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Panthers acquire Reilly Smith from Bruins, deal Jimmy Hayes

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The opening day of the NHL free agency period was awfully quiet in Sunrise, Fla.

Until it wasn't.

General manager Dale Tallon swung a deal with Boston on Wednesday evening, acquiring winger Reilly Smith and the contract of concussed center Marc Savard for the rights to restricted free agent Jimmy Hayes.

Tallon said Smith, 24, brings the ...Read more

Blackhawks sign Tikhonov, Anisimov; Richards, Vermette bolt

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The makeover of the Blackhawks roster for the 2015-16 season is far from complete, but the picture slowly is becoming a bit more defined as general manager Stan Bowman traverses the swampy landscape that is the NHL salary cap.

During the first day of free agency Wednesday, the cash-strapped Hawks pulled off one signing -- forward Viktor ...Read more

Flyers sign goalie Neuvirth as Mason's backup

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The Flyers signed backup goalie Michal Neuvirth on Wednesday and gained an insurance policy in case starter Steve Mason has another injury-plagued season.

Both goalies were selected in the 2006 draft. Neuvirth was chosen by Washington in the second round with the 34th overall pick, 35 slots before Mason, who went in the third round (69th ...Read more

Red Wings sign defenseman Mike Green to 3-year deal

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The Detroit Red Wings reeled in what they really needed: A productive right-shooting defenseman.

On opening day of free agency, they signed Mike Green to three years and $18 million. At 6-foot-1, 207 pounds, Green adds size, and he's got the offense the Wings have so badly needed to add to the back end since losing both Nicklas Lidstrom and ...Read more

Sharks sign defenseman Paul Martin

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks made their first move at the start of the NHL's unrestricted free-agency period, agreeing to sign defenseman Paul Martin to a four-year contract Wednesday.

ESPN first reported the deal is worth $19.4 million with an annual average value of $4.85 million per season.

Martin, 34, had three goals and 17 assists for ...Read more

Penguins land winger Phil Kessel in trade with Maple Leafs

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The Penguins made a major splash Wednesday, landing prolific winger Phil Kessel in a trade with the Toronto Maple Leafs and punctuating their pursuit of a high-scoring top-six winger with one of the league's most dynamic players.

The club will send prospect Kasperi Kapanen, defenseman Scott Harrington, forward Nick Spaling along with a third-...Read more

Ex-King Mike Richards reportedly was held at Canada border with OxyContin

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LOS ANGELES--Mike Richards was held at a Manitoba, Canada, border crossing for at least four hours last month after allegedly trying to bring OxyContin pills into the United States, and the former Los Angeles Kings center remains under investigation for allegedly possessing a restricted substance, according to sources cited Tuesday by the ...Read more

On eve of free-agency period, NHL teams taking care of business

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The NHL free-agent season opens Wednesday with two Los Angeles Kings, winger Justin Williams and defenseman Andrej Sekera, plus two Anaheim Ducks, defenseman Francois Beauchemin and forward Matt Beleskey, leading the list of available players.

It is, by most measures, an average free-agent crop this summer, which is likely why teams were ...Read more

Ducks beef up defense with Bieksa

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After Francois Beauchemin informed the Anaheim Ducks he could find a richer deal in free agency, the team reacted Tuesday by acquiring veteran defenseman Kevin Bieksa from the Vancouver Canucks for a second-round draft pick in the 2016 draft.

The Ducks also announced the hiring of Paul MacLean as assistant coach to Bruce Boudreau. MacLean was ...Read more

Panthers place winger Brad Boyes on waivers

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Rocco Grimaldi said he isn't expecting to be handed a roster spot with the Panthers.

On Tuesday, however, another one might have just opened up.

The Panthers placed veteran winger Brad Boyes on waivers with the expectation of buying out the final year of his contract on Wednesday.

Boyes signed a two-year contract extension with the Panthers ...Read more

Blues, Tarasenko are talking but no deal imminent

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A day before the Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko will become a restricted free agent, general manager Doug Armstrong acknowledged Tuesday the two sides are continuing to discuss a contract extension but no agreement is imminent.

"We're having conversations, but I think both sides think it's best to keep it quiet," Armstrong said. "I've been clear ...Read more

Red Wings re-sign Brendan Smith to 2-year deal

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The Detroit Red Wings locked up another of their restricted free agents, signing defenseman Brendan Smith.

Smith's contract is two years and $5.5 million, with yearly salaries of $2.25 million and $3.225 million, and a cap hit of $2.75 million. The deal takes him a year into unrestricted free agency.

Smith, 26, has been with the Wings full-...Read more

Blackhawks trade Brandon Saad to Blue Jackets

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After saying all season there was no way he would let restricted free agent Brandon Saad go, Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman traded the rising star to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

The Hawks sent Saad, fellow forward Alex Broadhurst and defenseman Michael Paliotta to the Blue Jackets in exchange for forwards Artem ...Read more

Red Wings buy out forward Stephen Weiss

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The Detroit Red Wings nearly ran out the clock before making a big decision.

At the very last minute possible -- with the minutes ticking down to 5 p.m. EDT on taking advantage of buying out no-longer-wanted players, the Wings parted ways with underachieving Stephen Weiss.

Brought in two summers ago for five years and $24.5 million, Weiss ...Read more

Sharks acquire goalie Martin Jones from Bruins

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks on Tuesday found the goalie they were looking for, acquiring Martin Jones from the Boston Bruins for San Jose's first-round pick next season and forward prospect Sean Kuraly.

Jones, 25, played a combined 34 games for the Kings over the last two seasons as a backup goalie to Jonathan Quick and had a 16-11-2 record....Read more

Flyers retain center Sam Gagner

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Center Sam Gagner is staying with the Flyers and it seems like a low-risk, high-reward gamble.

The Flyers' free-agency plans came into better focus Tuesday when they decided to retain Gagner, who was acquired Saturday from Arizona.

Gagner, 25, has underachieved during his eight-year career but led Coyotes forwards in goals (15) and points (41)...Read more

Hurricanes place Semin on waivers for contract buyout

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The Carolina Hurricanes are parting ways with forward Alexander Semin.

The Canes on Tuesday placed the Russian winger on unconditional waivers with the purpose of buying out his contract. The move comes after an unproductive season in which Semin, once a 40-goal scorer for the Washington Capitals, scored a career-low six goals for Carolina.

...Read more

Group to submit NHL expansion application for Seattle suburb

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Connecticut investment banker Ray Bartoszek will submit a formal application to the NHL to acquire an expansion team for Tukwila, Wash., a source close to the negotiations has confirmed.

Bartoszek, 50, is heading a group looking to build a multi-purpose arena in the municipality just south of Seattle. A rival group headed by entrepreneur Chris ...Read more

Kings terminate Mike Richards' contract, could face battle with NHLPA

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Kings moved to sever their relationship with center Mike Richards by terminating his contract, citing "a material breach" by the player.

This could unleash a fierce and protracted battle with the NHL Players Association, which has 60 days to file a grievance but is expected to do so sooner. The Kings did not ...Read more

Chris Pronger, who helped Ducks win Stanley Cup, named to Hall of Fame

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Chris Pronger admired the Ducks' talent when he and the Edmonton Oilers defeated Anaheim in the 2006 Western Conference finals. When he was traded to the Ducks a few months later, he brought the physical element they needed to become champions in 2007.

"Scott Niedermayer was the only one who had won a Stanley Cup and there was a few of us that ...Read more

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