Dustin Brown says losing Kings captaincy is a 'bitter pill to swallow'

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LOS ANGELES -- He could have resorted to empty words and cliches after losing his Los Angeles Kings captaincy following a long tenure that included two Stanley Cup championships.

Instead Dustin Brown made it clear that the decision to replace him with Anze Kopitar following the Kings' first-round playoff loss was "a bitter pill to swallow."

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Blackhawks re-sign Michal Rozsival, Brandon Mashinter

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Michal Rozsival isn't ready to call it a career just yet.

The 37-year-old defenseman will be back with the Blackhawks next season after agreeing to a one-year contract, the team announced Thursday. The Hawks also announced winger Brandon Mashinter had signed a one-year deal.

Rozsival returned last season after fracturing his left ankle in the ...Read more

Commissioner Gary Bettman says NHL is ready for its first gay player

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During the last decade, the NHL has been at the forefront of professional sports in terms of building relationships with the LGBT community.

Patrick Burke, who serves as the league's safety director, co-founded the You Can Play Project, which provides support and resources to LGBT athletes, in honor of his brother Brendan.

The NHL was also the...Read more

Brian Campbell 'hopeful' he'll sign with Blackhawks

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For Brian Campbell, it really isn't about the money.

The veteran defenseman, who helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup in 2010 and has played the last five seasons with the Panthers, is an unrestricted free agent and is looking for the ideal situation in the next stop of his career.

His wish list is simple.

"No. 1 is a winning team," ...Read more

Red Wings free agency: Stamkos re-signs with Lightning, so now what?

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Free agency begins at noon Friday, and the Detroit Red Wings have needs and spending power.

Their prime objective was Steven Stamkos, but on Wednesday afternoon, TSN's Bob McKenzie tweeted that Stamkos is staying in Tampa Bay. So much for adding a 26-year-old, 312-goal scorer to the lineup. Stamkos re-signed for eight years, $68 million.

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Jason Zucker signs two-year contract with Wild

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One restricted free agent down.

The Wild has re-signed left wing Jason Zucker to a two-year, $4 million deal. He was set to become a Group II free agent Friday and could have filed for arbitration by the July 5 deadline.

"I put myself in that situation," Zucker, not overly thrilled with his season, said of the short-term deal. "It's still a ...Read more

Eric Staal return to Hurricanes unlikely

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Eric Staal will be looking for a team when NHL free agency begins Friday, but a return to the Carolina Hurricanes apparently will not be an option.

Canes general manager Ron Francis said Tuesday night there had been no contact with Staal, who was traded by Carolina to the New York Rangers in February just before the NHL trade deadline. Staal, ...Read more

Penguins' Matt Cullen puts off retirement; team hopes to re-sign him

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Matt Cullen, coming off a strong season with the Penguins, has decided to put off retirement for at least another year.

Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Tuesday that Cullen has told him he plans to continue playing, and that the Penguins want to re-sign him.

Cullen was productive in 2015-16, primarily as a fourth-line center ...Read more

Former Kings goaltender Rogie Vachon gets call from Hockey Hall of Fame

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LOS ANGELES -- If only Rogie Vachon's election to the Hockey Hall of Fame had happened a year or two ago, when he and wife Nicole could have enjoyed the good news together.

Cruelly, she couldn't share his joy Monday when the former Los Angeles Kings goaltender got the news that he had told himself would never come. For Vachon, 70 years old and ...Read more

Laberge emerges from difficult year to become Flyers second-round pick

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BUFFALO -- Pascal Laberge and his family have been through a tragic year, but the talented right winger had a moment to savor Saturday morning as he hugged his father after learning the Flyers had selected him in the second round of the NHL draft.

"My family and I have been through a lot," Laberge said.

Last September, his stepmother -- a ...Read more

Penguins trade right winger Beau Bennett, pick up defensemen, goalie, right winger

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Penguins made a surprise trade at the NHL draft Saturday, sending oft-injured right winger Beau Bennett to New Jersey for a third-round choice.

They used that selection to claim Connor Hall, a rugged defenseman from Kitchener of the Ontario Hockey League.

"With the number of young guys we have, we felt it was time to give ...Read more

Panthers send Dmitry Kulikov to Sabres for Mark Pysyk on second day of draft

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The Atlantic Division champion Florida Panthers were ranked a solid seventh in goals allowed last season, yet they continue to dramatically revamp their defensive corps.

Before the second round of the NHL draft began Saturday morning at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, the Panthers traded top-four defenseman Dmitry Kulikov to the Sabres for...Read more

Ducks take left wing Max Jones; Matthews goes No.1 to Leafs

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The Anaheim Ducks reached back to their identity as a bruising team when they chose left wing Max Jones Friday as the 24th pick in the NHL draft. But the physicality they prize has its downside: Jones was suspended 12 games last season for a blindside hit he delivered while playing for London of the Ontario Hockey League, likely leaving enough ...Read more

Red Wings trade Datsyuk contract to Coyotes

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Detroit Red Wings shook up opening day of the draft by unloading Pavel Datsyuk's contract.

The Wings found a taker in Arizona -- it cost the Wings their 16th overall pick, but in exchange they got the 20th overall pick, the 53rd overall pick, and forward Joe Vitale.

The move frees up $7.5 million in salary cap space, ...Read more

Hurricanes select Jake Bean in first round of NHL draft

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The Carolina Hurricanes on Friday made defenseman Jake Bean the 13th overall pick of the 2016 NHL entry draft.

It's the third straight year the Canes took a defenseman in the first round. Noah Hanifin was taken fifth overall in the 2015 draft and played last season in the NHL, and the Canes drafted Haydn Fleury in 2014 with the No. 7 pick.

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Wild take Wisconsin center Luke Kunin with 15th pick

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The Wild took Wisconsin forward Luke Kunin with the 15th overall pick in the NHL draft Friday in Buffalo.

Said Wild assistant GM Brent Flahr: "Luke is a versatile two way forward that can play center and wing. He has a tremendous work ethic, great speed, and an NHL shot. He's been a leader everywhere he's played."

Kunin graduated early from ...Read more

Blackhawks trade Andrew Shaw to Canadiens

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After the season ended, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said restricted free agent Andrew Shaw is an "irreplaceable" kind of player.

Now, the Hawks are going to have to find a way to replace the irreplaceable.

The Hawks didn't take long to make a big splash at the NHL entry draft Friday night by dealing Shaw to the Canadiens...Read more

Thomas Vanek being bought out, still calls playing for the Wild 'a dream'

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After months of speculation, the Wild plan to move on without veteran winger Thomas Vanek.

Wild GM Chuck Fletcher informed Vanek's camp of the decision Friday to buy out the final year of his contract. Vanek will become a free agent next Friday.

"I'm very disappointed, especially with the new staff and Coach (Bruce) Boudreau's style, I think ...Read more

Penguins go all in on 'Pittsburgh gold' jerseys

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The Penguins are making their uniform switch to black and "Pittsburgh gold" permanent, the team announced Friday. The switch becomes official starting at the NHL draft this weekend.

From the 2002-03 season through 2015-16, the Penguins used "Vegas gold" as their main uniform color. They wore Pittsburgh gold alternate uniforms for the past two ...Read more

Keith Yandle says he joined Panthers to win a Stanley Cup

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After the NHL draft concludes this weekend, free agents are allowed to talk to teams to get a feel for how wealthy they could become on July 1, the start of free agency.

So why would two-time All-Star defenseman Keith Yandle give up that opportunity and sign for $44.45 million over seven years with the Florida Panthers, a team that hasn't won a...Read more