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NHL fines Rangers $250K for criticizing player safety call

NHL fines Rangers $250K for criticizing player safety call

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated May 6 - 2:50 p.m.

The New York Rangers in less than 72 hours lost their best player to injury, fired their president and general manager, and had another player suspended. They are also out a quarter-million dollars in the aftermath of the storied franchise's latest chaotic chapter.
College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules

College sports already adapting to new NCAA transfer rules

Ralph D, Russo, Associated Press  |  Updated April 15 - 5:41 p.m.

As spring practice winds down, Arkansas coach Sam Pittman sees some potential holes in his roster.
One year on, U.S. sports eye post-pandemic rebound

One year on, U.S. sports eye post-pandemic rebound

Rory Carroll, Reuters  |  Updated March 11 - 10:47 a.m.

The night the life-altering impact of the novel coronavirus dawned on many U.S. sports fans came moments before the tip-off of an anticipated Jazz-Thunder game on March 11, 2020.
NWHL cancels rest of season after additional virus positives

NWHL cancels rest of season after additional virus positives

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 3 - 4:41 p.m.

The National Women's Hockey League called off the remainder of its season Wednesday on the eve of the playoffs because of additional positive test results for the coronavirus.
NHL's Canada-based teams could head to U.S.

NHL's Canada-based teams could head to U.S.

Reuters  |  Posted Dec. 18 - 9:13 a.m.

Talks continue between the NHL and health authorities in five Canadian provinces about playing the upcoming season in the country, but the possibility of the nation's seven teams moving south to the United States looms.
AP source: NHL players balk at changing CBA, league moves on

AP source: NHL players balk at changing CBA, league moves on

The Associated Press, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 8 - 2:12 p.m.

NHL players have balked at changing the collective bargaining agreement and the league is preparing to open the season Jan. 13 after starting training camp on New Year's Day, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Bettman: NHL players have to decide to pay now or later

Bettman: NHL players have to decide to pay now or later

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Dec. 2 - 2:49 p.m.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman warned players Wednesday they are likely going to have to pay one way or another to make up for the league's projected lost revenue whenever the 2020-21 season gets underway.
The Latest: USC stops training after positive COVID test

The Latest: USC stops training after positive COVID test

The Associated Press  |  Updated Nov. 24 - 4:42 p.m.

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:
NHL: League exploring reduced schedule, short-term hubs for 2020-21 season

NHL: League exploring reduced schedule, short-term hubs for 2020-21 season

Reuters  |  Posted Nov. 11 - 2:16 a.m.

The National Hockey League (NHL) could have a reduced schedule, temporary realignment and short-term hubs in the 2020-21 season amid the COVID-19 crisis, the commissioner of the U.S. and Canada-based league Gary Bettman said.
Mike 'Doc' Emrick, beloved voice of hockey in US, retires

Mike 'Doc' Emrick, beloved voice of hockey in US, retires

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 19 - 1:18 p.m.

Thinking back over 50 years in hockey, Mike Emrick can't name one favorite memory or game, but one story sticks out.
Sabres agree to sign Taylor Hall to 1-year, $8 million deal

Sabres agree to sign Taylor Hall to 1-year, $8 million deal

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 11 - 8:29 p.m.

The Buffalo Sabres are banking on Taylor Hall to turn what was a long and unsettled offseason into a far brighter immediate future.
NHL teams making moves, not waiting for top free agents

NHL teams making moves, not waiting for top free agents

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 10 - 8:28 p.m.

Taylor Hall went unsigned during the first day of free agency. Same with Alex Pietrangelo and Mike Hoffman.
Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core

Several Stanley Cup winners breaking up championship core

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 10 - 1:18 p.m.

While Braden Holtby saw his split with the Washington Capitals coming, Patric Hornqvist, Corey Crawford and Alex Pietrangelo weren't so lucky.
Goalies get shuffled in NHL free agency; Lightning depleted

Goalies get shuffled in NHL free agency; Lightning depleted

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 9 - 9:13 p.m.

It didn’t take long for the bubble to begin bursting on the Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup party.
Lundqvist to Caps, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency

Lundqvist to Caps, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 9 - 9:12 p.m.

Nets around the NHL will look very different next season after a flurry of musical goaltenders in free agency.
Lundqvist to Caps, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency

Lundqvist to Caps, goalie carousel spins in NHL free agency

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 9 - 12:15 p.m.

