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  • Coyotes sign defenseman Schenn to a 2-year contract

    July 23, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed Luke Schenn to a two-year contract.The 26-year-old defenseman had four goals and 12 assists in 72 games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings last season. In his career, Schenn has 28 goals and 100 assists in 566 games with the Kings, Flyers and Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Sabres' Evander Kane charged with harassment at bar

    July 22, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres forward Evander Kane was arrested by Buffalo police Friday, and faces numerous charges for allegedly grabbing three women by the neck, hair and arms during an altercation at a downtown bar last month.The 24-year-old Kane was handcuffed after turning himself in outside the police department's downtown booking facility. Kane was processed and released, and is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Aug. 1. He faces four counts of non-criminal harassment, one count of disorderly conduct and a count of misdemeanor trespass as a result of the altercation that happened in the early hours of June 24 - the same day the NHL's two-day draft opened in Buffalo.

  • Sabres Evander Kane charged with harassment at bar

    July 22, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo police say Sabres forward Evander Kane has been charged with four counts of non-criminal harassment and one count of misdemeanor trespass after an incident at a city bar last month.Police say the 24-year-old Kane surrendered to authorities Friday and was issued a court appearance ticket. Investigators say two women accused Kane of grabbing them at a bar on June 24.

  • Rangers sign Chris Kreider to 4-year, .5M contract

    July 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers signed forward Chris Kreider to a four-year contract worth .5 million in a last-minute deal that helped the sides avoid arbitration.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the agreement on Friday. Hours later, he also announced the signing of the Rangers' other major restricted free agent, center Kevin Hayes.

  • Rangers sign Chris Kreider to 4-year contract

    July 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed forward Chris Kreider to a four-year contract that will pay him an average of .625 million.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal on Friday, the day the two sides were to go to arbitration.The 25-year-old Kreider was a restricted free agent.

  • Maple Leafs sign No. 1 pick Auston Matthews to 3-year deal

    July 21, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs signed No. 1 overall draft pick Auston Matthews to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday with the maximum bonuses allowed.Matthews had 24 goals and 22 assists in 36 games last season for the Zurich Lions in Switzerland and had nine points for the United States at the world hockey championship.

  • Avalanche, forward Mikhail Grigorenko agree to 1-year deal

    July 20, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a one-year deal with forward Mikhail Grigorenko on Wednesday.The 22-year-old Grigorenko had six goals and 21 assists in 74 games for Colorado last season. He was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2012 draft and traded to Colorado on June 26, 2015, as part of the deal that sent Ryan O'Reilly to the Sabres.

  • Attorneys disagree on NHL's role in Predators' legal dispute

    July 20, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A chancellor will rule within the week on whether a co-owner of the Nashville Predators can keep his lawsuit against the team's ownership group in a Tennessee court or have to submit to arbitration.Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle heard nearly three hours of arguments Wednesday on a motion that would force David Freeman out of her court and back into arbitration with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.

  • 2-time Cup winner Brad Richards retires after 15 NHL seasons

    July 20, 2016

    Forward Brad Richards is retiring after 15 NHL seasons during which he established a reputation for offensive consistency and won two Stanley Cup championships.Following one season with Detroit, the 36-year-old announced his retirement in a two-page release issued by the NHL Players' Association on Wednesday.

  • Capitals re-sign Johansson to .75M, 3-year deal

    July 20, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Marcus Johansson was back in Toronto for another arbitration hearing with the Washington Capitals, but this time he didn't have to go through with it.Hours before Johansson and the Capitals were set to go to arbitration for the second time, they agreed on a .75 million, three-year deal. The 25-year-old Swedish forward will count .583 million against the salary cap, almost exactly between the two sides' arbitration asking prices but on a longer contract.

  • Trade to the Rangers caught Mika Zibanejad off guard

    July 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Derick Brassard wasn't the only one surprised after being traded by the Rangers to Ottawa in the team's biggest move in the offseason.Mika Zibanejad was just as stunned after learning the Senators were dealing him to New York. After all, he just had built a home near the Canadian capital.

  • Chipchura signs one-year deal to play in KHL

    July 18, 2016

    Veteran forward Kyle Chipchura is resuming his hockey career in the Kontinental Hockey League.Chipchura, who played for three NHL teams during his nine-year career, signed a one-year contract to play for HC Slovan Bratislava on Monday.The 30-year-old is the second player from the Arizona Coyotes to head to the KHL in as many days, as Viktor Tikhonov agreed to terms with SKA St. Petersburg on Sunday.

  • NHL notebook: Zibanejad on move to Rangers

    July 18, 2016

    The New York Rangers acquired forward Mika Zibanejad from Ottawa Senators on Monday in exchange for forward Derick Brassard.As part of the trade, the Rangers acquired a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft from the Senators, who also get a seventh-round pick in the same draft.

  • P.K. Subban showing Nashville he knows how to make entrance

    July 18, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) P.K. Subban certainly knows how to make an entrance, especially with a team more than happy to help manage his arrival in Music City.The Nashville Predators took their new All-Star defenseman on a whirlwind trip around town that featured Subban jumping on stage at a renowned honky-tonk to belt out Johnny Cash's ''Folsom Prison Blues.'' Then the Predators introduced Subban to reporters and a few fans Monday in their first chance to show off the man they picked up last month in Nashville's big trade with Montreal.

  • Devils sign D Scarlett to a one-year, two-way pact

    July 18, 2016

    The New Jersey Devils re-signed restricted free-agent defenseman Reece Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract on Monday.The pact is worth 0,000 at the NHL level for Scarlett, who has yet to play in the league since being selected in the sixth round of the 2011 draft.

  • Sharks' Nieto signs one-year deal

    July 18, 2016

    San Jose Sharks restricted free-agent forward Matt Nieto signed a one-year contract on Monday.Financial terms were not disclosed by the team, but TVA's Renaud Lavoie reported the contract was worth 5,000.Nieto collected eight goals, nine assists and 10 penalty minutes in 67 games with San Jose last season. The 23-year-old led the Sharks with a pair of short-handed tallies.

  • Sharks re-sign forward Matt Nieto to 1-year contract

    July 18, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Matt Nieto to a one-year contract.The 23-year-old Nieto was a restricted free agent, whose rights were retained by the Sharks last month. He had eight goals and nine assists in 67 games while also playing a penalty-killing role last season.

  • Russia replaces Voynov with Nesterov on World Cup roster

    July 18, 2016

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been added to Russia's World Cup of Hockey roster in place of Slava Voynov, who is ineligible to compete because he is suspended indefinitely by the NHL.In announcing the move Monday, the Russian Hockey Federation said it ran out of time in its bid to have the league lift Voynov's suspension stemming from his arrest on felony domestic violence charges in October 2014. The former Los Angeles Kings defenseman pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor and returned to play in Russia after facing deportation from the United States.

  • Devils sign defenseman Reece Scarlett to two-way contract

    July 18, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Reece Scarlett to a one-year, two-way contract worth 0,000 at the NHL level.General manager Ray Shero announced the signing of the restricted free agent on Monday.Scarlett played last season with Albany (AHL), getting four goals and 22 assists in 60 games. He also played in 10 playoff games.

  • Rangers acquire Zibanejad from Senators for Brassard

    July 18, 2016

    The New York Rangers acquired forward Mika Zibanejad from Ottawa Senators on Monday in exchange for forward Derick Brassard.As part of the trade, the Rangers acquired a second-round pick in the 2018 NHL draft from the Senators, who also get a seventh-round pick in the same draft.

  • Rangers trade Brassard to Senators for Zibanejad

    July 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) After getting run out of the playoffs in the first round by the eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins, the New York Rangers made another move to improve their speed.They also got a little younger in the process.The Rangers on Monday traded center Derick Brassard to the Ottawa Senators for forward Mika Zibanejad in a deal involving players coming off career seasons.

  • Rangers sign forward Kovacs to entry-level contract

    July 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed forward Robin Kovacs to an entry-level contract.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing on Monday.Kovacs was the Rangers third-round draft pick in 2015. The 19-year-old played in 44 games with AIK IF of Allsvenskan in Sweden this past season and had 21 goals and 13 assists. He skated in 92 career games in Allsvenskan over the last two seasons, registering 38 goals and 24 assists.

  • Lightning sign Alex Killorn to .15 million, 7-year deal

    July 17, 2016

    Alex Killorn and the Lightning wanted to keep the team together, and Tampa Bay made sure he'd be part of its long-term future.The Lightning on Sunday signed Killorn to a .15 million, seven-year contract to avoid arbitration and lock up another important player.

  • Lightning agree to .15M, 7-year deal with Alex Killorn

    July 17, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning avoided arbitration with forward Alex Killorn, agreeing to terms on a .15 million, seven-year contract.He'll count .45 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season.Killorn, who turns 27 in September, has 53 goals and 85 assists for 138 points in 272 regular-season NHL games. In 47 Stanley Cup playoff games, he has 15 goals and 18 assists.

  • Sidney Crosby hoists Stanley Cup at hometown parade

    July 16, 2016

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Sidney Crosby showed off the Stanley Cup to his hometown fans.The Pittsburgh Penguins captain paraded through Cole Harbour on Saturday, riding in the back of a pickup truck and displaying the Cup on top of the cab, lifting it over his head several times. Crosby was decked out in shorts, a black ball cap and a T-shirt proclaiming ''Stanley Cup Champions 2016.''

  • Sidney Crosby hoists Stanley Cup during parade in Canada

    July 16, 2016

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Sidney Crosby has received a rousing reception during a parade in Canada, with the Pittsburgh Penguins captain showing off the Stanley Cup to his hometown fans.Crosby rode in the back of a pickup truck and displayed the Cup on top of the cab, lifting it over his head several times. He was decked out in a black ball cap and a T-shirt proclaiming Stanley Cup Champions 2016.

  • Blackhawks call on prospects to help them back on top

    July 15, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane flashed a million-dollar smile in the photo opp, beaming from behind a table topped by the troika of hefty awards he skated off with to cap a sublime season.Chicago's 27-year-old star forward broke away with the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP, the Art Ross as the leading scorer and the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the NHL's outstanding player by fellow skaters.

  • Sabres sign first-round pick Alexander Nylander

    July 15, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed first-round pick Alexander Nylander.Nylander, the No. 8 overall pick last month, signed a three-year, entry-level deal Friday.The 18-year-old Nylander is the son of former NHL player Michael Nylander. His older brother, William, plays for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Stars captain Jamie Benn signs 8-year, million extension

    July 15, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn signed an eight-year, million contract extension Friday.The team announced the deal a day after Benn had surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.''The Stars are the only organization I know and Dallas is home to me,'' Benn said in a statement. ''In working with the Gaglardi family and (general manager) Jim Nill, they have made it clear that they are dedicated to winning, and winning the right way. I'm happy to commit to that process for eight more years. My teammates and I value the passion and dedication that we receive from Stars fans and we're looking forward to getting this season started.''

  • Arizona Coyotes re-sign forward Tyler Gaudet

    July 15, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes re-signed forward Tyler Gaudet to a one-year, two-way contract Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 23-year-old Gaudet had a goal and two assists in 14 games for the Coyotes last season. He also had four goals and nine assists in 44 games for Springfield in the American Hockey League.

  • Sidney Crosby takes Stanley Cup to Tim Hortons

    July 15, 2016

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) Sidney Crosby picked up the Stanley Cup at the Halifax airport and made a surprise visit to his hometown Tim Hortons.''We heard this big explosion of applause and heard someone say, `Sidney,''' said Paul MacFarlane, operations manager for the coffee shop in Cole Harbour. ''We came up to the front and saw Sidney Crosby walk through with the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy. I had never seen it before, it was awesome.''

  • Blues sign Schwartz to five-year contract extension

    July 15, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues and restricted free agent forward Jaden Schwartz have avoided arbitration and agreed on a five-year contract extension worth .75 million.Re-signing the 24-year-old Schwartz was a top priority for the team, which lost in the Western Conference finals to San Jose. The Blues have given long-term deals to forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, but this summer allowed captain David Backes to leave for a free-agent deal with Minnesota.

  • Stars captain Benn recovering from muscle surgery

    July 15, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn is recovering from surgery to repair an abdominal muscle injury.Stars general manager Jim Nill said Friday that the full recovery time is six weeks, and that the surgery performed Thursday went as planned. It wasn't clear when or how Benn got injured.

  • Rangers agree to terms with Jooris, McIlrath, Hughes

    July 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Josh Jooris and restricted free agent defensemen Dylan McIlrath and Tommy Hughes.Jooris joins the Rangers from the Calgary Flames. The undrafted 26-year-old out of Union College had four goals and nine assists in 59 games last season and has 16 goals and 21 assists in 119 NHL games.

  • Hurricanes reach 2-way deals with 5 restricted free agents

    July 14, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with all five of their restricted free agents.General manager Ron Francis on Thursday said defenseman Ryan Murphy has agreed to a two-year contract worth nearly .6 million. That deal came after forwards Brendan Woods and Brody Sutter and defensemen Dennis Robertson and Keegan Lowe agreed to one-year, two-way contracts.

  • Red Wings sign Luke Glendening to .2M, 4-year extension

    July 14, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have signed center Luke Glendening to a .2 million, four-year extension.The team announced the deal Thursday. Glendening had a year left on his contract.Glendening has missed only one game with the Red Wings the last two seasons while averaging just less than 20 points.

  • Coyotes renew deal with ECHL's Rapid City Rush

    July 14, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have renewed their affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Rapid City Rush.The Coyotes announced the one-year deal Thursday.''Rapid City is a first class organization and we are looking forward to another great season,'' Coyotes general manager John Chayka said.

  • Hurricanes reach 2-way deals with 4 restricted free agents

    July 14, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with four of their restricted free agents to one-year, two-way contracts.General manager Ron Francis on Thursday announced the deals with forwards Brendan Woods and Brody Sutter and defensemen Dennis Robertson and Keegan Lowe.

  • Sabres re-sign restricted free agent Foligno for 1 year

    July 14, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Sabres have re-signed forward Marcus Foligno to a one-year contract.Team officials announced the deal Thursday for the restricted free agent coming off a promising season. Foligno had career highs last season with 75 games, 10 goals and 23 points. He also tied a career high with 13 assists.

  • LA Kings sign Danish F Patrick Bjorkstrand to 1-year deal

    July 14, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have signed Danish forward Patrick Bjorkstrand to a one-year contract.The Kings announced the deal Thursday.Bjorkstrand earned the deal at the Kings' development camp earlier this month. He spent the past three seasons with Medvescak Zagreb, the Kontinental Hockey League team based in Zagreb, Croatia.

  • Owner says Las Vegas team having trademark issues with name

    July 14, 2016

    Las Vegas owner Bill Foley would love to have a name for his expansion team, and he's open to ideas.Three weeks after the NHL awarded an expansion team to Foley, he said his group is having trademark issues and wants to settle on a name quickly. After naming George McPhee as his general manager, Foley expressed some impatience at how the process has stalled.

  • Rangers agree to 2-year deal with forward J.T. Miller

    July 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers agreed to terms Wednesday with restricted free agent forward J.T. Miller on a .5 million, two-year deal.Agent Scott Bartlett confirmed the terms of the deal, which carries a .75 million cap hit. Miller will make a .5 million in salary with a 0,000 bonus next season and .75 million in 2017-18.

  • Ledecky glad for transition time to ownership of Islanders

    July 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Jon Ledecky values the two-year transition period he and Scott Malkin had before taking over control of the New York Islanders this month.Ledecky visited every NHL arena and met with about 20 team presidents, picking their brains about the best practices in running their franchises.

  • For Crosby, 2nd Cup tour is sweeter in many ways

    July 13, 2016

    HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) As Sidney Crosby prepares to carry the Stanley Cup through his Nova Scotia hometown, he said the championship tour is in many ways sweeter the second time around.The Pittsburgh Penguins captain is in Halifax, Nova Scotia, this week overseeing his annual hockey camp and will bring the Cup to the city for a parade on Saturday, ending at the same rink where he honed his skills as a boy.

  • Oilers sign Puljujarvi to entry-level contract

    July 13, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have signed Jesse Puljujarvi, the fourth overall pick at the draft, to a three-year entry level contract.Puljujarvi joins a young Oilers core led by star center Connor McDavid.The 18-year-old forward spent last season with the Finish Elite League's Oulu Karpat, getting 28 points (13 goals, 15 assists) in 50 games.

  • Rangers agree to a deal with forward JT Miller

    July 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward J.T. Miller.Miller had 22 goals and 21 assists this past season and had career highs in several categories, including games, goals, assists and game-winning goals (five).

  • Las Vegas NHL expansion team hires George McPhee as GM

    July 13, 2016

    As general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise, George McPhee wants to build a team that will entertain fans in a unique market and bring hockey's hallowed trophy to the desert sooner rather than later.Named the first GM in franchise history Wednesday, the seasoned McPhee had the deep resume to convince owner Bill Foley to choose him from among seven candidates. Now it's up to him to build Las Vegas from scratch to begin play in 2017-18, a task he knows won't be easy.

  • Red Wings re-sign Pulkkinen to 1-year deal

    July 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen to a one-year, 2,500 contract.The team announced the move Wednesday. The 24-year-old Pulkkinen had six goals and six assists last season for the Red Wings. He dislocated his right shoulder and played only 36 games for Detroit.

  • AP Source: Las Vegas NHL expansion team hires McPhee as GM

    July 13, 2016

    George McPhee has been hired as general manager of the NHL's expansion Las Vegas franchise, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because owner Bill Foley's announcement news conference isn't set until Wednesday afternoon.

  • Anaheim Ducks re-sign D Korbinian Holzer to 1-year deal

    July 12, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Korbinian Holzer has agreed to a one-year, 0,000 deal to return to the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deal Tuesday.The German defenseman played 29 games for Anaheim last season, recording three assists. He was a frequent healthy scratch, and he also played for the Ducks' AHL affiliate in San Diego.

  • Coyotes sign captain Shane Doan to 1-year deal

    July 12, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) As the NHL offseason extended into July, Arizona Coyotes fans became concerned. Captain Shane Doan had not re-signed with the team.Behind the scenes there was no need to worry. Once Doan decided he wanted to play a 21st season, it was just a matter of working out the details and finding time to get a contract done.

  • AP Source: Coyotes sign captain Shane Doan to 1-year deal

    July 12, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) An NHL official with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press that Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan has agreed to a one-year contract with a base salary of .5 million.The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the contract has not been signed, said the deal will be around million with a deferred signing bonus and incentives.

  • Hurricanes, Victor Rask agree to 6-year, million deal

    July 12, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Center Victor Rask and the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to a six-year contract worth million.General manager Ron Francis said Tuesday the deal will pay Rask million per year through 2021-22. Rask was a restricted free agent this offseason.

  • LA Kings sign G Jack Campbell, re-sign Dowd and Forbort

    July 11, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have signed goalie Jack Campbell and re-signed center Nic Dowd and defenseman Derek Forbort.The Kings announced the moves Monday.Los Angeles traded defenseman Nick Ebert to Dallas last month for Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft. Campbell played just one NHL game for the Stars in October 2013, spending most of his career in the AHL.

  • Agent: Charges against Sabres' O'Reilly dropped

    July 11, 2016

    The agent for Ryan O'Reilly confirmed that charges against the Buffalo Sabres forward have been dropped stemming from an impaired driving incident last year.Pat Morris tells The Associated Press in an email that Canadian prosecutors found there was not enough evidence to proceed and dropped the charges against O'Reilly of impaired driving and failing to remain at the scene. The case has been dismissed.

  • Carolina Hurricanes ink entry deals with 1st-round picks

    July 9, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have signed first-round draft picks Jake Bean and Julien Gauthier to three-year entry-level contracts.The Hurricanes announced both deals Saturday. They chose Bean, a defenseman, with the 13th overall selection and Gauthier, a forward, with the No. 21 pick. Both deals pay 2,500 on the NHL level or ,000 on the American Hockey League level, with a signing bonus of 7,500.

  • MacKinnon signs 7-year deal with Avalanche

    July 8, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to a .1 million, seven-year deal that runs through the 2022-23 season.The 20-year-old MacKinnon had 21 goals and 31 assists last season. He missed the last 10 games after he sprained a ligament in his knee. MacKinnon also sat out the final 18 games a year ago because of a broken foot.

  • Minor league fighting rules in AHL get stricter

    July 8, 2016

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) Dropping the gloves will draw greater punishment in the NHL's top minor league.The AHL has approved new rules to curb fighting, including automatic ejection for players who fight prior to, at, or immediately following the puck drop for a faceoff.

  • Pavel Datsyuk signs 2-year deal with Russian club SKA

    July 8, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk has signed a two-year contract with Russian club SKA St. Petersburg after leaving the NHL.Datsyuk left the Red Wings last month with a year left on his contract, saying it was time to return home to his native Russia.

  • Ducks acquire G Jonathan Bernier from Toronto for draft pick

    July 8, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks acquired goalie Jonathan Bernier from Toronto on Friday in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2017.Bernier will be the backup to John Gibson, who took over Anaheim's starting job last month when the Ducks traded Frederik Andersen to the Maple Leafs.

  • Ekblad says Panthers won't be fazed by expectations

    July 8, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aaron Ekblad is fully aware that the Florida Panthers will be dealing with a new issue this season, that being the burden of preseason expectations.He's not bothered.The Panthers reached the playoffs and won the Atlantic Division last season, two major steps for a franchise that has known almost nothing but struggle since reaching the Stanley Cup final for the first and only time in 1996. And with a young core of talent now basically locked up for years - the 20-year-old Ekblad is under contract through 2025 - anything less than a playoff run next spring would be a disappointment for Florida.

  • Veteran D Carkner retires after 15 seasons

    July 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Defenseman Matt Carkner has retired after a 15-year career.Carkner, 35, appeared in 237 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Ottawa Senators and San Jose Sharks. He scored four goals, added 23 assists and compiled 556 penalty minutes. He added one goal and two assists with 35 penalty minutes in 14 career playoff games with the Senators and Islanders.

  • Palmieri signs 5-year, .25M contract with Devils

    July 7, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have re-signed leading scorer Kyle Palmieri to a five-year, .25 million contract.General manager Ray Shero announced the deal with the 25-year-old restricted free agent on Thursday. The contract has an average annual value of .65 million.

  • Going into 100th season, Maple Leafs turning to youth

    July 7, 2016

    NIAGARA FALLS, Ontario (AP) Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner were born about five months apart in 1997.And it's entirely possible both teenage prospects will be suiting up for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL next season.The Maple Leafs may be turning 100 years old next year, but the centennial edition of the team is likely to be brimming with youth and inexperience.

  • Dave Cameron, Paul Jerrard join Flames as assistant coaches

    July 6, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard have joined the Calgary Flames coaching staff under new head coach Glen Gulutzan.Cameron was head coach of the Ottawa Senators for almost two seasons, while Jerrard was an assistant coach of the American Hockey League's Utica Comets.

  • Red Wings sign goaltender Jared Coreau to 2-year contract

    July 6, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have signed goaltender Jared Coreau to a two-year contract.The team announced the move Wednesday, a day after Coreau and Detroit defenseman Danny DeKeyser were among 24 players to elect salary arbitration.Coreau gives the Red Wings depth in net, where restricted free agent Petr Mrazek has emerged as a starter and Jimmy Howard has become expendable as a backup with three years left on his .8 million, six-year contract. Detroit general manager Ken Holland is working on re-signing Mrazek to a multiyear contract.

  • Ex-Boston Bruins Bourque apologizes in drunken driving case

    July 6, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque (bork) has apologized to his family, friends and fans for driving drunk last month.Bourque apologized in a statement Wednesday after admitting in Lawrence District Court that prosecutors have enough evidence to convict him of driving under the influence when he rear-ended a minivan in Andover on June 24.

  • LA Kings sign F Teddy Purcell for 1 year, .6 million

    July 6, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have signed forward Teddy Purcell to a one-year, .6 million contract.The Kings announced the signing Wednesday, nearly a week after the free agent agreed to terms.Los Angeles hopes the 30-year-old Purcell will help to offset the loss of free agent Milan Lucic, who signed a seven-year, million deal with Edmonton. Purcell has six straight 30-point seasons, including a career-high 65 points in 2011-12 with Tampa Bay.

  • Ex-Boston Bruins star gets probation in drunken driving case

    July 6, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque (bork) has acknowledged there is enough evidence to find him guilty of drunken driving.Bourque admitted Wednesday in Lawrence District Court that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to convict him of driving under the influence when his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan on June 24.

  • Predators sign forward Liambas to 1-year, 2-way contract

    July 6, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Michael Liambas to a one-year, two-way contract.Liambas' deal, which was announced Wednesday, is worth 5,000 at the NHL level and ,000 at the American Hockey League level.The 27-year-old Liambas spent the 2015-16 season with the Rockford IceHogs, the Chicago Blackhawks' AHL affiliate. He had one goal, one assist and 188 penalty minutes - the second-highest total in the league - in 44 games with Rockford.

  • Devils re-sign center Kalinin for 1 year, 0K

    July 6, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Restricted free agent center Sergey Kalinin has re-signed with the Devils for one year and 0,000.General manager Ray Shero announced the deal on Wednesday.The 25-year-old had eight goals and seven assists in 78 games, averaging more than 13 minutes on the ice per game.

  • Ex-Boston Bruins star due in court on drunken driving charge

    July 6, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque (bork) is expected to appear in a Massachusetts court to try to resolve a drunken driving charge.A spokeswoman for Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett confirmed that the office has been advised that Bourque will be in Lawrence District Court on Wednesday to try to resolve the case.

  • Avs' Barrie among 24 NHL players filing for arbitration

    July 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie and New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider are among 24 NHL players who have filed for salary arbitration.New Jersey forward Kyle Palmieri, Ottawa forward Mike Hoffman and Detroit goalie Petr Mrazek also filed at the deadline Tuesday.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign Jared Boll, Mason Raymond, Jeff Schultz

    July 5, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Forwards Jared Boll and Mason Raymond and defenseman Jeff Schultz have agreed to contracts with the Anaheim Ducks.Anaheim announced the signings Tuesday after an otherwise quiet week of free agency for the four-time defending Pacific Division champions.

  • Berube agrees to one-year deal with Islanders

    July 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have agreed to a one-year deal with goaltender Jean-Francois BerubeBerube, 24, made his NHL debut with the Islanders last season, posting a 3-2-1 record with a 2.71 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in seven games.

  • Rangers agree to terms with Nicklas Jensen, Mat Bodie

    July 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agents Nicklas Jensen and Mat Bodie.Jensen was acquired by the Rangers from Vancouver along with a sixth-round pick in the 2017 draft for Emerson Etem last season. He was a first-round pick by the Canucks, No. 29 overall, in the 2011 draft.

  • Wild sign goalie Darcy Kuemper to 1-year, .55M deal

    July 5, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild re-signed goalie Darcy Kuemper to a one-year, .55 million contract Tuesday, avoiding arbitration with the restricted free agent.The 26-year-old Kuemper went 6-7-5 with a .915 save percentage and a 2.43 goals-against average for the Wild last season. He has played in 84 games over the past four years, posting seven shutouts, and is 3-1-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average in nine playoff starts.

  • New Jersey Devils sign free agent Gazdic, re-sign Josefson

    July 5, 2016

    The New Jersey Devils have signed free agent left wing Luke Gazdic and re-signed restricted free agent center Jacob Josefson.General manager Ray Shero announced the moves on Tuesday.The 25-year-old Josefson got a one-year, .1 million contract and Gazdic signed a one-year, two-way contract worth 0,000.

  • Blues re-sign Magnus Paajarvi to 1-year deal

    July 5, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have re-signed forward Magnus Paajarvi to a one-year, 0,000 contract.The 25-year-old Paajarvi had three goals and six assists in 48 regular-season games and one assist in three playoff games.The former first-round draft pick was acquired from Edmonton in 2013.

  • Trocheck, Smith sign long-term deals with Florida Panthers

    July 3, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Reilly Smith and Vincent Trocheck signed new deals with the Florida Panthers on Sunday, becoming the latest beneficiaries of the team's plan to lock up its young talent long-term.Smith got a five-year, million extension that will keep him under contract through the 2021-22 season. His deal was announced not long after Trocheck finalized his six-year, .5 million contract with the club.

  • D Nate Guenin returns to Anaheim Ducks on 1-year deal

    July 3, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Nate Guenin has agreed to a one-year, 0,000 contract to return to the Anaheim Ducks.The 33-year-old veteran has scored 28 points in 205 career NHL games with Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Anaheim and Colorado. He spent the past three seasons with the Avalanche, scoring a career-high 15 points during the 2014-15 campaign.

  • Stars add journeyman forward Adam Cracknell in free agency

    July 3, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Stars have signed free agent Adam Cracknell to a one-year contract, making Dallas the journeyman forward's fifth team in four seasons.The 30-year-old Cracknell split last season between Vancouver and Edmonton, appearing in 48 games combined. All of his career-high 10 points (five goals, five assists) came with the Canucks.

  • Trocheck completes his 6-year, .5M deal with Panthers

    July 3, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers have finalized the signing of forward Vincent Trocheck to a six-year, .5 million contract.Trocheck had 25 goals and 28 assists for Florida last season, helping the Panthers win the Atlantic Division title.General manager Tom Rowe says Trocheck ''played an important role in our success last season and will be a prominent part of the Panthers for years to come.''

  • Islanders sign RW Parenteau to 1-year deal

    July 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year deal with Pierre-Alexander Parenteau on Saturday, bringing the veteran right wing back for a second stint with the team.Parenteau had a career high-tying 20 goals and 21 assists for Toronto last season. His goals matched his high set in 2010-11 in his first season with the Islanders. Parenteau also had career highs of 49 assists and 67 points with the Islanders the following season.

  • Panthers continue aggressive offseason by signing Demers

    July 2, 2016

    Even after NHL teams committed over 0 million in contracts on the opening day of free agency, there was still plenty of money left to spend for those willing to jump in.On Saturday, the Florida Panthers signed defenseman Jason Demers to a .5 million, five-year deal as they continued to overhaul their blue line. Florida isn't afraid to spend this offseason, as it showed in locking up top defenseman Aaron Ekblad on a million, eight-year extension and trading for and signing Keith Yandle to a .45 million, seven-year contract.

  • Sabres acquire goalie Anders Nilsson in trade with Blues

    July 2, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres agreed to sign goalie Anders Nilsson to a one-year, million contract after acquiring his rights in a trade with St. Louis on Saturday.The Sabres gave up a 2017 fifth-round draft pick to the Blues in announcing the trade. A person with direct knowledge of Nilsson's contract told The Associated Press the player reached an agreement with Buffalo.

  • Predators sign forwards Trevor Smith, Harry Zolnierczyk

    July 2, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forwards Trevor Smith to a two-year contract and Harry Zolnierczyk to a one-year deal.The 31-year-old Smith has a two-way contract that is worth 5,000 at the NHL level and 5,000 at the AHL level in 2016-17. His contract will be worth 0,000 at the NHL level and 0,000 at the AHL level in 2017-18.

  • Panthers continue revamping blue line by signing Demers

    July 2, 2016

    The Florida Panthers have continued overhauling their blue line by signing defenseman Jason Demers to a five-year contract.Demers had seven goals and 16 assists in 62 games for the Dallas Stars last season. He's a puck-moving defenseman who general manager Tom Rowe says will help the Panthers' transition game and special teams.

  • NHL players win free agency and teams hope they didn't lose

    July 2, 2016

    NHL free agency rarely includes the signing of stars.Steven Stamkos was expected to be an exception this summer, cashing in on a sweepstakes for his services.The Tampa Bay Lightning, though, didn't let him to get the market by re-signing him earlier in the week.

  • Coyotes re-sign Connauton, add McBain

    July 2, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Kevin Connauton to a two-year contract and signed former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jamie McBain to a one-year deal.Arizona also signed defensemen Klas Dahlbeck and Jarred Tinordi, forwards Chris Mueller and Garret Ross, along with goalie Justin Peters to one-year deals on Friday. Forward Ryan White signed a one-year deal later in the day.

  • Sabres sign free-agent Okposo to 7-year million contract

    July 1, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Once Lightning captain Steven Stamkos took himself off the free-agent market, the Buffalo Sabres turned to Plan B: Kyle Okposo.The Sabres signed the former New York Islanders forward to a seven-year, million contract in one of the first deals completed after the NHL's signing period opened Friday.

  • Paul Bissonnette has fun with his job search via Twitter

    July 1, 2016

    Paul Bissonnette's fists and fingers have provided entertainment for hockey fans for years.He was at it again at the start of the NHL's free agency period on Friday, having a little fun with his job search as it unfolded.''The biggest thing is making GM's feel like you have multiple offers. Never come off as desperate. Play with their emotions. (hash)NHLFreeagency,'' he tweeted under his handle, (at)BizNasty2point0.

  • Sabres GM Murray unhappy with Kane's latest legal trouble

    July 1, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray's patience is growing thin after forward Evander Kane's latest off-ice legal problem.In his strongest comments to date, Murray on Friday said Kane needs to behave better whether or not he's cleared of harassment complaints filed against him by two women following an alleged altercation at a Buffalo nightclub last week.

  • After signing Stamkos, Lightning extend Hedman, Vasilevskiy

    July 1, 2016

    Victor Hedman followed Steven Stamkos' lead and made this one of the best weeks in Tampa Bay Lightning history.Two days after Stamkos decided to return to Tampa Bay, Hedman signed a million, eight-year extension that keeps the No. 1 defenseman around through the 2024-25 season.

  • Devils sign free agent Lovejoy, Fiddler, re-sign 3 others

    July 1, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Ben Lovejoy, center Vernon Fiddler and re-signed three players in a big start to free agency.General Manager Ray Shero announced the moves on Friday, adding that defenseman Jon Merrill and forwards Beau Bennett and Devante Smith-Pelley were re-signed.

  • Avalanche busy in free agency Friday, sign Colborne, Tyutin

    July 1, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche were busy in free agency Friday, signing a crop of players that includes forward Joe Colborne.The 26-year-old Colborne agreed to a two-year deal as he leaves Calgary after a season in which he set a career high in goals (19) and assists (25).

  • Sharks sign free agent F Mikkel Boedker, D David Schlemko

    July 1, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks wasted little time adding some needed speed to a roster that sometimes looked a step slow in the Stanley Cup Final.The Sharks opened free agency on Friday by signing fleet winger Mikkel Boedker to a four-year deal worth a reported million and puck-moving defenseman David Schlemko to a four-year contract worth a reported .4 million.

  • Flames sign Brouwer to 4-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames quickly filled a couple of needs Friday by signing winger Troy Brouwer to a four-year deal worth a reported .5 million annually and giving a one-year deal to goaltender Chad Johnson for a reported .7 million.

  • Predators sign defensemen Yannick Weber, Matt Irwin

    July 1, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defensemen Yannick Weber and Matt Irwin to one-year contracts.Weber's deal is worth 5,000. Irwin agreed to a two-way contract worth 5,000 at the NHL level and 0,000 at the American Hockey League level.

  • Rangers sign free agents Gerbe, Grabner, Clendening

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed free agent forwards Michael Grabner and Nathan Gerbe and defensemen Adam Clendening and Michael Paliotta.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signings Friday as the Rangers used the opening day of free agency to improve their team speed and penalty killing and to add a little depth on defense.

  • Busy Blues lose Backes, sign Perron, Hutton, extend Allen

    July 1, 2016

    Doug Armstrong was willing to do anything to keep David Backes, but he wouldn't do long term.The St. Louis Blues' general manager said goodbye to the team's captain for the past five seasons, who left to sign with the Boston Bruins, and made some complementary moves on the first day of NHL free agency.

  • Canucks grab Eriksson with 6-year, M deal

    July 1, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks acquired one of the top free agents in the NHL on Friday, signing Loui Eriksson to a six-year, million contract.The 30-year-old right winger from Sweden spent the last three seasons with the Boston Bruins and scored 30 goals while adding 33 assists in 82 games last year.

  • Red Wings sign Nielsen, Vanek, Ott and re-sign Helm

    July 1, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings attempted to address the departure of Pavel Datsyuk by agreeing with Frans Nielsen to a six-year, .5 million contract Friday in the opening hours of free agency.''He's a centerman we needed after losing one in Pavel Datsyuk,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. ''We think he can play 200 feet, in all situations, including penalty killing and on the power play.''

  • The Latest: Canadians sign Radulov; Leafs quiet on Day 1

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):5:40 p.m.The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Alexander Radulov and goaltender Al Montoya to a one-year contracts on Friday as NHL free agency began.Radulov scored 23 goals in 53 games for CSKA Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League last season. The Russian added 42 assists and tied for third in the KHL playoffs with 16 points as his club reached the Gagarin Cup final.

  • The Latest: San Jose Sharks add speed in Boedker

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):5:25 p.m.The San Jose Sharks added some needed speed in free agency, signing unrestricted free agent forward Mikkel Boedker to a four-year contract.San Jose often looked a step slow in losing the Stanley Cup Final to Pittsburgh in six games last month. The addition of Boedker should help address that.

  • Panthers lock up All-Star Aaron Ekblad for 8 more seasons

    July 1, 2016

    Aaron Ekblad will not be a free agent for a long time. That alone made this free-agency day for the Florida Panthers an overwhelming success.The Panthers have locked up their star 20-year-old defenseman for eight additional years, the sides formally completing the work Friday on what will be a million extension that keeps him in Florida through the 2024-25 season. The deal was announced on the first day of the NHL's free-agent signing period, though Ekblad was still under contract to Florida for the coming season.

  • Islanders sign Ladd, Chimera; lose Nielsen, Okposo

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders moved quickly at the start of NHL free agency, signing forwards Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera but losing longtime stars Frans Nielsen and Kyle Okposo.Ladd agreed to a seven-year, .5 million contract Friday, and Chimera comes to New York on a two-year, .5 million deal.

  • Coyotes re-sign Connauton, add McBain among 5 deals

    July 1, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Kevin Connauton to a two-year contract and signed former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jamie McBain to a one-year deal.Arizona also signed defensemen Klas Dahlbeck and Jarred Tinordi, forwards Chris Mueller and Garret Ross, along with goalie Justin Peters to one-year deals on Friday.

  • The Latest: New York Islanders sign Ladd, Chimera

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):4:25 p.m.The New York Islanders moved quickly at the start of NHL free agency, signing forwards Andrew Ladd and Jason Chimera on Friday.Ladd agreed to a seven-year contract and Chimera comes to New York on a two-year deal.

  • Wild start free agency with Eric Staal for 3 years, .5M

    July 1, 2016

    Eric Staal settled with a new team that satisfied his postseason aspirations. The Minnesota Wild found the top-six forward they were seeking.Staal and the Wild agreed to terms Friday on a three-year, .5 million contract soon after NHL free agency began. After totaling 13 goals between the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers last season, the lowest number since he was a rookie, the 31-year-old center will take a prove-his-worth mentality into next season.

  • Penguins GM Jim Rutherford gets new deal after title season

    July 1, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) When Jim Rutherford arrived in Pittsburgh in the summer of 2014, he figured he'd be around two or three years tops. It's one promise the general manager is happy to break.The Penguins signed Rutherford to a new three-year contract Friday just two weeks removed from the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup, one that had Rutherford's fingerprints all over it.

  • Rangers sign free agents Gerbe, Grabner and Clendening

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed free agent forwards Michael Grabner and Nathan Gerbe and defenseman Adam Clendening.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signings Friday as the Rangers used the opening day of free agency to improve their team speed and penalty killing and to add a little depth on defense.

  • The Latest: Canucks sign Eriksson to 6-year, M deal

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):4:05 p.m.The Vancouver Canucks have signed winger Loui Eriksson to a six-year, million deal.Eriksson was considered one of the top players available in free agency and got the same million cap hit as Milan Lucic did with the Edmonton Oilers and Kyle Okposo with the Buffalo Sabres. Lucic and Okposo signed seven-year contracts.

  • The Latest: Red Wings agree to 1-year deal with Vanek

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):3:50 p.m.Thomas Vanek has agreed to sign a one-year, .6 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.The agreement was reached a week after the Wild bought out the final year of Vanek's contract and following a disappointing two-year stint with Minnesota.

  • Rangers sign forwards Nathan Gerge and Michael Grabner

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed free agent forwards Michael Grabner and Nathan Gerbe.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signings Friday as the Rangers used the opening day of free agency to improve their team speed and penalty killing.

  • LA Kings sign free agents Gilbert, Zatkoff, Latta, Trotman

    July 1, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Goalie Jeff Zatkoff, forward Michael Latta and defensemen Tom Gilbert and Zach Trotman have signed with the Los Angeles Kings.The Kings announced the flurry of signings Friday.Zatkoff is a former Kings prospect who is expected to replace Jhonas Enroth as Jonathan Quick's backup. Zatkoff won the Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh this summer, playing in 14 regular-season games and two playoff games.

  • Devils sign free agent Lovejoy, re-sign 3 others

    July 1, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed free agent defenseman Ben Lovejoy to an million, three-year deal and re-signed defenseman Jon Merrill and forwards Beau Bennett and Devante Smith-Pelley.General manager Ray Shero announced the deals Friday as the NHL opened its free agency period.

  • Stars add veteran Hamhuis to blue line in free agency

    July 1, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Stars signed defenseman Dan Hamhuis to a two-year, .5 million contract in the opening hours of free agency Friday, providing another veteran to a strong young group on the blue line.Dallas also re-signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year deal and added a pair of defensemen in Andrew Bodnarchuk and Dustin Stevenson.

  • Lightning sign Hedman, Vasilevskiy to extensions

    July 1, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a million, eight-year extension Friday and goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to a .5 million, three-year extension.The deals come on the heels of the Lightning signing captain Steven Stamkos to a million, eight-year contract.

  • Red Wings sign Nielsen, re-sign Helm and Marchenko

    July 1, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings tried to address the departure of Pavel Datsyuk, agreeing with Frans Nielsen to a six-year, .5 million contract Friday in the opening hours of free agency.''He's a centerman we needed after losing one in Pavel Datsyuk,'' Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told The Associated Press. ''We think he can play 200 feet, in all situations, including penalty killing and on the power play.''

  • The Latest: Panthers give goalie Reimer 5-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):2:45 p.m.The Florida Panthers have another backup goalie behind starter Roberto Luongo.Florida signed James Reimer to a five-year contract Thursday, a week after acquiring Reto Berra in a trade with Colorado.

  • Predators want dispute resolved by NHL, not in court

    July 1, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators filed a motion seeking to have the civil dispute between part-owner David Freeman and chairman Thomas Cigarran resolved by the league office rather than settled in court.The motion from Predators Holdings LLC and Cigarran says ''the proper forum for plaintiffs' dispute is the arbitration proceeding before the NHL Commissioner.''

  • Hurricanes open free agency by signing Stalberg, Stempniak

    July 1, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes opened free agency by adding two forwards on Friday.The Hurricanes agreed to terms with Lee Stempniak on a two-year contract and with Viktor Stalberg on a one-year deal.Those acquisitions came after general manager Ron Francis made a few moves during the past few weeks, buying out defenseman James Wisniewski's contract and acquiring forwards Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell in a trade with Chicago.

  • Lightning sign Hedman to million, 8-year extension

    July 1, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a million, eight-year contract extension.Hedman will count .875 million against the salary cap when the deal begins in the 2017-18 season.The 6-foot-6, 223-pound Hedman was in the running for the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP when Tampa Bay lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final.

  • NHL teams make splashes in opening hour of free agency

    July 1, 2016

    Milan Lucic and Kyle Okposo, two of the NHL's top free agents, took full advantage of two of the league's worst teams eager to pair a veteran with a young star.The 28-year-old wingers each got million, seven-year contracts Friday even though neither is a proven or prolific scorer.

  • The Latest: Wild agree to 3-year deal with Eric Staal

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):1:45 p.m.The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with center Eric Staal to a three-year, .5 million contract, the upgrade to their top two lines they were seeking this season.The deal was done Friday, soon after free agency began. The Wild also agreed to a deal to bring back left wing Chris Stewart for two years and .3 million and add goalie Alex Stalock for depth.

  • Coyotes sign forward Jamie McGinn to a 3-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Jamie McGinn visited the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday and knew they would be a good fit right away.Not only was he picked up at the airport by general manager John Chayka and coach Dave Tippett, the team had a welcome sign for him at Gila River Arena and a stall made up with his jerseys.

  • Devils sign Lovejoy to million, 3-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman Ben Lovejoy to an million, three-year deal.General manager Ray Shero announced the deal about an hour into the start of the NHL free agency period.Lovejoy will count .67 million against the salary cap through the 2018-19 season. He'll make .5 million next season and in 2017-18 and .75 million in the final year of the contract.

  • The Latest: Flames agree with Brouwer on 4-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):1:30 p.m.The Calgary Flames have agreed to sign veteran free-agent forward Troy Brouwer to a four-year, million contract.An eight-year veteran, Brouwer joins his third team in three seasons after playing a significant role in helping the St. Louis Blues reach the Western Conference finals.

  • Hurricanes open free agency by giving Stalberg 1-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have signed forward Viktor Stalberg to a one-year contract worth .5 million.General manager Ron Francis announced the Swede's signing Friday, about 90 minutes after the NHL's free agency period started.The 30-year-old Stalberg had nine goals and 11 assists in 75 games with the New York Rangers last season.

  • Busy Blues sign Perron, Hutton, extend Allen

    July 1, 2016

    The St. Louis Blues wasted little time getting down to business in NHL free agency, signing winger David Perron and goaltender Carter Hutton and extending the contract of top goalie Jake Allen.The Blues signed Perron to a .5 million, two-year deal. He'll count .75 million against the cap in each of the next two seasons.

  • Bruins sign David Backes to million, 5-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    Former St. Louis Blues captain David Backes said he got goosebumps thinking about joining a team that already includes centers like Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci.''These guys get it,'' the free agent forward said Friday after signing with the Boston Bruins in the first 30 minutes of NHL free agency. ''They know what it's going to take to win. That's what sold me on it. ... If you have prominent players that are putting team first, the rest of the guys really have no choice.''

  • Sharks sign free agent defenseman David Schlemko

    July 1, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) When the free agency period opened, the top priority for the San Jose Sharks was upgrading their blue line with a player capable of filling a hole on the third pair and playing many different roles.General manager Doug Wilson struck quickly on Friday, signing free agent defenseman David Schlemko to a four-year contract worth a reported .4 million.

  • The Latest: Flames agree to 1-year deal with G Chad Johnson

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):1:10 p.m.A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Calgary Flames have agreed to a one-year contract to sign free-agent goalie Chad Johnson.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Flames have not announced the agreement reached shortly after the NHL's free-agency period opened on Friday.

  • Campbell returns to Blackhawks after agreeing to 1-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Brian Campbell wanted to return to Chicago and the Blackhawks were more than willing to welcome him back.The veteran defenseman is back with the team that he helped win the Stanley Cup in 2010, agreeing to a one-year contract on Friday.

  • AP Source: Red Wings keep Helm, Marchenko, sign Nielsen

    July 1, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings were busy just before and after the start of NHL free agency.Center Frans Nielsen agreed to a six-year, .5 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings, a person familiar with the move said Friday in the opening hour of free agency. The person said the franchise also agreed to deals to retain forward Darren Helm and defenseman Alexey Marchenko just before they would have been available on the market.

  • The Latest: Lucic signs million, 7-year deal with Oilers

    July 1, 2016

    The Latest on NHL free agency (all times Eastern):12:45 p.m.The Edmonton Oilers have signed left wing Milan Lucic to a million, seven-year deal. Lucic will count million against the Oilers' salary cap.Agent Gerry Johannson confirmed the terms of the deal in an email to The Associated Press.

  • Penguins sign GM Jim Rutherford to 3-year contract

    July 1, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have rewarded the architect of their Stanley Cup winning roster with a new deal.The team and general manager Jim Rutherford agreed to a new three-year contract Friday that will run through the 2018-19 season. The 67-year-old Rutherford came to Pittsburgh two years ago and totally revamped the roster around stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, leading to the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup this spring. He was voted General Manager of the Year at the NHL's annual awards show last month.

  • AP Source: Sabres sign free-agent Okposo to 7-year contract

    July 1, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Once Lightning captain Steven Stamkos took himself off the free-agent market, the Buffalo Sabres turned to Plan B: Kyle Okposo.The Sabres signed the former New York Islanders forward to a seven-year, million contract in one of the first deals completed after the NHL's signing period opened on Friday. The team announced the signing, while a person with direct knowledge of the contract revealed its value. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres did not disclose that figure.

  • Blues sign David Perron to .5 million, 2-year deal

    July 1, 2016

    The agent for David Perron says the winger has signed a .5 million, two-year deal with the St. Louis Blues.Allan Walsh told The Associated Press that Perron signed the deal that carries a cap hit of .75 million over the next two seasons.Perron spent last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Anaheim Ducks and had 12 goals and 24 assists. He's returning to St. Louis, which drafted him 26th overall in 2007.

  • AP Source: Buffalo Sabres sign free-agent Kyle Okposo

    July 1, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person with direct knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to sign forward Kyle Okposo, one of the top players available on the NHL's free-agent market.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not announced the agreement with the former New York Islanders forward in a move reached shortly after the signing period began on Friday.

  • Puck drops on NHL free agency, flurry of deals expected

    July 1, 2016

    The puck has dropped on NHL free agency.A slew of deals were expected to be done before the sun sets Friday.Steven Stamkos stopped the sweepstakes for his services Wednesday with a million, eight-year contract to stay in Tampa Bay. That deal was announced on the same day as a blockbuster trade that sent defenseman P.K. Subban to Nashville and Shea Weber to Montreal.

  • AP Source: Detroit Red Wings keep Helm, Marchenko

    July 1, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) A person familiar with the moves says the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to deals with forward Darren Helm and defenseman Alexey Marchenko.The person spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreements haven't been announced.Detroit retained Helm with a five-year contract, counting .85 million against the salary cap each season. The Red Wings are keeping Marchenko for two more seasons, taking .45 million off their cap each year.

  • Rangers hire former D Beukeboom as assistant coach

    July 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Former Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom has been hired by the team to coach their blue line players.Beukeboom replaces Ulf Samuelsson, who left in May after three seasons to become the head coach of the AHL's Charlotte Checkers.Beukeboom won a Stanley Cup with New York in 1994 after winning three with the Edmonton Oilers in a 13-season career. He has been working as an assistant with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers' farm team.

  • Sabres re-sign McCabe to 3-year, .8 million contract

    June 30, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year, .8 million contract extension.The Sabres announced the signing on Thursday, and a person with direct knowledge of the contract revealed its value to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres did not provide that detail.

  • Sabres re-sign defenseman Jake McCabe to 3-year contract

    June 30, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed defenseman Jake McCabe to a three-year contract extension.McCabe was a restricted free agent and signed on Thursday, three days after Buffalo retained his rights by tendering a qualifying offer.The University of Wisconsin product is coming off a season in which he established a regular role in Buffalo. McCabe had four goals and 10 assists while averaging a little more than 19 minutes of ice time over 77 games.

  • Stamkos: Staying in Tampa Bay provides best chance to win

    June 30, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Loyalty, respect and the potential to win for years to come kept Steven Stamkos in Tampa Bay.The Lightning captain said Thursday that he followed his heart in re-signing with the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008 rather than testing free agency, where he likely would have commanded much more than the million he's due to earn over the next eight seasons.

  • Hurricanes buy out final year of D Wisniewski's deal

    June 30, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have bought out the final year of veteran defenseman James Wisniewski's contract.General manager Ron Francis announced the move Thursday.The 32-year-old Wisniewski was to make million this coming season. Instead, he will receive million over the next two years and will become an unrestricted free agent Friday when the NHL's free agency period starts.

  • Five things to know about NHL free agency

    June 30, 2016

    The NHL free agent frenzy will almost certainly include big-money, long-term deals for the likes of wingers Milan Lucic, Kyle Okposo and Loui Eriksson, and produce a trickle-down effect for several other players on the open market.Here are five things to know about NHL free agency, which opens Friday at noon Eastern time:

  • LA Kings' Dustin Brown unhappy with loss of captain's "C"

    June 30, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) After eight seasons and two Stanley Cup titles as the Los Angeles Kings' captain, Dustin Brown thought he deserved better.Brown doesn't agree with the Kings' decision to strip him of their captaincy this summer, and he aired his differences with team management Thursday in a phone interview.

  • Capitals sign Tom Wilson to million, 2-year contract

    June 30, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Tom Wilson to a million, two-year contract.Wilson will count million against the salary cap over the length of the deal. He will earn .75 million next season and .25 million in 2017-18.

  • Bruins sign D Torey Krug for 4 years, million

    June 30, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Torey Krug to a four-year contract worth million.Earlier Thursday, the team bought out the contract of defenseman Dennis Seidenberg, saving .83 million.Krug's 40 assists last season were ninth among all NHL defensemen. He also had four goals and was second on the team only to Zdeno Chara with 21 minutes, 36 seconds on ice per game.

  • Sharks re-sign F Tomas Hertl to 2-year contract

    June 30, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose signed pending restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl to a two-year contract Thursday worth a reported million, keeping one of the team's top young players in the fold as the Sharks try to build on last season's trip to the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Blackhawks agree to 1-year deals with Rozsival, Mashinter

    June 30, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to one-year contracts with veteran defenseman Michal Rozsival and forward Brandon Mashinter.The 37-year-old Rozsival had a goal and 12 assists last season - his fourth with the Blackhawks and 15th in the NHL.

  • AP Source: Carle, Seidenberg among players on buyout waivers

    June 30, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins are cutting ties with expensive defensemen to save some salary-cap space for next season.According to a person with direct knowledge of the moves, the Lightning placed Matt Carle and the Bruins placed Dennis Seidenberg on buyout waivers. Nashville Predators defenseman Barret Jackman, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll and Edmonton Oilers forward Lauri Korpikoski were also placed on waivers for the purpose of buying out their contracts.

  • NHL free agent pool is deep even without Stamkos

    June 30, 2016

    The big fish is gone, so teams will circle around other targets when NHL free agency opens Friday.Even with Steven Stamkos staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning on a million, eight-year deal, the free agent market presents plenty of big-time players from forwards Milan Lucic, Loui Eriksson and Kyle Okposo to defensemen Brian Campbell and Dan Hamhuis.

  • Steven Stamkos decides to re-sign with Lightning

    June 29, 2016

    Steven Stamkos insisted all along that he wanted to stay put in Tampa Bay to win the Stanley Cup.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's leading goal scorer gave himself that opportunity Wednesday, re-signing with the Lightning for eight years and foregoing a chance to test free agency.

  • Steven Stamkos: Back with Lightning for '8 more years'

    June 29, 2016

    Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is staying put in Tampa Bay.The 26-year-old Stamkos tweeted Wednesday that he was ''excited to be back for 8 more years'' and three people familiar with the decision confirmed the move. One of the people said the contract is worth million, meaning Stamkos will average .5 million per season.

  • Sabres sign defenseman Nelson to 2-year contract extension

    June 29, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed defenseman Casey Nelson to a two-year contract extension.Nelson made his NHL debut in March last season after signing a one-year deal with Buffalo shortly after completing his college career at Minnesota State. He had four assists in seven games with the Sabres.

  • Steven Stamkos back with Lightning for '8 more years'

    June 29, 2016

    Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is staying put in Tampa Bay.The 26-year-old Stamkos tweeted Wednesday that he was ''excited to be back for 8 more years'' and two people familiar with the decision confirmed the move. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the Lightning had not announced the decision. Detailed terms weren't immediately available.

  • AP Sources: Steven Stamkos elects to re-sign with Lightning

    June 29, 2016

    Two people familiar with the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Lightning captain Steven Stamkos is staying put in Tampa Bay.The people spoke on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday because the Lightning have not announced the decision. Details of the contract weren't immediately available.

  • Russian forward Pavel Buchnevich looking to make Rangers

    June 29, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Pavel Buchnevich is ready to play for the New York Rangers.The 21-year-old Russian left wing believes it and so do the Rangers. It's why he is attending the team's prospects camp this week at their Westchester practice rink.A year ago, it was a different story. Buchnevich wasn't so sure. His body needed to mature for the grind of the NHL and so did his game.

  • Predators acquire P.K. Subban from Canadiens for Shea Weber

    June 29, 2016

    P.K. Subban is taking his talents to Smashville as part of a major trade of two of the NHL's top defensemen.The Nashville Predators acquired Subban from the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday for captain Shea Weber, the face of their franchise for nearly a decade.

  • Blues sign Kyle Brodziak to 2-year contract extension

    June 29, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Kyle Brodziak to a two-year contract extension.The 32-year-old Brodziak had two goals in the playoffs after totaling 11 points in 76 regular-season games leading the checking line.The 11-year veteran also has played for Edmonton and Minnesota and has 239 points in 697 career games. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Oilers in 2003.

  • AP Source: NHL forwards Nystrom, Raymond placed on waivers

    June 29, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the moves tells The Associated Press that Nashville Predators forward Eric Nystrom and Calgary Flames forward Mason Raymond have been placed on waivers in order for their teams to buy out the remaining year of their contracts.

  • Devils acquire former No. 1 pick Taylor Hall from Oilers

    June 29, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The Devils finally have a legitimate goal scorer, and this one is coming to New Jersey with a chip on his shoulder after a surprising trade.The Devils on Wednesday acquired a `slighted' Taylor Hall from the Edmonton Oilers in a straight-up deal for defenseman Adam Larsson.

  • Montreal Canadiens sends P.K. Subban to Nashville Predators for Shea Weber in trade of All-Star defensemen

    June 29, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Montreal Canadiens sends P.K. Subban to Nashville Predators for Shea Weber in trade of All-Star defensemen.

  • Devils acquire former No. 1 pick Tyler Hall from Oilers

    June 29, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have acquired former No. 1 overall draft pick Tyler Hall from the Edmonton Oilers for defenseman Adam Larsson.The teams announced the trade Wednesday, two days before the start of free agency.The trade gives the goal-starved Devils an exciting young left wing who was the No. 1 pick overall in 2014. The Oilers get a solid defenseman who was the No. 4 overall selection in 2011.

  • Wild re-sign LW Jason Zucker for 2 years, million

    June 29, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year, million contract.The deal was done Wednesday, preventing Zucker from becoming a restricted free agent. He will make million in each of the next two seasons.

  • Judge gives ex-Islanders co-owner a 5-year prison reduction

    June 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A former New York Islanders co-owner who received a 10-year prison term for a fraud conviction had his sentence cut in half Wednesday by a judge who cited his good deeds and cooperation with prosecutors.U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan said 69-year-old Paul Greenwood deserved a reduction to five years. She noted that he regularly did charitable acts long before he became embroiled in an over half-billion-dollar financial fraud that spanned a dozen years.

  • Blue Jackets sign Seth Jones to .4 million, 6-year deal

    June 29, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets took care of one of their biggest offseason priorities by signing defenseman Seth Jones to a .4 million, six-year contract.Jones, a pending restricted free agent, will count .4 million against the salary cap through the 2020-21 NHL season.

  • New Las Vegas club has edge over NHL's 2000 expansion teams

    June 29, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) With the new franchise's prospects on the ice in front of them at the team's first rookie camp, Minnesota Wild general manager Doug Risebrough sat down next to director of hockey operations Tom Lynn and asked for an initial assessment.

  • Odd-man out in Florida, Kulikov excited to join Sabres

    June 28, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Dmitry Kulikov was initially excited upon learning the Florida Panthers had acquired and then signed free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle to a long-term contract last week.Little did Kulikov realize that Yandle's addition would lead to him being the odd man out a few days later, when the Panthers traded the seventh-year defenseman to the Buffalo Sabres.

  • AP Source: Avalanche place Brad Stuart on waivers

    June 28, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the decision has confirmed to The Associated Press that the Colorado Avalanche have placed veteran defenseman Brad Stuart on waivers with the intention of buying out the final year of his contract.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the Avalanche have not announced the move.

  • NHL fines Canucks ,000 for GM comments ahead of draft

    June 28, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The NHL has fined the Vancouver Canucks ,000 for tampering after general manager Jim Benning mentioned specific players the team might be interested in.Benning noted the Canucks' interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos last week during a radio interview before the NHL draft in Buffalo, New York.

  • Devils make qualifying offers to Palmieri, 4 others

    June 27, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have tendered a qualifying offer to leading scorer Kyle Palmieri and four other restricted free agents.Forwards Reid Boucher, Jacob Josefson, Sergey Kalinin and minor league defenseman Reece Scarlett also received qualifying offers from the Devils before Monday's deadline.

  • Ducks issue offers to Lindholm, Rakell, Noesen; not to Pirri

    June 27, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have issued qualifying offers to defenseman Hampus Lindholm and forwards Rickard Rakell and Stefan Noesen.The Ducks declined to make qualifying offers Monday to five players, including forward Brandon Pirri.Anaheim also signed right wing Corey Tropp to a two-year extension and signed goalie Dustin Tokarski to a one-year deal.

  • Red Wings bringing back F Drew Miller on 1-year deal

    June 27, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed forward Drew Miller to a one-year deal.The 32-year-old Miller will make .025 million, plus up to 0,000 in bonuses. Miller has 51 goals and 49 assists in 449 games with the Red Wings since joining them in 2009-10. He played for Tampa Bay and Anaheim prior to that.

  • Sharks make qualifying offers to Hertl, 3 others

    June 27, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks issued a qualifying offer to pending restricted free agent forward Tomas Hertl and three other players.The Sharks also issued qualifying offers Monday to restricted free agents forwards Matt Nieto and Ryan Carpenter and defenseman Dylan DeMelo. San Jose will retain negotiating rights with the four players.

  • Police reports outline complaints against Sabres' Kane

    June 27, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo police have released a pair of complaints against Sabres forward Evander Kane in which two women accuse him of grabbing them at a bar.The accusers' names are blacked out in the harassment reports released Monday. The incidents allegedly occurred shortly after 3 a.m. EDT on Friday.

  • Eller craves stability after trade to Capitals

    June 27, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) When Lars Eller was playing for the Montreal Canadiens, he was a man without a position whose name was constantly bandied about in trade talks.He wasn't comfortable.Following a trade to the Washington Capitals, Eller knows he'll start next season as the third-line center behind All-Stars Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeni Kuznetsov. And he's joining a team that has been trying to acquire him for more than a year, so he feels wanted.

  • Lindros' wait over as he headlines Hockey Hall of Fame class

    June 27, 2016

    Eric Lindros knew exactly what day and time the Hockey Hall of Fame would call. He was just hoping his phone would ring this time after six years of silence.Rogie Vachon had given up hoping after 30-plus years of eligibility. And when his moment came, Sergei Makarov exclaimed, ''Oh my gosh, the wait is over!''

  • Coyotes sign goalie Domingue to 2-year deal

    June 27, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed goalie Louis Domingue to a two-year contract.Terms of the deal were not released Monday.The 24-year-old Domingue was solid as Arizona's goalie after Mike Smith went out with a core injury early last season, going 15-18-5 with a 2.75 goals-against average and .911 save percentage.

  • Ex-Bruins star Bourque pleads not guilty to drunken driving

    June 27, 2016

    LAWRENCE, Mass. (AP) Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque (bork) has pleaded not guilty to a drunken driving charge.Bourque was charged Friday with operating under the influence of alcohol after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in an Andover construction zone. No one was hurt.

  • Predators sign Forsberg to six-year, million contract

    June 27, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Filip Forsberg to a six-year, million contract, locking up one of their brightest young stars long term.Forsberg will make million each of the next six seasons under terms of the deal announced Monday, At a Monday conference call, Forsberg described the negotiations as a ''really smooth process.''

  • NHL teams must consider expansion draft in offseason plans

    June 27, 2016

    Brad Treliving saw the rules for the expansion draft and immediately was in an advantageous position. The Calgary Flames' general manager needed a goaltender, and with Las Vegas set to harvest the NHL for two of them in a year, his colleagues had incentive to make a move.

  • Former Bruins star Ray Bourque "in unfamiliar territory"

    June 26, 2016

    ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque, who's facing a drunken driving charge, says he accepts the responsibility for his actions.Bourque was charged Friday night with operating under the influence of alcohol and following too closely. He posted bail and was released.

  • NHL teams' focus turns to 'Big Fish' in free agency: Stamkos

    June 26, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) As team executives began gathering on the arena floor an hour before the start of the NHL draft's second round Saturday morning, a video highlighting former No. 1 selections began playing on the big-screen video boards.The first player featured just happened to be Steven Stamkos, the top pick in 2006.

  • Lindros could get long-awaited Hall of Fame call

    June 26, 2016

    The weakest first-time eligible group in decades has left the doors open to the Hockey Hall of Fame for several players who have been awaiting the call.Eric Lindros has been waiting six years, Mark Recchi three, Dave Andreychuk eight and Sergei Makarov 16. This could finally be the year as the Hall of Fame selection committee determines the class of 2016 on Monday.

  • Former Bruins star Ray Bourque charged with drunk driving

    June 25, 2016

    ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque has been arrested on a drunken driving charge.Andover Police Chief Patrick Keefe says the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested about 11:30 p.m. Friday after his Mercedes-Benz rear-ended a minivan in a construction zone in the city. No injuries were reported.

  • Former Bruins star Ray Bourque arrested on DWI

    June 25, 2016

    ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque has been arrested on a drunken driving charge.Andover police Lt. Cecilia Blais tells The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/28XpQ4F ) the 55-year-old Bourque was arrested after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in the city about 11:30 p.m. Friday. No injuries were reported.

  • NHL Draft: McPhee grows emotional once son picked by Oilers

    June 25, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) As a longtime NHL scout and general manager, George McPhee has had a hand in providing opportunities to countless prospects at the NHL draft.It wasn't until Saturday, when McPhee fully appreciated how significant that moment felt as a father.

  • Andrew Shaw excited for fresh start with Canadiens

    June 25, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) A day after adding forward Andrew Shaw in a draft-day deal with the Chicago Blackhawks, the next step for the Montreal Canadiens is getting the pending restricted free agent signed to a deal.Shaw had a quick chat with Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on Friday night. He added they'll likely talk again over the weekend.

  • Stars, Kings swap US-born prospects on final day of draft

    June 25, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Dallas Stars have traded goaltender Jack Campbell to the Los Angeles Kings for defenseman Nick Ebert in a swap of American-born prospects.The deal reached on the final day of the NHL draft on Saturday gives Dallas more youth in a strong group of young defensemen, led by John Klingberg.

  • Blue Jackets trade Rychel to Maple Leafs for Harrington

    June 25, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Scott Harrington and a conditional pick in the 2017 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs for left wing Kerby Rychel.Harrington, 23, has played 25 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Maple Leafs and registered one assist. Toronto acquired him from Pittsburgh a year ago in the trade that sent Phil Kessel to the eventual Stanley Cup champions.

  • Rangers acquire defenseman Nick Holden from Avalanche

    June 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft.The 29-year-old Holden had six goals and 16 assists and 24 penalty minutes this past season.Holden was second on Colorado in hits and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season. In addition, he was one of five players on Colorado who skated in all of the team's 82 games.

  • LA Kings sign Trevor Lewis to 4-year contract extension

    June 25, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Forward Trevor Lewis has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.The club announced the deal Saturday.Lewis has been a key player on the Kings' depth lines for the past six seasons, playing a defensive game during Los Angeles' run to Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014. He scored two goals in the Kings' Cup-clinching victory over New Jersey in 2012.

  • NHL reviewing whether to penalize Canucks for tampering

    June 25, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The NHL is reviewing whether to penalize the Vancouver Canucks for tampering after general manager Jim Benning expressed interest in acquiring players under contract, including Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos.''I have received a number of concerns and not solely from the teams involved,'' NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters during the second day of the NHL draft on Saturday.

  • Sabres acquire defenseman Kulikov in trade with Panthers

    June 25, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres general manager Tim Murray filled his team's wish list by acquiring veteran defenseman Dmitri Kulikov in a trade with the Florida Panthers.The deal was announced shortly after the second round of the NHL draft opened Saturday. Besides swapping second-round picks, with Buffalo moving up to No. 33 from No. 38, the Panthers acquired defenseman Mark Pysyk and the Sabres' third-round pick, 89th overall.

  • AP source: Sabres' Kane investigated on harassment claim

    June 25, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Buffalo police are investigating an allegation that Sabres forward Evander Kane physically harassed two women at a downtown bar.The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Friday because police have not revealed any details of their investigation.

  • Chinese team confirmed in Kontinental Hockey League

    June 25, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League has confirmed that it will add a Chinese club next season as it competes against the NHL in Asian markets.The move means the 2022 Winter Olympic host city of Beijing now has a team in what is widely regarded as the strongest league outside the NHL. However, it is likely to rely almost exclusively on foreign pros rather than Asian players.

  • Lightning not giving up on possibility of re-signing Stamkos

    June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) With time running out, Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman isn't ready to give up on the possibility of re-signing captain Steven Stamkos.Speaking at the NHL draft Friday night, Yzerman declined to provide an update on contract talks except to say he's not ruling anything out, or ''closing any doors.'' When posed a question of potentially signing and then trading Stamkos, Yzerman called it ''an interesting idea.''

  • Arizona-born Matthews goes 1st in NHL draft; Finns follow

    June 25, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs pinned their future on Arizona-raised center Auston Matthews with the first pick in the NHL draft.The 18-year-old, born in California and raised in Scottsdale, sparked an international-themed parade to the podium Friday night that featured a draft-record 12 Americans selected in the first round. The Finns made a big splash, too, with three of the top five picks.

  • Red Wings trade Russia-bound Datsyuk's contract to Coyotes

    June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Detroit Red Wings gained salary-cap relief by trading veteran star Pavel Datsyuk's contract to the Arizona Coyotes on Friday night at the NHL draft.The 37-year-old Datsyuk said last week that he will return home to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League next season. He has a year remaining on his contract and will count .5 million against Arizona's salary cap.

  • Flames acquire goalie Elliott from Blues for 2nd-round pick

    June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Calgary Flames addressed their biggest need entering the NHL draft weekend by acquiring goalie Brian Elliott in a trade with the St. Louis Blues for their second-round pick this season.Flames general manager Brad Treliving said Thursday he was intent on landing a goalie. But he didn't necessarily think the team was close to a deal.

  • Capitals acquire Eller from Canadiens for 2nd-round picks

    June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Lars Eller from the Montreal Canadiens for two second-round picks.The Capitals traded second-round picks in 2017 and 2018 to the Canadiens for the 27-year-old Eller, who had 13 goals and 13 assists in 79 games last season.

  • Maple Leafs select Arizona-born Matthews No. 1 in NHL draft

    June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) On the heels of the NHL expanding into Las Vegas, the Toronto Maple Leafs are pinning their future on Arizona-born center Auston Matthews.Amid chants of ''Go Leafs, Go!'' the 18-year-old from Scottsdale was selected by Toronto with the first pick in the NHL draft Friday night. Though the Maple Leafs had kept their decision under wraps since winning the draft lottery in April, Matthews was the expected choice.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs select Arizona-born Auston Matthews with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

    June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs select Arizona-born Auston Matthews with No. 1 pick in NHL draft.

  • Longtime Ohio newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe dies at 72

    June 24, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Longtime Ohio newspaper publisher John F. Wolfe, whose family sold The Columbus Dispatch last year and still owns television and radio stations, has died at age 72.Wolfe died Friday at a Columbus hospital. One of his family's stations, WBNS-TV, reports Wolfe had battled cancer for two years.

  • AP Source: Sabres Kane investigated for harassing 2 women

    June 25, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Buffalo police are investigating an allegation that Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane physically harassed two women at a downtown Buffalo bar.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity on Friday because police have not revealed any details of their investigation.

  • Wild buy out final year of winger Thomas Vanek's contract

    June 24, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild bought out the final year of left wing Thomas Vanek's contract Friday.The move was made a few hours before the NHL draft and a week before the beginning of free agency.Vanek's disappointing two-year stint with Minnesota ended with 39 goals and 54 assists in 154 games with a minus-15 rating. His 18 goals last season were a career low, including the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season when he had 20 goals in 38 games in his last full season with the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Stars re-sign defenseman Jordie Benn to avoid free agency

    June 24, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Stars have re-signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract, keeping the brother of high-scoring Dallas forward Jamie Benn out of free agency.Jordie Benn has played parts of five seasons since he was an undrafted free agent in 2011. He had 12 points in 64 games last season, matching a career high with three goals and getting nine assists. He was third on the team with 94 blocked shots.

  • Arizona Coyotes have site for new arena picked out

    June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have selected a site for their new arena but aren't ready to announce its location.Speaking before the NHL draft on Friday, Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc said the team has a deal in place, but attorneys are still working out the details.

  • Flyers sign Czech defenseman Radko Gudas to extension

    June 23, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers signed Czech defenseman Radko Gudas to a multi-year contract extension Thursday.The 26-year-old Gudas had six goals and five assists in 76 games this past season, his first with the Flyers. He was second in the NHL with 304 hits, and second on the team with 157 blocked shots.

  • Nashville Predators part-owner suing team and its chairman

    June 23, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A part--owner of the Nashville Predators is suing the team and its chairman, saying they breached their fiduciary obligations and contractual commitments to him after he helped keep the franchise in NashvilleThe lawsuit filed Thursday by David Freeman and Commodore Trust lists Predators Holdings LLC and Predators chairman Tom Cigarran as defendants. The plaintiffs say they're seeking 0 million in damages.

  • Blue Jackets' GM hedges on Finn-ished products in NHL draft

    June 23, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) When it comes to the NHL draft, Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is team first, nation second.Though he's from Finland, Kekalainen has never been a member of an NHL team's scouting staff that has selected a Finnish-born player in the first round. And that trend might extend to Friday, when the Blue Jackets have the third pick in a draft class that's headed by Arizona-born center Auston Matthews, followed by Finnish-born forwards Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi.

  • Maple Leafs' overhaul continues with 1st pick in NHL draft

    June 23, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Auston Matthews will have to wait another 24 hours before learning whether the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to select him with the first pick in the NHL draft.General manager Lou Lamoriello on Thursday said he's going to keep everyone guessing - including the Arizona-born, 18-year-old Matthews - until it's time for the Maple Leafs to announce the selection Friday night.

  • Wild have scoring forward on summer wish list yet again

    June 23, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have entered yet another summer with scoring on top of their wish list.After ranking 18th in the NHL with an average of 2.6 goals per game, sneaking into the playoffs thanks to a weak bottom of the Western Conference, the Wild have begun their pursuit of a top-six forward through either the trade market or free agency. Zach Parise, with 25 goals in 70 games this season, was the only player who finished in the top 50 in the league. He was tied for 49th.

  • Castron handling 1st draft as Devils director of scouting

    June 23, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The NHL draft is nothing new for Paul Castron.The New Jersey Devils director of scouting was hired by general manager Ray Shero after spending the previous 16 seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets, including the last nine as director of amateur scouting.

  • Avalanche acquire Grimaldi from Panthers for Berra

    June 23, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche added another forward by picking up Rocco Grimaldi from the Florida Panthers for goaltender Reto Berra.The 23-year-old Grimaldi scored three goals and had two assists in 20 games for the Panthers last season. He spent a majority of the season with Portland of the American Hockey League.

  • Column: What's in a team name? Ask the Vegas Flying Elvi

    June 23, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Sin City finally has its first major league sports team. Now the question is what to call it.It won't be the Aces, already taken by a Reno minor league team. The same goes for names like Gamblers, Wranglers, Cowboys and Outlaws, all used at one time or another for minor league teams.

  • Panthers sign free-agent defenseman Keith Yandle

    June 23, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Keith Yandle signed with the Florida Panthers early Thursday, three days after the team acquired the high-scoring defenseman's negotiating rights in a trade with the New York Rangers.The Panthers sent a sixth-round pick in the draft this week to the Rangers on Monday, and now owes New York a fourth-round pick next year after successfully signing the 29-year-old Yandle. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

  • Chicago's Patrick Kane wins the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) After Patrick Kane added three more awards to his overflowing trophy case, he took a moment to appreciate his new place in American hockey history.The Chicago Blackhawks' NHL scoring champion won the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night, becoming the first player born and trained in the U.S. to be named the league's most valuable player.

  • Kane takes home Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

    June 23, 2016

    Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, becoming the first American to win the award.The NHL's scoring champion is the first Chicago player to take home the Hart since Stan Mikita in 1968.

  • The Latest: Patrick Kane takes home Hart Trophy as NHL MVP

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---9 p.m.Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player, becoming the first American to win the award.

  • Capitals' Holtby wins Vezina Trophy

    June 22, 2016

    Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Holtby was rewarded for a remarkable season in which he tied Martin Brodeur's league record with 48 victories for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Caps. His goals-against average was fifth in the league at 2.20, and he finished eighth in save percentage at .922.

  • The Latest: Caps' Holtby wins Vezina Trophy as top goalie

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---8:51 p.m.Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals has won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie, and Los Angeles Kings captain Anze Kopitar has won the Lady Byng Trophy for his gentlemanly play.

  • Capitals' Trotz wins Jack Adams Award

    June 22, 2016

    Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Trotz earned the award for the first time by leading the Caps to an NHL-best 120 points this season, setting a franchise record with 56 victories. Washington allowed the second-fewest goals in the NHL, adding stellar defense to its traditional winning formula behind Alex Ovechkin's scoring.

  • The Latest: Washington's Barry Trotz named top coach

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---8:33 p.m.Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals has won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.Trotz earned the award for the first time by leading the Caps to an NHL-best 120 points this season, setting a franchise record with 56 victories. Washington allowed the second-fewest goals in the NHL, adding stellar defense to its traditional winning formula behind Alex Ovechkin's scoring.

  • Kings F Kopitar wins Selke Trophy

    June 22, 2016

    One week after Anze Kopitar was named the Los Angeles Kings' captain, he became the franchise's first Selke Trophy winner Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.The Selke goes to the NHL's best defensive forward. Kopitar has been the Kings' leading scorer for nine consecutive seasons, but the Slovenian center's willingness to embrace coach Darryl Sutter's defense-first mindset was a major reason for Los Angeles' run to two Stanley Cup titles in three years from 2012-14.

  • Kings' Doughty wins Norris Trophy

    June 22, 2016

    Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Doughty's first Norris victory ended a lively three-man race that forced voters to decide between pure offensive production and analytical superiority.

  • The Latest: Kings' Anze Kopitar takes home Selke Trophy

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---8:23 p.m.One week after Anze Kopitar was named the Los Angeles Kings' captain, he became the franchise's first Selke Trophy winner.The Selke goes to the NHL's best defensive forward. Kopitar has been the Kings' leading scorer for nine consecutive seasons, but the Slovenian center's willingness to embrace coach Darryl Sutter's defense-first mindset was a major reason for Los Angeles' run to two Stanley Cup titles in three years from 2012-14.

