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  • Stars acquire D Ebert from Kings for G Campbell
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The Dallas Stars acquired defenseman Nick Ebert from the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday in exchange for goaltender Jack Campbell.

    • Ebert, 22, appeared in 44 games for the Ontario Reign of the American Hockey League, recording 12 points (two goals, 10 assists). In four Calder Cup playoff games, he recorded 14 shots on net and two penalty minutes.

      The 6-foot, 203-pound Ebert has appeared in 89 career AHL regular-season games with Ontario and Manchester, registering 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists). The native of Livingston, N.J., was originally selected by Los Angeles in the seventh round of the 2012 NHL draft.

      Campbell, 24, appeared in one career NHL game with Dallas, stopping 41 shots on Oct. 20, 2013 at Anaheim. In 122 regular-season games with the AHL's Texas Stars, he produced a 56-43-10 record with a 2.73 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage.

      The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Campbell, a native of Port Huron, Mich., was originally selected by Dallas in the first round (11th overall) of the 2010 draft.

  • Coyotes acquire D DeAngelo from Lightning
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Anthony DeAngelo from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday in exchange for the team's 2016 second-round draft choice (37th overall).

    • DeAngelo, 20, registered 43 points (six goals, 37 assists) in 69 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, ranking seventh among league defenseman.

      The 5-foot-11, 170-pound native of Sewell, N.J., was the Lightning's 2014 first round pick (19th overall). DeAngelo totaled 89 points (25 goals, 64 assists) in 55 games with Sarnia and Sault Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League in 2014-15.

  • Sabres acquire D Kulikov from Panthers
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    The Buffalo Sabres acquired defenseman Dmitry Kulikov in a trade with the Florida Panthers as the second round of the NHL draft got underway Saturday.

    • The Sabres also received a second-round pick in the 2016 draft (33rd overall) from the Panthers in exchange for defenseman Mark Pysyk, a second-round pick (38th overall) and a third-round pick (89th overall) in 2016.

      The Sabres used the 33rd pick, the third choice in the second round, to select Swedish center Rasmus Asplund.

      Kulikov, 25, is signed for one more season with a salary cap charge of $4.33 million. He can become an unrestricted free agent following the 2016-17 season.

      The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Kulikov completed his seventh NHL season with the Panthers in 2015-16, totaling 17 points (one goal, 16 assists) and a plus-8 rating in 74 games while logging 21:02 of ice time per game. In 460 career NHL regular-season games, Kulikov has recorded 138 points (28 points, 110 assists) and 300 penalty minutes, ranking second among Panthers' defensemen in goals, assists and points during that span. Kulikov has appeared in 13 career NHL playoff games, tallying one goal and four assists.

      Kulikov, a native of Lipetsk, Russia, has represented his country at several levels, including the IIHF World Championship, the IIHF World Junior Championship and the IIHF Under-18 World Championship. He has also been named to Russia's roster for the inaugural World Cup of Hockey, to be held in September in Toronto.

      Pysyk, 24, is signed for one more season with a salary-cap charge of $1.125 million. He can become a restricted free agent next July 1.

      The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Pysyk recorded 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 55 games this past season with Buffalo. The native of Sherwood Park, Alberta has recorded 26 points (five goals, 21 assists) in 125 career games, all with Buffalo (2012-16).

      Pysyk was originally selected by Buffalo in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2010 draft.

