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  • 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.

  • Arena League in talks with Leonsis about Washington team

    February 10, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Commissioner Scott Butera says the Arena Football League is in ''serious negotiations'' with Ted Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment about bringing a team to Washington.Butera confirmed a Washington Post report that the Arena Football League had a strong interest in the Washington area and is in talks with Monumental. Butera said in a phone interview on Wednesday that the goal would be to have a team in place for the 2017 season.

  • Sabres place Girgensons on IR, call up Bailey from minors

    February 10, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have placed forward Zemgus Girgensons on injured reserve and called up forward Justin Bailey from the minors.The moves were made on Wednesday, a day before Buffalo travels to play at Philadelphia.Girgensons did not play in a 7-4 loss to Florida on Tuesday night after sustaining an upper body injury in a 2-1 overtime loss at Boston on Saturday.

  • Schwartz set to return from broken ankle for Blues

    February 10, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Starving for offense, the St. Louis Blues are about to get one of their top skill players back.Jaden Schwartz was activated from injured reserve on Wednesday and is expected to be in the lineup at Florida on Friday.''This is what I love to do,'' Schwartz said. ''To be able to get back out on the ice and play is exciting.''

  • 'Great Expansion' of 1967 showed NHL was for real

    February 10, 2016

    The NHL's ''great expansion'' of 1967 delivered hockey to California, led to the ''Broad Street Bullies'' and legitimized the league as a major force in North American professional sports.Fifty years ago this week, the owners of the original six teams unanimously approved doubling in size by awarding franchises to Los Angeles, San Francisco/Oakland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Minneapolis/St. Paul. No other pro sports league had ever doubled the number of its teams and the move was considered a gamble.

  • AP Source: Los Angeles Kings place Ehrhoff on waivers

    February 10, 2016

    A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Los Angeles Kings have placed veteran defenseman Christian Ehrhoff on waivers.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Kings have not announced the move.

  • Grin and bear it: NHL players say losing teeth part of game

    February 10, 2016

    When Brent Burns packs his bags for road trips, the San Jose Sharks defenseman often leaves something behind: His cosmetic teeth.''I don't wear them often,'' he said. ''I usually find them in a drawer a couple months down the road and put them somewhere safe, forget where that is, and find them a couple months later.''

  • Martin Brodeur has No. 30 jersey retired by Devils

    February 9, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Martin Brodeur tried to start his thank you speech only to be drowned out by the roaring crowd.Finally, he stepped away from the podium and simply soaked it all in.The New Jersey Devils retired Brodeur's No. 30 jersey Tuesday night during a pregame ceremony, giving his adoring fans at the Prudential Center one more chance to cheer the winningest goalie in NHL history.

  • Martin Brodeur has his No. 30 jersey retired by Devils

    February 9, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Martin Brodeur tried to start his thank you speech only to be drowned out by the roaring crowd.Finally, he stepped away from the podium and simply soaked it all in.The New Jersey Devils retired Brodeur's No. 30 jersey Tuesday night during a pregame ceremony, giving his adoring fans at the Prudential Center one more chance to cheer the winningest goalie in NHL history.

  • Penguins' Malkin to miss rest of week with lower-body injury

    February 9, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin's lower-body injury will keep him out at least the rest of the week.Coach Mike Sullivan said Tuesday that Malkin will miss Wednesday's game against the New York Rangers and a road trip through Carolina and Florida this weekend. The four-time All-Star has missed each of Pittsburgh's last three games after initially sustaining the injury last week.

  • Senators get Phaneuf from Maple Leafs in 9-player trade

    February 9, 2016

    General manager Lou Lamoriello plans to exhaust the alphabet from A to Z to improve the Toronto Maple Leafs. His latest move was trading the man who has worn the ''C'' on his chest for the past six seasons.The Maple Leafs dealt their captain and highest-paid defenseman, Dion Phaneuf, to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday in a nine-player trade that will clear plenty of salary-cap space in the years to come. The Senators sent defenseman Jared Cowen, forwards Milan Michalek, Colin Greening and Tobias Lindberg and a second-round pick in the 2017 draft to Toronto for Phaneuf, forwards Matt Frattin, Casey Bailey and Ryan Rupert, and defensive prospect Cody Donaghey.

  • 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

    December 6, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) The Blackhawks have recalled forward Bryan Bickell from Rockford of the American Hockey League.The physical winger was sent down Nov. 2 after he had no points in his first seven games of the season with Chicago. The 29-year-old Bickell had seven goals and seven assists in 12 games with the IceHogs.

  • 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.

  • Montreal's Carey Price wins Vezina Trophy as top goalie

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie.Price accepted his second major trophy Wednesday night during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Price also won the Ted Lindsay Award for the league's top player as selected by the players, and he is a candidate for the Hart Trophy as the league MVP.

  • Florida's Aaron Ekblad wins Calder Trophy as top NHL rookie

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad has won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.Ekblad accepted the trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas after winning a tight three-man race with Ottawa's Mark Stone and Calgary's Johnny Gaudreau.

  • Chicago's Jonathan Toews wins Messier Leadership Award

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has won the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award for his commitment to charities and service.Toews accepted the award Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Toews participates in several off-ice endeavors with the Blackhawks, including Make-A-Wish Foundation activities and other charities back home in Winnipeg. On the ice, Toews led Chicago to its third Stanley Cup title in six seasons earlier this month.

  • Tampa Bay's Yzerman named NHL's general manager of the year

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lighting has been named the NHL's general manager of the year.Yzerman accepted the trophy Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.The Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2004 after a steady franchise rise under Yzerman, the Detroit Red Wings' Hall of Fame center. Tampa Bay set franchise records with 50 wins and 108 points before winning Game 7 twice on the way through the East bracket.

  • Calgary's Hartley wins Jack Adams Award as NHL's top coach

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames has won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach.Hartley accepted the award Wednesday night at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.Hartley led the Flames to a 20-point improvement in his third season behind their bench, finishing third in the Pacific Division with a 45-30-7 record. Calgary also earned its first postseason berth since 2009 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2004.

  • Ottawa's Karlsson wins 2nd Norris Trophy as NHL's top D-man

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators has won the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman for the second time.Karlsson accepted his second trophy in four years at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Karlsson had 66 points to lead all defensemen in scoring for the third time in four years. He ranked third in the NHL in total ice time and scored 30 power-play points, tying for the league lead among defensemen.

  • Boston's Bergeron wins Selke Trophy as top defensive forward

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Patrice Bergeron of the Boston Bruins has won the Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward for the third time in four years.Bergeron accepted the trophy at the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Bergeron also won the award in 2012 and 2014. He beat Chicago captain Jonathan Toews and Los Angeles Kings forward Anze Kopitar in the voting.

  • LA Kings suspend D Slava Voynov, already suspended by NHL

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have suspended defenseman Slava Voynov, who missed the final 76 games of the regular season under an NHL suspension.A Kings spokesman confirmed Wednesday night that the move was made several weeks ago after Voynov was injured outside normal hockey training.

  • Montreal G Price wins Lindsay Award as players' top player

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price has won the Ted Lindsay Award, chosen as the NHL's most outstanding player by his fellow players.Price accepted the trophy to open the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.Price also is a candidate for the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player, and the Vezina Trophy as the top goalie.

  • NHL will explore expansion, with Las Vegas among candidates

    June 25, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL is officially exploring expansion.The league is opening a formal expansion review process to consider adding new franchises to its 30-team league, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday.Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City are the markets that have expressed the most serious interest. A second team in the Toronto area leads the list of additional possibilities for any prospect owner with the likely 0 million expansion fee and a passion for hockey.

  • Ducks GM Murray doesn't think he can re-sign Matt Beleskey

    June 24, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Ducks general manager Bob Murray thinks forward Matt Beleskey is probably on his way out of Anaheim.After the NHL general managers' meeting in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Murray said Beleskey's camp recently rejected the Ducks' latest contract offer ''immediately.'' After scoring a career-best 22 goals, Beleskey will hit the free-agent market on July 1 unless he reaches a deal with Anaheim.

  • NHL planning move to 3-on-3 overtime period next season

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL plans to play three-on-three in overtime next season.The league's general managers and players agreed Tuesday to change the regular-season overtime period from five minutes of four-on-four hockey to three-on-three.The Board of Governors still must approve the change Wednesday when it meets in Las Vegas. The Board also will consider a recommendation to allow coaches to challenge goals on the basis of goalie interference calls or offside calls.

  • Hockey world is open to an NHL expansion gamble in Las Vegas

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL is thinking about expanding to Las Vegas, and Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley has already considered the challenges he might face bringing 25 young hockey players to Sin City.''We would need one giant room to sleep the entire team in,'' Hartley said with a laugh Tuesday. ''And the coach sleeps right at the door.''

  • Bishop hits 4 BP homers before Rays game

    June 23, 2015

    ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Ben Bishop can hit the long ball, too.Bishop hit four home runs, including two in a row at one point, in batting practice before the Tampa Bay Rays hosted the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night.''I got a couple lucky swings,'' he said. ''You can definitely feel it when you hit it on the sweet spot and it goes. It was fun.''

  • Hockey players open to an NHL expansion gamble in Las Vegas

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) If the NHL decides to gamble on an expansion franchise in the Nevada desert, most of the world's top hockey players are cautiously optimistic that the ice wouldn't melt.The growing possibility of NHL expansion to Las Vegas is a popular topic among players and executives this week with the league in town for its postseason awards show and executive meetings. The league could even announce the opening of a formal expansion process Wednesday.

  • Nielsen's top programs for June 15-21

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 15-21. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.1. NBA Finals: Golden State vs. Cleveland, Game 6, ABC, 23.25 million.2. ''America's Got Talent,'' NBC, 10.18 million.

  • Basketball finals a winner for ABC

    June 23, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) The showdown between Stephen Curry and LeBron James proved to be the most popular NBA Finals on television since Michael Jordon was winning his sixth championship back in 1998.The Nielsen company said the six-game series won by the Warriors averaged just under 19.9 million viewers. It didn't come close to the average of 29 million people who watched Jordan's last stand but, then again, nothing has. The Warriors' clinching game last week had more than 23 million viewers.

  • Sabres locked onto Eichel at No. 2, open in rest of draft

    June 23, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres are all but certain to select Boston University center Jack Eichel with the second overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft.''I figured you guys knew that, so I wondered why I had to come here,'' Buffalo general manager Tim Murray joked last week at a news conference previewing the draft.

  • NHL salary cap to increase to .4 million for next season

    June 23, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) The NHL's salary cap for the upcoming 2015-16 season will increase to .4 million, allaying some concerns about a weak Canadian dollar's impact on the hockey pay scale.The NHL and the Players' Association announced the figure Tuesday as the league's general managers met in Las Vegas.

  • Armstrong selected as Canada GM for 2016 hockey World Cup

    June 23, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) The World Cup will be a whole new experience for Hockey Canada.Doug Armstrong was selected as general manager of Team Canada on Monday and he said that there are advantages and challenges to the eight-team event that will be held in Toronto Sept. 17 to Oct. 1, 2016.

  • Lightning assistant coach George Gwozdecky leaving

    June 22, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the team to pursue other opportunities.The announcement Monday comes a week after Tampa Bay was beaten in the Stanley Cup Final by the Chicago Blackhawks.Gwozdecky was on coach Jon Cooper's staff the past two seasons. He joined the Lightning on Aug. 9, 2013, after serving as the head coach at the University of Denver for 19 seasons.

  • Kings' Jarret Stoll charged with felony cocaine possession

    June 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll has been charged with felony cocaine possession stemming from his April 17 arrest at a Las Vegas Strip pool.The Clark County district attorney's office charged 32-year-old Stoll on Monday with one count of possession of a controlled substance.

  • AHL player Paetsch pleads guilty to role in gambling ring

    June 22, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A professional hockey player pleaded guilty Monday to being part of an illegal sports betting business that took wagers from other players.Under an agreement with federal prosecutors, Nathan Paetsch will be sentenced to probation, 400 hours of community service and eight months of home confinement. He also must forfeit 5,000.

  • Las Vegas welcomes NHL for awards, meetings

    June 22, 2015

    LAS VEGAS (AP) With talk of expansion to Las Vegas percolating, the city welcomes the NHL this week for another awards show while general managers and the board of governors set the league's short- and long-term future.This is the first time the general managers are meeting in Las Vegas - previously, they met at the Stanley Cup Final. The gathering provides an opportunity for trade talk leading to this weekend's draft in Sunrise, Florida.

  • Fake NHL gear worth 0,000 seized around Stanley Cup final

    June 20, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) Federal authorities say they seized counterfeit NHL merchandise worth an estimated 0,000 in the days surrounding the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup victory.The operation was handled by the Homeland Security Investigations unit of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. It focused on catching illegal vendors near the Blackhawks' home ice at the United Center and Amalie Arena, home of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Calgary Flames sign center Backlund to multiyear deal

    June 20, 2015

    CALGARY (AP) Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund has been signed to a multiyear contract.Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed.Backlund scored 10 goals and 27 points in 52 regular-season games last season after missing 30 games because of injury.

  • Nanny provides new details of alleged assault by Ribeiro

    February 13, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A woman accusing Nashville Predators center Mike Ribeiro of sexually assaulting her has provided more details in an amended complaint.The complaint filed Thursday in the Eastern District of the U.S. District Court in Texas says the then-18-year-old woman was asked to help the Ribeiro family settle into their new home in McLean, Virginia, in August 2012 after working as their babysitter for six years while he played for the Dallas Stars.

  • Sharks to let John Scott, Scott Hannan leave as free agents

    February 13, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks will let forward John Scott and defenseman Scott Hannan leave as unrestricted free agents next month but have not made a final decision about the fate of Antti Niemi.General manager Doug Wilson said Friday he has told Scott and Hannan that the Sharks will not look to sign them when the free agency period opens July 1.

  • Maple Leafs land Zach Hyman from Panthers for Greg McKegg

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forward Zach Hyman and a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick from the Florida Panthers for forward Greg McKegg on Friday.Hyman was an All-American at Michigan. He led the Big Ten in scoring last season with 54 points (22 goals, 32 assists).

  • New Jersey Devils retain Terreri as goaltending coach

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have retained Chris Terreri as their goaltending coach.General manager Ray Shero made the announcement Friday in completing John Hynes' staff.The Devils hired Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches earlier this week.

  • Man who once scammed NHL gets 10 years for forgery charges

    February 13, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) A man who once tried to pull off an audacious scam to buy the National Hockey League's New York Islanders was sentenced to 10 years in prison for another fraud case in northeast Ohio.John Spano Jr., 50, pleaded guilty last month to 16 counts of forgery after being accused of collecting thousands of dollars in commissions from false accounts he'd created while working as a salesman for a company that provides linens to health care facilities. Spano, who was born in New York City, was raised in northeast Ohio.

  • City: 2 million attended Chicago Blackhawks parade, rally

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Crowd estimates are in and the city of Chicago says about 2 million people attended the parade and rally honoring the Blackhawks' Stanley Cup win.The Chicago Fire Department says its responders treated 41 patients, mostly for heat issues. The fire department had medical buses and other equipment on scene during the Thursday festivities.

  • Wild waive veteran Cooke, will buy out last year of contract

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild have placed veteran left wing Matt Cooke on waivers, for the purpose of granting him his unconditional release.The Wild announced Thursday they will buy out the final season of Cooke's contract, provided his clearance through waivers. He will become an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any team except Minnesota. The 36-year-old was set to make million in 2015-16.

  • Canucks sign goaltender Joe Cannata

    February 13, 2016

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) The Vancouver Canucks have signed goaltender Joe Cannata.The 25-year-old posted a record of 3-2-0, a goals-against average of 1.99, and a save percentage of .932 in five games with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets last season.

  • With NHL draft looming, Panthers eager to make splash

    February 13, 2016

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Dale Tallon's hands were not on the Stanley Cup during the Chicago Blackhawks' victory celebration earlier this week.His fingerprints, one could argue that they were.Much of the groundwork for Chicago's run as the NHL's dominant team - three Cups in six years, in challenging salary-cap times no less - was laid by Tallon when he was the Blackhawks' general manager. He's tried to mimic the same philosophy as Florida's GM, building through the draft, adding free agents when the time is right and swinging smart deals when opportunities knock.

  • City wants to skip 4th quarter payment to NHL's Coyotes

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The city of Glendale is seeking court approval to skip a .75 million quarterly payment to the Arizona Coyotes.An attorney hired by the city filed a motion Wednesday asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to allow Glendale to either withhold the fourth-quarter payment due July 1 to IceArizona or deposit the money in an escrow account.

  • Senators coach Dave Cameron gets 2-year extension

    February 13, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach Dave Cameron to a two-year contract extension Thursday.Cameron is under contract to the NHL club through the 2016-17 season.Cameron, 56, was promoted to head coach last December after Paul MacLean was fired. The Senators were 32-15-8 under Cameron, rallying from a 14-point deficit to secure an Eastern Conference wild-card playoff spot.

  • Sakic says he still wants to sign O'Reilly

    February 13, 2016

    DENVER (AP) Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic says it's still his desire to sign Ryan O'Reilly to a long-term contract before the start of next season.In a conference call with reporters Thursday, Sakic said he's not out to trade his star center.

  • The Latest: Confetti ends Blackhawks' Stanley Cup rally

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:15 p.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks players Joakim Nordstrom and Kris Versteeg ended the team's Stanley Cup championship rally with song.Nordstrom and Versteeg took the microphone and started singing the lyrics to Macklemore's ''And We Danced'' and asked the crowd to sing and dance along with the team as red and white confetti fell from the sky.

  • After championship hat trick, Chicago celebrates Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews kissed and hoisted the Stanley Cup as he was introduced toward the end of the latest raucous rally honoring the Chicago Blackhawks. Then the captain headed toward the back of the stage at Soldier Field.The roaring crowd wanted more and, as usual, he delivered.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks thank fans at Stanley Cup rally

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 12:55 p.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks players took turns lifting the Stanley Cup and addressing fans at their championship rally in Soldier Field.Goalie Corey Crawford told the fans ''you guys made this unbelievable.'' Duncan Keith hinted at another win saying, ''four sounds better than three.''

  • The Latest: Blackhawks coach 'never been more proud' of team

    February 13, 2016

    12:30 p.m. CDTBlackhawks coach Joel Quenneville took the stage at the Chicago championship rally to fans yelling ''Q'' at Soldier Field.Quenneville told fans he's ''never been more proud of a team'' then he has been of this year's Stanley Cup-winning squad.

  • Sabres coach hires Murray, Barr to coaching staff

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former NHL players Terry Murray and Dave Barr will be joining Buffalo's coaching staff, Sabres coach Dan Bylsma said Thursday.Bylsma announced the hiring of the veteran coaches Thursday during the team's pre-draft news conference.

  • The Latest: Toews lifts Stanley Cup at Soldier Field rally

    February 13, 2016

    11:55 a.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane introduced team captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) to kick off the team's championship rally at Soldier Field.Toews walked onto the stage holding the Stanley Cup high. He kissed the trophy as fireworks went off in the background. Toews then handed it off to Kane as tens of thousands of fans cheered in the audience.

  • The Latest: Chicago Blackhawks arrive at Soldier Field rally

    February 13, 2016

    11:35 a.m. CDTCrowds are cheering at Soldier Field as the Chicago Blackhawks arrive at the stadium for the Stanley Cup championship rally.Blackhawks players rode on double-decker buses from the United Center along a parade route lined with tens of thousands of fans.

  • The Latest: Chicago Blackhawks fans cheer as parade goes by

    February 13, 2016

    10:55 a.m. CDTChicago Blackhawks players are waving to cheering fans as their double-decker red buses travel along a crowd-lined downtown parade route to a Stanley Cup championship rally.Defenseman Brent Seabrook leaned against the back rail atop of one of the buses as he hoisted the Stanley Cup Thursday morning. Left wing Patrick Sharp and Blackhawks owner and chairman Rocky Wirtz were nearby.

