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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 …


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: 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: 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 …


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 …


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 …


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 …


UPDATED: Mon., July 1, 2019, 11:07 p.m.

Blue Jackets’ breakup, Sebastien Aho offer sheet highlight free agency

The much-anticipated breakup of the Columbus Blue Jackets’ star-laden core came quickly. Once Artemi Panarin completed the exodus of talent leaving Columbus by signing with the New York Rangers a …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

NHL Seattle chooses Palm Springs as site for new AHL farm team

NHL Seattle has filed an application for an American Hockey League (AHL) expansion franchise that would begin play by 2021 in a new $250 million, 10,000-seat arena in Palm Springs, …


For Craig Berube, accountability led to a Stanley Cup for Blues

The St. Louis Blues are coming off the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They did it behind coach Craig Berube, who took over in November and led a …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 12:29 p.m.

Goalie Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons

Florida goalie Roberto Luongo has decided to retire after 19 seasons. The 40-year-old Luongo made the announcement on his Twitter account. His 489 career victories are third in NHL history …


Erik Karlsson among those choosing to stay put, avoid free agency

San Jose defenseman Erik Karlsson is one of several players who could have probably landed richer contracts by going to free agency. They opted instead to re-sign with their current …


Brooks Orpik retires after 15 NHL seasons, 2 Stanley Cup titles

Washington Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik has decided to retire after 15 NHL seasons and two Stanley Cup championships. The 38-year-old says his body is telling him “it is time to …


Seattle’s addition to NHL looms as part of draft weekend story

While the selections of Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kaako and the P.K. Subban trade all got their deserved attention during the NHL draft, one of the biggest crowds of the …


NHL salary cap lower than projected at $81.5 million

The NHL salary cap for next season has been set at $81.5 million, which is $1.5 lower than initially projected. The league and the NHL Players’ Association announced the figure …