NHL and NHLPA meet to discuss CBA, World Cup of Hockey
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NHL and NHL Players' Association held a lengthy meeting to discuss keeping the current collective bargaining agreement past 2020 and agreed to meet again next week to continue the talks.
The sides met for more than two hours Thursday to talk about a CBA extension that could pave the way for a World Cup of Hockey in 2020.
Ovechkin to skip NHL All-Star Game, be suspended 1 game
Alex Ovechkin will skip the NHL's All-Star Weekend in San Jose to get some extra rest and serve an automatic one-game suspension.
The Washington Capitals announced Ovechkin's decision Wednesday, hours before the league unveiled the full All-Star rosters. The team said the NHL's leading goal-scorer wants to take advantage of the adjoining bye week to prepare for the second half of the season.
NHL primes pump for future talent with transfer fees
When Rasmus Dahlin put pen to paper on his first NHL contract, the reverberations carried to Gothenburg and Lidkoping in his native Sweden.
The No. 1 overall pick signing with the Buffalo Sabres earned Sweden more than $250,000 to put back into development.
"It's unreal," Dahlin said. "We need all the money we can get."
Column: Easy to declare a winner in NHL concussion lawsuit
At the Stanley Cup Finals earlier this year, Commissioner Gary Bettman couldn't talk enough about the feel-good story of the Vegas Golden Knights and the NHL's role in bringing major league sports to Las Vegas.
When it came to a question about concussions and the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, Bettman wasn't nearly as chatty.
"There's nothing new on the subject," Bettman said before turning to Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly and asking, "Do you want to answer that?"
Seattle group remains confident arena will be ready for 2020
SEATTLE (AP) — The potential owners of an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle remain confident arena renovations will be completed in time for the 2020-21 season.
NHL Seattle said Monday that ownership recognizes the ability to start play in 2020 is dependent on KeyArena renovations being finished on time. The group says it will work closely with the NHL to keep the league informed of progress.
NHL investigating Flyers’ Lehtera after drug bust in Finland
The NHL said Thursday it is investigating Philadelphia Flyers forward Jori Lehtera after a report he is being questioned in connection with a drug bust in his native Finland.
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league is investigating the situation. Lehtera's lawyer, Ari Nieminen, said he expects police to release a statement clearing up some things that came out of the report.
NHL clears Capitals on trading, signing Orpik after buyout
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The NHL questioned the Washington Capitals about re-signing Brooks Orpik after trading him to Colorado and cleared the Stanley Cup champions of any wrongdoing.
General manager Brian MacLellan said the league questioned the Capitals for trading the veteran defenseman and then bringing him back at a cheaper salary after the Avalanche bought him out. MacLellan said the Capitals were above board in everything they did and would face no consequences.
NHL aims to get more teams involved in outdoor games
CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Keller took an eight-hour bus ride from Montreal to Boston for a hockey game at Fenway Park and won't soon forget the experience of playing outdoors.
"It was pretty cool," Keller said. He'd love to take the game outside again in the NHL with the Arizona Coyotes but will probably have to wait a while.
Daly: December earliest NHL would vote on Seattle expansion
CHICAGO (AP) — December is the earliest the NHL Board of Governors will vote on potential expansion to Seattle, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Thursday.
Daly also called it "doubtful" any formal vote will happen on a Seattle franchise between meetings in October and December. Seattle Hockey Partners, the group looking to bring the NHL to the Pacific Northwest, will make a presentation to board's executive committee on Oct. 2. No vote will take place that day.
Daly: NHL not changing marijuana policy as Canada legalizes
CHICAGO (AP) — Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL does not expect to change its rules on marijuana with the legalization of cannabis in Canada coming on Oct. 17.
Daly said in an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday that the move won't affect the NHL/NHLPA drug-testing policy. Daly said the league tests for marijuana but a positive test by itself does not lead to a suspension.
NHL says Slava Voynov hasn’t been cleared to return
NEW YORK (AP) — The NHL says Slava Voynov still has not been cleared to play in the league.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says Sunday that Voynov's return is contingent on completing a process with the league to review his case that would determine the parameters for his eligibility.
A judge dismissed a misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction against former Los Angeles Kings defenseman last month.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Just before the most improbable of Stanley Cup Final in the most improbable hockey city around, Gary Bettman and Bill Daly put on a little show of their own.
As lounge acts go, it probably wouldn't play on the Las Vegas Strip. Then again, no one ever thought the Vegas Golden Knights would be playing on the Las Vegas Strip — and certainly not as late as Memorial Day.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators embraced every bit of their chase for the franchise's first Presidents' Trophy right down to captain Roman Josi grabbing hold with his left hand during their pregame ceremony.
Now it's time to chase the hardware the Predators really want: The Stanley Cup.
"It's definitely a good regular season for us, definitely something we can be proud of," Josi said. "But now the real work and the real fun starts."
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says participation in the 2022 Olympics in China is possible but not essential to the league's efforts to grow the sport in the world's largest country.
The NHL was criticized by the International Olympic Committee and fans for not allowing NHL players to compete in the recent Olympics in South Korea.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The NHL's first outdoor game at a U.S. service academy probably won't be its last.
After the Washington Capitals hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy, the league hopes to play games at Army's West Point and the Air Force Academy over the next few years.
