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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2017, file photo, Russia's goalkeeper Ilya Sorokin makes a save during the Sweden Hockey Games at Scandinavium Arena in Goteborg, Sweden. The New York Islanders have signed goaltender of the future Ilya Sorokin to a contract for next season. The $2 million deal includes $1 million in salary and a $1 million bonus. The team signed Sorokin to an entry-level deal Monday, July 13, 2020, for the remainder of this season even though he's not eligible to play. The 24-year-old Sorokin is considered one of the top prospects at any position not current in the NHL. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall/TT via AP, File)

Islanders sign goalie Sorokin to $2M deal for next season

Jul. 14, 2020 5:29 PM EDT

The New York Islanders locked up their goaltender of the future on Tuesday, signing Ilya Sorokin to a $2 million contract for next season. The deal includes $1 million in salary and a $1 million bonus. A day earlier, the Islanders signed Sorokin to an entry-level deal for the remainder of this season even though...

Nashville Predators goaltender Juuse Saros, bottom, and Pekka Rinne, top, both of Finland, talk during NHL hockey training camp Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. Predators coach John Hynes is making no commitments to either goaltender with the Predators just starting their first training camp with Hynes in charge. They open their best-of-five qualifying series against Arizona on Aug. 2 in Edmonton. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Rinne refreshed, eager to continue playoff streak for Preds

Jul. 14, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Pekka Rinne’s string of starting every playoff game for the Nashville Predators since 2010 may be in jeopardy. That 89-game run may change Aug. 2 when Nashville starts its best-of-five qualifying series with Arizona. When the NHL suspended play in mid-March, Rinne watched...

Troy Terry gets 3-year extension with Anaheim Ducks

Jul. 14, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Right wing Troy Terry has agreed to a three-year contract extension through the 2022-23 season with the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim announced the deal Tuesday. The 22-year-old Terry has eight goals and 20 assists in 81 career games with the Ducks, who drafted him in the fifth round in...

FILE - In this Tuesday, March 3, 2020, file photo, New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin chases the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, at Madison Square Garden in New York. NHL leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers winger Artemi Panarin are the finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award. The trophy goes to the league's most outstanding player as voted by fellow players.(AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Draisaitl, MacKinnon, Panarin are Lindsay Award finalists

Jul. 14, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NHL leading scorer Leon Draisaitl of the Oilers, Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon and Rangers winger Artemi Panarin were named finalists for the Ted Lindsay Award on Tuesday. The trophy goes to the league’s most outstanding player as voted by fellow players. None of them have won...

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2020, file photo, New York Rangers center Mika Zibanejad (93) skates for the puck during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh, N.C. The Rangers were playing some stellar hockey coming out of the All-Star break to move into playoff contention. After four months away during the NHL’s pause due the coronavirus pandemic, team president John Davidson liked what he saw in the first practice back. Now, Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin look to pick up where they left off as the Rangers have 2 1/2 weeks to prepare for an extended postseason that begins with a five-game series against Carolina in Toronto on Aug. 1. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

Davidson pleased with Rangers' first practice in return

Jul. 14, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

The New York Rangers were playing some stellar hockey coming out of the All-Star break to move into playoff contention. After four months away during the NHL’s stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic, team president John Davidson liked what he saw in their first practice back. “I feel strong about...

FILE - In this Friday, July 10, 2020, file photo, Cleveland Indians' Francisco Lindor runs the bases after hitting a home run during a simulated game at Progressive Field in Cleveland. The Cleveland Indians seem to be standing in an uncomfortable on-deck circle. Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and a recent uproar triggered by nationwide social protests, the Indians appear to be the next major sports franchise in line to change their identity.(AP Photo/David Dermer, File)

Indians, other teams pressured after Redskins drop nickname

Jul. 13, 2020 9:40 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — The spotlight for change is shining on the Cleveland Indians. Now that the NFL's Washington Redskins have retired their contentious nickname and logo after decades of objection and amid a nationwide movement calling for racial justice, the Indians appear to be the next major sports...

FILE - In this Friday, July 3, 2020, file photo, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross gestures during baseball practice at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Ross was already stepping into some big shoes when he agreed to replace Joe Maddon as manager of the Cubs. Then the coronavirus pandemic hit. Now Ross is a first-year skipper trying to guide his team through a brand new experience full of testing and protocols and an unforgiving 60-game season. How well he navigates the unprecedented situation is an important slice of the Cubs' hopes for returning to the playoffs. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

The Latest: Irish rugby players taking pay cut

Jul. 13, 2020 8:05 PM EDT

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ Rugby players in Ireland earning more than 25,000 euros ($28,000) a year have agreed to reduce their salary by 10% and defer 10% more until 2021. The Irish Rugby Football Union and Rugby Players Ireland agreed on the pay cut to...

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Collin Delia defends against left wing Alex Nylander during NHL hockey practice at Fifth Third Arena on Monday, July 13, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)

No Corey Crawford as Blackhawks begin practicing again

Jul. 13, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

Corey Crawford was absent Monday when the Chicago Blackhawks practiced for the first time since the NHL season was suspended, casting doubt on the goaltender's availability for their qualifying series against Edmonton. The 35-year-old Crawford was “unfit to play or to participate,” coach Jeremy...

Calgary Flames' players take to the ice during NHL hockey practice in Calgary, Alberta, Monday, July 13, 2020. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP)

Pucks and masks prevalent as 24 NHL teams open training camp

Jul. 13, 2020 6:06 PM EDT

St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington is so accustomed to wearing a mask, he didn’t mind doing so for the past four months during the coronavirus pandemic. “Sometimes, I forgot I’m wearing it while driving,” Binnington said Monday, when the Blues were among the NHL’s 24 teams...

FILE - In this Sunday, March 8, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild interim head coach Dean Evason, above center, directs players behind the bench during the overtime period of an NHL hockey game against the Anaheim Ducks in Anaheim, Calif. The Minnesota Wild made Dean Evason their full-time head coach on Monday, July 13, 2020, 
 signing him to a two-year contract extension at the commencement of training camp for the restarted NHL season.(AP Photo/Alex Gallardo, File)

Wild drop interim tag to make Dean Evason full-time coach

Jul. 13, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

The Minnesota Wild began training camp with a bang, formalizing Dean Evason's status as their full-time head coach and plans to bring prized Russian prospect Kirill Kaprizov to training camp. Evason, who signed a two-year contract extension through the 2021-22 season, took the ice on Monday for the first...