• Jared Bednar Hired As Avs Coach

    Columbus Dispatch "The Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of hiring Jared Bednar as coach, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger. Bednar was coach of the Blue Jackets' minor-league affiliate, the Cleveland Monsters, winning the AHL's Calder Cup last spring." August 25

  • Sidney Crosby named Team Canada’s captain for World Cup

    Sportsnet "Hockey Canada has named Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby Team Canada’s captain for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Chicago Blackhawks forward Jonathan Toews and Montreal Canadiens defenceman Shea Weber were named alternate captains for the September tournament. Crosby has served as..." August 25

  • Avs Give Rene Bourque a PTO: Report

    The Hockey Writers "The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Rene Bourque to a professional tryout (PTO), according to James Mirtle of the Globe & Mail. The former University of Wisconsin Badger most recently spent time with the Columbus Blue Jackets, putting up three goals and eight points in 49 games last..." August 25

  • Coyotes GM: Bolland ‘won’t be ready to play for the foreseeable future’ due to injury

    Pro Hockey Talk "Arizona Coyotes fans anticipating Dave Bolland‘s debut for his new team will have to wait, and a long time, too, by the sounds of it. On Thursday, the Florida Panthers traded the 30-year-old Bolland and prospect Lawson Crouse to the Coyotes in exchange for draft picks. Bolland, who has an..." August 25

  • Brandon Pirri reportedly inks deal with Rangers

    Today's Slapshot "As the upcoming 2016-17 season grows ever closer, the final remaining free agents on the market have been getting snapped up by NHL clubs – and that includes, as of Thursday morning, forward Brandon Pirri. Per Elliotte Friedman, Pirri- who put up a 22-goal season just one year ago- has been..." August 25

  • Panthers trade Bolland, Crouse to Coyotes for two draft picks

    Sportsnet "Thursday morning, the Florida Panthers and Arizona Coyotes made a surprising trade. Florida sent Dave Bolland and Lawson Crouse, the 11th overall pick in the 2015 Draft, to the Coyotes for a second and third round pick. The trade allows Florida to shed Bolland’s $5.5 million salary cap hit..." August 25

  • Tyler Ennis suffered through a long, dark season with his concussions in Buffalo

    Edmonton Journal "Tyler Ennis made it to the NHL because the 5-foot-9, 169-pound forward had the feet, the hands and the head for the game to avoid physical mayhem but last season in Buffalo the third part of the equation went missing because he suffered two concussions. The local boy, who has been one of the..." August 25

  • Eric Gryba still looking for contract for upcoming season ... legacy in mix ... lone participant

    Edmonton Sun "Unsigned Oilers’ defenceman Eric Gryba, who quietly did a nice job physically and as a penalty-killer last season before hurting his knee, is still looking for a contract a month from NHL camps opening. The Oilers most likely want to see how their younger D (Griffin Reinhart, especially) shakes..." August 25

  • Bouwmeester named to Canada’s World Cup team, replacing the injured Duncan Keith

    Pro Hockey Talk "St. Louis Blues veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been named to Canada’s 23-man roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. He will replace Chicago Blackhawks blue liner Duncan Keith, who is rehabbing a right knee injury. “As Duncan continues offseason rehabilitation on the right knee..." August 25

  • Simmonds: Racism still exists in today’s game

    Today's Slapshot "Wayne Simmonds grew up in Canada, but his NHL career has been spent in the United States with the Los Angeles Kings and the Philadelphia Flyers. During a Wednesday morning appearance on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590, the winger was asked to share his perspective on the ‘significantly different’..." August 24

  • Coyotes hire Dawn Braid as NHL’s first full-time female coach

    SI "The Coyotes have added Dawn Braid as full-time member of their coaching staff, making her the first full-time female NHL coach, the team announced Wednesday. Braid was previously a part-time skating consultant with the team. She has also worked with the Maple Leafs, Ducks, Sabres and Flames...." August 24

  • Son of Notorious Minor League Goon Might Be Next Big Thing in US Hockey

    Bleacher Report "Scotty Bowman remains one of the biggest rink rats out there. At 82 years young, the legendary former NHL coach was right there with all the other coffee-swilling amateur scouts in Buffalo recently, looking at prospects at a U.S. National Development Team camp. A man once almost as famous for..." August 24

