One NHL investigation of Sharks' Evander Kane ends, but another is underway

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SAN JOSE, Calif. — One NHL investigation into San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane has ended, but another is just getting started.

The NHL said on Tuesday that its investigation into claims made by Kane’s estranged wife, Anna, this summer that he gambled on league games and tried to throw games “to win money” turned up no evidence of ...Read more

Detroit Red Wings' Tyler Bertuzzi refuses COVID-19 vaccine, taking Canada games off table

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Tyler Bertuzzi, a key part of the Detroit Red Wings, has declined to get the vaccine for COVID-19, the only Wings player to do so, general manager Steve Yzerman said Wednesday.

Bertuzzi will still be at training camp, which runs for six days beginning Thursday in Traverse City. Yzerman said Bertuzzi will not be able to travel to Canada under ...Read more

Jeff Gordon: Blues come to camp looking to reestablish winning identity

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The Blues return to work this week seeking to regain their edge.

They must rediscover their team game and collective work ethic. They must recommit to their defensive system and get back into lockstep before they can thrust into higher gear.

That takes time. But the Blues can start moving in that direction by following a regular summer of ...Read more

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Helene Elliott: No more excuses. The Kings must make the playoffs this season

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LOS ANGELES — Someday for the Kings is now.

The Stanley Cup playoffs have been a distant dream for too long. They can't continue to make vague promises about when they'll be competitive again. That dream must become reality this season for the sake of their credibility and their fan base.

They've followed the right plan: constructing a team ...Read more

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Goal for Flyers' Oskar Lindblom: 'Get back to where I was' before cancer

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PHILADELPHIA — After having a rib removed and undergoing chemotherapy treatments for a rare form of bone cancer, and then gallantly returning for a couple of Stanley Cup playoff games in September 2020, Flyers left winger Oskar Lindblom was obviously drained.

Following that COVID-19-extended season, Lindblom's offseason was shorter than usual...Read more

Kirill Kaprizov agrees to five-year, $45M Wild deal

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Kirill Kaprizov and the Wild have agreed on a contract that will enable the NHL's Calder Trophy winner to join the team for training camp.

The deal, announced Tuesday by Wild GM Bill Guerin, is for five years and $45 million and runs through the 2025-26 season.

The 24-year-old Russian winger had 27 goals and 24 assists in 55 games last season ...Read more

After leaving his native Massachusetts, the Kraken's Ryan Donato hopes to have found a home in Seattle

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Ryan Donato had spent just eight games playing for a hockey team away from Massachusetts when he first got traded.

He was in the AHL in Providence, Rhode Island, while the Boston Bruins were in Las Vegas in February 2019 when they pulled the trigger on a deal that sent him to Minnesota, where he would play for a season and a half. Donato had ...Read more

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Zac Rinaldo not invited to Blue Jackets' training camp over vaccination status

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Blue Jackets have a 100% vaccination rate among players invited to training camp, and they weren't going to let Zac Rinaldo ruin it.

Despite Rinaldo signing a one-year, two-way NHL contract with Columbus on Aug. 13, the veteran forward was not invited to camp because he's not vaccinated.

"We're going to have 67 players ...Read more

Blue Jackets sign goalie Elvis Merzlikins to five-year, $27 million extension

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Blue Jackets have agreed to a five-year, $27 million contract extension with goalie Elvis Merzlikins, which the team announced Tuesday.

Merzlikins, 27, has split time in net the past two seasons with Joonas Korpisalo, who is still with the team and is a pending unrestricted free agent in the final year of his contract.

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Sharks' Kane expects to be exonerated in gambling probe, downplays rifts with teammates

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San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane again flatly denied that he wagered on NHL games – including his own to pay off gambling debts — and expects to be cleared of any wrongdoing in the league’s ongoing investigation.

