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NHL To Deal With Uncertain Situations At Winter Meetings

Dec 4, 2018 2:22 AM

Things are going well enough that the NHL is ready to expand to Seattle and the salary cap keeps going up.

But the league is still dealing with a few uncertain situations on the eve of what should be a slam-dunk expansion vote to bring Seattle into the fold.

The Ottawa Senators' downtown-arena project is in danger of falling apart, and Arizona Coyotes owner Andrew Barroway is looking for a partner as he tries to secure a long-term home in the desert. Meanwhile, the league would like to begin making plans for a 2020 World Cup of Hockey but has no guarantee of labor peace that would allow such a tournament to take place.

Tags: Expansion, Legal, Misc Rumor

Extension Keeps Ducks In Anaheim Through 2048

Nov 21, 2018 2:44 AM

Anaheim has approved a deal that will keep the Ducks in the local Honda Center through at least 2048.

The City Council on Tuesday approved a deal that extends the current Ducks agreement, which ends in 2023, by 25 years. The deal also permits up to five additional five-year extensions.

The team promises to continue featuring Anaheim in its name.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Legal, Misc Rumor

NHL Announces 'Betting Partner' With MGM Resorts

Oct 30, 2018 2:24 AM

The NHL on Monday became the second league to announce a betting sponsorship, and it's with the same partner that bought the NBA deal last month.

The league announced that MGM Resorts will be an official betting partner. Unlike the NBA's agreement, the NHL's deal with MGM is not exclusive, allowing the league to sell the sponsorship to other partners if it wishes. The NHL also didn't shy away from using the term "betting partner," while the official NBA language for MGM's deal is "official gaming partner."

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

Flames Co-Owner Clay Riddell Dies At 81

Sep 17, 2018 12:46 AM

Clay Riddell, the billionaire oilman and co-owner of the NHL's Calgary Flames, has died. He was 81.

The Flames and Paramount Resources confirmed his death Sunday, with the oil and natural gas company saying Riddell died Saturday.

Tags: Calgary Flames, Legal, Misc Rumor

Senators Assistant GM Randy Lee Resigns

Aug 22, 2018 2:39 PM

Ottawa Senators assistant general manager Randy Lee resigned Tuesday amid charges of harassment stemming from an incident at the NHL scouting combine in May.

The team announced Lee's resignation and added a search is underway to find his replacement. The team said it would have no further comment.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Legal, Misc Rumor

Former NHL Goalie Ray Emery Drowns

Jul 15, 2018 5:58 PM

Former NHL goaltender Ray Emery drowned while swimming in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario, on Sunday. He was 35.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, Legal, Misc Rumor

NHL Denies Runors About Melnyk Selling Sens

Jun 28, 2018 4:50 PM

From chants to billboards, Ottawa Senators fans have expressed a desire to have owner Eugene Melnyk sell the franchise. A report on Thursday that he was in talks to sell the team was met with enthusiasm, but was quickly tempered by the NHL's insistence that he doesn't want to sell the team.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Legal, Misc Rumor

NHL Salary Cap Set For $79.5M For Next Season

Jun 22, 2018 12:55 AM

General managers looking to make moves at the NHL draft found out the salary cap for next season will be $79.5 million, an increase of $4.5 million from last year.

The NHL and NHLPA announced the cap and $58.8 million salary floor Thursday. With the first round of the draft Friday night, teams are preparing for a bevy of player movement entirely apart from the selections themselves.

Tags: Legal, Misc Rumor

Tom Dundon Becomes Canes' Majority Owner

Jan 12, 2018 1:15 AM

Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has taken over as the majority owner of the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes.

Team officials said the sale closed Thursday, about two months after Dundon signed a purchase agreement to buy a majority stake in the franchise from longtime owner Peter Karmanos Jr. The NHL says its board of governors has given its approval.

Tags: Carolina Hurricanes, Legal, Misc Rumor

Senators Owner Says Team 'Could Look Good Somewhere Else'

Dec 16, 2017 12:52 PM

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk floated the notion of relocating his franchise, saying Friday that the team "could look good somewhere else" if its market conditions don't improve.

Melnyk spoke to reporters on the eve of the NHL 100 Classic, an outdoor game in Ottawa, Ontario, between the Montreal Canadiens and the Senators to commemorate the NHL's centennial.

His remarks came at a time when cities such as Seattle, Houston and Quebec City are all seeking NHL teams.

Tags: Ottawa Senators, Expansion, Legal, Misc Rumor

Gary Bettman Projects NHL Salary Cap To Rise
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman projects the cap will be between $78M and $82M in 2018-2019.

Tom Dundon Agrees To Purchase Hurricanes
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the Hurricanes would not move from Carolina.

Seattle's Chance For NHL Team Improves
The Seattle City Council has approved a memo of understanding for the $660M, privately financed redevelopment of KeyArena.

Laurene Powell Jobs Buys Stake In Capitals
Billionaire executive Laurene Powell Jobs has agreed to buy a 20 percent stake in Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports and Entertainment.

Peter Karmanos Jr. Wants To Sell Canes For $500M
Peter Karmanos Jr. and an ownership group led by Chuck Greenberg have agreed to a term sheet but do not have a purchase agreement in place.

Peter Karmanos Jr. Considering Selling Canes
Peter Karmanos Jr. is deciding to accept an offer or remain the owner of the Hurricanes.

Judge Denies Request To Block Funds For New Detroit Arena
Judge Mark Goldsmith says a requested injunction would cause "catastrophic damage" to Detroit.

NHL Salary Cap To Rise To $75M In 2017-18
The NHL salary cap will rise by $2M for the upcoming 2017-18 season.

Andrew Barroway Becomes Coyotes' Sole Owner
Andrew Barroway is committed to keeping the Coyotes in Arizona.

Isles Looking At Belmont Park, Willets Point For New Arena
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says a renovated Nassau Coliseum is "not a long-term option."

IIHF Still Hopeful For An NHL Olympic Resolution
The IIHF has made it clear to the NHL that not going to South Korea in 2018, and then playing in Beijing in 2022, is not the way to go.

Patent Office Denies Vegas Golden Knights' Trademark
The new NHL Las Vegas franchise is set to take the ice next season.

Lindros Says Canada Needs Concussion Standards
Eric Lindros has joined other athletes in discussing a protocol that could be taught in schools to recognize head injuries.

NHLPA Rejects Offer To Extend CBA For Winter Olympics
The NHLPA informed the NHL officially on Friday of the offer's rejection.

ESPN Host John Saunders Dies At 61
John Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal.

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sells For $465K
A Wayne Gretzky rookie card sold for a hockey card record of $465,000 on Thursday night in Atlantic City.

Woman Sues Evander Kane For Aledged Injuries
Evander Kane's actions are described as "unwanted, unconsented to, violent and offensive in nature physical battery," according to court papers.

Bettman: Refutes Concussions' Link To CTE
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says there is not enough data to draw conclusions between concussions and long-term brain degeneration.

NHL Reviewing Possible Tampering By Canucks
The NHL is reviewing whether to penalize the Canucks for tampering by expressing interest in acquiring players under contract.

NHL Salary Cap Sees Small Increase To $73M
The new NHL cap number of $73M is up just slightly from the $71.4M from last year.