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NHL says it is only discussing expansion

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(AP) -- The NHL insists expansion is not imminent.

"Nothing has happened to change the status quo," NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said in a telephone interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. "There continues to be interest from some markets, and we continue to be interested in discussing the possibilities, but there is no plan moving forward in terms of expansion."

The NHL has not expanded since the 2000-01 season when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets became the 29th and 30th franchises in the league. After last year's realignment, the Eastern Conference has 16 teams and there are 14 in the Western Conference.

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Sens extend G Anderson through 2017-18

OTTAWA (AP) Goaltender Craig Anderson has signed a $12.6 million, three-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators.

Anderson was acquired from Colorado in 2011 and is now under contract through the 2017-18 season. The 33-year-old goalie will make $4.75 million in 2015-16 and 2016-17 and $3.1 million in 2017-18.

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Avs G Giguere retiring after 16 seasons

DENVER (AP) The goaltender known as "Jiggy" is stepping away from the net.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship.

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Maple Leaf Sports CEO to leave in 2015

TORONTO (AP) The CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment will step down next year.

The company announced Thursday that Tim Leiweke will stay until June 30 or a successor is appointed. The MLSE properties include the Toronto Maple Leafs, Raptors and Toronto FC.

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ESPN's Cohn sues rink for machine mishap

BREWSTER, N.Y. (AP) An ESPN anchor is suing a suburban New York hockey rink over a painful off-ice injury.

Linda Cohn says a heavy change-making machine fell on her arm at Hudson Valley's Brewster Ice Arena and sliced her so badly she needed 25 stitches.

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Sharks' Torres to miss start of season

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will miss the start of the upcoming season after undergoing surgery for an infection in his previously surgically repaired right knee.

General manager Doug Wilson announced the news Wednesday, about one month before the start of training camp.

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Sabres continue front-office shuffle

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have shifted Kevin Devine's role to player personnel director in the latest series of front-office shuffles this offseason.

Devine previously served as the team's chief scout and assistant general manager. Those roles were filled by Greg Royce and Mark Jakubowski earlier this month.

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NHL to change draft lottery next 2 years

NEW YORK (AP) Forget about tanking in the NHL. Bottoming out in the standings might not get you to the top of the draft.

The weighted lottery will change a bit next year and even more in 2016, the NHL said Wednesday, in order to "more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance."

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Rangers sign Hobey Baker finalist Hayes

NEW YORK (AP) Hobey Baker Award finalist Kevin Hayes agreed to terms on a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers on Wednesday.

The 22-year-old forward had 27 goals and 38 assists this past season with Boston College, making him a finalist for the Hobey Baker that is awarded to the top player in collegiate hockey.

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Kalamazoo to serve as Jackets' ECHL club

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) The Columbus Blue Jackets have reached an agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings, who will serve as their ECHL affiliate for the 2014-15 season.

The K-Wings compete in the ECHL's Western Conference Midwest Division. The club plays its home games at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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