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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2020, file photo, Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) reaches for the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Washington. The Vancouver Canucks signed Holtby to an $8.6 million, two-year deal after letting Jacob Markstrom leave in free agency. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

Lightning among losers, Flames with winners in free agency

Oct. 10, 2020 2:42 AM EDT

The Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup and lost a lot on Day 1 of NHL free agency. The Lightning simply could not afford to keep a trio of role players: defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, center Tyler Johnson and center Carter Verhaeghe. Johnson was put on waivers while Shattenkirk and Verhaeghe left the...

Canadiens agree to 7-year extension with newcomer Anderson

Oct. 8, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens agreed to a seven-year contract extension with forward Josh Anderson on Thursday. The contract that runs through the 2026-27 season has an average annual value of $5.5 million. The 26-year-old Anderson was acquired Tuesday from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade for...

Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur facing recurrence of lung cancer

Oct. 7, 2020 4:14 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur is facing a recurrence of lung cancer, the hospital treating him announced Wednesday. Lafleur was informed of the diagnosis during an appointment with his medical team earlier this week at the Centre hospitalier de l’Universite de Montreal....

File-Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi (13) during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens got the trading started three hours before the first round of the draft began with an intriguing swap of forwards. The Blue Jackets got Domi and a third-round pick from the Canadiens for Josh Anderson. Each player is a restricted free agent who needs a new contract for next season. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

Columbus, Montreal make only player trade on Day 1 of draft

Oct. 6, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

The Columbus Blue Jackets and Montreal Canadiens completed a deal, and that was about it. Not much at all when it comes to trades on the first day of the virtual NHL draft. The Blue Jackets getting center Max Domi and a third-round pick from the Canadiens for winger Josh Anderson on Tuesday was the only trade...

Detroit Red Wings left wing Justin Abdelkader (8) plays against the Calgary Flames in the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020, in Detroit. NHL teams continue to clear salary cap space with free agency starting later this week. The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Justin Abdelkader on unconditional waivers Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, for the purpose of buying out his contract. The Montreal Canadiens did the same with defenseman Karl Alzner, who had been relegated to the minors for much of last season. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Red Wings put Justin Abdelkader on buyout waivers

Oct. 6, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NHL teams continue to clear salary cap space with free agency coming up later this week. The Detroit Red Wings placed forward Justin Abdelkader on unconditional waivers Tuesday for the purpose of buying out his contract. The Montreal Canadiens did the same with defenseman Karl Alzner, who...

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos (91) is presented the Stanley Cup from NHL commissioner Gary Bettman as they celebrate after defeating the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals, in Edmonton, Alberta, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Tampa Bay's Stamkos in rare company as injured Cup captain

Sep. 29, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Steven Stamkos greeted Game 4 overtime hero Kevin Shattenkirk with a hug in the tunnel after the game. After the Tampa Bay Lightning missed out on their first chance to win the Stanley Cup in double overtime a night later, Stamkos walked into the locker room to re-energize...

Canadiens sign defenseman Jeff Petry to 4-year extension

Sep. 25, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

MONTREAL (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens on Friday signed defenseman Jeff Petry to a four-year extension at an average of $6.25 million a year. The 32-year-old Petry had 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 71 games last season. Petry was Montreal’s hits leader and led all Canadiens defensemen in...

Canes trade Edmundson's rights to Montreal for 5th rounder

Sep. 12, 2020 4:55 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes parted ways with defenseman Joel Edmundson after one season, trading his free agent rights to the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday for a fifth-round pick. Carolina acquired Edmundson after he won the Stanley Cup with the Blues in the 2019 trade that sent...

Vancouver Canucks' Tanner Pearson (70) is stopped by St. Louis Blues goalie Jake Allen (34) as Colton Parayko (55) defends during the second period of an NHL Western Conference Stanley Cup playoff series, in Edmonton, Alberta, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Blues trade goalie Allen to Montreal, clear salary cap space

Sep. 2, 2020 4:41 PM EDT

Trading a longtime goaltender who lost his starting job could be the first step toward the St. Louis Blues keeping their Stanley Cup-winning captain. The Blues traded goaltender Jake Allen to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday in a move that clears valuable salary cap space to try to re-sign captain and top...