It's a significant foray into honoring and partnering with branches of the military that follows the lead of the NFL and Major League Baseball for a league that's split between the United States and Canada.
Capitals one step closer to outdoor game as Annapolis receives NHL ice plant
The official NHL ice plant for the 2018 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series arrived in Annapolis on Tuesday ahead of the Washington Capitals' outdoor game against the Toronto Maple Leafs March 3.
Daly says NHL in no rush to discuss Winter Olympic plans
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL isn't going to get drawn into any discussions about participating in future Winter Olympics until after the Pyeongchang Games are complete.
Red Wings denounce use of logo at white nationalist rally
The Detroit Red Wings are considering legal action to stop white nationalists from using their logo as part of a "disturbing" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The team said in a statement Saturday it "vehemently" disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally.
Not only will Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and most of the best hockey players in the world not be going to the Olympics, neither will anyone on an NHL contract.
The league has decided that players with active NHL contracts, even those in the minors, will not be allowed to participate in the Olympics next February in South Korea. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the league's stance to The Associated Press on Monday
Players on American Hockey League contracts will be eligible to play in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
President and CEO David Andrews confirmed through a league spokesman Wednesday that teams were informed they could loan players on AHL contracts to national teams for the purposes of participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics.
The AHL sent a memo to its 30 clubs saying players could only be loaned for Olympic participation from Feb. 5-26.
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Manchester is a town known for its factory outlets and abundance of local shops. But on the night of March 29, this tourist town was in chaos.
Andrew Barroway is now sole owner of the Coyotes, a move the NHL hopes will help them secure a long-term foothold in Arizona.
Barroway bought out the Coyotes' minority owners, according to a person with direct knowledge of the transaction who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the deal has not been announced. Amid continued questions about the Coyotes' arena situation, the person said Barroway is committed to keeping the Coyotes in the area.
PARIS (AP) — The president of the Pyeongchang Olympic organizing committee is still hoping for an NHL U-turn.
"I don't think they made the final decision so far," committee president Lee Hee-beom said Monday at a news conference. "(There is) still room to discuss and negotiate."
A week after he was knocked out of playoff game with a concussion, Pittsburgh star Sidney Crosby slid headfirst into the boards during another tense game against the Washington Capitals.
The NHL announced Monday that it will not participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, refusing for the first time in 20 years to halt its season for three weeks so its stars can chase gold for their home countries.
From Alex Ovechkin and Jonathan Toews to Connor McDavid and Henrik Lundqvist, the world's best players called playing in the Olympics important. The league decided otherwise.
NHL will release teams’ Vegas expansion draft lists
NEW YORK (AP) — After further consideration, the NHL will release teams' protected and available lists to the public before the Vegas Golden Knights' expansion draft in June.
The league announced the decision on Twitter on Wednesday despite NHL general managers expressing a desire to keep the lists private. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said there was more internal discussion at the league office and that none of the GMs expressed strong views on the subject.
NHL brass still leaning against Olympic shutdown in 2018
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL is likely to skip the Pyeongchang Olympics unless something big changes in the next few months.
The league's owners are still leaning against allowing the world's top hockey players to participate in the Olympics next year, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Saturday.
NHL still searching for reason to play at 2018 Winter Games
TORONTO (AP) — If the NHL needs a compelling reason to compete in the next Winter Olympics, Bill Daly says the league hasn't found one yet.
And the NHL deputy commissioner added Friday that he's not going speculate on what it might take to convince a majority of the NHL's board of governors that the world's best players should take the ice in South Korea in little more than a year.
NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights denied trademark for nickname
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has denied the Vegas Golden Knights' trademark application a little more than two weeks after the new NHL franchise unveiled its name and logo.
The office cites potential confusion with the team name for the College of Saint Rose in New York, which is also the Golden Knights. The Las Vegas franchise is set to take the ice next season.
NHL has new meetings set on 2018 Olympics
TORONTO (AP) — NHL meetings are set for this week to discuss whether the league will participate in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea.
NHL, NHLPA launch program to help players prepare for future
The NHL and NHLPA want players to plan for life after hockey long before they hang up their skates.
Now they have an avenue to do so.
The league and union on Thursday announced a new program intended to help players further their education, network and find out what jobs they may be suited for, such as finance and broadcasting. The goal of the Core Development Program is to connect with players early so the transition to life after hockey is easier.
McDavid’s Team North America is fascination at World Cup
TORONTO (AP) — The fastest show on ice is the biggest attraction at the World Cup of Hockey.
Team North America is made up of the best 23-and-under American and Canadian players, a combination of speed and skill that captivates even the most old-school of hockey people. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said North America has "captured people's imaginations" before the real games even started.
Daly: NHL adding more concussion spotters for this season
WASHINGTON (AP) — The NHL is overhauling its concussion monitoring system.
Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said the league will have four concussion spotters watching all games from a centralized location in either Toronto or New York, as well as spotters at each game to check for visible symptoms. Those spotters will have the authority to have players removed from games.
NHL adds meldonium to banned substances list
The NHL has added meldonium to its list of banned substances.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the addition in an email to The Associated Press on Wednesday. It was first reported by the Russian news agency TASS.
The change goes into effect for the upcoming season. The NHL and NHL Players' Association had to agree to add meldonium to its list of prohibited substances.