Hockey

FILE - In this June 4, 2018, file photo, NHL draft prospect Rasmus Dahlin, of Sweden, smiles during a media availability before Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, in Washington. With likelihood of selecting Dahlin with the first pick in the draft on Friday, June 22, the Buffalo Sabres are again in a position to end what’s been a decade-long freefall. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
June 20, 2018 - 3:11 pm
Rasmus Dahlin is drawing comparisons to a pair of the best defenseman in the game today and to one of the best of all time. No pressure. The smooth-skating, play-making Swedish defenseman is expected to become just the third defenseman in the past 20 years to be picked No. 1 in the NHL draft . "He...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2018, file photo, Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, in Nashville, Tenn. Police in Tennessee have arrested Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson on a charge of domestic assault. Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner said Watson was arrested Saturday evening, June 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
June 20, 2018 - 1:59 pm
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested on a charge of domestic assault involving his girlfriend over the weekend. Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner said Wednesday that Watson was arrested Saturday evening. Watson was released from jail on $4,500 bond and is...
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, holds up the Stanley Cup for fans to see during a victory rally the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 20, 2018 - 1:31 pm
The Washington Capitals will raise their first Stanley Cup banner and open their title defense on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins — not the rival Pittsburgh Penguins. Washington did not face the Bruins during its Cup run but has beaten them 12 consecutive times in regular-season play. The Capitals...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin (8) moves the puck around United States' Adam Fox, rear, during the second period of a semifinal game at the world junior hockey championship in Buffalo, N.Y. With likelihood of selecting Dahlin with the first pick in the draft on Friday, June 22, the Buffalo Sabres are again in a position to end what’s been a decade-long freefall. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 19, 2018 - 4:49 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former defenseman Mike Weber is all too familiar with the Sabres' lean years while spending a majority of his eight NHL seasons in Buffalo. There were high-priced free agents who failed to pan out and one draft-pick bust after another. Weber made the playoffs just twice, with...
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Jay Bryant-Chavez, center, reacts after a play during a watch party for Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Monday, June 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 19, 2018 - 1:54 pm
Thanks, Vegas. The Stanley Cup Final run of the expansion Golden Knights contributed to what is expected to be a healthy increase for the salary cap, giving NHL teams more freedom to make deals. With elite center John Tavares, top defenseman John Carlson and a strong group of free agents available...
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FILe - In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Ottawa Senators' Mike Hoffman (68) waits for a face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Raleigh, N.C. The Florida Panthers have acquired Mike Hoffman from San Jose hours after the Sharks got the scoring winger from the Ottawa Senators. Florida sent 2018 fourth- and fifth-round picks and a 2019 second-round pick to San Jose for Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round pick. General manager Dale Tallon announced the trade Tuesday, June 19, 2018, not long after Ottawa moved him to San Jose. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)
June 19, 2018 - 1:29 pm
The Ottawa Senators traded winger Mike Hoffman on Tuesday, hoping to solve an ugly off-ice issue involving star defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife. The Senators sent Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks, who then dealt him to the Florida Panthers. All told, the two transactions involved four players...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz smiles towards left wing Alex Ovechkin, right, after Ovechkin's goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington. Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup. The team announced Trotz’s resignation Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
June 18, 2018 - 7:11 pm
Less than two weeks after lifting the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is a free agent and the Washington Capitals are looking for a new coach. Trotz stepped down as Capitals coach on Monday after a contract dispute over salary and term that leaves the newly minted Stanley Cup champions without a coach...
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FILE - In this May 31, 2018, file photo, Ryan Straschnitzki is wheeled on a stretcher into Shriners Hospitals for Children in Philadelphia. The parents of a paralyzed Humboldt Broncos hockey player are preparing for the next phase of his recovery — his return home. Straschnitzki was paralyzed from the chest down in a crash between a semi-trailer and a bus carrying the junior hockey team at a rural Saskatchewan intersection in April. The 19-year-old is expected to return home to Airdrie, just north of Calgary, in a matter of weeks. His father, Tom Straschnitzki, says he's already gone through six training programs on how to care for his son once he's no longer under the constant watchful eye of medical personnel. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)
June 16, 2018 - 7:46 pm
AIRDRIE, Alberta (AP) — The parents of a paralyzed Humboldt Broncos hockey player are preparing for the next phase of his recovery — his return home. Ryan Straschnitzki is undergoing physiotherapy at the Shriners Hospital in Philadelphia after being paralyzed from the chest down in a crash between...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Arizona Coyotes' Max Domi (16) plays against the Vegas Golden Knights during an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. The Coyotes have traded Domi to the Montreal Canadiens for Alex Galchenyuk in an exchange of young, talented players. The 23-year-old Domi had been one of the cornerstones of Arizona’s rebuilding project since the Coyotes selected him with the 12th overall pick in 2013. The son of former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, Max scored 18 goals and had 34 assists as a rookie in 2015-16, but his production has dipped the past two seasons. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 15, 2018 - 10:43 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Domi had been a cornerstone of the Arizona Coyotes' rebuilding project in the desert. He was young, feisty, skilled and had a great hockey pedigree. Now the Coyotes have a new, young cornerstone who also happens to fill a need at center after trading Domi to the Montreal...
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This June 14, 2018 photo shows a betting ticket from the Borgata casino in Atlantic City hours after it began accepting sports wagers. The ticket predicts the Seattle Seahawks will win the next Super Bowl at 25-to-1 odds. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
June 14, 2018 - 5:05 pm
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's governor bet that the New Jersey Devils will win the Stanley Cup, while basketball legend Julius Erving bet that Philadelphia's football team will repeat as champions, placing the wagers Thursday, the day betting on professional sports became legal in the state...
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