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Bulls, Blackhawks owners unveil $7 billion plan to transform area around United Center

Bulls, Blackhawks owners unveil $7 billion plan to transform area around United Center

Andrew Seligman, Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 12:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

The owners of the NBA's Chicago Bulls and NHL's Blackhawks unveiled a $7 billion plan Tuesday to replace the parking lots surrounding the United Center with green space, mixed-income housing, a music hall and more. The 1901 Project, touted as the largest private investment in Chicago's West Side, is being spearheaded by the Reinsdorf and Wirtz families, who own the arena. It would be built in phases on more than 55 acres of privately owned land over about a decade-long period starting as soon as next spring if approved by the city.
Buffalo Sabres avert arbitration by agreeing to sign forward Beck Malenstyn to a 2-year contract

Buffalo Sabres avert arbitration by agreeing to sign forward Beck Malenstyn to a 2-year contract

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 23 - 10:26 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Buffalo Sabres averted salary arbitration by agreeing to sign newly acquired forward Beck Malenstyn to a two-year, $2.7 million contract. The 26-year-old Malenstyn was a restricted free agent and had opted for salary arbitration earlier this month. The Sabres acquired the hard-hitting left winger in a trade with the Washington Capitals during the second day of the NHL draft in Las Vegas last month. Malenstyn is listed at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds. He is being counted upon to add a physical presence to what is expected to be a fully retooled fourth line.
Columbus Blue Jackets hire Dean Evason as their next coach

Columbus Blue Jackets hire Dean Evason as their next coach

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 22 - 1:14 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Dean Evason as coach. This is his second head coaching job in the NHL. Evason spent parts of the past five seasons coaching the Minnesota Wild. New Blue Jackets general manager Don Waddell fired Pascal Vincent not long after taking over control of the organization's hockey operations department. Evason will be Columbus' third coach in as many seasons not counting Mike Babcock being hired and resigning on the eve of training camp last September. The team said Monday that Evason agreed to a multiyear contract.
Evgeny Kuznetsov clears unconditional waivers, has his NHL contract terminated by the Hurricanes

Evgeny Kuznetsov clears unconditional waivers, has his NHL contract terminated by the Hurricanes

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 18 - 10:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Carolina Hurricanes and Evgeny Kuznetsov have mutually terminated his NHL contract. Kuznetsov on Thursday cleared unconditional waivers when he went unclaimed by the league's other 31 teams. He is now free to sign anywhere in the world after walking away from the final $6 million owed to him in the final season of his deal. Reports emerged earlier in the week that Kuznetsov was going home to Russia to play in the KHL. Carolina acquired Kuznetsov from Washington before the trade deadline in March. His departure from North America removes any obligations on the salary cap for the Hurricanes and Capitals.
The Islanders have signed restricted free agent forward Simon Holmstrom to a 1-year contract

The Islanders have signed restricted free agent forward Simon Holmstrom to a 1-year contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 3:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New York Islanders have signed forward Simon Holmstrom to a one-year contract. The Islanders announced the signing of the 23-year-old restricted free agent from Sweden on Tuesday. Holmstrom had 15 goals and 10 assists in 75 games last season. His five short-handed goals and seven short-handed points led the team and ranked second overall in the NHL. The Islanders selected him with the 23rd pick in the 2019 NHL draft. He has 21 goals and 13 assists in 125 NHL games and 27 goals and 43 assists in 154 games with the Islanders' AHL affiliate in Connecticut.
Blues' Torey Krug diagnosed with pre-arthritic changes in his left ankle, could miss the season

Blues' Torey Krug diagnosed with pre-arthritic changes in his left ankle, could miss the season

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 16 - 3:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

St. Louis Blues defenseman Torey Krug is in danger of missing the entire 2024-25 NHL season after being diagnosed with pre-arthritic changes in his left ankle. The team announced Tuesday that Krug will work to rehabilitate the injury without surgery over the next six to eight weeks before being re-evaluated. If an operation is needed, the 33-year-old would be out for the season. The team says the diagnosis is a cumulative result of a bone fracture earlier in his career. Krug injured his left ankle in a preseason game in 2018 while playing for Boston.
Quinton Byfield agrees to a 5-year, $31.25 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings

Quinton Byfield agrees to a 5-year, $31.25 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 15 - 5:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

Forward Quinton Byfield has agreed to a five-year, $31.25 million contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft has a deal running through the 2028-29 season. The 21-year-old Byfield made significant strides last season with the Kings, recording a career-high 20 goals and 35 assists while playing 80 games. He was the first Los Angeles player to record a 20-goal season at his age since captain Anze Kopitar in 2007-08.
Former tennis player Mardy Fish wins the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament

