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Russian NHLers to be allowed to play games in Czech Republic

Sep. 29, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

Russian players on two NHL teams opening the season in the Czech Republic will be allowed to participate in the two Global Series games in Prague after all. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly on Thursday confirmed to The Associated Press that the Czech government has dropped its attempted...

Back with Wild, Fleury welcomes big workload as clear No. 1

Sep. 28, 2022 19:15 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — With his ever-present smile, tireless approach and long list of accomplishments in the net, Marc-Andre Fleury has always embraced a heavy workload. The Minnesota Wild sure haven't shied away from leaning hard on their new — and 37-year-old — goalie. After...

Golden Knights eye return to postseason under Bruce Cassidy

Sep. 28, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — One year after missing the playoffs for the first time in the franchise’s existence, the Vegas Golden Knights are eyeing a return with their third coach in six seasons. Bruce Cassidy replaced Peter DeBoer after both were fired from their respective jobs after...

Addition of Fiala means heightened expectations for Kings

Sep. 28, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After making the playoffs last season for the first time in four years, Todd McLellan thinks the easy part is done for the Los Angeles Kings in their rebuilding project. Now comes living up to expectations. “We have to accept that responsibility to step up...

Avs launch Cup defense after summer filled with celebrations

Sep. 28, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen can’t believe how quickly the summer flew by. One moment the Colorado Avalanche were riding through the streets of Denver on firetrucks and the next they’re back on the ice. “But it was a good reason for a short summer,” the Avalanche forward...

Ducks counting on talented young core to lead playoff flight

Sep. 28, 2022 16:42 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Some of the most exciting young players in hockey are wearing the Anaheim Ducks' sweater this winter. Their fans are hoping they'll also be wearing it closer to the summer while ending the Ducks' four-year playoff drought. Trevor Zegras, Troy...

DeBoer has old, young Stars who would like another Cup debut

Sep. 28, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Stars coach Pete DeBoer sees similarities between his new team and the two that he led to the Stanley Cup Final in the first seasons with them. “Everybody said the door was closing on their window to win, and that the core was aging,” said DeBoer, adding...

Predators feel restocked, ready to chase Stanley Cup again

Sep. 28, 2022 15:48 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Being swept for the first time in franchise history may be exactly what the Nashville Predators needed. The Predators saw first-hand the bar set by Colorado on its way to winning the Stanley Cup and took a hard look in the mirror. General manager David...

Evolving Blues still a threat to champion Avalanche in West

Sep. 28, 2022 13:59 PM EDT

Meet the 2022 Blues, not the same as the old group from 2019 that won the Stanley Cup. Sure, there are some holdovers, from fiery goaltender Jordan Binnington to tough, talented two-way center Ryan O’Reilly and big defenseman Colton Parayko. But St. Louis now has more speed and...

Blackhawks focused on future in Richardson's first season

Sep. 28, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks coach Luke Richardson wants to build a team in his first year with his new franchise. “I think that's the first step that we need,” he said. “Before we talk about success on the ice, we have to have success as a team and gelling this team...