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  • Red Wings' Green battling virus that attacks liver
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 21, 2018

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Mike Green will miss the start of the season as he battles a virus that attacked his liver, according to coach Jeff Blashill.

    • Green had complained of low energy and felt fatigued, prompting the Red Wings' doctors to take some bloodwork. The 32-year-old has been informed to stay off the ice as his health situation is investigated.

      "He's got a virus that attacked his liver, so he's seen an infectious disease person today and we should know more here in the next little bit," Blashill told reporters. "I don't know how long he's going to be out. I don't know the totality of it. He's got a virus."

      The challenge comes after Green underwent neck surgery in April. He was cleared to return just prior to the opening of training camp.

      "The day before camp he saw the doctor in New York on his neck, he was totally cleared, cleared for contract," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told reporters. "The plan was to ramp him up and play him in two of the last three preseason games. As we got into camp and were on the ice two, three, four days he didn't feel like he had his energy, he felt a little bit fatigued.

      "Our doctors have told him to stay off the ice until we know exactly why he doesn't quite feel like he's got all his energy."

      Green scored 33 points (eight goals, 25 assists) in 66 games last season. His campaign ended prematurely due to the neck injury.

      The Red Wings open the season Oct. 4 against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canadiens' Domi suspended rest of preseason for sucker punch
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi was suspended for the remainder of the preseason for roughing Florida Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad, the NHL Player Safety office announced via video on Thursday.

    • Domi was given a match penalty for delivering a sucker punch to Ekblad during the third period of Wednesday's game. Domi tried to coerce Ekblad into a fight on multiple occasions before dropping his right glove and delivering a barehanded shot to Ekblad's face.

      The incident infuriated Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo.

      "We definitely won't forget about it," Luongo said afterward. "You don't do that. You respect your opponents, and if your opponent doesn't want to engage in a fight, there's no reason to drop your glove and punch him square in the face. Bit of a gutless play. You don't do those types of things."

      Domi will miss five preseason games and then will be eligible to return for the Oct. 3 regular-season opener at the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Domi was given the match penalty for "attempt to/deliberate injury" and a minor penalty for roughing after punching Ekblad about a minute into the third period of the Panthers' 5-2 win.

      Ekblad, who was cut on the forehead and bleeding down his face and jersey, was taken straight to the locker room and did not return, though he cleared concussion protocol after going through tests.

      The encounter began in the corner when Ekblad arrived with a quick slash and a check to Domi, who returned the favor as the puck went back up the ice. The two stood face to face for a moment before Ekblad turned away, but Domi grabbed his jersey collar with his left hand and threw three jabs with the same hand. When Ekblad did not respond, Domi dropped his right glove and delivered a shot to the chin, knocking Ekblad to the ice just before referees could arrive to separate the two.

      Domi, who was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes in mid-July, has 135 points (36 goals, 99 assists) and 185 penalty minutes through three NHL seasons. He led Arizona in penalty minutes last year with 73.

      The Panthers, who led 2-1 at the time of the incident, scored three goals in the final 9:03 to win. The teams will first meet in the regular season Dec. 28 in Sunrise, Fla.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers decry sucker punch by Habs' Domi
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 20, 2018

    Canadiens center Max Domi was ejected from Wednesday's preseason game in Montreal for a punch to Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad's face that Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo called "gutless."

    • Domi was given a match penalty for "attempt to/deliberate injury" and a minor penalty for roughing after punching Ekblad about a minute into the third period of the Panthers' 5-2 win.

      Ekblad, who was cut on the forehead and bleeding down his face and jersey, was taken straight to the locker room and did not return, though he cleared concussion protocol after going through tests.

      The encounter began in the corner when Ekblad arrived with a quick slash and a check to Domi, who returned the favor as the puck went back up the ice. The two stood face to face for a moment before Ekblad turned away, but Domi grabbed his jersey collar with his left hand and threw three jabs with the same hand. When Ekblad did not respond, Domi dropped his right glove and delivered a shot to the chin, knocking Ekblad to the ice just before referees could arrive to separate the two.

      "I'm sure the league will look at it, and we definitely won't forget about it," Luongo said afterward. "You don't do that. You respect your opponents, and if your opponent doesn't want to engage in a fight, there's no reason to drop your glove and punch him square in the face. Bit of a gutless play. You don't do those types of things."

