Tavares, Karlsson prove NHL players in their prime can move

Hockey 09/26/18, 04:09

It's rare for a franchise player in his prime to leave an NHL team via free agency or trade.This offseason, it happened twice.Toronto signed John Tavares away from the New York Islanders to make the biggest splash in free agency.The 28-year-old center with a $77 million, seven-year contract sounds motivated ...

Evgenii Dadonov rallies Panthers past Lightning 3-2

Florida 09/25/18, 22:46

Evgenii Dadonov had a goal and an assist in the third period and the Florida Panthers rallied to beat the host Lightning 3-2 in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.Trailing 2-0 at the start of the third, Dadonov scored 2:16 in. Aaron Ekblad added a short-handed goal at 7:03 to tie ...

Golden Knights out to prove last season was no fluke

Hockey 09/25/18, 18:59

The Vegas Golden Knights stunned the league with a run to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural season and almost seemed to be leading a charmed existence.But the storybook season ended with the Washington Capitals hoisting the Cup on Vegas' home ice and the bitter taste remains, which is ...

NHL Canadian Teams Capsules

Hockey 09/25/18, 17:30

MONTREAL CANADIENSLAST SEASON: 29-40-31, 71 points. Finished sixth in Atlantic Division and missed playoffs.COACH: Claude Julien (third season, 17th NHL season)ADDED: F Max Domi, F Tomas Tatar, C Tomas Plekanec, F Joel ArmiaLOST: LW Max Pacioretty, F Alex GalchenyukPLAYER TO WATCH: Carey Price. The all-world goaltender could be the difference ...

Red Wings need Larkin to step up in new era

Hockey 09/25/18, 17:20

Dylan Larkin has suddenly become a veteran at the age of 22 for the Detroit Red Wings."It could be the first time I'm not the youngest guy on the team," Larkin said. "That's why I'm growing out this beard."The rebuilding Red Wings are desperately hoping the talented, two-way center can ...

Defending Stanley Cup champion Capitals eyeing a repeat

Hockey 09/25/18, 15:54

Tom Wilson caught himself. He knew what was about to come out of his mouth went against years of hatred between his Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins."I don't know why I'm saying this, but you respect a team like Pittsburgh," the top-line right winger said. "It's so hard to ...

Rebuilding Rangers eye modest goals, not deep playoff run

Football 09/25/18, 14:22

Fully into rebuilding, the New York Rangers aren't thinking about a deep playoff run. They simply want to get better.The Rangers are coming off a year in which they dealt several stars at the trade deadline, finished last in the Metropolitan Division and missed the postseason for the first time ...

Islanders open post-Tavares era looking for improvement

Football 09/25/18, 12:20

As they begin their first season without John Tavares, the New York Islanders are certain to be a different team. They believe they can be better, too.There's new leadership with Lou Lamoriello running the front office and Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz behind the bench. And even without their former ...

Star-laden Penguins hope longer summer equals faster start

Hockey 09/25/18, 11:55

Sidney Crosby can admit it now: The Pittsburgh Penguins were tired last season, a natural byproduct of becoming the first franchise in two decades to win consecutive Stanley Cups.And though the Penguins came as close as any team in the last 35 years to capture three straight titles — they ...

Panthers looking to make _ and gain _ a point this season

Florida 09/25/18, 11:50

The Florida Panthers have a point to make this season.A point to make up, too.Ordinarily, 96 points in the standings gets a team into the Stanley Cup playoffs. Since the league went to its current points format — where a tie after regulation guarantees both teams one point — 99 ...

All eyes are on Sabres rookie Rasmus Dahlin in Buffalo

Hockey 09/25/18, 11:45

BUFFALO SABRESLAST SEASON: 25-45-12, 62 points. Finished last in NHL standings for third time in five years.COACH: Phil Housley (second season, second NHL season).ADDED: LW Jeff Skinner, LW Conor Sheary, C Tage Thompson, C Patrik Berglund, C Vladimir Sobotka, rookie D Rasmus Dahlin, D Matt Hunwick, D Lawrence Pilut, G ...

Theodore ends holdout, agrees to 7-year deal with Vegas

Sports 09/25/18, 02:23

Defenseman Shea Theodore ended his holdout Monday night, agreeing to a seven-year contract with the Vegas Golden Knights.Theodore's deal runs through the 2024-25 season and has an average annual value of $5.2 million."We're happy to have everybody done now, sometimes it takes a little bit longer than anticipated," Vegas general ...

Flyers introduce odd-looking mascot, soak in the comments

Hockey 09/24/18, 23:21

The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty with a wild, orange beard.The character's debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including "Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans" and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. Twitter users created memes with ...

Vinni Lettieri’s OT goal sends Rangers past Devils

Hockey 09/24/18, 22:30

Vinni Lettieri scored at 3:53 of overtime to give the New York Rangers a 4-3 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Monday night.Steven Fogarty, Timothy Gettinger and Chris Kreider also scored for New York, which built a 3-1 lead 31 seconds into the third period. Nico Hischier and Taylor ...

source: Brian Gionta set to retire after 16 NHL seasons

Hockey 09/24/18, 11:54

Forward Brian Gionta is retiring at age 39 after 16 NHL seasons, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Gionta hasn't disclosed what he plans to announce during a news conference Monday at the Buffalo Sabres' arena.Gionta is ...

Nothing to ‘C’ here: Importance of NHL captains is changing

Hockey 09/24/18, 06:01

Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno."There was just no doubt," Johansen said. "It's just one of those things you don't want to force. You don't want to rush. You don't want ...

Erik Karlsson looks to fit in on 1st day with Sharks

Hockey 09/24/18, 06:01

Erik Karlsson was handed a teal San Jose Sharks sweater and immediately proclaimed: "It fits."Karlsson's first day with the Sharks went off without a hitch Wednesday. He paired up with Marc-Edouard Vlasic on defense in practice, took part in 3-on-3 drills with fellow Norris Trophy winner Brent Burns and began ...

Fast-skating Avs center MacKinnon speeds toward success

Hockey 09/24/18, 06:01

Mention a topic, just about any topic, and sharp-shooting Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon takes his elusiveness to a whole new level.Not appearing on the cover of the NHL's latest video game? "Don't care," he responds. The pressure of becoming one of league's top stars after a 97-point season? "Feels ...

Canadiens’ Domi suspended for preseason for punching Ekblad

Football 09/20/18, 16:24

Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL preseason after punching Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game.The NHL's Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday following an afternoon hearing with Domi.The punch came at the start of the third period of ...

Judge throws out lawsuit by ex-wrestlers over concussions

U.S. 09/19/18, 22:19

A federal judge in Connecticut has dismissed a lawsuit by 60 former professional wrestlers, many of them stars in the 1980s and 1990s, who claimed World Wrestling Entertainment failed to protect them from repeated head trauma including concussions that led to long-term brain damage.U.S. District Judge Vanessa Bryant in Hartford ...

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