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Minnesota Wild sign defenseman Jared Spurgeon to 7-year, $53M extension

The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of 14 goals, 29 assists, 152 shots on goal, 91 hits and 82 games played.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 1:28 p.m.

NHL, NHLPA set to meet again to talk CBA extension

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association will meet again Friday in New York to continue collective bargaining negotiations. Players have until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the current …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019, 7:13 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs playing the waiting game as several top prospects show off skills in NHL camps

The number of Spokane Chiefs players who skated onto the ice sheet at Eagles Ice Arena was notably smaller on Wednesday, as expected.


Blues goalie Jordan Binnington no longer flies under radar

Jordan Binnington used to fly under the radar during his summer training. But after a head-turning, seemingly-out-of-nowhere rookie season capped by a Stanley Cup victory, those days are long gone …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 22, 2019, 8:13 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs mix reunions, introductions during first day of training camp

The Spokane Chiefs’ annual reunion was in full swing Thursday at the Arena, where new coaches and prospects got to skate with the veterans for the first time in a …


Avalanche sign defenseman Samuel Girard to 7-year extension

The Colorado Avalanche have locked up defenseman Samuel Girard with a seven-year extension that runs through the 2026-27 season. The 21-year-old Girard played in all 82 games last season. He …


Chicago forward Chris Kunitz retires after 15 NHL seasons

Kunitz, 39, will work with the coaching staffs for the Blackhawks and their American Hockey League affiliate in Rockford.


Minnesota Wild fire GM Paul Fenton after 1 season

Wild owner Craig Leipold said he told Fenton of his dismissal, a “difficult decision” made because Fenton was “not the right fit” for the organization.


Jeremy Colliton looking forward to camp with new-look Blackhawks

Jeremy Colliton is looking forward to his first training camp since he took over the Chicago Blackhawks after coach Joel Quenneville was fired in November. Colliton had little time to …


Predators sign Colton Sissons to 7-year, $20M contract

The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Colton Sissons by signing the forward to a seven-year contract worth $20 million. The 25-year-old Sissons had 15 goals and 15 assists in …


Spokane Chiefs sign Russian Matvei Startsev to standard player agreement

The Spokane Chiefs announced Friday the signing of Russian defenseman Matvei Startsev to a Western Hockey League Standard Player Agreement.


UPDATED: Thu., July 18, 2019, 1:46 p.m.

Ron Francis has big hopes as GM of Seattle’s new NHL club

Seattle’s NHL expansion team has announced its general manager – Ron Francis, a Hall of Famer and a two-time Stanley Cup winner. He will have complete control of operations. The …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 7:34 p.m.

AP source: Seattle close to naming Ron Francis as GM

Seattle’s NHL expansion team is close to an agreement with Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis to become its first general manager, a person with direct knowledge tells The Associated …


UPDATED: Tue., July 16, 2019, 1:49 p.m.

Capitals re-sign winger Jakub Vrana in 2-year deal

The Washington Capitals have taken care of their biggest remaining offseason priority by re-signing winger Jakub Vrana to a $6.7 million, two-year contract. He had been a restricted free agent …


Blackhawks trade center Artem Anisimov to Ottawa for Zack Smith

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded Artem Anisimov to Ottawa in exchange for Zack Smith. It is a swap of 31-year-old forwards. Anisimov played four seasons for the Blackhawks, scoring 77 …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs see seamless transition to new coach Manny Viveiros

As Bobby Brett tells it, when Scott Carter hired Dan Lambert two years ago to coach the Spokane Chiefs hockey team, the general manager told the Chiefs’ managing partner that …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 10:13 p.m.

Growing number of high-end U.S. picks in NHL draft is no fluke

Hearing the names of seven U.S.-born players called within the opening 15 picks of last month’s NHL draft was a striking confirmation of how far junior hockey in this country …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 5:16 p.m.

Blackhawks acquire F Alex Nylander in trade with Sabres

The Chicago Blackhawks have traded defenseman Henri Jokiharju to the Buffalo Sabres for underachieving forward Alex Nylander. Chicago is hoping a chance of scenery will help Nylander, who was selected …


UPDATED: Tue., July 9, 2019, 6:43 p.m.

Spokane Chiefs name former Western Hockey League champion Manny Viveiros new head coach

Manny Viveiros, who won a Western Hockey League championship two seasons ago with the Swift Current Broncos, was named Tuesday as the Chiefs head coach, the 13th in franchise history.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 5:43 p.m.

Penguins sign coach Mike Sullivan to 4-year extension

Mike Sullivan is sticking around to see if he can add to his Stanley Cup collection with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The club has signed Sullivan to a four-year contract extension …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 11:58 a.m.

Blue Jackets sign defenseman Scott Harrington to 3-year contract

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Scott Harrington to a three-year contract. A person with knowledge of the signing tells The Associated Press the contract is …


UPDATED: Thu., July 4, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

Trio of Spokane Chiefs players get valuable experience at NHL development camps

A little more than a year ago, the National Hockey League draft came to its end, and Eli Zummack’s name wasn’t called. Thirteen days ago, the NHL Draft came to …


NHL’s restricted free agents have proven to be untouchables

Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are some of the NHL’s top restricted free agents. It will be a big surprise if any team tries to sign them away …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 9:33 a.m.

Sergei Bobrovsky says he came to Florida to win the Stanley Cup

Sergei Bobrovsky already has two Vezina Trophies, the award handed out at the end of each season to the NHL’s top goaltender. He’s not looking for a third. For the …


Central Recasting: Division rivals ready to challenge Blues

After the St. Louis Blues muscled their way to the Stanley Cup, Central Division rivals are responding. The division is now stacked with the Blues, Stars, Avalanche, Wild, Predators, Blackhawks …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 2:38 p.m.

Sabres among teams focused on trade market over free agency

Buffalo general manager Jason Botterill is focused more on adding talent through the NHL trade market. He knows how difficult it is to lure players to Buffalo in free agency. …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 11:07 a.m.

Hurricanes to match Montreal’s offer sheet for Sebastian Aho

The Carolina Hurricanes are keeping star forward Sebastian Aho and say they will match the $42 million offer sheet the Montreal Canadiens tendered him. General manager Don Waddell announced the …


Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman practices patience in free agency

Steve Yzerman is practicing patience in his first year as the Detroit Red Wings’ general manager. The Hockey Hall of Famer and former Red Wings great made some subtle moves …


Islanders keep Anders Lee, sign Semyon Varlamov to replace Robin Lehner

From the start of New York Islanders training camp last September, Anders Lee insisted his impending free agency situation was different from the one John Tavares went through. Ultimately, he …


Jackets look to reassemble pieces after free agent losses

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost three of their best players to free agency and now have to figure out how to fill the holes. Forward Artemi Panarin left for the …