Former tennis player Mardy Fish wins the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 14 - 6:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Former tennis player Mardy Fish won the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament for the second time Sunday, holding off NHL player Joe Pavelski by four points. The 42-year-old Fish, also the 2020 winner, had a 26-point round at Edgewood Tahoe under the modified Stableford scoring system to finish at 83, one short of the record set by Billy Joe Tolliver in 2010. Players receive a point for par, three for birdie and six for eagle and two points are deducted for double bogey or worse. Pavelski, the Dallas Stars forward who has said he's likely retiring after 18 NHL seasons, scored 29 points Sunday. Charles Barkley had his best showing in the event in more than 25 years, tying for 58th with minus-four points.
Former tennis player Mardy Fish opens 7-point lead in American Century Championship

Former tennis player Mardy Fish opens 7-point lead in American Century Championship

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 13 - 5:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

was third at 45 after scoring 21 points. Charles Barkley was tied for 52nd with three points after a zero-point day.
Rangers and restricted free agent defenseman Braden Schneider agree on contract extension

Rangers and restricted free agent defenseman Braden Schneider agree on contract extension

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 13 - 1:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New York Rangers and up-and-coming defenseman Braden Schneider have agreed on a two-year, $4.4 million contract extension. General manager Chris Drury announced the deal with the 22-year-old Schneider on Saturday, leaving fellow defenseman Ryan Lindgren as the only unsigned starter on defense. Lindgren has filed for arbitration. The announcement came a day after New York added depth to the defense, re-signing veteran Chad Ruhwedel to a one-year deal. Schneider had career highs last season in games played, assists, and points and tied his career high with five goals.
Rangers re-sign defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a one-year contract

Rangers re-sign defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a one-year contract

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 12 - 3:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The New York Rangers have signed veteran defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a one-year contract. General manager Chris Drury announced the signing Friday in a move that offers Zac Jones competition for a spot on the team's third pairing. Ruhwedel was acquired from Pittsburgh in March and played in five games the rest of the season as New York advanced to the Eastern Conference final, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Florida Panthers. He finished the season with a goal, three assists in 52 games.In free agency, the Rangers lost veteran starter Erik Gustafsson to the Detroit Red Wings.
North Carolina senator's top aide named CEO of Carolina Hurricanes parent company

North Carolina senator's top aide named CEO of Carolina Hurricanes parent company

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 11 - 12:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

A top aide to a powerful North Carolina state legislator has been named chief executive officer of the parent company of the Carolina Hurricanes. Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon announced on Thursday the hiring of Brian Fork, who has worked as state Senate leader Phil Berger's chief of staff since late 2020. A news release says Fork will oversee all business units of Hurricanes Holdings LLC. That includes the team, PNC Arena and the mixed-use real estate development plans surrounding the venue. Fork's hiring comes a few days after Dundon named Doug Warf as Hurricanes Holdings president.
St. Louis Blues sign 39-year-old defenseman Ryan Suter to 1-year deal

St. Louis Blues sign 39-year-old defenseman Ryan Suter to 1-year deal

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 11 - 11:43 a.m.  |  Save Story

The St. Louis Blues have signed veteran defenseman Ryan Suter to a one-year contract. General manager Doug Armstrong announced the signing on Thursday, saying the 39-year-old who has spent the past three seasons in Dallas will make a base salary of $775,000. Suter had two goals and 15 assists in 82 regular-season games, and a goal and three assists in 19 postseason games with the Stars. Dallas bought out his contract roughly two weeks ago.
Utah Hockey Club re-signs Barrett Hayton to a 2-year, $5.3 million contract

Utah Hockey Club re-signs Barrett Hayton to a 2-year, $5.3 million contract

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 8 - 4:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Hockey Club has re-signed forward Barrett Hayton to a two-year contract worth $5.3 million. The contract carries an annual salary cap hit of $2.65 million through the 2025-26 NHL season. Hayton has 84 points in 209 games since making his debut in 2019 with the team formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes. Injuries limited him to just 33 games last season. The 24-year-old from Peterborough, Ontario, had 10 points in the Coyotes' final season in the desert. Hayton was the fifth pick in the 2018 draft.
Capitals promote Chris Patrick to GM, Brian MacLellan remains president of hockey operations

Capitals promote Chris Patrick to GM, Brian MacLellan remains president of hockey operations

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 8 - 9:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Washington Capitals have named Chris Patrick as their general manager with longtime GM Brian MacLellan remaining president of hockey operations. The team announced the front office promotions Monday. Patrick has worked for the Capitals in various capacities since 2009 and served as assistant GM under MacLellan the past three years. The son of longtime team president Dick Patrick previously was director of player personnel after a lengthy stint as a pro scout. MacLellan spent a decade in the day-to-day GM role since taking over for George McPhee in 2014. He finished the building of the team that won the franchise's first Stanley Cup title in 2018.
Dallas Stars will start streaming their regional game broadcasts for free

