How 705 NHL games prepared Tom Laidlaw for ‘Survivor’

Tom Laidlaw is in better shape than you. No, really. After his NHL career — 705 games played with the New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings from 1980 to 1990 — the 61-year-old has found success on social media. Gone are the days when the defenseman delivered crushing body checks while creating space for teammates like Wayne Gretzky; today he delivers inspirational quotes and workout videos. Laidlaw is routinely up at 3:30 in the morning, posting workout videos for his “young grasshoppers,” all in an effort to cultivate a…

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Sabres put 14 in minors, Ruotsalainen in Finland

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Sabres have assigned rookie forward Arttu Ruotsalainen to Ilves of the Finnish Elite League, part of a series of roster moves made 11 days before they open the season. The 21-year-old Ruotsalainen was an undrafted free agent who signed an entry-level contract with Buffalo in March after spending the past two years playing for Ilves. He is a promising prospect who had a team-leading 21 goals and 42 points last season. The Sabres also demoted 14 players to Rochester, their American Hockey League affiliate. Forward C.J.…

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The Phil Kessel Experience begins for the Arizona Coyotes

It was an hour before Game 7 in the 2017 second-round playoff series between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals, and Penguins players were assembled around the visiting locker room preparing for a tense game. Some guys were kicking around a soccer ball, others were stretching, some were zoning out listening to music through headphones. Phil Kessel was sipping a coffee and talking to Rick Tocchet, then a Penguins assistant coach. Kessel noticed a chin-up bar. “I bet you can’t do 12 chin-ups,” Kessel told Tocchet. “Really?” said Tocchet, who…

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Ex-Rangers D Girardi retires after 13 seasons

Former New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi has announced his retirement from the NHL after 13 seasons. Girardi appeared in 927 games, finishing with 56 goals, 264 points and a plus-78 rating. He also played in 143 playoff games, four Eastern Conference finals and one Stanley Cup Final over 11 seasons with the Rangers and two with the Lightning. G, Thank you for 11 years of giving us your all.Thank you for being one of us. #NYR pic.twitter.com/74EBkG6CnG — New York Rangers (@NYRangers) September 20, 2019…

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Sabres D Montour sidelined with hand injury

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres defenseman Brandon Montour will miss the remainder of training camp because of a hand injury, and it’s uncertain whether he’ll be ready for the start of the season in two weeks. The Sabres released no details of Montour’s injury on Thursday. The team said it will provide an update on his status at the end of camp. It’s unclear when Montour was hurt; he logged more than 17 minutes in a 4-1 preseason loss at Columbus on Tuesday. Montour is a fourth-year NHL player and…

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Shoot or pass – Can last year’s breakout fantasy hockey players repeat?

11:15 AM ET Sean Allen Close Special to ESPN.com Sean Allen is a fantasy analyst for ESPN.com. He was the 2008 and 2009 Fantasy Sports Writers Association Hockey Writer of the Year. You can tweet him @seanard. Victoria Matiash Close Fantasy Hockey ESPN.com Fantasy Contributor since 2010 Part-time anchor at NEWSTALK1010 Not only do breakout performances provide for a great deal of fun, they often tip the scales in all varieties of fantasy competition. Remember Mikko Rantanen, Mathew Barzal and William Karlsson two seasons ago? Without question, managers who bolstered…

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NHL fantasy experts’ top 10

Alright, you’re sitting in your lobby, you see the clock counting down, you hear the classic SportsCenter chime that tells you you’re on the clock now. But who do you take? With the first overall pick, do you take reigning Hart Trophy winner Nikita Kucherov, or scoring machine Connor McDavid? How early do you take Vezina winner Andrei Vasilevskiy? Do you take defenseman Brent Burns at the turn? Fun. Free. Easy. Create or join a league and play ESPN Fantasy Hockey! Sign up for free! We asked our expert panel…

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Investors step up to buy NWHL’s Boston Pride

The Boston Pride of the National Women’s Hockey League has been purchased by a team of investors, led by Cannon Capital managing partner Miles Arnone. It’s a significant step for the NWHL, which is aiming for sustainability as many of the sport’s top stars have opted to sit out this season. The NWHL owns and operates the four other franchises. Pegula Sports & Entertainment — which also owns the Buffalo Bills and Sabres — relinquished control of the Buffalo Beauts back to the NWHL after severing its ties with the…

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Bruins sign young D-man Carlo to 2-year deal

The Boston Bruins have two of their young, key blueliners under contract for a couple of years after signing restricted free agent Brandon Carlo to a two-year deal Tuesday. The team announced that the contract carries an annual average value of $2.85 million. The Bruins signed defenseman Charlie McAvoy to a three-year, $14.7 million deal Sunday, leaving the team about $3 million under the salary cap. While Carlo doesn’t have the offensive prowess of McAvoy, he started to fulfill some of his promise on D this season. Carlo posted a…

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Seattle arena on track to open in summer 2021

SEATTLE — The arena for Seattle’s NHL expansion franchise remains on track to open sometime in the summer of 2021. Construction officials said Monday that the entire bowl of the former KeyArena has been demolished and excavation work is ongoing. Officials hope to begin digging down 15 feet from the current floor by year’s end and to spend most of 2020 constructing the new seating bowl from the bottom up. Ken Johnsen, who is overseeing the construction project for Oak View Group and the NHL franchise, says the most challenging…

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