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Wild's young stars developed through playoff run

Saturday, 05.17.2014 / 2:08 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Myers - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Wild's season has been over for a few days but they were still coming to terms with how it ended when players emptied their lockers Friday.

Tied 1-1 in overtime with the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 6 of the Western Conference Second Round, Patrick Kane scored the series-clinching goal after a dump-in attempt took a goofy hop off a stanchion behind the Wild net and landed on his stick. Just like that, Minnesota's season was over. Disappointing as the ending was, it was a successful year when the Wild's youngsters made major strides.

"We played some good hockey and it was a great series and it could have gone either way," forward Nino Niederreiter said. "But obviously it's a bitter end."

One thing is for certain: The Wild took a step forward this season, with its prospects leading the way.

"I believe that there are a lot of positives," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "But I also am realistic that it's really hard [to keep improving]. And so we should look forward to that challenge."

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Shero turned Penguins into playoff team, Cup champ

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 1:51 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

The Pittsburgh Penguins had just completed a fourth straight season of having failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs when Ray Shero was hired as general manager in May 2006.

It wasn't going to be an easy fix, but the former player agent and son of Hall of Fame coach Fred Shero was up to the task. He stressed the importance of long-term building and not a one-season fix to reach the playoffs, having a vision and definitive plan in place.

Under his reign the Penguins qualified for the playoffs each of the next eight seasons and won the third Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2009. But major postseason pitfalls since that championship run cost Shero his job Friday.

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Laviolette eager to work with Poile, coach Predators

Wednesday, 05.07.2014 / 5:26 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

When Peter Laviolette accepted the Nashville Predators coaching job Tuesday, four other NHL jobs were vacant, some with teams that might be considered to have more talented rosters.

Laviolette said he chose Nashville in large part because of the relationship he developed with Predators general manager David Poile while the two worked for the United States in the time leading up to the 2014 Sochi Olympics. They knew each other before Laviolette became an assistant coach, and Poile the GM for the U.S., but the relationship strengthened during that period.

"We spent an awful lot of time talking over the phone and in meetings," Laviolette said Wednesday via conference call from Minsk, Belarus where he is coaching the United States in the IIHF World Championship, "and it's an opportunity to work for a first-class general manager, one of the best in the League, and that's appealing to me."

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Flyers consider promoting Hextall to GM

Friday, 05.02.2014 / 8:53 PM / NHL Insider

Sean McCullen - NHL.com Staff Writer

Two days after the Philadelphia Flyers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, owner Ed Snider said some changes may be coming within their personnel department.

Paul Holmgren, who has been general manager since 2006, will be "head of hockey operations," and Snider hinted Holmgren may relinquish the GM title to Ron Hextall this offseason.

"We're going to all sit down, and it's going to be up to Paul. We're in the process of analyzing everybody's title," Snider said.

Holmgren may not be ready to hand the day-to-day reins to Hextall, the former Flyers goalie.

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Returning Maurice set to point Jets in right direction

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 5:09 PM / NHL Insider

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- The decision for Paul Maurice to remain behind the Winnipeg Jets bench was an easy one for the veteran NHL coach.

The one big hurdle for Maurice was family considerations, because his wife and children did not accompany him to Winnipeg after he replaced Claude Noel on Jan. 12.

But when the Jets offered Maurice a four-year contract extension earlier this week, the decision to uproot and head to Winnipeg turned out to be an easy one for his wife and children as well.

"They all smiled and said, 'Let's go,'" Maurice said in a conference call Wednesday.

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Capitals' Oates wants to see Ovechkin's game evolve

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 6:21 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- As reasons for the Washington Capitals' exclusion from the Stanley Cup Playoffs are bandied about, many will inevitably circle back to Alex Ovechkin.

The electric superstar forward has long been a lightning rod for criticism, a distinction that will not change this offseason after Washington missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007.

"It's part of my job," Ovechkin said Monday as the Capitals dispersed for the summer. "I'm captain of the team and of course I have to take responsibility, I have to take criticism."

Ovechkin earned his fourth-career Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy with 51 goals this season, becoming the 11th player in NHL history to score at least 50 goals in five separate seasons.

Yet Washington's underachieving season and his minus-35 rating, the third-worst in the NHL, overshadowed that personal achievement. Ovechkin narrowly avoided becoming the first player to ever lead the League in goals while also having the worst plus-minus rating.

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Tortorella: 'Stale' Canucks must add element of youth

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 6:05 PM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks coach John Tortorella said he didn't plan to lobby for his job when he met with new president Trevor Linden this week, but he certainly didn't pull any punches when speaking to the media Monday about the present state of the Canucks.

Tortorella accepted some of the blame for missing the Stanley Cup Playoffs in his first season as Canucks coach, but also made it clear that an aging core needs to change and stop living off a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2011.

"I felt from Day 1 that it's stale," Tortorella said. "That's not their fault. This is a group that has been together for a long time. It's stale. It needs youth. It needs a change. I felt that from Day 1. We're not in 2011. We have to stop talking about 2011. The team needs to be retooled. It's a young man's game."

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As Predators coach, Trotz was Nashville institution

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:53 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The Nashville Predators literally might not be the Nashville Predators without Barry Trotz.

Trotz helped pick the team name. He also helped pick the carpeting in the team's office. He was hired on Aug. 6, 1997, exactly 14 months and four days before the Predators played their first game. He has coached every game the team has played in its 15 seasons, winning 557 of them. He is a Nashville hockey institution.

At least he was.

Trotz's tenure in Nashville came to an end Monday, when the Predators announced his contract will not be extended and the team will immediately begin a search for a new coach for the first time in franchise history. Trotz has been offered a position in the organization's hockey operations department, but according to the Predators' press release he is still considering his options before making a decision.

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Devils' Brodeur exits to cheers, unsure of future

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 8:20 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Martin Brodeur has been the New Jersey Devils' center of attention since he arrived as a 21-year-old sporting a mustache and a flat-top. It's only fitting that he was again Sunday, this time as a 41-year-old legend in what might have been his final game with the only team he has ever played for in his NHL career.

Brodeur made 16 saves in a 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins, the 688th victory of his career, all with the Devils. Afterward, he stood at center ice by himself, his stick raised in the air, saluting the crowd as they chanted his name and gave him a loud standing ovation. He was later named the game's first star, and the fans continued to chant his name throughout an on-ice interview that was barely audible because of the noise.

"You know it was a little emotional," Brodeur said. "These things are hard. I've spent all my life here. A lot of the fans that are out there know me. They think they know me by my name and I feel they know me. They've been calling my name for 20 years. Every time they stop me and talk to me, they're great. I see their kids grow also. It means a lot because it's a relationship that [a person has] with the people that support him. It was definitely fun, but it was a little emotional."

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Resch marvels at Brodeur's success with Devils

Sunday, 04.13.2014 / 12:16 PM / NHL Insider

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- Glenn "Chico" Resch has watched with great enthusiasm from the broadcast booth most of the two decades that New Jersey Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has played with the organization.

Resch, 65, announced Friday that he would be retiring as Devils television analyst on MSG Network after 18 seasons. His final telecast is Sunday afternoon when the Devils play host to the Boston Bruins.

It might also mark Brodeur's last game as a member of the Devils. Brodeur, who made his NHL debut against the Bruins on March 26, 1992, has made public his desire to continue playing beyond this season and if that means with another organization, so be it. He will become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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There was a lot of talk off the ice. From a player's standpoint, that's not the talk in the room. GMs make decisions, coaches make decisions, but as a team you have to come together and be ready to go, and we are.

— San Jose Sharks forward Tommy Wingels on his team's approach entering training camp