• Kings GM Dean Lombardi emotionally tells of Mike Richards' 'destructive spiral'

    Los Angeles Times "In an emotional, poignant reaction on the day of the resolution of the Mike Richards contract saga, Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi called what happened to Richards "a tragedy" and said he was devastated that Richards became caught in "a destructive spiral." "Without a doubt, the..." October 10

  • Alex Ovechkin opens up about brother’s death, early NHL days

    Yahoo! Sports "The Washington Capitals open their season on Saturday night against the New Jersey Devils. And in case you want to feel ancient today, we regret to inform you that it’s Alex Ovechkin’s 11th (!!!) season in the National Hockey League. Doesn’t it seem like it was yesterday when a Russian..." October 10

  • Mike Commodore rips Mike Babcock in angry Twitter rant

    Yahoo! Sports "Former Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Commodore has taken to Twitter to voice his displeasure toward new Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock. And he sounds quite angry per his social media account. Commodore used some rather harsh language with his tweets, which are all linked here...." October 10

  • Canadiens long to prove they're more than Price

    NHL.com "All summer long, people were saying the Montreal Canadiens are a team that relies too much on goaltender Carey Price to win games for them. In their first chance to prove those people wrong, Wednesday in the season-opener at the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Canadiens did the opposite. They..." October 10

  • Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

    Pro Hockey Talk "It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night. Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and..." October 10

  • NHL Department of Player Safety inconsistent in disciplining players?

    Yardbarker "After handing down one of the longest suspensions in league history, it looked as though the NHL's Department of Player Safety was really throwing down the hammer when comes to late hits and checks to the head. Just two days into the season, this appears to not be the case, as a handful of..." October 10

  • Report: TV analyst, ex-NHLer Aaron Ward arrested for 'assault on female'

    CBS Sports "Former NHL player and current TV analyst Aaron Ward was arrested Friday according to WNCN in Raleigh, N.C. Ward was charged with assault on a female and interfering with emergency communication according to the report. A veteran of 839 NHL games, Ward suited up for the Detroit Red Wings,..." October 10

  • Ducks sign Simon Despres to 5-year, $18.5-million deal

    Sportsnet "The Anaheim Ducks signed defenceman Simon Despres to a five-year, $18.5-million contract extension Friday. Despres’ new deal will carry an annual cap hit of $3.7-million. Despres was acquired at the 2015 trade deadline in exchange for Ben Lovejoy. Despres proved to be a reliable defenceman..." October 09

  • Report: Kings, Mike Richards reach settlement in contract dispute

    The Score "The Los Angeles Kings have reached a settlement with forward Mike Richards in the ongoing dispute over the termination of his contract, TSN's Rick Westhead reports. The settlement is likely to be made official Friday." October 09

  • NHL, union set escrow for first quarter of season at 16 per cent

    TSN "With early revenue projections in place, the NHL and NHLPA set the escrow withholding rate for players at 16 per cent for the first quarter of the season on Thursday. That means every player will have 16 per cent of earnings deducted from their paycheque and put aside until after all of this..." October 09

  • Vigneault’s blunt, expletive-laced challenge to Rangers’ top line

    New York Post "The f-bombs, loud and repetitive, came flying out of the mouth of Alain Vigneault during one of the drills at Thursday’s practice, with the coach directing his irritation toward Derick Brassard and linemates Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash. There were a few too many casual turns as the Blueshirts..." October 09

  • Julien wants Burmistrov disciplined for hit

    WEEI Boston "Claude Julien wasn’t happy about his team’s performance in Thursday night’s season-opening loss to the Jets, but his criticism extended past his players to one Alexander Burmistrov. The Jets forward cut back to catch Patrice Bergeron with an elbow to the head late in the first period of..." October 09

  • Viktor Svedberg set to make NHL debut vs. Islanders

    CSN Chicago "Viktor Svedberg’s size is the first thing you notice when he’s on the ice. When you’re 6-foot-9, you’re easy to find. Couple Svedberg’s height with his wingspan and his stick reach, and you can see why the Blackhawks are interested to see what the defenseman could do. “He could have his..." October 09

