Dallas Stars name Rick Bowness head coach after interim stint ended in Stanley Cup Final

Rick Bowness will remain behind the Dallas Stars’ bench after a successful interim stint at the end of the 2019-20 season. The Stars announced Thursday that Bowness will become their full-time head coach. Bowness will be the 24th head coach in franchise history, and the ninth in Dallas Stars history. After being named to the interim role on Dec. 10, 2019, Bowness led the Stars to a 20-13-5 record before guiding Dallas all the way to the Stanley Cup Final, […]

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Joey Moss, beloved Edmonton sports figure, dies at 57: Wayne Gretzky, hockey world react

Edmonton lost a sports legend on Monday: Joey Moss, a fixture in the city’s professional hockey and football landscape, died. He was 57. Moss, who was born with Down syndrome, worked in the locker room of both the NHL’s Oilers and CFL’s Edmonton Football Team since the mid-1980s. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2015. Wayne Gretzky, who introduced Moss to the Oilers in the 1984-85 season, confirmed Moss’ death on Facebook. “Janet and I […]

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Longtime Sharks star Joe Thornton to pursue Stanley Cup with Maple Leafs

The one thing missing in Joe Thornton's star-studded career is a Stanley Cup. Thornton, 41, will pursue that trophy with the Toronto Maple Leafs, signing a one-year deal Friday at the NHL minimum salary of $700,000 after spending 15 years with the San Jose Sharks. The closest he came to a championship was in 2016, when the Sharks lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the final. But the Sharks had the bottom drop out last season after reaching the conference […]

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NHL free agency winners, losers: Sabres stun with Taylor Hall; Blackhawks part ways with veterans

The Vegas Golden Knights have had a busy offseason as they have tried to maintain their standing as an elite team while also moving around puzzle pieces to fit within a flat salary cap. They re-signed goalie Robin Lehner (five years, $25 million) and traded center Paul Stastny to the Winnipeg Jets. But their biggest move was adding the best available player in unrestricted free agency, defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (seven years, $61.6 million). They traded defenseman Nate Schmidt to the Vancouver […]

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Newest Sabres forward Taylor Hall ready to go, jokes about partaking in Bills Mafia tradition

Taylor Hall certainly knows how to make an entrance. The day after he inked a one-year, $8 million contract with the Sabres, the winger recorded a message for his new fans. “Buffalo, Taylor Hall here. It’s been a crazy past couple of days for me but can’t tell you how excited I am to be a Buffalo Sabre,” he said. “Hopefully, I get the chance to play in front of you great fans sometime soon. “I was going to smash into a […]

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NHL free agency 2020: What to know as signing period begins

More than three months after the standard start of unrestricted free agency, it is finally here. In a normal season, free agency would open July 1. But because of the coronavirus pandemic and season pause, Friday (noon ET) will mark the beginning of when teams can sign UFAs. Defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who captained the St. Louis Blues to the 2019 Stanley Cup, will be coveted. Goalies are also widely available, including Braden Holtby, Anton Khudobin and Jacob Markstrom. Henrik Lundqvist, whose contract […]

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Pens trade G Murray to Sens on Day 2 of draft

Trade action is heating up on the second day of the NHL draft. The Pittsburgh Penguins got the movement started Wednesday by trading two-time Stanley Cup-winning goaltender Matt Murray to the Ottawa Senators. Minutes later, the Nashville Predators dealt former Penguins forward Nick Bonino and two picks to the Minnesota Wild for Luke Kunin and a selection later in the draft. Pittsburgh got a second-round pick, 52nd overall, and forward prospect Jonathan Gruden for Murray, who is a restricted free […]

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NHL, players association targeting Jan. 1 start date for 2020-21 season

The NHL and its players association have targeted Jan. 1, 2021 as the start date for the 2020-21 regular season, they announced in a joint statement on Tuesday. The news — originally reported by Sportsnet hockey reporter and NHL Network insider Elliotte Friedman — does not guarantee the league will start on Jan. 1, but does replace the league’s previous preferred date of Dec. 1. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman hinted at a potential new target date for the 2020-21 season at his […]

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Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner’s new contract another step in dismantling mental health ‘stigma,’ says Corey Hirsch

The Golden Knights announced Saturday that they had signed netminder Robin Lehner to a five-year, $25 million contract. The deal comes after he posted not only a 1.67 goals-against average and .940 save percentage in three regular-season games following a trade deadline deal, but also a downright impressive 1.99 GAA, .917 save percentage and four shutouts in 16 postseason games. “I think he proved himself,” general manager Kelly McCrimmon told reporters afterward. “I think he played extremely well for our team. That’s […]

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NHL mock draft 2020: Here’s how the first round could play out

After months of anticipation, the 2020 NHL Draft — which was originally scheduled for June — is finally here. The event will look much different than originally planned, with teams making their selections remotely as the coronavirus version of the draft is held virtually. The first round will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday on NBCSN, with rounds two through seven following at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on NHL Network. The delay has not only allowed teams to have an extended period of prospect […]

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