Pro Hockey Rumors

Chicago Wolves win 2022 AHL Calder Cup

The Chicago Wolves have won the 2022 Calder Cup, winning their series against the Springfield Thunderbirds in five games. This is the first Calder Cup to be won since the Charlotte Checkers captured the honor in 2019. The Wolves are the AHL affiliate of the Carolina Hurricanes, making the Hurricanes the first team to have their affiliate win back-to-back Calder Cups since the Washington Capitals’ affiliate, the Hershey Bears, won in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
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Upcoming free agents for the Minnesota Wild

Free agency is now less than a month away and many teams are already looking ahead to when it opens up. There will be several prominent players set to hit the open market in mid-July while many teams have key restricted free agents to re-sign as well. Next up is a look at the Wild.
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Report: Golden Knights hire Sean Burke as Director of Goaltending

After the Canadiens lost assistant Luke Richardson to Chicago as their next head coach (once a contract is finalized next week), the team has lost another veteran hockey coach and executive. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports in the latest "32 Thoughts" podcast that the Golden Knights will be hiring Sean Burke in a yet-to-be-determined role. Sirius XM’s Jonathan Davis clarifies that Burke will become their Director of Goaltending.

Edmonton Oil Kings eliminated from 2022 Memorial Cup

With the round-robin set to close Saturday at the 2022 Memorial Cup, one team already knows its fate. The WHL champion Edmonton Oil Kings are out of the top Canadian junior tournament, dropping their third game of the round-robin 4-2 against the OHL champion Hamilton Bulldogs. The host Saint John...

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had 'small procedure' on knee

Montreal Canadiens fans breathed a collective sigh of relief when Carey Price finally took to the ice this season, even if it was for just a few games. The all-world netminder missed nearly all of the 2021-22 campaign with a knee injury and time spent in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program, but he returned to play in five games at the end of the season. His battle through adversity was enough to win him the 2022 Masterton Trophy, but with rumors swirling about how healthy Price was and whether he could return at all next season, it was a little bittersweet.

Rangers' Chris Kreider undergoes wrist surgery

Chris Kreider certainly didn’t seem injured as he racked up 10 goals and 16 points in 20 playoff games, but apparently he was. The New York Rangers announced Friday that Kreider underwent successful wrist surgery to remove a small bone fragment. Luckily, he won’t be forced to miss any important time, as full recovery is expected in two to four weeks.

Vancouver Canucks announce hockey ops changes

The Vancouver Canucks have announced several changes to the hockey operations department, as general manager Patrik Allvin continues to overhaul the front office. Ryan Johnson has been promoted to assistant to the general manager, but retains his status as GM of the Abbotsford Canucks. Scott Young will now be director of player personnel, while Frank Golden has joined as a college free agent scout.

Blackhawks expected to hire Luke Richardson as head coach

The Winnipeg Jets may be waiting on Barry Trotz to make a decision, but the Chicago Blackhawks are nearing one of their own. Frank Seravalli of Daily Faceoff tweets that Luke Richardson is expected to be the next head coach of the Blackhawks, and the two sides are putting the finishing touches on a contract. Scott Powers of The Athletic reported earlier Friday that Richardson, interim head coach Derek King and Vancouver Canucks assistant Brad Shaw as the three finalists.

Barry Trotz reportedly contemplating offer from Winnipeg Jets

The coaching carousel is chugging along, with new hires in Dallas, Florida, Philadelphia and Vegas over the last few days. The name that still hasn’t come off the board, Barry Trotz, appears to be running out of options, though four teams still remain without head coaches. Ken Wiebe of Sportsnet reports that the latest meeting between Trotz and the Winnipeg Jets happened earlier this week and it is now up to the veteran coach on whether to accept the job.

Predators, Filip Forsberg reportedly remain far apart in contract talks

If you were to list all of the pending free agents in terms of earning potential, Filip Forsberg would be right near the top. The 27-year-old winger is coming off an incredible season in which he scored 42 goals and 84 points in just 69 games, setting career-highs in both categories at the perfect time. Thirty-two of those goals came at even-strength, putting him ninth in the entire league, and setting him up for a massive payday this summer.

Rangers reportedly looking to trade goaltender Alexandar Georgiev

Because of all the (deserved) attention that Igor Shesterkin gets in New York, it’s easy to forget that the Rangers have another 26-year-old netminder that has shown flashes of brilliance over the last few years. Alexandar Georgiev sits with a .909 save percentage over 131 career appearances and is coming off a two-year contract that carried a cap hit of $2.45M.

Columbus Blue Jackets extend ECHL affiliate

The Kalamazoo Wings will continue to be the Columbus Blue Jackets’ ECHL affiliate for next season, after signing an extension today. Blue Jackets director of player personnel Chris Clark released a statement explaining the new agreement:. We enjoyed working with Head Coach Nick Bootland and the K-Wings organization last...

Senators get positive news on new arena plans

The Ottawa Senators took a big step forward Thursday in their quest for a downtown arena. The National Capital Commission (NCC) signed a memorandum of understanding for the development of a major event center at LeBreton Flats, an area that the Senators have been pursuing for years. The proposal includes an NHL arena along with mixed-use development, and it indicates that the NCC and Capital Sports Development Inc. (CSDI), a group let by the Senators, will work to sign a long-term lease by the fall of 2023.