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Caps re-sign Ovechkin for 5 yrs., $47.5M

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Alex Ovechkin broke the news that he's staying with the Washington Capitals in true Ovi fashion with five exclamation points.

Five more years and a chance to chase Wayne Gretzky's NHL goal-scoring record.

Ovechkin re-signed Tuesday with the only NHL team he has ever played for, inking a $47.5 million, five-year deal. The superstar Russian winger who captained the Capitals to their only Stanley Cup championship in franchise history is now under contract through the 2025-26 season.


Knights trade G Fleury to Blackhawks

Marc-Andre Fleury was traded from Vegas to Chicago on Tuesday, a stunning turn of events that has the NHL's reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender contemplating his future.

The Golden Knights traded Fleury to the Blackhawks for minor league forward Mikael Hakkarainen in a salary dump. Fleury is set to count $7 million against the cap next season, the final year of his contract.


Trudeau criticizes Habs for draft pick

MONTREAL (AP) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday he was not happy with the decision by the Montreal Canadiens to draft an 18-year-old player who was fined in Sweden for sharing an explicit photo of a woman without her consent.

The Canadiens chose Logan Mailloux in the first round of the draft on Friday night. He was fined by Swedish authorities in December after admitting to two charges related to sharing a photo of a woman performing a sexual act. The photo was taken last year while he was playing in Sweden.


Landeskog, Hamilton among free agents

The stars available at the top end of the NHL free agent market should make things interesting Wednesday afternoon.

Colorado captain Gabriel Landeskog and goaltender Philipp Grubauer and Carolina defenseman Dougie Hamilton did not have deals to re-sign as of Tuesday evening and could stir up bidding wars if the other 31 teams can start negotiating with them. Two-time Stanley Cup champion Blake Coleman is a lock to leave the Tampa Bay Lightning, and there will be no shortage of suitors interested in a gritty forward who can help get a contender over the hump.


Flyers GM Fletcher overhauling roster

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Cam Atkinson was a Philadelphia Flyer for all of about 30 minutes when he popped on a video call wearing a Gritty T-shirt. At the pace general manager Chuck Fletcher has flipped the roster this month, the googly-eyed mascot is suddenly about the longest-tenured -- uh, thing? -- wearing a Flyers jersey for the start of the season.

Jake Voracek, 10 years, fifth on the franchise list in points, peace out.


Panthers re-sign Bennett to 4-year deal

Sam Bennett re-signed with the Florida Panthers on Monday, inking a four-year contract worth $17.7 million with the team that has been a good fit for him since joining at the trade deadline.

Bennett put up six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 10 regular-season games with the Panthers after they acquired him from Calgary. The 25-year-old was a point-a-game player during Florida's playoff series, too, with a goal and four assists.


Sabres start over as Eichel nears exit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) So much for the Sabres' so-called and celebrated "tank year" in 2014-15, when many fans openly cheered a late-season loss to the Arizona Coyotes to essentially seal Buffalo's last-place finish.

With a patchwork roster of journeymen, minor-leaguers and youngsters, the Sabres were successful in their objective to bottom out as part of a long-term vision to start over and spur a rebuild by drafting a foundational franchise player such as Jack Eichel, who was taken second behind Edmonton's Connor McDavid in 2015.


Devils acquire D Jaros from Sharks

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Christian Jaros from the San Jose Sharks on Monday in exchange for forward Nick Merkley.

The Devils said they had agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the restricted free agent. The contract is worth $800,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 at the American Hockey League level.


Wings keep Staal; Canucks waive Virtanen

Defenseman Marc Staal is staying put in Detroit, while the Vancouver Canucks placed forward Jake Virtanen on waivers on Sunday for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.

The Red Wings announced reaching an agreement with Staal. A person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press it's a one-year deal worth $2 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team did not release the contract's value.


Avs sign D Makar to 6-year, $54M deal

The Colorado Avalanche kicked off the second day of the NHL draft Saturday by signing top defenseman Cale Makar to a $54 million, six-year contract.

Makar will count $9 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season.

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