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Sharks sign D Karlsson for 8 years, $92M

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks took a risk when they traded for elite defenseman Erik Karlsson knowing he had only one year left on his contract. They sat patiently as he learned about the organization and area during an injury-plagued season and were rewarded when Karlsson decided not to hit the open market.

The Sharks then pounced and signed Karlsson to a $92 million, eight-year deal on Monday, turning a one-year rental into a long-term commitment to one of the league's most dynamic defensemen.

"This was a big decision for me," Karlsson said. "Ultimately at the end of the day, I know it's the right one for me, my family and this organization as well. I'm very happy with how everything happened and that they didn't force me into making a decision earlier than this."

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Ducks promote AHL's Eakins to coach

IRVINE, Calif. (AP) Dallas Eakins spent the past four years developing the Anaheim Ducks' top prospects in San Diego and preparing himself for another NHL coaching opportunity.

He is getting it with players he knows well, and with the organization that believes in them all.

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Rangers get Jets' Trouba for No. 20 pick

The New York Rangers sped up their rebuilding effort Monday by acquiring offensive-minded defenseman Jacob Trouba from the Winnipeg Jets.

New York sent young defenseman Neal Pionk and the 20th overall pick in the draft to Winnipeg for Trouba. The 25-year-old gives the rebuilding Rangers a legitimate top-pairing blue liner to help their climb back toward being playoff contenders.

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Karlsson move starts busy offseason

Erik Karlsson had no wanderlust to test the free agent market before re-signing in San Jose.

"I never thought outside that box," Karlsson said. "I'm happy that it didn't get to that."

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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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