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Gionta retires after 16 seasons

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) At a mere 5-foot-7, Brian Gionta knew the odds would be long at getting an opportunity to play in the NHL some 20 years ago after being drafted by the New Jersey Devils.

"I never thought it would have lasted as long as it did," Gionta said. "I went into it hoping I could play one NHL game."

Little did Gionta know how far off he'd be in his initial expectations regarding his lack of size.

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Caps sign D Alexeyev for 3 yrs., $2.775M

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) First-round draft pick Alexander Alexeyev has signed a $2.775 million, three-year entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

The team announced the deal with the defenseman on Monday.

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Seattle's KeyArena renovation plan OK'd

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle City Council has unanimously approved plans for a privately funded $700 million renovation of KeyArena, clearing one of the last major hurdles in the city's bid to land an expansion NHL franchise.

The 8-0 vote Monday was the last step needed to complete Seattle's expansion application in time to potentially field a team for the 2020-21 season. Seattle Hockey Partners, the ownership group attempting to land the expansion team, is set to present before the NHL Board of Governors' Executive Committee next week.

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Canadiens give F Byron 4-year extension

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension with forward Paul Byron.

The deal, which has an average annual value of $3.4 million, was announced Sunday.

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Red Wings score 3 in 2nd to down Pens

PITTSBURGH (AP) Michael Rasmussen, Andreas Athanasiou and Trevor Daley scored in a 5:47 span in the second period, and Harri Sateri made 29 saves in the Detroit Red Wings' 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Sunday.

Ryan Haggerty and Teddy Blueger scored for the Penguins.

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Avs C MacKinnon speeds toward success

DENVER (AP) Mention a topic, just about any topic, and sharp-shooting Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon takes his elusiveness to a whole new level.

Not appearing on the cover of the NHL's latest video game? "Don't care," he responds. The pressure of becoming one of league's top stars after a 97-point season? "Feels normal," the top pick in the 2013 draft quips. Taking another step in his evolution on the ice? "Hopefully a few," he offers.

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Hamilton coach OK after in-game collapse

BARRIE, Ontario (AP) The Hamilton Bulldogs say head coach Dave Matsos is "resting comfortably" at a hospital a day after collapsing on the team bench during a game.

The 44-year-old Matsos collapsed in the final seconds of Saturday's Ontario Hockey League game between the Bulldogs and Barrie Colts. He was attended to by on-site paramedics and taken to hospital to undergo tests.

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Devils sign F Wood for 4 years, $11M

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have signed forward Miles Wood to a four-year, $11 million contract.

General manager Ray Shero announced the signing Saturday. Wood will earn $2.5 million annually in the first three years of the contract and $3.5 millon in 2021-22.

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Hurricanes high on Necas, Svechnikov

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes were working on their power play during practice when first-year coach Rod Brind'Amour pulled first-round draft pick Andrei Svechnikov aside for some quick one-on-one instruction.

"Andrei," the coach said, "be a shooter."

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Habs F Domi suspended rest of preseason

NEW YORK (AP) Montreal Canadiens forward Max Domi has been suspended for the remainder of the NHL preseason after punching Florida defenseman Aaron Ekblad during an exhibition game.

The NHL's Department of Player Safety made the announcement Thursday following an afternoon hearing with Domi.

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