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  • NHL Roundup: Dallas Stars publicly oppose Texas ‘bathroom bill’ -AP-Stars-New-GM-Hockey(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    With the NHL draft scheduled to come to their state next year, the Dallas Stars have publicly opposed the Texas “bathroom bill,” becoming the first professional team do to so, according to a report from the Dallas Morning News. “The Dallas Stars stands strongly opposed to any legislation perceived ...
  • NHL: Players under contract in minors can’t go to 2018 Winter Olympics -NHL--Carolina-Hurricanes-at-Florida-Panthers(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   Players with NHL contracts, even those in the minors, will not be allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics next February. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the league’s stance to The Associated Press on Monday. The league announced in April it wouldn’t be stopping its season to go to the Olympics ...
  • USA Hockey builds NHL-caliber coaching staff for 2018 Olympics -AP-Blackhawks-Red-Wings-Hockey(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-   USA Hockey can’t use NHL players, but the Americans will have an NHL-caliber coaching staff for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Former NHL and current University of Wisconsin coach Tony Granato will be announced today as the head coach of the U.S. Olympic team, and his assistants will be ...
  • NHL Roundup: Wild sign another key piece in Mikael Granlund Wild NHL-USATSI-9963948MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with standout forward Mikael Granlund on a three-year, $17.25 million contract. The Wild announced the deal Tuesday with the restricted free agent, whose 69 points last season ranked tied for fourth in franchise history. The 25-year-old Granlund led the Wild in points, assists and multi-point games. ...
  • NHL Roundup: Busy summer continues for Arizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet FILe - In this Feb. 3, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet sets up a play during a timeout during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Pittsburgh. The Arizona Coyotes have named Rick Tocchet as head coach, replacing Dave Tippett, who parted ways with the franchise after last season. Tocchet spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, a stint that included consecutive Stanley Cup championships. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    Rick Tocchet has yet to run a practice, let alone coach a game, but the Coyotes’ newest bench boss has already generated plenty of buzz for the impression he’s made in less than three weeks on the job. He’s advertised a fast, aggressive and creative style of play while ...
  • NHL Roundup: Dallas selected as host for 2018 NHL draft DALLAS STARS DRAFT-USATSI-10002375DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars will host the 2018 NHL draft at American Airlines Center. The NHL and the Stars announced Saturday night that the draft will be Friday-Saturday, June 22-23. The first round will be June 22 and the final six rounds June 23. Dallas will host the draft for the first time. The franchise ...
  • NHL Roundup: Predators sign C Ryan Johansen to 8-year, $64 million deal Nashville Predators' Ryan Johansen speaks during an NHL hockey press conference at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., Friday, July 28, 2017. The Predators signed Johansen to an eight-year, $64 million contract in the largest contract ever for the franchise on Friday. (Andrew Nelles/The Tennessean via AP)(Photo: The Associated Press)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — General manager David Poile has made it clear he’s been looking for a top center since first hired to build the Nashville Predators 20 years ago. He believes he has just that in Ryan Johansen, and that’s why the Predators rewarded the 24-year-old center Friday with an eight-year, $64 million contract. It’s ...
  • NHL Roundup: Longtime Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov heading to KHL NHL072817-USATSI-9675933(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    Unrestricted free agent defenseman Andrei Markov will not return to the Montreal Canadiens for a 17th season, the team announced and Markov confirmed during a conference call Thursday. Markov, a veteran of 990 games for the Canadiens, will be heading to the KHL in his native Russia, though he ...
  • NHL’s 2018 Winter Olympics decision ‘disappointing’ Pittsburgh Penguins' Matt Murray (30) celebrates with the Stanley Cup after defeating the Nashville Predators 2-0 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)(Photo: The Associated Press)TORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid said he’s disappointed the NHL won’t be sending players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. “It would have been a special group, and you’re just hopeful to be a part of it,” McDavid told reporters at a charity event Wednesday. “It’s disappointing, but that’s the way ...
