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  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Sharks' Torres needs surgery; Thornton loses 'C'
    By The Sports Xchange

    San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will undergo another surgery intended to alleviate an infection in his previously repaired right knee, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Sharks coach Todd McLellan also disclosed that forward Joe Thornton, the team's captain since 2010, has lost that designation entering training camp in September.

      Torres played in only five regular-season games last season because of the knee injury. After he had an ACL repair during the fall, an infection developed. He came back after the Olympic break and then missed more time before returning for the playoffs.

      Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said Torres had a surgical procedure in Toronto recently to remove the original graft from a cadaver that was put in place during the ACL repair. The next surgery will will use his own tissue.

      "Raffi has started a rehabilitation phase, but will need to repeat the surgical procedure to repair the ACL damage suffered on Sept. 20, 2013," Wilson said.

      "We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season, but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time."

      Thornton, who came to San Jose in 2005, has 740 points in 675 games for the Sharks and holds the franchise record for assists with 567.

      "We are going to have a fresh slate at training camp as far as leadership goes," McLellan said. "The veteran players that were on this team last year will have to come up with the way they're going to carry themselves, the way they're going to lead. And then we'll determine who our 'C' and 'As' will be as we go forward."

      Thornton will be given the opportunity in camp to regain the leadership role.

      "Thornton could end up being the captain. I don't know, none of us know," McLellan said. "If it's real evident he's the guy, he'll be the captain. If there's somebody else that assumes that role and is prepared to take it on and doing a very good job, then they'll be."

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    NHL changes lottery format
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL announced changes Wednesday to its draft lottery format beginning in 2015, with the rules changing even further in 2016.

    • The league said the new format is an effort to "more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance" with the odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft.

      The 10 highest-finishing non-playoff qualifying teams receiving higher (better) draft lottery odds than they received previously and the four lowest-finishing teams receiving lower (worse) odds. The revised set of odds will remain in effect year-to-year in the future.

      The team that finishes with the fewest points in 2015 will have a 20 percent chance, down from 25, the second-lowest 13.5 down from 18.8, the third-lowest 11.5 down from 14.2 and the fourth-lowest 9.5 down from 10.7.

      Beginning in 2016, the NHL's draft lottery will resemble the NBA's, where the first three spots are up for grabs. The team with the lowest point total could drop as far as fourth, instead of second under current rules.

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014
    Rangers sign F Hayes
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers agreed to terms with free agent forward Kevin Hayes, the team announced Wednesday.

    • Hayes, 22, skated in 40 games with Boston College this past season, registering 27 goals and 38 assists for 65 points, along with 16 penalty minutes and a plus-34 rating.

      Hayes was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top player in collegiate hockey, and he was named to the NCAA East First All-American Team and Hockey East's First All-Star Team.

      The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Hayes skated in 142 career collegiate games over four seasons with Boston College, registering 44 goals and 88 assists for 132 points.

      During Hayes' four-year tenure with the Eagles, the team won the Hockey East Championship twice, and won the National Championship in 2011-12.

      The Dorchester, Mass., native has also represented Team USA on several occasions. Most recently, Hayes tallied two points (one goal, one assist) in eight games at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

      Hayes was originally selected by Chicago in the first round, 24th overall, of the 2010 NHL draft.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Senators re-sign LW MacArthur
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Ottawa Senators signed left winger Clarke MacArthur to a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension on Tuesday before he became a free agent next summer.

    • MacArthur will make $3.25 million this season, $4.5 million each of the following two seasons and $4.75 million the next three years. The salary cap hit will be $4.65 million for the Senators.

      The 29-year-old MacArthur joined the Senators before last season after signing a two-year contract as a free agent. He finished 2013-14 with a career-best 24 goals (second on the team behind Kyle Turris' 26) and 55 points.

      In his eight-year NHL career, MacArthur has 117 goals and 151 assists in 482 games with the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Senators.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014
    Agreement reached to sell Islanders
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Islanders majority owner Charles Wang has a buyer for the NHL franchise.

    • A group led by former Washington Capitals co-owner Jon Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin reached an agreement to purchase a minority interest in the team and will become majority owners in two years, the team announced Tuesday. The deal is subject to NHL approval.

      Terms of the agreement call for Wang will remain the majority shareholder and governor of the Islanders for the next two years.

