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Short-handed Pens lose Letang to virus protocol

Short-handed Pens lose Letang to virus protocol

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Kris Letang against Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night after the defenseman was placed in NHL’s COVID-19 protocol.Coach Mike Sullivan announced Letang’s status following the morning skate.Letang is the latest Penguins player to be sidelined in the early stages of the season, a group headlined by stars Sidney Crosby…

Sharks’ Kane out 21 games for violating protocol

Sharks’ Kane out 21 games for violating protocol

6:18 PM ETGreg WyshynskiESPN CloseGreg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for 21 games without pay by the NHL on Monday for an “established violation” of the NHL/NHLPA COVID-19 protocol.Sources confirmed earlier this month that Kane was being investigated over allegations that he submitted a fake COVID-19…

Bettman says only four NHL players unvaccinated

Bettman says only four NHL players unvaccinated

8:26 PM ETESPN News Services TAMPA, Fla. — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league has only four unvaccinated players as it opens up the 2021-22 season.Bettman was in attendance for the regular-season opener as the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 on Tuesday night.”Everybody banding together to do…

Habs’ Price takes leave, enters player assistance

11:29 AM ETGreg WyshynskiESPN CloseGreg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has left the team to voluntarily enter the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program.The Canadiens had indicated Price was unlikely to be ready for the season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Oct. 13. Coach Dominique Ducharme said Wednesday that Price…

Kraken’s debut ushers in new NHL on ESPN slate

Kraken’s debut ushers in new NHL on ESPN slate

ESPN will open its first season of a new NHL TV contract with an Oct. 12 doubleheader, including the first game for the Seattle Kraken.The season opens with the Pittsburgh Penguins visiting the defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the Kraken at the Vegas Golden Knights at 10…

Line change: NHL jerseys to get ads, source says

Line change: NHL jerseys to get ads, source says

1:16 PM ETGreg WyshynskiESPN CloseGreg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.The NHL will have advertising on the front of team jerseys for the first time starting in the 2022-23 season, a source told ESPN.The league’s board of governors formally voted this month to approve jersey advertisements. The NHL had surveyed its teams and found the…

Sabres select Michigan D Power with No. 1 pick

Sabres select Michigan D Power with No. 1 pick

8:10 PM ETGreg WyshynskiESPN CloseGreg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.The Buffalo Sabres selected University of Michigan defenseman Owen Power with the first pick in the NHL Draft on Friday night.Power, 18, was the No. 1 ranked North American skater by NHL Central Scouting. His selection marks just the fourth time in NHL history that…

Hart History: McDavid unanimous choice for MVP

Hart History: McDavid unanimous choice for MVP

8:20 PM ETGreg WyshynskiESPN CloseGreg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid won the Hart Trophy as NHL’s MVP, becoming only the second player in the 97-year history of the award to win it unanimously.McDavid placed first on all 100 ballots from the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Previously, only Wayne Gretzky won…

Scheifele: 4 games for decking Evans ‘excessive’

Scheifele: 4 games for decking Evans ‘excessive’

12:59 PM ETGreg WyshynskiESPN CloseGreg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer.Winnipeg Jets star center Mark Scheifele defended his hit that put Montreal Canadiens forward Jake Evans on a stretcher and said the NHL was “excessive” in giving him a four-game suspension for it.”I think it was pretty excessive. I wasn’t expecting that. I was pretty…

NHL Power Rankings: Biggest offseason need for all 31 teams

NHL Power Rankings: Biggest offseason need for all 31 teams

We’re into the final week-plus (for most teams) of the 2021 NHL season, and while 16 of them will be competing for the Stanley Cup this spring and summer, 15 of them will begin to devise their plan to get back in the playoff mix in 2021-22.Usually, it’s a pretty straightforward exercise of determining which…