NHL COVID-19 case tracker: Updated list of players to miss games during 2021 season

Before the puck dropped on the 2021 NHL season, the league has already been impacted by COVID-19. Aside from the start date being pushed to Jan. 13, a number of players have tested positive and four teams had training camps suspended for at least one day or a large number of players miss time. The Stars shut down their camp on Jan. 9 after it was revealed six players and two staff members tested positive. The Penguins canceled training camp the […]

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USA vs. Finland: Live score, highlights, updates from 2021 World Juniors semifinals

As the old saying goes: “What’s old is new again.” Like Monday’s first World Junior Championship semifinal, which saw Canada and Russia battle for a spot in the gold-medal game, United States-Finland is a rivalry with history. Two years ago, the Finns bested the Americans in the gold-medal game when now-Rangers forward Kaapo Kakko netted the go-ahead goal with 1:26 on the clock. Last year, Finland pitched a shutout to send the Americans home in the quarterfinals and dash their hopes of a fifth […]

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When does 2021 NHL season start? Key dates, divisions, rosters, playoffs for upcoming season

Hockey’s back! On Dec. 20, the NHL and NHL Players’ Association reached an agreement regarding the 2021 NHL season.  “The National Hockey League looks forward to the opening of our 2020-21 season, especially since the Return to Play in 2019-20 was so successful in crowning a Stanley Cup champion,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in the press release announcing the news. “While we are well aware of the challenges ahead, as was the case last spring and summer, we are […]

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The Greatest NHL Name Bracket: Championship Results

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. ESPN’s 64-player “Greatest NHL Name” tournament bracket dropped this week and garnered the expected reaction from hockey fans: passion, amusement, obsession and countless people vehemently protesting that Slater Koekkoek should have been a No. 1 seed. To recap, we took some of the greatest names to grace NHL ice — and Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen, a Buffalo Sabres prospect whose name just couldn’t be denied — and grouped them into four regions: Old-school region, with […]

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Dallas Stars name Rick Bowness head coach after interim stint ended in Stanley Cup Final

Rick Bowness will remain behind the Dallas Stars’ bench after a successful interim stint at the end of the 2019-20 season. The Stars announced Thursday that Bowness will become their full-time head coach. Bowness will be the 24th head coach in franchise history, and the ninth in Dallas Stars history. After being named to the interim role on Dec. 10, 2019, Bowness led the Stars to a 20-13-5 record before guiding Dallas all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, […]

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Joey Moss, beloved Edmonton sports figure, dies at 57: Wayne Gretzky, hockey world react

Edmonton lost a sports legend on Monday: Joey Moss, a fixture in the city’s professional hockey and football landscape, died. He was 57. Moss, who was born with Down syndrome, worked in the locker room of both the NHL’s Oilers and CFL’s Edmonton Football Team since the mid-1980s. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Wayne Gretzky, who introduced Moss to the Oilers in the 1984-85 season, confirmed Moss’ death on Facebook. “Janet and I […]

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Longtime Sharks star Joe Thornton to pursue Stanley Cup with Maple Leafs

The one thing missing in Joe Thornton's star-studded career is a Stanley Cup. Thornton, 41, will pursue that trophy with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signing a one-year deal Friday at the NHL minimum salary of $700,000 after spending 15 years with the San Jose Sharks. The closest he came to a championship was in 2016, when the Sharks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final. But the Sharks had the bottom drop out last season after reaching the conference […]

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NHL free agency winners, losers: Sabres stun with Taylor Hall; Blackhawks part ways with veterans

The Vegas Golden Knights have had a busy offseason as they have tried to maintain their standing as an elite team while also moving around puzzle pieces to fit within a flat salary cap. They re-signed goalie Robin Lehner (five years, $25 million) and traded center Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets. But their biggest move was adding the best available player in unrestricted free agency, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (seven years, $61.6 million). They traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver […]

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Newest Sabres forward Taylor Hall ready to go, jokes about partaking in Bills Mafia tradition

Taylor Hall certainly knows how to make an entrance. The day after he inked a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sabres, the winger recorded a message for his new fans. “Buffalo, Taylor Hall here. It’s been a crazy past couple of days for me but can’t tell you how excited I am to be a Buffalo Sabre,” he said. “Hopefully, I get the chance to play in front of you great fans sometime soon. “I was going to smash into a […]

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NHL free agency 2020: What to know as signing period begins

More than three months after the standard start of unrestricted free agency, it is finally here. In a normal season, free agency would open July 1. But because of the coronavirus pandemic and season pause, Friday (noon ET) will mark the beginning of when teams can sign UFAs. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who captained the St. Louis Blues to the 2019 Stanley Cup, will be coveted. Goalies are also widely available, including Braden Holtby, Anton Khudobin and Jacob Markstrom. Henrik Lundqvist, whose contract […]

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