As Blues ramp up for playoffs, the first step is 'getting the legs moving'

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With the exception of perhaps Ryan O'Reilly, no one is happier about getting back on the ice this week than Blues coach Craig Berube.

He was quickly bored once the NHL's pandemic "pause" started way back in March, reduced to cooking breakfast for his family, riding a bicycle, and binge-watching "Ozark" at his home near Philadelphia.

Hard to ...Read more

COVID-19 interrupted Huberdeau's career year with Panthers. Can he do it 4 months later?

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In the final days and weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly shut down the regular season, Jonathan Huberdeau was mired in a rare scoring slump.

He was the Florida Panthers' lone All-Star this season largely because of his consistency playing with Aleksander Barkov and the Panthers' productive top line.

Until February began, Huberdeau ...Read more

Kirill Kaprizov working on getting to U.S., joining Wild

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The Wild is still working to get Kirill Kaprizov to join the team after signing the prized prospect to a two-year contract on Monday, but the team already has a personalized No. 97 jersey to present to him when he arrives.

"I think it looks pretty good," General Manager Bill Guerin said. "Can't wait to give this to you in person, Kirill."

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Wild coach Dean Evason has interim tag removed, gets two-year contract extension

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Pucks slammed into goalie pads with a thud, skate shavings went flying, and sticks clapped against the ice.

For the first time in four months, the Wild practiced at Tria Rink in St. Paul -- kicking off training camp with all the familiar sights and sounds despite restarting in mid-July after the coronavirus pandemic halted the season in March. ...Read more

Training camp begins as NHL enters third phase of return, coronavirus results released

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Training camp began Monday for the 24 teams participating in the NHL's expanded playoffs, the third of four planned phases of the Return to Play plan, and the league announced 30 positive tests results for COVID-19 emerged from the 600 players who had reported and underwent 4,934 tests during Phase 2.

Phase 2 included players reporting to their...Read more

'Energized' Flyers focused on Stanley Cup playoffs, not round robin, as NHL training camp starts

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It had been 124 days since the Flyers were last on the ice at their Voorhees practiced facility, but who's counting?

Not the players, who opened Training Camp II on Monday. And not management.

During the NHL's long pause caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the players weren't counting the days they missed. They were looking ahead to getting ...Read more

Florida Panthers' training camp roster includes a top prospect and extra help on defense

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The Florida Panthers' expanded roster for an unusual training camp leading into the 2020 postseason is giving one of the organization's top prospects a chance at a breakthrough.

Owen Tippett, the No. 8 overall selection in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, headlines the list of additions to the Panthers' expanded 30-man roster for the return-to-play ...Read more

Penguins president/CEO David Morehouse says CBA will bring 'clear financial stability'

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Penguins CEO and president David Morehouse walked through an eerily silent parking lot outside PPG Paints Arena a few weeks back when, from a distance, he saw the familiar face of an usher.

"How have you been?" Morehouse asked.

"I just miss all the people," the usher replied.

Don't we all. The turnstiles at PPG Paints Arena have stood still ...Read more

Wild reports to training camp Monday, looking to set depth on an oversized playoff roster

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Fans won't be in the stands.

Games will be in one of two centralized locations instead of alternating between NHL teams' home rinks.

And some competitors, like the Wild, will have to pass an entrance exam just to stick around.

But the prize at the end of this unprecedented playoff pursuit, the Stanley Cup, hasn't changed.

"I don't think it'...Read more

NHL and NHLPA vote to accept CBA and return to play protocols

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LOS ANGELES -- The NHL and the NHL Players' Association on Friday ratified the terms of their Return to Play plan and also approved a Memorandum of Understanding to extend their collective bargaining agreement though the 2025-26 season, decisions that pave the way for training camps to open next week and for the season to resume on Aug. 1 under ...Read more

NHLPA executive board approve proposed new labor deal with NHL

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The executive board of the NHL Players' Association on Wednesday approved a proposed new collective bargaining agreement with the NHL and referred the tentative agreement to its full membership for a vote, with approval expected to be announced on Friday.

The deal, which would extend labor peace through the 2025-26 season and allow players to ...Read more

Hurricanes' Justin Williams has coronavirus concerns … But there's a Stanley Cup to be won

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Justin Williams, like many NHL players, has concerns about returning to play during the coronavirus pandemic.

Then again, there's the chance to win the Stanley Cup. Williams has done that three times in his career, the first with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006. Why not a fourth?

To do it, Williams and the Canes must win 19 ...Read more

Toronto, Edmonton likely to be hub cities when NHL postseason starts

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Toronto and Edmonton will reportedly be named NHL hub cities if the season resumes later this summer, a return that's still a work in progress, although talks seem to be escalating toward a resolution.

The players union and the league have been working on protocols for training camp, a 24-team tournament to award the Stanley Cup ...Read more

NHL, players union reach tentative agreement on return-to-play plan and contract extension

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The NHL and NHL Players' Association on Monday announced they had reached a tentative agreement on a detailed Return to Play plan that would relaunch the season on Aug. 1, and at the same time said they have a Memorandum Of Understanding to extend their existing collective bargaining agreement by four years, through the 2025-26 season.

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Blackhawks face Oilers in NHL play-in round. Here are 10 factors that could tip the scales in their playoff series.

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CHICAGO -- With a plus-130 line at several sports books, the Chicago Blackhawks aren't the worst bet to advance past the NHL play-in round. That would be the Montreal Canadiens, a fellow 12th seed, at plus-170.

If the league's return-to-play plan goes on without a hitch -- namely, a surge in coronavirus cases among players or a hub city -- the ...Read more

Flyers' Oskar Lindblom completes final chemotherapy treatment

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PHILADELPHIA -- Oskar Lindblom rang the bell of hope signifying his last chemotherapy treatment at Penn's Abramson Cancer Center and then hugged his girlfriend, Alma Lindqvist.

In a calendar year that has seen so much misery, it was a beautiful site.

"I'm just happy that I'm alive," Lindblom said, "and that I caught it early."

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Edmonton and Toronto's reported selection as NHL hub cities would give Blackhawks a home-ice disadvantage

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CHICAGO -- The NHL reportedly has chosen Edmonton and Toronto as the hub cities to host the playoffs -- and the league will let teams play on home ice -- a combination that creates a distinct disadvantage for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Sportsnet, TSN and CBC Sports all reported Wednesday that the two Canadian cities will be announced as NHL hubs. ...Read more

Chicago is reportedly 1 of 4 finalists be to an NHL hub city when play returns next month

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CHICAGO -- The NHL has yet to announce the two hub cities that will host the playoffs this summer, but Chicago is reportedly a finalist.

Toronto, Las Vegas and Edmonton are the other candidates still in the running from a list of 10 candidates, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie.

If Chicago is selected as a hub city, the McCormick Place ...Read more

Kings move up to No. 2 in NHL draft, but the lottery winner remains a mystery

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LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Kings President Luc Robitaille looked around the room, from the TV screen to general manager Rob Blake to the small camera set up in front of them and then back to the TV.

He smiled, chuckled and began comprehending what just happened, what it all meant.

The Kings didn't lose the NHL draft lottery Friday, not by a ...Read more

Hall of Fame committee member says long waits for Doug Wilson, Kevin Lowe 'was an oversight'

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Perhaps, according to one member of the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee, it shouldn't have taken Doug Wilson or Kevin Lowe two decades or more to be bestowed the sport's highest individual honor.

Brian Burke, a longtime executive in the NHL and a Hall of Fame committee member since 2012, told Sportsnet radio in Calgary on Thursday that ...Read more