Brendan Perlini is a free spirit still searching for NHL success. Will he find it this season with the Blackhawks?

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CHICAGO -- The passage of time has been the Blackhawks' friend over the past year.

Their prospects are starting to blossom, the front office has added considerable depth and talent, and the coaching staff has won over skeptical veterans.

For Brendan Perlini, time has seemingly come to a halt. It has been nearly a year since he joined the Hawks...Read more

'I feel ready.' Is this the season Martin Necas sticks with the Hurricanes?

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Is this the year for Martin Necas?

Is this the year the Carolina Hurricanes forward, a former first-round draft pick, finally combines his offensive cleverness and creativity, his slick hands and his innate speed with some dogged 200-foot intensity and determination all over the ice to make himself a full-time NHL player?

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On shorter leash, Sharks' Aaron Dell out to prove himself once again

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The situation that Sharks goalie Aaron Dell finds himself in this season -- of having to show that he belongs in the NHL -- is nothing new.

"Through my whole career, I've had to prove myself every year," Dell said Monday. "I'm kind of used to that."

Perhaps those experiences can be of some benefit now, as Dell, 30, tries to...Read more

Flyers' Travis Konecny signs six-year, $33-million contract

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PHILADELPHIA -- Right winger Travis Konecny got what he wanted Monday.

The restricted free agent was seeking a long-term deal, and he signed a six-year pact with the Flyers that totals $33 million, an annual $5.5 million cap hit.

General manager Chuck Fletcher, who originally was seeking a shorter term, praised Konecny for his "progression in ...Read more

Labor peace for now: NHL players' union won't renegotiate contract with league

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The National Hockey League Players' Assn. said Monday it won't reopen its collective bargaining agreement with the NHL, paving the way for uninterrupted play and labor peace for the next few years. The league had previously declined to exercise its option to reopen the current agreement, which will remain in effect through the 2021-22 season.

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Bruising Chris Stewart, once filled with promise, trying to resurrect career with Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- Chris Stewart, a physical right winger who had two 28-goal seasons early in a career that was bursting with promise, knows this could be his last chance to earn a spot on an NHL roster.

He won't go away quietly.

Stewart, 31, is battling for a bottom-six job at the Flyers' training camp, and he has this working for him: His 6-...Read more

Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita had the degenerative brain disease CTE, study finds

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CHICAGO -- Stan Mikita, the Blackhawks legend and Hockey Hall of Famer who died last year at 78, had the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, according to a postmortem study.

Dr. Ann McKee, director of the Boston University CTE Center, revealed the findings of the study Friday during a Concussion Legacy ...Read more

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks open training camp with new players and newfound confidence: 'Just have to put it all together'

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CHICAGO -- The ignition has been switched on and the Blackhawks are finally in motion again after a second straight offseason that lasted more than five months.

Many of the old faces were on hand at Fifth Third Arena when training camp kicked off Friday, including Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, Corey Crawford and 19 others who ...Read more

Cup or bust (again)? Names change, but Sharks expectations remain high

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- It was on.

Immediately following their blockbuster acquisition of Erik Karlsson a year ago, the Sharks openly talked about their expectations -- now sky-high -- for the upcoming season. With a two-time Norris Trophy winner still in his prime now in the fold, adding to an already deep and experienced roster, it was Stanley ...Read more

Why Detroit Red Wings are going with four alternate captains again

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The Detroit Red Wings will remain captain-less while their former captain adjusts to his new role.

In Steve Yzerman's first season as general manager of the Wings, the team will delay naming a successor to Henrik Zetterberg.

Instead, the Wings will start a second straight season with four alternates. Luke Glendening ...Read more

Anderson-Dolan is determined to stick around with the Kings this season

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LOS ANGELES--The conversation was short. The news was not good.

Five games into his first NHL foray last fall, Los Angeles Kings forward Jaret Anderson-Dolan sat down with general manager Rob Blake. Weeks earlier, the 19-year-old, who was selected in the second round of the 2017 draft, had surprisingly made the team out of training camp.

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After offer-sheet drama, Hurricanes star Sebastian Aho ready to work

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Sebastian Aho scrimmaged Tuesday with his Carolina Hurricanes teammates at Raleigh Center Ice, did some extra skating and then spent time taking shots before finishing up the informal workout.

Had things gone differently on July 1, had the Montreal Canadiens not made an offer sheet for Aho, had Aho not signed it, the Canes ...Read more

He may have to wait, but the Blackhawks believe prospect Dennis Gilbert has a future as an NHL defenseman

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TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- The reason Dennis Gilbert was called up to the Blackhawks last April for one game could hardly matter less to him.

Whether it was a thank you for a terrific season at Rockford or because the Hawks just needed a defenseman that day, the fact is he made his NHL debut playing on the same ice as Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook,...Read more

Former Dodgers GM Ned Colletti hired by Sharks as a scout

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Former Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti is heading back to the Bay Area, but his new job won't involve baseball or a reunion with the San Francisco Giants.

In a somewhat surprising development Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that Colletti will join the organization as a scout. His primary tasks will be scouting players at the American...Read more

Joe Thornton officially returns to Sharks

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Joe Thornton will be back with the Sharks for what will be his 22nd NHL season.

Thornton and the Sharks have come to terms on one-year deal worth $2 million, a source confirmed, as general manager Doug Wilson completed his last big piece of business before the start of training camp next week.

It's the third consecutive ...Read more

Niklas Kronwall's emotions hit hard at retirement: 'There are other things in life'

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DETROIT -- Niklas Kronwall isn't sure he's ready to appear in an alumni game as soon as this month, but going to training camp in any capacity eases the emotional decision to retire.

Kronwall fought back tears a handful of times as he spoke Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena, dressed in street clothes rather than athletic gear.

It was the day ...Read more

With Justin Williams gone, who wears the 'C' for the Canes?

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The subject was being the captain of the Carolina Hurricanes, of wearing the "C" and being the acknowledged team leader.

Jordan Staal shared the "C" with Justin Faulk two seasons ago as co-captains. Last season, it was Justin Williams, alone.

For the third straight year, there will be a change. Williams on Monday announced he ...Read more

Barbashev's deal means Cup champion Blues return almost everyone

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ST. LOUIS -- With training camp just around the corner, the gang's all here for the Blues -- or at least the gang's all under contract. That became so Sunday night when the team announced that forward Ivan Barbashev had agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $1.475 million per year.

With Barbashev in the fold, that means 22 of the 23 ...Read more

Blood, sweat, tears and cash: NHL's Seattle arrival should raise interest in youth hockey — for those who can afford it

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SEATTLE -- Shelley Wylie learned a hard lesson about the cost of putting a child through hockey when her husband and young player son, Wyatte, both had their equipment stolen.

"When we sat down to figure out how much it would be to replace it, it was nearly $5,000," Lake Stevens resident Wylie said. "That was for two bags of equipment and about...Read more

Good news for NHL Seattle as league won't reopen CBA early; all eyes on whether players follow suit

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SEATTLE -- Seattle's incoming NHL franchise got some welcome news Friday when the league announced it will not be exercising its option to reopen its collective bargaining agreement (CBA) with players two years early.

That lessens the chance of a work stoppage 13 months from now that could impact the yearlong run-up to Seattle's franchise debut...Read more