• Hurricanes hire Mark Morris as minor-league coach

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes have hired veteran coach Mark Morris to coach their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. The team announced Morris' hiring Friday. The 57-year-old Morris was an assistant with the Florida Panthers last season. Before that, he spent eight years as the head coach of Manchester in the AHL — going 338-224-66 with what at the time was the Los Angeles Kings' top minor-league team. He also coached at Clarkson University, going 306-156-42 in 14 seasons. He replaces Jeff Daniels, whose contract was not renewed by Carolina. The Hurricanes also re-signed Geordie Kinnear as an assistant coach in Charlotte.

  • Desjardins stays with Blackhawks

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — Forward Andrew Desjardins has agreed to a two-year contract with the Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. Acquired from San Jose before the trade deadline, he became an important part of the fourth line and helped Chicago win its third Stanley Cup in six seasons. He had a career-high five goals in 69 regular-season games between the Sharks and Blackhawks and had a goal and three assists in the playoffs. The signing was announced on Friday.

  • Oilers sign No. 1 pick McDavid to 3-year, entry-level deal

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Connor McDavid played 66 junior games for the Erie Otters this season and seven more at the world junior championship. Even when the hockey stopped, there was more to do. McDavid went to Quebec City for the CHL awards, Buffalo for the NHL scouting combine, Edmonton for a visit and finally South Florida for the NHL draft. This week, the No. 1 pick is back in Edmonton for the Oilers development camp, his first time on the ice in orange and blue. On Friday, the 18-year-old phenom agreed to terms on his three-year, entry-level contract with the Oilers. McDavid's contract is worth approximately $11.3 million in total — $925,000 per year plus bonuses — the maximum allowed for an entry-level contract.

  • Hotel demolition to make way for hockey arena construction

    Updated: Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Crews will implode a vacant, 13-story historic hotel to make way for the construction of a new Detroit Red Wings hockey arena. Demolition of the former Park Avenue Hotel, just north of downtown Detroit, is scheduled for July 11, the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News reported. The Detroit Historic District Commission voted last month to raze the hotel, which was built in the 1920s. It will be replaced with an underground loading dock. Implosion cuts the demolition time from three months to one morning, said Olympia Development spokesman Doug Kuiper.

  • Ducks sign new D Kevin Bieksa to 2-year extension thru 2018

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Defenseman Kevin Bieksa has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension through 2018 with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks announced the deal with Bieksa on Thursday, two days after the club acquired him from Vancouver. Bieksa has one year and $4.6 million left on his contract from the Canucks. He scored 14 points in 60 games for Vancouver last season. Anaheim acquired Bieksa shortly after general manager Bob Murray determined he couldn't re-sign defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who got a three-year deal worth $13.5 million from Colorado. Bieksa will be the Ducks' highest-paid defenseman next season. His salary for the following two seasons will match defenseman Cam Fowler's annual $4 m

  • Caps get Sochi shootout star Oshie from Blues for Brouwer

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — T.J. Oshie is looking forward to joining Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom with the Washington Capitals, who acquired the Sochi Olympics shootout star from the St. Louis Blues on Thursday for Troy Brouwer. "I'd feel kind of like a kid in a candy store, I guess, playing with that caliber of player," Oshie said on a conference call. As part of the swap of right wings, Washington also will send AHL goalie Pheonix Copley and a third-round pick in next year's NHL draft to St. Louis. Oshie had 19 goals and 36 assists in 72 games last season, his seventh in the NHL, all with St. Louis. He is best known for scoring four times during a shootout to lead the United States to a victory against Russia at th

  • Sharks sign McNally, McCarthy, Lerg, Haley to contracts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks signed former Harvard defenseman Patrick McNally to a two-year contract Thursday and forwards John McCarthy, Bryan Lerg and Micheal Haley to one-year deals. The Sharks also signed minor league defenseman Mark Cundari to a one-year deal as they stocked up the depth in their organization. San Jose began filling out Peter DeBoer's new coaching staff by hiring assistant Bob Boughner and goaltending coach Johan Hedberg. In other news, executive Wayne Thomas retired after 22 years with the organization. McNally was originally a fourth-round pick by Vancouver in 2010 but went to college instead of signing with the Canucks. The Sharks acquired his rights for a seventh-round pi

