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Desjardins to coach Canada at Olympics

Vancouver Canucks coach Willie Desjardins, back, stands on the bench behind Michael Chaput, Brandon Sutter and Reid Boucher during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday, April 8, 2017, in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada has taken the first steps toward trying to win a third consecutive Olympic gold medal, only this time without NHL players.

Hockey Canada on Tuesday named Sean Burke as its general manager and Willie Desjardins as its coach for the 2018 Olympics, the first that will be played without NHL players since 1994. The United States and Canada face arguably the toughest challenge in preparing for Pyeongchang with most of their top off-ice candidates working in North America, where leagues aren't taking an Olympic break.

Canada reached into its development system of executives to tab Burke for the head management job after he served as assistant GM for the 2017 world championships, GM for the 2016 Spengler Cup and Deutschland Cup and director of player development for the 2016 worlds. St. Louis Blues assistant GM Martin Brodeur will work under Burke, perhaps a chance to learn before 2022.

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Rangers' Zibanejad gets 5 years, $26.75M

Mika Zibanejad knew from the moment the New York Rangers traded Derek Stepan that his role would be more substantial.

Now he has the contract to match.

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Sabres, Lehner agree to 1-year, $4 deal

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed goaltender Robin Lehner to a $4 million, one-year contract.

The team announced the deal Tuesday. Lehner was a restricted free agent.

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Devils re-sign RFAs Mueller, Blandisi

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mirco Mueller, forward Joseph Blandisi and goaltender Scott Wedgewood.

Mueller got a two-year deal worth an average of $850,000 a season, Blandisi a two-year, two-way deal worth an average of $680,000 in the NHL, and Wedgewood a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 in the NHL. General manager Ray Shero announced the contracts Tuesday.

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Sabres F Okposo over concussion issues

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Sabres winger Kyle Okposo said he is fully healthy after a concussion led to sleeping trouble, significant weight loss and a trip to intensive care last March.

Okposo missed the final few weeks of Buffalo's season with a previously undisclosed illness. In a letter posted on the team's website Monday, Okposo said a routine hit in practice caused his mood to change and other problems that required hospitalization.

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Red Wings give Tatar $21.2M for 4 years

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms with winger Tomas Tatar on a $21.2 million, four-year contract Friday.

The 26-year-old Czech native led Detroit with 25 goals last season and also had 21 assists. He has 20-plus goals in each of the past three seasons, including a career-high 29 in 2014-15. In 345 NHL games, he has 99 goals and 95 assists.

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Coyotes give F Martinook 2 years, $3.6M

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have signed restricted free agent forward Jordan Martinook to a two-year, $3.6 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

The contract, announced on Saturday, will pay Martinook $1.75 million this season and $1.85 million next year.

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Blackhawks F Wingels breaks left foot

CHICAGO (AP) Blackhawks forward Tommy Wingels broke his left foot during offseason training, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

The 29-year-old Wingels, a suburban Chicago native, agreed to a one-year deal with the Blackhawks on July 1. He had seven goals and five assists for the San Jose Sharks and Ottawa Senators last season.

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Blackhawks looking to old, new faces

CHICAGO (AP) Following a second straight first-round playoff flop last April, the Chicago Blackhawks responded with roster changes that cut all the way to their core of high-priced stars.

Chicago reacquired fan favorites Patrick Sharp and Brandon Saad in the process. Both may end up back in familiar spots, even if general manager Stan Bowman says it's time for the Blackhawks to come up with a fresh recipe for Stanley Cup success.

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Foligno seeking consistency with Wild

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Marcus Foligno has left the leap behind in Buffalo.

That doesn't mean his offensive production can't or won't continue to rise in Minnesota.

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