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The NHL will lose more than a billion dollars by staging the 2020-21 season in largely empty arenas, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday, but owners and players are intent on playing a 56-game schedule to provide diversion for fans and keep hockey on the sports map. The delayed and shortened season, scheduled to begin Wednesday, already has been altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dallas ...

Being locked in a hotel for two months, only allowed to leave for work, doesn't sound like much fun at face value. That changes, though, depending on if you're talking about a Holiday Inn (basic, no frills), a Sheraton (nicer accommodations, more options) or a luxury J.W. Marriott or St. Regis set up specifically for your group. Unlike the NBA (manicures, barbers, DJ sets), the NHL's hub city ...

The NHL continues to consider options to finish this season, with the selection of multiple "hub" cities appearing to offer the most likely path to accomplish that. Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday the league is considering "probably eight or nine different places" that could accommodate "a dozen or so teams in one location," according to nhl.com, which quoted his remarks during a digital ...

SAN JOSE, Calif. - The first rule about having superstitions is to not to refer to them as being superstitions. They're called routines, in case you were curious. "Superstition has this stigma about it," Sharks winger Evander Kane said. "Superstitions are fine. Everybody has them, whether they admit it or not." The Sharks have won six straight going into Tuesday's home game against the ...

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SEATTLE - When we spoke over the summer, Sportsnet commentator Don Cherry discussed how he hoped to work a game in Seattle during the 2021-22 season when the city's NHL expansion team makes its debut. That won't be happening now as Cherry's near-four-decade run on Hockey Night in Canada ended Monday following some seismic weekend events even he couldn't talk his way out of. Cherry was fired ...

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LOS ANGELES_Ahead of training camp this season, Todd McLellan and Ilya Kovalchuk met for lunch near the Kings practice facility in El Segundo. Over the meal, they talked about Kovalchuk's past, including a 34-point debut with the Los Angeles Kings last season which he occasionally was benched by interim coach Willie Dejardins. They talked about Kovalchuk's family, who moved with him to ...

The Stanley Cup champion came from the Western Conference last season, but the winner wasn't one of the teams that dominated early in the decade. The Chicago Blackhawks, who won in 2010, 2013 and 2015, and the Los Angeles Kings, who prevailed in 2012 and 2014, missed the playoffs last season and plunged into roster rebuilds. While they fell, the St. Louis Blues became first-time Cup winners, ...

Eastern Conference teams had four of the top five regular-season records in 2018-19, but only the Boston Bruins went far in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Tampa Bay, which tied an NHL record by winning 62 games, made a shockingly meek exit by losing four straight to Columbus in the first round. The third-ranked Bruins reached the Cup Final, in which they lost to St. Louis in seven games. But ...

SEATTLE - If you think the most pointless thing in sports is evaluating a general manager's decision the day after he makes it, you're close. Slightly more pointless is evaluating the general manager himself the day after he is hired. On Tuesday night, news broke that Seattle's incoming NHL team has selected Hall of Famer Ron Francis as its new GM. The eight-time All-Star joins the ...

VANCOUVER, B.C. - Tod Leiweke and Jerry Bruckheimer spent the final morning of the NHL draft enjoying breakfast with their incoming Seattle franchise's newest hockey operations hire. While the duo didn't land a general manager after a furious 24 hours of exploratory private meetings here, new NHL Seattle hockey analytics specialist Alexandra Mandrycky certainly will help with a search now ...

The frozen ponds of Canada are where many kids first lace up skates and establish NHL dreams. When the season turns and the ice briefly melts, hockey can take a bit of a back seat to summer pleasures. But only for a short while. During summers, Hilary and Dale Dach would take their three kids - including oldest son Kirby, whom the Blackhawks drafted with the No. 3 pick last week - to a lake ...

They handed Nikita Kucherov trophies Wednesday night in Las Vegas. It wasn't the trophy, the Stanley Cup, the prize Kucherov and his Tampa Bay Lightning teammates still want, painfully so after that abrupt Hindenburg conclusion to what had been a record-setting hay ride. But here's to Kucherov winning the Hart Trophy as the most valuable player in the National Hockey League and the Ted Lindsay ...

ST. LOUIS - He didn't know me, but he knew where I was going. "Because she gets quite a few visitors," said Charles Smith, the grounds foreman at United Hebrew Cemetery. "She's cheering away in heaven. She's a Blues fan." The little girl's gravestone was gray, but decorated with coated colors, such orange and green and blue and yellow. Someone had scattered confetti hearts. Placed above her ...

DETROIT - There's little doubt about the first two players. Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko, likely in that order, will go to the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, respectively, in the first round of Friday's NHL draft. It's from the third pick all the way down that has everyone guessing. The Red Wings have the No. 6 pick, and there's a wide range of speculation about who they'll select - ...

SEATTLE - By the time the St. Louis Blues played a second National Hockey League season in 1968-69, their decades-old arena had overcome the Great Depression, the stain of once-segregated seating for black fans, a killer tornado and more than its share of circus elephants. But despite its weary and worn reputation, the now-defunct St. Louis Arena and its 14,500 seats also became known for the ...

Nothing has come easily for the Blues this season. Did you really believe their championship party would come off without a hitch? It's only fitting that they failed to close out Boston on Sunday night and hoist the Stanley Cup at home. It's only natural that they fell to the Bruins 5-1 at Enterprise Center to force Game 7 Wednesday night in Boston. Taking the easier path toward their first ...

First of all, there's no need for envy, OK? So what if Wednesday's Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final is another in a civic pile-up of championship games for Boston this millennium? So what if it leads to Boston's next title, as well as its next celebration, next duck-boat parade, next ring ceremony and next round of smugness from the Bostonian in your office? No one in the South Florida should ...

Commissioner Gary Bettman said the NHL will take "a hard look" at expanding the use of replay but said a change would require determining "how to do it without destroying the fabric and essential elements of the game." Currently, the league reviews the legality of all goals. Coaches can call for a review only in instances of possible goaltender interference and possible offside. A goal that ...

Another World Cup has ended. They turned out the lights in Moscow on Sunday. Favored France winning its first Cup in 20 years by outlasting the comeback kids from Croatia in a virtual scoring orgy, 4-2. That's like 56-52 in American football. I'm just disappointed France didn't cut down the nets. It's the American in me, channeling my inner NCAA Tournament. Russian President Vladimir Putin, ...

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