      "We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said.

      Wang had tried to sell the team earlier this summer but was sued by businessman Andrew Barroway, who claimed that Wang backed out of a $420 million agreement for the team in March.

      "I'm thrilled that Jon and Scott have agreed to join me as we start the Islanders' final year at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum," Mr. Wang said. "I look forward to a long and successful partnership."

      The Islanders will move to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn in 2015.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    NHL roundup: Leafs sign No. 1 pick Nylander
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Nylander was selected eighth overall at June's NHL draft.

      "Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," general manager David Nonis said in a statement. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

      Nylander, 18, registered one goal, six assists, seven points and six penalty minutes in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played 18 games for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in Sweden's second division, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) for each club, respectively.

      ---Sonny Milano, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has opted to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

      Milano is backing out of a commitment to Boston College.

      Milano also is expected to sign his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.

      ---Veteran goaltender Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract to begin a second tour of duty with the Chicago Blackhawks.

      Leighton played for Chicago from 2002-04 before going from Nashville to Carolina to Philadelphia to Nashville and back to the Flyers, where he played five seasons before spending last season in the KHL.

      ---The NHL will move its annual Combine for draft-eligible prospects from Toronto to Buffalo in 2015 and 2016.

      The event, slated for late May or early June, will be held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter complex that is scheduled to be completed soon. The combine will feature the top hockey talent from North America and Europe before the NHL draft is held in June.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Maple Leafs sign No. 1 pick Nylander
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed first-round draft pick forward William Nylander to a three-year entry level contract, the team announced Monday.

    • Nylander was selected eighth overall at June's NHL draft.

      "Not only does William Nylander bring a high level of speed and skill to his game but he has a very strong character on and off the ice," general manager David Nonis said in a statement. "We believe he has a very bright future and are happy to have him signed to his first NHL contract."

      Nylander, 18, registered one goal, six assists, seven points and six penalty minutes in 22 games with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League in 2013-14. He also played 18 games for Rogle and 17 games for Sodertalje in Sweden's second division, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) and 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) for each club, respectively.

      The 5-foot-11, 170-pound forward, born in Calgary, Alberta, is the son of Michael Nylander, who played for seven teams during a 920-game, 15-season NHL career.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Blue Jackets prospect Milano to play in OHL
    By The Sports Xchange

    Sonny Milano, the Columbus Blue Jackets' first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, has opted to play with the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.

    • Milano is backing out of a commitment to Boston College and released a statement to the Columbus Dispatch on Sunday through his agent.

      "After a great deal of thought and discussion with my family, I have spoken with (Boston College) Coach (Jerry) York and informed him that I will be playing for the Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers this season," Milano said in the statement. "I think that BC is the best choice for those players who wish to go to school and play hockey. Every player's path to achieving his goal of playing in the NHL is different, and the best route for some is not necessarily the best route for others. For me, the opportunity to play in the OHL is the right decision."

      Milano also is expected to sign his entry-level contract with the Blue Jackets.

      In 58 games with the U.S. National Team Development Program Under-18 team, Milano was second on the team with 85 points and tied for third with 29 goals.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    NHL Combine heads to Buffalo
    By The Sports Xchange

    The NHL will move its annual Combine for draft-eligible prospects from Toronto to Buffalo in 2015 and 2016, the league announced Monday.

    • The event, slated for late May or early June, will be held at First Niagara Center and the HarborCenter complex that is scheduled to be completed soon. The combine will feature the top hockey talent from North America and Europe before the NHL Draft is held in June.

      "The NHL Combine is an essential event for all of our member clubs in advance of the draft, which continues to grow in importance," said Colin Campbell, senior executive vice president of NHL hockey operations. "The League has pushed to improve the Combine each year and the state-of-the-art facilities in Buffalo will allow us to further enhance the quality of the event for our teams, prospects and media."

      Representatives from all 30 NHL clubs put potential draft picks through physical and mental tests and interviews at the Combine.

      "We've had our eye on hosting the Combine for quite some time and we are thrilled that it will be coming to Buffalo,” Sabres president Ted Black said. "(Team owners) Terry and Kim Pegula have made it a goal of this organization to create an environment here in Buffalo that is ideal for hosting highly visible events like the Combine and we are certainly ready to meet that challenge.

