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Blackhawks announce 1-year contracts for D Jones, F Kurashev Back with Wild, Fleury welcomes big workload as clear No. 1 Stars expect to open camp without unsigned scorer Jason Robertson Training camps open around NHL after another short offseason Matthew Tkachuk, Panthers ready for 1st training camp together

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CHICAGO – Chicago Blackhawks sign defenseman to one-year contract Caleb Jones and go Philip Kurashev.

Jones and Kurashev were restricted free agents. Jones’ deal has a $1,350,000 salary cap hit, while Kurashev’s contract is worth $750,000.

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The team announced the move on Friday. Training camp starts September 21st.

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Jones, 25, set a career high with five goals and 10 assists in 51 games in his first season with Chicago. It was acquired in a July 2021 deal that sent Duncan Keith to Edmonton.

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Kurashev, 22, scored six goals and made 15 assists in 67 games last season. Selected by the Blackhawks in the fourth round of the 2018 draft.

Kurashev made his NHL debut on January 15, 2021. In his first season with Chicago, he scored eight goals and eight assists in 54 games.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota. With his ever-present smile, tireless approach and long list of online accomplishments, Marc-Andre Fleury always took on heavy loads.

The Minnesota Wild certainly didn’t shy away from putting a lot of pressure on their new — and 37-year-old — goaltender. The guy everyone calls “Flower” is still in his prime after a trade deadline in March and re-signing with the Wild, starting his 19th season in the NHL.

“They say, ‘You’re playing’, I’m playing if maybe I’m not in pain or something,” Fleury said. “But other than that, I love acting.”

Wild general manager Bill Guerin originally planned to bring back both Fleury and Cam Talbot, who made the All-Star team and went 13-0-3 in his last 16 regular season games before being benched for Fleury in the first-round playoff series against St. Louis. The Wild lost in six games after Talbot got off to a cold start in the elimination game and scored four goals on 26 shots.

However, Guérin changed his mind after signing Fleury to a two-year, $7 million contract. Understanding Talbot’s frustration at the lack of postseason action, he did not want to risk tension or discontent. Talbot was traded to Ottawa for Filip Gustavsson, who will become second goaltender, while prospect Jesper Wallstedt will get more development in the AHL.

Gustavsson has just 23 regular season starts, nearly 200 less than Talbot, so you can bet Fleury will win the most games.

“I was ready to share the load with him, but something didn’t work out, and I was happy that I have the opportunity to play, maybe a little more. It’s fun to play. It’s more fun than sitting on the bench,” said Fleury, who made 56 starts last season with Chicago and Minnesota 28-23-5, scoring 2.90 goals against average and shooting .908.

The Wild reconvened last week for training camp as they began trying to regain the charm they enjoyed last season, setting franchise records for points (113), wins (53) and goals (305). The only team to finish ahead of them in the Western Conference was Colorado, who won the Stanley Cup, but they never faced the Aves in the playoffs because the Blues got to them first.

At least there is a strong chemistry to lean on.

“We still have a lot of guys who were here last year. We’re just trying to make it even better, just trying to listen to everyone,” center Joel Ericsson I said. “We want to set the standard and the way this team will work.”

The Wild will begin the regular season by hosting the New York Rangers on October 13.


The most significant summer roster change among skaters was the inevitable trade-in of the second top scorer due to the salary cap. Kevin Fiala to Los Angeles. Last season, Fiala scored 33 goals and provided 52 assists. Otherwise, Guerin dabbled mostly in bilateral free will contracts for depth. Former Downtown Anaheim Sam Steel signed with the Minnesota last month, a day after defenseman Dmitry Kulikov was traded to the Ducks.


The Wild were wiped out during the playoffs by terrible special teams. They won just 4 of 24 power plays against the Blues and head coach Dean Evason made the team work on it on their first day on the ice. The penalty kill, which lagged behind last season, was the focus of second practice.

“Things should get better, no question,” Evason said.


captain Jared Spurgeon was posted with Jonas Brodin on the first pair in defense, and Jake Middleton joined Matt Damba on the second unit. Dumba and Brodin are close friends who have been together for several seasons.

“Dumbs is a shooter too,” said Middleton, who re-signed for three years and $7.35 million. “It’s pretty interesting. I can get some cookies by handing him the puck. This would be a big plus. I think it will work. He also likes to hit guys. He also plays a tough game, so I think we will be a good combination.”


