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Coyotes, coach Tippett to part ways

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Dave Tippett stuck with the Arizona Coyotes through four seasons of playing without an owner, five years of losing since the franchise's greatest success in the desert and the start of a rebuilding process.

The latest changes have the affable coach headed out after leading the franchise through eight up-and-down seasons.

Tippett and the Coyotes mutually agreed to part ways Thursday night, a move that comes as owner Andrew Barroway revamps the franchise.

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Islanders get Oilers' Eberle for Strome

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Edmonton Oilers traded forward Jordan Eberle to the New York Islanders on Thursday for forward Ryan Strome.

Eberle has scored at least 20 goals in each of the past four seasons, and had a career-high 34 in 2011-12. But he had just two assists in 13 playoff games this spring and was criticized for his lackluster play.

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Panthers add Pronger to front office

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Former NHL MVP Chris Pronger eventually wants to be a general manager, and Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon saw that as an opportunity.

The Panthers added Pronger to their front-office staff, announcing Thursday they've given him the title of Senior Advisor to the President of Hockey Operations. In simpler terms, he'll be Tallon's understudy of sorts and a part of the brain trust in Florida as the Panthers try to get back to the postseason.

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Devils hold No. 1 pick for just 2nd time

CHICAGO (AP) The NHL stage belongs to Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils. Then it goes right back to George McPhee and the Vegas Golden Knights.

In the wake of Vegas' expansion draft, New Jersey is on the clock with the No. 1 pick of the amateur draft beginning Friday night at the United Center. The only other time the franchise had the first pick was in 1979, when the then-Colorado Rockies selected Rob Ramage.

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Blackhawks unsure how to fill Hossa void

CHICAGO (AP) Marian Hossa has been a key performer for the Chicago Blackhawks for a long time. They aren't exactly sure what they are going to do without him.

Hossa plans to sit out next season because of severe side effects from medication to treat a progressive skin disorder, and it's unclear if he will be able to play again. The decision creates all sorts of questions for the Blackhawks, ranging from how they might go about replacing the rugged forward to what they might do with any cap space created by his absence.

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Vegas hopes to be competitive right away

LAS VEGAS (AP) Vegas Golden Knights owner Bill Foley has repeatedly said he wants to win the Stanley Cup within the first six years of his new team's existence.

After Vegas came away with a jackpot from the expansion draft, Foley's franchise goalie is even bolder.

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Stars bring back 2 former assistants

FRISCO, Texas (AP) The Dallas Stars are bringing back longtime assistant Rick Wilson, who once briefly served as their head coach.

Stu Barnes, another former assistant, was hired Thursday to be on the staff of coach Ken Hitchcock. The Stars in April re-hired Hitchcock more than 15 years after firing the coach who led them to their only Stanley Cup championship.

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Kings add Nachbaur to coaching staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have hired Don Nachbaur to be an assistant coach on John Stevens' new staff.

Kings general manager Rob Blake announced the hire Thursday.

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Oilers' McDavid wins MVP, Lindsay Award

LAS VEGAS (AP) Connor McDavid won his first Hart Trophy. Hardly anybody in hockey believes it will be his last.

The Edmonton captain claimed the award as the NHL's most valuable player Wednesday night at the league's postseason awards show at T-Mobile Arena, the new home of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights.

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Vegas opens in Dallas, Pens host Blues

The expansion Vegas Golden Knights will make their regular-season debut on the road in Dallas on Oct. 6 and host the Arizona Coyotes on Oct. 10 in the first home game in franchise history.

NHL teams announced their home openers Wednesday with the full, 1,271-game schedule for the 2017-18 season set to be released Thursday.

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