FRISCO, Texas - The Dallas Stars have signed centre Jason Spezza to a US$30 million, four-year contract extension.
The deal Friday came nearly five months after the Stars acquired the high-scoring forward in a trade from Ottawa just before the start of free agency.
Spezza has 18 points in his first 20 games in Dallas, with his 14 assists tops among the Stars and ninth in the NHL. He has 705 points (255 goals, 450 assists) in 706 career games.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Columbus Blue Jackets defenceman Jack Johnson has filed for bankruptcy while earning millions under a $30.5 million contract in his ninth NHL season.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - The NHL has postponed the Sabres' home game against the New York Rangers on Friday night due to a severe lake-effect storm hitting the Buffalo region.
The league made the announcement Thursday and said a makeup date has not yet been determined.
The decision comes while many communities south and east of downtown Buffalo have been blanked by a storm that has dumped 5 feet of snow since Monday. Another 1 to 3 feet was projected to fall by Friday.
PHILADELPHIA - Eric Lindros pointed his stick toward nearly 49,000 roaring fans, took a walk toward the infield ice and found his place in orange and black with the rest of the former Philadelphia Flyers greats.
Lindros needed a Winter Classic to thaw his icy relationship with the Flyers.
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Pascal Dupuis spent the first nine months of 2014 recovering from torn ligaments in his right knee, a grueling stretch that tested the veteran Pittsburgh Penguins forward's patience and commitment to the game.
The comeback barely lasted eight weeks.
Doctors diagnosed the 35-year-old Dupuis with a blood clot in his lungs on Wednesday, likely ending his season and possibly putting his career in jeopardy.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - After the Vancouver Canucks missed the playoffs last spring, they overhauled their front office and revamped the roster of a team that won just about everything except the Stanley Cup over the previous half-decade.
So far, it's going better and happening faster than just about anybody predicted.
DETROIT - The Montreal Canadiens didn't play their best game Sunday night.
Thanks to some lucky bounces and a lethargic performance by the Red Wings, they were still able to post a sixth-straight win, beating Detroit 4-1.
"We've got a little roll going right now, and we need to keep it going," said Dustin Tokarski, who made 28 saves in his fifth game of the year. "Everyone contributed tonight. We were blocking shots and playing the right way."
SAINT-PAUL, Réunion - The Minnesota Wild got Zach Parise back from injury and Marco Scandella back from illness just in time.
Parise had two goals after missing five games with a concussion, and Scandella had the game-winner in overtime to give Minnesota a 4-3 victory over Winnipeg on Sunday. Minnesota blew a 3-0 lead in the third period before Scandella's low wrist shot from just inside the blue line beat Michael Hutchinson at 1:01.
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Zemgus Girgensons and the Buffalo Sabres found themselves in an unfamiliar position — the winning side of a blowout.
Girgensons scored two goals, and the Sabres beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 on Saturday night, snapping a five-game losing streak and posting their biggest win in three seasons.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Craig Smith scored at 17:58 of the third period to lead the Nashville Predators to a 2-1 win over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night.
James Neal also scored for Nashville, winners of four of their last five.
Blake Wheeler had the lone Winnipeg goal. The Jets have lost two of three.
With time winding down in the third, Calle Jarnkrok found Smith at the bottom of the left circle, where he beat Winnipeg goaltender for his sixth goal of the season.