Men's hockey

FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2012, file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' James van Riemsdyk (21), left, and Scott Hartnell (19) celebrate after van Riemsdyk's go-ahead goal as Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Seabrook (7) skates by in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Philadelphia. Several players are returning to old teams and comfortable situations _ from James van Riemsdyk going back to Philadelphia on the second-richest July 1 deal to Matt Cullen taking a significant pay cut to rejoin the Pittsburgh Penguins he helped win the Stanley Cup twice. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
July 01, 2018 - 8:42 pm
John Tavares isn't the only free agent going back to a familiar place. Several players are returning to their former teams and comfortable situations — from James van Riemsdyk going back to Philadelphia on the second-richest July 1 deal to Matt Cullen taking a significant pay cut to rejoin the...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2015, file photo, an NHL logo is shown before the start of the first round of the NHL hockey draft, in Sunrise, Fla. The NHL Free Agency period begins at noon Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
July 01, 2018 - 4:10 pm
The Latest from NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 4:05 p.m. The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Riley Nash to an $8.25 million, three-year deal to replenish some of the depth they lost when Matt Calvert signed with Colorado. The 29-year-old Nash had a career-high 41 points last season...
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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Detroit. Superstar center John Tavares is going home, agreeing to terms on a $77 million, seven-year contract with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 01, 2018 - 1:38 pm
John Tavares is bidding Long Island goodbye for a chance to play for his hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. The New York Islanders captain agreed to $77 million, seven-year deal with Toronto and announced his long-awaited decision by posting a letter on his Twitter account about an hour after the free-...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 01, 2018 - 2:33 am
On the eve of free agency, John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination. With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2018 file photo, San Jose Sharks' Logan Couture celebrates his goal with teammates during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Dallas Stars in San Jose, Calif. Couture has agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the Sharks. A person familiar with the deal says the sides reached agreement on the deal Saturday, June 30. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
June 30, 2018 - 11:52 am
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Logan Couture agreed to a $64 million, eight-year contract extension with the San Jose Sharks on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person told The Associated Press that the deal will become official as soon as Sunday, when Couture is eligible to...
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FILE- In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights general manager George McPhee listens during an NHL hockey news conference in Las Vegas. The Vegas Golden Knights are among the NHL teams with the most salary cap space, giving the Western Conference champions some chips to put on the table in a bid to get back to the Stanley Cup Final. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 30, 2018 - 11:51 am
The Vegas Golden Knights are among the NHL teams with the most salary cap space going into free agency , giving the Western Conference champions some chips to put on the table in a bid to get back to the Stanley Cup Final. Vegas had nearly $30 million to spend going into the weekend, according to...
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FILE - In this April 14, 2016, file photo, Washington Capitals assistant coach Todd Reirden talks with the team during a timeout in the third period of Game 1 in the first round of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoffs against the Philadelphia Flyers in Washington. The Stanley Cup-champion Capitals have promoted Reirden to head coach to replace Barry Trotz. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the anticipated move on Friday, June 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
June 29, 2018 - 2:31 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — When Barry Trotz resigned, the Washington Capitals didn't even bother with a coaching search. There was only one candidate and he got the job. Top assistant Todd Reirden will take over the Stanley Cup-champion Capitals, promoted from the bench on Friday in a move that allows...
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FILE - In this Sunday, April 15, 2018 file photo, Philadelphia Flyers' Ivan Provorov, left, and Pittsburgh Penguins' Conor Sheary, chase the puck during the first period in Game 3 of an NHL first-round hockey playoff series in Philadelphia, The Buffalo Sabres have acquired forward Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Wednesday, June 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek, File)
June 27, 2018 - 6:41 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is drawing from his championship past in Pittsburgh to provide a boost in Buffalo. The Sabres improved their top-six forward ranks by acquiring Conor Sheary and defenseman Matt Hunwick in a trade with Pittsburgh on Wednesday. The Penguins...
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File- This May 17, 2018, file photo shows Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson (74) skating with the puck during the third period of Game 4 of the NHL Eastern Conference finals hockey playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Washington. A person with knowledge of the move says the Capitals have re-signed Carlson to a $64 million, eight-year contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Sunday, June 24, 2018, because the deal hadn’t yet been announced. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
June 25, 2018 - 2:45 am
The first big free agent re-signing with his own team is just the beginning of the frenzy that's to come around the NHL. Defenseman John Carlson signed a $64 million, eight-year deal with the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals. His agent and the representatives for other pending unrestricted...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2017, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) skates with the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals, in Washington. A jump in the salary cap should make for a more entertaining NHL offseason. Tavares and Senators captain Erik Karlsson could be among the high-end players on the move in the coming weeks. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
June 23, 2018 - 7:58 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the Kings in his return to the NHL, the Hurricanes and Flames pulled off a five-player trade, and John Tavares will now explore different possibilities for his future. After a dull first round of the draft, action picked up Saturday as teams laid the...
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