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Canucks sign Quinn Hughes to 3-year, entry-level deal

The Vancouver Canucks have signed defenseman Quinn Hughes to a three-year, entry-level contract, the team announced Sunday.

Hughes, who was selected seventh overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, will travel to Vancouver on Tuesday.

If the 19-year-old plays 11 games with the Canucks this season, he'll become eligible for the Seattle expansion draft in 2021, according to CapFriendly. Additionally, his three-year contract will begin during the current campaign.

Hughes led the Michigan Wolverines of the NCAA in scoring this season with 33 points in 32 games. He also won both a silver and a bronze medal across the past two World Junior Hockey Championships with the United States.

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NHL won’t let teams use Golden Knights to circumvent Seattle draft process

The Vegas Golden Knights won't participate in Seattle's expansion draft, raising concerns that other teams could make deals with Vegas in order to work around the protection-list process.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly doesn't expect that to occur, but he warned that the league will scrutinize any transactions that might be related.

"I don't see that happening, they're just not part of this expansion," Daly said at Wednesday's GM meetings, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun. "Obviously, we'll make sure that Vegas isn't used in the process by other clubs to circumvent the purpose of intent of the expansion draft rules."

A team could theoretically trade a player to the Golden Knights and recoup some value instead of losing that player to Seattle for nothing or, in a more drastic move, come to an agreement in which Vegas would trade a player back after the expansion draft.

Daly noted that every transaction must be approved by the NHL.

"You can't park players on Vegas," Daly said. He added, "There are other things they could do that we might not approve. But I'm not going to create my own hypotheticals. I'll know it when I see it."

The Golden Knights are exempt from the Seattle expansion draft, although several general managers told LeBrun that they aren't happy with that arrangement. Vegas won't receive a cut of the expansion fee either.

Every other team will have to submit a list of protected players. Depending on its composition, the list can include 11 players (seven forwards, three defensemen, and a goalie) or nine players (eight skaters, regardless of position, and one goaltender). Seattle's expansion draft is set for June 2021.

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GMs propose rule for players who lose helmet on ice

Potential rule changes were a focal point at the annual GM meetings in Boca Raton, Fla. on Tuesday, where a few proposals were drafted by team executives.

General managers drafted a provision in which players who lose their helmet during play must immediately go to the bench or face a penalty, according to NHL.com's Dan Rosen. The league will also look at making helmets mandatory during warmup.

Additionally, the GMs proposed a rule that would allow teams awarded a power play to decide on which side of the ice the first faceoff will take place, Rosen adds. The current faceoff location is dependant on where the puck was located at the previous stoppage of play.

The American Hockey League has already adopted both of these changes.

These proposals need to go through the NHL's competition committee prior to being presented to the board of governors, according to Joshua Clipperton of The Canadian Press.

Team execs were also in favor of installing game clocks in the corner boards to help players, Clipperton said. He added that this rule does not need NHLPA approval. Clocks were used in both outdoor games this season.

GMs also discussed implementing one-minute penalties in overtime but it did not gain enough traction due to the concern the change would increase the number of shootouts, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

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Marchand chimes in on Marner’s contract negotiations

Despite contract negotiations between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mitch Marner being put on hold until the season ends, Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand decided to reignite the topic.

While responding to a tweet from the NHL's PR account that put Marner's 80-point season into context, Marchand provided his opinion on what the Leafs should pay the pending restricted free agent.

"I can't wait to see this kids new deal," he tweeted. "12m AAV?? It better be #Marnerwatch."

With the Bruins and Leafs likely meeting in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Marchand appears to already be playing the pest role he's mastered.

For Toronto, the star 21-year-old's contract extension has been a touchy subject lately. Marner's agent put talks on hold in January to prevent distractions, and reports of teams preparing offer sheets surfaced in February.

This season, the Maple Leafs locked up Auston Matthews to a five-year extension worth $11.6-million annually, and the team gave William Nylander a six-year deal worth $6.96 million per season.

Marner leads Toronto with 81 points through 66 games, placing him ninth overall in the NHL.

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Maple Leafs’ Dermott out at least 4 weeks with shoulder injury

Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Travis Dermott will be out at least four weeks with a shoulder injury, the team announced Thursday.

Dermott left Wednesday night's game against the Edmonton Oilers after receiving an awkward hit from Brad Malone.

The 22-year-old is the second Toronto blue-liner to be sidelined recently, as Jake Gardiner was announced as week-to-week with a back injury prior to Wednesday night's contest.

Martin Marincin has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies ahead of the Leafs' game versus the New York Islanders Thursday.

Justin Holl is expected to play alongside Marincin, according to TSN's Kristen Shilton.

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Maple Leafs’ Gardiner week-to-week with back injury

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Jake Gardiner for the foreseeable future as the defenseman is considered week-to-week with a back injury, the team announced Wednesday.

The 28-year-old was ruled out for the Leafs' game versus the Edmonton Oilers earlier in the day. Igor Ozhiganov dressed in his place Wednesday night.

Gardiner played slightly over 16 minutes in his last tilt against the Buffalo Sabres, nearly five minutes fewer than his season average.

He's collected 29 points this season, suiting up for 60 of Toronto's 62 games so far.

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Capitals re-sign newly acquired Jensen to 4-year extension

The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman Nick Jensen to a four-year, $10-million extension, the team announced.

The deal holds an average annual value of $2.5 million.

Jensen was traded to the Capitals earlier Friday from the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Madison Bowey and a 2020 second-round pick.

The 28-year-old was a pending unrestricted free agent and is in the final year of a two-year deal worth $1.625 million.

He collected 17 points in 60 games with the Red Wings this season.

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Capitals acquire Hagelin from Kings for 2 picks

The Washington Capitals acquired forward Carl Hagelin from the Los Angeles Kings on Thursday in exchange for a 2019 third-round draft pick and a conditional sixth-round selection in 2020, the teams announced.

Los Angeles will receive the conditional sixth-round pick if Washington wins two playoff series in 2019 and Hagelin plays in at least 50 percent of any two rounds combined, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

The Kings will retain 50 percent of Hagelin's remaining salary, according to the Washington Post's Isabelle Khurshudyan.

Hagelin was traded to the Kings from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Tanner Pearson in November.

The 30-year-old has recorded 8 points in 38 games this season, split between the Kings and Penguins.

Hagelin will make his Capitals debut Saturday versus the Buffalo Sabres, Khurshudyan notes.

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Red Wings plan to call up Zadina

The Detroit Red Wings will call up top prospect Filip Zadina, general manager Ken Holland told Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press on Wednesday.

Although Holland wouldn't provide a date for the 19-year-old forward's promotion, NHL teams can carry more than 23 players after Monday's trade deadline. Detroit may also elect to send rookie Michael Rasmussen back to his junior team, St. James notes.

"He's showing more confidence, he's winning more puck battles, he looks like he's adjusted more to the pro game," Holland said of Zadina. "Points are (a) result of doing things right."

Zadina was selected sixth overall in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He's collected 15 goals and 14 assists in 43 games with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Avs to host Kings at Air Force Academy for 2020 Stadium Series

The Colorado Avalanche will host the Los Angeles Kings at the Air Force Academy's Falcon Stadium as part of the NHL's Stadium Series, the league announced.

The outdoor game will be played on Feb. 15, 2020.

This will mark the Avs' second outdoor contest after hosting the Detroit Red Wings at Coors Field in 2016.

The Kings have played in three prior games outside, two as part of the Stadium Series and the first occurring in Las Vegas circa 1991.

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