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Toronto, Edmonton likely to be hub cities when NHL postseason starts

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Toronto and Edmonton will reportedly be named NHL hub cities if the season resumes later this summer, a return that's still a work in progress, although talks seem to be escalating toward a resolution.

The players union and the league have been working on protocols for training camp, a 24-team tournament to award the Stanley Cup ...Read more

NHL, players union reach tentative agreement on return-to-play plan and contract extension

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The NHL and NHL Players' Association on Monday announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a detailed Return to Play plan that would relaunch the season on Aug. 1, and at the same time said they have a Memorandum Of Understanding to extend their existing collective bargaining agreement by four years, through the 2025-26 season.

In ...Read more

Blackhawks face Oilers in NHL play-in round. Here are 10 factors that could tip the scales in their playoff series.

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CHICAGO -- With a plus-130 line at several sports books, the Chicago Blackhawks aren't the worst bet to advance past the NHL play-in round. That would be the Montreal Canadiens, a fellow 12th seed, at plus-170.

If the league's return-to-play plan goes on without a hitch -- namely, a surge in coronavirus cases among players or a hub city -- the ...Read more

Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes final chemotherapy treatment

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PHILADELPHIA -- Oskar Lindblom rang the bell of hope signifying his last chemotherapy treatment at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center and then hugged his girlfriend, Alma Lindqvist.

In a calendar year that has seen so much misery, it was a beautiful site.

"I'm just happy that I'm alive," Lindblom said, "and that I caught it early."

The Flyers ...Read more

Edmonton and Toronto's reported selection as NHL hub cities would give Blackhawks a home-ice disadvantage

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CHICAGO -- The NHL reportedly has chosen Edmonton and Toronto as the hub cities to host the playoffs -- and the league will let teams play on home ice -- a combination that creates a distinct disadvantage for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sportsnet, TSN and CBC Sports all reported Wednesday that the two Canadian cities will be announced as NHL hubs. ...Read more

Chicago is reportedly 1 of 4 finalists be to an NHL hub city when play returns next month

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CHICAGO -- The NHL has yet to announce the two hub cities that will host the playoffs this summer, but Chicago is reportedly a finalist.

Toronto, Las Vegas and Edmonton are the other candidates still in the running from a list of 10 candidates, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

If Chicago is selected as a hub city, the McCormick Place ...Read more

Kings move up to No. 2 in NHL draft, but the lottery winner remains a mystery

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings President Luc Robitaille looked around the room, from the TV screen to general manager Rob Blake to the small camera set up in front of them and then back to the TV.

He smiled, chuckled and began comprehending what just happened, what it all meant.

The Kings didn't lose the NHL draft lottery Friday, not by a ...Read more

Hall of Fame committee member says long waits for Doug Wilson, Kevin Lowe 'was an oversight'

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Perhaps, according to one member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, it shouldn't have taken Doug Wilson or Kevin Lowe two decades or more to be bestowed the sport's highest individual honor.

Brian Burke, a longtime executive in the NHL and a Hall of Fame committee member since 2012, told Sportsnet radio in Calgary on Thursday that ...Read more

Jarome Iginla leads six-member Hockey Hall of Fame class

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Classy winger Jarome Iginla leads the six-member Hockey Hall of Fame class that was announced Wednesday. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 16 in Toronto, but that's subject to change because of the far-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the NHL schedule and events.

Also elected in the players' category were ...Read more

Cancer treatments almost over, Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom skates with teammates

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A little more than six months after he was diagnosed with a rare type of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma, Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom was back on the ice Tuesday at their Voorhees, N.J., practice facility, skating with a handful of teammates for the first time since he underwent treatments.

Ewing's sarcoma is diagnosed in about 250 ...Read more

Small turnout expected this week as St. Louis Blues begin Phase 2 workouts

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ST. LOUIS -- For the first time in more than three months, St. Louis Blues players will be on the ice at Centene Community Ice Center as the team formally begins Phase 2 of the NHL's return-to-play plan Monday. Phase 2 consists of small-group individual workouts, and in the case of the Blues -- the emphasis is on the "small."

General manager ...Read more

Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov: 'It feels 'a little more real that hockey is almost back'

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Defenseman Ivan Provorov had been skating by himself just outside Wilkes-Barre, Pa., during the NHL season's long pause, but getting back on the ice recently at the Flyers' practice facility with a handful of his teammates has been much more fulfilling.

"I guess it feels a little more real that hockey is almost back," he said.

The season was ...Read more

Flyers' Joel Farabee and teammates 'trying to get that chemistry back, get the flow going again'

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Rookie left winger Joel Farabee was among a handful of Flyers at their small-group, on-ice workouts Monday in Voorhees, preparing for the restart of the NHL season – whenever that happens.

"Right now, we're just kind of going with the flow and trying to get back in shape," said Farabee, who returned to the area and started skating Thursday. "...Read more

NHL training camps to start July 10 for playoff-bound teams

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Training camps will begin on July 10 for the 24 NHL teams that will participate in the revised playoff format as part of the league's Return to Play plan, the NHL and the NHL Players' Association said on Thursday. Opening formal training camps on that day is conditional, "provided that medical and safety conditions allow and the parties have ...Read more

NHL to allow training camps to open July 10

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The National Hockey League has moved one step closer to resuming and finishing its season.

The NHL and NHL Players Association announced Thursday that team training camps will open Friday, July 10 for the 24 teams involved in the league's Return to Play format. The NHL and NHLPA stressed that the date was contingent on medical and safety ...Read more

Cam York, Bobby Brink may make Flyers fans forget about explosive Cole Caufield

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Flyers fans clamored for a diminutive scoring machine named Cole Caufield when the 2019 NHL draft was held in Vancouver.

Instead, general manager Chuck Fletcher made a pair of deals and got two players early in that draft, including a smallish right winger who is regarded as Cole Caufield Lite.

One year later, how do those draft moves look?

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Detroit Red Wings find value in Robby Fabbri. Here's what he's worth

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The trade for Robby Fabbri paid off for the Detroit Red Wings right away, leading them to their first (and only) three-game winning streak of the season.

Now it's on general manager Steve Yzerman to settle on Fabbri's value to the team's future.

Fabbri turned a pair of major knee injuries into a career revival -- and recognition. Cast aside by...Read more

Matt Dumba, Joel Ward and Chris Stewart among NHLers taking action to address racism

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The NHL is aiming to return this summer, but players aren't waiting in the wings. They're speaking out -- and not just about finishing the season.

After many NHLers condemned racial injustice in the aftermath of George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, several minority players -- including the Wild's Matt Dumba and former Wild forwards Joel Ward ...Read more

NHL allowing teams to open training facilities for players next week

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LOS ANGELES -- The NHL's restart plan took two small steps forward Thursday when the league disclosed details of its planned 24-team Stanley Cup playoff format and gaining momentum when the league announced that Phase 2 of its "Return to Play" plan will begin Monday. In the second of four planned phases, teams will be allowed to open their ...Read more

NHL finalizes more details in its return to play plan

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The NHL has finalized more details of its return to play plan, further clarifying a 24-team format the league will use if it gets the green light to finish the 2019-20 season later this summer.

All four rounds of the playoffs will be a best-of-seven series; only the qualifying round will be a best-of-five.

Matchups for each round of the ...Read more