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Flyers name Kim Dillabaugh goaltending coach

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 11:32 AM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have hired Kim Dillabaugh as their goaltending coach, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Dillabaugh comes to the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings, where he spent the last eight seasons working in a goaltender development role for the club. In his time with the Kings, Dillabaugh contributed to the development of Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones, while also working with goaltenders at the club's American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and prospects playing elsewhere in professional and amateur hockey.

Jets re-sign assistants Huddy, Vincent

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 10:52 AM / News

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce the club has re-signed assistant coaches Charlie Huddy and Pascal Vincent along with goaltending coach Wade Flaherty to three year contracts.

The Jets have also announced that Rick St. Croix will be the organization's new developmental goaltending coach, working with the team's goaltending prospects.

Jets agree to terms with forward Brendan Lemieux

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 10:47 AM / News

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with forward Brendan Lemieux on three-year, two-way, entry level contract with an average annual value of $1.125 million.

Lemieux, 19, was acquired by the Jets in a trade on Feb. 11, 2015 that also brought Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia and a first-round pick at the 2015 NHL Draft (Jack Roslovic) from Buffalo in exchange for Zach Bogosian, Evander Kane and Jason Kasdorf. Lemieux was drafted by the Sabres in the second round, 31st over-all in 2014. He had 41 goals and 60 points in 57 games for the OHL's Barrie Colts last season, his third with the club. Over his OHL career, Lemieux had 74 goals and 127 points in 164 games. He also won a gold medal with Canada at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka U18 Memorial Tournament in Slovakia.

Senators prospect Paul gaining his 'man strength'

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 10:11 AM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA – The potential of a prospect like big wing Nicholas Paul is one of the reasons Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray chose not to re-sign unrestricted free agent Erik Condra.

Condra signed a three-year contract worth $1.25 million per season with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. Murray said he liked Condra and what he contributed on the Senators third line last season, but balked at the length of the contract, fearing it would get in the way of the development of a prospect like Paul.

"This is my point with some of these players: if you sign beyond a year or two it shuts the door on these kids for a long period," Murray said. "(Paul) might be ready to play – and I shouldn't say this – within the first couple of months of the year. He looks like the kind of player you send him to the minors and let him play some pro games down there and by the second half you're saying why isn't he on our team? There's a few guys like that I see over there (at the Senators' development camp)."

Senators name Andre Tourigny assistant coach

Friday, 07.03.2015 / 9:23 AM / News

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators announced today that the club has named André Tourigny as assistant head coach.

Tourigny, 41, spent the last the two previous campaigns as an assistant coach to Patrick Roy with the Colorado Avalanche. A native of Trois-Rivières, Que., Tourigny spent 11 seasons as head coach and general manager of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League's Rouyn-Noranda Huskies prior to his arrival in Denver.

Brodziak agrees to one-year deal with Blues

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 9:19 PM / News

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Kyle Brodziak.

Brodziak played in 73 games with the Minnesota Wild last season, scoring nine goals and 11 assists (20 points).

The 6-foot-2 St. Paul, Alberta native has played in 621 NHL games, accumulating 98 goals and 130 assists (228 points).

Oshie 'excited for my new start' with Capitals

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 9:17 PM / News

Katie Brown - Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- When the NHL free agency period started, the Washington Capitals were looking to add a top-six forward. They wound up adding two.

Hours after signing Justin Williams late Wednesday night to a two-year contract, the Capitals on Thursday acquired T.J. Oshie in a trade with the St. Louis Blues.

"I'm looking to fit in wherever they think is the best fit for me," Oshie said. "I'm coming in as the new guy and willing to go in there and earn my time and show them what I can do."

Oshie could play alongside two of the NHL's best players, forwards Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

"It would be something I've never experienced before," Oshie said. "I've always played with very good players but never players that have put up numbers like those two guys have. To get out there with them would be amazing. I'd feel like a kid in a candy store playing with that caliber of player."

Blues alter core group by trading Oshie for Brouwer

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 8:45 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- After a third straight elimination in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the St. Louis Blues understood that despite multiple winning regular seasons, change was on the horizon.

One came Thursday when they traded forward T.J. Oshie to the Washington Capitals for forward Troy Brouwer, goalie prospect Pheonix Copley, and a third-round pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

"Hockey trades are hard to make in this League. You don't see many of them," general manager Doug Armstrong said Thursday. "This is a team that we have some younger players (Vladimir Tarasenko, Jaden Schwartz, Dmitrij Jaskin, Ty Rattie and Robby Fabbri) that I would like to see take a bigger role moving forward. I think that opens up a little bit of space for that. It brings in a different style of player.

"Obviously we haven't had the success that we've wanted to have, and this isn't a reflection of one player, but you have to make adjustments."

Canadiens confident Kassian can help offense

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 8:20 PM / NHL Insider

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

BROSSARD, Quebec -- The Montreal Canadiens are willing to give Zack Kassian another chance, and the forward is fully aware it might be is last one.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin acquired the hulking right wing from the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday, Montreal's only move on the opening day of free agency in an attempt to address its dire need of scoring up front.

Kassian has always had the potential to provide that kind of offensive punch, which is what led the Buffalo Sabres to take him with the 13th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. But he has yet to prove he can do it in the NHL.

After having been traded for the second time in his career at the age of 24, Kassian said he is grateful for the opportunity the Canadiens are giving him.

"Vancouver was great to me, great organization, great people," Kassian said Thursday. "It's just one of those things, when you're young and you come into the League, you have to find your role and find what you can do. There's a lot of bumps in the road, but I think over the years I've gained a lot of maturity. I'm more than excited to be part of the Canadiens and to have a fresh start and be the player I can be."

St. Louis' career filled with milestones, awards

Thursday, 07.02.2015 / 6:59 PM / NHL Insider

Kristen Nelson - Staff Writer

Martin St. Louis announced his retirement from the NHL on Thursday after 16 seasons.

The undrafted forward struggled at the beginning of his career with the Calgary Flames before establishing himself with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

St. Louis had 391 goals and 642 assists (1,033 points) in 1,134 regular season games in the NHL, and won the Stanley Cup, two Art Ross trophies and three Lady Byng trophies.

Here are some highlights from St. Louis' NHL career:

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Well, for me this one's concerning, the way we performed. Because three games in, playing a desperate team on the road, I was expecting something else than this. Right now, I'm just disappointed. The other games, I thought we did some things that you can build off your game. There wasn't a lot accomplished in tonight's game.

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