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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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Alex Ovechkin concedes dream of playing in 2018 Olympic Games

12:14 AM ET Emily KaplanESPN Alex Ovechkin has given up on his Olympic dream for 2018. The Washington Capitals winger released a lengthy statement through the team on Thursday, saying he will not compete for Team Russia in the 2018 Games. “I said every time I was asked since last Olympics that nobody is going to tell me I can’t play because my country was going to be allowed to ask me,” Ovechkin wrote. “Now the IIHF and NHL say my country is not allowed to ask anybody in the…

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New York Islanders ready for hard training camp

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. — The New York Islanders got off to a slow start last season and, despite a strong second half that followed a midyear coaching change, finished a point out of a playoff spot. Now, Doug Weight has promised a hard camp as he heads into his first full season at the helm, hoping that will help the team get off to a better start. “We know camp is going to be tough,” forward Casey Cizikas said. “Dougie’s been telling us that from the get-go. … We gave…

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Minnesota Wild agree to terms with left wing MarcusFoligno on 4-year, $11.5 million deal

ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent left wing Marcus Foligno on a four-year, $11.5 million contract. Marcus Foligno (R) played six seasons with the Sabres scoring 49 goals and 67 assist. Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images The Wild announced the deal Thursday, the day before they take the ice for the start of training camp. Foligno will make $2 million this season, $3 million in 2018-19, $3.5 million in 2019-20 and $3 million in 2020-21 for an average annual value of $2.875 million….

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Former NHL defenseman Noel Picard dies at 78

MONTREAL — Noel Picard, the former St. Louis Blues defenseman pictured in the famous shot of Boston star Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring a Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 78. The St. Louis Blues said Picard died last week in Montreal after a long battle with cancer. The Blues are saddened to learn of the passing of original Blue Noel Picard, who played for St. Louis from 1967-73. #stlblues pic.twitter.com/jiTzB4V9oZ — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) September 7, 2017 Picard spent six of his eight NHL…

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