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Joe Starkey: Marc-Andre Fleury should already be a Penguin again

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PITTSBURGH — What am I missing here?

The Penguins need a goalie, and the reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who happens to be a civic treasure in Western Pennsylvania, was just made available for ... let me double-check this ... nothing.

So why isn't he here already?

Why didn't the Penguins jump on Marc-Andre Fleury when Vegas put him up for ...Read more

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Lightning sign Corey Perry to two-year contract

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TAMPA, Fla. — The thorn in the Lightning’s side the past two postseasons now will be on their side.

Veteran power forward Corey Perry signed a two-year deal with an average annual value of $1 million, the team announced Thursday afternoon.

“We are excited to add Corey today, who brings with him a wealth of big-game experience to the ...Read more

Blues land forward Brandon Saad with 5-year contract

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The Blues have agreed to terms on a five-year, $22.5 million contract with free-agent forward Brandon Saad.

The move gives the team a desperately-needed left winger who will step in immediately to their top six.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know the city a little bit better, because when you play there you’re kind of in-and-out and...Read more

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Luke DeCock: Hurricanes signing Tony DeAngelo shows they really do want to be a 'Bunch of Jerks'

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These are your Carolina Hurricanes. Get used to it.

Six days after popular and affable goalie Alex Nedeljkovic was shipped out to the Detroit Red Wings, the Hurricanes on Wednesday (partially) replaced Dougie Hamilton with perhaps the least likeable player in the entire league.

Even as the Hurricanes underwent what appears to be a complete ...Read more

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Alex Goligoski coming home to sign with Wild; Ryan Suter joining Stars

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MINNEAPOLIS — The Wild is starting to fill out its defense.

Soon after NHL free agency opened on Wednesday morning, the team signed Alex Goligoski to a one-year, $5 million contract.

This deal includes a no-movement clause, a source said.

Goligoski, who's from Grand Rapids, Minn., and played three seasons with the Minnesota Gophers, spent ...Read more

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Hurricanes sign controversial defenseman Tony DeAngelo to free-agent deal

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes took a gamble Wednesday as NHL free agency began.

The Canes signed defenseman Tony DeAngelo to a one-year, $1 million contract. DeAngelo's signing gave the Canes a right-shot D-man with solid offensive skills — in theory, to help offset the loss of defenseman Dougie Hamilton, if he left the Canes in ...Read more

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Lightning sign Brayden Point to eight-year extension

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TAMPA, Fla. — With one year remaining on Brayden Point’s deal, the Lightning have locked up the NHL’s leading goal scorer the past two postseasons for another eight seasons while also giving him a raise.

General manager Julien BriseBois on Wednesday announced Point’s new deal will last eight years (from 2022-23) and carry an average ...Read more

Kraken signs star goalie Philipp Grubauer to six-year deal

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The Kraken stunned the NHL on Wednesday by agreeing to a six-year, $35.4 million contract with former Colorado Avalanche star goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

Bringing in the German-born Grubauer, 29, gives the Kraken its No. 1 netminder and first long-term franchise face. It also raises questions about what comes next with the team’s goaltending...Read more

Source: Penguins not interested in reacquiring goalie Marc-Andre Fleury

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Marc-Andre Fleury, one of the most popular players in Penguins history, was traded by the Vegas Golden Knights to the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday. His agent, Allen Walsh, tweeted shortly thereafter that the goalie will take time to “discuss his situation with his family and seriously evaluate his hockey future.”

Ensuing reports said that ...Read more

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Sam Carchidi: Bold summer makeover should revive Flyers

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For better or worse, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher last week threw away draft picks like people tossing rice at newlyweds as they leave the church.

Here a first-rounder, there a second-rounder.

Here a second-rounder, there a seventh-rounder.

Some of the draft picks may turn out to be solid NHL players, or better. Others may never make...Read more

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Seth and Caleb Jones. Kirby and Colton Dach. The Chicago Blackhawks are cornering the NHL market on reuniting brothers in the organization.

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Seth Jones is 2½ years older than brother Caleb, and the hockey-playing brothers certainly have had the occasional scrap.

