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Insider Trading: Layering impact of roster size slowing down talks between NHL, NHLPA

If the NHL season is going to start on the targeted date of Jan. 13, players will need to start quarantining this weekend. What’s holding things up as time gets scarcer and scarcer? Dreger: Well, a lot of things but to simplify it, there are so many issues around roster size, taxi squads, how that’s going to impact the American Hockey League as an example. Will waivers be required for players to clear to be placed on a taxi squad? How...

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Four NHL teams exploring possibility of playing outdoor home games

Let’s begin this quickie blog with a caveat: it’s a long shot. But…at least four NHL teams are investigating the possibility of playing home games in outdoor stadia if it will allow them to have fans in attendance. Again, there are no guarantees in COVID times, “but it is being explored,” one executive said Wednesday. None of the clubs would comment, but they are Anaheim, Boston, Los Angeles and Pittsburgh. According to multiple sources, it was the Kings who first considered the...

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Pain of Patrick Roy’s trade from Canadiens still resonates 25 years later

MONTREAL — We lived on a corner lot, in a semi-detached house on Normandy Drive — one of the widest and least travelled streets in the Town of Mount Royal, just a 15-minute car ride from the Montreal Forum. It was a street tailored for road hockey, with maple trees lining a perfectly paved, Y-shaped playing area, partitioned by a small park that served as a backstop for our net (if you missed, the ball didn't travel as far...

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Former teammates, rivals wish Guy Lafleur well in cancer battle

MONTREAL -- During his storied playing career, Guy Lafleur had a host of other superstars on his side. Now, as the Montreal Canadiens great battles lung cancer, he once again is getting support from his brethren. In a video posted to the NHL's Twitter account, numerous retired stars offered their best wishes and fond memories of Lafleur. Former Canadiens Rejean Houle, Mario Tremblay, Chris Nilan, Steve Begin, Doug Jarvis and others were joined by players from rival squads such as former...

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AHL leaning on NHL ahead of uncertain season, with questions aplenty

EDMONTON — It’s all about the money, this whole return-to-play thing. We get it: cash and pro sports go together like Kraft and Dinner, so why would the NHL be any different? While the NHL tries to put a number on just how much money they are willing to lose while pounding a rounded version of the 2020-21 season through an increasingly square hole, its primary development league is waiting patiently for a turn at Commissioner Gary Bettman’s negotiating table. And...

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HOCKEY CANADA STATEMENT ON NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM SPORT CHEK SELECTION CAMP

Today’s Red-White game postponed due to COVID-19 RED DEER, Alta. – The following is a statement on behalf of Hockey Canada from Scott Salmond, senior vice-president of national teams, on Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp. “Hockey Canada confirmed earlier today that two players at Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Selection Camp have tested positive for COVID-19, and have been placed in quarantine at the team hotel in Red Deer. Upon learning of the positive test this morning, the decision...

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Moscow to Replace Minsk as Worlds Host

Latvia will still host the other half of the prestigious tournament, but the IIHF is reportedly moving on from controversial Belarus. The Hockey News has learned that the IIHF plans on moving part of the 2021 World Championship, leaving Belarus' capital of Minsk in favor of Moscow. Latvia, the co-host of the event, will not be affected. Belarus has been at the center of controversy both globally and in international hockey circles since an August election where longtime leader Alexander Lukashenko...

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Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League leans on the community for support

There isn’t the same electricity in the air when the home team scores these days in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL). But fans of all 12 teams in the league say it’s better than nothing. Capped at 150 fans per game for now, SJHL teams need the help and support of the communities that they are in. Just like many other businesses. “It’s just like anything,” Broncos manager of marketing and play-by-play host Rory McGouran said. “It’s like your local small business...

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B.C. hockey leagues adapting to pandemic despite new COVID-19 order

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — The new COVID-19 restrictions in the province’s two biggest health regions have put further strain on minor sports leagues and parents now that competitive hockey has been put on hold with little notice. Players in the Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health regions have suddenly been thrown back to what are effectively Phase 2 COVID-19 restrictions, frustrating hockey parents whose aspiring NHLers can’t play for two weeks. Speaking with Sportsnet 650, BC Hockey CEO Cameron Hope, who has only been on the job for two...

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Quebec Is Getting a Bubble

And the QMJHL may not be the only major junior league that ends up using one this season. Strange times call for creative solutions and the QMJHL, as the only major junior circuit playing right now, is confronting this reality first. The league has announced a "protected environment event" in Quebec City later this month, featuring seven franchises that have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Gatineau, Drummondville, Blainville-Boisbriand, Shawinigan, Victoriaville, Chicoutimi and Quebec are all located within the province's "red...

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