  • NHL Roundup: NY Rangers sign Mika Zibanejad to five-year, $26.75 million deal The Vegas Golden Knights name is displayed on a screen during an event to unveil the NHL's newest franchise.(Photo: John Locher, AP)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Mika Zibanejad knew from the moment the New York Rangers traded Derek Stepan that his role would be more substantial. Now he has the contract to match. The Rangers avoided arbitration Tuesday and signed Zibanejad to a $26.75 million, five-year deal that carries a salary-cap hit of $5.35 million through 2021-22. With ...
  • NHL Roundup: Even without NHL players, USA Hockey officials optimistic about potential Olympic roster Team USA shares a group celebration after defeating Finland for the gold medal during the 1980 Winter Olympics. This team was comprised of amateur players.(Photo: Jym Wilson, USA TODAY Sports)(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-    Today’s young American hockey players have grown up believing the dream of playing in the Olympics before turning pro only happens in movies. “I watched ‘Miracle’ and that’s how it used to be,” University of Denver player Troy Terry told USA TODAY Sports. “It was pretty cool.  That’s a ...
  • NHL Roundup: Blackhawks looking to old, new faces in quest for Cup Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad is introduced to the fans during the NHL hockey team's convention Friday, July 21, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)(Photo: The Associated Press)CHICAGO (AP) — Following a second straight first-round playoff flop last April, the Chicago Blackhawks responded with roster changes that cut all the way to their core of high-priced stars. Chicago reacquired fan favorites Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad in the process. Both may end up back in familiar spots, even if general manager Stan Bowman ...
  • NHL Roundup: Predators sign Pontus Aberg to 2-year contract (PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   The Predators on Tuesday signed restricted free-agent forward Pontus Aberg to a two-year, $1.3 million contract. Aberg will make a league-minimum $650,000 in each of the next two years. The 23-year-old led the Milwaukee Admirals and tied for third among American Hockey League players with 31 goals last season. Limited to 15 NHL games ...
  • NHL Roundup: Brian Campbell announces his retirement after 17 NHL seasons -NHL--Carolina-Hurricanes-at-Florida-PanthersCHICAGO (AP) — Defenseman Brian Campbell is retiring at age 38 after playing 17 NHL seasons and winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010. Campbell announced his retirement Monday. The Blackhawks say he’ll join their front office, assisting with community and youth hockey initiatives and marketing. Campbell had 87 goals and 417 assists for ...
  • NHL Roundup: Rookie coaches a growing NHL trend FILe - In this Feb. 3, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet sets up a play during a timeout during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Pittsburgh. The Arizona Coyotes have named Rick Tocchet as head coach, replacing Dave Tippett, who parted ways with the franchise after last season. Tocchet spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, a stint that included consecutive Stanley Cup championships. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)   —-   Rick Tocchet is the kind of coach who doesn’t mind if a player calls him at 9 p.m. to share a thought. He doesn’t expect that to change as he goes from a Pittsburgh Penguins assistant to head coach of the Arizona Coyotes. Tocchet has done it before, and his 148 ...
  • NHL Roundup: Carolina Hurricanes to be sold for $500 million to ex-Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg’s group Bruins v SharksA group of investors led by former Texas Rangers CEO Chuck Greenberg have finalized a purchase agreement to buy the Carolina Hurricanes for about $500 million, a person with knowledge of the transaction told USA TODAY Sports Thursday. An agreement with longtime Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. to sell the team was completed this week, according ...
  • NHL Roundup: Hurricanes lock up young defenseman Jaccob Slavin with 7-year extension carolina hurr-USATSI-9780121RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes and defenseman Jaccob Slavin have agreed to a seven-year contract extension. General manager Ron Francis on Wednesday said the deal begins in 2018-19 and will carry an average annual value of $5.3 million through the 2024-25 season. Francis says the 23-year-old Slavin is “one of the cornerstones of our team” ...
