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Daly: NHL's Goal Is To Start Season As Early As January 1

Oct 24, 2020 1:05 AM

The NHL still aims to play a full 82-game schedule in 2020-21 that would begin around Jan. 1, but Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said Friday that might not be possible due to continuing uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and Daly briefed the NHL general managers on a variety of topics during a video conference Friday, but the main item on the agenda was the upcoming season and what it might look like.

"The goal is still to start as early as Jan. 1 and to play a full season," Daly said.

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NHL Postpones 2021 Winter Classic, All-Star Game

Oct 22, 2020 5:02 PM

The NHL has postponed the 2021 Winter Classic and All-Star Game "due to the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus," the league announced in a statement on Thursday.

The Winter Classic was scheduled to be played at Target Field in Minneapolis on New Year's Day, featuring the Minnesota Wild and St. Louis Blues. The Florida Panthers were scheduled to host All-Star Weekend on Jan. 29-30. The league said it intends to return to both Minnesota and Florida for the signature events "in the near future."

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Julien: Expects Canadiens To Make Playoffs

Oct 22, 2020 5:16 PM

Claude Julien expects the Montreal Canadiens to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs after making major additions to the roster this offseason.

"That's our goal," the Canadiens coach said Thursday. "It's always been our goal. If anything, we've set ourselves up to give ourselves a much better chance. I know people are going to say right now, 'What do you expect?' Well, I expect us to make the playoffs. No doubt about it."

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GM Bowman: Blackhawks Can't Compete With Top Teams Now

Oct 20, 2020 4:44 PM

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman believes his team has "a ways to go" before it can sustainably win again -- and he's not afraid to use the word "rebuild."

"But what I don't want it to mean is we're trying to tear this team apart and trying to bring in a whole new group of players in the next year and a half," Bowman told ESPN in a wide-ranging interview on Monday.

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Vegas Owner Believes 2020-21 NHL Season Will Begin February 1

Oct 15, 2020 1:42 AM

Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley said he believes the 2020-21 NHL season will begin on Feb. 1, a full month after the NHL's current "target date."

Foley told KSHP's Vegas Hockey Hotline that he expects the season will be less than 60 games, saying it could be "48 or 56 games." But he said the fate of next season relies on when fans can return to NHL arenas.

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NHL Targeting January 1 Start Date For Next Season

Oct 6, 2020 9:32 PM

The NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start date for next season, commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday.

In an interview with NHL Network, Bettman reiterated that the league hopes to play a full 82-game season and have fans in arenas. Bettman said planning discussions with the NHL Players' Association will begin shortly after the free-agency period, which begins Friday.

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Connor McDavid Tests Positive For COVID-19

Oct 6, 2020 12:36 AM

Oilers star Connor McDavid has tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced on Monday night.

McDavid's positive test came during medical testing earlier on Monday.

"Since that time, he has been in voluntary self-quarantine at his home. He will continue to be monitored and will follow all associated health protocols," the franchise said in a statement.

The Oilers said that McDavid is "feeling well and is experiencing mild symptoms." He is quarantining near Toronto, where his offseason home is located.

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GM Lamoriello: Isles Can Mostly Stay Intact

Sep 30, 2020 1:28 AM

New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is hoping he can keep his roster mostly intact while knowing he still must re-sign star forward Mathew Barzal, despite having limited room under the NHL's flat salary cap.

In saying he is exploring every possible option, Lamoriello on Tuesday wouldn't completely rule out what he called "a last resort'' of having to part ways with a core player or two.

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Source: Rangers To Buy Out Henrik Lundqvist's Contract

Sep 30, 2020 1:26 AM

The New York Rangers are buying out the final year of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract to end his 15-year career with the team, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by the New York Post.

Lundqvist, 38, will become an unrestricted free agent, joining a crowded market of veteran goaltenders when the signing period begins on Oct. 9.

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Stars To Start Anton Khudobin In Goal For Game 5

Sep 26, 2020 6:51 PM

The Dallas Stars are starting Anton Khudobin in goal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night, as they face elimination against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Khudobin has played in 23 games for the Stars this postseason. That includes their Game 4 loss on Friday night, 5-4 in overtime to the Lightning, in which Khudobin faced 35 shots.

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NHL Teams Allowed To Reopen Training Facilities October 15

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NHL Unsure When 2020-21 Season Will Start

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GM Guerin: Wild Will Not Resign Mikko Koivu

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GM McCrimmon: Goaltending Golden Knights' Top Priority

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Geoff Ward Will Remain Flames Coach

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GM Nill: Bowness Has Earned Chance To Return As Stars Head Coach

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Source: Golden Knights, Robin Lehner Have Handshake Deal

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Hurricanes Reach AHL Affiliation Deal With Chicago Wolves

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Zdeno Chara Wants To Play Again Next Season With Bruins

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Andrei Svechnikov Open To Discussing Extension With Hurricanes

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NHL Playoffs To Resume Saturday, Sunday

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Claude Julien Feels '100 Percent' After Heart Procedure

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NHL Calls Off Playoff Games Thursday, Friday

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Dumba: NHL's Decision To Play Games Wednesday 'Disheartening'

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NHL Fines John Tortorella $25K For Conduct During Media Session

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Fleury Has Agent Delete Tweet Critical Of Golden Knights

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Capitals Fire Coach Todd Reirden

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Fleury's Agent's Tweet Implies Goalie Is Benched

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Coyotes Staffers Laid Off, Furloughed Due To Virus

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Bruins' Tuukka Rask Opts Out Of Playoffs

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