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What's in a 'C'? NHL teams put value in having a captain

Sep. 25, 2022 11:18 AM EDT

After more than three years of debate about who should be captain of the New York Rangers, they reached the Eastern Conference final and got within six wins of the Stanley Cup without one. Players never discussed who would have hoisted the Cup had they won it. “We...

Kraken beginning second season with sense of familiarity

Sep. 22, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — For the players and staff who were around a season ago when the Seattle Kraken were racing to make their debut as an expansion franchise, what happened Thursday felt downright normal. The Kraken started training camp with a group of players who had been on the ice...

Relieved Wild welcome Kaprizov back after summer in Russia

Sep. 22, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Last summer, a long contract negotiation between Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild — plus the complication of international travel and COVID-19 protocols — put the star left wing's arrival for the start of training camp in question. That process...

Czech government: NHL Russian players unwanted in Prague

Sep. 22, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The war in Ukraine threw a wrinkle into the National Hockey League's planned return to Europe next month to play its first games outside North America since the start of the pandemic. The Czech Foreign Ministry told two NHL teams opening their seasons in Prague that...

Ovechkin, banged-up Capitals return to ice for start of camp

Sep. 22, 2022 16:21 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals opened training camp Thursday without two of the team's top players. Longtime Alex Ovechkin running mate Nicklas Backstrom and big winger Tom Wilson are expected to miss at least the first portion of the season recovering from injuries....

Old faces, new purpose as Malkin, Letang return to Penguins

Sep. 22, 2022 15:53 PM EDT

CRANBERRY, Pa. (AP) — The angst was real. For Evgeni Malkin. And Sidney Crosby. And Kris Letang. And just about everyone else associated with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The trio that's served as the franchise's bedrock for the better part of two decades understood they were heading...

Kane, Toews have no plans to leave the Blackhawks -- yet

Sep. 22, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews haven’t started making plans to leave the only NHL team they've ever played for. At least, not yet. The franchise's marquee names said they aren't even thinking about it as rebuilding Blackhawks opened...

For Panthers, the Paul Maurice era gets underway at camp

Sep. 22, 2022 14:56 PM EDT

CORAL SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Panthers have been through exactly one day of practice. Preseason games start next week. The regular season starts next month and goes until mid-April. The grind is just beginning. Nonetheless, Paul Maurice is in playoff mode. ...

Former goalie Pekka Rinne rejoins Preds as special adviser

Sep. 22, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have brought back former goaltender Pekka Rinne in a new role as a special alumni adviser. General manager David Poile announced the move Thursday. Rinne is the only player in franchise history whose number has been retired. ...

Parade and parties over, Avs focus on Stanley Cup defense

Sep. 22, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Erik Johnson just didn’t have enough hours in the day for all of the plans he had for his new companion, the Stanley Cup. The veteran Colorado defenseman made the rounds the best he could this month as he celebrated the Avalanche’s first title since 2001. For...