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Sharks' Burns waits for moves, excited about DeBoer

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:45 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- San Jose Sharks defenseman Brent Burns is enjoying his summer, including a trip here to attend the 2015 NHL Awards show.

But he can't stop thinking about the future, specifically as it relates to his team.

"It's going to be an interesting next couple of weeks," Burns said Tuesday during his media availability before the Awards show on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

The Sharks missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2003 and their general manager, Doug Wilson, has implied that it will be a summer of changes in San Jose.

Toews, Blackhawks face tough reality of salary cap

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 6:39 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Eight days after being crowned the best, Jonathan Toews said the Chicago Blackhawks are prepared for the worst.

Toews knows the salary cap, which will be $71.4 million for the 2015-16 season, is expected to play a role in dismantling some of the pieces to Chicago's Stanley Cup championship team. It's a reality that he expects will hit him and his teammates, the ones who stay and the ones who go, hard soon, perhaps as early as this week.

"We're all pretty realistic about what might happen," Toews said Tuesday from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the NHL Awards will take place Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports).

Leafs sign Granberg, Erixon, agree with Hyman

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 5:20 PM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed defencemen Petter Granberg and Tim Erixon to one-year contracts. The Maple Leafs also announced today that the club has come to terms with forward Zach Hyman on a two-year entry level contract.

Granberg, 22, was held pointless in seven regular season games with the Maple Leafs this past season. The Gallivare, Sweden native also registered 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 53 regular season games with the Toronto Marlies during 2014-15. Granberg, a fourth round selection (116th overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has skated in eight career NHL games, all with Toronto.

McCrimmon added to Canada staff for World Juniors

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 4:42 PM / News

Kelly McCrimmon, general manager and coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, was added as an assistant coach for Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

McCrimmon replaces D.J. Smith, who was hired as an assistant coach by the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 16.

Dave Lowry, coach of the Victoria Royals of the WHL, will coach Canada at the 2016 WJC, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Joining McCrimmon on Lowry's staff are Dominique Ducharme, coach of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Martin Raymond, coach of the Drummondville Voltiguers of the QMJHL.

Dubnyk set to cash in on success, hopes it's with Wild

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 4:10 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- After a season in which he was good enough to become a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, goalie Devan Dubnyk doesn't want much to change. Dubnyk said Tuesday he wants to stay with the Minnesota Wild and is hopeful of signing a new contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"I want to be there and hopefully they want to have me there," Dubnyk said from the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where the 2015 NHL Awards show will take place Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN). "Nothing has changed that way, so we'll continue to go forward. It's still where I would like to be and get something done. It's been a busy time and over the next week here we'll try to get something going. We're still trying to get something done."

NHLPA, NHL announce team payroll range for 2015-16

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association today announced that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2015-16 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $52.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $62.1 million and an Upper Limit of $71.4 million.

Granato returning, Chelios added to Red Wings staff

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

DETROIT Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the team has finalized its coaching staff under new head coach Jeff Blashill. Tony Granato and Pat Ferschweiler will work behind the bench with Blashill as assistant coaches. Additionally, Chris Chelios will expand his current role with the team and join the coaching staff, Dave Noel-Bernier has been hired as video coach and Jim Bedard will return for his 19th season as goaltending coach.

Granato, 50, returns to the Red Wings bench for the 2015-16 season after helping Detroit extend its postseason streak to 24 during the 2014-15 campaign, while reaching 100 regular-season points for the 13th time in the past 14 full NHL seasons. Granato brings extensive NHL experience to the team’s coaching staff, with 13 seasons in the league as a player in addition to 10 as an assistant coach and three as a head coach. The Downers Grove, Ill., native began his coaching career as an assistant with Colorado in 2002-03 and took over as the Avalanche’s head coach midseason. Combined with a second stint in the same role during the 2008-09 season, Granato compiled a 104-78-17-16 regular-season record during his three seasons as head coach, clinching a playoff berth twice and winning a Northwest Division crown in 2003. He also served as an assistant coach for the Avalanche from 2005-08.

GMs learn salary cap, expected to discuss OT format

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

LAS VEGAS -- The NHL's general managers open a busy 48-hour window here with their annual end-of-season meeting Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first time the general managers will meet in Las Vegas. Generally this meeting takes place during the Stanley Cup Final, in one of the participating cities.

The managers learned the upper limit of the salary cap for the 2015-16 season will be $71.4 million, with the lower limit $52.8 million.

Analytics, stats making way into draft process

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

This season the NHL took a deep dive into the world of advanced analytics, taking the "fancy stats" debate more into the mainstream.

That trend soon could reach the amateur hockey level.

More teams are using advanced analytics in their quest for any extra information they can find when judging prospects.

Players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., certainly will be viewed through that spectrum.

The first round of the draft is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"I think the trickle down has started to seep into the majority of organizations," Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce said. "I think all organizations are trying to fine-tune what and how they can take the data and how they can use it and better utilize it for decision-making when it comes to making a draft pick at the draft."

Crosby remains no-doubt No. 1 pick in 2005 re-draft

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week, leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

There wasn't much debate regarding who the first pick of 2005 NHL Draft would be, and 10 years later there isn't much more Sidney Crosby could have done for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins were the lucky team that won a special lottery drawing for the right to pick first, and the reward has been a player who has ranged from outstanding to dominant during the past decade.

Crosby has won the Hart Trophy twice, the Art Ross Trophy twice and two Olympic gold medals. He captained the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup one season after helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final.

A number of the players picked after Crosby have done pretty well also. But with 10 years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

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