Hockey

FILE - In this May 20, 2017, file photo, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler plays against the Nashville Predators during the first period of Game 5 in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference finals in Anaheim, Calif. The Ducks have signed Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
July 01, 2017 - 7:15 pm
Aside from defensemen Kevin Shattenkirk and Karl Alzner attracting $20 million-plus contracts, NHL free agency isn't what it used to be. Not in a stagnant salary-cap era. Though plenty of players switched teams once the signing period opened Saturday, missing were the high-priced, long-term...
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FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins' Nick Bonino plays against the Columbus Blue Jackets during an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. The Western Conference-champion Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract on Saturday, July 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)
July 01, 2017 - 6:12 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators took care of an area of concern Saturday, signing center Nick Bonino away from the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins with a $16.4 million, four-year contract. Bonino was a key player for the Penguins during the past two postseasons,...
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FILE - In this March 23, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Washington. The New York Rangers have signed the top free agent on the market, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, on Saturday, july 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 01, 2017 - 6:06 pm
Kevin Shattenkirk grew up a New York Rangers fan in suburban New Rochelle, so he knows all about the pressure of playing for his hometown team. Still, that's what the offensive-minded defenseman wanted, and the most coveted player available on the opening day of free agency turned down a bigger...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017, file photo, Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) gets ready for a faceoff against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships before getting traded, is returning to Chicago for a second stint. The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year contract on Saturday, July 1 ,2017. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
July 01, 2017 - 3:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp figured he would return to Chicago. He just wasn't sure he would play for the Blackhawks again. Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships before getting traded, will once again suit up for Chicago next season. The 35-year...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 1:57 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:55 p.m. The Anaheim Ducks have signed cornerstone defenseman Cam Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season. Fowler has been a fixture on the Ducks' blue line since he unexpectedly fell to...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 1:47 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:40 p.m. Evgeni Dadonov is back with the Florida Panthers, after being out of the NHL for more than five years. The right wing agreed Saturday on a three-year deal to return to Florida, where he would certainly figure to be a candidate...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic takes the puck down the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers have agreed on a one-year extension with Petrovic. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Petrovic "is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
July 01, 2017 - 1:37 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:30 p.m. Canadian teams are spending money in the first couple of hours of free agency. The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Sam Gagner to a $9.45 million, three-year deal and defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a $6 million, two-year...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 12:12 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times local): Noon Patrick Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships, is returning to Chicago for a second stint. The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year contract on Saturday. Sharp spent 10...
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FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Jason Pominville, left, congratulates teammate Marco Scandella after he scored during the first period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the St. Louis Blues, in St. Louis. Former Sabres captain Jason Pominville is returning to Buffalo after being acquired along with defenseman Marco Scandella in a four-player trade with the Minnesota Wild, Friday, June 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
June 30, 2017 - 12:46 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres began transforming their underperforming defense by acquiring Marco Scandella in a trade with the Minnesota Wild on Friday. Former Sabres captain Jason Pominville's returning to Buffalo, too. In exchange, the Wild acquired forwards Tyler Ennis and Marcus...
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June 30, 2017 - 12:39 pm
NHL teams are taking advantage of their final chance to buy out players this offseason. Among the players placed on unconditional waivers for buyout purposes were New Jersey Devils forwards Michael Cammalleri and Devante Smith-Pelly, Florida Panthers forward Jussi Jokinen, Boston Bruins forward...
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