Sources: Joakim Noah suspended 20 games for violating NBA's drug policy
The Carolina Hurricanes have another talented, young Finn under contract. The ‘Canes announced this morning that they’ve signed forward Janne Kuokkanen to a three-year, entry-level contract. Kuokkanen was drafted in the second round, 43rd overall, in 2016. The 18-year-old is currently with the OHL’s London Knights. He finished the regular season with 26 goals and 36 assists in 60 games. “Janne was outstanding in our rookie tournament in Traverse City in September, and stayed in North America to continue his development in the Ontario Hockey League,” said ‘Canes GM Ron Francis in a release. “He’s a smart, skilled forward and we look forward to the start of his professional career.” The ‘Canes
In this week's Penn Quarter Sports Tavern Q&A, Tarik El-Bashir and JJ Regan talk about Sidney Crosby's recent shenanigans and whether the lack of punishment shows a clear double standard for him, just what the Caps are going to do about T.J. Oshie's contract, possible first round opponents for the playoffs and more! Want to have your question answered by our experts?
On March 30, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director Mathieu Schneider will be in Beijing, announcing that the Vancouver Canucks and the Los Angeles Kings will play two preseason games in China in September. First, because the NHL never puts its product in emerging non-hockey markets like this. Since Bettman became commissioner, the NHL has played games in London, Helsinki, Klagenfurt (Austria), Innsbruck (Austria), Stockholm, Salzburg (Austria), Berlin, Bern, Bratislava (Slovakia), Gothenburg (Sweden), Prague, Tampere (Finland), Zurich, Linköping (Sweden), Karlstad (Sweden), Mannheim (Germany), Belfast, Saint Petersburg, Liberec (Czech Republic), Malmö (Sweden), Riga, Zug (Switzerland) and Hamburg.