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Ottawa Senators place forward Zack Smith on waivers

Ottawa Senators place forward Zack Smith on waivers

OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators have placed forward Zack Smith on waivers. Smith has three years remaining on a four-year, US$13-million dollar contract extension he signed in January 2017. The 30-year-old native of Maple Creek, Sask.
Blue Jackets aim for playoffs with future of stars in doubt

Blue Jackets aim for playoffs with future of stars in doubt

COLUMBUS, Ohio — So what's going on with "Bob" and "Bread"? That question dominated the off-season discussion around the Columbus Blue Jackets, overshadowing everything else surrounding a team coming off consecutive playoff appearances for the first

Hard luck Blue Jackets try to get over playoff hump

COLUMBUS, Ohio — COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS LAST SEASON: 45-30-7, 97 points. First wildcard in Eastern Division. Lost to Washington Capitals in first round of playoffs. COACH: John Tortorella (fourth season, 18th NHL season.
Question for Bruins (again): How long can Chara keep going?

Question for Bruins (again): How long can Chara keep going?

BOSTON — How much longer can Zdeno Chara keep this up? The Boston Bruins defenceman — and leader in ice time — will turn 42 this season, and sooner or later the window will close on his opportunity to skate around the ice again with the Stanley Cup.
Regular-season success not enough for Bruins this year

Regular-season success not enough for Bruins this year

BOSTON BRUINS LAST SEASON: 50-20-12, 112 points. Second in Atlantic Division. Lost to Tampa Bay Lightning in Eastern Conference semifinals. COACH: Bruce Cassidy (second full season, third full NHL season).

Stars into 1st season with college-to-NHL coach Montgomery

DALLAS STARS LAST SEASON: 42-32-8. Sixth in Central Division. COACH: Jim Montgomery (first season, first NHL season). ADDED: LW Blake Comeau, RW Valeri Nichushkin, D Roman Polak, G Anton Khudobin. LOST: F Antoine Roussel, F Curtis McKenzie.
Stars ready for fun offence under coach fresh out of college

Stars ready for fun offence under coach fresh out of college

DALLAS — This is the third season in a row the Dallas Stars have a different coach and a different style. They're ready to have some fun with the guy fresh out of college.
Islanders open post-Tavares era looking for improvement

Islanders open post-Tavares era looking for improvement

NEW YORK — As they begin their first season without John Tavares, the New York Islanders are certain to be a different team. They believe they can be better, too.
After big changes, Islanders hope to start getting better

After big changes, Islanders hope to start getting better

NEW YORK ISLANDERS LAST SEASON: 35-37-10, 80 points. Seventh in Metropolitan Division. COACH: Barry Trotz (first season, 20th NHL season). ADDED: F Leo Komarov, F Valtteri Filppula, F Tom Kuhnhackl, F Jan Kovar, G Robin Lehner, D Luca Sbisa.

All eyes on goal for the Chicago Blackhawks

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS LAST SEASON: 33-39-10, 76 points. Last place in Central Division. COACH: Joel Quenneville (11th season, 22nd NHL season). ADDED: G Cam Ward, F Chris Kunitz, D Brandon Manning, F Marcus Kruger.