  • Crosby-Kessel partnership makes steady progress for Penguins

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The partnership, Sidney Crosby said, has been progressing nicely. That doesn’t mean it can’t get even better, though. Crosby and right winger Phil Kessel were linemates for the Penguins’ regular-season opener against the Dallas Stars Thursday night at American Airlines Center. It is a..." October 09

  • Sabres forward Jack Eichel scores in NHL debut

    NHL.com "Buffalo Sabres forward Jack Eichel scored his first NHL goal 9:11 into the third period of the season opener against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday. Eichel, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, scored on a power play to pull the Sabres within 2-1. He took a pass from Marcus Foligno to the..." October 09

  • Raffi Torres apologizes for his hit on Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg and accepts his suspension

    San Jose Mercury News "Sharks general manager Doug Wilson broke his silence Thursday, as did Raffi Torres, on the suspension that will cost the player half the season. Wilson said the organization "fully supports" the 41-game suspension handed to Torres for his head-high hit on Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg on..." October 09

  • James Wisniewski ‘Canes lose Wisniewski (lower body) 47 seconds into debut

    Pro Hockey Talk "James Wisniewski‘s time as a Carolina Hurricane is off to a troubling start. Wisniewski, acquired by the ‘Canes at this year’s draft, exited Thursday’s season-opener against Nashville early in the first period with a lower-body injury. Shortly thereafter, the team ruled out his return." October 09

  • Kings' Lucic believes he got ejected 'just because of who I am'

    Orange County Register "Western Conference, meet Milan Lucic. Lucic, meet conference. If the season opener was any indication, this relationship will be quite rocky. Lucic, long known for his bull-on-skates style in Boston, debuted for the Kings on Wednesday night and didn’t make it to the final horn. Lucic received a..." October 09

  • Coyotes' Max Domi to make anticipated NHL debut

    Arizona Republic "The NHL lifestyle is nothing new to Coyotes winger Max Domi. He made arenas and dressing rooms his playground as a kid, skating at Air Canada Centre in Toronto and hanging out with greats such as Mats Sundin while his dad, Tie, toiled for the Maple Leafs for much of his 16-year career. But..." October 09

  • After 10 years of Crosby vs. Ovechkin, you ready for McDavid vs. Eichel?

    Yahoo! Sports "So who ya got? In this corner is Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Canadian hockey wunderkind and anointed top prospect in the 2015 NHL Draft, considered arguably the best young player to enter the League in a decade and maybe beyond. He’s polished and practiced, his image cultivated and..." October 08

  • McDavid making long-awaited NHL debut amid nerves, hype and curiosity

    Brandon Sun "Connor McDavid has dreamed of playing in the NHL since he was a kid, but there was no tossing and turning on the eve of his big-league debut. McDavid got a good night's sleep, and it wasn't until he woke up in a St. Louis hotel Thursday morning that he let his mind wander. That's when the nerves..." October 08

  • Jimmy Howard to start Red Wings opener

    Detroit News "Jimmy Howard will get the nod as starting goalie when the Red Wings open their regular season Friday against Toronto. Howard, who lost his starting job to Petr Mrazek late last season and into the playoffs, has been impressive in the exhibition season (3-0-0, 2.00 goals-against average, 94.2..." October 08

  • Milan Lucic's Kings debut ends with ejection for going after Logan Couture

    CBS Sports "Milan Lucic's debut for the Los Angeles Kings was fairly quiet until he ended up getting himself ejected by earning a match penalty late in the third period of their 5-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks for chasing down Logan Couture and attempting to shove him into the bench. It all started when..." October 08

  • Babcock, Maple Leafs win first coach's challenge

    NHL.com "At 6:35 of the second period in the Canadiens/Maple Leafs game, the Maple Leafs requested a Coach's Challenge to review whether Tomas Plekanec interfered with Toronto goaltender Jonathan Bernier prior to Jeff Petry's goal. The Referee determined that Plekanec interfered with Bernier before the..." October 08

  • Sharks Sign Cavan Fitzgerald to Entry-Level Contract

    Hockey Fights "San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Cavan Fitzgerald to a standard, entry-level contract. Fitzgerald, 19, currently leads all Halifax (QMJHL) defensemen in points, posting three goals and two assists in his first seven games this..." October 08

