Czech official says Sharks-Predators games to go on, with Russian players included

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The NHL’s Global Series games in the Czech Republic next week will go on as planned – with Russian players included.

A Czech government official said Thursday that Russians from the San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators will be allowed to enter the country next week for their regular season games in Prague on Oct. 7 ...Read more

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La Velle E. Neal III: Wild's Greenway ready to put painful offseason behind him, deliver on promise

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Jordan Greenway was on the ice Tuesday morning, skating with the first group at the Wild's practice facility in St. Paul. But it's unknown when he will appear in a game.

Will he miss a week to start the season? Two weeks? The first month? For now, his script will remain the same. Go to rink. Get treatment. Skate. Avoid contact. Get more ...Read more

Geoff Baker: How Justin Schultz can help the Kraken's new-look power play

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Seeing new Kraken defenseman Justin Schultz out running the power play in the team's preseason opener shouldn't really have surprised.

Coach Dave Hakstol clearly used Monday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers to deploy newer faces in envisioned roles. Holdovers such as Yanni Gourde, Jordan Eberle, Jaden Schwartz, Jared McCann and Vince ...Read more

Jason Mackey: In a Penguins offseason built around continuity, addition of Jan Rutta stands out

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The predominant theme for the Penguins this offseason was continuity. Sticking with the core despite Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang now closer to 40 than 30. Returning capable wings such as Bryan Rust and Rickard Rakell. Bringing back Casey DeSmith instead of shopping for a snazzier complement to Tristan Jarry.

Jan Rutta ...Read more

Kevin Labanc never lost faith in himself. For now, the Sharks' new coach is showing that same belief.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Zamboni at the Sharks’ main practice rink was still resurfacing the ice and the team’s scheduled scrimmage remained about 20 minutes away when Kevin Labanc – the first player out of the dressing room – opened the gate and began to glide around.

If it was an example of Labanc’s impatience to get this season ...Read more

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Larry Stone: With novelty worn off, Kraken will have to improve to keep fans' attention

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SEATTLE — For the Seattle Kraken, their inaugural season was all about the wonderment of having an actual NHL team in town, playing in a brand-spanking-new arena.

It was a vibe. It was a novelty. It was a honeymoon.

On Thursday, the Kraken officially kicked off training camp for Year Two, and that new-team smell has largely worn off. The ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: Evgeni Malkin has jokes ... and a vision for how the Penguins will find success

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PITTSBURGH — As reporters gathered around Evgeni Malkin's dressing room stall at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for the first time since pandemic restrictions were lifted, the Penguins center was clearly ready. Once he finished untying his skates following a morning workout and scrimmage, Malkin quickly started cracking off jokes.

"Sid's ...Read more

John Niyo: Red Wings' Derek Lalonde leaning on a 'true' captain in Dylan Larkin

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — They’ve come a long way already, the new coach and his “true” captain.

When Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman hired Derek Lalonde away from the Tampa Bay Lightning back in late June, one of Lalonde’s first phone calls was to Dylan Larkin, Detroit’s homegrown leader.

And while that line of communication ...Read more

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Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews dismiss trade rumors as the Chicago Blackhawks open training camp: 'It's just a lot of noise right now'

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Patrick Kane called it “crushing.”

Jonathan Toews expressed “anger.”

But neither fixture of the Chicago Blackhawks said that the draft-week trades of Alex DeBrincat and Kirby Dach last season — or any other major changes stemming from the team’s rebuild — led them to request a trade over the summer.

“To be honest, there hasn�...Read more

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In first camp, Paul Maurice tries to reinvent Panthers with focus on 'playoff-like hockey'

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The first day of training camp for these Florida Panthers was no syllabus day.

By the time the first hour of the first session was over Thursday in Coral Springs, Paul Maurice had already stopped practice and barked some colorful language at his new players. By the time those players trudged back to the locker rooms at the Florida Panthers ...Read more

New Sharks coach described as detailed, demanding and not 'scared of confrontations'

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After David Quinn officially became the San Jose Sharks coach on July 26, he began to reach out to several of the team’s players, including some individual face-to-face meetings in Canada with veterans like Logan Couture, Erik Karlsson, and Marc-Edouard Vlasic.

With regards to hockey, though, the real get-to-know-yous begin this week.

For ...Read more

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Flyers' Carter Hart 'fully cooperating' with NHL investigation into sexual assault allegation involving Canada's 2018 World Juniors team

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PHILADELPHIA — As NHL training camps get underway this week, the greater hockey community is still searching for answers in the midst of multiple ongoing investigations into Hockey Canada’s handling of a sexual assault allegation involving members of their 2018 World Juniors team.

TSN reported in May that Hockey Canada settled a lawsuit out...Read more

Yzerman thinks Red Wings will be better after wave of changes

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DETROIT — A new coaching staff, many new faces in the lineup, and expected progress from the holdovers who are a year older and more experienced.

That's the Red Wings as they prepare Thursday for the first practice of training camp, and it all blends into an outlook that is more promising than it's been recently.

In his state-of-the-team ...Read more

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Sasha Barkov: Matthew Tkachuk is 'Exactly the guy' Panthers need to get to 'next level'

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It takes a lot to get Aleksander Barkov to curse and Matthew Tkachuk, on the eve of his first training camp with the Florida Panthers, nearly got his captain there Wednesday — sort of.

After wrapping up some precamp testing at the Florida Panthers IceDen, Barkov recalled the first text conversation he had with his new All-Star teammate after ...Read more

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Loss of Ryan McDonagh still stings as Lightning open camp

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TAMPA, Fla. — Roster turnover is inevitable every hockey offseason, especially for a team annually pressed up against the salary cap like the Lightning.

But when you lose a rock in the locker room like Ryan McDonagh, one of the team’s top defensemen and unquestioned leaders, it doesn’t sit well even months later.

Lightning general ...Read more

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Are Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews buying in to the rebuild? 3 things we learned as Blackhawks training camp opens.

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CHICAGO — When the Chicago Blackhawks take the ice Thursday at Fifth Third Arena to begin training camp, they’ll kick off a new era.

It’s their first camp under fresh leadership in general manager Kyle Davidson and coach Luke Richardson.

“It’s nice to get around and talk to (the players) while they’re doing their medicals and ...Read more

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The San Jose Sharks' best offseason decision? Not repeating past mistakes.

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks in recent years almost no choice but to include some forwards on their opening night rosters who just weren’t ready to play a full season in the NHL.

In 2019, it was Danil Yurtaykin and Lean Bergmann, and the following year, John Leonard and Joel Kellman made the team, almost by default. None of those ...Read more

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If Sampo Ranta wants to stick in NHL, Avs rookie knows it's going to have to be about more than just his stick

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If Sampo Ranta wants to stick, it’s going to have to be about more than just his stick.

“There (are) some things (the Avs) defensively want to see from me,” the young Colorado winger noted late last week before leaving for the NHL rookie tournament in San Jose.

“Physicality, that energy, you know, skating, you know, just being tough to...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Wally Tatomir, Hurricanes' pioneering equipment manager who left legacy, dies at 76

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In the impending celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Carolina Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina, it’s easy to forget just what a mess things were that first season in Greensboro, not just on the ice and in the empty stands, but behind the scenes.

The team was essentially on the road at home, a burden that fell as hard on equipment ...Read more

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Sharks, Oilers' Evander Kane reach settlement on grievance

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks and Evander Kane have reached an agreement to settle the grievance that the NHL Players’ Association filed on the forward’s behalf in January.

Kane was owed $19 million in cash over the final three years of the seven-year, $49 million contract that he and the Sharks agreed to in May 2018.

Kane, who ...Read more