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Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart, Lindsay at NHL Awards

Jun. 19, 2019 11:14 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nikita Kucherov gratefully accepted the Hart Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award on Wednesday night in recognition of his spectacular 128-point regular season in Tampa Bay. He might even be able to enjoy the trophies someday, whenever the sting of the Lightning's first-round postseason loss...

Homophobia study shows perception, reality "disconnect"

Jun. 19, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

Researchers say a survey of players in the Australian Ice Hockey League shows homophobic language is often used but that an even higher percentage of competitors would make a gay player feel welcome. It's an apparent contradiction the researchers call a "disconnect between perception and reality" because anti-gay...

The Latest: Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov wins Hart Trophy

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on the NHL Awards show (all times local): 7:20 p.m. Nikita Kucherov of the Tampa Bay Lightning has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. The Russian right wing won the award for the first time after his prolific 128-point regular season. He beat out two-time MVP...

Flyers' 'win-now' offseason continues with Hayes signing

Jun. 19, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

Kevin Hayes watched with significant interest as the Philadelphia Flyers made moves to get better right away. Then he signed on the dotted line for the long term to add to those efforts. Hayes signed a $50 million, seven-year contract with the Flyers on Wednesday that's worth $7.14 million a season. The...

Follow the money: Salary cap could spawn NHL trade frenzy

Jun. 19, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

Matt Niskanen wasn't totally shocked when the Washington Capitals traded him to Philadelphia last week. One look at their salary cap picture explained it. "I know what kind of situation Washington was in, so I knew there was a possibility," he said. General managers say there is more trade chatter now than at any...

Bettman: NHL board approves Coyotes sale, new arena needed

Jun. 19, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alex Meruelo was approved as the new majority owner of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL's Board of Governors meeting on Wednesday. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman also reaffirmed the league's belief that the Coyotes need a downtown arena for the long-troubled franchise to have a future in...

New York Islanders hire Jim Hiller an assistant coach

Jun. 19, 2019 5:36 PM EDT

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders have hired Jim Hiller as an assistant coach. The Islanders announced the addition to Barry Trotz's staff Wednesday. Hiller spent the past four seasons as an assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings during the...

AP Source: Sabres retain rights to Girgensons, Larsson

Jun. 19, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

The Buffalo Sabres have issued qualifying offers to their most high-profile restricted free agents, including forwards Zemgus Girgensons and Johan Larsson, a person with direct knowledge of the decisions tells The Associated Press. The Sabres also issued offers to retain the rights of defensemen Jake McCabe,...

Stillman's local group takes over full ownership of Blues

Jun. 19, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A group led by St. Louis Blues chairman Tom Stillman now owns 100 percent of the reigning Stanley Cup champions. Stillman on Wednesday announced the purchase of remaining shares of the team from Sports Capital Holdings LLC, which owned the Blues from 2006-2012. The NHL Board of Governors...

Anaheim Ducks buy out contract of former MVP Corey Perry

Jun. 19, 2019 2:03 PM EDT

The Anaheim Ducks have bought out the contract of former NHL MVP Corey Perry after 14 seasons with the franchise. The Ducks announced the move Wednesday, with general manager Bob Murray calling it "one of the most difficult decisions I've had to make in my 44 years in the NHL." Perry has spent his entire career...