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Drew Doughty ready to bring hockey to China

Tencent, ESPN’s digital partner in China, spoke with Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings ahead of their preseason game against Vancouver Canucks on Thursday night in Shanghai. Doughty covered a variety of topics in his brief Q&A. Tencent: Have you thought about trying something new here, such as food or tourist sites? Doughty: Oh, yeah. I will be going to the Great Wall this Friday, and we’ve been trying different foods. We also plan on doing some shopping and check out the city. We saw some skyscrapers here in…

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St. Louis Blues’ Alexander Steen injures hand, will miss rest of preseason

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues forward Alexander Steen will miss the rest of training camp after suffering a left hand injury in the team’s first preseason game. The 33-year-old Steen was hurt against Dallas on Tuesday night and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. He is entering his 10th season with the Blues and coming off a year in which he had 16 goals and 35 assists in 76 regular-season games. The Blues are already without forward Zach Sanford, who will miss five to six months after dislocating his…

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New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle diagnosed with leukemia

The New Jersey Devils say veteran forward Brian Boyle has been diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, a type of bone-marrow cancer that the team’s doctor says can be treated with medication. During a conference call Tuesday, Devils team doctor Michael Farber said the leukemia was discovered early. General manager Ray Shero said it was found in blood work during team physicals at the start of camp. CML is the same disease that former NHL forward Jason Blake played through after being diagnosed in 2007. Boyle, a 32-year-old center, signed a…

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Nashville Predators name defenseman Roman Josi as 8th captain all time

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — General manager David Poile and coach Peter Laviolette noticed how the Predators picked defenseman Roman Josi to drive a sword into the field before the NFL’s Tennessee Titans’ home opener with the NHL team serving an honorary role pregame. Seeing what Josi’s teammates decided made selecting the Predators’ eighth captain in franchise history that much easier. “Roman has played with and mentored under two of our best captains ever in Shea Weber and Mike Fisher,” Poile said Tuesday. “He was also always part of the leadership group…

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Zach Sanford, Jay Bouwmeester injured during camp for St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Blues forward Zach Sanford will undergo surgery and miss five to six months of action after dislocating his left shoulder during training camp. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong announced the injury Tuesday. He also said defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has a left ankle fracture and will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Sanford, 22, joined St. Louis in February after a trade with Washington. The forward had two goals and three assists in 13 regular-season appearances for the Blues, and he also played in four playoff games….

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Minnesota Wild, captain Mikko Koivu agree to 2-year, $11 million deal Monday

The Minnesota Wild and captain Mikko Koivu agreed to a two-year, $11 million contract on Monday, the team announced. Koivu will make $6 million in 2018-19 and $5 million in 2019-20, the team said. The 34-year-old center had 58 points (18 goals, 40 assists) in 80 games last season. The native of Finland has played all 12 of his NHL seasons with the Wild, totaling 614 points (179 goals, 435 assists) in 843 games since being selected sixth overall in the 2001 NHL entry draft. Koivu, who was selected as…

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New Buffalo Sabres coach Phil Housley ready for the challenge

Phil Housley is pretty sure that his old Buffalo house is in good hands. In 2011, while an assistant coach for Team USA in the World Junior Championship in Buffalo, Housley and his family took a quick trip to the suburb of East Amherst to see the house he that and his wife, Karin, had built when he played for the Sabres in the 1980s. “It’s the same house,” Housley told ESPN.com. “It was a great little neighborhood and had four little cul de sacs, so it had a dead…

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Vegas Golden Knights rout Vancouver Canucks 9-4 in first preseason game

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — By the time the Elvis Presley impersonator singing tunes between whistles had left the building, the NHL’s newest franchise was well on its way to victory in its first exhibition game. Tyler Wong scored three times and added an assist to help the expansion Vegas Golden Knights rout the Vancouver Canucks 9-4 on Sunday. Wong scored the first exhibition goal in club history. “It’s a huge honor,” Wong said. “The city’s very excited to get a team. To be a part of excitement like that is…

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Arizona Coyotes acquire Jason Demers from Panthers for Jamie McGinn

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona Coyotes acquired defenseman Jason Demers from the Florida Panthers on Sunday for forward Jamie McGinn. Demers, 29, had nine goals and 19 assists in 81 regular-season games for the Panthers last season. He has 37 goals and 134 assists in 504 career games with San Jose, Dallas and Florida. McGinn, also 29, had nine goals and eight assists in 72 games for the Coyotes last season. He has 100 goals and 84 assists in 522 games with San Jose, Colorado, Buffalo, Anaheim and Arizona. “We…

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Fantasy NHL — Fantasy hockey rookies to watch in 2017-18

One of the long-term effects of the NHL’s salary cap has been teams’ reliance on young players. All over the league, clubs will be looking to players on their rookie deals to play big roles because they cannot afford to add more veteran contracts. For fantasy players, the influx of important rookies means there’s an advantage to be gained by knowing about the next wave of young, talented players. Insider Become an insider and get access to all our articles and tools. View Insider Benefits Magazine subscribers:activate your Insider account….

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