The NHL expects 30 of its 32 teams to open arenas with 100% capacity in the 2021-22 season

The NHL expects 30 of its 32 arenas to open with 100% capacity in the 2021-22 season, according to a memo released to teams this week. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Montreal Canadiens are expected to open with 33% capacity or about 7,500 fans. The Vancouver Canucks also open with less capacity. Although the percentage … Read more

No evidence was found that San Jose Sharks striker Evander Kane was betting on NHL games; The league considers this ‘specific issue closed’

The NHL has completed its game investigation of Evander Kane and said Wednesday that it found no evidence that the San Jose Sharks forward bet on NHL games. The investigation, which was conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, along with NHL Security, was spurred by allegations in social media posts from Kane’s wife, … Read more

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin out of at least the first two months of the 2021-22 NHL season

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss at least the first two months of the 2021-22 NHL season as he recovers from knee surgery, general manager Ron Hextall announced Thursday. Pittsburgh begins its season without its two biggest stars; Captain Sidney Crosby is on the sidelines as he recovers from a wrist surgery he underwent … Read more

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin out for at least the first two months

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss at least the first two months of the season as he recovers from knee surgery, general manager Ron Hextall announced Thursday. Pittsburgh begins its season without its two biggest stars; Captain Sidney Crosby is on the sidelines as he recovers from a wrist surgery he underwent on September … Read more

NHL finds no evidence San Jose Sharks striker Evander Kane bet on his own games, considers this ‘specific issue closed’

The NHL ended its game investigation of Evander Kane and said Wednesday it found no evidence that the San Jose Sharks striker was betting on his own games. The investigation, which was conducted by Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, along with NHL Security, was spurred by allegations in social media posts from Kane’s wife, … Read more

Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers’ camp, six months after breaking his leg

SUNRISE, Fla. – The Florida Panthers have their first win of the season: Aaron Ekblad has declared himself ready for training camp. The top-line defender will be on the ice when the Panthers formally begin training on Thursday, just six months since he broke his left leg in a frightening ice incident. Ekblad has been … Read more

St. Louis Blues transform front office, promote Peter Chiarelli, welcome back Ken Hitchock

ST. LOUIS – St. The Louis Blues have promoted Peter Chiarelli to vice president of hockey operations. They also bring back former coach Ken Hitchock as a consultant, refining the front office with some Stanley Cup experience. Chiarelli takes on Dave Taylor, now a senior adviser to hockey operations president and general manager Doug Armstrong. … Read more