Dallas Stars will start streaming their regional game broadcasts for free

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 8 - 8:34 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Dallas Stars are taking their local game broadcasts directly to consumers for free after years of fans having issues watching the team's games on a regional sports network. The NHL team announced Monday that it has entered into a seven-year agreement with A Parent Media Co. Inc. to stream all Stars regional games free of charge on a new VICTORY+ streaming service starting next season. The move comes after the Stars and financially troubled Diamond Sports Group last week mutually agreed to end their existing rights agreement for games on Bally Sports Southwest. Diamond Sports, which distributes networks under the Bally name, is working to emerge from bankruptcy.
Sharks, Blackhawks sign top 2 picks Celebrini, Levshunov to 3-year, entry-level contracts

Sharks, Blackhawks sign top 2 picks Celebrini, Levshunov to 3-year, entry-level contracts

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 6 - 9:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

The top two picks in the NHL draft have signed three-year, entry-level contracts. The San Jose Sharks announced the signing of center Macklin Celebrini, the No. 1 overall pick. The Chicago Blackhawks inked defenseman Artyom Levshunov, who went No. 2.  Each signing carries a $975,000 salary cap hit. The moves mean Celebrini (Boston University) and Levshunov (Michigan State) will move on to the pros after a single college season. Both are 18.
Buffalo Sabres acquire forward Ryan McLeod in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers

Buffalo Sabres acquire forward Ryan McLeod in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 5 - 6:25 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Ryan McLeod in a trade with the Edmonton Oilers. The Sabres got McLeod and minor leaguer Tyler Tullio from the Western Conference champions for 20-year-old center Matthew Savoie. McLeod had four goals in 24 playoff games on Edmonton's run to the Stanley Cup Final. Savoie was the ninth pick in the 2022 draft and made his NHL debut in November. In other moves around the league, the Seattle Kraken agreed to terms with restricted free agent Eeli Tolvanen on a two-year contract worth $6.95 million.
'It's just a match': Utah Hockey's Sergachev eager to prove he's a No. 1 defenseman

'It's just a match': Utah Hockey's Sergachev eager to prove he's a No. 1 defenseman

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted July 5 - 4:21 p.m.  |  Save Story

When Mikhail Sergachev left his apartment last Saturday morning to take out the trash, he was a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Hurricanes continue restocking in free agency by signing Jack Roslovic to a 1-year deal

Hurricanes continue restocking in free agency by signing Jack Roslovic to a 1-year deal

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 4 - 12:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Carolina Hurricanes continue to restock in free agency by signing forward Jack Roslovic to a one-year contract worth $2.8 million. He is the sixth NHL player the Hurricanes have added this week. They also signed forwards William Carrier, Tyson Jost and Eric Robinson and defensemen Sean Walker and Shayne Gostisbehere. Carolina lost Jake Guentzel to Tampa Bay, Teuvo Teravainen to Chicago, Brett Pesce and Stefan Noesen to New Jersey and Brady Skjei to Nashville. Questions remain about the future of restricted free agent Martin Necas, whose father has said he wants to be traded to get a bigger role elsewhere.
Red Wings sign two-time Stanley Cup champion Vladimir Tarasenko away from the Panthers

Red Wings sign two-time Stanley Cup champion Vladimir Tarasenko away from the Panthers

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 3 - 5:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

The raiding of the Stanley Cup champion Florida Panthers continued with the Detroit Red Wings signing winger Vladimir Tarasenko to a two-year contract worth $9.5 million. Tarasenko is the sixth player from Florida's Game 7 lineup to leave in free agency. The 2019 and 2024 Cup winner joins three-time champion Patrick Kane on the Red Wings as they try to end a franchise-worst playoff drought at eight seasons. Among the other signings around the league Wednesday, veteran defenseman Jack Johnson joined Columbus.
New Utah HC defenseman says it will be 'special' to be part of a new NHL franchise

New Utah HC defenseman says it will be 'special' to be part of a new NHL franchise

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted July 3 - 4:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

John Marino says team is 'sending message' it wants to compete with offseason moves.
Jessica Campbell will be the first woman on an NHL bench as assistant coach with the Seattle Kraken

Jessica Campbell will be the first woman on an NHL bench as assistant coach with the Seattle Kraken

Tim Booth, Associated Press  |  Updated July 3 - 3:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jessica Campbell will become the first woman to work on the bench of an NHL franchise after the Seattle Kraken hired her as an assistant coach Wednesday. Campbell has spent the past two seasons working as an assistant coach for Seattle's AHL affiliate in Coachella Valley alongside head coach Dan Bylsma, who was hired in late May to take over the head job with the Kraken. Campbell was a decorated player in the NCAA, the Canadian Women's Hockey League and Canada's women's national team, with whom she won silver at the 2015 world championship.
Panthers and Anton Lundell agree on a 6-year, $30 million contract

