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Former Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon gets call from Hockey Hall of Fame

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LOS ANGELES -- If only Rogie Vachon's election to the Hockey Hall of Fame had happened a year or two ago, when he and wife Nicole could have enjoyed the good news together.

Cruelly, she couldn't share his joy Monday when the former Los Angeles Kings goaltender got the news that he had told himself would never come. For Vachon, 70 years old and ...Read more

Laberge emerges from difficult year to become Flyers second-round pick

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BUFFALO -- Pascal Laberge and his family have been through a tragic year, but the talented right winger had a moment to savor Saturday morning as he hugged his father after learning the Flyers had selected him in the second round of the NHL draft.

"My family and I have been through a lot," Laberge said.

Last September, his stepmother -- a ...Read more

Penguins trade right winger Beau Bennett, pick up defensemen, goalie, right winger

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Penguins made a surprise trade at the NHL draft Saturday, sending oft-injured right winger Beau Bennett to New Jersey for a third-round choice.

They used that selection to claim Connor Hall, a rugged defenseman from Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League.

"With the number of young guys we have, we felt it was time to give ...Read more

Panthers send Dmitry Kulikov to Sabres for Mark Pysyk on second day of draft

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The Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers were ranked a solid seventh in goals allowed last season, yet they continue to dramatically revamp their defensive corps.

Before the second round of the NHL draft began Saturday morning at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, the Panthers traded top-four defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to the Sabres for...Read more

Ducks take left wing Max Jones; Matthews goes No.1 to Leafs

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The Anaheim Ducks reached back to their identity as a bruising team when they chose left wing Max Jones Friday as the 24th pick in the NHL draft. But the physicality they prize has its downside: Jones was suspended 12 games last season for a blindside hit he delivered while playing for London of the Ontario Hockey League, likely leaving enough ...Read more

Red Wings trade Datsyuk contract to Coyotes

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Detroit Red Wings shook up opening day of the draft by unloading Pavel Datsyuk's contract.

The Wings found a taker in Arizona -- it cost the Wings their 16th overall pick, but in exchange they got the 20th overall pick, the 53rd overall pick, and forward Joe Vitale.

The move frees up $7.5 million in salary cap space, ...Read more

Hurricanes select Jake Bean in first round of NHL draft

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The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday made defenseman Jake Bean the 13th overall pick of the 2016 NHL entry draft.

It's the third straight year the Canes took a defenseman in the first round. Noah Hanifin was taken fifth overall in the 2015 draft and played last season in the NHL, and the Canes drafted Haydn Fleury in 2014 with the No. 7 pick.

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Wild take Wisconsin center Luke Kunin with 15th pick

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The Wild took Wisconsin forward Luke Kunin with the 15th overall pick in the NHL draft Friday in Buffalo.

Said Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr: "Luke is a versatile two way forward that can play center and wing. He has a tremendous work ethic, great speed, and an NHL shot. He's been a leader everywhere he's played."

Kunin graduated early from ...Read more

Blackhawks trade Andrew Shaw to Canadiens

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After the season ended, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said restricted free agent Andrew Shaw is an "irreplaceable" kind of player.

Now, the Hawks are going to have to find a way to replace the irreplaceable.

The Hawks didn't take long to make a big splash at the NHL entry draft Friday night by dealing Shaw to the Canadiens...Read more

Thomas Vanek being bought out, still calls playing for the Wild 'a dream'

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After months of speculation, the Wild plan to move on without veteran winger Thomas Vanek.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher informed Vanek's camp of the decision Friday to buy out the final year of his contract. Vanek will become a free agent next Friday.

"I'm very disappointed, especially with the new staff and Coach (Bruce) Boudreau's style, I think ...Read more

Penguins go all in on 'Pittsburgh gold' jerseys

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The Penguins are making their uniform switch to black and "Pittsburgh gold" permanent, the team announced Friday. The switch becomes official starting at the NHL draft this weekend.

From the 2002-03 season through 2015-16, the Penguins used "Vegas gold" as their main uniform color. They wore Pittsburgh gold alternate uniforms for the past two ...Read more

Keith Yandle says he joined Panthers to win a Stanley Cup

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After the NHL draft concludes this weekend, free agents are allowed to talk to teams to get a feel for how wealthy they could become on July 1, the start of free agency.

So why would two-time All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle give up that opportunity and sign for $44.45 million over seven years with the Florida Panthers, a team that hasn't won a...Read more

All signs point to Arizona teen as top NHL draft pick

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A few days after the NHL expanded to the nontraditional hockey city of Las Vegas, a player from the nontraditional hockey city of Scottsdale, Ariz., is expected to be chosen No. 1 in the league's annual entry draft.

Creative and powerful center Auston Matthews, 18, whose career was inspired by the Coyotes' move to Arizona, is all but certain to...Read more

Flyers draft 18th; will Julien Gauthier be their pick?

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BUFFALO -- Julien Gauthier, the high-scoring right winger who is one of the players the Flyers could consider with their first-round draft pick Friday night, admitted he was surprised that the Orange and Black didn't interview him during the recent NHL draft combine.

"But it happens," he said in a good-natured tone Thursday inside a Buffalo ...Read more

Blackhawks GM on Andrew Shaw talks: Good discussions but no progress

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Normally Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman conducts his business with other general managers by phone.

But perhaps Bowman's phone bill won't be quite as high this weekend considering he will be in the same room with the other 29 NHL general managers. If he needs to discuss a deal, he can just walk over to them.

And there are a lot of ...Read more

Panthers sign defenseman Keith Yandle for $44.5 million over seven years

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Not long after the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas concluded Wednesday night, the Panthers made their gamble with Keith Yandle pay off.

The Panthers signed the impending free-agent defenseman to a seven-year deal worth $44.5 million in a move to bolster their power-play unit.

The Panthers had traded a sixth-round pick in this week's NHL draft to ...Read more

Penguins' Malkin avoids elbow surgery

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The Penguins announced center Evgeni Malkin will not need surgery for his injured left elbow.

Malkin, who initially suffered the unspecified injury March 11, will undergo rehabilitation and is not expected to miss any playing time according to the team.

During the team's exit interviews June 16, Malkin said he would need to undergo an MRI to ...Read more

Panthers trade Rocco Grimaldi to Avalanche for goalie Reto Berra

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The Panthers continued to fill their positional needs before this weekend's NHL draft and the upcoming start of free agency by trading speedy forward Rocco Grimaldi to the Colorado Avalanche for backup goaltender Reto Berra.

Grimaldi, a second-round pick by Florida in 2011, has been given numerous opportunities, albeit on the bottom two lines, ...Read more

Panthers Jagr wins Masterton; Gallant runner-up for Coach of Year

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At the age of 44, Jaromir Jagr led the Florida Panthers with 66 points as he helped them to their best regular season in franchise history.

On Wednesday, Jagr was honored at the NHL Awards with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, which goes to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to ...Read more

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane wins Hart Trophy as NHL's most valuable player

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LAS VEGAS -- The Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane capped a remarkable season by being awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL's most valuable player, during the 2016 NHL Awards on Wednesday in Las Vegas.

Kane's remarkable season 2015-16 season included a 26-game points streak, a Hawks franchise record and the longest ever by an ...Read more

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