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No Crosby, no Malkin gives Penguins camp an unusual vibe

Sep. 23, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

CRANBERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have spent the better part of two decades leaning heavily on Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin for well, just about everything. Time to find out — at least in the short term — if the players the three-time Stanley...

NHL to punish unvaccinated players more harshly this season

Sep. 03, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

The NHL plans to punish unvaccinated players more harshly if they test positive for the coronavirus as part of new protocols for the upcoming season. Teams will be able to suspend unvaccinated players without pay if they cannot participate in hockey activities as part of...

Blues, D-man Colton Parayko agree on $52M, 8-year extension

Sep. 01, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Colton Parayko's name is out of trade rumors and in the St. Louis Blues' long-term plans after agreeing to terms Wednesday on a $52 million, eight-year contract. The team's top defenseman was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, and his...

McDavid's NHL MVP defense begins with defensive improvement

Aug. 30, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

Connor McDavid did not take much time off after he and the Edmonton Oilers were swept out of the playoffs in the first round. The unanimous NHL MVP returned to the ice in July and worked hard to improve his defensive game with an eye on building off a 105-point season in...

Flyers sign center Sean Couturier to $62M, 8-year extension

Aug. 26, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

Sean Couturier plays more than any other Philadelphia forward in all situations, and now the Flyers can bank on their No. 1 center playing a lot for a long time. Couturier signed a $62 million, eight-year extension Thursday that keeps him under contract through the...

Carolina Hurricanes agree to 8-year deal with Svechnikov

Aug. 26, 2021 15:30 PM EDT

Andrei Svechnikov has played three NHL seasons and reached the playoffs all three times — the last under a coach who was named the NHL's best — while finding himself as a top-line performer. That helps explain why the 21-year-old forward was eager to reach a long-term...

Winnipeg Jets ink forward Andrew Copp to 1-year deal

Aug. 12, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with forward Andrew Copp on a one-year contract. The deal is worth $3.6 million for Copp, who had 15 goals and 24 assists in 55 games for the Jets last season, adding two assists in eight playoff games. ...

Islanders, defenseman Adam Pelech agree on 8-year contract

Aug. 06, 2021 10:59 AM EDT

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders and defenseman Adam Pelech agreed Friday on an eight-year contract. The team did not disclose financial terms. Pelech, who turns 27 this month, had four goals and 10 assists in 56 games last season....

Stars keep some depth at forward by re-signing Kiviranta

Jul. 31, 2021 19:33 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Stars re-signed forward Joel Kiviranta on Saturday, giving a $2.1 million, two-year contract to one of their playoff standouts from a run to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final. Kiviranta will bring depth up front for Dallas after scoring a...

Wild agree to terms with defenseman Jon Merrill

Jul. 29, 2021 22:31 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms Thursday with defenseman Jon Merrill on a one-year, $850,000 contract, the third veteran they've added to the blue line in free agency. The 29-year-old Merrill had five assists and 70 blocked shots in 49 games...