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Bruising Chris Stewart, once filled with promise, trying to resurrect career with Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Stewart, a physical right winger who had two 28-goal seasons early in a career that was bursting with promise, knows this could be his last chance to earn a spot on an NHL roster.

He won't go away quietly.

Stewart, 31, is battling for a bottom-six job at the Flyers' training camp, and he has this working for him: His 6-...Read more

Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita had the degenerative brain disease CTE, study finds

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CHICAGO -- Stan Mikita, the Blackhawks legend and Hockey Hall of Famer who died last year at 78, had the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, according to a postmortem study.

Dr. Ann McKee, director of the Boston University CTE Center, revealed the findings of the study Friday during a Concussion Legacy ...Read more

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks open training camp with new players and newfound confidence: 'Just have to put it all together'

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CHICAGO -- The ignition has been switched on and the Blackhawks are finally in motion again after a second straight offseason that lasted more than five months.

Many of the old faces were on hand at Fifth Third Arena when training camp kicked off Friday, including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford and 19 others who ...Read more

Cup or bust (again)? Names change, but Sharks expectations remain high

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It was on.

Immediately following their blockbuster acquisition of Erik Karlsson a year ago, the Sharks openly talked about their expectations -- now sky-high -- for the upcoming season. With a two-time Norris Trophy winner still in his prime now in the fold, adding to an already deep and experienced roster, it was Stanley ...Read more

Why Detroit Red Wings are going with four alternate captains again

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Detroit Red Wings will remain captain-less while their former captain adjusts to his new role.

In Steve Yzerman's first season as general manager of the Wings, the team will delay naming a successor to Henrik Zetterberg.

Instead, the Wings will start a second straight season with four alternates. Luke Glendening ...Read more

Anderson-Dolan is determined to stick around with the Kings this season

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LOS ANGELES--The conversation was short. The news was not good.

Five games into his first NHL foray last fall, Los Angeles Kings forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan sat down with general manager Rob Blake. Weeks earlier, the 19-year-old, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft, had surprisingly made the team out of training camp.

But ...Read more

After offer-sheet drama, Hurricanes star Sebastian Aho ready to work

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sebastian Aho scrimmaged Tuesday with his Carolina Hurricanes teammates at Raleigh Center Ice, did some extra skating and then spent time taking shots before finishing up the informal workout.

Had things gone differently on July 1, had the Montreal Canadiens not made an offer sheet for Aho, had Aho not signed it, the Canes ...Read more

He may have to wait, but the Blackhawks believe prospect Dennis Gilbert has a future as an NHL defenseman

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The reason Dennis Gilbert was called up to the Blackhawks last April for one game could hardly matter less to him.

Whether it was a thank you for a terrific season at Rockford or because the Hawks just needed a defenseman that day, the fact is he made his NHL debut playing on the same ice as Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook,...Read more

Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti hired by Sharks as a scout

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Former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is heading back to the Bay Area, but his new job won't involve baseball or a reunion with the San Francisco Giants.

In a somewhat surprising development Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that Colletti will join the organization as a scout. His primary tasks will be scouting players at the American...Read more

Joe Thornton officially returns to Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton will be back with the Sharks for what will be his 22nd NHL season.

Thornton and the Sharks have come to terms on one-year deal worth $2 million, a source confirmed, as general manager Doug Wilson completed his last big piece of business before the start of training camp next week.

It's the third consecutive ...Read more

Niklas Kronwall's emotions hit hard at retirement: 'There are other things in life'

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DETROIT -- Niklas Kronwall isn't sure he's ready to appear in an alumni game as soon as this month, but going to training camp in any capacity eases the emotional decision to retire.

Kronwall fought back tears a handful of times as he spoke Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena, dressed in street clothes rather than athletic gear.

It was the day ...Read more

With Justin Williams gone, who wears the 'C' for the Canes?

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The subject was being the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, of wearing the "C" and being the acknowledged team leader.

Jordan Staal shared the "C" with Justin Faulk two seasons ago as co-captains. Last season, it was Justin Williams, alone.

For the third straight year, there will be a change. Williams on Monday announced he ...Read more

Barbashev's deal means Cup champion Blues return almost everyone

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ST. LOUIS -- With training camp just around the corner, the gang's all here for the Blues -- or at least the gang's all under contract. That became so Sunday night when the team announced that forward Ivan Barbashev had agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $1.475 million per year.

With Barbashev in the fold, that means 22 of the 23 ...Read more

Blood, sweat, tears and cash: NHL's Seattle arrival should raise interest in youth hockey — for those who can afford it

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SEATTLE -- Shelley Wylie learned a hard lesson about the cost of putting a child through hockey when her husband and young player son, Wyatte, both had their equipment stolen.

"When we sat down to figure out how much it would be to replace it, it was nearly $5,000," Lake Stevens resident Wylie said. "That was for two bags of equipment and about...Read more

Good news for NHL Seattle as league won't reopen CBA early; all eyes on whether players follow suit

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SEATTLE -- Seattle's incoming NHL franchise got some welcome news Friday when the league announced it will not be exercising its option to reopen its collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with players two years early.

That lessens the chance of a work stoppage 13 months from now that could impact the yearlong run-up to Seattle's franchise debut...Read more

Will Justin Williams return or retire? Hurricanes' coach Rod Brind'Amour has an idea.

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Much like last summer, Rod Brind'Amour has spent considerable time mulling over various lineups for the Carolina Hurricanes.

The one name the Canes head coach still is not sure about in the lineup: Justin Williams.

Brind'Amour played golf with Williams and the newly retired Cam Ward on Wednesday at MacGregor Downs in Cary. A ...Read more

Goalie Cam Ward signs new contract with Hurricanes — then announces retirement

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Word spread quickly Wednesday that Cam Ward, for many years the franchise goalie for the Carolina Hurricanes, was officially retiring from the NHL.

Those who played with Ward were especially happy to learn he had signed a one-day contract with the team, allowing him to retire as a member of the Hurricanes.

"Obviously when you'...Read more

Jim Souhan: Why Bill Guerin, new Wild GM, has the easiest job in sports

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When Craig Leipold asked Bill Guerin why he wanted to become general manager of the Minnesota Wild, Guerin raved about the "State Of Hockey" and the state of the franchise.

Smart. Because the honest answer might have cost him the job.

The honest answer might have been: "Craig, you're not just offering me a lot of money to be an NHL general ...Read more

Member of 'Miracle' hockey team jailed in Minnesota on assault charges

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MINNEAPOLIS -- A member of the "Miracle" hockey team that won Olympic gold for Team USA in 1980 remains jailed Wednesday in northeastern Minnesota on charges that he attacked a neighbor with a metal pole after they went fishing.

Mark Pavelich was booked into the Cook County jail Thursday night and appeared Monday in Cook County District Court ...Read more

Zach Parise on firing of Wild GM Paul Fenton: 'It was shocking'

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The answer was vintage Zach Parise.

"We mucked it up," the Wild veteran said with a smile after his TRIA team defeated Jack Links 5-2 in Da Beauty League semifinals on Monday night, employing a Lemaire-esque defensive effort that resulted in the fewest goals allowed in the offense-heavy four-on-four league this summer.

The light...Read more