  • The Latest: Sharp carries Stanley Cup to 'Hawks parade buses

    February 13, 2016

    10:15 a.m. CDTWhere's the Stanley Cup?Chicago Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp has it.Sharp carried the Stanley Cup out of the United Center on Thursday morning and toward two rows of double-decker buses in the stadium parking lot. Players climbed onto the buses for a parade leading to a championship rally at Soldier Field.

  • The Latest: Governor wears Toews jersey at Blackhawks party

    February 13, 2016

    10:05 a.m. CDTIllinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is at the United Center wearing a Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews (tayvz) black replica jersey.Rauner told reporters it's a ''great day for the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.'' The governor said Thursday that the parade and rally at Soldier Field are ''fantastic (ways) to celebrate one of the greatest franchises in all of sports.''

  • The Latest: Blackhawks readying to board parade buses

    February 13, 2016

    10:00 a.m. CDTChants of ''We want the Cup! We want the Cup!'' rang out from fans outside the United Center as Chicago Blackhawks players prepared to board red double-decker buses for their Stanley Cup championship parade.Two rows of buses are in the stadium's south parking lot awaiting Blackhawks players, coaches and staff. Nearby, fans waited behind metal fences by the statue of another athlete who brought a championship dynasty to Chicago: Michael Jordan.

  • Penguins hire former NHL coach Mike Sullivan as AHL coach

    February 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have hired former Boston Bruins coach Mike Sullivan to lead their AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.The 47-year-old Sullivan replaces John Hynes, who left to become the head coach of the New Jersey Devils. Sullivan spent 11 years as a center for four different teams before retiring in 2002 and getting into coaching. He went 70-56-38 while coaching the Bruins from 2003-06.

  • The Latest: Storms don't stop soggy Chicago Blackhawks fans

    February 13, 2016

    9:15 a.m. CDTDowntown Chicago is filled with soggy Blackhawks fans after a thunderstorm moved over the area just hours before the team's Stanley Cup championship festivities were scheduled to start.Organizers at Soldier Field, where the team's rally will take place Thursday, asked attendees to take shelter under covered areas of the stadium until the storm passed. When the rain stopped, thousands of fans ran out from the concourse to grab the closest spots to the stage.

  • The Latest: Storms headed toward Blackhawks festivities

    February 13, 2016

    08:25 a.m. CDTThe National Weather Service says a line of thunderstorms with winds of between 30 and 40 mph and occasional lightning is headed toward downtown Chicago where thousands of Blackhawks fans are gathered for the team's Stanley Cup celebration.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks fans arrive at 4:30 a.m. for rally

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 07:50 a.m. CDTThe rally doesn't start for hours, but hundreds of Chicago Blackhawks fans are already lined up outside Soldier Field in preparation for the team's Stanley Cup celebration.Some fans arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. - six and a half hours before the scheduled 11 a.m. start. A parade to the stadium through the city's Loop and to Michigan Avenue starts at 10 a.m.

  • The Latest: Fog, chance of storms for Blackhawks parade

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 07:15 a.m. CDTThe thousands of Blackhawks fans already out in the streets to get good spots for Thursday's parade are probably going to get wet.National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Seeley says a line of thunderstorms will more than likely sweep across downtown Chicago between 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

  • The Latest: Security priority at Chicago Blackhawks' parade

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 06:30 a.m. CDTThe Chicago Police Department is taking security measures to ensure the safety of the thousands of Blackhawks fans expected to attend a parade and rally celebrating the team's Stanley Cup win.Police say anyone carrying a backpack or large bag to Thursday's events will be screened. Coolers will not be allowed at the Soldier Field rally and drinking alcohol or tailgating are not allowed.

  • 5 Chicago stops the Stanley Cup probably should have skipped

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Over the course of its 122 years, Lord Stanley's Cup has been a few places it shouldn't have.That won't be a problem for at least four hours Thursday, when it serves as the centerpiece of a parade featuring players and coaches from the NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks. They beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday to reclaim ownership of the 35-pound, 3-foot high silver trophy.

  • The Latest: Chicago parade to honor Blackhawks' Stanley Cup

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 12:30 a.m. CDT.The streets of downtown Chicago will be lined with hockey fans as the city celebrates the Blackhawks' third Stanley Cup win in six years.Team members such as Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will ride on double-decker buses during a parade stretching through the city's Loop neighborhood to Michigan Avenue starting at 10 a.m. Thursday. Tens of thousands of fans are expected to greet the team when the buses arrive at Soldier Field for a rally starting at 11 a.m. Fans needed to get free tickets online for the event.

  • Stanley Cup run leaves Lightning hungry for more success

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning came within two victories of hoisting the Stanley Cup during an impressive playoff run that's heightened expectations for one of the NHL's youngest teams.The challenge now not only is to get back to the playoffs, but return to the championship round - and win.

  • Obama phones coaches of Warriors, Blackhawks with congrats

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) President Barack Obama has phoned the coaches of the Golden State Warriors and the Chicago Blackhawks to congratulate the teams on winning the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup.The White House says Obama told Warriors' Coach Steve Kerr it was exciting to see the team's perseverance in winning in its first title in 40 years. He singled out Stephen Curry and Andre Igoudala for praise.

  • Blackhawks bask in latest Stanley Cup win

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) General manager Stan Bowman recalled the Chicago Blackhawks' championship rally and parade falling on his birthday two years ago.The Stanley Cup celebration comes a little earlier this year. The scene figures to be just as wild.''This is why we get together back in September,'' Bowman said Wednesday. ''We always point toward the moment when you get to win the Cup and have that moment to celebrate it with your friends, family and the entire city. Definitely excited for (Thursday). Those are days you never forget. The last time we had the parade, it was on my birthday.''

  • Schmidt signs .6M, 2-year contract to stay with Capitals

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Defenseman Nate Schmidt has signed a .6 million, two-year contract to stay with the Washington Capitals.The team announced the deal Wednesday. Schmidt, who was a pending restricted free agent, will make 0,000 during the 2015-16 season and 5,000 in 2016-17.

  • Devils name Ward, Nasreddine assistant coaches for Hynes

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have named Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches for John Hynes.General manager Ray Shero announced the hirings on Wednesday. There was no word on whether Adam Oates, Scott Stevens and Chris Terreri would be retained from last year's staff.

  • Glendale willing to renegotiate arena lease with NHL team

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The city of Glendale says it's willing to renegotiate an arena lease for the NHL's Arizona Coyotes, but stands by its conflict-of-interest reasoning for canceling it in the first place.''Let's be clear. This isn't about hockey,'' Glendale Interim Assistant City Manager Tom Duensing said after the City Council held an executive session Tuesday. ''We want the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale and we want to see them succeed. As we've consistently indicated to the team, we are prepared to negotiate a mutually beneficial approach to address concerns.

  • The Latest on Stanley Cup: Mayor outlines celebration plans

    February 13, 2016

    9:45 p.m. CDTMayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago will celebrate the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a parade followed by a rally at Soldier Field.Emanuel says the celebration will be worthy of a hockey dynasty. It is the team's third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

  • Maple Leafs hire 3 assistant coaches

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have filled out new head coach Mike Babcock's staff.Jim Hiller, D.J. Smith and Andrew Brewer were hired as assistant coaches Tuesday, the NHL team said.Hiller and Brewer worked as assistants under Babcock last season with the Detroit Red Wings.

  • Stanley Cup Final is 2nd most-watched on record

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) This year's Stanley Cup Final is the second most-watched on record.The series won by the Chicago Blackhawks over the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games averaged nearly 5.6 million viewers on NBC and NBCSN. It trails only the six-game 2013 series between Chicago and the Boston Bruins, which averaged almost 5.8 million. NBC said Tuesday the audience was up 11 percent from the 5 million for last year's five-game series between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

  • The Latest on Stanley Cup: Cup arrives at Wrigley Field

    February 13, 2016

    7:30 p.m. CDTThe Stanley Cup has arrived at Wrigley Field.The cup arrived Tuesday night before the Chicago Cubs played the Cleveland Indians. Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Kane carried it to the mound.The cup is making the rounds after the Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday night.

  • The Latest on Stanley Cup: Chicago parade set for Thursday

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 4:30 p.m. CDTMayor Rahm Emanuel says the city of Chicago will celebrate the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Blackhawks beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday, with a parade followed by a rally at Soldier Field.Emanuel says the celebration will be worthy of a hockey dynasty. It is the team's third Stanley Cup title in six seasons.

  • Predators sign goalie Juuse Saros of Finland to 3-year deal

    February 13, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Juuse Saros to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Finland native expected to play in North America next season.The Predators announced the deal Tuesday.Saros, 20, was the 99th selection in the 2013 draft by Nashville. He ranked in the top five of HPK's 60 Finnish Elite League this season with six shutouts, minutes played and save percentage at .929 and a 2.14 goals-against average. He was the Finnish Elite League's rookie of the year in 2013-14.

  • Saad's new deal key part of Blackhawks' offseason

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Moments after Chicago won the Stanley Cup for the third time in six seasons, Stan Bowman went back to work.The general manager of the Blackhawks found forward Brandon Saad on the ice at the United Center and made plans for more big parties in June. Saad is eligible for restricted free agency this summer, and his contract situation is a key part of the shortened offseason for the champions.

  • Stanley Cup begins its own celebration around Chicago

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) This time, the Stanley Cup didn't have to catch a flight before hitting Chicago hot spots for a victory tour.The Chicago Blackhawks won their third championship in six years on Monday night, but it marked the team's first on home ice since 1938. That allowed players to bring the cup to a nightclub as they painted the town Blackhawks red only hours after parading it victoriously before the United Center crowd after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.

  • Penguins move assistant Martin to new role

    February 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Jacques Martin has a new job with the Pittsburgh Penguins.The team announced Tuesday that Martin will serve as special assistant to head coach Mike Johnston. The 62-year-old Martin, the NHL's Coach of the Year in 1999 while leading the Ottawa Senators, spent last season in an advisory capacity with the club.

  • Goalie Philipp Grubauer looks to take next step with Caps

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer knows the next step on his career path could involve significant time sitting on the bench.Grubauer has signed a .5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Capitals and hopes to be Braden Holtby's backup next season.

  • The Latest: Illinois lawmakers pay tribute to Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:45 p.m.Illinois lawmakers have congratulated the Chicago Blackhawks for winning the team's third championship in six years.Several members of the Legislature wore red Chicago jerseys and t-shirts Tuesday in honor of the Blackhawks' Monday night Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • The Latest: Stanley Cup appears at Chicago eatery, nightclub

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:35 p.m.The Stanley Cup has been spotted at a popular Chicago restaurant.Hours after the Chicago Blackhawks captured the cup for the third time in six years, team officials showed it off Tuesday to fans at Phil Stefani's 437 Rush.Many fans have been tracking the cup's whereabouts on Twitter and word quickly spread that it was on display in the restaurant's window for all to see.

  • The Latest: Emanuel promises parade 'worthy of a dynasty'

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 1:30 p.m.Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he only had four hours of sleep after watching the Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup at the United Center.Emanuel said at a news conference Tuesday that the city is planning a victory parade for the team that is ''worthy of a dynasty.''

  • The Latest: Ardent Blackhawks fan sad Mikita can't enjoy win

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:55 a.m. CDTBob Gertenrich isn't the only Chicago Blackhawks fan throwing around the word `dynasty' after the team hoisted the Stanley Cup for the third time in the last six years.But he may be the only one who can say he's seen every home game since January of 1966 - 2,264 of them, to be exact.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks fans track Stanley Cup's whereabouts

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 9:25 a.m. CDTWhere's the Stanley Cup?That's the question of the moment in Chicago after the Blackhawks won their third championship on Monday night.By Tuesday morning, the city's hockey fans were posting on Twitter using hashtags like (hash)cuptracker and following accounts like (at)WheresTheCup trying to find the trophy.

  • The Latest: Mayor vows 'world class' party for Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 8:45 a.m. (CDT)Mayor Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will host a ''world class'' celebration for the Blackhawks in the coming days to celebrate the team's Stanley Cup win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.Emauel called the Blackhawks ''hockey's new dynasty'' in a statement released after Monday night's 2-0 Game 6 win, which was the team's third in the past six seasons.

  • It's official: 3rd Cup in 6 seasons marks Hawks a dynasty

    February 13, 2016

    The stars and the scrubs alike took a spin with the Stanley Cup before it finally wound up in Joel Quenneville's hands. The Blackhawks coach wouldn't have it any other way.The last team standing had just put away a tough young Tampa Bay squad 2-0 in Game 6 and earned the right to call itself a dynasty after winning its third NHL title in six seasons. But only minutes later, Quenneville recalled the sting they all felt barely a year ago, when the Los Angeles Kings elbowed Chicago out of their way by converting a fortunate bounce in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference finals.

  • The Latest: Chicago celebrates its latest Stanley Cup

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) 12:49 a.m.Thousands of fans turned Chicago into a giant party after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup.Streets in the Wrigleyville neighborhood north of downtown were packed with celebrating fans and even the ice at the United Center remained filled with players, friends and family 90 minutes after the Game 6 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Kimmo Timonen will retire a champion with Chicago Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Kimmo Timonen got the Stanley Cup from Jonathan Toews and raised it high above his head, unleashing a cathartic roar in concert with the raucous United Center crowd.In the final game of a 16-year NHL career and a lifetime in hockey, the 40-year-old defenseman became a champion at last.

  • Stamkos comes up empty, Lightning fall to Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) His eyes a bit glazed and a blue Lightning cap pulled tight over his head, Steven Stamkos looked like someone who took his best shots only to absorb the knockout blow.He hit a crossbar. He got stopped on a breakaway.He came away empty-handed and so did Tampa Bay.

  • Keith caps Conn Smythe performance with game-winning goal

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Duncan Keith rarely tired and never wavered during one of the most dominant postseason performances in NHL history.And with a masterful finale for the Chicago Blackhawks, the defenseman etched his name on two trophies.Keith capped his indefatigable two-month surge with the winning goal in Chicago's Stanley Cup-clinching 2-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 on Monday night.

  • Tampa Bay falls just short, loses the Cup in Game 6 shutout

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper looked around his dressing room at his exhausted Lightning while the Chicago Blackhawks' Stanley Cup celebration pulsated through the walls.Cooper saw anguish and disappointment on his players' faces. He also saw the roots of a valuable experience.

  • Blackhawks beats Lightning 2-0 for Stanley Cup title

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Showing off their grit and determination, the Chicago Blackhawks finally put away the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.The city of broad shoulders, strong enough to carry the silver trophy once again. A Windy City party 77 years in the making.

  • The Latest: Chicago beats Tampa Bay 2-0 to win Stanley Cup

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Make that a championship hat trick for these Chicago Blackhawks.Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith scored, and the Blackhawks won their third Stanley Cup in six years by beating the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 on Monday night.Chicago clinched a championship at home for the first time since 1938 and won its third title with Jonathan Toews, Kane and coach Joel Quenneville leading the way.

  • Chicago Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to win Stanley Cup in 6 games

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks beat Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 to win Stanley Cup in 6 games.

  • The Latest: Kane breaks drought, Chicago on verge of Cup

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago on Monday night:---9:41 p.m.Finally, a two-goal lead.Patrick Kane scored with 5:13 remaining to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning and bring them to the edge of their third Stanley Cup in six seasons.

  • The Latest: Chicago takes 1-0 lead vs Tampa into 3rd

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago on Monday night:---9:07 p.m.The Chicago Blackhawks are 20 minutes away from their third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons.Duncan Keith knocked in his own rebound with 2:47 left in the second period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the final. Chicago leads the series 3-2 and can win the Cup with a victory.

  • The Latest: Keith goal gives Chicago 1-0 lead vs Tampa

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago on Monday night:---8:49 p.m.Duncan Keith knocked in his own rebound with 2:47 left in the second period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 1-0 lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals.

  • The Latest: Chicago, Tampa locked in tense, scoreless Game 6

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---8:41 p.m.The Blackhawks continue to apply the pressure - and come away empty-handed.The Blackhawks had a three-on-one just over six minutes into the third, only to have Andrew Shaw's pass go just a tad too long for Andrew Desjardins.

  • The Latest: Tampa's Stamkos stopped on breakaway, hits post

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---8:20 p.m.Another near miss for Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos, who was stopped on a breakaway just under a minute into the second period.He slowed down and then faked Chicago goalie Corey Crawford, who went down and stuck out his left pad to make the save and keep the game scoreless.

  • The Latest: Near misses, 0-0 as Chicago, Tampa play Game 6

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---8 p.m.Ben Bishop made 13 saves for Tampa Bay and the Lightning were locked in a scoreless tie with the Chicago Blackhawks through the first period.Bishop stood his ground in goal, with the Blackhawks, leading the series 3-2, trying to lock up their third Stanley Cup in six years.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay pressing hard early in Game 6

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---7:39 p.m.The teams got off to a cautious start in Game 6 and then Tampa Bay started to turn up the pressure.Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos just missed his first goal of the series, hitting the crossbar with a slapshot just under seven minutes into the game.

  • Torrey Mitchell signs 3-year deal with Montreal Canadiens

    February 13, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Center Torrey Mitchell signed a three-year deal with the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.The 30-year-old Mitchell had six goals and eight assists in 65 regular-season games between the Buffalo Sabres and Montreal. He had a goal and four assists in 12 playoff games for the Canadiens.

  • Penguins sign defenseman Andersen to entry-level contract

    February 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Swedish defenseman Niclas Andersen to a one-year contract.The 27-year-old Andersen was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 2006 but never signed with the club. Andersen has spent his entire professional career playing exclusively in Europe, most recently with Brynas of the Swedish Hockey League.

  • The Latest: Tornado warning ahead of Game 6, Mikita ailing

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---6:30 p.m.This has been one unbelievably close Stanley Cup Final.Neither team has enjoyed a two-goal lead through five games for the first time in the history of the series. It is only the second final to begin with five one-goal games, joining Toronto's 4-1 win over Montreal in 1951.

  • The Latest: Tornado warning in Chicago ahead of Cup's Game 6

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:---5:45 p.m.A tornado warning was issued in the Chicago area less than two hours before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • Devils sign defenseman Vojtech Mozik to entry-level contract

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed Czech free agent defenseman Vojtech Mozik to an entry-level contract.General manager Ray Shero announced the signing Monday.The 22-year-old Mozik spent the previous three seasons with Plzen and was a member of its 2012-13 league championship squad. Last season, he led all defensemen in the Czech Extraliga with a career-high 10 goals. He also established career highs with 19 assists, 29 points and 94 penalty minutes.

  • Grubauer signs .5M, 2-year contract to stay with Capitals

    February 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Goalie Philipp Grubauer has signed a .5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Washington Capitals.The team announced the deal Monday. It will pay Grubauer 0,000 next season, then 0,000 in the 2016-17 season.The 23-year-old Grubauer won Game 2 of the Capitals' first-round playoff series against the New York Islanders, becoming the first German-born goalie to start an NHL playoff game.

  • Tampa Bay's Kucherov takes morning skate before Game 6

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay forward Nikita Kucherov participated in the Lightning's morning skate Monday before Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, two days after he was injured early in Game 5.''I'm going to take warmup, and then it's up to the coach if I play or not,'' Kucherov said in the Lightning's dressing room.

  • Former defensive partners Timonen, Coburn vying for Cup

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn played together for years in Philadelphia. Now the defensemen are competing against each other for the Stanley Cup title they were unable to win with the Flyers.Timonen's Chicago Blackhawks lead Coburn's Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 heading into Game 6 on Monday night. A victory would put Timonen's name on the Stanley Cup for the first time in the final season of a solid 16-year NHL career.

  • Vermette is Blackhawks' unlikely goal-scoring hero in Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Antoine Vermette paid little attention when he was labeled a bust of a late-season acquisition for the Chicago Blackhawks. He didn't get discouraged when he was scratched three times earlier in the NHL postseason.With two game-winning goals in the Stanley Cup Final, Vermette has answered every question about what the Blackhawks were getting when they paid a steep price to pick up the veteran forward from Arizona at the trade deadline.

