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No Winter Classic for Blues: NHL cancels event due to COVID

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The coronavirus pandemic took its first bite out of the 2020-21 NHL schedule with the league announcing Thursday that the 2021 Bridgestone Winter Classic has been canceled.

The game, featuring the Blues and the Minnesota Wild, was scheduled for Jan. 1 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The league also announced that it has canceled the All-Star ...Read more

Seattle Kraken makes several hires, including longtime NHL vet Gary Roberts

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Onetime NHL power forward Gary Roberts had a choice to make back in 1996 when a serious neck injury threatened to force him into early retirement at age 30.

The longtime, rugged Calgary Flames winger, contemplating a return to play, realized the golf games he'd been enjoying would soon be a permanent fixture in his life unless he got more ...Read more

San Jose Sharks, other NHL non-playoff teams, likely to have longer training camps

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It appears the Sharks and six other teams that did not qualify for the NHL's postseason earlier this year will be allowed to have extra time to train and practice together before the start of any main training camp.

This summer, general managers from the seven teams asked the NHL if they could get an extended training camp - possibly as long as...Read more

San Jose Sharks, other NHL non-playoff teams, likely to have longer training camps

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It appears the Sharks and six other teams that did not qualify for the NHL's postseason earlier this year will be allowed to have extra time to train and practice together before the start of any main training camp.

This summer, general managers from the seven teams asked the NHL if they could get an extended training camp - possibly as long as...Read more

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Mike 'Doc' Emrick, for decades the voice of NHL and Olympic hockey memories, announces his play-by-play retirement

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"Retire" is such a pedestrian verb, it's hard to believe it has come out of Mike "Doc" Emrick's mouth.

Yet the man with more than 100 terms to describe a shot or pass has in fact announced his last line change.

Did pucks "rattle," "battle," "pitchfork," "shuffleboard," "angle," "waltz," "chip," "hop," "skitter," "waffleboard" or get "ladled" ...Read more

Joe Thornton's top 10 moments with the San Jose Sharks

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After 15 years, the Joe Thornton era with the San Jose Sharks officially ended Friday when he signed a one-year, $700,000 contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Here are Thornton's top 10 moments with the San Jose Sharks.

1. Thornton acquired by Sharks in a franchise-changing move: Doug Wilson makes the biggest splash of his still-young tenure...Read more

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Quinton Byfield, the No. 2 overall pick, signs rookie contract with Kings

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LOS ANGELES - The Kings signed center Quinton Byfield to a three-year entry level contract on Friday, striking a deal with the 18-year-old less than two weeks after they picked him second overall in the NHL draft.

The contract does not prevent the Kings from sending Byfield, who was the highest-drafted Black player in NHL history and the Kings'...Read more

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Erik Gustafsson says the Flyers are on the rise, and it's a big reason he wanted to play in Philly

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Erik Gustafsson, the puck-moving defenseman who signed a one-year, $3 million contract Monday as an unrestricted free agent, doesn't yet know what his role will be with the Flyers.

Wherever he plays – probably on the right side on the second or third pairing – he is comfortable with his new team.

"The Flyers are one of the best teams in ...Read more

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Lightning's Steven Stamkos has another surgery

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TAMPA, Fla. - Steven Stamkos is finally on the mend again. The Tampa Bay Lightning's captain underwent a second core repair surgery Wednesday.

This was the same procedure Stamkos had back on March 2, but this time on his left side. The team believes he incurred the injury due to his body overcompensating for the weakened right side.

The ...Read more

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Kevin Labanc welcomes higher expectations with new contract

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Perhaps Kevin Labanc's importance to the San Jose Sharks has never been greater than it is right now.

Not only will Labanc be counted on to produce at a high level, but as someone projected to play on one of the Sharks' top two lines next season, he'll also have to improve his two-way game as he skates regularly against elite...Read more

Corey Crawford was 'devastated' the Blackhawks severed ties: 'It was a tough phone call,' the new Devils goalie says

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It didn't take Corey Crawford long to find a new home.

