NHL

Kuznetsov ban could open door for Caps’ top pick McMichael

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Connor McMichael in his NHL exhibition debut made a no-look pass to set up a goal that junior coach Dale Hunter knows was no accident. “He knew that guy had an empty net backdoor,” Hunter said. “You can’t teach that. That’s a feeling of the game.” McMichael’s feel for the game made him the Washington Capitals‘ ...

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Defenseman Carlo signs 2-year extension with Bruins

BOSTON (AP) — It took until six days into training camp, but the Boston Bruins took care of their last bit of offseason business on Tuesday and can now focus on attempting to build off their run to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final last season. The Bruins and restricted free agent Brandon Carlo agreed to terms on a ...

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New Seattle NHL arena remains on schedule for summer of 2021

SEATTLE (AP) — The arena for Seattle’s NHL expansion franchise remains on track to open sometime in the summer of 2021. Construction officials said Monday that the entire bowl of the former KeyArena has been demolished and excavation work is ongoing. Officials hope to begin digging down 15 feet from the current floor by year’s end and to spend most ...

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Hughes scores 2 in preseason debut for Devils

Jack Hughes scored twice in his NHL preseason debut, including the winner 40 seconds into overtime to lift a New Jersey Devils split squad to a 4-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday night in Newark, New Jersey. Hughes, the first overall pick in June’s NHL draft, and P.K. Subban, acquired in a trade with Nashville, each played his ...

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Blues shut down the Stars, win 2-0 in preseason opener

Klim Kostin and Robert Bortuzzo scored 5:29 apart in the second period to give the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues a 2-0 win over the Stars. Starter Ville Husso (13 saves) and Adam Wilcox (eight saves) combined for the shutout. Ben Bishop started for Dallas and made 16 saves on 17 shots in his half of the game, ...

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NHL players stay with CBA, labor peace set to at least 2022

National Hockey League players announced Monday they will not opt out of the collective bargaining agreement, guaranteeing labor peace until at least 2022. The NHL Players’ Association announced its decision just before the deadline to trigger its opt-out clause. Not terminating the CBA is a positive sign that negotiations are progressing toward an extension. “While players have concerns with the ...

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Bruins sign D McAvoy to 3-year, $14.7 million deal

BOSTON (AP) — Charlie McAvoy finally made it to training camp, and the Boston Bruins greeted him with a hearty stick tap salute. “I didn’t want that,” he said sheepishly on Sunday after returning to the defending Eastern Conference champions for a $14.7 million, three-year deal. “I’m just glad to be back. Tomorrow, hopefully I won’t get a stick tap ...

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Pavelski, Perry switch to Stars after long stays in 1st home

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Joe Pavelski joined the Dallas Stars as an expensive free agent coming off one of his best goal-scoring years, while Corey Perry quietly signed a low-cost deal for one year after playing the fewest games of his career because of a knee injury. That’s where the differences end for the veteran forwards trying to help the ...

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Far from Czech home, Kubalik adjusts to life with Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kubalik is leaning on David Kampf while he transitions to life in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. He peppers his Czech countryman with all sorts of questions. “I think he’s a little bit mad at me right now,” a grinning Kubalik said, “because I’m still asking ‘What’s that?’ and ‘Where are we going?’ and ‘Where’s ...

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