  • Blackhawks return home just 1 win away from title

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Kris Versteeg could have sulked or pouted when he was pulled out of the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks. Instead, the veteran forward proved he belonged on the ice.While Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have struggled to find any room in the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, the Blackhawks have used their depth to move within one victory of their third NHL title in six seasons. Playing alongside two other players who have been a healthy scratch this postseason, Versteeg assisted on Antoine Vermette's winning goal in Chicago's 2-1 victory on Saturday night.

  • Smallest margins put Blackhawks on brink of Cup in Game 6

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop and his Chicago counterpart, Corey Crawford, both made atrocious mistakes less than a minute apart in Game 5 of this impossibly close Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.Bishop's blunder ended up in his net when he collided with defenseman Victor Hedman and sent the puck to Patrick Sharp, who scored the Blackhawks' first goal in a 2-1 victory.

  • The Latest: Chicago's Vermette adds 2nd Cup game-winner

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Chicago's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final:---11:15 p.m.Antoine Vermette has scored twice in the Stanley Cup Final series against Tampa Bay. And both have been third-period, game-winners.

  • The Latest: Chicago holds off Tampa 2-1 for 3-2 series lead

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Antoine Vermette converted a rebound two minutes into the third period to secure the Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win and a 3-2 series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday night.Patrick Sharp also scored for the Blackhawks, who are one win from their sixth championship in franchise history, and third in six years. Corey Crawford stopped 31 shots, including all 15 he faced in the third period.

  • The Latest: Chicago clings to 2-1 lead late 3rd vs Tampa

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---10:36 p.m.Now it's goalie Ben Bishop's turn to make some big stops to keep the Lightning in a game they trail Chicago 2-1 with 7 minutes left in the third period.

  • The Latest: Chicago jumps to 2-1 lead early 3rd vs Tampa

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---10:29 p.m.The Tampa Bay Lightning have an 9-2 edge in shots eight minutes into the third period, but have been able to cash in against Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago tied 1-1 after 2 in a 2-2 series

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---10 p.m.Buckle up! The Blackhawks and Lightning are delivering yet another barnburner in a series in which the first four games were decided by one goal.

  • The Latest: Tampa ties it up on Filppula goal, 1-1 after 2

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:52 p.m.It's 1-1 after two periods. No surprise the Lightning have pulled even in a series that has yet to have either team enjoy a two-goal lead.

  • The Latest: Tampa ties it up on Filppula goal, 1-1 in 2nd

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:40 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning forward Valtteri Filppula scored 10:53 into the second period to tie the game against the Blackhawks at 1-1.

  • The Latest: Chicago leads Tampa 1-0 as pace picks up in 2nd

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:25 p.m.The Lightning's bumbling ways have carried over into the second period.Chicago nearly took advantage of another miscue in the opening minute when Tampa Bay defenseman Braydon Coburn was attempting to skate the puck out of the corner when he slipped and fell in the circle 47 seconds in. Chicago's Brandon Saad pounced off the loose and got off a shot that was stopped by Ben Bishop.

  • The Latest: Chicago takes 1-0 lead into 2nd period of Game 5

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---9:10 p.m.Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop's fine after stopping 13 of 14 shots in the opening 20 minutes. He's not getting much support from the rest of the team in his return after missing Game 4 with an undisclosed injury.

  • The Latest: Chicago scores first on Tampa miscue in Game 5

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final in Tampa between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks:---8:53 p.m.The Lightning are down a forward after Nikita Kucherov crashed headfirst into post of the Blackhawks' net during a scoring chance in the first period.

  • The Latest: Stars looking to break out in Game 5

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) 8:03 p.m. EDTThere has been little star power during the Stanley Cup Final.Captain Jonathan Toews (a goal and assist) and Patrick Kane (one assist) have combined for three points for the Blackhawks.Lightning captain Steven Stamkos has one assist in his past six games dating to the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers.

  • The Latest: Bishop in goal for the Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) 7:55 p.m.Goalie Ben Bishop has led the Tampa Bay Lightning onto the ice for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, indicting he will start.Bishop missed Game 4 and skipped Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury, but spent 15 minutes on ice during Tampa Bay's morning skate for Game 5.

  • Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop set to start Game 5 in Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Goalie Ben Bishop has led the Tampa Bay Lightning onto the ice for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final, indicating he will start on Saturday night.Bishop missed Game 4 and skipped Friday's practice with an undisclosed injury, but spent 15 minutes on ice during Tampa Bay's morning skate for Game 5.

  • K donation nets hockey fan chance to use Taser on mayor

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) An Arizona Coyotes fan got to take out her frustration on the mayor behind the decision to send the hockey team packing.KPNX-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1FSCfwn) that disgruntled fan Ronda Pearson used a stun gun on Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers on Saturday as part of a charity pledge.

  • Anaheim Ducks sign 2nd-round pick Marcus Pettersson

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Defenseman Marcus Pettersson has signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Anaheim Ducks.The club announced the deal with its Swedish second-round draft pick on Saturday.Anaheim selected Pettersson last summer with the 38th overall pick. He spent last season with Skelleftea AIK in the Swedish Hockey League, going scoreless in 14 games while also playing for the under-20 team.

  • Canadiens sign Beaulieu to million, 2-year deal

    February 13, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Defenseman Nathan Beaulieu has signed a million, two-year contract, the Montreal Canadiens said Saturday.Beaulieu, 22, had one goal and eight assists in 64 games this past season.The 6-foot-1 185-pound Beaulieu is set to earn million per season, a slight increase on the 5,000 he made in 2014-15 in the final season of a three-year entry-level contract. He can become a restricted free agent in 2017-'18.

  • Injured Tampa Bay goalie Bishop still uncertain for Game 5

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Lightning goalie Ben Bishop spent 15 minutes on the ice Saturday during Tampa Bay's morning skate for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.The Lightning haven't decided whether the injured 53-game winner will play against the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Star players hope to provide edge in Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The tightest Stanley Cup Final is 47 years is coming down to the wire.The Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning both feel confident about their ability to win two of a possible three games remaining in the best-of-7 matchup that resumes Saturday night.

  • Ducks' Nate Thompson out 5-6 months after shoulder surgery

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Anaheim Ducks center Nate Thompson will be out for five to six months after undergoing surgery to repair two labral tears in his left shoulder.Thompson had surgery Thursday, and the Ducks announced the sobering results Friday.Thompson will be sidelined well into next season after playing through a serious injury for the Pacific Division champion Ducks, who fell one game short of the Stanley Cup Final. Anaheim lost the Western Conference finals to the Chicago Blackhawks last month.

  • Judge grants restraining order in Coyotes lease dispute

    February 13, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) A judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday requested by the Arizona Coyotes to prevent the city of Glendale from dissolving its arena lease agreement with the team.The order does not address whether the city must make the next payment due to IceArizona, the Coyotes' owner, for operating the arena.

  • Killorn's strong play helps propel Lightning in playoffs

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Killorn doesn't have any qualms about graduating from a prestigious college and not pursuing a cushy job that might pay a lot of money but also keep him behind a desk in the office all day.No, he's doing quite well wearing the uniform of the Tampa Bay Lightning and skating on a line with one of the NHL's biggest stars in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Coyotes seek court order to stop city from voiding lease

    February 13, 2016

    PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Coyotes are seeking a restraining order to prevent the city of Glendale from dissolving its arena lease agreement with the team.The team said in a statement Friday that it had filed a lawsuit in Maricopa County Superior Court against the Glendale City Council and other city officials.

  • Defensemen starring in a tight, tense Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) After Steven Stamkos stepped off the Lightning's practice rink on a 90-degree June day, the Tampa Bay captain calmly made it clear he is well aware that he hasn't scored a goal yet in his first Stanley Cup Final.''Keep playing the game the right way, and eventually you're going to get rewarded,'' Stamkos said Friday.

  • Cooper unsure if Bishop will play Game 5 of final

    February 13, 2016

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper is unsure if injured goalie Ben Bishop will return for Saturday night's Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final against Chicago.Bishop sat out the Lightning's 2-1 loss in Game 4 Wednesday night with an undisclosed lower body injury. The series is tied 2-2.

  • In Montador's memory, Hawks' Carcillo speaks out for players

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Daniel Carcillo didn't get a chance to grieve for Steve Montador, his close friend and former teammate with the Chicago Blackhawks.When Montador died in mid-February, Carcillo attended the funeral in Ontario and went right back to work, trying to keep his lineup spot on a championship-contending club.

  • Obama stays neutral in NBA, roots for NHL's Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The avid sports fan who occupies the Oval Office is refusing to take sides as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors battle for the NBA championship.President Barack Obama told the entertainment news show ''Extra'' on Thursday that both teams are playing incredible basketball.

  • Game 4 draws 3rd-best NBCSN Stanley Cup Final audience

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Game 4 has drawn the third-largest audience for the Stanley Cup Final on NBCSN.The Chicago Blackhawks' 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night averaged more than 3.9 million viewers.NBC said Thursday that was up 16 percent from the nearly 3.4 million for last year's Game 4 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers, which was a potential clincher.

  • Obama says neutral in NBA, roots for NHL's Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) The avid sports fan who occupies the Oval Office is refusing to take sides as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors battle for the NBA championship.President Barack Obama tells the entertainment news show ''Extra'' that both teams are playing incredible basketball.

  • Coyotes start legal processes following city's arena vote

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes are used to having an uncertain future. Unlike the four years of waiting for a new owner to step forward, the team has gone on the offensive in the latest twist to this ongoing saga.The Coyotes on Thursday began mapping out their response to the Glendale City Council's decision to dissolve an arena lease agreement with the team. It will include a variety of legal maneuvers, but no immediate plans to relocate the team and certainly no renegotiation of the existing agreement.

  • Chicago, Tampa Bay all even again in Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Four games deep in the Stanley Cup Final, all that's clear is just how little separates the Chicago Blackhawks and the Tampa Bay Lightning.These two conference champions have two victories, nine goals and 24 penalty minutes apiece, while Chicago has outshot Tampa Bay 107-104.

  • Penguins forward Dupuis cleared for return after blood clots

    February 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Pascal Dupuis is good to go.The Pittsburgh Penguins forward has been cleared to return to full-contact workouts after missing most of the 2014-15 season due to blood clots. General manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday the blood clot has dissolved and that doctors say Dupuis can play, though he will continue to take blood-thinning medication.

  • Mad-scientist Quenneville finds right formula for Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville's postgame news conferences are generally dry affairs. He usually displays about as much emotion as a puck.Even he couldn't stifle a smile at the end of this one.Chicago goalkeeper Corey Crawford had just turned back a handful shots in the final, furious two minutes - triggered when Tampa Bay pulled goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy, a surprise starter in goal in place of front-liner Ben Bishop - to preserve a 2-1 victory and even the Stanley Cup series at 2-2. Quenneville didn't need reminding that for all his mad-scientist maneuvering behind the bench, he'd just gotten away with one.

  • Wednesday Sports In Brief

    October 22, 2015

    BASEBALLCHICAGO (AP) One final, charmed swing by Daniel Murphy, and the New York Mets finished a playoff sweep of the Chicago Cubs.A new generation of Amazins is heading to the World Series.Murphy homered for a record sixth consecutive postseason game and the Mets brushed aside the Cubs 8-3, capping a National League Championship Series in which New York never trailed.

  • Crawford stifles Tampa, Blackhawks tie Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The idea that he could be standing in net as the Chicago Blackhawks clinch a championship at home certainly occupies a corner of Corey Crawford's mind.It hasn't happened since 1938, when they were known as the ''Black Hawks.'' But that could be about to change.

  • Gamesmanship in full bloom in Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Goaltender Ben Bishop participated in Tampa Bay's morning skate, and was missing when the Lightning warmed up for Game 4. The Chicago Blackhawks hid their completely different lines until the game started.The race is on between coaches Jon Cooper of the Lightning and Joel Quenneville of the Blackhawks for every little inch in one of the tightest Stanley Cup Finals in decades.

  • The Latest: Chicago beats Tampa 2-1, evens Final at 2-2

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad scored, Corey Crawford withstood a furious barrage in the closing minute and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 to tie the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 on Wednesday night.Toews scored his first goal of the series in the opening period. Saad broke a 1-1 tie in the third when he knocked in his own rebound and Crawford made it stand as time expired.

  • Glendale votes to cancel lease deal with Coyotes

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Glendale City Council has voted to end an arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes, thrusting the franchise's future further into doubt.The council voted 5-2 Wednesday night to end a 15-year, 5 million lease agreement signed by Glendale and IceArizona shortly after the team was purchased from the NHL in 2013.

  • The Latest: Saad gives Chicago 2-1 lead in Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:25 p.m.Brandon Saad scored at 6:22 of the third period to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 2-1 lead in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.Saad came in from the left side. He got stopped by Andrei Vasilevskiy's stick, then corralled the skittering puck and knocked it between the goalie's legs to put Chicago on top.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago tied 1-1 after 2 in Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:15 p.m.The third period is underway in a 1-1 Game 4.Through two periods, Chicago's Corey Crawford has 16 saves. Andrei Vasilevskiy has 13 for Tampa Bay. The Lightning are 0 for 4 on the power play while the Blackhawks are 0 for 2.

  • The Latest: Tampa evens it up, 1-1 vs Chicago in Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:49 p.m.The Blackhawks' lead didn't last long.Alex Killorn scored on a slick feed from Steven Stamkos behind the net to tie it at 1-1 with 8:13 left in the second - just 5:07 after Chicago opened the scoring.

  • The Latest: Toews gives Chicago 1-0 lead vs Tampa in Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:26 p.m.Chicago scores first in a tense, rugged Game 4.Jonathan Toews broke through early in the second period with his first goal of the series to give the Blackhawks a 1-0 lead.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago scoreless after 1 in Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:09 p.m.Andrei Vasilevskiy made a surprise start in goal for Tampa Bay, and the Lightning were locked in a scoreless tie with the Chicago Blackhawks after the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

  • The Latest: Tampa, Chicago come up empty early in Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:09 p.m.Andrei Vasilevskiy made a surprise start in goal for Tampa Bay, and the Lightning were locked in a scoreless tie with the Chicago Blackhawks after the first period in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup finals.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay protecting new goalie well early

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:7:36 p.m.The Lightning are doing a good job protecting goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy so far after his surprise start in goal for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Blackhawks did not have a shot on goal through the first eight minutes and Tampa Bay had three blocked shots early.

  • Vasilevskiy in goal for Tampa Bay for Game 4 vs Chicago

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Andrei Vasilevskiy was the surprise starter in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night.The 20-year-old Vasilevskiy is the sixth goaltender in NHL history to make his first career playoff start in the final, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He had made just 19 appearances this season, counting the playoffs.

  • The Latest: Surprise goalie change for Tampa Bay for Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:7:05 p.m.Something to look out for tonight - slow pucks and tricky bounces.That could be an issue on a humid day when temperatures hit the 90s. They had dropped to the mid-70s by game time.

  • The Latest: Tampa takes 8-3 playoff road record into Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:6:40 p.m.The Lightning have been playing well on the road, and the Blackhawks have a history of playing better as series progress.For Tampa Bay, it's been a remarkable turnaround after a subpar regular season in that area. The Lightning came into Wednesday's game with an 8-3 road record in the playoffs after going 18-16-7. They had won four straight away from home, beating the Blackhawks 3-2 in Game 3 on a late goal by Cedric Paquette to go up 2-1 in the series.

  • Timonen gets another chance to play in Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:6 p.m.With his career winding down, Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen is getting another chance to play in a Stanley Cup Final.The 16-year veteran was in the lineup for Wednesday night's Game 4 between Chicago and Tampa Bay for the first time since Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.

  • Julien says keeping Bruins job doesn't guarantee stability

    February 13, 2016

    WILMINGTON, Mass. (AP) Claude Julien knows that just because he's now the NHL's longest-tenured coach doesn't mean his stint with the Boston Bruins has more stability.''It just means that I'm probably the next one to fall off the totem pole, right?'' Julien said Wednesday. ''I'm going to try to make it last as long as I can.''

  • City set to vote on cancelling arena deal with Coyotes

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The city of Glendale issued a statement Wednesday saying it would be open to renegotiating an arena lease deal with the Arizona Coyotes, hours before the City Council was scheduled to vote on cancelling the existing deal.''The City Council has scheduled a discussion and possible vote regarding Glendale's contract with the Arizona Coyotes,'' the statement said. ''Discussions and negotiations regarding the contract have been ongoing for months. Specifically, the City is open to a resolution but it must be one that provides certainty and fairness to both parties, especially the taxpayers. The Council has agreed to stand for transparency and the highest standards of ethics for any future agreement with the Coyotes.''

  • D Timonen, F Versteeg in lineup for Blackhawks for Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) At the end of a 16-year NHL career, Kimmo Timonen is going to play in another Stanley Cup Final.The respected veteran is in the lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks for Game 4 on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The 40-year-old Timonen, who was acquired in a February trade with Philadelphia, missed most of the season while recovering from blood clots in his leg and lungs. He plans to retire after the playoffs.

  • Anaheim Ducks fire assistant coach, but Boudreau will return

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Coach Bruce Boudreau will return to the Anaheim Ducks next season, although he'll be without one of his assistants.Assistant coach Brad Lauer was fired Tuesday after general manager Bob Murray completed his postseason evaluation of the three-time Pacific Division champion Ducks. They lost the Western Conference Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks in seven games last month.

  • Coyotes facing council vote on arena lease agreement

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The City of Glendale has called for a special meeting on Wednesday to determine whether to end an arena lease agreement with the Arizona Coyotes, further clouding the team's future in the desert.The meeting agenda calls for the city council to consider whether to cancel the professional services and arena lease agreement between Glendale and IceArizona, which co-owns the Coyotes with Andrew Barroway.

  • Game 3 draws 3rd-best NBCSN Stanley Cup Final audience

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Game 3 has drawn the third-largest audience for the Stanley Cup Final on NBCSN.The Tampa Bay Lightning's 3-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night averaged nearly 3.9 million viewers.NBC said Tuesday that was up 35 percent from the nearly 2.9 million for last year's Game 3 between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers.

  • Coyotes owner says team intent on staying in Arizona

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Just when the Arizona Coyotes seem to have found stable ground, a new report or rumor surfaces, leading to more speculation that the team will leave the desert.The latest: The team is in breach of its arena lease agreement with the city of Glendale.

  • Keith carrying impressive load for Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Between his production and the amount of time he is spending on the ice, the numbers this postseason for Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith sure are impressive.With his boundless energy, the two-time Norris Trophy winner is playing a huge role for a team eyeing its third Stanley Cup in six years.

  • Lightning's road success becoming a key to Stanley Cup hopes

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Thousands of fans crowded Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa to watch Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final, braving both rain and 92-degree Florida heat while celebrating another victory for the Tampa Bay Lightning more than 1,000 miles to the north.

  • Blackhawks draw on history, experience in Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews remembers his first postseason series in 2009, and the emotions that went along with each game. These days, the playoffs are a much different experience for the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks.There was no panic for Toews and company on Tuesday, a day after a 3-2 loss to steady Tampa Bay shoved Chicago into a 2-1 deficit in the Stanley Cup Final. No outward display of frustration.

  • Voice of hockey Emrick to get Vin Scully Award

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Mike Emrick, the voice of hockey in America, will receive the Vin Scully Award for lifetime achievement.Emrick, currently calling the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago, becomes the eighth recipient of the prestigious honor given by WFUV Radio. He will be presented with the award on Nov. 2.

  • Detroit Red Wings hire Jeff Blashill to replace Babcock

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The moment Mike Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill was the obvious candidate to replace him.In fact, this coaching hire seemed more like a succession plan that was in place for about a year before Babcock's departure.The 41-year-old Blashill was introduced Tuesday as Detroit's new coach, an announcement that felt almost inevitable ever since Babcock left last month to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons.