      Panthers coach Bob Boughner had similar words.

      "NHL Player Safety will review it. It's in their hands now," he said. "We had a delayed penalty, and Ekblad was just trying to stay out of it. I didn't expect that he was going to drop his glove and sucker-punch him."

      Canadiens players didn't see the interaction that way, particularly winger Jonathan Drouin, who was in the corner near the puck when the encounter began.

      "The two were arguing with one another," Drouin said. "I saw a pretty big slash from Ekblad on Max, and Max just took matters into his own hands. It's also Ekblad's fault for not protecting himself."

      Domi, who was acquired from the Coyotes in mid-July, has 135 points (36 goals, 99 assists) and 185 penalty minutes through three NHL seasons. He led Arizona in penalty minutes last year with 73.

      The Panthers, who led 2-1 at the time of the incident, scored three goals in the final 9:03 to win 5-2. The teams will first meet in the regular season Dec. 28 in Sunrise, Fla.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres sign F Reinhart for two years, $7.3M
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 19, 2018

    The Buffalo Sabres have signed forward Sam Reinhart to a two-year deal worth $7.3 million, the team announced on Wednesday.

    • Reinhart, who turns 23 in November, set several career highs in his third full season with the Sabres in 2017-18, including goals (25), points (50) and power-play goals (12) while playing all 82 games last season.

      He was especially hot in the second half of the season, racking up 37 points on 18 goals and 19 assists over the final 38 games.

      The No. 2 overall pick by Buffalo in 2014, Reinhart has 140 points in 249 career games.

      Reinhart has been working out in Buffalo while negotiations have gone on between the team and his representatives.

      --Field Level Media

  • Golden Knights, sportsbook enter into partnership
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    The Vegas Golden Knights and the William Hill U.S. sportsbook have agreed to a multi-year partnership, signing the first deal between an NHL team and a North American sportsbook, the team announced Tuesday.

    • "We are always looking for innovative ways to engage different segments our fan base and provide a unique fan experience," Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz said in a news release. "This partnership between a major professional team and a sportsbook operator is a historic, landmark agreement."

      As part of the agreement, William Hill advertisements will appear on rink dashboards and signage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additionally, updated odds from across the league will appear on the Jumbotron between periods.

      Line changes will be called the "William Hill Line Change."

      "We hope people will be sitting at T-Mobile and betting between periods," Joe Asher, the William Hill U.S. CEO, told Sports Business Journal. "Frankly, we know they do that already. We're hoping to be able to get more people to our site because the brand will be right there in front of them."

      Terms of the agreement were not released.

      Since sports betting became legal throughout the United States in May, gambling organizations and professional sports leagues and teams have joined forces.

      The WinStar World Casino in Oklahoma and the Dallas Cowboys announced a partnership earlier this month. In August, the NBA and MGM Resorts entered a three-year sports betting partnership.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres' Sheary may miss start of season
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, September 18, 2018

    Buffalo Sabres forward Conor Sheary could miss the start of the regular season because of an upper-body injury, coach Phil Housley revealed Tuesday.

    • Sheary, who was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the offseason, suffered the unspecified injury when he was checked during the first practice of training camp on Friday. He is listed as week-to-week by the team.

      "I feel bad for him because it's a new player coming to a new team," Housley told reporters. "You want to set a good impression. It's just unfortunate."

      Sheary, 26, scored 41 goals over the past two seasons for the Penguins.

      Sheary isn't the only ailing player. Forward Sean Malone is expected to miss six weeks after injuring a knee in Monday's preseason game against the Columbus Blue Jackets, while defenseman Matt Hunwick remains out indefinitely with a neck injury.

      Hunwick also was acquired from Pittsburgh in the same deal as Sheary.

      The Sabres open the season Oct. 4 against the Boston Bruins.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Oilers D Nurse signs two-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 17, 2018

    Edmonton Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse ended his brief holdout and signed a two-year deal worth a reported $6.4 million, multiple media outlets said Monday.

    • Nurse, a restricted free agent, had missed four days of practice. The Oilers open their preseason schedule Monday night at Calgary. The regular season starts on Oct. 6.

      He came to terms with the Oilers one day after the Winnipeg Jets signed defenseman Josh Morrissey to a two-year, $6.3 million deal. Both players are 23 years old and both scored 26 points in 2017-18.

