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Salvador retires after 14 NHL seasons

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador has retired after nearly 800 games in 14 NHL seasons.

The NHL Players Association announced Salvador's retirement on Wednesday.

Salvador was a captain for the Devils the past three seasons but missed most all but 15 games last season with a back injury.

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Ovechkin plays in kids game with Putin

MOSCOW (AP) Russian President Vladimir Putin may be nearing his 63rd birthday, but he can still beat a team of kids in hockey. With the help of some of Russia's most formidable hockey veterans, that is.

Putin marked the opening of the school year on Tuesday by taking part in a game against student players from the Sirius academy for gifted children at the Shaiba arena in Sochi, one of the hockey venues at the 2014 Olympics.

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'Canes G Ward not worried about future

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Eric Staal and Cam Ward aren't worrying now about their uncertain futures with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The only remaining players from the club's lone Stanley Cup championship team a decade ago are entering the final season of their lengthy contracts.

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Blues invite F Upshall to training camp

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues have invited forward Scottie Upshall to training camp for a tryout.

The 31-year-old Upshall had eight goals and seven assists in 63 games with the Panthers last season.

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Arbour dies at 82, led Isles to 4 Cups

(AP) -- Of Al Arbour's numerous NHL achievements, one stands out to his former coaching colleague and mentor, Scotty Bowman.

Upon learning of Arbour's death on Friday, Bowman marveled at how the former New York Islanders coach was capable of winning 740 games and four Stanley Cup championships with just one team.

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Blues' Berglund to have shoulder surgery

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and will be evaluated in four months.

The 27-year-old Berglund was hurt in training for the upcoming season. He dislocated the shoulder during the 2013-14 season.

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Mike Richards charged with possession

EMERSON, Manitoba (AP) Mike Richards, an NHL free agent whose contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

He was charged Tuesday and is to appear in provincial court Sept. 10, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.

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Blues invite veteran F Gomez for tryout

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues invited veteran forward Scott Gomez to training camp for a tryout.

The 35-year-old Gomez is a 15-year veteran for New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Montreal, San Jose and Florida. Last season, he had 34 points, seven goals and 27 assists, in 58 games with New Jersey.

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Hurricanes, F Lindholm reach 2 year-deal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a two-year contract extension with forward Elias Lindholm.

The deal will pay the 20-year-old former first-round draft pick $2.5 million in the 2016-17 season and $2.9 million in 2017-18.

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Canadian government to auction NHL items

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Looking for a copy of Wayne Gretzky's professional hockey draft questionnaire? The Canadian government has one for sale.

A crop of hockey memorabilia is up for bids on the government's surplus website. It's a space where millions of dollars worth of seized goods - and stuff the government no longer needs - are auctioned to the public. All the auction items still up for bids were forfeited to the government.

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