Rangers agree to terms with trade pickup Trouba

NEW YORK — The Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free-agent defenseman Jacob Trouba, whom they acquired from the Winnipeg Jets in a major offseason trade. The deal reached Friday with Trouba, 25, is for seven years and $56 million, with an $8 million salary cap hit for the upcoming season. He is expected to anchor the team’s defense. A 2012 first-round draft pick by the Jets, Trouba set career highs in points (50) and assists (42) last season. The Rangers acquired Trouba from the Jets for Neal Pionk…

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Francis welcomes ‘great chance’ to be Seattle GM

SEATTLE — Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. He averaged more than point a game, is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky and is fifth in career points. When CEO Tod Leiweke and the ownership group of the Seattle NHL expansion team looked at his playing résumé, though, they were most impressed by another statistic: Francis was voted captain by three teams for 14 of his 23 years, first earning the role at age 21. That leadership ability…

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Avalanche sign winger Compher to 4-year deal

The Colorado Avalanche have signed restricted free agent J.T. Compher to a four-year contract — avoiding an arbitration hearing. According to The Athletic, the deal carries an annual average value of $3.5 million. “J.T. has been one of our most versatile forwards over the past two years,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. “He plays on our power play, kills penalties and has played up and down our lineup. He has scored some big goals late in games and we are counting on him to have an…

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Ron Francis to be named Seattle GM

Seattle’s new NHL franchise has its first general manager. Hall of Famer Ron Francis will be named the expansion team’s GM, a source told ESPN’s Emily Kaplan, confirming a Seattle Times report. Francis will receive a multiyear contract from the team, which is expected to make the hire official later this week, the source said. The expansion Seattle franchise is set to begin play in the 2021-22 season as the NHL’s 32nd team. After longtime Detroit GM Ken Holland went to Edmonton, adviser Dave Tippett left Seattle Hockey Partners LLC…

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Where should the best remaining NHL free agents sign?

While hundreds of free agents have signed with NHL teams this summer (at the cost of hundreds of millions of dollars in total), some notable names remain on the market. Will they re-sign with their 2018-19 clubs, or move on to new opportunities? Our panel debates the 2019-20 destinations for five of the biggest names left: 2018-19 team: Toronto Maple Leafs2018-19 cap hit: $4.05 million Greg Wyshynski, senior NHL writer: The New Jersey Devils have $19.845 million in cap space and two left defensemen in Andy Greene and Sami Vatanen…

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Avs give new addition Burakovsky 1-year deal

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a one-year contract. TSN reports that the deal is for $3.25 million. The restricted free agent was acquired from the Washington Capitals on June 28 for forward Scott Kosmachuk and a second-round and third-round pick in the 2020 draft. Burakovsky, 24, signed a two-year, $6 million contract in July 2017. He recorded 25 points (12 goals) in 76 games with the Capitals last season. In 328 games with the Caps since he was their first-round draft pick in 2013, Burakovsky has…

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Early fantasy hockey rankings for 2019-20

A lot happened since we last checked in on these rankings. The St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup, the New Jersey Devils won the draft lottery, and at least 20 of these top-250 fantasy players are now wearing a different jersey than the one they donned at the end of the season. There are still a lot of questions to answer between now and fantasy draft season but, based on preliminary depth charts and our best guesses for starting lineups, we can begin to cobble together a better picture…

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Goalie Binnington agrees to re-sign with Blues

The St. Louis Blues have reached a deal with goaltender Jordan Binnington on a two-year contract with an annual average value of $4.4 million, the Stanley Cup champions announced Saturday. Binnington had been a restricted free agent and avoided arbitration by agreeing to the deal on Saturday. “I’m happy to get this deal done with the St. Louis Blues,” Binnington told the team’s website. “To the city of St. Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me. I’m excited and motivated to keep doing my…

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Hurricanes, Dzingel reach 2-year, $6.75M deal

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes and free-agent center Ryan Dzingel have agreed on a two-year, $6.75 million contract. The deal announced Friday by general manager Don Waddell will pay Dzingel $3.25 million this season and $3.5 million in 2020-21. “Ryan has proven that he can be an impact player offensively,” Waddell said. “His speed, skill and vision make him an excellent fit for our forward group and our style of play.” Dzingel, who is 27, had career highs last season with 26 goals, 30 assists and 56 points. He…

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