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Blackhawks agree to deal with D Johnson

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a one-year contract with Jack Johnson after the veteran defenseman helped Colorado win the Stanley Cup last season.

The rebuilding Blackhawks announced the deal on Wednesday. Johnson's contract carries a $950,000 hit for the salary cap.

"Jack provides the team with a strong veteran presence, good size and a competitive edge," general manager Kyle Davidson said in a statement. "We're excited to have Jack join the organization and, coming off a Stanley Cup championship last year, he will strengthen our defensive group."


Sharks D Knyzhov has torn Achilles

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks defenseman Nikolai Knyzhov will miss the first few months of the season with a torn right Achilles tendon.

General manager Mike Grier said Saturday that Knyzhov got hurt while participating in off-ice training. Knyzhov had surgery Wednesday, and the Sharks estimate it'll take about six months to recover.


Vegas G Lehner expected to miss season

LAS VEGAS (AP) Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner will require hip surgery and is expected to miss the upcoming season, the team said Thursday.

The 31-year-old Lehner, who will likely spend the entire 2022-23 season on long-term injured reserve, has three years remaining on a contract that carries a $5 million annual cap hit. The team said no timeline for his recovery has been determined yet.


'Hawks sign RFAs Caleb Jones, Kurashev

CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to one-year contracts with defenseman Caleb Jones and forward Philipp Kurashev.

Jones and Kurashev were restricted free agents. Jones' deal carries a $1,350,000 salary-cap hit, and Kurashev's contract is worth $750,000.


Leafs great Salming diagnosed with ALS

TORONTO (AP) Former Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming has been diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease, the team announced Wednesday.

"I have received news that has shaken my family and me," Salming said in a statement. "In an instant, everything changed."


Canes sign Necas, surgery for Pacioretty

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes re-signed forward Martin Necas to a two-year, $6 million contract and said Tuesday that new acquisition Max Pacioretty will have surgery for a torn Achilles tendon and face a six-month recovery.

The team announced Necas' deal and Pacioretty's injury Tuesday.


Rangers name defenseman Trouba captain

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have named defenseman Jacob Trouba captain.

Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury announced the selection in a news release Tuesday morning, and the team held a news conference with Drury, Trouba and coach Gerard Gallant at the team's practice facility in Greenburgh, New York, in the afternoon.


Krejci returns to Bruins after year away

BOSTON (AP) When David Krejci decided to return to the NHL after a year playing in his native Czechia, there was only one option.

With Bruins captain Patrice Bergeron deciding to play another year and fellow Czech David Pastrnak also recruiting his countryman, Krejci re-signed with Boston this week to make one more run at the Stanley Cup.


Skinner 1st woman to lead Hockey Canada

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Andrea Skinner has been appointed interim chair of Hockey Canada's board of directors amid scrutiny of the organization for its handling of sexual assault allegations against members of previous men's junior teams.

Skinner, a Toronto attorney, is the first woman to lead the Hockey Canada board. She succeeds Michael Brind'Amour, who resigned last week.


Coyotes sign Crouse to 5-year deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed restricted free agent forward Lawson Crouse to a five-year contract.

Terms of the deal announced Monday were not released. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound forward signed hours before a scheduled arbitration hearing.

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