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Crosby back for preseason finale; Malkin out
Penguins star Sidney Crosby made his preseason debut Wednesday night.

Islanders sale to Ledecky, Malkin approved
The NHL Board of Governors approved the sale of the New York Islanders to a group led by former Washington Capitals owner Jonathan Ledecky and London-based investor Scott Malkin, a team spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

Blue Jackets' Jenner (hand) out 5 weeks
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Boone Jenner is expected to be sidelined approximately five weeks with a broken left hand.

Cap-challenged Bruins re-sign Krug, Smith
With the 2014-15 season set to open next week, the cap-challenged Boston Bruins finally got their remaining two restricted free agents under contract.

Avs sign Stuart, McLeod to contract extensions
The Colorado Avalanche signed veteran blue-liner Brad Stuart and winger Cody McLeod to extensions Monday.

Stars sign Eakin to two-year, $3.8M deal
The Dallas Stars have signed restricted free agent forward Cody Eakin to a two-year deal, the club announced Monday.

Blues sign LW Schwartz to 2-year contract
Restricted free-agent left wing Jaden Schwartz signed a two-year contract with the St. Louis Blues on Saturday.

Canes' J. Staal (broken leg) out 3-4 months
Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal is expected to miss 3-4 months after breaking a bone in his right leg during an exhibition game.

Source: Predators, Ellis agree on 5-year deal
The Nashville Predators have agreed to terms on a new deal with defenseman Ryan Ellis.

Flyers' Giroux feels 'better,' but no timetable
Flyers captain Claude Giroux is ahead of schedule in his recovery from an upper-body injury sustained in the opening moments of training camp, although there remains no timetable for his return to game action.

Red Wings' Datsyuk (shoulder) to miss month
The puck hasn't dropped yet and already the Red Wings are facing a key injury: Pavel Datsyuk is out a month with a separated right shoulder.

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