Anaheim Ducks sign holdout Nick Ritchie to 3-year deal

ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Ducks have signed holdout power forward Nick Ritchie to a three-year contract. The Ducks announced the deal Wednesday night before the opening faceoff of their home game against the New York Islanders. Ritchie missed the entire preseason and six regular-season games while holding out for a better deal as a restricted free agent. His absence constrained the Ducks, who still started 4-1-1 despite missing several key forwards due to injury. Ritchie had 10 goals and 17 assists in 76 games last season in his second…

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Carolina Hurricanes demote Martin Necas, Haydn Fleury; promote Clark Bishop

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes have assigned forward Martin Necas and defenseman Haydn Fleury to their AHL affiliate in Charlotte. In a corresponding move Wednesday, the Hurricanes recalled forward Clark Bishop from Charlotte. The 19-year-old Necas, the team’s first-round pick in 2017, was sent down a day after he scored his first NHL goal in a 4-2 loss at Tampa Bay. He was averaging only about 10 minutes of ice time. The 22-year-old Fleury skated in only one game this season for the Hurricanes and their crowded defensive corps.…

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Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford says he’ll start Thursday

3:43 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford says he plans on starting in Thursday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes, which would mark his first game action in nearly 10 months. Crawford, who has been sidelined since last season with lingering concussion symptoms, said the official decision will be made after he gets through Thursday’s morning skate. Crawford said it’s ultimately his decision. Corey Crawford says he will play Thursday vs. the Arizona Coyotes, meaning he’ll return to the ice for the first time since a concussion on…

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Senators rookie Brady Tkachuk out month with torn ligament

1:13 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN Ottawa Senators rookie forward Brady Tkachuk will miss a month with a torn ligament in his leg, the team announced Wednesday. Tkachuk, the No. 4 pick of the 2018 NHL draft, has been a bright spot for the Senators early. He missed the first two games of the season with a groin injury and was held scoreless in his debut. But in his first four NHL games, Tkachuk has posted six points (three goals, three assists) on 14 shots on goal. The 19-year-old also has…

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NHL – Hot Seat Index

11:16 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN The NHL season is lurching out of its starting gate, and it’s amazing what a few games can do to shift perceptions on coaches in peril. Welcome to the first NHL Coaches Hot Seat Index for 2018-19, as we examine which bench bosses are on solid footing and which ones are hearing cracks in the ice under their loafers. Scorching Todd McLellan, Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid has a point on every regulation goal the Oilers have in their four games, of which they’ve won two…

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Devils Stay Unbeaten Despite Only One Goal From Kyle Palmieri

Kyle Palmieri scored his seventh goal in four games, Keith Kinkaid stopped 24 shots for his second shutout and the Devils continued their perfect start, beating the Dallas Stars, 3-0, on Tuesday night at Prudential Center. Jean-Sebastien Dea scored for the third straight game and Blake Coleman added a goal as the Devils (4-0), off to their best start since 1995-96, remained the N.H.L’.s only unbeaten team. Palmieri also became the first player in N.H.L. history to score his team’s opening goal in four consecutive games to begin a season,…

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Adam Henrique enjoying tough Western Conference battles with the Anaheim Ducks

7:00 AM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ANAHEIM — Adam Henrique has the battle scars from his years in the Eastern Conference, back when he was a popular member of the New Jersey Devils. Those playoff battles against the New York Rangers. Those chaotic nights against the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders. Those rivalry games. His favorite moment? That would be in 2012, when the Devils and Rangers put out their respective goon squads and had a line brawl two seconds after the opening faceoff, the kind of pugilistic sideshow that…

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Why Logan Pyett is the best player in the world of the week

2:48 PM ET Greg WyshynskiESPN ESPN presents the best player in the world of the week, celebrating the player that has the best stats, impact or storyline to earn the honor. To nominate someone, please email us here by midnight on Monday each week. Photos and context are encouraged! Hey, remember when the Bruins were blown out by the Washington Capitals on opening night and basically skated out of the building? Well, Bergeron has helped erase that memory like one of those flashy things from “Men In Black,” delivering four…

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NHL – Taylor Hall vs. Tyler Seguin

Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin have a lot in common. They were top prospects available in the 2010 NHL draft. They’ve both been traded by Peter Chiarelli. And they’re both playing in the E+ game of the day on Oct. 16, with Hall’s New Jersey Devils hosting Seguin’s Dallas Stars. That got us thinking: If we were to build a franchise around one player out of the 210 selected in the 2010 draft, who would it be? Which member of the 2010 draft class would you build a team around…

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Chicago Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz on family history, state of the team, rebuilding and more

5:48 PM ET Emily KaplanESPN In 2004, ESPN named the Chicago Blackhawks the worst franchise in all of pro sports. They were losing some $20 million per year while alienating a fan base by refusing to play games on television (not to mention the humiliating attendance figures). And the on-ice product? Let’s just say it was a sad state of affairs for a prestigious, Original Six franchise. Catch more than 180 NHL games streaming live this season on ESPN+. Click here for the upcoming schedule and to learn how to…

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