Henrik Lundqvist will continue his pursuit of the Stanley Cup with a team he spent much of his career trying to stop from winning it.
Jets acquire Stastny as trade kicks off NHL free agency

Jets acquire Stastny as trade kicks off NHL free agency

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 9 - 11:05 a.m.

Center Paul Stastny is returning to the Winnipeg Jets after a trade with the Vegas Golden Knights, a move completed just before the NHL’s free-agency signing period opened on Friday.
Trade action heats up at NHL draft ahead of free agency

Trade action heats up at NHL draft ahead of free agency

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 7 - 3:24 p.m.

virtually — live out their dreams by having their names called on the second day of the NHL draft.
NY Rangers select Lafreniere with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

NY Rangers select Lafreniere with No. 1 pick in NHL draft

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 7 - 12:45 a.m.

Alexis Lafreniere wanted to take the stage at Montreal’s Bell Centre near his home and hear his name announced at the NHL draft.
NHL targeting Jan. 1 to begin next season

NHL targeting Jan. 1 to begin next season

Stephen Whyno , Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 6 - 6:08 p.m.

Commissioner Gary Bettman said Tuesday night the NHL is targeting a Jan. 1 start for next season.
Minnesota trades goalie Dubnyk, forward Donato to San Jose

Minnesota trades goalie Dubnyk, forward Donato to San Jose

Dave Campbell, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 5 - 7:31 p.m.

The Minnesota Wild traded goalie Devan Dubnyk and forward Ryan Donato to the San Jose Sharks in two separate deals Monday, continuing their makeover under general manager Bill Guerin.
NHL set for virtual draft; Lafreniere in line as top pick

NHL set for virtual draft; Lafreniere in line as top pick

The Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 5 - 1:58 p.m.

Alexis Lafreniere was supposed to hear his named called in front of family, friends and an adoring crowd inside Montreal’s Bell Centre.
Rangers have work to do despite having top pick in NHL draft

Rangers have work to do despite having top pick in NHL draft

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Oct. 4 - 2:28 p.m.

New York Rangers president John Davidson refuses to get ahead of himself with his team in the unique position of holding the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft while also coming off an appearance in the expanded 24-team playoffs.
Vegas re-signs goalie Robin Lehner to $25M, 5-year deal

Vegas re-signs goalie Robin Lehner to $25M, 5-year deal

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 3 - 2:21 p.m.

Lennox Lehner is almost 6 years old and already has five hockey jerseys because his father has bounced around the NHL so much.
'Are you Sebastian’s father?' Korda, 20, takes on idol Nadal

'Are you Sebastian’s father?' Korda, 20, takes on idol Nadal

Howard Fendrich and John Leicester, Associated Press  |  Updated Oct. 2 - 5:21 p.m.

Sebastian Korda was 9, heart set on a hockey career, when he went with his father, Petr, to the 2009 U.S. Open. By then, Petr — 1998 Australian Open champion, 1992 French Open finalist — had retired as a competitor and turned to coaching.
Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract

Rangers buy out star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's contract

Tom Canavan, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 30 - 1:56 p.m.

The “King” of Madison Square Garden has been deposed.
Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL's marathon season

Lightning lift Stanley Cup in capping NHL's marathon season

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 29 - 10:05 p.m.

Defenseman Ryan McDonagh was preparing to answer one last question regarding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup championship when teammates Nikita Kucherov and Alex Killorn crashed the room, putting an abrupt and celebratory end to the news conference.
Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

Bubble hockey champions: Tampa Bay Lightning win Stanley Cup

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 29 - 12:09 a.m.

The joyful yells from the bench could be heard in the empty arena in the final seconds and the roar from players when Commissioner Gary Bettman called for Steven Stamkos to accept the Stanley Cup echoed even louder.
Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman wins Conn Smythe as playoff MVP

Tampa Bay's Victor Hedman wins Conn Smythe as playoff MVP

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 28 - 10:35 p.m.

When the Tampa Bay Lightning were still in Toronto, they enjoyed some fresh air outside at the football stadium inside the bubble.
Veteran Dallas Stars come up short of Stanley Cup title

Veteran Dallas Stars come up short of Stanley Cup title

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 28 - 9:57 p.m.

All those wily, old veterans couldn't get the Dallas Stars another Stanley Cup championship.
Plucky Stars, leading Lightning confident going into Game 6

Plucky Stars, leading Lightning confident going into Game 6

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 12:32 p.m.

After a very un-Dallas Stars-like first overtime period in which they sat back and let the Tampa Bay Lightning take it to them, players and coaches in the locker room had a very distinct message.
Perry, Pavelski and Stars force Stanley Cup Game 6 vs Tampa

Perry, Pavelski and Stars force Stanley Cup Game 6 vs Tampa

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 26 - 11:02 p.m.

