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Jason Mackey: Penguins must make good on FSG's 'massive' investment in player development

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PITTSBURGH — What Brayden Yager represents for the Penguins took about seven seconds to detect Wednesday in the championship game of their development camp-closing four-on-four tournament.

Their first-round pick in 2023 corralled the puck at the blue line, ducked his left shoulder to gain position and found another gear, flipping a shot past ...Read more

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Sergei Murashov shines, Owen Pickering captains winning team to close out Penguins prospect camp

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With time winding down and about 10 seconds left Wednesday afternoon in the championship game of the 4-on-4 tournament that closed Pittsburgh Penguins prospect camp, top-billed forward Brayden Yager of Team 3 skated in from the left side and fired a wrister toward the net.

With the score 2-1 and bragging rights on the line, defenseman Owen ...Read more

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Lightning forward prospect Ethan Gauthier is learning how to be a pro

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BRANDON, Fla. — As one of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s top prospects, forward Ethan Gauthier has picked up quickly on the importance of learning the ins and outs of being a pro.

He used his second development camp last week as an opportunity to watch everything around him, including the NHL players at TGH IcePlex who were doing informal ...Read more

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What does Mike Grier expect from the Sharks this season?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – With the San Jose Sharks upgrading their roster for the upcoming season and enjoying a newfound excitement around the team, it’s natural to wonder when they might start to become legitimate playoff contenders again.

But Mike Grier, who has taken a methodical approach to rebuilding the Sharks since he was named the team’...Read more

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Newest Bruin Nikita Zadorov is in it to win it

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BOSTON — To think the impact of Nikita Zadorov’s signing by the Bruins will be comparable to that of Zdeno Chara 18 years ago would be unfair to both Zadorov and to what Chara accomplished as a Bruin.

Chara’s signing is arguably the best free agent signing in hockey history and, to Zadorov’s credit, the B’s newest blue line beast has ...Read more

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Carolina Hurricanes hire Doug Warf to be new team president, oversee PNC Arena renovations

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The Carolina Hurricanes turned to a familiar face in hiring its new team president.

The team announced Monday that Doug Warf would be president of Hurricanes Holdings, LLC, and would oversee the Hurricanes’ business operations and the operation of PNC Arena.

From 2007-17, Warf served as executive director of the Hurricanes Foundation, ...Read more

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Jason Mackey: How interactions with 'Mr. Crosby' continue to bewilder, motivate younger Penguins

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PITTSBURGH — Owen Pickering looked down at his phone and froze.

Despite having plenty of confidence and a naturally outgoing personality, Pickering really hadn't prepared for this moment — getting a text message from Sidney Crosby shortly after he was drafted in 2022.

Crosby normally goes old school in these settings, opting for a phone ...Read more

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Jett Luchanko, Hunter McDonald, and Noah Powell stand out in Flyers development camp

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Brendan Shanahan was asked when he made the Hockey Hall of Fame how he wanted to be remembered.

“That I was involved,” he told this reporter. Considering he won three Stanley Cups and notched more than 1,300 points during his NHL career, it’s fair to say: mission accomplished.

The players skating at the Philadelphia Flyers development ...Read more

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Should Celebrini and Smith be the Sharks' top two centers this season?

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – There’s little question that Macklin Celebrini will provide a significant boost to this season’s San Jose Sharks team.

A tremendously skilled and dynamic two-way center with a nonstop motor and an off-the-charts compete level, Celebrini has the clear potential to be the Sharks’ next franchise player. By all accounts, ...Read more

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Is Brayden Yager ready for the NHL right now? The Penguins say the door will be open.

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PITTSBURGH — Kyle Dubas was waiting Friday with a message to deliver when the Pittsburgh Penguins’ prospects arrived in Cranberry, Pa., for the Penguins’ annual development camp.