  • NHL draft results
    By The Sports Xchange / Saturday, June 25, 2016

    NHL DRAFT RESULTS

    • FIRST ROUND

      1. Toronto -- Auston Matthews (C) Zurich

      2. Winnipeg -- Patrik Laine (RW) Tappara

      3. Columbus -- Pierre-Luc Dubois (LW) Cape Breton

      4. Edmonton -- Jesse Puljujarvi (RW) Karpat

      5. Vancouver -- Olli Juolevi (D) London

      6. Calgary -- Matthew Tkachuk (LW) London

      7. Arizona -- Clayton Keller (C) USA NDTP

      8. Buffalo -- Alexander Nylander (LW) Mississauga

      9. Montreal -- Mikhail Sergacehv (D) Windsor

      10. Colorado -- Tyson Jost (C) Penticton

      11. Ottawa (via NJ) -- Logan Brown (C) Windsor

      12. New Jersey (via OTT) -- Michael McLeod (C) Mississauga

      13. Carolina -- Jake Bean (D) Calgary

      14. Boston -- Charlie McAvoy (D) Boston U

      15. Minnesota -- Luke Kunin (C/RW) Wisconsin

      16. Arizona (via DET) -- Jakob Chychrun (D) Sarnia

      17. Nashville -- Dante Fabbro (D) Pentiction

      18. Winnipeg (via PHI) -- Logan Stanley (D) Windsor

      19. New York Islanders -- Kieffer Bellows (LW) USA U-18

      20. Detroit (via ARI) -- Dennis Cholowski (D) Chilliwack

      21. Carolina (via LA) -- Julien Gauthier (RW) Val-d'Or

      22. Philadelphia (via WPG) -- German Rubtsov (C) Russia U-18

      23. Florida -- Henrik Borgstrom (C) HIFK Jr.

      24. Anaheim -- Max Jones (LW) London

      25. Dallas -- Riley Tufte (LW) Blaine

      26. St. Louis (via WAS) -- Tage Thompson (C) Connecticut

      27. Tampa Bay -- Brett Howden (C) Moose Jaw

      28. Washington (via STL) -- Lucas Johansen (D) Kelowna

      29. Boston (via SJ) -- Trent Frederic (C) USA U-18

      30. Anaheim (via TOR) -- Sam Steel (C) Regina

  • NHL draft trade roundup: Flames get their goalie
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    In a relatively quiet draft day trade-wise, Calgary acquired goaltender Brian Elliott from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for the Flames' second-round pick (No. 35 overall) on Friday and a conditional third-round pick in 2018.

    • The Flames were intent on adding a goalie in the draft after taking a step back this past season with Jonas Hiller, Karri Ramo and Joni Ortio playing 37, 26 and 22 games, respectively, in net. Only Ortio remains on the roster and figures to back up Elliott.

      The 31-year-old Elliott, a native of Newmarket, Ontario, played 41 regular-season games for St. Louis in 2015-16 and ranked in the NHL's top five in goals-against average (2.07) and save percentage (.930) with a record of 23-8-2. He also led the Blues to the Western Conference Finals in '15-16, posting a 2.44 GAA and a .921 save percentage in 18 playoff appearances.

      In more than 323 career regular-season games for three NHL clubs, Elliott has a 165-99-32 record, a 2.40 GAA and a .914 save percentage. In 37 postseason games, he has a 2.49 GAA and a .911 save percentage. He was originally drafted by Ottawa in the ninth round in 2003.

      --The Chicago Blackhawks acquired two second-round picks (39th and 45th overall) in Friday's draft from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Andrew Shaw.

      The 24-year-old Shaw had 14 goals and 20 assists this past season, but he is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1 and reportedly is seeking $4.5 million per season on his new deal. That is more than the cap-strapped Blackhawks were willing and able to pay, hence the trade.

      Shaw has 70 goals and 67 assists in 322 career regular-season games and 16 goals and 19 assists in 67 postseason games, all with the Blackhawks.

      --Montreal was not done trading, then flipping center Lars Eller to Washington for the Capitals' second-round pick in next summer's draft and a second-rounder in 2018 as well.

      The 27-year-old scored 13 goals while adding 13 assists in 79 games with the Canadiens last season.

      --In a move to clear the cap space of Pavel Datsyuk, who bolted for the KHL with a year left on his NHL contract, Detroit sent its No. 16 overall pick (defenseman Jakob Chychrun) to Arizona for depth center Joe Vitale and the Coyotes first-round (No. 20) and second-round picks (No. 53 picks) in the 2016 draft.

