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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2018, file photo, Sweden's Rasmus Dahlin (8) moves the puck around United States' Adam Fox, rear, during the second period of a semifinal game at the world junior hockey championship in Buffalo, N.Y. With likelihood of selecting Dahlin with the first pick in the draft on Friday, June 22, the Buffalo Sabres are again in a position to end what’s been a decade-long freefall. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
June 19, 2018 - 4:49 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Former defenseman Mike Weber is all too familiar with the Sabres' lean years while spending a majority of his eight NHL seasons in Buffalo. There were high-priced free agents who failed to pan out and one draft-pick bust after another. Weber made the playoffs just twice, with...
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Jay Bryant-Chavez, center, reacts after a play during a watch party for Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and the Vegas Golden Knights, Monday, June 4, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
June 19, 2018 - 1:54 pm
Thanks, Vegas. The Stanley Cup Final run of the expansion Golden Knights contributed to what is expected to be a healthy increase for the salary cap, giving NHL teams more freedom to make deals. With elite center John Tavares, top defenseman John Carlson and a strong group of free agents available...
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FILe - In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Ottawa Senators' Mike Hoffman (68) waits for a face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game, in Raleigh, N.C. The Florida Panthers have acquired Mike Hoffman from San Jose hours after the Sharks got the scoring winger from the Ottawa Senators. Florida sent 2018 fourth- and fifth-round picks and a 2019 second-round pick to San Jose for Hoffman and a 2018 seventh-round pick. General manager Dale Tallon announced the trade Tuesday, June 19, 2018, not long after Ottawa moved him to San Jose. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)
June 19, 2018 - 1:29 pm
The Ottawa Senators traded winger Mike Hoffman on Tuesday, hoping to solve an ugly off-ice issue involving star defenseman Erik Karlsson and his wife. The Senators sent Hoffman to the San Jose Sharks, who then dealt him to the Florida Panthers. All told, the two transactions involved four players...
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FILE - In this March 12, 2018, file photo, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz smiles towards left wing Alex Ovechkin, right, after Ovechkin's goal in the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington. Trotz has resigned as coach of the Washington Capitals after leading them to the Stanley Cup. The team announced Trotz’s resignation Monday, June 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
June 18, 2018 - 7:11 pm
Less than two weeks after lifting the Stanley Cup, Barry Trotz is a free agent and the Washington Capitals are looking for a new coach. Trotz stepped down as Capitals coach on Monday after a contract dispute over salary and term that leaves the newly minted Stanley Cup champions without a coach...
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FILE - In this March 28, 2018, file photo, Arizona Coyotes' Max Domi (16) plays against the Vegas Golden Knights during an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. The Coyotes have traded Domi to the Montreal Canadiens for Alex Galchenyuk in an exchange of young, talented players. The 23-year-old Domi had been one of the cornerstones of Arizona’s rebuilding project since the Coyotes selected him with the 12th overall pick in 2013. The son of former NHL tough guy Tie Domi, Max scored 18 goals and had 34 assists as a rookie in 2015-16, but his production has dipped the past two seasons. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 15, 2018 - 10:43 pm
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Max Domi had been a cornerstone of the Arizona Coyotes' rebuilding project in the desert. He was young, feisty, skilled and had a great hockey pedigree. Now the Coyotes have a new, young cornerstone who also happens to fill a need at center after trading Domi to the Montreal...
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FILE – In this May 14, 2018, file photo, people make bets in the sports book at the South Point hotel and casino in Las Vegas. A day before New Jersey’s governor makes his state’s first legal wager on a sporting event, sports betting will be the main topic at a major gambling industry conference in Atlantic City. The East Coast Gaming Congress on Wednesday, June 13, will discuss where sports betting stands and what might be next now that New Jersey has won a U.S. Supreme Court case clearing the way for all 50 states to legalize it if they choose. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
June 14, 2018 - 10:50 am
OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) — The Latest on the start of legal sports betting in New Jersey (all times local): 10:45 a.m. New Jersey has launched sports betting. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy kicked off a new era of gambling in the state, making the first official bets on Thursday morning at Monmouth Park,...
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Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz tosses a strand of beads during a victory parade for the NHL hockey Stanley Cup champions Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, Pool)
June 13, 2018 - 6:07 pm
ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Barry Trotz started dancing as soon as he walked into the locker room mid-celebration. Within seconds, players doused him with beer and champagne, jumped around him and hugged their beloved coach. Trotz couldn't see but still had plenty of clarity in that moment. "I could feel...
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Washington Capitals Alex Ovechkin, from Russia, holds up the Stanley Cup trophy during the NHL hockey team's Stanley Cup victory celebration, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, at the National Mall in Washington. The U.S. Capitol rises in the background. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
June 12, 2018 - 6:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nine early playoff exits paved the way for the Capitals' unexpected Stanley Cup run and made the trip down Constitution Avenue all the more satisfying to the NHL champions and their fans. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom rode the final bus down the mile-long parade route,...
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A fan carries a home-made Stanley Cup made of mostly empty beer cans as people begin to arrive for the Washington Capitals Stanley Cup victory parade on Constitution Ave., along the National Mall in Washington, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
June 12, 2018 - 2:45 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the Washington Capitals' Stanley Cup parade (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Barry Trotz says the Capitals are going to do it again, and T.J. Oshie led fans in a chant of "back-to-back" at the rally celebrating the Stanley Cup champions. Captain Alex Ovechkin fired up...
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FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2017 file photo Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) listens to referee Garrett Rank (7) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Detroit Red Wings in Pittsburgh. Rank, a full-time NHL referee who played only four rounds of golf during the hockey season, was co-medallist at his qualifying site in Georgia and will play his first U.S. Open this week. Rank, of Elmira, Ont., worked 73 games during the regular season and three playoff games in his second NHL season. But his golf resume is just as impressive. He is a three-time Canadian Mid-Amateur Champion and represented Canada at the Pan-Am Games in 2015. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, file)
June 12, 2018 - 12:33 am
SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) — Garrett Rank is trading skates for spikes on a stage far larger than anything he has experienced. No one plays Shinnecock Hills on ice. This week is not about blue lines and high-sticking. It's about green fairways and lag putting. Rank's day job ended two months ago when...
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