  • The Latest: Kings' Doughty, Kopitar take home trophies

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---8:13 p.m.The Los Angeles Kings have added two major awards to their trophy case.Drew Doughty won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman, and Anze Kopitar took the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward.

  • The Latest: Weber, Sedin, Giordano win NHL leadership awards

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---8:01 p.m.The NHL has handed out several awards recognizing leadership and off-ice excellence before moving on to the biggest prizes at its annual awards show.

  • The Latest: Jagr, Kane, Panarin get early wins at NHL Awards

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---7:42 p.m.Florida's Jaromir Jagr has won the Masterton Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey at the NHL Awards show.

  • Blackhawks F Panarin wins Calder Trophy

    June 22, 2016

    Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks claimed the Calder Trophy as the top rookie at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.The 24-year-old Russian forward beat out Philadelphia's Shayne Gostisbehere and Edmonton's Connor McDavid, who finished third in the voting.

  • The Latest: Artemi Panarin wins Calder to open NHL Awards

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---7:28 p.m.Patrick Kane has won the Ted Lindsay Award, given to the NHL's outstanding player in a vote of his peers in the players' union.The award isn't likely to be the last for Kane at the NHL Awards show. He is favored to win the Hart Trophy as the league MVP later in the night.

  • The Latest: NHL Awards show is underway in Las Vegas

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest at the NHL Awards show from the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times EDT):---7:09 p.m.The NHL Awards show is underway in Las Vegas, where the city is still buzzing about getting an expansion franchise just a few hours ago. New owner Bill Foley will pay 0 million for a team that will play at T-Mobile Arena a couple of miles away.

  • Obama congratulates Pittsburgh Penguins on Stanley Cup win

    June 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama is congratulating the Pittsburgh Penguins for their victory this month in the Stanley Cup.Obama spoke to Penguins Head Coach Mike Sullivan on Wednesday. The White House says Obama praised the talent of the team's players and commended them for teamwork and dedication.

  • NHL coming to Las Vegas; new team to start play in 2017

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas.The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors met on a 109-degree day and unanimously voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert's gambling mecca.

  • Las Vegas awarded NHL expansion franchise

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL is making a big bet on Las Vegas.The league will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley on Wednesday. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors met on a 109-degree day and voted to put an ice hockey team in the Mojave Desert's gambling mecca.

  • NHL awards expansion franchise to Las Vegas

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) NHL awards expansion franchise to Las Vegas.

  • Coyotes sign Alex Goligoski after trading for his rights

    June 22, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes traded for the rights to negotiate with a player who had them on his no-trade list just a year ago.It was a gamble, but the Coyotes made it work, convincing defenseman Alex Goligoski of the bright future in the Valley of the Sun.

  • Coyotes sign Goligoski after trading for his rights

    June 22, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year, .375 million contract.The Coyotes acquired the negotiating rights for Goligoski in a trade with Dallas last week and announced his signing on Wednesday.The 30-year-old Goligoski was expected to be one of the top free agent defensemen on the market, but the Coyotes locked him up after a visit to Arizona last week.

  • NHL governors expected to vote on Las Vegas expansion

    June 22, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL Board of Governors is scheduled to meet Wednesday and expected to vote on whether to award an expansion franchise to Las Vegas.The franchise, which wouldn't begin to play until the 2017-18 season, would be the NHL's 31st team and the first major professional sports team in Las Vegas.

  • Salary cap for 2016-17 NHL season set at million

    June 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The salary cap for the 2016-17 NHL season will be million, up from .4 million.The league and NHL Players' Association announced the cap number Tuesday night.The cap floor, or the minimum amount a team can spend, is million. It was .8 million last season.

  • Raising Arizona: Matthews goes from desert to top of draft

    June 21, 2016

    About a year before Auston Matthews was born, professional hockey arrived in Arizona.He took in his first Coyotes game as a 2-year-old, and his gaze never strayed far from the ice.''From a young age,'' Matthews said, ''I wanted to be an NHL hockey player.''

  • Lightning's Ryan Callahan has hip surgery, out 5 months

    June 21, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan has undergone surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip and will be sidelined about five months, which means he will not play for Team USA in the World Cup of Hockey.Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said the operation Tuesday was performed by Dr. Bryan Kelly in New York.

  • LA Kings' Vincent Lecavalier formally retires from NHL

    June 21, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings forward Vincent Lecavalier formally retired Tuesday after 17 NHL seasons.When he joined the Kings in January, Lecavalier declared the 2015-16 season would be his last. He confirmed his retirement intentions after Los Angeles was eliminated from the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs in April, putting an early end to Lecavalier's revitalizing tenure with the Kings.

  • Agent: Sabres on Vesey's shortlist, but free agency likely

    June 21, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres are on forward Jimmy Vesey's shortlist.So, too, is college hockey's top player's desire to test free agency.Those are the two options weighing on Vesey's mind, the player's agent, Peter Fish, told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

  • Salary cap crunch makes for early NHL trade opportunities

    June 21, 2016

    The echoes of a Stanley Cup parade in Pittsburgh have only just faded and NHL teams are already getting down to business preparing for next season.There are still a few days left before the draft and the free agent negotiating window that follows, and general managers are wasting no time making trades to prepare for the jockeying that's about to come. On Monday, the Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres and Florida Panthers all made moves to address their immediate future.

  • NHL schedule for 2016-17 condensed for World Cup, bye weeks

    June 21, 2016

    The 2016-17 NHL schedule is jam-packed, thanks to a late start because of the World Cup and a bye week for each team.Back-to-backs and stretches of three games in four days are more common than ever because of the condensed schedule. The season runs from Wednesday, Oct. 12, to Sunday, April 9, which at 180 days is almost a week shorter than 2015-16.

  • Rangers send rights to D Keith Yandle to Panthers

    June 20, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Keith Yandle was a risk the Florida Panthers believe is very much worth taking.The Panthers sent a sixth-round pick in Friday's NHL draft to the New York Rangers for the rights to the veteran defenseman, whose contract expires on July 1.

  • Ducks trade G Andersen to Maple Leafs for 2 draft picks

    June 20, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks broke up their successful goaltending tandem Monday, trading Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Maple Leafs for two draft picks.Anaheim acquired the 30th overall selection in Friday's draft and a second-round choice in 2017 for Andersen. He has shared the Ducks' crease with John Gibson for parts of the past two years, including most of last season.

  • Sabres trade with Nashville to acquire rights to Vesey

    June 20, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Getting forward Jimmy Vesey under contract is now Tim Murray's challenge after the Buffalo Sabres general manager acquired the rights to college hockey's top player Monday in a trade with the Nashville Predators.The Sabres gave up their second of four third-round picks to essentially gain exclusive negotiating rights with Vesey before he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on Aug. 15.

  • Runner-up Sharks head into offseason with few glaring needs

    June 20, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) When general manager Doug Wilson entered last offseason he had a long list of needs after the San Jose Sharks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.The additions of players like goalie Martin Jones, forwards Joel Ward and Joonas Donskoi and defenseman Paul Martin to a core that was already in place keyed a turnaround that led San Jose to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in its 25-year history.

  • Penguins to raise Stanley Cup banner Oct. 13 vs. Capitals

    June 20, 2016

    The Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins open the 2016-17 NHL season at home on Thursday, Oct. 13, against the Washington Capitals.They'll raise their fourth Cup banner to the rafters of Consol Energy Center against their rivals, who they beat in the second round of the playoffs. The Penguins have eliminated the rival Capitals in each of their championship runs.

  • Blackhawks announce 3-year deal with forward Nick Schmaltz

    June 19, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to a three-year contract with forward Nick Schmaltz on Sunday.The Blackhawks selected Schmaltz in the first round of the 2014 draft. The deal helps ease the sting from the loss of Teuvo Teravainen, who was traded to Carolina on Wednesday so the Hurricanes would take Bryan Bickell's contract off Chicago's hands.

  • Ex-NHL player pleads not guilty to assaulting woman

    May 31, 2016

    BARNSTABLE, Mass. (AP) A former NHL player has pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted a woman in Massachusetts over the weekend.The Cape Cod Times reports (http://bit.ly/1sZTAnz) Daniel LaCouture appeared Tuesday in Barnstable District Court on charges of assault and battery and vandalizing property.

  • Sharks look to regroup in Game 2 against Penguins

    May 31, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The nerves are gone. Spending your franchise's first 20 minutes in a Stanley Cup Final standing around while your opponent zips unimpeded from one end of the ice to the other will do that.The San Jose Sharks insist they'll be better in Game 2 on Wednesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins than they were in the opener, when the Western Conference champions wobbled out of the gate and never really had control in a 3-2 loss that spoiled the club's debut in the NHL's marquee event after a quarter century wait.

  • Maturing Crosby back on top of his game for Penguins

    May 31, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby does not have an off switch. If there was one, Patric Hornqvist believes he would have found it by now.Not once over the last two years while playing alongside one of the NHL's most popular players has Hornqvist seen an exasperated sigh, a roll of the eyes or so much as a smirk from the superstar who has dutifully served as one of the faces from the league from the moment the Pittsburgh Penguins drafted him No. 1 overall in 2005 and he became tasked with restoring the languishing franchise to glory.

  • Lombardi wants US World Cup team to win like it's 1996

    May 31, 2016

    When Dean Lombardi put together the United States roster for the return of the World Cup of Hockey, one model that attracted his attention was a team from 20 years ago.That U.S. team led by Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Mike Modano and Mike Richter beat Canada to win the tournament, a title the general manager of the Los Angeles Kings hopes to duplicate this fall. Lombardi and USA Hockey finalized the 23-man roster Friday, and the result was a gritty bunch that will very much fit coach John Tortorella's personality.

  • Tom Lysiak, 3-time NHL All-Star, dies of leukemia at age 63

    May 31, 2016

    Former NHL All-Star Tom Lysiak has died of leukemia at the age of 63.Lysiak's daughter, Jessie Lysiak Braun, confirmed on Twitter that he died Monday.He played 13 NHL seasons with the Atlanta Flames and Chicago Blackhawks, putting up 292 goals and 551 assists in 919 career games. Lysiak made the All-Star Game in 1975, 1976 and 1977.

  • Hurricanes hire Samuelsson to coach AHL team in Charlotte

    May 31, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have hired veteran NHL defenseman Ulf Samuelsson to coach their AHL affiliate in Charlotte.General manager Ron Francis announced Samuelsson's hiring Monday.The 52-year-old Samuelsson and Francis were teammates in Hartford, and were traded together to Pittsburgh and helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup in 1991 and '92.

  • Blues sign Hitchcock to 1-year deal, will be his last

    May 31, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Ken Hitchcock has another one-year deal to coach the St. Louis Blues. The 64-year-old says this one will be his last.Hitchcock said he plans to retire from coaching after this season because he's not willing to put in the necessary offseason preparation.

  • Rick MacLeish, Flyers star of 1970s title teams, dies at 66

    May 31, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Rick MacLeish, who starred for the Broad Street Bullies teams of the Philadelphia Flyers that won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975, has died. He was 66.The team announced his death Tuesday. The Flyers' Alumni Association said recently that MacLeish was battling an illness.

  • Former Flyers forward Rick MacLeish dies at 66

    May 31, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers say Rick MacLeish of the 1970s Broad Street Bullies teams has died. He was 66.The Flyers announced the death in a release on Tuesday. MacLeish was the leading scorer in the playoffs when the Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975. He scored the Cup winner against the Boston Bruins in 1974.

  • Even in retirement, Dupuis a factor for Penguins

    May 31, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pascal Dupuis headed home to Montreal last December, threw his hockey gear in the garage and waited for his retirement to become real.The longtime Pittsburgh Penguins forward knew the pangs of regret would come, even as he understood it was the right choice to step away from the game due to lingering concerns about the blood clots that dogged him during the final stages of his 15-year career. The only choice, really, for a married father of four.

  • Sharks start slow, fall to Penguins in Game 1

    May 31, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The opening act of San Jose's first Stanley Cup appearance was a dud. Brent Burns and the Sharks think the sequel will be much better.San Jose quickly fell behind during a strong first period for Pittsburgh, but the Sharks rallied in the second before Nick Bonino's third-period goal lifted the Penguins to a 3-2 victory in Game 1 on Monday night.

  • The Latest: Penguins beat Sharks 3-2 in Stanley Cup Game 1

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):---10:59 EDTNick Bonino scored with 2:33 left to help the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.

  • The Latest: Bonino scores to give Penguins 3-2 lead

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):10:49 p.m. EDTNick Bonino scored with 2:33 left to give the Penguins a 3-2 lead over the Sharks in front of a jacked-up Consol Energy Center crowd.

  • The Latest: Jones stops Hornqvist to keep it 2-2

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):10:40 p.m. EDTSharks goaltender Martin Jones stopped Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist in front with just under 7 minutes left in the third period. The score remains 2-2.

  • The Latest: Rust returns after hit to head from Marleau

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):10:34 p.m. EDTBryan Rust is back.One of the Pittsburgh Penguins' unsung heroes during this playoff run went to the locker room briefly after taking a hit to the head from San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau. He returned to the bench shortly after and took a 35-second shift.

  • The Latest: Marleau is all over place for the Sharks

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):10:27 p.m. EDTAfter 1,411 NHL regular-season games and 165 more in the playoffs, Patrick Marleau is making an impact in his first Stanley Cup Final game.

  • The Latest: Marleau gets Sharks even with Penguins

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):9:59 p.m. EDTPatrick Marleau had 64 goals in his 165 Stanley Cup playoff games going into Monday night. The biggest of his career came in his first Cup Final game.

  • The Latest: Sharks shake off jitters in second period

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):9:55 p.m. EDTThe Sharks shook off what coach Peter DeBoer deemed some early jitters and a 2-0 deficit at the hands of Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary. A goal by Tomas Hertl on the power play got them going, but that was just the start.

  • The Latest: Hertl power-play goal cuts Penguins' lead to 2-1

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):9:24 p.m. EDTTomas Hertl put the San Jose Sharks right back in Game 1.Hertl scored on the power play 3:02 into the second period to cut the Pittsburgh Penguins' lead to 2-1. It was Hertl's third goal of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • The Latest: Penguins dominating Sharks, up 2-0 after first

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):9:12 p.m. EDTThe Penguins came out flying and barely let the Sharks have the puck.Pittsburgh outshot San Jose 15-4 in the first period, including 11-4 at even strength. The Penguins lead 2-0 on goals by Bryan Rust and Conor Sheary and it would've been worse if not for quick sticks by San Jose defenders and the play of goaltender Martin Jones.

  • The Latest: Rust, Sheary give Penguins 2-0 lead on Sharks

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):8:50 p.m. EDTThe Pittsburgh Penguins scored two goals 62 seconds apart to take a 2-0 lead on the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • The Latest: Jones stones Penguins on early power play

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):8:41 p.m. EDTSharks forward Dainius Zubrus provided an early power play for the Penguins, but they were unable to make him pay for his high-sticking penalty. Pittsburgh got four shots on the early power play.

  • The Latest: Pavelski vs. Crosby to start Game 1 of Cup final

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):8:22 p.m. EDTThe puck has been dropped for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.San Jose put their top line of Joe Pavelski, Tomas Hertl and Joe Thornton on the ice, and Pittsburgh responded with captain Sidney Crosby between Chris Kunitz and Patric Hornqvist. Crosby and Kunitz were part of the Penguins' last Cup-champion team back in 2009.

  • The Latest: Murray, Jones leads their teams onto ice

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Latest on Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins (all times local):7:50 p.m. EDTGoaltenders Matt Murray of Pittsburgh and Martin Jones of San Jose led their teams onto the ice at Consol Energy Center for warmups prior to Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Penguins' Letang says he is playing in Game 1 of Cup Final

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Penguins defenseman Kris Letang says he is good to go for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against San Jose despite not skating the past two days.Letang brushed off any concern about the injury, while center Nick Bonino also gave the thumbs up for the series opener after blocking a shot in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final. Letang has averaged 28:46 minutes a game for the Penguins during the playoffs.

  • Bettman not bullish about NHL participation in 2018 Olympics

    May 30, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The NHL remains open to continuing to send its players to the Olympics, just so long as it doesn't have foot the bill.''Our teams are not interested in paying for the privilege'' of Olympic participation, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday before Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Pittsburgh Penguins and San Jose Sharks.

  • Stanley Cup Final turns into reunion for Sharks' Paul Martin

    May 30, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Back when the playoffs started nearly seven weeks ago, San Jose Sharks defenseman Paul Martin wondered what it would be like to play his old teammates in Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup Final.There were plenty of steps needed before that could happen considering the Sharks had never made it that far in their entire history and the Penguins hadn't been to the final in seven years.

  • Stanley Cup Capsule

    May 29, 2016

    SAN JOSE SHARKS vs. PITTSBURGH PENGUINSCONFERENCE FINALS: Sharks beat St. Louis Blues in 6. Penguins beat Tampa Bay Lightning in 7.SEASON SERIES: Tied 1-1.STORY LINE: The Sharks finally made the Stanley Cup in their 24th season after years of playoff disappointments. San Jose has one of its deepest teams ever with four lines capable of producing and two top defensive pairs in front of first-year starting goalie Martin Jones. But the team is still led by its stars with the top line of Joe Thornton, captain Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl dominating through the playoffs. Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Justin Braun have been a shut-down defensive pair this postseason, neutralizing top scorers like St. Louis' Vladimir Tarasenko in the conference final. Brent Burns helps lead a power-play unit that has 17 goals so far this postseason. The Penguins are back in the final for the first time since 2009 thanks in large part to general manager Jim Rutherford's roster overhaul that rebuilt the team around stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang. Pittsburgh's rise through the Eastern Conference coincided with the hiring of coach Mike Sullivan in mid-December and Crosby's re-emergence as one of the league's most dangerous players. Phil Kessel, Nick Bonino and Carl Hagelin - dubbed the ''HBK'' line - have given the Penguins the kind of depth they lacked in years past, combining for 17 goals and 28 assists through the first three rounds of the postseason. Vilified at times for the team's struggles during his days in Toronto, Kessel has been reborn in Pittsburgh. His nine postseason goals lead the team and his first appearance in a Cup final has mitigated the sting of being left off the Team USA roster for the World Championships this fall.

  • Long road to Cup Final ends for rebuilt Sharks and Penguins

    May 29, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) It wasn't supposed to take the San Jose Sharks this long to reach their first Stanley Cup Final. It wasn't supposed to take this long for Sidney Crosby to guide the Pittsburgh Penguins back to a destination many figured they'd become a fixture at after winning it all in 2009.

  • Creative Rutherford, blunt Sullivan key Penguins' turnaround

    May 28, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The door closed and Mike Sullivan started to talk. Over the course of the next 10 minutes, the Pittsburgh Penguins coach laid out for rookie goaltender Matt Murray why veteran Marc-Andre Fleury was starting Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals even though Murray's rapid maturation was one of the reasons Pittsburgh found itself two wins from a spot in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Offseason moves send Sharks to final after missing playoffs

    May 28, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After watching the San Jose Sharks miss the playoffs for the first time in more than a decade, general manager Doug Wilson set out to remake the team last offseason.Individually, none of the moves sent shockwaves through the NHL. The Sharks hired a coach who made the playoffs once in seven seasons as an NHL coach, traded a first-round pick for a goalie who had been a backup his entire career, added two playoff-tested veterans for depth at forward and defense and signed an unheralded Finnish rookie.

  • Steven Stamkos says he'd like to remain with Lightning

    May 27, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos hopes he hasn't played his last game for the Tampa Bay Lightning.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, however he reiterated Friday that he'd like to stay with the team drafted him No. 1 overall in 2008 and came within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year.

  • Kessel out; Matthews in as World Cup of Hockey rosters set

    May 27, 2016

    Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel won't be representing the United States in the World Cup of Hockey, while 18-year-old Auston Matthews was among Team North America's final selections Friday.The Czech Republic couldn't convince Jaromir Jagr to compete. And the NHL is questioning Russia for adding defenseman Slava Voynov in light of the domestic violence charges that ended his career with the Los Angeles Kings.

  • Sharks Thornton among 7 added to Canada World Cup roster

    May 27, 2016

    San Jose Sharks veteran forward Joe Thornton was among the final seven players added to Canada's World Cup of Hockey Roster.Thornton has helped the San Jose Sharks make their first Stanley Cup Final appearance. Thornton will be joined by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns.

  • Top NHL prospect Matthews earns Team North America WCup spot

    May 27, 2016

    After a two-month layoff, 18-year-old Auston Matthews used the world hockey championships to remind everyone of his potential as the NHL's top draft-eligible prospect.It also was enough to convince general manager Peter Chiarelli to include the U.S.-born youngster among the final seven selections to Team North America's World Cup of Hockey roster Friday.

  • Penguins' Phil Kessel fails to make USA World Cup roster cut

    May 27, 2016

    Two-time Olympic forward Phil Kessel failed to make the final cut for the United States' World Cup of Hockey roster Friday, a day after helping the Pittsburgh Penguins reach the Stanley Cup Final.In passing over the 10-year NHL veteran, Team USA officials filled the final four forward spots with Columbus' Brandon Dubinsky, Toronto's James van Riemsdyk, Tampa Bay's Ryan Callahan and St. Louis captain David Backes. The remaining defense spots went to Colorado's Erik Johnson, Columbus' Jack Johnson and Washington's Matt Niskanen.

  • Canucks Sports and Entertainment names Jeff Stipec COO

    May 27, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Canucks Sports and Entertainment said Friday that Jeff Stipec is the new chief operating officer of the company that operates the NHL's Vancouver Canucks and Rogers Arena.Stipec was CSE's vice president of hospitality and event operations for two years and has held senior positions with Intrawest, Cara and The Stronach Group. CSE said Stipec will be in charge of the company's leadership team responsible for ''all areas of the sports and entertainment business in the strategic and operational direction of the company.''

  • Not a great week for Nyquist - horse or hockey player

    May 27, 2016

    It was not the greatest week for Nyquist - horse or hockey player.A few days after Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist was declared out of the Belmont Stakes due to a fever, Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was not chosen by Sweden on Friday to play in the World Cup of Hockey.

  • Devils sign French defenseman Yohann Auvitu

    May 27, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils signed French defenseman Yohann Auvitu to a one-year, two-way, entry-level contract Friday.The 26-year-old Auvitu spent parts of the previous six seasons in Finland's top professional league with JYP Jyvaskyla and HIFK Helsinki.

  • Sharks stars Thornton, Marleau finally reach 1st Cup final

    May 27, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau have been linked ever since they went one-two in the 1997 NHL draft to Boston and San Jose.They became teammates with the Sharks more than a decade ago, won a gold medal for Canada at the 2010 Olympics and each had their captaincies stripped as they became the faces of so many postseason failures in San Jose.

  • NBC Sports switches up TV schedule for Stanley Cup Final

    May 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NBC Sports is switching up its broadcast schedule for the Stanley Cup Final.In recent years, Games 1 and 2 had been on NBC, with Games 3 and 4 on cable partner NBCSN. If necessary, the final three games returned to NBC.This season, Monday's Game 1 will air on NBC, but Wednesday's Game 2 will be on NBCSN. NBC Sports announced Friday that if the series between Pittsburgh and San Jose is tied 1-1, Game 3 will be on NBC, putting that pivotal matchup on the main network. Game 4 would be on NBCSN.

  • Sharks-Penguins Stanley Cup final fills a need for speed

    May 27, 2016

    It will be speed vs. speed in the Stanley Cup final between the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins.San Jose got through the Western Conference the same way Pittsburgh got through the East: with plenty of depth and speed to kill. The final will feature the three top playoff scorers in the Sharks' Logan Couture, Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns against Penguins stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

  • Jagr left off World Cup roster; Voynov selection questioned

    May 27, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey.Also, the NHL questioned whether defenseman Slava Voynov is eligible to play in September after being added to Russia's roster on Friday.The former Los Angeles Kings player pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence and voluntarily returned to Russia to play in the Kontinental Hockey League last summer.

  • Voynov named to Russian roster, status for World Cup unclear

    May 27, 2016

    Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is no sure thing to play in the World Cup of Hockey despite being named to Russia's final roster on Friday.Voynov served two months in jail on domestic violence charges, was detained by immigration officials and voluntarily returned to Russia last year. Those legal troubles could keep him out of the tournament.

  • Czech Republic, Finland, Russia name final World Cup rosters

    May 27, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey in September.Jagr retired from the national team after last year's world championship, and was not included in the first 16 players for the Czech's World Cup squad announced March 2.

  • In disarray in December, resilient Pittsburgh in Cup Final

    May 27, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) During his first day on the job in mid-December, Mike Sullivan looked around the Pittsburgh Penguins' dressing room and saw a couple of MVPs, a handful of All-Stars and millionaires in abundance.He also saw a group languishing in the bottom of the Eastern Conference. No life. No momentum. And - at the time, it seemed - little hope for a quick fix.

  • Senators defenseman Chris Phillips announces retirement

    May 26, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is closing out his career with the only NHL team he has ever known.Drafted first overall by the Senators in 1996, the 38-year-old Phillips announced his retirement Thursday. He had 71 goals and 217 assists in 1,179 career regular-season games, but missed this past season because of back issues.

  • Stamkos returns for Lightning in Game 7 against Penguins

    May 26, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos picked an interesting time to make his 2016 playoff debut.Stamkos returned to Tampa Bay's lineup on Thursday night for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh. Stamkos last played on March 31 before undergoing surgery on April 4 to treat a blood clot near his right collarbone. Stamkos will play on the third line between Ondrej Palat and Ryan Callahan.

  • Wild's Parise rehabbing back injury without surgery

    May 26, 2016

    EDINA, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been rehabilitating his back injury without surgery, putting him on track to be at full strength by September.Parise said Thursday he's ''happy with the way everything's going.'' He said he's been able to work out as he normally does during the summer, despite missing the playoffs because of the injury.

  • 2 long series wins might have exhausted Blues

    May 26, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) A pair of seven-game series wins might have taken a toll on the St. Louis Blues.St. Louis who will have to settle for its first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001.The Blues had trouble putting away the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round after taking a 3-1 series lead. They missed a chance to close out the second round at home in Game 6 against the Dallas Stars.

  • Buffalo Sabres sign Karabacek, 2014 2nd-round draft pick

    May 26, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect forward Vaclav Karabacek to a three-year entry-level contract.The Czech Republic-born player was selected by the Sabres with the 49th pick in the 2014 draft. Karabacek is coming off a season in which he had 18 goals and 12 assists in 47 games split between Baie-Comeau and Moncton in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

  • Sharks head to 1st Cup final after 5-2 win over Blues

    May 26, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Two years after their most devastating playoff loss, the San Jose Sharks held their most meaningful celebration.The franchise notorious for falling short each postseason will finally get the chance to play for the Stanley Cup.Captain Joe Pavelski scored an early goal, Joel Ward added two more and the Sharks advanced to their first Stanley Cup final in franchise history by beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday night in Game 6 of the Western Conference final.

  • Panthers send Gudbranson to Canucks for McCann

    May 25, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers traded defenseman Erik Gudbranson to the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday night for forward Jared McCann.Gudbranson spent all five of his NHL seasons with the Panthers, and signed a deal for the 2016-17 season this month. He had 11 goals and 32 assists in 309 games with Florida, helping the team reach the playoffs twice after being the No. 3 overall selection in the 2010 draft.

  • Game 7, spot in Cup final awaits Penguins and Lightning

    May 26, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby is in no mood to get caught up in his own personal narrative, the one eager to attach whatever happens to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Thursday against Tampa Bay to the superstar's legacy.

  • Coyotes hire Anaheim's Segal as COO

    May 25, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have hired Anaheim Ducks executive Ari Segal as chief operating officer.The move was announced by the team on Wednesday.Segal previously served as a special assistant to Anaheim CEO Michael Schulman and as president of business operations for the Ducks' AHL affiliate in San Diego.

  • Sharks need 1 win vs. Blues to reach 1st Stanley Cup final

    May 25, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Patrick Marleau has played more than 1,500 games with the San Jose Sharks since joining the NHL as an 18-year-old draft pick but never one quite like the next one.All those past playoff disappointments that have seemed to define the career of players like Marleau and Joe Thornton could be put to the side temporarily with one more San Jose win.

  • Matt Murray back in goal for Penguins against Lightning

    May 24, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins are turning to rookie goaltender Matt Murray with their season on the line against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference final.Coach Mike Sullivan made the decision Tuesday, with the Penguins facing elimination for the first time this postseason. Tampa Bay holds a 3-2 series lead, and one more victory send the defending conference champions to the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight year.

  • Bruins give Miller 4-year extension; add 2 new assistants

    May 24, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Bruins have signed defenseman Kevan Miller to a four-year contract extension and added a pair of assistant coaches.Boston general manager Don Sweeney announced the moves Tuesday. Miller's extension will run through the 2019-20 season and have a cap figure of .5 million per year. He entered the offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

  • Blues go back to goalie Brian Elliott for Game 6

    May 24, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues are going back to goaltender Brian Elliott for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks.''It's his turn,'' coach Ken Hitchcock said Tuesday. ''It's his turn for Game 6.''Jake Allen has started the last two games and made 21 saves in a 6-3 Game 5 loss that included two empty-net goals.

  • Jagr confirms he's not available for Czechs at World Cup

    May 24, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic will have to do without Jaromir Jagr at the World Cup of Hockey after the star winger confirmed he won't be available to compete in September.Czech Republic general manager Martin Rucinsky says Jagr announced his decision in a telephone call over the weekend.

  • Backes, Fabbri in Blues lineup for Game 5 vs. Sharks

    May 23, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Captain David Backes and rookie Robby Fabbri are in the St. Louis Blues lineup for Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.Backes and Fabbri were injured in Game 4. Both were cleared to play after the pre-game skate.

  • Kucherov's excellence driving Lightning against Penguins

    May 23, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The bigger the playoff moment, the more Nikita Kucherov shines.The young Russian has a knack for scoring when Tampa Bay needs it most, which is one of the reasons the Lightning are within one victory of reaching the Stanley Cup final for the second straight year.

  • Hitchcock hedges on lineup for Game 5 vs. Sharks

    May 23, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock will decide on the status of injured players after the pre-game skate before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks on Monday night.Captain David Backes and rookie Robby Fabbri, both forwards, were injured in Game 4. Backes missed the final two periods and Fabbri had just two shifts in the third period of a 6-3 victory that knotted the series at 2-2.

  • Former Leafs coach John Brophy dies after lengthy illness

    May 23, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) John Brophy, who coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for 2 1/2 seasons before coaching in the ECHL for 13 seasons, has died. He was 83.The ECHL says Brophy, who was from Nova Scotia, died Monday morning after a lengthy illness.Brophy, an assistant, became head coach of the Maple Leafs for the 1986-87 season, leading Toronto into the second round of the playoffs. He was fired 33 games into the 1988-89 season after the Leafs got off to an 11-20-2 start.

  • Blues sticking with Allen in Game 5 against Sharks

    May 22, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues are sticking with goalie Jake Allen in Game 5 of the Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks.It's not a huge surprise considering how well the Blues played after the goalie switch. They're coming off perhaps their best game of the postseason, a convincing 6-3 victory that knotted the series at two games heading into Monday night's game.

  • Canada beats Finland 2-0 to win world hockey championship

    May 22, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Canada defeated previously unbeaten Finland 2-0 in the gold medal game at the world ice hockey championship on Sunday.Connor McDavid teamed up with Matt Duchene to score midway through the first period, cutting in from the right and flicking the puck over Finnish goaltender Mikko Koskinen's stick.

  • Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to start Game 5

    May 22, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Marc-Andre Fleury is back on the job for the Pittsburgh Penguins.Coach Mike Sullivan said Sunday that Fleury will start Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final on Sunday night against Tampa Bay.This will be Fleury's first start of the postseason.

  • Canada beats US 4-3 to set up ice hockey final with Finland

    May 21, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Canada blew a lead before making a comeback in fighting past the United States 4-3 on Saturday to set up an ice hockey world championship final with Finland.Finland rubbed out Russia 3-1 in the other semifinal for a shot at its first championship in five years.

  • Murray or Fleury? Penguins weighing options in goal

    May 21, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan has been stressing for weeks his team has multiple goaltenders capable of taking the franchise to the Stanley Cup.Might be time to find out if he's right.Rookie Matt Murray's precocious postseason play came to a sudden and abrupt halt in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals on Friday night. Sullivan pulled the 21-year-old after two periods in which the energized Tampa Bay Lightning forced Murray to dig the puck out of the net four times. In came well-rested Marc-Andre Fleury, playing for the first time in seven weeks, a sabbatical that began while he recovered from concussion sustained on March 31 and continued long after he was cleared thanks to Murray's steadying presence.

  • Finland beats Russia 3-1 to reach world ice hockey final

    May 21, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Finland beat Russia 3-1 on Saturday to set up an ice hockey world championship final against either the United States or Canada.The Finns, the only unbeaten team, are on course for their first world championship since 2011.Eighteen-year-old forward Sebastian Aho helped Finland to win with two goals he attributed to ''great passes to me,'' adding he was looking forward to the gold medal game. ''I like to win and I hate to lose.''

  • London beats Red Deer 6-2 in Memorial Cup opener

    May 20, 2016

    RED DEER, Alberta (AP) Mitch Marner had two goals and three assists and the London Knights beat the host Red Deer Rebels 6-2 on Friday night in the first game in the Memorial Cup junior championship.Marner was the No. 4 overall pick my Toronto last year in the NHL draft.

  • Blues hope goalie change can slow down Sharks top line

    May 21, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Now it will be up to Jake Allen to try to slow down Joe Thornton and San Jose's top line.After Thornton and his linemates managed to dominate play against St. Louis the past two games in a way that Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Jamie Benn couldn't in the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs, the Blues decided to change goalies for Game 4 of the Western Conference final against the Sharks.

  • Blues to make goalie change for Game 4 against Sharks

    May 20, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The St. Louis Blues are making a change in goal for Game 4 after losing two straight games in the Western Conference final.Coach Ken Hitchcock said Friday that Jake Allen will get the nod on Saturday against the San Jose Sharks when the Blues try to even the series at two games apiece. Elliott has started all 17 games this postseason for St. Louis.

  • Sharks ride top line to 2-1 series lead against Blues

    May 20, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Thornton and his linemates have managed to do what Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Jamie Benn couldn't in the first two rounds of the NHL playoffs: control the play against the St. Louis Blues.San Jose's top line of Thornton, Joe Pavelski and Tomas Hertl have dominated the play over the first three games of the Western Conference final and are a major reason why the Sharks lead the Blues 2-1 to put them as close as they have ever been to reaching the Stanley Cup final.

  • Penguins find higher gear against Lightning in East finals

    May 20, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Few NHL teams have the quickness, speed, skill and depth to overwhelm the Tampa Bay Lightning, which the Pittsburgh Penguins have done through three games of the Eastern Conference finals.Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and a talented supporting cast that includes the sizzling line of Phil Kessel, Carl Hagelin and Nick Bonino have outplayed the speedy Lightning for significant stretches of each game to gain a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven matchup.

  • Coyotes, Tucson make it official: Moving AHL team to city

    May 19, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Hockey is returning to Tucson and the Arizona Coyotes could not be happier about it.The Coyotes closed their deal to buy the American Hockey League's Springfield Falcons on Wednesday, a day after the Tucson City Council approved a 10-year arena lease agreement between the team and the Tucson Convention Center.

  • US beats Czechs at worlds to set up semifinal with

    May 19, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The United States upended the odds and downed the Czech Republic 2-1 in a shootout to reach the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.That sets up a semifinal on Saturday against Canada, which pounded Sweden 6-0.Russia and Finland contest the other semifinal.

  • US beats Czechs at worlds to set up semifinal with Canada

    May 19, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The United States upended the odds and downed the Czech Republic 2-1 in a shootout to reach the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.That sets up a semifinal on Saturday against Canada, which pounded Sweden 6-0.Russia and Finland contest the other semifinal.

  • Rene Fasel re-elected as president of hockey federation

    May 19, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Rene Fasel has been re-elected as president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, continuing his 22-year spell in charge.Fasel ran unopposed and was elected unanimously at a congress in Moscow, held during the men's world championship.

  • Hot Tip: Backes excels at deflections for Blues

    May 19, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) David Backes stood tall in front of the net as long as possible, finally ducking in case he whiffed on the puck with his stick.Result: Another dirty goal.The St. Louis Blues captain got the scoring started in the opener of the Western Conference finals, re-directing a shot from the point by defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk past San Jose Sharks goalie Martin Jones. Watch for more fearless play in Game 3 on Thursday night, especially given the Blues got shut out in Game 2.

  • MacLellan, Nill, Rutherford finalists for NHL GM of Year

    May 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington's Brian MacLellan, Dallas' Jim Nill and Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford are the finalists for the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.Voting by the 30 club general managers and a panel of NHL executives, print and broadcast media at the conclusion of the second round determined the finalists announced Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Sharks power play helps drive postseason success

    May 19, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) When Peter DeBoer took over as coach in San Jose one of the first tasks he wanted to complete was making sure the Sharks were more than just a power-play team.Improved depth and 5-on-5 play helped get San Jose back to the postseason after missing it a year ago, but come playoff time that power play has served as an impressive weapon and a barometer for the team's success.

  • GM ready to be patient expecting Predators to keep improving

    May 18, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) General manager David Poile believes patience might be the remaining ingredient needed for the Nashville Predators to take that ''next step.''The Predators are coming off the longest playoff run in their history and Poile noted Wednesday that they have gone through a myriad of changes the past couple of seasons. They won three of four elimination games before finally losing to San Jose in Game 7 in the second round, and Poile said what Nashville needs more than anything is just a little time.

  • Court denies NHL motion to dismiss concussion suit over CBA

    May 18, 2016

    A federal judge in Minnesota has denied the NHL's latest attempt to throw out a class-action lawsuit by former players filed over head injuries.The league had argued that the suit should be tossed because the issues raised by the former players were covered under the collective bargaining agreement with the players' union. U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson wrote in a 47-page opinion Wednesday that the contract does not pre-empt legal action, in part because the players are retired and no longer subject to the CBA. Nelson also wrote that the subjects of the complaint are not spelled out in the CBA.

  • Tucson city council approves deal for Coyotes AHL affiliate

    May 17, 2016

    TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) The Tucson City Council has approved a lease agreement for the Arizona Coyotes to move their AHL affiliate to the city.The council voted 7-0 Tuesday night to approve a deal for the team to begin playing at the Tucson Convention Center in the 2016-17 season.

  • Confident Lightning feel Penguins haven't see their best

    May 18, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are back home after splitting the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals, feeling good about themselves, though hardly satisfied.''We've got to play better to win this series, there's no doubt,'' coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday, adding the team has yet to ''put our best foot forward'' against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Major League Baseball suspends Rangers' Odor for 8 games and Andrus for 1 game, and Blue Jays' Chavez and Gibbons for 3 each and Bautista, Leiper for 1 apiece for role in brawl

    May 17, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball suspends Rangers' Odor for 8 games and Andrus for 1 game, and Blue Jays' Chavez and Gibbons for 3 each and Bautista, Leiper for 1 apiece for role in brawl.

  • Red Wings add Jeff Salajko as goalie coach

    May 17, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have hired goalie coach Jeff Salajko.The Red Wings made the move Tuesday, a week after adding assistant coach Doug Houda to Jeff Blashill's staff.Salajko has been helping the Red Wings' goalies in the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins for two seasons. He previously was an assistant coach in the minors for the Columbus Blue Jackets and at Ohio State. Salajko had an eight-year career as a goalie in the minors.

  • Caps' GM says it's on him to keep Ovechkin's Cup window open

    May 17, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) There are hints of gray in Alex Ovechkin's hair now and his 31st birthday is a few months away.Ovechkin isn't old, not even in hockey years, and is coming off a 50-goal season. But Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan knows Ovechkin's prime years as a player won't last forever, which adds urgency to the team's push for a Stanley Cup.

  • Stralman returns for Lightning, Bishop and Callahan out

    May 16, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman returned to the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals against Pittsburgh, while goaltender Ben Bishop and forward Ryan Callahan are out.Stralman hadn't played since suffering a non-displaced fracture of his left leg on March 25.

  • Sharks want more penalties called vs Blues in Game 2

    May 17, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The San Jose Sharks got just three power plays in their Game 1 loss to open the Western Conference finals, and no call when Joe Thornton's bushy beard got tugged on by St. Louis Blues captain David Backes in the first period.Coach Peter DeBoer didn't make a big deal about it Monday. Still, he believes his team deserved a lot more chances with the man advantage, and is hopeful referees will have a firmer grip in Game 2 on Tuesday night.

  • Predators sign left wing Justin Kirkland to entry-level deal

    May 16, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed left wing Justin Kirkland to a three-year, entry-level contract.The Predators announced the deal Monday.Kirkland, now 19, was Nashville's fourth draft pick at No. 62 overall in the third round of the 2014 draft. He had 67 points in 69 games in the Western Hockey League at Kelowna this season, and the 6-foot-3 forward has 169 points in 199 career WHL games.

  • Panthers make Tallon president, Rowe GM

    May 16, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers have shaken up their front office, with Dale Tallon becoming president of hockey operations and Tom Rowe replacing him as general manager.Those moves occurred earlier this month, but the team did not confirm them until Monday.

  • St. Louis and San Jose face off in Western Conference finals

    May 15, 2016

    Since entering the NHL as an expansion team in 1967, the St. Louis Blues have had some of the greatest players in league history, but nobody has been able to lead them to Lord Stanley's Cup.Not old-timers Dickie Moore, Doug Harvey, Glenn Hall or Jacques Plante. Not later stars Bernie Federko, Brett Hull, even Wayne Gretzky - albeit for just 18 games. Not even the Killer Bees - Barclay, Bob and Billy Plager.

  • Bishop's injury not serious but status for Game 2 uncertain

    May 15, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Ben Bishop's mind raced as the Tampa Bay Lightning goalie writhed in pain on the ice after awkwardly twisting his left leg in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night.The internal ''what ifs'' ran the gamut. What if the leg was broken? What if his season over?

  • US quarterfinal spot in doubt at worlds after Germany defeat

    May 15, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Germany beat the United States 3-2 on a last-minute goal by Korbinian Holzer at the world ice hockey championship on Sunday, putting American qualification for the quarterfinals in doubt.However, Finland's 5-0 rout of Slovakia later in the day relaxed the pressure on the U.S., which will now qualify if it does not lose in regulation to Slovakia on Tuesday, and France does not beat Canada on Monday.

  • St. Louis tries to shake those home blues against Sharks

    May 15, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The rest of the postseason, the St. Louis Blues have home-ice advantage. Now, if they can only capitalize on it.The Blues are in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2001 not because of those rip-roaring, standing room crowds, but because they've been so good at blocking out the noise elsewhere.

  • Canada routs Slovakia 5-0 to secure worlds quarterfinal spot

    May 14, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Canada secured a place in the quarterfinals of the world ice hockey championship by beating Slovakia 5-0 on Saturday, while Finland and host nation Russia also qualified with two games remaining.Five different players scored Canada's goals, continuing a run of dominant team displays. There was a goal and assist for Derick Brassard, who leads the Canadian team with nine points from five games.

  • Penguins, Lightning off to chippy start in conference finals

    May 14, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) So much for niceties and the promise of fluid, free-flowing hockey. In the span of three testy periods Friday night, the Eastern Conference finals flipped from benign to occasionally belligerent.Pittsburgh defensemen Kris Letang and Brian Dumoulin needed to be helped off the ice after getting smashed into the boards headfirst following illegal hits from behind by a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Tampa Bay center Tyler Johnson skated off in obvious pain following a knee-on-knee collision with Penguins forward Chris Kunitz that may have been avoidable.

  • Finland beats France 3-1 at ice hockey worlds for 5th win

    May 14, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Finland guaranteed its place in the quarterfinals of the world ice hockey championship with two games remaining after beating France 3-1 on Saturday, while host nation Russia also qualified.Forward Patrik Laine, a contender for the No. 1 spot in next month's NHL draft, registered a goal and an assist as Finland scored three times in the space of 10 second-period minutes.

  • Finland beats France 3-1 at worlds for fifth win

    May 14, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Finland guaranteed a place in the quarterfinals of the world ice hockey championship with two games remaining after beating France 3-1 on Saturday.Forward Patrik Laine, a contender for the No. 1 spot in next month's NHL draft, registered a goal and an assist as Finland scored three times in the space of 10 second-period minutes.

  • Cup final awaits either playoff-starved Blues or Sharks

    May 14, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) One of the playoff-success challenged franchises in St. Louis and San Jose will play for the Stanley Cup this season.The two teams that have enjoyed loads of regular season success followed by annual playoff disappointment will meet in the Western Conference final starting Sunday with the winner advancing to the Stanley Cup final.

  • Lightning lose goaltender Bishop to apparent leg injury

    May 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop left Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals Friday night in the first period with an apparent injury to his left leg.Bishop was scrambling to get back in the crease when his left leg appeared to get caught. The Vezina Trophy finalist clutched the leg while being tended to by trainers and was taken off the Consol Energy Center ice on a stretcher. He was replaced by backup Andrei Vasilevskiy.

  • St. Louis Blues stayed course, now reaping benefits

    May 13, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) After three straight first-round eliminations, Doug Armstrong resisted the temptation to tear it all down.The St. Louis Blues general manager can crow just a bit now that patience has been rewarded and the franchise is in the NHL's final four heading into a matchup against the San Jose Sharks. The roster has come together with a mixture of long-term veterans who have move past playoff futility, newcomers accustomed to success and rookies who know nothing about the past and hit the ice at a sprint.

  • Calf sidelines Stars' Seguin in playoffs after Achilles cut

    May 13, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Tyler Seguin says he didn't even know he had calf muscles before the All-Star forward from Dallas injured one trying to come back from a cut on his left Achilles tendon.So the 24-year-old will just add that to his offseason conditioning checklist as he tries to get healthy for next year after sitting out all but one postseason game this season.

  • Stars' Seguin had strained left calf after cut to Achilles

    May 13, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Tyler Seguin missed the last 11 games of the playoffs for the Dallas Stars with a strained left calf that was weakened by sitting out the final 10 games of the regular season because of a cut on his Achilles tendon.The All-Star forward was limited to 16 minutes in Game 2 of a first-round series victory against Minnesota. He strained the calf in that game, his only appearance of the postseason, and missed all seven games of a second-round loss to St. Louis.

  • Kings agree with coach Darryl Sutter on contract extension

    May 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings and coach Darryl Sutter have agreed to a multiyear contract extension that begins in the fall.The two-time Stanley Cup champion coach reached an agreement that is reportedly for two more seasons with an option for a third. His current deal was to expire July 1.

  • Predators feeling pain of team's best run coming up short

    May 13, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The longest playoff run in Nashville Predators' history is over.But the Predators can take some solace in the bleak, empty moment: their future looks good.''Guys felt like this was our season, our opportunity,'' goalie Pekka Rinne said. ''But there is a lot of talent, and there's a light at the end of the tunnel.''

  • Capitals assistant Reirden a 'future head coach' in the NHL

    May 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Todd Reirden's road to coaching started as a journeyman defenseman playing in the minors for Todd McLellan's Houston Aeros during the 2004-05 NHL lockout.Injured and at the tail end of his career, Reirden still wanted to make an impact, so McLellan assigned him coaching responsibilities with young players. It clicked.

  • New York Rangers sign KHL forward Pavel Bucknevich

    May 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed Russian forward Pavel Buchnevich.General manager Jeff Gorton announced on Friday that the 21-year-old had signed an entry-level contract.Buchnevich split this past season between Severstal Cherepovets and SKA St. Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League, collecting 16 goals and 21 assists in 58 games. He established KHL career-highs in games played, goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (three), power play goals (four), and average ice time (16:10).

  • Kings agree with coach Darryl Sutter on new multiyear deal

    May 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings and coach Darryl Sutter have agreed to the terms of a new contract.The team announced the new multiyear deal Friday though it didn't offer details beyond saying that it begins with the upcoming season.General manager Dean Lombardi had said last week that the Kings had offered Sutter a deal that was ''very fair'' to the two-time Stanley Cup champion coach.

  • World Cup final roster deadline moved up to May 27

    May 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has announced that final rosters for the World Cup of Hockey must be finalized by May 27.The move up from the original June 1 deadline means the roster announcements won't conflict with the Stanley Cup final.Sixteen-man rosters were named March 2 with the remaining seven players left to be announced.

  • Sharks look to shed past following 5-0 Game 7 win vs. Preds

    May 13, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) A Game 7 win for a franchise haunted by playoff disappointments can help silence the skeptics. But the San Jose Sharks know they have plenty of more work to do before ending all those questions about their past.The Sharks took another big step achieving that when they jumped on top of Nashville early in a dominant Game 7 win. Captain Joe Pavelski started the scoring early with his franchise record-tying ninth goal of the playoffs that helped send San Jose to its first Western Conference final in five years with a 5-0 victory over the Predators on Thursday night.

  • Federal drug charges brought against former pro hockey star

    May 13, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) A two-time Stanley Cup champion hockey player from Massachusetts has been charged in federal court with conspiring to sell oxycodone in the state.The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/1R0J82Q ) 51-year-old Kevin Stevens and a co-defendant from Medford were charged Thursday with conspiracy and possession with intent to distribute oxycodone last fall.

  • Devils' Patrik Elias, Cory Schneider both undergo surgery

    May 12, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils say forward Patrik Elias and goalie Cory Schneider had surgeries earlier this week.The Devils say Elias had surgery on his right knee on Wednesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Elias, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and the team's all-time leading scorer, missed most of last season with a knee injury. The 40-year-old will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

  • GM Garth Snow focused on helping Islanders 'take next step'

    May 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) General Manager Garth Snow said the New York Islanders ''just weren't good enough'' in their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he is focused on helping the team improve in the offseason.''We lost to the better team,'' Snow said Thursday on a conference call with reporters. ''That's why it's important for us to learn from it and get better from it and get ready to take the next step.''

  • Revamped Penguins, speedy Lightning set for East finals

    May 12, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) On the calendar, the gap between the last time the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning met and Friday night's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals is less than three months.Within the lifespan of a season, it seems a lot longer.

  • At LA arena, Dylan rocked, Nixon talked, Clippers flopped

    May 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The dump will jump no more.The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the building that Bruce Springsteen affectionately dubbed ''the dump that jumps'' was sent off with one last national anthem and a champagne toast from city leaders on Thursday.

  • Capitals consider season a 'failure' after second-round exit

    May 12, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Alex Ovechkin looked up at the clock on the scoreboard and knew exactly what he would've been doing if the Washington Capitals were preparing for a Game 7. Instead, he was left to address another early playoff exit that has become an unwelcome rite of spring.

  • Stars future with 2 top scorers, need decision on 2 goalies

    May 12, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars have two of the NHL's top scorers with young All-Star players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin.They also have two goaltenders under contract for two more seasons, which may not be nearly as beneficial.Coach Lindy Ruff routinely switched between Kari Lehtonen and Antti Niemi during the regular season, when both goalies won 25 games. Things didn't work out as well in the postseason as the top-seeded Stars were ousted in the second round.

  • Brouwer experience key to Blues' playoff run

    May 12, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues said goodbye to fan favorite T.J. Oshie last summer and hello to a proven postseason commodity in Troy Brouwer, who has the remarkable distinction of playing in eight consecutive playoff series that ended in Game 7s.

  • Sports Arena closing after hosting huge 20th century moments

    May 12, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The dump will jump no more.The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, the building that Bruce Springsteen affectionately dubbed ''the dump that jumps,'' will have a closing ceremony with city leaders on Thursday.In recent decades it has lived in the shadow of the younger, sexier Forum and Staples Center.

  • Sudden-death overtimes in NHL ending more quickly than usual

    May 12, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Everyone remembers the overtime marathons in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Maybe it's the Flyers' Keith Primeau scoring in the fifth extra session in 2000 against the Penguins or perhaps it's Nashville's Mike Fisher with the winning goal in the third OT last week against the Sharks.

  • Blue bloods: Hitch, St. Louis relish chance to keep playing

    May 12, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Ken Hitchcock used to take it for granted coaching teams in conference finals, and even the Stanley Cup.That was before his time with the St. Louis Blues.Now Hitchcock and his Blues are relishing the opportunity to keep playing this postseason.

  • Buffalo Sabres home arena changing names to KeyBank Center

    May 11, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres home arena is undergoing yet another name change, and will soon be referred to as KeyBank Center.Sabres President Russ Brandon announced the pending change on Wednesday after federal regulators approved KeyBank's merger with First Niagara Financial Group.

  • Caps latest Presidents' Trophy champs to go poof in playoffs

    May 11, 2016

    Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals became the latest in a long line of NHL teams to discover regular-season dominance doesn't translate into playoff prominence.The Caps went from Presidents' Trophy winners in April to poof in May after being eliminated in Game 6 of their second-round playoff series to Pittsburgh.

  • Trio of Kessel, Hagelin and Bonino leading way for Penguins

    May 11, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The line that sent the Pittsburgh Penguins full throttle into the Eastern Conference finals wasn't even on the roster a year ago.Phil Kessel was stuck in Toronto, where his undeniable talent but occasionally questionable commitment made the three-time All-Star an easy scapegoat for a organization in freefall. Carl Hagelin was weeks away from getting shipped from the New York Rangers to Anaheim, where a four-year contract extension promised a new beginning that lasted barely half a season. Nick Bonino was finishing up a solid but not spectacular year in Vancouver.

  • Sharks hope home ice proves crucial in Game 7 vs. Predators

    May 11, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) All season long the San Jose Sharks faced questions about why they could be so dominant on the road but struggle to win at home.In the biggest game yet of their season, the Sharks hope their playoff home success carries over to Game 7 of their second-round series against Nashville on Thursday night (9 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) when a spot in the Western Conference final is on the line.

  • Marc Crawford back in the NHL as an assistant with Ottawa

    May 11, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Marc Crawford just wanted to be back in the NHL.A former NHL coach of the year who spent the last four seasons coaching in Switzerland, Crawford was one of a number of candidates interviewed for the opening with the Ottawa Senators that eventually went to Guy Boucher.

  • Blackhawks agree to 3-year deal with D Gustav Forsling

    May 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks and 19-year-old defenseman Gustav Forsling have agreed to a three-year contract.The Blackhawks announced the contract Wednesday.Forsling had six goals and 15 assists in 48 games last season for Linkoping HC in the Swedish Hockey League. He was selected by Vancouver in the fifth round of the 2014 draft, and traded to Chicago in January 2015 for defenseman Adam Clendening.

  • Blues go with goalie Brian Elliott as starter for Game 7

    May 11, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Brian Elliott will start in goal for the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday night.Coach Ken Hitchcock held off naming a starter until after the morning skate, several hours ahead of the pivotal game.

  • Russia calls up Ovechkin to worlds after playoff loss

    May 11, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) The Russian Hockey Federation says it is calling up forward Alex Ovechkin and Washington Capitals teammates Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov for the world championships.The Capitals lost in six games to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the second round of the NHL playoffs on Tuesday.

  • Tuesday Sports In Brief

    May 11, 2016

    NBAOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Stephen Curry is the first unanimous NBA MVP, earning the award for the second straight season after leading the defending champion Warriors to a record-setting season.The Golden State superstar is the 11th player in league history to be voted MVP in consecutive seasons and the first guard to do so since Steve Nash in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Curry received 1,310 points from the 130 media voters from the U.S. and Canada.

  • Penguins heading to Eastern Conference finals with momentum

    May 11, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Sullivan's tenure with the Pittsburgh Penguins began with a 4-1 loss to the Washington Capitals on Dec. 14 that seemed to offer little hint of the turnaround to come.At the time the Penguins were adrift, buried in the Metropolitan Division standings and seemingly in real danger of missing the postseason for the first time in a decade.

  • Islanders head into summer with possible changes looming

    May 10, 2016

    SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) Two days after getting knocked out of the second round of the playoffs, the New York Islanders were still dealing with the sting of their loss as they prepared to head into an offseason of uncertainty.''It's still really hard to decompress,'' captain John Tavares said Tuesday at the team's practice facility. ''Still a lot of thoughts replaying over, obviously the series and how it went. (I) could have been a lot better and the team as well.''

  • Home ice may not be advantage for Stars in Game 7 vs Blues

    May 10, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Home ice belongs to the Dallas Stars for Game 7 of their second-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.The advantage? Well, the visiting team has dominated so far.''I have the benefit of the match at home,'' Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. ''I don't know if that's going to make any difference in the game, though.''

  • AHL board approves sale, relocation of Coyotes' affililate

    May 10, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The American Hockey League board of governors has granted conditional approval to the Arizona Coyotes to buy the Springfield Falcons and relocate the franchise to Tucson, Arizona.The board unanimously approved the sale and move at a meeting on Tuesday.

  • Boudreau in Minnesota: 'This is the last place I'm going'

    May 10, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Bruce Boudreau's teams have been remarkably consistent and successful over nearly a decade on the bench in the NHL.They've also had a history of early exits from the playoffs. Otherwise, the 61-year-old coach would not have been available to the Minnesota Wild.

  • Red Wings hire assistant coach Houda, don't re-sign Bedard

    May 10, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings hired assistant coach Doug Houda on Tuesday after agreeing to a three-year contract.Houda was drafted by Detroit in 1984 and was one of its defensemen for parts of six seasons. He had been a Boston Bruins assistant coach the previous 10 seasons.

  • 'The Goldbergs' creator talks love affair with Flyers

    May 10, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Barry Goldberg has come to say goodbye to a close-knit friend at a Flyers funeral. Resting in a box were the tattered remains of Goldberg's cherished Philadelphia Flyers T-shirt he named Big Orange.''All my greatest memories were in that shirt,'' Goldberg says at his personal requiem for a team. ''Dad, I was wearing it when we went to our first Flyers game.''

  • Crosby in search of scoring touch as Game 6 looms

    May 9, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby hovered in the left circle, waited for the pass from assistant coach Rick Tocchet before firing a laser into the far corner of the empty net.Then the Penguins captain did it again. And again. And again, once rifling the puck with so much velocity it became lodged between the twine, a reminder that Crosby's shot - when fully unleashed - remains one of the NHL's best. The trick is finding the time, the room - and just as important, the initiative - to let it loose during a game.

  • Sens GM Dorion says Boucher was first choice to fill vacancy

    May 9, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Pierre Dorion said he knew he had found the next Ottawa Senators head coach after his first meeting with Guy Boucher.The new Senators GM said Boucher was the first candidate he interviewed for the position and was his front-runner from the start, countering reports that the Senators were snubbed by new Minnesota coach Bruce Boudreau.

  • Florida Panthers, Erik Gudbranson agree on 1-year deal

    May 9, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers and defenseman Erik Gudbranson have agreed on a one-year contract.The Panthers announced the deal on Monday. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Gudbranson is an ''important part of our young core.''Gudbranson was the No. 3 overall pick in the 2010 draft and has spent all five of his NHL seasons with the Panthers.

  • Penguins sticking with rookie Murray in Game 6 vs. Capitals

    May 9, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with rookie goaltender Matt Murray.Coach Mike Sullivan announced Monday that Murray will remain in the net for Game 6 of his team's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Washington Capitals. Murray has started eight straight playoff games for the Penguins, going 6-2 with a 1.96 goals-against average to help Pittsburgh take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series.

  • Canada earns 3rd win at worlds, routs Belarus 8-0

    May 9, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Canada won its third straight game at the hockey world championship on Monday, routing Belarus 8-0 with seven different players scoring.Canada leads Group B with nine points and has scored 20 goals in its three games, including a 5-1 win over the United States.

  • Elliott has Blues 1 win from Western Conference finals

    May 9, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Brian Elliott's postseason play is the biggest reason the St. Louis Blues are one win away from their first appearance in the Western Conference finals since 2001.Game after game, the goalie has been handled the pressure.Protecting a two-goal lead in Game 5 at Dallas on Saturday, the 31-year-old Elliott came up big when needed. The key stop among the 12 saves he made in the third period was thwarting Cody Eakin alone in front of the net.

  • Confident Lightning headed to East final again

    May 9, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning proving their deep playoff run of a year ago wasn't happenstance.With Ben Bishop, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman leading the way, the Lightning are back in the Eastern Conference final again after defeating the Detroit Red Wings and New York Islanders in the first two rounds.

  • Canadiens sign forward Artturi Lehkonen to 3-year contract

    May 8, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens signed Finnish forward Artturi Lehkonen to a three-year, two-way contact Sunday.The 20-year-old Lehkonen had 16 goals and 17 assists in 49 games this season for HC Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League. He led the league in post-season goals with 11 in 16 games to help HC Frolunda win the Swedish championship.

  • Elliott has Blues 1 win from Western final

    May 8, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Brian Elliott's postseason play is the biggest reason the St. Louis Blues are one win away from their first appearance in the Western Conference final since 2001.Game after game, the goalie has been handled the pressure.Protecting a two-goal lead in Game 5 at Dallas on Saturday, the 31-year-old Elliott came up big when needed. The key stop among the 12 saves he made in the third period was thwarting Cody Eakin alone in front of the net.

  • Capitals get playoff payoff from Williams against Penguins

    May 8, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) When the Los Angeles Kings blew two chances to win the Stanley Cup in 2012, the pressure was on going into Game 6 back at home. Justin Williams gave a pregame speech that defenseman Drew Doughty said he'll never forget.It's such a legendary tale that Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz has heard all about it.

  • Boucher hired as the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators

    May 8, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Guy Boucher was hired as the new head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Sunday.The 44-year-old Boucher becomes the 12th head coach in Senators franchise history, replacing Dave Cameron who was fired on April 12. Boucher has spent parts of the past three seasons as the head coach of SC Bern of the National League A in Switzerland, posting a 44-29-5 record.

  • Canada cruises to 7-1 win over Hungary at worlds

    May 8, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Canada routed Hungary 7-1 at the world championship on Sunday for its second win of the tournament.After ending the first period 2-1 up, Canada took total control in the second with four straight goals in less than six minutes against a Hungarian team that has no NHL players and is only in its second world championship since 1939.

  • Bruce Boudreau agrees to terms to coach Minnesota Wild

    May 7, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Bruce Boudreau has agreed to terms to coach the Minnesota Wild, giving the team the most sought-after candidate on the market.Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher announced the move Saturday night, barely a week after the 61-year-old Boudreau was fired by the Anaheim Ducks. At 409-192-80, his winning percentage of .659 is the highest among active NHL coaches, and he was the fastest in history to 400 wins (663 games).

  • Lightning: This is no time for letdown against Islanders

    May 7, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are one victory away from reaching the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight year, and they know it won't be easy to close out their second-round playoff series against the New York Islanders.Even on home ice.

  • Kane, Benn and Crosby are Hart Trophy finalists

    May 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins are the finalists for the Hart Trophy as NHL MVP.The finalists were announced Saturday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the 2016 NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Benn, Holtby, Kane are Ted Lindsay Award finalists

    May 6, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Dallas forward Jamie Benn, Washington goalie Braden Holtby and Chicago forward Patrick Kane are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award as the NHL's most outstanding player.The award is the only NHL honor determined by the players themselves. They voted at end of the regular season and the three top three were designated as finalists Friday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Kings GM: Coach Darryl Sutter has contract offer to return

    May 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Coach Darryl Sutter has a contract offer to return to the Los Angeles Kings, and the club is waiting to find out whether he will accept it.General manager Dean Lombardi said Friday that the Kings' deal is ''very fair'' to the two-time Stanley Cup champion coach.

  • Canada pounds US 5-1 in world championship opener

    May 6, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Canada pounded the United States 5-1 in their opening game of the world ice hockey championship on Friday.The U.S. held the lead for less than a minute in the first period thanks to Patrick Maroon's power-play goal, before Taylor Hall leveled for Canada. Brendan Gallagher's wrist shot put Canada in front at the end of the first.

  • Capitals are loose and confident and on brink of elimination

    May 6, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) For weeks, if not months, the Washington Capitals have brushed off their playoff history, saying this is a new year and a new team with none of the scars.Trailing the Pittsburgh Penguins 3-1 in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, they're ready to remember at least as far back as last year when they blew that lead and lost to the New York Rangers.

  • Sacrificing body to block shots crucial in NHL playoffs

    May 6, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The only good thing about taking a puck to the head from the man with the NHL's hardest shot is just how fast it happens.Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic found himself between Predators defenseman Shea Weber and the net in Game 2 of San Jose's second-round series with Nashville. Weber won the NHL's hardest shot in January with a blast of 108.1 mph, and the captain's slap shot hit Vlasic in the face in a very scary moment.

  • New York Rangers rookie Oscar Lindberg has hip surgery

    May 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers rookie forward Oscar Lindberg has had surgery to repair a hip labral injury.General Manager Jeff Gorton announced the surgery on Friday, saying the 24-year-old would be sidelined six months.Lindberg had 13 goals and 15 assists in 68 games. His plus-12 rating was second among NHL rookies.

  • Trotz, Ruff, Gallant are Jack Adams Award finalists

    May 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington's Barry Trotz, Dallas' Lindy Ruff and Florida's Gerard Gallant are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as the NHL coach who has ''contributed the most to his team's success.''Members of the NHL Broadcasters' Association voted at the end regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Thursday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Islanders look for win amid improved play against Lightning

    May 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Despite a disappointing overtime loss in their last game, the New York Islanders were pleased with their improved play.Now, after falling behind in their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Islanders know they'll have to keep it up to have a chance to advance to the conference finals.

  • NHL, Oilers, Flames each donating 0,000 to Fort McMurray

    May 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The National Hockey League and the Edmonton Oilers and Calgary Flames are each donating 0,000 to the Canadian Red Cross relief efforts in fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta.Wildfires have forced the evacuation of more than 80,000 residents. The Canadian Red Cross will facilitate care by providing shelter, food, accommodation and comfort.

  • Lesser names hogging spotlight for Penguins, Capitals

    May 5, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The well-traveled defenseman filling in for his team's most indispensable player scored the first goal. The seemingly ageless center closing in on his 40th birthday scored the second. And the winger who makes a living trying to create space for Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby delivered the overtime winner that brought the Penguins within one victory of a spot in the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Arizona's Chayka becomes youngest GM in NHL history

    May 5, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The NHL has followed Major League Baseball's analytical trend in recent years, relying more on advanced statistics to evaluate players and tendencies.The Arizona Coyotes boosted their analytical abilities before last season by hiring John Chayka, co-founder of a hockey analytics firm, as their assistant general manager.

  • Jaromir Jagr returning to Florida Panthers on 1-year deal

    May 5, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jaromir Jagr is returning to the Florida Panthers.The 44-year-old has agreed to a one-year contract to return to the club. The team announced the agreement Thursday.Jagr had a team-best 66 points this season. The Panthers won the Atlantic Division title and set franchise records for points and wins, before falling in the first round of the playoffs to the New York Islanders.

  • NHL coaching carousel 'spinning out of control'

    May 5, 2016

    Bob Hartley watched bosses come and go three times as coach of the Calgary Flames. He will need one more general manager to believe in him to stay in the NHL.Fired Tuesday by the Flames, Hartley is itching to get back at it and he's not alone. The Anaheim Ducks' last two coaches, Bruce Boudreau and Randy Carlyle, are also in the mix for current vacancies.

  • World championship offers audition for World Cup, draft

    May 5, 2016

    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) For many players, the hockey world championship is just the build-up to a bigger occasion.Whether they're looking to earn a spot at the World Cup of Hockey in September or to make a good impression ahead of the NHL draft, the tournament in Moscow and St. Petersburg offers players a chance to meet or exceed expectations.

  • Ovechkin, Tavares, Weber are Messier finalists

    May 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington's Alex Ovechkin, the New York Islanders' John Tavares and Nashville's Shea Weber are the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.Messier selected the finalists Wednesday and will pick the winner. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • AP Source: Coyotes to promote 26-year-old Chayka to GM

    May 4, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes will promote 26-year-old John Chayka to general manager, making him the youngest GM in NHL history, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.The Coyotes have scheduled a news conference Thursday to introduce Chayka, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official announcement has not been made.

  • Schedule, opponent turns postseason into grinding challenge

    May 4, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have settled into quite a rhythm in the postseason. Game, off day. Rinse and repeat now for three weeks and counting.That's what happens after pushing - and winning - a first-round series in seven games.

  • Blues' Upshall, Hitchcock keep nervous eye on Canadian fire

    May 4, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Scottie Upshall has numerous family members who live in Fort McMurray, Alberta, including a brother and his fiancee, plus aunts, uncles and nieces.Playing Game 3 against the Dallas Stars in the second round of the playoffs was a welcome diversion from thoughts about the devastation wrought by a raging wildfire that has forced the evacuation of about 88,000 residents from the city surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada's oil sands region.

  • Blackhawks C Anisimov recovering from right wrist surgery

    May 4, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks center Artem Anisimov is on the mend after undergoing right wrist surgery.Team physician Dr. Michael Terry says Anisimov should be able to return to ''full hockey activities'' in six to eight weeks. He had the operation on Tuesday.

  • Rookie goaltender Murray stealing the show for Penguins

    May 3, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Murray isn't in the mood to think about what it all means, this ride that he's on. The NHL's best team on the other side of the ice. His mentor watching from bench. An arena chanting his name.For the moment, there is only the next game, the next shot. That's all that concerns the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie goaltender. Not the ripple effects his playoff run will have on his career, the franchise he plays for or the long-term future of Marc-Andre Fleury, whose guidance is one of the reasons Murray has become so good, so fast.

  • Penguins defenseman Letang suspended 1 game for interference

    May 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Penguins will be without Kris Letang for Game 4 against Washington after the NHL suspended him one game Tuesday after interfering with Washington's Marcus Johansson early in Pittsburgh's 3-2 win over the Capitals on Monday night.The NHL Department of Player Safety ruled that Letang made ''significant head contact'' on Johansson well after the Capitals forward had released the puck during a sequence in the first period.

  • Calgary fires Bob Hartley, a season after coach of the year

    May 3, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames fired Bob Hartley on Tuesday, a season after he was voted the NHL's coach of the year.Calgary took a big step backward this year after reaching the playoffs last season. The Flames finished 35-40-7, with only Vancouver and Edmonton posting fewer wins in the rugged Western Conference.

  • Calgary Flames fire coach Bob Hartley

    May 3, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames fired Bob Hartley on Tuesday, a season after he was voted the NHL's coach of the year.Calgary took a big step backward this year after reaching the playoffs last season. The Flames finished 35-40-7, with only Vancouver and Edmonton posting fewer wins in the rugged Western Conference.

  • Islanders look to bounce back in Game 3 against Lightning

    May 3, 2016

    SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders know there are several areas they need to improve to avoid falling behind in their second-round series against Tampa Bay.They need to find a way to beat the Lightning's defensive pressure, step up their passing and just be more aggressive.

  • McDavid among finalists for Calder Trophy as NHL top rookie

    May 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, Philadelphia defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere and Chicago forward Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Calder Trophy for the NHL's top rookie.The finalists based on balloting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association were announced on Monday night. The award will be handed out on June 22 in Las Vegas.

  • Pietrangelo logs heavy ice time in Blues' playoff run

    May 2, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Alex Pietrangelo is used to playing a lot - especially this time of year. The St. Louis Blues linchpin defenseman plays with a high motor and appears to have no issues piling up the ice time.Pietrangelo is fourth overall in the playoffs averaging 30 minutes, 34 seconds, including more than 35 minutes in the Blues' overtime victory in Game 2 in Dallas on Sunday. Among the surviving eight teams, he's at the top of the list.

  • Pavelski leads Sharks to playoff wins in year 1 as captain

    May 2, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Joe Pavelski's transformation as an NHL player can be illustrated by the evolution of his nicknames.The undersized former seventh-round pick who came into league known as ''Little Joe'' in comparison to teammate Jumbo Joe Thornton turned into the Big Pavelski when he became a core player in San Jose and is now simply known as the captain.

  • Capitals defenseman Orpik thinks 3-game suspension is fair

    May 2, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Brooks Orpik was trying to be physical. Yet the instant the Washington Capitals defenseman made contact with Pittsburgh defenseman Olli Maatta's head early in Game 2 on Saturday night, Orpik knew he had crossed a sometimes vague line between aggressive and illegal.

  • Rangers agree to deal with backup goalie Antti Raanta

    May 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have agreed to a deal with backup goalie Antti Raanta.The 26-year-old Raanta appeared in 25 games with the Rangers this season after being acquired from the Chicago Blackhawks in June. He had an 11-6-2 record, with a 2.24 goals-against average, a .919 save percentage and a shutout playing behind Henrik Lundqvist.

  • Capitals' Orpik suspended 3 games for hit on Maatta

    May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik was suspended three games for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta.Orpik will miss Game 3 Monday, Game 4 Wednesday and Game 5 Saturday. He'd be eligible to return if the series gets to Game 6 on May 10.

  • Sharks name stray cat that ran on ice after team captain

    May 1, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The stray cat that ran on the ice before San Jose's second-round series opener now has a name but is still looking for a permanent home.The Sharks said Sunday that the black cat that appeared during warmups Friday night will now be called ''Joe PAW-velski'' in honor of San Jose captain Joe Pavelski.

  • Questionable hits turning up heat between Penguins, Capitals

    May 2, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The number of hits the Washington Capitals have tried to level on the Pittsburgh Penguins through two contentious games in the Eastern Conference semifinals is not a surprise.The nature of those hits? Well, that's another matter.Tom Wilson's run-in with Conor Sheary's knee in Game 1 cost the Washington forward a couple grand in fines. Brooks Orpik's elbow to Olli Maatta's chin early in Game 2 ended with Maatta skating woozily off the ice, the young defenseman's status for the rest of the best-of-seven series uncertain and Orpik out three games after being suspended by the NHL on Sunday night.

  • Jagr, Dupuis, Zuccarello are Masterton finalists

    May 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Florida's Jaromir Jagr, Pittsburgh's Pascal Dupuis and the New York Rangers' Mats Zuccarello are the finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

  • Capitals' Orpik has hearing for late hit to Maatta' head

    May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has a hearing Sunday with the NHL's department of player safety for his late hit to the head of Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta in Game 2 of their second-round playoff series.Orpik was given a minor penalty for interference on the play 4:13 into the first period Saturday night. He is facing a potential suspension for Game 3 on Monday and possibly beyond.

  • Hit on Maatta, late shoves put Caps' Orpik under microscope

    May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) During their back-to-back Stanley Cup final runs in 2008 and 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins knew all about what Brooks Orpik can do. The rugged, bruising defenseman's ability to play on the edge was a big part of the Penguins' playoff success for a long time.

  • Hit on Maatta and late shoves put Orpik under microscope

    May 1, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) During their back-to-back Stanley Cup final runs in 2008 and 2009, the Pittsburgh Penguins knew all about what Brooks Orpik can do. The rugged, bruising defenseman's ability to play on the edge was a big part of the Penguins' playoff success for a long time.

  • Last-place Leafs win NHL draft lottery; Jets jump to 2nd

    April 30, 2016

    Brendan Shanahan went online to try the NHL draft lottery simulator just once, and was excited to see the Toronto Maple Leafs win the first pick.Winning the real thing Saturday night felt a whole lot better, the team president acknowledged.''Better than the simulator, I'll tell you that,'' Shanahan said after his last-place Leafs retained their spot in the draft order, putting them in a position to take U.S. center Auston Matthews with the first pick.

  • Ducks accept blame for Boudreau firing after playoff ouster

    April 30, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The start, not the finish, cost Bruce Boudreau his job with the Anaheim Ducks.Boudreau's players understand that his firing could be the start of significant changes for a team that has won four consecutive Pacific Division titles, but squandered 3-2 series leads and lost Game 7 at home in four straight postseasons.

  • Barkov, Eriksson, Kopitar are Lady Byng finalists

    April 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Florida's Aleksander Barkov, Boston's Loui Eriksson and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the finalists for Lady Byng Memorial Trophy as the NHL player who exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.

  • Blues look to avoid 0-2 deficit against Stars

    April 30, 2016

    The top-seeded Dallas Stars have cleaned up their act after that frantic finish in the first round.Now the St. Louis Blues, already down a game in their second-round series matching the Western Conference's top two teams, have to do the same. They have to get past their thrilling seven-game opening series against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

  • Doughty, Karlsson, Burns finalists for Norris Trophy

    April 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles' Drew Doughty, Ottawa's Erik Karlsson and San Jose's Brent Burns are the finalists for the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman.Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists Friday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Penguins and Capitals expect Crosby to respond in Game 2

    April 29, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Step it up, Sidney Crosby. The Pittsburgh Penguins can't win this playoff series without you.Crosby was ineffective offensively and on the ice for three Washington Capitals goals Thursday night in the Penguins' 4-3 overtime loss in Game 1. His line was shut down by the Capitals' top trio of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie, something that Crosby can't let happen again in Game 2 on Saturday night (8 p.m. EDT, NBC).

  • Buffalo Sabres re-sign forward Johan Larsson to 1-year deal

    April 29, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract.Larsson was eligible to become a restricted free agent once his contract expired this summer. The Swedish-born player is coming off a season in which he set career bests with 10 goals, 17 points and 74 games. He also finished tied with rookie center Jack Eichel in scoring five game-winning goals.

  • Arena plan in Seattle could move 1 step closer to reality

    April 29, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) The stretch of roadway is one-tenth of a mile long and barely wide enough for cars to pass in opposite directions without one pulling off to the side.But that stretch of road - Occidental Avenue in Seattle's Sodo District - has become a tipping point in the debate about whether a new NBA and NHL arena will ever be built here.

  • Caps' Tom Wilson fined ,400 for knee hit to Pens' Sheary

    April 29, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The NHL fined Capitals forward Tom Wilson ,404 on Friday for his knee-on-knee hit on Pittsburgh's Conor Sheary, sparing him a suspension that could have altered the second-round playoff series against the Penguins.Wilson sent Sheary to the ice with his left knee 4 minutes into the third period of the Capitals' 4-3 overtime victory in Game 1 on Thursday night. Sheary hobbled to the nearby bench in pain and missed a few shifts, and Wilson was not penalized.

  • Ducks fire coach Bruce Boudreau after early playoff exit

    April 29, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday, two days after the four-time Pacific Division champions' first-round exit from the playoffs.While announcing the move, Ducks general manager Bob Murray expressed much more anger at his players than at Boudreau, who hasn't been able to pair postseason success with steady excellence in his two NHL jobs in Anaheim and Washington. Boudreau has won 409 regular-season games and eight division titles, but just five playoff rounds in his coaching career.

