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Report: Mike Richards incident involved oxycodone

The LA Kings terminated Mike Richards’ contract with the team and so far details have been difficult to find. It was easy to speculate that the termination was due to an off-ice incident, but the specifics have been kept under wraps. Pierre McGuire suggested the incident occurred at the Canadian border and now TMZ suggests it involved the drug oxycodone. Via TMZ: NHL officials...
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Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to the Blue Jackets

Here’s a blockbuster. Per TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Chicago Blackhawks have traded forward Brandon Saad and two prospects to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a package that includes Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp, Artem Anisimov and a fourth-round draft choice. Morin, Tropp, Anisimov and Dano and 4th in 2016 for Saad, Paliotta and Alex Broadhurst. CBJ-CHI deal. — Bob...
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Sharks have found their starting goalie by acquiring Jones

Don Sweeney has been justifiably getting killed online for the early returns of his first draft. He sold low on Dougie Hamilton and brought in prospects that were way off the board in the first round. He also locked up Adam McQuaid to a four-year deal and traded another solid asset in a third-round pick for Zac Rinaldo. All-in-all a tough week for the rookie GM. Well, Sweeney...
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The Carolina Hurricanes buy out Alexander Semin

Alexander Semin’s days as a Carolina Hurricane are now over. The team announced they are placing him on waivers with the intention of buying out the remaining three years of the Russian forward’s contract. Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston reports the Hurricanes will pay him $14 million over six years. Here’s the team’s statement. The Carolina Hurricanes placed forward Alexander...
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The Boston Bruins are driving their fans crazy

It has been an interesting 96 hours for the Boston Bruins. A Bruins fan might tell you that by “interesting”, I mean “horrific”. Since Friday, the B’s, with new GM and former Bruin Don Sweeney running the show, traded fan favorite Milan Lucic to the LA Kings for two players and the 13th overall pick, traded Dougie Hamilton for picks including the 15th overall pick, which...
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Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract due to 'breach'

The Los Angeles Kings released a bombshell of a statement today, announcing that they’ve terminated the contract of forward Mike Richards. Here’s the press release from the club. “The Los Angeles Kings today have exercised the team’s right to terminate the contract of Mike Richards for a material breach of the requirements of his Standard Player’s Contract. We are...
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Red Wings expecting Pavel Datsyuk to miss the start of the season

Pavel Datsyuk underwent surgery for ruptured ankle tendons and the Red Wings are planning on the veteran forward missing the beginning of the 2015-16 season. This report comes from the Detroit Free Press and indicates that the Red Wings are planning on having a healthy Datsyuk at some point in November. Datsyuk’s agent believes he’ll be ready in time for October (the Red Wings...
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The Flames bolstered their defense for the present and the future on draft day

To say the Calgary Flames had a good weekend, would be a huge understatement. First, the Flames pulled off a surprise move, acquiring defenseman Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins. While Hamilton’s name was being floated around in trade rumors, it seemed improbable the club was actually going to move their best young defenseman. But, this is the Bruins after all, and with...
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Assistant NHL GM says Dougie Hamilton’s teammates didn’t like him

Boston’s Dougie Hamilton trade to Calgary might have been the most surprising moment from draft weekend. The Bruins instantly changed their identity and the Flames picked up a coveted defenseman many didn’t know was even on the market. So, why did the Bruins move Hamilton? Initial reports suggested that the move was financial and that the Bruins and Hamilton couldn’t find...
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New York Rangers find their backup in Antti Raanta

The New York Rangers were busy this weekend, shopping backup goalie Cam Talbot, one of the hottest goaltenders on the market. After weeks of speculation, the Rangers shipped Talbot to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for draft picks. While they didn’t get the massive rumored haul that Twitter speculated they might, the club did well to get value for a goaltender who was likely to...
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Coyotes acquire Chris Pronger's contract

The Phoenix Coyotes need to reach the cap floor, so they’ve come up with a creative way to do so. Today, they’ve traded Sam Gagner and a conditional draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Nicklas Grossman and the contract of Chris Pronger – and no, that last bit is not a typo. Pronger currently works for the NHL, but he hasn’t technically retired, as he’s...
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Video: Jack Eichel was mic’d up during the NHL Draft

What was Jack Eichel thinking prior to his name being called in the 2015 NHL Draft? What did he do after officially becoming a member of the Buffalo Sabres? These questions were answered as Eichel was mic’d up before, during and after the draft. The post Video: Jack Eichel was mic’d up during the NHL Draft appeared first on Puck Drunk Love.
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NHL Draft: most Russian players drafted since 2004

A total of 18 Russian hockey players were drafted during the 2015 NHL Draft. Despite the continuing yet unsupported stereotypes against Russian players’ work ethic on the ice, the total of Russian skaters drafted is the most since 2004.  18 Russians have been selected in the #NHLDraft2015. That’s the most since 2004, when there were 20 including Ovechkin & Malkin —...
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Oilers acquire Cam Talbot from Rangers

