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FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2017, file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings in the third period of an NHL hockey game, in Detroit. Superstar center John Tavares is going home, agreeing to terms on a $77 million, seven-year contract with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
July 01, 2018 - 4:58 pm
John Tavares needed to post only one picture on his Twitter account to explain the grip the Maple Leafs have had on him since he was a youngster growing up in suburban Toronto. The photo featured a young Tavares in bed, fast asleep on a pillowcase and under a blanket adorned with Maple Leafs logos...
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FILE - In this June 4, 2018, file photo, fans cheer during a watch party for Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights,in Las Vegas. The NHL Free Agency period begins at noon Sunday, July 1. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
July 01, 2018 - 4:31 pm
The Latest from NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 4:25 p.m. The Vegas Golden Knights have signed center Paul Stastny to a $19.5 million, three-year deal as part of a significant day in the free agent market. The 32-year-old Stastny had 53 points last season plus 15 more in 19 playoff games with...
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FILE - In this Dec. 16, 2017, file photo, Canada's Marc-Andre Garagnani, bottom, and Russia's Valeri Nichushkin vie for a puck during the Channel One Cup ice hockey match in Moscow, Russia. The Dallas Stars are bringing back winger Valeri Nichushkin on a two-year, $5.9 million contract after their 10th overall pick in the 2013 draft spent the past two seasons playing in his native Russia. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev, File)
July 01, 2018 - 2:58 pm
The Latest from NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 2:50 p.m. Veteran right wing Blake Comeau has signed a three-year contract with the Dallas Stars that is worth $2.4 million per season. Comeau is a 12-year NHL player who spent the past three seasons with Colorado. The 32-year-old forward had 13...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2015, file photo, an NHL logo is shown before the start of the first round of the NHL hockey draft, in Sunrise, Fla. The NHL Free Agency period begins at noon Sunday, July 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)
July 01, 2018 - 12:25 pm
The Latest from NHL free agency (all times Eastern): 12:20 p.m. The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed defenseman Ryan McDonagh to a $47.25 million, seven-year contract extension. The deal begins with the 2019-20 season. General manager Steve Yzerman announced the contract Sunday, minutes after the...
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July 01, 2018 - 10:41 am
BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN/AP) — Forward Victor Olofsson had never heard of Rasmus Dahlin until encountering the then-16-year-old defenseman during their first practice together with Frolunda in Sweden two years ago. “He got the puck on the blue line and I was going toward him, and he just put it between...
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July 01, 2018 - 10:33 am
(WBEN/AP) The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to sign free-agent goalie Carter Hutton to a three-year, $8.25 million contract. A person with direct knowledge with negotiations confirmed the deal to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because contracts...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 01, 2018 - 2:33 am
On the eve of free agency, John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination. With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most...
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FILE - In this Saturday, March 31, 2018 file photo, New York Islanders center John Tavares skates against the New Jersey Devils during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Newark, N.J. The NHL’s best rarely make it to free agency. Teams tend to re-sign their top players, keeping them off the market and on their rosters. That leaves a slew of solid veterans and journeymen available to the highest bidders trying to find a forward to play on a second or third line, a defenseman to be in a second pairing or perhaps a backup goaltender.(AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
June 30, 2018 - 6:15 pm
On the eve of free agency, John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination. Roughly 18 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most likely...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Tyler Ennis controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. A person with direct knowledge of the move says Minnesota Wild forward Tyler Ennis and now Montreal Canadiens goaltender Steve Mason were placed on buyout waivers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday, June 30, 2018, because the transactions had not been announced. Each player went on unconditional waivers at noon with the purpose of his club buying out his contract. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
June 30, 2018 - 2:03 pm
The Minnesota Wild placed forward Tyler Ennis on unconditional waivers to buy out his contract and free up salary-cap space on the eve of free agency. A person with direct knowledge of the move told The Associated Press on Saturday that Ennis and newly acquired Montreal Canadiens goaltender Steve...
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FILE - In this Nov. 25, 2017, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Tyler Ennis controls the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in St. Louis. A person with direct knowledge of the move says Minnesota Wild forward Tyler Ennis and now Montreal Canadiens goaltender Steve Mason were placed on buyout waivers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday, June 30, 2018, because the transactions had not been announced. Each player went on unconditional waivers at noon with the purpose of his club buying out his contract. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
June 30, 2018 - 1:02 pm
A person with direct knowledge of the move says Minnesota Wild forward Tyler Ennis and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Steve Mason have been placed on buyout waivers. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the transactions had not been announced. Each...
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