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Texas Stars' Morin voted AHL's most valuable player

Friday, 04.18.2014 / 2:28 PM / News

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Texas Stars center Travis Morin on Friday was voted the winner of the Les Cunningham Award as the American Hockey League's most valuable player for the 2013-14 season.

The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league's 30 cities.

Morin, a ninth-round pick (No. 263) of the Washington Capitals in the 2004 NHL Draft, is in his fifth season with the Stars, an affiliate of the Dallas Stars.

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Canada names 20 to World Championship roster

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 7:37 PM / News

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Canada named a first group of 20 players who will take part in the 2014 IIHF World Championship, which will be held May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus.

The announcement was made Thursday by Rob Blake, general manager of the Canada national men's team, in collaboration with Hockey Canada.

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Syracuse's Neilson wins AHL's Yanick Dupre Award

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 3:17 PM / News

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Syracuse Crunch right wing Eric Neilson on Thursday was selected as the winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award as the 2013-14 IOA/American Specialty American Hockey League Man of the Year.

This award has been presented annually since 1998 to an AHL player for his outstanding contributions to his local community and charitable organizations. The Yanick Dupre Memorial Award winner is selected by the AHL and representatives from IOA and American Specialty from among 30 individual team Man of the Year honorees.

Neilson, a fifth-round pick (No. 143) of the Los Angeles Kings, is in his second season with the Crunch, an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Jake Allen wins AHL's outstanding goalie award

Thursday, 04.17.2014 / 2:27 PM / News

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Chicago Wolves goaltender Jake Allen on Thursday was voted the winner of the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award as the American Hockey League's outstanding goaltender for the 2013-14 season.

The award is voted on by coaches, players and members of the media in each of the league’s 30 cities.

Allen, a second-round pick (No. 34) of the St. Louis Blues in the 2008 NHL Draft, enters the final weekend of the regular season with a record of 32-16-3 in 51 games for the Wolves, a Blues affiliate that has clinched a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs.

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Canada names Tippett as World Championship coach

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:57 PM / News

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Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett on Wednesday was named coach for the Canadian National Team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship next month in Minsk, Belarus.

The announcement was made by Hockey Canada in collaboration with general manager Rob Blake. New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer and Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice will serve as associate coaches. The World Championship will take place May 9-25.

"As a coaching staff, we are looking forward to the challenge of representing Canada at the World Championship," Tippett said in a statement. "Hockey Canada has had a great season this year, so we look forward to capitalizing on that momentum in Belarus. I am looking forward to working with Peter, Paul and all of our players and staff, as we assemble a team that will play a good brand of Canadian hockey and make Canadians proud."

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Jets bringing back Maurice as coach, Pavelec in goal

Wednesday, 04.16.2014 / 4:45 PM / News

Patrick Williams - NHL.com Correspondent

WINNIPEG -- Paul Maurice is returning as coach of the Winnipeg Jets, and goaltender Ondrej Pavelec will retain the No. 1 job.

Jets executive vice president and general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff announced Wednesday at his end-of-season news conference that Maurice has signed a four-year contract extension. Cheveldayoff also announced Maurice's assistant coaches will be retained, though he allowed that another assistant may be added this summer.

"We are extremely proud and looking forward to the future with Paul," Cheveldayoff said.

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Florida Panthers win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 9:09 PM / News

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It's been 20 years since the Florida Panthers headed to the NHL Draft with the No. 1 selection, but they will do so this summer in Philadelphia.

The Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th-place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance (second best) of getting the No. 1 pick.

The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish but will pick second.

The draft will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center, with the Philadelphia Flyers as host. It will be the first time the Panthers have the No. 1 pick since 1994, when they selected defenseman Ed Jovanovski. Florida won the lottery in 2002 and 2003 but each year it traded the pick prior to the draft.

"It means a lot to us, we're very excited," Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola told TSN. "We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high."

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Laviolette to coach U.S. at World Championship

Jones, Gardiner, Trouba among first 15 players named to roster

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 6:29 PM / News

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Peter Laviolette has been named coach of the United States Men's National Team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus beginning next month, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Laviolette, who will be coaching the U.S. for the third time, will be assisted by Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato. The Americans are coming off a bronze medal in 2013.

Laviolette, 49, was coach for the U.S. at the World Championship in 2004 and 2005, guiding the Americans to the bronze medal in 2004. He was coach for the U.S. at the 2006 Torino Olympics and served as an assistant to Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Signings roundup: Union's Bodie agrees with Rangers

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 5:14 PM / News

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Defenseman Mat Bodie, who recently captained Union College to an NCAA championship, signed a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bodie, 24, had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 win against the University of Minnesota in the championship game Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He finished his senior season leading all Union defensemen with 39 points (eight goals).

"We have been tracking his development for four years," Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "He's a real character kid who we think adds a hard to find element to our defensive depth going forward. Being captain of a championship team just adds to what he is as a player."

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Flyers re-sign MacDonald, sign Gostisbehere

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers took care of their defense for the short term and long term Tuesday.

Veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald signed a six-year contract extension, and 2012 third-round pick Shayne Gostisbehere signed an entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released, but multiple media reports placed the value of MacDonald's contract at $30 million.

MacDonald was acquired March 4 from the New York Islanders in a trade for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2015, and minor-league forward Matt Mangene.

"We kind of hashed it out a couple different ways," MacDonald said. "Ended up finishing on six [years] and I felt like a good, long-term commitment was great for me and they agreed with it. Obviously it's a big commitment for them, a big commitment for me. It's a good deal."

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the fact MacDonald is 27 years old made the six-year length a palatable option.

"Because of his age we didn't mind six years," Holmgren said. "We talked about a lot of different scenarios, even longer than six years, but settled on six."

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— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild