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Housley back in Buffalo, eager for up-tempo stamp on Sabres

Phil Housley is back in Buffalo, this time as a rookie head coach and eager to place his up-tempo stamp on Sabres with training camp set to open on Friday        

Former NHL defenseman Noel Picard dies at 78

Noel Picard, the former St. Louis Blues defenseman pictured in the famous shot of Boston star Bobby Orr flying through the air after scoring a Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died        

Maple Leafs sign defenseman Roman Polak to pro tryout deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs re-signed free-agent defenseman Roman Polak to a professional tryout        

Senators forward Clarke MacArthur fails physical

Ottawa Senators forward Clarke MacArthur has failed his training camp physical examination        

Winnipeg forward Bryan Little agrees to 6-year extension

Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little agreed to a six-year contract extension        

Six things learned on road trip with Sidney Crosby: Loves podcasts; no E-ZPass?

USA TODAY Sports learned a lot about the Penguins star during an entertaining road trip.        

Predators eager to return after team's shortest offseason

The Nashville Predators couldn't be happier to officially return to work after their painful loss in the Stanley Cup Final        

Bruins sign young star Pastrnak to 6-year, $40 million deal

The Boston Bruins sign young star David Pastrnak to a six-year contract worth $40 million        

Avalanche's Matt Duchene reports to camp amid uncertainty

Duchene's name was floated last season in trade talks.        

Avs forward Matt Duchene reports to camp amid uncertainty

Matt Duchene says he arrived for the start of the Colorado Avalanche camp to honor his contract and out of respect for his teammates even as his future with the team remains murky        

Seven NHL teams that improved the most in the offseason

The Stars revamped a roster that now has legitimate Stanley Cup aspirations.        

Bruins sign David Pastrnak to six-year, $40 million extension

David Pastrnak will be sticking around Boston, agreeing to a six-year, $40 million extension with the Bruins.        

Sidney Crosby delivers season tickets to Penguins fans

Watch as the two-time NHL MVP personally deliver Pittsburgh Penguins season tickets to some of his biggest fans.        

Edmonton's Northlands Coliseum closing its doors

The Edmonton city council has unanimously approved a plan to shutter Northlands Coliseum on Jan. 1        

Sidney Crosby delivers in the clutch — with season tickets to Penguins fans

The Penguins captain delivered season tickets to two families.        

Duchene situation hovers over Avalanche as NHL camps open

Matt Duchene's uncertain situation is hovering over the Colorado Avalanche as training camps open around the NHL        

Colorado Avalanche will retire Milan Hejduk's No. 23 in January ceremony

Hejduk played all 14 seasons in Colorado, helping the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup in 2001.        

Vernon Fiddler announces retirement after 877 games in NHL

Forward Vernon Fiddler is retiring from the NHL after playing 877 games over 14 seasons in the league with four different teams        

Avalanche will retire Hejduk's No. 23 in January ceremony

The Colorado Avalanche will retire the number of forward Milan Hejduk in a January ceremony        

Penguins star defenseman Kris Letang cleared for contact before start of camp

Letang, who had neck surgery on April 13 to repair a herniated disc, has been cleared for contact.        

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