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FILE - In this April 12, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning center Brayden Point (21) is shown during the second period of Game 2 of an NHL Eastern Conference first-round hockey playoff series against the Columbus Blue Jackets, in Tampa, Fla. A person with knowledge of the situation says the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent forward Brayden Point to a $20.25 million, three-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t been announced. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 23, 2019 - 10:48 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed restricted free agent forward Brayden Point to a $20.25 million, three-year contract on Monday. Point will count $6.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. Point's contract ends a long stalemate with the Lightning that...
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September 22, 2019 - 9:07 am
TORONTO (AP) — The reality of what the new women's pro hockey union was launching didn't resonate with Brianne Jenner until she came out of the locker room and saw the crowd — many of them young girls — in the stands of the 700-seat arena. The leap of faith taken by the Canadian national team...
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FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2019, file photo, New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) collides with Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask (40) as he scores a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Boston. The goal counted, Chytil faced no repercussions and Rask was concussed. Those kinds of collisions are happening at an alarming rate over the past couple of seasons, leading to an increase in goaltender concussions. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm, File)
September 20, 2019 - 11:56 am
Filip Chytil beat the last defender to the net, snapped the shot past Tuukka Rask and barreled over the goaltender he had just scored on. Rask flipped his mask off, lay prone and needed assistance to get to his feet and to the Boston Bruins locker room. The goal counted and Chytil faced no...
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FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2016, file photo, New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi (5) gets set for a faceoff during the first period during an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Glendale, Ariz. The former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman has announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
September 20, 2019 - 10:17 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi will retire from the NHL after 13 seasons. Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals and 264 points and a plus-78 ratings. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference Finals and...
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FILe - In this Dec. 31, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals right wing Devante Smith-Pelly (25) skates with the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators, in Washington. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey’s middle class is being squeezed out. Veterans like 2018 Washington Capitals playoff hero Devante Smith-Pelly are finding it increasingly difficult to land guaranteed contracts and are oftentimes forced to go to training camp on professional tryout agreements. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
September 19, 2019 - 1:56 pm
Stanley Cup-winning experience isn't worth what it used to be. Neither is experience of any kind. As NHL teams move toward paying their stars more money and relying on young players to fill the gaps, hockey's middle class is being squeezed out. Veterans like 2018 Washington Capitals playoff hero...
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FILE - In this June 12, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko, of Russia, carries the Stanley Cup after the team defeated the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup Final in Boston. Tarasenko is thankful for the internet because it allows his grandfather back home in Russia to watch NHL games. Starting this season, Tarasenko’s grandfather and the rest of Russia will be able to watch every single regular-season and playoff game. The NHL is expanding its reach into Russia with a new streaming agreement with Yandex that will more than triple the amount of games broadcast there. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)
September 18, 2019 - 3:39 pm
St. Louis had better dig in for its repeat bid. The defending Stanley Cup champion Blues will have their hands full in the Western Conference, which seems to have a slew of contenders. And, every team in the entire league is going to give the Blues its best shot each game. "There's going to be a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2019, file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) eyes a shot during the first day of training camp, in Brandon, Fla. Fresh off finishing 21 points ahead of the NHL last regular season and going four and out in the playoffs, the Lightning are again Stanley Cup favorites and the team to beat in an ever-improving the Eastern Conference. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)
September 18, 2019 - 12:58 pm
Getting swept in the first round wasn't enough to knock the Tampa Bay Lightning off the mountaintop. After finishing 21 points ahead of everyone else during the 2018-19 regular season, the Lightning are again Stanley Cup favorites and the team to beat in an ever-improving Eastern Conference. With a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2012, file photo, National Hockey League Players' Association executive director Donald Fehr, center, is joined by players George Parros , left, and Kevin Westgath after meeting with NHL officials in New York. The NHLPA announces its decision whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement and set the clock ticking toward another potential work stoppage in 2020. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
September 16, 2019 - 3:34 pm
The National Hockey League will play its next three seasons without the threat of a work stoppage amid optimism that labor peace will stretch beyond 2022. The NHL Players' Association on Monday announced it would not opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement. Combined with the owners'...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2018, file photo, Czech Republic' Dominik Kubalik (18) checks Russia's Nikita Nesterov (89) during the second period of the semifinal round of the men's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Kubalik is one of the biggest variables for the Chicago Blackhawks as they try to get back to the playoffs after a two-year absence. He could play on one of Chicago’s top lines, but he isn’t looking too far ahead early in training camp. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
September 14, 2019 - 1:25 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Dominik Kubalik is leaning on David Kampf while he transitions to life in the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. He peppers his Czech countryman with all sorts of questions. "I think he's a little bit mad at me right now," a grinning Kubalik said, "because I'm still asking 'What's that...
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September 14, 2019 - 1:19 pm
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a $53.025 million, seven-year extension Saturday that will begin next season and go through the 2026-27 season. The deal carries an annual value of $7.575 million. The 29-year-old Spurgeon set career highs last season of...
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