August 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones Hire Jason Payne

Aug 31, 2021 1:54 PM

Jason Payne has been hired by the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones, making him the only Black head coach in North American professional hockey next season.

Payne, 45, was promoted from assistant coach after Cyclones head coach Matt Thomas was hired by the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Payne, who grew up in Toronto, had a 14-year pro career as a player, making it as far as the AHL.

Payne said "there weren't many Black coaches as I was coming up, but when there were, you took notice." Payne hopes his hiring will help inspire others.

Tags: Signing

Blackhawks Give Connor Murphy Four-Year Extension

Aug 31, 2021 1:50 PM

The Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Connor Murphy have agreed on a four-year extension that carries an annual average value of $4.4 million.

Murphy, 28, has become the de facto No. 1 defenseman on a Blackhawks team that has not been strong defensively in recent seasons.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Terms Agreement

Predators Sign Eeli Tolvanen To Three-Year, $4.35M Deal

Aug 31, 2021 2:20 AM

The Nashville Predators have signed forward Eeli Tolvanen to a three-year, $4.35 million deal.

General manager David Poile announced the deal Monday.

Tags: Nashville Predators, Signing

Senators Sign Filip Gustavsson To Two-Year Deal

Aug 29, 2021 9:56 PM

The Ottawa Senators signed backup goalie Filip Gustavsson to a two-year contract on Sunday.

The Senators said the first year is a two-way deal worth $750,000 in the NHL and the second is one-way with a value of $825,000.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Signing

Hurricanes Tender One-Year, $6.1M Deal To Jesperi Kotkaniemi

Aug 29, 2021 1:10 AM

Carolina tendered an offer sheet to restricted free agent Jesperi Kotkaniemi on Saturday as the ongoing storyline between the Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens continued.

Two years after Carolina star forward Sebastian Aho received a five-year, $42 million tender as a restricted free agent from the Canadiens, a deal that the Hurricanes matched, Montreal had the tables turned.

Kotkaniemi, a sharp shooter who at times was left out of the lineup as Montreal raced to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, agreed to a one-year contract with Carolina that will pay him $6.1 million.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Misc Rumor

Jack Eichel Changing Agents Amid Dispute With Sabres

Aug 28, 2021 1:47 AM

With his future in Buffalo uncertain, Sabres captain Jack Eichel is changing agents while in the midst of a long-standing dispute with the team over how to treat a neck injury, sources confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Misc Rumor

Wild Sign Jordie Benn To One-Year, $900K Deal

Aug 28, 2021 1:45 AM

The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a one-year, $900,000 contract on Friday, adding another veteran option after an offseason of change on the blue line.

Benn, 34, had one goal, nine assists and a plus-7 rating over 39 games with the Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets last season.

Tags: Minnesota Wild, Signing

Flyers Sign Sean Couturier To Eight-Year, $62M Extension

Aug 27, 2021 1:44 AM

The Philadelphia Flyers signed No. 1 center Sean Couturier to an eight-year contract extension worth $62 million.

Couturier counts $7.75 million against the salary cap with his contract that begins after next season and runs through 2029-30. It's the same value as the contract Andrei Svechnikov agreed to with the Carolina Hurricanes earlier Thursday.

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Signing

Hurricanes, Andrei Svechnilov Agree To Eight-Year, $62M Deal

Aug 26, 2021 12:58 PM

Forward Andrei Svechnikov has agreed to an eight-year, $62 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, it was announced Thursday.

The 21-year-old Svechnikov had 15 goals and 27 assists in 55 games last season -- his third with the team.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Terms Agreement

Derick Brassard Signs One-Year, $825K Deal With Flyers

Aug 25, 2021 2:38 PM

Derick Brassard signed a one-year, $825,000 contract with the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old center, who was an unrestricted free agent, scored 20 points (eight goals, 12 assists) in 53 games with the Arizona Coyotes last season. He was first on the team in face-off percentage (52.6, minimum 15 face-offs taken).

Tags: Philadelphia Flyers, Phoenix Coyotes, Free Agent Rumor, Signing

Tuukkla Rask Could Return In December, Only Wants To Play For Bruins

Flyers Re-Sign Travis Sanheim To Two-Year Deal

Henrik Lundqvist Announces Retirement

City Of Glendale Terminating Coyotes' Lease For Gila Arena After 21-22

No. 1 Overall Pick By Sabres, Owen Power, Returning To Michigan

NHL Jerseys Will Have Ads Beginning In The 2022-23 Season

Wild Re-Sign Kevin Fiala To One-Year, $5.1M Deal

Predators Sign Juuse Saros To Four-Year, $20M Deal

Canucks Sign Jason Dickinson To Three-Year Deal

Austin Matthews Has Wrist Surgery

Joe Thornton Signs One-Year, $750K Deal With Panthers

Jets, Andrew Copp Agree To One-Year, $3.6M Deal

Jaromir Jagr Feels Obligated To Continue Playing For Kladno

Panthers Sign Sam Reinhart To Three-Year Deal

Jets Sign Neal Pionk To A Four-Year, $23.5M Deal

Scheduling NHL Season Causing Chaos

HOF Blackhawks Goalie Tony Esposito Dies At Age 78

Kings Sign Top Draft Pick Brandt Clarke To Three-Year, $2.775M Deal

Ducks Re-Sign Josh Mahura, Max Comtois, Max Jones

Red Wings, Jakub Vrana Agree To Three-Year, $15.75M Deal