  • Penguins recall Maatta in time for season opener in Dallas

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "As expected, the Penguins recalled defenseman Olli Maatta on Thursday morning ahead of their season-opener at 8:30 p.m. against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center. Maatta was sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Tuesday as part of a salary cap-related move — nothing to do with his..." October 08

  • Bruins mulling whether to be 'more cautious' with Chara

    CSN New England "Zdeno Chara practiced with the team for the second straight day, and even got in a little work manning the point on the second power play unit. The 6-foot-9 defenseman was officially listed on the injured reserve with Seth Griffith and Dennis Seidenberg when rosters were released by the NHL on..." October 08

  • Rangers to Raphael Diaz: We’ll get back to you in a month

    New York Post "Veteran defenseman Raphael Diaz has reported to the AHL Wolf Pack with the understanding the Rangers will review his situation at the end of the month. The 29-year-old Diaz, who cleared waivers last Saturday after the Blueshirts opted to keep rookie Dylan McIlrath as the club’s seventh on the..." October 08

  • Avalanche GM Joe Sakic optimistic despite preseason drought

    Denver Post "The Avalanche is in the best division in the NHL, making it a bit less ignominious to have pulled off a first-to-worst fall in the seven-team Central last season that left it outside the playoff field. Thanks to frequent three-point games that create illusions in the standings, the 39-31-12..." October 08

  • New deal, new role for Jakub Voracek: leader

    CSN Philly "Generations ago, there was The Six Million Dollar Man. His name was Lee Majors and he was an ABC television star of the mid-1970s. Jakub Voracek wasn’t around then, but he’s worth a lot more than the character “Steve Austin” was. Voracek is the Flyers' $66 Million Dollar Man. That’s..." October 08

  • Kings, Richards working on settlement

    TSN "No one - not the Los Angeles Kings or Mike Richards and his representatives want to even acknowledge it due to the sensitivity of the subject matter – but there continues to be intense efforts to reach a negotiated settlement over their differences. It sounds like talks are far enough along..." October 07

  • Torres won’t appeal 41-game suspension

    Pro Hockey Talk "Sounds like Raffi Torres is accepting his punishment. Per Sportsnet, Torres won’t appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal hit to the head of Anaheim’s Jakob Silfverberg. The report comes just days after the NHL’s Department of Player Safety levied one of the longest disciplinary rulings..." October 07

  • Andrew Ference relinquishes Oilers' captaincy, four alternates named

    CBS Sports "Andrew Ference is no longer the captain of the Edmonton Oilers. The decision to remove the “C” from Ference's jersey was announced jointly by GM Peter Chiarelli and head coach Todd McLellan with Ference present Wednesday. He will now be one of four rotating alternate captains. This is a similar..." October 07

  • Patrick Kane 'excited' to be playing hockey, focused on season

    ESPN Chicago "Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said Wednesday he's focused on playing hockey and the start of the NHL season while he continues to be investigated for an alleged sexual assault. "I feel good," Kane said after the Blackhawks' morning skate. "I'm excited to be here at the rink today, excited to..." October 07

  • Red Wings waive longtime forward Dan Cleary

    CBS Sports "After signing Dan Cleary to a one-year deal earlier this month, the Detroit Red Wings raised some eyebrows. Cleary had a rough season in 2014-15 and his biggest advocate -- head coach Mike Babcock -- had left the organization, leaving some to wonder if the Red Wings would part ways with the..." October 07

  • 'Aspiring actress' claims fling with Bolts' Johnson on Kimmel show

    Tampa Tribune "A woman interviewed on the street for a bit on Jimmy Kimmel’s late-night show let it slip that the “most impressive thing” she’s even done is cheat on an ex-boyfriend. Apparently, with Tampa Bay Lightning star Tyler Johnson. And that would be news to the 25-year-old hockey heartthrob,..." October 07

  • Former NHLer Avery arrested

    TSN "Former NHL player Sean Avery was arrested last week on two criminal charges. According to a report from the 27east.com, Avery was arrested by Southampton Village Police on Wednesday, Sept. 30 following a routine traffic stop. Avery was charged with fourth-degree criminal mischief and..." October 07

