Pittsburgh Penguins place Alex Galchenyuk on injured reserve

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins placed forward Alex Galchenyuk on injured reserve after he aggravated an undisclosed injury that limited him during the preseason. Galchenyuk joins center Evgeni Malkin and forwards Bryan Rust and Nick Bjugstad on IR for the Penguins, who are off to a 1-2-0 start. Galchenyuk, acquired in an offseason trade with Arizona, has two assists in three games. Pittsburgh forward Patric Hornqvist sat out practice on Wednesday. Hornqvist left a 4-1 loss to Winnipeg on Tuesday night after getting hit by a shot off the stick…

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Flyers’ new ‘rage room’ lets fans smash TVs, other everyday items

Some NHL teams placate their fans with free hats or magnetic schedules. The Philadelphia Flyers, however, know what their fans really want: the opportunity to smash a flat-screen television with a hockey stick. The Flyers announced on Tuesday that the Wells Fargo Center now has a “Disassembly Room,” the first-ever “rage room” inside a major professional sports arena. Located behind a “hidden” library wall entrance in the team’s new “Assembly Room” lounge and bar area, the anger cave allows Flyers fans to take out their aggression on household items like…

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Rangers deal forward Vladislav Namestnikov to Senators

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers traded forward Vladislav Namestnikov to the Ottawa Senators on Monday night in exchange for defenseman Nick Ebert and a fourth-round pick in the 2021 NHL draft. The 26-year-old Namestnikov, acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline as part of the deal that sent Ryan McDonagh and J.T. Miller to the Lightning, had 13 goals and 22 assists in 99 games with the Rangers. For his career, he has 66 goals and 92 assists in 362 games. Ebert has played in one…

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Penguins to be without Evegni Malkin indefinitely, coach Mike Sullivan says

The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without star center Evgeni Malkin “longer term” because of a lower body injury, coach Mike Sullivan announced on Monday. The coach said that Malkin’s season is not in jeopardy. The 33-year-old Malkin left the second period of Pittsburgh’s 7-2 win over Columbus on Saturday after taking a hit to the boards while in an awkward position. Malkin is the third Pittsburgh forward now out indefinitely with a lower body injury. Nick Bjugstad also was injured in Saturday’s game, though Sullivan said Malkin will be sidelined…

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Devils sign D Joe Morrow, waive him for AHL depth

NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have signed veteran defenseman Joe Morrow and waived him, hoping to send him to their AHL franchise. General manager Ray Shero says Morrow signed a one-year, two-way contract worth $700,000 at the NHL level and $250,000 at the AHL level. Shero said Morrow would be assigned to Binghamton if he clears waivers Monday. He was the 23rd overall pick in the 2011 draft by Pittsburgh. The 26-year-old Morrow spent last season with the Winnipeg Jets, scoring one goal and six assists in 41…

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Penguins center Evgeni Malkin sidelined after falling into boards

Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin left Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second period and did not return after suffering an undisclosed injury. Malkin was hurt when he collided with Penguins defenseman Kris Letang near center ice and awkwardly fell into the boards. Malkin, the 2012 NHL MVP, scored a power-play goal in Pittsburgh’s season-opening loss to the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday. Malkin had 21 goals and 51 assists for the Pens last season. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Blues’ Brayden Schenn gets eight-year contract extension

The St. Louis Blues have signed center Brayden Schenn to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension, the team announced Friday. Schenn’s new deal comes off his fourth straight season in which he scored at least 50 points. He tallied 17 goals and 37 assists in 2018-19. The contract ties Schenn to the Blues through the 2027-28 season. Schenn joined the Blues in the 2017 offseason after the Philadelphia Flyers traded him. He won his first Stanley Cup with St. Louis last season.

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Fantasy hockey – Forecaster for the week of Oct. 7-13

The imbalances of the NHL schedule are really highlighted when you have a small sample size … and Mika Zibanejad sitting on your bench. As much as Zibanejad blew the doors off in his season opener, he’s not going to help you win head-to-head leagues in the early season as much as, say, Andrew Copp, for example. What? Fun. Free. Easy. Create or join a league and play ESPN Fantasy Hockey! Sign up for free! Zibanejad had a goal, three assists and seven shots as his Rangers beat Copp’s Jets…

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William Hill to open sports book at Capital One Arena

A well-known bookmaker and the owner of three Washington D.C. professional sports teams plan to open the nation’s first on-premises sports betting facility inside an arena. In a partnership announced Thursday, betting company William Hill and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns pro basketball and hockey teams in the nation’s capital, said they would open a sports book inside Capital One Arena as soon as necessary approvals are obtained. No estimated opening date was given, but signs at the arena indicate a 2020 opening is contemplated. William Hill also will…

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Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat gets 3-year, $19.2M deal

Alex DeBrincat has been known as a smaller player with a big game. Now he has a paycheck to match that game. The Chicago Blackhawks announced Thursday that they have signed the 21-year-old to a three-year extension with an annual average value of $6.4 million. DeBrincat is in the final year of his entry-level contract with an AAV of $894,166. DeBrincat is coming off a season in which he scored 41 goals and added 35 assists. He became the first Blackhawks player to score 40 or more goals at age…

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