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U.S. GM Lombardi talks World Cup with

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 6:20 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

Minutes after being named general manager of the United States for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey on Thursday, Dean Lombardi sat down with for an exclusive question-and-answer session and shared his thoughts about the appointment and his plans for the team. Your introductory speech was so powerful and rich with USA Hockey history and American history today. You stressed things like burying the ego and being a good teammate first and foremost. I'm curious where that came from for you?

Lombardi: Probably two things I have to say. I'm just so proud to be an American and have this job. Secondly, it's something that I believe in wholeheartedly. Like I said, I believe those are things that are going to be critical and the things that make this such a great game. When you have it, it is incredibly powerful.

Penguins, Cullen agree to terms on one-year contract

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 5:24 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with veteran center Matt Cullen on a one-year contract for $800,000, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.

Cullen, 38, is a 17-year NHL veteran who played the past two seasons with the Nashville Predators. He played under Rutherford for the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06 and again from 2007-10, helping the Canes win the Stanley Cup in 2006.

USA Hockey execs excited about Youngstars team

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 4:56 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel represented different teams and different countries last season on the way to becoming the top two picks at the 2015 NHL Draft.

Imagine for a moment that they're playing on the same team and working the same power-play unit on a world stage.

It could happen when the World Cup of Hockey takes place in September 2016. The eight-team tournament, which will take place at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, will feature not only national teams from the United States, Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic, as well as a team of top players from other European nations and a North American Under-23 Youngstars team that might include McDavid and Eichel.

The management team for USA Hockey, including general manager Dean Lombardi, assistant GM Paul Holmgren and assistant executive director of hockey operations Jim Johannson, on Thursday discussed what could turn out to be one of the more entertaining teams at the tournament.

USA Hockey names Lombardi as World Cup GM

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 4:48 PM / World Cup of Hockey 2016

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Dean Lombardi passionately embraced his appointment as general manager of the United States for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

"To be trusted with this responsibility, in this role of serving my country, is one of the highest honors of my career," Lombardi said Thursday. "I can assure you that myself and my staff will do everything in our power to make this country proud."

During his opening remarks, Lombardi, the president and GM of the Los Angeles Kings, trotted out mileposts of the growth of USA Hockey, framed by the program's twin peaks of excellence: the 1980 Olympic gold-medal winners and the 1996 World Cup championship team.

Unmasked: More teams prioritize goalie development

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 3:10 PM / Unmasked

Kevin Woodley - Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- It's been a big summer for goaltending development coaches in the NHL, with three of six vacant goalie coaching jobs filled by coaches who worked previously in development roles for other organizations and two others moving up from junior hockey.

Andrew Allen went from goaltending development coach for the Chicago Blackhawks to goalie coach of the Buffalo Sabres. Johan Hedberg made a similar move from a development role with the New Jersey Devils to an NHL job with the San Jose Sharks, and Kim Dillabaugh made the same jump from the Los Angeles Kings to the Philadelphia Flyers.

But the biggest goalie move may be in the other direction and was made by the only team that didn't reach into the development ranks to fill its NHL position. The Dallas Stars instead hired Jeff Reese, who left the Flyers last season, to be their new goalie coach at the NHL level and moved Mike Valley into a new role as director of goaltending development after five seasons as the their goalie coach.

With the move, Dallas joins a growing list of teams putting more emphasis on goalie development and sinking more resources into it.

Crosby praises Penguins GM for offseason moves

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 3:08 PM / News

Sidney Crosby praised Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford for the work he's done this offseason, including a blockbuster trade that brought in wing Phil Kessel.

"It's difficult. It's not easy to make moves," Crosby told the Penguins website, speaking from his hockey camp in Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. "He's found a way to make our team better and improve our team. As players, you want to respond. So I think it's up to us to come to camp ready and make sure we get a good start and start things on the right foot. But like last year, with a little bit of change, you really have to focus on that and be aware of it. It's not easy just to bring in new guys and have everything be smooth. So we'll all be together in that, whether it's players or coaching staff, and we'll find a way to make sure we're ready for Game 1."

Coyotes sign Gormley to one-year contract

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 3:06 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

GLENDALE, ARIZONAArizona Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Brandon Gormley to a one-year, two-way contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The 23-year-old Gormley registered 2-2-4 and 10 penalty minutes (PIM) in 27 games with the Coyotes in 2014-15. The 6-foot-2, 196-pound native of Murray River, Prince Edward Island also recorded 3-7-10 and 18 PIM in 23 games with the Portland Pirates (AHL) last season.

Gormley has totaled 2-2-4 and 12 PIM in 32 career NHL games. He was originally drafted by the Coyotes in the first round (13th overall) in the 2010 Entry Draft.

Avalanche sign goalie Pickard to one-year contract

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 2:00 PM / News

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2015-16 season.

Pickard, 23, spent most of this past season with Lake Erie (AHL) but also saw his first NHL action with the Avalanche, appearing in 16 games. He posted a 6-7-3 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and .932 save percentage for Colorado.

Wild forward Vanek expected to be ready for camp

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

Minnesota Wild forward Thomas Vanek has resumed skating following June surgery to repair two hernias and is expected to be ready for training camp, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Although the injury bothered Vanek for much of the second half of last season, he said Wednesday that he is progressing and feeling great.

New coach Hynes has Devils adding optimism

Thursday, 08.06.2015 / 3:00 AM /'s 30 in 30 package: 2015-16

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

New Jersey Devils co-owner Joshua Harris was straightforward when discussing the decision to hire Ray Shero to replace Lou Lamoriello as general manager.

"We bought the team [in August 2013] with the intention of winning, and obviously, the last two seasons have been disappointing to us," Harris said in early May. "We want to build an elite organization, and what that means is we're consistently in the mix and deep in the playoffs for a Stanley Cup.

"We're going to really put in place plans that allow us to do that. Every decision will be made around that philosophy."

Harris couldn't have envisioned that Lamoriello, who resigned as Devils president July 23 to become general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, wouldn't be around to help put those plans in place.

Before Lamoriello took the Toronto job after nearly three decades with New Jersey, it was clear Shero was calling the shots.

He hired John Hynes as coach June 2. Hynes coached the Pittsburgh Penguins' American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton when Shero was Penguins GM.

On July 9, Shero announced David Conte would not return as Devils scouting director. Conte was a scout for New Jersey for 31 years.

Shero is hopeful the moves have created optimism about the future of the Devils. Here are four others:

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