      "All of our resources will be in place to ensure a successful event for the league and we're proud to have the next wave of NHL players pass through Buffalo.”

      HarborCenter is scheduled to open this fall in a $172 million hockey and entertainment complex connected to First Niagara Center in downtown Buffalo.

  • Monday, August 18, 2014
    Blackhawks bring back G Leighton
    By The Sports Xchange

    Veteran goaltender Michael Leighton signed a one-year contract to begin a second tour of duty with the Chicago Blackhawks.

    • Leighton played for Chicago from 2002-04 before going from Nashville to Carolina to Philadelphia to Nashville and back to the Flyers, where he played five seasons before spending last season in the KHL.

      The 33-year-old is 8-4 in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games and currently holds the NHL record for most shutouts in a postseason series (three vs. Montreal in 2010 Eastern Conference Final).

      Leighton was a sixth-round pick (165th overall) by the Blackhawks in the 1999 NHL Draft. He was (8-21-10) with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage with Chicago.

      Leighton also has 171 career victories in the AHL.

  • Sunday, August 17, 2014
    Owner: Panthers' future in Florida uncertain
    By The Sports Xchange

    Florida Panthers owner Doug Cifu recently told Fox Sports that he is uncertain of the team's future in the state.

    • Cifu and business partner Vinnie Viola bought the Panthers for $230 million last September.

      "The arena and the team have lost a significant amount of money year over year for the last 10-plus years and the current business model is not sustainable," Cifu said.

      The Hockey News reported that the team claims it is losing $30 million per year and has a debt on the arena, which is under lease until 2028 for about $250 million.

      Broward County mayor Barbara Sharief and the county have reportedly hired a consultant to find out if they can allow the team to get out the lease and relocate. A report of the consultant's findings is expected in October.

      According to CapGeek.com, the Panthers have more than $65 million committed in player contracts for this season.

      "We have kept our end of the bargain by signing six free agents on July 1 to more than $60 million of contracts and re-signing some key young players to multi-year deals," Cifu said.

      The Toronto Sun reported that the Panthers ranked 29th in attendance last season with an average of 14,177 per game.

      Seattle and Quebec are among the cities where the team may relocate.

      Seattle real estate mogul Victor J. Coleman has discussed the possibility of having an NHL team play in his proposed SoDo Arena with Seattle businessman Chris Hansen.

      Quebec is set to open a new $400 million arena next year.

      "We get lots of expressions of interest -- whether it's from Quebec City, Seattle, Las Vegas, or Kansas City -- and we're listening, but we haven't enacted a formal process to begin considering expansion," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told the Toronto Sun in April. "That's not something we're intent on doing right now, but we are listening."

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
    Ducks sign F Silfverberg
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Anaheim Ducks signed restricted free agent forward Jakob Silfverberg on Friday.

    • The team did not disclose financial terms, but multiple media outlets reported that the deal is for one year and worth $850,500.

      Silfverberg, 23, had 10 goals and 13 assists 52 games with the Ducks last season. He also missed time with a broken hand. He added two goals in 13 playoff games.

      Silfverberg played all six Olympic contests for Sweden at Sochi last winter in helping his home country win the silver medal.

      In 100 NHL games, Silfverberg has 42 points.

  • Friday, August 15, 2014
    Wild goalies Harding, Backstrom healthy
    By The Sports Xchange

    Minnesota Wild goaltenders Josh Harding and Niklas Backstrom are healthy and will be ready for training camp, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

    • Harding played his last game on Dec. 31 because of complications related to multiple sclerosis. Backstrom's last game was Jan. 30 due to an abdominal injury. He had surgery on March 25.

      General manager Chuck Fletcher told the Star Tribune that the goalies are ready for action.

      "Everything's a go with both goalies," he said Thursday. "Everybody seems to be feeling pretty good, and at this stage, knock on wood, all of our players who were banged up at the end of the season (are) feeling better. Josh has felt good. Right now we're not expecting any issues for anybody with respect to passing training-camp medicals."

      Harding went 18-7-3 with a 1.65 goals-against average and .933 save percentage before his season ended.

      Backstrom was 5-11-2 with a 3.02 goals-against average and .899 save percentage in 21 games last season.

