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Sharks re-signing Erik Karlsson sets table for busy NHL offseason

UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 4:41 p.m.

The San Jose Sharks re-signing Erik Karlsson is the first big domino to fall in what should be a busy NHL offseason. Karlsson was expected to be the top free agent available. Now that he’s off the board, teams looking for a top defenseman will have to re-evaluate, but the free agent class is strong among forwards.
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Close to home: Anaheim Ducks promote Dallas Eakins to coach

Dallas Eakins is the Anaheim Ducks’ new coach. The Ducks filled the NHL’s last head coaching vacancy with the veteran coach of their AHL affiliate in San Diego. Eakins coached the Edmonton Oilers from the start of the 2013-14 season until December 2014, going 36-63-14. Eakins spent the past four seasons with the Gulls, leading them to the AHL’s conference finals this season.
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Sharks sign D Erik Karlsson to 8-year deal

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed pending free agent defenseman Erik Karlsson to an eight-year deal. The Sharks announced the deal two weeks before Karlsson was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. They acquired the two-time Norris Trophy winner just before the start of last season from Ottawa as a one-year rental.

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Hometown hero Patrick Maroon celebrates Stanley Cup family style

Patrick Maroon will be hailed as a hometown hero in St. Louis for signing with the Blues and helping them win their first championship. What is most important to him was the chance to be around 10-year-old son Anthony and celebrate with him. The Maroons on Saturday will get the chance to ride in the first Blues championship parade. It will be the culmination of Maroon’s gamble on himself to take less money and a one-year deal to be around his family.
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Zdeno Chara played with plates, wires, screws to fix broken jaw

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 2 p.m.

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara says he broke his jaw in multiple places and played the last three games of the Stanley Cup Final with “two plates, some wires and screws” holding it together. Chara confirmed the extent of the injury two days after the Bruins lost in Game 7 of the championship series to the St. Louis Blues.
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Islanders, winger Jordan Eberle agree to $27.5M, 5-year deal

UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019, 11:33 a.m.

The New York Islanders and winger Jordan Eberle have agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract. Eberle counts $5.5 million against the salary cap through the 2023-24 season. Since joining the Islanders via a trade in 2017, Eberle has 44 goals and 52 assists in 159 games.
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Year of parades ends in Boston with Bruins’ Stanley Cup loss

After back-to-back wins by the Red Sox and the Patriots, the never-satisfied fans in Boston coveted a chance to sweep the major sports prizes. But the Celtics didn’t cooperate, and the Bruins fell one game short of winning the city’s 13th title since 2002. St. Louis won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to take the NHL championship.
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Jay Bouwmeester and Blues’ greybeards finally lift Stanley Cup

Jay Bouwmeester put 764 games on his resume before finally his first taste of the playoffs. It was a record for active players when he finally got the opportunity in 2013. Bouwmeester has since racked up 75 playoff games. He was the first player St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo handed the Stanley Cup to as sign of respect for the 35-year-old veteran . It was also a sign of appreciation for his long road to his first NHL championship.
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Heartache turns to triumph for St. Louis sports fans

At age 100, Marge Kirchhoefer is among the oldest St. Louis Blues fans. Now that they are Stanley Cup champions, she knows exactly how she will celebrate. She plans to drink champagne. There is a sense of celebration and relief across St. Louis, which has had champions in baseball and football. Now fans have their first NHL championship, too.
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Blues’ Jordan Binnington goes from castoff to Stanley Cup champion

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has been so good he might never have to pay for another meal in St. Louis. He was drafted in the third round, shuffled to the bottom of the pile of the Blues’ goalie depth chart and even farmed out to Boston’s top minor league affiliate. The 25-year-old rookie led the Blues from dead last in the NHL to the first title in franchise history. He was the perfect backstop for the bruising Blues.
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Bruins fall apart and give up early goals in Game 7 loss

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

The Boston Bruins will look back on three minutes all summer. The Bruins got off to a fast start in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final against St. Louis. Excellent scoring chances were turned aside by St. Louis goalie Jordan Binnington. And then in a matter of three minutes late in the first period, the Blues scored twice. They took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission and cruised to a 4-1 win to celebrate their first championship.
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To grandma with love: Ryan O’Reilly hopes to take Stanley Cup to big fan

UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Ryan O’Reilly wanted to take the Stanley Cup to his 99-year-old grandmother who often emails him congratulatory messages. He could now get that chance after leading the Blues to their first title in franchise history. O’Reilly set a St. Louis playoff record with 23 points and became the first player since Wayne Gretzky to score in four consecutive Cup Final games. He was also named playoff MVP.
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Zdeno Chara all action, little talk in Stanley Cup pursuit

Bruins captain Zdeno Chara has a chance to skate off with the Stanley Cup for the second time on Wednesday night, when Boston plays the St. Louis Blues in Game 7 of the NHL championship series. Chara was knocked out of Game 4 when he took a deflected puck off his face, and his quick return has inspired his teammates and drawn the admiration of the Boston fans. The Bruins last won the Cup in 2011. St. Louis has never won it.
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Bruins-Blues Cup Final Game 6 could hinge on officiating

UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019, 7:15 p.m.

The St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins are so tight that Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, like so many before in the playoffs, is absolutely in danger of hinging on officiating. Changes are very likely coming to video review and how the NHL handles these situations moving forward, but none of that will affect the Blues and Bruins on Sunday night when the Stanley Cup could get wheeled onto the ice for a celebration or put on a plane back to Boston for a potential deciding Game 7.
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Lineup shuffling benefits Blues in Stanley Cup Final

Due to suspensions and injuries, the St. Louis Blues will have their sixth different lineup combination in six games during the Stanley Cup Final. Instead of interrupting continuity, the Blues’ game of musical jerseys of players in and out of the lineup has given them a variety of looks for the Bruins to contend with and contributed to St. Louis being on the verge of winning the Stanley Cup.