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Capitals Cup window remains open, though unknowns lie ahead

Sep. 23, 2019 10:57 AM EDT

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — When the Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018, they did so after their championship window was supposed to be closed. Unlike when a roster shake-up and infusion of youth actually augmented the core of Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Braden Holtby and John Carlson, the...

Maturing Hurricanes eye second-straight playoff berth

Sep. 23, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes ended a nine-year postseason drought last season. This year, their goal: to end an even longer one. The Hurricanes are looking to reach the postseason for a second straight year — something they haven't done in 18 years. Carolina advanced to the Eastern...

In Q They Trust: With Quenneville, Panthers eyeing playoffs

Sep. 23, 2019 10:08 AM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — It was April 8, the first Monday after the NHL regular season. As 16 teams were getting ready for the playoffs, the Florida Panthers — as usual — were getting ready to begin an offseason. And as workers were smashing the team's home ice to get the arena floor ready for...

Sabres demote 14 to minors, assign Ruotsalainen to Finland

Sep. 22, 2019 10:16 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have assigned rookie forward Arttu Ruotsalainen to Ilves of the Finnish Elite League, part of a series of roster moves made 11 days before they open the season. The 21-year-old Ruotsalainen was an undrafted free agent who signed an entry-level contract with Buffalo...

Wild top Avalanche behind Zuccarello's 3 points.

Sep. 21, 2019 11:27 PM EDT

Mats Zuccarello scored the deciding goal and had two assists to lead the Minnesota Wild to a 4-3 win over the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday night in NHL preseason play in St. Paul, Minnesota. Zuccarello, signed to five-year, $30 million free agent contract by the Wild on July 1, assisted on goals by Jason Zucker...

Ex-Rangers, Lightning D Dan Girardi retires after 13 seasons

Sep. 20, 2019 1:18 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons. Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals and 264 points and a plus-78 ratings. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference Finals and one...

Cehlarik leads Bruins to 3-1 victory over Flyers

Sep. 20, 2019 1:15 AM EDT

Peter Cehlarik scored a tiebreaking goal 4:16 into the second period and sparked the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Flyers on Thursday night in Philadelphia. Danton Heinen and Connor Clifton also scored for Boston, which had Jaroslav Halak and Maxime Lagace share time in goal. Halak stopped 16 of 17 shots in...

Salary cap economics squeezing out NHL's middle class

Sep. 19, 2019 4:56 PM EDT

Stanley Cup-winning experience isn't worth what it used to be. Neither is experience of any kind. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey's middle class is being squeezed out. Veterans like 2018 Washington Capitals playoff hero Devante...

Belmont Park to host entire fall meet on site

Sep. 19, 2019 3:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Belmont Park's entire 37-day fall meet will be run at the venerable track instead of having a portion of it at Aqueduct. The New York Racing Association said Thursday that the current construction site preparation for the New York Islanders' new arena at Belmont Park is having less impact...

Devils promote Hugh Weber, with Jake Reynolds new president

Sep. 19, 2019 11:50 AM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have promoted team president Hugh Weber and replaced him with Jake Reynolds. Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, the team owners, announced the move Thursday. It takes effect immediately. Reynolds will oversee all business, revenue, strategy and operations...