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Kings win 4-3 in a SO to sweep Canucks in China preseason series
September 23, 2017
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(AP) – The Los Angeles Kings beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout to win both of the NHL’s first-ever preseason games in China. Saturday’s game in Beijing caps a push by the NHL to popularize ice hockey in China ahead of the country’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Kings won the Read more >

Yamamoto, Oilers emerged with a 5-3 victory over Canucks
September 23, 2017

(AP) – Kailer Yamamoto is definitely making a strong case for a longer look with the Edmonton Oilers. Yamamoto and Iiro Pakarinen both had two goals as the Oilers emerged with a 5-3 victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Friday. Drafted 22nd overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Yamamoto has four goals and an Read more >

Gaudreau, Flames down Coyotes 4-2 for 1st pre-season win
September 23, 2017

(AP) – Johnny Gaudreau scored twice and Sam Bennett had three assists as the Calgary Flames picked up their first pre-season win on Friday night with a 4-2 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. With Sean Monahan getting the night off, his spot centring Calgary’s top line with Gaudreau and Micheal Ferland was taken by Bennett Read more >

Thomas scores twice to lead Blues to a 4-0 win over Capitals
September 22, 2017

(AP) – Ville Husso stopped all 27 shots he faced and Robert Thomas scored twice to lead the St. Louis Blues to a 4-0 win over the Washington Capitals in an NHL preseason game Friday night. Conner Bleackley and Kllim Kostin also scored for the Blues. Braden Holtby made 20 saves on 22 shots in Read more >

McElhinney, Sparks shared shutout as Maple Leafs defeated Sabres 3-0
September 22, 2017

(AP) – Morgan Rielly scored the game-winning goal on the power play, and Curtis McElhinney and Garret Sparks shared a shutout, as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Buffalo Sabres 3-0 on Friday in pre-season play. Rielly scored his first goal of the pre-season when he carried the puck from the Leafs (1-2-0) end of Read more >

NHL unveils logo for 2018 All-Star Game in Tampa Bay
September 22, 2017
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(AP) – The NHL unveiled on Friday its logo for the 2018 NHL All-Star Game in Tampa Bay. The logo uses shades of blue and yellow/orange, tying in Tampa’s climate with the sport of hockey. “The 2018 NHL All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay, Florida pairs pristine beaches and an energetic, lively city with the speed Read more >

NHL’s coaching carousel features newbies, familiar faces
September 22, 2017

(AP) – When the Boston Bruins fired Claude Julien in February, Joel Quenneville took over as the longest-serving NHL head coach. Hired in Oct. 2008, Quenneville enters his 10th season with the Chicago Blackhawks amid a continuously rotating cast of coaching peers. Seven teams hired new coaches this off-season, including the first head coach in Read more >

NHL to have an independent doctor examine Maple Leafs’ Lupul
September 21, 2017

(CP) – According to a report on Thursday, the NHL will seek a second opinion on the status of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul. On Wednesday, Lupul released a note apologizing for earlier social media posts where he appeared to deny any injury after the Toronto Maple Leafs announced the veteran winger failed his Read more >

Team USA rules out including NHL draft-eligible prospects at Olympics
September 21, 2017

(AP) – General manager Jim Johannson ruled out the possibility of the U.S. men’s hockey team having NHL draft-eligible prospects competing at the Winter Olympics in February. Johannson told The Associated Press on Thursday he doesn’t view anyone from the 18-and-younger pool of prospects capable of cracking the projected lineup of non-NHL players, many of Read more >

‘Every day is a tryout’ for NHL’s job-seeking middle class
September 21, 2017
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(AP) – When Alex Chiasson found himself without a job halfway through the off-season, frustration began to set in. Even at age 26 with 106 points to his name in 320 NHL games, Chiasson wasn’t tendered a contract by the Calgary Flames, and by late July his options were limited. In early September, he agreed Read more >

Shanghai fans eat up Canucks-Kings pre-season China spectacle
September 21, 2017
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(AP) – A golden dragon was held aloft on poles by skaters. Kobe Bryant appeared on video. NHL mascots gave the crowd a primer on what this odd game is all about. NHL preseason hockey made its debut in China — a 5-2 victory by the Los Angeles Kings over the Vancouver Canucks — in Read more >

Blues hire Larry Robinson as a Senior Consultant to Hockey Operations
September 21, 2017

(AP) – Hall of Famer and nine-time Stanley Cup champion Larry Robinson has been hired by the St. Louis Blues as a Senior Consultant to Hockey Operations, the team announced on Thursday. Robinson, 66, spent the vast majority of his 20-year career with the Montreal Canadiens, winning a total of six Cups with the Habs. Read more >

