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Scuba diver finds Hall of Fame ring of former AHL star Dick Gamble

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — A scuba-diving treasure hunter has found the American Hockey League Hall of Fame ring belonging to Dick Gamble in one of New York’s Finger Lakes. Gary Gavurnik says he found the ring in Canandaigua Lake on Fourth of July weekend and plans to return it to the 88-year-old Gamble. The AHL said Thursday that Gamble ordered a replacement ring several years ago and that his name is inscribed on both. Gamble, who starred for the Rochester Americans, retired early in the 1969-70 season. He was inducted as…

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St. Louis Blues, defenseman Colton Parayko reach 5-year deal

The St. Louis Blues and defenseman Colton Parayko have agreed on a five-year, $27.5 million contract, avoiding arbitration. The restricted free agent had four goals and 31 assists last season after posting 33 points in his rookie year. He had five points in 11 playoff games last season. “I’m beyond excited to reach a new long-term deal to stay in St. Louis,” Parayko said in a statement. “St. Louis has become my home, and this is where I want to be. I’m looking forward to the next five years and…

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Sidney Crosby bringing Stanley Cup back to Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia — Sidney Crosby will mark his 30th birthday by again parading the Stanley Cup in his home province. In tweets sent out by the Sidney Crosby Hockey School, Crosby said he would hoist the trophy in the streets of Halifax and Dartmouth as part of an annual civic parade. “Get ready, the Stanley cup is coming to town!” Crosby confirmed in the tweet sent late Tuesday night. “I will be taking Lord Stanley to the streets Monday August 7th in the Halifax-Dartmouth Natal Day parade.” The parade,…

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Buffalo Sabres – Kyle Okposo’s next rehab step: Summer league 4-on-4 game

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is set to play in a summer league game, his next step while recovering from an undisclosed illness that placed his hockey future in question in March. “Da Beauty League” announced on its Twitter account that Okposo will make his debut Wednesday night. The six-team league features a combination of mostly American-born professional and college players competing in 4-on-4 formatted games in Edina, Minnesota. Okposo was sidelined after feeling ill on March 28 and spent a week undergoing tests at Buffalo General…

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Predators fan didn’t know he won free tickets to the Stanley Cup

Each hockey season, the wish for NHL fans everywhere is that their team makes it to the Stanley Cup Final. An even bigger wish? To attend a game in person. Such was the case for Nashville Predators fan Andrew Fudge, who entered a Twitter contest — twice — in an effort to win free tickets to this year’s Stanley Cup. #TDPreds let’s do this! pic.twitter.com/vg8LLKRzrf — Andrew Fudge (@lilfudge07) June 2, 2017 C’mon sweet Stanley Cup Free tickets!! #tdpreds pic.twitter.com/9anl2Hwipe — Andrew Fudge (@lilfudge07) June 5, 2017 Soon after he…

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Ottawa Senators, Jean-Gabriel Pageau agree to terms on 3-year, $9.3 million contract

OTTAWA, Ontario — The Ottawa Senators avoided arbitration with restricted free-agent forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau on Monday by agreeing to terms on a $9.3 million, three-year contract. The 24-year-old center will earn $2.6 million next season, $3.3 million in 2018-19 and $3.4 million in 2019-20. Pageau had eight playoff goals last spring as the Senators reached the Eastern Conference finals. He had 12 goals and 21 assists in 82 regular-season games. “As an organization, we are thrilled that we got this contract done,” Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said. “Arbitration is…

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New Jersey Devils’ rookie Nico Hischier wants to be the next Pavel Datsyuk

NEWARK — Besides being a shrewd judge of talent and a superb deal maker, Lou Lamoriello also happened to be superstitious when he was the general manager of the New Jersey Devils. For example, Lamoriello prohibited any Devils player from wearing No. 13. Why tempt fate? When center Mike Cammalleri arrived in New Jersey three years ago, he wanted to wear No. 13, as he had for most of his career. But Lamoriello scuttled that idea, and Cammalleri wore No. 23 — until Ray Shero replaced Lamoriello a year later…

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Philadelphia Flyers sign No. 2 pick Nolan Patrick to three-year contract

The Philadelphia Flyers signed 2017 No. 2 overall pick Nolan Patrick to a three-year, entry-level contract Monday, the team announced. Patrick’s signing comes shortly after the New Jersey Devils signed Nico Hischier, the No. 1 overall pick, to his entry-level pact. The Flyers announced late last month that Patrick had a second abdominal surgery before being drafted and is expected to return to full activity in four to six weeks. Nolan Patrick has signed his first NHL deal, agreeing to a three-year contract with the Flyers, who drafted him No….

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Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brian Campbell announces retirement

Defenseman Brian Campbell, who won a Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010, announced his retirement Monday after 17 seasons in the league. The Blackhawks tweeted that Campbell is “not done with the Hawks! Soupy will join the front office, assisting with marketing, community and youth hockey initiatives.” Brian Campbell played 17 seasons in the NHL and was a four-time All-Star. Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire “I’m excited to transition into the next step in both my professional career and life,” Campbell said in a statement. “I’m grateful to the countless number…

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Vegas Golden Knights sign Griffin Reinhart, Brendan Leipsic, 3 1st-round picks

LAS VEGAS — The Vegas Golden Knights have signed their three first-round draft picks along with defenseman Griffin Reinhart and forward Brendan Leipsic. The NHL expansion club announced the moves Saturday. Reinhart has 37 games of NHL experience with Edmonton and the New York Islanders, who drafted him with the fourth overall pick in 2012. Vegas signed him to a two-year, $1.6 million deal. Leipsic appeared in his first six NHL games during the 2015-16 season with Toronto. He got a two-year, $1.3 million contract with the Golden Knights. Vegas…

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