  • Anaheim Ducks fire coach Bruce Boudreau after early playoff exit

    April 29, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Anaheim Ducks fire coach Bruce Boudreau after early playoff exit.

  • Wilson's knee-on-knee hit on Sheary may get closer look

    April 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Tom Wilson's knee-on-knee hit on Conor Sheary knocked the diminutive Pittsburgh Penguins forward out of Game 1 temporarily but could cost the Washington Capitals bruiser much more time in the second-round series.Wilson sent Sheary helicoptering to the ice with his left knee 4 minutes into the third period of the Capitals' 4-3 overtime victory Thursday night. Sheary hobbled to the nearby bench in pain and missed a few shifts, while Wilson was not penalized.

  • Bergeron, Kesler, Kopitar are Selke Trophy finalists

    April 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Boston's Patrice Bergeron, Anaheim's Ryan Kesler and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar are the finalists for the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's top defensive forward.Members of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated finalists Thursday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Ducks face changes when slow starts finally catch up to them

    April 28, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks began the season by falling far behind in the standings.They fell behind again in the first round of the playoffs.It happened one last time in Game 7.The Ducks rallied splendidly all season long, but finally ran out of comebacks in their final loss to Nashville. A talented team spent too much time scrambling out of trouble, and the current core might be out of chances.

  • Wild GM: Torchetti a 'very serious candidate' to be coach

    April 28, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is about to embark on another coaching search, the third of his tenure and a critical one for the immediate future of the team and Fletcher's own standing as the leader in the front office.

  • Rested Sharks ready to face rolling Predators in 2nd round

    April 28, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Since the San Jose Sharks last played a game, the Nashville Predators fell behind Anaheim in their first-round series with a Game 5 loss and then responded with two straight wins to eliminate the Ducks.While the Predators have played three grueling games and taken two long flights, the Sharks have been resting and practicing for six days and are eager to get back on the ice when their second-round series opens against Nashville on Friday night.

  • A playoff twist: Ruff coaching Stars vs. Hitchcock's Blues

    April 28, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) The irony is not lost on Lindy Ruff as his Dallas Stars prepare for their second-round playoff series against Ken Hitchcock and the St. Louis Blues.These coaches have a much different relationship after two Olympic gold medals together with Team Canada.

  • New home of Detroit Red Wings to be Little Caesars Arena

    April 28, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The name of the new home of the Detroit Red Wings is staying in the family.The hockey arena will be called Little Caesars Arena, named for the pizza chain founded in 1959 by Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch and wife Marian.The name was announced Thursday by Little Caesars and Olympia Entertainment. They said a 20-year naming agreement will average more than million per year.

  • Predators win their first Game 7, but reward is San Jose

    April 28, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Nashville Predators' celebration of a landmark moment in franchise history consisted of a few minutes of excitement in the Honda Center dressing room with a 14-year-old Nelly song blaring in the background.By outlasting the Anaheim Ducks in a 2-1 victory on Wednesday night, the Predators won a playoff round for only the third time ever. Facing Game 7 pressure for the first time, they bent and scrambled, but never broke.

  • Bishop, Holtby, Quick are Vezina Trophy finalists

    April 27, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop, Washington's Braden Holtby and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie.The league's general managers submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 22 during the NHL Awards in Las Vegas.

  • Elliott, Pietrangelo, rookies key to Blues breakthrough

    April 27, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Looking for reasons why the St. Louis Blues were able to break through and win a playoff series for the first time since 2012, it's easy to start at goaltender.Brian Elliott was among the NHL's best in the regular season, and though the Blues have a second starting-caliber goalie in Jake Allen, he never gave coach Ken Hitchcock a reason to even consider a change during the first-round triumph over the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Penguins vs. Capitals is more than just Crosby vs. Ovechkin

    April 27, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Sidney Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin will be the headline of most stories about the Pittsburgh Penguins-Washington Capitals playoff series.The transcendent superstars of the NHL meeting in the playoffs for the first time in seven years and the second time in their careers will do that.

  • After 7-year wait, 'Sid vs. Ovi' is back on

    April 27, 2016

    The two faces most responsible for bringing the NHL full-throttle into the 21st century are inextricably linked. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin get it, even if they'd rather not talk about it.Their simultaneous arrival following the 2004-05 lockout served as the league's version of a winning lottery ticket. Yin and yang on skates. Crosby the ever-polite Canadian with the otherworldly skills drafted by Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux and brought to Pittsburgh to help rescue a franchise in tatters. Ovechkin all snarling id, a hard-hitting, hard-shooting Russian born in Moscow near the tail end of the Cold War and brought to the U.S. to work a few blocks from the center of the free world.

  • After 7-year wait, "Sid vs. Ovi" is back on

    April 27, 2016

    The two faces most responsible for bringing the NHL full-throttle into the 21st century are inextricably linked. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin get it, even if they'd rather not talk about it.Their simultaneous arrival following the 2004-05 lockout served as the league's version of a winning lottery ticket. Yin and yang on skates. Crosby the ever-polite Canadian with the otherworldly skills drafted by Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux and brought to Pittsburgh to help rescue a franchise in tatters. Ovechkin all snarling id, a hard-hitting, hard-shooting Russian born in Moscow near the tail end of the Cold War and brought to the U.S. to work a few blocks from the center of the free world.

  • After the frenzy, Stars move forward expecting that to help

    April 27, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jason Spezza and the Dallas Stars believe that frenzied 15-minute finish when they barely hung on to close out their first-round series will come in handy moving forward in the playoffs.They know the St. Louis Blues will certainly be able to charge at them like Minnesota did.

  • Islanders have been Tavares' team from day he was drafted

    April 26, 2016

    The New York Islanders have been John Tavares' team from the moment he was the No. 1 overall pick seven years ago.After enduring four losing seasons in his first five, the captain has led the team to consecutive playoff appearances and gave the rabid fans the signature playoff victory they've been craving for 23 years.

  • Flyers F Schenn suspended for 3 games for charging

    April 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia Flyers forward Brayden Schenn has been suspended by the NHL for three games for a high hit on Washington Capitals forward T.J. Oshie.The punishment was announced by the league's department of player safety on Tuesday. Schenn will miss the first three games of the 2016-17 season.

  • Stars still waiting for Tyler Seguin to get back on the ice

    April 26, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Injured All-Star center Tyler Seguin is still not back on the ice for the Dallas Stars.Coach Lindy Ruff said Tuesday that Seguin is not expected to skate in the next few days. Dallas opens the second round of the playoffs against St. Louis at home Friday night.

  • Predators, Ducks will close 1st round after 2nd round begins

    April 26, 2016

    The NHL and NBA have their playoffs at roughly the same time. When it comes to nail-biters, it's no contest in terms of volume.The Anaheim Ducks will host the Nashville Predators on Wednesday night (10 p.m. EDT, NBCSN) as they close out the first round with a Game 7 - the 40th in the league since 2009. Over the last seven-plus postseasons, the NHL has had 35 Game 6s, 24 Game 5s and just 14 sweeps.

  • Stamkos skates, but not close to returning for Lightning

    April 27, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos is serving as an inspiration for the Tampa Bay Lightning as the defending Eastern Conference champions attempt to make a deep playoff run without him.The team's captain and leading scorer was back on the ice with teammates Tuesday, participating in shooting and skating drills for the first time since undergoing surgery for a blood clot discovered near his right collarbone this month.

  • Blackhawks-Blues Game 7 draws best NBCSN 1st-round audience

    April 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Game 7 of the Blackhawks-Blues series drew the largest TV audience for a first-round NHL playoff game on NBCSN.St. Louis' 3-2 win Monday to eliminate the defending Stanley Cup champions averaged 1.35 million viewers.The telecast on CSN Chicago earned a 19.1 rating, a record for the regional sports network. That means 19.1 percent of homes with televisions in the Chicago area were tuned to the broadcast.

  • Sharks wait a little longer to find out 2nd-round opponent

    April 26, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks are happy to wait a little longer before finding out their second-round playoff opponent.While Anaheim and Nashville prepare for a Game 7, San Jose spent a second straight day Tuesday practicing and recuperating as part of its preparation for round two.

  • Winds of change coming to Rangers after early playoff exit

    April 26, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Change is coming to the New York Rangers, and it probably will hit the core group that carried the team deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs the past two seasons.It's the price of failing miserably when expectations are high.After reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and making the Eastern Conference Final last year, coach Alain Vigneault felt Ryan McDonagh, Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi, Rick Nash, Marc Staal, Derek Stepan, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello had one more chance to grab the Cup. His hopes were buoyed by the addition of Eric Staal at the trading deadline.

  • Capitals' Orpik could be difference-maker vs. Penguins

    April 26, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Jay Beagle's sharpest memory of the Washington Capitals' 2009 playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins was when he tried to run over Brooks Orpik and instead got flattened at center ice.Orpik is still capable of making that kind of mark seven years later, if he's able to play. Now with the Capitals, the veteran defenseman missed the final three games of the first round with a suspected concussion, and his status for the start of the second-round series against the Penguins is up in the air.

  • Panthers indicate that Mitchell's career likely over

    April 26, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Willie Mitchell hoisted the Stanley Cup twice, played parts of 15 NHL seasons, even found a way back on the ice after a knee injury kept him out for more than a year.This time, it looks virtually certain that he's gone for good.The Florida Panthers don't expect their captain to be back next season, and one of his closest friends on the team essentially revealed Tuesday that he thinks Mitchell's career is over. Mitchell missed the final 42 games of this season largely over concern what another brain injury would mean to his long-term health, and it's been expected for weeks that this season would be the finale.

  • Blackhawks positioned for more success next season

    April 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) No June hockey for the Chicago Blackhawks this year. Heck, even May is a blank slate.Plenty of time for Chicago to plan for its sticky situation with the salary cap.The Blackhawks' title defense ended Monday night when they lost 3-2 to the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of their thrilling first-round series. Six of the seven games were decided by one goal, and Brent Seabrook and Andrew Ladd each had a shot go off both goal posts during losses for Chicago.

  • Blues end string of 1-and-dones by beating Blackhawks in 7

    April 26, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) After the final horn and before the ceremonial handshakes, some St. Louis Blues players did a little ice dancing.Deservedly so. This celebration was a long, long time coming.It's early in the playoffs, but there's reason for exuberance after they eliminated the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of their first-round Western Conference series Monday night. The 3-2 victory ended a string of three straight one-and-dones for a franchise that's usually among the NHL's best in the regular season.

  • Despite another resilient rally, Wild again exit early

    April 25, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Heard this one before? Their season on the verge of expiration, the Minnesota Wild stormed back with a vengeance.The thrilling third-period rally against Dallas ended a fraction of an inch short, though, triggering another earlier-than-expected vacation despite a 4-0 deficit that ended in a 5-4 defeat on Sunday and gave the Stars the Western Conference quarterfinal series in six games.

  • Penguins goaltender Fleury still dealing with concussion

    April 25, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury skated alongside some of his teammates on Monday, but says he's still dealing with concussion symptoms and is uncertain on when he will return.Fleury hasn't played since sustaining his second concussion of the season on March 31. He skipped Pittsburgh's first-round win over the New York Rangers and appeared to experience a setback when he missed a pair of skates last week. Rookie Matt Murray filled in capably as the Penguins closed out the Rangers in five games.

  • At ease in Pittsburgh, Kessel making impact for Penguins

    April 25, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel speaks in a polite whisper, as if he's worried talking too loudly might inadvertently attract the spotlight and well, he doesn't want that.The Pittsburgh Penguins forward dealt with it plenty during six bumpy seasons in Toronto, where he served as the flashpoint for an underachieving franchise no matter how many goals he scored or All-Star teams he made, his natural reticence sometimes coming off as petulance for the cameras. The Maple Leafs made the playoffs just once during Kessel's tenure before shipping him to Pittsburgh last summer, a departure that wasn't exactly met with tears on either side.

  • Panthers came far in 2015-16, now eyeing the future

    April 25, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) There was a stretch in the regular season where the Florida Panthers seemed like they were getting every break, helping them put together what became a franchise-record 12-game winning streak.And then came the postseason, when it seemed like no bounces went Florida's way.

  • Flyers finish another empty season without Stanley Cup

    April 25, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Just as it has in every season since winning it all in 1975, Philadelphia heads home without a Stanley Cup.Under rookie coach Dave Hakstol, the Flyers were never expected to contend.But the vanishing act by the their top goal scorers in the six-game playoff series loss to the top-seeded Washington Capitals left the Flyers wondering if they could have gone deeper had their top two lines produced at anywhere close to their normal rate.

  • Islanders advance to second round for first time since 1993

    April 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Barclays Center crowd was roaring during pregame introductions and through the early minutes of the game.After being quieted some while the New York Islanders trailed, they roared again when captain John Tavares tied it in the final minute of regulation and sent the fans into a frenzy after more than 30 minutes of overtime.

  • Stars survive close 1 vs Wild, advance with lessons learned

    April 25, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota's dormant arena had jolted awake, with two goals in a 16-second span by the previously slumbering Wild early in the third period.The Dallas Stars had their 4-0 lead sliced in half, and coach Lindy Ruff called his team over to try to stem the momentum with 15-plus minutes to play.

  • Capitals set for rare postseason rematch against Penguins

    April 25, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) It's Ovie vs. Sid the Kid in the postseason, take II.OK, Sidney Crosby isn't called a kid much at all these days, and he already has one Stanley Cup title.And for Alex Ovechkin, well, it had been more like Ova and out in a postseason history littered with early exits.

  • Panthers C Nick Bjugstad out for Game 5 against Islanders

    April 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Florida center Nick Bjugstad is out for Game 6 of the Panthers' first-round series against the New York Islanders on Sunday night after sustaining a head injury in the last game.Bjugstad was injured during the first extra period of the Panthers' 2-1 double-overtime loss at home Friday night when he lost his footing after being hit by an Islanders player and going head-first into the boards. He needed stiches to close a cut on his head.

  • Blackhawks, Ducks try to close out series on road

    April 24, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have big-time momentum heading into Game 7.It's not a must-win situation yet for the Anaheim Ducks, who'll also be trying to wrap up their first-round series on the road.The defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks are trying to climb back from a 3-1 series deficit. They erased an early two-goal deficit in Game 6 and then some, scoring five unanswered goals in a rout that evened the series against the Blues.

  • New faces making instant impact during Penguins' surge

    April 24, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Sidney Crosby danced through the neutral zone, slipped across the New York Rangers' blue line and waited for help. It arrived in the form of a blurring No. 43 black-and-gold jersey, the one worn by a player whose speed and relentlessness propelled him from prospect to unlikely catalyst for a Stanley Cup contender in all of five months.

  • Kings' Vincent Lecavalier to retire after 17-year NHL career

    April 24, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Vincent Lecavalier intends to retire this summer, ending his 17-year NHL career after one last revitalizing season with the Los Angeles Kings.Lecavalier confirmed his long-stated plans Sunday as the Kings left their training complex. Their season ended Friday with a five-game loss to the San Jose Sharks in the first round of the playoffs.

  • Shaw's smile requires no lip-reading as Game 7 looms

    April 24, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) No lip-reading was required this time to gauge Andrew Shaw's mood.After serving a one-game suspension for a gay slur yelled from the penalty box - as well as apologizing for his ''hurtful'' remarks - the Blackhawks center returned to the lineup for Game 6 Saturday night and delivered a crucial third-period insurance goal in Chicago's series-extending 6-3 win.

  • Islanders on brink of ending 23-year playoff drought

    April 23, 2016

    New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano knows he doesn't need to say a lot to motivate his players.Coming off a grueling double-overtime win in the last game, the Islanders have a chance to accomplish something the franchise hasn't done in 23 years: Win a playoff series.

  • Surprise goaltenders make big impacts on playoffs' 1st round

    April 23, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Michal Neuvirth, Thomas Greiss and Martin Jones were sitting on the bench as playoff backups a year ago. Jeff Zatkoff and Matt Murray were in the minors.Yet all five goaltenders have been difference makers in the first round of this year's Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Sharks use depth to get past Kings in 1st round of playoffs

    April 23, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks proved they are much more than just Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski and a handful of other stars.A season-long commitment to developing depth paid major dividends at a most crucial time. The secondary players led by talented Finnish rookie Joonas Donskoi's two goals delivered the bulk of the scoring in San Jose's 6-3 victory Friday night over the nemesis Los Angeles Kings, which sent the Sharks to the second round of the playoffs for just the second time since 2011.

  • Red Wings follow refrain, make brief appearance in playoffs

    April 22, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have developed a pattern of consistency, and that's not necessarily a good thing.Detroit extended its postseason streak to 25, a feat the franchise hailed by showing a slickly produced video montage before each of its two home playoff games.

  • No Canada: NHL playoff ratings plummet north of the border

    April 22, 2016

    With NHL playoff viewership down nearly two-thirds across Canada, the television executive who committed Toronto-based Sportsnet to a 12-year, multibillion-dollar broadcasting rights agreement joked how glad he was to have a third-floor office.If Scott Moore considered jumping, ''I would just sprain my ankle,'' the Sportsnet President told The Associated Press with a laugh during a telephone interview Friday.

  • Penguins rookie goaltender Murray has Rangers on brink

    April 22, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Murray watched the Pittsburgh Penguins' second-round collapse against the New York Rangers from afar two years ago, the wispy goaltender still a teenage prospect in the spring of 2014 as a 3-1 series lead morphed into a franchise-altering meltdown.

  • Rangers trying to overcome 3-1 deficit yet again

    April 22, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Trailing 3-1 in a series is nothing new for the New York Rangers.It's the third consecutive year it's happened.They rallied against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the conference semifinals in 2014. They did the same thing against Washington last season, becoming the first NHL team to overcome 3-1 deficits in consecutive seasons.

  • Hats over rats: NHL commish on what fans can throw on ice

    April 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Attention, Florida Panthers fans: Throwing those toy rats on the ice during a game means drawing the ire of NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.Days after fans in Philadelphia threw light-up wristbands onto the ice during a Flyers playoff loss, Bettman said the league strongly discourages throwing anything onto the ice except for hats to celebrate a hat trick.

  • Hurricanes, Nordstrom agree to 2-year, .55M extension

    April 22, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Joakim Nordstrom and the Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension.The team also said Friday that it reached a deal with defenseman Jake Chelios on a one-year, two-way contract.Nordstrom had 10 goals and 14 assists in 71 games this season for the Hurricanes, who acquired him in September in a trade with Chicago.

  • Bishop shines, Lightning eliminate Red Wings in 5 games

    April 22, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning can use a break - and they've earned it.The defending Eastern Conference champions eliminated the Detroit Red Wings from the Stanley Cup playoffs in five games with a 1-0 victory on Thursday night.Ben Bishop had 34 saves for his fourth career postseason shutout and Alex Killorn scored his second winning goal of the series with 1:43 remaining, ensuring the Lightning will have several days to rest and prepare for the next round.

  • Stars without Seguin again for potential clincher vs. Wild

    April 21, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars will again be without All-Star center Tyler Seguin for Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Minnesota.Seguin played Game 2 on Saturday after missing a month because of a slight cut of his left Achilles tendon. But he missed Games 3 and 4 in Minnesota and coach Lindy Ruff said he won't play Friday night when the Stars can wrap up the series with a victory.

  • It's closing time for the Caps, Stars and - uh oh - Sharks

    April 21, 2016

    Closing time is here for three Stanley Cup contenders.Washington, Dallas and San Jose could all move on to the second round with victories Friday night.The Capitals and the Stars are their conference's top seeds, and they're at home against opponents that have looked overmatched at times. Everything is in place for two powers to close out their series for a little rest before they resume their chase.

  • Flyers' Laughton released from hospital, will miss Game 5

    April 21, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers say forward Scott Laughton has been released from the hospital and is doing well a day after being taken off the ice on a stretcher.The team says he won't travel to Washington for Game 5 Friday on night and that it will provide an update in the coming days.

  • Hakstol's success opens NHL door to more college coaches

    April 21, 2016

    When the Philadelphia Flyers hired Dave Hakstol as coach last summer, T.J. Oshie was surprised.Not because he thought his college coach was unqualified but because Hakstol had spent 11 seasons committed to the University of North Dakota.''I know how much he loves North Dakota, he loves the school and the team and his players and his coaches,'' Oshie said. ''But I thought he could've been in the NHL sooner, personally, just with his track record and how well he's liked.''

  • Flyers founder Ed Snider remembered for love of the game

    April 21, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ed Snider once kicked Donald Trump out of a suite during a playoff game.No, not because Snider, a noted Ayn Rand disciple, may have had differing political views from Trump.The offense - The Donald would not stop talking.Snider never wanted an interruption when he watched his beloved Philadelphia Flyers, the team he founded and owned until his death last week. He was remembered Thursday for his love of the Flyers, the fans and family at a public tribute at the Wells Fargo Center.

  • Hockey sticks no longer one size fits all

    April 21, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Hockey sticks used to come one size fits all. If players wanted a better fit, it required lots of do it yourself, cutting, sanding, heating and bending the stick into a shape and size that fit them.That changed with the introduction of one-piece composite sticks. Now players get their sticks already custom fit, with precise specifications on everything from the curve of the blade to the shape of the shaft, ready to go right out of the box.

  • Flyers' Scott Laughton taken off on stretcher after hit

    April 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia center Scott Laughton was taken off the ice on a stretcher after a scary hit into the boards Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Flyers' first-round playoff series against the Washington Capitals.After the Flyers' 2-1 victory, the team said all tests were negative and that Laughton will remain overnight at Jefferson Hospital for precautionary reasons.

  • Tarasenko scoring touch key to Blues' 3-1 series lead

    April 20, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Vladimir Tarasenko usually takes it easy on Brian Elliott in practice.''His first shot is always a floater into my glove and he taps me on the pads afterward,'' the St. Louis Blues goalie said Wednesday. ''I think he saves his stuff for the opposing goalies.''

  • Canucks sign goalie Thatcher Demko to entry-level contract

    April 20, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks signed former Boston College goalie Thatcher Demko to a three-year entry-level contract Wednesday.The 20-year-old Demko was selected 36th overall in the 2014 draft.Demko was 27-8-4 with a 1.88 goals-against average, .935 save percentage and 10 shutouts as a junior this season.

  • Home ice is not a big advantage in first round of playoffs

    April 20, 2016

    Home ice hasn't been an advantage this year in the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.Road teams have posted a 14-12 record through the first week of the postseason.Think about it. The Kings and Ducks both lost their first two games at home. The defending champion Blackhawks face elimination after dropping two at home to fall behind the Blues 3-1.

  • NHL suspends Blackhawks' Shaw 1 game for anti-gay slur

    April 20, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) As he watched the video, Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw realized exactly what he did.''It was hard to see,'' he said. ''Emotions got the best of me.''The NHL suspended Shaw for one game Wednesday for yelling an anti-gay slur from the penalty box and fined him ,000 for an inappropriate gesture toward the officials during Chicago's Game 4 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night.

  • Rats, Octopi and sharks! NHL needs pest control for playoffs

    April 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Rats! And Octopi. Even a lifeless shark.Real or rubber, NHL arenas in the postseason have a way of turning into an overflowing Animal House on the ice once fans get their arms warmed up.Angry you missed out on zoological fun?No worries, maybe some of the playoff stars will brighten the mood with the glow-in-the dark wristbands that disgruntled Philadelphia Flyers fans hurled on the ice during a game this week.

  • Red Wings call up Ouellet from AHL

    April 20, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defenseman Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids of the AHL.The 22-year-old Ouellet played five games for the Red Wings during the regular season. He had four goals and 25 assists in 61 games for Grand Rapids.

  • Blackhawks player Andrew Shaw apologizes for anti-gay slur

    April 20, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw apologized Wednesday for yelling an anti-gay slur at someone on the ice after he was sent to the penalty box late in Chicago's Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.Speaking quietly for a few minutes before the team left for St. Louis, Shaw said he couldn't sleep after Tuesday night's game and watching video of his outburst was difficult. It was video of the incident that went viral on social media, prompting sharp criticism and an NHL investigation.

  • Blackhawks player Andrew Shaw apologize for anti-gay slur

    April 20, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw is apologizing for yelling an anti-gay slur after he was sent to the penalty box during Chicago's loss to St. Louis.In a statement released by the team, Shaw says he is ''sincerely sorry for the insensitive remarks.'' He apologized to the gay and lesbian community, fans and his team for his ''hurtful'' words and promised to learn from his mistake.

  • NHL investigating player's alleged slur in Blackhawks game

    April 20, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The NHL said Wednesday it was investigating after Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to use a gay slur when he was sent to the penalty box late in Chicago's Game 4 loss at home to the St. Louis Blues.Spokesman John Dellapina said the league would have no comment until the investigation is completed.

  • Blackhawks F Shaw appears to use gay slur in loss to Blues

    April 20, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw appeared to use a gay slur during a 4-3 playoff loss to the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday night, and a prominent gay rights group affiliated with the NHL said it planned to reach out to the league.Shaw was sent off for interference at 17:56 of the third period, hurting Chicago's chance for a comeback. While sitting in the penalty box, Shaw pounded on the glass with his stick and then yelled what looked like a slur toward someone on the ice.

  • Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh back in the lineup for Game 3

    April 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh is back in the lineup for Game 3 of the first-round playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.McDonagh sustained an upper-body (hand) injury in the final week of the regular season and missed the final three games and the opening two of the best-of-7 series.

  • Haula-led 3rd line helps Wild stay in series vs. Stars

    April 19, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have several forwards with higher salaries and higher profiles than Erik Haula.Determining one who's been more valuable lately than the 25-year-old center and former seventh-round draft pick would be a difficult project.

  • Flyers' Bellemare suspended 1 game for hit from behind

    April 19, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Flyers forward Pierre-Edouard Bellemare has been suspended one game for checking Washington Capitals defenseman Dmitry Orlov from behind.Bellemare will miss Game 4 on Wednesday as the Flyers try to avoid getting swept by the top-seeded Capitals in the first-round playoff series.

  • Phoenix mayor wants shared arena for Suns, Coyotes

    April 19, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton is pushing for a downtown arena shared by the NHL's Arizona Coyotes and NBA's Phoenix Suns.Stanton advocated the shared arena during his state of the city address on Tuesday, adding that funding for it would come from Maricopa County's existing sports facilities fund and not new taxes.

  • Stars could miss Seguin, Russell again in Game 4 vs Wild

    April 19, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Dallas Stars will likely be without standout center Tyler Seguin again in Game 4 of their first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild.Seguin has been rehabbing his Achilles tendon, which kept him out of the last 10 regular-season games plus the playoffs opener against the Wild. Seguin took part in Game 2 but was held out of Game 3. Coach Lindy Ruff said he didn't believe Seguin has resumed skating.

  • Capitals expect to have Holtby as they try to sweep Flyers

    April 19, 2016

    Braden Holtby and the Washington Capitals plan to keep rolling along against the Flyers despite an injury scare in practice.Holtby, the goaltender who has stopped 91 of Philadelphia's 93 shots through three games of the first-round playoff series, left practice Tuesday with an apparent left leg injury after a collision with a teammate. Coach Barry Trotz said he expects Holtby to play in Game 4 on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN) as Washington goes for the sweep.

  • Ducks switch goalies to Andersen for Game 3 vs. Predators

    April 19, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Goaltender Frederik Andersen will start Game 3 for Anaheim with the Ducks trailing 0-2 in their opening series with the Nashville Predators.Coach Bruce Boudreau said Tuesday after the Ducks' morning skate that the change isn't because of anything rookie John Gibson is doing in net. Boudreau says it's more of a change to hopefully get the Ducks playing better.

  • Wrist shots: Flyers say no bracelets for Game 4

    April 19, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers want to keep wrist shots on the ice and not from fans in the stands.The Flyers on Tuesday condemned disgruntled fans who threw promotional light-up bracelets and trashed the ice during a playoff game against the Washington Capitals on Monday night.

  • Coyotes to buy Springfield Falcons, move AHL club to Tucson

    April 19, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed an agreement to purchase the Springfield Falcons and hope to move their AHL affiliate to Tucson.The deal, announced Tuesday, must be approved by the NHL board of governors and is contingent upon signing a lease agreement.

  • Stars' Seguin out for Game 3 due to Achilles tendon setback

    April 18, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin will miss another playoff game due to the Achilles tendon injury that kept him out for a month.Seguin didn't travel to Minnesota for Game 3 of the first-round series against the Wild. Coach Lindy Ruff said before the game Monday that Seguin was back in Dallas doing more rehab and said Seguin is day to day.

  • Lightning coach Jon Cooper was a lawyer before new career

    April 18, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning coach Jon Cooper left Wall Street to be a lawyer, planning to eventually become a sports agent.To make ends meet as an attorney, he made ,500 a month to handle cases for financially strapped clients in the middle of Michigan. Cooper's charm and communication skills helped him cut deals for defendants while quickly processing a lot of people in and out of the state district court.

  • Flyers honor founder Ed Snider before Game 3

    April 18, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers honored founder Ed Snider before Game 3 of the playoffs in their first home game since his death last week.There were reminders of Snider on Monday night all around the Wells Fargo Center.The Flyers hanged a banner outside the arena with Snider's picture and the caption ''A Flyer Forever.'' His silhouette was inside the Flyers logo for the customary playoff T-shirt giveaway, and some fans left flowers and cards at a makeshift memorial next to the team flag.

  • McDonagh practices with Rangers, status for Game 3 unknown

    April 18, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers have an outside chance of getting captain Ryan McDonagh back for Game 3 of their first round playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.McDonagh practiced on Monday for the first time since sustaining an upper-body (hand) injury against Columbus in the final week of the regular season. He sat out as the Rangers split the opening two games of their best-of-7 series with the Penguins.

  • Challenge system takes center stage in NHL playoffs

    April 18, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Aaron Ekblad had a big goal for the Florida Panthers, and then it was gone. Same for Vladimir Tarasenko in St. Louis last week. Andrew Shaw of the Chicago Blackhawks and Derick Brassard of the New York Rangers got to keep their clutch scores.

  • Sharks look to bring road success back home against Kings

    April 18, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The playoffs started the way much of this season has gone for the San Jose Sharks: a successful road trip where structured defense, strong goaltending and solid all-around play led to two straight wins in Los Angeles.Now the task for the Sharks is figuring out how to take that road success they have enjoyed all season and bring it back to San Jose where the once-imposing Shark Tank has become too comfortable for visiting teams.

  • Stars take 2-0 lead to Minnesota; Wild look to make own luck

    April 17, 2016

    The Dallas Stars have had a clear edge over the depleted Minnesota Wild during most of the first two games of their Western Conference quarterfinal series.The Stars even got the big break. Now the Wild want one, too.''We've got to find a way to get our fluke goal,'' coach John Torchetti said.

  • Down 0-2 to Dallas, Wild recall D Mike Reilly from Iowa

    April 17, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have recalled defenseman Mike Reilly from Iowa of the AHL.The Wild trail Dallas 2-0 in their best-of-seven playoff series. Reilly was recalled on Sunday and is expected to be ready if needed for Game 3 in Minnesota on Monday night.

  • Despite Lundqvist scare, goalies don't want changes to masks

    April 17, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) As Henrik Lundqvist kicked his feet in pain, bad thoughts went through his head for 30 seconds. New York Rangers teammate Marc Staal's stick blade went right through his mask and struck the All-Star goaltender in the right eye.Lundqvist left that game in pain but returned to practice two days later and played Saturday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, all the while defending goaltending masks that have allowed similar kinds of injuries over the years.

  • Seguin returns for Stars in Game 2 vs. Wild with Haula back

    April 16, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dallas Stars center Tyler Seguin has returned to the lineup for the first time in a month.Seguin is back for Game 2 of the Stars' opening-round playoff game against Minnesota on Saturday night. He had missed the last 10 games of the regular season and the playoff opener because of a slight cut of his left Achilles suffered March 17.

  • Tight Blues-Blackhawks series shifts to Chicago

    April 16, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock planted the seed right after the Blues' dramatic loss in Game 2. When it comes to the officiating, Hitchcock said, the close calls go in the direction of the defending Stanley Cup champions.That was news to Joel Quenneville, who is trying to coach the Chicago Blackhawks to their second straight title and fourth in seven seasons.

  • Lundqvist starts for Rangers, Fleury out again for Penguins

    April 16, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will start Game 2 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, three days after injuring his right eye in a 5-2 loss in Game 1.Lundqvist left after the first period on Wednesday when teammate Marc Staal's stick made its way in between the bars on Lundqvist's goalie mask. Lundqvist saw a specialist on Thursday and practiced with the team on Friday. The game Saturday is Lundqvist's franchise-record 112th consecutive postseason start in net.

  • Former Canadiens coach Jacques Demers improving after stroke

    April 15, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers is getting better every day and has begun eating after a recent stroke, his doctors said Friday.The 71-year-old Demers, now a Canadian senator, still has some weakness on the right side and difficulty with speech, but is alert, said Dr. Angela Genge of the Montreal Neurological Institute.

  • Lundqvist, Couturier injuries affect playoff series early

    April 15, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers will have to try to mount a comeback against the Washington Capitals without one of their best players. The New York Rangers are optimistic they will have their franchise player back for a rally against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

  • Flyers' Couturier out of Capitals series with injury

    April 15, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Center Sean Couturier will miss the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers' first-round series against the Washington Capitals because of an upper-body injury.The team said Friday that he will be out at least two weeks. Couturier's loss is a significant blow to the Flyers because of his defensive roles at even strength and on the penalty kill and his offensive ability on the power play.

  • Lundqvist practices but status for Game 2 uncertain

    April 15, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) New York Rangers Henrik Lundqvist practiced on Friday but his status for Saturday's playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins remains uncertainLundqvist played just one period in New York's 5-2 loss in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday after teammate Marc Staal's stick scraped the goaltender's right eye. Lundqvist met with a specialist on Thursday and was cleared to practice. The three-time All-Star said there is no damage to the eye and his vision is fine but remains concerned about slight swelling around the eye.

  • All-Star center Seguin still out for Stars in playoff opener

    April 14, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) All-Star center Tyler Seguin is missing the playoff opener for the Dallas Stars.Seguin practiced this week with the Stars for the first time since missing the last 10 games of the regular season with a slight cut of his left Achilles tendon.

  • Blues hope physical play wears down Blackhawks

    April 14, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Besides winning their playoff opener in overtime over the defending Stanley Cup champions, the St. Louis Blues hoped to exact a physical toll.The Blues were credited with outhitting the Chicago Blackhawks 41-24 in Wednesday night's 1-0 victory.

  • Chicago's Duncan Keith set to return from 6-game suspension

    April 14, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Ken Hitchcock meant no disrespect when he said Duncan Keith was ''just a player on the other team.''The St. Louis Blues coach knows Keith well, working as an assistant coach on two Olympic gold-medal winning teams that included Chicago's star defenseman. It's just that complimenting the opposition has always made him uneasy.

  • Ducks, Preds hope to get rolling early in first-round series

    April 14, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After a 3 1/2-month sprint from the bottom of the NHL to the top of the Pacific Division, the Anaheim Ducks realize they don't get any chance to catch their breath.A first-round matchup with the powerful Nashville Predators could undo all of that hard work in a hurry.

  • Third-string goaltender Zatkoff unlikely hero for Penguins

    April 14, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) It would have been easy for Jeff Zatkoff to go through the motions. Nobody would have blamed him really.Bumped out of the Pittsburgh Penguins backup goaltender spot by rookie Matt Murray over the winter, Zatkoff spent the last six weeks of the regular season a healthy scratch, arguably the two most dreaded words in hockey.

  • Bruins opt to retain coach Julien for another season

    April 14, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Bruins are sticking with coach Claude Julien for another season despite missing the playoffs two years in a row.General manager Don Sweeney said Thursday that Julien is the right coach to guide the team through a ''bumpy transition.''

  • Rangers believes Lundqvist's injury "not serious"

    April 14, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The New York Rangers don't think goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's freak eye injury will keep him out indefinitely. Still, coach Alain Vigneault isn't sure Lundqvist will be ready in time for Game 2 of New York's Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against Pittsburgh on Saturday.

  • Rangers recall goaltender Hellberg from AHL

    April 14, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled goaltender Magnus Hellberg from Hartford of the American Hockey League while star Henrik Lundqvist deals with a facial injury suffered in a Game 1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night.

  • Fighting the bear: John Scott demonstrates a hockey fight

    April 14, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The thought of fighting a bear is terrifying. It's bigger, stronger, faster, has absolutely no fear of you and every confidence it can destroy you in seconds.Once hockey tough guy John Scott put his massive paws on me, I wished I was fighting a bear instead.

  • Rangers' Lundqvist leaves after taking stick to face

    April 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist left the Rangers' playoff game against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Wednesday night after taking a stick to the face.Lundqvist appeared to be scratched in the face when teammate Marc Staal's stick found its way between the bars on Lundqvist's mask with 48 seconds left in the first period. Lundqvist writhed on the ice in pain for several moments before being helped to the bench. He received treatment and remained in the game, getting beat by Pittsburgh's Patric Hornqvist with 18 seconds remaining in the period.

  • Maple Leafs sign Kadri, Rielly to 6-year deals

    April 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Maple Leafs showed their faith in two key young players Wednesday, signing forward Nazem Kadri and defenseman Morgan Rielly to six-year deals.Kadri's deal totals million over six years for an average annual value of .5 million, while Rielly's contract is worth million for an annual cap hit of million.

  • Ducks top NHL on power play, penalty kill, overall defense

    April 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The NHL's stingiest defensive team also had the best power play and the best penalty kill this season.The Anaheim Ducks turned several flaws into strengths over the past 3 1/2 months, and that's one big reason they're heading into the Stanley Cup playoffs with confidence.

  • Canucks sign North Dakota defenseman Troy Stecher

    April 13, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks signed North Dakota defenseman Troy Stecher on Wednesday.The 22-year-old Stecher, from Richmond, British Columbia, helped North Dakota win the NCAA title last week. He had eight goals and 29 assists in 43 games for the Fighting Hawks this season.

  • Wild sign 2014 1st-round pick Alex Tuch

    April 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have signed former first-round draft pick Alex Tuch to a three-year, entry-level contract starting next season.The deal was made Wednesday with the Boston College forward, who had 18 goals and 16 assists in 40 games as the Eagles reached the NCAA Frozen Four. The 19-year-old from Baldwinsville, New York, in the Syracuse area, was taken by the Wild in 2014 with the 18th overall selection.

  • Rangers recall forward Marek Hrivik from Hartford

    April 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled forward Marek Hrivik from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the move Wednesday, hours before the Rangers opened a first-round playoff series with the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

  • Playoff teams needing crucial points find offense on defense

    April 13, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Come the postseason, NHL teams need as much scoring as they can get. The Nashville Predators are ready to lean, yet again, on their defense for a little help in that department.The Predators tied for the league's highest-scoring defense with 203 points, even after trading away Seth Jones in early January.

  • Sharks have chance to rebound from crushing loss to LA Kings

    April 13, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Almost every NHL contender has a few ghosts of past failures that they must exorcise on the path toward the Stanley Cup.The San Jose Sharks have a monster in their closet, and they've got to face it in the first round.Just two years ago, the Los Angeles Kings rallied from a 0-3 series deficit in the first round to eliminate San Jose in humiliating fashion at the Shark Tank. The momentum propelled the Kings to their second championship, and it sent the Sharks on a spiral that bottomed out last spring with their first non-playoff season in over a decade.

  • Capitals ready to flip switch against physical Flyers

    April 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) When the Washington Capitals were coasting down the stretch, defenseman Matt Niskanen conceded ''it's hard to turn it on'' come playoff time. Capitals players talked about it then, what the intensity level would rise to when the playoffs start.

  • Wild playoff matchup for Stars vs Minnesota replacement

    April 13, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Patrick Sharp is getting ready to face Minnesota in a playoff series for the fourth year in a row. It will be the first for the Dallas Stars, the franchise with roots in the Twin Cities.Known as the North Stars before moving south to Dallas in 1993, the Stars are the top seed in the Western Conference. They open their first-round series at home Thursday night against the Wild, the team that eventually replaced them in Minnesota.

  • Panthers, Islanders look to end long postseason droughts

    April 13, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The days of the Florida Panthers playing before a largely empty arena are not exactly long gone. It was just last season when the franchise was setting attendance futility records, getting attention for plenty of wrong reasons.The narrative has changed completely since.

  • Stanley Cup playoffs never get old for Wings' Brad Richards

    April 13, 2016

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) There's nothing like the Stanley Cup playoffs to make Brad Richards feel young again.The two-time Stanley Cup champion is in the postseason for the 10th time during a 16-year career that includes stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Dallas Stars, New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and his current team, the Detroit Red Wings, who squeezed into the playoffs for the 25th consecutive season.

  • Panarin tops players to watch in 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs

    April 12, 2016

    Evgeny Kuznetsov considers the KHL playoffs in Russia to be just as intense as the spotlight for the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs. Kuznetsov has experienced both, thanks to two rounds with the Washington Capitals last season.This spring, Chicago Blackhawks rookie and fellow Russian Artemi Panarin gets his first taste of the NHL postseason a year after being a point-a-game player for Gagarin Cup-champion CSKA Moscow. Panarin alongside Patrick Kane trying to land the Cup in Chicago for the fourth time in seven seasons should be a show in itself.

  • Blackhawks expect physical first-round series against Blues

    April 12, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The last title defense for the Chicago Blackhawks also started with the St. Louis Blues, and it nearly ended there, too. Four of the six games went to overtime before the Blackhawks moved on.While most of the finer details from that 2014 playoff series have faded into history, Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson remembers how close it was, enough to brace himself for what is coming this time around.

  • Capitals are not running from Stanley Cup expectations

    April 12, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Once again, the Washington Capitals are atop the NHL as the best regular-season team. Once again, the pressure's on them as the favorite to win the Stanley Cup and prove this year won't bring another early playoff exit.Expectations have never been higher for Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals, six years after their first Presidents' Trophy and with their window drawing to a close. Being the best team over 82 games was worth nothing to Washington in 2010 when it lost in the first round to the Montreal Canadiens, but this team isn't running from the notion that it's Stanley Cup or bust.

  • Benn grows as captain, leads West-winning Stars to playoffs

    April 11, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Jamie Benn sat at his locker after a light practice, turned a ballcap backward and waited for reporters to start asking about what will soon be just the second trip to the playoffs for the Dallas captain.The answers were short and delivered in a soft tone that doesn't change much. Same old Benn, although even he is willing to acknowledge that he's growing more comfortable with everything that accompanies wearing the ''C.''

  • Sabres GM Murray says blood clot ends McCormick's career

    April 11, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray says forward Cody McCormick has decided against resuming his NHL career a year after of a blood clot was found in his left leg.McCormick does not want to jeopardize his health, Murray said in providing the update during the Sabres season-ending news conference on Monday. McCormick has not played since scoring a goal on Jan. 10, 2015, a day before he was hospitalized after the clot was discovered.

  • Youth-laden Buffalo Sabres finally showing signs of progress

    April 11, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres general manager Tim Murray acknowledged it was unrealistic to expect Buffalo to transform into an overnight contender based on the wholesale changes that took place last offseason.It's not an excuse Murray plans to be repeating a year from now after the youth-laden Sabres showed gradual signs of improvement by riding an encouraging second-half season surge to end up 23rd in the NHL standings following two consecutive last-place finishes.

  • Here's the 1st playoff challenge for the Panthers: beards

    April 11, 2016

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) Plenty of young players in the Florida Panthers' locker room are getting exposed to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time, and some are already struggling.Not in the hockey sense.Problem is, a few fresh-faced Panthers, well, they can't grow beards.

  • Surging Penguins complete turnaround in time for playoffs

    April 11, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Matt Cullen can't quite find the right words to describe it. Maybe because the seemingly ageless Pittsburgh Penguins center has never experienced a season quite like this in a career that spans eight cities and nearly two decades.Lifeless and listless in December, the Penguins enter the playoffs arguably the hottest team in the NHL, fueled by Sidney Crosby's return to doing Sidney Crosby things. And by fresh legs from youngsters who seem to thrive off the pressure. And by a coach in Mike Sullivan whose arrival resonated in a dressing room adrift.

  • Full of young talent, Blue Jackets look past dismal season

    April 11, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella was typically blunt on Monday in looking back on the team's dismal season.''I'm disappointed, I'm mad, frustrated,'' said Tortorella, who was brought in to try to stop the bleeding after the Blue Jackets lost their first seven games of the season. ''I feel like I've let the organization down. I don't think I've done enough to get this straightened out.''

  • Blackhawks, Kings face daunting 1st-round playoff matchups

    April 11, 2016

    The last two NHL champions don't exactly have a gilded path back to the Stanley Cup.The Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings each need to beat a bitter rival just to get out of the first round in the Western Conference playoffs.The defending champion Blackhawks meet the St. Louis Blues in an early meeting of regular-season powerhouses, while the two-time champion Kings face the rival San Jose Sharks for the fourth time in six years when the Stanley Cup postseason begins this week.

  • Bruins head into uncertain offseason after missing playoffs

    April 11, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) For the second straight season, the Boston Bruins missed qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs by the slimmest of margins and face an uncertain offseason.After making the playoffs seven straight years under coach Claude Julien, the Bruins came up two points short in 2014-15. They finished tied with the Detroit Red Wings for third place in the Atlantic Division but missed out on the playoffs because of the regulation/overtime-win tiebreaker.

  • Sharks look to forget past playoff collapse against Kings

    April 11, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After a one-year hiatus, the San Jose Sharks are back in the postseason against the team that knocked them out on their past two trips to the playoffs.The Sharks aren't looking to use a third shot at the Los Angeles Kings as extra motivation heading into their first-round series.

  • Elliott No. 1 goalie for Blues entering playoffs

    April 11, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) This time of year, goalie Brian Elliott is usually an afterthought for the St. Louis Blues. Come playoff time, they have leaned on the likes of Jaroslav Halak, Ryan Miller and Jake Allen.This spring, the red-hot Elliott is indisputably the man entering the Blues' first-round series against the rival Chicago Blackhawks. For now, anyway.

  • Capitals prepare for hard-fought series against Flyers

    April 11, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The reward for the Washington Capitals finishing first in the Eastern Conference is a first-round matchup with the rough-and-tumble Philadelphia Flyers, whose second-half surge got them into the playoffs during the final weekend of the regular season.

  • Arizona Coyotes fire GM Don Maloney

    April 11, 2016

    Don Maloney succeeded at one of the toughest jobs in sports, leading the Arizona Coyotes to the playoffs despite the constraints of operating a team owned by the NHL.Once the Coyotes had more financial flexibility under new owners, Maloney was unable to conjure up the same success and took the fall for it.

  • Coyotes fire GM Don Maloney

    April 11, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes fired general manager Don Maloney on Monday.Maloney spent the past nine seasons as executive vice president and GM. The Coyotes made the playoffs from 2010-12, but have now missed four consecutive postseasons. Arizona went 35-39-8 this season and finished fourth in the Pacific Division.

  • Devils make progress under Hynes, still miss playoffs

    April 11, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The days of the New Jersey Devils being a permanent fixture in the Stanley Cup playoffs are long gone.The postseason drought reached four years in John Hynes' just concluded first season as coach. While the Devils were more competitive, they are still lacking key ingredients, the biggest being a superstar to carry the team.

  • Avs miss playoffs for 2nd straight year, may shake up roster

    April 11, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Coach Patrick Roy and his intense glare will be back. That's about the only certainty after another season gone sour for the Colorado Avalanche.There are no untouchable players with the team missing the playoffs for a second straight year. Call with an offer and general manager Joe Sakic intends to listen.

  • Red Wings' Datsyuk says it's hard to make final decision now

    April 11, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Pavel Datsyuk has been drawing eyes and dropping jaws with his dazzling skills, dangling pucks on his stick and snatching them from opponents for more than a decade.He isn't used to doing it with his words.Datsyuk did just that over the weekend when he revealed plans to leave the Detroit Red Wings after the playoffs with a year left on his contract to reunite with his teenage daughter and continue his career in Russia. He was peppered with questions Monday, a day after being quoted in a Detroit Free Press story saying he was retiring from the NHL as soon as Detroit finishes its postseason run.

  • Rangers captain McDonagh unlikely to start against Penguins

    April 11, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers didn't off to a good start for their playoff series with the Pittsburgh Penguins.Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh didn't practice Monday because of a hand injury and is unlikely to start when the series opens in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

  • Rolling Penguins, confident Capitals headline wide-open East

    April 11, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin's Washington Capitals are the favorites to come out of the Eastern Conference and could be on a crash course to meet in the playoffs for the first time since 2009.Crosby and Ovechkin would face off in the second round, marking just the second postseason meeting between the two stars.

  • AP Source: Coyotes to fire GM Don Maloney

    April 11, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Coyotes will fire general manager Don Maloney on Monday.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not been made.Maloney spent the past nine seasons as executive vice president and GM. The Coyotes made the playoffs from 2010-12, but have now missed four consecutive postseasons. Arizona went 35-39-8 this season and finished fourth in the Pacific Division.

  • Ed Snider, founder of Philadelphia Flyers, dies at 83

    April 11, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Ed Snider was weakened by cancer, the disease that kept him from his beloved Philadelphia Flyers.General manager Ron Hextall went to Snider's home in California in December before a scouting trip, watching what would be their last Flyers game together on TV.

  • Capitals finally able to turn attention to playoffs

    April 11, 2016

    Coach Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals finally have something to play for.Two weeks after the Capitals clinched the NHL's best record, Trotz can begin turning his attention to a first-round playoff matchup against the Philadelphia Flyers after Washington closed the season with a 2-0 loss to Anaheim.

  • Too many men penalties a concern for some NHL playoff teams

    April 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Rule 74 sounds simple enough. Too many men on the ice, and you get a two-minute penalty.Turns out it's a bit more complicated, and a miscalculation becomes even more costly this time of year.Seven of the NHL's 16 playoff teams were among the league's most penalized clubs for having too many men on the ice, according to STATS. Chicago, which begins its title defense Wednesday in St. Louis, was second with 13, followed by Detroit (11), Minnesota (10) and the New York Islanders (10), and Anaheim, Dallas and San Jose in a group at nine.

  • Rangers open playoffs at Pens; Ducks vault Kings in Pacific

    April 10, 2016

    The New York Islanders will open the playoffs at the Florida Panthers, and that means Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers will face Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins for the third consecutive year.The Eastern Conference playoffs were settled Sunday night with the Islanders' 5-2 loss to Philadelphia. The Islanders are seeded seventh and will take on the Atlantic Division champion Panthers starting Thursday night. The Rangers stayed in third in the Metropolitan Division, and will face the second-place Penguins on Wednesday night.

  • Caps stick to plan, sit Holtby with chance to break record

    April 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Philipp Grubauer started in goal for the Washington Capitals against the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday, instead of Braden Holtby getting a chance to break Martin Brodeur's NHL single-season wins record.Holtby got win No. 48 on Saturday in St. Louis but Trotz said he wasn't be given the opportunity to set the record because it's not worth the risk in the meaningless regular-season finale, especially in the second half of a back-to-back.

  • Bryan Murray stepping down as GM of Ottawa Senators

    April 10, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Bryan Murray would have liked his time as general manager of the Ottawa Senators to have a better ending.But at least he is confident that he's leaving the position in good hands.Less than 24 hours after the Senators' season ended, Murray announced he would be stepping down as GM and taking on a senior advisory role.

  • Devils' Elias reconsidering future after good final week

    April 10, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Patrik Elias is suddenly thinking about playing an 18th season in the NHL.Whether it's with the New Jersey Devils remains to be seen.A two-time Stanley Cup winner with the Devils and their all-time leading scorer, Elias said that returning from a knee injury for the last three games of the regular season has forced him to reconsider his future as he heads into unrestricted free agency.

  • Devils' John Hynes to coach USA national team

    April 8, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes has been named the coach of the United States team that will compete at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Russia next month.USA Hockey announced the appointment on Friday, two days before the end of the NHL regular season.

  • 'Mr. Game 7' Justin Williams reaches 1,000-game milestone

    April 8, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Justin Williams tore ligaments in his left knee (twice), tore the Achilles tendon in his right leg and broke his right ankle - all before he turned 28. Even though he had won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006, it's no wonder the Los Angeles Kings wondered if Williams was damaged goods.

  • Blackhawks C Anisimov sidelined for loss to Blues

    April 8, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks think they will be at full strength when the NHL playoffs start next week.Right now, not so much.The defending Stanley Cup champions played without goaltender Corey Crawford and forwards Artem Anisimov, Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw during their 2-1 overtime loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

  • Oilers sign Caleb Jones to 3-year entry level contract

    April 7, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers signed defenseman Caleb Jones to a three-year entry level contract Thursday.The 18-year-old Jones had 10 goals and 45 assists in 72 games this season for the Portland Winterhawks in the Western Hockey League. He also had two assists in four playoff games.

  • Former NHL coach Jacques Demers in hospital after stroke

    April 7, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Former Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Demers was in a Montreal hospital Thursday, a day after having a stroke.The 71-year-old Demers is now a Canadian senator.Claude Carignan, the Conservative leader in the senate, said he spoke with an assistant to Demers and was told he was conscious Thursday morning. Demers, who coached the Canadiens to the 1993 Stanley Cup title, is a patient of the team's current doctor, David Mulder.

  • Ennis rejoins Sabres after missing 3 months with concussion

    April 7, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres center Tyler Ennis was grateful for the mere opportunity to return to the ice for practice Thursday after enduring several difficult months recovering from the effects of a concussion.''It felt great. I mean, I can still skate. I figured that out,'' Ennis said with a wide-eyed grin. ''Not playing hockey is strange. And it's the opposite: When I'm on the ice, it's the greatest feeling.''

  • Blackhawks C Anisimov sidelined for matchup with Blues

    April 7, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks think they will be at full strength when the NHL playoffs start next week.Right now, not so much.The defending Stanley Cup champions will be without goaltender Corey Crawford and forwards Artem Anisimov, Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw when they take on the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

  • Sabres call up forwards Rodrigues, Schneider from minors

    April 7, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have called up forwards Evan Rodrigues and Cole Schneider from the minors.Both players were called up on from AHL Rochester on Thursday and are in a position to make their NHL debuts during one of Buffalo's final two games of the season.

  • Struggling Lightning recall forward Jonathan Drouin from AHL

    April 7, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The struggling Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled forward Jonathan Drouin from the American Hockey League.The Lightning have lost four of six games and lacked offense since losing captain Steven Stamkos (blood clot) and defenseman Anton Stralman (broken leg). Drouin has 11 goals and two assists for the AHL's Syracuse Crunch this season.

  • Wayne Gretzky, Oilers alumni and fans bid goodbye to Rexall

    April 7, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Wayne Gretzky stood at center ice in the building he made famous Wednesday night and saluted the fans.''My gosh, I wish we could be out there and play for them again but we can't do it anymore,'' Gretzky said to cheers from thousands of supporters - most clad in orange, blue and white team jerseys - in a tribute ceremony to mark the final Oilers game at Rexall Place.

  • Golisano feels vindicated in helping NHL police hits to head

    April 6, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Upon reflection, former Buffalo Sabres owner Tom Golisano is pleased knowing the public stink he raised over hits to the head have played a role in cleaning up the NHL game nearly a decade later.That it took so long for the league to take action is another matter.

  • Islanders battle through slew of injuries, make playoffs

    April 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Losing another player to injury struck a nerve for Jack Capuano. The New York Islanders' coach couldn't remember how many times in recent weeks his team had to finish a game with only five defensemen.''I don't want to answer any more questions on the injury front, to be honest with you,'' Capuano said. ''It's been a long month about it, and there's nothing you can do about it.''

  • Injured Canadiens G Price, D Subban are done for the season

    April 6, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price and defenseman P.K. Subban will not play in the final two games of the season.The club said Wednesday that Price has been out with a medial collateral ligament sprain in his right knee suffered Nov. 25 against the New York Rangers. Team Dr. Vincent Lacroix said Price was close to returning but wasn't yet cleared to play.

  • Concussions, hits to the head landed atop NHL agenda in 2007

    April 6, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) During the 2006-07 season, a concussion sustained by Sabres co-captain Chris Drury - as a result of a blindside check by Ottawa's Chris Neil - placed hits to the head at the forefront of the NHL agenda.It began with then-Sabres owner Tom Golisano's letter urging NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman to re-examine the rules after the league informed Buffalo that Neil's hit was legal. The concerns grew during the Stanley Cup Final, when Anaheim defenseman Chris Pronger was suspended for one game after elbowing Ottawa's Dean McAmmond in the head.

  • Elias returns for Devils, sidelined since Dec. 19

    April 5, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias returned Tuesday night against the Buffalo Sabres, seeing action for the first time since Dec. 19 following right knee surgery.Elias is New Jersey's all-time leader in goals (407), assists (615) and points (1,022), having spent his entire 17-year career with the team.

  • Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh out at least final 3 games

    April 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh is going to miss the final three games of the regular season and his status for the playoffs is uncertain because of an upper-body injury.McDonagh was hit in the right hand by a shot in the first period of Monday's night's win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. He did not play in the final two periods.

  • Rangers recall Brady Skjei from minors with McDonagh hurt

    April 5, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei from Hartford of the AHL with the status of captain Ryan McDonagh uncertain.McDonagh was hit in the hand by a shot in the Rangers' win over Columbus on Monday night and didn't play in the final two periods.

  • Carpenter scores in OT to get US gold over Canada again

    April 5, 2016

    KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) Alex Carpenter put another gold medal around the Americans' necks.The daughter of former NHL player Bobby Carpenter struck 12:30 into overtime to lift the United States over Canada 1-0 Monday night to win the women's world hockey championship.

  • Holtby approaching Brodeur's single-season wins record

    April 4, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) When Martin Brodeur broke the NHL's single-season wins mark in 2006-07, the New Jersey Devils goaltender was honored that previous record holder Bernie Parent was in attendance. The Hall of Famer sent him a note, and Brodeur had him autograph a replica mask that's still displayed in his home.

  • Stamkos has surgery for blood clot, out 1 to 3 months

    April 4, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has had surgery to remove a blood clot from near his right collarbone and is expected to miss 1 to 3 months.The two-hour procedure was performed Monday by Dr. Karl Illig in Tampa.Illig said in a statement released by the team: ''Everything went as expected for Steven. We plan to re-evaluate him in about two weeks and we should know more about his prognosis at that time.''

  • Backes, Allen to miss remainder of Blues' regular season

    April 4, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen and forward David Backes will miss at least the last three regular-season games with lower body injuries.Both will be re-evaluated before the playoffs, Coach Ken Hitchcock said Monday. Allen was injured in the first period of St. Louis' 5-1 victory in Colorado on Sunday night and Backes was injured late in the third period on an empty-net goal by Troy Brouwer.

  • Leafs' Kadri suspended 4 games for cross-checking Glendening

    April 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for four games without pay for cross-checking Detroit's Luke Glendening in the back of the head.The discipline announced Monday by the league's department of player safety will cost Kadri 0,000. Kadri will also miss Toronto's final four games of the season. The Leafs, who already have been eliminated from playoff contention, host Florida on Monday.

  • Canadiens recall All-Star game MVP John Scott from minors

    April 3, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) All-Star MVP John Scott was recalled from the minors Sunday by the Montreal Canadiens.The rugged left wing created a buzz in the NHL when he was playfully voted in by fans as captain of the Pacific Division team for this year's All-Star game.

  • Florida headed to Stanley Cup playoffs, 2nd time since 2000

    April 3, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jaromir Jagr hasn't been clean-shaven in a while. It's likely no coincidence that the same can be said about Jonathan Huberdeau, his Florida Panthers' linemate.Put simply, if Jagr does something, the Panthers notice.And that will especially ring true starting next week, when the long-struggling Panthers return to the playoffs for just the second time in the past 15 seasons. Florida's postseason berth was clinched Sunday when Boston lost to Chicago, and the Panthers now find themselves on the brink of securing home-ice advantage for at least the opening round.

  • Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury out with a concussion

    April 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury has a concussion and did not travel to New York for Saturday's game against the Islanders.Coach Mike Sullivan said before the game that Fleury was not feeling well Friday and was sent to see team doctors. The coach said the concussion diagnosis came that afternoon. This is Fleury's second concussion this season. He missed eight games in December with post-concussion symptoms.

  • Blackhawks' Keith suspended 6 games for high-sticking

    April 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks will have to start the playoffs without reigning playoff MVP Duncan Keith, who was suspended six games for ''dangerously and violently'' high-sticking Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle.Keith will miss the final five games of the regular season and the first game of the Blackhawks' first-round playoff series.

  • Nicklas Backstrom banged up, will miss game at Colorado

    April 1, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz says center Nicklas Backstrom is dinged up and won't play Friday night against Colorado.Trotz said it's for precautionary reasons after Backstrom was ''banged up a little bit'' at Philadelphia on Wednesday. Trotz isn't sure if Backstrom will play Saturday at Arizona.

  • NHL fines 3 for embellishment, including Leafs Kadri ,000

    April 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has fined three players for diving/embellishment, including a combined ,000 penalty against Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri for being a multiple offender.Kadri was cited Friday for three separate instances over a seven-week span. The first drew a warning, and occurred against New Jersey on Feb. 4. The second happened against Ottawa on March 12, and triggered a ,000 fine. He was cited a third time during a game against Calgary on March 21, which led to a ,000 fine.

  • Killers and Mr. Las Vegas to open splashy Strip arena

    April 1, 2016

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The newest addition to the glittering Las Vegas Strip debuts next week without a slot machine or a blackjack table in sight.No NHL team, either, but that doesn't stop MGM officials from believing they will hit the jackpot with a new 5 million arena that sits in the middle of all the best action this gambling town has to offer.

  • Devils F Jordin Tootoo has wrist surgery, out for season

    April 1, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo has had wrist surgery and will miss the rest of the regular season.Devils coach John Hynes disclosed on Friday that Tootoo had surgery on his right wrist to repair a tear in the sheath covering a tendon.

  • Ducks lose Perron, Andersen, Rakell, Lindholm to health woes

    April 1, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Anaheim Ducks forward David Perron will be out four to six weeks with a separated right shoulder, and goalie Frederik Andersen is out indefinitely with a concussion.The Ducks announced a surge of injury woes Friday before their game against Vancouver, potentially imperiling their run for a fourth consecutive Pacific Division title in the regular season's final days.

  • Canada's NHL playoff shutout has 'painful' ramifications

    April 1, 2016

    Paul Samborski and his father, Lenn, were at Winnipeg Arena for the original Jets' final playoff game in 1996 before the team moved to Phoenix. When the NHL returned in 2011, Samborski joined the thousands of fans who signed up for season tickets and brought his dad to the new Jets' first home playoff game last year against Anaheim.

  • Flyers signing Emery for rest of regular season

    April 1, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers signed goaltender Ray Emery on Friday to a contract for the remainder of the season.The 33-year-old Emery joined the Flyers on a professional tryout agreement earlier in the week. Because he signed after the trade deadline, he's not eligible to play in the playoffs.

  • Blackhawks D Keith waives right to in-person hearing

    April 1, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks star defenseman Duncan Keith has waived his right to an in-person hearing for high-sticking Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle.The NHL's Department of Player Safety announced late Thursday night that Keith will have a phone hearing instead on Friday afternoon.

  • Rats! Panthers get penalized twice after toy rats hit ice

    March 31, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Giving away 10,000 toy rats to fans as they arrived at the arena was supposed to be a promotion for the Florida Panthers.It turned into a problem instead.The Panthers were penalized twice in the third period of Thursday's 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils because fans were throwing the rats onto the ice despite warnings not to do so. New Jersey didn't score on either resulting power play, but that wasn't enough to keep Panthers star Jaromir Jagr from saying after the game that he wasn't pleased with the situation.

  • Chimera fined ,000 for stick work vs Flyers

    March 31, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington Capitals forward Jason Chimera has been fined ,000 by the NHL for butt-ending Philadelphia rookie defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere in the Flyers' 2-1 win Wednesday night.The NHL announced the fine, the maximum allowable under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, on Thursday.

  • Statement: Predators told of Vesey's free agency plans

    March 31, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jimmy Vesey will become a free agent Aug. 15, and his representatives say the Nashville Predators were told not to factor the Harvard forward's future into any decisions at the trade deadline.It's the latest in bantering between the Predators and Vesey.

  • Sabres Kane to miss final 9 days of season due to injury

    March 31, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane will miss the final nine days of the season because of an upper body injury.Coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday that Kane likely needs three to four weeks to recover. Buffalo is out of playoff contention and has just five games left, including hosting Toronto on Thursday night.

  • Wild turn season around with interim coach Torchetti

    March 30, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have turned yet another season around, just in time.This year, John Torchetti's takeover of the team was the stimulus. Perhaps the journeyman coach will be rewarded with an eventual removal of the interim tag.

  • Sabres goalie Robin Lehner has season-ending ankle surgery

    March 30, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres starting goalie Robin Lehner will miss the remainder of the season after having surgery to repair his right ankle.The Sabres announced the news Wednesday, two days after Lehner was scheduled to meet with doctors. Lehner had missed five games since a 3-2 overtime loss to Montreal on March 16.

  • NHL suspends Canucks Virtanen 2 games for blindside check

    March 30, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended Vancouver Canucks forward Jake Virtanen two games without pay for what the league called a ''vicious'' blindside check on San Jose Sharks defenseman Roman Polak.Virtanen will forego more than ,600 in pay because of the hit that occurred in the second period of San Jose's 4-1 win on Tuesday night. Polak had just passed the puck out of his end when he was sent hard to the ice after being struck from the right side by Virtanen.

  • NHL offers Keith in-person hearing for high-sticking Coyle

    March 30, 2016

    The NHL has offered Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith an in-person hearing for high-sticking Wild forward Charlie Coyle.The offer Wednesday means the league can suspend Keith more than five games, but it doesn't have to. Keith has the option of traveling to New York or waiving his right to the hearing.

  • Keith offered in-person hearing for high-sticking Coyle

    March 30, 2016

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith has been offered an in-person hearing for high-sticking Minnesota Wild forward Charlie Coyle during a game Tuesday.The offer of an in-person hearing means the NHL can suspend Keith more than five games, but isn't required to hand out that penalty. Keith has the option of traveling to New York or waiving his right to an in-person hearing.

  • Badgers turn to Red Wings assistant Granato to lead hockey

    March 30, 2016

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) Tony Granato started out giving advice to Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez about the men's hockey coaching vacancy at the school and ended up getting the job.The chance to return to his alma mater was too enticing to Granato, even worth leaving his gig as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings.

  • Rangers' Staal ready for 1st game at Carolina as a visitor

    March 30, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Eric Staal has made the mundane commute hundreds of times over the years from his home in Raleigh to the Carolina Hurricanes' rink.But it will be different Thursday night. When he walks into the arena, he'll make a left into the visitors' dressing room.

  • Red Wings on the bubble to extend postseason streak to 25

    March 30, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Riley Sheahan was not born the last time the Detroit Red Wings failed to make the playoffs in 1990.In fact, the 24-year-old forward is one of nine players on the Red Wings' roster that wasn't alive back then.Sheahan, and his teammates, young and old, desperately hope to fare well enough in the final five games of the regular season to avoid the dubious distinction of being a part of a streak-busting team.

  • Revenge porn charges against Blackhawks prospect dropped

    March 29, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Prosecutors in Illinois have dropped revenge porn charges against a minor league hockey player, saying they have no jurisdiction in the matter.DeKalb County prosecutors said the charges against 23-year-old Garret Ross were dropped Tuesday after investigators determined the incident happened while Ross was in Michigan.

  • Okposo gets shootout goal to lift Islanders over Hurricanes

    March 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Kyle Okposo scored the only goal of the shootout and the New York Islanders rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.Derek Ryan put the Hurricanes ahead 1-0 late in the second period but hit the post on his shootout attempt in Carolina's NHL-high 16th overtime loss. The Hurricanes have points in four straight games (2-0-2).

  • Declassified NHL memos, e-mails detail concussion debate

    March 29, 2016

    Unsealed NHL documents in the concussion lawsuit brought by former players reveal a snapshot of an internal debate by league officials over head injuries and a deeper concern about the impact of fighting than what had been publicly shared.In some emails, among the 298 documents recently declassified in the case by U.S. Magistrate Judge Janie Mayeron, Commissioner Gary Bettman's tone comes across as defensive regarding criticism directed at the league for its handling of player safety and the fighting culture that has existed on the ice for decades.

  • Presidents' Trophy brings mixed emotions for Capitals

    March 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Players can't drink out of the Presidents' Trophy, given to the top regular-season team in the NHL. Not that the Washington Capitals would want to, anyway.The Capitals clinched the Presidents' Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs with a victory Tuesday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Yet after so many early playoff exits, including a first-round loss in 2010 after finishing with the most points in the league, there are mixed emotions about the achievement.

  • Blackhawks activate F Marcus Kruger from injured reserve

    March 25, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have activated forward Marcus Kruger from injured reserve.Kruger had surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist on Dec. 18. He has just one assist and 20 penalty minutes in 33 games this season, but is a key part of Chicago's penalty-kill unit.

  • Ducks' Josh Manson fined ,487 for inappropriate gesture

    March 25, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has fined Anaheim defenseman Josh Manson ,487 for making an inappropriate gesture at Toronto forward Nazem Kadri.Manson was fined Friday, a day after the Ducks' 6-5 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs.The fine was the maximum amount allowed under the league's collective bargaining agreement.

  • John Scott remains a major sensation while playing in minors

    March 25, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) There were still some nine minutes remaining in the third period when the excited mob of youngsters began gathering outside the St. John's IceCaps locker-room door.John Scott had just skated off after picking up a 10-minute misconduct for playing a minor role in a scuffle, and the antsy kids were tripping over themselves in hopes to catch a glimpse of the NHL's unlikeliest All-Star Game MVP.

  • Drouin's NHL aspirations hit setback after missing meeting

    March 23, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Forward Jonathan Drouin's bid to prove to the Tampa Bay Lightning that he deserves to be back in the NHL hit another setback in the minors.Syracuse Crunch general manager Julien BriseBois announced Drouin wouldn't play in the American Hockey League team's game at Utica on Wednesday night after the player missed the team's pre-practice meeting a day earlier.

  • Lightning's Drouin sits out 1 AHL game for missing meeting

    March 23, 2016

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin is being disciplined in the minors once again - this time for missing a pre-practice team meeting.Syracuse Crunch general manager Julien BriseBois announced Drouin will not play in the American Hockey League team's game at Utica on Wednesday. BriseBois said it's a one-game punishment, and Drouin will return for the Crunch's next game against Albany on Friday.

  • Blackhawks prospect Ross suspended over revenge porn charges

    March 23, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have suspended minor league prospect Garret Ross over accusations that he shared an image of a woman engaged in a sexual act without her consent.The Blackhawks issued a statement Wednesday saying they learned of the felony revenge porn charge against the Rockford IceHogs winger on Saturday and excused him from team activities pending a review. The team later decided to suspend Ross indefinitely.

  • Capitals not rushing Carlson, need him healthy for playoffs

    March 23, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) John Carlson didn't feel right when he returned to the Washington Capitals' lineup on Jan. 27 after a 12-game absence. A lower-body injury was still nagging him, yet the team's top defenseman wanted to play.When Carlson was ineffective, he and the Capitals opted for a procedure to fix the problem. After being out almost two months, Carlson said he's ''pretty darn close'' to being ready to play again.

  • Drouin says it's on him to earn chance to rejoin Lightning

    March 23, 2016

    SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Though Jonathan Drouin is out of exile after the Lightning lifted his suspension, the play-making forward's NHL career remains in limbo now that he's returned to playing in the American Hockey League.And Drouin isn't packing his bags for Tampa Bay just yet based on a few encouraging words expressed by general manager Steve Yzerman.

  • Islanders struggling with less than 3 weeks left in season

    March 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Just two weeks ago, the New York Islanders were rolling right along.They won six of seven on their longest road trip of the season and got a win in their first home game in nearly three weeks.Now, a rough stretch at possibly the worst time with the regular season winding down has put the Islanders' postseason chances in jeopardy.

  • Devils forward Mike Cammalleri out for the season

    March 22, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils forward Mike Cammalleri is not going to play again this season.Coach John Hynes announced Tuesday that Cammalleri is not going to be able to play because of an injury to his right hand and wrist. He has not played since Jan. 26.

  • Buffalo Sabres sign Minnesota State defenseman Casey Nelson

    March 22, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Minnesota State defenseman Casey Nelson is forgoing his senior season after signing an entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres.Nelson is an undrafted free agent, who is coming off a season in which he was the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's defensive player of the year. The 22-year-old was part of a team that allowed the fewest shots per game in the nation last year.

  • Islanders struggling heading into final 3 weeks of season

    March 22, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Just two weeks ago, the New York Islanders were rolling right along.They won six of seven on their longest road trip of the season and got a win in their first home game in nearly three weeks.Now, a rough stretch at possibly the worst time with the regular season winding down has put the Islanders' postseason chances in jeopardy.

  • Avs' Duchene, MacKinnon out 2 games with knee injuries

    March 22, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche say top scorers Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon will miss the next two games with knee injuries and be re-evaluated.Duchene and MacKinnon won't play against the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday or against the Minnesota Wild on Saturday. The Avalanche are currently one point ahead of the Wild for the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference.

  • Sabres sign forward Fashing from University of Minnesota

    March 21, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Hudson Fasching to an entry-level contract.Fasching, 20, finished his junior season at the University of Minnesota and will forego his final year of college eligibility. Fasching is one of Buffalo's top prospects after getting 38 points (20 goals, 18 assists) as a junior. He was also named to the All-Big Ten second team.

  • Yormark pleased with Islanders' first season in Brooklyn

    March 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Calling it a ''season of learning a lot,'' Brett Yormark said he is pleased with the New York Islanders' first year in Brooklyn.''We had to make some adjustments,'' said Yormark, the Chief Operation Officer for Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, which oversees business operations and marketing for the Barclays Center, home of the Islanders and the NBA's Brooklyn Nets. ''I live by the mantra you have to show progress, week to week, month to month, and I think we've done that in all areas of the business.''

  • Defenseman Justin Faulk returns to practice for Hurricanes

    March 21, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Injured All-Star defenseman Justin Faulk is back practicing with the Carolina Hurricanes.Faulk took part in the Hurricanes' skate Monday while wearing a yellow, no-contact jersey. He has been dealing with an unspecified lower-body injury for the past 5 1/2 weeks.

  • Flyers goaltender Neuvirth out 3 weeks with injury

    March 20, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers will have to make their playoff push without goaltender Michal Neuvirth.General manager Ron Hextall announced Sunday that Neuvirth will miss the remaining three weeks of the regular season with an unspecified lower-body injury. That leaves starter Steve Mason to shoulder the load for the Flyers, who are three points back of Detroit for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

  • 'House of Cards' star dons 'Spacey Facey' at Panthers game

    March 20, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) On a night that the Florida Panthers handed out cardboard cutouts of actor Keven Spacey's face, the ''House of Cards'' star surprised fans by taking off his ''Spacey Facey'' mask as the videoboard camera panned around the stands.The Academy Award-winning actor attended the game Saturday night in support of the Panthers, wearing a sweatshirt showing an image of his face.

  • Dallas Stars forward Seguin out 3-4 weeks with cut Achilles

    March 18, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) All-Star forward Tyler Seguin will miss 3-4 weeks for the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars because of a small cut of his left Achilles tendon.Seguin had surgery Friday, a day after getting hurt late in the Stars' 4-3 victory over Tampa Bay.

  • Morrow retires with Stars sans title, and without regrets

    March 17, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Brenden Morrow wanted to reach 1,000 games in the NHL, so he held off on retirement just to make sure a team wasn't looking for a veteran to help with another Stanley Cup run.The offer never came this season, and Morrow walked away Thursday with no regrets after a 15-year career that started and ended with trips to the final.

  • Brenden Morrow retires with Stars after 15-year career

    March 17, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Brenden Morrow is retiring with the Dallas Stars after a 15-year career that started and ended with trips to the Stanley Cup Finals.The 37-year-old Morrow signed a ceremonial one-day contract Thursday with the franchise that drafted him in the first round in 1997. He spent 12-plus seasons with the Stars, including his rookie season in 1999-2000 when the defending Cup champions lost to New Jersey in the finals.

  • Playoff-minded Capitals hope to buck trend of slow starts

    March 17, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) As the Washington Capitals clanked shots off the post against Carolina, forward Jay Beagle said players didn't let frustration seep in.Slow starts have dogged the Capitals, but this wasn't one of them.''I think it was a great start,'' captain Alex Ovechkin said of Tuesday night's win. ''So far it was the best in maybe 10 or 15 games. Just hit crossbar, post, lots of good chances. That's how we have to play.''

  • Capitals' dominance 'not a surprise' to former players

    March 16, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Clean shaven and wearing blue Toronto Maple Leafs gear that looked fresh out of the box, Brooks Laich fondly remembered his 12 years in Washington Capitals red - especially this season.''The sense that we had with this year's team was there was something very special in the works,'' Laich said.

  • Around the NHL: Playoff races are limited but intense

    March 16, 2016

    Even though Wayne Simmonds grew up in Toronto, his girlfriend wondered what he was doing sitting on the couch Sunday night screaming for and cheering on the Maple Leafs against the Detroit Red Wings.''I'm like, `Toronto's got to win this one,''' the Philadelphia Flyers forward said.

  • Blue Jackets' Prout suspended 1 game for sucker punch

    March 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout one game for sucker punching Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov during a scuffle in Sunday's game.Prout approached Kucherov while he was engaged with another player and delivered a blindside punch with his right gloved hand to his head. Kucherov left the game for precautionary reasons but did not suffer an apparent injury.

  • NHL general managers discuss streamlining goalie equipment

    March 15, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) Goaltending equipment was the hot topic Tuesday on the second day of the NHL general managers meetings, with the focus on making it smaller to increase scoring.The league has tried for a decade to manage equipment, adjusting it proportionally to each goalie's size. Kay Whitmore, the league's goalie expert, and executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell said they want to clear up the gray area.

  • Struggling Blackhawks looking for answers

    March 15, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Just two short months ago, the Chicago Blackhawks were on top of the Western Conference and looked like a legitimate contender for an historic Stanley Cup title.It's a much different picture with 12 games left in the season.The Blackhawks lost 5-0 to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night and have dropped four of five overall, including three in a row against potential playoff opponents. After a pair of road losses to St. Louis and Dallas, Chicago yielded a pair of goals in an 18-second span of the first period and never recovered against Los Angeles.

