John Tavares Leaves the Islanders to Join the Maple Leafs

The superstar center John Tavares is going home, agreeing to terms on a $77 million, seven-year contract with his childhood team, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Tavares announced his intentions on Twitter on Sunday and posted a picture of himself as a child in Maple Leafs bedding. The team said the deal was worth $11 million a season for seven years. Tavares, 27, met with the Leafs, the Islanders, the San Jose Sharks, the Boston Bruins, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Dallas Stars over the past several days in Los…

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Next Task for Vegas Golden Knights: Attract Free Agents

LAS VEGAS — Since completing the most remarkable season for an expansion team in the N.H.L., George McPhee, the general manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, has had little time to rest on his laurels. Less than two weeks after the Golden Knights’ stirring inaugural season ended with a five-game loss to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup finals, McPhee took home the N.H.L. General Manager of the Year Award here at the league’s season-ending award ceremony. McPhee then caught a flight to Dallas for the entry draft, where…

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Brodeur, O’Ree and Bettman Are Chosen for Hockey Hall of Fame

“This honor would not be possible if I had not rejoined the league in 1996,” O’Ree said. “I was given a second wind to give back to the game.” Brodeur, 46, was a three-time Stanley Cup champion with the Devils and was elected in his first year of eligibility. He has the most wins, shutouts and games played for a goalie in N.H.L. history. A Montreal native, Brodeur was the last real standup goaltender as the position moved almost exclusively to the butterfly technique, and his puck-handling prowess led the…

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Recasting the History of Pro Hockey’s Indigenous Players

Canada’s reckoning with its history with Indigenous peoples has been underway for years, with notable emphasis recently on reforming the justice system. Within hockey, this has been both a season for celebrating the achievements of Indigenous players and one filled with reminders of the ongoing struggles they face. Recent N.H.L. success stories include Ethan Bear, 20, from Saskatchewan’s Ochapowace Cree Nation, who made his debut with the Edmonton Oilers in March. At the Winter Olympics in February in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Canada’s women’s hockey team featured two Indigenous players, Jocelyne…

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N.H.L. Draft Day 2: Hurricanes Get Hamilton From Flames in Five-Player Deal

DALLAS — The Carolina Hurricanes acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton on Saturday as part of a five-player trade with the Calgary Flames at the N.H.L. draft. Carolina got Hamilton, winger Micheal Ferland and the prospect Adam Fox of Harvard from Calgary for center Elias Lindholm and defenseman Noah Hanifin. Hamilton, 25, has been traded at the draft twice after going from the Boston Bruins to the Flames three years ago. The 6-foot-6 right shot defender has 220 points in 423 regular-season games. Trading the pending restricted free agents Lindholm and Hanifin…

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The Lundqvist Era Started in the 7th Round. Where Will the Rangers Find a New Foundation?

Henrik Lundqvist remembers June 2000 for reasons that seem unfathomable in 2018. Then 18, he had traveled to Calgary from Sweden for the N.H.L. draft with his identical twin. Joel Lundqvist, a forward, was projected to go in the top three rounds, and Henrik, a goaltender, had a chance to be selected too. Joel was taken in the third round by the Dallas Stars, hosts of this weekend’s N.H.L. draft. Then Henrik waited and waited. Goaltender after goaltender went before him. Henrik Lundqvist watched the Islanders take Rick DiPietro first…

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For Washington Capitals Fans, a Celebration Worth the Wait

WASHINGTON — The word emblazoned across the chests of thousands of Washington Capitals fans had eluded them for over 40 years. But on Tuesday, it was worn with pride: champions. For the long-suffering sports city, the Capitals’ triumph over the Las Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup finals last week represented more than a hockey win. Not only did it give the Capitals their first championship in their 44-year history, but it also ended the city’s 26-year stretch without a major sports title. Even President Trump took notice of…

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Islanders Shake Things Up by Dropping Garth Snow and Doug Weight

Two weeks after taking over as the Islanders’ president of hockey operations, Lou Lamoriello put a dramatic stamp on the organization on Tuesday by removing Garth Snow as general manager and Doug Weight as coach. Lamoriello, 75, will become the team’s general manager and will commence the search for a new coach. Snow and Weight will remain with the Islanders in unspecified roles. “It’s my opinion that at this point, there’s a coaching change that’s needed,” Lamoriello said on a conference call. “There’s new voices needed in different areas. Because…

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On Pro Hockey: A Hockey Nomad May Find a Permanent Home on the Stanley Cup

WASHINGTON — Devante Smith-Pelly bounded from Anaheim to Montreal to New Jersey to Washington, where he arrived last summer to join his fourth team in four seasons and a coach who did not much care for the way he played. This he discovered during his introductory conversation with Barry Trotz, an amiable fellow but a candid critic, unsparing in his assessments. “As a coach,” Trotz said, “you want to know what you’re getting all the time.” That was Smith-Pelly’s primary demerit, and he knew it. Season after season, two good…

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Stanley Cup Finals: Capitals Rout Golden Knights With Title in Sight

WASHINGTON — Evgeny Kuznetsov smiled about getting four assists. He tried not to smile too much at the thought of being one win away from the Stanley Cup. With Kuznetsov and goaltender Braden Holtby leading the way, the host Washington Capitals are one game closer to capturing the first title in their 43-year history after routing the Vegas Golden Knights, 6-2, on Monday night to take a commanding 3-1 series lead. Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals will get their first chance to hoist the Cup in Game 5 on Thursday…

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