      Nurse played in all 82 games last season, tallying six goals and 20 assists. A first-round draft pick (seventh overall) in 2013, he has 47 career points (14 goals, 33 assists) in 197 games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Jets' Morrissey ends holdout with 2-year deal
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 17, 2018

    The Winnipeg Jets signed Josh Morrissey to a two-year, $6.3 million contract, ending the defenseman's holdout.

    • Morrissey, 23, had 26 points (7 goals, 19 assists) last season. He was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, and has recorded 46 points (13 goals, 33 assists) in 164 career regular-season games.

      "I love playing here, I love being a Jet, and I hope I can be here for a long time in the future," Morrissey said after the Jets announced the agreement on Sunday.

      Morrissey missed the start of training camp after his three-year entry-level deal ended July 1, and the Calgary native will not suit up for the team's preseason opener Monday.

      He will count $3.15 million per season against the salary cap.

      --Field Level Media

  • Flames co-owner Riddell dies
    By Field Level Media / Monday, September 17, 2018

    Calgary Flames co-owner Clay Riddell has died, the team confirmed Sunday.

    • Paramount Resources, one of the oil and natural gas companies the 81-year-old billionaire built, said Riddell died Saturday.

      "We mourn the passing of a great man of industry, sports, philanthropy and human decency along with our city, province and country," Flames vice chairman and CEO Ken King said in a statement. "His legacies to all of us are immeasurable. To his family our gratitude, respect and deepest sympathy."

      Riddell joined the Flames' ownership in 2003, and he relinquished his role as CEO of Paramount Resources in 2015.

      "On behalf of the National Hockey League and our board of governors we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Clay Riddell," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Clay's passion and commitment to his city and beloved Flames will be deeply missed."

      --Field Level Media

  • Penguins coach Sullivan takes leave after father dies
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 15, 2018

    Pittsburgh Penguins coach Mike Sullivan is taking some time off to be with his family after the death of his father.

    • George Sullivan, 81 died Saturday in Scituate, Mass.

      "The Pittsburgh Penguins offer our deepest sympathy to Mike Sullivan and his family on the passing of Mike's father, George, today," the team released in a statement.

      While Mike Sullivan is away on the leave of absence for a few days, assistant coach Jacques Martin will handle the day-to-day duties of the coaching staff.

      "When you've got Jacques, he's Mr. Organized. He's an organized as you get," assistant coach Mark Recchi said in a story in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "We'll handle the load until he gets back. It's obviously a very tough time for him. We'll do what we have to do and we'll make sure things run like he would like them run and we'll keep the machine rolling."

      Recchi enjoyed celebrating with George Sullivan after the Penguins won Stanley Cup titles in 2016 and 2017.

      "He loved the fact that he got to be part of winning two Stanley Cups," Recchi said. "He was still doing pretty well then and was able to really enjoy it. I just remember sitting on a deck out in Sewickley with him, smoking cigars, and he was just loving life. He was very proud of Sully, obviously."

      "I still keep pinching myself to make sure it's real," George Sullivan told ESPN.com when his son showed off the Stanley Cup in Boston in 2016. "I've been his biggest fan all his life and I couldn't understand how he wasn't a head coach someplace. Finally, it worked out for him. He's a hard-working kid. He got what he deserved."

      Mike Sullivan, who played in the NHL from 1990-2002, became the Penguins head coach in December 2015. His mother, Myrna died that year.

      --Field Level Media

  • Committee approves Seattle hockey arena renovations
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 15, 2018

    A Seattle city council committee has unanimously approved plans for a $700 million renovation of KeyArena, the latest development in the city's bid to land an NHL expansion franchise.

    • The Select Committee on Civic Arenas voted 7-0 on Friday to approve redevelopment plans for the city-owned building. The full city council is expected to take a final vote on the matter on Sept. 24.

      The redevelopment of the arena is a privately funded project spearheaded by Oak View Group.

      Seattle Hockey Partners, the group hoping to land the franchise, will make a formal presentation to the NHL Board of Governors executive committee on Oct. 2 in New York.

      --Field Level Media

  • Thornton says he's '100 percent' as Sharks open camp
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, September 15, 2018

    San Jose center Joe Thornton said he was fully recovered from knee surgery when the Sharks opened training camp on Friday.