  • Cops: Man fatally stabbed over hat at tony Philadelphia park

    March 14, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) A man wearing a New Jersey Devils cap stabbed another man to death in a posh section of Philadelphia after an argument about the hat turned physical, police said Monday.The stabbing happened just after 3 a.m. Sunday in the city's tony Rittenhouse Square, authorities said. Emergency responders found 24-year-old Colin McGovern, of Churchville, lying on the sidewalk with stab wounds to the torso. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

  • NFL referees support NHL officials on Wideman suspension

    March 14, 2016

    The NFL Referees Association says it agrees with its NHL counterpart in objecting to the reduction of Dennis Wideman's suspension for knocking down a linesman.NFLRA executive director Jim Quirk said Monday that any time an athlete makes unnecessary physical contact with an official, ''there needs to be swift and certain punishment.'' An independent arbitrator reduced Wideman's suspension from 20 games to 10 after ruling that the Calgary Flames defenseman did not intend to injure linesman Don Henderson in Jan. 27 game.

  • NHL adding cameras for playoffs to help in coach challenges

    March 14, 2016

    BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) The NHL will put cameras on the blue lines beginning in the playoffs to aid officials on offside calls when games matter most.The decision was announced Monday on the first day of meetings among the league's general managers. Executive vice president of hockey operations Colin Campbell says the tweak should lead to more consistency and give officials another angle to review if an offside call is challenged following a goal.

  • Coach's challenge on docket for NHL general managers meeting

    March 13, 2016

    At their annual March meeting this week in Boca Raton, Florida, NHL general managers will debate changes to the coach's challenge system that has gotten some calls right but caused plenty of problems in its first season.The coach's challenge for goals on potential goaltender interference situations or offside plays has come under fire for inconclusive results, long video reviews and delay tactics. Ideas to tweak the system include allowing the league situation room to decide the reviews, making an unsuccessful challenge a penalty and even simply adding more cameras for more replay angles.

  • Coyotes assign goalie Marek Langhamer to Springfield

    March 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes assigned goalie Marek Langhamer to Springfield of the American Hockey League on Sunday.The 21-year-old Czech didn't play in his stint with the Coyotes. He's 6-6-1 record with 3.52 goals-against average in 13 games for Springfield this season.

  • Penguins star Malkin out 6-8 weeks with upper-body injury

    March 12, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to make their push for a playoff spot without star center Evgeni Malkin.General manager Jim Rutherford announced Saturday that Malkin will miss six to eight weeks with an upper-body injury. Malkin left a 3-2 victory Friday night over Columbus following a collision with Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout and headed back to Pittsburgh for further examination while the rest of the team traveled to New York to prepare for a game Sunday against the Rangers.

  • Penguins star Malkin out 6-8 weeks with undisclosed injury

    March 12, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to make their push for a playoff spot without star center Evgeni Malkin.General manager Jim Rutherford announced Saturday that Malkin will miss six to eight weeks with an undisclosed injury. Malkin left Friday night's 3-2 victory over Columbus following a collision with Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout and headed back to Pittsburgh for further examination while the rest of the team traveled to New York to prepare for Sunday's game against the Rangers.

  • Penguins star Malkin to miss Sunday's game at Rangers

    March 12, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins will face the New York Rangers on Sunday without star center Evgeni Malkin.Malkin left Friday night's victory in Columbus following a collision with Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout in the second period of Pittsburgh's 3-2 victory.

  • Lundqvist, Nash return to lineup for Rangers

    March 12, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Henrik Lundqvist and Rick Nash are back in the lineup for the New York Rangers.They returned from injuries for Saturday's game at Detroit. Lundqvist had not played since March 3 because of neck spasms, and Nash had been out since Jan. 22 because of a bone bruise.

  • Linesman hit by Wideman is out for season with concussion

    March 12, 2016

    The linesman knocked to the ice by Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman in January is still recovering from the concussion he suffered and is out for the season, according to the NHL Officials Association.In a statement emailed to The Associated Press by a league spokesman Saturday morning, the NHLOA said it ''strongly disagrees'' with the decision by an independent arbitrator to reduce Wideman's suspension from 20 games to 10. Arbitrator James Oldham made that ruling Friday.

  • Blues sign Gunnarsson to 3-year contract extension

    March 11, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year, .7 million contract extension.The 29-year-old Gunnarsson has two goals, five assists and a plus-6 rating in 62 games this season. The team announced the deal Friday.

  • Canadiens' Subban out of hospital after neck injury

    March 11, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) P.K. Subban was released from the hospital after the Montreal Canadiens defenseman was removed from the ice on a stretcher with a neck injury.The team said on its Twitter account Friday that Subban had a ''nonserious neck injury'' and was released from Montreal General Hospital late Thursday night.

  • Sabres forward Kane won't face charges after investigation

    March 11, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres forward Evander Kane will not face criminal charges following an investigation into a possible sexual assault after prosecutors said Friday there was no evidence to support the allegation.Acting Erie County District Attorney Michael Flaherty announced his decision after examining the facts, including forensic and toxicological test results, and closing a two-month investigation.

  • Landeskog embarrassed over hit that drew 3-game suspension

    March 11, 2016

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The contentious cross-check was a ''really, really, really dumb play'' and ''doesn't belong in any hockey league.''This coming from the forward who delivered the blow, too.Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said Friday that he is embarrassed for his two-hands-on-the-stick hit to an Anaheim defenseman that drew a three-game suspension from the NHL.

  • Suspension for Flames' Wideman halved to 10 games

    March 11, 2016

    An independent arbitrator cut Dennis Wideman's suspension in half to 10 games Friday after concluding the Calgary Flames defenseman did not intend to injure a linesman when he knocked him to the ice during a game last month.In an 18-page ruling, arbitrator James Oldham wrote that he agreed with the NHL's decision to suspend Wideman for abusing an official. But he disagreed with Commissioner Gary Bettman's conclusion that there was sufficient evidence to show Wideman deliberately wanted to injure Don Henderson when he hit him during a game against Nashville on Jan. 27.

  • Arbitrator reduces Wideman suspension from 20 games to 10

    March 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) An independent arbitrator has reduced Dennis Wideman's suspension from 20 games to 10 based on the determination that the Calgary Flames defenseman did not intend to injure linesman Don Henderson.In an 18-page ruling Friday, James Oldham wrote that he agreed with the NHL's decision to suspend Wideman for abusing an official. He disagreed that there was sufficient evidence to show he deliberately wanted to injure Henderson when he hit him during a game Jan. 27.

  • Canadiens: Subban out of hospital after neck injury

    March 11, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was released from a hospital Friday after sustaining a neck injury against the Buffalo Sabres.Coach Michel Therrien said Subban will undergo treatment and won't be available for the game against Minnesota on Saturday, ending his streak of 273 consecutive regular-season games.

  • Canadiens star P.K. Subban taken off ice on stretcher

    March 11, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban was taken off the ice on a stretcher after being hit on the side of the head by a teammate late in the Canadiens' 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday night.The Canadiens said Subban was taken to a hospital for further testing of a neck injury. The team said he had normal movement in his extremities.

  • Hall of Fame defenseman Bill Gadsby dies at age 88

    March 10, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Bill Gadsby, a Hall of Fame defenseman who played 20 seasons in the NHL for Chicago, Detroit and the New York Rangers, has died. He was 88.Lynn Anderson, director of communications for Beaumont Hospital of Farmington Hills, confirmed that Gadsby died Thursday.

  • Wild RW Jason Pominville's games played streak ends at 231

    March 10, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild right wing Jason Pominville's streak of 231 consecutive games played has been stopped because of a lower-body injury.Pominville was scratched Thursday for the Wild's game against Edmonton, his first absence from the ice in nearly three years. Pominville's streak tied Kyle Brodziak for the second-longest in Wild history, behind Antti Laaksonen (283).

  • Detroit signs former Maine player Renouf to entry-level deal

    March 10, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings signed free-agent defenseman Dan Renouf to a two-year entry-level contract Thursday.The 21-year-old Renouf just finished his junior season at the University of Maine. He led the Black Bears' defensemen with 15 points on six goals and nine assists in 38 games.

  • NHL: Canadiens didn't act inappropriately by trading Tinordi

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the league has no reason to believe the Montreal Canadiens acted inappropriately by trading Jarred Tinordi to the Arizona Coyotes after the defenseman was suspended 20 games for performance-enhancing drugs.

  • Caps, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis acquires Arena Football team

    March 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced it has acquired an expansion Arena Football League team to begin play at Verizon Center in the spring of 2017.Washington will join the eight other teams in the league. The team does not yet have a name.

  • Landeskog suspended 3 games for cross-check

    March 10, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog was suspended Thursday for three games by the NHL for a cross-check on an Anaheim defenseman.Landeskog hit Simon Despres in the neck area with his stick midway through the third period of a win Wednesday night. There was no penalty on the play.

  • Oilers' Nurse suspended 3 games for being aggressor

    March 10, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse three games for being the aggressor in a fight with Roman Polak of the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday.The NHL announced the suspension Thursday.Nurse took exception to a hit Polak made on teammate Matt Hendricks and started fighting the Sharks defenseman before he dropped his gloves. Nurse was given a two-minute minor for roughing and a five-minute major penalty for fighting.

  • Penguins to host Flyers at Heinz Field on Feb. 18

    March 9, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field on Saturday, Feb. 18 in the Coors Light Stadium Series.The NHL announced the outdoor game Wednesday.The Pennsylvania rivals entered the league together in 1967.

  • Blues-Blackhawks set for Winter Classic at Busch Stadium

    March 9, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Outdoor hockey is coming to St. Louis.The NHL said Wednesday night before the St. Louis Blues' game against the Chicago Blackhawks that the teams will play in the Winter Classic at Busch Stadium on Monday, Jan. 2.Blues chairman Tom Stillman says he initially expected the Blues to host a Stadium Series game, but that changed when the NFL's Rams left for Los Angeles.

  • Islanders' Halak likely out through start of playoffs

    March 9, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The New York Islanders will be without starting goalie Jaroslav Halak for the next six weeks due to a lower body injury.Halak left the Islanders' 2-1 win over Pittsburgh on Tuesday night with 4:22 remaining with an apparent groin injury. New York coach Jack Capuano announced the expected length of the Halak's absence Wednesday before the team's game against the Maple Leafs.

  • Maple Leafs to host Red Wings in NHL Centennial Classic

    March 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL announced the Toronto Maple Leafs will play host to the Detroit Red Wings in the Centennial Classic on New Year's Day to celebrate the league's 100th anniversary.The outdoor game will take place at BMO Field, home of Major League Soccer's Toronto FC and the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts. It's a rematch of the 2014 Winter Classic, which was held at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

  • NHL fines Devils forward Ruutu ,000 for tripping Cullen

    March 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has fined New Jersey Devils forward Tuomo Ruutu ,000 for kicking the legs out from under Pittsburgh forward Matt Cullen.The fine, announced by the league Wednesday, is the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement.

  • NHL concludes rape allegation unfounded against Patrick Kane

    March 9, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The NHL ruled that an offseason rape allegation made against Patrick Kane was unfounded in determining that the Chicago Blackhawks star forward will not face any league disciplinary action.The decision was issued on Wednesday, when the league issued a one-paragraph statement announcing it had completed its independent review of the allegations against Kane. The final step of the investigation occurred on Monday, when Kane met with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York.

  • Oilers' Nurse to have hearing for instigating fight

    March 9, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse will have a hearing with the NHL's department of player safety for being the aggressor in an altercation with Roman Polak of the San Jose Sharks.The league announced that the hearing would be held Thursday.

  • Coyotes' Tinordi suspended 20 games for banned substance

    March 9, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jarred Tinordi has been suspended for 20 games without pay for violating terms of the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program.The NHL announced the suspension Wednesday.Tinordi says in a statement released by the NHL Players' Association that he did not knowingly take a banned substance but accepts responsibility for failing a drug test. He did not identify the drug but said he would work hard in his return to the ice and learning from what he called a ''frustrating setback.''

  • Kane, Panarin and Benn, Seguin among NHL's top dynamic duos

    March 9, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Patrick Kane made a short, sharp pass from the bottom of the right circle to below the left, perfectly setting up Artemi Panarin for a one-timer that hit the back of the net.The Chicago Blackhawks super star later carried the puck up the ice and feathered a pass from the above the right circle toward the middle of the left, paving the way for the Russian rookie to light the lamp again.

  • F Marcus Kruger agrees to contract extension with Blackhawks

    March 8, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Injured forward Marcus Kruger has agreed to a .25 million, three-year contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks that runs through the 2018-19 season.The 25-year-old Kruger had left wrist surgery in December, but is expected to return before the start of the playoffs. He will make ,475,000 in each of the next two years, and .3 million in the final season.

  • Rangers goalie Lundqvist on track to return by weekend

    March 8, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) New York Rangers coach Alain Vigneault says goalie Henrik Lundqvist's neck spasms have subsided and he's on track to return by this weekend.And forward Rick Nash shouldn't be far behind.Vigneault provided the updates before the Rangers game at Buffalo on Tuesday, and after Lundqvist and Nash practiced on their own in New York.

  • Tampa Bay Lightning lift Jonathan Drouin's suspension

    March 7, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning forward Jonathan Drouin's will resume his career in the minors after the team lifted its suspension.General manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday that Drouin is scheduled to report to Tampa Bay's American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse for practice Tuesday.

  • Devils' Cory Schneider out at least 2 weeks with knee injury

    March 6, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils All-Star goaltender Cory Schneider will be sidelined at least two weeks with a sprained right knee.Coach John Hynes says after the Devils' 6-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday that doctors say Schneider has a Grade 1 sprain and the goaltender will be evaluated again in two weeks.

  • Injured Devils goaltender Schneider to miss Penguins game

    March 5, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider is going to miss Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Prudential Center with a lower-body injury.The Devils said Saturday that Schneider, who was hurt in a loss at Dallas on Friday night, was to be examined by doctors when the team returned to New Jersey.

  • AP source: Jets to host Oilers in 2016 Heritage Classic

    March 5, 2016

    Winnipeg is finally getting an outdoor NHL game.The league is set to announce on Sunday that the Jets will host the Edmonton Oilers in the 2016 Heritage Classic, a person involved in the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the event had not been officially announced.

  • Hockey Analytics-Facts Box

    March 5, 2016

    Hockey is following the lead of baseball and basketball, the forerunners in the expansion of advanced statistics in sports.Michael Schuckers, a statistics professor at St. Lawrence University, and student Jim Curro devised Total Hockey Rating (THoR), a two-way player rating that accounts for every on-ice action event for every player. The score of the game and where players' shifts start also are accounted for, and each event is assessed a value according to the chance that it leads to a goal. THoR also uses a statistical model to determine the value of each player's contribution to the overall outcomes that occur while they are on the ice.

  • Hockey analytics a good match for NY statistics professor

    March 5, 2016

    CANTON, N.Y. (AP) Michael Schuckers doesn't consider himself a die-hard hockey fan, yet all he seems to think about in his spare time is that frozen rubber disk and what happens to it in every moment of every NHL game.That's to be expected for someone in the vanguard of hockey analytics. Schuckers, a statistics professor at St. Lawrence University, has been crunching hockey numbers in his office for more than a decade.

  • Goaltending fraternity split over Lundqvist's outburst

    March 4, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Henrik Lundqvist was flipping mad that referee Trevor Hanson wouldn't blow his whistle to stop play. Run over by teammate Ryan McDonagh seconds earlier, the injured New York Rangers goaltender took the situation into his own hands and flipped the net over to get a stoppage.

  • Wayne Gretzky book on hockey history coming this fall

    March 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) For Wayne Gretzky, there's something special about the number 99.The NHL's all-time scoring champion has a deal with G.P. Putnam's Sons for a book about the game's history and his own place in it. Putnam told The Associated Press that the book, currently untitled, will be published this fall, coinciding with the league's 99th anniversary.

  • Each team has big decision left before World Cup

    March 3, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Even though the NHL and NHLPA haven't decided whether to go to the 2018 Olympics, they've decided to stage another World Cup of Hockey in 2020. Before it happens in 2016, players seem to be on board.''You're going to have the best players there and you're going to have the NHL style of playing and a smaller rink, too,'' Swedish center Nicklas Backstrom said. ''Everything is going to be NHL-like. Some people are maybe saying it's going to be the greatest tournament of all time.''

  • Ovechkin is World Cup ready, while Jagr unsure if he'll play

    March 2, 2016

    Alex Ovechkin is once again eager to represent Russia on the international hockey stage.Sweden's World Cup of Hockey roster is so deep there's no room, yet, for high-scoring Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg.As for the Czech Republic, general manager Martin Rucinsky is crossing his fingers that 44-year-old Florida Panthers forward Jaromir Jagr will decide to compete in the eight-team tournament being held in Toronto in September.

  • Kessel, Subban left off initial World Cup of Hockey rosters

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Phil Kessel has to wait to find out if he plays for the United States at the World Cup of Hockey, and P.K. Subban will have to remain in a holding pattern on getting the call about representing Canada.Kessel and Subban were among the most notable players left off the initial 16-man World Cup rosters unveiled Wednesday. There's still time for them to be added as each team must fill out its 23-man roster by June 1.

  • Abdelkader in, Kessel out for now, for US in World Cup

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):--6:51 p.m.Patrick Kane, Ryan Suter and Jonathan Quick were among the first 16 players selected to Team USA's World Cup of Hockey roster as expected.Justin Abdelkader, though, was considered a bit of a surprise.

  • Canada goes back to Sochi roots for World Cup roster

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Mike Babcock will coach a very familiar Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.Twelve of the 16 players selected to Canada's initial roster won gold under Babcock at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, including goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, who has been out of NHL action with an injury. Goalies Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals and Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks were also selected to the team.

  • Canada puts injured Carey Price on World Cup roster

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---6:18 p.m.Team Canada plans to include Carey Price in its quest to win a third straight best-on-best hockey tournament.The goaltender, who helped his country win Olympic gold two years ago, was included on the Canadians' 16-man roster revealed Wednesday for the World Cup of Hockey even though he hasn't been in a game for two-plus months. Price hasn't played for the Montreal Canadiens since Nov. 25 because of a lower body injury.

  • The Latest: Creating identity challenge for Team Europe

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---1:45 a.m.With 16 players representing seven countries, Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan wonders how quickly his squad can capture a sense of identity.

  • The Latest: McDavid, Eichel are easy choices

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---5:32 p.m.Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel don't know each other yet. That'll change in a few months.McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres are set to be teammates on the 23-and-under Team North America as two of the 16 players selected to the initial roster. McDavid, Eichel and others such as Dylan Larkin of the Detroit Red Wings and Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers were no-brainers, but a few choices stood out.

  • McDavid and Eichel will join forces on Team North America

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel were among those selected to the 23-and-under Team North America roster for the upcoming World Cup of Hockey.The top two picks from the 2015 draft will be teammates for the first time as part of the all-star combination of American and Canadian players. They're joined by rookie of the year front-runner Dylan Larkin, 2015 Calder Trophy winner Aaron Ekblad and goaltender John Gibson.

  • The Latest: Chara among 5 Slovaks on Team Europe roster

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---12:50a.m.Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara leads the list of five Slovakian players included among the first 16 players selected to Team Europe's World Cup of Hockey roster.

  • The Latest: World Cup roster second-guessing well under way

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---4:39 p.m.It only took a few minutes after Team Europe's roster was revealed for the second-guessing to begin. Seven countries - Slovakia, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and Norway - are represented on the initial 16-man roster, but a few more could be coming.

  • The Latest: World Cup of Hockey will happen again in 2020

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---4:01 p.m.Six months before the World Cup of Hockey returns after a 12-year hiatus, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Players' Association executive director Don Fehr confirmed there will be another one in 2020.

  • Bettman: Initial rosters make World Cup of Hockey 'real'

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman hopes hockey fans are just as excited to see the 16-man World Cup of Hockey rosters as he was.Bettman said after an event at the U.S. Capitol that his reaction to the rosters released Wednesday was ''whoa.'' Russia, Finland, the Czech Republic and Sweden have released their first 16, while the 23-and-under Team North America, Team Europe, Canada and the United States are set to announce theirs later in the day.

  • The Latest: Klingberg odd-man out among Sweden's D-ranks

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---10:50 p.m.Sweden has so much depth at defense that the team has no room on its World Cup of Hockey roster for Dallas Stars' second-year player John Klingberg just yet.

  • Laich has 'empty feeling' about not winning Cup with Caps

    March 2, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Brooks Laich pleaded his case with Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan. Despite an extended goal drought, Laich didn't want to get waived or traded by Washington with the team poised to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup.''I had conversations with management and I told them that I wanted to be part of it,'' Laich said. ''Unfortunately, it didn't work out.''

  • The Latest: Backstrom, Karlsson, Lundqvist head Team Sweden

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---9:45 p.m.Forward Nicklas Backstrom, two-time Norris Trophy defenseman Erik Karlsson and 2012 Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Henrik Lundqvist are among the first 16 players selected to Sweden's World Cup of Hockey roster.

  • The Latest: Jagr still undecided on playing in World Cup

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---8:30 p.m.Czech Republic general manager Martin Rucinsky says Jaromir Jagr is focused solely on playing this season with the Atlantic Division-leading Florida Panthers before determining whether he'll compete in the World Cup of Hockey in September.

  • The Latest: Jagr not among Czech Republic's first 16 picks

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---7:30 p.m.Czech Republic roster:Goaltenders: Petr Mrazek, Michal Neuvirth, Ondrej PavelecDefensemen: Radko Gudas, Michal Kempny, Roman Polak, Andrej SustrForwards: Michael Frolik, Martin Hanzal, Tomas Hertl, David Krejci, Ondrej Palat, David Pastrnak, Tomas Plekanec, Vladimir Sobotka, Jakub Voracek

  • The Latest: Kovalchuk could still make Russia's team

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---4:55 p.m.Russian Hockey Federation president Vladislav Tretiak says former New Jersey Devils winger Ilya Kovalchuk could still play at the World Cup despite missing out on Russia's 16-man roster.

  • The Latest: Rask, Rinne in Finland's team for World Cup

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Latest on the World Cup of Hockey roster announcements (all times local):---1:05 p.m.Finland roster:Goaltenders: Tuukka Rask, Pekka RinneDefensemen: Olli Maatta, Rasmus Ristolainen, Sami Vatenen, Esa LindellForwards: Aleksander Barkov, Mikko Koivu, Mikael Granlund, Jussi Jokinen, Joonas Donskoi, Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov, Lauri Korpikoski, Jori Lehtera, Teuvo Teravainen

  • Ovechkin, Kuznetsov head Russia's World Cup roster

    March 2, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) With a broken foot, Alex Ovechkin once got on a plane the day after the Washington Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs to represent Russia at the world hockey championship.It's something the three-time NHL MVP will gladly do again at the World Cup of Hockey after headlining Russia's 16-man roster for the tournament on Wednesday.

  • Trade deadline done, NHL teams gear up for playoff push

    March 2, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) Not many teams made big deals at the NHL trade deadline, leaving some fans feeling let down when their contending teams headed into the playoff push with no new toys.Other fans realize it's often best for good teams to stick with what made them good.

  • McDavid edges Eichel in 2 rookie centers' first NHL matchup

    March 1, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Impressed yet not surprised, Oilers coach Todd McLellan couldn't help but acknowledge the larger than usual gathering of reporters on hand for what was essentially a meaningless game in Buffalo on Tuesday.Bad as the Oilers and Sabres have been this season, McLellan credited Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Buffalo's Jack Eichel for showing how capable the rookie centers are in drawing a crowd.

  • McDavid faces Eichel in 2 rookie centers' first NHL matchup

    March 1, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Impressed yet not surprised, Oilers coach Todd McLellan couldn't help but acknowledge the larger than usual gathering of reporters on hand for what was essentially a meaningless game in Buffalo on Tuesday.Bad as the Oilers and Sabres have been this season, McLellan credited Edmonton's Connor McDavid and Buffalo's Jack Eichel for showing how capable the rookie centers are in drawing a crowd.

  • Horcoff back in practice with Ducks, regrets substance ban

    March 1, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Forward Shawn Horcoff returned to practice with the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday while serving his 20-game suspension for violating the terms of the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program.Horcoff practiced with his teammates on the first day he was eligible to come back. His suspension lasts until March 11.

  • Bruins' Rinaldo suspended 5 games for head shot

    March 1, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo has been suspended five games without pay for an illegal hit to the head in Sunday's game against Tampa Bay.Rinaldo took out Lightning forward Cedric Paquette against the boards in the first period of Tampa Bay's 4-1 victory. Rinaldo was assessed a minor penalty for illegal check to the head.

  • Carolina RW Nestrasil out for season with broken vertebra

    March 1, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes right winger Andrej Nestrasil will miss the rest of the season with a broken vertebra.General manager Ron Francis said Tuesday that Nestrasil broke the vertebra Feb. 25 in a loss at Toronto, but not provide details of the injury. He fell awkwardly into the boards after a hit.

  • Predators sign forward Miikka Salomaki to 2-year contract

    March 1, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Miikka Salomaki (MEE-kah SA-loh-MA-kee) to a two-year, .225 million contract.The Predators announced the deal Tuesday.Salomaki, who turns 23 on March 9, will earn 5,000 in 2016-17 and 0,000 in 2017-18. He has seven points (four goals, three assists) in 45 games this season and has played in 46 career games with the Predators since making his NHL debut Jan. 8, 2015.

  • Things learned at the NHL trade deadline

    March 1, 2016

    The Western Conference isn't a two-horse race between the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings.Instead, trade deadline day showed the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks are ready to challenge for the Western Conference title and for the Stanley Cup. The Stars acquired defenseman Kris Russell from the Calgary Flames, while the Ducks got winger Jamie McGinn from the Buffalo Sabres and winger Brandon Pirri from the Florida Panthers in preparation for the playoffs.

  • Staal focused on 'fitting in' with NY Rangers after trade

    February 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) For Eric Staal, it wasn't that he wanted to leave the Carolina Hurricanes.He just knew his time with the team had run its course and he wanted another opportunity to compete for the Stanley Cup.''As much as I think they're doing the right thing with the young players - there's some great pieces there for the future - I think deep, deep in my gut this was an opportunity I needed to take,'' Staal said Monday, hours before his debut with the Rangers in a 2-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Coyotes make pair of minor league deals after Boedker trade

    February 29, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes followed up their trade of Mikkel Boedker with a pair of deals involving minor leaguers.The Coyotes acquired forward Matia Marcantuoni from Pittsburgh for forwards Dustin Jeffrey and Dan O'Donoghue, and defenseman James Melindy. Arizona sent defenseman Corey Potter to Nashville for future considerations.

  • Big names stay put as NHL trade deadline passes

    February 29, 2016

    Loui Eriksson is still with Boston. Dan Hamhuis is still a Canuck. And Jonathan Drouin is still on the roster of the Tampa Bay Lightning after the NHL's trade deadline came and went Monday.The league said there were 19 trades involving 37 players completed on Monday. That's lower than last year's numbers of 24 trades and 43 players, but it marked the 15th straight deadline day in which at least 30 players were dealt.

  • Wild send goalie Backstrom to Flames for forward Jones

    February 29, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild traded goalie Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round draft pick to the Calgary Flames for right wing David Jones on Monday at the NHL trade deadline.The 31-year-old Jones had nine goals and six assists in 59 games for the Flames this season, ranking second on the team with 115 hits. He has 102 goals and 86 assists in 446 NHL games, totaling 47 goals over the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons for the Colorado Avalanche.

  • Eriksson still with Bruins, without extension after deadline

    February 29, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Heading into his first trade deadline as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney's biggest task was to resolve the situation with pending free agent Loui Eriksson.When the deadline passed at 3 p.m. EST on Monday, Eriksson was still with the Bruins and he did not have a contract extension. Eriksson is in the final year of a six-year contract with an annual salary cap charge of .25 million, and at the end of the season, he can become an unrestricted free agent.

  • Wild's Brodin off IR after 12-game absence with broken foot

    February 29, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have activated defenseman Jonas Brodin from injured reserve after he missed 12 games with a broken foot.Defenseman Christian Folin was assigned to Iowa in the AHL to make room on the roster for Brodin, who has one goal and five assists in 50 games for the Wild this season. He is third on the team with 72 blocked shots.

  • The Latest: Winnik reacts to trade, Oilers make waiver moves

    February 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the NHL trade deadline (all times local):---1:15 p.m.Mike Brown's new team is coming to him.A day after being waived by San Jose, Brown was claimed off waivers by the Montreal Canadiens on Monday, just hours before they visited the Sharks.

  • The Latest: Oilers claim 2 players, Coyotes-Pens make trade

    February 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the NHL trade deadline (all times local):---12:25 p.m.NHL teams were busy on the waiver wire on deadline day and no one more so than the Edmonton Oilers. The team announced it claimed forward Adam Cracknell from the Vancouver Canucks and defenseman Adam Pardy from the Winnipeg Jets.

  • The Latest: Oilers sign 2 rookies, Coyotes-Pens make trade

    February 29, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Latest on the NHL trade deadline (all times local):---11:40 a.m.The Edmonton Oilers have signed a pair of rookies, defenseman Brandon Davidson and goalie Laurent Brossoit, to two-year contract extensions.Davidson has four goals and 10 points and averaging a little over 19 minutes of ice time in 47 games this season. He was selected by the Oilers in the sixth round of the 2010 draft. Brossoit has played one game, allowing a goal on 33 shots in a 2-1 shootout loss to Winnipeg on Feb. 13. Edmonton acquired Brossoit in a trade with Calgary in November 2013.

  • Bruins Rinaldo faces NHL hearing for hit to Paquette's head

    February 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL's department of player safety has announced that Boston Bruins forward Zac Rinaldo will have a hearing on Tuesday to determine whether he faces further disciplinary action for his check to the head of Tampa Bay center Cedric Paquette.

  • Coyotes acquire Plotnikov from Penguins on deadline day

    February 29, 2016

    The Arizona Coyotes opened the final day of the NHL's trading period by acquiring winger Sergei Plotnikov from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospect Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.The teams announced the deal Monday morning, hours before the NHL trade deadline.

  • The Latest: Leafs call up several prospects after trades

    February 29, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the NHL trade deadline (all times local):---11 a.m.It's quiet so far in Buffalo, where general manager Tim Murray was expected to be active before the NHL trade deadline with several players in the final years of their contracts on the block. The group includes forwards Jamie McGinn and David Legwand, sparingly used defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and backup goalie Chad Johnson.

  • AP source: Coyotes, Penguins open deadline day with trade

    February 29, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Coyotes have acquired winger Sergei Plotnikov from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for prospect Matthias Plachta and a conditional seventh-round pick in 2017.

  • Projecting rosters for World Cup of Hockey participants

    February 29, 2016

    John Tortorella is juggling two jobs, coaching both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Team USA. Canada general manager Doug Armstrong is worried about disappointing players twice when it comes to making the final cuts to his World Cup of Hockey roster.And Team Europe GM Miroslav Satan joked that he doesn't ever recall watching this much hockey on TV during his 14-season NHL career, but scouting has kept his eyes glued to the screen.

  • Capitals acquire Winnik from Maple Leafs for Laich

    February 29, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals continued to stock up for a potential playoff run by acquiring forward Daniel Winnik from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a deal that sent away their longest tenured player.The Capitals traded forward Brooks Laich, defenseman Connor Carrick and a 2016 second-round pick to Toronto for Winnik and a 2016 fifth-round pick. The move represents an upgrade for the NHL's top team and also opens up salary-cap space ahead of the trade deadline.

  • Capitals acquire Winnik from Maple Leafs

    February 28, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals have acquired forward Daniel Winnik and a 2016 fifth-round pick from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Brooks Laich, defenseman Connor Carrick and a 2016 second-round pick.The teams announced the deal Sunday night.

  • Kings acquire RW Kris Versteeg from Hurricanes

    February 29, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings acquired veteran forward Kris Versteeg from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for prospect Valentin Zykov and a conditional fifth-round draft pick on Sunday night.The 29-year-old Versteeg had 11 goals and 22 assists in 62 games for the Hurricanes, who acquired him in September from Chicago.

  • Gallant replaces DeBoer on Team N.A. World Cup hockey staff

    February 28, 2016

    Gerard Gallant will replace Peter DeBoer, who is citing personal reasons for relinquishing his role as an assistant coach for the World Cup of Hockey's North America team.The switch was announced Sunday by the NHL and NHL Players' Association, who are co-sponsoring the eight-team tournament to be held in Toronto in September.

  • Early trades turn up heat across NHL at deadline

    February 28, 2016

    The 2016 NHL trade deadline is no time for conservative behavior.Before the weekend even arrived, the defending Stanley Cup-champion Chicago Blackhawks loaded up with Andrew Ladd and more, and on Saturday the upstart Florida Panthers made three trades to prepare for the playoffs. The pressure's on other contenders even more than usual leading up to the 3 p.m. ET deadline Monday.

  • AP source: Rene Bourque among 8 NHLers placed on waivers

    February 28, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the moves tells The Associated Press that Columbus forward Rene Bourque and Vancouver's Adam Cracknell are among eight players placed on waivers.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the teams haven't announced the moves made Sunday.

  • Panthers G Montoya leaves game against Wild after

    February 28, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Florida goalie Al Montoya left Sunday's game in Minnesota with an upper-body injury after a collision in the first period.Aided by a push from Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, Minnesota's Marco Scandella ran into the goalie with his elbow striking Montoya on the chin 7:25 into the game. Montoya immediately fell to the ice and left after a few minutes of assistance by a team trainer. The team said he will not return.

  • Panthers G Montoya leaves game against Wild after collision

    February 28, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Florida goalie Al Montoya has left Sunday's game in Minnesota after a collision in the first period.Aided by a push from Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, Minnesota's Marco Scandella ran into the goalie with his elbow striking Montoya on the chin 7:25 into the game. Montoya immediately fell to the ice and left after a few minutes of assistance by a team trainer.

  • Hurricanes trade captain Eric Staal to New York Rangers

    February 28, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Eric Staal gets to play with another brother, and the New York Rangers are loading up for the playoffs.The Rangers acquired Carolina's captain and the face of the Hurricanes franchise on Sunday.In exchange for Staal, the Rangers sent center Aleksi Saarela, who is currently playing in his native Finland, to Carolina along with New York's second-round picks in each of the next two drafts.

  • AP source: Rangers in talks to acquire Hurricanes Eric Staal

    February 28, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the talks tells The Associated Press that the New York Rangers are in discussions with Carolina to acquire Hurricanes captain Eric Staal.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday because talks are ongoing.

  • Flyers sign forward Raffl to 3-year contract extension

    February 28, 2016

    The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Michael Raffl to a three-year, .05 million contract extension.The Flyers announced the signing Sunday, and a person with direct knowledge of the deal revealed the contract figures to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Flyers did not provide those numbers.

  • NHL-leading Capitals activate C Beagle (hand)

    February 28, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Washington Capitals have activated center Jay Beagle from long-term injured reserve and placed defenseman John Carlson on long-term injured reserve.Beagle had hand surgery in December. The 30-year-old has six goals and six assists in 36 games after setting career highs with 10 goals and 10 assists last season.

  • Flyers sign forward Michael Raffl to contract extension

    February 28, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Michael Raffl to a multiyear contract extension.The signing was announced by the Flyers on Sunday, a day before the NHL trade deadline. Raffl was a candidate to be dealt if contract talks fell through.

  • Sabres, Sens swap 7 players in minor league trade

    February 27, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have traded minor league forwards Jason Akeson and Phil Varone and defenseman Jerome Leduc to the Ottawa Senators in exchange for minor leaguers Alex Guptill, Eric O'Dell, Cole Schneider and Michael Sdao.The teams announced the deal on Saturday night. The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. EST.

  • Senators sign Neil to 1-year, .5 million extension

    February 27, 2016

    OTTAWA (AP) The Ottawa Senators have signed forward Chris Neil to a one-year, .5 million contract extension.Neil, 36, has spent his entire NHL career with the Senators since they selected him in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. He has 109 goals and 134 assists in 955 games for Ottawa.

  • Red Wings-Avs game warmest NHL regular-season outdoor game

    February 27, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Talk about a heated rivalry: The game between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche was a balmy 65 degrees at puck drop, making this the NHL's warmest regular-season outdoor game.Before Saturday night, the warmest game-time temperature was 62 degrees on Jan. 25, 2014, when Los Angeles hosted Anaheim at Dodger Stadium.

  • Ruling in Wideman appeal expected week of March 7

    February 27, 2016

    DENVER (AP) NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says a ruling on the appeal of suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman isn't anticipated until the week of March 7.The National Hockey League Players' Association requested an appeal after NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Wideman's 20-game suspension for cross-checking a linesman on Jan. 27.

  • Panthers land Hudler, Kindl and Purcell for picks

    February 27, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Florida added three players with postseason experience to its roster on Saturday, and did so without having to give up anything other than draft picks.The Panthers landed forward Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames, forward Teddy Purcell from the Edmonton Oilers and defenseman Jakub Kindl from the Detroit Red Wings in three separate deals, giving the team plenty of newfound depth as it tries to make the playoffs for just the second time in the last 15 seasons.

  • Panthers land Hudler from Calgary, Kindl from Detroit

    February 27, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers completed two trades Saturday, getting forward Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames and defenseman Jakub Kindl from the Detroit Red Wings.Another trade with Edmonton for Teddy Purcell was pending, with the expectation it would be completed later Saturday as well.

  • Panthers land Hudler from Calgary for 2 draft picks

    February 27, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers acquired forward Jiri Hudler from the Calgary Flames on Saturday, giving up a second-round draft pick this year and a fourth-rounder in 2018.The deal was announced during Florida's game at Columbus.Hudler had 10 goals and 25 assists in 53 games with the Flames this season and has appeared in 77 playoff games in his career. He also was part of Detroit's Stanley Cup-winning roster in 2008 and last year won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy - the league's sportsmanship award.

  • Coyotes claim Sekac off waivers from Blackhawks

    February 27, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have claimed forward Jiri Sekac off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.The 23-year-old Sekac had an assist in six games with Blackhawks after being traded from Anaheim for Ryan Garbutt. The Czech Republic native had a goal and two assists in 22 games with the Ducks.

  • Sharks acquire Reimer in trade with Maple Leafs

    February 27, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Less than a week after adding depth at defense and forward for the stretch run, the San Jose Sharks filled their last glaring hole before the trade deadline by acquiring goalie James Reimer from Toronto to serve as the backup to Martin Jones.

  • Chicago Blackhawks load up for run at 2nd straight Cup

    February 27, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Blackhawks are going all in to win their second straight Stanley Cup.Following three trades in the last two days that brought four veteran players to Chicago, the Blackhawks seem as deep and experienced as ever as they try to capture their fourth championship in seven years.

  • Capitals place forward Brooks Laich on waivers

    February 27, 2016

    The Washington Capitals placed struggling forward Brooks Laich on waivers Saturday, a move that gives the NHL's top team some potential flexibility.Laich is the organization's longest-tenured player but has just one goal and six assists. He is in the midst of a 47-game goal drought.

  • Expect familiar names to fill initial WCup of Hockey slots

    February 27, 2016

    Doug Armstrong suggests it would be unfair to tip his hand in revealing who might make up Canada's World Cup of Hockey roster.There are exceptions, of course, such as when Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby's name is broached.The St. Louis Blues general manager, who doubles as Canada's GM, laughed and said: ''I think Sidney's resume speaks for itself.''

  • Lightning sign defenseman Coburn to 3-year extension

    February 26, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Braydon Coburn to a three-year contract extension.General manager Steve Yzerman announced the deal Friday before the team played the Devils in New Jersey.Coburn has played in 60 games with the Lightning this season and has one goal and 45 penalty minutes. He ranks tied for fourth on the club for plus/minus with a plus-8 rating. Since being acquired from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade last season, Coburn has skated in 64 regular season games with the Lightning, posting a goal and 11 points.

  • Hall of Fame winger Andy Bathgate dies at 83

    February 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Andy Bathgate was just fine without a flashy nickname.While Bernie ''Boom Boom'' Geoffrion and Bobby ''The Golden Jet'' Hull became known for their powerful slap shots and colorful monikers, Bathgate could score with the best of them - and settled for just plain Andy.

  • Hall of Fame winger Bathgate dies at 83

    February 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Hall of Fame winger Andy Bathgate, one of the most prolific scorers of his day, has died. He was 83.Bathgate's death was confirmed by the Hockey Hall of Fame and by the New York Rangers on Friday.A dynamic shooter and playmaker, Bathgate was the NHL's MVP for the 1958-59 season when he scored 40 goals and had 88 points. He was the first member of the Rangers to score 40 times in a season.

  • LA Kings reacquire Rob Scuderi from Chicago for Ehrhoff

    February 26, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Defenseman Rob Scuderi returned to the Los Angeles Kings on Friday in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for defenseman Christian Ehrhoff.The two franchises that combined to win the past four Stanley Cup titles made the swap to create more opportunities for two well-liked veterans who didn't fit into their previous team's plans.

  • Penguins sign defenseman Maatta to 6-year extension

    February 26, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Olli Maatta felt like a Pittsburgher from the moment the Penguins took the talented teenager with the 22nd overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, the one held on the floor of the Consol Energy Center.''It started to feel like home straightaway,'' Maatta said.

  • Predators sign defenseman Anthony Bitetto to 2-year deal

    February 26, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Anthony Bitetto to a two-year, .2 million contract.The Predators announced the deal Friday.Bitetto, 25, has played in 11 straight games for the Predators, and he has played 16 of his 17 games this season since Nashville traded defenseman Seth Jones to Columbus in January. A native of Island Park, New York, Bitetto has played 24 career games with Nashville with the majority of his first three seasons spent in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals. Bitetto

  • A more mellow Roy has Avalanche in playoff contention

    February 26, 2016

    DENVER (AP) One of the greatest goaltenders of all time nearly became a swimmer. Only, he couldn't stand freezing water.So, Patrick Roy took up skating instead, elevating teams along the way with his cool play in net and his fiery attitude. The four-time Stanley Cup winner detested losing as a player.

  • BC-HKN--Penguins-Maatta

    February 26, 2016

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have locked down defenseman Olli Maatta for the long haul, signing him to a six-year contract extension on Friday. The deal, which starts next season, has an average annual value of .083 million.The 21-year-old Maatta has six goals and 10 assists in 53 games this season for the Penguins. He leads Pittsburgh's defenseman and is second on the team in plus/minus differential at plus-18.

  • Blackhawks acquire Ladd in trade with Jets

    February 25, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks are hoping a reunion with Andrew Ladd leads to another Stanley Cup title.The Blackhawks acquired one of the top forwards on the trade market when they sent prospect Marko Dano and two draft picks to Winnipeg on Thursday night for Ladd, forward Matt Fraser and defenseman Jay Harrison.

  • Maple Leafs stars Lupul. van Riemsdyk to miss rest of season

    February 25, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Maple Leafs will be without forwards James van Riemsdyk and Joffrey Lupul for the rest of the season, the team confirmed Thursday.The 26-year-old van Riemsdyk broke his left foot on Jan. 9 in San Jose and was expected to miss six to eight weeks. His recovery has taken longer than expected, however, and he remains on crutches with a walking boot.

  • Anaheim Ducks take flight with dynamic post-Christmas surge

    February 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Two months after Bob Murray's talented hockey team languished in 29th place in a 30-team league, the Anaheim Ducks' general manager has been rewarded for demonstrating an incredibly rare quality in NHL executives.A little bit of patience.

  • Avs-Red Wings rivalry hits stage in alumni, NHL outdoor game

    February 25, 2016

    DENVER (AP) This is Joe Sakic's version of a hat trick as he returns to the ice: Don't get hurt, avoid embarrassment and quickly store his equipment back in the garage.After a win, he's hoping. It may be a friendly game, but it's against a bitter rival and old feelings still linger.

  • Chris Wagner returns to Ducks on waiver claim from Avalanche

    February 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have reclaimed center Chris Wagner off waivers from the Colorado Avalanche.The Ducks announced Wagner's return to the franchise on Thursday, three months after he left.Wagner was a fifth-round pick by the Ducks in 2010, and the Colgate University product rose through their system to make his NHL debut last year. He went scoreless in 20 regular-season games and two playoff games for Anaheim before Colorado claimed him off waivers on Nov. 15.

  • Yeo over 'bad feelings' after being fired as coach of Wild

    February 24, 2016

    WOODBURY, Minn. (AP) Mike Yeo took some time to recover from the emotion of being fired as the Minnesota Wild head coach. He has good memories of his four-plus seasons with the team.He also looks forward to continuing his coaching career.Yeo met with reporters Wednesday for the first time since being fired on Feb. 13 and replaced by John Torchetti. Yeo said he wasn't prepared for the feelings of being let go, and the significance didn't sink in until a few days later.

  • Goalie Ed Belfour's Olympic gold auctioned off for ,200

    February 24, 2016

    Ed Belfour's decision to trade his Olympic gold medal to go into the distilling business with his son has paid off.The medal the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie won representing Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games was auctioned off for ,200 according Classic Auctions, which handled the sale. Overall, the 66 items of hockey memorabilia Belfour put up for sale sold for just over 5,000.

  • Blues forward Reaves suspended 3 games for hit on Tennyson

    February 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves for three games without pay for a blindside hit into the boards that injured San Jose defenseman Matt Tennyson.The punishment announced by the NHL's department of player safety on Wednesday will cost Reaves more than ,000 in salary. The hit occurred in the first period of the Sharks 6-3 win on Monday.

  • Controlled substance case vs Capitals' Richards is over

    February 24, 2016

    Washington Capitals forward Mike Richards will not be prosecuted on a charge of possession of a controlled substance in Manitoba.According to court documents, prosecutors stayed the charge Wednesday morning. Attorney David Humphrey and agent Pat Morris said the prosecutors had investigated and decided to stay the charge that was the equivalent of a misdemeanor.

  • Wild place Zucker on injured reserve with concussion

    February 24, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have placed forward Jason Zucker on injured reserve because of a concussion.The move was made Wednesday, when the Wild recalled forward Jordan Schroeder from their AHL affiliate to take Zucker's roster spot. He'll miss at least the next two games.

  • Goalie Ed Belfour's Olympic gold auctioned off for ,777

    February 24, 2016

    Ed Belfour's decision to trade his Olympic gold medal to go into the distilling business with his son has paid off.The medal the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie won at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games was auctioned off for ,777 on Tuesday, according to the final bid listed by Classic Auctions. Overall, the 66 items of hockey memorabilia Belfour put up for sale sold for nearly 9,000.

  • Senators defenseman Wideman agrees to 2-year contract

    February 24, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators rookie defenseman Chris Wideman has agreed to sign a two-year, .6 million contract extension.The Senators announced the agreement on Wednesday. Wideman was selected by Ottawa in the fourth round of the 2009 draft and was eligible to be a restricted free agent this summer.

  • Canadiens apologize for re-tweeting questionable user names

    February 24, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have apologized after the team's Twitter account issued automated responses to messages containing racial slurs and offensive user names.The Canadiens announced on Twitter early Wednesday that they have corrected what they called a ''filtering issue,'' saying the problem won't happen again.

  • Slovakia's snub gives Satan more options for Europe's roster

    February 24, 2016

    Proud as he is to be Slovakian, Team Europe general manager Miroslav Satan understands he needs to put nationality aside in selecting a 23-player World Cup of Hockey roster.At the same time, the two-time Olympian also knows he won't satisfy every nation when it comes to picking from a pool of 50-plus candidates hailing from a variety of nations - from Denmark to Slovenia, and France to Belarus.

  • Flames' Wideman to have appeal heard later this week

    February 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The National Hockey League Players' Association will appeal to an arbitrator for suspended Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman on Thursday and Friday.The NHLPA tweeted the announcement Tuesday night, and the appeal will be heard in New York by arbitrator James Oldham.

  • Capitals acquire Weber from Sabres for 2017 3rd-round pick

    February 23, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Looking to add depth for a playoff run, the Washington Capitals acquired defenseman Mike Weber from the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday for a third-round pick in the 2017 draft.At 6-foot-2 and 217 pounds, the defensive-minded Weber gives the NHL-leading Capitals another left-handed shooting player and some insurance on the back end.

  • Penguins D Ben Lovejoy dealing with "long-term" injury

    February 23, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to continue their playoff push without veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy.Coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that Lovejoy is dealing with a ''long-term'' upper body injury and is out indefinitely. The 32-year-old Lovejoy left last Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay midway through the second period following a collision with Lightning forward J.T. Brown.

  • Penguins defenseman Ben Lovejoy dealing "long term" injury

    February 23, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins will have to continue their playoff push without veteran defenseman Ben Lovejoy.Coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that Lovejoy is dealing with a ''long term'' upper body injury and is out indefinitely. The 32-year-old Lovejoy left last Saturday's loss to Tampa Bay midway through the second period following a collision with Lightning forward J.T. Brown.

  • Rangers recall defenseman Brady Skjei from Hartford of AHL

    February 23, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled defenseman Brady Skjei (pronounced SHEA) from Hartford of the American Hockey League.General manager Jeff Gorton made the move because veteran defenseman Marc Staal will miss Tuesday night's game against the New Jersey Devils due to a lower-body injury.

  • Blues G Elliott leaves game with apparent injury

    February 22, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis goalie Brian Elliott has left the Blues' game against San Jose with an apparent injury.At the 12:59 of the first period, San Jose's Logan Couture pushed the puck past Elliott for a power-play goal, giving the Sharks a 3-0 lead on Monday night.

  • Predators sign Colton Sissons to three-year contract

    February 22, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Colton Sissons to a three-year contract worth .875 million.Predators general manager David Poile announced the deal Monday.Under terms of the contract, Sissons will make 5,000 at the NHL level and 0,000 at the AHL level in 2016-17. He will receive 0,000 each in 2017-18 and 2018-19.

  • Sabres call up Cal O'Reilly to fill in for injured brother

    February 22, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) With top-line forward Ryan O'Reilly out, the Buffalo Sabres have recalled his older brother from the minors.Cal O'Reilly was promoted from Rochester on Monday. The move comes a day after coach Dan Bylsma announced Ryan O'Reilly would miss between three and four weeks with a lower body injury.

  • Sharks acquire Polak, Spaling in trade with Maple Leafs

    February 22, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks acquired defenseman Roman Polak and forward Nick Spaling from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday to add veteran depth to help boost the team on a possible playoff run.The Sharks gave up 2017 and 2018 second-round picks and forward Raffi Torres in the deal they hope fills any holes before next week's trade deadline. After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003 last season, San Jose entered Monday in third place in the Pacific Division and in striking distance of California rivals Los Angeles and Anaheim for the top spot.

  • Sabres' O'Reilly to miss 3 to 4 weeks with lower body injury

    February 21, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Coach Dan Bylsma and the Buffalo Sabres are going to find out just how difficult it'll be to play without top-line center Ryan O'Reilly over the next month.''He's your No. 1 guy, and that's something you can't replace,'' Bylsma said following a 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

  • Rangers call up Hrivik from Hartford, send Paille to AHL

    February 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled forward Marek Hrivik from Hartford and assigned forward Daniel Paille to the AHL team.New York Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced the moves Sunday before the Rangers played the Detroit Red Wings.

  • Flyers' Del Zotto to miss 3-4 months after wrist surgery

    February 21, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said defenseman Michael Del Zotto is expected to be out three to four months after surgery to repair ligament damage in his left wrist.Hextall said on a conference call Sunday that Del Zotto is scheduled to have surgery in Philadelphia on Friday. Del Zotto would only be able to play again this season if the Flyers make the playoffs.

  • Sabres O'Reilly to miss 3-4 weeks with lower body injury

    February 21, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres leading scorer Ryan O'Reilly will miss three to four weeks with a lower body injury.Coach Dan Bylsma provided the update following a 4-3 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. O'Reilly did not play and was hurt in a 4-0 win at Columbus on Friday.

  • Avalanche acquire Matthias in trade with Toronto

    February 21, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche received an offensive boost by picking up forward Shawn Matthias in a trade with Toronto on Sunday.The Maple Leafs received forward Colin Smith and a fourth-round pick in the 2016 draft. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound Matthias won't be with Colorado when the team plays Sunday night in Vancouver.

  • Sabres O'Reilly out with lower body injury against Penguins

    February 21, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly is being evaluated for a lower body injury and will not play against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday afternoon.Coach Dan Bylsma provided the update before the game. Bylsma did not go into detail regarding the injury and said he could have a further update on O'Reilly's status after he meets with team doctors. The top-line forward was hurt in a 4-0 win at Columbus on Friday.

  • Jagr scores 742nd goal to pass Hull for third on career list

    February 20, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jaromir Jagr scored twice Saturday night to pass Brett Hull for third place on the NHL's career scoring list with 742 goals.Jagr tied Hull when he redirected a centering pass from Dmitry Kulikov in the second period of the Florida Panthers' game against the Winnipeg Jets. He got his second goal late in the third period by finding a loose puck in front and flicking it in for a 3-1 lead.

  • Jagr scores 741st goal to tie Hull for third on career list

    February 20, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jaromir Jagr has scored his 741st goal to tie Brett Hull for third place on the NHL's career scoring list.Jagr redirected a centering pass from Dmitry Kulikov in the second period of the Florida Panthers' game against the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday night. The puck went in over goalie Michael Hutchinson's right shoulder to tie the score at 1.

  • Finally, Wild get outdoor game, fittingly against Blackhawks

    February 21, 2016

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Finally, after years of lobbying to host an outdoor game, the Minnesota Wild will take their skates and sticks to the ice under the winter sky.Fittingly, they will face the Chicago Blackhawks, the division rival that has eliminated them from the playoffs in each of the last three years and one of the NHL's premier teams that has already participated in three of these au naturel games.

  • Flyers captain Claude Giroux sidelined by upper-body injury

    February 20, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Philadelphia captain Claude Giroux will miss the Flyers' game Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs because of an upper-body injury.Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Giroux is considered day-to-day.Giroux has played in all 57 of the Flyers' games this season. He leads the team in scoring with 49 points on 16 goals and 33 assists.

  • Capitals sign Chorney to 2-year extension

    February 19, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals signed defenseman Taylor Chorney to a .6 million, two-year contract extension.Chorney has been a surprising contributor with the injuries to defensemen Brooks Orpik and John Carlson that pushed him into a more prominent role. Chorney has averaged almost 13 minutes a game this season.

  • Ed Belfour set to trade Olympic gold for business venture

    February 19, 2016

    Ed Belfour is preparing to give up his Olympic gold medal for an opportunity to go into business with his son.The medal the Hockey Hall of Fame goalie won representing Canada at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games is one of 66 pieces of personal NHL memorabilia Belfour has put up for auction. The objective is to raise enough seed money for Belfour and his 26-year-old son, Dayn, to go forward with their plan to open Belfour Distilleries.

  • Sabres Kane set to return to lineup after 1-game benching

    February 18, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres forward Evander Kane says he's learned his lesson about sleeping in and missing practice now that he's set to return to the lineup following a one-game benching.''It was 100 percent my responsibility to make sure I'm at the rink and I'm on time,'' Kane said following practice Thursday. ''I take full responsibility for my actions and I'm accountable for those. I paid the consequences. For me, it's a lesson and it's something I'm not going let happen again.''

  • Obama honors Chicago Blackhawks for Stanley Cup hat trick

    February 18, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama on Thursday celebrated his hometown Chicago Blackhawks for winning another Stanley Cup, calling the team's third title in six years an ''amazing championship run.'' But he's still hoping one of the Windy City's other professional teams, including his beloved Bears, will earn a trip to the White House before his presidency ends.

  • Commissioner Bettman upholds Wideman's 20-game suspension

    February 18, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman upheld Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman's 20-game suspension for cross-checking a linesman.The NHL announced the appeal decision Wednesday, and the NHL Players' Association said later that it would further appeal to neutral arbitrator James Oldham.

  • Kings aim to fix scoring woes during long road trip

    February 17, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Beating the Boston Bruins 9-2 in the first game of their longest road trip of the season was a statement victory for the Los Angeles Kings.Since that dominating performance, plenty of questions have followed.The Kings have lost three of their past four, scoring a total of seven goals in the process. Figuring out what's wrong is the focus with games left at St. Louis and Nashville before returning home to Los Angeles.

  • With Stamkos off trade market, Ladd is top deadline target

    February 17, 2016

    Steven Stamkos won't be on the move before the NHL trade deadline. No one can be so sure about that when it comes to dozens of other pending free agents in play leading up to Feb. 29.Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman squelched the speculation around Stamkos by releasing a statement saying he won't trade his captain before the deadline and will continue to try to sign him to a contract extension. While Tampa Bay is a Stanley Cup contenders willing to risk losing Stamkos for nothing, sellers like the Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs are ready to cash in on a thin market.

  • Banker gets chance of a lifetime with Coyotes

    February 16, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Nathan Schoenfeld was bathing his 5-week-old twin boys when he received a text from his father-in-law. A rush of adrenaline flowing through him, he turned to his wife and told her he had to leave immediately.''You're leaving me with the twins?'' Colby Schoenfeld asked him.

  • Hurricanes' Ward out with lower body injury

    February 16, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes say goalie Cam Ward has a lower body injury and will miss Tuesday's game against Winnipeg. The Hurricanes have recalled goalie Daniel Altshuller from the minor leagues.The Hurricanes announced the moves before their home game against the Jets.

  • Coyotes lose goalie Lindback to off-ice injury

    February 15, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Coyotes backup goalie Anders Lindback suffered an unspecified off-ice injury prior to warmups against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night and was not available.The team said Lindback will be evaluated by the Coyotes' medical staff, with an update provided on Tuesday.

  • Lightning say Stamkos won't be traded before NHL deadline

    February 15, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning aren't parting ways any time soon.The team announced Monday that the two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner won't be moved before this month's trade deadline. The announcement ends speculation that the defending Eastern Conference champions might abandon hopes of signing Stamkos, who has twice been the NHL's top goal scorer, to a long-term contract extension.

  • Ducks convert 3 power-play chances in 6-4 win over Flames

    February 15, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Corey Perry had a goal and two assists Monday, and the Anaheim Ducks went a perfect 3 for 3 on the power play in a 6-4 victory over the Calgary Flames.The Flames led 3-2 after an action-packed first period, but with Johnny Gaudreau in the penalty box, Perry banged Cam Fowler's rebound past Jonas Hiller to tie it early in the second.

  • Lightning say Samkos won't be traded before NHL deadline

    February 15, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning aren't parting ways any time soon.The team announced Monday that the two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner won't be moved before this month's trade deadline. The announcement ends speculation that the defending Eastern Conference champions might abandon hopes of signing Stamkos, who has twice been the NHL's top goal scorer, to a long-term contract extension.

  • Evander Kane sleeps in, gets punished by Buffalo Sabres

    February 15, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres say left wing Evander Kane won't play Tuesday night against the Ottawa Senators after missing practice on Monday.Coach Dan Bylsma says Kane attended the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on Sunday night and slept in the next morning, missing practice. Bylsma says he is ''disappointed'' that the forward broke a team rule.

  • Richards accepts responsibility for breakup with Kings

    February 15, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Mike Richards was supposed to be the Los Angeles Kings' Derek Jeter and represent the pivotal piece to winning championships. He won two Stanley Cups, yet was shown the door last summer.Richards hit two highs and many more lows in four seasons with the Kings, who terminated his contract last summer. He had been sent to the minor leagues after his play and production dropped off and was arrested at the Canadian border in June for possession of a controlled substance.

  • Blackhawks place F Marian Hossa on injured reserve

    February 14, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have placed Marian Hossa on injured reserve and recalled center Vincent Hinostroza from Rockford of the American Hockey League.Hossa was hurt when he was hit by Anaheim defenseman Hampus Lindholm on his lower left leg in the second period of Chicago's 3-2 loss Saturday night. The 37-year-old winger, sitting on 496 career goals, had to be helped off the ice and went straight to the locker room.

  • Boston's Bergeron out again with undisclosed injury

    February 14, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Boston Bruins star Patrice Bergeron missed his second consecutive game Sunday because of an undisclosed injury.The Bruins did not provide details on why Bergeron wasn't playing against Detroit. He also sat out Saturday at Minnesota.Bergeron, Boston's leader this season in points, has 21 goals and 26 assists. Before sitting out Saturday's victory, the 30-year-old center had missed only three games since the start of the 2013-14 season.

  • Losing streak proves to be coach Yeo's downfall with Wild

    February 14, 2016

    EDINA, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher decided he had seen enough.Fletcher fired coach Mike Yeo on Saturday night and replaced him with John Torchetti on an interim basis, a few hours after Minnesota's eighth straight loss.The Wild had dramatic midseason slumps in each of the previous two seasons and recovered to make the playoffs. But Fletcher opted for a coaching change this time around, promoting Torchetti from the franchise's minor-league affiliate in the American Hockey League.

  • Borowiecki leaves game with facial laceration

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Mark Borowiecki has left the Ottawa Senators' game at Columbus with a facial cut that left a pool of blood on the ice.The team says Borowiecki has an upper-body injury and he will not return to the game Saturday night.Borowiecki's feet and stick got tangled with those of Columbus' Brandon Saad while the two battled for possession near the boards by Ottawa's goal. After Saad took possession, Borowiecki's momentum caused him to lose his balance and careen face first into the board.

  • Wild fire coach Mike Yeo following 8th straight loss

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild fired coach Mike Yeo on Saturday night and named John Torchetti the interim replacement, a few hours after their eighth straight loss and 13th in the last 14 games.General manager Chuck Fletcher, who said a week ago that Yeo's job was safe, announced the decision after the Wild matched the franchise's longest home winless streak at eight with a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins.

  • Wild fire coach Mike Yeo, following 8th straight loss

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have fired coach Mike Yeo, following their eighth straight loss.Owner Craig Leipold confirmed the decision Saturday night in an email to The Associated Press, after Yeo told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis he'd been let go.

  • The Minnesota Wild have fired coach Mike Yeo

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have fired coach Mike Yeo.

  • Red Wings recall Ouellet from Grand Rapids

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have recalled defensemen Xavier Ouellet from Grand Rapids of the AHL.The team announced the move Saturday. The 22-year-old Ouellet has appeared in 38 games for the Griffins this season, scoring three goals with 14 assists. He has been named to the AHL All-Star Game in each of the past two seasons.

  • Blackhawks F Panarin to return to lineup against Ducks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forward Artemi Panarin is expected to play Saturday night against Anaheim after missing two games with an illness.Panarin participated in Chicago's optional morning skate, and coach Joel Quenneville says the rookie will be in the lineup against the Ducks.

  • Sabres place Catenacci on IR; call up Varone from minors

    February 12, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have placed rookie forward Daniel Catenacci on injured reserve and recalled forward Philip Varone from the minors.The moves were made on Friday, shortly before Buffalo hosted the Montreal Canadiens.Catenacci is being evaluated for a concussion after he had his head down and was checked by Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas in Buffalo's 5-1 loss at Philadelphia on Thursday.

  • Blue Jackets sign defenseman Ryan Murray to 2-year extension

    February 11, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets signed defenseman Ryan Murray to a two-year, .65 million contract extension Thursday.The 22-year-old Murray has four goals and 13 assists in 55 games this season, his third with Columbus. He was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft.

  • Bruins say goalie Malcolm Subban has fractured larynx

    February 11, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins say goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban has a fractured larynx and will miss at least eight weeks.Subban was hit in the throat by a puck Saturday in an American Hockey League game for Providence against Portland. The team says he had surgery in Boston on Monday and has been released from the hospital.

  • 2017 NHL draft to be held in Chicago

    February 11, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The 2017 NHL draft is coming to the United Center. And there is no coach's challenge to take that one away from Chicago.The Blackhawks had another goal tossed out during Tuesday night's 2-0 loss to San Jose when Sharks coach Peter DeBoer made a successful video challenge for goalie interference, prompting Chicago coach Joel Quenneville to cut short his postgame press conference likely out of fear of drawing a big fine for criticizing the officiating.

  • Blues' Elliott has been stingy since replacing injured Allen

    February 11, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Brian Elliott is on a roll. Too bad the St. Louis Blues have little to show for it.During a prolonged scoring slump, the veteran goalie's play has bordered on spectacular. He has seized the opportunity since Jake Allen was sidelined by a knee injury in early January.

  • That's gold: Bill and Dave Christian medals up for auction

    February 11, 2016

    Their Olympic gold medals and other memorabilia have been spending more time in safety deposit boxes than on display, so Bill Christian and Dave Christian decided the time was right to auction them off.The father-son collection, currently up for online bidding, will be sold later this month.

  • Maple Leafs' Kadri fined ,000 for throat-slashing gesture

    February 11, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has fined Toronto Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri ,000 for making a throat-slashing gesture at Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano earlier in the week.Kadri was fined the maximum allowable under the league's collective bargaining agreement for making the inappropriate gesture.

  • Senators get Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in 9-player trade

    February 9, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Ottawa Senators acquired defenseman Dion Phaneuf from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday in a nine-player blockbuster trade weeks before the deadline.Ottawa gets Phaneuf, forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey and Ryan Rupert, and defensive prospect Cody Donaghey from the Maple Leafs for defenseman Jared Cowen, forwards Milan Michalek, Colin Greening and Tobias Lindberg and a second-round pick in the 2017 draft. There is no salary being retained by either team.

  • Jets F Stafford suspended for 1 game for high-sticking

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Winnipeg forward Drew Stafford has been suspended by the NHL for one game for high-sticking Colorado defenseman Nick Holden in the second period of the Jets' 4-2 win on Saturday.Stafford, who has 16 goals and 12 assists in 49 games this season, was assessed a double-minor penalty for high-sticking.

  • Panthers' Aleksander Barkov leaves with injury after hit

    February 8, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov has been knocked out of a game against the Detroit Red Wings.Red Wings winger Justin Abdelkader landed his left shoulder high on Barkov in the second period of Monday night's game. Soon after Barkov passed the puck up ice from deep in Florida's end, he was hit hard by Abdelkader and lost his stick while he fell back onto the ice.

  • Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh misses game with Devils

    February 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh has been ruled out for New York's game with the New Jersey Devils with a possible concussion.Coach Alain Vigneault says the defenseman was still feeling the effects of being punched in the face by Philadelphia Flyers forward Wayne Simmonds in the first period Saturday.

  • Brodeur jersey festivities includes NJ photography program

    February 8, 2016

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) Martin Brodeur vividly recalls being an impromptu go-fer for his late father, Denis, a renowned sports photographer in Canada.''We would go always go to spring training games (with the Montreal Expos) and turn our hotel room into a dark room, putting garbage bags all over the floor,'' said Brodeur, whose No. 30 will be retired by the New Jersey Devils in a ceremony Tuesday night.

  • Jets sign Byfuglien to million, five-year extension

    February 8, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Big Buff is off the NHL free-agent market.NHL teams looking to add a rental defenseman before the trade deadline will have to look elsewhere as the Winnipeg Jets signed Dustin Byfuglien to a million, five-year extension. The 30-year-old Byfuglien will be part of the Jets' long-range plan at a salary-cap hit of .6 million and is relieved he doesn't have to worry about finding a new landing spot this summer as an unrestricted free agent.

  • Blues place defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on IR

    February 8, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo has been placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury that the team says will be re-evaluated in three weeks.The 26-year-old Pietrangelo was injured in a knee-on-knee collision with Minnesota's Charlie Coyle in a 4-1 victory over the Wild on Saturday. He's fourth in the NHL in playing time, averaging over 26 minutes.

  • NHL-leading Capitals aim to end troubling power-play drought

    February 8, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Capitals are winners of three in a row and sitting pretty atop the NHL, so not much seems to be going wrong for Washington. They do however have one glaring problem - power-play goals - and it is something coach Barry Trotz hopes to fix sooner rather than later.

  • Bruins prospect Subban stable after fracturing larynx

    February 7, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins prospect Malcolm Subban is in stable condition after fracturing his larynx during an American Hockey League game on Saturday.The Bruins say in a statement on their website Sunday that the goalie was transported to Maine Medical Center and stayed there overnight after being struck in the throat with a puck during warmups before Providence's game against the Portland Pirates.

  • Islanders-Red Wings resume after 36-minute delay

    February 6, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The game between the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings on Saturday has resumed after a 36-minute delay caused when a Zamboni damaged the ice.The teams will swap ends of the ice midway through the third period so both teams have to defend on the damaged section.

  • Islanders-Red Wings delayed by Zamboni malfunction

    February 6, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The start of the third period of the game between the New York Islanders and Detroit Red Wings has been delayed for 20 minutes after the ice was damaged by one of the Zambonis between periods.Ice repairs are continuing, and no time has been given for the game's resumption.

  • Goalie Marty Brodeur gets statue, NJ Devils jersey retired

    February 6, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Even after retiring, Marty Brodeur is still the face of New Jersey Devils' hockey.The NHL's winningest goaltender was back in New Jersey on Saturday to conduct a youth hockey clinic, talk about a career that earned the Devils three Stanley Cups and look forward to a statue unveiling Monday and jersey retirement Tuesday.

  • Wild place Brodin on injured reserve with broken foot

    February 6, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have placed defenseman Jonas Brodin on injured reserve because of a broken foot.Brodin was injured in Thursday night's 4-2 loss to the New York Rangers. The Wild said Saturday he's expected to miss three to six weeks.

  • Stars' Spezza out after going head-first into boards

    February 5, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Dallas Stars forward Jason Spezza has been placed on injured reserve after he went head-first into the boards and left a game against Colorado.Spezza was injured in the second period Thursday night on a hit by Avalanche defenseman Francois Beauchemin after scoring earlier in Dallas' 4-3 overtime victory. He was placed on injured reserve Friday and there is no timetable for his return.

  • Column: There's a troubling new game in town: attack the ref

    February 5, 2016

    Usually, we come to criticize referees, umpires and those who officiate the games we play.Today, we come to give them props for the thankless job they do.And, more important, to plead for their protection.Unless you've gone off the grid the past few months, it's impossible to miss what seems to be a disturbing new sport.

  • Plaintiffs in NHL concussion case now count 105 ex-players

    February 5, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Long after the end of his NHL career, Steve Payne is living an empty-nest life with his wife and three dogs in western Wisconsin.There is one problem: His brain has aged about a decade ahead of his body.''I've been examined by several experts, and they've come to the same conclusion - that I am starting to show the signs and the symptoms of multiple concussions,'' said Payne, who played for the Minnesota North Stars from 1978-88. ''So it has started to cause some dysfunction for me. I'm 57 years old, and I'm at a level of someone in his late 60s.''

  • Winnipeg Jets forward Burmistrov fined ,000 for diving

    February 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov has been fined ,000 for diving/embellishment.The NHL announced the fine Thursday. His second citation, which triggered the fine, was over a tripping penalty in the third period against Arizona on Jan. 26.

  • Leighton on verge of breaking Bower's AHL shutout record

    February 4, 2016

    Most hockey fans remember Michael Leighton as the goaltender who gave up Patrick Kane's Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2010. Now he's one shutout away from a much more favorable place in history.Leighton is on the verge of breaking the all-time American Hockey League shutout record that Hockey Hall of Famer Johnny Bower has held since 1957. The Rockford (Illinois) IceHogs goalie can pick up his 46th AHL shutout as soon as Friday, which would break the one of the oldest records on the books.

  • Penguins center Evgeni Malkin to miss 2 games with injury

    February 4, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin is dealing with a lower-body injury and will miss a two-game road trip through Florida this weekend.Coach Mike Sullivan said Thursday that Malkin, the team's leading scorer is dealing with a nagging issue. Malkin will remain in Pittsburgh while the surging Penguins visit Tampa Bay on Friday and the Florida Panthers on Saturday. The former MVP will be re-evaluated when the team returns. Pittsburgh hosts Anaheim on Monday.

  • Avalanche G Varlamov returns to practice with lawsuit over

    February 3, 2016

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) Semyon Varlamov was back at practice Wednesday, his mind at ease after winning a civil lawsuit even if his game remained a bit rusty.For more than a week, the Colorado goalie spent most of his time in a courtroom as his team took the ice. Now that his civil trial is over, he's quickly trying to get back into hockey shape to help the Avalanche make a playoff push.

  • Rangers recall forward Jayson Megna from Hartford

    February 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled forward Jayson Megna from Hartford of the American Hockey League.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the move on Wednesday.Megna has skated in five games with the Rangers this season, registering a goal and an assist. The 26-year-old had nine goals and 12 assists in 38 games with the Wolf Pack.

  • NHL suspends Wideman 20 games for abuse of official

    February 3, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL barred Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman 20 games on Wednesday for cross-checking a linesman last week, the second-longest suspension in NHL history for abusing an official.Wideman was suspended for violating the league rule on physical abuse of officials after he knocked down linesman Don Henderson during the Flames' game against Nashville on Jan. 27. The league cited Rule 40 in handing out the harsh penalty.

  • Woe is Canada as its NHL teams struggle and its dollar drops

    February 3, 2016

    Woe, Canada.If the NHL playoffs started today, none of the seven Canadian-based teams would be playing.''It can't be good for the league,'' said San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, a Canadian. ''But we're hoping no team from Canada makes it because we've got to play against them.

  • Tuesday's NHL Capsules

    February 3, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Jonathan Huberdeau scored twice during a three-point night and Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist to help the Florida Panthers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Tuesday in a matchup of Eastern Conference division leaders.The Atlantic Division-leading Panthers also got a goal from Vincent Trocheck, an empty-netter from Quinton Howden and 36 saves from backup goalie Al Montoya as they won their fourth game in a row. They took advantage of backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer and the absence of Washington star Alex Ovechkin, who was required to sit out after missing the NHL All-Star Game with an injury.

  • Coyotes assistant GM Regier resigns for personal reasons

    February 2, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Coyotes senior vice president and assistant general manager Darcy Regier is leaving the team for personal reasons.The team confirmed Regier's departure during a game Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings.Regier was hired by Arizona in July 2014 after 17 seasons as Buffalo Sabres general manager. He is the highest ranking of three Arizona assistant general managers, including Chris O'Hearn (hockey operations) and John Chayka (analytics).

  • Maple Leafs pay tribute to past teams with new logo

    February 2, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have unveiled a new logo for the first time in more than 45 years in anticipation of their centennial season.The new look was released by the team Tuesday night and is a fresh take on the ''classic Maple Leaf'' emblem of Toronto teams from the 1940s to the 1960s. It will serve as the team's primary crest beginning in the 2016-17 campaign.

  • Jury backs Varlamov in civil case, awards Avs goalie 6K

    February 2, 2016

    DENVER (AP) A jury on Tuesday sided with Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov in a lawsuit filed against him by a former girlfriend who claimed he beat her during an argument in 2013.Jurors awarded Varlamov 6,608 in damages on an abuse of process claim after his attorneys argued the woman was trying to get a payout from the goalie and the evidence did not support her claims of a brutal attack.

  • NHL resets 3 games called off because of East Coast storm

    February 2, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has rescheduled three games that were postponed because of the recent snowstorm on the East Coast.The Pittsburgh at Washington game will take place March 1.The other two games - Anaheim at Washington and Philadelphia at the New York Islanders - have been reset for April 10 to end the regular season.

  • Varlamov expected to be backup for Avs amid civil lawsuit

    February 2, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov is expected to be the backup Tuesday night as a civil lawsuit filed against him by a former girlfriend winds to a close.Calvin Pickard will start in net against the Chicago Blackhawks.Colorado coach Patrick Roy said after morning practice that the team remains behind Varlamov, who missed two recent road games to stay in Denver for the start of a trial in a lawsuit by his former girlfriend stemming from a 2013 altercation. Charges against Varlamov were dropped when prosecutors said they did not have enough evidence.

  • With All-Star endeavors finished, NHL playoff race heats up

    February 2, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The NHL playoff race doesn't really get rolling until after the All-Star break, and almost every team still harbors postseason hopes - some more realistic than others.The division races only determine playoff seeding in the NHL, and it's almost considered a weakness to ascribe too much importance to the regular season. But you can't win the Stanley Cup if you can't make the postseason tournament, which makes the next 9 1/2 weeks vital for everybody.

  • Doughty the Norris favorite and other midseason award picks

    February 2, 2016

    Drew Doughty constantly thinks about winning the Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman. If he keeps up this pace, that will become a reality in less than five months.Doughty doesn't blow away the competition statistically like Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators or John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars, but the Los Angeles Kings star is dominant at both ends of the rink. He controls the puck more than anyone at his position and raises his game in the biggest spots - the Stanley Cup playoffs and the Olympics.

  • Oilers C Connor McDavid says excited to be back from injury

    February 1, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid practiced Monday with the Edmonton Oilers, and the rookie center says he is ready to return after breaking his left collarbone.The No. 1 overall pick in last year's draft got hurt when he was ridden hard into the boards in the second period of a 4-2 victory against Philadelphia on Nov. 3. He has missed 37 games, almost half a season.

  • After extended break, Blues get extended workout

    February 1, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Kevin Shattenkirk spent much of an extended, week-long All-Star break catching some rays on the beach in Mexico.The St. Louis Blues defenseman reported back Monday for a rigorous workout feeling refreshed for the stretch drive. The Blues are fourth overall in the NHL standings and will be looking to strengthen their position starting Tuesday at the Nashville Predators.

  • Penguins look to carry momentum into second half

    February 1, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) So what if the calendar reads early February? The way the Pittsburgh Penguins figure it, the playoffs have already started.Pittsburgh took a modest three-game winning streak into the All-Star break, part of a 5-1-2 surge that moved the Penguins into the Eastern Conference's eighth and final postseason spot.

  • Surprising New Jersey Devils looking to end playoff drought

    February 1, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) After missing the playoffs the previous three seasons, the New Jersey Devils shook up their organization.They moved Ray Shero into the general manager's job, made John Hynes the NHL's youngest coach and made a couple of offseason moves that didn't seem all that earthshattering.

  • Back from the break, Wild try to revive offense

    February 1, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) As the Minnesota Wild reconvened from the All-Star break, their focus inevitably turned to an obvious goal.More goals.With that lackluster last month behind them, the Wild started February looking forward to a three-game road trip. They didn't find any magic formulas while on vacation to suddenly enhance the attack, so work and smarts will have to suffice.

  • Blackhawks reign again, but West challengers are chasing

    February 1, 2016

    Those offseason predictions of the Chicago Blackhawks' decline were a bit premature.The Western Conference leaders and defending Stanley Cup champions still face a host of challenges to their reign when the West playoff race resumes Tuesday.Chicago headed into the break with a conference-high 70 points even after a slew of offseason departures from the Hawks' third championship team in six years. With a recent 12-game winning streak and seven victories in 10 games heading into the All-Star weekend, they surged atop the Central Division past the slumping Dallas Stars, who lost seven of their last 10 after a fantastic start to the season.

