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Sharks, Evander Kane Settle Contract Grievance

Sep 16, 2022 2:17 PM

The San Jose Sharks and former forward Evander Kane have settled a grievance over his contract termination last season before the matter went to arbitration.

The NHLPA filed a grievance on behalf of Kane in January after the Sharks terminated his deal, citing a breach of his contract and a violation AHL COVID-19 protocols. Kane was in the fourth year of a seven-year, $49 million contract that paid him $7 million on average annually.

Kane signed a free-agent contract with the Edmonton Oilers last season and then signed a four-year extension with the Oilers this summer.

An NHL source tells ESPN that the settlement is expected to bridge the gap between the money owed Kane by the Sharks and the money he's making on his new deal with the Oilers.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Edmonton Oilers, Legal, Misc Rumor

NHL Not Expecting Any Russian Players To Have Visa Issues

Aug 24, 2022 2:31 PM

The NHL doesn't anticipate any Russian players having issues with obtaining visas this season, deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN on Wednesday.

"We're expecting them all to be good -- and in North America," Daly said while attending the league's European media tour in Paris. "That whole situation is difficult, but kind of out of our hands. So just like with the pandemic, and with many issues, we looked to the governing agencies to make those decisions. And we played by the rules."

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Wild GM Bill Guerin Say's Kirill Kaprizov Is 'Fine'

Jul 6, 2022 7:26 PM

Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin said he is still gathering information about a Russian media report that star Kirill Kaprizov is wanted by police in a case involving fraudulent military IDs.

"With Kirill, I've talked to his agent. We're just trying to find out as much information as we can. We really don't ... I don't even know how credible the [report] was," Guerin said after the NHL general managers meeting on Wednesday.

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Michael Rubin Selling His Stake In Devils, Sixers

Jun 22, 2022 12:24 PM

Fanatics CEO Michael Rubin, a prominent minority owner of the Philadelphia 76ers, is selling his stake in the Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment company that owns the Sixers and New Jersey Devils, he announced Wednesday.

Rubin, who sources say holds a 10% equity stake in HBSE, is divesting his 11-year stake in the NBA and NHL franchises because of looming conflicts in the expansion of his Fanatics business into sports betting and individual player partnerships.

Tags: New Jersey Devils, Legal, Misc Rumor

Gary Bettman Unsure If NHL Will Reinstate Joel Quenneville

Jun 17, 2022 8:10 PM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman isn't sure if he'll be open to reinstating Joel Quenneville if the former coach asks to return to the league.

"I don't know. That's something I'll have to address with him directly," Bettman told ESPN's Jeremy Schaap on Friday's episode of The Point.

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Coyotes Plan To Privately Finance New Arena

Jun 16, 2022 10:20 PM

Now that the Arizona Coyotes have reached an agreement with the Tempe City Council to continue negotiations on a new arena and entertainment district in the Phoenix suburb, their team president and CEO, Xavier A. Gutierrez, says the next challenge is to clear up misconceptions about what is in the works -- and how the team plans to pay for it.

"The biggest [hurdle] honestly is to have people understand the project," Gutierrez told ESPN on Wednesday.  "There was a transparency clause that really prohibited us from speaking publicly [before a June 2 hearing]. We've been under wraps for so many months, and so now we're getting people comfortable. We're saying, 'We're going to pay for all of this.' And we have [been met with] some skepticism about that, but that truly is what we're proposing."

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NHL Salary-Cap Set At $82.5M Next Season

Jun 16, 2022 8:39 PM

The NHL and NHL Players' Association officially announced that the salary-cap upper limit for the 2022-23 season is set at $82.5 million, the first time in three years it is increasing.

That's an increase of $1 million over the 2021-22 season. The salary-cap floor for next season will be set at $61 million.

The cap was stagnant for the past three seasons because of the COVID-19 pandemic's effects on league revenues.

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Avs Working With Police Regarding Threats To Nazem Kadri

May 22, 2022 8:56 PM

The Colorado Avalanche are working with St. Louis law enforcement regarding threats made towards center Nazem Kadri after their Game 3 victory against the Blues Saturday night.

The threats followed a series-ending injury to Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington after a collision involving Kadri.

Tags: Colorado Avalanche, St Louis Blues, Legal, Misc Rumor

Maple Leafs' Mitchel Marner Victim Of Carjacking

May 17, 2022 2:14 PM

Maple Leafs star Mitchell Marner was the victim of a carjacking in Toronto, the team confirmed Tuesday.

The Maple Leafs said Marner will have no additional comment on the matter as police continue to investigate.

Police said suspects took a black Range Rover at gunpoint at 7:45 p.m., Monday, according to multiple reports.

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Joel Quenneville Hasn't Approached NHL About Return

May 6, 2022 1:37 AM

If Joel Quenneville is looking to return to coaching next season, he hasn't told NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman of that plan.

Quenneville resigned as Florida's coach in October when specifics of how the Chicago Blackhawks mishandled allegations that a player was sexually abused by an assistant coach there in 2010 during the team's run to the Stanley Cup that season. Quenneville was Chicago's head coach when the abuse occurred.

Part of the NHL-imposed conditions surrounding any plan Quenneville has to return to the league, if he chooses to do so, will be approval from Bettman. So far, Quenneville hasn't asked for such a meeting.

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