FILE - In a Sunday May 15, 2016 file photo, Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos skates during hockey practice at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh. With the NHL draft weekend out of the way, let the Stamkos free-agency watch begin. The Buffalo Sabres are interested, as are Toronto, Detroit and Vancouver, in the Tampa Bay Lightning captain who is eligible to become a free agent on July 1. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

As team executives began gathering on the arena floor an hour before the start of the NHL draft's second round Saturday morning, a video highlighting former No. 1 selections began playing on the big-screen video boards. The first player featured just happened to be Steven Stamkos, the top pick in 2008. At a time when Arizona-born center Auston Matthews was selected first by Toronto, and on the heels of the buzz the league's expansion into Las Vegas created, the Tampa Lightning captain's presence during the two-day draft in Buffalo was hard to overlook.


Posted: June 26, 2016, 11:30 pm

FILE - In a Friday, Dec. 30, 2011 file photo, former Philadelphia Flyers player Eric Lindros looks out from the stands at Citizens Bank Park where preparations are underway for NHL hockey's Winter Classic, in Philadelphia. The weakest first-time eligible crop in decades has cranked the doors to the Hockey Hall of Fame wide open for several players who have been awaiting the call. Lindros has been waiting six years, Mark Recchi three, Dave Andreychuk eight and Sergei Makarov 16. This could finally be the year as the Hall of Fame selection committee determines the class of 2016 Monday, June 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

The weakest first-time eligible group in decades has left the doors open to the Hockey Hall of Fame for several players who have been awaiting the call.


Posted: June 26, 2016, 6:19 pm

FILE - In this July 29, 2015, file photo, former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque walks on the field during an event at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Bourque has been arrested on a drunken driving charge. Andover, Mass., police Lt. Cecilia Blais tells The Boston Globe the 55-year-old was arrested after he was involved in a two-vehicle crash in the city about 11:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, 2016. No injuries were reported. Bourque was charged with operating under the influence, posted bail and was released. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia, File)

ANDOVER, Mass. (AP) -- Former Boston Bruins star Ray Bourque has been arrested on a drunken driving charge.


Posted: June 26, 2016, 1:48 am
As a longtime NHL scout and general manager, George McPhee has had a hand in providing opportunities to countless prospects at the NHL draft. It wasn't until Saturday, when McPhee fully appreciated how significant that moment felt as a father. McPhee was in the stands with his family in Buffalo when his son Graham was drafted in the fifth round, 149th overall, by the Edmonton Oilers.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 9:05 pm
A day after adding forward Andrew Shaw in a draft-day deal with the Chicago Blackhawks, the next step for the Montreal Canadiens is getting the pending restricted free agent signed to a deal. Shaw had a quick chat with Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on Friday night. Bergevin, a former assistant GM in Chicago, said Friday that Shaw is a ''character guy'' who knows what it takes to win.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 8:09 pm
The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Scott Harrington and a conditional pick in the 2017 draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs for left wing Kerby Rychel. Harrington, 23, has played 25 NHL games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Maple Leafs and registered one assist. Toronto acquired him from Pittsburgh a year ago in the trade that sent Phil Kessel to the eventual Stanley Cup champions.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 7:17 pm
The New York Rangers have acquired defenseman Nick Holden from the Colorado Avalanche for a fourth-round pick in the 2017 draft. The 29-year-old Holden had six goals and 16 assists and 24 penalty minutes this past season. Holden was second on Colorado in hits and ranked fourth in average ice time this past season.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 6:57 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Forward Trevor Lewis has agreed to a four-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings.
Posted: June 25, 2016, 6:22 pm

Jim Benning, new general manager of the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey team, arrives at a news conference in Vancouver, Friday May 23, 2014. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jonathan Hayward)

The NHL is reviewing whether to penalize the Vancouver Canucks for tampering after general manager Jim Benning expressed interest in acquiring players under contract, including Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos. ''I have received a number of concerns and not solely from the teams involved,'' NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told reporters during the second day of the NHL draft on Saturday. ''What I'll say is I have a discussion both with Jim and (Canucks president) Trevor Linden.


Posted: June 25, 2016, 5:10 pm

Russia's Dmitri Kulikov reacts after scoring aginst Czech Republic during the bronze medal match of the World Hockey Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia, on Sunday, May 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Sabres general manager Tim Murray filled his team's wish list by acquiring veteran defenseman Dmitri Kulikov in a trade with the Florida Panthers.


Posted: June 25, 2016, 2:59 pm
Benn was a finalist for the Hart Trophy this season.
Author: Cam Tucker
Posted: June 27, 2016, 12:10 am
Free agency opens Friday.
Author: Cam Tucker
Posted: June 26, 2016, 10:22 pm
"That's a tough one because he should've been one of the greatest players of all time."
Author: Associated Press
Posted: June 26, 2016, 8:50 pm
Both players have one more year left on their respective contracts.
Author: Cam Tucker
Posted: June 26, 2016, 7:10 pm
Both players will need to help carry the load.
Author: Joey Alfieri
Posted: June 26, 2016, 5:50 pm
A steep price to pay.
Author: Joey Alfieri
Posted: June 26, 2016, 4:25 pm
His asking price is a little too high.
Author: Joey Alfieri
Posted: June 26, 2016, 3:05 pm
The deal works for both sides.
Author: Joey Alfieri
Posted: June 26, 2016, 2:05 pm
George McPhee and his family had a nice weekend.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: June 26, 2016, 12:50 pm
Could a new deal come soon?
Author: Associated Press
Posted: June 26, 2016, 2:10 am
It’s tough to declare winners and losers without handy, objective things like “scoreboards.” But hey, it can also be a fun exercise, especially when we keep in mind that these choices could end up looking foolish … maybe in a short period of time. So, big disclaimer: losers and winners can change sides when it […]
Author: James O'Brien
Posted: June 26, 2016, 1:00 am
Tim Murray's interesting "geography" pitch.
Author: James O'Brien
Posted: June 25, 2016, 11:36 pm
Blues GM Doug Armstrong indicates that offers are not even close.
Author: James O'Brien
Posted: June 25, 2016, 11:18 pm
No one was injured in the car crash, according to reports.
Author: James O'Brien
Posted: June 25, 2016, 10:44 pm
"To me it’s a wait and see," GM Tim Murray said.
Author: James O'Brien
Posted: June 25, 2016, 9:41 pm
His deal is reportedly worth $8 million.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: June 25, 2016, 8:58 pm
Or perhaps we should say the draft "weekend."
Author: James O'Brien
Posted: June 25, 2016, 7:50 pm
Veteran appeared in all 82 games last year for Colorado.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: June 25, 2016, 6:35 pm
Bill Daly said the severity of punishment will be based on how "damaging" the comments might have been.
Author: Associated Press
Posted: June 25, 2016, 6:24 pm
Scott Harrington and a conditional pick go to the Blue Jackets.
Author: Mike Halford
Posted: June 25, 2016, 6:22 pm

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