Maple Leafs hire Mark Fraser for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion role

Sportsnet

The Toronto Maple Leafs and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment have hired former NHLer Mark Fraser for a role focused on player development with its Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team, the club announced Tuesday. Justin Bobb has been hired to join the group as well, in a role focused on team strategy.

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Buffalo’s Jeff Skinner Made A Healthy Scratch

Pro Hockey Rumors

Another night, another Sabres game in which Skinner and his $9MM cap hit will watch from the press box. NHL.com’s Mike Morreale confirms that Skinner will be a healthy scratch again on Tuesday night, indicating that this was not just a one-off decision by Krueger to send a message to his expensive, underperforming star. It may in fact beg the question of whether there will be more scratches or games played from Skinner over the rest of the season, especially if Buffalo continues to struggle.

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Mike Babcock responds to criticism: ‘Some of this doesn’t pass the smell test’

The Score

Mike Babcock has received his fair share of criticism from around the NHL, but the bench boss doesn't necessarily believe it's totally warranted.

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Bruce Boudreau wants to be Kraken’s 1st head coach

Sportsnet

Longtime NHL bench boss Bruce Boudreau is interested in being considered for the vacant Seattle Kraken head coaching position and the one-time Jack Adams Award winner isn’t being secretive about it.

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Steve Yzerman hopes NHL delays draft to allow prospects chance to play

The Score

Detroit Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman believes the 2021 NHL Draft should be delayed in order to give the eligible prospects who've had their seasons delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic an opportunity to play.

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How temporary realignment has impacted the NHL standings so far

TSN

Looking at the National Hockey League standings, the first thing you notice is the Toronto Maple Leafs sitting in pole position. But is it real?

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Ducks recall Trevor Zegras from AHL

The Score

It's Trevor Zegras time.

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Austin Strand fined for actions in Kings game against Coyotes

NHL.com

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Austin Strand has been fined $3,168.10, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for cross-checking Arizona Coyotes forward Conor Garland during NHL Game No. 288 in Arizona on Saturday, Feb. 20.

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Sabres Prepared That Jake McCabe May Miss Rest Of Season

Pro Hockey Rumors

The Buffalo Sabres were fearful after defenseman Jake McCabe left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury. McCabe left the game against New Jersey midway through the third period after trying to hit Nico Hischier against the boards, but instead, his right leg buckled and he clutched his knee after going down. Head coach Ralph Krueger said Sunday that McCabe has left the team to return home and is expected to get an MRI today with results expected Monday. However, he doesn’t believe the injury looks good at all. Buffalo News’ Mike Harrington adds the team is preparing that he will be out for the season.

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GM Brad Treliving says inconsistent Flames are ‘not good enough right now’

Sportsnet

Ahead of the second half of this weekend's Battle of Alberta Saturday night, the heat is turning up on the Calgary Flames.

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Mike Babcock returns to coaching behind the Saskatchewan Huskies bench

Yahoo! Sports

It seems Mike Babcock is set to finally re-surface. Just not in the coaching realm one would ever imagine.

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Devils’ Nico Hischier, 22, named NHL’s youngest captain

MSN.com

The New Jersey Devils named center Nico Hischier the 12th captain in franchise history on Saturday.

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Predators not planning to fire GM David Poile

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators owners are "angry and confused" with how this season has gone but are not planning to replace general manager David Poile, CEO Sean Henry told The Athletic.

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Analyzing Tim Stützle’s rookie season and why he’s a star in the making

Sportsnet

I’ll start with the conclusion of this post, because I think it’s important all the positives and the negatives of The Tim Stützle Experience be discussed with it in mind: by the numbers his results haven’t been good so far this season, but he just turned 19 and his team is terrible and by the eye you can see that one day soon, those results are going to be very, very good.

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NHL Teams Hold Outdoor Practices In Lake Tahoe With Insane Views!

TMZ

What's better than NHL hockey?? NHL hockey outdoors, apparently … 'cause check out how awesome the Avalanche and Golden Knights' practices were in Lake Tahoe on Friday!!!

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Sabres, Taylor Hall have mutual interest in exploring contract extension

WKBW

 Despite the Sabres' record, and an expiring contract, it appears as though the Buffalo Sabres and forward Taylor Hall have mutual interest in exploring a contract extension, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

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Blackhawks’ Stan Bowman favorite to be GM for U.S. Olympic men’s team

The Score

Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman is the front-runner to serve as GM of the United States men's hockey team at the 2022 Winter Olympics, TSN's Frank Seravalli reported on Thursday's edition of "Insider Trading."

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Speculation Swirling Around Buffalo Sabres

Pro Hockey Rumors

The Buffalo Sabres are losing again. Even with the offseason excitement of pairing Taylor Hall with Jack Eichel, the team is at the bottom of the East Division standings, sitting 4-6-2 with just 31 goals in 12 games. That MVP-caliber pair has produced just three goals combined, including just a single tally at even-strength. Add in the zero goals that Jeff Skinner has provided and the Sabres have just three for the combined $27MM cap hit of that trio. With that kind of offensive ineptitude from their highest-paid players, speculation about trades was bound to spark up.

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Still No Talks Between Oilers, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins

Pro Hockey Rumors

The Edmonton Oilers really only have three forwards they can count on to produce offense right now. Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl, and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Those three have combined for 24 of the team’s 60 goals this season, with the rest of the forward group only accounting for 23 (the defense has totaled 13, led by Darnell Nurse’s six).

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Taylor Hall laments slow start with Sabres: ‘It’s been a struggle for me’

The Score

Things haven't gone as planned for Taylor Hall and the Buffalo Sabres just over a month into the season.

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Analyzing Frederik Andersen’s play: Can he help carry the Leafs?

Sportsnet

What are the odds of a team erasing a four-goal deficit with 21 minutes left to win a hockey game? Based on league-average scoring rates, 1 in 357 — and that doesn’t take into account it was the last place Ottawa Senators who did it against a top-5 team in the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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NHL Teams Hoping Mattias Ekholm Hits Trade Market

Pro Hockey Rumors

The Nashville Predators are now 6-9 on the season and have a goal differential of -16. That last number is third-worst in the NHL, ahead of only the Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators, meaning the Predators might actually be lucky to have the wins they do. It’s no surprise that trade speculation has started to swirl around the team with The Athletic’s Adam Vignan examining the potential return for five players should Nashville decide to sell.

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Blackhawks become 3rd NHL team to partner with PWHPA

MSN.com

The Blackhawks became the third NHL team to partner with the Professional Women’s Hockey Players Association (PWHPA) on Tuesday, announcing that the franchise would host a weekend pair of games in Chicago on March 6-7 as part of the PWHPA’s Dream Gap Tour.

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Oilers’ Connor McDavid forever linked to Sidney Crosby as 500th career point approaches

Sportsnet

Connor McDavid would have done this long ago — last season, likely — had he not missed nearly half his rookie season with a broken collarbone.

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Maple Leafs acquire Alex Galchenyuk from Hurricanes

The Score

The Toronto Maple Leafs have landed forward Alex Galchenyuk from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for prospect Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky, the team announced Monday.

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