Legal - Hockey Wiretap

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

Sep 20, 2020 1:30 PM

The NHL said it was aware of an incident where a Florida Panthers assistant coach allegedly kicked a player on the bench, but said that it left any investigation and punishment up to the team.

Canada's TSN reported this week that coach Mike Kitchen, 64, kicked a Panthers player on the bench during a Jan. 20 game between Florida and the Minnesota Wild. The report claimed that Panthers head coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Dale Tallon were made aware of the incident after the game.

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NHL Investigating Former Panthers GM Dale Tallon For Conduct

Aug 29, 2020 2:06 AM

The NHL is investigating an anonymous allegation toward former Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon for conduct while in the Toronto bubble, deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to ESPN.

FloridaHockeyNow first reported the incident, claiming Tallon used a racial slur. Daly would only confirm that the alleged comment did involve race.

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NHL Open To Starting 20-21 Season In December

Apr 30, 2020 9:15 PM

Gary Bettman said that starting the 2020-21 season as late as December is on the table as the league considers all options for finishing this season and beginning the following one.

"We have a great deal of flexibility in terms of when we can start," Bettman said in an interview with NHL Network on Thursday. "There's no magic for next season of starting in October as we traditionally do. If we have to start in November or December, that's something that will be under consideration. We're going to try to make good, prudent, careful judgments. This isn't a race to be first back."

The NHL paused its season on March 12th due to COVID-19.

Bettman said there is no firm timeline or target dates established.

"We're going to have to take things one step at a time, because the health and well-being of our players is paramount to anything we're focused on," he said.

"Our health concerns for the players really fit into two categories: One is obviously COVID-19, and two, whatever we're going to do, we don't want them playing games until they're back in game shape. We don't want anybody getting injured."

Greg Wyshynski/ESPN

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NHL Will Create Platform For Whistleblowers Of Abuse, Training Program

Dec 10, 2019 1:35 AM

The NHL will create a platform for whistleblowers and an annual training program on diversity and inclusion in response to recent abuse scandals in its coaching community, commissioner Gary Bettman announced at the league's board of governors meeting on Monday in Pebble Beach.

"Our message is unequivocal: We will not tolerate abusive behavior of any kind," he said.

Tags: Legal

Blackhawks Investigating Conduct Of Marc Crawford

Dec 3, 2019 1:54 AM

Chicago Blackhawks assistant coach Marc Crawford will be away from the team as it conducts a "thorough review" of "recent allegations that have been made regarding his conduct with another organization," the team said Monday.

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

Nov 6, 2019 1:24 AM

A Las Vegas casino is suing Evander Kane, claiming the San Jose Sharks forward failed to pay back $500,000 in gambling markers given to him in April.

According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas filed the lawsuit against Kane on Monday, saying he took out eight separate credits that totaled $500,000 in mid-April.

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Legal

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."

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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

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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.

Extension Keeps Ducks In Anaheim Through 2048
The Anaheim City Council has approved a deal that extends the current Ducks agreement to keep the team in the Honda Center.

NHL Announces 'Betting Partner' With MGM Resorts
The NHL is the second league to announce a betting sponsorship, and it's the same partner that bought the NBA deal last month.

Flames Co-Owner Clay Riddell Dies At 81
Clay Riddell, the co-owner of the Calgary Flames died on Saturday.

Senators Assistant GM Randy Lee Resigns
Randy Lee resigned Tuesday amid charges of harassment stemming from an incident in May.

Former NHL Goalie Ray Emery Drowns
Ray Emery drowned while swimming on Sunday in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario.

NHL Denies Runors About Melnyk Selling Sens
The NHL insists Eugene Melnyk doesn't want to sell the Ottawa Senators.

NHL Salary Cap Set For $79.5M For Next Season
The new NHL salary cap will be $79.5M, an increase of $4.5M from last year.

Tom Dundon Becomes Canes' Majority Owner
Dallas billionaire Tom Dundon has purchased a majority stake in the franchise from Peter Karmanos Jr.

Senators Owner Says Team 'Could Look Good Somewhere Else'
Cities like Seattle, Houston, and Quebec City are all seeking to land an NHL franchise.