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Capitals' Ovechkin eager for fresh start

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 7:25 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Things have changed drastically for Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin.

Since the 2013-14 season ended, his team has fired its coach, Adam Oates, and its general manager, George McPhee, the only manager Ovechkin has known during his NHL career.

McPhee has been replaced by Brian MacLellan, who had served as an assistant to McPhee for the past seven years. Oates was replaced by Barry Trotz, the longtime coach of the Nashville Predators.

Ovechkin says he is curious how things will play out and he knows the organization has made a huge commitment to get the team back to being a Stanley Cup contender.

"The whole organization made a big step by firing George, firing Adam," Ovechkin said Monday during media availability for the 2014 NHL Awards. "The organization wants to make improvements. Thank God they don't fire me yet. I'm still here with a Capitals jersey. We'll see."

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Hartnell convinced Columbus has winning foundation

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 6:58 PM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - NHL.com Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- After forward Scott Hartnell got over his initial shock last week of being told by Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall that he longer fit in their plans, he hoped to make the best of the situation.

For the 32-year-old Hartnell, that meant waving his no-trade clause to join the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade Monday that sent forward RJ Umberger back to his former team. The Flyers also received the Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Umberger, 32, had requested a trade after the season because his playing time had diminished under coach Todd Richards even as the Blue Jackets moved toward their second Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in franchise history.

On the other hand, Hartnell completed the first year of a six-year, $28.5 million contract, which carries an average annual value of $4.75 million through the 2018-19 season.

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O'Reilly hopes to remain with Avalanche

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 6:56 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly wants to play for one team next season. It's the same team he played for last season, the only team he has ever played for in the NHL.

"There's no question that I want to be in Colorado next year and try to win [there]," O'Reilly said Monday during Media Day for the 2014 NHL Awards. "My agent knows that."

He needs a new contract if he wants to play for the Avalanche again. It's already shaping up as a testy negotiation, even though coach Patrick Roy said Monday there is no bitterness between the club, including president of hockey operations Joe Sakic, and O'Reilly.

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Flyers' Giroux stunned to learn of Hartnell trade

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 5:21 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux was absolutely flabbergasted to find out Scott Hartnell was traded Monday morning.

How shocked was Giroux?

He didn't believe it when he woke up to a series of texts from Hartnell saying he had agreed to be traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick.

"I woke up this morning to him texting me and saying he was gone," said Giroux, here for the 2014 NHL Awards Show. "I didn't believe him so I started chirping him, and then I found it was true. It's sad; not a fun day."

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Iginla negotiations loom over Bruins' offseason plans

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 4:10 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

After his team was ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Second Round, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wasn't panicky.

He alluded to the tweaks he might make to his lineup and the organization in the aftermath of the elimination that came two rounds earlier than the previous season, when the Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.

One month and one Stanley Cup championship by the Los Angeles Kings later, Chiarelli sounds like a man sticking to his initial post-defeat plan.

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Flyers focused on getting faster with Umberger

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 2:28 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

There were a few key points Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall referred to when asked why he acquired forward R.J. Umberger, along with a 2015 fourth-round draft pick, from the Columbus Blue Jackets on Monday in exchange for forward Scott Hartnell.

"The number one thing was we wanted to get quicker up front," Hextall said. "Whenever you make a deal there's a lot of considerations that come into the mix, but I guess the one for us was quickness.

"R.J. is also versatile, is a good two-way player capable of playing all three positions and can kill penalties, so he was an attractive guy for us moving forward."

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Huberdeau happy with Panthers hiring Gallant

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 1:56 PM / NHL Insider

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Jonathan Huberdeau blossomed into a top NHL prospect when he played under coach Gerard Gallant with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, so it figured he would welcome to chance to play for him again.

Huberdeau will get that opportunity with the Florida Panthers in the fall now that Gallant has been hired as the Panthers' new coach.

The question becomes whether Huberdeau can recapture his rookie form under Gallant after a disappointing 2013-14 season.

"Of course I was excited to hear that news," Huberdeau said Monday following a press conference Monday at BB&T Center to introduce Gallant. "Gerard has been a great coach for me. He taught me a lot of stuff when I was in juniors. That's good that he's coming here right now and I just need to keep working hard and he's just going to help all the guys on the team."

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Avalanche aim for right price on Stastny, O'Reilly

Friday, 06.20.2014 / 5:45 PM / NHL Insider

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche remain hopeful of re-signing key forwards Paul Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly to a new contract, but any deals need to fit into the team's salary structure.

Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic and coach Patrick Roy, who is also vice president of hockey operations, made that clear during a news conference Thursday at Pepsi Center.

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Sharks GM: Time has come to start rebuilding

Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 7:16 PM / NHL Insider

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- What San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson used to describe as a "reset-refresh" for his team has turned into an all-out rebuilding project, and he hammered home that point Tuesday in a session with the media before the upcoming NHL Draft.

Wilson announced that the Sharks have re-signed 26-year-old goaltender Alex Stalock to a two-year contract, preventing him from becoming an unrestricted free agent in a move that shows San Jose is committed to turning the team over to its younger players. Stalock will be given a chance to supplant Antti Niemi, 30, as the Sharks' No. 1 goaltender.

The Sharks have ruled out trading any of their young talent or high draft picks. Wilson has spread that message to his veterans, including forwards Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau, to San Jose's fans and to general managers throughout the NHL.

"I've had a lot of calls," Wilson said. "A lot of people at the GM meetings, they know where we're going. We now become a tomorrow team. So when you spell that out, it does create a response. Now a tomorrow team, is it one year, two years? Time will tell on how our young players handle the responsibility given to them but also making sure we don't give it to them too soon."

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As Kings face free agency, Mitchell set to keep going

Tuesday, 06.17.2014 / 4:50 PM / NHL Insider

Curtis Zupke - NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell said he's had some informal talks with general manager Dean Lombardi about re-signing and he expects that to continue as the Kings move forward into their summer of celebration.

The Kings conducted physicals Tuesday before breaking up for the offseason following their second Stanley Cup championship in three seasons. Mitchell, like a lot of his teammates, was still recovering from the celebration festivities, but he said he expected to meet with Lombardi soon.

"I'm sure it will happen in the next little bit," Mitchell, 37, said. "We're kind of all doing the same things: exit medicals … a little bit of partying mixed in. Just a little bit. See how my [golf] swing is this afternoon. Really, if it's going to get done, it gets done in a short period of time. There's lots of time."

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