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Sharks re-sign F Kane for 7 years, $49M

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Evander Kane knew San Jose was a good fit when Joe Thornton showed up for a late-night airport pickup following a trade deadline deal.

That comfort was only reinforced over the next 10 weeks on the ice and in the dressing room. It left Kane with an easy choice as he headed toward free agency.

Kane bypassed a chance at the open market by signing a seven-year deal Thursday worth $49 million to stay with the Sharks for the long term.

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Ovechkin, Caps joyous but not satisfied

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Alex Ovechkin is thrilled, though hardly satisfied.

The Washington Capitals star is headed to the Stanley Cup Final for the first time in his 13-year career, eager to put more distance between the Eastern Conference champions and a lingering perception of Ovechkin and the Caps as playoff underachievers.

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Vegas more than bright lights to Knights

LAS VEGAS (AP) Pierre-Edouard Bellemare didn't know what to do as he browsed in the grocery store. Fans were admiring the native Frenchman and center for the Vegas Golden Knights, but he had become star-struck himself.

"I'm pretty sure I saw Steffi Graf," Bellemare said. "I was on the phone with my mom, and I was like (gasps for air). I walked right behind her. I didn't say anything, too shy."

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Tampa just misses playing for Cup again

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Jon Cooper searched for adequate words to describe the feeling of coming within one victory of playing for the Stanley Cup.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have done it twice in the past three years. And it hurts.

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Quinn: Couldn't pass up Rangers' job

NEW YORK (AP) David Quinn had been contacted by other NHL teams in recent years, and chose to remain at Boston University. When the New York Rangers came calling, it was different.

As talks with general manager Jeff Gorton and assistant GM Chris Drury - both of whom he's known for many years - progressed, he knew it was time to make the move.

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Caps fans finally get Stanley Cup run

WASHINGTON (AP) Jimmy Patterson was a fresh-faced 22-year-old in the stands at the old Capital Centre in October 1974 when the expansion Washington Capitals won for the first time.

As he was leaving, an elderly man from Brooklyn told Patterson he'd always get to say he saw the Capitals' first win. The man smiled and added, "You can't lose 'em all."

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Avs bring back F Bourque on 1-year deal

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche have brought back forward Gabriel Bourque on a one-year deal.

Bourque played in 58 games for the Avalanche in 2017-18 as he tallied five goals and six assists. He scored twice during Colorado's first-round playoff loss to the Nashville Predators.

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Islanders hire ex-Devils GM Lamoriello

NEW YORK (AP) Lou Lamoriello is taking over the New York Islanders.

All the questions belong to him now.

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Sabres sign prospect Asplund for 3 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have signed prospect forward Rasmus Asplund to a three-year entry level contract.

Asplund is from Sweden and was selected by Buffalo in the second round of the 2016 NHL draft. The 20-year-old had a career-best eight goals and 28 points in 50 games in his third full season with Swedish Hockey League's Farjestad BK.

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Canadiens sign G Niemi to 1-year deal

MONTREAL (AP) Goaltender Antti Niemi was seeking stability more than money when he agreed to a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday.

Who could blame the 34-year-old, who was eligible for free agency on July 1, after a whirlwind 2017-18 season? Niemi was bought out by the Dallas Stars last summer, signed with Pittsburgh, was claimed on waivers by Florida and then claimed again by Montreal.

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