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Penguins set interviews; Sharks sign Stalock

Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 5:14 PM / News

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Penguins set interviews; Sharks sign Stalock
The Pittsburgh Penguins are set to interview veteran coaches Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson about the vacancy created when they fired Dan Bylsma in early June.

The Pittsburgh Penguins are scheduled to talk to veteran coaches Marc Crawford and Ron Wilson about the vacancy created when they fired Dan Bylsma, according to a report by TSN's Darren Dreger.

The Penguins also have asked for permission to interview Los Angeles Kings assistant John Stevens, according to a report by CBC's Elliotte Friedman.

Crawford, 53, has been coaching in Switzerland since a two-season stint with the Dallas Stars from 2009-11. A Stanley Cup winner in 1996 with the Colorado Avalanche, he has a 549-421-78 record with 103 ties in 1,151 NHL games coaching the Quebec Nordiques, Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, Kings and Stars.

Crawford is one of the remaining contenders to coach the Florida Panthers, as is Bylsma, according to the Miami Herald.

Wilson, 59, last coached in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2011-12 season. He has also coached the Anaheim Ducks, Washington Capitals and San Jose Sharks. He took the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Final in 1998, his first season with them. He has an NHL record of 648-561-91 with 101 ties in 1,401 games.

Stevens, 48, has been an assistant coach with the Kings since the 2010-11 season, first serving on Terry Murray's staff then Darryl Sutter's, and winning the Stanley Cup twice. Stevens served as interim coach for four games during the 2011-12 season in between the dismissal of Murray and hiring of Sutter.

The Carolina Hurricanes also have asked for permission to interview Stevens and New York Rangers assistant Ulf Samuelsson to replace Kirk Muller, CBC and TSN reported.

Sharks sign Stalock; Canadiens sign Weise

Goaltender Alex Stalock has signed a two-year contract to remain with the Sharks. Financial terms were not released.

Stalock would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

The 26-year-old went 12-5-2 with a 1.87 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and two shutouts in 24 games as Antti Niemi's backup.

The Sharks also signed right wing Mike Brown to a two-year contract, keeping him from reaching unrestricted free agency.

Forward Dale Weise signed a two-year contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday. Financial terms of the contract were not released. Weise could have become a restricted free agent July 1.

The 25-year-old right wing had three goals and four points in 17 regular-season games with the Canadiens after being acquired from the Canucks on Feb. 3. He had seven points in 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Of his three playoff goals, two were game-winners.

Booth, Rome, Leino among buyouts

The Canucks placed forward David Booth on waivers with the intent of using their second of two compliance buyouts on him, general manager Jim Benning said.

Booth, 29, has one season and $4.75 million remaining on a six-year, $25.5 million contract he signed prior to the 2009-10 season while playing for the Panthers.

The Stars used one of their two compliance buyouts on defenseman Aaron Rome after he cleared waivers.

Rome, 30, had one year remaining on a three-year, $4.5 million contract.

Stars general manager Jim Nill told the Dallas Morning News on Monday the move was being made with the thought of giving the team's defense prospects a better opportunity to make the roster next season.

The Buffalo Sabres are placing forward Ville Leino on waivers with the intent of using one of their two compliance buyouts on him, according to multiple reports.

Leino, 30, has three years remaining on a six-year, $27 million contract he signed prior to the 2011-12 season.

Capitals want veteran backup goalie

The Capitals are seeking a veteran goaltender to back up Braden Holtby, general manager Brian MacLellan told CSN Washington.

MacLellan said he'd seek a backup through trade or free agency because he'd prefer prospect Philipp Grubauer develop with Hershey of the American Hockey League.

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