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2:52 PM ET The Ottawa Senators went into full rebuilding mode on Thursday, trading star defenseman Erik Karlsson to the San Jose Sharks. The Senators received center Chris Tierney and defenseman Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2020 first-round pick for their captain. If
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6:14 PM ET Associated Press TORONTO — The Toronto Maple Leafs will be allowed to show up for work a little scruffier this season. General manager Kyle Dubas said Thursday that he’s relaxing predecessor Lou Lamoriello’s rule banning beards and moustaches. “I want the players to be at their best, whatever their individual best may
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3:25 AM ET Associated Press BEIJING — Wayne Gretzky says the NHL should again allow its players to compete in the Winter Olympics because sending the world’s top hockey players is “always much better for everyone.” Speaking to The Associated Press, the National Hockey League’s all-time leading scorer says he hopes the league and players
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8:09 PM ET Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson has been suspended without pay for the entire preseason and first 27 games of the regular season for domestic abuse. Commissioner Gary Bettman handed down the suspension Wednesday after an investigation and a hearing with Watson last week. Watson pleaded no contest
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7:46 PM ET Associated Press The NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes will start training camp a day early in anticipation of Hurricane Florence. General manager Don Waddell says the NHL is allowing the team to hold its first practice Thursday. The Hurricanes were scheduled to begin camp Friday while taking the added step of closing practice to
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9:54 AM ET ESPN News Services The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed coach John Tortorella to a two-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. Tortorella has taken the Blue Jackets to the playoffs each of the past two seasons and was named Coach of the Year in 2016-17. He is 129-87-23 for Columbus since taking
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6:12 PM ET Associated Press BUFFALO, N.Y. — NHL commissioner Gary Bettman downplayed the significance of entering mediation with former players in a bid to settle a concussion lawsuit, saying Tuesday the league is simply following a judge’s order. “The judge asked us to go into mediation and so we’re complying with the judge’s request,”
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11:27 AM ET Associated Press NEW YORK — The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Boston Bruins for defenseman Steven Kampfer and two draft picks. The teams announced the trade Tuesday before the Bruins flew to China for two exhibition games. Boston gets a 2019 fourth-round pick and a conditional seventh-rounder
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3:23 PM ET ESPN News Services After acquiring Max Pacioretty Sunday, the Vegas Golden Knights moved quickly to keep him long term. The team announced that the 29-year-old has signed a four-year extension that keeps him in Sin City through the 2022-23 season. The deal has an annual average value of $7 million. Max Pacioretty
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