  • On ice after surgery, Roberto Luongo aims for Florida Panthers opener

    Miami Herald "Roberto Luongo is usually one of the first NHL players to return to the ice in the heat of summer but this August was much different for the Florida Panthers goalie. Luongo, 37, has to undergo surgery in May for a hip injury that bothered him throughout last season. After a month on..." August 24

  • Blues set to name Pietrangelo captain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Blues say they will have a "major announcement" on Thursday afternoon, and the Post-Dispatch has learned that it will be to name the club's 21st captain. Alex Pietrangelo will be awarded the "C" in a press conference at 2 p.m. at Scottrade Center. The captaincy became vacant when David..." August 24

  • Kronwall out for World Cup, Sweden names Lindholm as replacement

    Pro Hockey Talk "Appropriate timing for this news, given it’s Red Wings day at PHT — Team Sweden has announced that Detroit d-man Niklas Kronwall will miss the upcoming World Cup of Hockey, and has been replaced by Anaheim’s Hampus Lindholm on the active roster. Kronwall, 35, has been dealing with a troublesome..." August 24

  • Coyotes Add Three To Coaching Staff

    Pro Hockey Rumors "Arizona Coyotes GM John Chayka, via a release on the team’s website, today announced the team has hired Mike Van Ryn, Steve Potvin and Dawn Braid to the club’s coaching staff. Van Ryn, a former NHL defenseman who skated with Florida, St. Louis and Toronto during an eight-year career, will..." August 24

  • Rich get richer: Dallas signs Hudler to one-year, $2 million deal

    Pro Hockey Talk "One of the NHL’s most dynamic offenses has gotten even better — per the Morning-News, the Dallas Stars have inked veteran winger Jiri Hudler to a one-year, $2 million pact. The confirmation comes after some loud, heavy rumblings that Dallas was in on the former 30-goal man. On Tuesday..." August 24

  • Philadelphia gets U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony

    NHL.com "The 2016 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held in Philadelphia on Nov. 30, USA Hockey announced Tuesday. The inductees this year include players and staff from the United States World Cup of Hockey 1996 team, former NHL player and U.S. Olympic forward Craig Janney and coach..." August 24

  • Boughner and Dineen ‘major candidates’ for Avs gig, Arniel out

    Pro Hockey Talk "Just weeks after Patrick Roy’s shock departure, Colorado’s search for a new head coach appears to be taking shape. There’s plenty to get into, so let’s go bullet points: • Per the Denver Post, a pair of assistant coaches — San Jose’s Bob Boughner and Chicago’s Kevin Dineen — have emerged as..." August 23

  • Taylor Hall supports teen phenom Connor McDavid for Oilers captaincy

    Canoe "Taylor Hall said he has not been back to Edmonton since being traded to the New Jersey Devils on June 29. But the 24-year-old, who was drafted first-overall by the Oilers in 2010 and spent six years playing for the organization, is still “rooting for” certain players on his former team. One of..." August 23

  • Cody Ceci inks new deal with Ottawa Senators

    Today's Slapshot "With the weeks ticking down until the 2016-17 regular season begins, Ottawa Senators defenseman Cody Ceci was one of the league’s remaining restricted free agents who had yet to see a new deal. That changed on Tuesday, though. The Senators confirmed that Ceci, who finished his 2015-16 season..." August 23

  • Logan Couture added to Team Canada for World Cup

    NHL.com "San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture was added to Team Canada's 23-man roster for the World Cup of Hockey 2016, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday. Couture replaces Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn, who had core muscle surgery last month. Benn was expected to need six weeks to recover and should..." August 23

  • Koivu to serve as Finland's captain at World Cup of Hockey

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Mikko Koivu will serve as Finland's captain for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey. Koivu has been the Minnesota Wild's captain since 2009. He was captain for Finland at three world championships, winning in 2011. A native of Turku, Finland, the 6-3, 215-pound center has 161 goals and 395..." August 23