“Usually I would get real mad and try to slash him or something,” Caleb, 24, said. “He was always the calm one.”

“You see the scratch on his nose? That happened last week,” said 26-year-old Seth, sitting next ...Read more

Matt Calkins: Will Seattle fans be chanting Kraken draft pick Matty Beniers' name next season?

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SEATTLE — Despite what the draft board says, it's Matty Beniers. He never felt like a Matthew or a Matt, so Matty it is.

It's better that way, though, isn't it? If you're going to be Seattle's next sports superstar, it's nice to have a distinct first name.

No, this column isn't saying Beniers is a lock to become a perennial All-Star or Hart ...Read more

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Don't call it a 'win-now' move: Panthers' Sam Reinhart trade is about winning for years

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The Florida Panthers are done rebuilding. After one of the best seasons in franchise history, the Panthers used Day 2 of the 2021 NHL entry draft to upgrade their current roster while giving up future assets.

Sam Reinhart, a former top-five pick and first-line forward for the Buffalo Sabres, is headed to Florida. The Panthers are ready to make ...Read more

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Flyers make another blockbuster trade, deal Jake Voracek to Blue Jackets for Cam Atkinson

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PHILADELPHIA — Desperately needing a makeover after a listless season, the Flyers made their third blockbuster trade in the last week Saturday.

In an exchange of highly productive right wingers, they acquired Cam Atkinson from Columbus and sent Jake Voracek to the Blue Jackets. The Flyers acquired Voracek from Columbus in 2011, and he had 10 ...Read more

Blues acquire forward Buchnevich from Rangers, draft center Bolduc

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ST LOUIS — Trader Doug Armstrong is at it again. Just a few hours before the NHL draft, the Blues announced they had traded forward Sammy Blais and a second-round draft pick in 2022 for New York Rangers winger Pavel Buchnevich.

And once the draft started, Armstrong stood pat. He kept the pick, making the forward Zachary Bolduc the 16th player...Read more

Kraken makes Michigan center Matthew Beniers the first NHL entry draft pick in franchise history

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SEATTLE — Kraken general manager Ron Francis was known throughout his Hall of Fame career for his unrelenting center play at both ends of the ice.

And on Friday the GM selected arguably the best two-way amateur center on the planet in Matthew Beniers, 18, with the No. 2 overall pick in the NHL entry draft. Beniers, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder ...Read more

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Red Wings select Simon Edvinsson at No. 6; Michigan players dominate top of NHL draft

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DETROIT — The Red Wings went back to Sweden with their first pick Friday, selecting defenseman Simon Edvinsson.

The 6-foot-5, 207 pound Edvinsson played 24 games for Frolunds and Vasteras in Sweden, and has been compared to Tampa defenseman Victor Hedman because of his size and mobility.

Edvinsson likely needs another year or two in Sweden ...Read more

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Blackhawks acquire star defenseman Seth Jones from Blue Jackets in a draft-night trade for Adam Boqvist

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SECAUCUS, N.J. — The Chicago Blackhawks were in the market for a big-ticket defenseman, and they landed one in a blockbuster draft-night trade Friday, acquiring four-time All-Star Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Adam Boqvist.

Jones agreed to terms on an eight-year, $76 million extension with the Hawks, which he can�...Read more

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Flyers' D is set: They get Rasmus Ristolainen from Sabres for Robert Hagg and first- and second-round picks

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PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers defense is set after a blockbuster trade Friday afternoon.

They acquired physical defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen from Buffalo for defenseman Robert Hagg, the first-round draft selection Friday night, and their second-round pick in 2023.

Ristolainen, 26, a first-round selection (No. 8 overall) in 2013, is a 6-foot-4, ...Read more

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Lawyer in negligence lawsuit against Chicago Blackhawks says teammates 'bullied' player after news of his sexual assault allegations against Bradley Aldrich

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The attorney handling two negligence lawsuits against the Chicago Blackhawks told the Tribune Thursday that one of her clients, a Hawks player in 2010, was bullied by teammates after he accused then-video coach Bradley Aldrich of sexually assaulting him.

The latest allegation comes as part of an amendment to John Doe 1's lawsuit that attorney ...Read more