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  To locals he was simply known as “The Captain.” Unfortunately overshadowed by two guys named Gretzky and Lemieux over most of his career, Steve Yzerman finally got the respect he deserved in 1997 when he finally led the Detroit Red Wings to that ever elusive Stanley Cup, a drought of 42 years had ended. 
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PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced an odd-looking new team mascot — a 7-foot fuzzy creature named Gritty, with a wild, orange beard. The character’s debut triggered an outpouring of comments online, including “Good luck sleeping tonight, Flyers fans” and comparisons to ZZ Top and the Muppets. Twitter users created memes with Gritty taking
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — A person with direct knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that forward Brian Gionta is retiring after 16 NHL seasons. Gionta is 39 and a former Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres captain and two-time U.S. Olympian. He won a Stanley Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 2003. Brian Gionta
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“Starting in-goal for your Carolina Hurricanes, Petr Mrázek!” That was the enthusiastic announcement that 8,364 loyal Carolina Hurricanes fans heard blare through the arena as the home team was announced for Friday night’s preseason game with the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. The announcement made clear that the moves made in the offseason by
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Throughout the history of the Buffalo Sabres, the organization has been fortunate with the goaltending position. They’ve had some of the biggest names that have played the position don the blue and gold, as well as the red and black at one point. Thinking back on the history of goalies that have played for the Sabres,
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We continue with our preview of the San Jose Sharks season with a look at the team’s X-factors — the sort of player who might emerge from a less visible role and deliver something critical to the team’s ultimate success. For the San Jose Sharks, I’ve identified two players — one forward and one defenseman.
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The Tampa Bay Lightning have become one of the NHL’s best teams over the last five seasons. Sure, it helps to have generational players like Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov and Victor Hedman, but there is more that goes into a deep playoff run than three players. The Bolts dropped their first two preseason games —
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For many who read far too much into titles, the first thing they’re going to do is call me out for jumping the gun by using the words perfect and Ty Rattie in the same sentence. ‘Don’t put too much pressure on the kid!’, they’ll say. ‘Why expect so much so soon?’, others will argue. Those
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The Detroit Red Wings will be without top defenseman Mike Green for the start of the regular season as he deals with a virus that has led to ongoing fatigue. Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that Green “hasn’t had a lot of energy,” which led to him getting blood
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Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi may not pay financially for his bare-knuckle, preseason punch on Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad. He has cost the Habs and their fans a fair bit, though. Domi Suspended Five Games Suspended for the rest of the preseason for the incident (five games), Domi won’t end up forfeiting any pay
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A new season of NHL hockey is upon us and a familiar conundrum is facing the Anaheim Ducks. Does this team have the top-end forward talent to be an elite team? The Ducks have consistently been a good team, having won the Pacific Division title in five of the last six years and ended last
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11:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN Claude Giroux admitted to doing something taboo. Something unseemly in today’s professional hockey world. Something that many feels tears at the very bonds that hold together the fragile chemistry of teams. Claude Giroux has … played Fortnite. How many teams will top 100 points? Will the Rangers really finish in
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