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Islanders hire Cup-winning coach Trotz

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DALLAS (AP) Barry Trotz has gone from lifting the Stanley Cup with the Washington Capitals to coaching the New York Islanders in just two weeks.

Islanders president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello hired Trotz on Thursday, three days after he resigned from the Capitals, and gave him the kind of long-term security Washington wouldn't.

Immediately scooping up an accomplished, Cup-winning coach is the Islanders' latest step to try to keep face of the franchise John Tavares, who can become a free agent July 1.

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Hall edges MacKinnon for Hart Trophy

LAS VEGAS (AP) Taylor Hall doesn't love public speaking, and the New Jersey Devils forward's nervousness grew while the NHL Awards show moved along.

But after Hall and the hockey world watched moving tributes to the Humboldt Broncos and the victims of two mass shootings, he was ready to accept the Hart Trophy with the proper perspective.

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4-time finalist Rinne wins first Vezina

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):

6:40 p.m.

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Tampa's Hedman wins first Norris Trophy

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

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Isles' Barzal wins Calder as top rookie

LAS VEGAS (AP) The Latest on NHL awards show at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino (all times local):

5:39 p.m.

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Champ Caps host Bruins in Oct. 3 opener

The Washington Capitals will raise their first Stanley Cup banner and open their title defense on Oct. 3 against the Boston Bruins - not the rival Pittsburgh Penguins.

Washington did not face the Bruins during its Cup run but has beaten them 12 consecutive times in regular-season play. The Capitals beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Vegas Golden Knights for the first championship in their 43-season franchise history.

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Predators F Watson faces domestic charge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested on a charge of domestic assault involving his girlfriend over the weekend.

Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner said Wednesday that Watson was arrested Saturday evening. Watson was released from jail on $4,500 bond and is due in court June 28.

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Humboldt Broncos recognized at awards

LAS VEGAS (AP) Late Humboldt Broncos coach Darcy Haugan was honored with the inaugural Willie O'Ree Community Hero Award on Wednesday night, and 10 of the surviving players were reunited for the first time since the bus crash that killed 16 people.

The players donned gold Broncos sweaters at the NHL Awards, 2 1/2 months after the junior team's bus collided with a semitrailer at an intersection in rural Saskatchewan. Three of the survivors were unable to attend the awards show.

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Gaudreau buys stake in former USHL team

"Johnny Hockey" is getting an additional title: part owner.

Calgary Flames star forward Johnny Gaudreau is a member of an NHL-laden ownership group that purchased an equity stake in the U.S. Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints on Thursday. The group includes Buffalo Sabres forward Zemgus Girgensons, former Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma, and Florida Panthers executive chairman Peter Luukko.

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Maple Leafs re-sign D Carrick for 1 year

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million.

The 24-year-old had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 47 games with the Maple Leafs this past season.

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