New overtime rule in NHL will mean more open ice and hopefully quicker decisions

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LOS ANGELES -- The NHL's new three-on-three overtime format borrows heavily from the chaos of pond hockey, imposing a five-minute clock instead of having someone's mother break things up by yelling that it's time to come in for dinner.

In essence, the NHL is instituting one gimmick to minimize the necessity of another, hoping the extra space ...Read more

NHL preview: How the West could be won

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After winning their third Stanley Cup championship in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks fielded questions about whether they can be called a dynasty. Now they face questions on the status of winger Patrick Kane, who faces sexual assault allegations as the result of an alleged incident at his home in August. Kane has not been charged but the ...Read more

NHL preview: Who will bring the Stanley Cup back home to Eastern Conference?

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The Eastern Conference is home to New York and Toronto, the largest media markets in the U.S. and Canada, and players on East teams regularly win the NHL's major individual trophies. But the biggest trophy of them all -- the Stanley Cup -- has taken up residence out West. An East team has won the Cup only once in the last six seasons, when the ...Read more

Blackhawks names on Stanley Cup now permanent part of hockey lore

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All summer the Blackhawks paraded the Stanley Cup around the world.

It went from Chicago to Springfield, to Michigan and Pittsburgh. Up into Manitoba, Toronto, Vancouver and over to the Czech Republic, Sweden, Finland and Slovakia.

However for all the partying the Cup did, for all the drinks and babies that occupied the bowl, there was one ...Read more

Bryan Bickell clears waivers, will start season with Blackhawks

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Even as Bryan Bickell was skating at the Blackhawks' morning practice Saturday, he was cognizant of the time.

"What is it, 11:16 a.m. now? So I'm still here," Bickell said after the skate.

That's because a day earlier, the Hawks had placed Bickell on waivers, and the fact he was at his locker at 11 a.m. Saturday meant he had cleared waivers ...Read more

Penguins look to add Crosby, Malkin to penalty-kill mix

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Jordan Staal scored seven short-handed goals as a rookie in 2006-07. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin have seven, too.


Staal needed 81 games. Crosby and Malkin have played in a total of 1,214.

Staal got so many goals while the Penguins were down a man because he was big and powerful and fearless. And it didn't hurt that he logged ...Read more

Blackhawks place Bryan Bickell on waivers

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After the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2013, they rewarded one of the heroes of that playoff run, Bryan Bickell, with a lot of new money.

Bickell, who scored nine goals that postseason after scoring just nine during the regular season, signed a four-year deal that had an average annual value of $4 million.

But after Bickell struggled in ...Read more

Ouellet joins Green with Redwings' DeKeyser out 3-4 weeks

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Mike Green wants to get acclimated to his new team, and Xavier Ouellet wants to grab an opportunity.

The ugly side of the preseason hit the Detroit Red Wings Friday morning, when MRI results revealed that top-four defenseman Danny DeKeyser will miss 3-4 weeks with a sprained ligament in his left foot.

Most immediately, it means finding a new ...Read more

Redwings' DeKeyser has lower leg injury

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without Danny DeKeyser pending results of tests on a lower left leg injury,

DeKeyser joins a number of players who have been hurt over the past three weeks. The Wings took Thursday off, a chance for players to get a little breather before hosting the Maple Leafs Friday and playing at Toronto Saturday as exhibition ...Read more

Blackhawks will hold a Patrick Kane bobblehead night

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The Blackhawks announced their schedule for home-game giveaways on Thursday and there was a surprising gift on the docket.

The Hawks will hold a Patrick Kane bobblehead night on Jan. 24 when they host the Blues with the first 10,000 fans getting a free bobblehead.

The announcement of the giveaway comes while Kane is still under investigation ...Read more

Transition to Stars has been smooth so far for Patrick Sharp

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DALLAS -- Patrick Sharp retrieved a green hat with the Stars logo on it from his dressing room stall, pulled it snugly over his flowing black hair and revealed the most difficult part of his transition from Chicago to Texas thus far.

"There has been nothing but country music here and I've never really been a big country fan," Sharp said. "I go ...Read more

Versteeg, Nordstrom ready to help Canes

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A few months ago, Kris Versteeg stood on a stage in Chicago's Soldier Field and yelled into a microphone: "When the music starts we need everybody to DANCE!"

An audience of more than 60,000 Chicago Blackhawks fans were gathered to celebrate another successful Stanley Cup run, and Versteeg joined teammate Joakim Nordstrom in singing a few ...Read more

Former Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta left off Stanley Cup

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The names for the 2014-15 Blackhawks are engraved on the Stanley Cup, but there is one notable omission from the list -- former goaltender Antti Raanta.

Raanta, who played in 14 games last season before ceding the backup goaltender position to Scott Darling, had his day with the Cup in Finland but was not on the Cup, as shown in photographs ...Read more

Blackhawks committing a fortune to core players

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Every offseason, without fail, the salary cap rears its menacing head and stares down the Blackhawks like a stern schoolteacher telling you to get in line or else.

The stress is constant, and the decisions general manager Stan Bowman has to make regarding the cap can sometimes be hard for fans to swallow -- see Brandon Saad.

But Bowman has ...Read more

Reports: Blackhawks agree to 8-year deal with Brent Seabrook

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While the Blackhawks are figuring out what their roster is going to look like for this season, the team reportedly made a move that will affect the future of the franchise for years to come.

The Blackhawks and defenseman Brent Seabrook agreed to an eight-year deal worth $6.85 million per season, according to multiple reports.

The contract ...Read more

Tyler Bertuzzi gaining admirers among Red Wings

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He doesn't tower over opponents like his famous uncle, but Tyler Bertuzzi is impressing his relative's former teammates with his grit and hardiness.

Bertuzzi is building a fan club within the Detroit Red Wings, even as he took it upon himself to morph away from the type of player the Wings thought they drafted two years ago. Bertuzzi is off to ...Read more

Versatile defenseman Erixon hopes to stay put with Penguins

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DETROIT -- Tim Erixon has played 93 games in the NHL, so it's clear he can contribute at this level.

He would just like a chance to do it in one place for more than a few weeks.

Erixon began the 2014-15 season with Columbus, but was traded to Chicago Dec. 14. Toronto claimed him off waivers March 1, then shipped him to the Penguins in the Phil...Read more

Mysterious bag in Patrick Kane case was a hoax, DA says

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The mysterious bag that led to allegations of evidence tampering in the Patrick Kane rape investigation was an "elaborate hoax" by the accuser's mother, prosecutors said Friday.

The announcement comes two days after the accuser's lawyer alleged an evidence bag that once contained the rape kit from the case had been anonymously ...Read more

Youth hockey linemates Pirri, Smith hope to bring success to Panthers

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CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. -- Alhough they haven't been teammates since they were 15, it seemed as if time had stood still when Panthers forward Brandon Pirri patiently tried to unknot the laces of offseason acquisition Reilly Smith's skates after the first day of training camp.

Pirri had lost their post-skate ritual game of rock, paper, scissors to ...Read more

Pope Francis' Philadelphia visit causes Flyers players to relocate

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Pope Francis' visit has caused 15 Flyers to leave their Philadelphia residences and stay at a Voorhees, N.J., hotel this weekend.

No one is complaining.

"It's pretty special that he's coming," defenseman Luke Schenn, who attended Catholic school, said after Thursday's practice in Voorhees. "I watched a little bit 1/8on TV3/8 yesterday and it's...Read more