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Panthers re-sign Bennett to 4-year deal

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Sam Bennett re-signed with the Florida Panthers on Monday, inking a four-year contract worth $17.7 million with the team that has been a good fit for him since joining at the trade deadline.

Bennett put up six goals and nine assists for 15 points in 10 regular-season games with the Panthers after they acquired him from Calgary. The 25-year-old was a point-a-game player during Florida's playoff series, too, with a goal and four assists.

"Sam's impact on our club this past season was seen immediately, injecting physicality, skill and energy into our lineup," general manager Bill Zito said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have him in our Panthers lineup and look forward to what he can bring to our offense in the upcoming 2021-22 season."

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Sabres start over as Eichel nears exit

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) So much for the Sabres' so-called and celebrated "tank year" in 2014-15, when many fans openly cheered a late-season loss to the Arizona Coyotes to essentially seal Buffalo's last-place finish.

With a patchwork roster of journeymen, minor-leaguers and youngsters, the Sabres were successful in their objective to bottom out as part of a long-term vision to start over and spur a rebuild by drafting a foundational franchise player such as Jack Eichel, who was taken second behind Edmonton's Connor McDavid in 2015.

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Devils acquire D Jaros from Sharks

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils acquired defenseman Christian Jaros from the San Jose Sharks on Monday in exchange for forward Nick Merkley.

The Devils said they had agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with the restricted free agent. The contract is worth $800,000 at the NHL level and $275,000 at the American Hockey League level.

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Wings keep Staal; Canucks waive Virtanen

Defenseman Marc Staal is staying put in Detroit, while the Vancouver Canucks placed forward Jake Virtanen on waivers on Sunday for the purpose of buying out the final year of his contract.

The Red Wings announced reaching an agreement with Staal. A person with direct knowledge of the contract told The Associated Press it's a one-year deal worth $2 million. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team did not release the contract's value.

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Avs sign D Makar to 6-year, $54M deal

The Colorado Avalanche kicked off the second day of the NHL draft Saturday by signing top defenseman Cale Makar to a $54 million, six-year contract.

Makar will count $9 million against the salary cap through the 2026-27 season.

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Flyers deal Voracek to CBJ for Atkinson

A familiar bearded face is going back to Columbus, and the Blue Jackets' longest tenured player is off to Philadelphia.

The player the Flyers got back? Well, Cam Atkinson is already in love with Philly's favorite, familiar orange-bearded face.

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Coyotes draft Shane Doan's son Josh

Shane Doan recused himself from any scouting meetings when son Josh was brought up.

One of the faces of the Arizona Coyotes for two decades, Doan is part of their front office now, and only Friday night saw the draft list whittling down to the point he knew it was possible Josh would be their pick. It happened early in the second round Saturday when the Coyotes took Josh Doan with the 37th pick, bringing in a prospect homegrown in the Valley.

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Kings keep Moore on 2-year, $3.75M deal

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Forward Trevor Moore is returning to the Los Angeles Kings with a two-year, $3.75 million contract extension.

The Kings announced their re-signing Saturday.

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D Jones sent to Hawks, gets 8 yrs., $76M

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Seth Jones is now with the Chicago Blackhawks and could become the organization's cornerstone on the blue line.

Chicago acquired the star defenseman from the Columbus Blue Jackets in a blockbuster trade Friday just before the NHL draft began. The Blackhawks got Jones and the 32nd pick in the draft and a 2022 sixth-rounder from the Blue Jackets for 20-year-old defenseman Adam Boqvist, the 12th and 44th picks in the draft and a 2022 first-rounder.

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Flyers get Sabres' Ristolainen for pick

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) General manager Kevyn Adams is just getting started after launching his offseason overhaul of the Buffalo Sabres by trading defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen to the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday.

Forward Sam Reinhart might be next.

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