Aaron Ekblad eager to help lead maturing Panthers to next level

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PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. -- Through the course of reading a book with a Zamboni as the central character to an auditorium full of kids Tuesday, Aaron Ekblad revealed that he has never ridden on an ice-surfacing machine.

"I guess I've got to get one of the guys at the rink to take me out," the Florida Panthers' star defenseman said during his ...Read more

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman takes center ice but focus is on Corey Crawford

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Even with the departure of a Blackhawks legend, newfound flexibility with the salary cap and the presence of dynamic prospects on the ice below, questions for Hawks general manager Stan Bowman once again centered around Corey Crawford's health.

There's no bigger issue facing the Hawks, who faltered last season when Crawford went down with what ...Read more

Ducks, Adam Henrique agree to a five-year extension worth $29 million

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With a few key players set to hit unrestricted free agency next summer, Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray got the ball rolling Monday by ensuring his biggest pickup from last season won't be playing on an expiring contract.

The team announced they've locked up center Adam Henrique for five more years. Henrique's extension is worth $29.12...Read more

Ray Emery, former Flyers goalie, drowns in Ontario

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Former Flyers goalie Ray Emery died at age 35 while swimming in Ontario on Sunday morning.

The Flyers confirmed his death late Sunday afternoon.

The Hamilton Spectator reported a man drowned after visiting a friend's boat at the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. It did not name the victim, but Toronto photojournalist Andrew Collins reported it was ...Read more

Kings hope to see bursts of old Kovalchuk

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LOS ANGELES--In the five years since Ilya Kovalchuk abandoned his contract with the New Jersey Devils to play for SKA St. Petersburg in his native Russia, the NHL has trended toward a style driven by youth and speed. Kovalchuk, 35, will not bring youth or speed to the Los Angeles Kings, who signed him to a three-year, $18.75-million contract as ...Read more

Blackhawks trade Hossa, Hinostroza and Oesterle to Coyotes; reacquire Kruger as part of deal

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The Blackhawks are free of Marian Hossa's salary-cap hit, but it comes with a cost.

The Hawks on Thursday announced they have acquired forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle, Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a 2019 fifth-round draft pick from the Coyotes in exchange for Hossa, forward Vinnie Hinostroza, defenseman Jordan ...Read more

Red Wings sign Anthony Mantha to two-year contract

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A bridge deal made sense for the Detroit Red Wings and Anthony Mantha.

Mantha was signed Wednesday to a two-year contract with a $3.3 million salary-cap hit per year. Mantha led the Wings last season with 24 goals. A first-round pick from 2013, Mantha is considered one of the key pieces of the rebuild. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he is one of ...Read more

Hurricanes sign van Riemsdyk to two-year contract

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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a two-year, $4.6 million contract, the team announced Thursday.

The deal will pay van Riemsdyk $2.1 million in the 2018-19 season and $2.5 million in the 2019-20 season.

"Trevor was a steady presence on our blue line last season," Canes general manager Don Waddell said in a ...Read more

New Wild player J.T. Brown knows who he is and who he isn't

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MINNEAPOLIS -- J.T. Brown used to make the most impact on the ice by stuffing the net with goals. That's what he did before he broke into the NHL.

But now Brown is known more for what he does without the puck, since he's a sparkplug winger who hounds defenses through tenacious checking. This role has kept him in the league.

It also allowed the...Read more

Stanley Cup visits the temporary Capital Gazette office

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Craig "Woody" Leydig conducted an interview with The Capital around 2 p.m. last Thursday afternoon.

Leydig, the assistant equipment manager for the Washington Capitals, did the phone interview from the team's headquarters -- Kettler Iceplex, located in Arlington, Va.

Shortly after hanging up the phone, Leydig walked into the laundry room and ...Read more

Former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is granted dismissal of domestic abuse conviction

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LOS ANGELES -- Former Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was granted dismissal of his misdemeanor domestic abuse conviction Monday in a move that could clear a path for his return to the NHL.

The motion was granted the day Voynov's three years of probation ended following his no contest plea to a misdemeanor charge of corporal injury to ...Read more

Joe Thornton re-signs with Sharks for another year

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Under less suspenseful circumstances, Joe Thornton followed the precedent that he set last summer, opting to rejoin the Sharks for another year.

Thornton signed a one-year contract reportedly worth $5 million with the Sharks on Monday, ensuring that he'll return to San Jose for a 14th season in teal.

The 38-year-old's ...Read more

Start of NHL free agency allows John Tavares to live childhood dream with Maple Leafs

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Soon after free-agent center John Tavares announced he had left the New York Islanders for a seven-year, $77 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs, he tweeted a photo of himself as a boy, sleeping on Maple Leaf sheets and pillows and wrapped in a blanket dotted with the iconic blue-and-white logo. "Not everyday you can live a childhood ...Read more

Drew Doughty finds right negotiator for new eight-year, $88 million deal with the Kings — himself

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LOS ANGELES -- So often on the ice, Drew Doughty takes matters into his own hands. So it would make sense for him to do so off the ice.

When it came to negotiating a contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings, Doughty eschewed his representation and took the unusual route of dealing with general manager Rob Blake himself. That resulted in ...Read more

Blues sign Perron, center Bozak and backup goalie Johnson

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David Perron is set for a third tour of duty with the Blues. Center Tyler Bozak, 32, is ending a nine-year run with the Toronto Maple Leafs to join the Blues.

And there's a new backup goalie in town in Chad Johnson, who played for Buffalo last season and signed a one-year, $1.75 million deal with the Blues.

Little more than a half hour after ...Read more

Cam Ward emotional about leaving Hurricanes, signing with Blackhawks

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It has been an emotional stretch of days for Cam Ward as the thought, the finality of leaving the Carolina Hurricanes crept closer.

For the past 13 seasons, Ward was all about winning games for the Hurricanes, of being a goaltender both determined and capable of giving his team a chance to win. In 341 games, in the regular season and playoffs, ...Read more

Sharks sign Logan Couture to an eight-year extension

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- After losing out in the John Tavares sweepstakes, general manager Doug Wilson locked down his own elite-caliber center for years to come.

Logan Couture signed an eight-year contract extension with the Sharks on Sunday, joining Brent Burns, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Martin Jones on the list of players who've made long-term ...Read more

Wild signs free agents Greg Pateryn, Eric Fehr, Matt Hendricks, J.T. Brown

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The Wild hoped to improve its depth through the NHL's free agent signing period, and that's exactly what they accomplished Sunday, first by signing former Dallas defenseman Greg Pateryn on a three-year contract with an average annual value of $2.25 million.

They also signed forwards Eric Fehr, J.T. Brown and Matt Hendricks, and goalie Andrew ...Read more

Blackhawks sign goalie Cam Ward, forward Chris Kunitz and defenseman Brandon Manning in free agency

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The Blackhawks announced three modest free-agent signings Sunday as they began the process of finding the right roster mix to catapult them back into the playoffs.

Goalie Cam Ward and forward Chris Kunitz signed one-year deals while defenseman Brandon Manning received a two-year contract. Ward's deal is worth $3 million and includes full no-...Read more

James van Riemsdyk, Flyers will reunite as NHL free agency opens

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It's official: Left winger James van Riemsdyk is returning to the Flyers.

On Sunday, he confirmed he had signed with the Flyers on Rogers SportsNet.

The 29-year-old van Riemsdyk scored a career-high 36 goals for Toronto last season and he became an unrestricted free agent at noon Sunday. He signed a five-year deal with an annual cap hit of $7 ...Read more