      "Injuries can happen to anybody, and certainly you can't predict things, but guys are healthy, and typically when Backstrom and Harding are healthy, they play well," Fletcher said. "If something happens, like any player at any position, we'll react. There's always a way to react if you need to, but at this point, we're comfortable with our situation."

      Darcy Kuemper, who filled in last season, is unsigned and is a restricted free agent. He went 12-8-4 with a 2.43 goals-against average and .915 save percentage in 26 games.

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Ex-Islanders coach Arbour battes dementia
    By The Sports Xchange

    In an interview earlier this week, new Buffalo Sabres assistant coach Bryan Trottier told listeners that former New York Islanders coach Al Arbour is battling dementia.

    • The 81-year-old Arbour guided the Isles to four consecutive Stanley Cups in the 1980s. He compiled 782 career victories, which rank him second all-time to only Scotty Bowman.

      “We love the man. Today, he’s going through a little tough time with dementia,” Trottier said on Buffalo's WGR radio. "We all love Al for all the great times we’ve had together and his leadership.”

      Trottier, also in the HOF, said Arbour was a father figure to many of his players.

      In addition to his coaching acumen, Arbour was a solid player, too

      He was part of four Stanley Cup winning teams as his playing career spanned four decades.

  • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    Red Wings give GM Holland 4-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings announced a four-year extension for general manager Ken Holland, which puts the team's general manager under contract through the 2017-18 season.

    • Financial terms were not disclosed.

      The 58-yeard-old Holland has been the team's general manager for 17 seasons, and during his tenure the Red Wings have qualified for the playoffs every season while winning more regular-season games (746) and postseason games (115) than any other NHL franchise. A former player and scout for the Red Wings, Holland has contributed to four Stanley Cup championships - three as the team’s general manager (1998, 2002 and 2008) and one as assistant general manager (1997).

      "Ken is regarded as one of the premier executives in the National Hockey League and has been instrumental in the success of the Red Wings over the last two decades," Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. "Marian and I are extremely pleased that he will continue to lead our hockey club over the next four years. We feel strongly that stability is key to the success of any organization and having this new agreement in place with Ken is important to the organization and its future."

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    Oilers' top pick signs three-year deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers signed center Leon Draisaitl to a three-year, entry-level contract on Tuesday.

    • The No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft played for Prince Albert in the Western Hockey League last season and finished fourth in the league in scoring with 105 points (38 goals, 67 assists). He added one goal and two assists in four playoff games.

      A German native, Draisaitl represented his home country in the 2014 World Hockey Championship and had one goal and three assists in seven games. Other international appearances include the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2013 and 2014, the Under-18 World Junior Hockey Championship in 2012 and 2013, and the 2012 Under-17 World Hockey Challenge.

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    Wang sued for dissolving Isles sale deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    New York Islanders owner Charles Wang pulled the plug on a deal to sell the franchise for $420 million when the Los Angeles Clippers netted a $2 billion sale agreement, a lawsuit alleges.

    • Andrew Barroway claims in a filing in Manhattan that Wang's "about-face" included raising the sticker price to $548 million.

      "Wang was having seller's remorse because he believed he had agreed to sell the Islanders for a price too low after hearing the unrelated news that a $2 billion bid was places to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers," Barroway said in a civil suit Monday, according to the New York Post.

      Barroway is suing to reinstate the original deal, or $10 million for the botched agreement.

      Wang attempted to adjust the purchase price in July, the 19-page suit document alleges. He backed out of the deal entirely in August.

      "Wang pulled Barroway into a separate room and during this conversation, he expressed that he could have obtained a higher price for the Islanders now 'thanks to Steve Ballmer," according to the suit.

      Wang dissolved the agreement Aug. 1, which was "the culminating event of defendants' overall bad faith conduct" and a breach of the Securities Purchase Agreement reached between both sides in March, the suit says.

      The Islanders were last in the NHL in attendance and are moving to Barclay's Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 season, which could boost revenue.

      Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, agreed to purchase the NBA franchise owner by disgraced real estate mogul Donald Sterling for $2 billion and a judge cleared the estate to move on with the sale despite opposition from Sterling.

  • Monday, August 11, 2014
    Kings to retire Blake's No. 4 jersey
    By The Sports Xchange

    Former Los Angeles Kings star Rob Blake will have his No. 4 jersey retired by the team during a pregame ceremony at Staples Center on Jan. 17.

