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9:07 PM ET The Washington Capitals have agreed to a one-year, $1 million deal with playoff star Devante Smith-Pelly, according to multiple reports. Smith-Pelly did not receive a qualifying offer from the Caps and had become an unrestricted free agent. But he continued to negotiate and the sides agreed to a deal Wednesday afternoon. Devante
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8:03 PM ET Associated Press GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Kevin Connauton to a two-year contract extension. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed Wednesday. The 28-year-old Connauton had 11 goals and 10 assists in 73 games last season. He has 26 goals and 42 assists in 260 career NHL games with
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5:22 PM ET Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The Penguins have re-signed forward Bryan Rust to a four-year deal that runs through the 2021-22 campaign. The deal, announced Tuesday, carries an average annual value of $3.5 million. Rust, 26, set career highs in assists (25) and points (38) while playing in 69 games for the Penguins
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5:45 PM ET Associated Press TAMPA, Fla. — The Lightning have re-signed forward J.T. Miller to a five-year contract worth $26.25 million. Miller will count $5.5 million against the salary cap through 2022-23. General manager Steve Yzerman announced the deal with the pending restricted free agent on Tuesday. Acquired from the New York Rangers at
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3:29 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, longtime New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur and Willie O’Ree, who broke the NHL’s color barrier 60 years ago, are among the six-person 2019 Hockey Hall of Fame class, the Hall announced on Tuesday. Longtime NHL winger Martin St. Louis, Canadian women’s player Jayna Hefford and
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6:21 PM ET Associated Press SAN JOSE, Calif. — The San Jose Sharks have declined to issue a qualifying offer to defenseman Dylan DeMelo, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Sharks announced Monday that the team gave qualifying offers to forwards Tomas Hertl and Chris Tierney. Those two will become restricted free agents in
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11:18 PM ET Associated Press GLENDALE, ARIZ. — The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Robbie Russo from the Detroit Red Wings on Sunday for a conditional seventh-round pick next year. The 25-year-old former Notre Dame player had nine goals, 23 assists and 81 penalty minutes in 75 games for Grand Rapids last season in the American
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9:10 PM ET ESPN News Services DALLAS — The Colorado Avalanche signed goaltender Philipp Grubauer to a three-year contract worth $10 million and put defenseman Brooks Orpik on buyout waivers the day after acquiring them from the Washington Capitals, according to multiple reports. The team announced Grubauer’s signing, and multiple reports say the deal is
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5:46 PM ET Emily Kaplan Greg Wyshynski DALLAS — The 2018 NHL draft was, in comparison to other recent editions, a muted affair. Full coverage of the 2018 draft »Every pick of the draft »Draft grades for all 31 teamsWinners and losers »Round 1 analysis There were only two major trades made, and few credible
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8:22 PM ET The 2018 NHL draft was unpredictable and sometimes even confusing, but also an incredibly compelling and unique overall draft. While it will take years to fully assess how each team did in this draft, we’ll take the information that we have on each player now — based on yearlong back-and-forth with scouts
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7:40 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN DALLAS — New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello said he’s not discouraged that star center John Tavares will listen to pitches from other NHL teams ahead of unrestricted free agency, rather than re-signing with the team before the process plays out. “I have no disappointment. No discouragement,” Lamoriello said
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10:53 PM ET Find details on every 2018 first-round draft pick here. Click here for Chris Peters’ scouting reports on every prospect picked, and here for his draft board. 1. Buffalo Sabres: Rasmus Dahlin, D, Frolunda (Sweden) Draft board ranking: 1 Age: 18 | Shoots: L | Ht: 6-2 | Wt: 181 | Nat: SWE41
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1:50 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN DALLAS — The NHL Awards are over, which means that the yelling could begin. Every year, there are votes that boggle the mind, and this year was no exception. Some of them are egregious — like Mathew Barzal getting anything less than a first- or second-place vote for the Calder
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1:01 PM ET Emily Kaplan Chris Peters Close Special to ESPN Chris Peters is ESPN’s NHL draft and prospects analyst. The Chicago native previously covered the NHL for CBSSports.com and founded the popular independent blog UnitedStatesofHockey.com where he covered the game at all levels since 2010. The 2018 NHL draft kicks off in Dallas on
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3:34 PM ET Associated Press “Johnny Hockey” is getting an additional title: part owner. Barry Trotz, former coach of the Stanley Cup-champion Washington Capitals, has been named the new coach of the New York Islanders. Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils barely edged Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon for the Hart Trophy on Wednesday night, winning
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10:41 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN LAS VEGAS — Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland stood before the crowd at the NHL Awards on Wednesday night at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, thanking those in attendance after having won the Mark Messier Leadership Award for “the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team,
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1:28 PM ET Associated Press The Washington Capitals will raise their first Stanley Cup banner and open their title defense on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins. The Capitals will open the rival Pittsburgh Penguins‘ season on Oct. 4 in Pittsburgh. The NHL announced home openers for all 31 teams on Wednesday and will release
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