Pittsburgh’s president of hockey operations, who has pivoted into something of a rebuild in his second year on the job, told 48 wide-eyed prospects in the room...Read more

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Phil Thompson: Blackhawks have taken a step forward with veteran signings -- and should be judged accordingly

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CHICAGO — A crooked smile crept across Chicago Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson’s face as he reflected on his full-circle moment with free-agent “pickup” Teuvo Teräväinen.

“It’s funny, this is way back … I picked Teuvo up from the airport when he first came over,” Davidson said. “I don’t even know if he remembers ...Read more

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San Jose Sharks sign Macklin Celebrini to entry level contract

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks have signed center Macklin Celebrini, the first-overall selection in the 2024 NHL Draft, to a three-year, entry-level contract, starting a new era for the franchise.

“Macklin is not only a special player on the ice, but he is a poised, confident and intelligent young man off of it,” San Jose Sharks ...Read more

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Geoff Baker: Kraken draft pick Nathan Villeneuve insists bounty on opponent is 'normally not who I am'

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SEATTLE — There’s a clip from the iconic 1977 satirical hockey movie “Slap Shot” that briefly forced Kraken draft pick Nathan Villeneuve to stop using his cellphone.

“I was tired of opening my phone and seeing the same meme texted to me a thousand times,” Villeneuve, 18, said this week at the Kraken’s annual development camp after...Read more

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Adam Hill: Sorry, fans, but Knights probably right on Jonathan Marchessault

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LAS VEGAS — Golden Knights fans, it’s completely fine to be all in your feelings this week about the departures of some beloved players.

At the same time, it’s OK to acknowledge the organization probably made the right decision on most of those contracts, even if it feels like you are betraying people you have come to love cheering for ...Read more

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Knights face uncertainty with goaltending after signing Samsonov

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LAS VEGAS — Next season just became important for the Golden Knights’ goaltending department.

Not just for 2025, but beyond.

The Knights shook up their netminder situation in the span of 48 hours, starting with the trade of Logan Thompson to the Washington Capitals on Saturday.

They followed that by signing former Toronto Maple Leafs ...Read more

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Steve Yzerman sees similarly competitive Red Wings team after free agency, trades

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DETROIT — The Red Wings missed out on the playoffs on the final night of the regular season on a tiebreaker, after finishing with the same number of points as Washington.

The Wings certainly had the look of a playoff team, the feel of it. And heading into this season, after the first week of unrestricted free agency, general manager Steve ...Read more

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Matt Calkins: Kraken hope Jessica Campbell's player-development success translates to NHL

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SEATTLE — Refs? Check. Front office? Indeed. Scouting, skating coaches, video work — those boxes are a long way from blank.

But a woman behind the bench? A female assistant coach with no caveats? That's an NHL first.

And it happened here in Seattle.

That's a necessary introduction, because this is history. We've seen women break through ...Read more

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Joe Starkey: Why are we pretending the Penguins are rebuilding? They're designed to win now.

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PITTSBURGH — Here's a hot take: The Pittsburgh Penguins could actually be pretty good this season.

Here's a hotter one: Given the pedigree and paychecks of their top eight players or so, plus the pedigree and paycheck of their head coach, they should be pretty good. They do not deserve the benefit of low expectations.

What if their best ...Read more

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Calm, mature Trey Augustine playing beyond his age, continues development with Red Wings

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DETROIT — Sometimes, Red Savage will see Trey Augustine trudge along around Michigan State's Munn Arena and just shake his head.

"We call him Gramps sometimes because he's always waddling around the rink," said Savage, a Red Wings prospect talking about his MSU teammate and fellow Wings prospect. "You forget he's just a little 19-year-old. I ...Read more

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How Sharks' Will Smith is getting bigger, stronger before first pro season

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – During the first two days of the San Jose Sharks’ development camp this week, center Will Smith displayed the kind of skating, puckhandling, and vision that helped make him the fourth overall pick at last year’s NHL Draft.

But as he enters his first pro season after signing an entry-level contract with the Sharks in ...Read more