September 2021 - Hockey Wiretap

Jakub Vrana Out Four Months With Shoulder Injury

Sep 30, 2021 1:53 PM

Jakub Vrana will be out four months for the Detroit Red Wings because of a shoulder injury that will require surgery.

The 25-year-old forward was injured during the first 10 minutes of practice Sunday, his first day in camp because of visa issues.

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Injury

Coyotes Only NHL Team With Plans To Fully Relax Players Dress Code

Sep 30, 2021 1:51 PM

As the 2021-22 NHL season opens, the Arizona Coyotes are the only team with plans to fully relax their game-day dress code for players, according to an ESPN survey of all 32 teams.

The NHL is the only one among the four North American major men's professional sports league with a strict game-day dress code spelled out into its collective bargaining agreement. Exhibit 14, Paragraph 5 of the CBA reads: "Players are required to wear jackets, ties and dress pants to all Club games and while traveling to and from such games unless otherwise specified by the Head Coach or General Manager."

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Misc Rumor

Jonathan Towes Will Play First Game For Blackhawks In More Than A Year

Sep 29, 2021 5:07 PM

Jonathan Toews will to play for the Chicago Blackhawks for the first time in more than a year against the Detroit Red Wings in a preseason game Wednesday (8:30 p.m. ET; NHLN [JIP], NBCSCH+).

The 33-year-old captain missed last season with chronic immune response syndrome. He has participated in all five days the Blackhawks have held training camp this month, including a three-period scrimmage (15 minutes each period) Tuesday.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor

Kraken Open With Preseason Win Over Canucks

Sep 27, 2021 11:46 AM

Seattle made its debut on Sunday night with a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks in the preseason opener for both teams. With Seattle's home arena putting the finishing touches on its construction, the Kraken have taken their first preseason on the road to three junior hockey venues in the state.

Tags: , Vancouver Canucks, Expansion, Game Recap, Team Achievement

Blues Sign GM Doug Armstrong To Five-Year Extension

Sep 26, 2021 1:14 AM

The St. Louis Blues signed longtime president of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong to a five-year contract extension Saturday.

Armstrong, 57, was named the organization's 11th general manager after the 2009-10 season after joining the Blues as assistant general manager in 2008.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Signing

NHL Expects 30 Of 32 Teams To Open At 100% Capacity

Sep 24, 2021 12:46 PM

The NHL anticipates 30 of its 32 arenas will open at 100% capacity for the 2021-22 season, according to a memo circulated to teams this week.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Montreal Canadiens are expected to open at 33% capacity, or around 7,500 fans. The Vancouver Canucks will open at less than capacity, too. While the percentage has yet to be determined, the NHL initially estimated it could be at 50%.

Tags: Misc Rumor

Capitals Become First NHL Team To Sell Jersey Ads

Sep 24, 2021 12:44 PM

The Washington Capitals are the first NHL team to sell advertising on its jerseys.

Washington announced a multi-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment that will place a Caesars Sportsbook logo on Capitals home and third jerseys beginning in the 2022-23 season. It is a 3-x-3.5-inch patch positioned on the upper right chest area of the jersey.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Misc Rumor

Blues Promote Peter Chiarelli, Welcome Back Ken Hitchcock

Sep 23, 2021 1:04 PM

The St. Louis Blues have promoted Peter Chiarelli to vice president of hockey operations. They are also bringing back former coach Ken Hitchock as consultant, refining the front office with some Stanley Cup experience.

Tags: St Louis Blues, Misc Rumor

No Evidence Kvander Kane Bet On NHL Games

Sep 23, 2021 1:02 PM

The NHL has completed its gambling investigation into Evander Kane, saying Wednesday that it found no evidence that the San Jose Sharks forward bet on NHL games.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Legal, Misc Rumor

Kings, Cal Petersen Agree To Three-Year, $15M Extension

Sep 23, 2021 1:00 PM

Goalie Cal Petersen has agreed to a three-year, $15 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, the team announced Wednesday.

Petersen's extension begins in the 2022-23 season.

Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Terms Agreement

Jack Eichel Fails Physical, Stripped Of Captaincy

Evgeni Malkin Out At Least First Two Months

Wild Sign Kirill Kaprizov To Five-Year, $45M Deal

Jackets Sign Elvis Merzlikins To Five-Year, $27M Deal

Seattle Kraken Creating Hot Market For Jersey Sales

Flyers' Kevin Hayes To Miss Six To Eight Weeks

Jonathan Drouin Say's He Left Habs Due To Anxiety, Insomnia

Coyotes Propose $1.7B Development In Tempe

Travis Zajac Retires After 15-Year NHL Career

Nolan Patrick Signs Two-Year Deal With Golden Knights

Oilers, Kailer Yamamoto Agree To One-Year Extension

Report: Jack Eichel Will Travel To Buffalo For Physical

Zdeno Chara Signs One-Year Deal With Isles

Patrick Kane Working Through Nagging Issue

Canadiens To Host 2022 NHL Draft

Sidney Crosby Remains Unsure Of Return

Sabres To Play Maple Leafs Outdoors In Heritage Classic

Evander Kane Thinks He'll Be Cleared By NHL

NHL Expects 98% Of Players To Be Vaccinated

Kraken's First Game Will Help Open First Season Of New NHL TV