    • Thornton, 39, had his 2017-18 season cut short by full tears of the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments in his right knee. He played the final four games of the team's first-round playoff series following the 2016-17 season with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee.

      As camp started Friday, Thornton was on the top line with Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane.

      "I've had a long time for rehab," Thornton said, per NHL.com. "Got checked out yesterday. They said ready to go."

      "I was close at the end of the year last year to join the fellas. To be back healthy, it's a really good feeling."

      Thornton returned to the Sharks in July with a one-year deal for his 21st season in the NHL. He has been with San Jose since arriving via trade from the Boston Bruins in 2005 and scored 36 points (13 goals, 23 assists) in 47 games last season.

      Thornton has scored 397 goals and 1,030 assists for his career. The 2006 Hart Trophy winner is first in assists (745), points per game (1.01) and plus-minus (plus-172) in Sharks franchise history.

      "We've got to be cautiously optimistic because he's had two surgeries, but he looks real good," said coach Peter DeBoer of Thornton, who last played on Jan. 23.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Career over for Detroit's Zetterberg
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 14, 2018

    Henrik Zetterberg's NHL career is over due to a degenerative back issue, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday as training camp opened.

    • Zetterberg was holding out hope he could return for a 16th season, but he already had been ruled out of being ready for the start of the season.

      According to Holland, Zetterberg will go on long-term injured reserve. He has three years remaining on a 12-year deal.

      Zetterberg, who turns 38 in October, told reporters at the end of the regular season in April that he would have to evaluate his health before deciding whether to retire. "I don't want to think I have played my last game," the forward told the Free Press then.

      --The Ottawa Senators already are hurting after the first day of training camp.

      The Senators appear to have lost Jean-Gabriel Pageau for the bulk of the season after the veteran center suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his right leg during physical testing Thursday.

      Surgery was performed Thursday night, and he is expected to be out for at least six months, the team announced.

      -- Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford missed the team's first practice and told reporters his season-ending injury last season was a concussion.

      The Blackhawks placed Crawford on injured reserve on Dec. 27 with what was termed an "upper-body injury." He last played on Dec. 23 and was pulled during the contest.

      Crawford said he is still experiencing the effects 8 1/2 months later.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ottawa's Pageau (Achilles) likely out for season
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 14, 2018

    The Ottawa Senators are already hurting after the first day of training camp.

    • The Sens appear to have lost Jean-Gabriel Pageau for the season after the veteran center suffered a torn Achilles tendon in his right leg during physical testing Thursday.

      Surgery was performed Thursday night, and he is expected to be out for at least six months, the team announced.

      Pageau, 25, collected 14 goals and 29 points in 78 games during the 2017-18 season, his sixth with the Senators after they picked him in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft.

      Pageau is in the second year of a three-year deal worth $9.3 million.

      Among the candidates most likely to fill in during Pageau's absence are Zack Smith, Chris Tierney and Logan Smith. Tierney was obtained by the Senators on Thursday in a huge deal with the San Jose Sharks.

      The Senators traded Erik Karlsson and Francis Perron to San Jose and also got Rudolfs Balcers, Dylan DeMelo, Josh Norris, a 2019 second-round pick, a 2020 first-rounder and a pair of conditional picks from the Sharks.

      Tierney collected 104 points (41 goals, 63 assists) over 284 games in four NHL seasons, all with the Sharks. His 40-point total last season was a career high.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks G Crawford still dealing with concussion symptoms
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 14, 2018

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford missed the team's first practice on Friday and told reporters his season-ending injury last season was a concussion.

    • The Blackhawks placed Crawford on injured reserve on Dec. 27 with what was termed an "upper-body injury." He last played on Dec. 23 and was pulled during the contest.

      Crawford said he is still experiencing the effects 8 1/2 months later.

      "I'm still getting over symptoms," Crawford told reporters. "Most of them are gone, but I'm not clear yet. Until that happens, I won't be back in."

      The 33-year-old Crawford has seen improvement but not to the point to where he can practice with the team and face shots.

      "Right now I am feeling pretty good. I've gotten better and better over the last couple months. I was able to skate a few times the last two weeks. I feel good on the ice as a goalie. But right now I'm not ready to go yet."

