Hurricanes hope to play next week after facilities closed due to COVID-19

NHL.com

The Carolina Hurricanes hope to reopen their training facilities soon and resume playing next week after the NHL closed their facilities and postponed their games because of COVID-19.

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Penguins Looking To Acquire A Defenseman

Pro Hockey Rumors

On the heels of Marcus Pettersson and Juuso Riikola joining Mike Matheson on injured reserve, the Penguins are suddenly looking thin on the back end.  Accordingly, TSN’s Darren Dreger notes on the latest Insider Trading segment (video link) that GM Jim Rutherford is now calling around to try to add some help on the back end.

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NHL COVID game calls: Player quantity, not quality

ESPN

The Carolina Hurricanes said the NHL's postponement of two games this week was not based on the prestige of the players who are currently on the league's COVID related absence list.

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Alex Ovechkin among 4 Capitals added to NHL’s COVID-19 list

Sportsnet

Four Washington Capitals players were added to the NHL's COVID Protocol List Wednesday, headlined by captain Alex Ovechkin.

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NHL fines Washington Capitals $100K for violations of COVID-19 protocols

ESPN

The Washington Capitals have been fined $100,000 for violation of the NHL's COVID-19 protocols, the league announced Wednesday.

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Sens’ Brady Tkachuk says he’s not focused on contract extension yet

The Score

The Ottawa Senators and franchise winger Brady Tkachuk aren't prioritizing contract talks in the early stages of the 2021 NHL season.

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Ian Cole traded to Wild by Avalanche for Greg Pateryn

NHL.com

Ian Cole was traded to the Minnesota Wild by the Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday for Greg Pateryn.

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Mike Babcock calls Mitch Marner list incident ‘major mistake’ but disputes facts of story

The Score

It's been 14 months since the Toronto Maple Leafs fired Mike Babcock, and the former head coach has finally opened up regarding an incident that generated headlines following his dismissal.

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The NHL has pushed pause on its puck tracking project

Scouting The Refs

The National Hockey League has pushed pause on its puck tracking project.

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Calgary Flames Sign Michael Stone, Place On Waivers

Flames Nation

More signing news from the Calgary Flames, and it’s another minor one. The club has announced the signing of defender Michael Stone to a one year, two-way deal worth $700,000 at the NHL level. He was placed on waivers, as well.

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Why need for roster flexibility forced Maple Leafs’ hand in latest moves

Sportsnet

The price of much-needed roster flexibility was a piece of the goaltending depth Kyle Dubas amassed this off-season.

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How the Colorado Avalanche are handling being a top Stanley Cup favorite

ESPN

Milan Hejduk was the last remaining member of the 2001 Stanley Cup-winning Colorado Avalanche to stay on the roster. But entering the 2012-13 season, Hejduk knew he would have a diminished role. He called teammate Gabriel Landeskog and told him to meet him and then-coach Joe Sacco for a meeting at the team facility when he got back to town.

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Toronto Maple Leafs Veteran Jason Spezza will retire if claimed on waivers

Trade Rumors

According to agent Rick Curran, veteran forward Jason Spezza will retire if another NHL team claims him off the waiver wire.

The Toronto Maple Leafs put two players on waivers Sunday, which included Spezza and No. 3 goalie Aaron Dell. They had to make some roster changes due to the knee injury Nick RObertson suffered.

The 37-year-old is currently playing for a league minimum of $700,000 to play for his hometown team in Toronto, and he would like to finish his career there. He has no intention of playing anywhere else.

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One question facing each Canadian team after frantic North Division start

Sportsnet

The North Division has not disappointed through four days of action. We've seen thrilling overtime, heated physicality, and the storylines we've been waiting months to talk about are beginning to unfold.

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Joel Quenneville now says Keith Yandle will play in Panthers’ season opener

The Score

Keith Yandle's ironman streak will continue for another day.

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Ilya Sorokin gets 1st NHL start after Semyon Varlamov injured in warmup

The Score

New York Islanders rookie netminder Ilya Sorokin will make his first NHL start Saturday versus the New York Rangers after starter Semyon Varlamov suffered an injury in warmups.

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Jared McCann fined for actions in Penguins game

NHL.com

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Jared McCann has been fined $10,000, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, for elbowing Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim during NHL Game No. 18 in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 15, the National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced today.

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Winnipeg Jets cancel Saturday practice after possible COVID-19 exposure

MSN.com

The Winnipeg Jets have cancelled a practice scheduled for Saturday because of a potential exposure to COVID-19, the team said in a news release.

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Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal, Jets’ Anton Forsberg among players added to NHL’s COVID list

Sportsnet

Carolina Hurricanes forward Jordan Staal, New Jersey Devils goaltender Eric Comrie and Winnipeg Jets goaltender Anton Forsberg were added to the NHL's COVID-19 protocol list Friday, per Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

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Dallas Stars set to start season Jan. 22 after COVID-19 outbreak

ESPN

The Dallas Stars will open their season Jan. 22 at home against the Nashville Predators after their first four games had to be rescheduled due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the team.

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Casey Nelson Announces retirement

CBS Sports

Nelson announced his retirement from professional hockey Friday, Lance Lysowski of The Buffalo News reports.

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Five potential trade destinations for Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois

Sportsnet

Leave it to John Tortorella to stir the pot.

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Islanders Finalize Contract With Cory Schneider

Pro Hockey Rumors

After nearly three months of speculation, Cory Schneider has finalized his contract with the Islanders.  CapFriendly reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, one-way contract worth $700K.  They also report that he has been designated as waivers non-roster status which means that he will be placed on waivers on Friday for the purpose of assignment to either their taxi squad or their AHL affiliate in Bridgeport.

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Blues’ Sammy Blais: Receives two-game ban

CBS Sports

Blais was suspended two games for a hit to the head of Avalanche defenseman Devon Toews.

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22 NHL players unavailable due to COVID-19 protocol

NHL.com

The National Hockey League today released the list of Players who are unavailable to play or practice on January 13, 2021, in accordance with the League's COVID Protocols. Beginning today, and continuing for the balance of the season, the NHL will be sharing the names of Players who are "unavailable" to the Club (to practice, travel or play in games) due to COVID protocols. Such "COVID Protocol Related Absences" can be the result of a number of factors including, among others: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals pursuant to the Positive Test Protocol; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact in accordance with the Positive Test Protocol; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons as outlined in the COVID-19 Protocol. 

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