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NHL reaches $19M concussion settlement

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The National Hockey League announced a tentative $18.9 million settlement Monday with more than 300 retired players who sued the league and accused it of failing to protect them from head injuries or warning them of the risks involved with playing.

The lawsuit, consolidated in federal court in Minnesota, was by far the largest facing the league. The NHL, as it has for years, did not acknowledge any liability for the players' claims in the proposed settlement and can terminate the deal if all 318 players or their estates don't elect to participate.

The settlement is significantly less than the billion-dollar agreement reached between the NFL and its former players on the same issue of head injuries. Each player who opts in would receive $22,000 and could be eligible for up to $75,000 in medical treatment.


LA down another G, Campbell out 4-6 wks.

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) Los Angeles Kings goalie Jack Campbell will be out for at least a month after surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his knee, dealing another blow Monday to the NHL's last-place team.

Los Angeles (5-10-1) is without its top two goalies after Campbell's injury followed Jonathan Quick's surgery last month to repair a meniscus tear in his own knee.


Rangers' Buchnevich to miss 4 to 6 weeks

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have announced forward Pavel Buchnevich will miss four to six weeks with a broken thumb.

The 23-year-old sustained the injury during the Rangers' 5-4 shootout victory at Columbus on Saturday night. He had a goal and an assist in the game, giving him three goals and three assists in New York's season-best 5-0-1 run.


Opilka, 21, retires after hip surgeries

ST. LOUIS (AP) Blues goaltender Luke Opilka announced his retirement Monday after two surgeries in two years to address hip dysplasia.

The 21-year-old Opilka was drafted by the Blues in the fifth round (146th overall) in 2015. He previously played for the Kitchener Rangers in the Ontario Hockey League, appearing in 75 games and posting a 40-24-6 record.


Seattle group: Arena can open in 2020

SEATTLE (AP) The potential owners of an NHL expansion franchise in Seattle remain confident arena renovations will be completed in time for the 2020-21 season.

NHL Seattle said Monday that ownership recognizes the ability to start play in 2020 is dependent on KeyArena renovations being finished on time. The group says it will work closely with the NHL to keep the league informed of progress.


Coyotes roll by Caps to halt 3-game skid

WASHINGTON (AP) Less than 24 hours after their worst defeat of the season, the Arizona Coyotes hoped they'd get some better breaks against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

They came in the form of plentiful power-play opportunities.


Halak sharp as Bruins shut down Knights

BOSTON (AP) After a rough couple of seasons, Jaroslav Halak is at the top of his game again.

Halak stopped 37 shots to help the Boston Bruins to a 4-1 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday night.


Varlamov stymies Oilers as Avs end skid

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) The Colorado Avalanche broke out of their slump by beating a team struggling just as much as them.

Semyon Varlamov stopped 26 shots to help the Avalanche beat the Edmonton Oilers 4-1 Sunday night to snap a five-game losing streak.


Granlund scores to lift Wild past Blues

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mikael Granlund opened the season with a trio of forgettable games.

"I hardly ever touched the puck," the Minnesota Wild forward recalled.


Pavelski, Jones carry Sharks over Flames

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) Evander Kane doesn't know why he keeps putting up big numbers against the Calgary Flames.

Kane had a goal and an assist to help the San Jose Sharks beat the Flames 3-1 Sunday night.

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