  • Rookie Paquette comes through again for Lightning in Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Cedric Paquette didn't make the Lightning's roster out of training camp. He didn't nail down a permanent job in Tampa Bay until January, when general manager Steve Yzerman told him to move out of a hotel.The 21-year-old rookie then began the Stanley Cup Final as the Lightning's designated pest against Jonathan Toews, tasked with hounding the Chicago captain all over the ice and talking a little trash.

  • Lightning beat Blackhawks in Game 3 of Stanley Cup

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) So much for Ryan Callahan's quiet postseason. The veteran forward is making a lot of noise in the Stanley Cup Final.Callahan had a goal and an assist in Tampa Bay's 3-2 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 on Monday night. He has four points in the series after totaling four points in his first 19 games in the playoffs.

  • Despite mystery ailment, Bishop steals win for Tampa Bay

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Ben Bishop's long white goalie pads were laid face down in front of his empty locker, a skate left splayed behind each one. To say it looked like the Tampa Bay netminder was in a hurry to escape the scene of a crime would hardly be an exaggeration.

  • Chicago can't cash in chances, trail Stanley Cup Final 2-1

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane came up empty-handed for the Chicago Blackhawks. Marian Hossa missed a wide open net, too, against a goalie who looked like he was having trouble moving.It all added up to a 3-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals and one big missed opportunity for the Blackhawks.

  • Tampa beats Chicago 3-2, takes 2-1 lead in Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:10 p.m.Cedric Paquette scored the tiebreaking goal on an exceptional pass from Victor Hedman with 3:11 to play, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

  • Tampa grabs 3-2 lead late in tense 3rd period

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:52 p.m.Cedric Paquette has put the Lightning ahead 3-2 with 3:11 to play, but Victor Hedman made it possible. Tampa Bay's sublime Swedish defenseman took the center spot on an odd-man rush and drew the defense before getting a perfect pass to Paquette, who put it between defenseman Kyle Cumiskey's legs for his second goal of the series. United Center is very quiet.

  • Chicago tied with Tampa 2-2 late in tense 3rd period

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:42 p.m.The United Center is tense, but neither team has taken a lead in the waning minutes of Game 3. Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop keeps stopping pucks despite an apparent nagging injury, crossing 30 saves early in the period. Tampa Bay is trying quick changes and plenty of work from its Triplets line to attack Corey Crawford, looking for an open net. Steven Stamkos just swung and fouled off a spinning puck in the slot right in front of Crawford.

  • Chicago tied with Tampa 2-2 as 3rd period gets rolling

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:29 p.m.Chicago finally takes a 2-1 lead, and it lasts 13 seconds.After Marian Hossa got the puck to Brandon Saad alone in the slot, he buried his shot for his seventh goal of the playoffs. The United Center hadn't even announced his goal when Ondrej Palat followed the puck into Corey Crawford's crease and knocked it past the goalie's outstretched glove for his eighth goal of the postseason. It's 2-2 with 13:24 left in the third period.

  • Chicago tied with Tampa 1-1 as 3rd period begins in Game 3

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:9:18 p.m.Chicago defenseman Johnny Oduya is back on the ice as the third period begins in a tense, tied Game 3.He had missed the final 7:44 of the second period, and he was upset before he went to the dressing room, kicking the bench in frustration.

  • Chicago kills 2-man advantage, tied with Tampa 1-1 after 2

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:59 p.m.We head to intermission tied 1-1 after a furious finish to the second period.The Lightning got a two-man advantage for 86 seconds after Brandon Saad was called for goaltender interference when he made contact with Ben Bishop's head on a drive to the crease. Bishop got up slowly, but stayed in the game while the Chicago crowd and coach Joel Quenneville vocally disagreed with the call. None of it mattered: Tampa Bay couldn't score and even struggled to set up in the Blackhawks' zone.

  • Tampa comes out firing in 2nd, 1-1 vs Chicago in Game 3

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:43 p.m. CDTChicago's second power play of Game 3 was as bad as its first was good. Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman ended it by artfully lofting the puck off the boards and behind the Blackhawks to create a breakaway for Nikita Kucherov coming out of the box, but Corey Crawford stopped him. Still 1-1 midway through the second.

  • Chicago power play goal evens Game 3 vs Lightning after 1st

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:8:16 p.m.Patrick Kane may be warming up, which is no surprise and is welcome news to Chicago fans. He had three shots in the first period of Game 3 after getting held without a shot in Game 2 in Tampa.

  • Chicago power play goal evens Game 3 vs Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between Tampa Bay and Chicago:7:50 p.m.The Blackhawks are finally rewarded for 10 minutes of dominance when Brad Richards' shot on the power play escapes the web of Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop's glove and drops in the net, tying Game 3. Chicago has outshot Tampa Bay 17-1 since the opening four minutes.

  • Tampa Bay grabs early lead in Game 3 in Chicago

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:7:39 p.m.Four-on-four hockey after coincidental minors in Game 3 has led to numerous chances for the Blackhawks, but they can't score. Teuvo Teravainen had a shot at a nearly open net, but couldn't get it in for his third goal of the series. Moments later, a close chance by Andrew Shaw is denied by Ben Bishop. The Blackhawks are outshooting Tampa Bay 12-5 after getting outshot 4-0 in the first 4 minutes.

  • Bishop starts for Lightning in Game 3

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay goaltender Ben Bishop got the start for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday night.Bishop participated in the morning skate, but there was no definitive word on his status until he was announced as the starter right before the game.

  • Bishop starting for Lightning; Kane, Toews breakup?

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:---7:15 p.m.Ben Bishop is listed as Tampa Bay's starting goalie on the official lineup sheet, so the Lightning's single-season victories record-holder will play in Game 3 after leaving Game 2 twice in the final minutes.

  • Bishop leads Lightning onto ice, Kane, Toews breakup?

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:6:59 p.m.The Blackhawks appear to be breaking up captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to start Game 3. They're skating on different lines during warmups after starting Game 2 in Tampa together. Coach Joel Quenneville broke them up in the third period of Game 2, and Toews swiftly set up a goal. Neither star has a goal in the Final, and Kane didn't record a shot in Game 2.

  • Bishop leads Lightning onto ice before Game 3 of Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:6:41 p.m.Ben Bishop led the Lightning onto the ice for pregame warmups before Game 3, finally providing the answer to the biggest mystery of the past two days.After Bishop left Game 2 twice during the third period for unclear reasons, Tampa Bay has been incredibly tight-lipped about the identity of its starting goalie for Game 3. Rookie Andrei Vasilevskiy finished up the victory, but Tampa Bay has refused to say what was wrong with Bishop.

  • Blackhawks ready to host Lightning in Game 3 of Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The latest from Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final:---6:30 p.m. EDTBlackhawks fans haven't seen their team at home since May 25, so they're more than slightly hyped for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. Not even a few intense bursts of rain could dampen the spirits of these famously loyal fans, who filled the United Center's halls with cheers and chants more than an hour before faceoff.

  • Bishop practices with Lightning ahead of Game 3

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Ben Bishop practiced with Tampa Bay on Monday morning, and that basically was the only statement from the Lightning about their situation in goal.Marshawn Lynch would have been proud.The Lightning are staying quiet about who will be in net when they face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final. There has been no word from the team on why Bishop left two different times during the third period of Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory on Saturday night, and the Lightning continued to deflect any inquiries about his status for Monday night.

  • What to watch for in Game 3 of Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Stanley Cup Final is back in Chicago. And it brought along all sorts of questions.It is unclear who will start in goal for the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 3 on Monday night. The Blackhawks could make a couple of changes to their lines and defensive pairings after a 4-3 loss on Saturday night left the best-of-seven series tied at a game apiece.

  • Big stars held in check so far in Stanley Cup

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) One point. That is the combined total for Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Steven Stamkos through two games of the Stanley Cup Final.The biggest stars for the Blackhawks and Lightning are looking to break out with the deadlocked series shifting to Chicago for Game 3 on Monday night.

  • Cooper follows unconventional path to Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The tale of Jon Cooper's journey to the Stanley Cup Final is almost too good to be true.A former criminal defense attorney who played lacrosse in college and gave up practicing law to pursue a career in hockey, the coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning didn't take a traditional path to landing a job in the NHL and guiding his team within three victories of the sport's most coveted trophy.

  • Cooper not sure who will start in goal for Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper says he isn't sure who will start in goal for the Lightning in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final.Ben Bishop left midway through the third period of Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory over Chicago on Saturday night. He returned for a brief stretch and then left for good. Andrei Vasilevskiy made five saves to help close out the win.

  • Bickell, van Riemsdyk could be back for Blackhawks in Game 3

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Forward Bryan Bickell and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk could return to the Chicago Blackhawks' lineup for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup finals against Tampa Bay on Monday night, coach Joel Quenneville said.He did not say if they will play, however.

  • Lightning confident in both goalies as Final goes to Chicago

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Whether Ben Bishop or Andrei Vasilevskiy is in net for the Lightning when the Stanley Cup Final continues in Chicago, their Tampa Bay teammates are confident they can chase a championship in front of either goalie.That trust was earned over a long season, and it was cemented in the wacky third period of Game 2 on Saturday night.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay evens Stanley Cup Final with 4-3 win

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---10:00 p.m.Tyler Johnson scored his NHL playoff-leading 13th goal and Andrei Vasilevskiy came off the bench to make a big save in the closing minutes Saturday night as the Tampa Bay Lightning evened the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • The Latest: Bishop exits, TB takes 4-3 lead on Garrison goal

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:48 p.m.Tampa Bay goalie Ben Bishop has exited Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final again with less than eight minutes remaining in regulation.

  • The Latest: Chicago ties it at 3, goal reviewed and upheld

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:33 p.m.Chicago's Brent Seabrook scored at 3:38 of the third period to make it 3-3 in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final.

  • The Latest: Chicago splits two stars at start of 3rd period

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:22 p.m.Chicago coach Joel Quenneville has split up his two stars for the third period, putting captain Jonathan Toews on a line with Brandon Saad and Marian Hossa.

  • The Latest: Goal flurry, 2 quick lead changes in 2nd period

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---9:15 p.m.The Lightning lead Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final 3-2 after 40 minutes, following a fast-paced second period in which each team scored twice.

  • The Latest: Chicago scores 2 quick goals, but TB responds

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---8:35 p.m.Chicago scored two quick goals to flip a deficit into a one-goal lead, but Tampa Bay responded quickly with a goal of its own to tie the second game of the Stanley Cup Final at 2-2 midway through the second period.

  • The Latest: TB up 1-0 after 20 minutes in Stanley Cup Game 2

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---8:10 p.m.The Blackhawks didn't dress young defenseman Trevor Van Riemsdyk for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final, but they're still essentially relying on four blueliners.

  • The Latest: TB's Paquette scores first in Stanley Cup Game 2

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:56 p.m.Cedric Paquette scored an unassisted goal on a wrist shot from the right circle to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the first period of Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. It's his second goal of the playoffs.

  • The Latest: Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final excites from start

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:50 p.m.Game 2 is off to a rousing start with both teams playing aggressively and working for scoring chances.

  • The Latest: Game 2 of Stanley Cup Final underway

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:30 p.m.Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is underway after a rousing pregame ceremony featuring video highlights of the Lightning's playoff run to the championship round and Game 1 on Wednesday night.

  • The Latest: Chicago treating Game 2 of final as must-win

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning, at Amalie Arena on Saturday night. All times listed are Eastern:---7:30 p.m.Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is underway after a rousing pregame ceremony featuring video highlights of the Lightning's playoff run to the championship round and Game 1 on Wednesday night.

  • NHL combine move to Buffalo prompts on-ice testing proposal

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The NHL scouting combine's move out of a convention center and into an actual hockey facility has prompted a discussion of what the next step might be in its evolution beyond bench-presses and stationary bikes.What about on-ice testing?

  • Blue Jackets still in the mix to sign Reilly, GM says

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen says prospect defenseman Mike Reilly still may sign with Columbus.Kekalainen says Saturday at the NHL scouting combine that Reilly has had discussions with other teams, but he also informed the Blue Jackets they remain in the mix.

  • Lightning learn from opening loss, prepare for big Game 2

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) After surviving 21 tumultuous playoff games over the past seven weeks, the Tampa Bay Lightning weren't about to get discouraged after losing Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.That doesn't mean the Lightning haven't spent the past two days stewing about how to improve when the series continues in Game 2 on Saturday night.

  • Top 2 NHL prospects McDavid, Eichel finally meet at combine

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel have been linked as the NHL's two top draft prospects since September.It wasn't until this week at the league's pre-draft scouting combine in Buffalo when the two finally had a chance to sit down and chat.

  • Stanley Cup goalies have had their ups and downs in playoffs

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) No team wins Stanley Cup without reliable goaltending, so Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop finds it laughable when he reads or hears criticism about Chicago's Corey Crawford.Although the starting goalies in the finals series that resumes Saturday night have had their ups and downs this postseason, there's no question Bishop's Lightning and Crawford's Blackhawks wouldn't be here if they couldn't depend on them.

  • While other Sun Belt clubs falter, Tampa is a hockey town

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Phil Esposito swells with parental pride when he sees the Tampa Bay Lightning chasing the Stanley Cup in an arena largely packed with Florida fans who have converted to his beloved game.The Hall of Famer who co-founded the franchise 23 years ago realizes just how unlikely it was for this team in this city to reach this magical moment. Outside the sold-out Amalie Arena, thousands more brave the June humidity to watch playoff games on an oversize screen, gathering around a bronze statue of Esposito in the plaza.

  • Rangers defensemen Staal, Girardi have ankle surgery

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Rangers defensemen Marc Staal and Dan Girardi have had ankle surgery, and the team says they should be ready for training camp.Both played throughout the playoffs, which ended with a Game 7 loss last week to Tampa Bay in the Eastern Conference finals. New York did not announce that either was injured while the team was playing.

  • TB's Hedman wants to move past likely bite from Hawks' Shaw

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman isn't interested in talking about the bite he believes he received from Chicago right wing Andrew Shaw in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.Shaw also refused to speak directly about the first-period altercation, and both players seemed determined to forget about it before Game 2 on Saturday night.

  • Bruins GM Sweeney: Julien to return as coach for 9th season

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Making no apologies for how long it took to reach a decision, Boston Bruins rookie general manager Don Sweeney is confident that retaining coach Claude Julien for a ninth season is best for his team.Sweeney made the announcement Friday, ending nearly two months of uncertainty over Julien's future after the Bruins underwent a front-office shake up this spring.

  • Blackhawks' Teravainen is Finnish Cold, but off to hot start

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Although Teuvo Teravainen is already nicknamed ''Turbo,'' Chicago Blackhawks forward Marian Hossa came up with another evocative way to describe the 20-year-old's smooth, clinical approach to hockey.''He's Finnish cold,'' Hossa said after Teravainen scored a goal and assisted on another in the Stanley Cup Final opener.

  • Oilers drop Keith Acton, Craig Ramsay from coaching staff

    February 13, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers dropped associate coach Keith Acton and assistant Craig Ramsay from new coach Todd McLellan's staff Thursday.Acton spent two seasons with Edmonton, and Ramsay was hired at the beginning of last season. Both were brought in under former coach Dallas Eakins and stayed on with interim coach Todd Nelson after Eakins was fired in December.

  • Blackhawks fans unhappy with Lightning ticket policy

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning aren't apologizing for wanting to fill seats for home games during the Stanley Cup Final with their own fans, rather than thousands hoping to root for the Chicago Blackhawks.The team instituted a policy at the start of the playoffs last month of not selling tickets on the Internet to out-of-state residents, and the club has been hearing from fans of visiting NHL teams who feel slighted ever since.

  • Game 1 of Stanley Cup averaged 5,547,000 viewers on NBC

    February 13, 2016

    STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final averaged 5,547,000 viewers and drew a 3.34 rating Wednesday night on NBC.Chicago's 2-1 victory over Tampa Bay was most-watched Game 1 that did not require overtime in 18 years and NBC's second-most-watched Game 1 ever, the network said Thursday.

  • NHL step closer to a coaches' challenge system

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The NHL is a step closer to a coaches' challenge system.The joint NHL/NHL Players' Association competition committee said Thursday that it recommended coaches' challenges for goals involving goalie interference and offside plays.If approved by the NHLPA executive committee and board of governors, goalie interference challenges would be handled by referees at ice level and offside plays by the situation room in Toronto.

  • Top NHL prospect McDavid lands sponsorship deal with CCM

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Connor McDavid casually slipped his hands into his pockets and turned to watch the big screen behind him, where the next chapter of hockey's top prospect began to unfold Thursday in the form of a commercial.At 18, and a little over three weeks before he's expected to be chosen first in the NHL draft, McDavid has already landed his first major sponsorship deal. It's with CCM Hockey, where McDavid joins a high-profile stable of stars, including Sidney Crosby, John Tavares, Pavel Datsyuk and Montreal goalie Carey Price.

  • Tampa's Steven Stamkos pushing to win 1st Stanley Cup title

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos grew up imagining what it would be like to hoist the Stanley Cup. Now that he and the Tampa Bay Lightning have a shot at it, the team captain says he will do whatever is necessary make it reality.The three-time All-Star already is one of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, but aspires to be much more. He is working to become a complete player who leads on both ends of the ice.

  • Stamkos chasing dream in pursuit of first Stanley Cup title

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos grew up imagining what it would be like to hoist Stanley Cup. Now that he and the Tampa Bay Lightning have a shot at it, the team captain says he's driven to do whatever is necessary make it reality.The three-time All-Star already is one of the most prolific goal scorers of his generation, but aspires to be much more. He's working on other aspects of his game with intentions of becoming a complete player who leads on both ends of the ice.

  • With belief and depth, Chicago gets early jump on Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) When the Chicago Blackhawks were seven minutes away from losing the Stanley Cup Final opener, it wasn't Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane or Duncan Keith who stepped up and perpetuated this team's reputation for big-game grit.Teuvo Teravainen, a 20-year-old Finn who suited up for the Blackhawks for the first time this season in January, scored the tying goal. He then set up the winner by Antoine Vermette - who didn't pull on a Blackhawks sweater until March. Corey Crawford, the goalie who briefly lost his job six weeks ago, quietly shut out Tampa Bay for the final 55 minutes of a one-goal win.

  • McKenzie, Nickson to be honored by Hockey Hall

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) TV analyst Bob McKenzie and Los Angeles Kings radio broadcaster Nick Nickson will be honored by the Hockey Hall of Fame later this year.McKenzie, who works for TSN in Canada, is the winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism.

  • Blackhawks plead ignorance about Shaw possibly biting Hedman

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks pleaded ignorance Thursday about the possibility that right wing Andrew Shaw bit Tampa Bay defenseman Victor Hedman in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.''I have no idea,'' Blackhawks center Antoine Vermette said one day after Chicago won the series opener 2-1 over the Lightning. ''I read about that. There was a little question about that. I didn't see it. I don't know about it.''

  • Capitals center Eric Fehr has elbow surgery

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals center Eric Fehr has had elbow surgery and could be ready for the start of the next season.The Capitals say the procedure was done on Wednesday.The team adds in a statement that ''according to the doctors who performed the surgery, if rehabilitation goes well, Eric will be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 regular season.''

  • Former NHL coach Ron Wilson takes over US Junior team

    February 13, 2016

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (AP) Former NHL coach Ron Wilson is taking over the United States Junior National team for next year's world championships.Wilson was hired as the team's coach by USA Hockey on Thursday. His 648 wins split over 18 seasons with Toronto, San Jose, Washington and Anaheim rank eighth on the NHL coaching list.

  • Blackhawks' depth a problem for Lightning in Game 2

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) And to think, Teuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette were healthy scratches for the Chicago Blackhawks less than two weeks ago.In the Stanley Cup Final opener, those two complementary forwards took starring roles for the Blackhawks when they roared from behind to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning.