Panthers and Anton Lundell agree on a 6-year, $30 million contract

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 3 - 2:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

with 17 points in 24 games. Panthers president of hockey operations and general manager Bill Zito says "we are excited to see him continue to grow and succeed with the Panthers."
Washington Capitals retool to keep their playoff-contending window open during Ovechkin era

Washington Capitals retool to keep their playoff-contending window open during Ovechkin era

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted July 3 - 2:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

So much for just trying to get Alex Ovechkin to break Wayne Gretzky's NHL career goals record. The Washington Capitals are going all in to keep their contending window open. They have a new No. 1 center in Pierre-Luc Dubois, a new goaltender in Logan Thompson, two new defensemen in Jacob Chychrun and Matt Roy and a pair of fresh depth forwards. General manager Brian MacLellan has turned over nearly a quarter of the roster with the aim of making the playoffs again. That has included taking some calculated risks six years separated from the organization's only Stanley Cup championship.
Leaving Las Vegas: Marchessault balances disappointment with excitement of his new team in Nashville

Leaving Las Vegas: Marchessault balances disappointment with excitement of his new team in Nashville

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted July 3 - 12:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

Jonathan Marchessault expressed excitement in joining Steven Stamkos and the free agency retooled Nashville Predators, while reserving a level of disappointment of leaving behind his seven productive seasons with the Vegas Golden Knights. Though he bears no grudges, the 33-year-old Marchessault questioned why Golden Knights management didn't believe in keeping him for the remainder of his career. His career begins anew in Nashville, where he signed a five-year, $27.5 million contract on Monday. Marchessault was part of the haul the Predators landed on the first day of free agency, joining Stamkos, defenseman Brady Skjei and goalie Scott Wedgewood.
After whirlwind stretch, Dan Bylsma settles into first few days as Kraken head coach

After whirlwind stretch, Dan Bylsma settles into first few days as Kraken head coach

Tim Booth, Associated Press  |  Updated July 2 - 5:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

At some point, Dan Bylsma will get a semblance of an offseason and a little downtime. Right now, it seems like nonstop chaos for the new coach of the Seattle Kraken. Bylsma's first on-ice duties as the Kraken head coach started with the team's development camp this week for the top prospects in their system. It concluded a wild five-week stretch for Bylsma. He was introduced as the second head coach in Kraken history on May 28 while in the midst of a playoff run as the head coach of Coachella Valley in the Calder Cup playoffs. That run didn't end until about a week ago and was followed by the NHL draft and the start of free agency adding to the chaotic stretch for Bylsma.
Blues extend Buchnevich with $48 million deal, acquire Faksa, Joseph in separate trades

Blues extend Buchnevich with $48 million deal, acquire Faksa, Joseph in separate trades

The Associated Press  |  Updated July 2 - 4:53 p.m.  |  Save Story

The St. Louis Blues have acquired forwards Radek Faksa from Dallas and Mathieu Joseph from Ottawa in a pair of trades for future considerations. The deal with the Senators that was announced Tuesday also netted the Blues a 2025 third-round draft pick. Ottawa was looking to clear cap space to re-sign Shane Pinto and then did so with a $7.5 million, two-year deal. Dallas captain Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin were the only players with longer current stints with the Stars than Faksa. The Blues also signed center Pavel Buchnevich to a six-year extension worth $48 million that begins in 2025.
Top overall pick Macklin Celebrini debuts at Sharks development camp; his NHL decision 'coming up'

Top overall pick Macklin Celebrini debuts at Sharks development camp; his NHL decision 'coming up'

Ben Ross, Associated Press  |  Posted July 2 - 3:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

Macklin Celebrini knows he has a big decision looming. The No. 1 overall pick in the NHL draft last week made his Sharks debut Tuesday morning at the team's development camp. Whether he plays for San Jose this upcoming season or returns to Boston University for his sophomore season is to be determined. The 18-year-old Celebrini impressed the dozens of fans in attendance at Sharks Ice in San Jose with his effortless skating ability, masterful stick-handling and a lightning-quick release on his shot. Afterward, he spent several minutes signing autographs for fans. Celebrini had 32 goals and 32 assists in 38 games as a freshman at BU last season, becoming the youngest winner of the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top player in college hockey.
Lightning lock down star defenseman Victor Hedman with 4-year, $32 million contract extension

Lightning lock down star defenseman Victor Hedman with 4-year, $32 million contract extension

