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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Zemgus Girgensons to a two-year contract. The team announced the deal, which carries an average value of $1.6 million, on Thursday. Girgensons, from Latvia, is the last of the Sabres’ restricted free agents to sign with the team. Buffalo’s first-round pick in 2012 has 37 goals
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New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac will miss four to six months after having surgery on a torn pectoral muscle. General manager Ray Shero announced the news Thursday. “This morning, Travis Zajac underwent successful surgery to repair a torn left pectoral muscle that was suffered last week during off-season training,” he said. “The procedure was
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The Edmonton Oilers kept another key member of their core on Wednesday, signing forward Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year, $68 million contract. The deal comes after the Oilers gave captain Connor McDavid a contract with the highest annual average value ($12.5 million) in the league this offseason. Leon Draisaitl, right, and Connor McDavid form a
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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Looming in a suburban parking lot just off Interstate 70, some 16 miles east of the gleaming, 10-year-old Sprint Center in Kansas City, is the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, which serves, for now, as the area’s mecca for professional ice hockey. The Sprint Center, with a seating capacity for hockey of 17,500,
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AUSTIN, Texas — The NHL’s Dallas Stars have become the first Texas professional sports franchise to officially oppose a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender people. Team President James Lites said in a statement Wednesday that the Stars are “strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory.” The NFL and NBA have previously joined dozens of powerful
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Following the expansion draft, entry draft and free agency, there are many players who saw their fantasy value go up or down. We break down the biggest development on each team’s roster. With the NHL nearing a return for the 2017-18 season, here are the preliminary fantasy hockey preseason player rankings. Edmonton Oilers center Connor
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Former hockey player and current TV color commentator Eddie Olczyk announced Tuesday that he is being treated for colon cancer. “I have been working with outstanding health care professionals and expect to be back in the broadcast booth after I complete my treatment,” Olczyk said in a statement. “Having the support and encouragement from my
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Aug 9, 2017 Emily KaplanESPN NHL players have competed in the past five Winter Olympics, dating to 1998. The 2018 Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, will be different. The league will not take a break next season to allow players to participate, as it has during recent Olympic seasons. But, even though NHL commissioner Gary
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Players with NHL contracts, even those in the minors, will not be allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics next February. Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday that all players under contract will be treated the same. The league announced in April it wouldn’t be stopping its season to go
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He’s no longer Sid the Kid. Sidney Crosby turns 30 on Aug. 7, and as the Pittsburgh Penguins captain celebrates by welcoming the Stanley Cup to his native Nova Scotia for a third time, his place in the pantheon of the game’s greats is already assured. As it parades through Pittsburgh, returns to Russia with
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11:21 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN PLYMOUTH, Mich. — The NHL won’t have a presence at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, so the United States men’s hockey team unveiled a contingency plan. On Friday, USA Hockey introduced former Colorado Avalanche and current Wisconsin Badgers head coach Tony Granato as its Olympic coach and
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Arizona Coyotes defenseman Jakob Chychrun underwent knee surgery Thursday and is out indefinitely, the team said. The 19-year-old Chychrun, selected 16th overall in the 2016 NHL draft, suffered the unspecified injury during offseason training and is expected to recover fully, the team said. Chychrun scored seven goals — which tied for second among NHL defensemen
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Tony Granato, former coach of the Colorado Avalanche and current coach of the Wisconsin Badgers, has been tapped to coach the U.S. men’s team for the 2018 Olympics, a source told ESPN’s John Buccigross. Granato, 53, left a job as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings to take the Wisconsin position in March
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Defenseman Brett Pesce has turned his breakout season into a new contract. The Carolina Hurricanes announced on Tuesday that the 22-year-old has agreed to a six-year extension that pays $4.025 million per season. The deal starts in the 2018-19 season. Brett Pesce, left, celebrates a Jaccob Slavin goal last season. AP Photo/Frank Franklin II Pesce had
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Aug 1, 2017 Emily KaplanESPN As the calendar turns to August, the NHL is in the dog days of its summer sojourn. Here are five storylines I’m stoked about before training camps open in September: 1. Olympic absence NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has held firm on not sending players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in