  • Red Wings put Kronwall on long-term IR with knee injury

    February 1, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have placed Niklas Kronwall on long-term injured reserve with a knee injury.Detroit made the move Monday, keeping the veteran defenseman out of the lineup for a minimum of 10 games.Kronwall has not played since Jan. 17 against Philadelphia and missed four games before the All-Star break. He will be eligible to return Feb. 14 against Boston. He has scored three goals, 17 points and has a career-worst negative 10 plus-minus rating.

  • Capitals running away with the East, Penguins stirring

    February 1, 2016

    It certainly looks like the Washington Capitals are running away with the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.The 14-point gap between the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals and the second-place New York Rangers is almost as big as the one between New York and the last-place Columbus Blue Jackets. The Capitals' overall conference lead over the Florida Panthers is 11 points.

  • Senators' Karlsson among players to watch in second half

    February 1, 2016

    Erik Karlsson is on the ice more than any other NHL player and is scoring unlike any defenseman in the past two decades.The two-time Norris Trophy winner is on pace for 85 points, which would be the most since Brian Leetch of the New York Rangers in 1995-96. The electrifying star also is the key to the Ottawa Senators' push for the playoffs.

  • Bruins goalie Jonas Gustavsson on injured list

    February 1, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Bruins have placed goalie Jonas Gustavsson on the injured list and recalled goaltender Malcolm Subban from the Providence Bruins on an emergency basis.Boston general manager Don Sweeney said Monday that Gustavsson is waiting to be cleared for full participation by the medical staff.

  • Scott hopes All-Star Game opens doors when career is over

    February 1, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Scott had a transformative weekend at the NHL All-Star Game, and he hopes it might help him land another job in or out of the game.''I'd like to think I opened a few doors,'' he said.The journeyman enforcer went from improbable All-Star to MVP of the league's midseason showcase Sunday while captaining the Pacific Division to a 1-0 win in the championship game a 3-on-3 tournament.

  • Nashville puts on good show for NHL All-Star weekend

    January 31, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Music City waited 18 years to host the NHL All-Star game.Nashville smothered the league's showcase event with Southern hospitality.Living up to its moniker, Nashville filled the weekend with music from start to finish.At Sunday's All-Star Game, country singer Vince Gill sang the national anthem along with his daughter before the puck dropped, and country singer Jennifer Nettles performed during an intermission on the ice as the All-Stars took a break and watched while sitting on the ice.

  • Enforcer John Scott scores 2 goals in All-Star Game

    January 31, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Scott is making it look like he belongs.The enforcer fans voted into the NHL All-Star Game scored twice for the Pacific Division during the team's first mini-game in the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament Sunday, bringing cheers from fans and smiles from teammates.

  • Enforcer John Scott scores 1st All-Star goal for Pacific

    January 31, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Scott, the enforcer fans voted into the NHL All-Star Game, has scored the first goal for the Pacific Division during the 3-on-3 All-Star tournament.Scott scored on a tip-in just 47 seconds into the second mini-game Sunday during a tournament featuring the league's four divisions. He deflected a pass from former teammate, Sharks defenseman Brent Burns, and fans roared their approval at Scott's goal.

  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman signed contract through 2022

    January 31, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Gary Bettman said his relationship with the union has never been better.Perhaps that's why he is willing to stick around as NHL commissioner into the next decade.Bettman signed a contract through 2022, he confirmed in an interview Sunday on the NHL Network before the All-Star game. The deal was first reported by Sports Illustrated earlier in the day.

  • AP Source: NHL Commissioner Bettman signs deal through '22

    January 31, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Gary Bettman said his relationship with the union has never been better.Perhaps that's why he is willing to stick around as NHL commissioner into the next decade.Bettman has signed a contract through 2022, according to a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Sunday morning on condition of anonymity because the NHL didn't announce the move. The deal was first reported by Sports Illustrated.

  • Detroit rookie skates fastest lap at NHL skills competition

    January 30, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Dylan Larkin is very, very fast. That helped the only rookie at this NHL All-Star weekend make quite the debut.The Detroit Red Wings forward won not only the title of fastest skater at this event but set the record for the fastest lap around a full rink. He topped Mike Gartner's time of 13.386 seconds in 1996 - months before Larkin was born.

  • Bettman says NHL would not take an application from Seattle

    January 30, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insisted Seattle is not in the running to land an expansion team.''If someone wanted to give us an application right now, we wouldn't take it,'' Bettman said Saturday at his state-of-the-league news conference.

  • Patrick Kane hits All-Star break scoring at sizzling rate

    January 30, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nobody is scoring better than Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane at the NHL's All-Star break.Kane leads the league in goals (30), assists (43) and points (73) putting him 15 ahead of Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn in points. To illustrate how dominant Kane has been through 53 games played this season, Benn won the scoring title in 2014-15 with 87 points.

  • Los Angeles to host 2017 NHL All-Star Game

    January 31, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Los Angeles will host the NHL's 2017 All-Star Game, the city's third time hosting the midseason showcase and first since 2002.Commissioner Gary Bettman made the announcement Saturday at his news conference before Sunday's All-Star Game. The Kings will be celebrating their 50th anniversary during the 2016-17 season, while the NHL marks its 100th anniversary.

  • Ageless wonder Jaromir Jagr laments he is in All-Star game

    January 29, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jaromir Jagr wishes he wasn't at the All-Star game.The NHL's oldest player, who will turn 44 next month, would rather be working out and skating in South Florida.''I have to be here,'' Jagr lamented Friday. ''I don't want to be suspended.''

  • Enforcer John Scott enjoying moment as NHL All-Star captain

    January 29, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Scott sat back in his chair and took a cellphone photo of all the reporters crowded around him once the questions finally ended.It was a big moment for a big man, and it almost didn't happen. So the journeyman enforcer who admits he's an odd fit for an NHL All-Star game is soaking up every precious moment before heading back to Newfoundland, where he is toiling in the minors.

  • Bettman says enforcer John Scott 'welcome' at All-Star Game

    January 29, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Scott expects the NHL to change the fan vote for the All-Star Game to keep someone like himself from ever being picked again. For now, he is busy soaking up every minute of his very unexpected weekend with some of the world's best hockey players.

  • Bettman says fans spoke, Scott 'welcome' at All-Star Game

    January 29, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) NHL commissioner Gary Bettman says the fans spoke, so career journeyman enforcer John Scott is welcome at the 2016 All-Star Game.Scott said someone at the NHL tried to talk him out of playing in the league's showcase event Sunday, according to a first-person account Thursday posted by The Players Tribune. Fans voted the 6-foot-8 Scott as captain of the Pacific Division, but Arizona traded him to Montreal and he is now at the Canadiens' AHL affiliate in Newfoundland.

  • Women's pro hockey gaining foothold with 2 leagues

    January 29, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Kelli Stack greeted last year's talk about a U.S.-based professional women's hockey league with a familiar skepticism.This was hardly the first time the 28-year-old U.S. national team forward had heard buzz about the possibility of earning a paycheck to play hockey, only to have the plan collapse before a puck was dropped.

  • Flames' Wideman suspended indefinitely for hitting linesman

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman has been suspended indefinitely pending a hearing for checking and knocking down linesman Don Henderson on Wednesday night.Wideman will have a hearing Tuesday with the NHL's department of hockey operations.

  • John Scott takes shot at NHL before playing in All-Star game

    January 28, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Scott, the career journeyman enforcer who was surprisingly voted into the NHL All-Star game by fans, said he got a call from someone at the league who tried to talk him out of playing in the showcase event this Sunday.According to Scott, someone with the NHL asked him: ''Do you think this is something your kids would be proud of?''

  • S'mores, music all part of Music City's All-Star Game party

    January 28, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Music City finally is ready to show the NHL just how big a party this town can throw, and it's only fitting that Barry Trotz will be coaching in Nashville's first All-Star Game.Trotz helped build hockey in Nashville, coaching the Predators from their expansion start in 1997, and he earned a trip to this All-Star Game thanks to the Washington Capitals. His star player, Alex Ovechkin, is staying home with a lower-body injury, but Trotz will be coaching the Metropolitan Division in Sunday's game.

  • Dallas Stars seem ahead of schedule in GM's plan to be good

    January 28, 2016

    DALLAS (AP) Jim Nill had a 10-year plan in mind for the Dallas Stars when he was hired as general manager. He wanted the team to be good for at least that long, not take that long to get good again.But even Nill has been somewhat surprised by what the Stars have done in his third season, 17 years after their only Stanley Cup title and with no playoff series win since 2008.

  • Capitals' Backstrom the 'quietest superstar' in the NHL

    January 28, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Nicklas Backstrom is the point-a-game playmaker who toils in the large shadow of Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, goal-scoring rock star and a constant headliner on the NHL's marquee.So, it's not surprising the unassuming Backstrom has never really gotten more attention for his accomplishments.

  • NHL teams balance risk and reward with injured All-Stars

    January 28, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A one-game, slap-on-the-wrist suspension isn't enough to stop NHL teams from keeping their banged-up players out of All-Star weekend.The league said Thursday that Chicago captain Jonathan Toews won't participate in All-Star festivities in Nashville after he left a game this week with an illness. That came one day after the Capitals' Alex Ovechkin pulled out of All-Star weekend with a lower-body injury that the team said had been bothering him since November.

  • NHL All-Star Rosters

    January 28, 2016

    Forwards - Patrice Bergeron, Boston; c-Jaromir Jagr, Florida; Leo Komarov, Toronto; Dylan Larkin, Detroit; Ryan O'Reilly, Buffalo; Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay.Defensemen - Aaron Ekblad, Florida; Erik Karlsson, Ottawa; P.K. Subban, Montreal.Goaltenders - Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay; Roberto Luongo, Florida.

  • Despite best start, Rangers in fight for playoffs at break

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Despite the best start in franchise history, the New York Rangers are in a fight to make the playoffs heading into the NHL All-Star break.With 33 games left in the regular season, the defending Presidents' Trophy winners are in second place in the Metropolitan Division behind the front-running Washington Capitals.

  • Anaheim's Clayton Stoner banned from hunting for 3 years

    January 28, 2016

    ABBOTSFORD, British Columbia (AP) Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner was banned from hunting for three years and fined ,000 for killing a grizzly bear on British Columbia's central coast.Stoner acknowledged through his lawyer Wednesday that he had breached the provincial Wildlife Act during the hunt in May 2013. Lawyer Marvin Stern said his client mistakenly believed he was qualified to participate as a resident.

  • Kuznetsov, Neal replace Ovechkin, Toews as NHL All-Stars

    January 28, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Evgeny Kuznetsov will replace Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, and James Neal of the Nashville Predators will replace Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks at this weekend's NHL All-Star Game.Ovechkin pulled out of All-Star weekend with a lower-body injury that the team said had been bothering him since mid-November. Toews left Chicago's game Tuesday with an illness.

  • You Can Play calls on NHL players, fans to fight homophobia

    January 28, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Nellie Fitzpatrick raised the Philadelphia Flyers jersey presented to her as the team's ''community teammate'' of the night, turned her head to her left and smooched her wife right on the lips.Much like salutes to veterans, youth hockey players and other celebrated guests, Fitzpatrick's kiss was shown for everyone in the arena to see on the overhead videoboard.

  • At 19, Ekblad heading to his second All-Star Game

    January 28, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Aaron Ekblad bought a PlayStation 4 console a few months ago, hardly an uncommon purchase for a 19-year-old.Except in his case, the games sit around and collect dust.''Haven't used it once,'' Ekblad said. ''Big waste of money.''That sums up Ekblad. The kid has no desire to act like a kid.

  • Flames' Wideman sends linesman to ice with check from behind

    January 28, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman sent linesman Don Henderson to the ice when he checked him from behind during a game against the Nashville Predators.In the second period Wednesday night, Wideman was skating toward the Flames' bench when he cross-checked Henderson, who had his back to the defenseman. Moments earlier, Wideman had taken a hit from the Predators' Miikka Salomaki.

  • Capitals' Ovechkin to miss NHL All-Star Game with injury

    January 28, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) A lingering lower-body injury knocked one of the NHL's biggest stars out of All-Star weekend.Alex Ovechkin will miss the upcoming All-Star festivities in Nashville, Tennessee, because of an injury he's been dealing with since mid-November. Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz said the team took the decision out of Ovechkin's hands because the focus must be on the playoffs and the chase for the franchise's first Stanley Cup.

  • Kings TV voice Bob Miller to have heart surgery, take leave

    January 28, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Los Angeles Kings television broadcaster Bob Miller is taking a medical leave of absence to undergo heart bypass surgery.The Kings made the announcement Wednesday before their 4-3 loss to Colorado heading into the All-Star break.The 77-year-old Miller has been the Kings' play-by-play voice since 1973. He received the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, and the hockey press box at Staples Center is named in his honor.

  • Resurgent Crosby has Penguins back in postseason mix

    January 27, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) In the middle of chaos, the puck allowed Sidney Crosby a rare moment of clarity.There it was, on his stick as the Pittsburgh Penguins star stood at the goal line on Monday night. In front of him, the New Jersey Devils were too busy tangling with Crosby's teammates to notice the two-time MVP on the doorstep, giving him enough time to flip the rebound to his forehand before sending it past sprawled Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.

  • Sharks head into All-Star break on best roll in 5 years

    January 27, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After an up-and-down start to the season, the San Jose Sharks head into the All-Star break on quite the roll.Led by a rejuvenated Joe Thornton, All-Stars Joe Pavelski and Brent Burns and newcomer goalie Martin Jones, the Sharks have earned at least a point in 10 straight games heading into the break for their longest point streak in five years - when they made their last trip to the conference finals.

  • Decisions at top of 2013 draft still affecting NHL

    January 27, 2016

    The second-guessing came immediately after the Colorado Avalanche picked center Nathan MacKinnon first and the Florida Panthers selected center Aleksander Barkov second in the 2013 draft. Blue-chip defenseman Seth Jones was considered the top prospect by many scouts, and winger Jonathan Drouin was coming off a 100-point season in juniors.

  • Ryan O'Reilly making All-Star impact in 1st year in Buffalo

    January 27, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) It's a half hour after practice, and not all of the Buffalo Sabres are off the ice. When coach Dan Bylsma's formal session ends, forward Ryan O'Reilly takes over by working a handful of teammates through a series of drills.''There's always a bunch of guys that want to do extra stuff,'' O'Reilly said. ''We just feed off each other.''

  • Ryan O'Reilly making All-Star impact his 1st year in Buffalo

    January 27, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Overshadowed for the most part in Colorado, Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly is delivering on his intention to be a franchise-caliber player in his first season in Buffalo.O'Reilly is credited for being a team leader both on and off the ice, with defenseman Zach Bogosian referring to him as ''a big driving force in the locker room.''

  • Sabres enter NHL All-Star break by demoting 3 to minors

    January 27, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have assigned three forwards to the minors as the team enters its weeklong NHL All-Star break.Cal O'Reilly, Tim Schaller and Philip Varone were demoted to AHL Rochester on Wednesday, a day after Buffalo's 3-2 win at Ottawa. All three had been called up to fill spots on the Sabres' injury-depleted roster.

  • Capitals' Richards has court date adjourned to Feb. 25

    January 27, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals center Mike Richards will not appear in Manitoba Court on Thursday, as his trial on the charge of possession of a controlled substance has been adjourned to Feb. 25.Toronto-based lawyer David M. Humphrey said in an email to The Associated Press that government officials asked to push back Richards' court date because it is awaiting the results of an investigation that was requested by the defense.

  • NHL goalies brace for 3-on-3 All-Star Game pace

    January 27, 2016

    Roberto Luongo knows better than to believe his 72 career shutouts will make much of a difference at the NHL All-Star festivities this weekend.''You don't prepare for it,'' the Florida Panthers goalie said shortly after moving into 11th place on the career shutout list following a 4-0 win over Chicago last week. ''It's an All-Star Game. I'm not going to take it seriously. I'm going to enjoy the weekend and have some fun trying to put on a show for the fans.''

  • Hurricanes activate G Cam Ward from IR

    January 27, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have activated goalie Cam Ward from injured reserve.General manager Ron Francis announced the move Tuesday night after the Hurricanes' 5-0 win over Chicago in their final game before the All-Star break.Ward was placed on IR last Wednesday with a concussion and Carolina went 3-1 in his absence to climb to 10th place in the Eastern Conference. He is 14-11-5 this season with a goals-against average of 2.41, and he's stopping 90.5 percent of the shots he faces.

  • Boston G Jonas Gustavsson taken to hospital with illness

    January 26, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Boston goalie Jonas Gustavsson left the Bruins' game against the Anaheim Ducks and was taken to a hospital with an undisclosed illness Tuesday night.Gustavsson started but was replaced by regular starter Tuukka Rask when the second period opened. The Bruins announced late in the second period that Gustavsson was ill and taken to Massachusetts General Hospital for observation.

  • Florida Panthers sell 'Spacey In Space' shirts for charity

    January 26, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The must-have souvenir at Tuesday's Florida Panthers game?A sweatshirt with an image of Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey's face on the front.It started as a joke a couple weeks ago, when the Panthers issued a blue sweatshirt with ''Spacey In Space'' - his face floating in outer space - to the team's designated star of the game. After a win, that player would then hand the shirt off to someone else.

  • Lecavalier is revitalized after midseason move to LA Kings

    January 26, 2016

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Many veteran athletes involved in a midseason trade make the journey alone, spending weeks or months in a hotel before reorganizing their families' lives in their new home.Vincent Lecavalier is not most athletes. Less than a week after he was traded from Philadelphia to the Los Angeles Kings, he had moved his wife, Caroline, and their three children - all under 6 years old - out to the West Coast.

  • Wild tumble into All-Star break on another midseason slide

    January 26, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Just 84 seconds from an uplifting shutout win to take into the All-Star break, the Minnesota Wild got a potentially big power-play opportunity.What happened next epitomized the midseason skid that has become the norm for this team in five years under coach Mike Yeo.

  • Ducks' Shawn Horcoff suspended 20 games for banned treatment

    January 26, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Anaheim Ducks forward Shawn Horcoff was suspended for 20 games Tuesday for violating the terms of the NHL's performance-enhancing substances program.The 37-year-old Horcoff acknowledged his mistake in a statement issued by the NHL Players' Association. He claimed he tried an unspecified treatment to speed up his recovery from an injury last fall.

  • New hockey apps debut with help from baseball

    January 26, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball is debuting a new website and apps - for ice hockey.Under a deal reached last summer, baseball's digital business has taken over streaming and app development for the National Hockey League.On Monday, the NHL will start offering a cheaper subscription package, NHL Premium, with six-minute recaps and live video for the final five minutes of most games, plus any overtime and shootouts. Premium will cost a month, compared with for full games.

  • Blues seek St. Louis arena upgrades after departure of Rams

    January 26, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues want local governments to renovate their city-owned downtown arena as part of a project that will also upgrade the city's convention center and former home of its recently departed NFL team.Blues officials and the regional St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission met with city and St. Louis County leaders last week to discuss a 0 million renovation of the 21-year-old Scottrade Center, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (bit.ly/1OMLJ2G ) reported Tuesday.

  • Blackhawks give 3-year contract extension to GM Stan Bowman

    January 26, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have given a three-year contract extension to general manager Stan Bowman that runs through the 2020-21 season.Bowman is in his 15th season with the Blackhawks and his sixth as senior vice president and GM. The Blackhawks have won three Stanley Cup championships in the past six seasons and Bowman is the first GM to win three titles in the salary cap era.

  • Panthers announce 6-year extension with Aleksander Barkov

    January 26, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) As the Florida Panthers were announcing a deal Tuesday that will pay Aleksander Barkov about million over the next six years, the young center could not wait to get off the dais and back to his routine.The reason was simple. There was a game to get ready for.

  • Simon Despres rejoins Ducks after 42-game concussion absence

    January 25, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Simon Despres has returned to the Anaheim Ducks after missing 42 games with a concussion.The Ducks recalled Despres on Monday from his long-term injury conditioning loan to their AHL affiliate in San Diego.Despres hasn't played since Oct. 16, when he left the Ducks' fourth game of the season after a shoulder-to-head hit from Tyson Barrie. The Colorado defenseman was suspended three games for his actions.

  • Kings F Milan Lucic suspended 1 game for punch

    January 24, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Kings forward Milan Lucic is suspended for one game for punching an unsuspecting opponent.The NHL announced Lucic will miss Sunday night's game against the San Jose Sharks.Lucic received a game misconduct in the third period Saturday against Arizona when he landed a right hook into Kevin Connauton's face after Connauton slashed him on the left hand. Lucic will forfeit ,258.06 for the one-game suspension.

  • Devils' Jiri Tlusty has wrist surgery, will miss 3-4 months

    January 23, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty has undergone wrist surgery and is expected to be out three to four months.The NHL team announced Saturday that Tlusty had surgery in New York on Friday to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist.

  • Snowstorm postpones 2 NHL games, strands 2 college teams

    January 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) A blizzard socking the Eastern United States disrupted the sports schedule Saturday for a second day, forcing the postponement of two more NHL games and several college basketball games and stranding two college teams on the snowy Pennsylvania Turnpike.

  • Correction: Jim Litke story

    January 23, 2016

    In a story Jan. 21 about fan balloting for NHL All-Star game, The Associated Press erroneously reported that John Scott's current salary was 0,000 per year, adjusted downward if spent more time in the minor leagues. The correct figure is 5,000, whether he plays in NHL or AHL.

  • Storm knocks out Saturday's Flyers-Islanders game

    January 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has postponed Saturday's game between the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers in Brooklyn because of the massive snowstorm hitting the East Coast.The league did not announce a makeup date.The NHL also postponed Sunday's game between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington's game on Friday against Anaheim had been moved up two hours before the league postponed it that day. Makeup dates have not been set for either of those games.

  • Storm knocks out Sunday's Penguins-Capitals game

    January 23, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL postponed Sunday's game between the Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins because of the severe snowstorm in the Washington area.The league on Saturday did not announce a makeup date.This is the third game postponed in Washington because of the storm, following the Capitals' game against the Anaheim Ducks and the NBA game between the Wizards and Utah Jazz.

  • Tortorella breaks ribs, will not coach Jackets on Saturday

    January 22, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella broke two ribs falling after a collision with forward Rene Bourque during an outdoor practice Friday and will not coach Saturday night at Boston.Associate coach Craig Hartsburg will lead Columbus against the Bruins. Tortorella's status for Monday night against the Montreal Canadiens is unknown.

  • Former Blues defenseman Rik Wilson dies

    January 22, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Former St. Louis Blues defenseman Rik Wilson has died. He was 53.The team made the announcement Friday on its web site. The club didn't list a cause of death.Wilson was the 12th overall pick in 1980 by St. Louis. He played 235 regular season games and 22 postseason games with the Blues and also had brief stints with the Flames and Blackhawks, retiring after the 1987-88 season.

  • Snowstorm wreaks havoc on sports schedule and team travel

    January 22, 2016

    A blizzard menacing the Eastern United States disrupted the sports schedule Friday, complicating team travel and blanketing the field where Sunday's NFC championship game will be played with a wintry mix.In Charlotte, North Carolina, crews scrambled to keep up with the storm, clearing snow and sleet from the tarp covering the Bank of America Stadium field. The Carolina Panthers host the Arizona Cardinals there in the NFC championship game on Sunday night.

  • Panthers put Mitchell on IR, out for weekend games

    January 22, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Willie Mitchell has been shut down for the foreseeable future by the Florida Panthers, a move that could give their captain an extended rest to recover from some nagging injuries.Mitchell was placed on injured reserve Friday. He'll miss Florida's games Friday against Stanley Cup champion Chicago and Saturday against Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay.

  • Capitals, Wizards home games postponed because of blizzard

    January 22, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The NHL's Capitals and NBA's Wizards each had a home game postponed because of the blizzard hitting the Washington area.Friday night's scheduled game between the Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks was initially moved to an earlier start time, then put off entirely by the NHL. A makeup date was not announced immediately.

  • Sabres place Girgensons on IR; recall Cal O'Reilly from AHL

    January 22, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have placed forward Zemgus Girgensons on injured reserve and recalled forward Cal O'Reilly from the minors.Girgensons has missed three games with an upper-body injury sustained in a 4-1 loss to Boston last week. He is expected to miss at least 10 days, with the Sabres getting a week off over the NHL's All-Star break next weekend.

  • Column: Bettman doesn't get joke, but fans get last laugh

    January 21, 2016

    In a 1955 comedy titled ''The Mouse That Roared,'' the tiny, fictional Duchy of Grand Fenwick invades the United States led by actor Peter Sellers and armed with just bows and arrows. After much hilarity, they improbably win the war.Change the dates and names and that plot summary nicely sums up pro hockey's latest kerfuffle. Only tin-eared NHL boss Gary Bettman isn't laughing anymore.

  • NHL shifts start time, ACC schedule takes hit as snow nears

    January 21, 2016

    The NHL shifted the starting time of a game in Washington and the Atlantic Coast Conference moved two basketball games involving No. 13 Virginia because of forecasts for heavy snow.The changes were announced Thursday as a major winter storm approached the area.

  • ACC schedule takes hit because of approaching snowstorm

    January 21, 2016

    The Atlantic Coast Conference has moved two games involving No. 13 Virginia back a day because of forecasts calling for snow in Charlottesville, Virginia.In Washington, the George Washington's women's basketball game against visiting George Mason has been moved to Friday at noon instead of Saturday in hopes of avoiding the heavy storm.

  • GW women's basketball moves game to Friday to avoid storm

    January 21, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) George Washington's women's basketball game against visiting George Mason has been moved to Friday at noon instead of Saturday in hopes of avoiding the heavy snowstorm that is forecast for the area.Up to 2 feet of snow is predicted from what the National Weather Service is calling a ''potentially crippling winter storm,'' expected to hit the Mid-Atlantic region starting Friday afternoon and continuing into Sunday.

  • Blackhawks left wing Panik to sit out after oversleeping

    January 21, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks left wing Richard Panik will not play against Tampa Bay after oversleeping and reporting late to the team's morning skate.Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville announced the decision after Thursday's practice session ahead of the game with the Lightning.

  • Yzerman says Lightning still looking to trade Drouin

    January 21, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman says the suspension of Jonathan Drouin will not change efforts to trade the disgruntled forward.''That's where I'm at today,'' Yzerman said Thursday, one day after Drouin was suspended indefinitely without pay for missing a minor league game.

  • Forward Daniel Paille signed by New York Rangers

    January 21, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed veteran forward Daniel Paille.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing of the 10-year veteran on Thursday. He has played in 31 games with the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL, collecting a goal and three assists.

  • Chicago Blackhawks send Garbutt to Anaheim Ducks for Sekac

    January 21, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks traded Ryan Garbutt to Anaheim on Thursday for Jiri Sekac in a swap of depth-line forwards.Garbutt has two goals and four assists in 43 games with Chicago, which acquired him from Dallas last July in the deal sending Patrick Sharp to the Stars. The physical 30-year-old has 32 goals and 44 assists over 241 career games, playing a valuable two-way role for his club.

  • Aaron seeks to combine hockey and ballet at US Championships

    January 20, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Max Aaron loved going to the ballet.His sister would perform in ''The Nutcracker'' every year, and big brother never felt as though he was being dragged along to watch her.In his spare time, though, Aaron competed in a sport not known for its grace. Now that he's a world-class figure skater, his style isn't exactly balletic.

  • Hurricanes place goalie Cam Ward on IR with concussion

    January 20, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have placed veteran goalie Cam Ward on injured reserve with a concussion.General manager Ron Francis also said Wednesday that the team has recalled goalie Daniel Altshuller from its minor-league affiliate in Charlotte.

  • The NHL's Pacific Division is unimpressive, yet competitive

    January 20, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Bruce Boudreau never thought his Anaheim Ducks would struggle so profoundly in the first half of the season.The veteran coach also never imagined he would be grateful to be in the Pacific Division when it happened, since it means they're still right in the playoff race.

  • San Jose Sharks celebrate 25th anniversary

    January 20, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their days at the rundown Cow Palace when their signature teal jerseys seemed to be a bigger attraction than the product on the ice.The Sharks have grown in their 25 years into one of the more successful non-traditional NHL market franchises by becoming a consistent winner on the ice and developing the game at the grassroots level.

  • Bruins, Canadiens will auction jerseys for injured player

    January 19, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens will auction off autographed, game-worn jerseys from Tuesday night's game to raise money for the women's hockey player who was paralyzed at the Winter Classic.Denna Laing crashed into the boards at Gillette Stadium in an exhibition the day before the NHL's showcase game on New Year's Day. Laing's family says she has limited feeling in her arms and none in her legs.

  • NHL letting John Scott play in All-Star 3-on-3 tournament

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) From Arizona to Newfoundland to Nashville, Tennessee, John Scott will be an NHL All-Star after all.Scott was voted as the Pacific Division captain for the NHL's new All-Star 3-on-3 tournament, but his status was thrown into limbo when the Arizona Coyotes traded him to the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens demoted him to their American Hockey League team in St. John's, Newfoundland, with no plans to bring him back.

  • As trial was to start, settlement reached in MLB TV dispute

    January 19, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Just as a trial was to begin, Major League Baseball and a group of its fans who had sued reached agreement Tuesday to expand the menu of online packages for televised games and lower prices.The deal came weeks after baseball's lawyers said for the first time the league was going to let fans buy single-team online TV packages. In the past, viewers who didn't live in their favored teams' home markets had to buy access to every televised MLB game included in the national plan.

  • Panthers follow 12 straight wins with 4 straight losses

    January 19, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Gauging where the Florida Panthers are these days is a tricky proposition.On one hand, they've lost four straight, getting outscored 16-5 in that stretch and they haven't held the lead for a single second in their last 180 minutes of hockey.

  • After trades, Etem looks to get career on track with Canucks

    January 18, 2016

    When the Anaheim Ducks traded Emerson Etem to the New York Rangers last summer, the young man from Long Beach with the ''LB'' tattooed behind his ear embraced his new challenge.But it wasn't a good fit, and Etem found himself on the move yet again.He struggled in training camp with the Rangers and was in and out of coach Alain Vigneault's lineup. Earlier this month the Rangers traded Etem back to the Vancouver Canucks of the Western Conference for forward Nicklas Jensen and a 2017 sixth-round pick.

  • Holtby expected to be OK after leaving game with dehydration

    January 17, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Goaltender Braden Holtby is expected to be OK after leaving the Washington Capitals' game against the New York Rangers on Sunday because of dehydration.Holtby leads the NHL in victories and is considered the Capitals' team MVP by coach Barry Trotz and captain Alex Ovechkin. He left late in the second period when he was bothered by dehydration issues, but Trotz said it was not a serious problem.

  • Flyers' White ejected for hit to head of Red Wings' Jurco

    January 17, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Philadelphia Flyers center Ryan White has been ejected from a game against the Detroit Red Wings.White was given a match penalty for using his right shoulder to hit Tomas Jurco in the head early in Sunday night's game.White may face additional discipline from the NHL as a repeat offender. While playing for the Montreal Canadiens in 2013, White was suspended for five games by the league for an illegal check.

  • Holtby leaves Capitals' game vs. Rangers with dehydration

    January 17, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby left a game Sunday against the New York Rangers with dehydration.Fourteen seconds after giving up a goal to Rangers forward Chris Kreider, Holtby skated to the bench and had a long conversation with trainer Greg Smith. Philipp Grubauer entered the game with 2:18 left in the second period.

  • Blackhawks send struggling Bickell to minors

    January 17, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have reassigned slumping forward Bryan Bickell to Rockford of the American Hockey League.The 29-year-old Bickell has no goals and two assists in 23 games with Chicago. It is his second stint with the IceHogs this season.

  • Oilers sign goaltender Cam Talbot to 3-year extension

    January 17, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers signed goaltender Cam Talbot to a three-year contract extension on Sunday.The 28-year-old was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season. The Oilers announced the extension on Twitter.

  • Rookie goalie Domingue giving Coyotes a huge lift

    January 17, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Mike Smith's injury should have sent the Arizona Coyotes into a tailspin. The loss of a No. 1 goalie is tough for any team, and it figured to be crippling to a club that relies so much on defense.Louis Domingue changed Arizona's fortunes. Instead of tumbling down the standings, the Coyotes have climbed within reach of the Pacific Division lead behind their confident-beyond-his-years rookie goalie.

  • Richards makes first appearance with Capitals, Laich out

    January 16, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Mike Richards made his first appearance with the Washington Capitals on Saturday night and played in his first game since the Los Angeles Kings bought out his contract last summer following an arrest.Richards was charged with possession of a controlled substance after he was stopped at the Manitoba border in June. He signed with Washington on Jan. 6 and was in the lineup for the first time Saturday against the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Bruins donate 0,000 to player injured at Winter Classic

    January 16, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) The owners of the Boston Bruins say they will donate at least 0,000 to help the professional women's hockey player who suffered a spinal cord injury at the Winter Classic.Denna Laing crashed into the boards at Gillette Stadium in an exhibition the day before the NHL's showcase game on New Year's Day. Laing's family says she has limited feeling in her arms and none in her legs.

  • Kings lock up center Anze Kopitar with 8-year, M contract

    January 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Anze Kopitar is a cornerstone for the Los Angeles Kings, and his new contract could keep him in place for the rest of his career.Kopitar agreed to an eight-year, million contract extension with the Kings on Saturday, keeping the franchise center with the club through the 2023-24 season.

  • LA Kings lock up center Anze Kopitar with 8-year contract

    January 16, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Anze Kopitar agreed to an eight-year, million contract extension with the Kings on Saturday, keeping Los Angeles' franchise center with the club through the 2023-24 season.After months of negotiations, Kopitar's agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed the terms of the contract, which makes Kopitar one of the NHL's highest-paid players.

  • Ducks trade Hagelin to Penguins for Perron, Clendening

    January 16, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Carl Hagelin and David Perron both struggled to score this season, and their teams are hoping a swap of scenery will change both forwards' fortunes.The Anaheim Ducks traded Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night for Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening.

  • Ducks trade Hagelin to Pittsburgh for Perron, Clendening

    January 16, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Carl Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night for forward David Perron and defenseman Adam Clendening.The Ducks announced the swap of two struggling 27-year-old forwards after their 4-2 victory over Dallas.

  • Coyotes trade John Scott to Canadiens for Jarred Tinordi

    January 16, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The story of the NHL's most unlikely All-Star captain took another twist.Arizona Coyotes tough guy John Scott, voted by fans as an All-Star captain, was recalled from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Friday and traded to Montreal for defenseman Jarred Tinordi in a three-team deal.

  • 'The Goal' by Caps' Ovechkin still resonates 10 years later

    January 15, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Watching from the Glendale Arena press box, George McPhee saw his young star's every move. He watched as Alex Ovechkin got tangled up with Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Paul Mara, fell to the ice and shot the puck into the net from a near-impossible angle on his back.

  • Hurricanes activate Nathan Gerbe from injured reserve

    January 15, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have activated forward Nathan Gerbe from injured reserve.General manager Ron Francis also said Friday that forwards Phil Di Guiseppe and Brock McGinn have been reassigned to the Hurricanes' minor-league affiliate in Charlotte.

  • As trial looms, baseball fans already won in MLB TV dispute

    January 15, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Major League Baseball fans are already the winners in a lawsuit scheduled for trial next week after baseball agreed to let consumers buy single-team television packages for the first time.MLB lawyers told a Manhattan federal court judge last week that fans will be able to buy the new packages this season if they don't live in their favorite team's market. In the past, consumers were forced to buy the games of all baseball teams because individual teams were not sold separately.

  • NHL begins domestic violence and sexual assault training

    January 15, 2016

    The NHL has joined other professional leagues in mandating domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment training for all of its players.The program, developed by the NHL and NHL Players' Association, involves all 30 teams going through hour-long educational sessions with outside professionals. It began last week, and teams will complete the seminar over a two-month span.

  • Predators acquire Mullen, trade defensemen with Ottawa

    January 14, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville and Ottawa have traded defensemen with the Predators acquiring Patrick Mullen in exchange for Conor Allen.The Predators announced the trade Thursday.Mullen, 29, has played 36 games this season in the American Hockey League. The 5-foot-11, 186-pound native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has played in 338 career AHL games with Manchester, Chicago, Utica and Binghamton since 2009. He has 34 goals and 114 assists with 178 penalty minutes.

  • NHL: World Cup of Hockey roster deadline moved to March 2

    January 14, 2016

    General managers of the eight teams competing in this year's World Cup of Hockey are getting an extra day to establish their initial 16-player rosters.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed in an email to The Associated Press on Thursday that the deadline was moved back to March 2. The shift was made to provide team officials an additional 24-hour break following the NHL's trading deadline on Feb. 29.

  • Devils' Tootoo fined ,000 by NHL for diving/embellishment

    January 14, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has fined New Jersey Devils forward Jordin Tootoo ,000 for his second offense of the diving-embellishment rule.The league announced the fine on Thursday.Tootoo was issued a warning for his action in a game against the New York Rangers on Oct. 18. He was cited for his second offense, which triggered the ,000 fine, for an incident in the third period against Detroit last week.

  • Sabres recall goalie Lehner after 3-game conditioning stint

    January 14, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A late-night drive through a lake-effect snowstorm was a small sacrifice for goalie Robin Lehner in his bid to reclaim the Buffalo Sabres starting job.''A little tired right now,'' Lehner said following practice Thursday. ''Some nerves. But excitement is the best word I can think of.''

  • KHL in racism probe after banana throwing at Spartak game

    January 14, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Bananas were reportedly thrown at a black player during a KHL game in Moscow, and the league has started an investigation.Spartak Moscow fans threw two bananas onto the ice at Swedish wing Edwin Hedberg, who plays for Medvescak Zagreb, after the Croatian team won 4-1 on Wednesday, Russian media said.

  • Devils' Farnham suspended 4 games for hit in Blues game

    January 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham has been suspended for four games for an interference penalty in a game against the St. Louis Blues.The National Hockey League's Department of Player Safety announced the suspension on Wednesday.

  • NHL All-Star captain John Scott demoted by Arizona Coyotes

    January 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) An NHL All-Star captain has been demoted.Arizona Coyotes tough guy John Scott, voted as one of four captains for the NHL All-Star game, was sent to Springfield of the AHL on Wednesday after clearing waivers earlier this season.The Coyotes sent Scott down to make room on their roster for defenseman Kevin Connauton, who was claimed off waivers from the Blue Jackets.

  • Sharks send F Raffi Torres on conditioning assignment

    January 13, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have sent forward Raffi Torres on a conditioning assignment in the minors following the completion of his 41-game suspension.The Sharks added Torres to the active roster Wednesday and immediately assigned him to the Barracuda of the AHL.

  • Sedins ready to move on after near brawl with Panthers

    January 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Daniel and Henrik Sedin are more lovers than fighters, though that doesn't stop them from being the subject of plenty of jabs from opposing players and even broadcasters.The Vancouver Canucks' twin forwards were at the center of a near brawl at the end of their game Monday night against the Florida Panthers. The Canucks and Panthers exchanged words, some punches and plenty of pushing and shoving, but now the Sedins are ready to leave it in the past.

  • Predators place Hodgson on waivers; Oilers call up Kassian

    January 14, 2016

    Predators forward Cody Hodgson is running out of second chances, and Zack Kassian is getting another NHL shot, this time in Edmonton.Two former first-round draft picks involved in a trade between Buffalo and Vancouver four years ago were heading in different directions Wednesday. Shortly after the Oilers announced they were calling up Kassian from the minors, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press that the Predators placed Hodgson on waivers.

  • Quenneville coaches Blackhawks into contention once again

    January 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) They sound more and more like Joel Quenneville the longer they play for the Chicago Blackhawks, and that probably is the biggest testament to his wildly successful run in the Windy City.Led by captain Jonathan Toews, the core group of players from three Stanley Cup titles harps on consistency and being predictable with its play. The Blackhawks gear up for the playoffs and expect to be successful. They stick to the same themes Quenneville brought with him to Chicago when he took over.

  • NHL GMs preferring swap meets to free agency

    January 13, 2016

    A thin NHL free-agent market combined with a stagnant salary cap has New Jersey Devils' Ray Shero and his fellow general managers leaning more on making trades to improve their teams.It's a growing trend that became apparent last summer, when the most high-profile moves came in the form of swaps rather than free-agent signings. And it was once again evident last week, when the league was buzzing after Nashville dealt defenseman Seth Jones to acquire center Ryan Johansen from Columbus.

  • Devils' Elias has right knee surgery, out indefinitely

    January 12, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils forward Patrik Elias has had surgery on his right knee.General manager Ray Shero announced on Tuesday that Elias has an arthroscopic procedure done at the Cleveland Clinic by Dr. Anthony Miniaci.Shero said Elias will be out indefinitely, but the team is optimistic that he will return this season.

  • Quenneville agrees to 3-year extension with Blackhawks

    January 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks announced a three-year contract extension with Joel Quenneville on Tuesday, locking up the only active coach with three Stanley Cup titles.The move started a very nice day for Quenneville and the Blackhawks, who beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 on Tuesday night for their eighth consecutive victory. The longest active win streak in the league moved the 57-year-old coach into a tie with Al Arbour for second on the NHL list for regular-season coaching victories, behind only Scotty Bowman's total of 1,244.

  • Capitals' Alex Ovechkin takes his chances on Powerball

    January 12, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Even though Alex Ovechkin makes million a year playing for the Washington Capitals, he can't pass up the chance to try to win the .5 billion Powerball jackpot.Fresh off scoring his 500th NHL goal, a photo appeared on social media of Ovechkin buying Powerball tickets in Virginia with his father.

  • Chicago Blackhawks give coach Quenneville 3-year extension

    January 12, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have given a three-year contract extension to Joel Quenneville, locking up the highly successful coach through the 2019-20 season.Quenneville has 781-451-77-110 record over 19 years as an NHL head coach, including the past eight in Chicago, where he has won three Stanley Cup championships since 2010. Entering the week, his Blackhawks teams were 343-168-69 with a franchise-best .651 winning percentage in the regular season in that time.

  • Oilers F Matt Hendricks suspended 3 games for boarding

    January 12, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Edmonton Oilers forward Matt Hendricks was suspended three games without pay by the NHL on Monday night.Hendricks was punished for boarding against Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad early in the third period of the Oilers' 2-1 loss to the Panthers on Sunday night.

  • Red Wings put Miller on long-term IR with knee injury

    January 11, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have placed Drew Miller on long-term injured reserve after he tore a meniscus in his knee.The Red Wings announced the move Monday night before their road game against the Los Angeles Kings.Miller was injured in Detroit's victory over Anaheim on Sunday night. The penalty-killing specialist had returned only two games ago from a broken lower jaw, which had kept him out for 14 games.

  • Sabres defenseman Pysyk recalled after conditioning stint

    January 11, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres defenseman Mark Pysyk is rejoining the team after completing a conditioning assignment in the minors.Pysyk had an assist in three games with the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester, New York. He was sent down last week after recovering from a lower body injury that sidelined him for 22 games.

  • Regehr returns to Calgary to retire as member of Flames

    January 11, 2016

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Despite winning a Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings, Robyn Regehr retired as a Calgary Flame.The Flames welcomed Regehr back at a news conference to announce his retirement on Monday.The defenseman played 11 seasons in Calgary before he was traded to the Buffalo Sabres and then to the Kings.

  • Leafs' James van Riemsdyk out 6-8 weeks with broken foot

    January 11, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Toronto Maple Leafs forward James van Riemsdyk is expected to miss six to eight weeks because of a non-displaced fracture in his left foot.The 26-year-old left wing has 29 points (14 goals, 15 assists) in 40 games this season.Van Riemsdyk was a minus-3 and played just under 16 minutes in Toronto's last game, a 7-0 loss at San Jose on Saturday night.

  • Injured hockey player 'would never take those moments back'

    January 10, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Denna Laing, the professional women's hockey player who has been hospitalized with severe spinal damage since crashing into the boards during an exhibition before the NHL Winter Classic, said that the injury didn't spoil ''the best day of my life.''

  • Capitals' Alex Ovechkin scores 500th goal

    January 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin scored his 500th goal Sunday night, becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to reach the milestone.Ovechkin reached the mark in vintage fashion, scoring from just beyond the left hash marks during a second-period power play to give the Washington Capitals a 5-1 lead over the Ottawa Senators.

  • Parents: Denna Laing sustained severe spinal cord injury

    January 8, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Denna Laing's parents said Friday the professional women's hockey player sustained a severe spinal cord injury when she struck the boards at Gillette Stadium last week in a game before the NHL's Winter Classic.''Tragically, Denna suffered a severe spinal cord injury playing the sport she loves,'' Jerilyn and Dennis Lang said in a statement. ''As of today, Denna has limited movement of her arms and no feeling in her legs. Our prayer going forward is that Denna can be moved from the Intensive Care Unit to a Rehabilitation Center and continue to fight everyday with her trademark grit and resolve. With respect to her long term prognosis, right now there are more questions than answers.

  • Capitals' Johansson suspended 2 games for check to head

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL suspended Washington Capitals forward Marcus Johansson for two games Friday for his hit to the head of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey.Johansson will miss the Capitals' games Saturday at the New York Rangers and Sunday against the Ottawa Senators.

  • Canadiens: Price out until early February at earliest

    January 8, 2016

    BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien doesn't expect star goalie Carey Price to return before early February at the earliest from a lower-body injury.''It would surprise us if he was back before the All-Star game,'' Therrien said Friday. ''We said it would be a minimum of six weeks - a long-term absence. And when it's a question of long-term injury, it's difficult to say whether the return will take place on such a day. We have to follow the rehabilitation process and they tell me it's going well.''

  • Rangers send Etem to Canucks for Jensen, 6th round pick

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have traded forward Emerson Etem to the Vancouver Canucks for AHL forward Nicklas Jensen and a sixth-round pick in the 2017 NHL draft.Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal Friday.Etem, who was acquired in a trade in June with Anaheim for Carl Hagelin, had three assists in 19 games with the Rangers. He spent his first three seasons with the Ducks.

  • Ovechkin approaches 500-goal milestone in historic fashion

    January 8, 2016

    Gone are the days in the NHL when high-scoring Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux lit up goaltenders at will.Goals are down across the league over the past decade and even hockey's biggest stars struggle to score these days.Except Alex Ovechkin.The Washington Capitals left winger is three goals away from becoming the 43rd player in NHL history to reach 500 for his career and will likely be the fifth-fastest to hit that milestone. Gretzky, Lemieux and fellow Hall of Famers Mike Bossy and Brett Hull are the only ones to do it in fewer games.

  • Stars GM Nill gets 5-year contract extension

    January 8, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) General manager Jim Nill has been given a five-year contract extension from the Western Conference-leading Dallas Stars, who are off to the best start in franchise history.The extension announced Friday goes through the 2022-23 season. Nill is only halfway through the five-year contract he got when he became the Stars GM in April 2013, after the team had missed the playoffs five consecutive seasons.

  • Islanders move game-day practices back to Long Island

    January 8, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Midway through their first season in Brooklyn, the New York Islanders are changing their routine and moving their game-day practices back to Long Island.For home games this season - New York's first since leaving Nassau Coliseum after 43 years - the Islanders had been taking the Long Island Rail Road to Brooklyn for a morning skate at 10:30 a.m. at the Barclays Center. After about a 30-minute practice, the players held their open media session, ate a team-provided meal in the locker room and then took afternoon naps at a nearby hotel.

  • Rejuvenated Lecavalier joins LA Kings to chase Stanley Cup

    January 7, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Vincent Lecavalier has officially joined the Los Angeles Kings for the final months of his remarkable NHL career.Now all he needs is the Hollywood ending.Lecavalier met his new teammates Thursday after a cross-country flight to join the Kings, who acquired the veteran center along with defenseman Luke Schenn in a trade with Philadelphia. Lecavalier and Schenn then suited up for Los Angeles' home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Capitals' Richards not taking anything for granted in return

    January 7, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Richards is glad to be back in the NHL and believes his biggest adjustment after missing the first half of the season will be the speed of the game.''Watching hockey at home and being away from it I think you just take for granted playing and being in the NHL,'' the 30-year-old center said Thursday, a day after agreeing to a one-year, million deal with the Washington Capitals.

  • Ducks send Friberg to Montreal for goalie Dustin Tokarski

    January 7, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have traded left wing Max Friberg to the Montreal Canadiens for goalie Dustin Tokarski.The clubs announced the swap Thursday.Tokarski is 10-12-5 in 33 career NHL appearances with Montreal and Tampa Bay. He has also played in five Stanley Cup playoff games.

  • NHL fines Devils' Farnham, Jets' Ehlers for diving

    January 7, 2016

    The NHL fined New Jersey Devils forward Bobby Farnham and Winnipeg Jets forward Nikolaj Ehlers ,000 each Thursday for diving earlier this season.Farnham had been warned following an incident during a game at Vancouver on Nov. 22. He was fined after picking up a minor for embellishment in a Dec. 30 game at Ottawa.

  • Hurricanes climb in standings fueled by 6 US defensemen

    January 7, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Call it the all-American defense for the Carolina Hurricanes.Since they reconstituted their D with six United States-born skaters, the Hurricanes have been a tougher team to beat. They've climbed out of last place in the Metropolitan Division and are hoping to push for their first playoff berth since 2009.

  • AP source: Injured hockey player remains in Boston hospital

    January 7, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) A person familiar with the situation says a professional women's hockey player hurt when she struck the boards at Gillette Stadium the day before the NHL's Winter Classic remains in the hospital.The person says Denna Laing of the Boston Pride remained in Massachusetts General Hospital on Thursday after being was taken off the ice on a stretcher Dec. 31.

  • Horvat scores twice, Canucks beat Hurricanes 3-2

    January 7, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Bo Horvat scored his second goal of the game with 1:06 left to give the Vancouver Canucks a 3-2 victory over the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.Sven Baertschi added a goal and an assist for the Canucks, and Jacob Markstrom stopped 26 shots in his sixth straight start with Ryan Miller out injured.

  • Capitals' Sill suspended 2 games for boarding

    January 6, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Washington Capitals forward Zach Sill was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for boarding Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid.Sill hit McQuaid from behind in the second period of the Capitals' 3-2 victory in Boston on Tuesday night. McQuaid was injured on the play, and the NHL's department of player safety said that the injury contributed to the suspension.

  • Predators acquire Ryan Johansen in trade with Blue Jackets

    January 6, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) General manager David Poile hopes he finally has gotten Nashville the No. 1 center he's been trying to land for 18 years.All it took was one of his best young defensemen.The Predators traded Seth Jones to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Ryan Johansen on Wednesday in a move Poile hopes boosts Nashville's offense and position in the Central Division standings.

  • LA Kings acquire Vincent Lecavalier, Luke Schenn from Flyers

    January 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Vincent Lecavalier is ready for one last run at the Stanley Cup, and the Los Angeles Kings are giving him a chance.The Kings acquired Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday in a trade for center Jordan Weal and a third-round pick.

  • Sabres assign goalie Robin Lehner to minors for conditioning

    January 6, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have sent goalie Robin Lehner to the minors on a conditioning assignment.The move puts Lehner one step closer to returning since he sustained a lower-body injury in Buffalo's season opener against Ottawa on Oct. 8. Lehner practiced with the American Hockey League Rochester Americans on Wednesday, and is expected to play this weekend.

  • Capitals agree to terms on 1-year deal with Richards

    January 6, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) In need of center depth, the Washington Capitals agreed to a million, one-year deal with two-time Stanley Cup winner Mike Richards on Wednesday.Richards had been a free agent after a tumultuous offseason. He was arrested at a Canadian border crossing in June and charged with possession of a controlled substance, and the Los Angeles Kings bought out the remaining five years of his contract.

  • Kings acquire Lecavalier, Schenn from Flyers

    January 6, 2016

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Vincent Lecavalier and defenseman Luke Schenn from the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday for center Jordan Weal and a third-round pick.Lecavalier and Schenn bring veteran experience and big contracts to Los Angeles, which won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 but missed the playoffs last season.

  • Coyotes assign forward Laurent Dauphin to Springfield

    January 6, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes assigned forward Laurent Dauphin to Springfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.The 20-year-old Dauphin scored his first NHL goal - his only point in three career games - in the Coyotes' 3-2 victory in Vancouver over Monday night. Drafted 39th overall in 2013, he has five goals and five assists in 30 games this season for Springfield.

  • Crosby not among NHL All-Stars as Capitals, Panthers get due

    January 6, 2016

    The Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals each have three players and a coach going to the new All-Star 3-on-3 tournament this month in Nashville, Tennessee. Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was not among the final 40 All-Stars announced Wednesday.

  • NHL All-Star rosters for new 3-on-3 tournament

    January 6, 2016

    Forty-four players have been named to NHL All-Star weekend rosters for the league's new 3-on-3 tournament. Here are the rosters (asterisk indicates captain):ATLANTIC DIVISIONF Patrice Bergeron, BruinsF Jaromir Jagr, Panthers(asterisk)F Leo Komarov, Maple Leafs

  • NHL names remaining 40 All-Stars for 3-on-3 tournament

    January 6, 2016

    The NHL has named the final 40 players to take part in a new 3-on-3 tournament at All-Star weekend later this month in Nashville, Tennessee.Leading goal-scorer Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and teammate Tyler Seguin headlined the All-Star selections for the Central Division, which will have top point-getter Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks as captain.

  • Washington Capital-izing on team-first approach

    January 6, 2016

    Newcomer T.J. Oshie was in the midst of describing how warmly he's been welcomed by the Capitals when Brooks Laich leaned over and gave the forward a big hug and peck on the cheek.''Maybe a little too much,'' Oshie said, smiling.''Well,'' Laich replied, ''I pour it on and you take what you need.''

  • Kuznetsov has goal and assist as Capitals beat Bruins

    January 5, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Washington's lone losing streak of the season didn't last long.Evgeny Kuznetsov had a goal and an assist and the Capitals took over the top record in the NHL with a 3-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Tuesday night.Washington scored the first two goals and Braden Holtby stopped a dozen shots in the third period as the Bruins attempted to rally.

  • Stafford scores twice, leads Jets over Predators

    January 5, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Drew Stafford scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the Nashville Predators on Tuesday night.Ben Chiarot and Alexander Burmistrov also scored and Connor Hellebuyck made 43 saves for the Jets. Hellebuyck turned aside 17 shots in the first, 12 in the second and 14 in the third.

  • Bruins D Adam McQuaid injured in 2nd period against Capitals

    January 5, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid was injured in the second period when he was checked headfirst into the glass Tuesday night against the Washington Capitals.McQuaid was skating after a loose puck in the Boston zone when he took a hit from Washington's Zach Sill about 5 minutes into the second period. McQuaid was facing the boards when Sill arrived and the hit drove McQuaid's forehead into the glass.

  • Predators sign forward Gaudreau to 2-year, entry-level deal

    January 5, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Fredrick Gaudreau to a two-year, entry-level contract.Predators general manager David Poile announced the deal Tuesday.Gaudreau, 22, leads the AHL's Milwaukee Admirals with 24 points and with 15 assists, helping the team lead the minor league's Western Conference. This is his first season in the AHL after splitting last season between Milwaukee and Cincinnati in the ECHL.

  • Devils-Coyotes moved to avoid conflict with Cards playoff

    January 5, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Jan. 16 game between the New Jersey Devils and Arizona Coyotes has been pushed up to noon to accommodate the Arizona Cardinals playoff game later that night.The Devils and Coyotes were originally scheduled to play at 7 p.m., but the game was moved because the Cardinals are playing their NFC divisional playoff game at 6:15 p.m.

  • Avalanche claim Bodnarchuk on waivers from Blue Jackets

    January 5, 2016

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche bolstered their blue line by claiming defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk on waivers Tuesday from Columbus.The addition of Bodnarchuk comes a day after Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson suffered a lower-body injury in the second period of a win over Los Angeles.

  • Rangers recall Jayson Megna from Hartford Wolf Pack

    January 4, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled forward Jayson Megna from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the move on Monday.Megna has skated in 34 games with the Wolf Pack, registering seven goals and 11 assists. He leads Hartford in shots on goal (110), ranks second in points, is tied for third in assists, and is tied for fourth in goals in 2015-16.

  • Buffalo Sabres forward Deslauriers to miss 3-5 weeks

    January 4, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Nicolas Deslauriers will miss between three and five weeks with a lower body injury.Coach Dan Bylsma made the announcement following practice on Monday without revealing the exact nature of the injury. Bylsma said Deslauriers was hurt in a 4-3 loss to Detroit on Saturday.

  • Cunningham sent back to AHL by Coyotes

    January 4, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have assigned forward Craig Cunningham to Springfield of the AHL.The 25-year-old Cunningham had an assist and averaged nearly 10 minutes of ice time in nine games with the Coyotes.The native of Trail, British Columbia, played 21 games with the Falcons earlier this season, with eight goals and eight assists.

  • Agent for Lightning's Drouin says young forward wants trade

    January 3, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The agent for Tampa Bay forward Jonathan Drouin says the third overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft has requested a trade from the Lightning.Agent Allan Walsh said in a statement released Sunday - one day after Drouin was assigned to Syracuse of the American Hockey League - that he formally made the request on behalf of the 20-year-old left wing in November.

  • Blackhawks loan D Rundblad to Swiss team

    January 3, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have loaned defenseman David Rundblad to the ZSC Lions in Switzerland.The Blackhawks announced the move on Sunday.The 25-year-old Rundblad, a native of Lycksele, Sweden, has two assists in nine games with Chicago this season. He has four goals and 21 assists in 113 career NHL games.

  • Ducks' Cam Fowler out at least 3 more weeks with knee injury

    January 2, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler will be sidelined for at least three more weeks with a sprained knee.The Ducks announced the timetable for Fowler's return Saturday.Fowler was injured early in Anaheim's victory over Philadelphia last week, and he has missed three straight games.

  • Mike Cammalleri, Devils' leading scorer, scratched vs Dallas

    January 2, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Mike Cammalleri, the New Jersey Devils leading scorer, was scratched Saturday night against the Dallas Stars.The Devils did not provide an injury report. It was the first game the 33-year-old missed this season.Cammalleri did not practice Friday, and the team called his absence a ''maintenance day.''

  • Blackhawks to honor Kane for club-record point streak

    January 2, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks plan to honor star Patrick Kane for his club-record 26-game point streak.The team says it will pay tribute with a video and presentation by general manager Stan Bowman before Sunday's game against Ottawa. Kane's streak from Oct. 17 to Dec. 13 was the longest by an American-born player and the longest by anyone in the NHL since the 1992-93 season.

  • Arizona's John Scott selected as NHL All-Star game captain

    January 2, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) John Scott is known for intimidating opponents with his fists and massive size.Now the Arizona Coyotes tough guy can add a new title: NHL All-Star captain.Fans voted for the four captains to the Jan. 31 All-Star game at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena and the final tally had Scott's name next to Florida's Jaromir Jagr, Washington's Alex Ovechkin and Chicago's Patrick Kane.

  • Panthers extend contract for coach Gerard Gallant

    January 2, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) After one of the best months in team history, the Florida Panthers were apparently convinced that Gerard Gallant is the coach who can finally take them deep into the playoffs.Gallant and the Panthers have finalized a contract extension, the deal being announced Saturday. The extension was revealed one day after the Panthers - who went 11-3-0 in December, the third-best month in franchise history in terms of winning percentage - added three years to general manager Dale Tallon's contract.

  • Panthers give general manager Dale Tallon contract extension

    January 1, 2016

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) General manager Dale Tallon is getting more time with his plan to turn the Florida Panthers into a winner.The Panthers announced Friday that Tallon signed a contract extension. A person with knowledge of the negotiations told The Associated Press it was a three-year agreement. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of team policy not to publicly release specifics of such deals.

  • Doan sets Coyotes franchise record with 380th career goal

    December 31, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan has broken the franchise record with his 380th career goal.Doan took Max Domi's feed on a 2-on-1 and beat Winnipeg rookie goaltender Connor Helleybuyck midway through the first period Thursday night.

  • Blues' Tarasenko sits with stomach ailment

    December 31, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko will miss a game Thursday night against the Minnesota Wild with a stomach ailment.Tarasenko missed the morning skate and will sit for just the second time this season. His 22 goals are tied for second best in the NHL with Chicago's Patrick Kane. Dallas' Jamie Benn leads the league with 23 goals.

  • Blues release forward Scott Gomez

    December 31, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have released veteran forward Scott Gomez.The 36-year-old Gomez was not picked up by any team after being placed on waivers r this week.The 15-year veteran attended training camp on a tryout and signed a one-year contract in October when the Blues were hampered by injuries at forward. He had one goal and eight points in 21 games.

  • Winter Classic has grown into an outdoor hockey festival

    December 31, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Since the NHL first experimented with outdoor games more than a decade ago, the Winter Classic has grown into a festival of fresh air hockey that this year included for the first time a professional women's game.As part of the buildup to the New Year's Day game between the archrival Bruins and Canadiens, the Boston Pride played the Montreal Canadiennes at the home of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The two leagues that participated hope it will be a turning point in their effort to gain a footing on the professional women's sports scene.

  • Patriots embrace Winter Classic, then head to warm South

    December 31, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Bill Belichick took to the Gillette Stadium ice for a morning skate with Bruins coach Claude Julien on Thursday, then took his team to south Florida for what has become an important football game on Sunday.The Patriots need a win against the Miami Dolphins to secure the top seed in the AFC. Had they taken care of business against the New York Jets last Sunday, this week's game would have been meaningless.

  • Montreal F Gallagher cleared to play in Winter Classic

    December 31, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher has been cleared to return for Friday's Winter Classic after missing 17 games with two broken fingers on his left hand.Gallagher said at Gillette Stadium on Thursday that coach Michel Therrien gave him the OK.

  • Rangers sign forward Ryan Gropp to entry-level contract

    December 31, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed forward Ryan Gropp to an entry-level contract.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing of the 2015 second-round draft pick on Thursday.Gropp has skated in 32 games with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this season, collecting 18 goals and 14 assists. The 19-year-old leads the Thunderbirds in goals, ranks fourth on the team in points, and ranks fifth in assists.

  • Panthers entering 2016 in a new spot - 1st place

    December 31, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Usually around this time, the Florida Panthers are more than 10 points out of first place and languishing somewhere toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference with playoff hopes already in jeopardy.Not this season.The Panthers are going into New Year's Day as a first-place team for just the third time in franchise history, their seven-game winning streak pushing them atop the Atlantic Division. No one is ordering banners yet, but it's a sign of major progress for a team that hasn't won a playoff series since 1996 and has been to the postseason just once in the last 14 seasons.

  • Backstrom, Beagle injured in Caps' win over Sabres

    December 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom left with injuries during the Washington Capitals' 5-2 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.Beagle will undergo surgery for an upper-body injury and be out for an extended period of time. He appeared to get hurt during the second period and did not return.

  • Carlson, Backstrom, Beagle injured in Caps' win over Sabres

    December 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) John Carlson, Jay Beagle and Nicklas Backstrom all left with injuries during the Washington Capitals' 5-2 comeback win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night.Carlson missed the previous two games with an upper-body injury. Coach Barry Trotz said Carlson will sit Thursday night against the Carolina Hurricanes and that the team will ''see after that.''

  • Bruins' Marchand suspended 3 games, to miss Winter Classic

    December 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand was suspended three games without pay, including the Winter Classic, by the NHL on Wednesday for clipping Ottawa defenseman Mark Borowiecki.Marchand upended Borowiecki away from the puck during the first period in Boston's 7-3 home victory Tuesday night. The 5-foot-9 Bruins forward swooped down and took out the 6-foot-2 Borowiecki at his knees. Borowiecki wasn't injured on the play

  • Red Wings send Eric Tangradi back to minors

    December 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have assigned left wing Eric Tangradi to Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League.The team announced the move Wednesday. Tangradi was called up this week, but did not play in any games for the Red Wings.The 26-year-old Tangradi has appeared in 24 games with Grand Rapids this season, ranking first on the team with 13 goals. He has played 143 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens in seven professional seasons.

  • Devils sign junior goaltender MacKenzie Blackwood

    December 30, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to a three-year entry-level contract.Executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero did not announce the financial terms of the deal on Wednesday.Blackwood was selected by New Jersey in the second round of last summer's draft. The 19-year-old is playing in his third season at Barrie and he leads the OHL in save-percentage (.932) and is second with a 2.36 goals-against average.

  • NHL has had an instant classic since going outdoors in 2008

    December 30, 2015

    As each New Year's Day approaches, Larry Quinn chuckles at the memory of how the Buffalo Sabres landed the NHL's first Winter Classic.''We got it in Buffalo because no one was willing to take the risk,'' the Sabres former managing partner said. ''There was a lot of trepidation. Could we sell out? What would the weather be like? Could we actually build the ice?''

  • Trouba nets 2, Little has 3 assists, Jets beat Red Wings

    December 29, 2015

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Jacob Trouba scored twice and Bryan Little had three assists as the Winnipeg Jets beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 on Tuesday night.Trouba's short-handed goal in the first period opened the scoring for the Jets (17-17-2), who also had goals from Andrew Ladd and Alexander Burmistrov.

  • Bruins place center David Krejci on injured reserve

    December 29, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have placed center David Krejci on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.The team announced the move Tuesday. Krejci was hurt Sunday in Boston's 3-1 loss at Ottawa in the opener of a home-and-home series. He must sit out for at least seven days from the time he was injured, meaning Krejci will miss the Winter Classic on New Year's Day against Montreal.

  • Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury returns to practice

    December 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury returned to practice on Tuesday for the first time since being sidelined by a concussion earlier this month.Fleury has missed Pittsburgh's past six games since reporting concussion-like symptoms following a loss to Washington on Dec. 14.

  • NHL Capsule

    December 29, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Braden Holtby made 31 saves and Alex Ovechkin scored to lead the Washington Capitals over the Buffalo Sabres 2-0 on Monday night for their eight straight win.Ovechkin scored 19 seconds into the second period and Jay Beagle scored about 12 minutes later to help the Eastern Conference-leading Capitals improve to 27-6-2, the best start in franchise history.

  • US falls to Sweden 1-0 at world juniors

    December 28, 2015

    HELSINKI (AP) Linus Soderstrom made 46 saves and Alexander Nylander scored and Sweden shut out the United States 1-0 on Monday in the world junior hockey championship.Nylander scored on a second-period breakaway. He has a goal and four assists in the tournament to lead Sweden, which is 2-0 in Group A

  • Ducks D Cam Fowler has sprained knee; Theodore recalled

    December 28, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler has a sprained knee, and the club has recalled top prospect Shea Theodore.The Ducks announced the moves Monday.Fowler was injured in the first period of Anaheim's 4-2 victory over Philadelphia on Sunday. The Ducks will determine his recovery time later in the week, but he isn't expected to be on their three-game road trip beginning Tuesday in Calgary.

  • Sabres' Kane says he's innocent amid sex crime investigation

    December 28, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres forward Evander Kane was calm and brief in saying he looks forward to having his name cleared in connection with a sex crime allegation.''I just want to say I've done nothing wrong,'' Kane said Monday morning following Buffalo's pre-game skate before hosting the Washington Capitals. ''I respect the legal process. And unfortunately at this time, there's not much more I can talk about.''

  • Coyotes sign Mayo to 3-year, entry-level contract

    December 26, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Dysin Mayo to a three-year, entry-level contract Saturday.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 19-year-old Mayo has a goal and 21 assists in 36 games this season for the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Hockey League. He was drafted in the fifth round in 2014.

  • Sporting history: 'Boston is to sports what Paris is to art'

    December 25, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) A vast trove of New England sports artifacts is being preserved by a museum nestled inside Boston's TD Garden.The Sports Museum of New England is moving a large share of the uniforms, trophies, photos, films and other sports artifacts it has amassed over nearly four decades into secure storage, thanks to a partnership with Iron Mountain, a Boston-based records management company.

  • Chicago D van Riemsdyk taking on bigger role in 2nd season

    December 23, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Trevor van Riemsdyk was a big surprise last season. He made the Chicago Blackhawks out of training camp, got hurt and then returned in time to help his team win the Stanley Cup.For coach Joel Quenneville, what van Riemsdyk is doing so far this year just feels like an extension of a solid start to his NHL career.

  • Power plays dwindle as players adjust game to avoid calls

    December 23, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Matt Duchene preferred to bite his tongue on the topic of penalties and fewer whistles these days. His stitched-up lip spoke loudly, though, courtesy of a recent cross-check that didn't result in a call or a power play.''I have to be careful what I say here,'' the Colorado Avalanche forward said. ''But I'm very opinionated on it. ... I don't know whether the standard has changed or not.''

  • Bruins F Talbot suspended for 2 games by NHL

    December 21, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has suspended Boston Bruins forward Max Talbot for two games for interference against New Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty on Sunday.The league says Talbot ''delivered a late, violent hit'' on Tlusty at 14:30 of the second period of Boston's 2-1 shootout win.

  • Wild sign defenseman Spurgeon to 4-year contract extension

    December 21, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a .75 million, four-year contract extension that begins next season.The deal was announced Monday before the Wild hosted the Dallas Stars.''I think it's a fair-market-value contract,'' general manager Chuck Fletcher said. ''We were able to secure the prime years of Jared's career.''

  • Blackhawks F Hossa, Sharks F Ward out with injuries

    December 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Forwards Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks and Joel Ward of the Sharks are out Sunday night due to injuries.The Blackhawks say Hossa has an upper-body injury, and the Sharks did not specify what is wrong with Ward.Hossa, who turns 37 on Jan. 12, played 23 shifts and 16:50 in a 3-2 shootout win Saturday in Buffalo, including two shifts in overtime. He has five goals and 11 assists in 31 games.

  • Penguins star Crosby day to day with lower-body injury

    December 20, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby is dealing with a lower-body injury and could miss Monday night's game against Columbus.Coach Mike Sullivan said Sunday that Crosby is ''day to day'' after getting hurt during Saturday night's 2-1 loss to Carolina. Sullivan said he believes Crosby was injured in the third period.

  • Stewart, Kesler score 1st period goals; Ducks 2, Devils 1

    December 19, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Chris Stewart and Ryan Kesler each scored first-period goals and Frederik Andersen stopped 21 shots as the Anaheim Ducks beat the New Jersey Devils 2-1 on Saturday night.Mike Cammalleri scored late in the third period to spoil Andersen's shutout bid. Keith Kinkaid made 16 saves for the Devils, who dropped a second straight game, both at home. The defeat also ended New Jersey's stretch of alternating wins and losses at 11 games.

  • Canadiens great Dickie Moore dies at 84

    December 19, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Dickie Moore, the Montreal Canadiens forward who twice led the NHL in scoring, died Saturday. He was 84.Moore played on the Montreal teams that won five Stanley Cups in a row from 1956 to 1960, a group that boasted Maurice ''Rocket'' Richard, Jean Beliveau, Bernie ''Boom Boom'' Geoffrion, Doug Harvey and goalie Jacques Plante.

  • Canucks' Henrik Sedin out Friday with lower-body injury

    December 18, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Canucks captain Henrik Sedin will miss Vancouver's game Friday night against the Detroit Red Wings with a lower-body injury.Henrik Sedin is Vancouver's second-leading scorer behind his twin brother Daniel. He sustained a lower-body injury in the second period of a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia on Thursday night and did not return.

  • Chicago Blackhawks lose F Kruger for 4 months to injury

    December 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks will be without forward Marcus Kruger for the next four months after surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist.Team Dr. Michael Terry said Friday that the surgery went well and Kruger should be able to resume ''hockey activities in approximately four months.''

  • Dubnyk, Koivu lead Wild to 5-2 win over Rangers

    December 18, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Back in net for the first time in five games, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubynk had little time to settle in before facing a penalty shot.Dubnyk stopped an old teammate just 49 seconds in, then Mikko Koivu and the rest of the Wild took any further pressure off Dubnyk.

  • Rangers goalie Raanta leaves after taking slap shot to mask

    December 17, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) New York Rangers goalie Antti Raanta left Thursday's game against the Minnesota Wild after taking a slap shot off the top of his helmet early in the first period.Minnesota defenseman Marco Scandella took a slap shot from below the right faceoff circle, hitting Raanta in the forehead area of the helmet. Raanta staggered a bit and fell forward to the ice. He was down for several minutes before getting up and skating off under his own power.

  • Senators F Smith fined ,000 for diving/embellishment

    December 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Ottawa Senators forward Zack Smith has been fined ,000 for diving/embellishment in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning.The NHL announced the fine Thursday. The dive occurred at 9:28 of the first period during the Senators' 4-1 loss at Tampa Bay on Dec. 10.

  • World Cup of Hockey sets pre-tourney games, camp sites

    December 16, 2015

    The NHL and the players' union announced Wednesday that the eight teams in next year's World Cup of Hockey will play a slate of 12 pre-tournament games Sept. 8-14.The games will be played in Columbus, Ohio, Pittsburgh and Washington; Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec City; Prague; Gothenburg, Sweden; Helsinki; and St. Petersburg, Russia.

  • Canadiens' Subban is OK with any pronunciation of PK

    December 16, 2015

    BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Montreal Canadiens star P.K. Subban has a suggestion for the French-language rights group that complained about the way hockey announcers were pronouncing the defenseman's first name during French-language broadcasts.He joked after practice Wednesday that ''since we're changing the pronunciation of my name, just start calling me Denzel.''

  • NHL proposal could limit how goalies 'pad' their numbers

    December 16, 2015

    Like many of his counterparts, New Jersey Devils goalie Cory Schneider had an easy choice when presented with the option of larger nets or smaller equipment in the NHL's latest bid to boost goal-scoring.Don't mess with the nets.''Absolutely. I think we have to explore every avenue we can to maybe change the gear before we change the nets,'' Schneider said. ''It would be like changing the size of the pucks.''

  • Canadiens, Coyotes swap young forwards

    December 15, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have traded forward Christian Thomas to the Arizona Coyotes for forward Lucas Lessio.The 23-year-old Thomas had two assists in five games with Montreal this season. He also had seven goals and seven assists in 18 games with St. John's of the AHL.

  • Wild claim veteran center Jarret Stoll off waivers

    December 16, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have claimed center Jarret Stoll off waivers from the New York Rangers.The move was made on Tuesday, two days before the Wild host the Rangers. The way they've been playing will make it difficult for coach Mike Yeo to put Stoll in the lineup immediately, however.

  • Penguins goalie Fleury in concussion protocol

    December 15, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury is undergoing the NHL's concussion protocol and is out indefinitely.Coach Mike Sullivan said Fleury approached the staff following Monday night's 4-1 loss to Washington and said he did not feel right. Fleury will not be with the team on Wednesday night when the Penguins play at Boston. Fleury has been one of the few bright spots during Pittsburgh's sluggish start. Fleury is 13-10-2 with a 2.29 goals against average. His .926 save percentage is 10th best in the NHL. Jeff Zatkoff will start against the Bruins.

  • Penguins at a crossroads as Sullivan takes over

    December 15, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Sullivan's voice is unmistakable. Loud. Authoritative. Animated.And, the Pittsburgh Penguins hope, an alarm clock.One of the NHL's marquee draws is in the midst of an identity crisis more than a third of the way into a season that began with typically high expectations, goals that at the moment appear impossibly out of reach. The Penguins aren't scoring. They occasionally aren't defending and - perhaps most troubling - the magic they once summoned so easily seems to have disappeared.

  • Coyotes goalie Smith out up to 2 months after surgery

    December 15, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is expected to miss at least two months after undergoing abdominal surgery.Smith had surgery Tuesday in Philadelphia and is expected to miss eight to 10 weeks. He had been bothered by the injury earlier in the season and received treatment for it, but it continued to linger.

  • Sullivan takes over as Penguins coach

    December 13, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) New Penguins coach Mike Sullivan believes his team has a chance to be great, and it's up to him to help the players reach their potential.Sullivan ran his first practice as Pittsburgh's coach on Sunday, a day after the team fired Mike Johnston and assistant Gary Agnew in an attempt to shake up a star-studded group that has underperformed through the first two months of the season.

  • Penguins fire Mike Johnston; Mike Sullivan takes over

    December 12, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins hired Mike Johnston in the summer of 2014 and tasked him with guiding the star-laden roster back to the NHL's elite.The marriage lasted all of 18 months.The Penguins fired Johnston and assistant Gary Agnew on Saturday morning with the high-profile team languishing in the middle of the pack in the crowded Metropolitan Division. Johnston went 58-37-15 during his brief stint with Pittsburgh.

  • Penguins fire Mike Johnston; Sullivan takes over

    December 12, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins' slow start cost Mike Johnston his job.The Penguins fired Johnston and assistant Gary Agnew on Saturday morning with the high-profile team languishing in the middle of the pack in the crowded Metropolitan Division.

  • Sharks forward Couture has procedure for thigh injury

    December 11, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Sharks forward Logan Couture has undergone a procedure to close a bleeding artery in his right thigh after he sustained the injury Wednesday night in Edmonton.Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced Friday that Couture had returned to San Jose and a small arterial bleed was discovered in the injured area. Couture is expected to make a full recovery, but there's no timetable for his return.

  • Jagr picks up 731st career goal, Panthers top Capitals 4-1

    December 10, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Karma was finally on the side of Jaromir Jagr.Jagr moved into a tie for fourth on the all-time goals list with a first-period score that sparked the Florida Panthers to a 4-1 win over the Washington Capitals on Thursday night.Jagr needed just 51 seconds to put the Panthers in front when he deflected Dmitry Kulikov's long shot from the point by Washington's Phillip Grubauer. The goal was Jagr's first since Nov. 21 and the 731st of his career, tying him for fourth on the all-time list with Hall of Famer Marcel Dionne.

  • Capitals-Panthers delayed because of absent paramedics

    December 10, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The start of a game between the Washington Capitals and Florida Panthers was delayed about 20 minutes because the required paramedics had to assist a nearby accident.The players briefly returned to the locker room while the teams waited for the emergency medical personnel to arrive at BB&T Center.

  • NHL rookies Panarin, Larkin, Domi making an instant impact

    December 9, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Baby-faced Dylan Larkin is just 19 and doesn't appear to be in much need of a razor.The Detroit Red Wings' center plays like a man by any measure.After Monday's games, Larkin led the league in plus-minus rating, was tied for the most even-strength goals and had scored more than anyone else in an impressive NHL rookie class.

