NHL's best referee: Wes McCauley goes by his own book

Wes McCauley keeps his good calls close and his bad calls closer. Any time the veteran NHL referee is feeling too good or gets down on himself, he breaks out a binder full of his mis...

Nothing to 'C' here: Importance of NHL captains is changing

Ryan Johansen remembers how the Columbus Blue Jackets didn't have a captain until one day it clicked and everyone knew it should be Nick Foligno. "There was just no doubt," Johansen ...

Lockout looming? NHL is 1 year away from key labor deadline

Connor McDavid heard teammates talking about another potential lockout when he entered the NHL — in 2015. As he became one of hockey's best players and signed the richest annual cont...

Defending champion Capitals have almost no camp competition

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — While smiles are in high supply at training camp for the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals, open jobs are not. Returning 18 of 20 the players w...

NHL clears Capitals on trading, signing Orpik after buyout

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The NHL questioned the Washington Capitals about re-signing Brooks Orpik after trading him to Colorado and cleared the Stanley Cup champions of any wrongdoing. ...

Capitals try to forget Cup celebrations as NHL camps open

When Alex Ovechkin embraced Josh Norman in a meeting of two of Washington's biggest sports stars, the Redskins cornerback had a question for the Capitals' Stanley Cup-winning captain. ...

AP Source: Steve Yzerman stepping down as Lightning GM

Steve Yzerman is stepping down as general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning and will be replaced immediately by assistant Julien BriseBois, a person with knowledge of the move told The Associated Pre...

Tavares' path to free agency is not yet a road for NHL stars

CHICAGO (AP) — When John Tavares decided to pass on signing an extension with the New York Islanders and test free agency, he became the most interesting man in hockey. NHL stars don...

Current and former teammates shocked by Schmidt's suspension

CHICAGO (AP) — Marc-Andre Fleury was surprised and T.J. Oshie said he was shocked to see Nate Schmidt suspended 20 games for violating the NHL's performance-enhancing drug policy. Cu...

NHL aims to get more teams involved in outdoor games

CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Keller took an eight-hour bus ride from Montreal to Boston for a hockey game at Fenway Park and won't soon forget the experience of playing outdoors. "It was p...

Daly: NHL not changing marijuana policy as Canada legalizes

CHICAGO (AP) — Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says the NHL does not expect to change its rules on marijuana with the legalization of cannabis in Canada coming on Oct. 17. Daly said in...

Blues' Tarasenko hopes to be ready for camp after surgery

CHICAGO (AP) — St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko hopes to be on the ice for the start of training camp next, week five months after undergoing reconstructive surgery on his left shoulder. ...

Daly: December earliest NHL would vote on Seattle expansion

CHICAGO (AP) — NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly says December is the earliest the Board of Governors will vote on potential expansion to Seattle. In an interview with The Associated...

Stephenson taking Stanley Cup to Humboldt to help town heal

Chandler Stephenson was mid-celebration on the ice after winning the Stanley Cup when someone yelled his name. Stephenson looked up into the stands and saw Brayden Camrud, a friend f...

Flyers' Couturier out 4 weeks with another knee injury

Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier is out four weeks after suffering a knee injury for the second time in five months. General manager Ron Hextall provided the update Wednesda...