  • LA Kings' Voynov pleads no contest in domestic abuse case

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    TORRANCE, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Kings defenseman Slava Voynov was sentenced to three months in jail Thursday after pleading no contest to beating his wife after an argument at a Halloween party last year. Voynov, 25, was also placed on probation for three years for misdemeanor corporal injury to a spouse. A felony domestic violence charge that alleged he caused great bodily injury was thrown out in exchange for the plea. Voynov would not comment as he left Los Angeles County Superior Court holding his wife's hand. He must begin serving his jail term by July 14. Authorities said the Russian Olympian struck and choked his wife in their Redondo Beach bedroom after a fight that began at a party attended by other Kings

  • Ducks re-sign defenseman Korbinian Holzer to 1-year deal

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Defenseman Korbinian Holzer has re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $750,000. The Ducks announced the deal Thursday. Holzer never played for the Ducks after Anaheim acquired him from the Toronto Maple Leafs at the trade deadline March 2, but he will compete for a roster spot in training camp. The German defenseman has appeared in 58 NHL games with the Maple Leafs, collecting nine points and 55 penalty minutes. He has spent most of his North American career with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

  • World championships lands defenseman Moore job with Devils

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Playing in the recent world hockey championships for the United States might have been the best thing that has happened to defenseman John Moore. Moore impressed New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero in helping the Americans earn a bronze medal in the Czech Republic and it got him a job when NHL free agency opened Wednesday. Moore signed a three-year, $5 million contract with New Jersey just days after the Arizona Coyotes made him an unrestricted free agent by not extending a qualifying contract offer. The deal returns Moore to the New York metropolitan area, where he spent three inconsistent seasons with the Rangers, including one with limited playing time.

  • RW Erik Condra signs 3-year contract with Lightning

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Free agent right wing Erik Condra has signed a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Condra appeared in 68 games with the Ottawa Senators last season, finishing with a career-high nine goals and 23 points. In 299 career games with the Senators, who selected him in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL draft, he has 33 goals and 87 points. The signing Wednesday reunites the 6-foot, 190-pound forward with Lightning coach Jon Cooper. Condra played for the coach while both were with the NAHL's Texarkana Bandits during the 2003-04 season.

  • Rangers' Martin St. Louis announces retirement

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — New York Rangers forward Martin St. Louis is retiring after 16 NHL seasons, seven All Star selections and one Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning. St. Louis made the announcement Thursday, roughly a month after helping the Rangers reach the Eastern Conference finals, where they lost to the Lightning in seven games. He had 21 goals and 31 assists this past regular season, but had one goal and six assists in 19 playoffs games. The 40-year-old St. Louis was uncertain whether he would return for another season after the Rangers were eliminated, but it was clear that New York was not going to bring the hard-working 5-foot-8 veteran back. St.

  • Canucks fire 2 assistant GMs, director of player personnel

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks cleaned out their front office, firing assistant general managers Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning and director of player personnel Eric Crawford on Thursday. Canucks president Trevor Linden announced the three were let go "after a thorough review of the team." Gilman, who also held the title of vice president of hockey operations, had been with the team since 2008 when Mike Gillis was hired as general manager. Gillis was fired a year ago when Linden took over as president, and he was replaced by Jim Benning. "They have been important members of our staff for a long time and made significant contributions to the success of this team," Linden said in a sta

  • Rangers sign G Brandon Halverson to entry-level contract

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have signed 19-year-old goaltender Brandon Halverson to an entry-level contract. General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing Thursday as prospects skated at the team's Westchester facility. Halverson appeared in 50 games with Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this past season, posting a 40-5-2 record, along with a 2.63 goals against average, a .913 save percentage and six shutouts. He is the first Rangers' draft pick in franchise history to earn at least 40 wins in juniors in one season. The 6-foot-4 goaltender posted a 10-4 record in the playoffs. The Traverse City, Michigan, native represented the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Champion

