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Sharks Kane suspended for violating protocols

Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has been suspended for 21 games without by the NHL 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 vaccination card to the NHL and the Sharks. While the […]

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Jack Johnson joins Nathan MacKinnon in Avalanche COVID-protocol absence – The Denver Post

The Avalanche will be without six players in Saturday night’s game against the visiting St. Louis Blues. Defenseman Jack Johnson became the fourth loss in the opening week of the season when the team announced he has joined star center Nathan MacKinnon in COVID protocol. Forwards Gabe Landeskog (suspension) and Valeri Nichushkin (upper-body injury) are also unavailable against the Blues. […]

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Viewers guide to Wild-Ducks on ESPN+

Tonight is the first game of the 2021-22 NHL season that will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+ and Hulu, and it should be a great one. We’ve got a captivating early-season matchup as reigning Calder Trophy winner Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild head out west to take on the feisty Anaheim Ducks at 10 p.m. ET. To help get […]

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Senators sign Tkachuk to 7-year, $57.5M deal

The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Brady Tkachuk to a seven-year, $57.5 million contract, the team announced Thursday. The deal was reached with the restricted free agent hours before the Senators’ season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tkachuk did not play for Ottawa during the preseason. Tkachuk, 22, has led the Senators in scoring the past two seasons, including […]

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‘Am I going to be all right?’ Blue Jackets’ Merzlikins tries to move on after death of Kivlenieks

Emily Kaplan is ESPN’s national NHL reporter. WHEN ELVIS MERZLIKINS HEARD the Columbus Blue Jackets had another Latvian goalie in the organization, he was excited — but also confused. “My first question was: Who the hell is this guy?” Merzlikins says. “I had never heard about him, never knew about his existence.” That goalie was Matiss Kivlenieks, who came to […]

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Answering the biggest questions of the 2021-22 NHL season

A new NHL season is upon us, with all the excitement, storylines and intrigue that come with it. It all gets started Tuesday with a doubleheader on ESPN. At 7:30 p.m. ET, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Pittsburgh Penguins, then at 10:15 p.m., the Vegas Golden Knights will host the expansion Seattle Kraken […]

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NHL trade rumors: Jack Eichel among five players who could be traded this season

The NHL’s 2021-22 season gets underway Tuesday but on Monday was when all the fun happened. Rosters were due to the league by 5 p.m. ET as teams had to get down to 23 players. While Monday’s roster trimming doesn’t immediately impact the wheeling and dealing, per se, it does provide useful hints as to how teams are approaching systems, styles, personnel and overall roster functionality. […]

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