      The move clears $7.5 million of cap space for the Red Wings, who are now expected to be major players in free agency while keeping the cash strapped Coyotes above the cap floor.

      Datsyuk had a no-trade clause. The Red Wings could not have moved his contract without his consent, which he reportedly signed off on June 17.

  • Capitals re-sign Carey, Ness
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Washington Capitals re-signed forward Paul Carey to a one-year, two-way contract and defenseman Aaron Ness to a two-year, two-way contract, the team announced Friday.

    • Carey, 27, scored one goal in four games with the Capitals last season. He was selected by Colorado in the fifth round, 135th overall, in the 2007 NHL Draft and has registered two points (one goal, one assist) in 26 career NHL games with Colorado and Washington.

      Ness, 26, recorded two assists in eight games with Washington in 2015-16. Ness has five points (one goal, four assists) in 37 career NHL games with the NY Islanders and Washington.

  • Maple Leafs land Matthews with No. 1 pick in draft
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are counting on an American phenom to change the direction of their franchise.

    • The Maple Leafs selected Arizona-born center Auston Matthews with the first overall pick of the 2016 NHL Draft on Friday night. Matthews became the seventh American to be chosen first overall and the first since 2007, when Patrick Kane went first overall to the Chicago Blackhawks.

      On Wednesday, Kane became the first American to win the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player.

      Matthews, 18, has been considered the consensus top pick for months because of his size, creativity and work ethic. At 6 feet 2, 216 pounds, Matthews has the potential to become the Maple Leafs' first true franchise center since Mats Sundin departed in 2008.

      Toronto has lacked star power up front for years and has been in a rebuilding mode for much of the last decade. The Maple Leafs have missed the playoffs in 10 of the past 11 seasons and finished with the worst record in the NHL (29-42-11) one year ago.

      The Maple Leafs have attempted to move in a different direction in recent seasons with several changes within their front office. Hall of Famer Brendan Shanahan was named team president in April 2014, and general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Mike Babcock joined the team last offseason.

      Matthews is the first No. 1 overall pick by the Maple Leafs since fan favorite Wendel Clark was selected first overall in 1985.

  • NHL notebook: Stars sign D Benn to 3-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract Friday.

    • Terms were not disclosed but the deal will average a reported $1.1 million per season.

      Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 64 regular-season games. He finished third on the team with 94 blocked shots. He played one game during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, registering four penalty minutes and two blocked shots.

      --The Minnesota Wild bought out the final year of forward Thomas Vanek's contract, the team announced.

      "In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility we needed to make this difficult decision," said general manager Chuck Fletcher. "We thank Thomas for his time with the Minnesota Wild and wish him the best going forward."

      Vanek, 32, becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team except Minnesota. He had 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 154 regular season games with the Wild during the 2015-16 regular season and added four assists in 10 playoff contests.

      --The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year contract.

      Martinsen, 26, tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 55 games for the Avalanche during his first NHL season in 2015-16. He finished fourth on the team and fifth among NHL rookies with 155 hits.

      --Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not require surgery on his injured left elbow.

      The 29-year-old Malkin, who missed 25 regular-season games this season with various injuries, injured his elbow March 11 after taking a hit against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was expected to miss six to eight weeks, but he came back just over a month later in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers.

      Malkin will undergo rehabilitation this summer and is not expected to miss any time, according to the team.

      --The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forwards J.T. Brown and Cedric Paquette to two-year, one-way NHL contracts.

      The team also re-signed defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way contract.

  • Wild buy out final year of Vanek's contract
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Minnesota Wild bought out the final year of forward Thomas Vanek's contract, the team announced Friday.

    • "In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility we needed to make this difficult decision," said general manager Chuck Fletcher. "We thank Thomas for his time with the Minnesota Wild and wish him the best going forward."

      Vanek, 32, becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team except Minnesota. He had 93 points (39 goals, 54 assists) in 154 regular season games with the Wild during the 2015-16 regular season and added four assists in 10 playoff contests.