More than a decade since Corey Perry won the Stanley Cup as a young player and years after Joe Pavelski fell two wins short, the greybeards aren't ready to leave the bubble and give up on another opportunity for a championship just yet.
Shattenkirk scores in OT, Lightning up 3-1, on verge of Cup

Shattenkirk scores in OT, Lightning up 3-1, on verge of Cup

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 25 - 10:22 p.m.

Kevin Shattenkirk will never forget having his contract bought out in the summer of 2019 and joining the Tampa Bay Lightning because he felt their core players had a similar chip on their shoulders after a shocking first-round exit.
Tampa Bay takes momentum into back-to-back Cup games

Tampa Bay takes momentum into back-to-back Cup games

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 24 - 5:56 p.m.

The Dallas Stars have to fix some things in a hurry, or this Stanley Cup Final could be over quickly.
Stamkos scores, leaves, Lightning beat Stars 5-2 in Game 3

Stamkos scores, leaves, Lightning beat Stars 5-2 in Game 3

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 23 - 10:05 p.m.

As soon as Steven Stamkos scored on his first shot since February, his Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated on the ice and the bench with 211 days of pent up excitement.
Bubble crankiness ratchets up the nasty for Stars-Lightning

Bubble crankiness ratchets up the nasty for Stars-Lightning

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 3:48 p.m.

Pat Maroon shot a puck into the Dallas bench, nailing an opponent in the face. Victor Hedman tripped Corey Perry before a faceoff. Perry put Tampa Bay's Cedric Paquette into a headlock before getting flipped over.
Sharks retain Bob Boughner as coach, removing interim tag

Sharks retain Bob Boughner as coach, removing interim tag

Greg Beacham, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 1:50 p.m.

The San Jose Sharks saw enough from Bob Boughner behind their bench last season to be confident he's the coach to lead them back to the top.
Lightning beat Stars 3-2 in Game 2, get even in Stanley Cup

Lightning beat Stars 3-2 in Game 2, get even in Stanley Cup

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 21 - 9:04 p.m.

Nikita Kucherov and the Tampa Bay Lightning got themselves up off the ice to get even in the Stanley Cup Final.
Oilers' Draisaitl is first German to win Hart as NHL MVP

Oilers' Draisaitl is first German to win Hart as NHL MVP

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 21 - 7:21 p.m.

The Stanley Cup Final is in Edmonton, and Oilers star Leon Draisaitl made history Monday night.
Bob Nevin, won 2 Stanley Cups with Maple Leafs, dies at 82

Bob Nevin, won 2 Stanley Cups with Maple Leafs, dies at 82

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 21 - 2:46 p.m.

Bob Nevin, a fan favorite who won two Stanley Cups with the Toronto Maple Leafs before a successful run as captain of the New York Rangers, has died. He was 82.
Slow-starting Lightning seek early spark vs Stars in Game 2

Slow-starting Lightning seek early spark vs Stars in Game 2

John Wawrow, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 3:36 p.m.

Blake Coleman and the Tampa Bay Lightning are going to have to focus on having faster starts to games if they’re going to count on enjoying better finishes against the Dallas Stars in the Stanley Cup Final.
Unlikely scorers for Stars again to win Stanley Cup opener

Unlikely scorers for Stars again to win Stanley Cup opener

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 19 - 9:19 p.m.

Joel Hanley had never scored a goal in the NHL until Game 1 of the Stanley Cup for the Dallas Stars.
'Hit 'em!' Stars hammer Tampa 4-1 to open Stanley Cup Final

'Hit 'em!' Stars hammer Tampa 4-1 to open Stanley Cup Final

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 19 - 9:16 p.m.

Dallas Stars players on the bench yelled at their teammates, “Hit ’em!” They did, over and over, the body checks and the shouts easily heard throughout an arena left empty because of the pandemic for this most unusual Stanley Cup Final.
Stanley Cup: Stars and Lightning turn defense into offense

Stanley Cup: Stars and Lightning turn defense into offense

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 18 - 4:54 p.m.

This was already going to be an unusual Stanley Cup, and it now has a matchup for all of those who like their games to be a bit defensive.
Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

Cirelli scores in OT, Lighting beat Isles to reach Cup Final

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 17 - 10:14 p.m.

