Latest NHL Western Conference News

Relieved Wild welcome Kaprizov back after summer in Russia

Sep. 22, 2022 19:08 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Last summer, a long contract negotiation between Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild — plus the complication of international travel and COVID-19 protocols — put the star left wing's arrival for the start of training camp in question. That process...

Czech government: NHL Russian players unwanted in Prague

Sep. 22, 2022 16:33 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — The war in Ukraine threw a wrinkle into the National Hockey League's planned return to Europe next month to play its first games outside North America since the start of the pandemic. The Czech Foreign Ministry told two NHL teams opening their seasons in Prague that...

Kane, Toews have no plans to leave the Blackhawks -- yet

Sep. 22, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews haven’t started making plans to leave the only NHL team they've ever played for. At least, not yet. The franchise's marquee names said they aren't even thinking about it as rebuilding Blackhawks opened...

Former goalie Pekka Rinne rejoins Preds as special adviser

Sep. 22, 2022 14:54 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have brought back former goaltender Pekka Rinne in a new role as a special alumni adviser. General manager David Poile announced the move Thursday. Rinne is the only player in franchise history whose number has been retired. ...

Parade and parties over, Avs focus on Stanley Cup defense

Sep. 22, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Erik Johnson just didn’t have enough hours in the day for all of the plans he had for his new companion, the Stanley Cup. The veteran Colorado defenseman made the rounds the best he could this month as he celebrated the Avalanche’s first title since 2001. For...

Coyotes' Chychrun looking for trade to playoff contender

Sep. 21, 2022 18:11 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun still wants to be traded to a playoff contender. He's not going to let that impact how he plays while he's still in the desert. “I've been here a while now and the way I operate and take care of my business, I try...

Training camps open around NHL after another short offseason

Sep. 21, 2022 17:03 PM EDT

Training camps open around the NHL on Thursday after another short offseason, a third in a row squeezed by the pandemic. That doesn’t bother Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon one bit. For one of hockey's best players and his teammates, it's already time to get back on the...

Stars expect to open camp without unsigned scorer Robertson

Sep. 21, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Young 40-goal scorer Jason Robertson is expected to miss the start of training camp for the Dallas Stars because the team and the restricted free agent haven't agreed on a new contract. General manager Jim Nill said Wednesday there's been steady, ongoing...

Coyotes sign Hayton right before training camp

Sep. 20, 2022 21:25 PM EDT

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed forward Barrett Hayton to a two-year contract right before the start of training camp. Terms of the deal announced Tuesday were not released. The 22-year-old Hayton was a restricted free agent and not initially...

AP source: MacKinnon signs 8-year deal, highest paid in NHL

Sep. 20, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are making Nathan MacKinnon the highest-paid player in the NHL’s salary cap era. MacKinnon, who just turned 27 earlier this month, signed an eight-year contract worth $100.8 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The...