      He was signed as a free agent by Minnesota on July 1, 2014.

      "I'm very disappointed, especially with the new staff and Coach (Bruce) Boudreau's style, I think it would fit my game a lot better, but at the end of the day, that's the business we signed up for," Vanek said, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "But overall in my two years, I'm grateful I got the chance to play for the Wild. It was a dream of mine.

      "Before I was a free agent, I had a couple offers. But I wanted to come here and see if we can make it work. It just never panned out the way we both envisioned, and now here we are."

  • Lightning re-sign Fs Brown, Paquette
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forwards J.T. Brown and Cedric Paquette to two-year, one-way NHL contracts on Friday.

    • The team also re-signed defenseman Luke Witkowski to a one-year, two-way contract.

      Brown, 25, skated in 78 games with the Lightning during the 2015-16 season, notching 22 points (eight goals, 14 assists) and 59 penalty minutes. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Brown also played in nine Stanley Cup playoff games, recording two assists and two penalty minutes.

      Brown, a Burnsville, Minn., native has appeared in 198 career NHL games, all with the Lightning over four seasons, registering 51 points (15 goals, 36 assists) and 95 penalty minutes. He also has played in 37 playoff games with the Lightning, posting a goal and five assists. Brown was originally signed by the Lightning as a free agent on March 28, 2012.

      Paquette, 22, skated in 56 games with the Lightning last season, recording 11 points (six goals, five assists) and 51 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 199-pound Paquette also appeared in 17 Stanley Cup playoff games, posting one assist and 24 penalty minutes.

      Paquette, a Gaspe, Quebec, native, has played in 122 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, over the past three seasons, registering 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) and 102 penalty minutes. Paquette was originally drafted by the Lightning in the fourth round of the 2012 draft.

      The 6-2, 200-pound Witkowski appeared in four games with the Lightning last season. He also made his Stanley Cup playoff debut, skating in two games during the second round against the New York Islanders.

      Witkowski, 26, played in 70 games with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League last season, recording 14 points (three goals, 11 assists). Witkowski, a native of Holland, Mich., has played in 20 career NHL games, all with the Lightning, during the previous two seasons, registering 19 penalty minutes. He also has played in 199 career AHL games, all with Syracuse, with 34 points (seven goals, 27 assists) and 465 penalty minutes. Witkowski was drafted in the sixth round of the 2008 draft.

  • Stars sign D Benn to three-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Dallas Stars signed defenseman Jordie Benn to a three-year contract Friday.

    • Terms were not disclosed but the deal will average a reported $1.1 million per season.

      Benn, 28, finished the 2015-16 season with 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 64 regular-season games. He finished third on the team with 94 blocked shots. He played one game during the 2016 Stanley Cup playoffs, registering four penalty minutes and two blocked shots.

      In 244 career regular-season games, all with Dallas, Benn has earned 56 points (nine goals, 47 assists). In parts of five seasons, he has accumulated 327 hits and 369 blocks. The defenseman has made two Stanley Cup playoff appearances, recording three assists in seven games.

      "Jordie has earned the trust of his teammates and the coaching staff, and he's taken advantage of every opportunity put in front of him during his career," Stars general manager Jim Nill said in a statement. "His ability to play in a variety of roles make him valuable to our defensive depth and flexibility, and we're happy to have him locked up for the next three seasons."

      The 6-foot-2, 200-pound native of Victoria, British Columbia, was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2011.

  • Avalanche re-sign F Martinsen
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Colorado Avalanche re-signed forward Andreas Martinsen to a one-year contract Friday.

    • Martinsen, 26, tallied 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in 55 games for the Avalanche during his first NHL season in 2015-16. He finished fourth on the team and fifth among NHL rookies with 155 hits. Martinsen also had one goal and one assist in 10 games for Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.

