‘The new normal’ – Why fighting in the NHL has dropped to historic lows

Jul 30, 2019 Greg WyshynskiESPN When Daniel Carcillo debuted in the NHL back in 2006-07, the clichés were still intact. The fourth-line goons patrolling the ice for a few minutes per game. The ridiculous and reductive staged brawls for the coliseum crowds. All of those dusty “I went to a fight, and a hockey game broke out!” jokes were still grounded in reality: 384 games featured at least one fighting major that season, or 31.2% of all games. That NHL doesn’t exist anymore when it comes to fisticuffs. In the…

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Coyotes sign goalie Hill to 1-year, 2-way contract

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes signed goalie Adin Hill to a one-year, two-way contract Saturday. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. The 23-year-old Hill was 7-5 with a .901 save percentage, 2.76 goals-against average and one shutout in 13 games for Arizona last season. He was 16-19-2 with a .906 save percentage and a 2.61 GAA in 36 games for the Tucson Roadrunners of the American Hockey League. “We are pleased to get Adin signed,” general manager John Chayka said. “He’s a big, talented goaltender who has improved each…

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Coyotes D-man Ekman-Larsson bitten by dog

Arizona Coyotes top defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson was bitten on the hand by his family dog in May but is expected to be fine for the beginning of the season. According to reports, the 28-year-old was briefly hospitalized and received four stitches. The dog was euthanized because it had been involved in similar incidents in the past. Just wanted to let everyone know that I’m fine. This happened earlier in the summer, and sadly we had to put our dog down. I got four stitches that are healing up nicely. Thanks…

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Rebuilding Rangers buy out Shattenkirk contract

Aug 1, 2019 Greg WyshynskiESPN The New York Rangers bought out the last two years of Kevin Shattenkirk‘s contract Thursday after deciding the defenseman doesn’t fit into their ambitious rebuild. Shattenkirk, 30, played 119 games with the Rangers over the past two seasons, scoring 51 points (7 goals, 44 assists) with a minus-29. But his game never recovered after an injury-filled first season with the team, and his 1.4 shooting percentage last season was the worst of his career. His contract carried an average annual value against the salary cap…

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Toronto’s Scotiabank undergoing ‘reimagination’

TORONTO — While Toronto’s Maple Leafs and Raptors gear up for next season, Scotiabank Arena is getting a multimillion-dollar face-lift. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment president and CEO Michael Friisdahl calls it a “reimagination” of the venue that opened in February 1999. “We’ve got to keep getting better, we’ve got to keep improving the experience,” Friisdahl said. “We won a championship — we’ve won four championships in the last three years. That, if anything, motivates us to do even more.” Friisdahl, who took up his position at MLSE in December…

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Devils, Butcher avoid arbitration with deal

The New Jersey Devils continued their busy offseason by reaching agreement on a deal with promising young defenseman Will Butcher. The two sides avoided arbitration with a three-year, $11.2 million contract, according to the team. The Devils have traded for All-Star defenseman P.K. Subban and former KHL star Nikita Gusev after drafting center Jack Hughes No. 1 overall. The Devils won the Butcher sweepstakes when they signed the defenseman to a two-year entry-level contract out of Denver in 2017. With that contract up, New Jersey had to decide just how…

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Avs sign defenseman Girard to 7-year extension

The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenseman Samuel Girard to a seven-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. The new deal runs through the 2026-27 season. The annual average value of the deal is $5 million, according to the Denver Post. Girard, Cale Makar and top draft pick Bowen Byram form the core of a promising young Avs blue line. They’ll be counted on to contribute after the trade of Tyson Barrie to Toronto. Girard, 21, had four goals and 23 assists while appearing in all 82 games for the Avalanche…

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Wild GM Fenton fired after 1 season, ‘not right fit’

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Less than 15 months after hiring Paul Fenton as general manager, Minnesota Wild owner Craig Leipold changed his mind. Still confident he has a contending team, Leipold decided to fire Fenton on Tuesday despite the unusual late-summer timing to try to redirect the franchise before it drifted further off track. The Wild’s six-year streak of making the playoffs ended in the spring. “Our organization and our culture were a little different than the way Paul wanted to handle things. We just felt this was the time…

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Panthers TV broadcaster Potvin says he’s retiring

SUNRISE, Fla. — Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin has announced his retirement as a television broadcaster for the Florida Panthers. Potvin, a former captain for the New York Islanders, was part of the Panthers’ first broadcast team in 1993-94 and spent 21 seasons as their TV analyst. Potvin, 65, was the first overall pick of the 1973 draft and a cornerstone of the Islanders’ four Stanley Cup championship teams from 1979-80 to 1982-83. He ranks second in playoff goals among NHL defensemen with 56.

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Bolts sign Vasilevskiy to 8-year, $76M extension

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy to an eight-year extension worth $76 million, the team announced Monday. “Since joining the organization Andrei has shown unmatched work ethic and professionalism both on and off the ice,” Lightning general manager Julien BriseBois said in a statement. “We look forward to him continuing his career in Tampa Bay for the foreseeable future.” The extension begins with the 2020-21 season and keeps Vasilevskiy with the team through the 2027-28 season. He will make $3.5 million next season — the final year…

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