  • The Latest: 'Finnish cold' Teravainen comes up big

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---11:42 p.m. EDTTeuvo Teravainen looked right at home in his first Stanley Cup Final.The 20-year-old forward powered Chicago to a 2-1 victory at Tampa Bay in Game 1. He had the tying goal with 6:32 remaining, snapping a shot through a screen, and then set up Antoine Vermette's winning score two minutes later.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks beat Lightning 2-1 in Game 1

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:45 p.m. EDTTeuvo Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied for a 2-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night.

  • The Latest: Teravainen keys Blackhawks rally

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:45 p.m. EDTTwo minutes was all it took for the Blackhawks to erase Tampa Bay's lead and grab a 2-1 lead in the third period.And on a team that includes clutch players such as Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews, leave it to rookie Teuvo Teravainen to have a hand in both goals.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay leads Chicago with 12 minutes left

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:27 p.m. EDTThe Lightning are a perfect 8-0 this postseason when holding a lead entering the third period, and had a 26-1-4 record in such games during the regular season.The Blackhawks are 1-4 this postseason when trailing after two periods. Their lone win came in the early hours of April 22. That is when Chicago overcame a 2-1 deficit to pull out a 3-2 triple-overtime win over Nashville in Game 4 of its first-round series. The Blackhawks were 7-15-1 when trailing after two in the regular season.

  • The Latest: Bishop takes shutout streak to 100 minutes

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---10:10 p.m. EDTBen Bishop's shutout streak has hit 100 minutes since the Tampa Bay goaltender was yanked after allowing five goals on 26 shots in a 7-3 loss to the New York Rangers in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • The Latest: Lightning lead Blackhawks 1-0 after 2

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---9:56 p.m. EDTThe Lightning turned up the pressure on the Blackhawks at the end of the second and carried a 1-0 lead into the second intermission. Tampa Bay had 18 shots on goal, compared to 13 for Chicago.

  • The Latest: Blackhawks D Keith plays 9 minutes in 1st period

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---9:12 p.m. EDTBlackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith entered the Stanley Cup Final leading the NHL while averaging more than 31 minutes of ice time per game, and very little has changed in Game 1.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay leads Chicago 1-0 after 1

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---8:57 p.m. EDTTampa Bay has a 1-0 lead over Chicago after one period in Game 1. The Blackhawks struggled to hold onto the puck for much of the early going, but picked up their play when coach Joel Quenneville tried a line of Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Brandon Saad with five minutes to go.

  • The Latest: Tampa Bay tough to beat when scoring first

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---8:49 p.m. EDTThe Lightning were outshooting the Blackhawks 10-3 through 14 minutes of the first period, and also have the 1-0 edge on the scoreboard.Tampa Bay is 9-0 this postseason when scoring the opening goal. It was 35-7-4 in such games during the regular season in winning a franchise-best 50 games.

  • The Latest: Killorn puts Tampa Bay in front

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final:---8:38 p.m. EDTTampa Bay's Alex Killorn scored the first goal of the Stanley Cup Final. The versatile forward has emerged as an elite forward with eight goals so far in the postseason, continuing his rapid rise since his four-year career at Harvard.

  • Bettman soothes worries over Coyotes, Panthers before Final

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Commissioner Gary Bettman sees few glaring problems with the NHL as the Stanley Cup Final gets underway in a model Sun Belt hockey market, and he is eager to soothe any worries about two of his league's other warm-weather teams.Bettman insisted Wednesday night that the Arizona Coyotes and the Florida Panthers are in good shape, downplaying reports of financial troubles for the two struggling franchises.

  • The Latest: Game 1 huge in race for Cup

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.---8:18 p.m. EDTWhen it comes to the race for the Stanley Cup, Game 1 is an important one.Since 1939, the winner of the opening game has gone on to claim the Cup 58 times, while the Game 1 loser has rallied to win just 17, according to STATS. The Game 1 winner has taken each of the last three finals and seven of the past nine.

  • The Latest: Bickell out for game 1

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.---7:58 p.m. EDTBlackhawks forward Bryan Bickell, who got hurt in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals, has been ruled out for the Stanley Cup opener. Assistant coach Mike Kitchen tells NHL Network it is a precautionary move, and Kris Versteeg will take his place.

  • The Latest: Stanley Cup, Worth Noting

    February 13, 2016

    The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Tampa, Florida.---7:20 p.m. EDTAnd now for some notes:-The Lighting became the first team to team in the NHL's expansion era to beat three Original Six franchises (Detroit, Montreal and the New York Rangers) to reach the Stanley Cup Final. There is only one left standing in their way, Chicago, after the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs failed to qualify for the postseason.

  • Penguins owners hire Morgan Stanley to explore options

    February 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle helped rescue the Pittsburgh Penguins, buying the floundering franchise out of federal bankruptcy court in 1999 and eventually turning the team into one of the NHL's marquee destinations replete with superstars and a glistening new arena.

  • The Latest: Stanley Cup, Southern Style

    February 13, 2016

    The latest from Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Tampa, Florida.---6:45 p.m. EDTIt's almost time for the opening faceoff in Tampa.The streets and plazas around Amalie Arena began filling with hockey fans several hours before the Lightning took on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Final opener Wednesday.

  • Senators owner leaves hospital after liver transplant

    February 13, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators team owner Eugene Melnyk has been discharged from a Toronto hospital after undergoing a liver transplant last month.The team says in a statement Wednesday that the anonymous donor also been discharged.Melnyk's post-transplant recovery will require weekly follow-up with his transplant team. He's been transferred to a facility that will provide daily rehabilitation services.

  • Bowman's response to Kane injury helped Blackhawks reach Cup

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The NHL trade deadline was just days away when everything changed for the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrick Kane broke his left collarbone in a win over Florida, and general manager Stan Bowman had to make some difficult choices in a hurry.

  • Tyler Johnson leads young high-scoring Lightning Triplets

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tyler Johnson's path to the Stanley Cup Final is hardly the one he envisioned.The budding Tampa Bay Lightning star began his pro career as an undrafted prospect supposedly too small to succeed. He's rapidly making a name for himself as part of the exciting young ''Triplets'' line that's been one of the keys to his team's strong playoff run.

  • Disappointed by playoff ouster, Ducks look to solid future

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Corey Perry woke up Tuesday morning feeling like he should be preparing for the Stanley Cup Final.Instead, the Anaheim Ducks trudged back into Honda Center to clean out their lockers and hold exit interviews after losing a Game 7 for the third consecutive season.

  • Canadiens agree to 6-year contract to D Petry

    February 13, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Jeff Petry liked Montreal so much he decided to stay.The 27-year-old defenseman has agreed to a million, six-year contract with the Canadiens. He was eligible for unrestricted free agency.''Once I started negotiating with the Canadiens, my wife and I made a decision we really strongly wanted to come back,'' Petry said Tuesday on a conference call from West Bloomfield, Michigan. ''Everything from the day I got there to the playoff run, the environment at the Bell Centre, the players in the locker room, the organization just being first class - that all played into it and played a big part in ultimately signing the deal.''

  • Blackhawks' Brad Richards gets chance for 2nd Stanley Cup

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Brad Richards wanted another chance at his second Stanley Cup after the New York Rangers lost to Los Angeles in last season's final.An offseason phone call from Chicago general manager Stan Bowman helped make it happenRichards and the Blackhawks play Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at Tampa Bay, where the 35-year old forward and the Lightning won their only NHL title back in 2004.

  • Veteran Blackhawks, young Lightning open Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks headed south this week to secure a dynasty, and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the only obstacle left.Jonathan Toews and his teammates have raised the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, compiling a wealth of big-game accolades in seven years as an elite team. They're just four wins away from a third NHL title that would establish them as the most accomplished club of their era.

  • Rangers goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has hip surgery

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) New York Rangers goaltender Mackenzie Skapski has had hip surgery and is expected to be sidelined four to five months.The Rangers announced Tuesday that Skapski had surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip.The 20-year-old Skapski appeared in two games with the Rangers in 2014-15, posting a 2-0-0 record. He earned his first career NHL win while making his NHL debut on Feb. 20 at Buffalo, becoming the third-youngest goaltender in franchise history to record a win in his debut.

  • New Jersey Devils hire John Hynes as new head coach

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) John Hynes was hired Tuesday as coach of the New Jersey Devils, becoming the youngest coach in the NHL at 40 years old.General manager Ray Shero said under Hynes, the Devils will be a fast, attacking team that knows how to play defense.

  • NHL playoffs: Stanley Cup Final preview capsule

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) STANLEY CUP FINALTAMPA BAY LIGHTNING vs CHICAGO BLACKHAWKSCONFERENCE FINALS: Lightning beat New York Rangers in 7. Blackhawks beat Anaheim Ducks in 7.SEASON SERIES: Tampa Bay won 1-0-1.STORY LINE: The Blackhawks are on the brink of a coronation as the greatest team of their era if they can claim their third Stanley Cup title in six years, while the Lightning hope to establish themselves as the best young team in hockey by knocking off the big dogs. Chicago's championship experience and Tampa Bay's youthful hunger provide a fascinating contrast in the first playoff meeting for these teams, both still buzzing from impressive road wins in Game 7 of their respective conference finals. Chicago stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith are in position to cement their legacy after grinding through the West bracket, while the Lightning have already persevered through 20 postseason games to earn their franchise's first trip to the Final since 2004. Tampa Bay was the NHL's highest-scoring team in the regular season, but has played remarkable defensive games in the postseason, capped by two shutout victories at Madison Square Garden to close out the conference title. Chicago is the NHL's second-best defensive team in the regular season, but doesn't struggle for scoring - particularly not when Toews and Kane play on the same line, as they did to finish off the Ducks. Both powerhouses have weaknesses: Tampa Bay's lineup is extraordinarily front-loaded, with its top six forwards accounting for 45 of its 55 postseason goals, while the Blackhawks' lack of defensive depth was exposed in the Western Conference finals as they largely relied on just four blueliners.

  • AP Source: Devils to hires John Hynes as head coach

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) New Jersey general manager Ray Shero has reached into his ties with the Pittsburgh Penguins to pick the Devils' next head coach, John Hynes, a person with knowledge of the hiring told The Associated Press on Monday night.Shero has chosen the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton coach to run the once-proud team that has failed to make the playoffs the past three seasons.

  • Veteran leadership key to young Lightning's success

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are hoping to rejoin hockey royalty after a decade-plus absence. The Chicago Blackhawks are chasing their third NHL title in six seasons.While Steven Stamkos is downplaying the idea of youth versus experience for the Stanley Cup, the captain of the Lightning understands the challenge presented by the Blackhawks beginning with Game 1 on Wednesday night.

  • Coyotes beef up front office staff with pair of hires

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have hired John Chayka as assistant general manager of analytics and promoted Chris O'Hearn to assistant general manager of hockey operations.Arizona also announced Monday that senior vice president and assistant general manager Darcy Regier will serve as general manager of the team's new AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons.

  • Rangers' best regular season fails to lead to Stanley Cup

    February 13, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Three days after squandering a chance to reach the Stanley Cup Final for the second straight season, the New York Rangers' disappointment and frustration was still there for all to see.They not only failed to score with the final just 20 minutes away in Game 7 at Madison Square Garden against the Tampa Bay Lightning Friday night, they allowed two goals in a 2-0 loss. They played a horrible period with hockey's biggest prize on the horizon.

  • Quenneville plays it coy on Blackhawks lineup for Game 1

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks could go in a couple of different directions when it comes to their last two defensemen for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane could play together on their top line.Then again, they might be split up against Tampa Bay.

  • Columbus signs 2 defensemen to entry-level contracts

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed two young defensemen to entry-level contracts.The team announced Monday that 19-year-old Blake Siebenaler, a 2014 draft pick, has agreed to a three-year deal. The 6-foot-1 right-hander scored 12 goals and had 25 assists in 66 games with the Niagara IceDogs of the Ontario Hockey League in 2014-15. He also had one assist in 11 playoff games.

  • Rangers' Zuccarello was sidelined by small skull fracture

    February 13, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) New York Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello could not speak for four days after being hit in the head by a shot in the opening round of the playoffs and sustaining a small skull fracture and some bleeding.Three days after the Rangers lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Zuccarello discussed his injury for the first time on Monday.

  • Young Lightning prove they belong on hockey's biggest stage

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The NHL playoffs have been a roller coaster of excitement, punctuated by a pair of Game 7s over the weekend to decide the Stanley Cup finalists.It'll be Tampa Bay vs. Chicago in the best-of-seven series that begins Wednesday night, with the tradition-rich Blackhawks aiming for a third title in six years.

  • Blackhawks, Lightning to face off in Stanley Cup Final

    February 13, 2016

    Between the Chicago Blackhawks' veteran poise and the Tampa Bay Lightning's young stars, the Stanley Cup Final will have no shortage of dynamic offensive talent playing on hockey's biggest stage.The Blackhawks begin the final series in their quest for a third NHL championship in six seasons when they visit Amalie Arena on Wednesday to face the Lightning, who are going for the second Stanley Cup title in franchise history after streaking through the Eastern Conference bracket with a series of gutsy victories.

  • Friday's Sports in Brief

    October 10, 2015

    BASEBALLLOS ANGELES (AP) Jacob deGrom struck out 13 over seven scoreless innings in his postseason debut and Daniel Murphy homered off a star-crossed Clayton Kershaw to help the New York Mets defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 for a 1-0 lead in their NL Division Series.

  • Lightning strike: Tampa Bay heads to Cup finals

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) One thing to count on when the Tampa Bay Lightning play for the Stanley Cup: They won't be intimidated by anything.Not by the surroundings after handing the New York Rangers their first Game 7 loss at Madison Square Garden to win the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Rangers captain McDonagh had broken foot

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Rangers captain Ryan McDonagh played ''a couple games'' with a broken foot, coach Alain Vigneault said Friday night after New York was eliminated from the playoffs by Tampa Bay.McDonagh did not start Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, which the Lightning won 2-0. The defenseman missed the first 12:41 before taking the ice.

  • Red Wings won't announce coach until Griffins done

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Don't expect any major announcements from the Detroit Red Wings about their next coach as long as their Grand Rapids affiliate is still playing.General manager Ken Holland says the Red Wings will not announce a new coach until the Griffins are finished with the playoffs.

  • Game 7 showdown in West finals welcomed by Ducks, Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Getzlaf and Jonathan Toews agree that the pain of a Game 7 defeat in the Stanley Cup playoffs doesn't really go away.Instead, good players use that failure to get better while they wait for another chance to take hockey's ultimate test.

  • Coyotes reinstate radio analyst Nick Boynton

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes reinstated radio analyst Nick Boynton on Friday, two months after the former NHL defenseman was suspended following his arrest at a Buffalo, New York, casino.Boynton pleaded guilty May 8 to disorderly conduct charges and agreed to perform 100 hours of community service as well as continue with alcohol counseling. Police said Boynton was abusive toward patrons and security personnel at the Buffalo Creek Casino, became belligerent and bit the hand of an officer trying to subdue him.

  • NHL combine shifts from ballroom to arena with Buffalo move

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel's presence alone at the NHL's pre-draft scouting combine next week is enough to spur league-wide buzz.There's more. Aside from having two highly touted players included among the 120 prospects scheduled to attend, the combine is finally entering the 21st century.

  • New Jersey Devils sign F Sergey Kalinin to entry-level deal

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Sergey Kalinin to an entry-level contract.General Manager Ray Shero announced the deal without disclosing details on Friday.The 24-year-old spent the previous five seasons playing in Russia. He had set career highs this past season with 12 goals and 13 assists in 58 games, while serving as the club's captain. The 6-foot-3 forward scored 31 goals and 38 assists in 213 career KHL games. He added three goals and two assists in 39 playoff contests.

  • Jackets re-sign defenseman Justin Falk to 1-year, 2-way pact

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Justin Falk to a one-year, two-way (NHL/AHL) contract for the 2015-16 season.The 26-year-old Falk had a goal and an assist in 18 games last season. He was picked up from Minnesota at the trade deadline along with a fifth-round pick for defenseman Jordan Leopold.

  • Hurricanes' CFO out after nearly 35 years with team

    February 13, 2016

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Mike Amendola is out as the Carolina Hurricanes' chief financial officer.Team spokesman Kyle Hanlin said Thursday night that Amendola is no longer with the company.Amendola was the team's longest-tenured front-office employee, joining the organization in 1981 when the franchise was in Hartford, Connecticut.

  • Coyotes sign Plachta to 1-year deal out of Germany

    February 13, 2016

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed German forward Matthias Plachta to a one-year entry-level contract Thursday.The 24-year-old Plachta had 14 goals and 21 assists in 47 games this season with Adler Mannheim of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

  • Ducks, Blackhawks roll into Game 7 in memorable conf. finals

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Someday the Anaheim Ducks and the Chicago Blackhawks will relish the stories they'll be able to tell about playing in a postseason series as good as these Western Conference finals.Not just now, though. They've still got to determine whether this tale has a happy ending or a brutal punchline.

  • Bylsma faces big rebuilding challenge in taking over Sabres

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The circumstances have changed for Dan Bylsma in taking over as coach of the young and rebuilding Buffalo Sabres.The expectations have not for someone previously accustomed to coaching the Sidney Crosby-led Pittsburgh Penguins.Bylsma's first objective is developing a winning attitude in Buffalo, on a team that has finished last in the standings in each of the past two seasons.

  • Blue Jackets sign Goloubef to 2-year contract extension

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed defenseman Cody Goloubef to a two-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season, locking him up before he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.The 25-year-old Goloubef had nine assists with 19 penalty minutes and a +12 plus/minus rating, while averaging 15:33 of ice time in 36 games with the Blue Jackets in 2014-15.

  • Lightning face Rangers with trip to Cup finals on the line

    February 13, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) It's one game for a trip to the Stanley Cup finals and the chance to play for hockey's biggest prize.That's what Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers face Friday night at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Sharks officially announce Peter DeBoer hired as new coach

    February 13, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose general manager Doug Wilson was so impressed by Peter DeBoer when he interviewed in 2008 that he moved to the top of the list when the Sharks had to search for a new head coach.The experience DeBoer gained in those intervening years coaching Florida and New Jersey only made Wilson more certain of his decision to hire DeBoer to replace Todd McLellan.

  • Lightning vs Rangers with trip to Stanley Cup Final on line

    February 13, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) It's one game for a trip to the Stanley Cup Finals and the chance to play for hockey's biggest prize.That's what Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers face Friday night at Madison Square Garden in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals.

  • Buffalo Sabres hire ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A week after losing out on Mike Babcock, the Buffalo Sabres went with another experienced Stanley Cup winner by hiring Dan Bylsma to become their next coach.The hiring was announced Thursday, after the former Pittsburgh Penguins coach spent a second consecutive day meeting with Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray in Buffalo. The hiring was delayed briefly after the Sabres were required under NHL rules to compensate the Penguins for hiring Bylsma because he was still under contract with Pittsburgh after being relieved of his duties a year ago.

  • NHL: Stanley Cup Final begins Wednesday

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The Stanley Cup Final will open on Wednesday with Game 1 in New York, Tampa or Anaheim.The NHL announced Thursday that Game 1 will be at Madison Square Garden if the Rangers beat the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final on Friday night.

  • AP source: Sabres agree in principle to hire Dan Bylsma

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement in principle to hire former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on Thursday.The one holdup is a discussion over whether the Penguins are due compensation from the Sabres for hiring a coach who is still under contract with Pittsburgh, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have not disclosed details of their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has hip surgery

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has had hip surgery and the team expects him to be ready for next season.The Capitals say the arthroscopic procedure was done Wednesday. The club adds in a statement Thursday that it is ''confident'' he will be ''completely healthy'' before the start of the 2015-16 regular season.