Fred Goodall, Associated Press  |  Updated July 2 - 2:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two-time Stanley Cup champion defenseman Victor Hedman has signed a four-year, $32 million extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning, a deal that will keep him under contract with the team through the 2028-29 season. General manager Julien BriseBois announced the move less than 24 hours after former team captain Steven Stamkos left the Lightning in free agency to sign a a four-year contract for the same amount of money with the Nashville Predators. Stamkos left after BriseBois cleared enough room under the salary cap to keep the longtime face of the franchise but declined to increase the club's previous offer to the club's all-time leading scorer.
NHL free agency shows teams in states with no income tax have an advantage

NHL free agency shows teams in states with no income tax have an advantage

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 2 - 2:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Four of the past five Stanley Cup champions are based in a place with no state income tax, and the flood of talent to those locales continued in NHL free agency. Jake Guentzel left Carolina for Tampa Bay, Steven Stamkos and Jonathan Marchessault went from one to another to join Nashville and even Seattle used Washington State's favorable situation to lure Brandon Montour and Chandler Stephenson away from teams they just won it all with. Canada's departure tax even played a role in Chris Tanev signing with Toronto, continuing his run of only playing north of the border because staying in Texas would not have helped him save any more money.
Stanley Cup champion Panthers sign deal to move local broadcasts from Bally to Scripps Sports

Stanley Cup champion Panthers sign deal to move local broadcasts from Bally to Scripps Sports

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 2 - 2:07 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Stanley Cup champion Florida Panthers are moving their local broadcasts to Scripps Sports, leaving financially troubled Bally Sports and bringing the club's games into more homes on a regular basis than ever before. There will be over-the-air channels in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Myers markets where viewers can watch the Panthers for most of their regular-season games and their first-round games in the NHL playoffs. Also part of the deal: games on basic cable and satellite, as well as offerings on a new team-branded, direct-to-consumer streaming app.
NHL schedule features Stanley Cup rematch on Dec. 16, Stamkos' homecoming on Oct. 28

NHL schedule features Stanley Cup rematch on Dec. 16, Stamkos' homecoming on Oct. 28

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted July 2 - 12:36 p.m.  |  Save Story

Mark your calendars because the NHL schedule is out and features a Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Florida Panthers and Oilers in Edmonton on Dec. 16. The defending champion Panthers will host Edmonton on Feb. 27. Meantime, former Lightning captain Steven Stamkos will face his former team when Nashville travels to Tampa Bay on Oct. 28. The 1,312-game schedule opens with Buffalo and New Jersey playing two games in the Czech Republic on Oct. 4-5. And it closes with a six-game slate on April 17.
Utah Hockey Club releases regular season schedule

Utah Hockey Club releases regular season schedule

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted July 2 - 10:51 a.m.  |  Save Story

On Tuesday, the Utah Hockey Club released the schedule for the team's first season.
AP weekly global sports photo gallery

AP weekly global sports photo gallery

The Associated Press  |  Posted July 2 - 5:09 a.m.  |  Save Story

Associated Press photographers were there as fans danced in the rain during the European Championship soccer match between host Germany and Denmark in Dortmund. In Olympic trials in the United States, track star Sydney McLaughlin-Levrone set a world record in winning the women's 400-meter hurdles in Eugene, Oregon. In gymnastics, Tiana Sumanasekera launches onto the uneven bars in Minneapolis. An India fan waves the flag before the Twenty20 World Cup cricket final at Bridgetown, Barbados, where India beat South Africa by just seven runs in a thriller. Florida Panthers coach Paul Maurice lifts the Stanley Cup after Game 7 of the final against the Edmonton Oilers in Sunrise, Florida.
Predators add Stamkos, Marchessault in blockbuster moves; NHL teams drop $1B in free agent frenzy

Predators add Stamkos, Marchessault in blockbuster moves; NHL teams drop $1B in free agent frenzy

Stephen Whyno And John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated July 1 - 9:27 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Nashville Predators made a big splash on the opening day of NHL free agency by signing Steven Stamkos, Jonathan Marchessault and Brady Skjei. Marchessault, the 2023 playoff MVP got a five-year deal worth $27.5 million. Stamkos leaves Tampa Bay after 16 seasons that included winning the Stanley Cup twice and making two other trips to the final. He signed for $32 million over four years. Jake Guentzel signed with the Lightning as part of them replacing Stamkos. Teams combined to commit a record $1.12 billion in salaries.
NHL reinstates Bowman, Quenneville after being banned for their role in Blackhawks assault scandal

NHL reinstates Bowman, Quenneville after being banned for their role in Blackhawks assault scandal

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 1 - 7:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

