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NHL notebook: Wild’s Vanek helping feds with investigation

By Tribune-Review
• Wild left wing Thomas Vanek said he’s cooperating with federal authorities conducting an investigation in New York. Local media reported Vanek was at the federal courthouse in Rochester, N.Y., to speak with officials. In a statement released by his agent, Vanek said they have asked for his cooperation in …

NHL notebook: AHL changes rules for OT, fighting

By Wire Reports
• The AHL approved rule changes to overtime and for fighting penalties. The changes will take effect for the 2014-15 season. Sudden-death overtime will be seven minutes during the regular season. Teams will change ends at the start of overtime …

NHL notebook: Blackhawks lock up Kane, Toews with 8-year extensions

By Tribune-Review
• This was a no-brainer from start to finish. Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane wanted to stay in Chicago and the Blackhawks wanted to keep the high-scoring forwards in the only NHL uniform they have ever known. All that was …

NHL notebook: Former Penguin Kovalev announces retirement

By Tribune-Review
• Former Penguins forward Alex Kovalev officially announced his retirement Thursday after a 24-year professional career, NHL.com reported. Kovalev spent 19 years in the NHL with five teams, including two stints with the Penguins (1998-2002, 2010-11), and won a Stanley …

NHL notebook: Flyers’ Giroux arrested, released

By Tribune-Review
• An Ottawa police officer said Wednesday he does not expect Flyers captain Claude Giroux to face charges after a bizarre incident Tuesday night. Giroux spent the night in an Ottawa jail cell, according to the Ottawa Sun. The Sun …

NHL notebook: Goalie Miller signs 3-year, $18M deal with Canucks

By Wire Reports
The Canucks acquired a starting goaltender, signing free agent Ryan Miller to a three-year, $18 million deal Tuesday. The Canucks needed a proven goalie after trading Cory Schneider and Roberto Luongo in the past 13 months and missing the playoffs. …

Starkey: NHL goes mad

By Joe Starkey
What a day. What a bizarre, entertaining and wholly unprecedented day. It wasn’t the first time NHL general managers lost their minds on the first …

Q&A: 2015 NHL top prospect Connor McDavid

By Josh Yohe
Numerous players could have been selected first overall in the NHL Entry Draft over the weekend. That won’t be the case next year, when Connor …

NHL notebook: Wild reportedly interested in Iginla, Vanek

By Tribune-Review
• NHL.com reported the Wild have been in contact with free-agent forwards Jarome Iginla and Thomas Vanek. Iginla, who turns 37 on Tuesday, scored 30 goals and 61 points with the Bruins last season. The Bruins would like to sign …

NHL notebook: Sabres draft Claude Lemieux’s son in 2nd round

By Tribune-Review
With his family pedigree and stout resume, Brendan Lemieux was sure he was a first-round pick. One weekend into his NHL career, he already had first taste of disappointment when he was passed over on the first day of the …

NHL notebook: Canucks deal Kesler to Ducks

By The Associated Press
The Ducks acquired center Ryan Kesler from the Canucks in a trade for center Nick Bonino, defenseman Luca Sbisa and the 24th overall pick in Friday’s draft. The 29-year-old Kesler is a standout two-way center who has spent his entire …

Umberger back to where he got start in NHL

By Michael Love 9:00 p.m.
Three days after a trade sent him back to the location of his first three NHL seasons, Plum’s R.J. Umberger continues to take stock in …

NHL notebook: Gaborik re-signs with Kings to avoid free agency

By Wire Reports
Star left wing Marian Gaborik agreed to a seven-year deal Wednesday to stay with the Kings, passing on the financial possibilities of unrestricted free agency to stay with the champs. “I know I could get maybe more money if I …

NHL notebook: Flyers deal Hartnell to Blue Jackets for Plum native Umberger

By Wire Reports
PHILADELPHIA — The Flyers acquired Plum native R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft from the Blue Jackets in exchange for Scott Hartnell. Umberger makes a return to the Flyers after spending the past six seasons with …

Kings top Rangers in 2OT to win 2nd Stanley Cup in 3 years

By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Dustin Brown skated over to Gary Bettman and practically snatched the 35-pound silver trophy out of the NHL commissioner’s hands, thrusting it …

Rangers beat Kings, stave off elimination

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK — The champagne the Los Angeles Kings had ready for a coronation stayed in boxes. The New York Rangers suddenly have some life …