      The Baerum, Norway, native made his NHL debut on Nov. 10, becoming the eighth Norwegian-born player in league history and the third to play for the Avalanche (Jonas Holos, Anders Myrvold).

      The 6-foot-3, 220-pound left winger began the season with San Antonio before being recalled by Colorado on Nov. 8. Martinsen was reassigned to the Rampage on Feb. 23 and recalled for the second and final time on Feb. 27.

      Following the season, Martinsen represented his country at the 2016 IIHF World Championship in Russia, where he totaled two goals and one assist in seven games.

  • Penguins C Malkin won't need surgery on elbow
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will not require surgery on his injured left elbow, the team announced Thursday.

    • The 29-year-old Malkin, who missed 25 regular-season games this season with various injuries, injured his elbow March 11 after taking a hit against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He was expected to miss six to eight weeks, but he came back just over a month later in the first round of the playoffs against the New York Rangers.

      General manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette prior to the end of the Penguins' Stanley Cup run that the injury was "real serious," and that Malkin "came back earlier than most players would have."

      Malkin will undergo rehabilitation this summer and is not expected to miss any time, according to the team.

  • Flyers sign D Gudas to multi-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Friday, June 24, 2016

    The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Radko Gudas to a multi-year contract extension Thursday night.

    • Multiple reports have the deal as a four-year extension worth $3.35 million annually.

      The 26-year-old Gudas had five goals and nine assists in 76 games this past season, his first with the Flyers. He led the team, and ranked second overall in the NHL, with 304 hits, while also finishing second on the team with 157 blocked shots.

      Gudas was acquired by the Flyers from Tampa Bay along with first- and third-round picks in the 2015 draft in exchange for Braydon Coburn on March 2, 2015. He was originally drafted by the Lightning in the third round in 2010.

  • Avalanche acquire F Grimaldi from Panthers
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 23, 2016

    The Colorado Avalanche acquired forward Rocco Grimaldi from the Florida Panthers on Thursday in exchange for goaltender Reto Berra.

    • The 23-year-old Grimaldi had five points (three goals, two assists) in 20 games for Florida last season. He was a second-round selection in 2011.

      Berra had a 2.41 goals-against average in 14 games with the Avalanche before suffering an ankle injury in December. After regaining his health, he spent the rest of the season with San Antonio of the American Hockey League.

  • Panthers sign D Yandle to seven-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Thursday, June 23, 2016

    The Florida Panthers' proactive approach landed them the top unrestricted free agent defenseman on the market prior to the start of free agency on July 1.

    • Keith Yandle, whose rights were acquired from the New York Rangers on Monday for a 2016 sixth-round draft pick, agreed to a seven-year contract worth an average of $6.35 million per season, the Panthers confirmed late Wednesday night.

      The deal also has a no-movement clause for the first six years, according to ESPN.com.

      "We're thrilled. This shows that top players want to win in Florida," Panthers co-owner Doug Cifu told The Miami Herald. "Keith wants to win the Stanley Cup in Florida. That's why we were his top priority and vice versa."

      The Rangers also get a 2017 fourth-round pick because Yandle signed with Florida.

      The 29-year-old four-time All-Star had five goals and 42 assists last season for the Rangers. He has 65 goals and 246 assists in his 10-year career, mostly with the Arizona Coyotes.

  • Crosby, Holtby highlight NHL's postseason All-Star team
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    The NHL announced its 2015-16 postseason All-Star Teams from Las Vegas on Wednesday.

    • Center Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins was voted to his fourth career berth on the First All-Star Team. Also a two-time honoree on the Second Team, Crosby's six career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active centers.

      Also on the first team are defensemen Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings, wingers Jamie Benn of the Dallas Stars and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks and goaltender Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals.

      Also announced Wednesday was the NHL's 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team. Named to the team were forwards Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, Artemi Panarin of the Chicago Blackhawks and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres; defensemen Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers and Colton Parayko of the St. Louis Blues; and goaltender John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks.

      Voting for the All-Star and Rookie teams was conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers Association at the end of the regular season.

