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Markstrom inspires Canucks in return

Markstrom

Markstrom

Back from a personal five day leave of absence for family reasons, Markstrom is keeping private the grave circumstances that took him home to Sweden and whatever emotions they have caused.  After rejoining the Canucks on Friday  Markstrom was able to clear his mind and focus his emotions in a remarkable 38 save performance against the New York Rangers.

“Marky is one of the best guys I’ve ever played with,” Canuck winger Tim Schaller said. “We all have his back. I’ll go to battle for that guy any day. That says a lot about him as a person. It’s pretty inspiring to see what he’s doing.”

“Great, just great,” forward Tyler Motte said. “Coming off his absence and coming right back in and having a night like he had tonight, that provides a lot of energy for our group...

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NHL, NHLPA set to meet again to talk CBA

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NHL NHLPA

The NHL and NHLPA will meet again Friday in New York to continue collective bargaining negotiations.  NHLPA has until Sept. 15 to decide whether to terminate the current collective bargaining agreement effective a year from now.

“I said this to (NHLPA executive director Don Fehr) when I told him we weren’t reopening: ‘Listen, we’ve been at this since February. Whatever you need in the next two weeks subject to existing commitments … we’re at your disposal,'” Bettman said Thursday. “Whatever (players) want in their period of having to decide what to do, we’ll try to be as accommodating as possible.”

Roughly 50 NHL players from the executive board and others in town met Wednesday night. Chicago Blackhawks player representative Jonathan Toews said the 700-plus-member group is pret...

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Meruelo takes ownership of Coyotes

Meruelo

Meruelo

Alex Meruelo’s specialty as a businessman has been to resurrect struggling companies. His billion-dollar portfolio includes casinos, TV and radio stations, food services, real estate, hospitality, construction and engineering.

Meruelo’s latest acquisition could be one of his most challenging: turning the Arizona Coyotes into consistent winners while making the franchise profitable.

“Hockey is a sport, but it’s also a business,” Meruelo said Thursday during his introductory news conference. “I’ve had a lot of experience building businesses and turning them around. For 40 years I’ve been doing this. I’ve had a lot of success and I have a great team.”

Meruelo officially took over as Arizona’s majority owner this week after completing the transaction with Andrew Barroway, who will stil...

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Vasilevskiy signs 8-year, $76M extension

Vasilevskiy

Vasilevskiy

Reigning Vezina Trophy winner Andrei Vasilevskiy has signed an eight year, $76 million extension with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

“The Lightning are very proud to extend Andrei for another eight years today,” Ligtning general manager Julien BriseBois said. “Since joining the organization Andrei has shown unmatched work ethic and professionalism both on and off the ice.  We look forward to him continuing his career in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future.

The extension begins with the 2020-21 season and keeps Vasilevskiy with the team through the 2027-28 season. He will make $3.5 million next season  the final year of a deal he signed in 2016.  At $9.5 million, the new average annual value of the Vasilevskiy deal is the third highest among active goalies...

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Calgary gets tentative deal for new arena.

Calgary

Calgary

Plans for a new arena in Calgary to replace the Saddledome are accelerating with a tentative agreement in place.

The city, the Calgary Flames and the Calgary Stampede, which owns the land, have agreed in principle to terms on an event centre that would be the new home of the city’s NHL team.

“All three parties have agreed to agree basically,” said Coun. Jeff Davison, who chairs an event centre committee.  The deal was to be presented to council behind close doors Monday afternoon and then put to a vote on whether to make it public immediately.

Calgarians would then have a week to voice their opinion before a council vote next week to ratify the deal.

The event centre has been estimated to cost between $550 million and $600 million.

The proposed site of the building is on land no...

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Ron Francis named Seattle’s first GM

Ron Francis

Ron Francis

“Ownership made an incredible commitment . in supporting this idea of let’s do this a year early,” Leiweke said. “If we’re really here working for our fans, let’s reward their belief. They said we’re willing to make this commitment a year early. We’re willing to bring on a general manager earlier than any other expansion team in the history of the NHL and that gift of an additional year will serve us well and give us a chance to scout and build and plan. But we had to find the right person.”

They believe the 56-year-old Ron Francis is that person, announcing his hiring at a news conference that was attended by the mayor and a state senator. He’ll have complete control of building the organization under Leiweke...

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Binnington avoids arbitration, inks $8.8 million deal

Binnington

Binnington

Jordan has agreed to a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues worth an annual average value of $4.4 million.

Binnington, a restricted free agent, avoided an arbitration hearing set for July 20 in Toronto by agreeing to the deal on Saturday.

“We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years,” added Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. “His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team.”

Binnington made his first career start on Jan. 7, 2019 in Philadelphia, where he stopped all 25 shots in a 3-0 Blues’ victory. He went 24-5-1 in 30 regular season starts with a 1.89 goals against average, a .927 save-percentage and five shutouts. In 26 Stanley Cup Playoffs games, Binnington went 16-10 with a 2...

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New Jersey Devils sign top pick Hughes

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils signed No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft Jack Hughes to the maximum three-year entry-level contract on Friday with performance bonuses.  The deal carries a $925,000 annual salary with $2.85 million in bonuses, making the pact worth a total of $11.325 million, according to CapFriendly.com.  The No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft, Kaapo Kakko, received a similar deal worth $10.75 million from the Rangers this week.  Nico Hischier, the New Jersey Devils’ No. 1 overall pick in 2017, received the same contract, and Will Butcher’s entry-level contract was for the same value per season, though his was only a two-year contract since he signed as a 22-year-old out of college.

“It’s obviously awesome,” Hughes said in a Twitter video accompanying the an...

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Hurricanes match Aho’s offer sheet

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

Sebastian Aho had his five-year, $42.27 million offer sheet matched by the Carolina Hurricanes on Sunday.  The 21-year-old forward was a restricted free agent and was tendered the offer sheet by the Montreal Canadiens on July 1.  The Hurricanes have Aho under contract at an AAV of $8.454 million through the 2023-24 season but will not be able to trade him for one year.  The Hurricanes had seven days to match or they would have received a first-round pick, second-round pick and third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft as compensation from the Canadiens.

“I am grateful for the offer from the Montreal Canadiens, but it was always my hope to return to the Hurricanes,” Aho said.”As a restricted free agent I had limited options for moving along the process to get a deal done...

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