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Blues' Berglund to have shoulder surgery

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ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund will undergo surgery on his right shoulder and will be evaluated in four months.

The 27-year-old Berglund was hurt in training for the upcoming season. He dislocated the shoulder during the 2013-14 season.

He had 12 goals and 15 assists in 77 games last season and had two goals and two assists in six playoff games.


Mike Richards charged with possession

EMERSON, Manitoba (AP) Mike Richards, an NHL free agent whose contract was terminated by the Los Angeles Kings, was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

He was charged Tuesday and is to appear in provincial court Sept. 10, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.


Blues invite veteran F Gomez for tryout

ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Blues invited veteran forward Scott Gomez to training camp for a tryout.

The 35-year-old Gomez is a 15-year veteran for New Jersey, the New York Rangers, Montreal, San Jose and Florida. Last season, he had 34 points, seven goals and 27 assists, in 58 games with New Jersey.


Hurricanes, F Lindholm reach 2 year-deal

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms for a two-year contract extension with forward Elias Lindholm.

The deal will pay the 20-year-old former first-round draft pick $2.5 million in the 2016-17 season and $2.9 million in 2017-18.


Canadian government to auction NHL items

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) Looking for a copy of Wayne Gretzky's professional hockey draft questionnaire? The Canadian government has one for sale.

A crop of hockey memorabilia is up for bids on the government's surplus website. It's a space where millions of dollars worth of seized goods - and stuff the government no longer needs - are auctioned to the public. All the auction items still up for bids were forfeited to the government.


Kings sign Russian D Sharipzyanov

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) The Los Angeles Kings have signed defenseman Damir Sharipzyanov to a three-year contract.

The Kings announced the deal Thursday.


Flames sign D Giordano to 6-year deal

CALGARY, Alberta (AP) The Calgary Flames completed the top task on their summer to-do list by signing captain Mark Giordano to a six-year contract extension.

The 31-year-old defenseman still has a year remaining on his deal, but Flames general manager Brad Treliving said in May that re-signing Giordano was his "No. 1 priority" this offseason.


Pens plan to skate Kessel next to Crosby

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins aren't wasting any time with Phil Kessel.

General manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday the team plans to place the high-powered forward alongside star center Sidney Crosby when the Penguins open training camp next month.


Habs hire Ramsay as coaching consultant

MONTREAL (AP) The Montreal Canadiens have hired Craig Ramsay as a coaching consultant.

Ramsay spent last season as an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers.


Ex-NHL F Gusev gets doping ban in Russia

MOSCOW (AP) A veteran forward who played for the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars has been banned for breaking doping rules in the latest doping case to hit Russian hockey.

The Russian Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement Wednesday that Sergei Gusev received a six-month ban from the Russian Hockey Federation for an unspecified "breach of anti-doping rules."

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