• New Jersey Devils sign first-round draft pick Pavel Zacha

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed first-round draft pick Pavel Zacha to a three-year, $2.78 million entry-level contract. Devils executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero announced the signing on Tuesday, saying that the forward will have an average annual salary of $925,000. Had Zacha not signed by Saturday, the 18-year-old would not have been allowed to play in the NHL this season. "It was always my dream to play in the NHL," Zacha said in a conference call. "It's a great feeling." Zacha, who is working out in California to prepare for training camp next month, is expected to push for a spot on the Devils roster this year. The franchise has missed the playoffs the past three se

  • Sabres to host Bruins, Devils in prospects tournament

    Updated: Tue, Aug 11, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres will host the Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils in a pre-training camp prospects tournament, which they hope to turn into an annual event. Each teams' prospects will play two games during a tournament that will run from Sept. 12-14, the Sabres announced Tuesday. Games will be played at the Sabres' home arena and adjoining HarborCenter, a newly opened two-rink hotel/entertainment complex which hosted the NHL pre-draft scouting combine in June. The Sabres began developing plans for the tournament earlier this year in a bid to showcase their up-and-coming stars. They include Boston University center Jack Eichel, who was drafted second overall in June.

  • New York Rangers sign recently arrested center Stoll

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers are giving former Los Angeles Kings center Jarret Stoll a second chance a few months after he pleaded guilty to reduced charges in a cocaine case. The Rangers on Monday signed Stoll to a one-year, $800,000 contract in a deal that gives the NHL's best team in the regular season in 2014 a center who is outstanding on faceoffs, good on the penalty kill and a veteran who knows what it takes to win the Stanley Cup. The negative is obviously Stoll's recent problems off the ice. The 33-year-old pleaded guilty in June to two reduced misdemeanor charges to resolve a felony cocaine case stemming from his April arrest at a Las Vegas Strip swimming pool. A felony charge of cocaine possession w

  • Blues' Jori Lehtera out 6 to 8 weeks after ankle surgery

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Blues said that forward Jori Lehtera will be sidelined for six to eight weeks after recent surgery on his right ankle. Lehtera had surgery on Aug. 4. The Blues said the 27-year-old Lehtera was injured at the end of the season. St. Louis was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Minnesota Wild. Lehtera played in 75 regular-season games in his first NHL season and had 14 goals and 30 assists. He added two assists in five playoff games.

  • NHLPA files grievance over Richards' termination with Kings

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NHL Players' Association has filed a grievance on behalf of center Mike Richards, contesting the termination of his contract by the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings terminated the final five years of Richards' contract on June 29, saying the two-time Stanley Cup champion committed "a material breach" of his deal. The team and Richards have said nothing else about the circumstances of his termination. But Richards was expected to fight it, since he was due another $22 million. The Kings would get only a $1.32 million cap penalty for the next five years if they're successful in terminating his contract.

  • Grievance filed over Mike Richards' contract termination

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — The NHL players' union has filed a grievance on behalf of Mike Richards against the Los Angeles Kings, contesting his contract termination. The Kings terminated Richards' contract in late June for what they called "a material breach of the requirements" of his contract. Richards had $22 million and five years left on the deal. It was not immediately clear when Richards would have a hearing, though the NHL Players Association would like the process expedited. Richards is a free agent.

  • AP source: Kane investigation involves woman in her 20s

    Updated: Mon, Aug 10, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the police investigation of Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane tells The Associated Press that it involves something that happened between the player and a woman in her 20s. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because authorities have not revealed any details of the investigation being conducted by Hamburg police. Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett confirmed the investigation last week, saying it involved something that may have happened at Kane's home outside of Buffalo on Aug. 2. Wickett said police were gathering information and awaiting results of forensic tests. Kane is from Buffalo, and was selected first overall by Chicago in the 2007 draft.

  • Former NHL defenseman Gus Mortson dies at age 90

    Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    TIMMINS, Ontario (AP) — Angus "Gus" Mortson, the eight-time NHL All-Star defenseman who helped the Toronto Maple Leafs win four Stanley Cup titles, died Saturday. He was 90. Mortson's family announced the death through the Miron-Wilson Funeral Home in Timmins. Morton had 46 goals, 152 assists and 1,380 penalty minutes in 796 regular-season games in 13 seasons with Toronto, Chicago and Detroit. He had five goals and eight assists in 54 playoff games. Mortson played on Toronto's championship clubs in 1947, 1948, 1949, and 1951. He led the NHL in penalties four times and fought Detroit great Gordie Howe in the 1948 All-Star game.

  • Under police investigation, Blackhawks' Kane hires lawyer

    Updated: Sat, Aug 8, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has hired an attorney and called off a public display of the Stanley Cup on Saturday because he is under police investigation over something that may have happened at his home last weekend. Without providing details, lawyer Paul Cambria confirmed in a text message to The Associated Press that he has been hired to represent Kane. Cambria represented Kane in 2009, when he pleaded guilty to a noncriminal charge of disorderly conduct after being accused of assaulting a Buffalo cab driver over 20 cents. Cambria is a high-profile attorney who specializes in First Amendment issues. He has represented Hustler publisher Larry Flynt and music artists Marilyn Manson and DMX.

