2:06 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — Does Gary Bettman have any regrets about the NHL skipping the 2018 Olympics? “None at all,” the commissioner said. The NHL’s (non-)Olympic participation took up a good portion of Bettman’s 30-minute Q&A session at the annual PrimeTime Sports Management Conference in Toronto on Monday. Interviewer Gord Miller peppered
7:38 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — Paul Kariya laced up his skates for the first time since 2010, when he retired from the NHL after his sixth diagnosed concussion. What’s more, Kariya — who is being inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday — skated in an exhibition game Sunday alongside Scott
1:24 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN TORONTO — The Hockey Hall of Fame is an homage to great NHL moments and achievements, and to the evolution of the sport itself. The museum’s white whale, in terms of memorabilia? A puck used in the Chicago Blackhawks‘ 2010 Stanley Cup-clinching game, which has been missing ever since Patrick
The Madison Square Garden rink used by the New York Rangers from 1991 through 2013 was sold on Saturday night for $49,100. The lot, sold by Goldin Auctions, includes the dasher boards, Plexiglas, benches, goals and nets. “New Yorkers love their hockey, and a big fan wanted to keep the memories closer to home,” Goldin
PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia Flyers rookie Nolan Patrick is nearing a return from a lengthy absence because of a suspected concussion. General manager Ron Hextall said Saturday he hopes the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft will be able to practice Monday. Patrick missed his eighth straight game Saturday night against Minnesota. Hextall says the
Jeremy Schaap recently conducted a phone interview with Hockey Hall of Fame goalie Ken Dryden, who is also a former member of Parliament of Canada and former president of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Dryden’s newest book is “Game Change: The Life and Death of Steve Montador and the Future of Hockey.” Jeremy Schaap: Mr. Dryden,
The ESPN Player Rater exercise that I went through with goaltenders in last Friday’s Forecaster proved to be valuable enough to continue the theme. Here, I will present defensemen tiered by the Player Rater so far this season. Remember, the Player Rater is unforgiving and unbiased; it ranks players solely based on the statistics they
In light of Brian Boyle‘s comeback from leukemia, what are some of the other recent inspiring stories around the league? Greg Wyshynski: Osteochondritis dissecans is a disease where a bone near the knee joint is no longer sufficiently supplied with blood, which can then lead to individual pieces of cartilage detaching from the bone. These
This week, we look at existing and prospective power-play performers on all 31 NHL teams who are rostered in less than 50 percent of ESPN.com fantasy leagues, and whether they sport genuine fantasy potential or not. Anaheim Ducks: In the eight games since bouncing out of the infirmary with a healed shoulder, defenseman Hampus Lindholm
3:42 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes its latest class on Monday, and with that induction comes the usual hand-wringing and debate over the worthiness of the honorees. Did Paul Kariya play enough games? Did Dave Andreychuk play too many games? Was Mark Recchi’s medical degree the tipping point for him?
Which preseason playoff lock is in the deepest trouble? Greg Wyshynski: Considering that Bruce Boudreau has spent just one season out of the postseason — 2011-12, when he was fired in Washington and then hired in Anaheim — it was safe to assume that the Minnesota Wild would make the Western Conference playoffs. Instead, the
Toronto Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews will miss Wednesday’s game against the Minnesota Wild with an upper-body injury, coach Mike Babcock announced. It will be the first game Matthews will have missed in his career. Matthews is considered day-to-day, Babcock said. Matthews had left the Maple Leafs’ morning skate early on Monday with soreness and
Greg Wyshynski: The St. Louis Blues are 12-3-1 and sit atop the Central Division. Are they for real? Depends on your concept of reality, man. They’re not this good. With a PDO of 103.32, the Blues are bound to have some level of regression. They’re averaging 3.27 goals per game, up from 2.84 last season.