A day after the Chicago Blackhawks severed ties with the two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender, Crawford on Friday agreed to a two-year, $7.8 million deal with the New Jersey Devils.

Crawford spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Hawks and was a key part of their championship...Read more

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Blackhawks trade winger Brandon Saad — again — and receive Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov in return

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CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks parted with another piece of their Stanley Cup past Saturday.

Two days after failing to reach a deal with longtime goaltender Corey Crawford, the Hawks traded winger Brandon Saad, who helped the Hawks win titles in 2013 and 2015, to the Colorado Avalanche along with defenseman Dennis Gilbert.

In exchange, the ...Read more

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Phil Thompson: Corey Crawford decision suggests Blackhawks might have already shut the door on next season's playoffs

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CHICAGO - If it had to be his last win in a Chicago Blackhawks uniform, his last chance to celebrate, Corey Crawford couldn't have picked a better final bow than his 48-save jewel in a Game 4 victory against the Vegas Golden Knights in August.

That night, the two-time Stanley Cup champion posted a 48-save night in the final postseason game with...Read more

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Ducks sign Kevin Shattenkirk to three-year deal; Kings make no moves

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LOS ANGELES - For the last two years, the Kings and Ducks have reluctantly followed similar slides.

Poor 2018-19 seasons sent them into rebuilds sooner than expected. Once perennial playoff appearances were replaced by lottery drawings and high draft picks. Their rosters turned over. Their coaching staffs changed. And after years of battling ...Read more

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Cam Talbot will step in as new Wild goaltender

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The Wild are used to being on a player's revival tour, but typically the team is part of the opening act instead of the grand finale.

Not this time.

After losing his job as a starting goaltender in the NHL and then bouncing back last season to become Calgary's playoff MVP, Cam Talbot earned a three-year, $11 million contract from the Wild on ...Read more

As NHL free agency nears, San Jose Sharks have decisions to make

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So how much more change will there be to the Sharks roster?

There should be some, but after completing some of the heavy lifting earlier this week with a pair of trades, maybe not as much as one might think.

As the NHL prepares for the first day of free agency, questions loom about what will happen between the Sharks and their own pending ...Read more

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Corey Crawford's time with Blackhawks over after GM Stan Bowman says team will not re-sign goalie

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CHICAGO - Corey Crawford's time with the Chicago Blackhawks has come to an end.

During a conference call with reporters on Thursday, general manager Stan Bowman said the team will not re-sign the goaltender that helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 2013 and 2015.

"I had a conversation with Corey earlier today and it was an emotional talk," ...Read more

Joe Starkey: Matt Murray should be remembered first as a Stanley Cup hero

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Matt Murray had two impossibly tough acts to live up to: his own and Marc-Andre Fleury's.

While still technically a rookie, Murray won his second straight Stanley Cup. He had just turned 23.

How do you top that?

He soon learned that despite all the winning, he was never going to replace Fleury in the hearts of many. Maybe in the hearts of ...Read more

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Jim Souhan: Wild GM Bill Guerin cleans house without much payback

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Bill Guerin has to be ready to make a big move.

Doesn't he?

Tuesday night, the Wild drafted polished center Marco Rossi. In a few months, we may find out whether Rossi is ready for the NHL, and in a few years, we may know whether the Wild chose wisely.

Will Wild fans have to wait that long for Guerin, the team's GM, to unveil the endgame of ...Read more

Penguins trade goalie Matt Murray to Senators

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PITTSBURGH - That unforgettable night in Nashville, Tenn., when the Penguins became the only team in the salary cap era to win the Stanley Cup in consecutive years, Marc-Andre Fleury glanced into a crowd of giddy faces, looking for the kid who took his job.

When the veteran goalie made that gracious gesture at Bridgestone Arena, moving the 23-...Read more