  • Family of late Blackhawks player Montador sues NHL

    December 8, 2015

    The family of the late Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador sued the NHL on Tuesday, accusing the league of failing to keep him reasonably safe and not providing him with crucial medical information on the permanent ramifications of brain trauma.

  • Penguins forward Dupuis forced to retire due to blood clots

    December 8, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Pascal Dupuis knew his comeback from the blood clots that sidelined him for most of last season would pose a unique set of challenges.In the end, the risk proved to be too much.The versatile Pittsburgh Penguins forward retired on Tuesday, coming to the decision after consulting with team doctors and his family.

  • Family of late NHL player Montador files suit against league

    December 8, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The family of the late Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Steve Montador has sued the NHL, saying the league didn't take the necessary steps to keep him reasonably safe during his career and failed to provide him with crucial medical information on the ramifications of brain trauma.

  • NHL ends draft pick compensation for signing coaches, execs

    December 8, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) The NHL eliminated its policy Tuesday that allowed teams to seek compensation when other franchises hired away a coach or executive under contract.Commissioner Gary Bettman told the Board of Governors that as of Jan. 1, the league will revert to its old policy that gave teams the right to grant or deny permission to other franchises to talk to coaches and executives under contract. But if a coach or executive does switch teams there will be no compensation allowed.

  • Nashville scores late to beat Bruins 3-2

    December 7, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Viktor Arvidsson went to the net, and it paid off in a big way for the Nashville Predators.Arvidsson scored with 4:56 left, Roman Josi had two goals and the Predators beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 on Monday night.On the game-winner, Arvidsson came flying down the left wing, circled around Boston defenseman Kevan Miller, who stumbled, and shifted around goalie Jonas Gustavsson before finishing the play for his third goal of the season.

  • Bettman: No timetable for NHL expansion

    December 7, 2015

    PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday there is no timetable for the league to decide on pending expansion applications from Las Vegas and Quebec City.Bettman spoke after the league's executive committee reviewed presentations from the two cities in a three-hour meeting, and then presented that information to the Board of Governors at the annual December meeting.

  • Caldwell-Pope, Drummond help Pistons beat Lakers 111-91

    December 6, 2015

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 points, Andre Drummond added 18 points and 15 rebounds, and the Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-91 Sunday in Kobe Bryant's last visit to Detroit.Reggie Jackson added 20 points as the Pistons won their fourth straight.

  • Canucks' Prust fined ,000 for spearing Bruins' Marchand

    December 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Vancouver Canucks forward Brandon Prust was fined ,000 by the NHL on Sunday for spearing Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand on Saturday night.Prust was assessed a 10-minute misconduct penalty for the incident in the third period of the Bruins' 4-0 victory in Vancouver.

  • Blues forward Steve Ott to miss 3 months

    December 6, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Steve Ott will be sidelined for three months with a hamstring injury after he was hurt in the first period of a loss to Toronto on Saturday.The team said on its website Sunday that Ott would undergo surgery on both hamstrings next week.

  • Tikhonov back in Arizona after waiver claim from Chicago

    December 6, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have claimed forward Viktor Tikhonov off waivers from the Chicago Blackhawks.The Coyotes also placed captain Shane Doan on the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury.The 27-year-old Tikhonov was originally drafted by the Coyotes with the 28th overall pick in 2008. He had eight goals and eight assists in 61 games during the 2008-09 season but spent the next two in the AHL before leaving to play four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia.

  • Blackhawks recall F Bryan Bickell from minors

    April 6, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The banged-up Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Bryan Bickell from Rockford of the American Hockey League.The 30-year-old Bickell has spent much of this season with the IceHogs after helping Chicago win the Stanley Cup last year. The rugged winger, who signed a million, four-year deal in 2013, has 65 goals and 70 assists in 382 NHL games, all with the Blackhawks.

  • Karlsson scores in OT, Senators rally to beat Islanders 3-2

    December 5, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Erik Karlsson scored in overtime to cap the Ottawa Senators' comeback from two goals down in the third period to beat the New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday night.Karlsson finished off a cross-ice pass from Bobby Ryan at 3:34 of the extra period after Mike Hoffman forced overtime with 37 seconds left in regulation.

  • Red Wings lose Miller, Pulkkinen so injuries

    December 4, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have lost forwards Drew Miller and Teemu Pulkkinen to injuries that are expected to keep both out for over a month.The team says Miller is expected to miss about six weeks with a broken jaw, and Pulkkinen is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a dislocated right shoulder.

  • Lightning give coach Jon Cooper multiyear extension

    December 4, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Coach Jon Cooper has agreed to a multiyear contract extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning after reaching the Stanley Cup final.The defending Eastern Conference champions announced the deal Friday. Terms were not released.Cooper has a .602 winning percentage since being hired in March 2013. He led the Lightning to the playoffs each of his first two full seasons behind the bench.

  • Stars activate Lehtonen, send prospect Campbell to minors

    December 2, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Stars have activated goalie Kari Lehtonen from injured reserve and sent prospect Jack Campbell back to the minor leagues.Lehtonen has missed three games since sustaining a lower-body injury after replacing Antti Niemi during the second period of a 7-4 loss to Ottawa on Nov. 24.

  • Flyers' Gudas suspended for 3 games for hit to head

    December 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas was suspended for three games without pay by the NHL on Wednesday for an illegal check to Ottawa Senators forward Mika Zibanejad's head.Gudas wasn't penalized for the hit in the third period of Philadelphia's 4-2 victory in Ottawa.

  • Predators place center Mike Fisher on injured reserve

    December 2, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Predators have placed center Mike Fisher on injured reserve with a lower-body injury that will keep him out of Nashville's next four games.Nashville announced the move Wednesday and said Fisher will be reevaluated next week.

  • Canucks' Sutter out 4 to 6 weeks after sports hernia surgery

    December 2, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Vancouver Canucks center Brandon Sutter has undergone surgery for a sports hernia, the team said Wednesday.The 26-year-old had the procedure done on Tuesday, with the Canucks expecting him to be out another 4 to 6 weeks.

  • Patrick Kane racking up points for Chicago Blackhawks

    December 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When Patrick Kane was just a kid, his father would carry his equipment when he went to camps or tournaments. Kane carried a smaller stick and an orange ball for practicing stickhandling, and he put them to good use whenever he had an opportunity.

  • Rangers recall forward Tanner Glass from Hartford

    December 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have recalled veteran forward Tanner Glass from Hartford of the AHL.Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton announced the move Wednesday, hours before a game against the rival Islanders.Glass, 32, skated in two games with the Rangers this season, posting a plus-one rating and recording four penalty minutes. He also has skated in 17 games with the Wolf Pack this season, with two goals and three assists.

  • Sabres GM: Drop in NHL goal-scoring a 'media-driven' concern

    December 2, 2015

    Goal-scoring is slipping once again in the NHL, and yet Tim Murray thinks that's not as big a concern as some might suggest.''Just to the press. To me, it's not,'' the Buffalo Sabres' general manager said, before turning the question back on the reporter who asked it. ''I don't think it's GM-driven, so I guess I should ask you that question rather than you ask me. Why is it media-driven?''

  • Predators C Mike Fisher leaves game with lower-body injury

    December 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher left Tuesday night's game against the Arizona Coyotes with a lower-body injury and the team says he will not return.At 7:56 of the second period, Arizona's Martin Hanzal checked Fisher into the left boards inside the Coyotes zone. Fisher fell to the ice and his right skate came into contact with the boards after falling. The 35-year-old left the ice without putting any weight on his right leg.

  • Kings' Matt Greene needs shoulder surgery, out indefinitely

    December 1, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings defenseman Matt Greene will have shoulder surgery on Thursday.The Kings announced Tuesday that Greene will be out indefinitely.Greene has played in just three games this season for the first-place Kings, going scoreless with eight penalty minutes.

  • Rangers center Derek Stepan out 4 to 6 weeks

    November 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said center Derek Stepan will miss four to six weeks because of broken ribs.Vigneault made the announcement Monday morning following the New York Rangers' morning skate.Stepan injured the ribs in Friday's loss to Boston. He has six goals, six assists in 23 games this season.

  • Canadiens goalie Carey Price to miss at least 6 weeks

    November 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have already had to deal with a nine-game stretch without star goaltender Carey Price so far this season.But now they'll have to get by without him for much longer.The Canadiens said Monday that Price will be out at least six weeks with a lower-body injury that he sustained during a 5-1 win over the Rangers in New York last week. He will not require surgery.

  • Blackhawks' Kane gets point in record 19th straight game

    November 29, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane scored in his 19th consecutive game Saturday night to set a new NHL record for the longest points streak by a U.S.-born player.Kane scored a power-play goal midway through the first period of the Blackhawks' road trip finale against the Los Angeles Kings, beating Jonathan Quick with a high wrist shot and celebrating with a yell and a fist pump.

  • Blackhawks' Kane scores in 19th straight game, sets record

    November 28, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has a point in his 19th consecutive game to set a new NHL record for the longest points streak by a U.S.-born player.Kane scored a power-play goal midway through the first period of the Blackhawks' road trip finale against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night.

  • Rangers' Vigneault criticizes Bruins' Julien, Marchand

    November 28, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has criticized Bruins coach Claude Julien for making disparaging comments about New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist following Boston's 4-3 win over the Rangers.Vigneault responded to Julien's comments prior to New York's 3-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.

  • Tippett gets the title belt after 500th career win

    November 28, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Dave Tippett walked out of his postgame news conference to a hallway inside Gila River Arena, where a security guard tried to hand him the gaudy championship belt.Tippett instinctively reached out his hand before pulling it back.

  • Lightning C Johnson leaves game after first at Capitals

    November 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning center Tyler Johnson left after the first period of a game Friday at the Washington Capitals and will not return.The team did not provide a reason for his departure.Johnson played only one first-period shift in his second game back from an upper-body injury that sidelined him for three games.

  • Oilers' Yakupov out 2-4 weeks with sprained left ankle

    November 26, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton forward Nail Yakupov is expected to miss two to four weeks after spraining his left ankle in the Oilers' 4-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes on Wednesday night.Yakupov was knocked down when linesman Matt MacPherson lost his balance and fell backward after a faceoff early in the second period. Yakupov had to be helped off the ice.

  • Stars' Lehtonen out with injury; prospect to back up Niemi

    November 26, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Stars have placed goalie Kari Lehtonen on the injured list, clearing the way for prospect Jack Campbell to back up Antti Niemi.Campbell was called up from the Texas Stars of the AHL on Thursday along with defenseman Patrik Nemeth. Lehtonen replaced Niemi in the second period of Tuesday's loss to Ottawa but left after just 8 minutes with an upper-body injury.

  • Canadiens goaltender Carey Price leaves game vs Rangers

    November 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price exited after the second period of a game against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night.There was no announcement made in the press box as to why the league's No. 1 goaltender left the game. He was replaced by Mike Condon.

  • Canadiens sign general manager Marc Bergevin to extension

    November 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have rewarded general manager and executive vice president Marc Bergevin for turning around the team and leading it to the playoffs the past three seasons.Bergevin, who had a year left on his contract, signed a multiyear extension through the end of the 2021-22 season, the team announced Wednesday before facing the Rangers in New York.

  • Keeping track of the NHL's coaching carousel

    November 25, 2015

    St. Louis Blues coach Ken Hitchcock felt a little sheepish arriving in Buffalo for a game this week.In greeting two members of the Sabres' new coaching staff, he mistakenly snubbed another.''I forgot to say hello to Dave Barr, because I had forgotten David was here,'' Hitchcock said with a laugh.

  • NHL COO John Collins departs after 7 years

    November 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) John Collins, the chief operating officer of the NHL, is stepping down after seven years on the job.The NHL said Tuesday that Collins is leaving to pursue a new business opportunity. Collins joined the league in 2006 and had been COO since August 2008.

  • Sharks sign F Dainius Zubrus

    November 24, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Dainius Zubrus to a one-year, two-way contract.Zubrus had been on a professional tryout with the Sharks before signing the deal Tuesday. He is expected to make his debut for the team on Wednesday night against Chicago.

  • Forbes: Rangers most valuable NHL franchise at .2 billion

    November 24, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers are the most valuable NHL franchise at .2 billion, taking the top spot on the Forbes list for first time since 2004.The magazine said Tuesday that Montreal is second at .18 billion, followed by Toronto at .15 billion. The Maple Leafs had been the most valuable team since 2005, but they've reached the playoffs only once since 2006 and their 13-year home sellout streak ended in March.

  • Hurricanes F Gerbe out 4-6 weeks with lower-body injury

    November 24, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes expect forward Nathan Gerbe to miss 4-6 weeks with a lower-body injury.General manager Ron Francis says Tuesday that Gerbe has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to Sunday.Gerbe was injured Sunday on a hit in the corner from Los Angeles forward Kyle Clifford in the first period of a 4-3 win over the Kings. He was helped off the ice and didn't return.

  • Coyotes recall goalie Marek Langhamer from Rapid City

    November 21, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes recalled goalie Marek Langhamer from Rapid City of the ECHL on Saturday.The 21-year-old Langhamer, from the Czech Republic, was 1-1-1 with a 2.92 goals-against average in three games for the Rush this season.

  • Anaheim Ducks recall defenseman Shane O'Brien

    November 21, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have recalled defenseman Shane O'Brien from the AHL affiliate in San Diego.The Ducks made the move Saturday before their road game at Tampa Bay.The recall marks a return for O'Brien, who was drafted by the Ducks in 2003.

  • Sharks coach Peter DeBoer to miss game with personal matter

    November 21, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks coach Peter DeBoer will miss Saturday night's game in Pittsburgh to deal with a personal matter.General manager Doug Wilson says assistant coaches Steve Spott, Bob Boughner and Johan Hedberg will run the team in place of DeBoer for the game against the Penguins. Wilson did not elaborate on the reason for DeBoer's absence.

  • Gaudreau scores in OT to lift Flames over Blackhawks 2-1

    November 21, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Two days after the NHL announced its All-Star game is going to a 3-on-3 format, Johnny Gaudreau made his case to represent Calgary.Gaudreau had a highlight-reel goal 1:38 into overtime and the Calgary Flames beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Friday night to remain perfect in overtime games.

  • Red Wings put Johan Franzen on long-term injury reserve

    November 19, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have put forward Johan Franzen on long-term injury reserve because of concussion-like symptoms.Red Wings general manager Ken Holland says Franzen is out indefinitely.Franzen played on back-to-back days in October, returning to the ice for the first time in nine months. He missed 49 games last year because of a concussion and also missed much of the previous season with concussion-like symptoms.

  • NHL to play 3-on-3 All-Star tournament

    November 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL will play a 3-on-3 All-Star tournament instead of a traditional All-Star game.The NHL and the players union announced the format change Wednesday for the Sunday, Jan. 31 event in Nashville, Tennessee.''We are introducing a creative new format this year in Nashville not only as a way to enhance the competitiveness of the event, but also as a vehicle to highlight and emphasize the incredible skill, speed and athleticism it takes to play our game,'' NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a statement.

  • Bert Olmstead, Hall of Fame hockey player, dies at 89

    November 18, 2015

    Bert Olmstead, the Hall of Fame left winger who played on five Stanley Cup championships teams during his 14-year NHL career, has died. He was 89.The NHL and the Montreal Canadiens said Wednesday that Olmstead died Monday.Olmstead had 181 goals and 421 assists in 848 regular-season games for Chicago, Montreal and Toronto from 1948 to 1962. He had 16 goals and 43 assists in 115 playoff games, winning titles with the Canadiens in 1953, 1956, 1957 and 1958 and the Maple Leafs in 1962.

  • Penguins defenseman Maatta dealing with upper-body injury

    November 18, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta remained in a hospital for observation on Wednesday after leaving Tuesday night's win over Minnesota with an upper-body injury.Maatta was hit from behind by Minnesota's Nino Niederreiter midway through the second period right in front of the Wild bench. The door to the bench was open and Niederreiter collided with Maatta as Niederreiter was making his way off the ice.

  • Kings goalie prospect faces domestic violence charges

    November 18, 2015

    MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) A Los Angeles Kings goaltending prospect has been accused in New Hampshire of 12 domestic-related charges involving his girlfriend, including a felony assault charge alleging that he tried to strangle her at an apartment.Patrik Bartosak played for the American Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs for two seasons. He moved with the Kings farm team, now called the Ontario Reign, to California. He was re-assigned Friday to the East Coast Hockey League's Manchester Monarchs.

  • Veteran offseason additions have Stars shining in Dallas

    November 18, 2015

    Patrick Sharp considered the Dallas Stars to be a handful when the veteran forward was playing for Central Division rival Chicago.The Stars look even more formidable following Sharp's offseason arrival in Dallas.At 15-4, the Western Conference-leading Stars are off to their best start in franchise history. And some of the credit is directed to the veteran presence that two former Blackhawks - Sharp and defensemen Johnny Oduya - have provided in settling a young, erratic high-scoring team that missed the playoffs last year.

  • Thornton, Marleau goals lead Sharks to 5-4 win over Bruins

    November 17, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton scored 25 seconds apart in the second period to put the San Jose Sharks ahead for good and they held on to beat the Boston Bruins 5-4 on Tuesday night.Joe Pavelski got the scoring started 42 seconds into the game for the Sharks and had two assists. Melker Karlsson had a goal and an assist, also in the big second period when the Sharks capitalized on a string of Bruin penalties.

  • Red Wings send Jurco to AHL for conditioning

    November 17, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have assigned right wing Tomas Jurco to Grand Rapids of the AHL for conditioning.The 22-year-old Jurco has played in only four games for the Red Wings this season. He has no goals and one assist.He's scored 11 goals with 23 assists in 103 NHL games over the last two seasons and the start of this one.

  • Sabres defenseman Bogosian set to play against Stars

    November 17, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres defenseman Zach Bogosian is set to make his season debut on Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars after missing the first 18 games with a lower body injury.Coach Dan Bylsma announced Bogosian will return after the defenseman took part in the morning skate. Bogosian was hurt early into training camp in September, and began practicing with the team last week.

  • Tavares has 2 goals, assist as Islanders beat Coyotes 5-2

    November 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) John Tavares had two goals and an assist to lead the New York Islanders to a 5-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes on Monday night.Frans Nielsen, Brock Nelson and Steve Bernier also scored and Kyle Okposo had three assists - to increase his team-leading total to 12 - as the Islanders won for the third time in four games. Jaroslav Halak stopped 31 shots to help New York improve to 6-3-2 at home.

  • Kane has goal, assist as Blackhawks beat Flames 4-1

    November 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) There's just no stopping Patrick Kane these days.And when the Chicago Blackhawks combine Kane's offensive touch with a solid defensive effort, the defending Stanley Cup champions are tough to stop, too.Kane scored and had an assist in Chicago's quick three-goal outburst in the second period, and the Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames 4-1 Sunday night.

  • Coyotes recall forward Craig Cunningham from Springfield

    November 15, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes recalled forward Craig Cunningham from Springfield of the American Hockey League on Sunday.The 25-year-old Cunningham had five goals and four assists in 12 games for the Falcons this season. In 53 career NHL games with Boston and Arizona, he has three goals and four assists.

  • Avalanche claim Chris Wagner off waivers from Anaheim

    November 15, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche claimed forward Chris Wagner off waivers from Anaheim.To make room on the roster, Colorado placed goaltender Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve with a groin injury. The move is retroactive to Nov. 10.Wagner didn't score in 11 games for the Ducks this season. He was second on the team in hits and fourth in penalty minutes.

  • Low-scoring Anaheim Ducks recall top prospect Nick Ritchie

    November 14, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have recalled top prospect Nick Ritchie and center Michael Sgarbossa from the AHL.The Ducks also assigned left wing Max Friberg and defenseman Korbinian Holzer to their affiliate in San Diego on Saturday, and placed center Chris Wagner on waivers.

  • Red Wings C Pavel Datsyuk makes season debut against Sharks

    November 13, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Red Wings star center Pavel Datsyuk made his season debut Friday night against the San Jose Sharks after recovering from offseason ankle surgery.Datsyuk received a standing ovation when he came on the ice for his first shift, 22 seconds into the game.

  • Chicago bolsters defense, activates Keith, Rozsival

    November 13, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks activated veteran defensemen Duncan Keith and Michal Rozsival off injured reserve on Friday in time for Saturday's road game against Central Division foe St. Louis.The 32-year-old Keith has missed 10 games with a torn MCL and he is coming back slightly ahead of expectations. Chicago coach Joel Quenneville was happy to have his Conn Smythe Trophy winner back, though he cautioned Keith's minutes will be closely watched.

  • Landeskog draws 2-game suspension for hit on Marchand

    November 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog has been suspended for two games by the NHL for an illegal check on Boston forward Brad Marchand.The Avalanche forward hit Marchand in the head in the second period Thursday, resulting in a game penalty. Landeskog will lose ,908 in salary for those the two games, the league announced Friday.

  • Predators sign fourth-round pick Richard to entry-level deal

    November 13, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed fourth-round draft pick Anthony Richard to a three-year entry-level contract.The Predators announced Friday they had signed Richard, the 100th overall selection in the 2015 draft.Richard has 16 goals and 18 assists in 22 games with the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Val-d'Or Foreurs this season. The 18-year-old Richard ranks sixth in the league in goals, eighth in points and 10th in assists. He leads the league with five game-winning goals.

  • Predators sign defenseman Carrier to entry-level deal

    November 12, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Alexandre Carrier, their fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract.The Predators announced the deal Thursday.A native of Quebec, the 19-year-old Carrier currently is playing in the QMJHL and has 15 points in 17 games for the Gatineau Olympiques. He tied for third with 55 points last season. The Predators made him the 115th pick overall in the draft in June.

  • Red Wings extend Abdelkader's deal 7 years for nearly M

    November 12, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have given forward Justin Abdelkader a seven-year contract extension worth nearly million.He signed the deal Thursday, keeping him off the free agent market next summer.The 28-year-old Abdelkader was drafted by Detroit in the second round of the 2005 NHL draft.

  • Purcell caps Oilers' rally with OT goal, 4-3 win over Ducks

    November 12, 2015

    ANAHEIM, California (AP) Teddy Purcell scored 1:16 into overtime as the Edmonton Oilers twice rallied from a third-period deficit before earning a 4-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks.In Wednesday's other game, Sidney Crosby and David Perron scored in the shootout to help the Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Montreal Canadiens 4-3.

  • Firebirds coach felt like Billy Martin, getting fired, hired

    November 11, 2015

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) Flint Firebirds coach John Gruden packed up his office, put his belongings in his car and drove off into the night without a job.Soon after Gruden woke up, he was back to work.''I felt like Billy Martin,'' he deadpanned. ''Fired one day, and hired the next.''

  • Coyotes assign forward Dustin Jeffrey to Springfield

    November 11, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes assigned forward Dustin Jeffrey to Springfield of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.The 27-year-old Jeffrey has an assist in one game for the Coyotes this season. He has five goals and seven assists in 10 games for Springfield.

  • Team owner sorry for chopper preventing youth soccer game

    November 11, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) An owner of the NHL's New Jersey Devils is apologizing to two youth soccer teams after his helicopter landed on the field where they were going to play, forcing the game's cancellation.Officials at a Newark prep school that lets Devils owner Josh Harris and others use its field say an apparent scheduling error was to blame.

  • NHL GMs discuss ways to increase goals

    November 10, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Scoring hasn't necessarily taken a nosedive in the NHL, but it's enough of a concern that general managers are debating how to generate more offense.Through Monday, an average of 5.32 goals are being scored this season, down slightly from 5.5 through Nov. 10, 2014, but down significantly from the 6.16 goals a game in the 2005-06 season.

  • Domi thriving during rookie season with Coyotes

    November 10, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Captain Shane Doan called over to Max Domi in the Arizona Coyotes locker room and peppered the rookie with questions.''Have you seen the movie Tombstone?'' Doan asked. ''Do you know who Wyatt Earp is? Actor Val Kilmer? Ever heard of the O.K. Corral?

  • Price out this week with lower-body injury

    November 10, 2015

    BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will be out at least another week, coach Michel Therrien said Tuesday.The Canadiens are optimistic that last season's Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's top goaltender and Hart Trophy recipient as MVP won't be out for the long term, however.

  • Chris Pronger now making different kind of impact in NHL

    November 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Chris Pronger took more than a few physical liberties with opponents during his playing career.Intimidation was part of what made the big defenseman a Hockey Hall of Famer.Disciplined by the NHL eight times, Pronger had an ''open-ended budget'' for fines and suspensions.

  • Chris Pronger now making different kind of impact on NHL

    November 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Chris Pronger took more than a few physical liberties with opponents during his playing career.Intimidation was part of what made the big defenseman a Hockey Hall of Famer.On the wrong side of the NHL law eight times, Pronger had an ''open-ended budget'' for fines and suspensions.

  • Penguins forward Dupuis returns to practice after scare

    November 9, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis returned to practice on Monday following a health scare during the team's West Coast road trip.Dupuis sat out games in Edmonton and Calgary after experiencing an undisclosed issue. The 36-year-old missed most of last season with blood clots in his lungs. Dupuis declined to get specific about what the problem was, saying he simply decided to play it safe as a precaution.

  • NHL general managers to review coach's challenge at meeting

    November 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) NHL general managers are expected to review rule changes and discuss the controversial coach and executive compensation policy at their annual November meeting on Tuesday.For the first time, the league has three-on-three play in overtime and coach's challenges for goaltender interference and offside plays. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn't expect any potential changes to those rules to take place right away.

  • NHL's 3-on-3 OT cutting down on shootouts as league hoped

    November 9, 2015

    The NHL has taken two skaters off the ice during overtimes this season, hoping 3-on-3 hockey will cut down on shootouts.It has worked.Twenty-nine of the 42 games that have lasted longer than three periods have been decided in overtime entering play Monday, according to STATS, extending just 31 percent of those games to a shootout. Over the previous 10 seasons, at least 50 percent of games that went to overtime were decided by a shootout and as much as 61.1 percent were decided by the shooter-on-goaltender duels, according to STATS.

  • Tootoo claims Burrows disparaged 'personal life and family'

    November 8, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey winger Jordin Tootoo said Vancouver's Alexandre Burrows made disparaging comments about his ''personal life and family'' during the Devils' 4-3 overtime victory Sunday night.Tootoo, the first Inuit player to make it to the NHL, said Burrows made the comments while they were serving penalties in the second period.

  • Coyotes recall Jeffrey, Samuelsson from Springfield

    November 8, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes recalled forward Dustin Jeffrey and defenseman Philip Samuelsson from Springfield on Sunday and assigned forward Tyler Gaudet to the American Hockey League team.The 27-year-old Jeffrey has five goals and seven assists in 10 games for the Springfield this season, and the 24-year-old has four assists in 10 games for the Falcons.

  • Wild F Parise out with sprained MCL

    November 7, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota forward Zach Parise missed the Wild's game Saturday night against Tampa Bay, and is considered week to week with a sprained MCL in his right knee.Parise, who leads Minnesota and is tied for eighth in the NHL with seven goals, was injured during the first period on Thursday against Nashville when he was hit by Predators forward James Neal.

  • Penguins' Pascal Dupuis taken to hospital as precaution

    November 7, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis was taken to a hospital for precautionary reasons after he experienced symptoms that might be related to his history of blood clots.The 36-year-old Dupuis was diagnosed with blood clots last year and missed the rest of the season.

  • Lidstrom and Fedorov headline Hockey Hall of Fame class

    November 6, 2015

    The NHL has been transformed from a North American league to a truly international one over the last couple of decades. Sweden's Nicklas Lidstrom and Russia's Sergei Fedorov had a lot to do with that.''Those guys were in the first wave,'' said Dallas Stars president Jim Lites. ''Twenty-five years ago, Europeans were extras in the league. Those guys were once-in-a-generation superstars. And, the NHL hasn't been the same since because every team has players from all over the world.''

  • Kane relieved for family, friends with rape case closed

    November 6, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is relieved for his family and friends now that a prosecutor has closed a rape investigation against him.Kane sidestepped questions about his own feelings Friday in his first comments after learning he won't be criminally charged following a three-month investigation by local authorities in upstate New York.

  • Wild's Zach Parise exits with lower-body injury

    November 5, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has exited a game against Nashville on Thursday with a lower-body injury.Parise left after being checked awkwardly into the boards by James Neal. Parise was battling for the puck near the right wall in the offensive zone when Neal hit him from behind. No penalty was called.

  • Officials break ground on renovations for Nassau Coliseum

    November 5, 2015

    MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) Using a large sledgehammer, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and developer Bruce Ratner smashed a hole in the wall of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Thursday, officially starting the renovation of the former home of the New York Islanders.

  • NHL star Kane avoids charges, rape investigation dropped

    November 5, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane can finally focus solely on his NHL career after avoiding criminal charges in a rape investigation, with prosecutors ending a bizarre three-month ordeal that put one of hockey's biggest stars at the center of intense speculation and criticism.

  • US Steel decides against new HQ in Penguins development

    November 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) United States Steel Corp. has pulled out of a deal to build its new world headquarters as part of an ongoing 0 million redevelopment of the former Civic Arena site by the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins.Thursday's decision comes almost exactly a year after company, team, local and state officials announced the plans at the Consol Energy Center, the Penguins new arena. That arena sits across the street from the site where a team-controlled subsidiary planned to break ground on the new headquarters and complete the project before U.S. Steel's lease expires at its current downtown location.

  • Canada turns to Mike Babcock as coach for 2016 World Cup

    November 5, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Mike Babcock is back to coach Canada at the World Cup of Hockey.Coming off back-to-back Olympic gold medals, Babcock will lead the staff next fall in the return of the World Cup tournament next fall.Claude Julien of the Boston Bruins, Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks, Barry Trotz of the Washington Capitals and Bill Peters of the Carolina Hurricanes will work under Babcock.

  • No charges for Blackhawks star Kane after rape investigation

    November 5, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Prosecutors dropped a rape investigation against Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane on Thursday, citing a lack of credible evidence in a case ''rife with reasonable doubt'' and said the accuser no longer wanted to cooperate.Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said a three-month investigation found that physical and forensic evidence ''tend to contradict'' the accuser's claim that she was raped last Aug. 2 at Kane's offseason home outside Buffalo.

  • Excerpts from prosecutor statement on Kane case

    November 5, 2015

    Excerpts from Thursday's statement on the Patrick Kane investigation from Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita:---There are significant material inconsistencies between the complainant's accounts and those of other witnesses. The DNA results lend no corroboration whatsoever to the complainant's claim of penetration, a required element of proof for a rape charge. The physical evidence and the forensic evidence, when viewed in tandem, tend to contradict the complainant's claim that she was raped on Kane's bed.

  • No charges for Kane following rape accusation

    November 5, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Prosecutors say Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane will not face criminal charges after being accused of raping a woman in his home over the summer.Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita on Thursday said a three-month investigation found that physical and forensic evidence tend to contradict the accuser's claim. He says he will not present the case to a grand jury for possible charges.

  • Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane will not face charges following rape investigation

    November 5, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane will not face charges following rape investigation.

  • Oilers' McDavid out "indefinitely" with broken left clavicle

    November 4, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid will be out indefinitely because of a broken left collarbone.He was expected to undergo surgery Wednesday with a recuperation period expected to stretch into months.''We're talking about months,'' Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli told a news conference. ''We don't have a particular timeframe, but as I said, plural, months. There will be plates and screws involved (in the surgery).''

  • Devils hire David Collins as chief financial officer

    November 4, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center have hired David Collins as the organization's executive vice president and chief financial officer.Devils and Prudential Center chief executive Scott O'Neil announced the hiring on Wednesday, saying Collins brings more than 20 years of experience across a broad spectrum of businesses and industries to the organization.

  • Blues' Ryan Reaves fined for roughing

    November 4, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Ryan Reaves has been fined ,024.19, the maximum allowed under the collective bargaining agreement, for roughing Anze Kopitar of the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday.The NHL's department of public safety announced the fine for a hit midway through the first period. The Kings shut out the Blues 3-0.

  • Oilers' McDavid out "months" with broken left clavicle

    November 4, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton Oilers rookie forward Connor McDavid is expected to be out ''months'' with a broken left clavicle, says general manager Peter Chiarelli.Chiarelli says McDavid will require surgery after breaking his collarbone in Tuesday night's 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

  • Edmonton's McDavid leaves game with injury

    November 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid left Monday night's game against the Philadelphia Flyers with what appears to be a shoulder injury.With the Flyers leading 2-1 and 1:44 remaining in the second period, McDavid was on a partial short-handed breakaway but fell awkwardly and was ridden hard into the boards by Philadelphia defensemen Michael Del Zotto and Brandon Manning, who also lost their balance on the play.

  • Wild RW Justin Fontaine out at least a month with MCL sprain

    November 3, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild right wing Justin Fontaine has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee that's expected to keep him out four to six weeks.The Wild announced Fontaine's diagnosis on Tuesday. He was injured in the game on Friday against Chicago. Jordan Schroeder replaced Fontaine on the third line on Saturday against St. Louis, with Charlie Coyle and Thomas Vanek. Fontaine has one goal and three assists in eight games this season.

  • Senators' Stone suspended 2 games by NHL

    November 2, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators leading scorer Mark Stone was suspended for two games by the NHL on Monday for his hit to the head of Detroit's Landon Ferraro.Stone, who leads the Senators with 13 points, was assessed a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head during Saturday's game.

  • Blackhawks send Bickell to minors, recall Dano

    November 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks sent slumping forward Bryan Bickell to Rockford of the AHL on Monday and recalled prospect Marko Dano.The 29-year-old Bickell has struggled since he was rewarded in June 2013 with a four-year contract extension that pays million annually. The 6-foot-4, 223-pound left wing was a physical force in the 2013 playoffs - scoring nine goals and adding eight assists in 23 games - as the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.

  • Islanders captain John Tavares misses game with Devils

    October 31, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New York Islanders captain and leading scorer John Tavares will miss Saturday's game against the New Jersey Devils.The Islanders announced his absence on their Twitter site less than an hour before the opening faceoff. The team said it would explain why he missed the contest after it was over.

  • Williams, Oshie each score a goal, Capitals beat Jackets 2-1

    October 30, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) After Barry Trotz's Washington Capitals held on for a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets Friday, the coach emerged perplexed that he lost his first challenge under the league's expanded goalie interference replay rule.Justin Williams and T.J. Oshie each scored and Braden Holtby made 29 saves to help the Capitals avoid back-to-back losses after falling 3-1 to Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

  • NHL coaches up to challenge in reviewing goals

    October 29, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Dan Bylsma is a big supporter of the NHL's decision to introduce coaching challenges this season. It makes no difference to the Buffalo Sabres' first-year coach that the new rule cost his team in its season-opening game.The Sabres became the NHL's second team to have a goal disallowed as a result of a challenge in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Oct. 8. That's when Evander Kane's wrap-around goal that would have tied the game at 2 was disallowed after a video review showed forward Zemgus Girgensons was a hair offside when Buffalo entered the zone.

  • Voynov signs for Russian team SKA after jail time in US

    October 29, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Two-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Slava Voynov will resume his career with SKA St. Petersburg after serving time in jail on a domestic violence charge in the United States.Voynov was suspended for the final 76 games of the last NHL season with the Los Angeles Kings and returned to Russia after serving two months in jail, plus time in immigration custody.

  • Panthers center Barkov won't need surgery on broken hand

    October 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov won't need surgery to repair his broken right hand, and he's expected to be sidelined two to four weeks.Barkov, 20, was injured when he blocked a shot by Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson last Thursday in Florida's 3-2 loss to the Blackhawks.

  • Blackhawks promote Kero from Rockford

    October 27, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted forward Tanner Kero from Rockford of the American Hockey League.The Blackhawks also reassigned forward Vince Hinostroza to their AHL affiliate on Tuesday.Kero (CARE-oh) had five goals and two assists in five games with the IceHogs this season. The 23-year-old Kero signed with Chicago in April after playing college hockey for Michigan Tech.

  • Blues invite Havlat, Zubrus to try out

    October 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues, hard-hit by injuries, have invited veterans Martin Havlat and Dainius Zubrus to try out.Both are former first-round draft picks and played for New Jersey last season.The 34-year-old Havlat had 14 points in 40 games and the 37-year-old Zubrus had 10 points in 74 games.

  • Panthers' Barkov won't need surgery on broken right hand

    October 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Florida Panthers center Aleksander Barkov won't need surgery to repair his broken right hand, and he's expected to be sidelined two to four weeks.Barkov's hand was hit with a puck Thursday against the Blackhawks. An MRI on Monday determined the injury wasn't as serious as first feared.

  • Jets' Burmistrov fined ,167 by NHL for elbowing

    October 26, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov was fined ,167 by the NHL on Monday for elbowing Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon.Burmistrov was called for a minor penalty for elbowing in the second period of the Jets' 5-4 home victory Sunday.

  • Blues forced to regroup without Schwartz, Stastny

    October 26, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) In the St. Louis Blues' first game without top forwards Jaden Schwartz and Paul Stastny, it took players a while to adjust.Coach Ken Hitchcock pointed out that his players have no choice.Stastny is out at least another month with a broken right foot and Schwartz will be re-evaluated in three months after surgery for a fractured left ankle sustained in a freak practice accident on Friday. Schwartz had 63 points last season and Stastny had 46 points, and had five points in five games this season.

  • Flyers expect Raffl to play Tuesday after scary incident

    October 26, 2015

    VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) Flyers forward Michael Raffl says he's fine and ready to play Tuesday after a scary incident on the bench Saturday night.Raffl had to be helped to the locker room in the second period of a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers after he says he became dizzy and passed out for a couple of seconds on the bench.

  • Sabres forward Kane out 4-6 weeks with left knee injury

    October 26, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Evander Kane's fresh start with the Buffalo Sabres has been sidetracked by an injury to his left knee.The hard-hitting, top-line forward will miss approximately four to six weeks, coach Dan Bylsma announced after practice on Monday.

  • Predators sign Mattias Ekholm to 6-year, .5 million deal

    October 26, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a six-year, .5 million contract.Predators general manager David Poile announced the deal Monday.Ekholm, 25, is a restricted free agent who already has a goal and two assists in seven games this season. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound defenseman currently has 30 points and 66 penalty minutes in 152 career games. He doubled his rookie production last season with 18 points and had a plus-12 rating.

  • Coyotes call up Gaudet from AHL Springfield

    October 25, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have called up forward Tyler Gaudet from AHL Springfield.The 22-year-old Gaudet has played four games with the Falcons this season. He had eight goals and 12 assists in 71 games with Portland in 2014-15, his second professional season. He also played two games with the Coyotes in 2014-15.

  • Sabres' Kane exits with knee injury

    October 24, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres left wing Evander Kane left Saturday night's 4-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils with a left knee injury.Kane collapsed after having his knee pinned to the boards in the right corner of the Devils' zone on a check from David Schlemko.

  • Flyers' Raffl is fine following scare on bench

    October 24, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says forward Michael Raffl is fine after being helped to the locker room in the second period of a 3-2 shootout win over the New York Rangers on Saturday night.Raffl took an elbow to the head from Rangers center Jarret Stoll and sustained an upper-body injury. He went to the bench, and a few moments later, play was stopped as he was helped going down the tunnel. Flyers players appeared concerned as Raffl exited.

  • Ducks put defenseman Josh Manson on injured reserve

    October 24, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks placed defenseman Josh Manson on injured reserve because of an unspecified upper-body injury and recalled defenseman Joe Piskula from San Diego of the American Hockey League before their game Saturday night against the Minnesota Wild.

  • Blues' Schwartz out at least 12 weeks with fractured ankle

    October 24, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz will be out at least 12 weeks because of a fractured left ankle.The team said Saturday he was taken to a hospital for surgery after slipping and crashing into one of the goals during practice a day earlier.

  • Giordano scores 2nd goal in OT, Flames beat Red Wings 3-2

    October 24, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Even Mark Giordano didn't know he had that move in him.The Flames captain waited out Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard, then scored his second goal of the game in overtime, helping the Calgary Flames come back to end a four-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over the struggling Red Wings.

  • Utica Comets thrive in small market, give city a nice jolt

    October 24, 2015

    UTICA, N.Y. (AP) Robert Esche's biggest save of his hockey career has dazzled this blue-collar city.After a decade without a professional team, the former goalie along with businessman Frank DuRoss have resurrected the hockey ghosts and given this struggling central New York city a nice jolt of optimism.

  • Schwartz injured in practice, Rattie recalled

    October 23, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Jaden Schwartz was injured in practice, and the team recalled forward Ty Rattie from Chicago of the AHL.The team said on its website that Schwartz slipped and slid into a goal post. He has four assists in seven games.

  • Jimmy Roberts, 5-time Stanley Cup champion, dies at 75

    October 23, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Jimmy Roberts, a five-time Stanley Cup champion with the Montreal Canadiens and an original member of the St. Louis Blues, died Friday. He was 75.The Blues confirmed Roberts died after battling cancer. Roberts was scheduled to drop the ceremonial puck Saturday night before the Blues' Hockey Fights Cancer Night game against the New York Islanders.

  • Stars defenseman Jason Demers suspended 2 games

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Dallas Stars defenseman Jason Demers was suspended for two games without pay by the NHL on Friday for elbowing Pittsburgh Penguins forward Nick Bonino.Demers received a major penalty and game misconduct for elbowing in the third period of the Stars' 4-1 victory at Pittsburgh on Thursday night. The suspension will cost Demers ,559.

  • Devils F Stephen Gionta fined for spearing

    October 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New Jersey Devils forward Stephen Gionta has been fined for spearing Ottawa Senators defenseman Mark Borowiecki.The league announced the ,284.95 fine on Friday.Gionta was assessed a major penalty and game misconduct for spearing, which occurred at 18:18 of the second period in the Devils' 5-4 win on Thursday night.

  • Lundqvist, Hayes lead Rangers to 4-1 win over Coyotes

    October 22, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Keith Yandle admitted he was emotional facing the Coyotes on Thursday.Yandle scored his first goal of the season and the New York Rangers beat Arizona 4-1.''Getting your first goal of the season (is) always fun, (and) against your old team,'' Yandle said. ''It's nice to get the win.

  • Avs reassign rookie Mikko Rantanen to American Hockey League

    October 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have reassigned struggling rookie forward Mikko Rantanen to San Antonio of the American Hockey League.The team announced the move Thursday on Twitter. Rantanen, the 10th-overall pick in the 2015 draft, had no points in six games for the Avs this season.

  • Penguins Dupuis to play 1st game in year after injury, clots

    October 22, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will play his first game in nearly a year after being sidelined by injury and blood clots.He's expected to play Thursday against Dallas. The 36-year-old Dupuis has been limited to 55 games the past two seasons because of a torn ACL and separate bouts with blood clots. He missed the first month of this season with a lower-body injury unrelated to his history with blood clots.

  • Penguins F Pascal Dupuis to play 1st game in nearly a year

    October 22, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis will play his first game in nearly a year Thursday against Dallas.The 36-year-old Dupuis has been limited to 55 games the past two seasons because of a torn ACL and separate bouts with blood clots. He missed the first month of this season with a lower-body injury unrelated to the blood clots.

  • Giroux's OT goal lifts Flyers to 5-4 comeback over Bruins

    October 22, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins seemed ready to put this one away before Philadelphia backup goaltender Steve Mason came up with a terrific save. It sparked a Flyers' comeback.Claude Giroux's second goal, coming on a power play 2:09 into overtime, lifted the Flyers to a 5-4 win over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

  • Blues forward Stastny out at least 5 weeks with broken foot

    October 21, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Paul Stastny will be sidelined at least five weeks with a broken right foot.The 29-year-old Stastny was injured in the second period of a 4-3 victory in Vancouver on Friday. He has a goal, four assists and a plus-four rating in five games.

  • Blue Jackets fire Todd Richards, hire John Tortorella

    October 21, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) John Tortorella hoisted a Stanley Cup in Tampa Bay and led the New York Rangers to the verge of a championship berth.At woebegone Columbus, the Blue Jackets have a more modest goal for the veteran coach: Win a game.Tortorella is back coaching in the NHL after the Blue Jackets fired Todd Richards on Wednesday with the team off to an 0-7-0 start.

  • Coyotes upping marketing efforts to lure future fans

    October 20, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have heard relocation rumblings almost since the day former owner Jerry Moyes took the team into bankruptcy in 2009.Even after a new ownership group bought the team from the NHL, the speculation remained, fueled by an out clause in the team's arena lease and another round of tense dealings with the city of Glendale.

  • Blackhawks D Keith to miss 4 to 6 weeks with knee injury

    October 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks star Duncan Keith had right knee surgery on Tuesday, sidelining the top defenseman for the Stanley Cup champions for four to six weeks.Keith, a two-time Norris Trophy winner, has two assists in six games this season. The team said he had a meniscal tear repaired.

  • Coyotes bring up Plachta, place Vitale on IR

    October 19, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have recalled forward Matthias Plachta from Springfield of the AHL and placed center Joe Vitale on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.Plachta, a 24-year-old from Germany, appeared in three games with Springfield this season after starting his career in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga. He signed an entry-level contract with the Coyotes in May.

  • LA Kings cancel 2nd practice of month due to ice problems

    October 19, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings' practice schedule is on thin ice these days while power outages plague the neighborhood around their training complex.The Kings were forced to cancel the on-ice portion of practice Monday for the second time this month because the ice at the Toyota Sports Center wasn't playable.

  • Avalanche D Barrie suspended 3 games by NHL

    October 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Colorado defenseman Tyson Barrie was suspended three games without pay by the NHL on Saturday night for charging and interference on Anaheim's Simon Despres the previous night.Barrie was punished for a check on Despres when he jumped and used his shoulder to hit the Ducks' defenseman in the head with 8 1/2 minutes remaining in the second period of the Avalanche's 3-0 win Friday night.

  • Malkin, Maata goals give Penguins 2-1 win over Leafs

    October 18, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Evgeni Malkin and Olli Maatta scored first-period goals and the Pittsburgh Penguins held on for a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.Malkin scored his second goal in as many games and Maatta collected his first of the season for Pittsburgh. Forward Phil Kessel faced Toronto for the first time since the Leafs shipped the three-time All-Star to Pittsburgh in a blockbuster July trade.

  • Ducks recall star prospect Shea Theodore

    October 17, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks recalled star prospect Shea Theodore and fellow defenseman Korbinian Holzer from San Diego of the American Hockey League on Saturday and placed defensemen Simon Despres and Clayton Stoner on injured reserve.The 20-year-old Theodore, selected 26th overall in the 2013 draft, had an assist in two games for San Diego this season. He was the Western Hockey League's defenseman of the year last season for Seattle.

  • Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak makes season debut

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak made his season debut Saturday night against the unbeaten San Jose Sharks.Halak missed the first four games due to an undisclosed upper body injury, with the Islanders going 2-1-1 in his absence. Backup Thomas Greiss was 2-0-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage.

  • Backstrom makes season debut for Capitals

    October 17, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nicklas Backstrom made his season debut for the Washington Capitals on Saturday night against the Carolina Hurricanes.Backstrom, who led the NHL with 60 assists last season, had arthroscopic hip surgery in late May and missed the first three games of the season. He centered a line with Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams.

  • Jets, Mets, Rangers all home for 1st time since 1999

    October 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) For New Yorkers who happen to be fans of the Jets, Mets and Rangers, a wild and rare Sunday awaits.All three teams will be playing at home on the same day for just the second time, according to STATS. The Rangers will entertain New Jersey, the Jets are home for the Washington Redskins and the Mets will host Game 2 of the NL Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.

  • Lightning D Nikita Nesterov suspended 2 games for boarding

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Nikita Nesterov has been suspended for two games without pay for boarding Dallas Stars forward Curtis McKenzie.Nesterov was given a 5-minute penalty and a game misconduct for checking McKenzie from behind in Thursday's contest in Tampa. It came at 15:56 of the second period. The Stars beat Tampa 5-3.

  • Penguins' Kessel not worked up over facing old Toronto mates

    October 16, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel totally gets the narrative. The Pittsburgh Penguins forward just wants no part of it.So forgive him if he's not getting worked up over facing the Toronto on Saturday night for the first time since the Maple Leafs shipped the three-time All-Star to Pittsburgh in July.

  • McLellan chosen to coach North America at hockey world cup

    October 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Edmonton Oilers coach Todd McLellan has been named head coach of Team North America for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.At the 2015 World Hockey Championship, McLellan led Team Canada to its first gold medal since 2007 with a 10-0 record.

  • Sharks center Logan Couture out 4-6 weeks with broken leg

    October 16, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks center Logan Couture will likely miss more than a month after breaking a leg during practice.General manager Doug Wilson said Friday the break at the right ankle happened in New Jersey on Thursday. Couture will travel to San Jose for surgery and miss four to six weeks.

  • Q&A: A look at how daily fantasy sports websites operate

    October 15, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Daily fantasy sports websites including DraftKings and FanDuel have been ordered to shut down in Nevada after regulators said they can't operate without a gambling license. The companies, which have flooded televisions and computers with advertisements promising big payouts to winners, have come under increased scrutiny by regulators after it was revealed employees often played on competing sites, raising questions about possible insider information being used to win.

  • New Jersey Devils Jordin Tootoo fined for trip vs. Nashville

    October 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Jordin Tootoo of the New Jersey Devils has been fined more than ,200 for a dangerous trip in a game against the Nashville Predators.Tootoo tripped defenseman Seth Jones in the third period and was assessed a minor penalty in Tuesday night's game in New Jersey.

  • Pressure building on New Jersey Devils after 0-3 start

    October 14, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) With a new coach and major changes in the roster after missing the playoffs the past three years, the New Jersey Devils knew there might be some hard times early in the season.Still, three losses in three games isn't the start John Hynes and his players envisioned.

  • Ovechkin missed Sharks game for being late to practice

    October 14, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals star Alex Ovechkin said he overslept and missed practice on Tuesday morning, and that's why coach Barry Trotz made him sit out that night's game against San Jose Sharks.The Capitals said on Tuesday that Ovechkin missed the game due to ''personal reasons.'' Ovechkin spoke to reporters after Wednesday's practice, saying he made a mistake setting his alarm clock.

  • Hutchinson's 40 saves propels Jets over Rangers

    October 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Winnipeg Jets came into Madison Square Garden in ill-humor. It was the New York Rangers who left their home arena in a foul mood.''This is a league where you don't want to lose two games in a row whether it's home or on the road,'' said Michael Hutchinson after he made 40 saves and Brian Little scored twice to lead the Winnipeg Jets to a 4-1 win over the New York Rangers on Tuesday night.

  • Ovechkin sits out Capitals' game because of personal reasons

    October 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Alex Ovechkin sat out the Washington Capitals' game Tuesday night against San Jose because of personal reasons.The Capitals sent out a note on Twitter about 35 minutes before the game saying Ovechkin would not play.They had confirmed earlier in the day that the left wing did not take part in the team's morning skate, and coach Barry Trotz said he would be a game-time decision.

  • Sabres place Donovan on waivers to demote him to AHL

    October 13, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres placed defenseman Matt Donovan on waivers Tuesday and returned rookie defenseman Brendan Guhle to his Canadian junior team.Donovan will be assigned to the Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate in Rochester if he clears waivers Wednesday. The three-year NHL veteran was a healthy scratch for Buffalo's first three games. He signed with the Sabres in free agency in July.

  • Ovechkin misses morning skate; game-time decision vs Sharks

    October 13, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Capitals coach Barry Trotz says captain Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision against the San Jose Sharks.Ovechkin missed Washington's morning skate ahead of Tuesday night's game for personal reasons.No other details were given.

  • Animal activists protest Ducks' Stoner over hunt charges

    October 12, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) A small group of vocal protesters gathered outside Honda Center on Monday night to call for the suspension of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner, who faces charges in Canada of illegally obtaining a license to shoot a grizzly bear.

  • Wild assistant Darryl Sydor pleads guilty to drunken driving

    October 12, 2015

    FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor has been sentenced to jail after pleading guilty to driving drunk this summer.In a plea deal, a judge Monday gave Sydor 60 days in jail, to be served in installments over four years. Sydor's attorney, Ryan Pacyga, says Sydor will serve the first installment over two weekends, starting Friday.

  • Penguins try to rebound in home opener

    October 12, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Loaded with high-end offensive talent, the Pittsburgh Penguins are trying to rebound after scoring only goal in two opening road losses.They will host the streaking Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night in the home opener at Consol Energy Center.

  • LA Kings' Dwight King out 8-10 weeks with broken foot

    October 12, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings forward Dwight King will be sidelined for at least two months after having surgery on his broken foot.Kings coach Darryl Sutter announced the extent of King's injury Monday.King is a two-time Stanley Cup champion who plays a valuable depth role for Los Angeles. He had 13 goals and 13 assists for the Kings last season.

  • Bruins captain Zdeno Chara returns to lineup

    October 12, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston defenseman Zdeno Chara is in the lineup for the first time this season for the Bruins' game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday afternoon.The 38-year-old captain missed the first two games with an undisclosed upper body injury. He played just three shifts in the preseason before suffering the injury against the New York Rangers on Sept. 24.

  • Sabres Lehner to IR; Lieuwen recalled

    October 10, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have placed starting goaltender Robin Lehner on the Injured Reserve with a lower body sprain.Lehner was injured making his Sabres debut in a 3-1 loss to Ottawa on Thursday. Coach Dan Bylsma says Lehner will be out at least one week.

  • Ex-Oilers boss Eakins feels at home coaching San Diego Gulls

    October 10, 2015

    SAN DIEGO (AP) There are far worse places to coach minor league hockey than sunny San Diego.Yes, Dallas Eakins seems to have won a lottery of sorts, being hired to coach the San Diego Gulls after the American Hockey League team moved from Norfolk, Virginia, as part of a shift to California to get several affiliates closer to their NHL parents clubs.

  • Max Domi scores in NHL debut, Coyotes beat Kings 4-1

    October 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Max Domi had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut to help the Arizona Coyotes beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 on Friday night.Mike Smith made 40 saves for the Coyotes in their opener after a tumultuous summer that featured a contentious battle over the terms of its arena lease.

  • Daily fantasy sports and cheating allegations, a quick Q&A

    October 9, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Cheating allegations rocked the daily fantasy sports industry this week and as scrutiny mounts, a largely self-aimed spotlight has grown blindingly bright on DraftKings and FanDuel, which have flooded televisions, phones and computers with advertisements promising million-dollar payouts to a lucky few.

  • Ex-NHL player, TV analyst arrested in domestic incident

    October 9, 2015

    CARY, N.C. (AP) Authorities have arrested former Carolina Hurricanes player and TV analyst Aaron Ward following a domestic incident.Capt. Don Hamilton with the Cary Police Department said police arrested Ward after responding to a house Friday. Hamilton says Ward was charged with assault on a female and interfering with emergency communications, both misdemeanors.

  • Devils owner Josh Harris won't risk future for needs now

    October 9, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The owner of the New Jersey Devils has no intention of sacrificing the future of the team to make changes that might pick up a couple of extra wins this season.Speaking 90 minutes before the season opener against the Winnipeg Jets on Friday night, Josh Harris said the Devils were starting a new era with general manager Ray Shero in the front office and John Hynes behind the bench.

  • Hurricanes lose defenseman Wisniewski to knee injury

    October 9, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Carolina Hurricanes defenseman James Wisniewski will need surgery for a knee injury.The team said in release Friday that Wisniewski will have surgery to repair a torn left anterior cruciate ligament and will face an estimated six-month recovery time. He was injured during Thursday's game at Nashville after skating just 47 seconds in his debut with the Hurricanes.

  • Kings, Richards settle grievance over contract termination

    October 9, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Center Mike Richards and the Los Angeles Kings settled their dispute Friday over the termination of Richards' contract after his arrest in June.The NHL Players' Association announced the settlement without disclosing the terms. Richards, who had five years and million left on his contract, officially became an unrestricted free agent.

  • Protesters want apology from NHL player who killed grizzly

    October 9, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) A group that opposes trophy hunting hopes the case of an NHL player charged with killing a grizzly becomes a rallying cry to protect bears.About a dozen members of Bears Matter gathered outside provincial court in Vancouver on Friday in connection with a court date for Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner.

  • AHL defenseman for Flyers diagnosed with sarcoma in leg

    October 9, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Defenseman Logan Pyett of the Philadelphia Flyers' AHL affiliate has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will be out indefinitely.The team said Friday the 27-year-old Canadian has a sarcoma in his upper leg. Flyers general manager Ron Hextall told CSNPhilly.com there's ''a lot of positive signs'' and the ''indications are it's fairly isolated in his leg.''

  • Simon Despres gets 5-year, .5 M extension from Ducks

    October 9, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Simon Despres agreed to a five-year, .5 million contract extension with Anaheim on Friday, punctuating his remarkable six-month rise with the Ducks.Despres has been an outstanding contributor to the Ducks' lineup since the club acquired him in a trade with Pittsburgh on March 2. Despres would have been a restricted free agent next summer, but Anaheim general manager Bob Murray made sure his surprising find is bound to the team through 2021.

  • Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak out for season opener

    October 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak will miss the team's first regular season game in Brooklyn on Friday night because of an undisclosed upper body injury.Halak left New York's preseason opener on Sept. 21 after two periods and was sidelined for most of training camp. He took part in practice all week and was on the ice before the morning skate on Friday, but coach Jack Capuano said Halak wasn't ready to play.

  • Bruins say D Zdeno Chara will skip opening night

    October 8, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara will miss Thursday night's game against the Winnipeg Jets because he's not ready to return after an upper body injury.The 2009 Norris Trophy winner has been out since he sustained the injury in a Sept. 24 exhibition against the New York Rangers. Coach Claude Julien says after the morning skate that Chara won't be active for the season opener.

  • Toronto's Babcock makes first NHL coach's challenge

    October 7, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Babcock made the first coach's challenge in NHL history and was successful in overturning a goal by the Montreal Canadiens.Babcock challenged Jeff Petry's apparent goal in the second period of the opener Wednesday night, arguing that Tomas Plekanec interfered with goalie Jonathan Bernier. Referees Frederik L'Ecuyer and Dan O'Rourke looked at the replay by the penalty box at Air Canada Centre and determined Plekanec made incidental contact with Bernier.

  • Blues sign Scott Gomez to 1-year contract

    October 7, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract Wednesday.The 35-year-old Gomez, a 15-year NHL veteran, attended training camp on a professional tryout. He had seven goals and 27 assists in 58 games last season for New Jersey.

  • Sharks forward Raffi Torres won't appeal 41-game suspension

    October 7, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will not appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg in a preseason game.The NHLPA said Wednesday that Torres will not contest the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player.

  • Putin spends his birthday playing hockey with NHL stars

    October 7, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.Putin scored seven goals as his star-studded team, which included NHL legends Vyacheslav Fetisov and Pavel Bure, won the game 15-10. The opposing team included Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu as well as Putin's close friends - tycoons Gennady Timchenko and Arkady Rotenberg. Both were slapped with Western sanctions last year for their ties to Putin in the wake of Russia's annexation of Crimea.

  • Hakstol confident in leap from college to Flyers coach

    October 7, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Dave Hakstol left the college game behind at North Dakota when he was hired by the Flyers. He never stopped recruiting.Hakstol had just been tabbed as Philadelphia's new coach in May - eliciting a collective ''Who?'' from the orange-and-black-clad faithful - when he went to work on his new players. He was selling himself and his vision for the Flyers, and no stop was too distant.

  • NHL opens season with handful of players facing off-ice woes

    October 7, 2015

    The NHL gave the NFL a run for the headlines for the wrong reasons in the offseason.Though their transgressions didn't generate the same negative attention as Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson or Greg Hardy, several hockey players had trouble with the law. From Patrick Kane to Mike Richards, each case was handled differently. Some players got second chances and a couple lost their jobs.

  • Wild assign Jordan Schroeder to AHL

    October 7, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have assigned center Jordan Schroeder to their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild.The move was made Wednesday, after Schroeder cleared waivers.The 25-year-old Schroeder had a decent first season with the Wild, tallying three goals and five assists in 25 games with a plus-9 rating after playing parts of the previous two years with Vancouver. But with the emergence of rookie Tyler Graovac during training camp, Schroeder was the odd forward out.

  • New routine: Islanders adjusting to playing in Brooklyn

    October 7, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) John Tavares, Kyle Okposo and the New York Islanders have a new routine for home games: Get up in the morning, get ready and head to the train station to get on the Long Island Rail Road.Yes, much like their fans, the Islanders have to commute to work on game days now that the team plays in Brooklyn.

  • Before McDavid, others wore "The Next One" label

    October 7, 2015

    Wayne Gretzky was ''The Great One'' and Mario Lemieux was ''The Magnificent One.''The hockey world is always looking for a new superstar to transcend the sport.Eric Lindros, Sidney Crosby and John Tavares were dubbed ''The Next One'' as teenagers. Sergei Fedorov, Peter Forsberg, Jaromir Jagr, Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne were among the players featured with Gretzky in a mid-1990s video called ''The Great One and the Next Ones.''

  • At 18, center Jack Eichel set to make NHL debut with Sabres

    October 7, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel had no trouble interpreting the cautionary message the Buffalo Sabres sent when they randomly assigned him a No. 41 jersey to wear for the team's rookie developmental camp in July.There would be no special treatment for the Sabres' top prospect no matter how much buzz the 18-year-old center had created in Buffalo upon being selected with the No. 2 pick in the draft. If Eichel wanted to one day wear the number of his choosing, he would have to earn it.

  • All eyes on McDavid as Oilers open season full of hope

    October 6, 2015

    The only negative for the hometown fans of the Edmonton Oilers is that their new era, the one built around 18-year-old rookie Connor McDavid, will begin on the road.McDavid, the No. 1 overall pick and the latest youngster thought to be the next Gretzky, will join his teammates in St. Louis for Thursday's season opener - the most anticipated in many years for the long-suffering Oilers.

  • Blues name DiMaio director of player personnel

    October 6, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have promoted Rob DiMaio to director of player personnel.The 47-year-old DiMaio had been director of scouting for three years. He joined the Blues as a scout in 2008.DiMaio also had 277 points in 894 games during his playing career with the Islanders, Rangers, Lightning, Flyers, Bruins, Hurricanes and Stars.

  • Blackhawks place D Rozsival on long-term injured reserve

    October 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have placed defenseman Michal Rozsival on long-term injured reserve.The Blackhawks also recalled defenseman Ville Pokka from Rockford of the American Hockey League and assigned defenseman Viktor Svedberg to the IceHogs.

  • Canucks have different look, approach in Year 2 with Benning

    October 6, 2015

    The Vancouver Canucks for years were a team built on speed and skill.Entering their second year under general manager Jim Benning, the Canucks are emphasizing hard work and a pack mentality as they try to return to the playoffs.''Our culture is that we're a hard-working team that (sticks) up for one another,'' he said. ''I think that was evident last year with the way we played, that's the way Willie (Desjardins) coaches, when you look at our culture it's about hard work and competitiveness.

  • New Jersey Devils to retire Martin Brodeur's No. 30

    October 6, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Shortly after Martin Brodeur was selected by the New Jersey Devils with the 20th pick in the 1990 NHL draft, the 18-year-old goaltender was confused.He ''didn't know where New Jersey was,'' Brodeur recalled Tuesday with his trademark grin. Twenty-five years later, he and the franchise are permanently linked.

  • Winnipeg eager for momentum after breakthrough season

    October 6, 2015

    The upcoming season is all about momentum for Winnipeg.The Jets reached the playoffs last spring for the first time since relocating to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season - and only the second time overall in franchise history. The Jets were swept in the first round by Anaheim, but the seed was planted.

  • Coyotes counting on Domi, Duclair to start winning again

    October 6, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes spent two seasons adding to what they already had, hoping a couple of new pieces would rekindle the magic of the 2011-12 season.When it didn't work for a third straight season, the Coyotes decided to change directions. They unloaded veterans and beefy contracts at the trade deadline last season and went a more youthful route.

  • Wild must pass Blackhawks to progress: 'We'll figure it out'

    October 6, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have a well-balanced team, with every important player back from the squad that reached the Western Conference semifinals for the second straight spring.They also have an unsolved problem: the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Calgary Flames ready to ride Gaudreau back to playoffs

    October 6, 2015

    Brad Treliving, the general manager of the Calgary Flames, could have spent the offseason basking in his team's unexpected playoff appearance last spring.Instead, Treliving examined the season and came to a different conclusion.''Last year was a good year,'' Treliving said. ''We did some things that would be a challenge.''

  • Washington Capitals C Nicklas Backstrom could miss 4-5 games

    October 6, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is expected to miss a handful of games at the start of the NHL season as he works his way back from hip surgery.Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Tuesday that the team originally thought Backstrom, who led the league with 60 assists last season, could miss anywhere from zero to 10 games, but ''now it seems to be four or five games.''

  • Wild place Fontaine on IR, send Reilly to AHL

    October 6, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have placed right wing Justin Fontaine on injured reserve to set their initial roster for the regular season.The Wild also assigned defenseman Mike Reilly to their AHL affiliate Tuesday and placed center Jordan Schroeder on waivers. Fontaine has an unspecified upper-body injury and can be activated at any time.

  • Hitchcock going to more aggressive attack for Blues

    October 6, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) After three straight first-round playoff exits, the St. Louis Blues have learned to temper expectations.They have been consistently among the NHL's best in the regular season and realize it is past time to build something for the long haul. The sting still lingers from the latest failure, against the Minnesota Wild last spring.

  • St. Louis Blues at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    ST. LOUIS BLUESLAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Won Central Division, Lost to Minnesota Wild in first round.COACH: Ken Hitchcock (fourth full season), 708 career wins fourth on career list.ADDED: F Troy Brouwer, C Kyle Brodziak, F Scottie Upshall.LOST: D Barret Jackman, F T.J. Oshie.

  • Stars add title experience behind high-scoring Seguin, Benn

    October 6, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Dallas will try to convert a second straight promising offseason into a trip to the playoffs, something the disappointing team couldn't do last season because of a slow start and another slump triggered by a key injury.Now that he's healthy, Tyler Seguin figures to be joined on the top line with Jamie Benn by Patrick Sharp, who won his third Stanley Cup with Chicago a few months ago. The Stars also went with championship experience in trying to strengthen their back end by adding former Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya in free agency.

  • Calgary Flames at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    CALGARY FLAMESLAST SEASON: 45-30-7, 97 points. Lost to Anaheim Ducks in Western Conference semifinals.COACH: Bob Hartley (14 NHL seasons, 428-321-61-52).ADDED: RW Michael Frolik, D Dougie Hamilton.LOST: D Raphael Diaz, RW Brian McGrattan.PLAYER TO WATCH: Jonas Hiller and Karri Ramo. The goaltenders are serviceable stopgaps until prospects Joni Ortio and Jon Gillies are ready to make the leap to the NHL. In 2014-15, Hiller compiled a 26-19-4 record with a 2.36 goals-against average and .918 save percentage in 52 games, while Ramo was 15-9-3 with 2.60 GAA and .912 save percentage.

  • Vancouver Canucks at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    VANCOUVER CANUCKSLAST SEASON: 49-29-5, 101 points. Lost to Calgary in Western Conference quarterfinals.COACH: Willie Desjardins (one NHL season, 48-29-5).ADDED: G Richard Bachman, D Matt Bartkowski, D Taylor Fedun, C Blair Jones, LW Brandon Prust, C Brandon Sutter.

  • Winnipeg Jets at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    WINNIPEG JETSLAST SEASON: 43-26-13, 99 points. Lost to Anaheim Ducks in Western Conference quarterfinals.COACH: Paul Maurice (18 NHL seasons, 521-495-99-86).ADDED: LW Matt Fraser.LOST: D Keaton Ellerby, RW Michael Frolik, LW T.J. Galiardi, C Eric O'Dell.

  • Edmonton Oilers at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    EDMONTON OILERSLAST SEASON: 24-44-14, 62 points. Missed playoffs.COACH: Todd McLellan (seven NHL seasons, 311-163-66).ADDED: D Eric Gryba, LW Lauri Korpikoski, C Mark Letestu, C Connor McDavid, G Anders Nilsson, D Griffin Reinhart, D Andrej Sekera, G Cam Talbot.

  • Minnesota Wild at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    MINNESOTA WILDLAST SEASON: 46-28-8, 100 points. Fourth place in Central Division. Lost to Chicago Blackhawks in Western Conference semifinals.COACH: Mike Yeo (fifth season, 146-107-33).ADDED: LW Chris Porter, D Mike Reilly.LOST: C Kyle Brodziak, LW Matt Cooke, RW Chris Stewart, LW Sean Bergenheim, D Jordan Leopold.

  • Avalanche looking for fast start after missing playoffs

    October 6, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche enter the regular season in a goal-scoring funk, one that has them a tad bit concerned.While the preseason may be a time for coach Patrick Roy to tinker with his line combinations, the Avs aren't just chalking up their slump to that. After all, they had a poor preseason a year ago and it spilled over.

  • Predators Preview Capsule

    October 6, 2015

    NASHVILLE PREDATORSLAST SEASON: 47-25-10, 104 points. Second Central Division. Lost to Chicago Blackhawks in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.COACH: Peter Laviolette (second season, 436-307-25 over 13 NHL seasons).ADDED: D Barret Jackman, RW Cody Hodgson.

  • Chicago Blackhawks at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    CHICAGO BLACKHAWKSLAST SEASON: 48-28-6, 102 points. Beat Tampa Bay Lightning in Stanley Cup Final.COACH: Joel Quenneville (eighth season, 19th NHL season, 754-438-77-106).ADDED: F Ryan Garbutt, D Trevor Daley, F Viktor Tikhonov, C Artem Anisimov.LOST: F Brandon Saad, F Patrick Sharp, C Brad Richards, C Antoine Vermette, F Kris Versteeg, D Johnny Oduya, G Antti Raanta.

  • New-look Chicago Blackhawks aiming for historic title

    October 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) When it was all over - all the days with the Stanley Cup, the trades, the free-agent departures - the core of the Chicago Blackhawks just shrugged and went back to work.There is precious little time for sentiment when you are trying to become the first repeat NHL champion in almost two decades.

  • Predators set sights on Stanley Cup after early playoff exit

    October 6, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators got a very painful reminder of just how close the playoffs can be after losing their first-round series to the eventual Stanley Cup champs.A year older with nearly the entire roster back, the Predators aren't ready to forget as they target a Stanley Cup once again.

  • After long year, LA Kings primed for renewal, Cup run

    October 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings are rested from an uncommonly long offseason and ready to forget about a summer of arrests, departures and general upheaval.A team that grew accustomed to deep playoff runs is ready to make another. A talented core believes it can recapture the magic that made the Kings into Stanley Cup winners in 2012 and 2014.

  • Colorado Avalanche at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    COLORADO AVALANCHELAST SEASON: 39-31-12, didn't make the playoffs.COACH: Patrick Roy (third season, third NHL season).ADDED: F Blake Comeau, F Mikko Rantanen, F Carl Soderberg, D Francois Beauchemin, D Nikita Zadorov, D Brandon Gormley.LOST: D Jan Hejda, F Daniel Briere, F Ryan O'Reilly.

  • Canadiens claim Byron off waivers from Flames

    October 6, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have claimed forward Paul Byron off waivers from the Calgary Flames.Byron played in 57 games with the Flames last season, scoring six goals and adding 13 assists.Byron was drafted in the sixth round, 179th overall, by Buffalo in the 2007 draft.

  • Sharks look to rebound after missing playoffs last season

    October 6, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have spent most of the past decade facing questions about what it would take to get over the hump in the playoffs and finally make it to the Stanley Cup.Coming off their first missed postseason since 2003, the questions around the Sharks heading into this season are about whether they can even make it to the playoffs.

  • Stanley Cup is the only remaining goal for Anaheim Ducks

    October 6, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Every full season of Bruce Boudreau's coaching tenure with the Anaheim Ducks has delivered progress. Each year, the Ducks have advanced an additional round into the playoffs while growing into an elite team.Each year has also had some distressing similarities.

  • Penguins forward Dupuis to miss at least a month

    October 6, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pascal Dupuis' latest comeback is on hold.The Pittsburgh Penguins announced Tuesday the 36-year-old forward will miss 4-5 weeks with a lower-body injury. Dupuis was limited to 16 games during the 2014-15 season because of blood clots and missed the second half of the 2013-14 season with a knee injury.

  • Anaheim Ducks at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    ANAHEIM DUCKSLAST SEASON: 51-24-7, won Pacific Division. Lost to Chicago Blackhawks in Western Conference finals.COACH: Bruce Boudreau (fifth season, eighth NHL season).ADDED: D Kevin Bieksa, F Carl Hagelin, F Chris Stewart, F Shawn Horcoff, F Mike Santorelli, G Anton Khudobin.

  • LA Kings at a glance

    October 6, 2015

    LOS ANGELES KINGSLAST SEASON: 40-27-15, fourth place in Pacific Division. Missed playoffs.COACH: Darryl Sutter (fifth season, 16th NHL season).ADDED: F Milan Lucic, D Christian Ehrhoff, G Jhonas Enroth.LOST: D Robyn Regehr, D Slava Voynov, F Justin Williams, F Jarret Stoll, F Mike Richards, D Andrej Sekera, G Martin Jones.

  • After modest cap increase, some NHL vets turn to pro tryouts

    October 6, 2015

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) The locker stall belonging to Curtis Glencross was completely cleared out except for two Colorado Avalanche travel bags hanging on hooks.Two bags Glencross no longer needs.Released by Colorado on Monday - and by Toronto last month - the 32-year-old is searching for work again. These are the perils of being on a professional tryout, where nothing is guaranteed, least of all a roster spot.

  • Anaheim Ducks hire Rich Preston as 3rd assistant coach

    October 6, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have hired Rich Preston as the third assistant coach on Bruce Boudreau's staff.The Ducks announced the hiring Monday.Preston is a veteran coach with NHL experience as an assistant in Chicago, Calgary and San Jose. He also has been a head coach in the WHL for Regina and Lethbridge, where he also served as general manager from 2009 to 2013.

  • Red Wings season preview capsule

    October 5, 2015

    DETROIT RED WINGSLAST SEASON: 43-25-14, 100 points. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in first round.COACH: Jeff Blashill (first season, first NHL season).ADDED: C Brad Richards, D Mike Green, C Dylan Larkin.LOST: Coach Mike Babcock, C Stephen Weiss, G Jonas Gustavsson.

  • Red Wings hoping for seamless transition under Jeff Blashill

    October 5, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have been a model of consistency, becoming the only NHL franchise to make the playoffs every year of the salary-cap era and 24 straight overall.For the first time in a decade, Mike Babcock won't be their coach.The Red Wings are optimistic that won't make a big difference.

  • New York Islanders Capsule

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK ISLANDERSLAST SEASON: 47-28-7, 101 points. Third in Metropolitan Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.COACH: Jack Capuano (sixth season, sixth NHL season).ADDED: RW Steve Bernier, D Marek Zidlicky, G Thomas Greiss.

  • Islanders looking to keep improving after move to Brooklyn

    October 6, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) After taking a big step forward with their best regular season in 31 years, the New York Islanders hope to keep up their improved play as they move into a new home.New York finished last season with 47 wins, its highest total since the 1983-84 club won 50 en route to its last Stanley Cup finals appearance. The Islanders appeared poised for a deep playoff run until stumbling down the stretch and finishing third in the Metropolitan Division - losing a tiebreaker with Washington.

  • Canadiens F Zack Kassian enters rehab program

    October 5, 2015

    BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian has entered a substance abuse program after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.Kassian, 24, was placed in ''Stage Two of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program,'' according to Monday's statement from the NHL and NHL Players Association. He is suspended without pay until he is cleared for on-ice competition by the program administrators.

  • Ottawa looks to same core group for another playoff run

    October 5, 2015

    From the outside, it would appear as if the Ottawa Senators stood pat during an offseason in which Eastern Conference rivals retooled.In general manager Bryan Murray's mind, it was a case of believing in a group that made a strong finishing kick last season and reached the playoffs.

  • Blue Jackets looking for fewer injuries, return to playoffs

    October 5, 2015

    The Brandon Saad watch is on in Columbus.The Blue Jackets head into the season with all eyes on Saad, the talented 22-year-old forward acquired from the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in the offseason. There is hope that Saad and new arrival Gregory Campbell will help the Blue Jackets rebound from a 42-35-5 season that left them out of the playoffs.

  • Montreal eager to get back to playoffs for deeper run

    October 5, 2015

    The Montreal Canadiens enter the season with plenty of confidence.The question isn't whether they can make the playoffs - it's how far they can go with a deep roster and a standout goaltender in Carey Price.General manager Marc Bergevin doesn't view the playoff loss to Tampa Bay as a repudiation of a strong regular season.

  • Ottawa Senators at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    OTTAWA SENATORSLAST SEASON: 43-26-13, 99 points. Lost to Montreal Canadiens in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.COACH: Dave Cameron, one NHL season, 32-15-8.ADDED: G Matt O'Connor, C Eric O'Dell, D Michael Kostka.LOST: RW Erik Condra, D Eric Gryba, C David Legwand, G Robin Lehner

  • Montreal Canadiens at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    MONTREAL CANADIENSLAST SEASON: 50-22-10, 110 points. Won Atlantic Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference semifinals.COACH: Michel Therrien, 11th NHL season,ADDED: D Mark Barberio, RW Zack Kassian, RW Alex Semin.LOST: D Sergei Gonchar, C Manny Malhotra, RW P.A. Parenteau, LW Brandon Prust, D Mike Weaver.

  • Columbus Blue Jackets at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETSLAST SEASON: 42-35-5, missed the playoffs.COACH: Todd Richards, seven years, 204-176-37.ADDED: Gregory Campbell, Brandon Saad.LOST: Luke Adam, Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Mark Letestu, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp.PLAYER TO WATCH: Saad. Columbus traded Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin, Corey Tropp and a fourth-round pick for the 22-year old Saad, Alex Broadhurst and Michael Paliotta. Saad is coming off a year in which he set career highs in goals (23), assists (29) and points (52) with Chicago. Already ensconced as the top line left wing, it would not be surprising to see Saad improve those numbers playing with center Ryan Johansen and Nick Foligno.

  • Philadelphia Flyers at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA FLYERSLAST SEASON: 33-31-18, 84 points. Sixth in Metropolitan Division:COACH: Dave Hakstol (first NHL season).ADDED: G Michal Neuvirth, F Sam GagnerLOST: F Jason Akeson, D Nik GrossmanPLAYER TO WATCH: Jake Voracek. Voracek had 22 goals and 81 points and spent most of the season in the hunt for the NHL scoring title. The Flyers were once considered Claude Giroux's team. While he still wears the ''C'' on his sweater, it's Voracek on the rise into an elite player who can lead the team back into the playoffs.

