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6:48 PM ET ESPN News Services GLENDALE, Ariz. — The start of Phil Kessel‘s desert tenure did not go according to plan, for him or the Arizona Coyotes. Expected to give the Coyotes a scoring jolt, Kessel instead labored, in large part due to a string of injuries. The NHL’s pandemic-caused pause has give the
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6:22 PM ET Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes president and general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday that executive Rick Dudley won’t return and that the team is still in talks with longtime TV play-by-play announcer John Forslund on a new deal. Dudley, 71, had worked as the Hurricanes senior vice president of hockey
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9:08 AM ET The NHL has shifted its focus to selecting two Canadian hub cities, sources confirmed to ESPN. That would have the NHL resuming its season in Toronto and Edmonton later this summer. Nothing is final until players vote on the return-to-play proposal, which is not expected to happen until later this week. The
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12:01 AM ET NHL players that are due signing bonuses on July 1 are expected to be paid as scheduled, a source confirmed to ESPN. There is more than $300 million due to be paid to players on Wednesday, with the Toronto Maple Leafs leading the league with roughly $60 million owed. Contracts structured with
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4:03 PM ET Associated Press DETROIT — The Red Wings plan to hold their training camp for the 2020-21 NHL season at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Red Wings executive vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced the decision Monday to stay home instead of going to
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2:47 PM ET The NHL announced Monday that of the more than 250 players to participate in voluntary practices since June 8, there have been 15 confirmed positive tests for the coronavirus, which is roughly a 6% positive rate. The league has administered more than 1,450 tests to players in that time. The NHL also
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10:20 PM ET Associated Press Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to walk on stage Friday night in Montreal as the top pick in the NHL draft. After the COVID-19 pandemic paused the hockey season and postponed that possibility, Lafreniere was supposed to find out Friday night where he’d be going when the league held its draft
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8:43 PM ET The NHL and its players are closing in on a new collective bargaining agreement that includes remedies for the league’s revenue losses due to the COVID-19 shutdown, sources confirmed to ESPN on Friday. One source indicated that a memorandum of understanding could be announced “as early as Sunday.” But that timing was
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8:30 AM ET Associated Press Jason Spezza‘s confidence in the NHL returning has not been shaken by word of 11 fellow players testing positive for the coronavirus. Given his involvement in NHL Players’ Association talks, the veteran Toronto forward knew from doctors’ input there would be positive test results in hockey just as there have
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6:30 PM ET New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin said that if the NHL and the NHLPA can’t agree on a fix for the league’s financial system, then players should not report to training camps this summer. “For nearly two decades, the players have protected the owners’ income with escrow, including throughout this pandemic crisis,
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8:19 PM ET The Vancouver Canucks announced Thursday that their city will not be a 12-team “hub” if the NHL restarts its season this summer, despite speculation it had been one of the front-runners. “From the beginning, our goal was to help the NHL get hockey back on the ice if we could. Although Vancouver
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3:49 PM ET Associated Press MIAMI — Aleksander Barkov started his hockey life as a 4-year-old for the Tappara club in his hometown of Tampere, Finland. Two decades later, Barkov is investing in his roots. The Florida Panthers captain has become the third-largest investor in the Tappara club, a deal that was announced Thursday. The
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2:02 PM ET Amazon secured naming rights for Seattle’s downtown arena that will house the new NHL team as well as the WNBA’s Storm, but the company’s name will not appear anywhere on the building. Instead, the arena will be called Climate Pledge Arena and will feature several green initiatives. “I think this is going
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