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

Doughty agrees to eight-year contract extension with Kings

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LOS ANGELES--It's eight more seasons for No. 8 and a huge weight lifted off the Los Angeles Kings' shoulders.

The Kings took care of the most pressing question of their offseason Friday when they announced they have agreed to terms with Drew Doughty on an eight-year contract extension.

The contract, worth about $11 million annually, will lock ...Read more

Blackhawks trade goalie Jean-Francois Berube for Blue Jackets winger Jordan Schroeder

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks traded backup goalie Jean-Francois Berube to the Blue Jackets for journeyman winger Jordan Schroeder, the team announced Wednesday.

The Hawks reportedly are interested in signing veteran goalie Cam Ward when free agency begins on Sunday.

Schroeder, 27, was Vancouver's first-round pick in 2009 and has appeared in 165 ...Read more

Blackhawks acquire Michael Chaput from Canucks for Tanner Kero

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The Blackhawks announced Sunday the acquisition of forward Michael Chaput from the Canucks for forward Tanner Kero.

Chaput, a 26-year-old who was originally drafted in 2010 by the Flyers, saw time with the Canucks last season while playing 55 games for the Utica Comets in the AHL. He finished second on the Comets with 42 points and scored two ...Read more

Hurricanes trade Lindholm, Hanifin to Flames in return for Hamilton, others

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DALLAS -- The Carolina Hurricanes made their big splash at the NHL draft and sent a message to their dressing room at the same time, trading former top-10 picks Elias Lindholm and Noah Hanifin to the Calgary Flames for 6-foot-6, two-way defenseman Dougie Hamilton, big winger Micheal Ferland and prospect defenseman Adam Fox on Saturday.

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Kings agree to three-year deal with former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk

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LOS ANGELES -- The Kings have finally landed Ilya Kovalchuk.

The sides agreed to terms on a three-year contract, the Kings announced Saturday, giving the Kings the scoring wing they've long sought. The average annual value of the contract is $6.25 million, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reported.

"We are excited to add Ilya to the L.A. Kings ...Read more

Rocky Wirtz on whether his words were a warning to Blackhawks: 'No, I wasn't sending a message'

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CHICAGO -- Reports of Rocky Wirtz's decree were greatly exaggerated.

The Blackhawks chairman chuckled recalling a conversation earlier this month with Crain's Chicago Business widely interpreted as Wirtz putting general manager Stan Bowman and coach Joel Quenneville on notice. In the Crain's interview, Wirtz implied changes could come around ...Read more

Daniel Carcillo, Nick Boynton suing NHL over concussion-related injuries

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Former Blackhawks Daniel Carcillo and Nick Boynton are suing the NHL for withholding information about concussion-related brain injuries.

The suit, filed Friday by attorneys Thomas A. Demetrio and William T. Gibbs, claims that the players were never warned about the risk of brain damage caused by repeated hits to the head. According to the ...Read more

NHL sets salary cap at $79.5 million for next season

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The salary cap for the 2018-2019 NHL season was set at $79.5 million and the floor was set at $58.8 million, the NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced Thursday.

The ceiling of $79.5 million is an increase of $4.5 million from the 2017-18 season. The extra room should help teams that have been near the previous limit and have hefty ...Read more

Panthers trade for Mike Hoffman, say allegations his fiancee bullied teammate's wife are in past

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The Florida Panthers made a significant move to upgrade their scoring by acquiring embattled forward Mike Hoffman from the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday morning. In addition to Hoffman, the team traded for a seventh-round pick in this weekend's draft and gave up next year's second-round pick, plus this year's fourth- and fifth-round selections.

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Deep NHL draft has Blackhawks excited to be near top but hopeful high pick is last for a long time

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When playing the game of trying to nail down whom the Blackhawks will take with the eighth overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft, it serves you well to consider the characteristics they value in their players.

And for that we turn to Mark Kelley, the Hawks' vice president of amateur scouting.

"The hockey IQ, the skating, the skill set," said ...Read more