Wild, Erik Haula settle, agree to 2-year, $2 million deal

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Erik Haula is unsigned no more.

The Wild and Haula's agent beat a Sunday arbitration decision by agreeing on a two-year, $2 million deal. Haula would have been awarded a one-year deal between $775,000 and $1.2 million later Sunday.

Haula will receive $950,000 in Year 1 and $1.05 million in Year 2.

All of the Wild's NHL restricted free agents ...Read more

Red Wings prospects to showcase skills in camps

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A half-dozen Red Wings prospects are about to showcase their skills against the best in their age group.

General manager Ken Holland plans to be in Calgary, Alberta and Lake Placid, N.Y. over the coming week to scout national junior team evaluation camps for USA, Russia, Sweden and Finland. The Wings have six players scattered across those ...Read more

Flyers sign Jake Voracek for 8 years, $66 million

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The Flyers locked up Jake Voracek for the long-term Thursday, signing the forward to a reported eight-year, $66 million contract extension.

Voracek was golfing when he heard the news and said it "(expletive) up his game." But other than the missed putts, the 25-year-old is excited about the extension.

"I knew something was going to get done," ...Read more

'Miracle on Ice' goalie empties attic, puts it all on auction block for $5.7M

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The goaltender who helped Team USA pull off its "Miracle on Ice" and vanquish the Soviet hockey powerhouse in the 1980 Winter Olympics is cleaning house and auctioning off his gold medal, game jerseys and other many other items.

Price for the whole kit and caboodle from 58-year-old Jim Craig: $5.7 million.

The Lelands auction, announced ...Read more

Kings' Voynov serving jail time in lax detention center

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After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic violence charge earlier this month, Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is spending part of his summer in the Seal Beach (Calif.) Police Detention Center.

The Seal Beach Police Department previously refused to confirm Voynov's presence, citing longstanding department policy against confirming the ...Read more

Penguins ship Brandon Sutter to Canucks, sign center Eric Fehr

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The Penguins restructured their bottom-six lines in a major way Tuesday.

The team traded third-line center Brandon Sutter and a third-round pick in 2016 to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Adam Clendening and a second-round pick in 2016.

Additionally, the Penguins signed former Washington Capitals center ...Read more

Tomas Jurco, Red Wings agree to two-year contract

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The Detroit Red Wings liked what they've seen from Tomas Jurco since drafting him, never mind last season's disappointing production.

He now has the security of a two-year, $1.8 million contract, agreed to Friday evening. The annual average value is $900,000, with a yearly breakdown of $850,000 and $950,000, respectively.

Jurco, 22, had just ...Read more

Pulkkinen gets new deal with Red Wings

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Teemu Pulkkinen spent last season doing what others have done before him: stand out at the AHL level.

Now he has the contract to make his case at the NHL level, agreeing Tuesday to a one-year deal worth $735,000 with the Detroit Red Wings.

Pulkkinen, whose greatest asset is a booming, right-handed shot, appeared in 31 games last season with ...Read more

NHL to focus on Las Vegas, Quebec City expansion bids

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The NHL confirmed Tuesday that it had received expansion applications from Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, and from Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City and that the league will focus solely on those bids as it considers expanding beyond its current 30 teams.

The candidacy of both groups was boosted by the presence of a new arena in...Read more

NHL expansion team could drive up value for Penguins

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Initial bids for an NHL expansion team were due Monday, a purchase that ultimately will cost investors at least $500 million to set up shop in a new hockey town such as Las Vegas or Quebec City.

That might be a good thing for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Experts say the high fee for an expansion franchise could drive up the price of the Penguins, ...Read more

Blues' Troy Brouwer: 'I'm not going to try and be Oshie'

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Following his trade from Washington on July 2, new Blue Troy Brouwer has been busy along with wife, Carmen, altering the arrangements for the birth of their second child. The family has made two trades of its own, changing doctors and hospitals for a delivery that's scheduled for Sept. 4 -- shortly before the start of training camp.

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Tukwila group does not submit expansion application before NHL deadline

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The future of Seattle adding professional winter sports teams grew murkier Monday when no groups submitted NHL expansion applications to bring a team here.

A source from the camp of Connecticut businessman Ray Bartoszek, who is trying to build an arena in Tukwila, confirmed he did not submit a $10 million application by the league's deadline.

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Champion Blackhawks' attention now shifts to next season

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The next time the Blackhawks gather in Chicago, the focus will be on the future, not the past.

The three-day fan convention that wrapped up Sunday at the Hilton Chicago was more a celebration of the Hawks' third Stanley Cup and less a look ahead to the 2015-16 season. Once training camp begins in late September, all that will remain to ...Read more

Blackhawks' Toews, Kane relish challenge as huge deals kick in

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Expectations run amok when it comes to the Blackhawks. Three Stanley Cups in six seasons tend to do that to a franchise.

Heading into next season, the two brightest stars on the team, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, will have the added burden of trying to prove they're worthy of the dual eight-year, $84 million contract extensions they signed ...Read more

What will Red Wings do with logjam on defense?

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As the summer progresses, the Detroit Red Wings will explore moving a defenseman. At worst, they'll go into the season well-stocked.

The July 1 signing of Mike Green brought the number of Detroit-slotted defensemen to seven, as he joined Niklas Kronwall, Danny DeKeyser, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey, Brendan Smith and Jakub Kindl. Teams ...Read more

Undersized Sheary hopes to make big impact for Penguins

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It's hard to miss Conor Sheary on the ice this week at the Penguins prospect development camp.

Not because he demands attention for his towering profile. Just the opposite. He's the smallest guy on the ice at 5 feet 9 and 175 pounds. But he's whip fast, and, so far, he's also the craftiest.

"He is an interesting prospect," Penguins assistant ...Read more

Illinois couple marries with Stanley Cup as witness

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Jim Anderson dropped two rings into the Stanley Cup on Thursday and smiled. Then, he looked at his bride-to-be and smiled wider.

For both Anderson and his new wife, Jeanne Hansen, of Aurora, Ill., a lifelong dream was about to come true.

Not only were the Chicago Blackhawks fans in the presence of Lord Stanley, the couple were about to...Read more

Flyers sign first-round pick Konecny

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The Flyers now have both of their first-round picks signed after forward Travis Konecny agreed on Thursday to a three-year entry-level contract.

Konecny, 18, was the 24th selection of the first round after the Flyers traded with Toronto to move up in the NHL entry draft. The Flyers swapped the 29th and 61st picks in the draft for the right to ...Read more

Blackhawks camp invitee Hirano aims to be pioneer for Japanese hockey

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Go to any prospect camp and you'll see young hockey players from all over the world.

But this week at the Blackhawks' camp, there's one player trying to make a name for himself from a part of the world where hockey is still in its infancy.

Yushiroh Hirano is a 19-year-old prospect from Japan and a young winger who is trying to garner some ...Read more

Ducks' Ryan Kesler gets six-year, $41.25 million contract extension

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Anaheim Ducks General Manager Bob Murray has made no secret about his belief that Ryan Kesler's grit, skill and desire embodies what could push the Ducks to a Stanley Cup championship.

Murray paid for those attributes Wednesday, awarding the second-line center a six-year contract extension valued at $41.25 million through the 2021-22 season.

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