      The two-time All-Star was 16-9-2 with a 2.27 goals-against average last season prior to the injury.

      Meanwhile, Chicago announced that defenseman Connor Murphy will be sidelined for approximately eight weeks due to a back injury. Also, defenseman Brent Seabrook will miss at least one week with an abdominal injury.

      Murphy had two goals and 12 assists in 76 games last season. Seabrook recorded seven goals and 19 assists in 81 games.

      The Blackhawks previously announced that defenseman Gustav Forsling won't be ready for the start of the season due to a wrist injury.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ailing back ends Red Wings star Zetterberg's career
    By Field Level Media / Friday, September 14, 2018

    Henrik Zetterberg's NHL career is over due to a degenerative back issue, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday as training camp opened.

    • Zetterberg was holding out hope he could return for a 16th season, but had already been ruled out of being ready for the start of the season .

      According to Holland, Zetterberg will go on long-term injured reserve. He has three years remaining on a 12-year deal.

      Zetterberg, who turns 38 in October, told reporters at the end of the regular season in April that he would have to evaluate his health before deciding whether to retire.

      "I don't want to think I have played my last game," the left winger told the Free Press then.

      Zetterberg has fought through back issues since undergoing surgery in 2014, but despite playing all 82 games in each of the past three seasons, the back has affected him.

      "It actually started last season," Zetterberg told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet. "I felt in February that something was not right, and then we decided that I would stop practicing and just play games. That way I could complete the season."

      He totaled 56 points (11 goals, 45 assists) in 2017-18, finishing seven points back of Dylan Larkin for the team lead. He has recorded at least 43 points in all 15 of his NHL seasons and has 960 for his career, ranking fifth in Red Wings history. Only four active NHL players -- assuming Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau continue their careers -- have more points.

      Zetterberg has spent the last six seasons as the Red Wings' captain. Only Steve Yzerman, Alex Delvecchio and Sid Abel have served as captain for at least seven seasons in franchise history.

      --Field Level Media

  • Devils G Schneider (hip) could miss start of season
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 13, 2018

    New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider could miss the start of the regular season as he continues to recover from a May 1 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left hip.

    • Schneider will miss the entire preseason while he maintains his rehabilitation program, Devils general manager Ray Shero told reporters Thursday.

      Schneider remains on track in his initial five-month recovery timetable, which would have him ready to go for Oct. 1. New Jersey opens the regular season in Sweden against the Edmonton Oilers on Oct. 6.

      Even if he isn't cleared to play, Schneider still should be able to travel with the team for the trip, according to Shero.

      "He's been skating for a few weeks, so everything is basically on course and I think the timetable remains 5-6 months since his surgery," Shero said. "One thing I do know is that we won't rush and push him. He's not here to participate in the exhibition [game], but everything is trending in the right direction and we'll see the next couple of days as to whether he'll [practice with teammates] or work on his own on the ice."

      Schneider, 32, sustained a groin/hip injury against the Boston Bruins on Jan. 23 that caused him to miss 16 regular-season games.

      He started just 40 games last season, posting the highest goals-against average (2.93) he's had in a season where he has made more than five starts. His .907 save percentage was also a career-worst in seasons with more than five starts.

      "I've skated with the guys a few times, but I wouldn't call it a full practice by any means, so I'm still in the rehabilitation and recover phase," Schneider said. "We'll take it day by day to when I can ramp up intensity and volume. Those decisions will be made by the training staff. We're not looking to have a setback late by pushing too hard, but the goal is to get me in game shape as soon as possible."

      Over the next four seasons, Schneider is owed $6 million annually as part of his seven-year, $42 million deal with the Devils.

      "The goal [of the surgery] was not only for this season, but I want to be healthy and effective for many more years, so it's not just a short-sighted thing I had done to get back for this season," he said. "I want to make sure that throughout my duration in [New] Jersey that I can get back to being as effective as possible. We're keeping the long-term goals in mind here as well, so nobody is trying to rush or hurry things up."

      --Field Level Media

  • Hurricanes C Rask out indefinitely after hand surgery
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Carolina Hurricanes center Victor Rask will be sidelined indefinitely after surgery to repair two cut fingers on his right hand.

    • The team said Rask cut the fourth and fifth fingers on the hand while slicing food in a kitchen incident in his home in Raleigh.