  • Flyers hope gamble on college coach Hakstol pays off

    October 5, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) There are few sure things in Philadelphia this season and the biggest unknown is calling the shots from the bench.The Flyers skipped the coaching retread carousel and made an unthinkable hire, plucking Dave Hakstol out of the college ranks to become their coach. Hakstol did boast one of the top collegiate resumes at the University of North Dakota, reaching the Frozen Four seven times over 11 seasons.

  • Sharks forward Raffi Torres suspended for 41 games for hit

    October 5, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres was hit with the longest suspension in NHL history for a hit on another player when the league banned him Monday for the first 41 games of the season for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg.

  • New Jersey Devils at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    NEW JERSEY DEVILSLAST SEASON: 32-36-14, 78 points. Failed to make the playoffs for a third straight year.COACH: John Hynes (first NHL season)ADDED: C Kyle Palmieri, C Pavel Zacha, RW Lee Stempniak, C Sergey Kalinin, D John Moore, C Jiri Tlusty.LOST: General manager Lou Lamoriello, F Steve Bernier, F Scott Gomez, F Michael Ryder.

  • Shero, Hynes era starts with Devils, Lamoriello gone

    October 5, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) After missing the playoff the past three years and cleaning house, the New Jersey Devils have a new general manager, a new coach - and basically the same roster as a year ago.Ray Shero is the new GM with long-time patriarch Lou Lamoriello gone to Toronto. John Hynes will be behind his first NHL bench.

  • Blues sign Upshall, assign Rattie, Lindbohm to AHL

    October 5, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues signed forward Scottie Upshall, who had been in training camp as a tryout, to a one-year, two-way contract.The 31-year-old Upshall is a 12-year veteran and had 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. He's also played for Columbus, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Nashville and has 234 points in 553 games.

  • Buffalo Sabres at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    BUFFALO SABRESLAST SEASON: 23-51-8, 54 points. Last-place in NHL for second consecutive year.COACH: Dan Bylsma (first season, seventh NHL season).ADDED: C Ryan O'Reilly, C Jack Eichel, C David Legwand, G Robin Lehner, D Cody Franson, LW Jamie McGinn.

  • New-look Buffalo Sabres seek to put past woes behind

    October 5, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres veteran defenseman Mike Weber was practically giddy upon arriving for the start of the training camp.Having endured two of the worst seasons in franchise history, Weber had difficulty wiping the grin off his face after welcoming the large collection of fresh, young talent brought into Buffalo as part of a top-to-bottom franchise overhaul.

  • Florida Panthers preview capsule

    October 5, 2015

    FLORIDA PANTHERSLAST SEASON: 38-29-15, 91 points. Missed playoffs.COACH: Gerard Gallant (second season, fifth NHL season).ADDED: LW Martin Havlat.LOST: RW Scottie Upshall, RW Brad Boyes, RW Tomas Kopecky, G Dan Ellis.PLAYER TO WATCH: LW Jonathan Huberdeau. Put on a line with Jaromir Jagr toward the end of last season and Huberdeau was good as ever, averaging a point per game. If he has that pace over a full season, Florida could have one of the elite first-lines in the NHL.

  • Jagr, Panthers hoping this is Florida's breakout year

    October 5, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) It was the final morning pregame skate of the Florida Panthers' 2014-15 season, and Jaromir Jagr was in constant motion.He'd skate from the blue line to the red line, over and over, never stopping. The season was going to be done and summer vacations were going to be starting in a few hours, but Jagr saw no reason to not take advantage of an opportunity to keep working.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH PENGUINSLAST SEASON: 43-27-12, 98 points. Finished fourth in Metropolitan Division. Lost to New York Rangers in Eastern Conference semifinals.COACH: Mike Johnston (second season).ADDED: F Phil Kessel, F Eric Fehr, F Matt Cullen, F Sergei Plotnikov, D Adam Clendening.

  • Penguins hoping more depth behind stars leads to deeper run

    October 5, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Mike Johnston spent his first season coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins preaching the same message over and over to his talented but almost pathologically unselfish lineup:Shoot the puck.For long stretches in a maddening and injury-marred year that saw the Penguins meekly exit the playoffs in five games, that message appeared to fall on deaf ears. Pittsburgh ranked just 20th in scoring, an alarmingly low number for a team featuring two of the game's most dynamic talents in Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    TORONTO MAPLE LEAFSLAST SEASON: 30-44-8, 68 points. Did not qualify for playoffs.COACH: Mike Babcock, 13 NHL seasons, 527-285-19-119.ADDED: Babcock, D Matt Hunwick, C Shawn Matthias, RW P.A. Parenteau, C Nick Spaling, LW Daniel Winnik.LOST: LW David Booth, D Eric Brewer, D Tim Erixon, RW Phil Kessel, RW Colton Orr.

  • Toronto looks to rebuild with Mike Babcock behind the bench

    October 5, 2015

    The question and the challenge certainly interested Lou Lamoriello: Would the Hockey Hall of Famer be in interested in becoming general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs?''When Brendan (Shanahan) first brought this idea to me, it was intriguing,'' Lamoriello said. ''The second time, exciting. The third time I said, `Why not?'''

  • Lightning Preview-Capsule

    October 5, 2015

    TAMPA BAY LIGHTNINGLAST SEASON: 50-24-8, 108 points. Second in Atlantic Division. Lost to Chicago Blackhawks in Stanley Cup final.COACH: Jon Cooper (third full season)ADDED: F Erik Condra.LOST: F Brenden Morrow.PLAYER TO WATCH: Steven Stamkos. Signing one of the NHL's most prolific scorers to a contract extension was the franchise's top priority this offseason, and the defending Eastern Conference champions failed to get it done. While GM Steve Yzerman says he's optimistic about getting a deal done ''at some point,'' the situation has the potential to become a distraction if it lingers deep into the season. Stamkos was second in the league with 43 goals last season, the fourth time he's topped the 40-goal plateau. His 253 goals since the start of the 2009-10 season rank second to Alex Ovechkin's 256.

  • Devils sign goaltender Ken Appleby to 3-year contract

    October 5, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed goaltender Ken Appleby to a three-year, entry-level contract.Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the deal Monday.The 20-year-old Appleby attended training camp as an amateur tryout, after previously attending the team's development camp in July. He had spent the past three seasons with Oshawa (OHL), where he helped lead the Generals to the 2015 Ontario Hockey League and Memorial Cup Championships.

  • Lightning motivated to build on last year's success

    October 5, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman offers some simple words of advice for the Tampa Bay Lghtning, who have a goal of getting back to the Stanley Cup final this season.The architect of the young team that came within two victories of winning the NHL title last spring says the best way to pursue unfinished business of hoisting the Cup is to not spend a lot of time talking about what they want to accomplish.

  • New York Rangers at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK RANGERSLAST SEASON: 53-22-7, 113 points. Won Presidents' Trophy, Metropolitan Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference finals.COACH: Alain Vigneault, 14 NHL seasons, 520-341-35-74.ADDED: RW Emerson Etem, G Antti Raanta, LW Viktor Stalberg, C Jarret Stoll, D Raphael Diaz, C Brian Gibbons, C Jayson Megna, C Matt Linblad, C Luke Adam.

  • NY Rangers bring back core with another playoff run in mind

    October 5, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) While the New York Rangers have been close the past two seasons, time may be running out on their quest to win their first Stanley Cup since 1994.Last year was the target year. After losing the Stanley Cup to the Los Angeles Kings two seasons ago, New York put it all together last season and won the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best team in the regular season.

  • Capitals preview capsule

    October 5, 2015

    WASHINGTON CAPITALSLAST SEASON: 45-26-11, 101 points. Second in Metropolitan Division. Lost to New York Rangers in Eastern Conference semifinals.COACH: Barry Trotz (second season, 17th NHL season).ADDED: F T.J. Oshie, F Justin Williams.LOST: D Mike Green, F Troy Brouwer, F Joel Ward, F Eric Fehr, F Curtis Glencross, D Tim Gleason.

  • NHL teams waiving players with big contracts

    October 5, 2015

    NHL teams are putting big-money players on waivers.On Monday, the final day of waivers before opening-night rosters must be set, the Philadelphia Flyers waived defenseman Andrew MacDonald and the Calgary Flames waived Mason Raymond amid a flurry of transactions.

  • Ovechkin says it's time for Capitals to 'take a big step'

    October 5, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Alex Ovechkin has heard enough.Enough questions about windows of opportunity being wide open - or starting to close - for his Washington Capitals. Enough bold proclamations about how this is the season they're going to set aside their pattern of playoff pratfalls. Enough chatter about why things went wrong in the past but won't this time around.

  • Ex-Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver retires at 37

    October 5, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Defenseman Mike Weaver has retired at 37 after an 11-year career in the NHL in which he played the last two seasons with the Montreal Canadiens.Weaver announced his retirement Monday in a statement by the NHL Players' Association, saying he ''never could have imagined'' such a career.

  • Bruins hoping playoff drought is a short one

    October 5, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins didn't quite clean house after missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007.It was more like a little tidying up.General manager Peter Chiarelli was fired, but coach Claude Julien stayed. Chiarelli was replaced by his former assistant, Don Sweeney, maintaining some continuity in a front office that is still run by team president Cam Neely.

  • Boston Bruins at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    BOSTON BRUINSLAST SEASON: 41-27-14, 96 points. Fifth in Atlantic Division. Missed playoffs for first time since 2007.COACH: Claude Julien (ninth season, 13th NHL season).ADDED: F Jimmy Hayes, D Matt Irwin, F Matt BeleskeyLOST: D Dougie Hamilton, F Milan Lucic, F Daniel Paille, F Carl Soderberg, GM Peter Chiarelli.

  • Carolina Hurricanes at a glance

    October 5, 2015

    CAROLINA HURRICANESLAST SEASON: 30-41-11, 71 points. Last place in Metropolitan Division. No playoffs.COACH: Bill Peters, second season, 30-41-11.ADDED: G Eddie Lack, RW Kris Versteeg, D James Wisniewski.LOST: RW Alexander Semin, G Anton Khudobin.PLAYER TO WATCH: C Eric Staal. The 30-year-old captain and current face of the franchise is entering the final season of a seven-year contract he signed in 2008. He has led the team in scoring in seven of his 10 seasons - including last year, when he had 23 goals and 54 points - but carries the weight of the team's lengthy postseason drought on his 6-foot-4 frame.

  • Maturation of young players pivotal for Hurricanes' success

    October 5, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes figure to spend this season celebrating their past and building for the future.As for the present, that could once again be a struggle.The second year of coach Bill Peters' rebuilding project with Carolina coincides with the 10th anniversary of the Hurricanes' only Stanley Cup title.

  • Flames acquire center Freddie Hamilton from Avalanche

    October 4, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames acquired center Freddie Hamilton from the Colorado Avalanche on Sunday for a conditional seventh-round pick next year.Hamilton will report to the Stockton Heat of the American Hockey League.The 23-year-old Hamilton appeared in 18 NHL games last season, going scoreless in one game for San Jose and scoring a goal in 17 games for Colorado. He also had two goals and two assists in five games for Lake Erie in the AHL.

  • Bruins sign backup G Gustavsson to 1-year, 0,000 contract

    October 4, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins signed backup goalier Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year, 0,000 deal Sunday.The former Red Wings and Maple Leafs goalie is expected to back up Tuukka Rask.Gustavsson, 30, has appeared in 148 NHL games, posting a 60-55-21 record with a 2.89 goals against average and .901 save percentage. He represented Sweden in the 2014 Olympics and won a silver medal.

  • Wide-open race for Blackhawks' crown as NHL season begins

    October 4, 2015

    After the Chicago Blackhawks raised the Stanley Cup on home ice in June to celebrate their third title in six years, they spent the summer figuring out how to pay for it.That meant making significant changes, including the departures of several key players.

  • Canadiens F Zack Kassian suffers minor injuries in car crash

    October 4, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) A team spokesman says Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian was treated for minor injuries in the hospital after being involved in a car accident.The Canadiens played a preseason game in Ottawa on Saturday night and were given Sunday off. They resume practice Monday.

  • Strome assigned to Erie after strong push to make Coyotes

    October 4, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have assigned center Dylan Strome to Erie of the OHL after their first-round pick from this year's draft made a strong push for a roster spot.Arizona used the third overall pick in the 2015 draft on Strome, behind Connor McDavid of Edmonton and Jack Eichel of Buffalo.

  • NHL players to watch: Ovechkin, Crosby, Kane, Stamkos, Price

    October 4, 2015

    Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby have won five of the last nine Hart Trophies and are the only active players to win multiple MVP awards.Team success, though, has been elusive for both lately and for Ovechkin throughout his career.The Ovechkin-led Capitals haven't made it past the second round of the playoffs. Pittsburgh is coming off a first-round exit, its third in five years, and the Penguins haven't come close to contending for a Stanley Cup since hoisting it in 2009.

  • RW Kyle Baun pushing for roster spot with Blackhawks

    October 4, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Kyle Baun had a row of stitches across the bridge of his nose and a smile on his face. He cracked up when Patrick Kane stopped by his locker and just stared at the rookie forward for a brief moment.On and off the ice, Baun looks right at home with the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Canadiens sign forward Tomas Fleischmann to 1-year deal

    October 4, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Forward Tomas Fleischmann and the Montreal Canadiens agreed to a one-year contract reportedly worth 0,000 on Sunday.The 31-year-old Fleischmann played 66 games with the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks in 2014-15, scoring eight times and adding 19 assists.

  • NHL 2015-16: Sabres coming off summer of radical changes

    October 3, 2015

    Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray jokes he could have secured his long-term job security by selling owner Terry Pegula on a five-year plan to rebuild the team solely through the draft.''Somebody could say that would've been great for me personally,'' Murray said in his ever-blunt and forthright manner. ''But that's not what I was interested in personally.''

  • Red Wings beat Maple Leafs 4-2 in Babcock's return

    October 3, 2015

    Henrik Zetterberg broke a tie at 3:57 of the third period and the Detroit Red Wings went on to a 4-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in an exhibition game Friday night, spoiling Mike Babcock's return to Detroit.Babcock left the Red Wings after last season to coach the Maple Leafs. He spent 10 seasons in Detroit, leading the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup title.

  • Oliver Bjorkstrand leads Blue Jackets past Sabres, 6-4

    October 2, 2015

    Oliver Bjorkstrand had two goals and an assist in the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets' 6-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday night in an exhibition game.William Karlsson added a goal and two assists, and Lukas Sedlak, Dean Kukan and Markus Hannikainen also scored, and Curtis McElhinney made 24 saves. The Blue Jackets led 5-0 after the second period.

  • Red Wings reach deal with 1st-round pick Svechnikov

    October 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Evgeny Svechnikov on a three-year entry-level contract.The 18-year-old Svechnikov was taken by the Red Wings with the 19th pick in the June draft. He played for Detroit in a preseason game Sept. 22 at Chicago before returning to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. Last season with Cape Breton, Svechnikov finished second among QMJHL rookies with 78 points. The Russian left wing had 32 goals and 46 assists in 55 games.

  • Rangers put Diaz, Megna on waivers in getting roster to 23

    October 2, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y (AP) The New York Rangers have waived defenseman Raphael Diaz and forward Jayson Megna in reducing their roster to 23 players.The team announced the moves on their website Friday.The decisions mean that rookies Oscar Lindberg and Dylan McIlrath will be on the Rangers' opening night roster next week in Chicago.

  • Red Wings' DeKeyser out 3-4 weeks with injured left foot

    October 2, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings will start the season without a key defenseman.The team said Friday that defenseman Danny DeKeyser will be out three to four weeks with a sprained ligament in his left foot.DeKeyser was hurt in the third period of Wednesday night's game against at Pittsburgh. He had two goals and 29 assists in 80 games last year. The Red Wings open the season Oct. 9 at home against the Toronto Maple Leafs and their former coach, Mike Babcock.

  • AP Source: Blackhawks place Bryan Bickell on waivers

    October 2, 2015

    The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks placed veteran forward Bryan Bickell on waivers Friday in their latest move to reshape their high-priced roster.A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press of the decision, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Blackhawks did not include Bickell as part of their roster moves Friday. Teams have until noon on Saturday to claim Bickell.

  • Season approaches, grind looming for NHL's goaltenders

    October 2, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The speculation started even before the Nashville Predators lost in the Western Conference quarterfinals last season, that goaltender Pekka Rinne was working a bit too much during the regular season and he was going to be worn out for the games that matter most.

  • Anderson makes 40 saves, Senators beat Canadiens 5-2

    October 2, 2015

    Craig Anderson made 40 saves, Mark Stone and Cody Ceci each had a goal and two assists and the visiting Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 5-2 in an exhibition game Thursday night.Mike Hoffman, Clarke MacArthur and Patrick Wiercioch also scored for Ottawa.

  • Wild claim left wing Chris Porter off waivers

    October 1, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have claimed left wing Chris Porter off waivers from Philadelphia.The move was made Thursday before the Wild's final exhibition game against Buffalo. Porter signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Flyers but was one of their final training camp cuts. The native of Toronto has played in 173 NHL games, all with St. Louis over parts of the past six seasons. Porter played in three playoff games for the Blues last spring in the Western Conference quarterfinals against the Wild.

  • Bruins owner Jacobs talks pros, cons of NHL expansion

    October 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs says both groups hoping to land an NHL expansion team made impressive presentations at the recent league meetings.Jacobs said on Thursday that the Quebec bid has more history and a more passionate fan base behind it. But he said it might make more sense to go with Las Vegas because the Western Conference already has two fewer teams.

  • Bruins' D Chara back on skates, Seidenberg still recovering

    October 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara is already in midseason form when it comes to talking - or not talking - about injuries.The Bruins' captain returned to the ice this week after sustaining an undisclosed upper body injury in a Sept. 24 exhibition game against the New York Rangers. But he's been skating alone, before his teammates take the ice.

  • Impaired driving case for Sabres' O'Reilly pushed back

    October 1, 2015

    LONDON, Ontario (AP) The impaired driving case involving Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly has been adjourned until Oct. 22.A lawyer for the 24-year-old O'Reilly appeared in court Thursday on his behalf. It's the third time the case has been adjourned.

  • Travis Zajac scores twice, Devils beat Flyers 4-2

    September 30, 2015

    Travis Zajac broke a tie late in the second period and added an empty-net goal with 32 seconds left in the visiting New Jersey Devils' 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers in exhibition play Wednesday night.Tuomo Ruutu and Adam Henrique also scored for New Jersey, and Keith Kinkaid made 27 saves.

  • Oilers' Eberle out 4-6 weeks with a shoulder injury

    September 30, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers said that forward Jordan Eberle will miss four to six weeks with a shoulder injury.Eberle left Tuesday night's game against Arizona in the first period following a collision against the wall behind the Coyotes net.

  • Patrick Kane breaks late tie, Blackhawks beat Blues 3-1

    September 27, 2015

    Patrick Kane broke a tie on a power play with 4:18 left to help the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks beat the visiting St. Louis Blues 3-1 on Saturday night in an exhibition game.Kane is the subject of a sexual assault investigation in Buffalo, New York. He has not been charged.

  • Connor McDavid helps Oilers beat Wild 3-0 in Saskatoon

    September 26, 2015

    No. 1 overall draft pick Connor McDavid had an assist to help the Edmonton Oilers beat the Minnesota Wild 3-0 on Saturday night in an exhibition game in Saskatoon, SaskatchewanThe 18-year-old center has three assists in his first two preseasons. He made a number of impressive passing plays and had a couple of breakaways.

  • Blackhawks, Seabrook agree to 8-year extension

    September 26, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The defending champion Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Brent Seabrook have agreed to an eight-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season.With the announcement Saturday, the Blackhawks locked up a key figure on three Stanley Cup winners since 2010.

  • Bobrovsky makes 33 saves, Blue Jackets beat Penguins 4-2

    September 26, 2015

    Sergei Bobrovsky made 33 saves, Ryan Johansen scored twice and the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-2 on Saturday in exhibition play.Boone Jenner and Scott Hartnell added goals for Columbus.Left wing Brandon Saad made his debut for Columbus. Acquired in a trade with Chicago during the offseason, Saad was struck in the mouth by a puck during training camp and missed the first three preseason games. He wore a full-face shield.

  • Dupuis, Maatta set to reclaim positions with Penguins

    September 26, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pascal Dupuis and Olli Maatta are set to reclaim their positions with the Pittsburgh Penguins after significant medical issues last season.A blood clot found in Dupuis' lung ended the 36-year-old's season shortly after it was announced Maatta would undergo surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his thyroid gland.

  • Prosecutor in Kane case says accuser's mom lied about bag

    September 25, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The prosecutor overseeing the sexual assault investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane says the accuser's mother lied about finding an evidence bag in her doorway.Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said during a news conference Friday he's not sure yet how the two-day sideshow of how evidence was handled affects the main case. Sedita said all the evidence, including the rape kit used to examine the accuser, was handled properly and is still in custody of authorities.

  • Maple Leafs banking on M investment in coach Mike Babcock

    September 25, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Mike Babcock slid a yellow legal pad to the right side of the desk in his modest, windowless office, put his head down and wrote down a phrase he had just heard without saying a word.The Toronto Maple Leafs coach, who is as much of a teacher as he is a student of leadership, later scrolled through a series of notes on his cellphone, a blurring look at his cache of catchphrases, thoughts and reminders.

  • Prosecutor to address evidence bag issue in Kane case

    September 25, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The prosecutor overseeing the sexual assault investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is set to talk about an evidence bag that's at the center of a decision by the accuser's attorney to quit the case.Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita has scheduled a news conference for Friday morning.

  • Marchand lifts Bruins over Rangers in shootout

    September 24, 2015

    Brad Marchand scored in the sixth round of the shootout to give the Boston Bruins a 4-3 home victory over the New York Rangers in exhibition play Thursday night.Ryan Spooner and Frank Vatrano also had shootout goals. Spooner and Brandon Carlo scored in the third period to help Boston overcome a 3-1 deficit. Tyler Randell also scored for Boston, which lost defenseman Zdeno Chara to an upper-body injury in the first period.

  • Lawyer for Kane accuser abruptly quits over evidence bag

    September 24, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The lawyer for a woman accusing Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane of sexual assault abruptly quit the case Thursday night, saying he's no longer comfortable representing the woman because of how her mother reported finding an evidence bag they believed once held the woman's rape kit.

  • Montreal women's hockey team now Canadiennes

    September 24, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal's women's hockey team is now the Canadiennes.The Canadian Women's Hockey League team, formerly known as the Montreal Stars, unveiled the new name along with a new logo and marketing and promotions links to the NHL's Canadiens at the Bell Centre on Thursday.

  • BC-HKN--Season Previews,ADVISORY

    October 7, 2015

    Editors:To help you with planning, the following is planned ahead of the NHL season that begins Oct. 7. Please contact Dave Zelio (dzelio(at)ap.org) with questions. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com.

  • Tomas Tatar scores 3 goals, Red Wings beat Blackhawks 4-1

    September 23, 2015

    Tomas Tatar scored three goals in the Detroit Red Wings' 4-1 exhibition victory over the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.Justin Abdelkader also scored for Detroit. Brad Richards had three assists, and Jakub Kindl and Niklas Kronwall each had two assists.

  • Senators score 3 goals in 3:26 span in 2nd, beat Sabres 5-2

    September 23, 2015

    Max McCormick, Alex Chiasson and Zack Stortini scored in 3:26 span in the second period to help the visiting Ottawa Senators beat the Buffalo Sabres 5-2 in exhibition play Wednesday night.Mika Zibanejad and Ryan Dzingel also scored for Ottawa.Matthew O'Connor stopped all 18 shots he faced in the first 29:26. Chris Driedger made 22 saves the rest of the way, allowing only Evander Kane's two third-period goals. Kane had short-handed and power-play goals.

  • Lawyer for Kane accuser: Evidence bag secretly left in door

    September 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A rape investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane took a bizarre turn Wednesday when the attorney for the accuser said an empty paper bag that once held the woman's rape kit had been secretly placed in the doorway of her mother's home.

  • Minnesota Wild return to ice with stalwart Dubnyk in goal

    September 23, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) When Devan Dubnyk arrived last winter, the Minnesota Wild were drifting. His NHL career, too, had taken on a nomadic tone.The six-year, million contract signed by the lanky goalie during the summer was designed to give both Dubnyk and the Wild the stability they have desired for some time.

  • Stamkos focused on Lightning success, not contract talks

    September 23, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos insists he's focused on trying to help the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup, not his future with the defending Eastern Conference champions.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner as the NHL's top goal scorer reported to training camp without a long-term contract extension last week, saying he's not going to let the absence of a deal affect his preparation for the upcoming season.

  • NHL Kane accuser's lawyer says evidence bag left in door

    September 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A rape investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane took a bizarre turn Wednesday when the attorney for the accuser said that an empty paper bag that once held the woman's rape kit had been secretly placed in the doorway of her mother's home.

  • Islanders name George McPhee special adviser to Garth Snow

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have named George McPhee as special adviser to general manager Garth Snow.Snow announced the appointment of the former Washington Capitals general manager Wednesday.McPhee served as the Capitals general manager for 17 seasons beginning in 1997-98. The team reached the playoffs 10 times during his tenure. Under his leadership, the team claimed seven Southeast Division championships and one President's Trophy (2009-10).

  • Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie could miss 3-6 weeks

    September 23, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Flames defenseman T.J. Brodie has suffered a broken bone in his right hand and is expected to miss three to six weeks.Brodie took a shot off his hand in Monday's preseason game against the Edmonton Oilers.Brodie became Calgary's No. 1 defenseman at the end of last season and played significant minutes after captain Mark Giordano was injured in February.

  • Patrick Kane accuser's lawyer says evidence left on doorstep

    September 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The lawyer for a woman alleging she was sexually assaulted by Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane said Wednesday that an empty evidence bag was improperly left in the doorway of the woman's mother's home.Thomas Eoannou said the bag at one point contained the rape kit used when the woman reported that she had been assaulted.

  • Islanders name George McPhee special advisor to Garth Snow

    September 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have named George McPhee as special adviser to General Manager Garth Snow.Snow announced the appointment of the former Washington Capitals general manager Wednesday.McPhee served as the Capitals general manager for 17 seasons beginning in 1997-98. The team reached the playoffs 10 times during his tenure. Under his leadership, the team claimed seven Southeast Division championships and one President's Trophy (2009-10).

  • Kessel, Letang lead Penguins over Hurricanes

    September 23, 2015

    Phil Kessel scored twice in his Pittsburgh debut and Kris Letang had a goal and three assists to lead the Penguins to a 7-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.Nine Penguins recorded at least one point in the win, including Sidney Crosby with a goal and two assists while centering a line with Kessel and Chris Kunitz. Olli Maatta had a goal and an assist and Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Kunitz all had two assists.

  • Patrick Kane accuser's lawyer to hold news conference

    September 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The lawyer representing the woman who has made an allegation of being sexually assaulted by Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon.Thomas Eoannou confirmed in a text to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he will address reporters at his law office in downtown Buffalo. Eoannou did not provide any further details.

  • Letang's 4 points lead Penguins over Hurricanes

    September 22, 2015

    Phil Kessel scored twice in his Pittsburgh debut and Kris Letang had a goal and three assists to lead the Penguins to a 7-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday night.Nine Penguins recorded at least one point in the win, including Sidney Crosby with a goal and two assists while centering a line with Kessel and Chris Kunitz. Olli Maatta had a goal and an assist and Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist and Kunitz all had two assists.

  • Avalanche, Erik Johnson agree to 7-year contract extension

    September 22, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have locked up Erik Johnson through the 2022-23 season, signing the defenseman to a seven-year contract extension Tuesday.Johnson scored a career-high 12 goals last season before missing the final 34 games with a knee injury. He also made his first NHL All-Star team but couldn't play due to the injury.

  • Tortorella puts NHL career on hold to coach Team USA

    September 22, 2015

    John Tortorella's decision to return to coaching is separate from his desire to one day land another NHL job following a year's absence.Calling the two ''apples and oranges,'' Tortorella put his country first and NHL career second by jumping at the chance to coach Team USA in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

  • Pitfalls for foreign players in Russia-based KHL

    September 22, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) Canadian goaltender Mark Dekanich wanted ''to see the world'' while playing in the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League, but now he's cooling his heels back home in Vancouver as he waits for unpaid wages.The KHL has ambitions to draw European hockey fans away from the NHL, and boasts former NHL stars like Ilya Kovalchuk. But life in the league can bring unpleasant surprises for foreign players.

  • Oilers' McDavid has 2 assists in debut

    September 22, 2015

    In Edmonton, Aberta, No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid had two assists as an Oilers split-squad defeated a Calgary Flames split-squad 4-2.Leon Draisaitl, Nail Yakupov, Anton Lander and Andrew Miller scored for Edmonton. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 12 saves, and Laurent Brossoit stopped eight shots.

  • John Tortorella to coach US World Cup hockey team

    September 22, 2015

    John Tortorella is prepared to make a comeback at coaching hockey - on a temporary basis, at least.Tortorella has been selected to coach the United States national team competing in the World Cup of Hockey tournament next year in Toronto. USA Hockey announced Tortorella's appointment following ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast.

  • Oilers' McDavid has two assists in debut

    September 22, 2015

    In Edmonton, Aberta, No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid had two assists as an Oilers split-squad defeated a Calgary Flames split-squad 4-2.Leon Draisaitl, Nail Yakupov, Anton Lander and Andrew Miller scored for Edmonton. Goaltender Cam Talbot made 12 saves, and Laurent Brossoit stopped eight shots.

  • Islanders, Flyers split NHL preseason openers

    September 22, 2015

    John Tavares and Anders Lee each had a goal and an assist to help a New York Islanders split squad win its first preseason game in Brooklyn, 3-2 over a Philadelphia Flyers split squad Monday night.Kirill Petrov also scored for New York, which will be playing its inaugural season at the Barclay's Center after 43 years on Long Island. Jaroslav Halak made 12 saves in two periods before giving way to Stephon Williams, who stopped 10 of 11 shots he faced in the third.

  • Sakic, Avs look forward to hosting Red Wings in outdoor game

    September 21, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Joe Sakic was close enough to hip check one of his fiercest rivals off the stage and into the stands.Of course, that wouldn't be very polite. Not while wearing a sports jacket at an event Monday to promote the Colorado Avalanche hosting their first NHL outdoor game. The Avalanche great turned general manager resisted any sort of temptation even with longtime Detroit adversary Kris Draper sitting a row in front of him.

  • Kings set player conduct initiatives after off-ice troubles

    September 21, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have announced an extensive program of off-ice training for their players after three embarrassing arrests in the past year.The Kings outlined their ''Conduct Awareness Training Initiatives'' on Monday.The franchise is partnering with community organizations to address domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and sexual harassment. The team also has hired former NHL player Brantt Myhres to help players avoid addiction and substance abuse.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign goalie John Gibson to 3-year extension

    September 21, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) If John Gibson ends up in the minors later this month, at least the Anaheim Ducks' promising goalie will take the comfort of a big new contract with him to San Diego.Gibson agreed to a three-year, .9 million contract extension Monday, keeping him with the Ducks through the 2018-19 season.

  • Goons are gone in the NHL: 4th lines now have more skill

    September 21, 2015

    Goons are pretty much gone in the NHL.More and more teams are rolling four lines of forwards who can skate - and score. The days of having seldom-used tough guys on the fourth line just to throw punches or protect stars are over.''One-dimensional players are almost extinct,'' Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said. ''The game is faster than ever. Teams that used to want a physical and intimidation factor on the fourth line now are more interested in having four lines that can contribute offensively and play with discipline to stay out of the penalty box.''

  • AP Source: Tortorella to coach US World Cup hockey team

    September 21, 2015

    John Tortorella is prepared to make a comeback at coaching hockey - on a temporary basis, at least.A person familiar with the decision confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that Tortorella has been selected to coach the United States national team competing in the World Cup of Hockey tournament next year. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because USA Hockey is scheduled to make the announcement following ESPN's Monday Night Football broadcast.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign goalie John Gibson to new 3-year deal

    September 21, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Goalie John Gibson has agreed to a three-year, .9 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deal Monday.The 22-year-old Gibson is considered one of the top young goalies in hockey, and he has won 16 NHL games over the past two seasons with the Ducks. He is competing with starter Frederik Andersen and newcomer Anton Khudobin for two roster spots in training camp.

  • Predators, Panthers split exhibition doubleheader

    September 20, 2015

    Filip Forsberg scored twice and assisted on Colton Sissons' goal, all on power play, to help the Nashville Predators beat the visiting Florida Panthers 5-2 on Sunday in the first game of a split-squad doubleheader Sunday.In the night game, Michael Matheson scored at 2:05 of overtime to give Florida a 3-2 victory.

  • Oilers sign defenseman Klefbom to 7-year contract extension

    September 20, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenseman Oscar Klefbom to a seven-year contract extension on Sunday.Klefbom had 20 points, including two goals, in 60 games last season with Edmonton. He ranked second among Oilers defensemen in points (20) and time on ice (21:59), setting career highs in both categories. He also ranked third among Oilers defensemen in blocked shots (102).

  • After an uncertain summer, Bickell is back with Blackhawks

    September 20, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Brandon Saad is gone. Same for Patrick Sharp and Kris Versteeg. Brad Richards signed with Detroit. Antoine Vermette returned to Arizona.The Chicago Blackhawks have to find a way to replace that lost production, and Bryan Bickell might be a good place to start.

  • Former NHL enforcer Todd Ewen dies at 49

    September 20, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Todd Ewen, the former NHL enforcer called ''The Animal'' for his rugged play and fighting ability, died Saturday. He was 49.The St. Louis Blues confirmed Ewen's death on their Twitter account without providing details.''We're sad to learn of the passing of former Blue Todd Ewen today,'' the team tweeted. ''Our thoughts are with the Ewen family at this time.''

  • Sergei Gonchar hoping for 2nd stint with Penguins

    September 19, 2015

    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Entering his 21st NHL season, defenseman Sergei Gonchar is focused on earning a second stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins.Gonchar was a defensive leader for the Penguins for five seasons from 2005-2010, including during Pittsburgh's two Stanley Cup Final appearances in 2008 and 2009.

  • Blackhawks agree to terms with Rozsival on 1-year deal

    September 19, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Rozsival on a one-year contract.The 37-year-old Rozsival had 13 points (one goal, 12 assists) in 65 games with the Blackhawks last season. He added an assist in 10 playoff games for the Stanley Cup champs. Rozsival has 33 points (two goals, 31 assists) in 134 games with Chicago over the past three seasons.

  • Islanders sign defenseman Marek Zidlicky

    September 18, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders signed defenseman Marek Zidlicky to a one-year contract Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 38-year-old Zidlicky had seven goals and 27 assists in an NHL-high 84 regulart-season games last season for New Jersey and Detroit. He was scoreless in six playoff games with the Red Wings.

  • LA Kings grateful to hit the ice after a rocky offseason

    September 18, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings spent their extra-long summer consumed by troubles that had nothing to do with hockey.When they finally hit the rinks at their training complex on Friday for the start of a new season, thoughts of gratitude and renewal ran through the building.

  • Coyotes sign defenseman Stefan Elliott

    September 18, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Stefan Elliott to a one-year, two-way contract Friday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 24-year-old Elliott was scoreless in five games for Colorado last season. He also had 19 goals and 21 assists in 64 games for Lake Erie in the American Hockey League.

  • Sharks open 1st camp under new coach Peter DeBoer

    September 18, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) For the first time in seven years, there was a new coach at the front of the room when the San Jose Sharks opened training camp.Coach Peter DeBoer held his first practice Friday since taking over for Todd McLellan following last season. DeBoer is tasked with getting the Sharks back into the playoffs and contention for that elusive Stanley Cup after San Jose missed the postseason for the first time since 2003.

  • Now 30, Alex Ovechkin says it's time for Capitals 'to do it'

    September 18, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) A day after turning 30, Alex Ovechkin opened training camp with the Washington Capitals for his 11th NHL season.If the guy known as ''Ovi'' was blase about the milestone birthday - ''Next year, it's going to be 31,'' he noted with a shrug - his attitude about entering his second decade in the league took on a far more serious tone Friday.

  • New players, system highlight Bruins' first day of camp

    September 18, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins missed the Stanley Cup playoffs last season for the first time in eight years largely because of their inability to score - they ranked 22nd in the NHL with 2.55 goals per game.So Boston added a new general manager, picked up a 20-goal scorer in free agency, and, on Friday, showed off some tweaks to their style of play at the first day of training camp.

  • Phil Kessel is ready to begin anew on Penguins

    September 18, 2015

    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) Phil Kessel joined the Penguins at training camp Friday, ready to play alongside centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.''It's pretty special,'' he said. ''It's a great opportunity for myself and I'm going to try to take full advantage of it. . I'm excited to get to play with the guys in this locker room. There are some good players in here.''

  • Canadiens name Max Pacioretty captain

    September 18, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Max Pacioretty was voted captain of the Montreal Canadiens by his teammates, becoming only the third American to take the role with the storied franchise.The 26-year-old former University of Michigan player joins Brian Gionta (2010-14) and Chris Chelios (co-captain with Guy Carbonneau in 1989-90) as the only U.S. captains.

  • Injured Sabres defenseman Ristolainen out up to 2 weeks

    September 18, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will miss up to the first two weeks of training camp because of an upper body injury.Coach Dan Bylsma on Friday did not reveal the nature of the injury. He added that the Sabres learned of the injury a few days ago after camp opened. Ristolainen reported for team physicals Thursday.

  • Helm, Verrier collision mars opening day of Red Wings camp

    September 18, 2015

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) Red Wings prospect Jerome Verrier broke his leg Friday in a collision with veteran Darren Helm that left the team shaken as it opened training camp under new a new coach.The 21-year-old Verrier collided with Helm during a drill in the camp's first 10 minutes at Traverse City's Centre Ice Arena, resulting in both going to the hospital.

  • Kane gets warm reception at Blackhawks camp

    September 18, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane was greeted with loud cheers Friday in his first public appearance with the Stanley Cup champions since he became the subject of a sexual assault investigation.Kane reported for the start of training camp at Notre Dame, and the All-Star forward got a warm reception when he joined ''Team B'' for the first of two scrimmages. There was another loud roar from the crowd of about 4,000 at Compton Family Ice Arena when he was recognized over the public address system for the secondary assist on the first goal.

  • Panthers open camp with much competition, few available jobs

    September 18, 2015

    CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) In general manager Dale Tallon's start-of-training-camp remarks to the Florida Panthers, he reminded them that 51 players were vying for 23 jobs on the roster.Given that, making this team might seem daunting.In actuality, the mathematics show it's even worse.

  • Hurricanes begin camp with eye on ending playoff drought

    September 18, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes are back at work and one of their goals is to prove numerous outsiders wrong.Few outside the organization expect them to snap their long playoff drought this year.The Hurricanes haven't made the postseason since 2009 - no Eastern Conference team has gone longer without getting there - but they began training camp Friday hoping to exceed those modest external expectations.

  • Injured Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen out 7-10 days

    September 18, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen will miss up to the first 10 days of training camp because of an upper body injury.The Sabres made the announcement Friday, after the team took the ice for the first day of camp. The Sabres did not reveal the nature of the injury or when Ristolainen was hurt.

  • Islanders agree to 1-year deal with forward Steve Bernier

    September 17, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders agreed to a one-year deal with right wing Steve Bernier on Thursday.Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 30-year-old Bernier matched his career high with 32 points for New Jersey last season, tying for second on the team with 16 goals.

  • Alfredsson returns to Senators as senior adviser

    September 17, 2015

    OTTAWA (AP) Daniel Alfredsson is back with the Ottawa Senators.The Senators hired the former star player Thursday as senior adviser of hockey operations Thursday.Alfredsson will serve as an adviser to general manager Bryan Murray and will support hockey operations at the NHL level from scouting to player development.

  • MacKinnon, Avalanche look to rebound from frustrating season

    September 17, 2015

    DENVER (AP) Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon will be standing a little taller on the ice this season.The 20-year-old Avalanche forward grew nearly an inch to 6-foot-1 and bulked up 15 pounds during the summer. He also worked out in Pittsburgh with Sidney Crosby.

  • Predators open training camp eager to build on last season

    September 17, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have spent this summer thinking of what might have happened after losing their first-round playoff series to the eventual Stanley Cup champs, the Chicago Blackhawks.Now they're ready to get back to work.

  • Blackhawks' Patrick Kane says he has 'done nothing wrong'

    September 17, 2015

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Speaking publicly for the first time since he became the subject of a sexual assault investigation, Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said Thursday he has done nothing wrong and expects to be exonerated.Kane is accused of assaulting a woman in her 20s in August at his offseason home outside Buffalo, New York, a person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because police have not revealed details of the case.

  • Healthy Penguins eager to get started as camp begins

    September 17, 2015

    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) General manager Jim Rutherford spent the offseason shuffling the Pittsburgh Penguins roster behind stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.Time to find out what coach Mike Johnston can do with the new - and in some cases not so new - talent at his disposal.

  • Gary Bettman touts NHL parity as training camps open

    September 17, 2015

    NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is a happy man these days, leading a league that seems strong on the ice, in the stands and on TV.''The entertainment value of the game has never been better,'' Bettman said recently in an interview with The Associated Press.

  • New-look Sabres enter training camp with raised expectations

    September 17, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The new-look Buffalo Sabres reported to training camp Thursday with a sense of optimism.After finishing with the NHL's worst record in each of the past two seasons, the Sabres added new coach Dan Bylsma and filled several roster spots during a busy offseason.

  • Maple Leafs acquire Michael Grabner from Islanders

    September 17, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forward Michael Grabner in a six-player trade with the New York Islanders on Thursday.The Maple Leafs gave up forwards Taylor Beck and Carter Verhaeghe, defensemen Matt Finn and Tom Nilsson and goaltender Christopher Gibson.

  • Anaheim player charged with illegal grizzly hunt in Canada

    September 17, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Anaheim Ducks defenseman Clayton Stoner has been charged with illegally shooting a grizzly bear in British Columbia.He is to appear in court in Vancouver on Oct. 9, the day before the Ducks open the season and three days before his team plays the Vancouver Canucks in Anaheim.

  • Panthers sign Huberdeau to 2-year deal, avoid holdout

    September 17, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Jonathan Huberdeau's holdout ended before it started, and the Florida Panthers' leading scorer from last season is back just in time for training camp.The Panthers signed Huberdeau to a two-year, .5 million deal Thursday, one day before the team's first on-ice session of camp. The deal was announced in the morning and Huberdeau - a left wing who was working out in Montreal to get ready for the season - was in South Florida by mid-afternoon to complete his physical and get things finalized.

  • Islanders re-sign Brock Nelson to 3-year deal

    September 16, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) - The New York Islanders re-signed center Brock Nelson to a three-year contract Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 23-year-old Nelson had 20 goals and 22 assists in 82 regular-season games last season and added two goals in seven playoff games. As a rookie in 2013-14, the former University of North Dakota player had 14 goals and 12 assists in 72 regular-season games.

  • Slava Voynov is returning to Russia, leaving LA Kings

    September 16, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Defenseman Slava Voynov announced Wednesday that he will return home to Russia with his family, leaving the Los Angeles Kings in the wake of his legal troubles resulting from domestic violence charges.In a statement through his agent, Rolland Hedges, Voynov apologized to ''those in and around the game of hockey who have been affected by my situation.''

  • NHL to use concussion spotters at all games

    September 16, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The NHL will have concussion spotters at all games this season to help teams identify visible signs and symptoms of the injury.Under the league's concussion protocol, teams have had spotters at games in the past. But deputy commissioner Bill Daly said some have found it difficult on the road to isolate one person whose sole responsibility is to keep an eye on players who may have sustained a head injury.

  • Devils sign center Jiri Tlusty to 1-year deal

    September 16, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils signed free-agent center Jiri Tlusty to a one-year, 0,000 contract Wednesday, and said right wing Lee Stempniak and center Tyler Kennedy will attend training camp on professional tryouts.The 27-year-old Tlusty, from the Czech Republic, had 14 goals and 17 assists in 72 regular-season games last season with Carolina and Winnipeg. He has 87 goals and 86 assists in 416 career games in eight seasons with Toronto, Carolina and Winnipeg.

  • NHL teams will play 3-on-3 OT at least 3 times in preseason

    September 16, 2015

    There will be plenty of three-on-three hockey during the NHL preseason.Before the league goes to five minutes of three-on-three overtime when it counts, 45 exhibition games will feature the experiment so that every team gets a chance to play it at least three times regardless of the score.

  • Blackhawks' Kane on camp roster amid police investigation

    September 16, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Patrick Kane is expected to join his Chicago Blackhawks teammates at training camp this week as he awaits the results of a sexual-assault investigation.''Based on what I know, Patrick Kane will be at camp tomorrow,'' Kane's agent, Pat Brisson, wrote in a text message to The Associated Press on Wednesday after Chicago released its camp roster.

  • Subban pledges million to Montreal Children's Hospital

    September 16, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban and his foundation have pledged at least million to the Montreal Children's Hospital.The hospital is calling the donation the largest philanthropic commitment ever made by a professional athlete in Canada.

  • Devils forward Reid Boucher sustains concussion over weekend

    September 15, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils left wing Reid Boucher is going to be sidelined after sustaining a concussion in a prospects game over the weekend.Executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero said Tuesday that Boucher was hurt against the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. He was evaluated on Monday by doctors and has been diagnosed with a concussion.

  • NHL announces 7-year uniform deal with Adidas

    September 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL has announced it has a seven-year deal with Adidas to produce its uniforms beginning with the 2017-'18 season.Adidas replaces Reebok, which had previously made the NHL's sweaters.The NHL and NHL Players' Association also announced Adidas will make jerseys for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

  • Former Flyers All-Star Simon Gagne retires from NHL

    September 15, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former Philadelphia Flyers left wing Simon Gagne retired on Tuesday after a 14-year career in the NHL.Gagne was a four-time All-Star who scored 291 goals and had 310 assists for 601 points. He played 11 seasons with the Flyers, won a Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2012 and also played for Tampa Bay and Boston.

  • University at Buffalo gets M from Bruins owner's family

    September 14, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The University at Buffalo has received a million donation from the family of the Boston Bruins owner and will name its medical school after them.The donation from the family of Jeremy Jacobs was announced Monday. In addition to owning the Bruins, Jacobs is chairman of the Buffalo-based food service company Delaware North.

  • BC-HKN--Team Previews,ADVISORY

    September 21, 2015

    Editors:To help you with planning, the following is planned ahead of the NHL season. Please contact Dave Zelio (dzelio(at)ap.org) with questions. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com.Individual team previews will be sent on the following dates:

  • New Sharks coach Pete DeBoer focuses on future not past

    September 12, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Pete DeBoer has spent little time since taking over as coach of the San Jose Sharks figuring what went wrong last year when the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003.He'd rather let the players make their own impressions when training camp starts Friday.

  • Oilers phenom McDavid has goal, assist in professional debut

    September 12, 2015

    PENTICTON, British Columbia (AP) Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in this year's NHL draft, had a goal and an assist for the Edmonton Oilers in his professional debut Friday night, an 8-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in the Young Stars tournament opener for both teams.

  • McDavid, Eichel lead list of promising NHL youngsters

    September 11, 2015

    McDavid-mania might be in full swing in Edmonton. In Buffalo, Sabres fans have taken a liking to ''Eich.''As consolations prizes go, the Sabres landed a player with the potential to make an immediate impact in Jack Eichel, who was drafted second overall behind Connor McDavid.

  • Oilers hope McDavid can restore franchise's glory days

    September 11, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Minutes before Connor McDavid hit the ice for practice, members of the newly formed Edmonton Oilers' brain trust were already in their seats some 20 rows up in Section 116 at Rexall Place.It was early July and just the second day of the Oilers' rookie orientation camp. McDavid - as he had done throughout his junior career in Erie, Pennsylvania - was once again drawing a crowd that included new general manager Peter Chiarelli, new coach Todd McLellan and new team President Bob Nicholson.

  • Hurricanes acquire Versteeg in trade with Blackhawks

    September 11, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes acquired veteran forward Kris Versteeg in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, and the Stanley Cup champions used their new cap space to finalize a one-year contract with key center Marcus Kruger.

  • NHL free agent Mike Richards set for court Dec. 8.

    September 10, 2015

    EMERSON, Manitoba (AP) The case involving NHL player Mike Richards, who is charged with possession of a controlled substance, has been put off until Dec. 8.He did not appear in provincial court Thursday and was represented by his lawyer. Police in Manitoba charged Richards last month.

  • New Jersey Devils sign defenseman David Schlemko

    September 10, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman David Schlemko to a one-year contract for 5,000.Devils' executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the signing of the free agent on Thursday.Schlemko had a goal and three assists in 44 NHL games with Arizona, Dallas and Calgary last season. The 28-year-old spent his first eight seasons with the Coyotes organization before being claimed on waivers by the Stars and Flames last season.

  • Barzal signs 3-year entry level contract with Islanders

    September 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed first-round draft pick Mathew Barzal to a three-year, entry-level contract.The Islanders announced the signing Thursday of the 16th overall pick in the recent NHL draft.Barzal had 12 goals and 45 assists in 44 games last season with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League. The forward added four goals and four assists in the playoffs.

  • Rebuilding Sabres sign defenseman Franson to 2-year contract

    September 10, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have added veteran depth to their defense by signing free-agent Cody Franson to a two-year contract worth .65 million.The team announced the signing Thursday, a week before players report for training camp. A person familiar with the contract provided its value to The Associated Press and spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres did not release that figure.

  • Wednesday's Sports In Brief

    September 10, 2015

    TENNISNEW YORK (AP) Even Roger Federer is wowed by how well he's playing at 34 - and the ease with which he's winning at this U.S. Open.Federer is into his 10th semifinal at Flushing Meadows, and record 38th at all major tournaments. To get back to his first final in New York since 2009, he'll have to beat someone he knows quite well: Swiss Olympic and Davis Cup teammate Stan Wawrinka.

  • Avalanche acquire Gormley for Coyotes for Elliott

    September 9, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes traded defenseman Brandon Gormley to the Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday for defenseman Stefan Elliott.The 23-year-old Gormley appeared in 27 games with the Coyotes last season, finishing with two goals and two assists. He has played in 32 NHL games since Arizona selected him with the 13th overall pick in 2010.

  • Islanders sign forward Steve Bernier to professional tryout

    September 9, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders signed forward Steve Bernier to a professional tryout Wednesday.The 30-year-old Bernier had 16 goals and 16 assists in 67 games last season for the New Jersey Devils.Bernier has 104 goals and 120 assists in 609 regular-season games with the Devils, Florida, Vancouver, Buffalo and San Jose. He has nine goals and 14 assists in 68 playoff games.

  • Bettman hasn't tried to talk to Kane during investigation

    September 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said he hasn't attempted to talk to Patrick Kane while the Chicago Blackhawks star has been investigated about a sexual-assault allegation.''Nobody is going to talk to us,'' Bettman told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ''When you're being investigated, you're focused on that from law enforcement and you're not going to be dealing with third parties.''

  • Canucks coach Desjardins has hip surgery, ready by season

    September 9, 2015

    VANCOUVER (AP) Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins will miss training camp after undergoing hip surgery, but the team expects he'll be ready for the season opener next month.The Canucks say Desjardins had the operation Tuesday to treat ''an acute flare up of his pre-existing hip condition.''

  • Devils restructure front office with top farm team

    September 9, 2015

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have restructured the front office operations of their top development team, the Albany Devils.The Devils announced Wednesday that executive president and general manager Ray Shero will serve the AHL franchise as governor, while assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald will assume the role of general manager of the minor league team.

  • NHL players set for World Cup of Hockey; Olympics unclear

    September 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The World Cup of Hockey is coming back, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman insists that doesn't necessarily mean the league will skip the 2018 Olympics.''I don't think one has anything to do with the other,'' Bettman said in an interview with The Associated Press on Wednesday.

  • AP Source: DA postpones grand jury hearing on Kane case

    September 8, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Erie County District Attorney has postponed grand jury proceedings into a sexual assault allegation against Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane, a person familiar with the investigation confirmed to The Associated Press.

  • Devils sign Letourneau-Leblond to 2-way contract

    September 8, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed free agent forward Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond to a one-year, two-way contract for 5,000 at the NHL level.Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the signing Tuesday.

  • AP Source: DA postpones grand jury hearing in Kane case

    September 8, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press that prosecutors have postponed grand jury proceedings in a sexual assault allegation against Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane.The person said evidence was scheduled to be presented to jurors on Tuesday but the hearings were postponed for about two weeks. The person did not provide a reason for the postponement, and spoke only on the condition of anonymity because Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita and Hamburg police have not revealed details of the case since announcing they had launched an investigation last month.

  • Coyotes sign Domingue to 1-year contract

    September 5, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed goalie Louis Domingue to a one-year contract.The 23-year-old from Quebec played in seven games with the Coyotes last season, going 1-2-1 with a 2.73 goals-against average.Domingue also played 20 games for Portland of the AHL, where he went 11-6-2 with a 2.65 goals-against average. He was 2-2-1 with a 2.37 goals-against average in five playoff games for the Pirates.

  • Lightning goalie Vasilevskiy out 2-3 months after surgery

    September 4, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning backup goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy could be sidelined up to three months after undergoing surgery to remove a blood clot from near his left collarbone.Team vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said Friday that the 21-year-old Russian was treated for a type of Vascular Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and is expected to make a full recovery and return to the ice in two to three months.

  • Rangers name Chris Drury director of player development

    September 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Former New York Rangers captain Chris Drury is the team's new director of player development.General manager Jeff Gorton said Friday that Drury will work with the hockey operations department and the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack. He also will help oversee and evaluate college players.

  • Immigration officials take Kings' Slava Voynov into custody

    September 4, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings' Slava Voynov has been taken into custody by U.S. immigration officials, two months after pleading no contest to a domestic violence charge.The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1VClVsY ) the Russian citizen faces possible deportation. He is being held without bail pending a hearing before an immigration judge.

  • No fine increase for Stars owner for damaging fish habitat

    September 4, 2015

    KAMLOOPS, British Columbia (AP) A British Columbia appeals court judge has denied a prosecution request to increase Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi's 0,000 fine for polluting a lake during renovations on his Kamloops vacation property.Gaglardi was found guilty in December on two counts of harmful alteration of a fish habitat for work done in 2010. Prosecutors on Thursday asked Justice Susan Griffin of the British Columbia Supreme Court to raise the fine to 0,000, but Griffin ruled the lesser penalty was appropriate under case law.

  • Coyotes sign 1st-round draft pick Nick Merkley

    September 3, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed first-round draft pick Nick Merkley to a three-year, entry-level contract Thursday.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 18-year-old right wing, selected 30th in the June draft, had 20 goals and 70 regular-season games last season for assistant last season for Kelowna in the Western Hockey League. He also had five goals and 22 assists in 19 playoff games to help the Rockets win the league title, and added three goals and two assists in the Memorial Cup.

  • Blackhawks agree to 1-year deal with F Nordstrom

    September 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with forward Joakim Nordstrom.The 23-year-old Nordstrom appeared in three playoff games as Chicago won its third Stanley Cup in six seasons. He also had three assists in 38 regular-season games.

  • Devils defenseman Salvador retires after 14 NHL seasons

    September 2, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador has retired after nearly 800 games in 14 NHL seasons.The NHL Players Association announced Salvador's retirement on Wednesday.Salvador was a captain for the Devils the past three seasons but missed most all but 15 games last season with a back injury.

  • Blues invite Upshall to training camp tryout

    September 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have invited forward Scottie Upshall to training camp for a tryout.The 31-year-old Upshall had eight goals and seven assists in 63 games with the Panthers last season.Upshall is a 12-year veteran with previous stints in Columbus, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Nashville. He was the sixth overall pick in 2002 by the Predators and has 234 points in 553 career games.

  • McDavid feels strong as 1st Oilers training camp looms

    September 1, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) As Connor McDavid was going through his draft year, agent and Hall of Famer Bobby Orr knew his client had to get stronger to play at the NHL level.After a summer of training, McDavid feels as if he has done that, and now he's ready to showcase his skills at the Edmonton Oilers' training camp later this month.

  • Carolina's Staal, Ward focusing on the ice, not contracts

    September 1, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Eric Staal and Cam Ward aren't worrying now about their uncertain futures with the Carolina Hurricanes.The only remaining players from the club's lone Stanley Cup championship team a decade ago are entering the final season of their lengthy contracts.

  • San Jose beat Jacksonville 68-47 in ArenaBowl

    August 29, 2015

    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) Darren Arbet walked through a cloud of confetti at Stockton Arena and pointed with both hands toward 89-year-old mother Clinso in the stands.The San Jose coach couldn't think of a better way to complete one of the most dominant seasons in Arena Football League history after the SaberCats' 68-47 victory over the Jacksonville Sharks in the ArenaBowl on Saturday night.

  • Arbour's success with 1 team - Isles - stands out to Bowman

    August 29, 2015

    Of Al Arbour's numerous NHL achievements, one stands out to his former coaching colleague and mentor, Scotty Bowman.Upon learning of Arbour's death on Friday, Bowman marveled at how the former New York Islanders coach was capable of winning 740 games and four Stanley Cup championships with just one team.

  • Reaction to the death of Islanders coaching great Al Arbour

    August 28, 2015

    Reaction to the death Friday of four-time Stanley Cup-winning New York Islanders coach Al Arbour:---''Just staying with one team, nobody can do that. I think the only two people that I could remember are Al Arbour and Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins. Now, most of the other coaches, we have to move around to get our message across. But he was able to do it over a 20-year span, which is an amazing feat. ... I think that tells you a lot about him, that's for sure.'' - Former NHL coach Scotty Bowman on Arbour winning 740 games with Islanders, the most by any NHL coach with one team.

  • Al Arbour, who coached Isles to 4 Cup titles, dies at 82

    August 28, 2015

    Al Arbour, the bespectacled gentleman of a coach who molded a young and talented New York Islanders franchise into an NHL dynasty that won four straight Stanley Cups in the early 1980s, has died. He was 82.The Islanders confirmed Arbour's death in a release issued Friday afternoon. Arbour had been in declining health, battling Parkinson's disease and dementia, and living in a long-term care facility in Florida.

  • Longtime NHL coach Al Arbour dies at 82, Islanders say; won 4 straight Stanley Cups

    August 28, 2015

    UNIONDALE, N.Y. (AP) Longtime NHL coach Al Arbour dies at 82, Islanders say; won 4 straight Stanley Cups.

  • Hurricanes reach deal for 2-year extension with LIndholm

    August 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a two-year contract extension with forward Elias Lindholm.The deal will pay the 20-year-old former first-round draft pick .5 million in the 2016-17 season and .9 million in 2017-18.

  • Blues invite Scott Gomez for tryout

    August 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues invited veteran forward Scott Gomez to training camp for a tryout.The 35-year-old Gomez is a 15-year veteran for New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Montreal, San Jose and Florida. Last season, he had 34 points, seven goals and 27 assists, in 58 games with New Jersey.

  • LA Kings sign Russian D Damir Sharipzyanov to 3-year deal

    August 27, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Damir Sharipzyanov to a three-year contract.The Kings announced the deal Thursday.Sharipzyanov had nine goals and 25 assists in 66 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Owen Sound Attack last season.

  • Canadian government to auction trove of hockey items

    August 27, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Looking for a copy of Wayne Gretzky's professional hockey draft questionnaire? The Canadian government has one for sale.A crop of hockey memorabilia is up for bids on the government's surplus website. It's a space where millions of dollars worth of seized goods - and stuff the government no longer needs - are auctioned to the public. All the auction items still up for bids were forfeited to the government.

  • Blues' Patrik Berglund to undergo right shoulder surgery

    August 27, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and will be evaluated in four months.The 27-year-old Berglund was hurt in training for the upcoming season. He dislocated the shoulder during the 2013-14 season.

  • NHL's Mike Richards charged with controlled substance

    August 27, 2015

    EMERSON, Manitoba (AP) Mike Richards, an NHL free agent whose contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.He was charged Tuesday and is to appear in provincial court Sept. 10, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

  • Former Blackhawk forward Ron "Chico" Maki dies at 76

    August 26, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Ron ''Chico'' Maki, a member of the Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup champions, has died. He was 76.A notice on the Blackhawks' website says Maki died Monday at his home in Port Dover, Ontario.The right wing spent 15 seasons with the Blackhawks (1961-76), playing in three All-Star games.

  • Devils hire Schneider as scout, Rissmiller development coach

    August 26, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have hired Andy Schneider as an amateur scout and Patrick Rissmiller as a development coach.Executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the moves Wednesday.Schneider, 43, joins the Devils after serving three seasons as a scout for the Columbus Blue Jackets. He began his post-playing career in 2011-12 as an assistant coach with Swift Current (WHL). Schneider played 18 seasons professionally, including 10 in Germany.

  • Ex-Tampa Bay forward Gusev gets doping ban in Russia

    August 26, 2015

    MOSCOW (AP) A veteran forward who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars has been banned for breaking doping rules in the latest doping case to hit Russian hockey.The Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement Wednesday that Sergei Gusev received a six-month ban from the Russian Hockey Federation for an unspecified ''breach of anti-doping rules.''

  • Penguins to start camp with Kessel next to Crosby

    August 25, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't wasting any time with Phil Kessel.General manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday the team plans to place the high-powered forward alongside star center Sidney Crosby when the Penguins open training camp next month.

  • Canadiens hire Craig Ramsay as a consultant

    August 25, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have hired Craig Ramsay as a coaching consultant.Ramsay spent last season as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.The 64-year-old has totaled more than 1,500 games as assistant coach and more than 150 as head coach with seven NHL teams.

  • Flames sign Mark Giordano to 6-year contract

    August 25, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames completed the top task on their summer to-do list by signing captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract extension.The 31-year-old defenseman still has a year remaining on his deal, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in May that re-signing Giordano was his ''No. 1 priority'' this offseason.

  • Russia fined for snubbing Canada's anthem at hockey worlds

    August 24, 2015

    ZURICH (AP) The Russian Hockey Federation was fined Monday over the national team snubbing Canada's victory celebrations after the world championship final.The sport's governing body, IIHF, said the Russian players deliberately left the ice before Canada's national anthem was played after a signal from captain Ilya Kovalchuk.

  • Jacksonville Sharks advance to ArenaBowl

    August 23, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Tommy Grady threw five of his eight touchdown passes to Joe Hills and the Jacksonville Sharks beat the Philadelphia Soul 61-56 on Sunday night in the Arena Football League's American Conference championship game.The Sharks advanced to the ArenaBowl next week in San Jose against the National Conference champion SaberCats. San Jose beat Arizona 70-67 on Saturday night.

  • LA Kings sign veteran D Christian Ehrhoff to 1-year deal

    August 23, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.The club confirmed the signing Sunday without disclosing financial terms.Ehrhoff scored 14 points in 49 games for Pittsburgh last season before missing the final 33 games and the postseason due to injuries, including a concussion.

  • Las Vegas, Quebec City advance in NHL expansion process

    August 21, 2015

    Las Vegas and Quebec City advanced to the third and final formal stage to land NHL expansion franchises.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the development in an email to The Associated Press on Friday.Daly referred to the third stage as ''the last formal phase,'' but added, ''it does not necessarily constitute the end of the process.''

  • Bail set at K for Wild assistant Sydor charged with DWI

    August 21, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Bail has been set at ,000 for Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor in a drunken-driving case.The former NHL player was arrested in suburban Fridley while he was taking his 12-year-old son to a hockey tournament Thursday.Online court records say Sydor didn't have a lawyer when he made his appearance in Anoka County District Court on Friday.

  • Quebec City advances to 3rd stage of NHL expansion process

    August 21, 2015

    The Nordiques have advanced to the third and what's expected to be final stage in their bid to return to Quebec City as an NHL expansion franchise.Montreal-based communications giant Quebecor, which is submitting the expansion bid, announced the development on its Twitter account on Friday, concluding its message by saying: ''The goal: Bring (hashtag)Nordiques back to Quebec City.''

  • Wild assistant Darryl Sydor charged with drunken driving

    August 21, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Minnesota Wild assistant coach Darryl Sydor was jailed on drunken-driving charges Friday after authorities said he became lost trying to take his 12-year-old son to a hockey tournament and ended up apologizing repeatedly to the weeping boy.

  • Former NHL player Dale Purinton charged in New York burglary

    August 21, 2015

    SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (AP) Former New York Rangers player Dale Purinton has been arrested in connection with a central New York burglary.Police say the 38-year-old former defenseman was charged for his role in a burglary in Sylvan Beach, 25 miles east of Syracuse.

  • Next court hearing for Sabres forward O'Reilly is Sept. 10

    August 20, 2015

    LONDON, Ontario (AP) Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly's court case in connection with an impaired driving charge has been continued to Sept. 10.The decision was made Thursday morning during O'Reilly's first hearing in London, Ontario, court. The 24-year-old player was not required to attend, and was represented by his lawyer, David Humphrey.

  • Columbus signs Paul Bittner to 3-year entry level contract

    August 20, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Paul Bittner to a three-year entry level contract.General manager Jarmo Kekalainen made the announcement Thursday. Bittner was the team's second-round pick, 38th overall, in the NHL draft.

  • 'Family first' for NHL All-Star Briere in retirement

    August 18, 2015

    VOORHEES, N.J. (AP) Danny Briere could have scrapped by for one more NHL season, hung on as fourth-line center and provided veteran leadership for a team needing an extra push toward a Stanley Cup.At 37, Briere knew his best days as a player were behind him.

  • Blackhawks prospect Danault has left hip surgery

    August 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks say prospect Phillip Danault had surgery on his left hip and will be held out of hockey-related activities for four months.The team said Tuesday the operation was for a torn labrum. The procedure was performed in New York.

  • 'Dancing' champ Hough engaged to hockey player Laich

    August 18, 2015

    Two-time ''Dancing With the Stars'' champion Julianne Hough and Washington Capitals forward Brooks Laich say they are planning to get married.Laich and Hough each tweeted a link to a photo of the couple with the same message Tuesday: ''We are overwhelmed with joy and excitement to share with you our recent engagement! (hash)fiance (hash)love''

  • McDavid skates with Oilers teammate Taylor Hall for 1st time

    August 17, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Connor McDavid has finally started playing with his Edmonton Oilers teammates - well, at least two of them.The No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft joined Oilers teammates Taylor Hall and Darnell Nurse on Monday at a practice for a preseason mini-tournament in midtown Toronto.

  • Ducks sign veteran C Mike Santorelli for 1 year at 5,000

    August 17, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Veteran center Mike Santorelli has agreed to a one-year, 5,000 deal with the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deal Monday.Santorelli had 12 goals and 21 assists last season while splitting time between Toronto and Nashville, which reacquired him in a multiplayer trade in February.

  • Former NHL All-Star Briere retires after 17 season

    August 17, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Danny Briere, the undersized center who went on to become an NHL All-Star and keyed the Philadelphia Flyers' run to the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals, has retired.Briere ended a 17-year career on Monday that saw him play for the Phoenix Coyotes, Buffalo Sabres, Flyers, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche. Briere spent the bulk of his career with the Sabres and Flyers and earned All-Star nods playing for both franchises.

  • Top draft prospect Matthews headed to Switzerland

    August 14, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The idea to play pro hockey with the Zurich Lions was sparked in April when Auston Matthews led the U.S. team to a gold medal in the world under-18 championship.The 17-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, and his advisers liked what they saw and decided it was a better option than playing in college or for the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips.

  • Penguins open new practice facility in Pittsburgh

    August 14, 2015

    CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins unveiled a new practice facility Friday that also serves as a sports medicine center for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.The team thinks the facility will give the team an advantage in injury recovery and rehabilitation, Penguins spokesman Tom McMillan said.

  • Ducks sign new forward Hagelin for 4 years, million

    August 14, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Carl Hagelin's patience has been rewarded with a big new contract from the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced a four-year deal worth million for their recently acquired Swedish forward on Friday, completing what's likely their final significant move of the summer.

  • Toronto hires Jacques Lemaire as special assignment coach

    August 14, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have added decades of hockey experience by hiring Jacques Lemaire as special assignment coach.Lemaire, who won the Stanley Cup for new Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello's New Jersey Devils in 1995, spent 16 full seasons and parts of two others as an NHL head coach.

  • Bob Fillion, won 2 Cups with Montreal in 1940s, dies at 94

    August 13, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Bob Fillion, who won the Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens in 1944 and 1946, has died. He was 94.The team's alumni association said Thursday that Fillion attended most home games in recent years until becoming ill near the end of last season.

  • Sabres top prospect Eichel signs sponsorship deal with Bauer

    August 13, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres top prospect Jack Eichel has signed a sponsorship deal with Bauer Hockey.In a release issued Thursday, the company announced the player drafted second overall in June will exclusively wear its equipment. Bauer will also supply Eichel with its line of clothes.

  • EA Sports drops Patrick Kane from NHL 16 promotional plans

    August 12, 2015

    EA Sports dropped Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane from promoting and appearing on the cover of its NHL 16 video game because he is under police investigation.The popular video game company announced its decision on its Twitter account Wednesday.

  • Coyotes sign affiliation deal with ECHL's Rapid City Rush

    August 11, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed a one-year affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Rapid City Rush on Tuesday.The South Dakota team is entering its second season in the 28-team ECHL.The Coyotes had been affiliated with the Gwinnett Gladiators since 2011.

  • New York Islanders sign goalie Poulin to a two-way deal

    August 11, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed goalie Kevin Poulin to a one-year, two-way contract.The Islanders announced the deal Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.Poulin had a 2.87 goals-against average with a .912 save percentage in 45 games for Bridgeport last season in the American Hockey Leagie. The Montreal native has played 50 career NHL regular-season games, going 18-25-3 with a 3.07 GAA.

  • Sabres to host Bruins, Devils in prospects tournament

    August 11, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres will host the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils in a pre-training camp prospects tournament, which they hope to turn into an annual event.Each teams' prospects will play two games during a tournament that will run from Sept. 12-14, the Sabres announced Tuesday. Games will be played at the Sabres' home arena and adjoining HarborCenter, a newly opened two-rink hotel/entertainment complex which hosted the NHL pre-draft scouting combine in June.

  • New Jersey Devils sign first-round draft pick Pavel Zacha

    August 11, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed first-round draft pick Pavel Zacha to a three-year, .78 million entry-level contract.Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the signing on Tuesday, saying that the forward will have an average annual salary of 5,000.

  • Blues' Jori Lehtera out 6 to 8 weeks after ankle surgery

    August 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues said that forward Jori Lehtera will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after recent surgery on his right ankle.Lehtera had surgery on Aug. 4.The Blues said the 27-year-old Lehtera was injured at the end of the season. St. Louis was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Minnesota Wild.

  • NHLPA files grievance over Richards' termination with Kings

    August 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The NHL Players' Association has filed a grievance on behalf of center Mike Richards, contesting the termination of his contract by the Los Angeles Kings.The Kings terminated the final five years of Richards' contract on June 29, saying the two-time Stanley Cup champion committed ''a material breach'' of his deal.

  • Grievance filed over Mike Richards' contract termination

    August 10, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The NHL players' union has filed a grievance on behalf of Mike Richards against the Los Angeles Kings, contesting his contract termination.The Kings terminated Richards' contract in late June for what they called ''a material breach of the requirements'' of his contract. Richards had million and five years left on the deal.

  • New York Rangers sign recently arrested center Stoll

    August 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers are giving former Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll a second chance a few months after he pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a cocaine case.The Rangers on Monday signed Stoll to a one-year, 0,000 contact in a deal that gives the NHL's best team in the regular season in 2014 a center who is outstanding on faceoffs, good on the penalty kill and a veteran who knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup.

  • AP source: Kane investigation involves woman in her 20s

    August 11, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the police investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane tells The Associated Press that it involves something that happened between the player and a woman in her 20s.The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because authorities have not revealed any details of the investigation being conducted by Hamburg police.

  • Former NHL defenseman Gus Mortson dies at age 90

    August 8, 2015

    TIMMINS, Ontario (AP) Angus ''Gus'' Mortson, the eight-time NHL All-Star defenseman who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win four Stanley Cup titles, died Saturday. He was 90.Mortson's family announced the death through the Miron-Wilson Funeral Home in Timmins.

  • Under police investigation, Blackhawks' Kane hires lawyer

    August 8, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has hired an attorney and called off a public display of the Stanley Cup on Saturday because he is under police investigation over something that may have happened at his home last weekend.Without providing details, lawyer Paul Cambria confirmed in a text message to The Associated Press that he has been hired to represent Kane. Cambria represented Kane in 2009, when he pleaded guilty to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct after being accused of assaulting a Buffalo cab driver over 20 cents.

  • Ducks re-sign Silfverberg for 4 years, million

    August 7, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Right wing Jakob Silfverberg agreed to a four-year, million contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday.Silfverberg was a restricted free agent after he set career highs with 13 goals and 26 assists last season, playing frequently on the second line for the Pacific Division champions. The 24-year-old Swedish Olympian broke out in the postseason with four goals and 14 assists in 16 games as Anaheim fell one victory short of the Stanley Cup final.

  • Blackhawks' Patrick Kane under police investigation

    August 7, 2015

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is under police investigation over something that may have happened at his home last weekend.Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett on Friday did not elaborate on the investigation, alluding to an ''incident that allegedly occurred'' at the player's offseason home in suburban Buffalo. Police are still gathering information and awaiting forensic tests, he said.

  • Police confirm they've launched investigation against Kane

    August 7, 2015

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett confirms his department has launched an investigation into Chicago Blackhawks star forward Patrick Kane over an alleged incident at the player's home last weekend.Without revealing the nature of the investigation, Wickett said Friday that police are still gathering information and awaiting forensic tests.

  • Bettman: NHL outdoor games 'far from being overdone'

    August 5, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) There's no reason for the NHL not to keep holding outdoor games each season, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday.Bettman made a promotional appearance at the University of Minnesota football stadium. That's where the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will play outside Feb. 21 as part of the NHL's Stadium Series games, which were started in 2014 to supplement the annual Winter Classic on New Year's Day.

  • Las Vegas, Quebec City NHL expansion bids advance to Phase 2

    August 5, 2015

    Las Vegas and Quebec City are moving on to the second of three phases in their bids to land NHL expansion franchises, the respective groups announced Wednesday.Bill Foley, who heads the Las Vegas bid, issued a statement on his group's website, ''Vegas Wants Hockey,'' that the league has invited it to advance. Quebecor, a Montreal-based communications giant, announced on its Twitter account that its Quebec City bid is moving forward.

  • Sun Devils to play at Coyotes' Gila River Arena

    August 5, 2015

    TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State will play four games of its inaugural Division I season at Gila River Arena, home of the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.The Sun Devils and Coyotes made a joint announcement Wednesday that Arizona State will play an exhibition game against Arizona on Oct. 7 and two games during a four-team tournament at the arena in Glendale.

  • Sutter signs 5-year extension with Canucks

    August 4, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have signed recently acquired center Brandon Sutter to a five-year contract extension at an average annual value of .375 million (US) per season.The Canucks acquired the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sutter and a third-round draft pick in 2016 from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round draft pick.

  • NHL entrusting live-game app, cable network to baseball

    August 4, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The National Hockey League is passing its digital puck to Major League Baseball in an unusual sports partnership.Major League Baseball will distribute the hockey league's Internet streaming service and run the NHL's cable-television network as part of an alliance announced Tuesday.

  • Senators' Mike Hoffman awarded million in arbitration

    August 3, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators forward Mike Hoffman has been awarded a million, one-year contract by an arbitrator.Hoffman asked for .4 million and the Senators sought .75 million. Hoffman's hearing was Thursday but the ruling was delayed until Monday because of the extended weekend in Ontario.

  • AP sources: Battista stepping down as Sabres executive

    August 3, 2015

    Two people familiar with the decision say Buffalo Sabres vice president of hockey-related business Joe Battista is leaving the team.They tell The Associated Press he wants to spend more time with his family in Pennsylvania. They spoke on condition Monday because the Sabres are not confirming the move.

  • Minnesota, center Erik Haula agree on 2-year contract

    August 2, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild and center Erik Haula have agreed on a two-year contract.The Wild announced the deal Sunday with the restricted free agent.Haula had seven goals and seven assists in 72 games last season while playing mostly on the fourth line. He added one goal while appearing in two playoff games.

  • Maple Leafs, Bernier agree to 2-year, .3 million deal

    August 2, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Goaltender Jonathan Bernier and the Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a two-year contract worth .3 million.The 26-year-old will count .15 million against the salary cap in each of the next two seasons.The agreement Sunday came after Bernier and the Leafs went to team-elected salary arbitration but before the arbitrator could hand down a ruling.

  • Capitals' Marcus Johansson gets .75M, 1-year contract

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Forward Marcus Johansson has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a .75 million, one-year contract based on an arbitrator's decision Friday.The 24-year-old Swede had a career-high 20 goals and 27 assists while appearing in all 82 games last season with Washington.

  • Marcus Johansson, Capitals agree to .75M, 1-year contract

    July 31, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Forward Marcus Johansson avoided arbitration by agreeing to a .75 million, one-year contract with the Washington Capitals.The team announced that it re-signed Johansson on Friday.The 24-year-old Swede had a career-high 20 goals and 27 assists while appearing in all 82 games last season with Washington.

  • Coyotes add Loiselle as hockey operations consultant

    July 31, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes added Claude Loiselle on Friday as a hockey operations consultant.The 52-year-old Loiselle was the Toronto Maple Leafs' vice president and assistant general manager from 2010-14. He also served seven years as associate director of hockey operations for the NHL

  • Canadiens sign restricted free-agent Galchenyuk

    July 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens and restricted free-agent Alex Galchenyuk have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.Galchenyuk had career highs with 20 goals, 26 assists and 46 points last season. The 21-year-old Wisconsin native has 42 goals and 62 assists in 193 regular-season games and four goals and six assists in 22 playoff games.

  • Flyers, Voracek agree to a multiyear contract extension

    July 31, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers and right wing Jakub Voracek have agreed to a multiyear contract extension.Terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.The 25-year-old Voracek had 22 goals and career highs of 59 assists and 81 points last season.

  • Former Red Wings defenseman Leo Reise Jr. dies at age 93

    July 30, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Former Detroit Wing Rings defenseman Leo Reise Jr. has died. He was 93.The Reds Wings said Thursday that Reise died Sunday in Hamilton, Ontario.Reise had 21 goals and 61 assists in 340 games for Detroit from 1946-52. He was a four-time All-Star with the Red Wings and played on Detroit's 1950 and 1952 Stanley Cup champion teams.

