Center Kevin Hayes officially signs with Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Flyers' badly kept secret is out: They officially have signed center Kevin Hayes to a seven-year, $50 million contract.

General manager Chuck Fletcher confirmed the deal Wednesday. It carries a $7.14 annual cap hit, making Hayes the team's third-highest-paid player, behind Claude Giroux ($8.28 million) and Jake Voracek ($8....Read more

Sharks' Joe Thornton wants to return to play at least another year

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Joe Thornton wants to play at least another year.

"Yeah, and longer," Thornton told reporters with a laugh Tuesday at the NHL Awards' media availability in Las Vegas.

"Probably play another 10 years," he added. "We'll wait and see, but I'm thinking five to 10 right now. I got nothing else going on."

Kidding aside, Thornton, slated to become ...Read more

Flyers trade for Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, giving up draft picks

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The Flyers continued to remake their defense Tuesday.

Four days after they acquired Matt Niskanen from Washington, the Flyers traded two draft picks to San Jose for veteran defenseman Justin Braun.

"He is a high-character, quality defender who will bring a steadying presence to our team," Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said.

The Flyers...Read more

Ducks confident Dallas Eakins will excel in second stint as an NHL head coach

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IRVINE, Calif. -- His cellphone rang as he was driving around downtown San Diego.

Dallas Eakins receives calls regularly from Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray, but this time it wasn't about organizational depth charts or injury updates. More than 70 days after the Ducks season ended, Murray told Eakins he was officially the next coach ...Read more

Sharks re-sign Erik Karlsson to biggest contract in team history

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks on Monday made Erik Karlsson a cornerstone of the franchise for years to come, not to mention the highest-paid defenseman in the NHL.

The Sharks signed Karlsson to an eight-year contract extension worth $92 million, a deal that carries an average annual value of per $11.5 million, according to CapFriendly. Bob ...Read more

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman passes his passion for hockey to his 3 kids … and they love the game too

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The conversation among Sue Wojciechowski's new co-workers was full of typical small talk until one day, shortly after she started at accounting firm Arthur Andersen, it took an odd turn.

One of the people at lunch began to pepper another -- a guy named Stan -- with questions about hockey contracts. Wojciechowski didn't find that strange.

But ...Read more

Ducks expected to hire Dallas Eakins as their next coach

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Dallas Eakins is expected to be announced as the next Anaheim Ducks coach on Monday.

Eakins is set to take over for the fired Randy Carlyle, the Los Angeles Times has learned, after he coached the team's minor league affiliate San Diego Gulls for four seasons. He was always considered to be a strong candidate unless another surpassed him during...Read more

Flyers parting ways with defenseman Andrew MacDonald

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PHILADELPHIA -- In an expected move, Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher announced Saturday that the team was parting ways with veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald.

MacDonald, who will turn 33 on Sept. 7, played parts of six seasons with the Flyers but fell victim to a youth movement on the back end -- and the fact they could use more cap ...Read more

Fans turn out in droves for Blues parade: 'This is the biggest party St. Louis has ever seen'

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ST. LOUIS -- When you've waited 52 years for a Stanley Cup, what's several hours of braving thunderstorms to stake out a coveted patch of downtown sidewalk or Arch grounds grass?

"This is the biggest party St. Louis has ever seen," said Randy Sapienza, 36, who was below the Arch as the parade started. He estimated that the crowd on hand was ...Read more

Blues end 52-year Cup drought with 4-1 win over Bruins

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BOSTON -- They shed their gear as they hopped over the bench boards, sticks and gloves helicoptered in the air as their yells filled the TD Garden silence.

With that, the St. Louis Blues shed more than half a century of can't-win stigma. No longer will their legacy be reduced to black-and-white newsprint history, the players formerly known as ...Read more

Blues win first Stanley Cup with 4-1 win over Bruins in Game 7

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BOSTON -- The 2018-19 Blues, a team once given up for dead, on Wednesday achieved hockey immortality.

The Blues completed the longest road back in hockey history with a 4-1 win over the Bruins at TD Garden, giving the franchise its first Stanley Cup in its 52-year existence. And they did it an unprecedented way, coming back from having the ...Read more

Blues' O'Reilly has ultimate support group

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BOSTON -- Ryan O'Reilly doesn't need much more inspiration to play the biggest game of his life. Everything he's worked for in his career boils down to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final.

But he can draw a little extra from his 99-year-old grandmother.

Throughout the playoffs, Deidre O'Reilly has emailed the St. Louis Blues center encouragement ...Read more

Stanley Cup Final: Bruins defeat Blues to force Game 7

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ST. LOUIS -- A deep, thunderous cheer greeted the St. Louis Blues just before they took the ice for the third period.

It didn't matter that they trailed by a goal. Surely they could erase that and march on to history with their first Stanley Cup.

But 2:31 into the period, Boston Bruins defenseman Brandon Carlo sent a soft shot from roughly 60 ...Read more

Bruins spoil the party, beat Blues to force Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final

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ST. LOUIS -- In a city that seemed ready to explode, the Bruins spoiled St. Louis' party on Sunday night, taking the lead on a first-period goal on a two-man advantage to put the Blues dreams on hold for at least three nights at best, another season at the worst, with a 5-1 win in Game 6 on Sunday night at Enterprise Center.

Game 7 of the ...Read more

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on NHL draft, free agency and pressure to return to the playoffs

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CHICAGO -- The Blackhawks have failed to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons and their closest rivals, the Blues, are on the cusp of winning their first Stanley Cup.

But with the No. 3 pick in the draft and roughly $20 million in salary-cap space, according to, Hawks general manager Stan Bowman is decidedly optimistic about...Read more

Blues know better than to sing a winning Stanley Cup tune yet

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ST. LOUIS -- When Ryan O' Reilly wants to get away from the noise and the buzz, he plays with his son. Brayden Schenn has another method.

"Put away the phone," Schenn said.

The St. Louis Blues are on the brink of franchise history with a chance to win the first Stanley Cup in their 52-year existence Sunday. They have a 3-2 lead in the best-of-...Read more

For Seattle NHL owner Mitch Garber, it's always been sports first

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MONTREAL -- Looking out his expansive office windows atop this city's bustling downtown core, one of the owners of a future Seattle hockey team nearly 2,300 miles away described the naturalness of that journey.

For sports-fan-turned-lawyer-turned-businessman Mitch Garber, 54, owning a piece of an NHL team is something no pure-blooded Montrealer...Read more

Blues forward Barbashev gets one-game suspension for illegal check

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Don't look now, but another Blues player has been suspended.

Valuable fourth-line forward Ivan Barbashev was given a one-game suspension early Friday evening after a hearing with NHL Player Safety earlier in the day.

The league determined that Barbashev delivered an illegal check to the head of Boston's Marcus Johansson in Game 5 of the ...Read more

'Embarrassing … egregious … a black eye': Bruins not happy with non-call

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BOSTON -- This is the big test facing the Boston Bruins now: Can they handle the missed call in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final as well as the Blues handled the missed call in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals.

That was the game where a blatant hand pass by San Jose led to the winning goal in overtime. It was a blown call significant ...Read more

Blues take Game 5 from Bruins and are one win away from first Stanley Cup championship

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BOSTON -- The St. Louis Blues, who ranked last in the NHL on Jan. 2 and appeared destined for a second straight non-playoff finish, are one victory away from capping a remarkable comeback season with a Stanley Cup championship.

Goaltender Jordan Binnington, who became the key to their rise when he seized the starting job in January, stopped 38 ...Read more