      Rask underwent surgery at Raleigh Orthopaedic, according to the team.

      Rask, 25, had 14 goals and 17 assists in 71 games last season. He suffered a season-ending shoulder injury on March 20.

      Rask has 157 career points (62 goals, 95 assists) in 313 career games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Tavares, Marleau, Rielly named Maple Leafs alternate captains
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 13, 2018

    John Tavares, Patrick Marleau and Morgan Rielly were named alternate captains for the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday.

    • Tavares and Marleau replace forwards Leo Komarov and Tyler Bozak, who departed this summer as free agents. Rielly, a 24-year-old defenseman, was an alternate captain last season.

      The honor was not lost on Tavares, who joined the Maple Leafs on July 1 after signing a seven-year, $77 million contract.

      "I think first for management, the organization, to feel that as a new guy coming in that I can make that kind of impact right away on the group and be looked upon as a leader is something I'm very thankful for and don't take for granted," said the 27-year-old center.

      Toronto general manager Kyle Dubas told TSN he didn't think the Maple Leafs would have a captain this season.

      "Not from the outset, I think," Dubas said. "It's a very important honor to be the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs or any team that has a strong history."

      Center Auston Matthews was considered a likely pick to be captain but will not wear a letter this season.

      Tavares served as captain of the Islanders for the previous five seasons.

      Marleau, 38, signed with the Maple Leafs on July 2, 2017. The forward was captain of the San Jose Sharks from 2003-09.

      The Maple Leafs have not had a captain since February 2016 when defenseman Dion Phaneuf was traded to the Ottawa Senators.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lehner discloses in-game panic attack, bipolar diagnosis
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 13, 2018

    New York Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner had a rough 2017-18 season, and his final game with the Buffalo Sabres was his worst on-ice experience.

    • It also was a development that proved to be a key to a solution.

      Lehner had a panic attack after the second period of a March 29 game against the Detroit Red Wings, soon entered treatment for addictions to alcohol and drugs, and later was diagnosed with bipolar disorder as well as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

      The 27-year-old Lehner revealed his battles in a first-person account for The Athletic.

      He described heavy pain in his chest and everything on the ice becoming blurry during the second period of the game against Detroit. He reached a point where he just wanted -- and needed -- the period to end.

      "When zero finally hit, I walked back and sat in the trainer's room," Lehner wrote. "I could barely get my gear off. I broke down. I was having a major, full-blown panic attack. I thought I was suffering a heart attack. I had no idea what was happening. I could not go back on the ice."

      The Sabres sent Lehner home and things continued to spiral downward. Lehner's drinking was out of control and he eventually agreed to get help.

      He said it took three weeks for him to detox once he arrived at the treatment facility in Arizona. And the more sober he got, the more the demons arose. Doctors studied deeper and diagnosed him with the mental illnesses.

      Lehner could see that the ups and downs of bipolar disorder correlated with his play as a goalie.

      "I had never had a sober season of hockey my entire career," Lehner wrote. "With those manic swings, I could see the pattern.

      "When I was hypomanic and in a good mood, I was a solid goalie. The depressive state, not so much."

      On the personal side, those frequent thoughts of suicide have subsided and he is looking forward to getting back on the ice. The Sabres released him in June and the Islanders signed him to a one-year deal in July.

      "The Islanders were ready to take a chance with me," Lehner said. "I was relieved that I could start a new chapter. When I was finally offered the deal, I was so happy. I finally had someone who believed in me, now sober."

      Lehner went 14-26-9 with a 3.01 goals-against average in 53 games (50 starts) for Buffalo last season.

      Overall, he is 72-97-35 with a 2.82 GAA and .915 save percentage in parts of eight seasons with the Ottawa Senators (2010-15) and Sabres (2015-18).

      --Field Level Media

  • Sharks acquire star D Karlsson from Sens
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 13, 2018

    The San Jose Sharks swung a monster deal to acquire star defenseman Erik Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

    • The Sharks are sending forward Chris Tierney, defender Dylan DeMelo, prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, a conditional 2019 second-round draft pick and a conditional 2020 first-round pick to the Senators in exchange for the four-time All-Star and two-time Norris Trophy winner.

