Hornqvist, along with forward Nick Spaling, was traded from the Nashville Predators to Pittsburgh for forward James Neal during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft. The 6-foot, 190-pound Swedish wing was in bed when he was informed of the trade and said he was pleased with the idea of playing for the Penguins.
"We are very pleased Darcy has decided to join us in Arizona," Coyotes GM Don Maloney said. "Darcy adds intelligence and experience to our management team. The wealth of knowledge he has garnered as a long-time general manager in the National Hockey League is invaluable to us. He is a great addition to our staff."
Strachan, 29, had two assists in 18 games last season with the Washington Capitals. He spent most of the season with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, where he had four goals and 19 points in 60 games.
New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider isn't signed beyond the 2014-15 season, but general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger on Thursday he envisions locking up Schneider beyond that in the near future.
"Not yet, but I feel very comfortable saying we'll get it done very soon," Lamoriello said regarding a contract extension for the 28-year-old who was acquired from the Vancouver Canucks at the 2013 NHL Draft in a trade for the Devils' first-round pick. Schneider can become an unrestricted free agent after the 2014-15 season.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Longtime NHL player Alex Kovalev officially announced his retirement Thursday.
Kovalev, 41, won the Stanley Cup in 1994 with the New York Rangers and most recently played in the NHL for the Florida Panthers during the 2012-13 season. He spent last season playing with Swiss second-tier team EHC Visp and organizing hockey camps in the region.
According to the International Ice Hockey Federation website, Kovalev cited injuries for his decision to retire.
"I'd have loved to play until I'm 50 but the injuries from the last few seasons don't let me continue my career," Kovalev told TV station Kanal9 at a hockey camp in Leukerbad, Switzerland. "It's a hard decision for me but it is what it is. It was my last season."
Laxdal, 48, replaces Willie Desjardins, who was hired as coach of the Vancouver Canucks after leading Texas to the Calder Cup last season.
"Derek has a proven track record of developing young players to get the most out of them in a winning environment," Dallas general manager Jim Nill said. "His proven leadership, familiarity with our organization and tremendous character make him a great fit with our culture. We are very excited to welcome him to the Texas Stars."
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