  • Sabres owner says 2 lost seasons were successful for future

    July 30, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula says the last two losing seasons were big successes for the team.Pegula said Thursday that the success didn't show up in wins and losses but will show up in the future.Pegula made the comments during a panel discussion with his wife, Kim, as well as Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday.

  • Blackhawks getting new practice facility

    July 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are getting a new practice facility.The team says Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will announce a deal Thursday to build a 125,000-square foot facility on the site occupied by Malcolm X College just south of the United Center on the city's West Side. It will include two rinks and also serve as a community ice center.

  • Coyotes sign German goalie Niklas Treutle

    July 29, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed German goalie Niklas Treutle to a one-year, entry-level contract Wednesday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.The 24-year-old Treutle was 20-10-0 with a .923 save percentage and 2.06 goals-against average last season in 30 games for Munich in the German league.

  • Devils F Dainius Zubrus placed on unconditional waivers

    July 29, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils forward Dainius Zubrus was placed on unconditional waivers by the team Wednesday with the intention of ending his contract.The 37-year-old Zubrus played for the Devils the last eight seasons and was slated to earn .1 million this season in the final year of a three-year, .3 million deal.

  • Winter Classic to bring Bruins, Canadiens to home of Pats

    July 29, 2015

    FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The Winter Classic is coming to the home of the New England Patriots.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joined officials from the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday to say the Original Six rivals would meet at Gillette Stadium on New Year's Day. The Bruins will be the first team to host the event twice. They also hosted it in 2010, at Fenway Park.

  • Flyers sign center Sean Couturier to long-term contract

    July 28, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers have signed center Sean Couturier to a multi-year contract extension.The 22-year-old Couturier had a career-high 15 goals and 22 assists for 37 points in 82 games last season. He has played in 198 consecutive games and has only missed seven games in his four-year career.

  • Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has wrist surgery

    July 28, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik underwent wrist surgery Tuesday, according to a statement from the team.The Capitals said he will resume full workout activities in two weeks. They anticipate Orpik returning to full hockey activities in time for the season opener.

  • Cunneyworth returns for 2nd stint to coach Sabres' AHL team

    July 28, 2015

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) Randy Cunneyworth is returning to the Rochester Americans for a second time to coach the Buffalo Sabres' American Hockey League affiliate.Cunneyworth had a 306-273-61 record and led the Americans to six playoff berths during an eight-season stint from 2000-2008. He's also a former NHL forward, who played 866 games over a 16-year career split between six teams, including Buffalo.

  • Marner signs 3-year entry-level contract with Leafs

    July 28, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Mitch Marner to a three-year entry-level contract.The 18-year-old Marner was selected fourth overall by the Maple Leafs in the draft.Marner finished second in Ontario Hockey League scoring last season with 126 points (44 goals, 82 assists) in 63 regular-season games with the London Knights. He added 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in seven playoff games.

  • Penguins send forward Sutter to Canucks for 2 players

    July 28, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford ranks versatile center Brandon Sutter among of his favorite players. One Rutherford has now traded twice.The Penguins sent the 26-year-old Sutter to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday in exchange for forward Nick Bonino and defenseman Alex Clendening. The teams also swapped 2016 draft picks, with Pittsburgh getting Vancouver's second-round selection and the Canucks receiving a third-round choice from the Penguins. Pittsburgh also signed veteran forward Eric Fehr to a three-year deal in a pair of moves that give the Penguins needed forward depth, particularly along the bottom two lines.

  • Sabres sign prospect defenseman Guhle to entry-level deal

    July 27, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed newly drafted defenseman Brendan Guhle to a three-year, entry-level contract.The deal was announced Monday, a little over a month after Buffalo drafted Guhle with the 51st pick. Guhle turns 18 on Wednesday and spent the past two seasons with the Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League.

  • Predators sign Colin Wilson to four-year contract

    July 27, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Colin Wilson to a four-year contract worth .75 million.Under terms of the agreement announced Monday, Wilson receives .75 million in 2015-16 and million each of the next three seasons. Wilson was a restricted free agent.

  • Sabres shakeup: Brandon replaces Black as team president

    July 27, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Bills president Russ Brandon dressed for the occasion Monday, when it came time to discuss his new expanded role of overseeing Buffalo's other pro sports franchise, the NHL's Sabres.''Hey listen, I've got a Sabres tie on and Bills socks, so there you go,'' Brandon said, shortly after the Sabres announced he was taking over as team president as part of a front-office consolidation under Terry and Kim Pegula, who own both teams.

  • Rangers sign Stepan to long-term deal, avoid arbitration

    July 27, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers and center Derek Stepan avoided salary arbitration, agreeing on a six-year contract.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal Monday, hours before a contract arbitration hearing for the 25-year-old Stepan was to be held in Toronto.

  • Senators' Alex Chiasson awarded 1-year contract

    July 26, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Alex Chiasson of the Ottawa Senators has been awarded a .2 million, one-year deal in arbitration on Sunday.The restricted free-agent forward and the Senators went to arbitration. Chiasson was seeking more than million, the team million.

  • Devils defenseman Adam Larsson signs 6-year contract

    July 25, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Adam Larsson to a six-year contract at an average annual salary of more than .1 million.General Manager Ray Shero announced the signing Saturday.Larsson led all New Jersey defensemen in assists (21) and points (24) while playing in 64 games last season. His scoring totals were all career highs.

  • Red Wings agree to 2-year, .8 million deal with RW Jurco

    July 24, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a .8 million, two-year contract with right wing Tomas Jurco.The 22-year-old Jurco played 63 games with the Red Wings in 2014-15, scoring three goals with 15 assists. He also had a goal and an assist in Detroit's seven-game loss to Tampa Bay in the first round of the playoffs.

  • NHL Tampa Bay Lightning name Steve Griggs new CEO

    July 24, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steve Griggs is the Tampa Bay Lightning's new chief executive officer, replacing Tod Leiweke.The Eastern Conference champions announced the move Friday, when Leiweke left the team to become the NFL's chief operating officer.Griggs has served as team president since April 2014.

  • Predators sign defenseman Dougherty to entry-level contract

    July 24, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Jack Dougherty to a three-year entry-level contract with the second-round pick in the 2014 draft expected to spend this season in the Western Hockey League.The Predators announced the deal Friday.

  • Capitals' Braden Holtby signs .5 million, 5-year deal

    July 24, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Braden Holtby signed a .5-million, five-year contract with the Washington Capitals on Friday, a day before an arbitrator was expected to rule on an amount for a one-year deal for the goaltender.The 25-year-old Holtby, who was a restricted free agent, had a career season with 41 victories, a 2.22 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and nine shutouts in 73 games. He is the third goaltender to reach 100 wins with the Capitals, joining Olie Kolzig and Don Beaupre.

  • Coyotes to stay for at least 2 more years under new deal

    July 24, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Glendale City Council voted unanimously in favor of a restructured arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes on Friday, keeping the team in the desert for at least two more years.The deal approved by the seven-member council replaces a 15-year, 5 million arena management agreement signed in 2013. The new deal cuts Glendale's annual arena management fee to the Coyotes from million to .5 million, turns all hockey-related profits over to the Coyotes and rescinds a five-year out clause the team had in the original agreement.

  • Alexander Semin joins Montreal after 3 years with Carolina

    July 24, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have signed Alexander Semin to a one-year contract for .1 million. The forward who once scored 40 goals with Washington has spent the last three seasons with the Carolina Hurricanes.Semin had six goals and 13 assists in 57 games last year. The Hurricanes bought out his contract July 1. Carolina owes the 31-year-old Russian million over the next six years. He had three years left on a deal that paid him million annually.

  • Coyotes sign Michael Bunting to entry-level contract

    July 23, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Michael Bunting to a three-year, entry-level contract.Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed Thursday.The 19-year-old Bunting, a fourth-round pick in 2014, had 37 goals and 37 assists with a plus-44 rating in 57 regular-season games last season for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in the Ontario Hockey League. He also had nine goals and five assists in 14 playoff games.

  • Devils moving on after Lamoriello leaves for Toronto

    July 23, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) When the New Jersey Devils hired Ray Shero as general manager in May, there was never a thought it would lead to the end Hall of Famer Lou Lamoriello's nearly three-decade tenure with the club.Shero came in to replace the 72-year-old Lamoriello as general manager, with Lamoriello set to remain president.

  • Buffalo Sabres re-sign forward D'Amigo to 1-year contract

    July 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Jerry D'Amigo to a one-year contract.The deal is structured so that D'Amigo can play at either the NHL or minor-league level, the Sabres announced Thursday. The team had retained the player's rights by tendering him a qualifying offer last month.

  • Arizona Coyotes find resolution to legal dispute with city

    July 23, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes and the city of Glendale agreed to amend an existing lease agreement on Thursday, though the deal may only be a temporary fix in the team's ongoing saga to remain in the desert.The amended deal, which will be voted on by the Glendale City Council on Friday, calls for the original 15-year, 5 million agreement to be cut to two years, expiring on June 30, 2017.

  • Maple Leafs hire longtime Devils exec Lou Lamoriello as GM

    July 23, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan's new-school Toronto Maple Leafs front office built on his philosophy of differing viewpoints has a new voice, and this one comes with a lot of NHL experience.Shanahan, who's a year into his duties as team president, believes new general manager Lou Lamoriello ''will fit in very, very well and be an incredible boost'' to what the Leafs are trying to accomplish.

  • Ducks sign D Josh Manson to 2-year, .65 million extension

    July 22, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Josh Manson and the Anaheim Ducks have agreed to a two-year, .65 million contract extension through the 2017-18 season.The Ducks announced the deal Wednesday.Manson will get 5,000 each season of the extension, which is a one-way deal.

  • Buffalo Sabres re-sign Johan Larsson to 1-year contract

    July 21, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed forward Johan Larsson to a one-year contract.The Sabres had retained the rights to Larsson by extending him a qualifying offer last month. The signing was announced on Tuesday.The Swedish-born player had six goals and 10 assists in a career-high 39 games with the Sabres last season. Larsson was acquired by Buffalo in a trade that sent captain Jason Pominville to Minnesota in April 2013.

  • NHL receives expansion bids from Las Vegas, Quebec City

    July 21, 2015

    Bill Foley has put his money down on an NHL expansion team in Las Vegas. And Quebec City is getting a second chance at being a pro hockey market.The two cities moved one step closer to joining the NHL as expansion teams after the league announced Tuesday it has received applications from prospective ownership groups in both markets, a day after a deadline for submissions.

  • Predators sign Craig Smith to 5-year, .25 million deal

    July 20, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the forward to a .25 million, five-year contract.General manager David Poile announced the deal with the restricted free agent on Monday.''Craig Smith is an integral part of our team's young core and we are pleased to have agreed on a long-term contract that both parties are comfortable with,'' Poile said in a statement. ''With Craig's durability, work ethic and intensity, we see him continuing to build on his recent production and be a valuable contributor to our offensive attack for the next five seasons.''

  • Canadian media company wants NHL expansion into Quebec City

    July 20, 2015

    QUEBEC CITY (AP) The media company Quebecor Inc. has officially entered the running for an NHL expansion team.The company said Monday on its Twitter account that it has submitted its ''candidacy for the NHL expansion process in order to bring the Nordiques back to Quebec City.''

  • Coyotes sign defenseman Dahlbeck, forward Martinook

    July 20, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Klas Dahlbeck to a one-year, two-way contract and forward Jordan Martinook to a two-year, two-way deal.Dahlbeck had a goal and three assists in 23 games last season with the Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks. The Swedish player also had four goals and seven assists in 52 games with Portland and Rockford of the American Hockey League.

  • Oilers to honor former coach Glen Sather with banner

    July 20, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers will raise a banner at Rexall Place to honor former coach, general manager and executive Glen Sather.The ceremony will take place Dec. 11 before a game against the New York Rangers. Sather, who coached the Oilers to four Stanley Cup championships, is currently Rangers president.

  • Devils sign defenseman Seth Helgeson to 2-year contract

    July 18, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Seth Helgeson to a two-year contract.General manager Ray Shero announced the deal Saturday, noting that Helgeson got a two-way deal this season and a one-way contract in 2016-17.Helgeson will 5,000 if he plays in the NHL next season and ,000 in the minor leagues. His contract for the following season is 0,000.

  • Blackhawks say Anaheim was biggest obstacle to Cup

    July 18, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks won their third championship in six seasons by beating Tampa Bay in six tight games in the Stanley Cup Final.But Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and teammates said Saturday the Anaheim Ducks were a tougher opponent than the Lightning. Chicago topped Anaheim in seven games in the Western Conference final.

  • Champion Blackhawks hurting after salary cap moves

    July 17, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Barely a month after winning their third Stanley Cup in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks hinted they're experiencing greater-than-expected pain inflicted by the NHL's salary cap.Even if the league's most resilient, successful team of the past decade has endured forced player turnover before, the Blackhawks are struggling to conceal the hurt.

  • Bruins hold developmental camp for draft picks

    July 17, 2015

    WIMINGTON, Mass. (AP) Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has had a busy rookie offseason since taking over for the fired Peter Chiarelli in May.Sweeney traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton and Milan Lucic mostly for draft picks, selected 10 players at the NHL Draft last month and then signed one of the most coveted free agents, forward Matt Beleskey, on July 1.

  • Predators sign forward Calle Jarnkrok to 1-year deal

    July 17, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Calle Jarnkrok to a one-year contract worth 5,000.General manager David Poile announced the deal Friday.Jarnkrok has 27 points in 86 career NHL games since his debut with the Predators on March 21, 2014, and he scored five points in his first five NHL games after Nashville acquired him in a trade from Detroit on March 5, 2014. That is the second-longest point streak by a Nashville player to start his NHL career.

  • South Koreans face daunting task building for Olympic hockey

    July 17, 2015

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) South Korean goalie Kye Hoon Park took up ice hockey on the advice of an elementary school teacher.His teacher used to be an ice hockey manager. And Park used to get in fights all the time.''So my teacher was like, if you're going to get in fights, then just play hockey,'' a smiling Park said through an interpreter during a recent visit by him and two teammates to a development camp for prospects of the NHL's Dallas Stars.

  • LA Kings re-sign 5 restricted free agents, including Shore

    July 16, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed five restricted free agents, including center Nick Shore.The Kings on Thursday also re-signed defenseman Vincent LoVerde and forwards Jordan Weal, Andrew Crescenzi and Nic Dowd.Shore got a two-year, .2 million deal after making his NHL debut last season. He appeared in 34 games for the Kings, making his NHL debut.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign C Chris Wagner, bring back Shane O'Brien

    July 16, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed centers Chris Wagner and Michael Sgarbossa to one-year contracts.The Ducks on Thursday also signed free-agent defenseman Shane O'Brien and second-round draft pick Julius Nattinen.Wagner made his NHL debut last season, going scoreless in nine regular-season games and two playoff games. The former fifth-round pick was an AHL All-Star, and he is expected to contend for a regular role with the Ducks next season.

  • Ribeiro settles lawsuit accusing Predators center of assault

    July 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Predators center Mike Ribeiro and his wife have settled a lawsuit in which their nanny accused the player of sexual assault.An arbitrator met July 6 for eight hours before settling the lawsuit. His report was entered Wednesday in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Texas.

  • Predators renew affiliation with Cincinnati club

    July 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators are renewing their affiliation with the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones.The renewal agreement was announced Thursday. The Cyclones function as a developmental affiliate for both Nashville and the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals, who serve as the Predators' primary developmental team.

  • Predators sign defenseman Taylor Aronson to 1-year contract

    July 16, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Taylor Aronson to a one-year, two-way contract after he accepted his qualifying offer.The deal announced Monday will pay him 5,000 in the NHL or ,000 in the minors.Aronson, 23, had 29 assists in his first full season at Milwaukee in the American Hockey League last season. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Aronson also led the Admirals' defensemen with 32 points. He had 38 points in the ECHL with Cincinnati in 2013-14.

  • Coyotes sign Samuelsson, Shinnimin to 1-year contracts

    July 15, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Philip Samuelsson and forward Brendan Shinnimin to one-year, two-way contracts, avoiding salary arbitration.The Coyotes announced the moves Wednesday. They did not reveal financial terms.

  • Penguins sign forward Bennett, rookie Simon to deals

    July 15, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Beau Bennett is sticking in Pittsburgh. The Penguins signed the restricted free-agent forward to a one-year, 0,000 deal Wednesday.Bennett had four goals and eight assists in 49 games last season for the Penguins, but the 23-year-old has struggled to stay healthy or play with any real consistency during his brief career. He played 26 games during his rookie season in 2012-13 and 21 in 2013-14. He has 10 goals and 23 assists in 96 career games while spending an extensive amount of time on injured reserve with various injuries.

  • LA Kings re-sign Andy Andreoff for 2 years, ,175,000

    July 15, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have re-signed forward Andy Andreoff to a two-year deal worth ,175,000.The Kings announced the deal Wednesday.Andreoff was a restricted free agent after getting two goals and one assist in 18 games last season for the Kings. He made his NHL debut last Oct. 14 and appeared intermittently in Los Angeles' lineup, scoring two points in the Kings' regular-season finale.

  • Justin Schultz, Oilers agree to .9 million, 1-year deal

    July 15, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Justin Schultz and the Edmonton Oilers avoided a salary arbitration hearing, agreeing to .9 million, one-year contract Wednesday.The 25-year-old defenseman made .675 million last season. He had six goals and 25 assists in 81 games last season and has 66 goals and 91 assists in 203 NHL games, all with the Oilers.

  • Rangers sign restricted free agents Fast and Miller

    July 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed restricted free agent forwards Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signings on Wednesday. Contract terms were not immediately available.The signings leave only Derek Stepan as the major unsigned restricted free agent with the Rangers, who posted the best regular-season NHL record before losing the Eastern Conference finals to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Ryan Kesler gets hefty 6-year contract extension from Ducks

    July 15, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Center Ryan Kesler got comfortable quickly with the Anaheim Ducks, and the club let him know the feeling is definitely mutual.The veteran center agreed to a six-year, .25 million contract extension with the Ducks on Wednesday, cementing a long-term commitment after just one season together.

  • Stars sign veteran D-man Oduya, another pickup from Chicago

    July 15, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars used a trade to pick up one Stanley Cup-winning piece from the Chicago Blackhawks. Now they've grabbed another in free agency.Dallas signed defenseman Johnny Oduya to a two-year, .5 million contract Wednesday, less than a week after trading for veteran forward Patrick Sharp, who won three championships in Chicago.

  • Rangers sign restricted free agent defenseman Dylan McIlrath

    July 15, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Dylan McIlrath.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing on Wednesday.McIlrath had six goals and 11 assists in 73 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL) last season. He established AHL career-highs in games played and shots on goal (78), and tied career-highs in goals, assists, points, game-winning goals (two) and penalty minutes (165).

  • Canadiens re-sign Bournival to 1-year, 2-way contract

    July 14, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Forward Michael Bournival agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.The 23-year-old Bournival played 29 games with the Canadiens last season with three goals and two assists.Bournival had three goals and six assists in 12 games with the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs.

  • Devils re-sign defenseman Eric Gelinas to 2-year contract

    July 14, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Eric Gelinas to a two-year, .15 million contract.Devils general manager Ray Shero announced the signing on Tuesday. The team had maintained its rights to the restricted free agent by making a qualifying offer late last month.

  • Rangers sign restricted free agents Etem and Lindberg

    July 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed restricted free agent forwards Emerson Etem and Oscar Lindberg.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the moves on Tuesday.The 23-year-old Etem was acquired after the season from Anaheim in a trade for Carl Hagelin and draft picks.

  • Czech defenseman Mozik has tough trip to Devils camp

    July 14, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Defenseman Vojtech Mozik isn't likely to forget his first day as a New Jersey Devil.The 22-year-old Czech arrived a day late for a development camp because of a visa problem and a bag short because of an airline problem.The problem was compounded because the missing bag had Mozik's hockey equipment, forcing him to take the ice Tuesday with new skates, gloves and sticks.

  • Rangers sign restricted free agent Oscar Lindberg

    July 14, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Oscar Lindberg.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the move on Tuesday.Lindberg had 28 goals and 28 assists in 75 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack this past season, establishing AHL career-highs in goals, assists, points, power play goals (10) and shots on goal (214). He tied AHL career-highs in games played and game-winning goals (six).

  • Sabres' Ryan O'Reilly charged with impaired driving

    July 13, 2015

    LUCAN, Ontario (AP) Ontario Provincial Police have charged Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O'Reilly with impaired driving.The Ontario Provincial Police said Monday in a release that police were dispatched to a single motor vehicle crash on July 9, where a green Chevrolet pickup truck struck a commercial retail building and the occupants left the vehicle.

  • Hynes on ice as Devils coach, works with prospects at camp

    July 13, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) A little more than a month after being named coach of the New Jersey Devils, John Hynes was back in his comfort zone.The NHL's youngest head coach was on the ice Monday working with the Devils' top prospects and free agents in an offseason development camp.

  • Wild sign 1st-round pick Eriksson Ek to 3-year deal

    July 13, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have signed first-round draft pick Joel (yool) Eriksson Ek to a three-year, entry level contract.The deal was done on Monday.Eriksson Ek was drafted by the Wild last month with the 20th overall pick.The 18-year-old center played 34 games with Farjestad in the Swedish Hockey League during the 2014-15 season, tallying four goals and two assists. His six points were the most in that league by any Under-18 eligible player. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound native of Karlstad, Sweden, also played 25 games for Farjestad's junior team in 2014-15. His 21 goals led the Under-20 league.

  • Predators sign defenseman Anthony Bitetto to 1-year deal

    July 13, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Anthony Bitetto to a one-year, two-way contract after he accepted his qualifying offer.The deal announced Monday will pay him 5,000 in the NHL or ,000 in the minors.Bitetto was the 168th pick overall in the 2010 draft, and he made his NHL debut this season playing seven games for Nashville in January and February. He spent most of his third season in the AHL with the Milwaukee Admirals where he ranked second among defensemen with 30 points.

  • Maple Leafs acquire F Beck in trade with Predators

    July 12, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forward Taylor Beck in a trade with the Nashville Predators.The deal was announced on Sunday.Beck, 24, had eight goals and eight assists in 62 games with Nashville last season. It was his first full year in the NHL after spending time with the American Hockey League's Milwaukee Admirals.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign Chris Stewart to 1-year deal

    July 12, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Right wing Chris Stewart has agreed to a one-year, .7 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.Anaheim announced the deal Sunday.Stewart played for Buffalo and Minnesota last season, collecting 36 points and 88 penalty minutes. He appeared in eight postseason games with the Wild, getting two assists.

  • Milan Lucic was surprised, thrilled to land with LA Kings

    July 11, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Milan Lucic understood that anything could happen with the Boston Bruins after they missed the playoffs and hired a new general manager.Being traded to the Los Angeles Kings was one outcome that the bruising forward never saw coming.

  • Wild re-sign restricted free agent Folin for 2 years

    July 11, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have re-signed defenseman Christian Folin to a two-year contract.The deal was done Saturday with the restricted free agent.Folin had two goals, eight assists and 13 penalty minutes in 40 games as a rookie for Minnesota last season, also playing 13 games for the Iowa Wild in the AHL. The 24-year-old native of Gothenburg, Sweden, was undrafted but signed with the Wild out of UMass-Lowell near the end of the 2013-14 season.

  • Capitals owner remains committed to building around Ovechkin

    July 11, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis said Saturday that ''I feel I haven't met my commitment'' to Alex Ovechkin ''that we would build a team that would be able to win Stanley Cups.''Leonsis and the star forward have been together a decade without winning a title.

  • Hurricanes sign 1st-round pick Hanifin to 3-year deal

    July 11, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have signed first-round draft pick Noah Hanifin to a three-year, entry-level contract.Under terms of the deal announced Saturday, the defenseman will make 2,500 at the NHL level or ,000 in the minor leagues through the 2017-18 season. Hanifin also receives a 7,500 signing bonus.

  • Crews implode 13-story historic former hotel in Detroit

    July 11, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) A 13-story historic former hotel that stood for 90 years in Detroit was reduced to rubble in less than a minute on Saturday.It took about 15 seconds for the one-time Park Avenue Hotel to come crashing down after the first of the charges could be heard going off. Officials said 200 pounds of dynamite were used to bring down the structure, which was built in the 1920s.

  • Bruins sign D Matt Irwin to 1-year deal

    July 11, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Matt Irwin to a one-year contract worth 0,000.The 27-year-old Irwin had eight goals and 11 assists in 53 games for the Sharks last season, his third in San Jose. He spent four seasons with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL, scoring 22 goals with 66 assists.

  • Blackhawks send 3-time champ Sharp to Stars in 4-player deal

    July 10, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks aren't resting easy after their third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons.The Blackhawks made their fourth trade in two weeks, this time sending forward Patrick Sharp - a key part of all three titles - and defensive prospect Stephen Johns to the Dallas Stars for veteran defenseman Trevor Daley and forward Ryan Garbutt.

  • Coyotes sign rugged forward Scott to 1-year contract

    July 10, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed veteran forward John Scott to a one-year contract.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 32-year-old Scott had three goals and an assist in 38 games with the San Jose Sharks last season. He has five goals and five assists in seven NHL seasons with stops in Minnesota, Chicago, the New York Rangers, Buffalo and San Jose.

  • Red Wings reach 4-year, million deal with Nyquist

    July 10, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Gustav Nyquist has been one of Detroit's top young players over the past two seasons, and now the Red Wings have rewarded him with a long-term contract.Nyquist agreed to a million, four-year deal, the team announced Friday. The 25-year-old Swedish forward was the only Detroit player to file for arbitration, but the Red Wings avoided that by coming to terms on a deal. Nyquist had 27 goals and 27 assists last season. He finished two goals behind Tomas Tatar for the team lead.

  • Canadiens star Pacioretty injures knee

    July 10, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty has a knee injury and could miss most of the preseason.The Canadiens said on Friday that Pacioretty is expected to need 12 weeks to recover, so he will likely miss a large portion of training camp. Montreal's first regular-season game is Oct. 7 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Rangers agree to terms with goaltender Hellberg

    July 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent goaltender Magnus Hellberg.The 24-year-old Hellberg appeared in 38 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season, posting a 15-10-6 record along with a 2.33 goals-against average.

  • Justin Williams brings Stanley Cup success to Capitals

    July 10, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) New Washington Capitals right wing Justin Williams says a lot of little things go into winning a Game 7. The Capitals are looking to Williams to add some zest and help them change their playoff fortunes.Washington signed Williams, formerly of the Los Angeles Kings, to .5 million, two year contract on July 1.

  • Predators sign Kamenev, Trenin to entry-level contracts

    July 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed 18-year-old forwards Vladislav Kamenev and Yakov Trenin to three-year, entry-level contracts.The Predators selected Kamenev in the second round with the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 entry draft. Trenin was chosen in the second round with the 55th overall pick in this year's draft.

  • Predators sign Kamenev to 3-year, entry-level contract

    July 10, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Vladislav Kamenev to a three-year, entry-level contract.The Predators selected Kamenev in the second round with the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 entry draft. The 18-year-old is expected to play his first season in North America in 2015-16.

  • 2 convicted of luring NHL players into phony investments

    July 10, 2015

    CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (AP) A financial adviser and a racecar driver have been convicted in New York of cheating National Hockey League players and other victims out of millions of dollars.The Daily News reports (http://nydn.us/1HRLLpK ) that adviser Phil Kenner and former racecar driver Tommy Constantine were convicted Thursday on Long Island of wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering.

  • Devils scouting director Conte leaves team

    July 9, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey Devils scouting director David Conte has left the team by mutual agreement.Ray Shero, who took over as Devils general manager in May when Lou Lamoriello relinquished those duties, announced Conte's departure in a statement Thursday. Conte has been with the organization for 31 years.

  • Coyotes give young players more individual attention

    July 9, 2015

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) A whistle blew and Dave Tippett skated toward center ice, shouting out directions as he pointed to different areas of the rink.Players in grouped in red and white jerseys skated to their designated spots and began working with coaches on stickhandling, passing and skating. The session ended with the losing teams in the small-space games doing a series of leg-burning sprints.

  • Leafs sign defenseman Martin Marincin to 1-year contract

    July 9, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman Martin Marincin to a one-year contract Thursday.Toronto acquired the 23-year-old Marincin from the Edmonton Oilers last month for forward Brad Ross and a 2015 fourth-round pick.Marincin, a native of Kosice, Slovakia, had a goal and 10 assists in 85 games over two seasons with Edmonton.

  • Barry Trotz upbeat about Capitals' offseason moves

    July 8, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) In his first season as Washington's coach, Barry Trotz led the Capitals back to the playoffs and guided them within a win of their first conference finals in 17 years.Trotz displayed that same motivational ability in a well-received speech on Tuesday at the National Press Club.

  • Red Wings sign Tangradi to 1-year deal

    July 9, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have signed left wing Eric Tangradi to a one-year contract.The team announced the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Tangradi played seven games last season for the Montreal Canadiens. He played a career-high 55 games for Winnipeg in 2013-14.

  • Bruins sign new deals for Hayes, Connolly, DeFazio

    July 7, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Forward Jimmy Hayes' new deal with the Boston Bruins will pay him .3 million a year for three years.The Bruins also signed forward Brett Connolly to a one-year contract with a cap figure of ,025,000. Forward Brandon DeFazio got a one-year, two-way contract worth a cap figure of 5,000 at the NHL level.

  • St. Louis Blues sign Tarasenko to 8-year, M deal

    July 7, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues say they have signed star forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year, million contract.General manager Doug Armstrong announced the move Tuesday, locking up the 23-year-old Tarasenko after a season in which he made his first career All-Star game and was 10th in the NHL with 73 points, including 37 goals, to go along with a plus-27 rating. He was the youngest Blues player with a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan in 1991-92.

  • Hurricanes, Boychuk agree on 1-year, 2-way deal

    July 7, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes and forward Zach Boychuk have agreed on a one-year, two-way contract.The deal announced Tuesday will pay him 0,000 in the NHL or 0,000 in the minors with a guarantee of 0,000.This will be Boychuk's eighth year in the Carolina organization and general manager Ron Francis calls him ''a reliable depth forward who we know is capable of contributing offensively at either level.''

  • Coyotes avoid arbitration with Boedker, sign 1-year deal

    July 7, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed left wing Mikkel Boedker to a one-year, .75 million deal.Boedker filed for salary arbitration on Sunday, but the sides were able to iron out a deal Tuesday before they went before a mediator.The 25-year-old from Denmark has been one of Arizona's most creative scorers during seven seasons with the team.

  • Blackhawks, van Riemsdyk agree to 2-year extension

    July 7, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 season.The Blackhawks announced the move on Tuesday.The 23-year-old van Riemsdyk had one assist in 18 regular-season games with the Blackhawks last season. He skated in four Stanley Cup Final games.

  • Arizona Coyotes sign 1st-round draft pick Dylan Strome

    July 6, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed center Dylan Strome, their first-round pick in last month's NHL draft, to a three-year entry-level contract.Terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team Monday.The 18-year-old Strome was the third overall pick in the June 26 draft.

  • Oilers get G Anders Nilsson in trade with Blackhawks

    July 6, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have acquired goaltender Anders Nilsson in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.The 25-year-old Nilsson has a 9-9 record and a 3.05 goals-against average in 23 career NHL games with the New York Islanders. He played in the Kontinental Hockey League last season.

  • Capitals C Evgeny Kuznetsov signs M, 2-year contract

    July 6, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov has signed a million, two-year contract.The team announced the deal Monday.As a rookie, Kuznetsov had 11 goals and 26 assists during the regular season, and then starred in the playoffs, with five goals and two assists. He scored twice in Game 5 against the New York Islanders in the first round, and netted the winning goal in a 2-1 Game 7 victory in that series.

  • Blackhawks to hold training camp at Notre Dame for 3rd year

    July 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks will hold their training camp at the University of Notre Dame for the third year in a row.The Stanley Cup-winning team said in a Monday news release that Blackhawks practices will be at the school's Compton Family Ice Arena from Sept. 18 to 20. The team's annual Training Camp Festival will be at Chicago's United Center on Sept. 21.

  • Boedker files for salary arbitration with Coyotes

    July 5, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona Coyotes left wing Mikkel Boedker has filed for salary arbitration.The 25-year-old Dane has been one of Arizona's most creative offensive players, scoring 19 goals with 32 assists in 2013-14. He had 14 goals and 14 assists in 45 games last season before going out in January with a ruptured spleen.

  • Maple Leafs sign Nazem Kadri to 1-year extension

    July 5, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Nazem Kadri to a one-year contract extension on Sunday.The 24-year-old Kadri finished fourth among Maple Leaf players in scoring last season with 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) in 73 regular-season games.

  • Washington Capitals sign free-agent G Dan Ellis

    July 4, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Free-agent goalie Dan Ellis signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.The team announced the deal Saturday.The 35-year-old Ellis went 4-3-1 with a 2.35 goals-against average in eight games with the Florida Panthers last season.

  • Predators sign Cody Bass to 1-year, two-way contract

    July 4, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed free-agent forward Cody Bass to a one-year, two-way contract.Under terms of the deal announced Saturday, Bass' contract will be worth 5,000 when he's in the NHL and 5,000 when he's in the American Hockey League.

  • Former Leafs GM Dave Nonis joins Ducks' front office

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Former Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Dave Nonis has joined the Anaheim Ducks' front office as a special assignment scout and consultant to general manager Bob Murray.The Ducks announced the hiring Friday.Nonis was fired by the Maple Leafs in April after nearly 2 1/2 years in charge.

  • LA Kings re-sign D Jamie McBain to 1-year deal

    July 3, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Defenseman Jamie McBain has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Los Angeles Kings.The Kings announced the deal Friday.McBain scored nine points in 26 games for the Kings last season. He began the year on a tryout contract with the Kings' AHL affiliate, but worked his way into a semi-regular role in Los Angeles when the Kings' defense was shortened by injuries and Slava Voynov's suspension.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign Shawn Horcoff to 1-year, .75 mill deal

    July 3, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Veteran center Shawn Horcoff has agreed to a one-year, .75 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deal Friday.Horcoff had 29 points and a plus-9 rating in 76 games for the Dallas Stars last season.The speedy Michigan State product spent the past two seasons in Dallas after beginning his NHL career with 12 seasons for the Edmonton Oilers, earning an All-Star game appearance and playing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Saad signs 6-year, million deal with Columbus

    July 3, 2015

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Stanley Cup winner Brandon Saad signed a six-year, million contract with his new team, the Columbus Blue Jackets, on Friday.Saad, 22, was acquired from Chicago earlier this week. He will be with the Blue Jackets through the 2020-2021 season, and is expected to play on the team's top line alongside center Ryan Johansen.

  • Sharks sign veteran forward Joel Ward to 3-year deal

    July 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks signed veteran forward Joel Ward to a three-year contract Friday.Ward had 19 goals and 15 assists last season with Washington. He also had three goals and six assists in 14 playoff games.''Joel is a quality veteran player who can score but also plays an extremely hard-nosed brand of hockey,'' Sharks general manager Doug Wilson. ''He meshes well with our core group of forwards and has a strong track record of playing his best hockey at crucial times of the season.''

  • O'Reilly signs .5 million, 7-year extension with Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    The Buffalo Sabres have made newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly their highest-paid player by signing him to a .5 million, seven-year contract extension on Friday.The Sabres announced the signing, while two people familiar with discussions revealed the value of the contract to The Associated Press. The people spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres did not disclose the monetary terms.

  • Desjardins stays with Blackhawks

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Forward Andrew Desjardins has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks.Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons.

  • O'Reilly signs 7-year extension with Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    The Buffalo Sabres signed newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly to a seven-year contract extension on Friday.The team announced the deal with O'Reilly, who was scheduled to make .2 million next season.O'Reilly is regarded a top-line talent and had one year left on his contract. He was acquired from Colorado in a trade that involved five players during the first round of the NHL draft June 26.

  • AP source: O'Reilly agrees to 7-year extension with Sabres

    July 3, 2015

    The Buffalo Sabres agreed to sign newly acquired forward Ryan O'Reilly to a seven-year contract extension, a person familiar with the discussions said Friday.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not announced the deal. The agreement was reached earlier in the day.

  • Oilers sign No. 1 pick McDavid to 3-year, entry-level deal

    July 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Connor McDavid played 66 junior games for the Erie Otters this season and seven more at the world junior championship. Even when the hockey stopped, there was more to do.McDavid went to Quebec City for the CHL awards, Buffalo for the NHL scouting combine, Edmonton for a visit and finally South Florida for the NHL draft. This week, the No. 1 pick is back in Edmonton for the Oilers development camp, his first time on the ice in orange and blue.

  • Oilers sign Connor McDavid to 3-year, entry-level contract

    July 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with center Connor McDavid on a three-year, entry-level contract.The 18-year-old star spent the last three seasons with the OHL's Erie Otters. He was selected by the Oilers with the first overall pick in the NHL draft last month.

  • Green movement coloring way sports looks at environment

    July 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Andrew Ference was at the beginning of his NHL career when he met Dr. David Suzuki, who hosts a TV show in Canada. The conversation with the award-winning scientist changed the life of the young defenseman.Ference told Suzuki about all the ways he's environmentally responsible at home. The famous environmentalist responded with a shrug.

  • Ducks sign new D Kevin Bieksa to 2-year extension thru 2018

    July 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver.Bieksa has one year and .6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season.

  • Sharks sign McNally, McCarthy, Lerg, Haley to contracts

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday and forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year deals.The Sharks also signed minor league defenseman Mark Cundari to a one-year deal as they stocked up the depth in their organization.

  • Ducks re-sign defenseman Korbinian Holzer to 1-year deal

    July 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Korbinian Holzer has re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a one-year deal worth 0,000.The Ducks announced the deal Thursday.Holzer never played for the Ducks after Anaheim acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline March 2, but he will compete for a roster spot in training camp.

  • Caps get Sochi shootout star Oshie from Blues for Brouwer

    July 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) T.J. Oshie is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday for Troy Brouwer.''I'd feel kind of like a kid in a candy store, I guess, playing with that caliber of player,'' Oshie said on a conference call.

  • Sharks sign McCarthy, Lerg, Haley to 1-year deals

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year contracts.The Sharks also announced the hiring of Bob Boughner as an assistant coach and Johan Hedberg as goaltending coach for Peter DeBoer's new staff on Thursday. Executive Wayne Thomas also retired after 22 years with the organization.

  • RW Erik Condra signs 3-year contract with Lightning

    July 2, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Free agent right wing Erik Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.Condra appeared in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, finishing with a career-high nine goals and 23 points.In 299 career games with the Senators, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL draft, he has 33 goals and 87 points.

  • Canucks fire 2 assistant GMs, director of player personnel

    July 2, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks cleaned out their front office, firing assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning and director of player personnel Eric Crawford on Thursday.Canucks president Trevor Linden announced the three were let go ''after a thorough review of the team.''

  • Rangers sign G Brandon Halverson to entry-level contract

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed 19-year-old goaltender Brandon Halverson to an entry-level contract.General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing Thursday as prospects skated at the team's Westchester facility.Halverson appeared in 50 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and six shutouts.

  • LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

    July 2, 2015

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday after pleading no contest to beating his wife after an argument at a Halloween party last year.Voynov, 25, was also placed on probation for three years for misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse. A felony domestic violence charge that alleged he caused great bodily injury was thrown out in exchange for the plea.

  • Sharks hire 2 assistants for DeBoer's staff

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have hired Bob Boughner as an assistant coach and Johan Hedberg as goaltending coach for Peter DeBoer's new staff.The Sharks announced the moves Thursday.Boughner spent the past four seasons as head coach of Windsor in the OHL. He spent one year as an assistant in the NHL with Columbus in 2010-11.

  • World championships lands defenseman Moore job with Devils

    July 2, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Playing in the recent world hockey championships for the United States might have been the best thing that has happened to defenseman John Moore.Moore impressed New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero in helping the Americans earn a bronze medal in the Czech Republic and it got him a job when NHL free agency opened Wednesday.

  • Blackhawks reach deals with D Schilling, Liambas

    July 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defensemen Cameron Schilling and Michael Liambas.The two-year contract for Schilling runs through the 2016-17 season and Liambas is a one-year deal for next season.Schilling played in six games with the Washington Capitals (2012-15), including four last season. Liambas had five goals, three assists and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.

  • Rangers' Martin St. Louis announces retirement

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.St. Louis made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. He had 21 goals and 31 assists this past regular season, but had one goal and six assists in 19 playoffs games.

  • Longtime Sharks executive Wayne Thomas retires

    July 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Longtime San Jose Sharks executive Wayne Thomas is retiring after 22 years in the organization.The 67-year-old Thomas announced his decision to step down as vice president and assistant general manager on Thursday. He says he wants to spend more time with his family.

  • Predators sign Gabriel Bourque to one-year contract

    July 2, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators forward Gabriel Bourque has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth 6,250.The 24-year-old Bourque has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bourque had three goals and 10 assists in 69 games this past season after collecting nine goals and 17 assists in 2013-14.

  • Islanders sign 6 players to 2-way, 1-year contracts

    July 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed Joe Whitney, James Wright and four other forwards to one-year, two-way contracts.The team announced the signings Thursday. Justin Florek, Ben Holmstrom, Bracken Kearns and Justin Vaive also joined the team.

  • Capitals lose Green, add Williams on 1st day of free agency

    July 2, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Capitals were busy on the opening day of NHL free agency on Wednesday.But the biggest move was veteran defenseman Mike Green agreeing to a three-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He departs after 10 seasons with Washington, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2004.

  • Bruins busy on first day of free agency

    July 1, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney went into the first day of NHL free agency intent on improving his team's feeble offense, which ranked 22nd in the league.Sweeney added two wingers Wednesday he thinks will be a major part of the solution next season: Matt Beleskey and Jimmy Hayes.

  • Devils sign Moore, Coleman, Thompson, O'Brien

    July 1, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman John Moore to a three-year contract as a free agent.General manager Ray Shero also announced on Wednesday that forward Blake Coleman signed a two-year entry level contract and free agent forwards Paul Thompson and Jim O'Brien received two-way contracts.

  • Capitals add players on first day of free agency

    July 1, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Capitals were busy on the opening day of NHL free agency on Wednesday.But the biggest move was veteran defenseman Mike Green agreeing to a three-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings. He departs after 10 seasons with Washington, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2004.

  • Panthers land Reilly Smith from Boston for Jimmy Hayes

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) A few hours into free agency, Florida general manager Dale Tallon essentially sounded resigned to the fact that there would be no big splash to make this year.That doesn't mean he didn't try to shake up the Panthers' roster.The Panthers bought out the contract of right wing Brad Boyes on Wednesday, added five players shortly after the NHL free agency period opened and then picked up forward Reilly Smith in a trade with the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes.

  • Panthers land Reilly Smith from Boston, for Jimmy Hayes

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers acquired forward Reilly Smith and the contract of forward Marc Savard on Wednesday from the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Jimmy Hayes.Smith has appeared in 203 games with Boston and Dallas, scoring 36 goals and adding 64 assists for 100 points. He had 13 goals and 27 assists last season, plus had four goals and an assist in 12 playoff games.

  • Red Wings sign defenseman Mike Green, forward Brad Richards

    July 1, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Mike Green and forward Brad Richards to free-agent contracts.The team announced Wednesday that Green will get a three-year contract and Richards a one-year deal.Green has spent his entire career with Washington, recording 113 goals and 247 assists in 575 games. He is the second-highest scoring defenseman in the NHL over the past eight seasons and will be counted on to quarterback Detroit's power play. Green had 10 goals and 35 assists last season with the Capitals.

  • Wild sign center Mikael Granlund, defenseman Mike Reilly

    July 1, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday.The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers. The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported that it's worth million.

  • Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency

    July 2, 2015

    On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight.The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency.

  • Devils sign John Moore and Blake Coleman

    July 1, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed defenseman John Moore to a three-year contract as a free agent.General manager Ray Shero also announced on Wednesday that forward Blake Coleman signed a two-year entry level contract and free agent forward Paul Thompson got a two-year, two-way contract after playing last season with the Devils' AHL team.

  • Ducks sign veterans Matt Hackett, Chris Mueller, Joe Piskula

    July 1, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Goalie Matt Hackett, center Chris Mueller and defenseman Joe Piskula have agreed to one-year contracts with the Anaheim Ducks.The Ducks announced the deals Wednesday.Hackett has played in 26 NHL games with Minnesota and Buffalo, winning four times. He played for Buffalo and its AHL affiliate in Rochester last season.

  • Boyes bought out, Panthers add 5 to roster

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) A year ago, the Florida Panthers made big move after big move on the opening day of free agency.This time, no splashes were to be found.The Panthers bought out the contract of right wing Brad Boyes on Wednesday and added five players shortly after the NHL free agency period opened, but no huge moves were swung - just like general manager Dale Tallon essentially predicted would be the case in recent weeks when he revealed that Florida is going to give some of its younger players a better chance to make the NHL roster this fall.

  • Blues sign F Jori Lehtera to 3-year contract extension

    July 1, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have signed forward Jori Lehtera to a three-year contract extension that will begin with the 2016-17 season.The 27-year-old Lehtera had 14 goals and 30 assists in 75 games in his first NHL season, and ranked second on the team with a plus-21 rating. He had two assists in five playoff games.

  • Jets bring back Burmistrov, agree with Pardy, Halischuk

    July 1, 2015

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) The Winnipeg Jets started free agency by locking up two of their own players and bringing back another.Winnipeg agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Alexander Burmistrov and one-year deals with defenseman Adam Pardy and forward Matt Halischuk on Wednesday.

  • Rangers busy on opening day of free agency

    July 1, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Jayson Megna, Matt Lindblad, Viktor Stalberg and Brian Gibbons as free agents.Rangers president Glen Sather announced the moves on Wednesday, the same day he turned over the team's general manager duties to long-time assistant Jeff Gorton. Contract terms were not immediately available.

  • Sather stepping down as Rangers' GM, will stay as president

    July 1, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Glen Sather didn't get a chance to raise the Stanley Cup as general manager of the New York Rangers, so he'll just have to settle for making them a lot better in his 15 seasons in charge.Sather on Wednesday announced that he was stepping down as the Rangers general manager and being replaced by longtime assistant Jeff Gorton.

  • Hurricanes buy out Semin's contract, sign Riley Nash

    July 1, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have officially bought out Alexander Semin's contract.The team announced the buyout Wednesday, after the enigmatic forward cleared irrevocable waivers. Carolina waived him Tuesday with the intent of buying out his deal.

  • Sabres draftee Eichel signs entry level deal, leaving school

    July 1, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel is eager to begin his NHL career.Eichel, the 18-year-old center selected second overall by the Buffalo Sabres in last week's draft, signed his first professional contract Wednesday, opting to skip his final three years of college hockey.

  • Flyers sign backup goaltender Neuvirth to multiyear deal

    July 1, 2015

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Flyers have signed goaltender Michal Neuvirth to a multiyear contract.Neuvirth replaces Ray Emery as Philadelphia's No. 2 goalie behind Steve Mason. Terms of Wednesday's deal were not announced.Neuvirth split last season with the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders. He went 7-20-4 with a 2.98 GAA and .914 save percentage.

  • Canucks trade Kassian to Canadiens for Prust

    July 1, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have traded Zack Kassian and a 2016 fifth-round pick to the Montreal Canadiens for Brandon Prust on Wednesday.Kassian, 24, has a year left on his contract at a cap hit of .75 million.Prust, 31, has a year left at a cap hit of .5 million.

  • Penguins acquire Phil Kessel from Maple Leafs in major trade

    July 1, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Phil Kessel spent six years in Toronto trying to lift the Maple Leafs out of the churn of mediocrity.All the goals - 181 of them while wearing a leaf on the front of his sweater - failed to turn Toronto into a contender or quiet the critics who wondered whether the talented forward cared enough or worked hard enough to justify his status as one of the elite players in the NHL.

  • Sharks sign D Paul Martin to open free agency

    July 1, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003, the San Jose Sharks went into the offseason with a clear focus on becoming tougher defensively.A day after acquiring Martin Jones to be their new starting goaltender, the Sharks opened free agency Wednesday by finding the veteran defenseman they sought when they signed Paul Martin to a .4 million, four-year contract.

  • Stars bringing back veteran forward Eaves on 1-year contract

    July 1, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Stars signed forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract Wednesday after a solid first season in Dallas.Eaves had 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 47 games last season, leading the Stars with a plus-minus rating of plus-12. He had a career-high six power-play goals.

  • Oilers sign Sekera for 6 years, Letestu for 3 years

    July 1, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers have continued their offseason makeover, signing defenseman Andrej Sekera and center Mark Letestu on Wednesday.Sekera's deal is worth million over six years, and Letestu will reportedly earn .4 million over three years.

  • Flames sign Frolik to 5-year deal; Ramo back for 1 year

    July 1, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames have signed right wing Michael Frolik to a five-year contract and brought back goaltender Karri Ramo for another season on Wednesday.Frolik's deal is worth .3 million annually. Ramo will earn .8 million on a one-year deal.

  • Rangers sign Diaz, Megna, Lindblad as free agents

    July 1, 2015

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers have signed defenseman Raphael Diaz and forwards Jayson Megna and Matt Lindblad as free agents.Rangers general manager and president Glen Sather announced the moves on Wednesday as the NHL kicked off free agency. Contract terms were not immediately available.

  • Avalanche reach deals with Beauchemin, Comeau

    July 1, 2015

    DENVER (AP) More leadership for the Colorado Avalanche? Check. Added toughness? A big check - especially in regard to the hard-hitting variety.General manager Joe Sakic wanted to bulk up his team in experience and tenacity on the opening day of free agency. That's why he targeted big-hitting defenseman Francois Beauchemin and versatile forward Blake Comeau, who each signed three-year deals with Colorado on Wednesday.

  • LA Kings sign G Jhonas Enroth to back up Jonathan Quick

    July 1, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Goalie Jhonas Enroth has signed with the Los Angeles Kings, agreeing to a one-year, .25 million deal to back up Jonathan Quick.The Kings confirmed the deal Wednesday with the unrestricted free agent.Enroth finished last season with the Dallas Stars after spending 6 1/2 years in the system of the Buffalo Sabres, who drafted him in 2006. He made the NHL's all-rookie team in 2012 and eventually became Ryan Miller's backup.

  • Boyes bought out, Panthers add 3 to roster

    July 1, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Florida Panthers have bought out the contract of right wing Brad Boyes and added three players shortly after the NHL free agency period opened.Boyes was put on waivers earlier in the week and bought out Wednesday once he cleared. He had 21 goals for the Panthers two seasons ago, but dropped to just 14 goals in 78 games this past season.

  • Coyotes sign Richardson, Michalek to start free agency

    July 1, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes signed forwards Brad Richardson and Steve Downie, added goalie Anders Lindback and brought back defenseman Zbynek Michalek.That's forward depth, a backup goalie and some blue line stability within a few hours of the free agency period. Later on Wednesday, they also brought back Antoine Vermette, the popular centerman who just won a Stanley Cup with Chicago.

  • Coyotes sign Richards, Michalek to start free agency period

    July 1, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Brad Richardson to a three-year contract and brought back defenseman Zbynek Michalek for a third stint with the team in a two-year deal.Terms of the contracts were not released.The 30-year-old Richardson had eight goals and 13 assists in 45 games with the Vancouver Canucks last season. He has 62 goals and 87 assists in 10 NHL seasons that include stops with the Canucks, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche.

  • Islanders sign 3 players, Hickey, Greiss, Petrov

    July 1, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed defenseman Thomas Hickey, goaltender Thomas Greiss and forward Kirill Petrov.The Islanders announced the moves on Wednesday, the opening day of free agency in the NHL.Hickey got a three-year deal in re-signing with the Islanders. Greiss was given a two-year contract after playing 20 games with the Penguins last season. Petrov, a third-round draft pick in 2008, got a one-year, entry-level deal.

  • Avalanche reach deal with defenseman Francois Beauchemin

    July 1, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche fortified their blue line by signing defenseman Francois Beauchemin to a three-year deal.The 35-year-old Beauchemin averaged a team-best 22 minutes, 44 seconds of ice time per game for Anaheim last season. He also ranked second among Ducks defensemen with a career-high 11 goals.

  • Wild sign C Mikael Granlund, D Mike Reilly

    July 1, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild finished a drawn-out negotiation with Mikael Granlund by locking up the center with a two-year deal on Wednesday.The 23-year-old Granlund had eight goals and 31 assists last season. He ranked third on the team in plus-minus rating with a plus-17 and the team hopes he continues his path to becoming one of the team's top playmakers.

  • Sabres draftee Eichel arrives in Buffalo, could sign deal

    July 1, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres draftee Jack Eichel has arrived in Buffalo, where he's likely to sign a professional contract and skip his final three years of college eligibility.Photos and video taken by WKBW-TV (http://bit.ly/1LDpQSX ) show the No. 2 overall draft pick arriving at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport on Wednesday. Eichel was greeted by team president Ted Black.

  • Blackhawks agree to 5-year extension with C Anisimov

    July 1, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The past couple days have been quite a whirlwind for Artem Anisimov. Same for the Chicago Blackhawks.Anisimov and the Blackhawks agreed to a .75 million, five-year contract extension on Wednesday, one day after the Stanley Cup champions acquired the center in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Predators re-sign Mike Ribeiro to 2-year, million deal

    July 1, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators are keeping forward Mike Ribeiro, who signed a two-year, million contract Wednesday on the opening day of free agency.The 35-year-old Ribeiro scored 15 goals to go with 47 assists for the Predators this past season. He was sued in March by a woman accusing him of sexual assault, but Predators general manager David Poile complimented him as a ''good teammate'' on Tuesday and signed him a day later.

  • Flames bring back Karri Ramo, sign goalie to 1-year deal

    July 1, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames are bringing back goaltender Karri Ramo, signing him to a one-year deal.Ramo was 15-9-3 with a 2.60 goals against average and .912 save percentage in his second season in Calgary. He has a 2.92 goals against average and .905 save percentage in 122 NHL games.

  • Coyotes acquire Gordon from Edmonton for Korpikoski

    June 30, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Boyd Gordon never really wanted to leave Arizona, so the veteran forward is thrilled to be back in the desert.The Coyotes filled a need at center on Tuesday, acquiring Gordon from the Edmonton Oilers for forward Lauri Korpikoski.

  • Blackhawks trade Saad to Blue Jackets

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season.Right up until Tuesday afternoon.With contract talks at a stalemate on the eve of NHL free agency, the Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

  • Ducks get Kevin Bieksa from Canucks for 2nd-round pick

    June 30, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) When Bob Murray realized Tuesday that he probably couldn't re-sign defenseman Francois Beauchemin, the Anaheim Ducks' general manager moved swiftly to land a veteran replacement.The Ducks acquired defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round pick in the 2016 draft, continuing their roster restocking while avoiding the hefty price tags of free agency.

  • Islanders sign Anders Lee to 4-year contract

    June 30, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Islanders have signed forward Anders Lee to a four-year contract.Islanders general manager Garth Snow announced the signing Tuesday.Lee scored 25 goals in 76 games as a rookie last season, finishing second on the Islanders in goals and fourth among NHL rookies.

  • Blue Jackets acquire Saad in trade with Blackhawks

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks said all along that Brandon Saad would be back next season.Right up until Tuesday afternoon.The Stanley Cup champions parted with Saad in a seven-player deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets on the eve of NHL free agency, wary of a big offer sheet for the rugged forward that the Blackhawks would be unable to match with their salary cap situation.

  • NHL teams more cautious going into free agency

    June 30, 2015

    Now a decade into the salary-cap era, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be.And the 2015 unrestricted group is one of the weakest in recent memory.''It's not a great group,'' Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said recently. ''Your options are minimal.''

  • Blackhawks agree to one-year extension with goalie Leighton

    June 30, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with veteran goaltender Michael Leighton on a one-year extension through next season.The 34-year-old Leighton went 22-13-4 with a 2.26 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage with the Rockford AHL affiliate last season. Over 105 NHL regular-season games with four teams, he is 35-41-14 with a 2.97 GAA and a .901 save percentage. He is 8-4 in the postseason and holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series with three against Montreal in 2010.

  • Jets, Stafford agree to 2-year, .7 million deal

    June 30, 2015

    WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Drew Stafford gave up long-term security to sign a new deal with the Winnipeg Jets.Stafford signed an .7 million, two-year contract on the eve of free agency to remain in Winnipeg, where he's had success since a trade from the Buffalo Sabres.

  • Devils name Scott Clemmensen goaltending development coach

    June 30, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have hired Scott Clemmensen as their goaltending development coach.General manager Ray Shero announced the hiring Tuesday.The 37-year-old Clemmensen joins the staff after a 14-season playing career, including eight seasons over three stints with the Devils. He played 27 games with Albany (AHL) and three contests with New Jersey last season.

  • Canadiens agree to 2-year deal with forward Brian Flynn

    June 30, 2015

    MONTREAL (AP) Forward Brian Flynn agreed to a .9 million, two-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.Flynn was acquired by Montreal from the Buffalo Sabres on March 2 for a fifth-round draft pick.He had 17 points in 54 games for Buffalo and no points in nine regular-season games for the Canadiens. He added a goal and two assists, all in Game 1 of the first round against Ottawa, in six playoff starts.

  • Flames sign defenseman Dougie Hamilton to 6-year contract

    June 30, 2015

    CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Bruins general manager Don Sweeney didn't think Dougie Hamilton would have been ''comfortable'' signing long term in Boston.The defenseman was more than comfortable to make that commitment in Calgary.Hamilton signed a .5 million, six-year deal Tuesday with the Flames that adds him to one of the NHL's best defense groups. He'll carry a cap hit of .75 million per season.

  • Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Bruins

    June 30, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Martin Jones was at the top of San Jose's list as general manager Doug Wilson went into the offseason searching for a starting goaltender.As soon as Jones was dealt from rival Los Angeles to Boston, Wilson saw his opportunity to get him.

  • Canes place Semin on waivers, plan to buy out his contract

    June 30, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Alexander Semin's time with the Carolina Hurricanes is over.The Hurricanes on Tuesday placed the enigmatic forward on unconditional waivers with the intent to buy out his hefty contract.The move came the day before the start of the NHL's free agency period. Semin must clear waivers at noon Wednesday before his deal can be bought out.

  • Sharks agree to 5-year deal with D Brenden Dillon

    June 29, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks agreed to a five-year, .35 million contract with pending restricted free agent defenseman Brenden Dillon on Monday.Agent Jarrett Bousquet said the two sides reached an agreement before Dillon could become a restricted free agent later this week. ESPN first reported the deal.

  • Pronger, Lidstrom, Fedorov, Ruggiero among Hockey Hall picks

    June 29, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) Chris Pronger always seemed destined for the Hockey Hall of Fame.Going in this year is unprecedented, however, since he is still under contract as an NHL player. His inclusion took a bylaw change that specifies a player's final game must be three full seasons ago. The fearsome defenseman last played in 2011 because of post-concussion syndrome.

  • Devils give qualifying offers to Larsson, Gelinas, 2 others

    June 29, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have given qualifying offers to forward Stefan Matteau and defensemen Eric Gelinas, Seth Helgeson and Adam Larsson.The Devils announced the moves on Monday, adding that defenseman Corbin McPherson and goaltender Maxime Clermont did not receive qualifying offers.

  • Coyotes must increase bond; City must make quarterly payment

    June 29, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) A judge has ordered the Arizona Coyotes' ownership to increase its bond payment to Glendale by 0,000 while ordering the city to make its .75 million quarterly payment to the team.Bond was increased from 0,000 to million and Glendale has to make its scheduled fourth-quarter payment by July 1.

  • Blackhawks agree to terms with D David Rundblad

    June 29, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman David Rundblad on a two-year extension through the 2016-17 season.The 24-year-old Rundblad had three goals and 11 assists in 49 games with the Blackhawks last season along with a career-best plus-17 rating. He saw time in five playoff games as the Blackhawks relied primarily on four defensemen to win the Stanley Cup championship.

  • Stars sign newly acquired goalie Niemi to 3-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) Antti Niemi used to live not far from Finnish countryman Kari Lehtonen. Now the pair will share a locker room in Dallas, faced with the persistent question of who will be the No. 1 goalie for the Stars, if they even have one.General manager Jim Nill doesn't see a problem after signing Niemi, a former Stanley Cup winner, to a three-year contract two days before he was set to become a free agent - and two days after acquiring his rights from San Jose for a seventh-round pick during the NHL draft.

  • LA Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract for "breach"

    June 29, 2015

    EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings terminated Mike Richards' contract Monday, claiming the underachieving forward committed a ''material breach'' of its terms.The move is a surprising tactic in the Kings' prolonged attempt to get out from under the last five seasons of the 12-year, million deal signed by Richards with Philadelphia in 2008.

  • Predators sign forward Austin Watson to 2-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed forward Austin Watson to a two-year contract.Watson's contract includes a two-way deal for 2015-16 that pays him 5,000 when he's in the NHL and 0,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. Watson will have a one-way, 5,000 contract in 2016-17.

  • Capitals re-sign Jay Beagle to .25M, 3-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Center Jay Beagle has re-signed with the Washington Capitals, getting a .25 million, three-year contract.The team announced the deal Monday.The 29-year-old Beagle set career highs with 10 goals, 10 assists and 20 points last season.

  • AP source: Sabres place forward Cody Hodgson on waivers

    June 29, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Once heralded as a key part of the Buffalo Sabres future, Cody Hodgson's career in Western New York will soon be over.A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Monday that the Sabres have placed Hodgson on unconditional waivers with the intention of buying out his contract.

  • Hurricanes reach deal with Nestrasil for 2-year contract

    June 29, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a two-year deal with forward Andrej Nestrasil.The deal will pay Nestrasil 5,000 this season and 0,000 in the 2016-17 season.In a statement, general manager Ron Francis says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Nestrasil has good size and is ''a good fit for our team and what we're trying to do.''

  • Penguins re- sign defenseman Cole to 3-year deal

    June 29, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins and defenseman Ian Cole have agreed to a new contract.The three-year deal, announced on Monday, has an average value of .1 million per season and will keep Cole with the Penguins through the 2017-18 season.Pittsburgh acquired the 26-year-old Cole from St. Louis in March in exchange for defenseman Robert Bortuzzo.

  • Former Coach recalls first Chinese NHL draft Song Andong

    June 29, 2015

    BEIJING (AP) Song Andong made sports history last week as the first Chinese player selected in the NHL draft. To his old coach, though, he's just a nice kid who keeps his head and shows the proper respect.''(Song) was very clever, learnt things very fast,'' Fu Lei, who coached Song from 2003 to 2007, said in an interview Monday. ''Meanwhile, he was very nice and polite to his coaches and teammates.''

  • Lidstrom strong favorite to headline 2015 Hockey Hall class

    June 28, 2015

    Nicklas Lidstrom cherished just being on the ice.The seven Norris Trophies as the best defenseman of his era and four Stanley Cups as a cornerstone of the Detroit Red Wings make him a strong favorite to be elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday in his first year of eligibility.

  • AP source: LA Kings place Richards on unconditional waivers

    June 28, 2015

    Forward Mike Richards' career with the Los Angeles Kings is coming to an abrupt end.The Kings placed Richards on unconditional waivers for the purpose of buying out the remaining five years of his contract, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Sunday. The person added that Montreal forward P.A. Parenteau and Anaheim defenseman Mark Fistric have also been placed on unconditional waivers.

  • Devils take goaltender, 2 forwards and defenseman in day 2

    June 27, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Hours after finishing his first draft with the New Jersey Devils, general manager Ray Shero has already turned his attention toward free agency next week.The Devils don't have a lot of money for the major free agents, but Shero says the team has already made some decisions.

  • Rangers acquire goalie Raanta from Blackhawks

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The New York Rangers have acquired goaltender Antti Raanta in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks for forward Ryan Haggerty.The Rangers also traded Cam Talbot to Edmonton on Saturday, leaving an opening at goaltender behind Henrik Lundqvist. The 26-year-old Raanta was 7-4-1 with a .936 save percentage and 1.89 goals-against average in 14 games for the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks last season.

  • Penguins focus on forward prospects during NHL draft

    June 27, 2015

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Daniel Sprong did his best to avoid the draft projections. Some NHL experts thought the talented winger would go in the top 20. Others weren't sure Sprong would even go in the first round.One day passed. So did half of the second round. And suddenly Sprong's ability to block it out vanished.

  • Wild agree to terms on 6-year deal with goalie Devan Dubnyk

    June 27, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Wild have been searching for a reliable goalie for years, an issue that almost cost them dearly before Devan Dubnyk arrived to save their season.They're investment in Devan Dubnyk shows they don't believe his stellar play over the final four months of last season was a fluke.

  • Ducks get Hagelin, Khudobin; ship out Etem, Palmieri, Wiz

    June 27, 2015

    The Anaheim Ducks' busy draft weekend demonstrated they're still determined to improve a team that finished a game short of the Stanley Cup Final last month.The Ducks acquired forward Carl Hagelin and goalie Anton Khudobin in trades Saturday while shipping out defenseman James Wisniewski and forwards Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri, creating salary cap flexibility and adding a proven scorer to their lineup.

  • Sharks still searching for starting goalie following draft

    June 27, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks ended the NHL draft with one of the biggest needs they had entering the weekend: finding a starting goaltender.Instead of acquiring one of the several goalies who changed teams this weekend, the Sharks instead traded the negotiating rights to their former starter Antti Niemi to Dallas for a seventh-round pick Saturday.

  • Arizona sends Gagner to Philadelphia for Grossman

    June 27, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes traded forward Sam Gagner and a draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday for defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of defenseman Chris Pronger.The draft pick will be a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 or a third-rounder in 2017.

  • For Jeremy Roy, the wait at draft was both long and short

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) This much is certain: Jeremy Roy waited long enough to hear his name called at the NHL draft.The actual length of that wait depends on perspective.Was it 12 years, the amount of time he's been playing hockey? Was it 17 hours, the time that passed between the draft opening Friday night and his name being called as the 31st overall pick when festivities resumed Saturday morning? Or was it really just the 90 seconds that spanned the formal opening of the second round and the actual announcement?

  • Andong Song becomes 1st Chinese player taken in NHL draft

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) For the first time, a Chinese player has been selected in the NHL draft.Andong Song was chosen by the New York Islanders with the No. 172 pick in the draft Saturday. The defenseman, who goes by the name ''Misha,'' started playing hockey on a smaller-than-normal rink in Beijing when his mother was trying to find him a sport. Once his talent was spotted, his family moved to Canada and he quickly excelled when he began playing as a 10-year-old.

  • Senators trade defenseman Eric Gryba to Oilers

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Ottawa Senators traded Eric Gryba to the Edmonton Oilers for prospect Travis Ewanyk and the 107th pick in the draft on Saturday.With their second-day picks, the Senators drafted right-winger Gabriel Gagne at No. 36, center Filip Chlapik at No. 48, defenseman Christian Wolanin at No. 107, left-winger Filip Ahl at No. 109 and defenseman Christian Jaros at No. 139.

  • For Roy, the wait to be drafted was both long and short

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) This much is certain: Jeremy Roy waited long enough to hear his name called at the NHL draft.The actual length of that wait depends on perspective.Was it 12 years, the amount of time he's been playing hockey? Was it 17 hours, the time that passed between the draft opening Friday night and his name being called as the 31st overall pick when festivities resumed Saturday morning? Or was it really just the 90 seconds that spanned the formal opening of the second round and the actual announcement?

  • Stars acquire rights to champion goalie Niemi from Sharks

    June 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to former Stanley Cup champion goalie Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks.Dallas sent San Jose its seventh-round selection (193th overall) in Saturday's draft. Niemi is set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday.

  • Canes sent Khudobin to Ducks for Wisniewski

    June 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks acquired goalie Anton Khudobin from the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski.The move came shortly after the Hurricanes added goalie Eddie Lack in a trade with Vancouver.Carolina general manager Ron Francis says Wisniewski is ''a veteran defenseman who has proven his ability to produce offensively'' and says he'll be a big part of the team's power play and defensive units.

  • Oilers get goaltender Cam Talbot, trade picks to Rangers

    June 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) The Edmonton Oilers got their goaltender, acquiring Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers.On a busy day of trades Saturday at the NHL draft, the Oilers sent the 57th, 79th and 184th picks to New York for Talbot and the 209th pick. Talbot has just 57 games of NHL experience, but at age 27 he could still blossom into a starter.

  • Penguins nab forward Daniel Sprong in 2nd round of NHL Draft

    June 27, 2015

    The Pittsburgh Penguins have selected forward Daniel Sprong with the 46th overall pick in the NHL Draft.The 18-year-old Sprong had 39 goals and 49 assists for Charlottetown of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League in 2014-15. Sprong added seven goals and four assists in the playoffs as Charlottetown won a postseason series for the first time since 2004.

  • Canucks trade Lack to Hurricanes for 2 draft choices

    June 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have traded goaltender Eddie Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes for two draft picks.The Canucks acquired Carolina's third-round pick in this weekend's draft as well as a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.Shortly after announcing the trade, the Hurricanes dealt goalie Anton Khudobin to Anaheim for defenseman James Wisniewski, leaving Lack and starter Cam Ward as the organization's top two netminders.

  • Dallas Eakins to coach Ducks' AHL affiliate in San Diego

    June 27, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Former Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was hired Friday to coach the Anaheim Ducks' relocated American Hockey League affiliate in San Diego.The San Diego Gulls hired the former NHL defenseman for their inaugural AHL season. The Ducks moved their AHL franchise from Norfolk, Virginia, to Southern California to begin play in the fall.

  • Devils acquire Kyle Palmieri from Ducks for draft picks

    June 26, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have acquired forward Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks.The NHL announced the deal late Friday as the first round of the draft was coming to an end in Sunrise, Florida.New Jersey shipped the 41st overall pick in the draft and a third-round choice next year to Anaheim for Palmieri. The Devils acquired the 41st pick earlier this year in a deal that sent Jaromir Jagr to Florida.

  • Devils take Czech C Pavel Zacha with No. 6 pick in draft

    June 27, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New general manager Ray Shero is delivering on his promise to make the struggling New Jersey Devils a more exciting team.The Devils filled a big need on offense Friday night, taking Czech center Pavel Zacha with the sixth pick overall in the NHL draft and acquiring right wing Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks.

  • Colorado trades O'Reilly to Buffalo

    June 26, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche traded center Ryan O'Reilly and left wing Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forwards Mikhail Grigorenko and JT Compher and a second-round pick in the NHL draft.The move Friday for the trio of young players and the 31st overall selection Saturday comes just days after Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic insisted that re-signing O'Reilly to a long-term deal was his ''first priority.''

  • Bruins deal veterans Lucic, Hamilton on draft day

    June 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins' makeover that began in the front office has reached the front line on offense and the top pairing on defense.The Bruins traded left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames. The return included the 13th and 15th picks in the NHL draft Friday night.

  • No surprise: Connor McDavid goes No. 1 in NHL draft

    June 26, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Connor McDavid's favorite hockey player is Sidney Crosby. His favorite non-skating athlete is LeBron James.He's now in their club, forever to be known as a No. 1 pick.McDavid's journey toward widely expected NHL superstardom officially began Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers grabbed him with the top overall selection in the draft. No player has entered the league with such hype since Crosby a decade ago, and McDavid's level of celebrity within the game already may rival what James was dealing with when he joined the NBA in 2003.

  • Edmonton Oilers select Erie Otters center Connor McDavid with first pick in NHL draft

    June 26, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Edmonton Oilers select Erie Otters center Connor McDavid with first pick in NHL draft.

  • Detroit's Datsyuk has surgery on ankle

    June 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) Pavel Datsyuk had surgery on his right ankle and is expected to be re-evaluated in three months.The Detroit Red Wings confirmed Datsyuk's operation Friday, saying it was to repair ruptured tendons in the ankle.Datsyuk, who turns 37 next month, had 26 goals and 39 assists in 63 games last season. He hasn't played 80 games in a season since 2010.

  • Bruins send Lucic to Kings for Miller, Jones, draft pick

    June 26, 2015

    Milan Lucic thought the Los Angeles Kings were going to draft him in 2006. A year later, he scored his first NHL goal at Staples Center for the Boston Bruins.When Lucic joined the Kings in a trade Friday, he thought back to all of his prior connections with Southern California - and the fact that he had just been at Disneyland with his daughter earlier in the week before this deal sent him back to the Happiest Place on Earth.

  • Bruins trade defenseman Hamilton to Flames for 3 draft picks

    June 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks, including the 15th in the first round.Boston also picked up the 45th and 52nd overall picks in the deal.Hamilton was the No. 9 selection in the 2011 draft. He appeared in 178 games for the Bruins, scoring 22 goals with 61 assists.

  • LA Kings re-sign F Tyler Toffoli to .5M, 2-year deal

    June 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) Forward Tyler Toffoli has agreed to a .5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Los Angeles Kings.The Kings announced the deal Friday with Toffoli, who would have become a restricted free agent next month.Toffoli established career highs with 23 goals, 26 assists, a plus-25 rating and five short-handed goals last season for the Kings. He was Los Angeles' third-leading scorer and led the NHL in short-handed points and goals.

  • Sabres trade 1st-round pick to Senators for goalie Lehner

    June 26, 2015

    Before selecting Buffalo's forward of the future with the No. 2 draft pick, Sabres general manager Tim Murray addressed another need: goalie.Murray traded the 21st pick - the second of Buffalo's two first-round selections - to the Ottawa Senators to acquire goalie Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand on Friday morning. The deal was announced hours before the first-round of the NHL draft opens in Sunrise, Florida.

  • Predators' Fisher signs 2-year deal to stay in Nashville

    June 26, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher signed a two-year, .8 million contract Friday.The contract will pay Fisher .8 million in 2015-16 and million in 2016-17.''It's a great organization, a great team, good guys,'' Fisher said. ''There's no better situation for me. I'm grateful for that.''

  • NHL draft day arrives for expected No. 1 pick Connor McDavid

    June 26, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) Connor McDavid has spent the last few days in South Florida. He's been to the beach. He's gone to a baseball game. Given by the red hue of his face and skin, he's spent far more time in the sun than usual.It only seems like vacation.

  • Playoff starved Devils have sixth pick overall in draft

    June 25, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils are coming into the NHL draft with a new look.Ray Shero has replaced Lou Lamoriello as general manager. John Hynes has been hired as the new coach and the team has a chance to get some much-needed help.Barring a trade, the Devils (32-36-14) will have the sixth pick overall and three in the top 41, the last one coming in the trade that sent Jaromir Jagr to Florida.

  • Senators agree to terms with Stone, Zibanejad

    June 25, 2015

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators agreed to contracts with restricted free-agent forwards Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad on Thursday.Stone got a three-year, .5 million deal, and Zibanejad a two-year, .25 million contract.The 23-year-old Stone had 26 goals and 38 assists last season and finished second in rookie-of-the-year voting to Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad. The 22-year-old Zibanejad had 20 goals and 26 assists.

  • Avalanche acquire forward Carl Soderberg from Bruins

    June 25, 2015

    DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche acquired Swedish forward Carl Soderberg from the Boston Bruins on Thursday for a sixth-round pick in 2016.The 29-year-old Soderberg had 13 goals and 31 assists last season. He adds depth to a Colorado front line that already includes Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog, Alex Tanguay and Jarome Iginla.

  • Wild enter offseason, again, with goalie atop to-do list

    June 25, 2015

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) It's summer, so the Minnesota Wild must be trying to solve their goaltending situation again.General manager Chuck Fletcher's goal, no pun intended, is to keep the stability in the net that was missing until Devan Dubnyk arrived.

  • Blackhawks host Rangers in NHL opener Oct. 7

    June 25, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will host the New York Rangers on Oct. 7 in the NHL season opener. The Blackhawks will be raising their third championship banner in six seasons.The league announced its 2015-16 schedule Thursday, and in other games opening night it's San Jose at Los Angeles, Montreal at Toronto and Vancouver at Calgary.

  • Hockey player pleads guilty to misdemeanors in cocaine case

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll pleaded guilty to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest at a Las Vegas Strip swimming pool.Defense attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld appeared in court Thursday for the 33-year-old Stoll to submit a written plea to breach of the peace and trespassing.

  • Canadian prime minister lauds Quebec City for NHL

    June 25, 2015

    QUEBEC CITY (AP) Prime Minister Stephen Harper says Quebec City is the ideal place for an NHL expansion team.''If you're looking at markets, I would certainly say to the NHL, to anyone, there is no better place for an expansion team in the National Hockey League than this city, Quebec, which is a great hockey center,'' he said in the provincial capital Thursday after an unrelated news conference.

  • McDavid's NHL draft moment - going No. 1 - finally is here

    June 25, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) For Connor McDavid, this is only the beginning.And he's eager to see what comes next.There's no mystery, no drama, no guessing about what will happen when the Edmonton Oilers make the first pick in Friday night's NHL draft. It's going to be McDavid's moment, as hockey's latest heir apparent - a 6-foot-1 center who's already been compared to the game's royalty - takes his first steps on the road to what many expect will be a rapid rise to professional stardom.

  • Calgary's Jiri Hudler ditches shoes, wins Lady Byng Trophy

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jiri Hudler won the Lady Byng Trophy and lost his shoes in Vegas.The Calgary Flames forward was shoeless when he took the stage to accept the trophy honoring the NHL's most sportsmanlike player Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show.Hudler just couldn't stand the pinch of his new shoes any longer, and he took them off shortly before he went on stage. His funny acceptance speech and his orange-and-blue socks were among the hits of the NHL's postseason party.

  • Carey Price wins Hart, Vezina, Lindsay honors at NHL Awards

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Carey Price came away from the NHL Awards show with a hat trick.The Montreal Canadiens' record-setting goalie claimed the Hart Trophy, the Vezina Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award at the NHL's annual postseason bash Wednesday night.Price also shared the already-announced Jennings Trophy with Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, and his hefty haul of hardware capped one of the greatest regular seasons for a goalie in NHL history.

  • Calgary's Jiri Hudler wins Lady Byng Trophy at NHL Awards

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Jiri Hudler of the Calgary Flames has won the Lady Byng Trophy as the NHL's most sportsmanlike player.Hudler accepted the trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Hudler received 52 first-place votes to beat Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk and Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar in the voting.