  • AP source: Ex-Penguins coach Bylsma meet again with Sabres

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the discussions says former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is meeting with the Buffalo Sabres for a second straight day regarding their coaching vacancy.The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday because the Sabres have not disclosed details of their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • AP Source: Sabres interview ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma's interview for the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy extended into Wednesday night, though a deal had not been reached.A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press that while talks ''were heating up,'' but there was no ''definitive'' agreement. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Blackhawks bench D Kimmo Timonen for Game 6

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen is inactive for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Chicago acquired the 40-year-old Timonen in a trade with Philadelphia in February, but he has struggled to come back after missing most of the season while recovering from blood clots discovered in his leg and lungs last summer. He had a minus-two rating in eight minutes of ice time in the Blackhawks' 5-4 overtime loss in Game 5 on Monday night.

  • AP Source: Sabres interviewed ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma interviewed for the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy Wednesday.A person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press the talks took place in Buffalo and included Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Lightning and Rangers headed to Game 7 in wild series

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Six games into the Eastern Conference finals, the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning have taught hockey fans to expect the unexpected.Two of the league's best offensive teams, they've played tight defensive games, had blowouts and even a shootout. They have looked good at times, bad at others. They have shown skill and made ugly mistakes.

  • AP source: Sabres interviewing ex-Penguins coach Dan Bylsma

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres are interviewing former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma for their head-coaching vacancy.The meeting was taking place in Buffalo on Wednesday afternoon, and included Sabres owners Terry and Kim Pegula, and general manager Tim Murray, the person said. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres have declined to discuss their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Devils sign forward Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed forwards Ryan Kujawinski and Blake Pietila to entry-level contracts.General manager Ray Shero announced the signings Wednesday.Kujawinski had 21 goals and 15 assists in 34 games with North Bay (OHL) following a trade from Kingston. He had a league-leading two overtime game-winners, while adding three assists in 15 playoff games. The 20-year-old, 2013 third-round draft pick also had 13 goals and 10 assists in 27 games with Kingston this season.

  • AP Source: Sharks to hire Peter DeBoer as head coach

    February 13, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks will hire former New Jersey and Florida coach Peter DeBoer to replace the departed Todd McLellan.A person familiar with the search said Wednesday that DeBoer will be formally introduced at a news conference Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the hire yet. ESPN first reported the move.

  • Ducks Ds causing problems for Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Anaheim stars Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kesler are drawing a lot of attention in the Western Conference finals. When the Ducks' defensemen join the attack, it presents a big problem for the Chicago Blackhawks.The Ducks got four points from their defensemen in Monday night's 5-4 overtime win that moved them within one victory of the Stanley Cup finals. It was their best total since their defensemen accounted for six points in a 6-1 victory over Calgary in Game 1 of their second-round series on April 30, according to STATS.

  • Seattle arena investor says no hockey-first plan yet

    February 13, 2016

    SEATTLE (AP) Throughout the process, Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen has remained open to the idea of a hockey team being the first tenant for a proposed facility in the city's stadium district even if his focus is on basketball.One problem: Even with indications that Seattle could be a viable expansion market for the NHL, no one has come to Hansen's group with a proposal for a hockey franchise to be the initial occupant.

  • Blues retain Ken Hitchcock as coach for another season

    February 13, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) After careful deliberation, the St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran coach Ken Hitchcock for another season.The Blues and Hitchcock on Tuesday announced a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.''This is unfinished business for me,'' Hitchcock said. ''I don't want to coach to coach, I want to coach to win. I couldn't find a better spot.''

  • Stamkos, Lightning on verge of spot in Stanley Cup finals

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos knows what it's like to come close to getting to the Stanley Cup finals and wind up not playing on the NHL's biggest stage.It happened to the Tampa Bay Lightning four years ago, and the three-time All-Star is determined to not let another opportunity slip away.

  • Ducks must shake off OT loss to Hawks before pivotal Game 5

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) After 17 grueling periods crammed into just four games, the Anaheim Ducks have no doubt they can play at hockey's highest level with the Chicago Blackhawks.Heading into a pivotal Game 5 on Monday in the Western Conference finals, the Ducks also realize their two gut-wrenching overtime losses were missed opportunities to take out their veteran, playoff-tested opponents - and they can't afford two more.

  • Blackhawks stay patient and perfect in postseason overtime

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) One lucky bounce.It might not sound like much of a strategy for playing sudden-death hockey, but patience has kept the Chicago Blackhawks perfect in overtime this postseason.They've now gone into extra time four times and won them all, including a 5-4 decision Saturday night that marked their second overtime win against the Anaheim Ducks and evened their Western Conference finals series at 2-2.

  • Vermette, Teravainen return to Blackhawks lineup for Game 4

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forwards Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen are active for Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.Vermette and Teravainen were healthy scratches for Chicago's 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thursday night. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he was looking for fresh legs after a triple-overtime victory at the Ducks in Game 2.

  • Lightning's Ben Bishop on spot after giving up 10 goals

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Take the spotlight off goaltender Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference finals and put it on Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning.If it sounds fickle, that's the way it's been for the goaltenders in this series between two of the NHL's top-scoring teams.

  • Blackhawks recall defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from minors

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the minors Friday, and coach Joel Quenneville did not rule him out for the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.

  • Battle in front of nets key to reaching Stanley Cup final

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The NHL's hottest real estate in May is about 30 square feet in front of each goal. You have to fight to get there, and it is quite difficult to stay in place after you arrive.Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

  • NHL's final 4 fighting for area in front of net

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The road to the Stanley Cup winds through the valuable real estate right in front of the goal.Anaheim got another scoring tip in a 2-1 victory over Chicago in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals on Thursday night, helping the Ducks to a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. While the Eastern Conference finals has been a more free-wheeling showdown, traffic in front of goaltenders Henrik Lundqvist of the Rangers and Ben Bishop of the Lightning has contributed to several goals.

  • Blackhawks recall D van Riemsdyk from minors

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Blackhawks have recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from Rockford of the American Hockey League, and coach Joel Quenneville says he might be able to play in the Western Conference finals against Anaheim.Van Riemsdyk is coming back from surgeries on his left knee in November and his right wrist in April. The rookie had one assist in 18 games with Chicago.

  • Babcock bids emotional farewell in Detroit

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock stood at the front of the familiar dressing room at Joe Louis Arena, this time for something of a farewell address.He became choked up after about a minute of talking, and at one point he even held up an old newspaper from a decade ago.

  • Not even helmets help pro bull riders stave off concussions

    February 13, 2016

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) Kasey Hayes hopped on the bovine beast trapped in the narrow holding pen like he'd done hundreds of times. He adjusted a tight rope on his left hand, found his balance and signaled he was ready to dominate the bull for the next eight seconds - or, at least, hoped to.

  • Fetisov wants to ban young Russians from going to NHL

    February 13, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Former Detroit Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

  • Ducks bounce back after tough OT loss for 2-1 series lead

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau knew the answer without having to ask the question.Any doubts he had about fatigue and his squad's ability to bounce back after a disheartening loss in triple overtime less than 48 hours earlier disappeared even before the midday shoot-around.

  • NHL salary cap will climb to million next season

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around million, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night between the Anaheim Ducks and hometown Blackhawks, the commissioner said he expects it to climb five percent from this year's cap figure of million.

  • Versteeg active for Blackhawks in Game 3

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forwards Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom were active for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals, replacing Antoine Vermette and Teuvo Teravainen in a bit of surprise.Chicago is coming off a triple-overtime victory at Anaheim on Tuesday night, and the insertion of Versteeg and Nordstrom puts two fresh players in the lineup. But Vermette is a strong performer in the faceoff circle, and Teravainen is one of the team's most promising young players.

  • Rangers searching for answers on defense against Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Henrik Lundqvist seems baffled.The New York Rangers allowed 12 goals in losing their last two playoff games, and one of the NHL's top goalies is at a loss to explain why.If Lundqvist and his teammates can't find answers in a hurry, their chances of overcoming a 2-1 deficit in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference finals don't appear good.

  • Penguins GM: Dan Bylsma free to pursue any coaching job

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma is free to take any job opening, including the Buffalo Sabres' vacancy.That was the response Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford provided The Associated Press on Thursday, when asked if he granted Buffalo permission to interview Bylsma. Though Bylsma was fired last June, he remains on Pittsburgh's payroll because his contract runs through the end of next season.

  • Senators owner, donor doing well after liver transplant

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering well after his liver transplant. All his donor wants in return is for the team to win the Stanley Cup.The University Health Network hospital in Toronto said Thursday the 55-year-old Melnyk remains in the intensive care unit after Tuesday's transplant, but he's been awake, smiling and answering questions.

  • Mike Babcock faces 'massive challenge' as Maple Leafs' coach

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Brendan Shanahan's first conversation with Mike Babcock about the Toronto Maple Leafs' coaching position was more of a disclaimer than a sales pitch. The club president wanted Babcock to know how far away the Leafs are from being a winning team.

  • KHL looks to expand into China

    February 13, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) The Kontinental Hockey League wants to expand into China, hoping to use a successful Chinese Winter Olympic bid to conquer the vast market.Beijing is the front-runner to host the 2022 Olympics and if successful, ''will essentially be forced to develop hockey from nothing,'' KHL president Dmitry Chernyshenko told the Tass agency. The International Olympic Committee will decide the host July 31.

  • Martin Brodeur becomes Blues' assistant general manager

    February 13, 2016

    ST. LOUIS (AP) Record-setting goalie Martin Brodeur has signed a three-year contract to become the St. Louis Blues' assistant general manager.Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the deal Wednesday.The 43-year-old Brodeur played seven games for St. Louis this season, retiring Jan. 29 to become a senior adviser to Armstrong. Brodeur played 21 seasons for New Jersey, leading the Devils to three Stanley Cup titles and winning the Vezina Trophy four times as the NHL's top goalie.

  • Goalies take center stage in Western Conference finals

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The top four defensemen for the Chicago Blackhawks carried a heavy load in the first two games of the Western Conference finals. A couple of Chicago's biggest stars were shut out in Anaheim, and the Ducks' fourth line caused a bunch of problems for the Blackhawks.

  • After Babcock's departure, Detroit's focus turns to Blashill

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings are ready to start searching for a new coach - and right now there's only one clear candidate.Jeff Blashill might not end up getting the job, but he's the man general manager Ken Holland will talk to first now that coach Mike Babcock has left for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

  • Sharks sign Finnish forward Joonas Donskoi

    February 13, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have signed Finnish free agent forward Joonas (YOO-nus) Donskoi to an entry-level contract.The team announced the signing Wednesday.The 23-year-old Donskoi had 19 goals and 30 assists in 58 games for Karpat in Finland's top professional hockey league. He helped his team win the league championship and was voted as the playoff MVP.

  • Toronto Maple Leafs hire Mike Babcock as new head coach

    February 13, 2016

    Mike Babcock moved from one Original Six franchise to another Wednesday, agreeing to an eight-year, million deal to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs.The Maple Leafs announced the hiring to put to an end months of speculation about Babcock's future with the Detroit Red Wings, where he spent the past 10 seasons and won a Stanley Cup in 2008. Babcock will be introduced at a news conference Thursday.

  • AP source: Buffalo Sabres out of running for Mike Babcock

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) A person familiar with the discussions has told The Associated Press the Buffalo Sabres are out of the running to hire Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock.The person spoke on the condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team is not discussing its coaching search to replace Ted Nolan. The development comes a day after Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray held contract negotiations.

  • Blue Jackets tap Nick Foligno as first captain in 3 years

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Like father, like son: Nick Foligno now is an NHL captain just like his dad was.Foligno, who served as a captain for the NHL All-Star Game in Columbus in January, was introduced Wednesday as the first Blue Jackets player in three years to wear the ''C'' on his jersey.

  • Senators sign Andrew Hammond to million, 3-year deal

    February 13, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a .05-million, three-year contract.Hammond, whose spectacular late-season run got the Senators into the playoffs, will make .2 million next season, .35 million in 2016-17 and .5 million in 2017-18.

  • Boston Bruins elevate Don Sweeney to general manager

    February 13, 2016

    BOSTON (AP) On his first day as general manager of the Boston Bruins, Don Sweeney met with Claude Julien and declined to give his Stanley Cup-winning coach more than a tepid endorsement.''He's the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure,'' Sweeney said Wednesday in a news conference after he was promoted to become the eighth GM in the 81-year history of the Original Six franchise. ''I think tremendously of him as a coach and as a person. It's just a matter of lining up things that I believe in.''

  • Senators owner undergoes successful liver transplant

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent a successful liver transplant, the team announced Tuesday night.The Senators said Melnyk and the anonymous donor are doing well and resting comfortably at Toronto General Hospital.The team announced last week that Melnyk was in need of a live liver transplant and put 12 people through a screening process.

  • Chicago's Shaw heads puck into net for disallowed goal in OT

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Shaw headed the puck into the net during the second overtime in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals on Tuesday night, but his remarkable goal was illegal.Shaw thought he had ended the Blackhawks' exhausting meeting with the Anaheim Ducks 8:47 into the second OT when he headed home a looping rebound of Patrick Kane's shot in the crease, bouncing the puck off his helmet in an incredible soccer-style play.

  • Rangers looking to rebound against resilient Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Resilience is one of the keys to any team's success, especially in the NHL playoffs.The Tampa Bay Lightning showed it in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, and now it's the New York Rangers' turn to respond yet again.''As a coach, you've got to make adjustments in some areas, and you've got to push buttons. For these guys to keep such a high intensity rate for the whole playoffs, and that goes for every team, it's a hard thing to do,'' Lightning coach Jon Cooper said Tuesday after arriving home from the team's 6-2 victory that evened the series at 1-1.

  • Todd McLellan hired as coach of Edmonton Oilers

    February 13, 2016

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) Todd McLellan is focused on a new beginning with the Edmonton OilersMcLellan was hired as the new coach of Oilers on Tuesday.''We're not going to talk about playoffs here,'' said McLellan, sitting beside Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli for the announcement.

  • AP source: Babcock in contract talks with Buffalo Sabres

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Though a deal has not been completed, Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock had negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday regarding the possibility of becoming their next head coach.The talks took place between Babcock and Sabres general manager Tim Murray and began early in the day, a person familiar with discussions told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the talks are private and the Sabres have not publicly discussed their coaching search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired last month.

  • Man who scammed NHL pleads guilty to forgery charges in Ohio

    February 13, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) A man who once conned the National Hockey League into thinking he was a wealthy entrepreneur well-qualified to buy one of the league's most storied franchises has been convicted of another scam.John Spano Jr. pleaded guilty Monday to 16 counts of forgery for what authorities say was a scheme that saw him collect nearly ,000 in sales commissions on fraudulent accounts he created. The 50-year-old Spano faces as many as 16 years in prison when sentenced in a Lake County courtroom next month. He remains free on bond. His attorney did not return telephone messages seeking comment Tuesday.

  • Linesman Brad Kovachik hurts leg in Game 2 of Rangers-Tampa

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) NHL linesman Brad Kovachik had to leave the ice in the second period of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals between the New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning after injuring a leg.Kovachik was standing against the side boards near the Lightning blue line when Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay checked Kevin Klein of the Rangers into the linesman. Play continued for a few seconds before the officials stopped play with Kovachik unable to stand. He was helped off the ice.

  • Flyers hire North Dakota's Hakstol as new head coach

    February 13, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards - heck, NHL fans everywhere - all sounded a bit as if they should have been Jeopardy contestants.Who is Dave Hakstol?Not even an easy clue would have given an indication on who was Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

  • Ducks' depth, Hawks' limits in spotlight heading to Game 2

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Kyle Palmieri hadn't scored a goal in the Anaheim Ducks' entire playoff run until he beat Corey Crawford in the Western Conference finals opener, sliding on his back in celebration of what turned out to be the game-winner.With Palmieri and several lesser-known Ducks stepping up splendidly in the postseason, the Chicago Blackhawks realize they've got to match that depth.

  • Blue Jackets assistant GM leaving for job with Colorado

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Assistant general manager Chris MacFarland is leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for the same position with the Colorado Avalanche.The Avalanche confirmed the hiring on Monday.MacFarland originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999 and served as the club's manager of hockey operations from 2001-07. He was promoted to assistant to the general manager in July 2007 and a year later was named the club's assistant general manager.

  • Senators owner, hopeful of liver transplant, thanks public

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thanked the public for its support Monday in what he calls the ''biggest battle'' of his life - his urgent appeal for a liver transplant.The 55-year-old Melnyk was hospitalized three weeks ago because of liver-related complications. His condition is considered critical.

  • Caps GM MacLellan discusses 'empty feeling,' 'right path'

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Nearly a year to the day after his promotion to general manager of the Washington Capitals was announced, Brian MacLellan's eyes welled with tears when asked how the time in his current job has been.''It's been a whirlwind. It's flown by. Warp speed. It's been fun,'' MacLellan said Monday, meeting with reporters at the team's practice facility five days after Washington was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the New York Rangers.

  • Blue Jackets assistant GM leaving organization for new job

    February 13, 2016

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Assistant general manager Chris MacFarland is leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets organization for another position.The club did not disclose on Monday what job McFarland had taken.MacFarland originally joined the Blue Jackets in 1999 and served as the club's manager of hockey operations from 2001-07. He was promoted to assistant to the general manager in July 2007 and a year later was named the club's assistant general manager.

  • Flyers name North Dakota's Hakstol new head coach

    February 13, 2016

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers die-hards - heck, NHL fans everywhere - all sounded a bit like they should have been Jeopardy contestants.Who is Dave Hakstol?Not even an easy clue have would clued anyone in on Flyers general manager Ron Hextall's top target to try and lead the franchise to their first Stanley Cup championship since 1975.

  • Canada routs defending champ Russia 6-1 to win hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Sidney Crosby led Canada to its first hockey world championship title since 2007 Sunday with a goal and an assist in a dominant 6-1 victory over defending champion Russia in the final.In a meeting of the two most decorated teams in world championship history, Canada claimed its 25th title with another attacking display that Russia simply couldn't cope with.

  • Rangers top defensemen face Tampa Bay's kid line

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi have been getting the top defensive assignments for the New York Rangers for years.In the opening round of the playoffs, they were asked to shut down Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alexander Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom of the Washington Capitals came in the second round.

  • Chicago mayor raises stakes in hockey bet with Anaheim mayor

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has upped his friendly bet with his counterpart in Anaheim, California, on the outcome of the NHL's Western Conference finals.The Chicago Blackhawks face the Anaheim Ducks in a best-of-seven series that starts Sunday.

  • US beats Czechs 3-0 to win bronze at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States blanked the host Czech Republic 3-0 at the ice hockey world championship Sunday to claim a second bronze medal in three years.Goaltender Connor Hellebuyck of the St. Johns IceCaps made 39 saves for the shutout.''He's our best player,'' New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson said. ''He's the reason why we're here, why we're able to win the medal. He shut the door numerous times.''

  • Man who scammed NHL in 1990s faces another Ohio fraud case

    February 13, 2016

    CLEVELAND (AP) The man who once tried buy an NHL franchise with loads of chutzpah and not much else could face a return to the judicial penalty box if convicted of what authorities say is yet another scam.John Spano Jr., whose audacious effort to buy the New York Islanders in 1996 landed him in federal prison, is scheduled to go on trial Tuesday for an alleged scheme to defraud a company that provides laundry services to health care facilities.

  • Powerful Blackhawks meet rising Ducks in conference finals

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have built a tradition of excellence over the past seven years, winning two Stanley Cup titles and contending almost every spring with a dynamic roster of proven stars.The Anaheim Ducks want everything that the Blackhawks already have, and they finally get a chance to take it in the Western Conference finals.

  • Russia's Putin plays with NHL veterans, scoring 8 goals

    February 13, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin has played in an exhibition hockey game and scored one goal after another on assists from retired NHL players.Putin's team won 18 to 6, with eight of those goals made by the 62-year-old president, most of them on assists from NHL stars Pavel Bure and Valeri Kamensky.

  • Ryan Callahan back in lineup 5 days after appendectomy

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Five days after having an emergency appendectomy, Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan is in the lineup for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final against the New York Rangers.Callahan skated with the team in the pregame warmups at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. And the Lightning announced about 20 minutes before the opening faceoff that he would play against his former teammates.

