Goaltending should be strength for Red Wings, but questions remain

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Goaltending should be an area of strength for the Detroit Red Wings in the coming season.

The Wings have Jimmy Howard coming off a career year, what should be a motivated Petr Mrazek, and Jared Coreau coming off winning the Calder Cup with Grand Rapids.

More and more, NHL teams need three goaltenders to get through a season: In 2016-17, only ...Read more

Tomas Tatar relieved with new Red Wings deal

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Most of all, Tomas Tatar is relieved.

Relieved he has four more years of job security, relief he is staying with the only NHL team he has known, relief he doesn't have to move.

Relief, too, for a stranger in the Czech Republic.

A day before an arbitrator would have announced a decision on a one-year contract, the Detroit Red Wings and Tomas ...Read more

Blues sign Colton Parayko to five-year, $27.5 million deal

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Colton Parayko agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contract with the Blues on Thursday that puts him in a group with defensemen like Chris Pronger, Al MacInnis and Alex Pietrangelo as long-running stars on the blue line.

"I'm just happy at the end of the day I'll be in St. Louis the next five years," Parayko said from Toronto as he waited to ...Read more

Brian Campbell on retiring: 'I didn't know if I was ready to do it anymore'

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For 17 NHL seasons, Brian Campbell kept it together on the ice, but on Tuesday an emotional Campbell almost didn't make it through the news conference in which he explained why he was retiring.

Physically, Campbell could still play in the NHL at 38, but Campbell didn't want to re-locate his family from Chicago and he said the Blackhawks told ...Read more

Blackhawks' Brian Campbell retires after 17 seasons in NHL

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After the Blackhawks season concluded, 38-year-old defenseman Brian Campbell said he would either continue playing in Chicago or call it a career.

Campbell made his choice Monday, and after 17 seasons in the NHL, Campbell opted for retirement.

Campbell will remain with the Hawks and take a position in their business operations department, the ...Read more

Kings' Turgeon must try to develop a more productive offense

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The Kings' stagnant offense could use a Pierre Turgeon-type of player, a big forward blessed with finesse, playmaking skill and a knack around the net.

Although Turgeon is a decade into retirement as a player, he might still be able to help them: he was hired this week to be their first-ever offensive coordinator, in essence hoping he can coax ...Read more

Karmanos evaluating offer for Hurricanes; team would stay in Raleigh

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Peter Karmanos Jr., majority owner of the Carolina Hurricanes, is considering an offer to sell the team that would keep the NHL franchise in Raleigh.

A statement issued by the team Thursday said: "Since an offer has been made to purchase the team, Mr. Karmanos intends to evaluate that offer and also will continue to evaluate his other options, ...Read more

Armed with new contract, Derrick Pouliot seeks breakthrough

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This is probably a prove-it-or-else type of season for Derrick Pouliot, but the Penguins defenseman isn't thinking about things that way.

"It's hard to think that this is it, but obviously it is an important season," Pouliot said by phone Thursday, nearly 24 hours after signing a one-year, one-way contract worth $800,000 at the NHL level.

"I'...Read more

Prospect Tyler Inamoto and his Samurai ways could help Panthers get tougher

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One of general manager and president of hockey operations Dale Tallon's primary objectives since taking over the Florida Panthers in the summer of 2010 was for them to establish a reputation as a team that was hard to play against.

No more days at the beach. No more father-son golf and fishing trips by visiting teams. No more easy two points. ...Read more

Hurricanes sign Slavin to 7-year contract extension

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The Carolina Hurricanes announced Wednesday they have signed defenseman Jaccob Slavin to a seven-year contract extension.

The contract will begin during the 2018-19 season and carries an average annual value (AAV) of $5.3 million.

"Jaccob is one of the cornerstones of our team moving forward, and it was important to secure him with our ...Read more

Sweeden's Marcus Pettersson out to show Ducks how much he has grown

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A year can make a difference.

That is apparent when it comes to Marcus Pettersson. The scruffy facial hair covering his cheeks and chin has rendered his once teenage-boyish appearance obsolete.

"Growing up," Pettersson said, smiling.

The same could be said about his game. Amid all the hoopla that's been the Ducks' defensive...Read more

Panthers re-sign defenseman Mark Pysyk to 3-year deal

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SUNRISE, Fla. -- After the surprising losses of top-6 forwards Jonathan Marchessault and Reilly Smith to the Vegas Golden Knights a few weeks ago, Panthers general manager Dale Tallon explained that, "defense wins championships."

That's why Tallon decided to protect 25-year-old, restricted free-agent defensemen Alex Petrovic and Mark Pysyk ...Read more

Marcus Kruger: Ending up on Hurricanes a 'good' move

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For much of the last month, former Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger was the object of trade speculation, but as he was staying in his native Sweden he was trying not to pay attention to the chatter.

"I didn't expect anything and tried to not think about it too much," Kruger said. "But I knew the possibility something could happen was there. It's...Read more

Ron Hextall says Flyers needed change in goal

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Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Steve Mason's salary demands were not why he severed ties with the goaltender. Mason signed a two-year deal with Winnipeg with an annual salary-cap hit of $4.1 million, which is $1.35 million per season more than Brian Elliott received from Philadelphia.

In the end, Hextall said change was needed for all ...Read more

Marleau leaves Sharks, signs multiyear contract with Maple Leafs

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Patrick Marleau is taking his talents to the city of Toronto.

After weighing competitive offers from the Sharks, the Anaheim Ducks and the Dallas Stars for more than 24 hours, Marleau made his decision Sunday afternoon, signing a three-year contract worth $18.75 million with the Toronto Maple Leafs, ending his 19-year run in...Read more

Blackhawks trade Marcus Kruger to Vegas Golden Knights

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The Blackhawks needed to get under the NHL's salary cap and to do that, the Hawks traded center Marcus Kruger to the Vegas Golden Knights, the team announced Sunday.

In return the Hawks will receive "future considerations," which is one way of saying salary-cap space, from the Knights. The return isn't as consequential to the Hawks. They got ...Read more

Chris Kunitz on leaving Pittsburgh: 'There will be so much to miss'

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For the first time in more than eight years, Chris Kunitz woke up Sunday morning and was no longer a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

"I guess it's kind of still surreal that we're leaving and going somewhere else," Kunitz told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in a phone conversation Sunday.

Kunitz is now a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning after...Read more

New Kings coach and GM should have no problems working together

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LOS ANGELES -- To understand the depth and breadth of the relationship between new Los Angeles Kings coach John Stevens and first-year general manager Rob Blake you have to go all the way back to Turkey Point, Canada, the town in southwestern Ontario where Stevens grew up.

But if you go back, go during the summer.

"In the wintertime it would ...Read more

Ducks lock up Cam Fowler for eight years, sign goalie Ryan Miller

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Cam Fowler waved goodbye to those annual trade rumors with an All-Star season for the Ducks and the defenseman said hello to a contract that will cement him as a foundation piece with the franchise.

The Ducks never hid the fact they saw Fowler as a fixture for the present and the future and they backed that up Saturday by signing him to an ...Read more

Patrick Sharp puts heart over bank account in re-signing with Blackhawks

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Patrick Sharp had multiple teams interested in acquiring him. He could have commanded a significant salary even as a 35-year-old coming off hip surgery.

But as Sharp went through the free-agent negotiating process, fielding phone calls and discussing plans with his family, he kept circling back to one team, the Blackhawks.

"It was a ...Read more

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