The NHL has reinstated executives Stan Bowman and Al MacIsaac and coach Joel Quenneville. They are able to seek employment around the league effective immediately. Bowman, MacIsaac and Quenneville were banned from the league in October 2021 for their roles in the Chicago Blackhawks' mishandling of a video coach sexually assaulting a player in 2010. The NHL in a statement said Bowman, MacIsaac and Quenneville have shown remorse for what happened and gained greater awareness for the responsibilities needed in such situations. They cannot sign contracts until July 10.
'It's going to be a fun year': Utah Hockey Club breaks down offseason moves

'It's going to be a fun year': Utah Hockey Club breaks down offseason moves

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Updated July 1 - 6:20 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Hockey Club signed Florida Panthers forward Kevin Stenlund and defenseman Ian Cole from the Vancouver Canucks on Monday on the heels of two major trades.
Blackhawks agree to contracts with Bertuzzi and Teravainen on busy opening day of NHL free agency

Blackhawks agree to contracts with Bertuzzi and Teravainen on busy opening day of NHL free agency

Jay Cohen, Associated Press  |  Updated July 1 - 6:11 p.m.  |  Save Story

Tyler Bertuzzi and Teuvo Teravainen agreed to contracts with Chicago on Monday, providing a major offensive lift for the rebuilding Blackhawks on the first day of NHL free agency. Bertuzzi received a $22 million, four-year deal, and Teravainen's agreement is worth $16.2 million over three seasons. The Blackhawks also reached deals with goaltender Laurent Brossoit, forwards Pat Maroon and Craig Smith, and defensemen Alec Martinez and T.J. Brodie. The team re-signed forward Joey Anderson to a $1.6 million, two-year contract.
Sam Reinhart agrees to a $69 million, 8-year deal to stay with Cup champion Panthers, AP source says

Sam Reinhart agrees to a $69 million, 8-year deal to stay with Cup champion Panthers, AP source says

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated July 1 - 6:03 p.m.  |  Save Story

and the Panthers have agreed on an eight-year, $69 million contract, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not release the financial details, only the agreement. Panthers president of hockey operations and general manager Bill Zito says "we are pleased to have him continue on with our group."
Hurricanes GM faces balancing act in offsetting free agent losses, while locking up Slavin long term

Hurricanes GM faces balancing act in offsetting free agent losses, while locking up Slavin long term

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted July 1 - 4:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

Newly promoted general manager Eric Tulsky says the Carolina Hurricanes are retooling and not rebuilding in the wake of losing several key players to free agency. Easing his worries was the chance to lock up star shutdown defenseman Jaccob Slavin to an eight-year contract. The departures, however, very much out-weighed the Hurricanes' additions. A day after trading the rights to forward Jake Guentzel to Florida, the Hurricanes watched a parade of talent head elsewhere. Among their losses were defensemen Brett Pesce, Brady Skjei and forward Teuvo Teravainen. Carolina countered by adding six players to mid- to low-end deals, topped by defenseman Sean Walker, who signed a five-year, $18 million contract.
Wild add grit with Trenin as dead cap space for Parise-Suter buyouts keeps them on bargain hunt

Wild add grit with Trenin as dead cap space for Parise-Suter buyouts keeps them on bargain hunt

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Posted July 1 - 3:40 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Minnesota Wild are almost done with their dead weight. They have one more summer to serve in salary cap jail. The upper limit of the 2024-25 salary cap was set at $88 million per club. The Wild carried a charge of more than $14.7 million into the beginning of free agency for buying out the contracts of stalwarts Zach Parise and Ryan Suter three years ago. No other NHL team comes close to the amount of spending limitation the Wild have. They used much of their cap space by signing center Yakov Trenin to a four-year, $14 million contract.
Utah Hockey Club debuts Oct. 8 against Chicago, the same night Panthers raise Stanley Cup banner

Utah Hockey Club debuts Oct. 8 against Chicago, the same night Panthers raise Stanley Cup banner

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated July 1 - 2:55 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Hockey Club will play its first game Oct. 8 against the Chicago Blackhawks. That same night the Florida Panthers will raise their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters in Sunrise before facing off against the Boston Bruins. The NHL released the list of home openers for each of its 32 teams. The full 1,312-game regular-season schedule is expected later this week.
Russian prospect, NHL 1st-round pick Matvei Michkov signs with Philadelphia Flyers

Russian prospect, NHL 1st-round pick Matvei Michkov signs with Philadelphia Flyers

Dan Gelston, Associated Press  |  Updated July 1 - 2:54 p.m.  |  Save Story

Russian prospect and 2023 NHL first-round draft pick Matvei Michkov has signed a three-year, entry-level with the Philadelphia Flyers. SKA Saint Petersburg let Michkov out of his contract last week, paving the way for the playmaking forward to arrive in Philadelphia ahead of schedule. The Flyers selected Michkov with the seventh pick in the 2023 draft knowing he had three years left on his KHL contract. The Flyers believe the 19-year-old has the potential to help change the fortunes of a franchise that has missed the playoffs each of the past four seasons.
Patrick Kane re-signs with the Detroit Red Wings on a 1-year deal