  • NHL Awards: Kane wins Hart as MVP
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane captured the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player on Wednesday.

    • The announcement came at the season-ending NHL Awards gala in Las Vegas, site of the NHL's newly announced expansion team.

      Kane received 121 first-place votes and appeared on each of the 150 Hart ballots cast for 1,395 points. Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, named on 145 ballots, including 11 first-place tallies, finished second in with 800 points, followed by Dallas Stars left winger Jamie Benn (637).

      "It's been quite a ride, obviously," Kane said. "A lot of great moments along the way. I feel like at 27 right now, hopefully, there's some more in the cards."

      Kane posted career highs in goals (46), assists (60) and points (106) to capture the Art Ross Trophy as the league's top point-scorer and power the Blackhawks to their eighth consecutive playoff appearance. He notched at least one point in 64 of his 82 contests, highlighted by a franchise-record, 26-game point streak from Oct. 17 to Dec. 13.

      The other awards handed out:

      Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty won the James Norris Memorial Trophy, awarded to the league's top defenseman; Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals won his first Vezina Trophy, awarded to the NHL's best goaltender; Kings center Anze Kopitar Frank J. Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward as well as the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, for sportsmanship; Chicago Blackhawks left winger Artemi Panarin was named the winner of the Calder Memorial Trophy awarded to the league's top rookie; Florida Panthers right winger Jaromir Jagr was the recipient of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication.

      Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin was named the winner of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contributions; Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano was named the recipient of the NHL Foundation Player Award for off-ice contributions; Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber was named the winner of the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award; the Washington Capitals' Barry Trotz won the Jack Adams Award, presented to the coach of the year; and Jim Rutherford of the Pittsburgh Penguins was named the winner of the NHL General Manager of the Year Award.

      Doughty beat out defending Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks for his first Norris Trophy in his third appearance as a finalist. He appeared in all 82 games for the second consecutive season and was third in the league in average ice time (28:01), posting a career-best plus-24 rating.

      "To my teammates, without you, I couldn't have done it," said Doughty, who won the Norris for the firs time. "You guys are everything to me, and we're brothers for life."

      Holtby garnered 26 first-place votes from the 30 cast by NHL general managers for the Vezina Trophy. His 140 voting points placed him ahead of Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop and Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick. Holtby equaled a single-season NHL record with 48 wins, tying the mark set by New Jersey's Martin Brodeur in 2006-07, to backstop the Capitals to the 2015-16 Presidents' Trophy as the league's top regular-season club.

      Kopitar, who finished second in Selke voting in 2014 and third in 2015, becomes the first Kings player in franchise history to capture the award. Kopitar garnered 1,145 voting points, including 77 first-place votes.

      Kopitar led all NHL forwards in total ice time (1,690:12), an average of 20:52 per game, on

      the club that ranked third in the NHL in team defense, allowing an average of 2.34 goals a contest.

      He ranked fifth and seventh League-wide in total faceoffs and faceoff wins with 1,776 and 950,

      respectively, setting career highs in both categories. He placed second in the NHL in plus-minus

      (plus-34).

      Panarin, 24, received votes on all 150 Calder ballots submitted by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and he was the top choice on 88 for 1,258 voting points. Shayne Gostisbehere of the Philadelphia Flyers was second, and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers was third.

      Panarin, who signed with the Blackhawks in May 2015, led all rookies in goals (30), assists (47), points (77), power-play goals (eight), power-play points (24) and game-winning goals (7) while skating in 80 games. He became the fourth rookie in Blackhawks history to reach the 30-goal milestone and the first to do so since 1995-96 (Eric Daze).

      Jagr, 44, helped inspire the Panthers to franchise records for wins (47) and points (103) while capturing their second division title. Jagr led the Panthers in scoring with 27 goals, 39 assists and 66 points, becoming the oldest player in NHL history to surpass the 60-point plateau.

      Kopitar led the Kings in scoring for the ninth consecutive season, the longest active such streak in the NHL.