    • The ceremony will take place before the Kings' game against the Anaheim Ducks.

      Blake, now an executive with the Kings, was the team's captain and a defenseman during his 14 seasons in Los Angeles.

      Blake spent a total of 20 years as an NHL player. He will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in November.

      Blake will be the sixth player in franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Luc Robitaille (No. 20 in 2007), Wayne Gretzky (No. 99, 2002), Dave Taylor (No. 18, 1995), Marcel Dionne (No. 16, 1990) and Rogie Vachon (No. 30, 1985).

      "It is an honor to be included with the former great LA King players who have their Jersey's retired," Blake said in a statement released by the Kings. "I have always felt LA was a special place to play and it was and is a tremendous privilege to put on an LA Kings jersey."

      Blake is the all-time leader in games played, goals, assists and points by a Kings defenseman. He played with the Kings in 1990-2001 and 2006-08. He helped the team advance to the Stanley Cup finals in 1993. He also won the franchise's first Norris Trophy in 1998, captured a gold medal at the 2002 Olympics and four of his seven All-Star appearances came as a Kings player.

      The Kings selected Blake in the fourth round of the 1988 draft. His NHL career also includes stints with the Colorado Avalanche (2001-06) and San Jose Sharks (2008-10). He helped the Avalanche win the 2001 Stanley Cup. In 1,270 regular-season games, he had 240 goals and 537 assists and added 26 goals and 47 assists in 146 playoff games.

  • Friday, August 8, 2014
    Jets sign D Brouillette
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Winnipeg Jets and defenseman Julien Brouillette agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000, the team announced Friday.

    • Brouillette, 27, made his NHL debut last season with the Washington Capitals and had one goal and two points in 10 games. He had 10 goals and 20 points in 51 American Hockey League games for Hershey.

      Brouillette turned pro as an undrafted free agent and has played 260 AHL games with Providence, Hartford, Charlotte, Lake Erie and Hershey, scoring 22 goals and 70 points. He has played 210 ECHL games with Columbia, Charlotte, Greenville and Reading, scoring 24 goals and 85 points.

  • Friday, August 8, 2014
    Rangers sign F Bourque
    By The Sports Xchange

    The New York Rangers and restricted free agent forward Ryan Bourque agreed to terms on a contract, the team announced Friday.

    • Length and financial terms were not disclosed.

      Bourque, 23, comes off his best American Hockey League season, scoring 21 goals and 37 points in 74 games for Hartford. He has 35 goals and 66 points in 196 AHL games with Hartford and Connecticut.

      The Rangers chose the 5-foot-9, 185-pound Bourque in the third round (No. 80) of the 2009 draft. He is the son of Hockey Hall of Famer Ray Bourque.

      The Boxford, Mass., native has represented Team USA in numerous tournaments. Bourque tied for fourth on Team USA with three assists in six games to help the Americans capture a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Championship. He also tallied three assists and posted a plus-three rating in seven games while helping Team USA capture a gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship.

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014
    Kings to honor Robitaille with statue
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Los Angeles Kings will honor Luc Robitaille with a statue in Star Plaza at Staples Center as part of their Legends Night Series, the team announced Thursday.

    • Robitaille, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame who scored 668 goals in a career that saw him spend 14 of his 19 NHL seasons with the Kings, is scheduled to be honored prior to the March 7 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

      Robitaille currently serves as president of business operations for the Kings.

      The statue, to be created by renowned artists Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany, will join other iconic sculptures of celebrated Los Angeles sports superstars including Wayne Gretzky and Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

      In addition, the Kings will also pay tribute to Tony Granato and Barry Melrose during the 2014-15 season. Granato played parts of seven seasons for the Kings and scored a career-high 82 points for the 1992-93 team that went to the Stanley Cup Final, coached by Melrose.

      Melrose will be honored on Feb. 12 before the Kings face the Calgary Flames. Granato will be honored on Feb. 24 prior to a game against the Detroit Red Wings. The Kings will wear their vintage jerseys during all three games in the Legends Night Series.

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014
    Selanne offered $10 million KHL deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Six-time Olympian Teemu Selanne reportedly has a standing contract offer from KHL club Jokerit to play on his home club's debut season in the league.

    • Selanne, 44, can make $5 million to play only home games or $10 million for the season, accordingot to Finnish news outlet USanomat.

