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Capitals winger Tom Wilson banned 20 games for preseason hit

UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 3, 2018, 2:25 p.m.

Washington Capitals forward Tom Wilson has been suspended 20 games by the NHL for a blindside hit to the head of an opponent during a preseason game. Wilson’s punishment was announced just before the Stanley Cup champion Capitals opened the regular season at home against Boston. Wilson was punished for a hit on St. Louis Blues center Oskar Sundqvist over the weekend.

NHL is moving forward with Seattle expansion bid

UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 5:47 p.m.

The NHL is moving forward with plans to expand to Seattle. Commissioner Gary Bettman says the Board of Governors executive committee recommended to the full group to proceed with Seattle’s expansion application with an eye on voting to approve the league’s 32nd franchise in December. The recommendation comes after key stakeholders presented their case to the executive committee and hit it off enough that Seattle could be awarded a team two months from now.

Seattle one step closer to NHL after arena plan approved

The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city’s bid to land an expansion NHL franchise.

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.