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

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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.

His deal comes on the heels of Chicago trading for and extending Seth Jones for $76 million over eight seasons and Dallas inking Miro Heiskanen to a $67.6 million, eight-year contract.

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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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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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Sabres select D Power with No. 1 pick

The NHL draft turned into a Michigan maize and blue affair Friday night. And there's a Hughes sibling reunion set to happen in New Jersey.

Whatever challenges the coronavirus pandemic presented scouts in grading prospects, many of whom played shortened seasons, was unable to put a dent on the Wolverines' hold on the top rankings. Four players with ties to Michigan were taken among the top five selections.

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Coyotes trade Ekman-Larsson to Canucks

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes pulled off a blockbuster trade in the hours leading up to the NHL draft, sending captain Oliver Ekman-Larsson and forward Conor Garland to the Vancouver Canucks for the No. 9 selection, a 2022 second-round pick, 2023 seventh-rounder and three veteran forwards.

It was the third major trade made before the first round began Friday night.

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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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Rangers deal Buchnevich, waive DeAngelo

Chris Drury continues to put his stamp on the new-look New York Rangers, adding a back-to-back Stanley Cup champion, beginning the process to buy out a player they paid to go away and trading a productive winger to change the makeup of the roster.

The latest move in the offseason makeover came Friday before the NHL draft with the trade of winger Pavel Buchnevich to the St. Louis Blues for forward Sammy Blais and a 2022 second-round pick.

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NHL: Plan to hold '22 draft in Montreal

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) Commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday night the plan is to hold the 2022 NHL draft at Bell Centre in Montreal, which is where the 2020 event was scheduled to take place before the pandemic forced the festivities online.

The 2021 draft was the second to be held virtually with team staff in their home cities. Bettman ran the draft from the NHL Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey.

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Beniers is 1st pick in Kraken history

SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Kraken found their potential center of the future with the first draft pick in franchise history.

The expansion NHL franchise selected University of Michigan player Matthew Beniers with the No. 2 overall pick in the entry draft on Friday night.

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