  • NHL Roundup: Coyotes hire Rick Tocchet as head coach FILe - In this Feb. 3, 2017, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant coach Rick Tocchet sets up a play during a timeout during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Pittsburgh. The Arizona Coyotes have named Rick Tocchet as head coach, replacing Dave Tippett, who parted ways with the franchise after last season. Tocchet spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, a stint that included consecutive Stanley Cup championships. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have hired Rick Tocchet as head coach, turning the team over to a man who helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win the past two Stanley Cup titles. The 53-year-old Tocchet, who spent the past three seasons as a Pittsburgh assistant, played 18 seasons in the NHL and helped the Penguins win ...
  • NHL Roundup: Lightning sign F Tyler Johnson to 7-year, $35-million deal -NHL--Stanley-Cup-Playoffs-Montreal-Canadiens-aTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tyler Johnson is staying with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The free-agent forward signed a new seven-year, $35 million deal to remain with the Lightning, General Manager Steve Yzerman announced Monday. The 26-year-old Johnson had 19 goals and 26 assists in 66 games last season. He was tied for third on the Lightning in ...
  • NHL Roundup: Marcus Johansson was caught off guard by trade to Devils FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals' Karl Alzner skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The Montreal Canadiens signing defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million five-year deal on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — After winning Presidents’ Trophy and losing in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs two years in a row, Marcus Johansson knew the Washington Capitals were going to make changes. Coming off a career-best season, the 26-year-old Swede just didn’t think he would be one the guys leaving Washington. After being surprised ...
  • NHL Roundup: Wild’s Granlund, Niederreiter file for salary arbitration / NHL Tracker Minnesota Wild's Mikael Granlund of Finland celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime off Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick during an NHL hockey game Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, in St. Paul, Minn. The Wild won 5-4. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Wild right wings Mikael Granlund and Nino Niederreiter, both restricted free agents, have filed for salary arbitration. The NHL Players Association announced Wednesday the list of 30 players around the league who made the election. Teams can do the same Thursday. Hearings take place July 20 through Aug. 4 in ...
  • NHL free agency 2017: Team-by-team tracker with analysis Red Wings v Bruins(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)   —-     A team-by-team look at the bigger moves in NHL free agency, including a quick analysis on the signings. (From June 1 until the present. * denotes players who re-signed) EASTERN CONFERENCE Carolina Hurricanes ► Justin Williams (two years, $9M): A consistent, 20-goal scorer who is among the best possession players in hockey. Great ...
  • With top NHL free agents signed, here are five major offseason story lines to follow / NHL Tracker Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, left, of Russia, jumps over Colorado Avalanche defenseman Chris Bigras(PhatzRadio Sports / USA Today Sports)    —-    The Dallas Stars have to be considered the big (early) winner of the NHL offseason after acquiring a goalie, a top-pairing defenseman and two noteworthy forwards to transform themselves into a Stanley Cup contender. After signing skillful free agent Alexander Radulov to a five-year, $31.25 million deal Monday, general manager Jim Nill ...
  • NHL Free Agency: Signings, trades shift balance of power across the NHL FILE - In this March 31, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals' Karl Alzner skates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The Montreal Canadiens signing defenseman Karl Alzner to a $23.125 million five-year deal on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)(Photo: The Associated Press)(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-   After building up to a playoff run that ended in the second round yet again, the Washington Capitals are going through a salary-cap nightmare usually reserved for Stanley Cup champions. The same struggles that led to the deconstruction of the Chicago Blackhawks and Los Angeles Kings over the years is affecting ...
  • NHL: Rangers, Stars among the best movers in NHL free agency / Questions left Bruins v Lightning(PhatzRadio Sports / AP)    —-    Several big winners in the first hours of the NHL’s free-agent signing period didn’t even have to move. From Carey Price to Cam Fowler to Evgeny Kuznetsov, a bunch of veterans got paid by their current teams when the free-agent floodgates opened during the weekend. Several clubs moved quickly to lock ...

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