In an interview with ESPN that aired Thursday, Kane also downplayed the reported rifts between himself and his Sharks ...Read more

Well-traveled goalie Joey Daccord could be going places with the Kraken

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When Joey Daccord makes a save, he knows what it feels like on the other side.

The Boston native was one of the goalies selected by the Kraken in its expansion draft. An Arizona State alum who has played just about everywhere in North America, he's also played just about everywhere on the ice as well.

Daccord played both goalie and forward ...Read more

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Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho gives his take on offer sheet to Jesperi Kotkaniemi

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MORRISVILLE, N.C. — Remember how disappointed Sebastian Aho was after the Carolina Hurricanes' last loss in the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs? How mad he was after being ousted by the Tampa Bay Lightning?

The pain and anger didn't go away quickly.

"I tried to use that fire in this offseason," Aho said Tuesday. "You've got to learn from those ...Read more

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Blue Jackets part ways with assistant Sylvain Lefebvre over COVID-19 vaccination refusal

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The first day of the Blue Jackets' development camp included a significant development with the coaching staff.

The team announced Monday that recently-hired assistant Sylvain Lefebvre opted not to get a COVID-19 vaccine and will not be able to coach this season because of it. Lefebvre's position will be filled by Cleveland Monsters assistant ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Penguins rage against the dying of the light

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PITTSBURGH — The surprise announcement of Sidney Crosby's wrist surgery was the latest in an offseason filled with gut punches. It might have been a reality check, too, as darkness sets in on this golden age of Penguins hockey.

In and of itself, Crosby's left wrist surgery wouldn't necessarily trigger alarm bells as camp approaches. But it ...Read more

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Paul Holmgren, do-everything man with Flyers, going into U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame

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Paul Holmgren, who has seemingly filled every job with the Flyers except popcorn vendor, is going into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame.

Peter McNab, a former NHL standout who is now a Colorado broadcaster, and journalist/broadcaster Stan Fischler will also be enshrined at a still-to-be-announced date in December, a Hall of Fame ...Read more

Here's why the Kraken is taking COVID-19 vaccine requirements further than other Seattle sports teams

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Anyone truly surprised by the Kraken's decision Tuesday to allow only fully vaccinated fans ages 12 and over into games at Climate Pledge Arena hasn't been paying attention.

The Kraken for weeks had telegraphed this move with all the subtlety of a Mark Giordano slap shot from the point. The team's higher-ups let it be known they were mulling a ...Read more

Sidney Crosby has wrist surgery, expected to miss season opener

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PITTSBURGH — The Penguins will be forced to start the season without their captain, after Sidney Crosby underwent wrist surgery Wednesday.

Crosby will be sidelined a minimum of six weeks, the team announced. With the Oct. 12 season-opener against the Tampa Bay Lightning less than five weeks away, that means he'll miss the entirety of training...Read more

NHL probe into Evander Kane's alleged illicit gambling reportedly hits a snag

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The NHL’s investigation into allegations that San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane gambled on and conspired to fix NHL games has reportedly slowed, and now it’s unclear if the league’s probe will be completed by the time the team begins training camp in roughly two weeks.

Investigators hired by the league to look into allegations made on ...Read more

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Hurricanes coach Rod Brind'Amour has a new-look team, and a fresh challenge ahead

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes signed forward Andrei Svechnikov to an eight-year contract extension, surprising some with the length of the term.

They signed free agent forward Derek Stepan, goalies Frederik Andersen and Antti Raanta, defenseman Ian Cole and much-discussed defender Tony DeAngelo. They also traded for defenseman Ethan...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Hurricanes' Kotkaniemi offer-sheet gambit worked. Now the real gamble begins.

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So this is how all the new pieces fit together. Jesperi Kotkaniemi will start on the left wing, filling the Carolina Hurricanes' last open spot at forward. Jake Gardiner faces multiple surgeries and will go on long-term injured reserve, opening up the cap space Hurricanes need to fit Kotkaniemi's new contract.

The Hurricanes' gambit to poach ...Read more