Misc Rumor - Hockey Wiretap

Red Wings To Retire Red Kelly's No. 4

Jan 31, 2019 8:35 AM

The Detroit Red Wings will retire Red Kelly's No. 4 prior to Friday night's game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"Amazing, isn't it?" the 91-year-old said. "I fought against having it, but it seemed to work out well in the end. Very well."

The Red Wings are the second team to ensure no one ever wears Kelly's No. 4. The Maple Leafs retired that number on Oct. 13, 2016.

"It's nice that they are doing this on a night both those teams are playing against each other," Kelly said. "All for a number I was reluctant to get."

Mike Zeisberger/NHL

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Misc Rumor

Tuukka Rask Nearing Return From Concussion

Jan 31, 2019 8:30 AM

Tuukka Rask could return to the Boston Bruins on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers.

The goalie practiced Wednesday for the first time since sustaining a concussion in a collision with New York Rangers forward Filip Chytil on Jan. 19.

"Yeah, I feel good today," Rask said. "So we'll see what tomorrow brings and go from there."

Rask's next win will be the 253rd of his NHL career and give him sole possession of first place on the Bruins all-time list, breaking a tie with Tiny Thompson.

Matt Kalman/NHL

Tags: Boston Bruins, Injury, Misc Rumor

Austin Watson Suspended Indefinitely For Alcohol Abuse

Jan 30, 2019 9:52 AM

Austin Watson has been suspended indefinitely and admitted into Stage 2 of the NHL's substance abuse and behavioral health program.

The suspension is "related exclusively to his ongoing issues with alcohol abuse," the NHL and NHLPA announced in a joint statement.

Watson had been suspended for the preseason and the first 18 games of the regular season after pleading no contest to domestic abuse this summer.

He had seven goals and six assists in 34 games for the Nashville Predators this season.


Tags: Nashville Predators, Misc Rumor, Suspension

Stars Get Jamie Oleksiak Back From Penguins

Jan 30, 2019 9:49 AM

The Pittsburgh Penguins have traded defenseman Jamie Oleksiak back to the Dallas Stars.

The Penguins will receive a fourth-round pick in 2019.

The Stars had traded Oleksiak to the Penguins last season, also for a fourth-round pick.


Tags: Dallas Stars, Pittsburgh Penguins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

Maple Leafs Acquire Jake Muzzin From Kings

Jan 30, 2019 9:46 AM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired defenseman Jake Muzzin from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a first-round pick and two prospects.

The Kings get forward Carl Grundstrom and the rights to unsigned defenseman Sean Durzi in the deal.

Muzzin is signed through next season at a salary cap hit of $4 million.

Associated Press

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Los Angeles Kings, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Hurricanes, Jordan Martinook Agree Upon Two-Year, $4M Extension

Jan 30, 2019 9:45 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms on a two-year, $4 million contract extension with forward Jordan Martinook.

The extension will kick in for the 2019-20 season.

Martinook, 26, has 10 goals and three assists in 50 games while leading the team with 125 hits and blocking 28 shots -- the most by a Carolina forward.

Associated Press

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

Artemi Panarin Won't Talk Contract With Blue Jackets During Season

Jan 30, 2019 9:43 AM

Artemi Panarin has no plans to discuss a possible contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the season.

On Monday, Panarin's agent Daniel Milstein put out a statement: "We have informed the team that we are willing to discuss Artemi's future after the season. Our priority now is to focus on the rest of the season, trying to win a Stanley Cup for the CBJ & their fans. No additional comments will be made."

Panarin is in the final year of a two-year contract, earning $6 million this season.


Tags: Columbus Blue Jackets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

Henrik Lundqvist Hopes Rangers Keep Mats Zuccarello 'For Many Reasons'

Jan 27, 2019 7:41 PM

Henrik Lundqvist knows the New York Rangers will engage in roster turnover as they continue to rebuild, but doesn't want to see Mats Zuccarello among those dealt.

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 25.

"You don't really want to go there mentally to think about [Zuccarello] being gone," Lundqvist said. "I think, first of all, he's a close friend now. He's been such a big part of this team for so many years. I appreciate him as a player, as a person and as a teammate."

