Legal - Hockey Wiretap

Auston Matthews Faces Disorderly Conduct Charge

Sep 25, 2019 1:19 AM

Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews is facing a disorderly conduct charge after being involved in an incident in May in his hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona.

According to court records, Matthews, 22, is being charged with disruptive behavior or fighting. He has a pretrial conference scheduled for Wednesday morning. The summons was issued July 23.

"The Toronto Maple Leafs are aware of the complaint of disturbing the peace against forward Auston Matthews," the Maple Leafs said in a statement released Tuesday. "Auston is cooperating fully with the relevant authorities, but neither he nor the Club will comment any further out of respect for the process involved."

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Legal, Misc Rumor

Nate Schmidt Seeking Revision Of PED Testing

Sep 24, 2019 1:12 AM

Golden Knights defenseman Nate Schmidt still cares whether you believe he's a cheater -- almost as much as he cares about never seeing another player go through the humiliation he has endured.

"No one in the world can say that they don't care that people think they're a cheater," Schmidt told ESPN after a Knights preseason game last week.

"If I'm the last guy it ever happens to, I'm OK with that."

Tags: Vegas, Legal, Misc Rumor

Islanders Break Ground On $1.3 Billion Arena At Belmont Park

Sep 24, 2019 1:08 AM

Work has begun on a $1.3 billion arena for the New York Islanders hockey team at Belmont Park.

The 19,000-seat arena will also include shops, restaurants and a hotel. Work is expected to be completed in time for the 2021-2022 season.

Until then, the Islanders will play home games at the Nassau Coliseum and the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Tags: New York Islanders, Legal, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

NHLPA Agrees To Stick With Current CBA

Sep 17, 2019 3:49 PM

The NHLPA announced that it will not exercise its option to reopen the collective bargaining agreement following the 2019-20 season. The NHL previously decided not to trigger its opt-out clause, meaning the current CBA will remain intact through the 2021-22 season.

"While players have concerns with the current CBA, we agree with the league that working together to address those concerns is the preferred course of action instead of terminating the agreement following this season," NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr said in a statement. "We have been having discussions with the league about an extension of the CBA and expect that those talks will continue."

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Study Shows Stan Mikita Suffered from CTE

Sep 14, 2019 4:19 PM

A posthumous study of Stan Mikita's brain shows the Hockey Hall of Famer suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy at the time of his death a year ago.

Dr. Ann McKee, the director of the BU CTE Center, announced the findings during the Concussion Legacy Foundation's Chicago Honors Dinner on Friday night at the request of Mikita's family.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Injury, Legal, Misc Rumor

Recent NHL, NHLPA Talks Breed CBA Optimism

Sep 10, 2019 12:39 PM

Representatives from the NHL and NHL Players' Association have met numerous times over the past eight months.

Unlike previous collective bargaining negotiations that spilled out into the public, few details are emerging from behind closed doors, a development that provides more than a little quiet optimism that hockey won't face its third work stoppage in two decades.

"It's probably the way it should be, and I think that's probably a good sign that there is some mutual respect and both sides are trying to come to agreements," Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews said. "You have mutual dedication to keeping our game going down the same path and not disrupting that."

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Legal, Misc Rumor

NHL Players Still Deliberating Ahead Of CBA Deadline

Sep 5, 2019 10:27 AM

NHL players have yet to decide whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement with less than two weeks before the deadline to do so.

Roughly 50 players met Wednesday night in Chicago to get an update on talks with the league, which executive director Don Fehr called "a long discussion, good discussion" about the situation facing the NHL Players' Association.

Players have until Sept. 15 to decide whether to reopen the CBA and set the clock ticking toward a potential work stoppage a year from now.

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NHL Informs Union It Won't Reopen CBA

Aug 30, 2019 5:16 PM

Seeking a "continued, sustained period of labor peace," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced on Friday that the league will not exercise its option to reopen the collective bargaining agreement that's due to expire after the 2020-21 season.

The NHL had until Sept. 1 to decide whether to reopen the CBA, potentially ending its current term in September 2020. The NHL Players' Association has until Sept. 15 to exercise its own option to reopen negotiations. There have been concerns that if either side opted out, it could lead to the third work stoppage in the league since 2004.

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Alex Meruelo Takes Over Coyotes

Jun 19, 2019 6:34 PM

The Arizona Coyotes will have a new majority owner in Alex Meruelo, and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hopes Meruelo can be the person to find a long-term arena solution and keep the team in Arizona.

Meruelo will take over for Andrew Barroway, who became the Coyotes' majority owner in 2014. Barroway will still keep a minority stake in the team. The transaction was unanimously approved by the NHL's Board of Governors at their meeting on Wednesday in Las Vegas, but the deal is expected to close sometime in July, according to Bettman.

Tags: Phoenix Coyotes, Legal, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

NHL Clears Apologetic Evgeny Kuznetsov

May 31, 2019 7:43 PM

The NHL cleared Capitals star Evgeny Kuznetsov after a video surfaced Monday of him sitting next to a table on which there are two lines of white powder in what appears to be a hotel room.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement Friday that the league "thoroughly reviewed the situation" and considers the matter closed.

Tags: Washington Capitals, Legal, Misc Rumor

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