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Phaneuf becomes free agent after Kings buy out deal

Dion Phaneuf's time in Hollywood has come to an end.

The Los Angeles Kings have bought out the veteran defenseman's contract Saturday, the club announced.

Phaneuf had two seasons remaining on the seven-year, $49-million deal he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013.

Los Angeles will save nearly $3 million as a result of the buyout, and the cap hit will be spread across the next four seasons.

Phaneuf collected only six points in 67 games during his second season with the Pacific Division squad.

The Kings acquired him from the Ottawa Senators at the 2018 trade deadline.

Phaneuf has notched 494 points over 1,048 contests in 14 NHL seasons spent with the Kings, Senators, Maple Leafs, and Calgary Flames, who drafted him ninth overall in 2003.

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Report: Flames gauge market for Neal

The Calgary Flames tested the market for James Neal, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman wrote in Saturday's edition of "31 Thoughts."

Neal managed only seven goals and 19 points in 63 games with the Flames this past season.

He signed a five-year, $28.75-million deal with Calgary in July 2018 after potting 25 goals with the Vegas Golden Knights.

The 31-year-old's contract carries a cap hit of $5.75 million through 2022-23.

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Report: Sabres have talked to Rangers about Vesey

The Buffalo Sabres have discussed Jimmy Vesey with the New York Rangers, Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman wrote in Saturday's edition of "31 Thoughts."

Vesey notched 17 goals and a career-high 35 points in his third year with the Rangers this past season. He has one year left on the two-year, $4.55-million deal he inked with New York last July.

The Sabres acquired the 26-year-old's negotiating rights in August 2016 from the Nashville Predators, with whom he refused to sign after being drafted four years prior by the Central Division club.

Vesey then opted not to ink a deal with Buffalo and instead joined the Rangers later that summer.

He won the Hobey Baker Award as the NCAA's top men's hockey player in 2016.

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Canucks bring back ‘Black Skate’ jersey for 50th season

The Vancouver Canucks will kick it old school in their semicentennial campaign.

Three jerseys will be added or tweaked for 2019-20 when the club celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Firstly, the team will once again use its much beloved "Black Skate" sweaters.

The Canucks will don the popular duds for three games next season, according to NHL.com's Dan O'Leary.

For 10 contests during 2019-20, Vancouver will also sport new "Heritage" uniforms that hark back to the 1970s.

Lastly, the primary jersey will no longer feature the city name, and its logo will be enlarged.

The Canucks wore various versions of the "Black Skate" jerseys from 1985 to 1997, including during their run to the Stanley Cup Final in 1994.

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Report: Maple Leafs shopping Sparks

The Toronto Maple Leafs have quietly been shopping backup goaltender Garret Sparks, according to TSN's Pierre LeBrun.

Sparks went 8-9-1 with a .902 save percentage in 20 appearances with the Leafs this past season. He has one year and $750,000 remaining on his contract.

The 25-year-old went 14-18-2 with an .898 save percentage in 37 games over the last two campaigns with the Leafs. He also starred for their AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, helping them capture the Calder Cup in 2018.

The Leafs selected Sparks in the seventh round of the 2011 draft.

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Report: Goalie coach Bales joining Sabres after leaving Canes

Mike Bales' resignation from the Carolina Hurricanes makes a bit more sense now.

Bales will be the Buffalo Sabres' new goaltending coach, sources told The Athletic's Joe Yerdon.

He stepped down from the same role with the Hurricanes on Tuesday after two seasons with the team.

Bales previously served as goalie coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2014-17. He now replaces Andrew Allen, who succeeded Arturs Irbe in Buffalo in 2015.

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Jimmy Fallon, Selena Gomez use Stanley Cup as milk jug in ‘Hot Ones’ skit

It's not unusual to see people cry in the presence of the Stanley Cup, but rarely does it happen like this.

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon spooned milk out of Lord Stanley's mug in a Tuesday night segment featuring Sean Evans, host of the web series "Hot Ones," and pop star Selena Gomez.

Evans interviewed Fallon and Gomez as they sampled progressively hotter wing sauces.

Longtime "keeper of the Cup" Phil Pritchard brought the hallowed trophy out for the interview.

The heat will be turned up even further on Wednesday night when the puck drops for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues.

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Jimmy Fallon, Selena Gomez use Stanley Cup as milk jug in ‘Hot Ones’ skit

It's not unusual to see people cry in the presence of the Stanley Cup, but rarely does it happen like this.

"Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon spooned milk out of Lord Stanley's mug in a Tuesday night segment featuring Sean Evans, host of the web series "Hot Ones," and pop star Selena Gomez.

Evans interviewed Fallon and Gomez as they sampled progressively hotter wing sauces.

Longtime "keeper of the Cup" Phil Pritchard brought the hallowed trophy out for the interview.

The heat will be turned up even further on Wednesday night when the puck drops for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues.

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Keith Gretzky to stay on as Oilers assistant GM

Keith Gretzky will remain with the Edmonton Oilers as the team's assistant general manager, GM Ken Holland announced Tuesday.

Gretzky returns to his previous role after being promoted to interim GM following the firing of Peter Chiarelli in January. Gretzky was a candidate for the GM job, which ultimately went to Holland in May.

The younger brother of Wayne Gretzky will also serve as GM of the club's AHL affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors.

He was hired by the Oilers as assistant general manager in the summer of 2016.

Prior to joining Edmonton's front office, Gretzky worked in the scouting department of several NHL clubs beginning in 2001.

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Report: Spencer Foo leaving Flames for KHL, eyeing 2022 Olympics

A Calgary Flames farmhand is reportedly headed overseas with the goal of taking part in the next winter Olympics.

Spencer Foo is joining the KHL's Kunlun Red Star, giving him a chance to play for China in the 2022 Games, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Foo spent this past season with the AHL's Stockton Heat after playing 62 games with the team, and four with the Flames in 2017-18.

The 25-year-old forward posted 17 goals and 38 points over 67 contests with Stockton in 2018-19.

Calgary signed Foo out of Union College as an undrafted free agent in June 2017. He was a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, an annual honor given to the NCAA's top men's hockey player, following a stellar 2016-17 campaign.

The NHL didn't participate in the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, and it's unclear whether the league's players will be allowed to return to the grandest international stage for the Beijing games in 2022.

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