The San Jose Sharks have acquired two-time Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Winnipeg Jets have signed captain Blake Wheeler to a $41.25 million, five-year contract extension.
Auston Matthews and Patrick Kane were among dozens of U.S.-born NHL players who gathered for a charity game won by the Blue over the White 14-9 Sunday.
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.
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.
Nashville Predators defenseman Ryan Ellis has signed an eight-year deal worth $50 million that keeps under contract through the 2026-27 season.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jarome Iginla closed his 20-year NHL career in the city where he was the face of the franchise.
The cost of the extensive renovation to make Seattle’s KeyArena ready for a potential NHL team has risen to about $700 million.
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.
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.
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