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Penguins trade 2-time Cup winner Hornqvist to Panthers

Sep. 24, 2020 5:50 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Patric Hornqvist's grit helped the Pittsburgh Penguins win a pair of Stanley Cups. To keep their championship window opened, they decided it was time to move on without him. The Penguins traded the 33-year-old forward to Florida on Thursday in exchange for Mike Matheson and forward Colton...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Mikko Koivu, of Finland, celebrates after scoring as teammate Jason Zucker, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, in St. Louis. Koivu's extraordinary career with the Minnesota Wild is over. General manager Bill Guerin said Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, the team will not resign the 37-year-old Finn, whose contract is expiring.(AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

Wild captain Koivu's long run comes to an end in Minnesota

Sep. 18, 2020 7:42 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Mikko Koivu's extraordinary career with the Minnesota Wild is over. General manager Bill Guerin said Friday the team will not resign the 37-year-old Finn, whose contract is expiring. Koivu is the only full-time captain the club has had — he was appointed in 2009 after the role...

Kitchen not back with Panthers amid report he kicked player

Sep. 15, 2020 9:48 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Assistant coach Mike Kitchen will not return to the Florida Panthers next season among a series of staffing changes announced Tuesday. Canada’s TSN reported Kitchen kicked a Panthers player on the bench during a game in January and the team held an internal investigation. A...

Carolina Hurricanes reach AHL affiliation deal with Chicago

Sep. 10, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have signed a three-year affiliation agreement with the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. The Hurricanes announced the agreement Thursday. The Hurricanes had been affiliated with the instate Charlotte Checkers for the past 10 seasons, with that...

Ice crews work at the NHL playoffs venue in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara hopes players and fans take a step back to pause and reflect on racial justice issues as the NHL takes a second day off from second-round series action on Friday, before games resume on Saturday. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Panthers hire Blue Jackets' Bill Zito as general manager

Sep. 2, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

The Florida Panthers spent three weeks searching for a general manager, and it didn’t take long for them to suspect that Bill Zito was the best candidate. The more they searched, the more convinced they got. Zito was announced Tuesday as the new Panthers’ general manager, coming to Florida after...

FILE - This is a July 2, 2019, file photo showing Florida Panthers President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Dale Tallon at a news conference in Sunrise, Fla. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly has confirmed to The Associated Press that the league is investigating allegations made against former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon for making racially insensitive comments. Daly, in an email on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, did not provide any details of the allegations. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

NHL investigating ex-Panthers GM for alleged racial comments

Aug. 28, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

The NHL is investigating whether former Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon made racially insensitive comments during the team's two-week stay in the playoff hub city of Toronto. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the investigation to The Associated Press on Friday. In an email, Daly did not...

New York Islanders right wing Josh Bailey (12) celebrates his goal with teammate Brock Nelson (29) after scoring against the Washington Capitals during the third period of an  NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bailey helps Islanders rally to beat Capitals 4-2 in Game 1

Aug. 12, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Islanders coach Barry Trotz isn't surprised the Washington Capitals, his former team, is unhappy with Anders Lee. Trotz didn't see anything wrong with Lee's play in a 4-2 first-round series playoff-opening victory in which the New York captain set the tone with a big hit on Capitals...

The Florida Panthers skate off the ice after their team's 5-1 loss to the New York Islanders in an NHL Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying round hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Dale Tallon, after 10 seasons, out as Florida Panthers' GM

Aug. 10, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement early Monday that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years. Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1, and was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get...

New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal (13) gets stick tripped by Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad (5) during the first period NHL Stanley Cup Playoff qualifying round hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders, sparked by Barzal, top Panthers 5-1 to advance

Aug. 8, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Mathew Barzal can appreciate how the New York Islanders’ identity is built around being defensively sound. In centering New York’s top line, Barzal also knows it’s his role to contribute on offense, too. Acknowledging it took him a few games to find a groove following...

New York Islanders left wing Anthony Beauvillier (18) celebrates his goal against the Florida Panthers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)

Islanders advance with 5-1 win over Panthers

Aug. 7, 2020 4:28 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The New York Islanders like to rely on defenseman Ryan Pulock's blistering point shot to help generate offense. On Friday, they advanced to the first round of the NHL playoffs courtesy of Pulock using his stick to make a clutch defensive play and secure a preliminary round series-clinching...