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Senators extend Ryan, name Karlsson captain

Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 5:04 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- After experiencing the departure of three key players during the past five years, the Ottawa Senators took two big steps Thursday to solidify the roles of forward Bobby Ryan and defenseman Erik Karlsson.

The Senators signed Ryan, who has scored 30 goals four times, to a seven-year, $50.75 million contract extension and named Karlsson, the 2012 Norris Trophy winner, their ninth captain.

"It's a good day," Senators coach Paul MacLean said.

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Canadiens, Bowman agree to two-way contract

Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 4:59 PM / News

MontrealCanadiens.com

BROSSARD - The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a two-way NHL contract with forward Drayson Bowman for the 2014-15 season.

Bowman was invited to the Canadiens' main camp which opened on September 18.

The 25-year-old forward registered 12 points in 70 games with the Carolina Hurricanes a season ago.

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Flyers agree to terms with Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Thursday, 10.02.2014 / 12:33 PM / News

PhiladelphiaFlyers.com

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have agreed to terms on an entry-level contract with left wing Nicolas Aube-Kubel, the club’s second-round pick (48th overall) in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft today, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Aube-Kubel appeared in one preseason game for the Flyers, recording one shot on goal in 15:38 of ice-time.

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Preseason roundup: Penguins win Crosby's debut

Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 11:40 PM / News

NHL.com

Sidney Crosby made his preseason debut, and Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 25 shots for the Pittsburgh Penguins in a 2-0 win against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena on Wednesday.

Blake Comeau and Oskar Sundqvist scored for Pittsburgh; Nick Spaling had two assists.

Crosby played 18:47 with seven shots on goal after missing the start of the preseason with a minor injury then two games while attending his grandmother's funeral. It was his first game since May 13.

"It felt like, for not playing in some games, it felt pretty good throughout the game," Crosby told the Penguins website. "I got the one under my belt; we'll get ready for the season now."

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Hilary Knight to practice with Anaheim Ducks

Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 10:22 PM / News

NHL.com

U.S. Olympic women's ice hockey player Hilary Knight will practice with the Anaheim Ducks on Friday, the team announced.

Knight, a forward, is believed to be the first female non-goalie to practice with an NHL team, the Ducks said. Her participation is part of World Girls' Ice Hockey Weekend.

Knight, 25, won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics. She had seven assists in 2010, and three goals and three assists in 2014.

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Coyotes' King to coach in Russia

Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 3:01 PM / News

NHL.com

Dave King, who served as senior adviser to the coaching staff with the Arizona Coyotes for three seasons, has been released from his contract to coach in Russia, according to general manager Don Maloney.

According to the KHL website, King will coach Lokomotiv. King finished last season as the coach there, leading it to the Western Conference final.

"We anticipate [King] will rejoin us once his KHL season has ended," Maloney said via the Coyotes' Twitter account.

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Babcock to start season without new contract: report

Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 12:58 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock likely will enter the season without a contract extension, general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday. The newspaper reported that Holland and Babcock held contract negotiations Tuesday.

Babcock, who is entering the final season of his contract, repeatedly has said he is not interested in negotiating an extension during the season because of the distraction that it creates.

However, Holland said the key is that neither he nor Babcock wants to negotiate publicly. He told the newspaper that there is a good chance they will talk privately about the situation.

The Red Wings open the season Oct. 9 against the Boston Bruins at Joe Louis Arena.

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Blues add HHOF member Gainey as consultant: report

Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 11:03 AM / News

NHL.com

Hockey Hall of Fame member Bob Gainey has joined the St. Louis Blues as a consultant, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Wednesday.

Gainey has a long relationship with Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Ken Hitchcock. Armstrong worked with Gainey with the Minnesota North Stars and Dallas Stars, and Gainey picked Hitchcock to be his replacement as coach of the Dallas Stars during the 1995-96 season so Gainey could focus on his GM job with the Stars.

According to the newspaper Gainey will work with the Blues and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Chicago Wolves.

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Preseason roundup: Kings cruise past Sharks

Wednesday, 10.01.2014 / 1:03 AM / News

NHL.com

Justin Williams had a goal and two assists to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a 4-1 win against the San Jose Sharks at SAP Center on Tuesday.

Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown and Dwight King also scored for Los Angeles and Anze Kopitar had two assists. Jonathan Quick stopped 16 of 17 shots through the first two periods before being replaced by Martin Jones, who made seven saves.

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Board of Governors approves sale of Islanders

Tuesday, 09.30.2014 / 6:32 PM / News

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEW YORK -- The sale of an escalating interest in the New York Islanders to Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin was approved by the NHL's Board of Governors on Tuesday.

Under the terms of the sale agreement, Ledecky and Malkin are purchasing a minority interest in the Islanders from Charles Wang that will transition into a majority interest in two years. Wang will maintain his status as majority owner until the interest transfers.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said the sale is not final because it needs to close, but the hope is that it will be completed before the start of the regular season next week.

"It's not going to happen tomorrow because there is some work to do, but I think they're probably shooting to get it done before the start of the season next week," Commissioner Bettman said. "If they miss it, that doesn't mean anything bad."

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Quote of the Day

This is a great day for me. This is something I've been thinking about for a long time. This is a great opportunity that the St. Louis Blues organization, (owner) Tom Stillman and Doug Armstrong are giving me and trusting me in doing...This is going to be a great challenge for me.

— Martin Brodeur, after announcing his retirement as an NHL player and becoming a senior adviser with the Blues on Thursday