• Habs' sponsors satisfied with team owner's apology for drafting Logan Mailloux
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    Habs' sponsors satisfied with team owner's apology for drafting Logan Mailloux

    MONTREAL — While a Montreal group that helps victims of sexual assault continues to criticize the Montreal Canadiens' decision to draft a player convicted of a sex offence in Sweden, sponsors that earlier expressed concerns say they are sticking with the team. Rotisserie chicken company Groupe St-Hubert and financial services firm Desjardins Group said on Thursday they are satisfied with an apology issued a day earlier by team owner Geoff Molson. The corporate sponsors had publicly questioned th

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    Predators keep Mikael Granlund with 4-year, $20 million deal

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators are keeping forward Mikael Granlund around with a much longer contract than the one he signed last year. Granlund signed a four-year, $20 million contract Wednesday, and general manager David Poile says keeping him in Nashville was a priority in free agency. Poile said Granlund has been one of their most consistent players and fits what they want to build. “We’re excited to see his continued impact in all three zones of the ice for the next several

  • Ottawa Senators give head coach D.J. Smith two-year extension
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    Ottawa Senators give head coach D.J. Smith two-year extension

    OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators have signed head coach D.J. Smith to a two-year extension. The club announced the deal Wednesday, saying it will keep the 44-year-old native of Windsor, Ont., behind the bench through the 2023-24 season. Ottawa also holds an option for the following year. Smith, a former assistant with the Toronto Maple Leafs, became the 14th coach in the Sens' history when he was hired in May 2019. He has a 48-62-17 record over his first two seasons at the helm, with Ottawa finishin

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    Devils sign G Bernier to two-year, $8.2 million contract

    NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Devils have signed unrestricted free-agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a two-year, $8.25 million contract. General manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the signing Wednesday, noting the 32-year-old will make $3.6 million this coming season and $4.65 million in 2022-23. Bernier spent the past three seasons with Detroit, playing in 105 contests. He posted a 9-11-1 record in 24 games with a 2.99 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. He faced an average 34