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Canadiens Select Logan Mailloux, Who Asked Teams To Avoid Him

Jul 24, 2021 1:25 AM

Logan Mailloux was selected by the Montreal Canadiens with the 31st overall pick in the NHL draft Friday night, despite the Canadian teenager asking teams not to pick him after he was fined for an offense of a sexual nature in Sweden last year.

Mailloux, 18, was fined by Swedish police for showing a photo to his teammates via Snapchat that depicted him and a woman engaged in a consensual sexual act. The photo that was taken without consent of the the woman, who went to local police.

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Blue Jackets' Matiss Kivlenieks Dies In Fireworks Accident

Jul 6, 2021 1:32 AM

A medical examiner in Michigan said an autopsy has determined that Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Matiss Kivlenieks died of chest trauma from an errant fireworks mortar blast and not a fall, as authorities previously reported.

Police in Novi, Michigan, said the mortar-style firework tilted slightly and started to fire toward people nearby Sunday night. The 24-year-old Kivlenieks was in a hot tub and tried to get clear with several other people, Lt. Jason Meier said.

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NHL, Canadian Government Reach Agreement On Cross-Border Travel

Jun 6, 2021 7:57 PM

The NHL has reached an agreement with the Canadian government to allow for cross-border travel beginning with the Stanley Cup semifinals, the league announced Sunday.

NHL teams coming from the United States will be able to play in Canada, but are subject to enhanced health protocols.

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Canucks Place Jake Virtanen On Leave After Allegations

May 2, 2021 2:28 PM

Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has been placed on leave after allegations of sexual misconduct were made against him.

"We have become aware of the concerning allegations made about Jake Virtanen," the team said in a statement Saturday. "Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously by us. We have engaged external expertise to assist in an independent investigation and we have placed the player on leave as we wait more information."

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NHL, ESPN, Disney Reach New Deal

Mar 10, 2021 3:36 PM

The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and the National Hockey League have reached a historic and innovative seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal, taking the new partnership from the beginning of the 2021-22 season through the 2027-28 season.

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Darryl Sutter Denies Abuse Allegations From 2019

Mar 6, 2021 1:29 AM

Calgary Flames coach Darryl Sutter denied allegations made by former NHL winger Daniel Carcillo that he saw Sutter kick a player on the bench and mentally abuse another player who was suffering from a concussion during his time coaching the Los Angeles Kings.

Sutter was hired as the new head coach of the Flames on Thursday.

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Evander Kane Files For Bankruptcy, May Not Play This Season

Jan 13, 2021 1:36 AM

San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in the Northern District of California, according to multiple reports.

The 29-year-old lists assets of about $10 million, mostly in real estate, and liabilities of almost $27 million.

As part of last week's filing, Kane says that he might not even play this season, eliminating his income.

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Gary Bettman Expects Billions In NHL Losses This Season

Jan 12, 2021 1:24 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league and its clubs will lose billions of dollars to stage an abridged 2021 season largely without fans, but he felt it was critical to play through the pandemic anyway.

"Let me make something really clear: We're coming back to play this season because we think it's important for the game, because our fans and our players want us to, and it may give people -- particularly in isolation, or where there are curfews -- a sense of normalcy and something to do," Bettman told reporters in a video call on Monday. "It would be cheaper for us to shut the doors and not play. We're going to lose more money, at the club level and the league level, by playing than by not playing."

Regarding the losses, Bettman said: "The magnitude of the loss starts with a B. We're out of the M range and into the B."

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Sources: NHL, NHLPA Clear Financial Hurdles, Aim For January 13 Start

Dec 8, 2020 1:17 PM

The NHL and NHL Players' Association have cleared their financial hurdles and are pushing forward with planning talks for the 2020-21 season.

The sides are now aiming for a Jan. 13 start date, with either a 52- or 56-game schedule, sources confirmed to ESPN. The sides have communicated daily since Thursday, and the hope is to finalize a plan by the end of the week. That plan -- which will include temporary divisional realignment, schedules and coronavirus protocols -- must be approved by the NHL's board of governors and the NHLPA's executive board.

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NHLPA Feels 'Blindsided' By Owners' Request In New CBA

Nov 19, 2020 11:26 PM

The NHL and NHL Players' Association are still hoping to begin the 2020-21 season on Jan. 1, but talks between the two sides hit a significant snag this week as players felt "blindsided" when owners asked to change the terms of their new collective bargaining agreement, just four months after it was agreed upon, according to a player rep.

Said the rep: "This is a headache we weren't expecting."

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NHL Allows Panthers To Handle Abuse Probe Of Assistant

NHL Investigating Former Panthers GM Dale Tallon For Conduct

NHL Open To Starting 20-21 Season In December

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NHL Will Create Platform For Whistleblowers Of Abuse, Training Program

Blackhawks Investigating Conduct Of Marc Crawford

Evander Kane Sued By Vegas Casino For $500K In Gambling Credits

Auston Matthews Faces Disorderly Conduct Charge

Nate Schmidt Seeking Revision Of PED Testing

Islanders Break Ground On $1.3 Billion Arena At Belmont Park

NHLPA Agrees To Stick With Current CBA

Study Shows Stan Mikita Suffered from CTE

Recent NHL, NHLPA Talks Breed CBA Optimism

NHL Players Still Deliberating Ahead Of CBA Deadline

NHL Informs Union It Won't Reopen CBA

Alex Meruelo Takes Over Coyotes
The Coyotes will have a new majority owner in Alex Meruelo who takes over for Andrew Barroway.

NHL Clears Apologetic Evgeny Kuznetsov
The NHL has reviewed the video and situation, and considers the matter closed.

Gary Bettman: Hockey Can't Completely Eliminate Head Injuries
Gary Bettman said hockey is safer for players and different in terms of physical contact from football, where there are repeated blows to players' heads.


NHL Suspends Slava Voynov For The Entire 2019-20 Season
The NHL has suspended defenseman Slava Voynov for "unacceptable off-ice conduct."

NHL, NHLPA Begin CBA Talks
Leaders from the NHL and NHLPA believe they can avoid another work stoppage.

NHL To Deal With Uncertain Situations At Winter Meetings
The Seattle expansion and the realignment that comes with it will be announced Tuesday.