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Montreal Canadiens trade forward Torrey Mitchell to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2018 fifth-round conditional draft pick.

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens traded forward Torrey Mitchell to the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday for a 2018 fifth-round conditional draft pick. If Los Angeles makes the postseason, the Canadiens will get back their 2018 fourth-round pick. It was traded away in the Dwight King deal at last season’s trade deadline. Should the Kings miss the playoffs, Montreal will receive a fifth-round selection. The 32-year-old Mitchell was scoreless in 11 games this season for the Canadiens. He had eight goals and nine assists in 78 games last season and…

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Razzle-dazzle moves highlight Thanksgiving Eve slate of games

What was your favorite highlight from Thanksgiving eve? Greg Wyshynski: I hate the shootout with every fiber of my being, but if it needs to exist then it should serve as a highlight-generating platform for the skills of high-end players. And that was the case in shootout wins for the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Aleksander Barkov scored one of those delightful one-handed Peter Forsberg-esque goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs that look so effortless and are nightmare fuel for goalies: Barkov one-handed shootout goal: pic.twitter.com/BbRhq41F7c —…

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Man convicted in killing over New Jersey Devils hat comment

PHILADELPHIA — A man was convicted Wednesday of stabbing another man to death near a popular Philadelphia park because of a comment about the killer’s New Jersey Devils hat. Philly.com reported that 42-year-old Steven Simminger had been convicted of first-degree murder for the 2016 killing of 24-year-old Colin McGovern in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square. One of McGovern’s friends testified that he said something like “screw the Devils” before Simminger stabbed McGovern 10 times. Philadelphia is across the Delaware River from New Jersey and has its own National Hockey League team, the…

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Ranking biggest 2017-18 free agent signings into tiers on best, worst values

Having reached the quarter mark of the 2017-18 season, it’s time to review the summer’s most notable free agent signings for early indications of success. Studying all the significant free agent contracts signed since July 1, some have already paid dividends, while others are yet to work out. And, some of them are projected to achieve good value over the long term, while others are not. Based on those two criteria, we can divide them into four categories: Free agents who are off to strong starts, and who are expected…

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What we’re thankful for in hockey, including Jaromir Jagr, modern goalie equipment

7:25 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN It’s Thanksgiving week in the U.S., which means it’s time to recognize the important things in life, like sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and those dinner rolls that somehow manage to be light and heavy, which is a neat trick. Oh, and being thankful for all that life has provided us. That too. When it comes to hockey, we have plenty for which to be thankful. So we asked a collection of NHL players, hockey personalities and the puckheads here at ESPN for the hockey-centric things…

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Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin out at least 1 game with upper-body injury

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Penguins center Evgeni Malkin will miss at least one game with an upper-body injury. Coach Mike Sullivan announced the injury on Tuesday. Malkin will sit out on Wednesday night when the Penguins host Vancouver. Sullivan says Malkin will be re-evaluated on Thursday. Pittsburgh visits Boston on Friday and hosts Tampa Bay on Saturday. Malkin is second on the team in scoring, with seven goals and 14 assists in 22 games for the two-time defending Stanley Cup champions. It’s unclear who will fill his spot on the second…

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Fantasy NHL — Charlie Coyle and Malcolm Subban return from injuries to lead list of waiver adds — Line changes

Every week, we’ll mine the waiver wire for lesser-owned assets to help your fantasy hockey squad, whether you favor dynasty or the redraft format, and we’ll also toss in some tips for DFS players out there. Finally, we will look at some former go-to fantasy assets who might be overvalued — in the short or long term — for one reason or another. Forwards Charlie Coyle, LW/RW, Minnesota Wild (rostered in 32.7 percent of ESPN leagues) Splitting his energy between the fourth line and a top-six scoring unit in his…

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Golden Knights’ success, Sidney Crosby’s struggles among quarter-mark superlatives

12:32 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN James Neal and the Golden Knights have overcome a series of goalie injuries to far exceed expansion-team expectations and help their hometown heal from tragedy. David Becker/NHLI/Getty Images The NHL 2017-18 season has reached its quarter mark. Nikita Kucherov is on pace for 70 goals, the New Jersey Devils are leading their division and an expansion team has almost twice as many points as the Arizona Coyotes. You know, just as we all predicted. Here are some superlatives and awards through the first fourth of the…

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Fantasy NHL – Top 250 player rankings for the rest of season

1. Steven Stamkos, C, TB C1 2 2. Connor McDavid, C, Edm C2 1 3. Nikita Kucherov, RW, TB RW1 4 4. Sidney Crosby, C, Pit C3 3 5. Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, StL RW2 6 6. Auston Matthews, C, Tor C4 7 7. Alex Ovechkin, RW, Was RW3 5 8. Phil Kessel, RW, Pit RW4 17 9. Blake Wheeler, RW, Wpg RW5 12 10. Jamie Benn, LW, Dal LW1 13 11. Erik Karlsson, D, Ott D1 11 12. Patrick Kane, RW, Chi RW6 9 13. Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Cls G1…

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Jay Bouwmeester of St. Louis Blues set to make season debut

St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester will make his season debut on Tuesday against the Edmonton Oilers, he told reporters Monday. Blues coach Mike Yeo confirmed that the team’s plan was to activate Bouwmeester from injured reserve Monday with the expectation that he will play Tuesday. The two-time All-Star has been sidelined so far this season with a fractured left ankle. Bouwmeester, 34, is entering his sixth season with the Blues. He had one goal and 14 assists last season. The Blues (15-5-1) are in first place in the Central…

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