Five years after socially distancing from the Prince of Wales Trophy and losing in the Stanley Cup Final, the Tampa Bay Lightning got their hands on and arms around it to embrace their Eastern Conference championship.
Lightning face adversity and Islanders in East final Game 6

Lightning face adversity and Islanders in East final Game 6

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 16 - 3:44 p.m.

Jon Cooper might have reacted differently five years ago to losing in double overtime in Tampa Bay's first chance to move on to the Stanley Cup Final, sulking with his head down and kicking the nearest soda can.
Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 2OT win over Lightning

Isles stay alive: Eberle seals 2-1 2OT win over Lightning

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 15 - 10:43 p.m.

Jordan Eberle scored on a two-on-one break 12:30 into the second overtime and the New York Islanders avoided elimination with a 2-1 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final on Tuesday night.
Stars overcame major stumbles to reach Stanley Cup Final

Stars overcame major stumbles to reach Stanley Cup Final

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 3:53 p.m.

Inside a lounge at the JW Marriott usually reserved for their meals and meetings, the Dallas Stars enjoyed a moment.
Capitals hire Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette

Capitals hire Stanley Cup-winning coach Peter Laviolette

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 15 - 12:53 p.m.

Peter Laviolette sees the Washington Capitals as another opportunity to take a team to the Stanley Cup Final and try to win it all again.
Stars in Stanley Cup Final after being outscored and outshot

Stars in Stanley Cup Final after being outscored and outshot

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 3:58 a.m.

The Dallas Stars were mired in a six-game losing streak when the season was paused for 4 1/2 months because of the coronavirus pandemic, and have been outscored and outshot since getting inside the NHL bubble.
Stars on to Stanley Cup Final after 3-2 OT win over Vegas

Stars on to Stanley Cup Final after 3-2 OT win over Vegas

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 14 - 10:52 p.m.

Jamie Benn and Dallas enjoyed the moment so much that the relative silence was pretty much an afterthought.
Top players have Lightning on verge of first final since '15

Top players have Lightning on verge of first final since '15

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 14 - 5:03 p.m.

The last time the Tampa Bay Lightning reached the Stanley Cup Final, Andrei Vasilevskiy was a rookie goalie who played when starter Ben Bishop was injured, the “Triplets” line of Ondrej Palat, Tyler Johnson and Nikita Kucherov led the offense and defenseman Victor Hedman was the most dominant player on the ice many nights.
Khudobin, Stars beat Knights to take 3-1 lead in West final

Khudobin, Stars beat Knights to take 3-1 lead in West final

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 12 - 10:04 p.m.

Anton Khudobin gloved the puck out of the air on Shea Theodore's shot at the most intense moment of the game like it was part of a leisurely morning practice.
Radulov scores 31 seconds into OT, Stars beat Vegas 3-2

Radulov scores 31 seconds into OT, Stars beat Vegas 3-2

The Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 10 - 11:10 p.m.

The entire Dallas Stars bench was yelling out to Joe Pavelski about what to do with the puck after a broken play in front of them only seconds into overtime.
NHL's final four have gotten deeper with plenty of newcomers

NHL's final four have gotten deeper with plenty of newcomers

Stephen Hawkins, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 10 - 2:52 a.m.

Joe Pavelski was the captain of a team that went to the Western Conference finals last season, playing opposite Patrick Maroon’s team that went on to win the Stanley Cup.
Vegas is back, baby: Golden Knights beat Stars to tie series

Vegas is back, baby: Golden Knights beat Stars to tie series

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Updated Sept. 8 - 9:34 p.m.

After running into a hot goalie late last round and being shut out in the opener of the Western Conference final, pressure mounted in the minds of the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 2.
Lightning romp to 8-2 win over Isles to open East finals

Lightning romp to 8-2 win over Isles to open East finals

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 10:40 p.m.

Braydon Point and the well-rested Tampa Bay Lightning resembled a refreshed team eager to come off an extended break after switching cities in the NHL playoff bubble.
Senators' Ryan wins Masterton Trophy after alcohol problem

Senators' Ryan wins Masterton Trophy after alcohol problem

The Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 7:31 p.m.

Ottawa Senators forward Bobby Ryan was named the Bill Masterton Trophy winner on Monday after publicly sharing his battle with alcohol issues.
Return of Reaves adds more grit to Vegas-Dallas West final

Return of Reaves adds more grit to Vegas-Dallas West final

Stephen Whyno, Associated Press  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 4:34 p.m.

Ryan Reaves stood in the tunnel outside the locker room, fist-bumping his Vegas teammates as they marched to the ice.