  • Spotlight will shine brightly on Canadiens' Alexander Radulov

    Montreal Gazette "The 30-year-old right-winger wanted to watch the UFC 202 main event that night between Connor McGregor and Nate Diaz and it wasn’t available in his hotel room, so he went looking for a bar that was showing the mixed martial arts fight. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder ended up at a packed La Cage..." August 23

  • Friedman shares latest intel on top NHL RFAs

    Today's Slapshot "Fresh off his Olympic work assignment, Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman dove back into the hockey scene on Tuesday evening with an appearance on NHL Network that covered the status of some of the top restricted free agents. Sean Monahan’s name was recently removed from that list, with..." August 23

  • Carey Price feeling 'like my old self'

    NHL.com "Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price said he is fully recovered from the knee injury that ended his 2015-16 season after 12 games. "I feel like my old self on the ice," Price told NHL.com after two 90-minute ice sessions at a fundraiser for the Eli Wilson Goaltending Sponsorship Fund on..." August 23

  • Oilers’ McDavid: ‘I’m not some 18-year-old kid anymore’

    Sportsnet "Connor McDavid won’t turn 20 until January, but the prospective Edmonton Oilers captain doesn’t want anyone thinking of him as a teenager anymore. The bar is already set incredibly high for the 19-year-old this season and while he wouldn’t divulge details on personal goals, McDavid did offer..." August 23

  • Maple Leafs sign goalie Jhonas Enroth to one-year deal

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Maple Leafs filled out their depth chart by signing goaltender Jhonas Enroth on Monday afternoon. Enroth, 28, will earn $750,000 on a one-year deal and is expected to be the No. 2 goalie in Toronto, behind new starter Frederik Andersen." August 22

  • McDavid: Team North America has 'ability to surprise some teams'

    NHL.com "Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad said it would be a mistake for the other teams in the World Cup of Hockey 2016 to take the youthful Team North America lightly. "There is a lot of speed and a lot of talent on our team," Ekblad said. "I think it all comes down to how we jell as a team..." August 22

  • How Wayne Gretzky almost ended up on the Flyers or Red Wings

    CSN Philly "What if the Flyers had successfully traded for Wayne Gretzky in 1988? That question arose this week given Gretzky’s stunning remark Tuesday on the NHL Network's NHL Tonight, when he divulged that the Flyers were among the final three clubs from which he had to choose. Aug. 9 marked the 28th..." August 22

  • Mikko Koivu named Team Finland captain for World Cup of Hockey

    Today's Slapshot "The Finnish Ice Hockey Association has announced that Minnesota Wild forward, and captain, Mikko Koivu was selected to serve as Team Finland’s Captain at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. Koivu, 33, has scored 161 goals and accumulated a total of 556 points over his 11 NHL seasons, all spent with..." August 22

  • George Parros: Vegas will be 'great hockey market'

    NHL.com "George Parros may be retired from the NHL, but that hasn't diminished his excitement that his hometown will have a franchise in the League beginning next season. The forward, who played 474 regular-season games in nine seasons in the League with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche,..." August 22

  • Dreams of Stanley Cup keep Bieksa going

    The Province "The 2011 Stanley Cup Final haunts many Vancouver Canucks fans. It gnaws at players, too, if Kevin Bieksa is any indication. Sitting in a dressing room in the Richmond Ice Centre after a training session last week with skills coach Derek Popke, former Vancouver rearguard Bieksa, 35, talked about..." August 22

  • Burke: Vesey will ‘make a difference’ but college free agent contributions equal a ‘pimple on an elephant’s butt’

    Pro Hockey Talk "We’ve stated before in this space that Brian Burke has never been afraid to deliver some interesting, comical one-liners when expressing his opinion. Asked this week for his take on how teams had been lining up to woo college free agent Jimmy Vesey — Sidney Crosby was part of Pittsburgh’s pitch..." August 21

  • Tavares still processing departures of Okposo, Nielsen

    Newsday "Islanders captain John Tavares knows how much his team has changed this summer. Although longtime teammates and friends Kyle Okposo, Frans Nielsen and Matt Martin departed in free agency July 1 and Tavares knew long before then that there was a chance all three could leave, it’s still hard for him..." August 21