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Wild sign Kaprizov to 5-year, $45M deal

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild signed left wing Kirill Kaprizov to a five-year, $45 million contract on Tuesday, ending a stalemate between the team and the Calder Trophy winner just two days before the beginning of training camp.

The 24-year-old Kaprizov topped the Wild and all NHL rookies with 27 goals in 55 games last season. He was one of four first-year players to lead a team in scoring during the regular season and qualify for the playoffs, since the league tracked data from 1992. Auston Matthews, Filip Forsberg and Trent Hunter were the others.

Kaprizov also had 24 assists and led all Wild forward in average time on ice per game (18:18). The native of Novokuznetsk, Russia, set franchise rookie records in several categories including goals, power-play goals, even-strength goals, assists and points, even while playing a schedule shortened by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Jackets give G Merzlikins 5 years, $27M

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets signed goaltender Elvis Merzlikins to a five-year, $27 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

Merzlikins will be in the final year of a two-year contract this season with a cap hit of $4 million. The new contract locks him up through the 2026-27 season with an annual salary of about $6.7 million.

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Flyers' Hayes has abdominal surgery

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Philadelphia Flyers center Kevin Hayes will miss four to six weeks after he had abdominal surgery Tuesday.

Flyers coach Alain Vigneault said Hayes was skating with his teammates Monday at the team complex in Voorhees, New Jersey, when he "felt something in his groin." Hayes had surgery and could miss roughly the first 10 games of the season.

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Camps open after shortest NHL offseason

Every offseason feels short to Philipp Grubauer, though this one was a doozy.

After playing the most games of his NHL career, the German goaltender saw his season end with Colorado in June, waited for a new contract and, by the end of July, joined the expansion Seattle franchise. He had new Kraken gear before a new place to live.

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Leafs' Matthews, Marner not looking back

TORONTO (AP) The rear-view mirror is something Toronto stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are doing their best to ignore as the season approaches.

The Maple Leafs' latest playoff failure - a stunning first-round collapse against the Montreal Canadiens - is still a bit fresh, coming just four months ago.

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Jets' Dubois putting behind tough year

TORONTO (AP) It's nearing the end of a long day of promotional on-ice videos and lengthy interviews with one group of reporters after another, when Pierre-Luc Dubois strides confidently into the hotel conference room with a beaming smile and outreached hand.

Whatever lingering frustrations and disappointments the Jets forward might carry from what was essentially a lost season in Winnipeg last year have been altered by the perspective of time.

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Sabres' Granato raising money with shirt

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) There's no bib required to protect this shirt.

Buffalo Sabres coach Don Granato is embracing his "Donny Meatballs" nickname by having it splashed on a T-shirt to raise money for the nonprofit organization Mental Health America.

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Zajac inks 1-day deal to retire as Devil

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Longtime New Jersey Devils center Travis Zajac has retired.

Zajac signed a one-day contract with the Devils on Monday so he could retire as a member of the organization where he spent all but 27 games of his 15-year career.

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$1.7B Tempe proposal includes new arena

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have proposed a $1.7 billion development in Tempe that will include a hockey arena.

Renderings released Monday by the Coyotes include proposed restaurants, shops and apartments on a 46-acre tract of land near downtown.

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Coyotes bring back popular Kachina logo

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes are bringing back their popular Kachina logo.

The franchise announced a rebranding Monday that will change its primary logo back to the Kachina logo and introduce white Kachina jerseys for away games.

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