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Wild GM Fletcher to meet with Dubnyk: report

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 1:54 PM / News

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is scheduled to meet face-to-face with pending unrestricted free agent goalie Devan Dubnyk in Las Vegas next week, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Dubnyk will be attending the 2015 NHL Awards on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN). He is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given to the League's top goaltender, and the Masterton Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Fletcher will also be in Las Vegas for League meetings before flying to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the 2015 NHL Draft, where he will meet with Dubnyk's agent, Mike Liut, with hopes of re-signing the goaltender.

Kylington among top Swedish defensemen for draft

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Sweden has emerged as a hotbed for producing top NHL talent on defense in recent years.

The percentage of European-born and -trained players selected at the 2014 NHL Draft was the highest it has been in more than a decade. Leading the way was a heavy dose of Swedish standouts; 27 of the 66 European players picked last year were Swedes, and of that group 12 were defensemen.

When the 2015 NHL Draft is held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., three more names will be added to that list, and likely in the early portions: Gabriel Carlsson of Linkoping's junior team; Jacob Larsson of Frolunda's junior team; and Oliver Kylington of AIK in the Swedish Hockey League.

They're the top three defensemen on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of European skaters, and rank in the top six among all European skaters.

First-round hopefuls have bond spanning the ages

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Lawson Crouse says he isn't a big talker on the ice; when he does say something it tends to be on the sarcastic side. It's a trait he's had since his earliest days in skates.

Now a highly regarded power forward for the Kingston Frontenacs and a top prospect for the 2015 NHL Draft, Crouse said one of the earliest examples came as a 6-year-old trying out for the Brantford (Ontario) Regional Selects spring team. He said between sessions he was watching other players when one skated over and asked him why he wasn't on the ice.

"He asked me if I made the team because I wasn't trying out and I just said, 'Mind your own beeswax,' " Crouse said.

Sharks GM won't rule out bringing back Niemi

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 7:04 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks are cutting ties with three players but could bring back starting goaltender Antti Niemi, general manager Doug Wilson said Friday.

Wilson said he's already told 36-year-old defenseman Scott Hannan and fourth-line forward John Scott they won't be re-signed. The Sharks also waived 32-year-old forward Adam Burish on Friday and will buy out the final season of his four-year contract, which will cost them $1,233,333. Burish was waived Nov. 23, cleared waivers and was reassigned to Worcester of the American Hockey League.

Niemi and defenseman Matt Irwin will become unrestricted free agents on July 1, but Wilson said he has talked to the players' agents and left open the possibility of re-signing one or both.

"They would like to be here, but unrestricted free agency is a two-way street," Wilson said. "It has to be a match for us. But would they like to be here? I think they've answered those questions publicly. It's just whether it fits for us and them and what the alternatives are for all parties involved."

Sharks GM will listen to offers for ninth pick in draft

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 6:30 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is ready to listen to any and all offers for the ninth pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, especially once the draft gets underway on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla.

The Sharks have gone eight straight years without selecting a player in the top 10, but they are scheduled to pick ninth this year after finishing 22nd in the overall standings in 2014-15.

However, after shedding older players and stockpiling draft picks during the past two seasons, Wilson said Friday he is leaving open the possibility of a trade.

"When you get to that point and sit on the draft floor, sometimes things get offered out of left field," he said. "Sometimes people move up a spot, move down a spot. Our history speaks to we've done all those things. You listen in this business.

Stars will not re-sign forward Horcoff: report

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 5:22 PM / News

The Dallas Stars will not re-sign forward Shawn Horcoff, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, general manager Jim Nill said Friday, according to Stars Inside Edge.

Dallas' depth up front and a surplus of young forwards would have reduced Horcoff's role, and that's something the 36-year-old isn’t ready for yet, Nill said. Horcoff, acquired from Edmonton in July 2013, had 18 goals and 49 points in 153 games during two seasons with the Stars, including 11 goals and 29 points in 2014-15.

Flyers will retain assistant coaches

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 5:08 PM / News

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that the club will retain assistant coaches Gord Murphy, Ian Laperriere and Joe Mullen, who will join new coach Dave Hakstol.

Bruins' Sweeney set to make mark in first draft as GM

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 4:26 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Kristen Nelson - Staff Writer

New Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has been busy since his promotion on May 20.

While making a multitude of phone calls and learning as much as he can from other GMs around the NHL, Sweeney has had about a month to prepare for the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The first round is June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 will be June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

Slated for the No. 14 pick, Sweeney said Friday he is comfortable with the Bruins' spot in the first round given the depth of the draft pool. However, Sweeney said they have discussed moving up or dropping back in position for the first round.

"I'm going to look at every option. I'm not really going to turn down anything," Sweeney said. "I think this situation I'm in now, I have to have my ears wide open."

Hockey stars align with fans from the world of entertainment for 2015 NHL Awards

NHL legends and stars from TV, movies, music and sports to join host Rob Riggle and rock band Daughtry at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 4:15 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, June 24, NHL stars past and present – including members of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks – and hockey fans from the world of entertainment will join host Rob Riggle and musical performer Daughtry for the 2015 NHL Awards, a special salute to the best regular-season players and performances from the 2014-15 season, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The two-hour primetime awards show will broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada. Tickets to the 2015 NHL Awards – which include admission to both the Awards show and the full Daughtry concert immediately following – are available for purchase at any MGM Resorts box office location or online at or

Maple Leafs acquire rights to Hyman from Panthers

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired the rights to unsigned center Zach Hyman and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers on Friday in exchange for center Greg McKegg.

Hyman, 23, completed a four-year collegiate career with the University of Michigan by scoring 22 goals and 54 points in 37 games as a senior, and was a Hobey Baker finalist. The Panthers selected him in the fifth round (No. 123) of the 2010 draft.

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