Trophy Winners, Expansion and Signings in the NHL
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NHL has handed out its individual awards just a week after the Pittsburgh Penguins were crowned the Stanley Cup champions.
Chicago Blackhawks forward and league scoring champ Patrick Kane has been presented with the Hart Trophy as the league's best player. Kane also picked up the Ted Lindsay Award as the outstanding player.
Another Hawks forward came away with hardware as Artemi Panarin claimed the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie.
Anze Kopitar is the first member of the Kings to win the Frank Selke Trophy as the circuit's top defensive forward. Kopitar also got the Lady Byng Trophy as the most gentlemanly player.
The Vezina Trophy went to Capitals netminder Braden Holtby, who was recognized as the best goaltender.
Los Angeles blueliner Drew Doughty has finally earned the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenseman.
Nashville's Shea Weber was given the Mark Messier Trophy as the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities both on and off the ice.
The Jack Adams Award goes to Washington's Barry Trotz, who took coach of the year honor after leading the Capitals to the best regular-season record.
Pittsburgh's Jim Rutherford is the General Manager of the Year.
NHL goes to Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NHL will expand to Las Vegas for the 2017-18 season after awarding its 31st franchise to billionaire businessman Bill Foley.
Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision after the league's board of governors voted to put a hockey team in the Mojave Desert's gambling mecca.
Foley is expected to pay $500 million to the NHL's other owners as an expansion fee. The new team will play in a $375 million building that opened just off the Las Vegas Strip in April.
Coyotes sign Goligoski
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed defenseman Alex Goligoski to a five-year package worth almost $27.4 million.
Goligoski was scheduled to become a free agent on July 1 after scoring five goals and 37 points in 82 games for Dallas last season. The Stars dealt his negotiating rights to the Coyotes last week for a fifth-round pick in this weekend's NHL draft.