NHL News

12:33 AM ET Associated Press The National Women’s Hockey League is history. Welcome, Premier Hockey Federation. North America’s first women’s professional hockey league to pay players a salary is adopting the new title on Tuesday as part of a rebranding to reflect sweeping changes made to its management structure, coupled with an influx of private
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10:10 PM ET The NHL informed teams of its 2021-22 health and safety protocols Thursday, and they feature significant restrictions for unvaccinated players. On the road, unvaccinated players will not be able to go anywhere except for the team hotel, practice facility and arena, according to a 27-page document outlining the protocols, which was obtained
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5:59 PM ET Associated Press DETROIT — The Red Wings signed Filip Hronek to a three-year, $13.2 million contract Friday. The Czech defenseman will count $4.4 million against the salary cap through the 2023-24 season. Hronek has 16 goals and 64 assists through his first 167 regular-season NHL games. The 23-year-old put up 26 points
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12:21 PM ET The Ottawa Senators have agreed to a six-year, $29.85 million contract with right winger Drake Batherson, the team announced Friday. Batherson, 23, skated in all 56 of the Senators’ games last season, ranking second on the team with 17 goals and adding 17 assists before becoming a restricted free agent. “Drake represents
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6:42 PM ET A week after the Carolina Hurricanes caused a social media stir by signing Jesperi Kotkaniemi to a one-year, $6.1 million offer sheet, the Montreal Canadiens formally declined to match it on Saturday. As a result, the 21-year-old forward will join the Hurricanes for at least this season, and Carolina will more than
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6:51 PM ET San Jose Sharks associate coach Rocky Thompson is stepping down from his role due to a medical exemption that prevents him from receiving a vaccination for COVID-19, the team announced Friday. “Under the new League protocols, I am not permitted to fulfill my duties on the Sharks coaching staff at this time,”
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2:23 PM ET Montreal Canadiens first-round pick Logan Mailloux has been suspended indefinitely by the Ontario Hockey League stemming from the defenseman’s 2020 conduct that got him fined for an offense of a sexual nature in Sweden. The Ontario Hockey League announced Thursday that Mailloux could apply for reinstatement starting Jan. 1 and that his
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4:17 PM ET ESPN News Services After being conspicuously quiet for most of the summer, Lou Lamoriello completed most of the New York Islanders‘ offseason work Wednesday by signing trade-deadline acquisition Kyle Palmieri and three other players to multiyear contracts. Palmieri, a veteran forward who came over from the New Jersey Devils and had a
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5:17 PM ET ESPN News Services ST. LOUIS — Colton Parayko‘s name is out of trade rumors and in the St. Louis Blues‘ long-term plans after agreeing to terms Wednesday on a $52 million, eight-year contract. The team’s top defenseman was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and his impending departure threatened
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12:22 PM ET Jason Payne has been hired by the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, making him the only Black head coach in North American professional hockey next season. Payne, 45, was promoted from assistant coach after Cyclones head coach Matt Thomas was hired by the Providence Bruins of the AHL. Payne, who grew up in Toronto,
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7:35 PM ET ESPN News Services ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Hockey is returning to the University of Alaska Anchorage after donors, including the NHL’s newest team, raised over $3 million after the program was eliminated. “It’s a great day to be a Seawolf,” UAA chancellor Sean Parnell said Tuesday when announcing the team would return to
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5:49 PM ET ESPN News Services NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators have signed forward Eeli Tolvanen to a three-year, $4.35 million deal. General manager David Poile announced the deal Monday. Tolvanen, 22, just finished his first full NHL season. He scored 22 points in 40 games, and his 11 goals ranked fourth on the
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11:26 AM ET Forward Andrei Svechnikov has agreed to an eight-year, $62 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes, it was announced Thursday. The 21-year-old Svechnikov had 15 goals and 27 assists in 55 games last season — his third with the team. The deal has an average annual value of $7.75 million. “Andrei is one
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2:35 PM ET Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — With his future in Buffalo uncertain, Sabres captain Jack Eichel is changing agents while in the midst of a long-standing dispute with the team over how to treat a neck injury, sources confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday. Four people with direct knowledge of Eichel’s decision
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