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FILE - In this March 23, 2017, file photo, Washington Capitals defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk (22) passes the puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Washington. The New York Rangers have signed the top free agent on the market, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, on Saturday, july 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
July 01, 2017 - 6:06 pm
Kevin Shattenkirk grew up a New York Rangers fan in suburban New Rochelle, so he knows all about the pressure of playing for his hometown team. Still, that's what the offensive-minded defenseman wanted, and the most coveted player available on the opening day of free agency turned down a bigger...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017, file photo, Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) gets ready for a faceoff against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships before getting traded, is returning to Chicago for a second stint. The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year contract on Saturday, July 1 ,2017. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
July 01, 2017 - 3:33 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp figured he would return to Chicago. He just wasn't sure he would play for the Blackhawks again. Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships before getting traded, will once again suit up for Chicago next season. The 35-year...
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July 01, 2017 - 3:06 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 3 p.m. The New York Rangers have signed the top free agent on the market, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. Shattenkirk led all unrestricted free agents with 56 points last season, splitting time between the St. Louis Blues and Washington...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 2:06 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 2 p.m. The Los Angeles Kings have signed veteran forward Michael Cammalleri to a one-year, $1 million deal. Cammalleri returns to Los Angeles after beginning his NHL career with the Kings during the 2002-03 season. He spent five years...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 1:57 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:55 p.m. The Anaheim Ducks have signed cornerstone defenseman Cam Fowler to an eight-year, $52 million contract extension through the 2025-26 season. Fowler has been a fixture on the Ducks' blue line since he unexpectedly fell to...
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FILE - In this May 13, 2013 file photo, Russia's Ilya Kovalchuk celebrates his goal during the 2013 Ice Hockey World Championships match against Austria in Helsinki. Though not a free agent, Ilya Kovalchuk has taken one step closer to returning to the NHL after spending the previous four seasons playing in his native Russia. The start of the league's new business year at noon Saturday places the Devils in a position to sign Kovalchuk to have him either stay in New Jersey or — more likely — trade him to another team. (AP Photo/Lehtikuva, Jussi Nukari) FINLAND OUT
July 01, 2017 - 1:47 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:40 p.m. Evgeni Dadonov is back with the Florida Panthers, after being out of the NHL for more than five years. The right wing agreed Saturday on a three-year deal to return to Florida, where he would certainly figure to be a candidate...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic takes the puck down the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers have agreed on a one-year extension with Petrovic. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Petrovic "is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
July 01, 2017 - 1:37 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times ET): 1:30 p.m. Canadian teams are spending money in the first couple of hours of free agency. The Vancouver Canucks have signed forward Sam Gagner to a $9.45 million, three-year deal and defenseman Michael Del Zotto to a $6 million, two-year...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2017, file photo, Dallas Stars left wing Patrick Sharp (10) gets ready for a faceoff against the Nashville Predators during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Nashville, Tenn. Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships before getting traded, is returning to Chicago for a second stint. The 35-year-old veteran agreed to a one-year contract on Saturday, July 1 ,2017. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
July 01, 2017 - 1:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Patrick Sharp, a high-scoring winger who helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships before getting traded, is returning to Chicago for a second stint. The 35-year-old veteran agreed Saturday to a one-year contract that guarantees $800,000. He could earn an additional $...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic takes the puck down the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers have agreed on a one-year extension with Petrovic. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Petrovic "is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
July 01, 2017 - 1:04 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times local): 1:05 p.m. The St. Louis Blues have signed wingers Beau Bennett and Chris Thorburn and re-signed restricted free agent Oskar Sundqvist, whom they acquired from Pittsburgh at the draft. Bennett and Sundqvist each signed for $650,000...
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FILE - In this Feb. 25, 2016, file photo, Florida Panthers defenseman Alex Petrovic takes the puck down the ice during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers have agreed on a one-year extension with Petrovic. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says Petrovic "is an important part of our young core and has taken great strides in his development over the past two seasons." (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)
July 01, 2017 - 1:02 pm
The Latest on the first day of NHL free agency (all times local): 1 p.m. Goaltenders are signing fast and furious early in free agency. Steve Mason has signed a $8.2 million, 2-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets, an average cap hit of $4.1 million. Jonathan Bernier signed for $2.75 million over one...
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