      Selanne retired from the NHL with the Anaheim Ducks last season.

      Jokerit joins the KHL in 2014-15 after departing Finland's top pro division.

      Selanne likely would be signed under a salary cap exemption the league affords to attract high-profile players. Selanne, who still showed some ability in Sochi at the 2014 Winter Olympics, is a celebrity in his home country and European hockey.

      Selanne said recently he is considering the offer.

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014
    NHL roundup: Sharks, Kings head outdoors in 2015
    By The Sports Xchange

    Outdoor hockey is returning to California for a second straight season, the NHL announced Wednesday.

    • The San Jose Sharks will be the home team against the Los Angeles Kings at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara on Feb. 21, 2015 at 7 p.m. PT (10 p.m. ET) as part of the 2015 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series. The game will be broadcast by NBCSN and Hockey Night in Canada.

      No two teams in the NHL have played against each other more than the Sharks and Kings since the start of the 2010-11 season. They have played 41 games, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, in the past three seasons, highlighted by seven-game series in each of the past two postseasons.

      The Kings rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Sharks in the Western Conference first round last season. Los Angeles went on to win the Stanley Cup for the second time in three seasons.

      The Sharks will be competing in their first outdoor game. They will become the 19th team in NHL history to play in a regular-season outdoor game.

      The Kings will be playing in their second outdoor game. They lost 3-0 to the Anaheim Ducks in front of 54,099 fans at Dodger Stadium on Jan. 25.

      ---Defenseman Aaron Ekblad, taken by the Florida Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, suffered a concussion in Canada's world junior exhibition game against the Czech Republic and will miss the rest of summer development camp.

      Hockey Canada said Ekblad is expected to make a "full recovery" and be ready for the Panthers' training camp in September.

      The 18-year-old Ekblad was hit hard during Tuesday night's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic and left the game.

      ---Four Olympic medalists, including two players and two coaches, headline this year's inductees into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.

      The honorees, announced by USA Hockey, include Brian Rafalski, a two-time Olympic silver medalist and three-time Stanley Cup champion.

      Rafalski is joined by Karyn Bye Dietz, who served as alternate captain for the gold medal-winning U.S. women's team at the 1998 Nagano Games; Jeff Sauer, college coaching legend and coach of the gold medal-winning 2014 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team; and Lou Vairo, who was an assistant coach for the silver medal-winning U.S. team at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.

      ---The Ottawa Senators signed forward Vincent Dunn to a three-year entry-level contract.

      A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Dunn, 18, played with his hometown Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, scoring 31 goals and adding 20 assists and 156 penalty minutes.

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014
    Senators sign F Dunn
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Ottawa Senators signed forward Vincent Dunn to a three-year entry-level contract, the team announced Wednesday.

    • A native of Gatineau, Quebec, Dunn played with his hometown Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League last season, scoring 31 goals and adding 20 assists and 156 penalty minutes.

      Dunn, 18, registered the first four-goal game of his major junior career in a 7-1 home win over Sherbrooke on March 14.

      Drafted in the fifth round in 2013, Dunn has recorded 116 points (61 goals, 55 assists) and 348 penalty minutes in 159 major junior career games with the Val-d'Or Foreurs and Gatineau. He was traded by the Olympiques to the Rimouski Oceanic on May 30.

  • Wednesday, August 6, 2014
    Panthers' No. 1 pick Ekblad out with concussion
    By The Sports Xchange

    Defenseman Aaron Ekblad, taken by the Florida Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, suffered a concussion in Canada's world junior exhibition game against the Czech Republic and will miss the rest of summer development camp.

    • Hockey Canada said Wednesday that Ekblad is expected to make a "full recovery" and be ready for the Panthers' training camp in September.

      The 18-year-old Ekblad was hit hard during Tuesday night's 6-2 win over the Czech Republic and left the game.

      "As announced earlier today by Team Canada, Aaron Ekblad suffered a concussion during an exhibition game last night," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said in a statement. "We have been in communication with Team Canada and have mutually agreed to hold Aaron out for the remainder of the summer development camp, as a precautionary measure. We will closely monitor Aaron's health for the remainder of the offseason and expect him to be ready for our rookie camp in mid-September."

      The 6-foot-3, 213-pound Ekblad played last season with Barrie of the Ontario Hockey League.