Watch: Kings revive classic jersey for throwback nights

There will be a little extra nostalgia when the Los Angeles Kings turn back the clock during the upcoming season.

For two games in 2019-20, the Kings will don the sweaters that Wayne Gretzky and Co. wore, the club announced.

The Kings will wear the throwbacks on Feb. 22, 2020, when they host the Colorado Avalanche on '90s Night, and again on March 21 against the Vancouver Canucks for '80s Night at Staples Center.

Los Angeles originally wore the jerseys from 1988 to 1998.

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Josi hopes to sign extension with Predators

Nashville Predators captain Roman Josi is making it clear he hopes to sign a contract extension and remain in the Music City.

"I never made it a secret that I'd like to stay in Nashville," Josi told Greg Hardwig of the Naples Daily News on Friday. "I think we're talking a little bit over the summer, and I'll let my agent deal with that and just focus on getting ready for the season."

Josi is entering the final season of a seven-year, $28-million contract signed in 2013-14, making the swift blue-liner eligible to ink an extension at any time.

After the Dallas Stars eliminated the Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this past spring, Nashville general manager David Poile said an extension for Josi is the Preds' No. 1 priority.

Roughly $20 million is coming off the club's books next summer, according to Cap Friendly. That leaves the team with plenty of room for Josi's new deal. The defenseman has been a major bargain while being paid $4 million per season since 2013-14.

The Preds drafted Josi 38th overall in 2008, and he's since developed into one of the league's top defenseman. In 2018-19, he recorded the fourth 50-plus-point season of his career while logging over 25 minutes per contest.

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Agent: ‘Numerous teams’ called about Markov

Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is receiving plenty of interest from teams as he works toward returning to the NHL this season.

"Things were busy yesterday," his agent, Allan Walsh, said on Thursday, according to "Numerous teams called. They're asking questions about his conditioning, forwarded teams a bunch of videos of him training. There are people who have actually been out to see him skate in Florida and train."

"I'm very confident there will be a deal for him, and he'll play somewhere this year," Walsh added.

Markov, 40, played 16 seasons with the Habs before returning to his native Russia for two campaigns starting in 2017-18. He notched 14 points in 49 games for Kazan Ak-Bars of the KHL last season.

Going back to Montreal is Markov's No. 1 choice, according to Walsh. The veteran is 10 games shy of becoming the sixth Canadien to play 1,000 games wearing the team's iconic jersey.

However, if a reunion isn't in the cards, Markov is open to suiting up elsewhere.

"Andrei's made it very clear his heart is in Montreal, it always will be in Montreal," Walsh said. "He would love to finish his career in Montreal, would love to play his 1,000th game in a Canadiens jersey. Maybe it happens, maybe it doesn't happen, we'll have to wait and see. More than that, he's 100 percent committed to playing in the NHL this season."

"He's made it very clear to me he's open to playing for any team in the NHL, period," Walsh continued

The Canadiens selected Markov in the sixth round of the 1998 draft. He's posted 119 career NHL goals and 453 assists.

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NHL declines option to reopen CBA

The NHL will not exercise its right to reopen the collective bargaining agreement next year, the league announced Friday.

"Based on the current state of the game and the business of the game, the NHL believes it is essential to continue building upon the momentum we have created with our players and, therefore, will not exercise its option to reopen the CBA. Rather, we are prepared to have the current CBA remain in effect for its full term - three more seasons through the conclusion of the 2021-22 season.

"It is our hope that a continued, sustained period of labor peace will enable us to further grow the game and benefit all constituent groups: NHL players, clubs, our business partners, and most important, our fans," commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.

The NHL had until Sunday to make its decision.

The NHLPA executive board and additional players who wish to attend are scheduled to meet Wednesday in Chicago. The deadline for the NHLPA to reopen CBA discussions is Sept. 15, but both sides could potentially agree to push back the NHLPA's deadline if a deal can't be struck by then, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

If the players opt to reopen negotiations, the current CBA will be terminated, potentially resulting in a work stoppage in September 2020. The current agreement will run through the 2020-21 season should they decline.

The NHL and NHLPA reached a deal for the current CBA in 2013 following a prolonged dispute that shortened the 2012-13 season to 48 games. The league also lost the entire 2004-05 season after the two parties failed to come to terms on an agreement prior to that campaign.

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Drouin fueled by late-season slump: ‘I have to be consistent for 82 games’

Jonathan Drouin knows the Montreal Canadiens need his best every night if they're going to succeed.

"Last year, I fell off toward the end of the season," the forward said, according to "This summer, I looked at why that happened and at the things that I can change so that it doesn't happen this year. I have to be consistent for 82 games."

Drouin enjoyed a terrific start to the 2018-19 campaign, tallying 37 points over his first 52 contests. The 24-year-old recorded just four goals and 16 points over his final 30 games, however, as the Canadiens missed the playoffs by two points.

"Who knows, if it weren't for those 30 games I had at the end of last year, maybe we're in the playoffs," he said. "For me, it's just to be able to look at myself in the mirror and know that I did something to be able to help our team make the playoffs this year."

This summer, Drouin turned to Canadiens assistant coach Dominique Ducharme - his former coach with the QMJHL's Halifax Mooseheads - to help him analyze video to better understand his strengths and weaknesses. That offseason initiative has impressed head coach Claude Julien.

"A guy who takes charge of his career and his situation is a good sign," Julien said, according to Sportsnet's Eric Engels. "He's still a young player, so that's the exciting part of it. He's a young player that wants to improve, so hopefully, that's what's going to happen. If he does, he's going to make our team that much better.

"He has the ability to be an impact player when he wants to be."

Drouin signed a six-year, $33-million contract with the Canadiens in June 2017 after Montreal acquired him in a trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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