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Pittsburgh Penguins' Evgeni Malkin (71) celebrates after his goal during the second period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the New York Rangers in Pittsburgh, May 13, 2022. Malkin has decided to go to free agency rather than re-sign with the Penguins before the start of free agency, a person with knowledge of the move said. The person spoke to the The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither Malkin nor the Penguins announced the intent for him to go to market. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) **FILE**

Gaudreau leaving Flames, joins deep NHL free agent class

- Associated Press

Johnny Gaudreau, Evgeni Malkin, Nazem Kadri, Darcy Kuemper and John Klingberg headline one of the deepest groups of free agents in recent history. Even though the salary cap is only going up $1 million per team, record revenues have made for the first increase since 2019, setting the stage for significant money to flow when the market opens Wednesday.

Minnesota Wild's Kirill Kaprizov (97) waits for a face-off against the Carolina Hurricanes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, April 2, 2022. Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin says Kirill Kaprizov remains in Russia and doing fine after state media there reported the star winger's name was linked to fraudulent military identifications. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File) **FILE**

Wild GM: Kaprizov is fine, still in Russia

- Associated Press

Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin said Kirill Kaprizov remains in Russia and is doing well, denying a report the star winger returned to the U.S. and adding the team is trying to find out more about the situation.

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, right, of Sweden, speaks during an NHL hockey news conference about the Capitals re-signing him to a five-year contract, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Washington. At left is Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Brian MacLellan to 'explore changes' to Capitals core after another first-round exit

- The Washington Times

Four years, four first-round exits. Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2018, the Washington Capitals have failed to advance in the playoffs. But days after losing to the Florida Panthers in six games, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin sounded like a man who wanted to run it back. So too did coach Peter Laviolette, who insisted Washington's aging core could still be successful.