      Trotz, who led the Capitals to the best regular-season record in the NHL, was a top-three selection on 80 of the 89 ballots cast for the Jack Adams Award, including 58 first-place votes. He finished with 344 voting points, compared with 203 for Florida's Gerard Gallant and 75 for Dallas' Lindy Ruff.

      Rutherford received 10 first-place votes and 90 voting points to top Brian MacLellan of Washington and Jim Nill of Dallas for the top general manager. Rutherford's retooled roster and midseason coaching change spurred the Penguins to a strong regular-season finish that carried the Penguins to the fourth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

  • Blackhawks agree to terms with F Rasmussen
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Dennis Rasmussen on a one-year contract, the team announced on Wednesday.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed for the 25-year-old Swede, who collected four goals and five assists in 44 games this past season with the Blackhawks.

      Rasmussen also scored seven goals and set up nine others in 25 contests in 2015-16 with Rockford of the American Hockey League.

  • NHL notebook: Las Vegas lands expansion franchise
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Professional hockey will be coming to Las Vegas as the NHL announced on Wednesday that it has granted an expansion franchise to the city.

    • The franchise, which will begin play in 2017-18 as a member of the Pacific Division, received a unanimous vote by the league's Board of Governors in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

      With the announcement, the NHL became the first of the four North American professional sports leagues to land a team in Las Vegas.

      The Las Vegas franchise will pay a $500 million expansion fee, a significant higher cost than the $80 million paid by the Nashville Predators (1998-99), Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2000), Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild (2001-02) when they entered the league.

      Quebec City saw its application for expansion deferred, with the Board of Governors citing a geographic imbalance, the lack of strength of the Canadian dollar and the league's wish not to add multiple teams at this time.

      --The Arizona Coyotes signed former Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year contract.

      Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN that the average annual salary of the deal is $5.475 million.

      The Coyotes acquired the negotiating rights to the 30-year-old Goligoski in a trade last week with the Stars for a fifth-round pick in this week's NHL draft. Dallas tried to re-sign Goligoski but failed to agree to terms.

      --The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with defenseman Joel Hanley on a one-year, two-way contract.

      Hanley, acquired via free-agency on July 1, 2015, made his NHL debut on March 20 after making his way to the Canadiens as part of an emergency recall.

      -- The St. Louis Blues bolstered their depth at forward by signing veteran Scottie Upshall to a one-year contract extension.

      The team did not divulge financial terms for the 32-year-old Upshall, who collected six goals, eight assists and 44 penalty minutes in 70 games last season.

      --The Chicago Blackhawks agreed to terms with forward Dennis Rasmussen on a one-year contract. Rasmussen, 25, had four goals and five assists in 44 regular-season games with Chicago this season.

  • Blues sign veteran Upshall to one-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    The St. Louis Blues bolstered their depth at forward by signing veteran Scottie Upshall to a one-year contract extension on Wednesday.

    • The team did not divulge financial terms for the 32-year-old Upshall, who collected six goals, eight assists and 44 penalty minutes in 70 games last season.

      The sixth overall pick of the 2002 draft, Upshall has scored 121 goals, set up 127 others and recorded 524 penalty minutes in 623 games with the Nashville Predators, Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes, Columbus Blue Jackets, Florida Panthers and Blues.

  • Las Vegas awarded NHL expansion franchise
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    Professional hockey will be coming to Las Vegas as the NHL announced on Wednesday that it has granted an expansion franchise to the city.

    • The franchise, which will begin play in 2017-18 as a member of the Pacific Division, received a unanimous vote by the league's Board of Governors in Las Vegas on Wednesday.

      With the announcement, the NHL became the first of the four North American professional sports leagues to land a team in Las Vegas.

      "In the fall of 2017, when we celebrate the 100th birthday of the NHL, we will do so as a league of 31 teams," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We are pleased to welcome (Las Vegas principal owner) Bill Foley and the city of Las Vegas to the league and are truly excited that an NHL franchise will be the first major professional sports team in this vibrant, growing, global destination city."