      The deal also includes two additional conditional picks. Ottawa receives San Jose's 2021 second-round pick if Karlsson re-signs with San Jose, and the pick becomes a first-rounder if the Sharks reach the 2019 Stanley Cup Final. If Karlsson is dealt to an Eastern Conference team during the 2018-19 season, the Senators will receive an additional first-round pick from the Sharks no later than 2022.

      "It's extremely rare that players of this caliber become available," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "The word 'elite' is often thrown around casually but Erik's skillset and abilities fit that description like few other players in today's game. With Erik, Brent Burns and Marc-Edouard Vlasic, we feel we have three of the NHL's top defensemen and stand as a better team today than we were yesterday. We are thrilled to welcome Erik and his wife, Melinda, to San Jose."

      The move comes two days after Senators owner Eugene Melnyk published an open letter in multiple Ottawa newspapers that laid out a multi-year plan to rebuild the organization, which he reiterated will remain in Ottawa. The Senators began training camp Thursday.

      "Erik is an exceptional hockey player whose skills delighted our fans for the past nine years," said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a statement. "We thank him for his dedication to hockey, and we wish him all the best.

      "This is the right moment for us to rebuild our team, and shape our future with a faster, younger and more competitive team on the ice. We are going to build a culture of consistency which will allow this team to sustain better performance over the long term."

      The Senators were one of the worst teams in the league last year at 28-43-11. They lost in double-overtime of Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals during the 2017 playoffs.

      Karlsson, 28, had been rumored to be on the trading block throughout the offseason as he enters the final season of his seven-year, $45 million contract signed with the Senators in 2012.

      A report from NBC Sports in July had Ottawa offering Karlsson a new contract in the neighborhood of eight years and $80 million, but a deal wasn't reached.

      Karlsson is believed to be seeking a deal on par with what Drew Doughty received from the Los Angeles Kings this offseason. Doughty set the mark for NHL defensemen at eight years, $88 million, and his contract includes a no-trade clause for the first four years, along with a modified no-trade clause for the final four years.

      Karlsson tallied 355 points (83 goals, 272 assists) in 394 games across five seasons since becoming the Senators' captain. He scored just nine goals last season -- his fewest since 2012-13 -- while missing 11 games, but his 53 assists tied for third among all NHL defensemen.

      Karlsson ranks third in Senators franchise history in both assists (392) and points (518), and ninth in goals scored (126).

      Tierney, 24, had 17 goals and 23 assists in 82 games last season. DeMelo, 25, had 20 assists in 63 games.

      Norris, 19, was a first-round pick (19th overall) by the Sharks in 2017. He is entering his sophomore season at Michigan.

      Balcers, 21, scored 23 goals and 25 assists last season with the San Jose Barracuda of the American Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stars C Seguin signs 8-year, $78.8M extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, September 13, 2018

    Center Tyler Seguin signed an eight-year, $78.8 million contract extension Thursday with the Dallas Stars.

    • The 26-year-old Seguin, selected No. 2 overall by Boston in the 2010 NHL Draft, will earn an average of $9.85 million per year.

      "I'm thrilled to have this signed going into the season," said Sequin, a native of Brampton, Ont. "Dallas has become home to me and I love this organization. In my time over the last five years with [owner] Tom Gaglardi and [general manager] Jim Nill, it is clear how bad they want to win and have a model franchise. To be a part of that leadership group for the next nine seasons is an honor, and I can't wait to get this season started with my teammates."

      Seguin will play this season on the final year of a six-year, $34.5 million deal he signed with the Boston Bruins on Sept. 11, 2012. He bypassed free agency to sign with Dallas through the 2026-27 season.

      Boston traded him to Dallas on July 4, 2013.

      "Tyler is a world-class player and has become a leader for this franchise," Nill said. "We're ecstatic that he has dedicated himself to the city of Dallas and the Stars organization for the next nine years. In his time here, he has not only become an elite player, but he has done tremendous work in the community. Being able to get this done before the season starts shows how committed he is to this group, and how important winning is to him."

      In the 2017-18 season, Seguin had 78 points, including 40 goals. In his five seasons with Dallas, he has played in 387 games and tallied 384 points (173 goals, 211 assists).

