NHL trade tracker: Sizing up the deals that occurred before the April 12 deadline

The NHL trade deadline is 3 p.m. ET on April 12. Here are the trades that have happened in the leadup to the final day: April 7: The New York Islanders acquire forwards Kyle Palmieri and Travis Zajac from the New Jersey Devils for a first-round pick, a 2022 conditional fourth-round pick and prospect forwards A.J. Greer and Mason Jobst. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello was expected to make a move after captain Anders Lee was lost for the season, […]

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Canucks’ COVID-19 issues are growing: What we know

After going more than a month with a handful of players at a maximum out in accordance with the NHL's COVID-19 protocol, the league is now facing a new challenge: the growing number of Vancouver Canucks players being put on the list (and subsequent games that need to be rescheduled).  What started as one game postponed March 31 after two players and a member of the coaching staff went on the COVID-19 list has now grown to four postponed games […]

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How do 2021 Buffalo Sabres compare to worst teams in NHL history?

The 2021 Buffalo Sabres are one of the worst hockey teams of the 21st century. But how do they compare to the worst teams of all time?  Though they finally won Wednesday night, ending a streak of 18 consecutive losses (0-15-3) that tied the 2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins for the longest losing skid in NHL history, they went right back to their losing ways Thursday night with a 3-2 overtime setback against the New York Rangers.  The Sabres wake up Friday with a 7-23-6 record, […]

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Sabres coach: Eichel out for ‘foreseeable future’

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres will be without captain Jack Eichel for what coach Ralph Krueger called “the foreseeable future” in delivering yet another blow to a team in the midst of a nine-game skid. The injury is not considered season-ending, though Krueger on Saturday was unable to provide a fixed timetable on how much time Eichel will miss. “An injury of this nature needs more assessment and more time to understand it,” he said. “We just know that […]

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Flames fire Ward, name Sutter as new coach

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. The Calgary Flames fired head coach Geoff Ward on Thursday night, replacing him with former coach and two-time Stanley Cup champion Darryl Sutter. The Flames routed the Ottawa Senators 7-3 at home on Thursday night, but Ward’s fate was apparently sealed after going 11-11-2 to start the season. He was officially hired in the offseason after replacing Bill Peters on an interim basis last season. Overall, Ward was 35-26-5 in his first NHL […]

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Sidney Crosby plays in 1,000th game; NHL stars send congrats, wish him well on next 1,000

Sidney Crosby laced up his skates and took the ice Saturday for his 1,000th NHL game. He joined 25 other active skaters who have hit that mark, but he made history as the first to reach the milestone in a Penguins jersey. He then notched two assists in his team’s 3-2 win over the Islanders, including the primary on Kris Letang’s game-winner.  “Everything from the guys in the ceremony and in the room and on the ice, I was just completely spoiled,” he […]

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Bright sun, poor ice delay Avalanche-Golden Knights outdoor NHL game at Lake Tahoe

STATELINE, Nev. –Lake Tahoe is known for its intense sunlight, and that sun wreaked havoc with the NHL Outdoor game Saturday at Edgewood. The air temperature was in the low 30s, but the sun beating down on the ice caused a lengthy delay after the first period of the game between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Colorado Avalanche. The game was postponed until midnight ET (9 p.m. local Saturday night). The NHL also delayed Sunday's game between Boston and Philadelphia […]

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What direction should the next Penguins GM take: Time to rebuild or keep going for it?

Jim Rutherford shocked the hockey world last week when he abruptly resigned as Pittsburgh Penguins general manager seven games into the season. Pittsburgh won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017 under Rutherford, who said he was leaving for personal reasons. He was considered an aggressive trader who made moves before the deadline to keep the Penguins as contenders. Patrik Allvin was named interim GM, but the team is looking for a full-time general manager. The Penguins' core (Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin […]

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Chara’s hockey sticks sent to N.J. man’s house

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. Ariel Ben-Abraham ripped open a shipping box from China on Monday expecting to find accessories for his clothing company. Instead, he found a bundle of jumbo-sized hockey sticks intended for Washington Capitals star Zdeno Chara that had been randomly delivered to a basketball fan in suburban New Jersey. “This has to take the cake as the strangest thing I’ve gotten by mistake,” Ben-Abraham told ESPN. “Future Hall of Famer’s sticks, for the tallest […]

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