Patrick Kane re-signs with the Detroit Red Wings on a 1-year deal

John Wawrow And Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 30 - 8:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Patrick Kane re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings on a one-year deal. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press the contract is worth $4 million in salary with $2.5 million in additional incentives. The 35-year-old winger from Buffalo was nearly a point-a-game player in his first season with the Red Wings. A three-time Stanley Cup champion with Chicago, Kane is entering his 17th professional season. He has the second-most points of any U.S.-born player in NHL history.
'Unpredictable' free agency is on tap around the NHL as part of a fast-tracked offseason

'Unpredictable' free agency is on tap around the NHL as part of a fast-tracked offseason

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 30 - 8:05 p.m.  |  Save Story

The outlook for NHL free agency? "Unpredictable" in the words of one general manager. That is because the salary cap is getting its first significant jump since before the pandemic and this has fast-tracked a one-week offseason that has led to some surprise moves. Hundreds of millions of dollars will be committed to free agents, including a strong crop of forwards led by longtime Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos and 2023 playoff MVP Jonathan Marchessault. More trades are also expected in the coming days and weeks.
No, Utah Hockey's rebuilding plans haven't changed following trades

No, Utah Hockey's rebuilding plans haven't changed following trades

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted June 30 - 4:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

If the Utah Hockey Club doesn't make any moves on Monday at the start of free agency, fans shouldn't fret. Heck, that might actually be good news.
Where do things stand with the sexual assault case involving 2018 Canada world junior players?

Where do things stand with the sexual assault case involving 2018 Canada world junior players?

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 30 - 4:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Four current members of the National Hockey League charged with sexual assault in Canada will become free agents after not receiving qualifying offers from their respective teams. Carter Hart was under contract with Philadelphia, Michael McLeod and Cal Foote with New Jersey and Dillon Dube with Calgary when they were charged in connection with an incident that occurred in London, Ontario, in 2018 after they were teammates on Canada's world junior team. A trial date has still not been set for those four and former NHL player Alex Formenton.
Tampa Bay Lightning acquire the rights to Jake Guentzel on the eve of free agency

Tampa Bay Lightning acquire the rights to Jake Guentzel on the eve of free agency

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 30 - 4:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Tampa Bay Lightning got a head start on free agency by acquiring the rights to high-scoring winger Jake Guentzel. The Lightning sent a 2025 third-round draft pick to Carolina on Sunday. The move allows the Lightning to sign Guentzel before he hits the open market on Monday. Guentzel is coming off scoring 30 goals this past season for the Hurricanes and Pittsburgh Penguins. Tampa Bay cleared more than $11 million in salary cap space Saturday by trading away Mikhail Sergachev and Tanner Jeannot. General manager Julien BriseBois said there were many ways he could use the space but that he was not planning to re-sign Steven Stamkos.
Rain doesn't stop the reign for the Panthers, who celebrate their Stanley Cup with parade and rally

Rain doesn't stop the reign for the Panthers, who celebrate their Stanley Cup with parade and rally

Tim Reynolds, Associated Press  |  Updated June 30 - 2:28 p.m.  |  Save Story

accompanied by a huge lightning storm could stop the Panthers' Stanley Cup celebration on Sunday, one that the franchise had waited forever to have. With tens of thousands of fans estimated in attendance, the team arrived on double-decker buses that took a beachfront route before stopping on the sand for a rally where the trophy was hoisted yet again.
Buffalo Sabres buy out the final three years of forward Jeff Skinner's 8-year, $72 million contract

Buffalo Sabres buy out the final three years of forward Jeff Skinner's 8-year, $72 million contract

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted June 30 - 1:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Buffalo Sabres officially moved on from Jeff Skinner, the top-paid forward on the team's roster, by buying out the final three years of the veteran's contact. The move comes a day after GM Kevyn Adams informed reporters at the NHL draft in Las Vegas he had initiated the buyout paperwork. And it represents yet another example of how the Sabres have mismanaged their roster during what has become an NHL-record 13-season playoff drought. Skinner was acquired by the Sabres in a trade with Carolina in the summer of 2018, and was signed to an eight-year, $72 million contract a year later.
So long to the NHL's centralized draft, with the league planning to do it remotely next year

So long to the NHL's centralized draft, with the league planning to do it remotely next year

