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Canadiens’ Jonathan Drouin says leave was due to anxiety, insomnia

Montreal Canadiens forward Jonathan Drouin said Monday that his leave of absence from the team last season was due to anxiety and insomnia. The 26-year-old Drouin told Canada-based RDS that he has issues with anxiety for several years and hit a breaking point before the third contest of a five-game road trip in April. Drouin […]

  • Coyotes bring back Kachina logo to spur ‘inclusivity’

    The Arizona Coyotes are going back to the past to address the future. The club announced Monday that it is rebranding with a focus on “our vision to become a long-term winning team in Arizona and our dedication to impact, inclusivity, and innovation,” president and CEO Xavier A. Gutierrez said in a team statement. The […]

  • F Nolan Patrick signs 2-year deal with Golden Knights

    The Vegas Golden Knights signed restricted free agent forward Nolan Patrick to a two-year deal. The deal is worth $2.4 million. Patrick signed the deal Sunday, his 23rd birthday. The Knights acquired Patrick in a July trade. He tallied nine points (four goals, five assists) in 52 games last season with the Philadelphia Flyers after […]

  • Oilers sign F Kailer Yamamoto to one-year extension

    The Edmonton Oilers signed forward Kailer Yamamoto to a one-year, $1.175 million extension for the 2021-22 season, the team announced Saturday. Yamamoto, who turns 23 on Sept. 29, contributed eight goals and 13 assists in 52 games in 2020-21, his fourth season with the Oilers. Y A M O The #Oilers have agreed to terms […]

  • Islanders sign D Zdeno Chara, 44, to one-year contract

    Defenseman Zdeno Chara will return for a 24th NHL season in 2021-22, agreeing to terms Saturday on a one-year deal with the New York Islanders. The 44-year-old veteran of 1,608 games started his career with the Islanders, who drafted him in the third round in 1996. “Well, it’s kind of a full circle,” Chara told […]

  • NHL says 98 percent of players will be vaxxed by opening night

    NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told multiple media outlets Friday that the league projects 98 percent of its players will be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by opening night of the 2021-22 season next month. According to that math, fewer than 15 players would not be vaccinated by Oct. 12. “We want everybody fully vaccinated and, […]

  • Canadiens to host 2022 NHL Draft

    The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2022 NHL Draft at the Bell Centre, the league announced Friday. The city had been scheduled to host the draft in 2020, but the event was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic instead, as it was in 2021. “We are proud to announce that, once again, we are […]

  • Maple Leafs-Sabres announced as third outdoor game for 2021-22

    The NHL revealed Thursday that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres will square off outside at Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton, Ontario on March 13 next season. “We are excited to announce that we will be presenting another Tim Hortons Heritage Classic this season,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “When the […]

  • Coyotes tab John Ferguson Jr. as assistant GM

    John Ferguson Jr. signed a multi-year contract on Wednesday to serve as the assistant general manager of the Arizona Coyotes. Financial terms were not disclosed for Ferguson, who also will be the general manager of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Tucson. Official: We've signed John Ferguson to a multi-year contract to serve as […]

  • Two-time Stanley Cup champion Fred Stanfield dies at 77

    Two-time Stanley Cup champion Fred Stanfield has died. He was 77. Stanfield was part of the powerful Boston Bruins’ teams that won Cups in 1970 and 1972. The Bruins announced Stanfield’s death on Tuesday. The team said he died on Monday but didn’t divulge a cause of death. Stanfield, a native of Toronto, was a […]

  • Blues re-sign F Tyler Bozak to one-year deal

    The St. Louis Blues re-signed veteran forward Tyler Bozak to a one-year deal worth $750,000 and bonuses, the team announced Tuesday. Bozak, 35, registered 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 31 games in his third season with the Blues in 2020-21. He has 449 points (167 goals, 282 assists) and 222 penalty minutes in […]

  • Red Wings re-sign F Givani Smith to 2-year contract

    The Detroit Red Wings re-signed forward Givani Smith to a two-year contract Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed. The 23-year-old tallied one goal and three assists in 16 games last season. He has seven points (three goals, four assists) in 37 games since making his debut in 2019-20. Detroit drafted Smith in the second round (46th […]

  • Blue Jackets replace assistant coach who refuses vax

    The Columbus Blue Jackets announced Monday that they have replaced assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre after he refused to get a vaccine shot for COVID-19. Lefebvre was brought on by Brad Larsen after he was named head coach in June. The team announced that it has promoted Steve McCarthy from the Cleveland Monsters to replace Lefebvre, […]

  • Flames sign D Erik Gudbranson to one-year contract

    Free agent defenseman Erik Gudbranson signed a one-year, $1.95 million contract with the Calgary Flames on Friday. Gudbranson, 29, split last season with his hometown Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators. He collected one goal and two assists in 36 games with the Senators before being acquired by Nashville on April 12 in exchange for […]

  • Zach Parise reaches deal with Islanders

    Veteran forward Zach Parise agreed to a contract with the New York Islanders on Friday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed for Parise, who had the final four seasons of his 13-year, $98 million contract bought out by the Minnesota Wild on July 13. Parise, 37, played the past nine seasons with the Wild. […]

  • Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron to decide on future after season

    Boston Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron intends to play out the final season of his eight-year, $55 million contract before deciding if he’ll return to the team in 2022-23. Bergeron, 36, has played his entire 17-year NHL career with the Bruins. He is slated for unrestricted free agency in July. “I’m going to play out this […]

  • David Backes retires after signing one-day contract with Blues

    David Backes signed a ceremonial one-day contract Thursday with the St. Louis Blues and announced his retirement. Backes, 37, spent the first 10 years of his 15-year career with the Blues and put on the sweater one final time for his contract signing. He played his final NHL game on May 5 in St. Louis […]

  • Sidney Crosby out at least 6 weeks after wrist surgery

    Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss a minimum of six weeks after undergoing a procedure on his left wrist Wednesday. That timeline means Crosby likely won’t be ready for the Penguins’ season opener Oct. 12 at the Tampa Bay Lightning. “This is not a new injury for Sid,” Penguins general manager Ron Hextall said […]

  • Flames ink deals with Connor Mackey, Brad Richardson

    The Calgary Flames re-signed defenseman Connor Mackey and signed veteran forward Brad Richardson on Wednesday. Mackey, a restricted free agent, agreed to a two-year, $1.825 million deal. Richardson, an unrestricted free agent, signed for one year and $800,000. Mackey, who turns 25 on Sunday, made his NHL debut last season and tallied one goal and […]

  • Senators extend GM Pierre Dorion’s pact through 2024-25

    Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion’s contract was extended through the 2024-25 season on Tuesday. Dorion signed a three-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season in February 2018. “Dating to when he was named GM in 2016, Pierre has worked tirelessly towards building an organization that can compete with the National Hockey League’s best,” Senators […]

  • Ex-Canucks F Jake Virtanen heading to KHL

    Former Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen has signed a one-year contract with Spartak Moscow of the KHL, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. Virtanen, 25, was released by the Canucks in July following an allegation of sexual misconduct against the former first-round draft pick. A civil lawsuit filed in May in Kelowna, British Columbia, claims that Virtanen […]

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