      Dallas (42-32-8) finished three points behind Colorado for the second Western Conference wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

      The Stars open training camp on Friday in Boise, Idaho, and will play their first regular-season game at home on Oct. 4 against Arizona.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL notebook: Preds' Watson suspended 27 games
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson received a 27-game suspension without pay from the NHL on Wednesday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in July.

    • The charge involved an incident that occurred in June with Watson's girlfriend. The prosecutor said the woman had asked for a dismissal of the case, but prosecutors proceeded because there were witnesses.

      Watson's suspension will also cover the preseason. He can rejoin the Predators for their Dec. 3 game against Buffalo.

      Watson, 26, was arrested June 16 by police in Franklin, Tenn. Police said he assaulted his girlfriend, who gave birth to their child in April, at a gas station. Police said the two argued and he admitted to pushing the woman.

      --The Columbus Blue Jackets and John Tortorella have agreed to a two-year extension that puts the coach under contract through the 2020-21 season.

      Financial terms were not disclosed. Columbus opens training camp on Thursday.

      Tortorella, 60, is the franchise's all-time wins leader with a record of 129-87-23 (.588 points percentage) in 239 games since taking over as the Blue Jackets' head coach on Oct. 21, 2015. He led the team to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his first two full seasons behind the bench and was named the NHL Coach of the Year after the 2016-17 season.

      --St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen will miss the opening of training camp Friday because of back spasms, general manager Doug Armstrong announced.

      Armstrong said Allen will be sidelined at least 10 to 14 days. Preseason games run through Sept. 30, and St. Louis opens the regular season on Oct. 4 against Winnipeg.

      The Blues also announced they re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to a two-year, $1.4 million deal.

      --Field Level Media

  • Preds F Watson suspended 27 games for domestic assault
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson received a 27-game suspension without pay from the NHL on Wednesday after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in July.

    • The charge involved an incident that occurred in June with Watson's girlfriend. The prosecutor said the woman had asked for a dismissal of the case, but prosecutors proceeded because there were witnesses.

      Watson's suspension will also cover the preseason. He can rejoin the Predators for their Dec. 3 game against Buffalo.

      "Today's ruling, while tailored to the specific facts of this case and the individuals involved, is necessary and consistent with the NHL's strongly held view that it cannot and will not tolerate this and similar types of conduct," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

      Watson, 26, was arrested June 16 by police in Franklin, Tenn. Police said he assaulted his girlfriend, who gave birth to their child in April, at a gas station. Police said the two argued and he admitted to pushing the woman.

      "The Nashville Predators supported and worked closely with the National Hockey League investigation regarding Austin Watson," the team said in a statement. "During his suspension, we wish Austin, Jenn and their baby the best as they take the necessary steps to move forward, with the support of the Nashville Predators, the NHL, the NHLPA, and all the collective resources they can provide.

      "Our commitment to AMEND is the same today as it was when we partnered six years ago with the mission of making Nashville the safest city for girls and women. We will continue to evolve and grow our programming to work toward this shared objective."

      As a result of the plea in Williamson County General Sessions court, Watson received three months of probation and is required to complete a 26-week batterer prevention course. If he violates probation, he could spend up to one year in jail. If he abides by all stipulations, the charge will be expunged from his record.

      Watson was a first-round pick of the Predators in the 2010 draft and signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract a year ago. He scored a career-high 14 goals in the 2017-18 season.

      Unlike other major sports, the NHL does not have a specific domestic abuse policy and judges incidents separately.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blues G Allen (back spasms) to miss start of training camp
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, September 12, 2018

    St. Louis Blues goaltender Jake Allen will miss the opening of training camp because of back spasms, general manager Doug Armstrong announced Wednesday.

    • Camp opens Friday.

      Armstrong said Allen will be sidelined at least 10 to 14 days. Preseason games run through Sept. 30, and St. Louis opens the regular season on Oct. 4 against Winnipeg.

      In the offseason, St. Louis signed veteran goalie Chad Johnson to serve as Allen's backup. Last season, Allen split time at the position with Carter Hutton and had a 2.75 goals-against average and .906 save percentage.

      Hutton signed a free agent contract with Buffalo this offseason.

      The Blues also announced they re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Jordan Schmaltz to a $1.4 million, two-year deal.

      The team also said forward prospect Erik Foley (concussion) and goaltender prospect Luke Opilka (hip surgery) are out indefinitely.

      --Field Level Media