  • Sharks hire 2 assistants for DeBoer's staff

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have hired Bob Boughner as an assistant coach and Johan Hedberg as goaltending coach for Peter DeBoer's new staff. The Sharks announced the moves Thursday. Boughner spent the past four seasons as head coach of Windsor in the OHL. He spent one year as an assistant in the NHL with Columbus in 2010-11. Boughner played in 630 NHL games as a defenseman with Colorado, Carolina, Calgary, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Buffalo. Hedberg served most recently as the goaltending coach for New Jersey's AHL affiliate and had also been a special assignment scout in the organization when DeBoer was the Devils' head coach. Hedberg played in 373 career NHL games with Pittsburgh, Vancou

  • Blackhawks reach deals with D Schilling, Liambas

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defensemen Cameron Schilling and Michael Liambas. The two-year contract for Schilling runs through the 2016-17 season and Liambas is a one-year deal for next season. Schilling played in six games with the Washington Capitals (2012-15), including four last season. Liambas had five goals, three assists and 158 penalty minutes in 54 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season. Both players are 26 years old.

  • Longtime Sharks executive Wayne Thomas retires

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Longtime San Jose Sharks executive Wayne Thomas is retiring after 22 years in the organization. The 67-year-old Thomas announced his decision to step down as vice president and assistant general manager on Thursday. He says he wants to spend more time with his family. Thomas spent 45 years in hockey as a player, coach, scout and executive. He played goalie for nine years in the NHL for Montreal, Toronto and the New York Rangers. The Canadiens won the Stanley Cup his rookie year in 1972-73. Thomas worked closely with the goalies in San Jose, as well as various other duties. Thomas says his only regret is not being able to bring a Stanley Cup championship to San Jose.

  • Predators sign Gabriel Bourque to one-year contract

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Gabriel Bourque has accepted his qualifying offer and has signed a one-year contract worth $866,250. The 24-year-old Bourque has 30 goals and 44 assists in 220 career NHL games, all with Nashville. Bourque had three goals and 10 assists in 69 games this past season after collecting nine goals and 17 assists in 2013-14. The Predators also announced the signings of forward Max Reinhart and free-agent defenseman Conor Allen to one-year, two-way contracts worth $575,000 when they're in the NHL and $80,000 when they're in the American Hockey League. Allen has spent most of the past two-plus seasons in the New York Rangers organization.

  • Islanders sign 6 players to 2-way, 1-year contracts

    Updated: Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Islanders have signed Joe Whitney, James Wright and four other forwards to one-year, two-way contracts. The team announced the signings Thursday. Justin Florek, Ben Holmstrom, Bracken Kearns and Justin Vaive also joined the team. Whitney played with the Albany Devils of the AHL last season. He had 23 goals and 37 assists in 66 games. He also appeared in four NHL games with New Jersey and scored his first goal. Wright is returning from Russia, where he had 15 goals and four assists in 53 games with his Kontinental Hockey League club. He has 146 games of NHL experience with the Tampa Bay Lightning and Winnipeg Jets.

  • Kessel trade to Penguins highlights start of NHL free agency

    Updated: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    On the first day of NHL free agency, a blockbuster trade stole the spotlight. The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired high-scoring winger Phil Kessel from Toronto on Wednesday in the biggest move of the day, while a handful of prominent defenseman found new homes in free agency. Mike Green signed a multiyear deal with Detroit, Andrej Sekera signed a $33 million, six-year contract with Edmonton, Paul Martin inked a $19.4 million, four-year deal with San Jose and Francois Beauchemin got a three-year deal with Colorado. Other notable players to sign with teams on a busy opening day of free agency were right wing Justin Williams to a two-year, $6.5 million contract with Washington; forward Michael Frolik, who got a $21.




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