  • Ducks re-sign Silfverberg for 4 years, $15 million

    Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Right wing Jakob Silfverberg agreed to a four-year, $15 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday. Silfverberg was a restricted free agent after he set career highs with 13 goals and 26 assists last season, playing frequently on the second line for the Pacific Division champions. The 24-year-old Swedish Olympian broke out in the postseason with four goals and 14 assists in 16 games as Anaheim fell one victory short of the Stanley Cup final. Although his new contract took several weeks to complete, Silfverberg said he was confident about his future in Orange County. "I'm super excited," Silfverberg told reporters in a phone interview from Sweden. "It might have taken a little longer than

  • Blackhawks' Patrick Kane under police investigation

    Updated: Fri, Aug 7, 2015

    HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) — Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane is under police investigation over something that may have happened at his home last weekend. Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett on Friday did not elaborate on the investigation, alluding to an "incident that allegedly occurred" at the player's offseason home in suburban Buffalo. Police are still gathering information and awaiting forensic tests, he said. Wickett made a brief statement outside police headquarters but would not say if police have spoken with Kane or if the player is cooperating. He responded to one question, saying he did not know if Kane would appear at headquarters Friday. Wickett added there would be no further comment.

  • NHL watching investigation involving Patrick Kane

    Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The NHL says it is "following developments" of a police investigation involving Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane. The Blackhawks said they are in the process of gathering information and declined further comment. The Buffalo News first reported the investigation Thursday. Neighbors of Kane, who lives in Hamburg, New York, in the offseason, told the Chicago Tribune that police arrived at his lakefront property Sunday night and that several plainclothes officers entered his house using flashlights. At least one wore gloves and was seen taking pictures out front. Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett would not describe the nature of the investigation or confirm one exists.

  • Devils hire Pertti Hasanen as development skills coach

    Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have a new development/skills coach in Pertti Hasanen, who brings more than 35 years of experience coaching hockey teams and developing players. Devils' general manager Ray Shero announced the hiring of the 61-year-old on Thursday. Hasanen most recently was director of hockey operations and player development at Boston University. Hasanen began his coaching career in 1979 in Finland and served as head coach for a number of European professional teams, including time in Norway, Italy and Finland. He also had stints as head European scout with the Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames. His NHL career included training camps for several teams, and he served at the Devils' developm

  • Coyotes sign defenseman Brandon Gormley to 1-year deal

    Updated: Thu, Aug 6, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes signed defenseman Brandon Gormley to a one-year, two-way contract Thursday. Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed. The 23-year-old Gormley, from Murray River, Prince Edward Island, had two goals and two assists in 27 games for the Coyotes last season. He also had three goals and seven assists in 23 for Portland in the American Hockey League. Gormley was drafted 13th overall in 2010.

  • Bettman: NHL outdoor games 'far from being overdone'

    Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — There's no reason for the NHL not to keep holding outdoor games each season, Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday. Bettman made a promotional appearance at the University of Minnesota football stadium. That's where the Minnesota Wild and Chicago Blackhawks will play outside Feb. 21 as part of the NHL's Stadium Series games, which were started in 2014 to supplement the annual Winter Classic on New Year's Day. Bettman said fans, communities and teams "cannot get enough" of the outdoor games and that "they're far from being overdone or oversaturated." After several years of lobbying, the Wild finally landed one for 2016.

  • Las Vegas, Quebec City NHL expansion bids advance to Phase 2

    Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

    Las Vegas and Quebec City are moving on to the second of three phases in their bids to land NHL expansion franchises, the respective groups announced Wednesday. Bill Foley, who heads the Las Vegas bid, issued a statement on his group's website, "Vegas Wants Hockey," that the league has invited it to advance. Quebecor, a Montreal-based communications giant, announced on its Twitter account that its Quebec City bid is moving forward. Foley said Phase 2 will feature bidders providing the NHL additional information regarding their respective markets and arena plans. The bidders will also gain access to certain league-related information. The Las Vegas group has already secured more than 13,200 season-ticket deposits for a p

  • Sutter signs 5-year extension with Canucks

    Updated: Tue, Aug 4, 2015

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have signed recently acquired center Brandon Sutter to a five-year contract extension at an average annual value of $4.375 million (US) per season. The Canucks acquired the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Sutter and a third-round draft pick in 2016 from the Pittsburgh Penguins on Tuesday for Nick Bonino, Adam Clendening and a 2016 second-round draft pick. Sutter, who has a cap hit of $3.3 million (US) in 2015-16, was set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, but is now under contract through the 2020-21 season. The 26-year-old had 21 goals, 12 assists and 14 penalty minutes in 80 games in mostly a third-line role with Pittsburgh last season behind Sidney Crosby

  • Garth Brooks cancels Tampa concerts

    Published: Sun, May 31, 2015

    The scheduling of the NHL's Stanley Cup Final is prompting Garth Brooks to cancel three shows set for Tampa next weekend. With the Tampa Bay Lightning making the finals against the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL and NBC slated Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at Tampa's Amalie Arena — the same day Brooks had two concerts scheduled for the same venue. According to a statement on Brooks' website, the involved parties considered moving the singer's Saturday concerts to the following day. However, the logistics of such a quick turnaround proved to be untenable for Brooks' team.

  • Oklahoma City Barons: Barons eliminated, franchise history comes to an end

    Published: Wed, May 20, 2015

    Alexandre Grenier scored off a rebound with 12:49 left in the game, and goaltender Jacob Markstrom made several big saves down the stretch, and the Utica Comets eliminated the Barons 1-0 in Game 7 of an American Hockey League Western Conference semifinal series.