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Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos holds the Stanley Cup before his boat launches for the NHL hockey Stanley Cup champions' Boat Parade, Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020 in Tampa, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Lightning celebrate Stanley Cup title with boat parade

Sep. 30, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated their Stanley Cup title with a boat parade and ceremonies Wednesday at Raymond James Stadium. The boat parade featured forward Alex Killorn on a jet-ski with Steven Stamkos riding on the back as they held up the Stanley Cup and did laps around the boats...

Flags for the Seattle Kraken NHL hockey team and the Amazon-sponsored Climate Pledge Arena hang in the rafters Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, as work continues in Seattle on the home of the Seattle Kraken NHL hockey team. Sometime in the late summer or early fall of 2021, the Kraken will open the new facility -- at a cost that will likely total $1 billion by the time it's done -- and become the NHL's 32nd franchise. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Countdown on for debut of Seattle Kraken

Sep. 30, 2020 5:51 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Standing on the recently poured concrete that will be the club level floor inside Climate Pledge Arena, Tod Leiweke nodded and pointed toward a corner of the upper deck. That’s where Leiweke envisions sitting sometime in the fall of 2021 when the Seattle Kraken skate out from the...

Tampa Bay Lightning players celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Puck already dropped on NHL offseason that could be a frenzy

Sep. 30, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

Even before the Tampa Bay Lightning returned home to celebrate their Stanley Cup championship, Julien BriseBois was on the phone with other NHL general managers about what to do next. He is certainly not alone in making calls. “Although we ended the hockey season officially for the ’19-20 season...

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist celebrates his 400th career win, after an NHL hockey game against the Colorado Avalanche, in New York. The New York Rangers have bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers parted with one of the greatest netminders in franchise history on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020, when they paid off the final year of his contract. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract

Sep. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

The “King” of Madison Square Garden has been deposed. The New York Rangers bought out the contract of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Wednesday, parting ways with one of their greatest players in franchise history after 15 mostly spectacular seasons. “Few players have been as important to...

N.J. Devils re-sign three players, Seney, Street, Jacobs

Sep. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have re-signed defenseman Josh Jacobs and forwards Brett Seney and Ben Street. General manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the signings Wednesday. Seney signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 at the AHL level. He spent the...

Tampa Bay Lighting's Victor Hedman carries the Stanley Cup while skating around Amalie Arena, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (Dirk Shadd/Tampa Bay Times via AP)

Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL's marathon season

Sep. 30, 2020 12:05 AM EDT

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference. “Who’s next? Next question,”...

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2020, file photo, New York Islanders goaltender Semyon Varlamov (40) celebrates his shutout win and series victory with teammates Mathew Barzal (13) and Jordan Eberle (7) after defeating the Washington Capitals in an NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto. Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is focused on keeping his team intact by believing there's internal room for improvement after New York made its deepest playoff run in 27 years.  (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Lamoriello juggles keeping Isles intact and signing Barzal

Sep. 29, 2020 7:45 PM EDT

Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello is hoping he can keep his roster mostly intact while knowing he still must re-sign star forward Mathew Barzal, despite having limited room under the NHL’s flat salary cap. In saying he’s exploring every possible option, Lamoriello on Tuesday wouldn’t...

Houston Astros' Carlos Correa, left, and George Springer, center, jump in celebration of the Astros 4-1 win over the Minnesota Twins 4-1 in Game 1 of an American League wild-card baseball series, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020, in Minneapolis. At right is Josh Reddick. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Astros win 4-1 in Game 1; Twins' record losing streak at 17

Sep. 29, 2020 7:44 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Tarnished by scandal at the start of the year and below average during this pandemic-abbreviated season, the Houston Astros showed up for the playoffs with their usual confidence and poise. Just like that, they've got the edge on the Minnesota Twins in an elimination game. Jose Altuve...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 file photo, Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness watches play from behind the bench during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New Jersey Devils, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, in Dallas. The Dallas Stars were in a miserable stretch when the NHL season came to a sudden and unexpected stop 4 1/2 months ago. Vegas was playing some of its best hockey after a coaching change. Both now have the same chance of being the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, and a better chance to re-acclimate to playing again than having to jump right into a playoff series for the resumption of this unprecedented season because of the coronavirus (AP Photo/Jeffrey McWhorter, File)

Dallas Stars' Rick Bowness still has 'passion' to coach

Sep. 29, 2020 6:07 PM EDT

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin felt empty. Jamie Benn, their longtime captain, was almost speechless. Like head coach Rick Bowness, who likely soon will shed the interim tag, they were disappointed and drained after more than two months inside the NHL bubble, where this most unusual season ended with a...

FILE - The Park MGM and Aria hotel-casinos flash messages on their closing due to the coronavirus, in Las Vegas in this March 16, 2020 file photo. Casino giant MGM Resorts International said Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, it's teaming with a firm that provided COVID-19 screenings to the National Hockey League playoffs and a health care provider to high-volume events in an optional conference attendee safety plan at its U.S. hotels and casinos. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

MGM Resorts outlines conference health screening option

Sep. 29, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Casino giant MGM Resorts International is teaming with a firm that provided COVID-19 screenings for the National Hockey League playoffs and a health care provider to high-volume events in an optional conference attendee safety plan at its U.S. hotels and casinos, the company announced...