• Ducks get Hagelin, Khudobin; ship out Etem, Palmieri, Wiz

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    The Anaheim Ducks' busy draft weekend demonstrated they're still determined to improve a team that finished a game short of the Stanley Cup Final last month. The Ducks acquired forward Carl Hagelin and goalie Anton Khudobin in trades Saturday while shipping out defenseman James Wisniewski and forwards Emerson Etem and Kyle Palmieri, creating salary cap flexibility and adding a proven scorer to their lineup. Anaheim gave up on hometown talent Etem to get Hagelin, who spent his first four NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, getting 58 goals and 72 assists with impressive speed and a scoring touch. He also played in 73 postseason games during that stretch.

  • Arizona sends Gagner to Philadelphia for Grossman

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes traded forward Sam Gagner and a draft pick to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday for defenseman Nicklas Grossmann and the contract of defenseman Chris Pronger. The draft pick will be a conditional fourth-round pick in 2016 or a third-rounder in 2017. Gagner had 15 goals and 26 assists in 81 games after being traded to Arizona from Tampa Bay before last season. Philadelphia general manager Ron Hextall would not say if the Flyers planned to keep Gagner or buy out his contract. "We're going to look at all of our options over the next few days and we'll make the decisions we have to make," Hextall said. Grossman had five goals and nine assists in 68 games with the Flyers l

  • Andong Song becomes 1st Chinese player taken in NHL draft

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, a Chinese player has been selected in the NHL draft. Andong Song was chosen by the New York Islanders with the No. 172 pick in the draft Saturday. The defenseman, who goes by the name "Misha," started playing hockey on a smaller-than-normal rink in Beijing when his mother was trying to find him a sport. Once his talent was spotted, his family moved to Canada and he quickly excelled when he began playing as a 10-year-old. Now his pro rights belong to the Islanders, his selection broadcast live in China. "Feels like I'm a star already," said Andong, who was followed by a Chinese television crew Saturday. "But, long way to go." The fact he's made it this far is something in

  • For Jeremy Roy, the wait at draft was both long and short

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — This much is certain: Jeremy Roy waited long enough to hear his name called at the NHL draft. The actual length of that wait depends on perspective. Was it 12 years, the amount of time he's been playing hockey? Was it 17 hours, the time that passed between the draft opening Friday night and his name being called as the 31st overall pick when festivities resumed Saturday morning? Or was it really just the 90 seconds that spanned the formal opening of the second round and the actual announcement? Regardless, it's over. He's a draftee, finally. Roy went to the San Jose Sharks — who swung a deal with Colorado to move up and get him moments before the 10 a.m. start of the second round on Saturd

  • Oilers get goaltender Cam Talbot, trade picks to Rangers

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers got their goaltender, acquiring Cam Talbot from the New York Rangers. On a busy day of trades Saturday at the NHL draft, the Oilers sent the 57th, 79th and 184th picks to New York for Talbot and the 209th pick. Talbot has just 57 games of NHL experience, but at age 27 he could still blossom into a starter. He has a year left on his contract and can be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Along with Talbot, the Rangers traded Carl Hagelin to the Ducks as part of larger deal that also included Emerson Etem. The Oilers also acquired forward Brad Ross and the 107th pick from Toronto for defenseman Martin Marincin.

  • Senators trade defenseman Eric Gryba to Oilers

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The Ottawa Senators traded Eric Gryba to the Edmonton Oilers for prospect Travis Ewanyk and the 107th pick in the draft on Saturday. With their second-day picks, the Senators drafted right-winger Gabriel Gagne at No. 36, center Filip Chlapik at No. 48, defenseman Christian Wolanin at No. 107, left-winger Filip Ahl at No. 109 and defenseman Christian Jaros at No. 139. Gryba has one year left at a cap hit of $1.25 million.

  • Stars acquire rights to champion goalie Niemi from Sharks

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Stars have acquired the rights to former Stanley Cup champion goalie Antti Niemi from the San Jose Sharks. Dallas sent San Jose its seventh-round selection (193th overall) in Saturday's draft. Niemi is set to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday. Niemi won all 16 postseason games for Chicago in 2010 when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup title. He went to San Jose as a free agent after that season. The 31-year-old Niemi, who is from Finland, has a 190-100-40 regular-season record with a 2.39 goals against average in his NHL career with Chicago (2008-10) and San Jose (2010-15). He was part of Finland's bronze medal-winning team at the 2014 Olympics.

