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New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle diagnosed with leukemia

The New Jersey Devils say veteran forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team’s doctor says can be treated with medication. During a conference call Tuesday, Devils team doctor Michael Farber said the leukemia was discovered early. General manager Ray Shero said it was found in blood work during team physicals at the start of camp. CML is the same disease that former NHL forward Jason Blake played through after being diagnosed in 2007. Boyle, a 32-year-old center, signed a…

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Nashville Predators name defenseman Roman Josi as 8th captain all time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — General manager David Poile and coach Peter Laviolette noticed how the Predators picked defenseman Roman Josi to drive a sword into the field before the NFL’s Tennessee Titans’ home opener with the NHL team serving an honorary role pregame. Seeing what Josi’s teammates decided made selecting the Predators’ eighth captain in franchise history that much easier. “Roman has played with and mentored under two of our best captains ever in Shea Weber and Mike Fisher,” Poile said Tuesday. “He was also always part of the leadership group…

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Minnesota Wild, captain Mikko Koivu agree to 2-year, $11 million deal Monday

The Minnesota Wild and captain Mikko Koivu agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract on Monday, the team announced. Koivu will make $6 million in 2018-19 and $5 million in 2019-20, the team said. The 34-year-old center had 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists) in 80 games last season. The native of Finland has played all 12 of his NHL seasons with the Wild, totaling 614 points (179 goals, 435 assists) in 843 games since being selected sixth overall in the 2001 NHL entry draft. Koivu, who was selected as…

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New Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley ready for the challenge

Phil Housley is pretty sure that his old Buffalo house is in good hands. In 2011, while an assistant coach for Team USA in the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, Housley and his family took a quick trip to the suburb of East Amherst to see the house he that and his wife, Karin, had built when he played for the Sabres in the 1980s. “It’s the same house,” Housley told ESPN.com. “It was a great little neighborhood and had four little cul de sacs, so it had a dead…

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Vegas Golden Knights rout Vancouver Canucks 9-4 in first preseason game

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — By the time the Elvis Presley impersonator singing tunes between whistles had left the building, the NHL’s newest franchise was well on its way to victory in its first exhibition game. Tyler Wong scored three times and added an assist to help the expansion Vegas Golden Knights rout the Vancouver Canucks 9-4 on Sunday. Wong scored the first exhibition goal in club history. “It’s a huge honor,” Wong said. “The city’s very excited to get a team. To be a part of excitement like that is…

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Arizona Coyotes acquire Jason Demers from Panthers for Jamie McGinn

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Jason Demers from the Florida Panthers on Sunday for forward Jamie McGinn. Demers, 29, had nine goals and 19 assists in 81 regular-season games for the Panthers last season. He has 37 goals and 134 assists in 504 career games with San Jose, Dallas and Florida. McGinn, also 29, had nine goals and eight assists in 72 games for the Coyotes last season. He has 100 goals and 84 assists in 522 games with San Jose, Colorado, Buffalo, Anaheim and Arizona. “We…

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Fantasy NHL — Fantasy hockey rookies to watch in 2017-18

One of the long-term effects of the NHL’s salary cap has been teams’ reliance on young players. All over the league, clubs will be looking to players on their rookie deals to play big roles because they cannot afford to add more veteran contracts. For fantasy players, the influx of important rookies means there’s an advantage to be gained by knowing about the next wave of young, talented players. Insider Become an insider and get access to all our articles and tools. View Insider Benefits Magazine subscribers:activate your Insider account….

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Jonathan Toews determined to bounce back after big decline last season

CHICAGO — Coming off perhaps the worst season of his career, Jonathan Toews sees only one way forward. Learn from the past. Apply those lessons to right now. Relish every moment. It’s just that simple. In the wake of another empty postseason, the captain of the Chicago Blackhawks went in search of what he lost over the years. The final result is one of the biggest keys to Chicago’s immediate future. “I think there’s a lot of years that have been adding up, where I think you have some little…

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Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise held out of start of camp due to back injury

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild training camp began with one notable absence: Zach Parise. He’s being held off the ice for now because of a back injury, his status considered day-to-day. Coach Bruce Boudreau said after the first split-squad practices Friday that he believes Parise will join the team soon enough. Still, it’s an issue worth watching with Parise, who missed the playoffs after the 2015-16 season because of a back injury. “As soon as the trainers tell me he’s ready to go, he’ll be here,” Boudreau said. “I…

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Colorado Avalanche agree to 2-year deal with defenseman Nikita Zadorov

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have signed restricted free agent defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a two-year deal. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Zadorov led the Avalanche with 153 hits last season before missing the final 25 games with an ankle injury. He finished with 10 assists. Colorado acquired Zadorov in 2015 as part of the deal that sent Ryan O’Reilly to Buffalo. Zadorov was a first-round pick by the Sabres in 2013. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic said Friday that Zadorov is an “important part of our blue line, and we expect…

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