Johnny Beecher becomes Michigan’s fifth first-round pick to leave for pros
The exodus of Michigan hockey NHL draft picks leaving for the pros continued Wednesday. Junior forward Johnny Beecher, 21, became the eighth Wolverine and fifth first-round pick to depart this offseason, signing an amateur tryout agreement with the Boston Bruins. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound center will immediately join the Providence Bruins, Boston’s American Hockey League affiliate, according to general manager Don Sweeney. “The Bruins and Johnny are leaving all options open with regards to his availability for the remainder of this season and playoffs. Michigan’s only first-round picks who haven’t signed pro deals since last Thursday’s loss to the Pioneers are freshman defenseman Luke Hughes (No.mlive.com
CEO fires 900 employees on Zoom call just before the holidays
Don Sweeney, The Charlotte Observer (TNS)About 900 employees at a New York-based digital mortgage company with offices in California, North Carolina and Texas signed onto a live Zoom call only to discover their jobs had been eliminated just before the holidays. “I come to you with not great news,” Garg says in the video, which has since been posted to TikTok, YouTube and Twitter. “Your employment here is terminated effective immediately.”“F--- you, dude,” responds someone watching Garg in the video call, as posted on You Tube. “The last time I did this, I cried,” Garg tells workers in the video. Handling employee layoffs carelessly is the #1 way to ensure I never deal with that company,” read another Twitter post.mlive.com
Red Wings beat Bruins 2-1 for franchise’s 3,000th victory
Marc Staal's first goal of the season was the tiebreaker with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period, and Alex Nedeljkovic made 41 saves, leading Detroit to a 2-1 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night, the Red Wings' 3,000th victory.
The Latest: NHL postpones Oilers-Canadiens game
The postponement of the game was the 38th overall this season for coronavirus-related reasons, and first to involve the seven-team all-Canadian North Division. The 10 players listed matches the most since Feb. 21. A total of 157 NHL players have now spent at least one day in the COVID-19 protocol this season. The NHL on Friday postponed two Bruins games after four more Boston players entered the COVID protocol, for a total of five. Sweeney said the players were driven separately back to Boston from Buffalo after that game was postponed.
Bruins retiring jersey of NHL barrier breaker Willie O'Ree
FILE - Former Boston Bruins' Willie O'Ree tips his hat as he is honored prior to the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Montreal Canadiens in Boston, in this Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, file photo. The Boston Bruins say they will retire the jersey of Willie ORee, who broke the NHLs color barrier. 22 jersey honored prior to the Bruins Feb. 18 game against the New Jersey Devils. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)BOSTON – More than 60 years after he broke the NHL's color barrier, Willie O’Ree will soon add another milestone to his career. 22 jersey retired prior to the team's Feb. 18 game against the New Jersey Devils.
Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core
FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford kisses the Stanley Cup Trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series in Chicago. The past few weeks have seen several recent Stanley Cup winners get rid of members of their championship core. The Blackhawks moved on from Corey Crawford, the Washington Capitals did the same with Braden Holtby, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded fellow goalie Matt Murray and forward Patric Hornqvist and the St. Louis Blues signing Torey Krug means captain Alex Pietrangelo will sign elsewhere. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core
FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford kisses the Stanley Cup Trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series in Chicago. The past few weeks have seen several recent Stanley Cup winners get rid of members of their championship core. Hornqvist was “blindsided” the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted to trade him. The past several weeks have featured several recent Stanley Cup winners breaking up their championship core by saying goodbye to a key player with his name on the trophy. The agitating, go-to-the-net winger helped Pittsburgh win the Cup in 2016 and 2017.
NHL teams making moves, not waiting for top free agents
The NHL is embarking on a free agent period like never before in hockey history. A handful of the top free agents are still available, but NHL teams aren't waiting for those big fish to sign to make other moves. Koivu signed for $1.5 million for next season, and they need to re-up top center Pierre-Luc Dubois and other restricted free agents. Teams have to move money, and in order to move money, they might have to move some really good players.”Some good free agents found new homes Saturday. The Buffalo Sabres signed center Cody Eakin to a $4.5 million, two-year contract, according to a person with direct knowledge of the deal.
NHL set for virtual draft; Lafreniere in line as top pick
“The Rangers are a really big organization, a really good team,” said Lafreniere, who turns 19 on Sunday. “We’ve gone through multiple scenarios, we’ve had multiple mock drafts,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. “It’s certainly been a challenge,” Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said. “Everybody’s had to adjust.”Flames general manager Brad Treliving said it will be a change conducting the draft remotely. “We’ve talked with other GMs from other sports that have had to go through this,” San Jose general manager Doug Wilson said.