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NHL notebook: AHL changes rules for OT, fighting

| Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

• 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 and play 4 on 4 at full strength until the first whistle after three minutes of play, at which time teams will play 3 on 3 for the duration of the extra session. If the game is still tied after overtime, the winner will be determined by a three-player shootout. Also, an automatic game misconduct will be given to any player assessed two major penalties for fighting or three major penalties for any infraction in the same game.

• The Blues re-signed forward Steve Ott to a two-year contract. The 31-year-old Ott, who was acquired in the Ryan Miller deal from Buffalo, had three assists and 37 penalty minutes in 23 regular-season games. In six playoff games, he added two assists and 14 penalty minutes. Ott had been the Sabres' captain before the trade Feb. 28.

• The Red Wings re-signed left wing Daniel Cleary to a one-year contract. The 35-year-old Cleary finished last season with four goals, four assists and 53 penalty minutes in 52 games. Cleary has spent the past nine seasons with the Red Wings, helping them win the Stanley Cup in 2008.

• The Maple Leafs signed forward Trevor Smith to a one-year contract and defenseman Rinat Valiev to a three-year entry-level deal. Smith played 28 games for the Maple Leafs last season, getting nine points (four goals, five assists) with four penalty minutes. Valiev was selected in the third round of the recent draft.

• The Sharks re-signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year contract. The 35-year-old Hannan played 56 games last season with three goals and nine assists.

— Wire reports

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