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated June 29 - 6:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

for now, at least. The league is planning to shift from its current setup, in which team executives and scouts are all gathered on the floor of a venue to make their selections, to doing so remotely from their headquarters next year. Though plans are not complete, the expectation is the league will still hold some type of draft celebration in one of its markets for television purposes and to draw fans, and featuring its top prospects, much like the NFL draft is conducted.
Lightning and Capitals make significant trades on 2nd day of NHL draft

Lightning and Capitals make significant trades on 2nd day of NHL draft

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 29 - 4:59 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals each made multiple trades on a busy second day of action at the NHL draft. The Lightning sent two-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev to Utah and depth forward Tanner Jeannot to Los Angeles in moves that cleared more than $11 million in salary cap space. That could be enough money to keep captain Steven Stamkos or make a significant free agent signing. Washington acquired goaltender Logan Thompson from Vegas and sent fourth-line winger Beck Malenstyn to Buffalo. St. Louis also traded Kevin Hayes to Pittsburgh for future considerations.
Steven Stamkos remains on course to become a free agent, Lightning GM and agent confirm

Steven Stamkos remains on course to become a free agent, Lightning GM and agent confirm

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated June 29 - 4:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

Steven Stamkos is still on course to become a free agent even after the Tampa Bay Lightning cleared significant salary cap space with trades made at the NHL draft. General manager Julien BriseBois and agent Don Meehan independently confirmed their stances have not changed with respect to Stamkos signing a new contract with the club before free agency opens Monday. BriseBois said he did not increase his previous offer to Stamkos after trading two-time Stanley Cup-winning defenseman Mikhail Sergachev and depth forward Tanner Jeannot on Saturday. Stamkos at 34 becomes one of the top players available to the league's other 31 teams.
Utah Hockey Club makes NHL draft splashes by trading for Sergachev and Marino

Utah Hockey Club makes NHL draft splashes by trading for Sergachev and Marino

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated June 29 - 4:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Utah Hockey Club stole the show on the second day of the NHL draft by making two big trades in a matter of minutes. Utah acquired two-time Stanley Cup champion Mikhail Sergachev from Tampa Bay in a blockbuster and got fellow defenseman John Marino from New Jersey. The team formerly known as the Arizona Coyotes and relocated to Salt Lake City had more than $40 million of salary cap space to use before playing its first game in Utah. Owner Ryan Smith and general manager Bill Armstrong cautioned that the team would not spend wastefully in free agency, but making a splash means winning could come sooner than later.
'Let's shock the world': Utah Hockey Club makes splash by trading for 2 veteran defenseman

'Let's shock the world': Utah Hockey Club makes splash by trading for 2 veteran defenseman

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Updated June 29 - 3:56 p.m.  |  Save Story

Utah used its immense draft capital to swing two trades to build its blue line.
Who did the Utah Hockey Club take in the 2024 draft?

Who did the Utah Hockey Club take in the 2024 draft?

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Updated June 29 - 1:15 p.m.  |  Save Story

Here are the players selected by the Utah Hockey Club this weekend in the team's first draft.
Connelly seeks to put past mistake behind after being selected 19th in NHL draft by Golden Knights

Connelly seeks to put past mistake behind after being selected 19th in NHL draft by Golden Knights

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted June 28 - 11:50 p.m.  |  Save Story

Trevor Connolly hopes to put the mistake he's made in the past, and focus on what he's learned through diversity training and volunteering after being selected 19th overall in the NHL draft by the Vegas Golden Knights. The 18-year-old forward expressed relief after being selected and saying he's a different person than he was two years ago. That's when he posted an image Snapchat showing a friend posing in front of a collection of building blocks formed in the shape of a swastika. General manager Kelly McCrimmon says Vegas officials conducted an extensive background check, while also meeting with the player twice over the past month before determining to draft him.
 'We knew he'd be a Utah Yeti': What Utah Hockey's GM said following 1st round

'We knew he'd be a Utah Yeti': What Utah Hockey's GM said following 1st round

Ryan Miller, KSL.com  |  Posted June 28 - 11:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bill Armstrong said the Utah HC got their "No. 1 guy" in franchise's first draft
Sphere wows draft picks, GMs and fans on the opening night of the NHL Draft

Sphere wows draft picks, GMs and fans on the opening night of the NHL Draft

W.g. Ramirez, Associated Press  |  Posted June 28 - 10:19 p.m.  |  Save Story

Incredible. Amazing. Unreal. That was the consensus Friday about the opening night of the 2024 NHL Draft as the $2.3 billion Sphere wowed draft picks, general managers and fans. The vibrant 18,000-seat building that is made up of a curving 270-degree screen that boasts 16k resolution LED panels wrapping around its orb-like structure, flashed brilliant visuals of the draft picks and team logos throughout the night. The draft marked the first sports-themed event inside the venue since it opened in September.