaluation of the team.

Drury was promoted to president and general manager Wednesday after president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton were fired.

"I'm certainly not going to sit here and talk about anyone's job status in the organization publicly," Drury said about Quinn on Thursday. "I know it's been a wild year since we started. It's been well-documented, everything the team has gone through on and off the ice. Again, we're going to take a look at every aspect of the organization when things end and we'll start that process next week."

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor

Rangers Introduce New President And GM Chris Drury

May 6, 2021 1:45 PM

The New York Rangers said the shocking departures of general manager Jeff Gorton and team president John Davidson on Wednesday were unrelated to the scathing letter commissioned by owner James Dolan that criticized the NHL's Department of Player Safety.

"Yeah, I'll clarify that. That's an easy answer: That had nothing to do with it. Absolutely not," said Glen Sather, the team's senior adviser, at the introductory news conference for new president and GM Chris Drury on Thursday.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor

Rangers Fire GM Jeff Gorton, President John Davidson

May 6, 2021 1:21 AM

The New York Rangers have fired general manager Jeff Gorton and president John Davidson, and have promoted Chris Drury to president and GM effective immediately, the team announced Wednesday.

"We want to thank JD and Jeff for their contributions to the organization. They are both great hockey professionals who worked hard for the Rangers, however, in order for the team to succeed in the manner our fans deserve, there needs to be a change in leadership," Rangers owner James Dolan said in a statement.

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor

Canucks Place Jake Virtanen On Leave After Allegations

May 2, 2021 2:28 PM

Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has been placed on leave after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him.

"We have become aware of the concerning allegations made about Jake Virtanen," the team said in a statement Saturday. "Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously by us. We have engaged external expertise to assist in an independent investigation and we have placed the player on leave as we wait more information."

Tags: Vancouver Canucks, Legal