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Chips in pucks, jerseys could alter how NHL games are analyzed

By Jason Mackey
Welcome to the Stuffed Puck Era. The NHL debuted tracking chips inside pucks and jerseys over All-Star weekend here in Columbus. And although the experiment, spearheaded by sports technology giant Sportvision, is in its embryonic stages, it potentially could change the ...

NHL revives World Cup; salary cap to rise to about $72M

By Jason Mackey
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Commissioner Gary Bettman gave his annual state-of-the-NHL address Saturday at Nationwide Arena. Among the highlights: • The World Cup of Hockey is returning and will run Sept. 17-Oct. 1, 2016, at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. • Three ...

NHL notebook: Panthers send down USC native Trocheck

By Tribune-Review
• The Panthers reassigned forward Vincent Trocheck to San Antonio of the AHL on Tuesday. Appearing in 28 games for the Panthers this season, Torcheck, an Upper St. Clair native, has four goals and nine assists. He has nine goals ...

NHL notebook: Rangers, Staal reach agreement on extension

By Wire Reports
The Rangers and defenseman Marc Staal agreed on a contract extension, keeping Staal off  the free agent market this summer. The 28-year-old Staal has two goals and six assists in 43 games this season. He logged more than 18 minutes of ...

NHL notebook: Blood clots keep Timonen’s status up in air

By Wire Reports
Kimmo Timonen’s blood clots have cleared from his lungs but not his legs, and it is still questionable whether the Flyers’ veteran defenseman will be able to play again. General manager Ron Hextall said Timonen still was optimistic about playing but ...

NHL notebook: Predators goalie Rinne sprains knee, will miss All-Star weekend

By The Associated Press
• Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has a sprained knee that will keep him out of Nashville’s next three games and the All-Star weekend. The team plans to update Rinne’s status after the All-Star break. Rinne was hurt at 2:55 of ...

NHL notebook: Bruins’ Gagne won’t return this season after father’s death

By Wire Reports
Bruins forward Simon Gagne, whose father died last month, has decided not to return to the ice this season. Gagne, 34, went on indefinite leave Dec. 10 to spend time with his father, who was fighting cancer. • Sabres forward ...

NHL notebook: Thornton back in Sharks lineup

By Wire Reports
SAN JOSE, Calif. — The Sharks activated center Joe Thornton from injured reserve Saturday and placed defenseman Mirco Mueller on the injured list. Thornton missed four ...

NHL notebook: Hockey pioneer Parise dies at 73

By The Associated Press
J.P. Parise, a Minnesota North Stars standout who also played for Canada in a landmark series against the Soviet Union in 1972, died. He was 73. Parise died Wednesday night at his home in Prior Lake, Minn., the Parise family said ...

NHL notebook: Horachek named interim coach in Toronto

By Wire Reports
Peter Horachek will serve as interim coach of the Maple Leafs, replacing fired coach Randy Carlyle. Horachek and assistant coach Steve Spott led the team Wednesday night against the Capitals. General manager Dave Nonis pointed to inconsistency as the biggest reason for ...

NHL notebook: Flyers hope injured captain Giroux can play Tuesday

By Wire Reports
Flyers captain Claude Giroux, one of the NHL’s leading scorers with 43 points, missed practice Monday because of an injury near his left ankle, but Philadelphia is hopeful he can play Tuesday against visiting Ottawa. • The Jets placed forward ...

NHL notebook: Hand injury sidelines Blackhawks’ Versteeg

By Wire Reports
CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Kris Versteeg will be sidelined for a month with a left hand injury after he was hurt in the Winter Classic. Versteeg left Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Washington after he blocked Eric Fehr’s shot with his hand ...

Capitals score late, sink Blackhawks in Winter Classic

By The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — A bit too much sunshine filled the sky at the opening faceoff of the Winter Classic, and seat cushions rained down when the winning goal was scored just before the final whistle. The replica of the U.S. Capitol in ...

NHL notebook: Trial for Kings’ Voynov scheduled for March 2

By Wire Reports
Kings defenseman Slava Voynov faces a March trial on a charge of beating his wife. Voynov, 24, pleaded not guilty Monday to a felony count of corporal injury to a spouse with great bodily injury at his re-arraignment in Los Angeles ...

NHL notebook: Devils plan to use trio of coaches for remainder of season

By Wire Reports
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils are replacing the fired Pete DeBoer with a three-headed coaching staff. Former Washington Capitals coach Adam Oates, ex-Devils assistant and star defenseman Scott Stevens and general manager Lou Lamoriello will split duties ...

Devils part ways with coach DeBoer

By The Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. — The New Jersey Devils have been on a slide since going to the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, and coach Pete DeBoer paid the price. DeBoer, who took the Devils to the championship round in his first season, ...