  • Canes sent Khudobin to Ducks for Wisniewski

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks acquired goalie Anton Khudobin from the Carolina Hurricanes on Saturday in exchange for defenseman James Wisniewski. The move came shortly after the Hurricanes added goalie Eddie Lack in a trade with Vancouver. Carolina general manager Ron Francis says Wisniewski is "a veteran defenseman who has proven his ability to produce offensively" and says he'll be a big part of the team's power play and defensive units. Wisniewski, 31, was a healthy scratch during the playoffs. He had five assists in 13 games with Anaheim after coming over in March in a trade with Columbus. Khudobin split time with Cam Ward in each of the past two seasons. He went 27-31-7 with a 2.50 goals-against a

  • Canucks trade Lack to Hurricanes for 2 draft choices

    Updated: Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have traded goaltender Eddie Lack to the Carolina Hurricanes for two draft picks. The Canucks acquired Carolina's third-round pick in this weekend's draft as well as a seventh-round pick in next year's draft. Shortly after announcing the trade, the Hurricanes dealt goalie Anton Khudobin to Anaheim for defenseman James Wisniewski, leaving Lack and starter Cam Ward as the organization's top two netminders. In a statement, Carolina executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis called Lack "a big-bodied goalie who has proven himself on the NHL level in the past two seasons. The 27-year-old Lack went 18-13-4 with a 2.45 goals-against average and a .

  • Devils take Czech C Pavel Zacha with No. 6 pick in draft

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — New general manager Ray Shero is delivering on his promise to make the struggling New Jersey Devils a more exciting team. The Devils filled a big need on offense Friday night, taking Czech center Pavel Zacha with the sixth pick overall in the NHL draft and acquiring right wing Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks. The NHL announced the trade in a tweet. Shero, who replaced Lou Lamoriello after the season, said there is a slight holdup in the deal and it will probably become official Saturday. Zacha has all the tools to help the Devils get back to the playoffs after missing them the past three seasons and four of five. He is big (6-foot-3, 200 pounds), an excellent skater, he can

  • Devils acquire Kyle Palmieri from Ducks for draft picks

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have acquired forward Kyle Palmieri from the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks. The NHL announced the deal late Friday as the first round of the draft was coming to an end in Sunrise, Florida. New Jersey shipped the 41st overall pick in the draft and a third-round choice next year to Anaheim for Palmieri. The Devils acquired the 41st pick earlier this year in a deal that sent Jaromir Jagr to Florida. The 24-year-old Palmieri had 14 goals in 57 games with the Ducks last season. He was born in Smithtown, New York, grew up in Montvale, New Jersey, and played collegiately at Notre Dame.

  • Bruins send Lucic to Kings for Miller, Jones, draft pick

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Milan Lucic thought the Los Angeles Kings were going to draft him in 2006. A year later, he scored his first NHL goal at Staples Center for the Boston Bruins. When Lucic joined the Kings in a trade Friday, he thought back to all of his prior connections with Southern California — and the fact that he had just been at Disneyland with his daughter earlier in the week before this deal sent him back to the Happiest Place on Earth. "I guess I've got to get an annual pass now, she loves it so much," Lucic said. The Bruins traded their top-line left wing to the Kings for backup goalie Martin Jones, defenseman prospect Colin Miller and the 13th pick in the draft, which Boston used on defenseman Jakub Zboril.

  • No surprise: Connor McDavid goes No. 1 in NHL draft

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Connor McDavid's favorite hockey player is Sidney Crosby. His favorite non-skating athlete is LeBron James. He's now in their club, forever to be known as a No. 1 pick. McDavid's journey toward widely expected NHL superstardom officially began Friday night when the Edmonton Oilers grabbed him with the top overall selection in the draft. No player has entered the league with such hype since Crosby a decade ago, and McDavid's level of celebrity within the game already may rival what James was dealing with when he joined the NBA in 2003. "It was even better than I expected," McDavid said. "It's so exciting to hear your name called. It was unbelievable.

