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Oilers sign Draisaitl for 8 years, $68M

FILE - In this Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 file photo, Edmonton Oilers center Leon Draisaitl (29) celebrates a goal against the Philadelphia Flyers during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton Oilers have signed center Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract extension with an average annual value of $8.5 million. The extension runs through the 2024-25 season, Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The two biggest cornerstones of the emerging Edmonton Oilers franchise are now locked up for the long haul.

Six weeks after extending Connor McDavid for eight years and $100 million, the Oilers signed 21-year-old Leon Draisaitl to an eight-year contract with a sizable annual cap hit of $8.5 million. Paired primarily with McDavid, Draisaitl posted a career-best 77 points last season - eighth best in the NHL.

He added another 16 points during Edmonton's first playoff run in more than a decade - separated, eventually, from the precocious Oilers captain.

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Wild sign ex-Penguin Cullen to $1M deal

Matt Cullen could have easily called it a career at age 40 after winning consecutive Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That's what he and everyone around him expected him to do, but his body bounced back strongly enough this summer from the postseason grind that he believed he could continue for another year.

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Free agent Butcher talks with 5 teams

Defenseman Will Butcher is attracting plenty of interest on his first day as an NHL free agent since college hockey's top player turned down an opportunity to sign with the Colorado Avalanche.

The former University of Denver play had discussions with five teams on Wednesday, the player's agent Stephen Bartlett wrote in a text to The Associated Press. And, Bartlett added, he's scheduled to have talks with more teams over the next couple of days.

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Chelios, Leetch to coach USA prospects

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Chris Chelios and Brian Leetch will be facing off once more: This time as opposing coaches.

USA Hockey has appointed the two Hall of Fame defensemen to serve as coaches at the sixth annual All-American Prospects game in Buffalo on Sept. 21. The game will feature 42 of the top U.S.-born prospects eligible for the 2018 NHL draft.

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Wings angry white nationalists used logo

The Detroit Red Wings are considering legal action to stop white nationalists from using their logo as part of a "disturbing" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The team said in a statement Saturday it "vehemently" disagrees with the rally and is in no way associated with it. The logo of the NHL club could be seen on items held by people at the rally.

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Former coach, GM Bryan Murray dies at 74

Bryan Murray, a longtime NHL coach and general manager who helped turn around the Washington Capitals and took the Ottawa Senators to the Stanley Cup Final, has died at 74.

He was diagnosed in 2014 with colon cancer that he was told was incurable and became an advocate for awareness and early detection. Murray worked that season and another as general manager of the Senators, who confirmed his death Saturday.

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US, Canada viewing Olympics differently

Former Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins turned down offers to work in the NHL this season so he could be behind the bench for Canada at the Winter Olympics. Tony Granato gets to keep his day job at the University of Wisconsin and still coach the United States.

Six months from the start of the Olympics in South Korea, picking coaches is just one of the many contrasts between Hockey Canada and USA Hockey. Their rosters will be more similar to each other's than Russia's star-studded group, but the two North American countries are embarking on drastically different approaches ahead of the February tournament that will be the first without NHL players since 1994.

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Stars 1st anti-bathroom bill Texas team

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The NHL's Dallas Stars have become the first Texas professional sports franchise to officially oppose a "bathroom bill" targeting transgender people.

Team President James Lites said in a statement Wednesday that the Stars are "strongly opposed to any legislation perceived as discriminatory."

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Ex-NHL F Olczyk diagnosed with cancer

CHICAGO (AP) Former NHL forward and coach Eddie Olczyk has been diagnosed with colon cancer.

Olczyk, who turns 51 on Aug. 16, had surgery last week, and Chicago Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry said Tuesday he "will be undergoing further treatment in the coming weeks, including chemotherapy." Olczyk is a color analyst for TV broadcasts for the Blackhawks and NBC Sports.

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Verizon Center becomes Capital One Arena

WASHINGTON (AP) The downtown home of the NBA's Wizards and NHL's Capitals is now called Capital One Arena.

Owner Ted Leonsis announced the change from Verizon Center on Wednesday, along with an investment of $40 million in the arena. Leonsis' Monumental Sports & Entertainment is not disclosing the financial terms or length of the new naming-rights agreement.

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