FROM Jordan Greenway recovery after operations in the off-season, Tyson Jost will get his first chance to ride with Ericsson Ek and Marcus Foligno. Fiala’s departure has opened up at least one spot for a rookie who could make the team, including Marco Rossi, a 2020 first-round draft pick.


For the first time in eight years, the Wild will play their first game of the regular season at home. After three more games at the Xcel Energy Center, they don’t hit the road until a five-game trip starting Oct. 22 in Boston. The Wild have a nine-game home position that will run the season from February 9 to 21.

FRISCO, Texas – Young scorer with 40 goals. Jason Robertson He is expected to miss the start of Dallas Stars training camp because the team and the restricted free agent have not agreed on a new contract.

General manager Jim Neill said there had been ongoing discussions with Robertson and his representatives over the past two weeks. Neill did not say what prevented the two sides from reaching an agreement, adding that “very good discussions” took place.

The Stars, with new coach Pete DeBoer, open camp Thursday in Cedar Park, Texas, the home of their AHL team. They have three days of work there before they return to North Texas for the show opening at home on Monday night. They open the regular season on October 13 in Nashville.

“I think he’s disappointed that he’s not at camp, and so are we,” Neill said before the team headed to the Austin area. “I think this is very important for the young player and, as you mentioned, for the (new) coaching staff. … We have some time on our side, but we want him to come here as soon as possible.”

Robertson’s base salary last season was $750,000, the end of a three-year, $2.775 million contract. He has five more years before he can become an unrestricted free agent.

The left wing turned 23 shortly after the end of last season, scoring 41 goals and 38 assists for 79 points in 74 games. Robertson joined Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano. Jamie Benn as well as Tyler Seguin as the only scorer to score 40 goals since the franchise moved to Dallas in 1993.

Selected by the Stars in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft, Robertson scored 125 (58 goals, 67 assists) in 128 NHL games. He scored one goal and had three assists in his first postseason game last season, as Dallas lost the first-round playoff series in seven games against Calgary.

DeBoer said he’s looking forward to coaching Robertson, but the forward’s absence won’t change his camp plans.

“It doesn’t affect what I do,” DeBoer said. “Look, I stayed up at night with the excitement when I coached Jason Robertson, 40+ goals, but he’s not here. So, you know, until he arrives, I can’t waste energy on this.”

Neill said the Stars are open to a long-term extension or a bridge contract with Robertson, who was one of the team’s top players with a veteran last season. Joe Pavelski as well as Rupe Hintz. In total, they scored 232 points, which was the second most in franchise history for a trio.

“We are open to everything. But other than that… I’m not going to negotiate through the media,” Neill said. As I said, we had good conversations. Let’s see where it goes.”

Training camps are reopening in the NHL after another short off-season, the third in a row squeezed by the pandemic. That doesn’t bother the Colorado Avalanche star. Nathan McKinnon one bit.

It’s time for one of the best players and his teammates to get back on the ice and defend their Stanley Cup title, less than three months after they knocked out the two-time champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

“I still feel like I was just playing,” McKinnon said. “I took a two-week break and then started skating again. It’s just fun. I like it and I like the short summer. It feels like the season is kind of flipping again.”

The NHL is heading into fall, with exciting playoffs and finals that have a chance to return to a regular schedule. This means full training camps for teams with new coaches and the benefits of a regular schedule.

This means that only 88 days elapse between the sixth game of the final and the first practice on the ice.

“Now we’re used to it,” the Tampa Bay goaltender said. Andrey Vasilevsky said after he and the Lightning lost in the final for the first time in three consecutive trips. “Of course it’s a little more difficult because you don’t have much time to rest. It’s basically a few weeks and you should get back to it. But yeah, I can’t complain. You want your summer to be short every year.

It’s been a little longer for Connor McDavid and the Oilers after losing to the Colorado in the Finals in the West. Despite no downtime, McDavid “wouldn’t trade it for anything” and intends to do so even more as Edmonton bolstered their goalkeeping position by adding Jack Campbell.

Several rotations of the goalie carousel culminated in the acquisition of Avalanche Alexander Georgiev from the New York Rangers and Cup winner Darcy Kemper touchdown with Washington. Joining new teammates, many of whom have raised…


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