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Penguins confirm White House visit, issue statement on freedom of speech

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The Penguins confirmed they have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their second consecutive Stanley Cup win and issued a statement Sunday morning addressing their views on protests and freedom of expression.

"The Pittsburgh Penguins respect the institution of the Office of the President, and the long tradition of ...Read more

Artemi Panarin on trade to Blue Jackets: 'This is business, baby'

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Artemi Panarin has been in the United States for more than two years and his English has improved dramatically since he came here from Russia.

Panarin, a Blackhawks winger for the last two seasons, still isn't comfortable enough to give interviews without an interpreter, but he did answer one question Tuesday night in English on his own.

When ...Read more

Dan Marino kicks off touchdown drive of Hurricane Irma relief to the Florida Keys

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Over the weekend, the Florida Panthers collected hurricane relief supplies for those hit hardest by Hurricane Irma.

On Tuesday morning, they were ready to deliver the goods -- with the help of a football-playing local legend.

Dan Marino, the Hall of Fame quarterback from the Dolphins, joined a group at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., gathered to...Read more

Blackhawks' Patrick Kane back in familiar territory … searching for linemates

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During a news conference last month in Columbus, Ohio, a reporter asked Artemi Panarin if he would be able to maintain his impressive scoring production without Patrick Kane on his line.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen interjected: "It should be noted that Patrick Kane had a couple of his best seasons of his career, too, playing ...Read more

Mikko Koivu signs 2-year, $11 million contract extension with Wild

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Just before the puck dropped on the Wild's preseason opener at Winnipeg, the team announced captain Mikko Koivu has signed a two-year, $11 million contract extension.

Koivu, 34, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season. Instead, he will remain with the Wild through 2019-20. The deal will pay Koivu $6 million in 2018-19 and ...Read more

Guentzel's challenge: Performing at the same level for an entire NHL season

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Eventually, this is going to look hard for Jake Guentzel.

Right?

It certainly didn't for most of last season, as he tore up the NHL with 16 goals in 40 regular-season games and a league-high 13 in the playoffs.

But this year, Guentzel will add the challenge of trying to keep up that pace -- or at least close to it -- over the course of a ...Read more

Penguins' Sidney Crosby on Olympics: 'I'd love to be there'

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Barring some sort of unforeseen development, one that borders on a miracle, NHL players won't participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

Penguins captain Sidney Crosby wishes that wasn't the case.

"I'd love to be there," Crosby told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Sunday at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex for Day 3 of Penguins training camp....Read more

Penguins camp without Marc-Andre Fleury is a little 'weird'

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CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- For as much as the Pittsburgh Penguins' first day of training camp Friday felt like a reunion of the group that won the Stanley Cup just three months ago, there were some notable differences.

Perhaps none more so than the fact that the locker immediately to the left of the entrance to the locker room in Cranberry no ...Read more

The Penguins are rested, kind of, and ready for another Cup run

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Technically, Sidney Crosby got a slightly longer summer this year.

With no World Cup of Hockey, the Penguins' captain had 96 days off after lifting the Stanley Cup, up from 84 a year ago.

Could he feel the difference?

"Nope," Crosby said with a laugh this week. "Not really. It was a quick one. Any guy will tell you they'll take short ...Read more

Flyers' training camp primer: Gifted prospects should enliven things

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PHILADELPHIA -- With several rookies knocking on the door for jobs, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall says the increased competition is what has him the most excited about training camp, which opens Friday morning at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J.

"I hope players are on edge," he said about those fighting for roster spots, "...Read more

Five storylines as Blackhawks begin training camp Friday

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CHICAGO -- It has been nearly five months since the Nashville Predators swept the Blackhawks out of the playoffs.

It has been nearly three months since winger Marian Hossa said he would miss at least this season because of a skin condition. Also three months since the Hawks traded winger Artemi Panarin and defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson in deals...Read more

For Blackhawks top draft pick Henri Jokiharju, leaving Finland paid off

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CHICAGO -- If you're walking downtown and you accidentally run into a 6-foot-1 Finnish 18-year-old with blond hair, staring up toward the sky, try not to hold it against him.

He's just getting a good look at the buildings.

Henri Jokiharju, a defenseman from Finland who was the Hawks' first-round draft pick in June, spent part of his summer ...Read more

Kris Letang cleared for contact at Penguins training camp

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Over the course of a four-minute interview session, Kris Letang was asked three different times whether he plans to adapt his workload or style of play when he returns to the ice this season.

Short answer: Nope.

Letang, who missed the Penguins' entire Stanley Cup run last season following surgery to correct a herniated disc in his neck, said ...Read more

Panthers, Bruins, Rays, and Red Sox team up for Irma relief at Fenway

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The Florida Panthers went to Fenway Park on Sunday.

While it was a beautiful, picturesque day for a ballgame, the hockey players had South Florida on their minds.

A number of players were part of a group effort in collecting funds for hurricane relief at Sunday's Sox game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

As Hurricane Irma lashed at South Florida, ...Read more

Blackhawks great Pierre Pilote dies at 85

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Pierre Pilote, a former Blackhawks captain and defenseman who helped the franchise hoist the Stanley Cup in 1961, died Saturday night. He was 85.

"The Chicago Blackhawks offer our sincere condolences to the family of Pierre Pilote as we mourn his passing," the Blackhawks said Sunday in a statement. "Pierre was one of the most decorated ...Read more

Sounders learning firsthand that MLS Cup repeat will be a challenge

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SEATTLE -- Sounders defender Chad Marshall remembers the first time he tried to repeat as a champion.

Marshall was a back-line anchor for the Columbus Crew squad that captured the 2008 MLS Cup. A year later, the Crew won a Supporters Shield as the league's best regular-season team and entered the playoffs seeking another title.

But it wasn't ...Read more

Florida hockey team evacuating players, staff out of Hurricane Irma's path

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A number of Florida Panthers players have been in South Florida preparing for their upcoming season.

On Friday, a good many of them will jet out of the path of a Category 5 hurricane.

The Panthers chartered a plane to shuttle players, staff members and their families to Boston.

The team is paying for the flight and could open training camp in...Read more

Flyers winger Matt Read, with future at a crossroads, trying to regain his old form

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Matt Read is navigating a career crossroads.

The veteran Flyers winger is coming off a dismal season and is in the final year of his contract. In addition, several younger, promising wingers -- such as Travis Konecny, Jordan Weal and Oskar Lindblom -- will make it difficult for him to land a top-nine spot.

Or perhaps even a spot in the top 12....Read more

Mike Yeo 'much more confident' as he begins first full season at Blues helm

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As Blues coach Mike Yeo made an eight-hour drive to St. Louis last weekend, he recalled his feelings of coming to town a year ago as the team's "coach in waiting."

"I remember walking into the locker room the first day last year and you don't know who the players are," Yeo said. "It's a different story when they don't have their uniforms on, so...Read more

Jay McClement: 'I feel like I still have a lot left in the tank'

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The numbers caution that veteran center Jay McClement, signed to a professional tryout contract by the Penguins on Friday night, may be on the downside of his career.

McClement, 34, doesn't feel that way.

It's not even close, actually.

"I feel like I still have a lot left in the tank," McClement told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a phone ...Read more

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