  • Bruins deal veterans Lucic, Hamilton on draft day

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins' makeover that began in the front office has reached the front line on offense and the top pairing on defense. The Bruins traded left wing Milan Lucic to the Los Angeles Kings and defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames. The return included the 13th and 15th picks in the NHL draft Friday night. Change was certain when the Bruins missed the playoffs for the first time in Claude Julien's eight seasons as coach. The first move was the firing of general manager Peter Chiarelli on April 15 after he left the Bruins in a tight salary cap spot. He was succeeded on May 20 by his assistant, Don Sweeney.

  • Detroit's Datsyuk has surgery on ankle

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    DETROIT (AP) — Pavel Datsyuk had surgery on his right ankle and is expected to be re-evaluated in three months. The Detroit Red Wings confirmed Datsyuk's operation Friday, saying it was to repair ruptured tendons in the ankle. Datsyuk, who turns 37 next month, had 26 goals and 39 assists in 63 games last season. He hasn't played 80 games in a season since 2010. The Red Wings still depend on Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg for veteran leadership and offensive production, but the team has added younger talent like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar in recent years, and Detroit will have a new coach next season in Jeff Blashill, who took over after Mike Babcock left this offseason.

  • Predators' Fisher signs 2-year deal to stay in Nashville

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators center Mike Fisher signed a two-year, $8.8 million contract Friday. The contract will pay Fisher $4.8 million in 2015-16 and $4 million in 2016-17. "It's a great organization, a great team, good guys," Fisher said. "There's no better situation for me. I'm grateful for that." The 35-year-old Fisher had 19 goals and 20 assists in 59 games last season after returning from a ruptured Achilles that kept him out for the Predators' first 21 games. He has 78 goals and 94 assists in 271 games with Nashville since the Predators acquired him from the Ottawa Senators in February 2011. "Ever since the first day we got Mike from Ottawa, he's been everything we hoped he would b

  • Bruins trade defenseman Hamilton to Flames for 3 draft picks

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Bruins have traded defenseman Dougie Hamilton to the Calgary Flames for three draft picks, including the 15th in the first round. Boston also picked up the 45th and 52nd overall picks in the deal. Hamilton was the No. 9 selection in the 2011 draft. He appeared in 178 games for the Bruins, scoring 22 goals with 61 assists. The 22-year-old Toronto native is a restricted free agent.

  • LA Kings re-sign F Tyler Toffoli to $6.5M, 2-year deal

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Forward Tyler Toffoli has agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract to stay with the Los Angeles Kings. The Kings announced the deal Friday with Toffoli, who would have become a restricted free agent next month. Toffoli established career highs with 23 goals, 26 assists, a plus-25 rating and five short-handed goals last season for the Kings. He was Los Angeles' third-leading scorer and led the NHL in short-handed points and goals. The former second-round pick has played three NHL seasons, scoring 37 goals. He won a Stanley Cup title with the Kings in 2014. Goalie Martin Jones is the Kings' most important remaining restricted free agent.

  • Sabres trade 1st-round pick to Senators for goalie Lehner

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Before selecting Buffalo's forward of the future with the No. 2 draft pick, Sabres general manager Tim Murray addressed another need: goalie. Murray traded the 21st pick — the second of Buffalo's two first-round selections — to the Ottawa Senators to acquire goalie Robin Lehner and forward David Legwand on Friday morning. The deal was announced hours before the first-round of the NHL draft opens in Sunrise, Florida. The Sabres are expected to open the draft by selecting highly touted Boston University center Jack Eichel with the second selection. Lehner is the key to the deal for the Sabres, who closed last season without an established starting goalie. The 23-year-old now has an opportunity to take over the No.

  • NHL draft day arrives for expected No. 1 pick Connor McDavid

    Updated: Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Connor McDavid has spent the last few days in South Florida. He's been to the beach. He's gone to a baseball game. Given by the red hue of his face and skin, he's spent far more time in the sun than usual. It only seems like vacation. McDavid will be the No. 1 pick when the Edmonton Oilers kick off the proceedings at the NHL draft on Friday night, and he's ready to get his professional career going for real. "I am looking forward to completing the process and hearing my name called and being able to celebrate with my family and friends," McDavid said. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience and I am just looking to soak up every minute that I can.




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