  • Canada makes final at hockey worlds with 2-0 win over Czechs

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Taylor Hall and Jason Spezza scored Saturday to put Canada into the final of the ice hockey world championship with a 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.Canada reached its first final since 2009 and will take on either defending champion Russia or the United States as it looks for its first title since 2007.

  • NHL Calendar

    January 22, 2016

    Jan. 28 - CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game at Vancouver, British Columbia.Jan. 28-Feb. 1 - NHL All-Star break.Jan. 30 - All-Star skills competition at Nashville, Tenn.Jan. 31, 2016 - All-Star Game at Nashville, Tenn.Feb. 29 - Trade deadline, 3 p.m. EST.March 2 - Deadline for national associations to announce minimum 16-player rosters for 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

  • Wide array of experience in NHL conference finals

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) When Blackhawks defenseman Kimmo Timonen made his NHL debut in 1998, Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm was 4 years old. Rangers forward Martin St. Louis had played in 1,154 games when forward Jonathan Drouin logged his first appearance with the Lightning in October.

  • Lacking 'killer instinct,' Capitals head into offseason

    February 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) While some Washington Capitals professed to not see a pattern in blown playoff series leads over the years or failures to reach the conference finals, forward Troy Brouwer wondered aloud Friday about a possible ''mental block.''''We've got to find a way to be able to get past this little hump of losing in the first or second round, and it starts with closing teams out and not being afraid to succeed,'' Brouwer said at the Capitals' practice facility, two days after the team was eliminated by the New York Rangers with a 2-1 overtime loss in Game 7.

  • Ducks' Getzlaf, Perry meet Hawks' Toews, Kane in West final

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Ryan Getzlaf celebrated his 30th birthday last Sunday with the only gift he really wanted: The Anaheim Ducks clinched a trip to the Western Conference finals.His longtime linemate and hockey soulmate, Corey Perry, also turns 30 this Saturday. After nearly half a lifetime together, Getzlaf knows exactly what to get him.

  • St Louis and Callahan focal points for Rangers-Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) There was no bigger deal at the NHL trading deadline in 2014 than Martin St. Louis going from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers for Ryan Callahan and draft picks.Captain for captain. The face of the Lightning franchise - unhappy as he was at the time - for a homegrown, hard-working blue collar guy the Rangers were not going to be able to re-sign.

  • Montreal cut ties with veterans Gonchar, Weaver, Malhotra

    February 13, 2016

    BROSSARD, Quebec (AP) Veterans Manny Malhotra, Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver will not be back with the Montreal Canadiens next season.General manager Marc Bergevin says he informed all three on Friday. Bergevin says ''they did great service for our team,'' and ''on the leadership side, these guys really helped with the transition.''

  • Dallas Stars players evacuate facility in police lockdown

    February 13, 2016

    FRISCO, Texas (AP) Three Dallas Stars players were among those evacuated from the NHL franchise's practice facility Friday as police searched for suspects in an armed robbery.Frisco police barricading an area around the Dr. Pepper StarCenter evacuated everyone from the building as they investigated what they believe to be multiple suspects in the arena parking garage. The Dallas Morning News reports the players were Stars left wing Jamie Benn, defenseman Jason Demers and right wing Ales Hemsky.

  • Senators: Good response by liver donors for owner Melnyk

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) More than 400 people had offered Friday to give part of their liver to Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk, a day after his family and the team made a public appeal.The 55-year-old Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago because of liver-related complications. He's in critical condition.

  • Playoff scoring at 3-year low in NHL this season

    February 13, 2016

    There has been plenty of drama in the NHL playoffs this season.Just not many goals.More than half the games through the first two rounds were decided by one goal, and 15 went to overtime. More than one in every four games were decided by a score of 2-1 and the 4.88 goals per game is the lowest in an NHL postseason since 2012 (4.84). Credit the big, talented goaltenders, better coaching and shot-blocking and the mentality of the players once they get to this stage of the season.

  • Playoff scoring at 3-year low in NHL

    February 13, 2016

    Scoring is down in the NHL playoffs.More than half the games through the first two rounds were decided by one goal, and 15 went to overtime. More than one in every four games were decided by a score of 2-1 and the 4.88 goals per game is the lowest in an NHL postseason since 2012 (4.84).

  • Lightning a reminder southern hockey continues to thrive

    February 13, 2016

    FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) About the same time a new champion hoists the Stanley Cup, players from as far away as Canada, Latvia and Hungary will gather in Tennessee for four days to showcase their hockey talent for college coaches and junior league teams.

  • Bishop a key to Tampa Bay Lightning's deep playoff run

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning have a pretty good idea of where they'd likely be without Ben Bishop, and it's not in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals.The league's tallest goaltender is making a name for himself, answering questions about how far he can carry his team with one stellar performance after another in the playoffs.

  • Ducks' Perry misses another practice, but should play Sunday

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Corey Perry has missed his second straight practice with the Anaheim Ducks to rest for the Western Conference finals.Perry stuck to a stationary bike Thursday, but coach Bruce Boudreau expects him to play when the Ducks open the series Sunday against the Chicago Blackhawks.

  • Protecting home ice could decide NHL's conference finals

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have a sellout streak of 323 games and counting. The New York Rangers play in the world's most famous arena, and the Anaheim Ducks are undefeated at home in the playoffs. The Tampa Bay Lightning set a franchise record with an NHL-best 32 home wins this season.

  • NHL star Ovechkin set to join Russia at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The Washington Capitals say forward Alex Ovechkin should arrive in Prague in time to help Russia play the United States in the semifinals of the ice hockey world championship on Saturday.The Capitals said on Thursday that Ovechkin, the NHL's leading goal-scorer, was travelling on the same day.

  • Lightning's Callahan back on ice after appendectomy

    February 13, 2016

    BRANDON, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay forward Ryan Callahan was back on the ice Thursday, less than 72 hours after undergoing an emergency appendectomy that sidelined him for Game 6 of the Lightning's second-round playoff series against Montreal.Callahan skated during a light practice coach Jon Cooper held before traveling to New York, where Tampa Bay will meet the Rangers in the Eastern Conference final, beginning Saturday.

  • Hockey semis: Canada vs Czech, defending champ Russia vs US

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Tyler Seguin notched a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0, while Evgeni Malkin scored twice to lift titleholder Russia over Sweden 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and lined up Russia in the semifinals on Saturday.

  • Senators owner Eugene Melnyk needs liver transplant

    February 13, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk urgently needs a liver transplant, and the team put out a call Thursday for potential donors.The team says Melnyk was admitted to a hospital three weeks ago due to ''liver-related complications.'' His family has reached out to close friends and relatives with the hope of finding a suitable donor candidate, but with no success.

  • Canada, Russia, US advance to semis at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Tyler Seguin notched a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0, while Evgeni Malkin scored twice to lift titleholder Russia over Sweden 5-3 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and awaited Russia.

  • Planned US-Canada bridge to be named after Gordie Howe

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) A planned .1 billion bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, will be named after hockey great Gordie Howe.Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement Thursday in Windsor. The 87-year-old Howe, known as ''Mr. Hockey,'' was born in Floral, Saskatchewan, and led the Detroit Red Wings to four Stanley Cup championships.

  • US, Canada advance to semis at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Forward Tyler Seguin scored a hat trick as Canada cruised past Belarus 9-0 in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.In Ostrava, Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland, and awaited either defending champion Russia or Sweden.

  • US beats Switzerland 3-1 to reach semis at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Ben Smith and Charlie Coyle scored 57 seconds apart as the United States rallied for a 3-1 victory over Switzerland in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship on Thursday.Smith tied the game for the Americans with a wrist shot 10:17 into the second period, and Coyle deflected in a slap shot by defensemen Seth Jones for the go-ahead goal.

  • Rangers head to NHL conference finals to face Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) It would seem there are two certainties ahead for the New York Rangers.First, they will see some very familiar faces in the lineup of their opponent in the Eastern Conference finals: Tampa Bay's Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and, if he recovers quickly enough from an appendectomy, former captain Ryan Callahan.

  • Capitals squander 3-1 series lead in losing to Rangers

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Alexander Ovechkin did everything but deliver on his predication of a Game 7 victory by the Washington Capitals.The NHL's leading goal scorer tallied early to give the Capitals the lead, launched six shots at Henrik Lundqvist, played almost 22 minutes and was Washington's biggest threat Wednesday night.

  • Sochi hockey players start legal battle for pay

    February 13, 2016

    MOSCOW (AP) Players at the Sochi hockey club that forms a major part of the legacy of last year's Winter Olympics are to start a legal battle over months of unpaid wages.HC Sochi plays in the Kontinental Hockey League, widely regarded as the strongest competition outside the NHL, and features some of the competition's biggest average crowds. But the club has hit major financial problems in its debut season.

  • Blackhawks get time to recharge for showdown with Ducks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Blackhawks had a few days away from the ice after advancing to the Western Conference final. Winger Bryan Bickell made the most of it.He found time to go bass fishing. He took his 8-month-old daughter for some walks.''She's growing like a weed,'' Bickell said. ''She's crawling and she's climbing things. That's what it's all about.''

  • Lightning back in Eastern finals for 1st time in 4 years

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) So much for all those questions about what's happened to Steven Stamkos in the NHL playoffs.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner and the Tampa Bay Lightning are headed back to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in four years after Tuesday night's 4-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens ended their second-round series in six games.

  • Ducks coach Boudreau finally gets his playoff redemption

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) While the Anaheim Ducks stormed the ice to celebrate Corey Perry's series-clinching overtime goal, Bruce Boudreau looked up and saw his two sons and his wife, Crystal, hugging and hopping in the frenzied Honda Center stands.They turned and locked eyes with Boudreau, maniacally pointing at him. So Boudreau pointed back, and unadulterated joy flooded over a face that usually registers only concern when he's at work.

  • US tops Slovakia in OT at world championship

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Jack Eichel scored on a wrist shot with 28 seconds left in overtime to give the United States a 5-4 victory over Slovakia at the hockey world championship on Tuesday.The Americans finished first in Group B with six wins and one loss.The result means the U.S. will meet Switzerland in the quarterfinals.

  • Blackhawks D Michal Rozsival has ankle surgery

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival has undergone surgery on his fractured left ankle and should return in 3-4 months.The team termed the procedure successful on Tuesday and said the 36-year-old veteran should return to ''full hockey activities'' in 12-16 weeks.

  • Lundqvist and Rangers face Ovechkin and Capitals in Game 7

    February 13, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) The New York Rangers weren't wasting any time on Alexander Ovechkin's prediction of a Game 7 win for the Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Ovechkin said it on Monday and the Rangers didn't care Tuesday. The only thing they talked about after practice was being prepared for winner-take-all game Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • Belarus grabs last spot in quarters; US, Canada, Finland win

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 on Tuesday, while the United States beat Slovakia in overtime and Canada thrashed Austria in their final group games.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • 1st-round draft pick Brandon Scherff signs with Redskins

    February 13, 2016

    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) First-round draft pick Brandon Scherff has signed his rookie contract with the Washington Redskins.The team announced the deal Tuesday.All 10 of Washington's draft choices are under contract.Scherff, an offensive lineman from Iowa, was the No. 5 overall pick in the draft. The Redskins hadn't taken a player in the first round since 2012, when they chose Robert Griffin III after sending a bevy of picks to the St. Louis Rams to move up in the draft.

  • Belarus grabs last quarterfinal spot; US, Canada win

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus secured the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 on Tuesday, while the United States beat Slovakia in overtime and Canada thrashed Austria in their final group games.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • Autopsy: NHL's Steve Montador had degenerative brain disease

    February 13, 2016

    TORONTO (AP) Former NHL defenseman Steve Montador had a degenerative brain disease that's been linked to repeated blows to the head, according to researchers who autopsied his brain.Montador died in February at age 35 of an undisclosed cause at his home in Mississauga, Ontario. He had multiple concussions during his career with six NHL teams and had been exhibiting signs of a possible brain disorder, including depression, memory problems and erratic behavior.

  • Ex-nanny for Penguins player to stand trial on theft charges

    February 13, 2016

    PITTSBURGH (AP) The former nanny for the family of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz is set to stand trial on charges she stole ,000 diamond earrings from his wife, then sold them to jewelry stores.The investigation of 26-year-old Andrea Forsythe began when her rental home burned down in June. She faces separate federal charges of setting that fire and filing false insurance claims to collect on jewelry she said was lost in the blaze.

  • Canada to face Belarus in quarterfinals of hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Belarus clinched the last spot in the quarterfinals of the hockey world championship by beating Norway 3-2 Tuesday.Captain Alexei Kalyuzhny, Dmitri Korobov and Andrei Kostitsyn all scored power-play goals to help Belarus reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. Norway replied with goals from Patrick Thoresen and Mattias Norstebo.

  • Chris Kreider leading Rangers' comeback vs. Capitals

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) In a thrilling series featuring two of the NHL's top goal scorers and two of the league's best goaltenders, Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers is stealing the spotlight.The 24-year-old power forward who is one of fastest skaters in the league has been the biggest reason why the Rangers are still going and heading to a decisive Game 7 of their Eastern Conference semifinal on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.

  • Lightning's Callahan out for Game 6 vs. Canadiens

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Ryan Callahan will miss Game 6 of the team's playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens after undergoing an emergency appendectomy.The team said Monday night that Callahan, who has no goals and three assists in 12 postseason games, was sent to Tampa General Hospital after experiencing abdominal pain earlier in the day.

  • Canadiens confident they can force Game 7 against Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Hold the pep talks, motivational ploys and all the statistics that support Tampa Bay feeling good about its chances of closing out Montreal in the second round of the NHL playoffs.The resilient Canadiens have won two straight to trim a 3-0 deficit to 3-2 in the best-of-7 series. And the suddenly reeling Lightning said it is time to match the opposition's desperation and finish the job.

  • Re-signing Dubnyk tops Wild's offseason to-do list

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild were humbled by their four-game sweep in the second round of the NHL playoffs by division rival Chicago.That doesn't mean they'll be moved to make major changes to their roster this summer.As they gathered at the arena on Monday for the last time for a while, Wild players and leaders said they believed they had enough skill, grit and depth to win that Western Conference semifinal series against the nemesis Blackhawks.

  • With Blackhawks, Ducks there's no shortage of star power

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) No team in the NHL is on a bigger roll than the Anaheim Ducks and none is more tested than the Chicago Blackhawks.These two powerhouses are about to meet in a Western Conference final full of star power and intriguing matchups.''It's going to be one heck of a series,'' Ducks captain Corey Perry said. ''They're a great team. When you put two teams together, it's going to be a great series. They're a skating club, and they're kind of similar to Calgary. They've got a lot of speed, a lot of skill, and you've got to be ready to step in front of them and eliminate their time and space, and if we do that, we'll be all right.''

  • Austria, Finland earn shootout wins at hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Konstantin Komarek scored the winning penalty to give Austria a 3-2 win over Germany after a shootout at the hockey world championships Monday, a result that sent Switzerland into the quarterfinals.Austria's win means Switzerland became the fourth team from Group A to advance to the quarters, joining Canada, Sweden and the Czech Republic. Austria needed a win in regulation to keep alive its slim chances of advancing.

  • Trotz OK with Ovechkin saying Caps will win Rangers series

    February 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Alex Ovechkin certainly can talk the talk, from his ''All series, baby'' jab aimed at Henrik Lundqvist during Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal, to his assertion that the Washington Capitals will eliminate the New York Rangers in Game 7.

  • Weekend Sports In Brief

    February 13, 2016

    NBACHICAGO (AP) LeBron James watched his coach draw up the final play - and then nixed it.''Give me the ball and get out of the way,'' he said.James overruled Cleveland coach David Blatt's idea for a last-second inbounds play and drained a jumper from the corner at the buzzer to give the Cavaliers an 86-84 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, evening the Eastern Conference semifinal series at 2-2.

  • Kreider scores 2, Rangers hold off Caps 4-3 to force Game 7

    February 13, 2016

    WASHINGTON (AP) Once merely 101 seconds from having their season end, then forced to hold off a furious Game 6 rally, Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers are now one victory away from returning to the Eastern Conference finals.Kreider scored 40 seconds after the opening faceoff and with 0.3 seconds left in the first period Sunday night, Rick Nash and Dan Boyle added goals in the third, and the Rangers barely held on to beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 and force a Game 7 in the second round.

  • Babcock declines comment after meeting with Sabres owner

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Mike Babcock's coaching interview tour took him to Buffalo on Sunday for a meeting with Sabres owner Terry Pegula.The Detroit Red Wings coach declined comment to The Associated Press, and referred questions to Pegula when the two got out of an SUV at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. Pegula said ''Hello,'' before making a remark on how much rain had fallen. The two then walked away and boarded a private jet.

  • US, Czechs, Russia make quarterfinals at hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Brock Nelson scored twice and added an assist Sunday as the United States clinched a spot in the quarterfinals of the ice hockey world championship with a 3-1 victory over Slovenia.The Czech Republic and defending champion Russia also advanced to the knockout stage, while already-qualified Canada maintained a perfect record by trashing Switzerland 7-2 to clinch first place in its group.

  • Rundblad set to step in for Blackhawks defense

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to take the place of the injured Michal Rozsival when the Blackhawks open the Western Conference finals.The 24-year-old Rundblad has never appeared in an NHL playoff game. During the regular season, he skated in 49 games, averaging 12:48 minutes. He had three goals and 11 assists and was a plus-17.

  • Rundblad slated to step in for Blackhawks defense

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Defenseman David Rundblad is expected to take the place of the injured Michal Rozsival when the Blackhawks open the Western Conference finals.The 24-year-old Rundblad has never appeared in an NHL playoff game. During the regular season, he skated in 49 games, averaging 12:48 minutes. He had three goals and 11 assists and was a plus-17.

  • Ducks' Boudreau, Caps' Trotz close to their 1st conf. finals

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Bruce Boudreau and Barry Trotz have heard the rap for their entire NHL coaching careers. They both realize they've been labeled as outstanding regular-season tacticians who just can't lead teams deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs.

  • Babcock Watch: Weighing Red Wings coach's options

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) From San Jose to Philadelphia, Mike Babcock has no shortage of NHL coaching options after the Detroit Red Wings granted him permission to speak to other teams.Buffalo and Toronto are in the mix. So could be Edmonton, where the focus of attention is already turning with the anticipated arrival of center Connor McDavid in next month's draft.

  • Goalie Matt O'Connor signs with Ottawa Senators

    February 13, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Highly touted college free-agent goalie Matt O'Connor signed with the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.O'Connor helped Boston University reach the NCAA championship game and had offers from several NHL teams. O'Connor went 25-4-4 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.

  • Goalie Matt O'Connor agrees to terms with Ottawa Senators

    February 13, 2016

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Highly touted free-agent goaltender Matt O'Connor has come to terms with the Ottawa Senators, signing a two-year deal with the maximum bonuses allowed on an entry-level contract.O'Connor helped Boston University reach the NCAA national championship game and had offers from several NHL teams. O'Connor went 25-4-4 with a 2.18 goals-against average and .927 save percentage this season.

  • Canada makes quarterfinals at worlds with 4-3 win vs France

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada overcame France 4-3 Saturday to maintain a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship and become the first team to secure a quarterfinal spot.Defending champion Russia thrashed Belarus 7-0 for its fourth win at the tournament.

  • Lease extension would keep Sharks at SAP until 2025

    February 13, 2016

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks expect to call SAP Center their home for at least the next 10 years.Sharks owner Hasso Plattner and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced Friday that the team and the city have reached a lease extension agreement at SAP Center through May 8, 2025, subject to approval by the City Council.

  • Lightning look to close out Canadiens in Montreal

    February 13, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are 5 for 5 this year in Montreal. Now they need one more road win against the Canadiens.The Lightning had a chance to sweep the Canadiens on Thursday night, but goaltender Ben Bishop was pulled in the second period of Montreal's 6-2 victory. Now the second-round series is headed back to Canada for Game 5 on Saturday night (NBCSN, 7 p.m. EDT).

