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Carey Price won’t be selected by Seattle Kraken in expansion draft

Carey Price is not going to be selected by the Seattle Kraken in Wednesday's expansion draft, per Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Price not selected by SEA— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 21, 2021 Price waived his no-move clause ahead of the expansion draft, making him eligible to be claimed by the Kraken. Seattle had to submit their expansion list by 10:00 a.m. ET. Price, whose playoff heroics were an essential factor in Montreal reaching the Stanley Cup Final this season, is in the fourth year of an...

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NHL prospect Luke Prokop announces he’s gay in social media post

Luke Prokop, a third-round pick of the Nashville Predators in the 2020 draft, has come out as gay. The 19-year-old defenceman from Edmonton made the announcement Monday via social media. "Today I am proud to publicly tell everyone that I am gay," Prokop said in the post. "From a young age I have dreamed of being an NHL player, and I believe that living my authentic life will allow me to bring my whole self to the rink and improve my chances of...

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NHL 2021-22 schedule to be announced on ESPN

The 2021-22 NHL schedule will be revealed during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter on ESPN on Thursday. The NHL plans to play a full 82-game schedule beginning in October and ending in April followed by the Stanley Cup Playoffs ending in June. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on July 12 briefed general managers on the guidelines for next season and a variety of other topics in a video conference called by senior executive vice president...

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Ward fired as coach of Flames, replaced by Darryl Sutter

Calgary was 11-11-2 in his second season Geoff Ward was fired as coach of the Calgary Flames on Thursday and replaced by Darryl Sutter. Sutter coached the Flames for three seasons from 2002-06 and was their general manager from 2003-10. He has been an adviser to the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff since July 2019, and last coached in the NHL for the Los Angeles Kings in 2016-17, his last of six seasons with them. The Kings won the Stanley Cup in...

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Canada’s preparation for world junior hockey championship continues to face hurdles

A Canadian team already short on game reps ahead of the world junior men’s hockey championship in Edmonton must recalibrate yet again with the cancellation of one of its two pre-tournament games. Wednesday’s exhibition game against Russia is the only time Canada, limited to intrasquad games so far, will play against anyone other than themselves before the host country’s Boxing Day opener against Germany. Canada’s pre-tournament game Monday against Sweden at Rogers Place came off the schedule. Coming out of a mandatory four-day quarantine for all...

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NHL teams in new divisions with realignment for 2020-21 season

Seven based in Canada make up one of four; intradivisional games only The 31 NHL teams will be realigned in four new divisions for this season, including one for the seven teams based in Canada. "Pretty neat you get to see those other teams a little bit more and have an appreciation for what they do," Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher said in November, according to the Canadian Press. "And at the same time, there's a little bit of pride involved when you're...

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2021 World Junior Championship rosters

Kings top NHL again with nine prospects; country, NHL affiliation for all participants The Los Angeles Kings will have an NHL-best nine prospects playing in the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. It's the second straight season the Kings will have the most prospects; they had nine at the 2020 WJC. Among the players participating in the tournament are their three most-recent first-round picks in the NHL Draft: Canada forward Quinton Byfield (No. 2, 2020), United States forward Alex Turcotte (No. 5, 2019)...

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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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