  • Anze Kopitar still without contract extension on day before regular season

    Yahoo! Sports "Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar said he’s had “some talks” with the team about a new contract, “but nothing finalized obviously.” Kopitar is entering the final season of a seven-year $47.6 million deal with Los Angeles. In the recent past, Kopitar has indicated he would like a contract..." October 07

  • Rangers' Dominic Moore finds love again, remarries after tragedy

    Fox Sports "The entire hockey world mourned with New York Ranger Dominic Moore when he lost his wife, Katie, to a rare form of liver cancer back in 2013. Moore had taken the season off to care for Katie during her nine-month battle against the disease, and he tried to make the best out of a tragic situation..." October 07

  • Chara taking it day-to-day, still questionable for opener

    CSN New England "Zdeno Chara stuck to the script Tuesday when talking about his upper body injury, and whether he’ll be ready for Opening Night against Winnipeg on Thursday. Chara, 38, joined his teammates at practice Tuesday for the first time since getting injured on Sept. 24, and had no restrictions while..." October 07

  • Alain Vigneault reveals his game plan for Rangers’ backup goalie

    New York Post "There was a meeting on Monday between coach Alain Vigneault and his new backup goalie, Antti Raanta, during which a plan was put in place. With 17 different instances this season of games on back-to-back nights — what Vigneault called “the most back-to-backs I’ve ever been associated with” —..." October 07

  • Blues Sign Scott Gomez to One-Year Contract

    Hockey Fights "St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract. Gomez, 35, logged 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and 23 penalty minutes in 58 regular season games with New Jersey in..." October 07

  • With Pavelski as captain, Sharks can finally move forward

    CSN Bay Area "In hindsight, the Sharks probably would have been better off naming their captain any day other than the one in which another of their players was issued the second-longest suspension in NHL history. Still, Monday’s announcement that Joe Pavelski would become the ninth full-time captain in the..." October 07

  • Devils send 1st round pick Pavel Zacha back to junior team

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Devils will give Pavel Zacha some time to develop after making him the 6th overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The team announced on Tuesday that it will send Zacha back to his junior team, Sarnia of the OHL, where he amassed 16 goals and 34 points in 37 games last..." October 07

  • Penguins send Maatta to minor league team in salary-cap move

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Olli Maatta had a solid preseason. In four games, he had two points. He appears fully poised to rebound from a shoulder injury that kept him out most of the 2014-15 season. But he’s going to start the 2015-16 campaign in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Before the NHL’s 5 p.m.Tuesday deadline for..." October 07

  • Blackhawks recall Ville Pokka, assign Viktor Svedberg to Rockford

    CSN Chicago "Coach Joel Quenneville said the Blackhawks had some decisions to make “for cap purposes.” A few hours later they made those moves, and they all involved defensemen. The Blackhawks recalled defenseman Ville Pokka from the Rockford IceHogs, assigned Viktor Svedberg to Rockford and placed Michal..." October 07

  • NHL acknowledges more players using cocaine

    TSN "The National Hockey League, responding to what it says is a possible increased use of cocaine among its players, has kick-started talks with the NHL Players Association to add the drug and others like it to the list of banned substances for which the league regularly monitors. "The number of..." October 06

  • Pens lose Dupuis (lower body) for 4-5 weeks

    Pro Hockey Talk "Pascal Dupuis can’t escape his health issues. Dupuis, who’s missed over 100 games the last two years with various ailments, will now be sidelined for 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury, per the Penguins. Dupuis’ injury is not related to previous health issues — a torn ACL and blood clotting..." October 06

  • Bryan Bickell gets the message from Hawks

    Chicago Sun-Times "Joel Quenneville got the response he wanted out of Bryan Bickell. Now the question is, will the fire he lit last? “I liked his game [Saturday night],” Quenneville said. “I thought he had a real good game. Much more effective, noticeable.” The Blackhawks put Bickell on waivers on Friday,..." October 06

  • Maple Leafs claim Toronto native Corrado off waivers

    Sportsnet "Frank Corrado is now a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 22-year-old, right-hand-shot defenceman was put on waivers by the Vancouver Canucks Monday for the intention of re-assignment to AHL Utica, but he failed to clear Tuesday, when he was scooped up by Toronto." October 06