  • US beats Denmark, Czechs blank Austria at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States rebounded from a loss to Belarus with a 1-0 victory over Denmark at the ice hockey world championship on Friday to stay on course for a spot in the quarterfinals.Also, the Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host's third victory at the ice hockey world championship, Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1, and Germany rallied to edge Latvia 2-1 for its second victory.

  • Blackhawks defenseman Rozsival out for rest of playoffs

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival will miss the rest of the playoffs because of a broken left ankle.Rozsival was hurt when he lost his balance and fell backward in the second period of Chicago's 4-3 series-ending victory at Minnesota on Thursday night. The Blackhawks will face Anaheim or Calgary in their third consecutive appearance in the Western Conference finals.

  • Wild again left with bad feeling in loss to Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the third straight year, the Minnesota Wild were forced out of the playoffs by the Chicago Blackhawks.This defeat felt as bad as ever.''Right now, we're a good team,'' coach Mike Yeo said, ''and we have to find a way to be the best team.''

  • Red Wings give Babcock permission to test market

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock can start testing the open market.The Detroit Red Wings have granted a request from the highly respected coach for permission to speak with other teams. Babcock's contract is expiring this offseason, and his status is the main question facing the Red Wings as they try to figure out their plans for the future.

  • Czech Republic blanks Austria 4-0 at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host's third victory at the ice hockey world championship, and Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1.The Czechs wasted a two-man advantage before they struck with middle-period goals from Ondrej Nemec, Martin Zatovic and Vladimir Sobotka, who all scored 7:59 apart. Captain Jakub Voracek added the fourth seven seconds into the final period.

  • Blackhawks finish sweep to reach conference finals - again

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) For the fifth time in the last seven seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks have reached the Western Conference finals.They're eight wins away from topping that feat with a third Stanley Cup.Stellar saves by Corey Crawford, another timely goal by Patrick Kane and a composed finish despite a frenzied attempt by Minnesota to send Game 4 into overtime all helped the Blackhawks complete a sweep of the Wild in their second-round playoff series with a 4-3 victory on Thursday night.

  • Goal-starved Rangers facing elimination in second round

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Being on the brink is familiar territory for the Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.The Caps have a history of being in position to advance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and finding a way to squander it.The Presidents' Trophy-winning Rangers are next in line. The Capitals lead their series 3-1 and can eliminate the Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night in New York.

  • Fan arrested after bringing gun to Tampa Bay Lightning game

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Police say a 27-year-old St. Petersburg man faces misdemeanor charges after bringing a gun to the Tampa Bay Lightning playoff game against the Montreal Canadiens.Someone saw Lucas Cassidy drop the gun inside a bathroom at the Amalie Arena on Wednesday night and notified authorities. When a Tampa police officer confronted Cassidy, he told her he had a gun in his pocket.

  • Wild, Canadiens hope to prevent sweeps in 2nd round

    February 13, 2016

    If there's a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven't found it.The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the first round in 2013, then lost in the second round in 2014 before arriving at the brink in the Western Conference semifinals again this time.

  • Wild seeking secret to beating Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    If there's a secret to beating the Chicago Blackhawks in the playoffs, the Minnesota Wild haven't found it.The Wild have fallen to 3-11 against the Blackhawks in the playoffs the last three years. They were eliminated by the eventual Stanley Cup champions in the first round in 2013, then lost in the second round in 2014 before arriving at the brink in the Western Conference semifinals again this time.

  • Vigneault, Hartley, Laviolette are Jack Adams finalists

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers' Alain Vigneault, Calgary's Bob Hartley and Nashville's Peter Laviolette are the finalists for the Jack Adams Award as NHL's coach of the year.Mmbers of the NHL Broadcasters' Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular season, with the top three designated as finalists Wednesday. The winner will be announced June 24 at the NHL awards ceremony in Las Vegas.

  • Predators sign goalie Mazanec to one-year, two-way contract

    February 13, 2016

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed goalie Marek Mazanec to a one-year, two-way contract.Mazanec's contract will be worth 5,000 when he's in the NHL and 0,000 when he's in the American Hockey League. The Predators announced the signing Wednesday.

  • Steven Stamkos relieved to end playoff scoring drought

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steven Stamkos is relieved, but hardly satisfied.The two-time Maurice Richard Trophy winner was able to end a frustrating playoff scoring drought last weekend, however the Lightning captain knows there's still plenty of work ahead in his team's series against Montreal.

  • Canada beats Sweden 6-4 to stay perfect at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada rallied to maintain a perfect record at the ice hockey world championship by beating Sweden 6-4 on Wednesday for its fourth straight victory.In other matches, defending champion Russia bounced back from a loss to the United States with a 5-2 victory over Denmark and Latvia and Norway ended their three-game losing streaks by edging Switzerland 2-1 and Slovakia 3-2 respectively.

  • Kane, Crawford settle back into form for surging Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The original prognosis for Patrick Kane's surgically repaired collarbone dictated his return for some point during the Western Conference finals, if the Chicago Blackhawks were to advance that far.The superstar right wing came back in almost half that time and his reintegration with the Blackhawks has been as quick as one of his vintage rushes along the perimeter to set up a display of his deft touch for scoring.

  • Defending champion Russia beats Denmark 5-2 at hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Defending champion Russia bounced back from a loss to the United States with a 5-2 victory over Denmark at the ice hockey world championship on Wednesday.Also, Latvia ended a three-game losing streak by edging Switzerland 2-1.Sergei Mozyakin scored two goals to help Russia to its third win in four games.

  • NHL Capsules

    January 3, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Resurgent Sidney Crosby scored two power-play goals, Marc-Andre Fleury returned from a concussion and made 38 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Islanders 5-2 on Saturday night.Crosby scored his 10th and 11th goals of the season and has 10 points in his last seven games. After scoring just six goals in his first 32 games, Crosby has five scores in his last five contests.

  • NHL commissioner Bettman can be deposed in lawsuit

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman can be deposed to give testimony in a concussion lawsuit, a U.S. District Court ruled Tuesday.Former players suing the NHL over concussion-related problems have accused the league of blocking access to Bettman for testimony in the case. The court told the plaintiffs they could depose Bettman as early as July.

  • Power outage forces restoration of ice for Blackhawks-Wild

    February 13, 2016

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) An overnight power outage in downtown St. Paul created a challenge for the maintenance crew at Xcel Energy Center before Game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild.Without electricity, ice preservation wasn't possible, making the rink rather slushy early Tuesday morning. The Wild said arena staff acted quickly to use backup power and restore the ice to playable condition.

  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes to ref, is fined ,000

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has been fined ,000 by the NHL for comments he made to referee Brad Watson following Game 2.Prust, who was fined Tuesday, also apologized to Watson.''Brandon Prust's postgame comments were both baseless and demeaning of a referee whose 20-year career in the league has been marked by professionalism, integrity and a high degree of respect from players, coaches and management,'' said NHL senior executive vice president Colin Campbell.

  • Less 'panic' helps Capitals in 1-goal games against Rangers

    February 13, 2016

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green thinks his team is better equipped now to handle tight, low-scoring games than it used to be.Which is a good thing, because their opponent in the Eastern Conference semifinals, the New York Rangers, have played in an NHL-record 10 consecutive postseason games decided by one goal heading into Wednesday night's Game 4 at Washington.

  • Slovakia strike late for 3rd win at worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Slovakia struck late to overcome Slovenia 3-1 for its third victory at the ice hockey world championship and France ended a two-game losing streak with a 2-0 win over Austria on Tuesday.Earlier, Switzerland edged Germany 1-0 and Belarus beat Denmark 5-1 for their second victories at the tournament.

  • Canadiens' Brandon Prust apologizes to ref for comments

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust has apologized to referee Brad Watson for his comments following Game 2.Prust said after Montreal's 6-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday night that Watson insulted and cursed him. Prust said after practice Tuesday he wants to ''apologize to Brad Watson and the rest of the officials in the NHL. It was uncalled for.''

  • Switzerland, Belarus earn 2nd victories at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Switzerland edged Germany 1-0 and Belarus beat Denmark 5-1 for their second victories at the ice hockey world championship on Tuesday.The defeat is another blow for Germany's campaign after a humiliating 10-0 loss to Canada in its previous game on Sunday.

  • Monday's Sports In Brief

    February 13, 2016

    NBACHICAGO (AP) The Bulls plan to introduce Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg as their new coach on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.Hoiberg had long been rumored as the replacement for Tom Thibodeau, who was fired last week after five seasons in Chicago.

  • Blackhawks, Ducks could take 3-0 series strangleholds

    February 13, 2016

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Although the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks appear to be steamrolling toward a meeting in the Western Conference finals, they're only halfway there.The Minnesota Wild and the Calgary Flames both must climb out of an 0-2 series hole at home Tuesday night to give themselves much of a chance to turn the tide.

  • Canada, US, earn 3rd straight wins at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Sidney Crosby scored again as Canada beat host Czech Republic 6-3 at the ice hockey world championship on Monday, and the United States bested defending champion Russia 4-2.It was the third win in three games for both North American teams and Sweden equaled their record by routing Latvia 8-1. Last year's runner-up Finland blanked Norway 5-0 for its second win.

  • Shero hired as New Jersey Devils' general manager

    February 13, 2016

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) After a 28-year run, Lou Lamoriello is stepping down as the New Jersey Devils general manager and handing the job to Ray Shero.The 72-year-old Lamoriello announced the change Monday, noting that he will remain as president of hockey operations.

  • US beats defending champ Russia 4-2 at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) The United States beat defending champion Russia 4-2 Monday for its third straight win at the ice hockey world championship.Sweden also made it three victories from three games with an 8-1 rout of Latvia.The young U.S. team leads Group B in Ostrava with nine points, three more than Russia, and plays Belarus next on Thursday.

  • Canadiens' Prust says ref Brad Watson insulted him

    February 13, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal forward Brandon Prust said referee Brad Watson insulted him repeatedly in the first period after a roughing penalty in the Canadiens' 6-2 loss to Tampa Bay on Sunday night.''I thought the original call was kind of soft and I let (Watson) know on the way to the penalty box,'' said Prust, who ended the game with 31 minutes of penalties and a game misconduct. ''He kept provoking me. He came to the box and called me every name in the book.''

  • Ovechkin can still dazzle amid tight-checking postseason

    February 13, 2016

    Even in defeat, Alexander Ovechkin produced the goal of the weekend, squeezing through two opposing players and falling to his stomach while whipping a wrist shot past New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist.''They took as much space as they wanted. He still got it done,'' Washington coach Barry Trotz said. ''Great players will do that.''

  • Wild go with Haula to replace injured Fontaine

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Erik Haula replaced injured right wing Justin Fontaine for the Minnesota Wild on Sunday night against the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.Coach Mike Yeo says Haula's speed and some of his past performances against the Blackhawks were the main factors. Haula had three goals and two assists in last year's playoff series against Chicago.

  • Canadiens' Desharnais misses Game 2 vs. Lightning with flu

    February 13, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Montreal center David Desharnais was scratched from the lineup Sunday night for Game 2 of the Canadiens' playoff series against Tampa Bay because of the flu.He was replaced by Brian Flynn, who sat out the previous two games.Desharnais has no goals and two assists in seven playoff games this season.

  • Canada beats Germany 10-0 at ice hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada eased to another high-scoring victory at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday by overwhelming Germany 10-0.Edmonton forward Taylor Hall had a hat trick for Canada, which produced an even more dominant performance than in its opening 6-1 victory over Latvia in Group A.

  • Wild will be without Fontaine for Game 2 vs. Hawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Minnesota Wild right wing Justin Fontaine will miss Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinal series against the Chicago Blackhawks because if a lower-body injury.Fontaine was hurt Friday night in Game 1. Coach Mike Yeo said Saturday that Fontaine's recovery timetable was unclear, either ''day to day or it might be a week.''

  • Tampa Bay, Chicago, Anaheim try to take 2-0 lead

    February 13, 2016

    The Montreal Canadiens have had six opportunities, and they haven't beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning this season.When the Atlantic Division rivals meet next in Game 2 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, the Canadiens will still bring plenty of confidence to their home ice.

  • Russian injuries: Zaripov out, Datsyuk not joining team

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Russia's campaign at the ice hockey world championship has received a blow after forward Danis Zaripov was ruled out for the rest of the tournament.The defending champion announced on the Russia ice hockey federation website that Zaripov picked up an injury in the opening 6-2 win over Norway on Friday. Zaripov scored a goal in the match.

  • Austria, Slovakia open ice hockey worlds with shootout wins

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Austria and Slovakia needed penalty shootouts to win their opening games at the ice hockey world championships on Saturday.Columbus Blue Jackets forward Marko Dano scored the decisive goal for Slovakia in the shootout to beat Denmark 4-3.

  • Developers file details on proposed Seattle suburb arena

    February 13, 2016

    TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) Developers of a privately funded arena in the Seattle suburb of Tukwila have filed an environmental application containing details of the proposed facility.RLB Holdings Sports and Entertainment LLC filed the application with the city of Tukwila on Friday for the ''Northwest Arena.''

  • Babcock says he's still uncertain about coaching future

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) Mike Babcock says he's not rushing into any decisions about his future.The Detroit coach, whose contract is expiring, expects to meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland at some point in the next 10 days to talk things over, and Babcock said Friday he also needs to consult his wife as he figures out where he wants to coach next season.

  • Rangers look to bounce back from tough Game 1 loss to Caps

    February 13, 2016

    GREENBURGH, N.Y. (AP) Putting a brutal, last-second loss to the Washington Capitals in the opening game of the Eastern Conference semifinals behind them isn't something the New York Rangers are worried about.Playoff hockey is all about short-term memory. You win, you forget about it. You lose, you forget about it faster.

  • Buffalo Sabres fire AHL Rochester coach Cassidy

    February 13, 2016

    ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres are embarking on yet another coaching search after firing Chadd Cassidy, the coach of their minor-league affiliate in Rochester.The decision was announced by the Sabres on Friday, two weeks after the Rochester Americans missed the playoffs by finishing 14th out of 15 teams in the American Hockey League's Western Conference standings. The move comes three weeks after the Sabres fired their head coach Ted Nolan.

  • Canada opens hockey worlds with 6-1 win over Latvia

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Canada showed its attacking power with a 6-1 victory over Latvia on Friday in the first game of the world hockey championship, while the United States beat 2014 runner-up Finland 5-1.Defending champion Russia opened with a 6-2 victory over Norway, and Sweden beat host Czech Republic 6-5 in a shootout.

  • BC-AP Sports Preview Digest

    February 13, 2016

    Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:- ZURICH - FIFA President Sepp Blatter says he already has started the process of reforming soccer's governing body. These are his first public comments since announcing his resignation two days ago.

  • Faceoffs can provide a big lift in the NHL playoffs

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks were down by one in the final seconds of the first period when Brad Richards approached the faceoff circle on the right side of Nashville goaltender Pekka Rinne. The veteran center made a small motion to Duncan Keith to move up to his left side, and then got ready for the draw.

  • NHL Playoff Capsules

    February 13, 2016

    MONTREAL (AP) Steven Stamkos scored his first goal of the playoffs and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-2 on Sunday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinal series.Nikita Kucherov scored twice on power plays, Valtteri Filppula, Victor Hedman and J.T. Brown added goals, and Ben Bishop made 27 saves for the Lightning.

  • Babcock's future the focus as Red Wings head into offseason

    February 13, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) For the Detroit Red Wings, early exits from the postseason are becoming all too common.That's not something that sits well with the storied franchise.The Red Wings were eliminated by Tampa Bay in the first round when the Lightning edged Detroit 2-0 in Game 7 on Wednesday night. The focus will now turn to the future of coach Mike Babcock, who was in the last year of his contract - but in the immediate aftermath of their defeat, the Red Wings were left to look back on what might have been.

  • Dubnyk, Hammond, Letang finalists for Masterton

    February 13, 2016

    NEW YORK (AP) Goalies Devan Dubnyk of Minnesota and Andrew Hammond of Ottawa and defenseman Kris Letang of Pittsburgh are finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy as NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

  • Canadiens hoping to reverse struggles against Lightning

    February 13, 2016

    The Montreal Canadiens held off Tampa Bay by two points to win the Atlantic Division during the regular season, an impressive accomplishment given what a thorn in the side the Lightning had been.Turns out Montreal hadn't seen the last of high-scoring Tampa Bay.

  • AP sources: McLellan on list of Sabres coaching candidates

    February 13, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan and minor-league coach Luke Richardson are among the initial candidates being considered by the Buffalo Sabres, two people familiar with the coaching search tell The Associated Press.And the list is expected to grow in what is anticipated to be a lengthy coaching search process, said the people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres are not commenting on their search to replace Ted Nolan, who was fired a day after the season ended on April 12.

  • Wild look for playoff breakthrough against Blackhawks

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) Five games in 2013, a small speed bump in Chicago's run to the Stanley Cup title. Six games in 2014, a more difficult challenge for the Blackhawks.Now the Minnesota Wild are in the second round for the second straight postseason, and standing in the way is their usual playoff roadblock. And even they are interested to see how they respond, beginning with Game 1 on Friday night in Chicago.

  • Sidney Crosby to lead Canada at hockey worlds

    February 13, 2016

    PRAGUE (AP) Unlike previous editions, this year's hockey world championship is bringing out the best.While the Olympic tournaments have been drawing the top players on the planet, the worlds do not usually see an abundance of stars because many of them are still busy in the NHL playoffs.

  • Little time to celebrate, Lightning look ahead to Canadiens

    February 13, 2016

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning are eager to take another shot at the Montreal Canadiens.A year after being swept by their Atlantic Division rivals in the opening round of the NHL playoffs, the confident Lightning will be looking for redemption when the teams meet again in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

  • Ducks, Rangers back in action after short postseason break

    February 13, 2016

    CHICAGO (AP) The next playoff opponent for Washington, Minnesota and Tampa Bay is a reminder of painful losses for each team. It's the second round that brings back bad memories for Anaheim.Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals take on Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Thursday night, and the Ducks host the Calgary Flames in their series opener on the West Coast. Devan Dubnyk and the Wild begin their conference semifinal against the Blackhawks on Friday night in Chicago.

  • Wild D Scandella suspended 2 games by NHL for hit

    December 10, 2014

    NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL has suspended Minnesota Wild defenseman Marco Scandella for two games for a hit to the head of New York Islanders forward Brock Nelson.The ban was handed down by the league's Department of Player Safety on Wednesday, one day after the Wild's 5-4 home win over New York. Scandella struck Nelson with 2:28 left in the game and was given a minor penalty for an illegal check to the head.

  • Hockey stars say goodbye to Jean Beliveau

    December 10, 2014

    MONTREAL (AP) - ''Le Gros Bill'' would have been touched.Hundreds of fans, many clad in his famed No. 4 jersey, and a who's who of hockey stars and politicians paid an emotional farewell to Montreal Canadiens great Jean Beliveau on a snowy Wednesday.

  • Coyotes recall defenseman David Schlemko

    December 10, 2014

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - The Arizona Coyotes recalled defenseman David Schlemko from Portland of the American Hockey League on Wednesday.The 27-year-old Schlemko has a goal and three assists in 15 games for the Coyotes this season. He had a goal and three assists in two games for Portland.

  • Wild's Ballard has facial fractures, concussion

    December 10, 2014

    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota Wild defenseman Keith Ballard has been released from the hospital, diagnosed with multiple facial fractures and a concussion after a collision with the boards.The Wild announced Wednesday that Ballard will be out indefinitely.

  • Blue Jackets activate Goloubef, send Rychel to AHL

    December 10, 2014

    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Cody Goloubef off injured reserve and have loaned him on a conditioning assignment to their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Massachusetts.The club also assigned left wing Kerby Rychel to Springfield.