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Wings keep Staal; Canucks waive Virtanen

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Defenseman Marc Staal is staying put in Detroit, while the Vancouver Canucks placed forward Jake Virtanen on waivers on Sunday for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.

The Red Wings announced reaching an agreement with Staal. A person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press it's a one-year deal worth $2 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team did not release the contract's value.

The 34-year-old Staal returns to Detroit for a second year after spending his first 13 NHL seasons with the New York Rangers. He had three goals and 10 points in 56 games last season, and is highly valued for his experience and leadership overseeing a young, rebuilding team.


Avs sign D Makar to 6-year, $54M deal

The Colorado Avalanche kicked off the second day of the NHL draft Saturday by signing top defenseman Cale Makar to a $54 million, six-year contract.

Makar will count $9 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season.


Flyers deal Voracek to CBJ for Atkinson

A familiar bearded face is going back to Columbus, and the Blue Jackets' longest tenured player is off to Philadelphia.

The player the Flyers got back? Well, Cam Atkinson is already in love with Philly's favorite, familiar orange-bearded face.


Coyotes draft Shane Doan's son Josh

Shane Doan recused himself from any scouting meetings when son Josh was brought up.

One of the faces of the Arizona Coyotes for two decades, Doan is part of their front office now, and only Friday night saw the draft list whittling down to the point he knew it was possible Josh would be their pick. It happened early in the second round Saturday when the Coyotes took Josh Doan with the 37th pick, bringing in a prospect homegrown in the Valley.


Kings keep Moore on 2-year, $3.75M deal

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Forward Trevor Moore is returning to the Los Angeles Kings with a two-year, $3.75 million contract extension.

The Kings announced their re-signing Saturday.


Questions abound ahead of free agency

Hours after signing Norris Trophy finalist defenseman Cale Makar to a long-term contract, Joe Sakic still is not sure the Colorado Avalanche will be able to bring back captain Gabriel Landeskog and starting goaltender Philipp Grubauer.

"I don't know," Colorado's general manager said. "We're hopeful we can come to terms, as well, and have them signed and to be part of us."


D Jones sent to Hawks, gets 8 yrs., $76M

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Seth Jones is now with the Chicago Blackhawks and could become the organization's cornerstone on the blue line.

Chicago acquired the star defenseman from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a blockbuster trade Friday just before the NHL draft began. The Blackhawks got Jones and the 32nd pick in the draft and a 2022 sixth-rounder from the Blue Jackets for 20-year-old defenseman Adam Boqvist, the 12th and 44th picks in the draft and a 2022 first-rounder.


Flyers get Sabres' Ristolainen for pick

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) General manager Kevyn Adams is just getting started after launching his offseason overhaul of the Buffalo Sabres by trading defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

Forward Sam Reinhart might be next.


Sabres select D Power with No. 1 pick

The NHL draft turned into a Michigan maize and blue affair Friday night. And there's a Hughes sibling reunion set to happen in New Jersey.

Whatever challenges the coronavirus pandemic presented scouts in grading prospects, many of whom played shortened seasons, was unable to put a dent on the Wolverines' hold on the top rankings. Four players with ties to Michigan were taken among the top five selections.


Coyotes trade Ekman-Larsson to Canucks

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes pulled off a blockbuster trade in the hours leading up to the NHL draft, sending captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland to the Vancouver Canucks for the No. 9 selection, a 2022 second-round pick, 2023 seventh-rounder and three veteran forwards.

It was the third major trade made before the first round began Friday night.

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