Dreger: NHL, KHL closing in on deal for exhibition games

Further to reports over the weekend, the NHL is moving closer to solidifying an agreement with the Kontinental Hockey League to play two exhibition games next season in Russia. ...more

Dreger: Number of Playoff OT games up, length of OT down

Two major overtime trends have emerged over the first five days of the NHL Playoffs: the number of overtime games is up and the length of them is down. ...more

Dreger: NHL teams not looking for experienced head coaches

While there are several accomplished National Hockey League coaches eager to work, more and more it appears teams are going down the road less travelled to fill their head coaching vacancies. ...more

Dreger: NHL warns of stiff penaties for warmup incidents

The threat of any confrontation in the pre-game warmup is of particular concern to the NHL. To the point, director of hockey operations Colin Campbell warned teams, if an altercation mars the series, the offending team could lose a roster spot on the night the incident takes place. ...more

Dreger: Leafs' Burke has idea to curb hitting from behind

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is convinced a good hug may go a long way to curbing a constant safety issue in the NHL - hitting from behind. Burke has pitched this idea before and the league admits it may be time to take another look at it. ...more

Dreger: Fehr talks to player agents; future remains up in air

Don Fehr was asked point blank by NHL player agents whether or not he has interest in becoming the NHLPA's next executive director. Sources say Fehr didn't offer a definitive answer, but the fact he didn't outright say no is viewed by a growing number of his backers as a real positive. ...more

Dreger: NHL to implemen hit to the head rule this season

The National Hockey League wants to work with the NHLPA but make no mistake, the league intends on implementing supplemental discipline for a blind-side hit to the head this season. This could happen in time for Thursday's games. ...more

Dreger: Breaking down the Kovalchuk deal

The naysayer's have already surfaced with the prediction Thrashers’ general manager Don Waddell should expect to get chastised by his fans for not getting enough for a bona fide superstar in Ilya Kovalchuk. ...more

Dreger: Coyotes one of the headline agenda items for BOGs

Sources say Ice Edge, the group negotiating to buy the Phoenix Coyotes, is expected to sign a letter of intent to purchase the team from the league within days. Likely, prior to the start of next week's board of governors meeting in California. ...more

Dreger: Messier accepts Worlds job; Gretzky to coach?

Mark Messier and Wayne Gretzky surfaced as the obvious targets when word leaked out Hockey Canada was about to announce its general manager for the 2010 world hockey championships. Messier accepted the job - Hockey Canada made it official Wednesday - and some close to both former NHL superstars raise the possibility Gretzky will be considered as Canada's head coach. ...more

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