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Montreal Canadiens to charge for paper season tickets

MONTREAL — Canadiens fans looking forward to the annual arrival of their season tickets got an unwelcome surprise when the team announced it would be charging extra for printed tickets. Canadiens spokesman Francois Marchand confirmed that the default option will be mobile tickets and fans who want physical tickets will be charged $150 plus tax per seat. A letter to season-ticket holders cited security, ease of use and environmental sustainability as reasons for the change. Will Shead, a lifelong Habs fan, said he was on a waiting list for 10…

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Red Wings agree to terms with Tomas Tatar on $21.2 million, 4-year deal

DETROIT — The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with winger Tomas Tatar on a $21.2 million, four-year contract. The 26-year-old Czech led Detroit with 25 goals last season and also had 21 assists. He has 20-plus goals in each of the past three seasons, and in 345 NHL games, he has 99 goals and 95 assists. The team announced the deal Friday, a day after Tatar’s arbitration hearing and before the ruling was to be handed down. Tatar will count $5.3 million against the salary cap through 2020-21….

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Ottawa Senators, Ryan Dzingel avoid arbitration with 2-year deal

The Ottawa Senators and center Ryan Dzingel agreed to a two-year contract on Friday, avoiding an arbitration hearing. Dzingel’s contract has an average annual value of $1.8 million, the team announced. The Ottawa Senators and restricted free-agent forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau avoided arbitration by agreeing to terms on a three-year, $9.3 million contract. Dzingel, 25, scored 14 goals and had 18 assists in 2016-17, his first full NHL season. The sides reached agreement on the contract shortly before Friday’s arbitration hearing was scheduled to begin. “We met at 8:55 a.m. and…

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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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Top remaining unrestricted free agents and where they’d fit best

We’re a few weeks into NHL free agency, and almost all of the major unrestricted free agents have signed. But a few high-profile veterans are still looking for jobs. Here are five intriguing players who remain on the market, how people around the league view them, and where they could (eventually) land. The 45-year-old future Hall of Famer can still play at a high enough level to contribute offensive minutes in the NHL. The winger is just one year removed from a campaign in which he scored 27 goals and…

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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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