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FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs' Kasperi Kapanen skates during the first period of the team's NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh. The retooling of the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster has begun. The team acquired forward Kasperi Kapanen from Toronto on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, reuniting the 24-year-old with the team that originally drafted him with the 22nd overall pick in 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Penguins reacquire F Kapanen from Maple Leafs

Aug. 25, 2020 3:33 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The retooling of the Pittsburgh Penguins' roster has begun. The team acquired forward Kasperi Kapanen from the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday, reuniting the 24-year-old with the team that originally drafted him with the 22nd overall pick in 2014. The Maple Leafs sent Kapanen,...

Colorado Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov (16) is checked by Arizona Coyotes' Vinnie Hinostroza (13) during the third period in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Coyotes looking to build off first playoff run in 8 years

Aug. 20, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyote achieved a long-awaited goal by reaching the postseason for the first time in eight years. They won a series, knocking off the higher-seeded Nashville Predators in the Stanley Cup qualifiers. Arizona's first-round playoff series against Colorado didn't go quite as...

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87), center Evgeni Malkin (71) and defenseman Kris Letang (58) react after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Penguins fire 3 assistants following quick playoff exit

Aug. 12, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins had a specific vision last summer when they examined the rubble of a first-round sweep at the hands of the New York Islanders. General manager Jim Rutherford, coach Mike Sullivan and his staff then spent the offseason revamping a team it believed would be good...

Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96), Ryan Graves (27) and Nathan MacKinnon (29) celebrate a goal against the St. Louis Blues during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Avalanche face Coyotes in dramatic clash of styles

Aug. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

The Colorado Avalanche have one of the NHL's most dynamic offenses, led by Hart Trophy finalist Nathan MacKinnon. The Arizona Coyotes play it much closer to the vest, relying on superb goaltending and counterattacking when they have the opportunity. Whichever team can consistently establish its style of play in...

Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87), center Evgeni Malkin (71) and defenseman Kris Letang (58) react after losing to the Montreal Canadiens in an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

GM Rutherford looks to retool after "puzzling" Pens exit

Aug. 11, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jim Rutherford is not ready to blow up the core that's led the Pittsburgh Penguins to three Stanley Cups in a little more than a decade. Still, the longtime general manager understands there's some serious retooling necessary following a second straight playoff flameout. The issue isn't...

Arizona Coyotes celebrate their win over the Nashville Predators following overtime of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/Canadian Press via AP)
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Top players push Coyotes into next playoff round

Aug. 8, 2020 7:26 PM EDT

The Arizona Coyotes needed their top players to be at their best to have a chance of advancing in the postseason for the first time in eight years. Darcy Kuemper has been superb, one of the best goalies in the bubble. Taylor Hall is playing like the Coyotes hoped when they traded for him. Same thing for Phil...

Montreal Canadiens left wing Artturi Lehkonen (62) celebrates his game and series winning goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins with teammates Shea Weber (6) and Paul Byron (41) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadiens stun Penguins 2-0 to win qualifying round series

Aug. 7, 2020 8:02 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins entered their qualifying round matchup against Montreal healthy but wary. Optimistic but guarded. While they'd shown plenty of grit during a regular season that featured extended absences by high-profile names on their star-laden roster, in a short series facing a...

Arizona Coyotes' Michael Grabner (40) celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Coyotes advance with 4-3 overtime win over Predators

Aug. 7, 2020 7:03 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes got a reprieve when the postseason was expanded for the NHL's restarted season, only to face the distraction of their general manager resigning right before leaving for Edmonton. More adversity hit when Nashville sent Game 4 of the Stanley Cup qualifier series...

Arizona Coyotes celebrate a goal against there Nashville Predators during the first period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Sunday, August 2, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Coyotes hold off Predators 4-3 in series opener

Aug. 2, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Oliver Ekman-Larsson fired a shot from near the blue line that caromed off one Nashville player's skate, another's body and into the net. Arizona's eight-year wait to play a postseason game couldn't have gotten off to a better start, even if took a lucky couple of bounces....

Arizona Coyotes right wing Phil Kessel, left, and Coyotes right wing Christian Fischer (36) take a break during NHL hockey practice at Gila River Arena Monday, July 13, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Coyotes aiming to stay focused following Chayka resignation

Jul. 29, 2020 4:27 PM EDT

The Arizona Coyotes caught a break when the NHL opted to expand the postseason and return from the pandemic-related shutdown in a pair of Canadian bubbles. Arizona was a long shot to make the playoffs when the season was halted in March and the rejiggered format puts them in the postseason for the first time...