The goalie trades continue! The Edmonton Oilers have finally acquired a goaltender, receiving Cam Talbot and pick 209 from the New York Rangers in exchange for pick 57, 79 and 184 in the 2015 NHL Draft. Rangers trade Cam Talbot and pick 209 to Oilers for pick 57, 79, and 184 — Аrpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 27, 2015 The Oilers were connected to several goalies who were believed...
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Islanders wheel Griffin Reinhart to Oilers for picks

The Islanders started draft night with no picks in the first round, but Garth Snow dealt his way in with two trades. The first trade they made was interesting, as top prospect defenseman Griffin Reinhart went to the Edmonton Oilers for picks 16 in the first round and 33 in the second round. Reinhart was the number 4 pick in the 2012 Draft, and was picked ahead of Filip Forsberg,...
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Photo: Coyotes unveil new uniforms

The new uniforms for the Arizona Coyotes are finally here. The team elected to retain their logo, but the overall look has been modified. Black will play a larger role on the new uniforms and the scheme is more busy than their previous uniform. Pass or fail? New unis for #Coyotes in 2015-16. Pretty cool huh? pic.twitter.com/ra1zkLmAPI — Dave Vest (@davest4yotes) June 26, 2015...
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Bruins ship Dougie Hamilton to the Flames, Milan Lucic to the Kings

The Boston Bruins have been the most active team heading into the 2015 NHL Draft. First, they traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames in exchange for the 15th, 45th and 52nd overall picks in the 2015 Draft. Later, they flipped Milan Lucic to the LA Kings in exchange for the 13th overall pick, goaltender. Martin Jones and prospect Colin Miller. It was believed the...
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Canadiens making subtle changes to their jerseys

The Montreal Canadiens will have a familiar look in 2015-16, but the team is making a couple subtle changes to their jersey. The team is adding laces to the uniform and is replacing the NHL logo with the French LNH logo. Confirmed: Montreal #Canadiens to add laces and french LNH shield to uniform. Post with pics: http://t.co/AR7ou4j87y pic.twitter.com/RsuWnHDqxg — Chris Creamer...
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Sabres get their goalie: Robin Lehner goes to Buffalo

The first of what surely will be a small handful of draft day trades took place this morning as the Buffalo Sabres traded for Senators goalie Robin Lehner. The Sabres also acquired David Legwand from Ottawa in exchange for the 21st pick in the draft. The Sabres will hope that Lehner can continue to advance in his career and become that no doubt number one goalie. The 23-year-old...
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Mike Green won’t return to the Washington Capitals

Defenseman Mike Green won’t be with the Washington Capitals in 2015-16. According to CSN Washington, Green is ready to test free agency when he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Green’s agent Craig Oster, who is also the agent for Eric Fehr, indicated that both players would hit the open market. Oster on both Green and Fehr moving on: “The Capitals have...
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Which NHL teams will thrive in 3-on-3 overtime?

The NHL going to 3-on-3 overtime is a game changer. With more room on the ice and more dependence on speed, it’s sure to send chills up your spine in place of sending more games to the shootout. With many teams being able to employ some top forwards, there are some teams that can put fear into opposing coaches in this new format. Here are five that will probably win more of...
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EA unveils the cover for NHL 16

EA Sports has finally unveiled their cover for NHL 16. Instead of focusing on one player, EA went with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in an effort to honor the Blackhawks for their third Cup in six years. Play Together. Win Together. The cover athletes for #NHL16! pic.twitter.com/FYnl7fvgF3 — EA SPORTS NHL (@EASPORTSNHL) June 25, 2015 The post EA unveils the cover for NHL 16...
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Report: Canucks have received multiple offers for Eddie Lack

The Vancouver Canucks have been shopping Eddie Lack and they’re reportedly already received multiple offers for the goaltender. There are a few other notable goalies on the market (Cam Talbot and Robin Lehner, for instance), but it looks like Lack has drawn the interest of several teams. It has also been reported that the Buffalo Sabres are among the most interested. Much...
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Report: NHL will shift to 3-on-3 overtime

NHL overtime may look a lot different in 2015-16. Pending Board of Governor’s approval, the league will shift to a five-minute 3-on-3 overtime period before moving to the shootout. The days of 4-on-4 OT hockey in the regular season may be over.  Pending B of G approval, NHL will go to 3-on-3 overtime for 5 minutes in regular season games next season. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie...
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Lightning take batting practice with the Rays

The Tampa Bay Lightning are still trying to get over their Stanley Cup defeat and they decided to take out some frustration by hitting a few baseballs. The Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Lightning during batting practice and several players took some swings. Brian Boyle: Ben Bishop: Alex Killorn: The post Lightning take batting practice with the Rays appeared first on Puck Drunk Love.
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