      The Las Vegas franchise will pay a $500 million expansion fee, a significant higher cost than the $80 million paid by the Nashville Predators (1998-99), Atlanta Thrashers (1999-2000), Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild (2001-02) when they entered the league.

      "On behalf of the Las Vegas Founding 75, our 14,000 season-ticket holders and the entire Las Vegas community, I would like to thank Commissioner Bettman, the NHL staff and the team owners for their support during this process and the confidence they have placed in Las Vegas by awarding this franchise," Foley said.

      "I also would like to thank everyone who supported us through this incredible journey. As I've said many times over the past year, Las Vegas is a hockey town and we look forward to cheering on our home team."

      Quebec City saw its application for expansion deferred on Wednesday, with the Board of Governors citing a geographic imbalance, the lack of strength of the Canadian dollar and the league's wish not to add multiple teams at this time.

  • Coyotes sign D Goligoski to five-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    The Arizona Coyotes signed former Dallas Stars defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year contract on Wednesday.

    • Terms were not disclosed, but a source told ESPN that the average annual salary of the deal is $5.475 million.

      The Coyotes acquired the negotiating rights to the 30-year-old Goligoski in a trade last week with the Stars for a fifth-round pick in this week's NHL draft. Dallas tried to re-sign Goligoski but failed to agree to terms.

      The Coyotes had until July 1 to discuss a new contract with Goligoski. If the two sides had failed to reach an agreement by then, Goligoski would have become an unrestricted free agent.

      "We are thrilled to sign Alex to a long-term contract," John Chayka, the Coyotes' 27-year-old new general manager, said in a statement. "Alex is a great skater and a smart, efficient defenseman who moves the puck well and makes his teammates better. He will help solidify our defense and support the growth of our young players. He will be a great addition to our team and we welcome him and his wife Amanda to the pack."

      The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Goligoski played in all 82 games for the Stars in 2015-16, recording 37 points (five goals, 32 assists) and 34 penalty minutes. He ranked seventh on the team in scoring, second with a plus-21 rating, second in time-on-ice/game (23:50) and second among Stars' defensemen in points. His plus-21 rating ranked tied for seventh-highest among NHL defensemen.

      "I am very happy to join the Coyotes," Goligoski said. "Arizona is a great place to live and play and I'm excited to join an up and coming team that has a ton of talent and a very bright future."

      Goligoski also registered four goals, three assists and six penalty minutes in 13 postseason games with the Stars. He led Dallas defensemen in postseason goals and points.

      The Grand Rapids, Minn., native has collected 277 points (55 goals, 222 assists) and 200 penalty minutes in 562 career NHL games with the Stars and Pittsburgh Penguins. Goligoski was originally drafted by the Penguins in the second round (61st overall) of the 2004 draft.

  • Canadiens sign D Hanley
    By The Sports Xchange / Wednesday, June 22, 2016

    The Montreal Canadiens agreed to terms with defenseman Joel Hanley on a one-year, two-way contract Wednesday.

    • Hanley, acquired via free-agency on July 1, 2015, made his NHL debut on March 20 after making his way to the Canadiens as part of an emergency recall.

      Hanley, 24, played 10 games with the Canadiens last season, recording six assists. He also played 64 games with the St. John's IceCaps of the American Hockey League, registering 13 points (five goals, eight assists).

  • NFL salary cap rises for 2016-17
    By The Sports Xchange / Tuesday, June 21, 2016

    The NHL range for the salary cap will be between $54 million and $73 million for the 2016-17 season, it was announced Tuesday in a joint release from the NHL and its player's union.

    • The salary cap goes up $1.6 million from this past season because of the NHLPA's decision to enact the full 5 percent growth factor.

      Without that factor, the cap would have gone down to $69.5 million. If the NHLPA had gone with a 2.5 percent factor, the cap would have stayed the same as this past season.