Zuccarello has played his entire NHL career with the Rangers.

"But at the same time, we all understand how this world works," Lundqvist added. "It's a business, and [there's] a lot of planning going into trading with teams. We're in a unique position right now, so we'll see what happens, but obviously I hope he'll stick around for many reasons."

Pete Jensen/NHL

Tags: New York Rangers, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Predators, Stars Will Play In Next Winter Classic

Jan 27, 2019 7:37 PM

The NHL has announced that the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars will play in the 2020 Winter Classic.

The game will be held at the Cotton Bowl.

The Winter Classic is entering its 12th year. It will mark the first appearance for both franchises.

Gary Bettman also announced that the Los Angeles Kings will play the Colorado Avalanche at the 2020 Stadium Series on Feb. 15, which will be held at U.S. Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Emily Kaplan/ESPN

Tags: Nashville Predators, Dallas Stars, Misc Rumor

Metro Wins NHL All-Star Game, Crosby Named MVP

Jan 27, 2019 12:24 AM

Sidney Crosby had two goals and three assists, and Henrik Lundqvist pitched a first-half shutout to lead the Metropolitan Division to a 10-5 victory over the Central Division in the championship round of the NHL All-Star Game Saturday night.

Selected the MVP, Crosby finished the night with four goals and four assists in two games on the same ice where he won the Conn Smythe Trophy and Stanley Cup three years ago for Pittsburgh. 


Tags: Pittsburgh Penguins, All-Star, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

NHL, NHLPA Begin CBA Talks
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NHL Will Feature Puck, Player Tracking Next Season
Gary Bettman says the NHL intends to bring puck and player tracking next season.

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

Ducks Lose Ondrej Kase For 5-6 Months
The Ducks have lost forward Ondrej Kase for 5-6 months after he suffered a torn labrum on Thursday night.


Oilers Fire GM Peter Chiarelli
The Oilers fired Peter Chiarelli late Tuesday night after the club lost at home to the Red Wings.


Blue Jackets Hire Martin St. Louis As Consultant
The Blue Jackets named Martin St. Louis a special-teams consultant on Monday.


Canes, Teuvo Teravainen Agree To Five-Year, $27M Extension
Teuvo Teravainen has scored 10 goals and has 39 points for the Hurricanes this season.


Wild Trade Nino Niederreiter To Canes For Victor Rask
Victor Rask has one goal and five assists in 26 games this season for the Hurricanes.


Ducks Acquire Michael Del Zotto From Canucks
The Canucks receive Luke Schenn and a 2020 seventh-round draft pick in the deal with the Ducks.


Stars Acquire Andrew Cogliano From Ducks
The Ducks receive forward Devin Shore in the trade with the Stars.


Ducks GM: Randy Carlyle's Job Is Safe For Now
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Lightning Acquire Jan Rutta From Blackhawks
Jan Rutta had 2 goals and 4 assists in 23 games with the Blackhawks this season.


Rick Nash Retires Due To Concussion-Symptoms
Winger Rick Nash was one of the most prolific scorers in the NHL, and third in goals scored among current active players.


Leafs Trade Morgan Klimchuk To Sens For Gabriel Gagne
Gabriel Gagne has appeared in 33 games with the Belleville Senators of the AHL and has scored four goals.

Press Release

Bettman: Seattle To Host NHL Draft, An All-Star Game
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has promised Seattle it will host All-Star weekend within its first seven seasons.


Maurice, Reirden, Cooper, Peters Named All-Star Game Coaches
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Devils Give Coach John Hynes Extension
The Devils are currently 15-17-7 and in seventh place in the Metropolitan Division.


Blues Acquire Goalie Jared Coreau From Ducks
The Ducks will receive future considerations from the Blues for goalie Jared Coreau.


Ovechkin To Skip All-Star Game To Rest For Second Half
Alex Ovechkin will have to sit out the game before or game after the All-Star contest, per NHL rules.


Barry Trotz Moves Into Fourth Place On Win List
Islanders coach Barry Trotz picked up his 783rd career NHL victory on Monday night.