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Sharks sign D Karlsson for 8 years, $92M

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have re-signed pending free agent defenseman Erik Karlsson to a $92 million, eight-year deal.

The Sharks announced the deal on Monday, two weeks before Karlsson was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

A person with knowledge of the deal confirms the deal carries an annual cap hit of $11.5 million and includes a full no-movement clause. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms of the contract.

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Ducks promote AHL's Eakins to coach

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Dallas Eakins was named the Anaheim Ducks' coach on Monday, moving up from their AHL affiliate in San Diego for his second chance behind an NHL bench.

The Ducks filled the NHL's last head coaching vacancy with the veteran coach who spent the past four seasons with the Gulls, leading them to the AHL's Western Conference Finals this season. The 52-year-old former NHL defenseman has worked extensively with the homegrown talent that currently fills much of the Ducks' roster.

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Caps re-sign Hagelin for 4 years, $11M

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) The Washington Capitals have signed winger Carl Hagelin to an $11 million, four-year deal.

Hagelin counts $2.75 million against the salary cap through the 2022-23 season. General manager Brian MacLellan announced the deal Sunday.

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Escrow tops players' list of concerns

Jonathan Toews says he just wants his contract to be worth what it says on paper.

Right now, it's not that simple.

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Blackhawks acquire D Maatta from Pens

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Olli Maatta in a trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for forward Dominik Kahun and a fifth-round pick in this year's draft.

The Blackhawks had been looking to upgrade their blue line after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. The 24-year-old Maatta, who helped Pittsburgh win the Stanley Cup in 2016 and 2017, ranked third on the Penguins with 116 blocked shots in 60 games last season.

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Kings buy out rest of D Phaneuf's deal

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have bought out the final two years of defenseman Dion Phaneuf's contract.

The Kings made the move Saturday.

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Big crowds at Blues parade despite rain

ST. LOUIS (AP) After a half-century of disappointment, even Mother Nature didn't dare spoil the celebration of St. Louis' first-ever Stanley Cup championship.

A morning downpour fizzled to a light rain by the time the parade began Saturday, and the sun popped out just as a rally was starting before a massive crowd on the grounds of the Gateway Arch.

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Isles re-sign Eberle for 5 years, $27.5M

Jordan Eberle calling free agency a "last resort" must be music to the ears of the New York Islanders and their fans after what happened a year ago.

Eberle on Friday agreed to terms on a $27.5 million, five-year contract that counts $5.5 million against the salary cap. Unlike former captain John Tavares, who left for Toronto last summer in free agency, Eberle decided to commit long term to the Islanders much like teammate Brock Nelson did recently.

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Flyers get Niskanen from Caps for Gudas

The Flyers acquired Matt Niskanen from the Capitals for Radko Gudas on Friday in a one-for-one swap of defensemen that upgrades Philadelphia's blue line offense and gives Washington much needed salary-cap space.

Niskanen provides the Flyers with an offensive-minded, right-handed shot who can also help on the power play. Philadelphia is retaining 30% of Gudas' $3.35 million cap hit, which means Washington saves $3.405 million going into an offseason with several players in need of new contracts.

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Bruins captain Chara confirms jaw broken

BOSTON (AP) Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara said he broke his jaw in multiple places and played the last three games of the Stanley Cup Final with "two plates, some wires and screws" holding it together.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Chara commended the team doctors who put his face back together after he was hit by a deflected puck in the first period of Game 4 of the championship series against the St. Louis Blues.

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