Top-four defensemen are at a premium these days, and teams that have suffered recent injuries, or whose cap restrictions prevented them from adding one in the offseason, have had to experiment with journeymen and rookies. These gambles have paid off perfectly in some cases, as with Jan Rutta of the Chicago Blackhawks, but most of
Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we’ll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — in the short or
3:45 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf underwent facial surgery to repair his cheekbone, and the team announced on Tuesday that the star captain’s recovery will take up to two months. Getzlaf suffered the injury to his cheekbone on a freak deflection against the Carolina Hurricanes on Oct. 29, as a pass
1:16 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Welcome to a new feature here at ESPN: The Best Player in the World of the Week. Each Tuesday, we’ll honor the skater or goalie from around the hockey world — every league, every level, every player — who had the best previous week, Monday through Sunday. If there’s a
Nov 8, 2017 Emily KaplanESPN On a Thursday night during Chicago Blackhawks training camp, a handful of players were gathered in a hotel room. Wearing sweats, they carried bottles of coconut water and bags of chips to snack on, and revved up their laptops to do what millions of other Americans did this fall: draft
4:48 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The consequences of Russia’s Olympic athlete doping could have extraordinary ramifications for the 2018 men’s ice hockey tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The International Olympic Committee is expected to issue sanctions against Russia in early December after an independent report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2016 found evidence
1. Connor McDavid, C, Edm C1 1 2. Steven Stamkos, C, TB C2 4 3. Sidney Crosby, C, Pit C3 2 4. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB RW1 6 5. Alex Ovechkin, RW, Was RW2 3 6. Auston Matthews, C, Tor C4 5 7. Tyler Seguin, C, Dal C5 9 8. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, StL RW3
The Colorado Avalanche made the most of a difficult situation, with general manager Joe Sakic‘s patience paying off in dealing away Matt Duchene. This was going to be too big of a trade for his team’s future to jump at the first deal that came along, and it appears he did pretty well with it.
The Ottawa Senators have acquired center Matt Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche as part of a three-way deal that also involved the Nashville Predators. Center Kyle Turris is going from Ottawa to Nashville in the deal and agreed to a six-year, $36 million contract extension with the Predators. Colorado gets a haul of players and
11:15 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic has been one of the most maligned executives in the NHL. His teams have missed the playoffs each season since he took the gig in September 2014. He has been viewed as a celebrity executive, a nostalgic act that would been shuttered were it
MOSCOW — The Kontinental Hockey League may withdraw its players from the Pyeongchang Olympics in protest at doping investigations into Russian athletes, the league president suggested on Saturday. The Moscow-based KHL, widely considered the strongest league outside the NHL, contains leading Russians but also many players who could represent the United States, Canada and various
TORONTO — Former NHL referee Kerry Fraser has been diagnosed with an incurable form of blood cancer. Fraser wrote on the NHL’s website Friday that he has a rare blood disorder called essential thrombocythemia, known as ET. He described it as “an incurable cancer in the leukemia family, although in rare instances it can evolve
The ESPN Player Rater does a phenomenal job of showing us how pure statistics relate to fantasy value. There’s no interpretation of the data and no external biases toward the ratings, just pure numbers. This plays out nicely among skaters, as the standard categories don’t include any ratio-bound statistics. However, there are some struggles with
3:18 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week’s biggest stories. Seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me at email@example.com, or do the same if you have suggestions for the column going forward. Enjoy!
Nov 10, 2017 Greg WyshynskiESPN Hello, and welcome to the Weekly Reader, which will run every Friday and collect news and views from around the hockey world on the week’s biggest stories. Seen something worth highlighting here? Hit me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or do the same if you have suggestions for the column going forward. Enjoy!
Who is your favorite player to watch? Greg Wyshynski: The best thing about this question, as a hockey fan, is that there are so many options. As recently as a decade ago, you could name 10 teams that were must see, but perhaps only four or five players who really earned your attention. Now, it’s
Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has voiced his support for Vladimir Putin ahead of the Russian presidential election. Ovechkin posted a message in Russian on his Instagram account Thursday announcing he’s starting “a social movement called Putin Team.” Ovechkin says he has never hidden his feelings about Putin and has “always supported him openly.” The