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Wild reach 2-year deal with D Dumba

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Wild and defenseman Matt Dumba have agreed to terms on a two-year, $5.1 million contract.

The deal was done Thursday with Dumba, who was a restricted free agent. He'll make $2.35 million this season and $2.75 million next season.

The 22-year-old Dumba was the Wild's first-round draft pick in 2012. He totaled 10 goals, 16 assists, 83 hits and 56 blocked shots in 81 regular-season games in 2015-16, all career highs. In 152 career NHL games over the last three seasons, Dumba has 19 goals, 25 assists and a plus-9 rating. The right-shot, 6-foot, 193-pound Dumba also chipped in two goals and four assists in 16 playoff games over the last two years.

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Coyotes sign Ds Murphy, Stone

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes locked up two of their best young defenseman on Thursday, signing Connor Murphy to a six-year contract and Michael Stone to a one-year deal

Murphy's deal is for $23.1 million with a salary cap hit of $3.85 million. Stone's deal, which allows him and the team to avoid a salary arbitration hearing next week, is worth $4 million.

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Sens, Hoffman agree to 4-year, $21M deal

Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion was so pleased to get Mike Hoffman under contract that he hugged another member of the club's management team.

The Senators and Hoffman, Ottawa's leading scorer this past season, avoided going to arbitration by agreeing to a four-year contract worth nearly $21 million.

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Hurricanes extend Peters through 2018-19

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes signed coach Bill Peters to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, general manager Ron Francis said Wednesday.

Peters has a record of 65-72-27 in two seasons while leading the Hurricanes' rebuilding project. They finished this season sixth in the Metropolitan Division with a 35-31-16 record, but earned 86 points - their most since 2010-11, and a 15-point improvement from Peters' first year.

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Predators extend Jarnkrok, sign D Carle

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The Nashville Predators have signed defenseman Matt Carle to a one-year contract hours after signing forward Calle Jarnkrok to a six-year, $12 million contract through 2021-22.

Under the deals announced by the Predators on Wednesday, Carle will earn $700,000 this season while Jarnkrok will earn $1.7 million this season rising to $2.2 million in both 2019-20 and 2020-2021 before dipping to $2 million in the final year.

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Elliott unquestioned No. 1 with Flames

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) Brian Elliott was eager to get back in the rink on a hot summer day. After years of fending off challengers in St. Louis, the goalie has big expectations entering next season as the unquestioned No. 1 in Calgary.

"This is a big one for me so I'm really looking forward to it," Elliott said when introduced to the media Wednesday. "Sometimes you want that extra bit of summer to relax and enjoy your downtime but now I've gotten really excited to get the pads back on and ready to get back at it."

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Tampa re-signs F Namestnikov for 2 years

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed forward Vladislav Namestnikov to a two-year, $3.875 million contract Wednesday.

The 23-year-old appeared in 80 games last season, finishing with 14 goals and 35 points. He had one goal and four points while skating in 17 games during the playoffs. In 127 career NHL games, the Russian has 23 goals and 51 points.

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NHL: Concussion-CTE link data 'nascent'

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman's reluctance to link hits to the head in hockey with a degenerative brain disease found in several deceased former players has reached Congress.

League attorneys have filed Bettman's letter to Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal with U.S. District Judge Susan Richard Nelson, who's presiding over a class-action concussion lawsuit against the NHL. Bettman's 24-page response to Blumenthal was dated Friday. He said research on the link between concussions and chronic traumatic encephalopathy "remains nascent."

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Devils add D Gormley on 2-way deal

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed free agent defenseman Brandon Gormley to a one-year, two-way contract worth $650,000 at the NHL level.

Devils general manager Ray Shero announced the signing Thursday.

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Rangers ink restricted free agent Hrivik

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed restricted free agent forward Marek Hrivik.

General manager Jeff Gorton announced the signing Thursday without releasing contract details.

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