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FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, San Jose Sharks' Joe Thornton (19) moves the puck as Chicago Blackhawks' Brandon Saad (20) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago. The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 41-year-old forward Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

Maple Leafs sign 41-year-old Joe Thornton to a 1-year deal

Oct. 16, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs signed 41-year-old forward Joe Thornton to a one-year, $700,000 contract Friday. Thornton, a six-time all star and the winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy in 2006 as the NHL's MVP, is the second Ontario-born veteran to sign a league-minimum deal with the Maple Leafs in...

FILE - In this Dec. 7, 2019 file photo, Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak (88) works against Colorado Avalanche's Nikita Zadorov (16) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Boston. The Avalanche acquired Brandon Saad in a multiplayer trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020. Colorado sent Zadorov and Anton Lindholm to Chicago for Saad and defenseman Dennis Gilbert. The Blackhawks also will retain $1 million of Saad’s $6 million salary for next season. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Bruins' Pastrnak, Marchand could miss start of next season

Oct. 13, 2020 6:46 PM EDT

The Boston Bruins could be without two-thirds of their top line when the next NHL season starts after the team said Tuesday that David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each underwent surgery last month. Pastrnak isn’t expected to be fully recovered and able to play until mid-February after an operation to repair...

FILE - In this Feb. 17, 2020, file photo, Arizona Coyotes left wing Taylor Hall (91) is shown during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, in Glendale, Ariz. The NHL is embarking on a free agent period like never before in hockey history. Defensemen Alex Pietrangelo and Torey Krug and winger Taylor Hall headline a talented free agent class. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

NHL teams making moves, not waiting for top free agents

Oct. 10, 2020 10:29 PM EDT

Taylor Hall went unsigned during the first day of free agency. Same with Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Hoffman. A handful of the top free agents are still available, but NHL teams aren't waiting for those big fish to sign to make other moves. Boston paused its pursuit of Hall to sign big winger Craig Smith; Columbus...

FILE - In this June 15, 2015, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' goalie Corey Crawford kisses the Stanley Cup Trophy after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final series in Chicago. The past few weeks have seen several recent Stanley Cup winners get rid of members of their championship core. The Blackhawks moved on from Corey Crawford, the Washington Capitals did the same with Braden Holtby, the Pittsburgh Penguins traded fellow goalie Matt Murray and forward Patric Hornqvist and the St. Louis Blues signing Torey Krug means captain Alex Pietrangelo will sign elsewhere.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core

Oct. 10, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

While Braden Holtby saw his split with the Washington Capitals coming, Patric Hornqvist, Corey Crawford and Alex Pietrangelo weren't so lucky. Hornqvist was “blindsided” the Pittsburgh Penguins wanted to trade him. Crawford was “devastated” the Chicago Blackhawks were going in another...

Dallas Stars goaltender Anton Khudobin (35) makes a save as Tampa Bay Lightning's Anthony Cirelli (71) and Stars' Esa Lindell (23) battle in front during second-period NHL Stanley Cup finals hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

'Dobby' for Conn Smythe? Stars' Khudobin is making his case

Sep. 20, 2020 4:20 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Born when Kazakhstan was still part of the Soviet Union, Anton Khudobin just wanted to make it to the NHL one day. Little did he dream of winning the Stanley Cup. When he accomplished his first childhood goal and got a front-row seat for a deep playoff run practicing with the...

FILE - In this March 10, 2020, file photo, Dallas Stars interim head coach Rick Bowness yells from the bench as they played the New York Rangers during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Dallas. The 65-year-old Dallas Stars coach is hockey’s version of Kevin Bacon in that he’s got some connection to almost everyone, and for the first time, he’s leading a team that’s now six wins away from the Stanley Cup. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

Hockey's Kevin Bacon: Playoffs are 6 degrees of Rick Bowness

Sep. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Rick Bowness looked at the Calgary Flames lineup written on the whiteboard in the Dallas locker room, and a strange thought crossed his mind. “It was one of the few teams in the league that I had never coached any of their players,” Bowness said. Bowness did coach...

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) tries to hold onto the puck under pressure from New York Islanders center Casey Cizikas (53) and teammate Matt Martin (17) during the second period of an NHL Stanley Cup Eastern Conference playoff hockey game in Toronto, Ontario, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Couturier 3rd Flyers to be named NHL's top defensive forward

Sep. 10, 2020 9:33 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier prides himself in playing a 200-foot game, and even ended this ninth NHL season skating on a sprained right knee. Couturier became the third Flyers player to be chosen as the NHL's top defensive forward, when he was awarded the Frank J....

Boston Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy, rear watches during the third period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Bruins' Bruce Cassidy wins NHL coach of the year honors

Sep. 9, 2020 9:32 PM EDT

Bruce Cassidy's wife and kids enjoyed his NHL coach of the year honors more than he did. Cassidy went back to coaching. More than a week since his Boston Bruins were eliminated from the playoffs, Cassidy spent time Wednesday after learning he won the Jack Adams Award watching the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York...

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Ondrej Palat (18) celebrates his second goal of the game with teammate right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) during the second period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game against the Boston Bruins in Toronto, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)

Weary Islanders set to face rested Lightning in East finals

Sep. 6, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

In an NHL playoff like no other, New York Islanders coach Barry Trotz has grown accustomed to the various unexpected challenges. There’s been times he’s waited until 10 p.m. to learn when the next day's practice is scheduled. Game times had been reshuffled after the Tampa Bay Lightning and Columbus...

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara (33) and Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrate with teammates after eliminating the Carolina Hurricanes during third period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey action in Toronto on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

Bruins captain Chara: I want to keep playing in Boston

Sep. 3, 2020 5:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Bruins captain Zdeno Chara says he wants to play next season, when he will turn 44 — and he wants to do it in Boston. Chara said that he was still raw from the Bruins' playoff elimination when he said Monday night, “I’m going to be open-minded” about returning. On...