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SJ's Kane denies wife's gambling claims

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San Jose Sharks forward Evander Kane denied allegations his wife made on social media that he bet on NHL games, including against his own team.

Kane responded Sunday morning to allegations made the previous day from the Instagram account of his wife, Anna.

"I have NEVER gambled/bet on Hockey, NEVER gambled/bet on a Sharks game, NEVER gambled/bet on any of my games and NEVER thrown a hockey game," he wrote on Twitter. "The facts are I personally had my best season of the my career last year and was the most consistent I've been throughout any season, I'm proud of that. I love the game of Hockey and would never do any of what was alleged. I look forward to cooperating fully with the league's investigation, having my name cleared and looking forward to this upcoming season."

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Fleury commits to playing for Blackhawks

Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has committed to playing for the Chicago Blackhawks this season, setting aside his reservations about leaving Vegas.

"Hey Chicago. It's Marc, just want to let you know I'm in. Let's get to work," Fleury said, standing in front of a small jet, in a video posted by the Blackhawks on their Twitter account Sunday. The Blackhawks also announced a video news conference featuring Fleury and team president Stan Bowman on Monday.

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Eichel's agents contradict GM Adams

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Jack Eichel's representatives released a statement Friday night saying "the process is not working," in further opening a deepening rift between the Buffalo Sabres captain and the team.

In an email to The Associated Press, agents Peter Fish and Peter Donatelli contradicted general manager Kevyn Adams by saying the Sabres went against their own medical staff's recommendation in determining artificial disk replacement surgery was required to repair a herniated disk that sidelined the player for the final two months of the season.

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Stars re-sign F Kiviranta for 2 years

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Stars re-signed forward Joel Kiviranta on Saturday, giving a $2.1 million, two-year contract to one of their playoff standouts from a run to the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.

Kiviranta will bring depth up front for Dallas after scoring a career-high 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 26 games in his first full season in 2021.

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Rangers extend Reaves through 2023

Ryan Reaves agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on an extension Saturday, a deal that puts the team's new enforcer under contract through the 2022-23 season.

The Rangers acquired Reaves from the Vegas Golden Knights this week for a 2022-third round pick. It's general manager Chris Drury's latest move in the organization's ongoing crusade to get bigger and tougher.

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Krejci leaving Bruins to play in Europe

BOSTON (AP) David Krejci is leaving the Boston Bruins after 14 NHL seasons to continue his hockey career in his native Czech Republic.

The 35-year-old Krejci, whose contract had expired, announced his decison in a social media post sent out by the Bruins on Friday.

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Grubauer surprised by Kraken's interest

SEATTLE (AP) When the NHL free agency window opened, the Seattle Kraken's front office was stunned to see goaltender Philipp Grubauer wasn't already headed back to Colorado.

They weren't alone.

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Werenski deal gives stability to Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The social-media griping grew increasingly vociferous as the Columbus Blue Jackets traded away popular veterans one by one as part of a major roster overhaul.

First, captain Nick Foligno and reliable defenseman David Savard at the deadline in April. Then All-Star defenseman Seth Jones and gutsy forward Cam Atkinson. All faces of the franchise.

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Lightning add veteran Perry for 2 years

Veteran forward Corey Perry signed a $2 million, two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, replenishing some of the toughness they lost after winning the Stanley Cup back to back.

Perry faced the Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final in each of the past two seasons. He was with the Dallas Stars in 2020 and the Montreal Canadiens this year.

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Blues sign F Saad for 5 years, $22.5M

The St. Louis Blues inked Brandon Saad to a five-year contract and the Tampa Bay Lightning signed Corey Perry for two years Thursday as the two recent Stanley Cup champions brought in more winning experience on the second day of free agency.

The 28-year-old Saad spent last season with Colorado, putting up 24 points during the regular season and scoring seven goals in 10 playoff games. The winger counts $4.5 million against the salary cap on his new $22.5 million deal signed Thursday. Saad won the Cup with Chicago in 2013 and 2015 and is heading to his fifth NHL organization.

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