June 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

Jonathan Towes Reveals Why He Didn't Play, Plans To Play Next Season

Jun 30, 2021 5:42 PM

Chicago Blackhawks star Jonathan Toews finally revealed why he missed the 2020-21 NHL season, saying he had "chronic immune response syndrome."

In a video announcing his return to the team on Wednesday, the team captain said: "Honestly, I haven't taken this much time off the ice probably ever, since I was a kid at least, so it's definitely nice to be back in Chicago, see some of the guys again, and slowly and surely settle into the life and routine again.

Toews said he looks forward to playing in front of fans at United Center next season.

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Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Devils, 76ers CEO Scott O'Neil Resigns After Eight-Year Run

Jun 30, 2021 5:40 PM

Scott O'Neil, the CEO of the parent company that owns the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils, has resigned after an eight-year run in which he shepherded The Process and the Prudential Center.

O'Neil announced Wednesday he was leaving Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment after he helped lead scores of projects under the HBSE banner such as the Grammy Museum at the Prudential Center and the creation of a state-of-the-art Sixers complex, both in New Jersey.

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Tags: New Jersey Devils, Misc Rumor

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Connor McDavid Named NHL's MVP

Jun 30, 2021 1:45 AM

Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid won the Hart Trophy as NHL's MVP, becoming only the second player in the 97-year history of the award to win it unanimously.

McDavid placed first on all 100 ballots from the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Previously, only Wayne Gretzky won the Hart unanimously back in 1981-82, also with the Oilers.

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Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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Oilers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Agree To Eight-Year, $41M Deal

Jun 29, 2021 4:13 PM

Edmonton Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has signed an eight-year, $41 million contract before he would have reached unrestricted free agency this offseason, the team announced Tuesday.

His $5.125 million cap hit is lower than that of his previous contract, which was $6 million annually on a seven-year deal. His new contract also carries a no-movement clause.

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Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Signing, Terms Agreement

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Maple Leafs Sign Wayne Simmonds To Two-Year Extension

Jun 29, 2021 4:11 PM

Veteran forward Wayne Simmonds signed a two-year contract extension with the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

The team said his contract has an average annual value of $900,000.

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Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Signing

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Sabres Name Don Granato Head Coach

Jun 29, 2021 4:09 PM

Don Granato has been named as the new head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, the team announced Tuesday.

Granato's deal with the Sabres is for three years, a source told ESPN.

Granato, 53, served as interim coach of the Sabres for the final 30 games of last season after Ralph Krueger was fired in March.

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Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Signing

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Joel Armia Traveling To Tampa, Game-Time Decision For Game 1

Jun 28, 2021 2:01 PM

Montreal Canadiens forward Joel Armia is traveling to Tampa on a private jet and will be a game-time decision for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, interim coach Luke Richardson said Monday.

Armia did not travel with the team originally as he was in the COVID-19 protocol. By announcing he could be available Monday night, Richardson implied that Armia had tested negative to clear the protocol.

"He got clearance, so we're excited to have him join us," Richardson said. "But we'll have to make all those decisions around game time because we don't know when everybody's getting here and who will be ready."

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Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor

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Joel Armia In COVID Protocol, Won't Travel To Tampa

Jun 27, 2021 2:37 PM

Montreal Canadiens winger Joel Armia will not travel with the team to Florida as it prepares for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning after entering the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, general manager Marc Bergevin announced Sunday.

It's unclear how long Armia will be in the protocol or whether he tested positive. He has not yet been ruled out for Game 1 of the series, which begins Monday night at 8.

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Tags: Montreal Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, Misc Rumor

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Kings Re-Sign Blake Lizotte To One-Year, $800K Extension

Jun 24, 2021 9:07 PM

Center Blake Lizotte has re-signed with the Los Angeles Kings on a one-year, $800,000 contract extension.

The Kings announced the signing Thursday of Lizotte, a restricted free agent.

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Stars Sign Rhett Gardner To Two-Year, $1.5M Deal

Jun 24, 2021 8:56 PM

The Dallas Stars signed forward Rhett Gardner to a $1.5 million, two-year contract after the 25-year-old recorded the first two points of his career with Dallas this season.

Gardner had a goal and an assist in 28 games and finished with 52 hits.

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Mark Messier Joins ESPN As NHL Studio Analyst

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Rangers Make Changes To Hockey Operations

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Status Of Nikita Kucherov For Game 7 Unclear

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Kraken Name Dave Hakstol Head Coach

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Daniel And Henrik Sedin Join Canucks As Special Advisers

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Carl Gunnarsson Retires After 12 NHL Seasons

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Lou Lamoriello Named GM Of The Year Again

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Matthew Barzal Fined, Will Play In Game 6 Wednesday

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Isles' Trotz:'We've Just Gotta Man Up'

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Stars Re-Sign Blake Comeau To One-Year, $1M Deal

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J.T. Brown To Retire As Player, Join Kraken As TV Analyst

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Isles Sell Out Season Tickets For New Home Arena

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Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon Tests Positive, Self Isolating

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Dominique Ducharme Symptom Free, Hopes To Be Back Soon

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Jaccob Slavin Named Lady Byng Winner

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Panthers' Aleksanbder Barkov Named Best Defensive Forward

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Coyotes Sign Liam Kirk To Entry Deal

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Coach Dominique Ducharme In Isolation Due To COVID Test Irregularities

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Rod Brind'Amour Named NHL Coach Of The Year

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Rod Brind'Amour Agrees To Remain Hurricanes Coach

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