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Blues sign coach Craig Berube to 3-year contract extension

Jun. 25, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Blues made official Tuesday what everyone had expected the moment Craig Berube led St. Louis to a remarkable turnaround capped by the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They stripped the interim tag from his title and signed him to three-year contract. Berube had been...

Lightning sign 2019 first-round draft pick Nolan Foote

Jun. 25, 2019 4:58 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed 2019 first-round draft pick Nolan Foote to a three-year entry level contract. The Lightning took the 18-year old forward from Kelowna of the Western Hockey League 27th overall. He is the younger brother of the Lightning's 2017 first-round pick Cal...

Hayley Wickenheiser headlines 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class

Jun. 25, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

Hayley Wickenheiser was a lock to make the Hockey Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility and is the headliner of the induction class of 2019. The Canadian hockey star was announced as part of the six-member class Tuesday that includes former NHL players Sergei Zubov and Guy Carbonneau, Czech hockey star...

Devils introduce Jack Hughes to New Jersey after big week

Jun. 25, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The Devils introduced No. 1 overall pick Jack Hughes to New Jersey on Tuesday — even though he is already sharing the spotlight. The Devils have given notice they might be re-emerging as a contender with an encouraging draft and the stunning acquisition of six-time All-Star...

Bruins sign D Steven Kampfer to 2-year deal

Jun. 25, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Steven Kampfer to a two-year contract extension that will pay him $800,000 per season. The 30-year-old Kampfer was acquired from the New York Rangers last September, bringing him back to the team he made his NHL debut with in 2010. He played 38 games...

Orpik retires after 15 NHL seasons, 2 Stanley Cup titles

Jun. 25, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

Brooks Orpik called it a career Tuesday after 15 bruising NHL seasons in which he established himself as a big-hitting, shutdown defenseman and won the Stanley Cup twice. The 38-year-old played 1,171 regular-season and playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He won the Cup with...

Blackhawks acquire de Haan in trade with Hurricanes

Jun. 24, 2019 10:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks made another trade for a veteran defenseman on Monday, acquiring Calvin de Haan in a deal with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Blackhawks also received minor league forward Aleksi Saarela in exchange for defenseman Gustav Forsling and goaltender Anton Forsberg. Chicago...

Stars get Hartman from Flyers in trade for Pitlick

Jun. 24, 2019 6:59 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars have acquired right wing Ryan Hartman from the Philadelphia Flyers for center Tyler Pitlick. The trade was announced Monday, two days after the end of the NHL draft and a week before the start of free agency. Hartman had 12 goals and 14 assists while playing 83...

Blue Jackets at center of attention as NHL free agency looms

Jun. 24, 2019 5:06 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Where many express concern, Jarmo Kekäläinen says he sees only opportunity regarding the uncertain state of the Columbus roster a week before NHL free agency. To Kekäläinen, the fear of possibly losing stars such as Matt Duchene, Artemi Panarin and...

Seattle's addition looms as part of draft weekend story

Jun. 23, 2019 8:43 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — While the selections of Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kaako and the P.K. Subban trade all got their deserved attention during the NHL draft, one of the biggest crowds of the weekend surrounded a 59-year-old team executive and a Hollywood filmmaker. More than six months after the...