Some NHL Owners Prefer Not To Play In 2020-21 Pro Hockey Rumors

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Time running short for NHL to start next season Jan. 1

The Island Packet

A far cry from the standings at Thanksgiving serving as a barometer of which teams are most likely to make the playoffs, the NHL heads into the U.S. holiday without a firm plan announced for next season.

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Leafs great Rick Vaive on imperfection, Don Cherry, and Austin Matthews chasing 50

The Score

Rick Vaive is no different than the average Joe – and he's not afraid to admit it.

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Bruins ink Jake DeBrusk to two-year, $7.35M deal

TSN

Forward Jake DeBrusk and the Boston Bruins have come to terms on a new two-year, $7.35 million deal, the club announced on Monday.

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Canadiens’ Claude Julien: I’d love to coach for ‘as long as I can’

The Score

Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien hopes he can stick around in the NHL for as long as possible after successfully undergoing heart surgery in August.

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Henderson Silver Knights Hire Joel Ward, Jamie Heward

Russian Machine Never Breaks

The Vegas Golden Knights’ new AHL franchise, the Henderson Silver Knights, rounded out their coaching staff on Monday. The Silver Knights hired former players Joel Ward and Jamie Heward to be assistant coaches under head coach Manny Viveiros. Both assistants have Washington Capitals connections.

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Will Avalanche be able to keep Brandon Saad beyond this season?

Pro Hockey Talk

The Colorado Avalanche put their open salary cap space to use this offseason by making a pair of significant additions in forward Brandon Saad and defenseman Devon Toews. Those additions should help make one of the league’s top Stanley Cup contenders even better.

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Oliver Ekman-Larsson Could Still Be Traded To Bruins

Boston Hockey Now

Is the door completely closed for the Boston Bruins when it comes to Arizona Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson?

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Predicting which young prospects Detroit Red Wings will be on team in 2021-22 Detroit Free Press

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Sharks Recall Marcus Sorensen

Pro Hockey Rumors

In recent days, a handful of teams have started recalling players from their loans overseas in anticipation of NHL training camps getting underway.  The Sharks are the latest of these as HockeySverige’s Ronnie Ronnkvist notes that winger Marcus Sorensen has been recalled to San Jose, ending his time with HC Vita Hasten of the Allsvenskan in Sweden.

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Ken Schinkel, member of expansion Penguins, dies at 87

NHL.com

Ken Schinkel, a member of the expansion Pittsburgh Penguins who later coached them and served in several front office positions, has died. He was 87.

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How 10 NHL players and prospects are faring with European clubs

Sportsnet

When composite sticks first flooded the market, one of the comments you’d hear from holdouts was you couldn’t feel the puck quite like you could with a wood twig. It’s a slight stretch, but there’s probably some comparison to be made with scouting in person versus the screen-staring so many bird-hawks are doing now.

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Who Would Win An All-Canadian Division?

Pro Hockey Rumors

Earlier today, the Toronto Raptors announced that they will begin the upcoming NBA season in Tampa after their request to play at their home arena was denied by the Canadian government. Because of the travel restrictions between the U.S. and Canada, it always seemed impossible for the Raptors—the league’s lone Canadian franchise—to be hosting American-based teams in Toronto. A long quarantine is still required when you enter the country, meaning the logistics of holding NBA games was going to be incredibly difficult.

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Canucks’ Braden Holtby, delayed at border, finally gets into Canada with pet tortoises

USA Today

Slow and steady does win the race.

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How the NHL could make its offseason more exciting like the NBA’s

The Score

To put it bluntly, the NHL offseason is like watching paint dry compared to the NBA. A typical NBA offseason is filled with ample drama, intrigue, unpredictability, and trades involving multiple star players. The NHL rarely has any of those.

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Bruins Shopping Urho Vaakanainen

Pro Hockey Rumors

Even with the addition of winger Craig Smith in free agency this offseason, many have expected the Bruins to make another addition of note.  With the free agent market slowing to a crawl, it seems as if GM Don Sweeney is looking at trying to trade for that piece now.  To that end, Boston Hockey Now’s Joe Haggerty reports (subscription link) that the team is trying to move defenseman Urho Vaakanainen.

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St. Louis Blues Agree To Terms With Jake Walman

The AHL

Restricted free-agent defenseman Jake Walman has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues, a two-way deal in 2020-21 and a one-way deal in 2021-22.

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Players feel betrayed by NHL’s new escrow proposals

The Score

A recent NHL proposal to tweak the league's escrow structure to cope with the effects of the pandemic has left players feeling angry and betrayed, reports Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

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Steve Yzerman: Red Wings still ‘have a lot of work to do’

The Score

General manager Steve Yzerman continues to steer the rebuilding Detroit Red Wings in the right direction, but he knows he still has a lot of work to do.

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Canucks goalie Braden Holtby stuck at U.S. border with pet tortoises

Sportsnet

Braden Holtby's move to his new home appears to have slowed to a crawl.

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Sens 1st-rounder, Team Canada invitee Ridly Greig had COVID-19

TSN

Canadian junior selection camp invitee Ridly Greig has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his agent, Kevin Epp.

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NHL seeking additional pay deferral from players for 2020-21 season Sportsnet

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Pavel Gogolev Signs In Sweden

Pro Hockey Rumors

In 2019-20, the OHL had six players that recorded at least 40 goals and 85 total points. Nick Robertson, the Toronto Maple Leafs top forward prospect, led the way with 55 goals in just 46 games. Jack Quinn, who was selected eighth overall this fall by the Buffalo Sabres came in second in the goal-scoring race, tallying 52. Connor McMichael, the Washington Capitals wunderkind, hit the twine 47 times, Arthur Kaliyev, a Los Angeles Kings second-round steal notched 44 and Nashville Predators prospect Philip Tomasino recorded exactly 40 goals in his 100-point breakout season.

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7 Young NHL Players on the Verge of Becoming Stars Next Season

Bleacher Report

Every NHL season sees at least one promising young player blossom into a full-fledged star.

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Ranking every NHL team’s Reverse Retro jersey

The Score

After teasing the hockey community for weeks, the NHL on Monday finally released its Reverse Retro jerseys for all 31 teams.

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