NHL concussion protocol puts players at risk

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Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford was staggering.

But even though he had just taken a shot to the mask in the Hawks' 4-1 playoff victory over the Wild on May 3, he remained on the ice.

Coach Joel Quenneville, when asked if there was concern Crawford had suffered a head injury, said: "He was fine and he's fine."

Perhaps. But that decision ...Read more

New chances for Ducks' young players

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Gone is their vocal leader on defense, along with the energetic forwards who provided career seasons and valued bursts of productivity.

The blue line will have members aged 21, 23, 24 and 24 on opening night.

Yet, when General Manager Bob Murray was asked whether his Anaheim Ducks are improved from the team that lost Game 7 of the Western ...Read more

Former Hurricanes GM Rutherford won't be firing back at owner Karmanos

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There will be no public war of words between Jim Rutherford and Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr.

Karmanos made some pointed remarks Wednesday about Rutherford, the former Canes president and general manager and now GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Karmanos also took a few jabs at the Penguins, who traded for high-priced forward Phil Kessel on ...Read more

Sharks sign free agent Joel Ward

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks added a power forward to their roster Friday, signing unrestricted free agent Joel Ward to a three-year contract worth a reported $9.825 million.

Ward, 34, had 19 goals and 15 assists in 82 games last season for the Washington Capitals, with whom he played 276 games over the last four seasons. In an eight-year NHL...Read more

Andrew Desjardins re-signs with Blackhawks

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Defenseman Kimmo Timonen retired and center Antoine Vermette re-signed with his former team, the Coyotes.

But one of Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman's trade-deadline acquisitions is sticking around in Chicago for a little while -- and at a friendly price for the cap-crunching Hawks.

Winger Andrew Desjardins agreed to a two-year deal, ...Read more

Kings' Slava Voynov pleads no contest in deal in domestic abuse case

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LOS ANGELES -- Slava Voynov pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor count of corporal injury to a spouse Thursday in Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance as part of a deal to resolve the case stemming from an incident with his wife last year.

The Los Angeles Kings defenseman was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail -- the actual amount is ...Read more

Blues trade T.J. Oshie to Capitals

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The long-rumored trade of T.J. Oshie has happened.

The Blues dealt the right winger to the Washington Capitals on Thursday in exchange for forward Troy Brouwer, goaltender Phoenix Copley and a third-round pick in 2016.

"Making a trade of this magnitude is difficult for our organization," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "We drafted T...Read more

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