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Marc-Andre Fleury inks 3-year extension with Knights

UPDATED: Fri., July 13, 2018, 4:04 p.m.

The Vegas Golden Knights have agreed to terms with three-time Stanley Cup champion goalie Marc-Andre Fleury on a three-year contract extension worth an average of $7 million a year. Fleury had one year remaining on his contract. The extension would keep him with Vegas through the 2021-22 season, creating the possibility that the 33-year-old Fleury could end his career with the Golden Knights.

Blackhawks unload Marian Hossa’s contract in trade with Coyotes

UPDATED: Thu., July 12, 2018, 4:38 p.m.

The Blackhawks have traded Marian Hossa and Vinnie Hinostroza in a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Coyotes, parting with a promising young forward in order to clear out a troublesome contract. The Blackhawks also sent defenseman Jordan Oesterle and a third-round pick in the 2019 draft to the Coyotes for forwards Marcus Kruger, MacKenzie Entwistle and Jordan Maletta, defenseman Andrew Campbell and a fifth-round pick in next year’s draft.

Lightning sign Nikita Kucherov to 8-year extension through 2026-27

UPDATED: Tue., July 10, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Nikita Kucherov to an eight-year contract extension worth an average of $9.5 million in salary and annual bonuses. Kucherov would have been a restricted free agent next summer but is set to stay with Tampa Bay through the 2026-27 season.

NHL teams re-sign stars a year ahead of free agency

On Sunday, when John Tavares’ departure left a void on Long Island, the Sharks signed Logan Couture, Coyotes signed Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Kings signed Drew Doughty and Lightning signed Ryan McDonagh to long-term deals. None of them would have been free agents until July 1, 2019, and this was the first possible chance to ink extensions that begin more than a year from now.

Homeward bound: Star NHL center John Tavares chooses Toronto Maple Leafs

In bidding farewell to the New York Islanders, where he was the captain and face of the franchise since being drafted with the No. 1 pick in 2009, John Tavares chose Toronto and agreed to a seven-year, $77 million contract about an hour after the NHL’s free-agency signing period opened on Sunday.

AP source: Logan Couture agrees to 8-year extension with Sharks

A person familiar with the deal says Logan Couture has agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks. The person tells The Associated Press that the sides reached agreement on the deal that can become official on Sunday when Couture enters the final year of his $30 million, five-year contract.

Gary Bettman, Martin Brodeur, Willie O’Ree top Hockey Hall of Fame class

UPDATED: Tue., June 26, 2018, 3:18 p.m.

The Hockey Hall of Fame has added the first black player in the National Hockey League, the league’s all-time winningest goaltender and Commissioner Gary Bettman to its latest class. Willie O’Ree will be the third black player in the Hall of Fame. Goaltender Martin Brodeur was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the New Jersey Devils. He has the most wins, shutouts and games played in NHL history. Bettman has overseen expansion of the league since taking the top job in 1993.

Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk returns to NHL with L.A. Kings

Russian forward Ilya Kovalchuk has agreed to a three-year deal worth $18.75 million to return to the NHL with the Los Angeles Kings. Kovalchuk hasn’t played in North America since 2013, when he left the New Jersey Devils and spent the past five seasons with SKA St. Petersburg. The 35-year-old star has scored 816 points in 816 career NHL games for the Atlanta Thrashers and the Devils.

Hurricanes get Dougie Hamilton in blockbuster trade with Flames

UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 2:04 p.m.

The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton as part of a blockbuster trade with the Calgary Flames at the NHL draft. Carolina got Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and prospect Adam Fox from Calgary for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin in the biggest trade so far this offseason.