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Stars All-Star center Tyler Seguin signs $78.8M, 8-year extension

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 3:50 p.m.

Five-time All-Star center Tyler Seguin has signed a $78.8 million, eight-year contract extension with the Dallas Stars that goes through the 2026-27 season. Stars general manager Jim Nill announced the deal before the team departed Texas for the start of training camp in Boise, Idaho.

Blue Jackets sign John Tortorella to 2-year contract extension

The Columbus Blue Jackets have given coach John Tortorella a two-year contract extension. The team announced that the 60-year-old Tortorella has been signed through the 2020-21 season. Terms weren’t disclosed. His current $2 million-a-year contract runs through this season. Tortorella led the Blue Jackets to the playoffs in his first two full seasons in Columbus. He won the Jack Adams Trophy as the NHL’s coach of the year.

NHL: December earliest league would vote on Seattle expansion

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 6, 2018, 12:48 p.m.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says December is the earliest the Board of Governors will vote on potential expansion to Seattle. In an interview with The Associated Press at the league’s annual preseason media tour, Daly called it “doubtful” any formal vote will happen on a Seattle franchise between meetings in October and December.

New investors announced as part of Seattle’s NHL bid

The investment group hoping to bring an expansion NHL franchise to Seattle for the 2020 season has announced a new set of local investors including Seattle Sounders majority owner Adrian Hanauer and members of the Ackerley family that previously owned the Seattle SuperSonics.

Visit by Chandler Stephenson, Stanley Cup stirs emotion in Humboldt

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 24, 2018, 6:16 p.m.

A small Saskatchewan city devastated by a fatal bus crash involving its junior hockey team welcomed a trophy that fans no doubt hoped would one day be hoisted by one of their boys. Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson brought the Stanley Cup to Humboldt to recognize the community’s strength and resilience after the April crash that killed 16 people, 10 of them players.

Chandler Stephenson taking Stanley Cup to Humboldt to help town heal

Capitals rookie Chandler Stephenson is taking the Stanley Cup to Humboldt to help the Canadian community heal after the deadly bus crash involving a junior hockey team. Stephenson understands he can’t replace any of the 16 lives lost in the April crash. He just wants to give the Saskatchewan town a positive day. More than a dozen current and former NHL players will join Stephenson for Humboldt Hockey Day to celebrate the strength and resilience of local residents.

Red Wings re-sign Dylan Larkin to $30.5 million, 5-year deal

UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 11:43 a.m.

The Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Dylan Larkin to a $30.5 million, five-year contract. He was a restricted free agent and will be unrestricted when the deal is done. The 22-year-old center from Michigan led the team with a career-high 63 points and was third with 16 goals last season. Says Larkin: “This money is life-changing, but it’s a chance to have a contract when you’re in your prime.”

Coyotes sign Christian Dvorak to 6-year contract extension

The Arizona Coyotes have signed center Christian Dvorak to a six-year contract extension averaging $4.45 million per year. The deal will keep Dvorak in Arizona through 2024-25. The 22-year-old Dvorak was Arizona’s third-leading goal scorer with 15 last season and fifth in points with 37.

Predators GM David Poile tops U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame class

UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 9, 2018, 2:01 p.m.

Nashville Predators general manager David Poile headlines the class of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame. It also includes former University of Michigan coach Red Berenson, three-time Olympic medalist Natalie Darwitz, retired NHL referee Paul Stewart and the late Leland “Hago” Harrington.

Golden Knights sign William Karlsson to $5.25M, 1-year deal

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 5:24 p.m.

William Karlsson and the Vegas Golden Knights have avoided arbitration with a $5.25 million, one-year contract for the high-scoring forward. General manager George McPhee announced the deal. Karlsson gets a significant raise from his previous $1 million salary.

Ducks sign G John Gibson to 8-year, $51.2 million extension

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 11:46 a.m.

Goalie John Gibson has agreed to an eight-year, $51.2 million contract extension with the Anaheim Ducks. Gibson has been a steady starter for the Ducks for the past three years after breaking into the NHL in 2014. He set career highs last season with 31 victories and a .926 save percentage while playing in 60 games.

Coyotes to retire Shane Doan’s number in February

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 4:49 p.m.

The Arizona Coyotes will retire former captain Shane Doan’s number during a pregame ceremony on Feb. 24. Doan will have his No. 19 retired before the Coyotes face the Winnipeg Jets, joining former Coyotes players Keith Tkachuk, Jeremy Roenick and Teppo Numminen in the franchise’s ring of honor. Former Winnipeg players Bobby Hull, Thomas Steen and Dale Hawerchuk also are in the Coyotes’ ring of honor.

Capitals bring back Brooks Orpik in $1 million, 1-year deal

The Capitals are bringing back Brooks Orpik, a leader on Washington’s Stanley Cup-winning team. The 37-year-old defenseman signed a $1 million, one-year contract with $500,000 in performance bonuses. The move comes about a month after Washington traded Orpik to Colorado to clear salary-cap space.

Former NHL goalie Ray Emery drowns in Hamilton, Ontario

Retired NHL goaltender Ray Emery, who helped the Ottawa Senators reach the final in 2007 and won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2013, drowned in his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario. He was 35.