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Ron Francis, center, is presented with a hockey jersey by Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan, left, as Seattle Hockey Partners CEO Tod Leiweke looks on Thursday, July 18, 2019, in Seattle, as Francis is introduced as the first general manager for Seattle's yet-to-be-named NHL expansion team. Francis, a Hall of Famer and a two-time Stanley Cup winner, will have complete control of operations under Leiweke when the team debuts in 2021. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
July 18, 2019 - 4:44 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. He averaged more than point a game, is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky and fifth in career points. When CEO Tod Leiweke and the ownership group of the Seattle NHL expansion...
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FILE - In this May 27, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin speaks during an NHL hockey media day in Las Vegas. Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will go to China as part of the NHL’s continued outreach in that country. Ovechkin will visit Beijing in early August as a league ambassador. He’s expected to take part in youth hockey clinics, interviews and business development meetings. (AP Photo/John Locher, FIle)
July 18, 2019 - 10:07 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will go to China as part of the NHL's continued outreach in that country. Ovechkin will visit Beijing in early August as a league ambassador. He's expected to take part in youth hockey clinics, interviews and business development meetings. The...
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FILE - In this May 5, 2014, file photo, Ron Francis, at the time the general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, takes questions from members of the media during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C. Seattle’s NHL expansion team is close to an agreement with Francis to become its first general manager, a person with direct knowledge tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, July 16, 2019, because the team had not made an announcement. The expansion Seattle franchise is set to begin play in the 2021-22 season as the NHL’s 32nd team.(AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
July 16, 2019 - 10:32 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle's NHL expansion team is close to an agreement with Hockey Hall of Famer Ron Francis to become its first general manager, a person with direct knowledge tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not made an announcement...
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FILE - In this Dec. 21, 2018, file photo, Ottawa Senators goaltender Craig Anderson right, watches as New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall (9) celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Newark, N.J. The Devils are doing all they can to make sure Hall re-signs long term rather than leaving in free agency next summer. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 15, 2019 - 2:23 am
After the New Jersey Devils acquired P.K. Subban, Taylor Hall texted Ray Shero a green checkmark. "Like, 'Check that box off,'" Shero said. "I guess that's good." The Devils have a much longer checklist to complete to convince Hall to re-sign and not leave as a free agent next summer. There is no...
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FILE - In this March 20, 2018, file photo, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin (9) is congratulated by teammates after scoring a goal against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game in New York. The New York Rangers' rebuild just took a giant leap forward. Winger Artemi Panarin, the top free agent available this offseason, signed a seven-year, $81.5 million deal to join the Rangers, a person with knowledge of the signing told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team didn't announce terms of the deal Monday, July 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)
July 12, 2019 - 2:43 am
Artemi Panarin did not have to imagine what he might look like in a New York Rangers uniform. His likeness in Rangers blue adorned the giant video screens at Madison Square Garden with the message "Welcome Artemi" a full four days before he signed with the team. "There was a moment where I just sat...
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Alex Morgan, a member of the U.S women's national soccer team, accepts the award for best female athlete at the ESPY Awards on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
July 11, 2019 - 9:01 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. women's national soccer team celebrated its Women's World Cup victory on both coasts Wednesday, honored with a ticker tape parade in New York City before jetting to the West Coast and collecting trophies at The ESPYS. Alex Morgan won female athlete of the year and shared...
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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2018, file photo, Toronto Maple Leafs center Mitch Marner (16) celebrates his goal against the New York Islanders during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Toronto. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are among a bumper crop of restricted free agents. Every NHL team in the league would like to add any of those players to its roster. However, it will register as a big surprise in if any team tries to sign them away. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
July 03, 2019 - 6:35 pm
Some of the NHL's best, young players are available. Technically. Mitch Marner, Brayden Point and Jacob Trouba are just a few of the restricted free agents in a bumper crop. Every team in the league would like to add any of those players this summer. However, it would be a big surprise in the NHL...
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Florida Panthers new goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky laughs as he speaks during an NHL hockey news conference, Tuesday, July 2, 2019, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers introduced Bobrovsky, Anton Stralman, Brett Connolly and Noel Acciari. The Panthers, New York Rangers and Nashville Predators were winners on Day 1 of NHL free agency. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
July 03, 2019 - 12:31 pm
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Sergei Bobrovsky already has two Vezina Trophies, the award handed out at the end of each season to the NHL's top goaltender. He's not looking for a third. For the Florida Panthers' new goalie, only one trophy matters now. Bobrovsky and Florida's three other free agent signings...
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FILE - In this June 25, 2018, file photo, Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill addresses the media during a NHL news conference in Buffalo N.Y. Realizing how difficult it is to lure free agents to Buffalo, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has relied mostly on trades to stock his roster with established talent. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)
July 02, 2019 - 5:11 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Realizing how difficult it is to lure free agents to Buffalo, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has spent the past two-plus years relying on trades to stock his roster with established talent. It happened two years ago, when he acquired defenseman Marco Scandella from...
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FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018, file photo, Carolina Hurricanes' Sebastian Aho (20) gathers in the puck in front of Vancouver Canucks' Nikolay Goldobin (77) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C. The Montreal Canadiens have tendered an offer sheet to Carolina Hurricanes restricted free agent forward Sebastian Aho. The offer sheet is worth $42.27 million over five years, an annual salary cap hit of $8.54 million. If Carolina does not match it, the Canadiens must send a first-, second- and third-round pick to the Hurricanes. It's the first offer sheet in the NHL since 2013. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)
July 02, 2019 - 2:05 pm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes are keeping star forward Sebastian Aho and say they will match the $42 million offer sheet the Montreal Canadiens tendered him. General manager Don Waddell announced the decision Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Canadiens extended their offer to the...
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