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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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Clink.

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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Panthers sign Lawson Crouse to three-year deal

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The Florida Panthers signed their top draft pick Lawson Crouse to a three-year, entry-level contract on Wednesday.

"We are very pleased to have signed Lawson to an entry-level contract," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "Lawson is a strong, skilled and physically mature forward with good hands, who will provide us with a prominent ...Read more

Johnny Oduya signs 2-year deal with Stars

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It didn't take long for Johnny Oduya to land somewhere.

A day after his agent said the veteran defenseman said Oduya would not re-sign with the Blackhawks, Oduya signed a two-year deal with the Stars on Wednesday worth a reported $3.75 million per season.

The Stars had a need on defense after they traded Trevor Daley to the Blackhawks in the ...Read more

Red Wings counter John Oliver's arena rip with statement

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Olympia Development has countered the rip comedian John Oliver took at the Red Wings' arena project on "Last Week Tonight," Sunday on HBO.

Oliver referenced the Wings just briefly during his 19-minute rant on the politics and economics of new stadiums -- such as teams blackmailing cities into building new stadiums by threatening to move, and ...Read more

Agent: Johnny Oduya won't re-sign with Blackhawks

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The Blackhawks will say goodbye to another key piece from the Stanley Cup run this season.

Defenseman Johnny Oduya, whom the Blackhawks leaned heavily on during the playoffs, will sign with another team, his agent Don Meehan confirmed to the Tribune.

The writing on the wall for Oduya appeared Friday when the Blackhawks acquired defenseman ...Read more

Blackhawks free agent Johnny Oduya close to decision; Marcus Kruger on hold

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One free agent remains in a holding pattern while another is nearing a decision as the Blackhawks' 2015-16 roster takes shape.

Restricted free-agent center Marcus Kruger continues to wait for the Hawks to clear salary-cap space before negotiations on a new deal resume. Kruger decided not to file for salary arbitration with the hope of landing a...Read more