Canadiens’ Noah Juulsen out six weeks with a fractured foot
September 21, 2017

(CP) – Montreal Canadiens defence prospect Noah Juulsen is expected to be sidelined for six weeks as he recovers from a foot fracture suffered on Sept. 18, the team announced Thursday. Canadiens head coach Claude Julien told reporters after Monday’s game the 2015 first-round pick had a chance to crack the team’s roster. He did Read more >

New faceoff standards could make or break Dominic Moore’s shot with Leafs
September 21, 2017

(CP) – Toronto Maple Leafs centre Dominic Moore was caught off guard. In his first pre-season game in his return to the Leafs on Monday, Moore lined up against Ottawa Senators forward Ben Sexton for a faceoff at 4:00 of the first period. When he attempted to win the draw, he was given a warning Read more >

Flames: Team offered $275M for new arena, done talking
September 21, 2017

(AP) – The Calgary Flames say that after over two years of negotiations with the city, the organization has concluded there’s no point in pursuing a new arena to replace the Saddledome. In a statement released Thursday, Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation, owner of the Flames, says it sees no basis for an agreement with Read more >

Bruins’ Krug breaks jaw, will at least the rest of training camp
September 21, 2017

(AP) – Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug broke his jaw when he was hit in the face with a puck Tuesday against the Red Wings and will miss at least the rest of training camp. The team said the 26-year-old suffered a non-displaced fracture and will be reevaluated in three weeks. Krug had eight goals Read more >

Golden Knights sign Dylan Coghlan to a 3-year, entry-level contract
September 20, 2017

(AP) – The Vegas Golden Knights have signed defenceman Dylan Coghlan to a three-year, entry-level contract. Coghlan was invited to Golden Knights training camp after putting up 15 goals and 53 points in 71 games with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans last season. Coghlan is expected to return to the WHL for the 2017-18 season. Associated Read more >

Maple Leafs’ Lupul apologizes for ‘inappropriate response’ to online comments
September 20, 2017

(CP) – Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul has publicly apologized for recent comments he made on social media. Lupul took to Twitter on Wednesday, speaking for the first time since Sunday when he said he was healthy enough to play hockey despite the fact he failed his medical on the first day of training Read more >

2017 Hockey Hall of Fame Inductees
September 20, 2017

(CP) – It was perhaps fitting that Paul Kariya learned of his induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame from Teemu Selanne. Selanne called his former teammate before chairman Lanny McDonald could deliver the news, and was even hoping Kariya might pick up the tab for a private plane north to Toronto for the fall Read more >

Erik Cole retires from NHL, inks ceremonial contract to retire with Hurricanes
September 20, 2017

(AP) – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed left wing Erik Cole to a ceremonial contract. Cole subsequently announced his retirement from his playing career in hockey. The Hurricanes subsequently named Cole a team ambassador. Erik Cole, who helped Read more >

Canucks’ Eriksson eager to make amends in 2nd season with team
September 20, 2017
VANCOUVER, BC - FEBRUARY 28: Loui Eriksson #21 of the Vancouver Canucks looks on from the bench during their NHL game against the Detroit Red Wings at Rogers Arena February 28, 2017 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)"n

(CP) – Loui Eriksson’s first season with the Vancouver Canucks can pretty much be summed up by an unfortunate sequence in the first period of his first game. The effort was there. The results? Not so much. Fresh off signing a six-year, $36 million US free-agent deal in July 2016, the veteran winger was protecting Read more >

Blues’ Steen injures hand, will miss rest of preseason
September 20, 2017
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(AP) – St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen will miss the rest of training camp after suffering a left hand injury in the team’s first preseason game. The 33-year-old Steen was hurt against Dallas on Tuesday night and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He is entering his 10th season with the Blues and coming Read more >

Alberta premier Rachel Notley staying away from Flames arena debate
September 19, 2017

(AP) – Alberta’s premier says her government will not be weighing in on the current battle over a new arena for the NHL Calgary Flames. The Flames indicated last week they were pulling out of arena talks with the city because negotiations have been unproductive. Mayor Naheed Nenshi has said the city is ready to Read more >

New ACC security measures crack down on bags, will end in-and-out privileges
September 19, 2017

(CP) – New security initiatives and Toronto’s Air Canada Centre will end in-and-out privileges and crack down on fans bringing bags into the arena. The arena, which is home to the NHL’s Maple Leafs, NBA’s Raptors and NLL’s Rock and is a prime venue for live shows, announced on its Twitter feed Tuesday that fans Read more >

Canadiens’ Drouin will donate $500K over 10 years to Montreal hospital
September 19, 2017

(CP) – Following the lead of former Montreal Canadien P.K. Subban, forward Jonathan Drouin has made a hefty donation and pledge to a hospital. Drouin announced Tuesday he will donate $500,000 over 10 years to the University of Montreal Hospital Centre, known by its French acronym CHUM, and pledged to participate in activities to raise Read more >


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