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FILE - In this April 26, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Phil Kessel (81) skates with the puck during the first period in Game 1 of an NHL second-round hockey playoff series against the Washington Capitals, in Washington. With GMs meeting Thursday, June 21, in Dallas and around each other this weekend at the draft, trade talk is percolating before free agency opens July. Kessel, Ottawa winger Mike Hoffman, Buffalo center Ryan O’Reilly, Montreal captain Max Pacioretty and Washington backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer could all be on the move in the next several days. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
June 21, 2018 - 9:22 pm
DALLAS (AP) — A year after shaking up his team with trades at the draft that altered the landscape of the NHL, Stan Bowman isn't letting on that he'll make the same kinds of moves now. "I learned to never try to predict the future," the Chicago Blackhawks general manager said. "It's difficult to...
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NHL Draft prospect Rasmus Dahlin, of Sweden, talks to the media in Dallas, Thursday, June 21, 2018. The NHL Draft takes place Friday and Saturday in Dallas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)
June 21, 2018 - 9:17 pm
DALLAS (AP) — The Montreal Canadiens could make the first real move in the NHL draft with the third overall pick. If everything goes as expected in Big D on Friday night, play-making Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin will be the first overall pick by the Buffalo Sabres. Russian forward Andrei...
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FILE - In this May 29, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz answers a question during a news conference in Las Vegas. The New York Islanders have hired Barry Trotz as their new head coach. President of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello announced the move Thursday, June 21, 2018, at the NHL draft, two weeks after Trotz won the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals and three days after he resigned from that job. Trotz reportedly agreed to a five-year deal worth double what he would have made annually on a shorter contract with the Capitals. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
June 21, 2018 - 8:52 pm
DALLAS (AP) — When Barry Trotz left the Washington Capitals fresh off winning the Stanley Cup, the New York Islanders couldn't move fast enough to talk to him. Minutes after word circulated that Trotz resigned from the Capitals, Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello got in touch...
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June 21, 2018 - 9:58 am
June 22-23 — NHL draft, Dallas. July 1 — Free agency signing period opens.
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Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin (8), of Russia, gestures while speaking during the Stanley Cup victory celebration on the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 21, 2018 - 2:50 am
Alex Ovechkin has already done a "keg stand" with the Stanley Cup, performed shirtless push-ups in a fountain full of teammates and lifted hockey's prestigious trophy so often in joy that it could be considered upper-body training. "That's my summer workout," Ovechkin said with a smile. The Summer...
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Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils poses with the Hart Trophy after winning the trophy at the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 20, 2018 - 11:27 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Taylor Hall doesn't love public speaking, and the New Jersey Devils forward's nervousness grew while the NHL Awards show moved along. But after Hall and the hockey world watched moving tributes to the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of two mass shootings, he was ready to accept...
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New Jersey Devils' Taylor Hall poses on the red carpet before the NHL Awards, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 20, 2018 - 10:19 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local): 7:15 p.m. New Jersey forward Taylor Hall has won the Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. Hall beat out Los Angeles captain Anze Kopitar and Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon in a contest between...
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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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