Panthers trade 2015 first-round pick Lawson Crouse to Coyotes to free up salary-cap space

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The Florida Panthers' busy offseason continued Thursday morning with a surprising trade that will clear up several million dollars of salary-cap space. The Panthers sent oft-injured center Dave Bolland and 2015 first-round pick Lawson Crouse to the Phoenix Coyotes for future second- and third-round draft picks.

The Panthers will receive the ...Read more

Rate of player retention working in Penguins' favor

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When the Penguins raise their Stanley Cup banner Oct. 13 at Consol Energy Center, only defenseman Ben Lovejoy, forward Beau Bennett and backup goalie Jeff Zatkoff will be absent from the group responsible for such a magical season.

It's an impressive rate of retention for general manager Jim Rutherford and his staff, tangible evidence they're ...Read more

Hitchcock feeling reassured about Blues

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In the summer before his final season behind the Blues' bench, Ken Hitchcock is changing nothing about his routine. He calls August "scheming and dreaming time for coaches," so while he relaxes in Western Canada, his mind is starting to wander.

"You're imagining line combinations, all types of stuff," Hitchcock said.

Back in St. Louis, there ...Read more

Buzz for NHL's Winter Classic hits St. Louis

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It was 88 degrees at Busch Stadium on Tuesday afternoon, but it felt like Blues' hockey season.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was in St. Louis to announce the awarding of the Winter Classic to the city and unveil the logo for the outdoor game, which will feature the Blues and rival Chicago Blackhawks on Jan. 2. An alumni game on Dec. 31 will ...Read more

Blackhawks' Crawford shoots PSA for police vests, team pledges money

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Corey Crawford compares his protective hockey gear, which deflects pucks, to the way police officers' vests stop bullets in an ad campaign to raise money for about 1,900 new vests.

In a joint press conference with the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation on Tuesday, the Blackhawks also announced plans to donate $5,000 this week to the "Get Behind...Read more

Hurricanes extend coach Bill Peters through 2019

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With a new contract extension signed and more than two months left until the start of the NHL season, Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters finally had a chance to laugh and relax Wednesday.

"The team's getting younger -- but I'm getting older, just to make sure we're clear on that," he said lightheartedly to a question about the Hurricanes' ...Read more

Red Wings ink Danny DeKeyser for long term: 'It's a big deal'

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This summer shapes up to be especially memorable for Danny DeKeyser.

First, he got the security of a long-term deal with the Detroit Red Wings, agreeing Tuesday to a six-year, $30-million contract. Come early September, he is getting married.

"It's a big deal for me, to be able to get some stability and be able to play in Detroit for the next ...Read more

Panthers prospect Adam 'Mr. Big Shot' Mascherin hopes to make a dent on scoreboard

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For the first time in franchise history the Florida Panthers boasted five players with 20 or more goals last season.

Yet, one would be hard-pressed to find a player on the team with a shot that strikes fear in opposing goalies.

Until now.

While 18-year-old left wing Adam Mascherin will most likely return for at least two more seasons in ...Read more

Wild's Zucker won't let himself forget young fan's advice

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Maybe it was fate.

Jason Zucker and Jared Spurgeon had the option to pick the fifth floor or the sixth floor during a visit to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital last December. They chose the fifth floor, and because of that seemingly insignificant decision, Zucker ended up meeting his biggest fan with the biggest heart.

Weeks...Read more

Brad Richards retires after 15 NHL seasons

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The Detroit Red Wings turned out to be Brad Richards' last stop in the NHL.

Richards, 36, announced his retirement Wednesday with a release through the NHLPA. He played 15 seasons, the last of them this past season in Detroit. Signed to boost offense and experience from his two Stanley Cup championships, Richards produced just 10 goals and 28 ...Read more

Joel Quenneville believes Blackhawks didn't have same 'zip' last season

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When the Blackhawks were going through a late-season slump in March, the drumbeat began that they might be tired -- that years of playing deep into the postseason finally was catching up with them.

The Hawks generally dismissed that notion, saying they felt fine. However, coach Joel Quenneville said Saturday during a Blackhawks Convention panel...Read more

Blues sign Schwartz to five-year contract

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The Blues and Jaden Schwartz have agreed on a new contract, ending a stalemate that was scheduled for salary arbitration.

The club has signed the left winger to a five-year deal that will pay him $26.75 million for annual average value (AAV) of $5.35 million.

The Blues said earlier that Schwartz was their No. 1 priority this offseason, and ...Read more

Flyers re-sign Petr Straka

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The Flyers signed another restricted free agent Friday.

Winger Petr Straka, 24, signed a one-year, two-way deal and will begin his fourth season in the organization. He scored 19 goals with the AHL's Phantoms last season.

Straka was not recalled by the Flyers last year. The previous season, he played three games with the Flyers and totaled two...Read more

Red Wings' Luke Glendening gets extension he never envisioned

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Luke Glendening looks back at what a long way he has come and chuckles.

From being a walk-on at Michigan to joining the Detroit Red Wings as an undrafted free agent -- working his way from the ECHL to the NHL -- it has been quite a journey for the Grand Rapids native.

It's one that will continue at least through 2020-21, after Thursday's ...Read more

Red Wings, Teemu Pulkkinen agree to 1-year, prove-it deal

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One year makes sense for both parties.

The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Teemu Pulkkinen, a restricted free agent, for $812,500 for the coming season.

Pulkkinen, 24, has yet to establish himself at the top level, having struggled to translate his best asset -- a wickedly hard right-handed shot -- to success with the Wings. Pulkkinen ...Read more

New Blackhawk Michal Kempny lets his play do his talking

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Michal Kempny felt the need to apologize during his first interview upon arriving in Chicago.

"I'm sincerely sorry I don't speak English," Kempny, a native of the Czech Republic, said through an interpreter. "I didn't take any in school. Right now I'm taking tutors. I'm actually taking English classes to get better. I'm trying to get better as ...Read more

Hurricanes, Rask agree on 6-year contract

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A new six-year contract will give Carolina Hurricanes center Victor Rask financial and professional security, and is a major commitment from the team.

Rask, in return, said Tuesday his goal was to help the Canes return to the playoffs and again contend for a Stanley Cup.

The Canes announced Tuesday that Rask had agreed to the deal that will ...Read more

Flyers' Cole Bardreau continues comeback from broken neck

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If overcoming adversity leads to success, center Cole Bardreau should have a solid NHL career.

Signed by the Flyers as a free agent last year, the 5-foot-10, 193-pound Bardreau -- who broke his neck while playing for Cornell in 2013 and was nearly paralyzed -- looks like he has a future as a scrappy third- or fourth-line player.

"He's ...Read more

Ryan Hartman wants to go from prospect to pro for Blackhawks this season

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At Blackhawks prospect camp, players are separated into three groups -- A, B and C.

It was clear from scanning the rosters that Group C was stacked.

Nearly every prospect who has a chance of earning playing time with the Hawks next season was in Group C, the first to take the ice Sunday at Johnny's IceHouse West.

One of those in Group C, Ryan...Read more

Red Wings' forward depth means young guys must earn their spots

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The real audition comes in autumn, but development camp is an opportunity to make an early impression.

The Detroit Red Wings are stocked with forwards after adding three new ones during free agency, which general manager Ken Holland hopes will lead to intense competition for minutes.

"Our goal is to have depth," Holland told the Free Press ...Read more