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Wild's Cooke placed on waivers, to be bought out

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:36 PM / News

The Minnesota Wild announced it has placed forward Matt Cooke on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

"In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility for the upcoming season we needed to make this difficult decision," said Fletcher. "We thank Matt for his time with the Wild and wish him the best going forward."

If he clears waivers, Minnesota will buy-out the final year of Matt Cooke's contract as allowed by the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement. He will be bought out and become an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign with any team in the NHL, except Minnesota.

Sabres face tough decisions after likely pick of Eichel

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:02 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres have one decision to make that figures to be easy at the 2015 NHL Draft, but the rest is up for debate.

General manager Tim Murray spoke Thursday about what the Sabres' plans are after they likely select Boston University center Jack Eichel with the No. 2 pick at the draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., next week. The Sabres also have a second first-round pick (No. 21) and two selections in the second round (Nos. 31 and 51).

"If you've been through enough drafts, you can read a draft," Murray said. "I want to sit there at the table and I want to see which way the draft is going, and a lot of drafts a certain [defenseman] starts to fall. We may pick up on that and move up from 21 for a certain guy. In past drafts, goaltenders have not been a high priority in the first round. At 21 we may have a decision to make on a guy there, and the way the draft has gone or depending on who's left on the board or what position is left on the board, we may feel we can get that same guy at 31.

"It's reading the draft as the draft's going on, it's not reading the draft today. We have a fair idea where a lot of the players are going to go today, but you have to sit at that table and kind of read the tea leaves and catch the direction of where it's going."

Panthers seek help on wings in first round of draft

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Alain Poupart - Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said he embraces his reputation as someone not afraid to make bold moves. As he said Thursday, "I like to think outside the box."

Although Tallon said he's excited that the Panthers are hosting the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center, he said it doesn't mean he'll be looking to make a headline-grabbing move at the draft.

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

Order of selection for the 2015 NHL Draft

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:00 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2015 NHL Draft, June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 26 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and Sportsnet and TVA in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 27, beginning at 10 a.m., ET, with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.

Visit for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports, rankings and video.

Senators coach Cameron signs two-year contract

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 2:40 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

Dave Cameron signed a two-year contract as coach of the Ottawa Senators, general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday. The two sides had agreed to terms June 4.

The Senators went 32-15-8 this season after Cameron replaced Paul MacLean on Dec. 8, including a 23-4-4 finish to overcome a 14-point deficit and earn the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Ottawa lost to the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round.

"I think [the coaching change] opened a lot of lanes for young players in particular," Murray said. "The young guys got a chance to play. Dave wasn't afraid to take a veteran out if he had to. In some cases it was injury, but in a couple of cases he just put other guys in and played them, and it gave them a chance to grow and there was some excitement because of that.

Coyotes hire Rolston as AHL coach

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney announced today that Ron Rolston has been hired as the coach of the Springfield Falcons, the Coyotes AHL affiliate.

"We are very pleased to name Ron as our new head coach for the Springfield Falcons," said Maloney. "Ron is an experienced head coach and a great communicator. He has an excellent track record for developing players and we are confident that he is the right coach to lead our top prospects."

Top prospects highlight USA junior camp roster

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 12:19 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Boston University center Jack Eichel, who is expected to be a top-two pick at the 2015 NHL Draft, highlights the list of 39 invites to the United States National Junior Evaluation Camp to be held Aug. 1-8 in Lake Placid, N.Y.

USA Hockey made the announcement Thursday.

The camp will help determine parts of the final U.S. roster for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5.

Eichel, who served as captain for the 2015 U.S. National Junior Team, is one of 18 invited players eligible for the 2015 draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., on June 26-27.

Hurricanes agree to terms with defenseman Jordan

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 11:43 AM / News

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Jordan on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Jordan $625,000 for the 2015-16 season.

"Michal took great strides last season, and continued that progress when he represented his home country as it hosted the World Championship," said Francis. "He's still a young defenseman, and we expect him to continue to improve going forward."

Jordan, 24, established NHL career highs in games played (38), goals (2), assists (4) and points (6) during the 2014-15 season with Carolina. The Zlin, Czech Republic native ranked sixth on the team with 61 blocked shots in just 38 games. He also appeared in 30 games on the American Hockey League (AHL) level with Charlotte, totaling 11 points.

To read more from the Hurricanes website, CLICK HERE.

Penguins hire Sullivan as AHL coach

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 10:18 AM / News

Mike Sullivan has been named coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced today by associate general manager Jason Botterill.

Sullivan, 47, has 13 years of coaching experience at the National Hockey League (NHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and international levels. He served two seasons as the Boston Bruins head coach from 2003-06. Sullivan also spent 11 years as an NHL player with four different clubs from 1991-2002, appearing in over 700 games.

"We are thrilled to welcome Mike to the Penguins' organization," said Botterill. "Mike adds a wealth of experience thanks to his many successful years coaching in the NHL and AHL, and with USA Hockey. We believe he will do a great job developing our prospects to prepare them for the jump to the NHL."

Jets agree to terms with defenseman Chiarot

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 10:04 AM / News

The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman Ben Chiarot on a new two-year contract worth an AAV of $850,000.

Chiarot, 24, played 40 games last season after being recalled from St. John’s on Dec. 3, 2014. Chiarot recorded his first NHL point on Dec. 5, 2014 against Colorado and his first NHL goal on Jan. 3, 2015 against Toronto. He finished the season with two goals and six assists. The Hamilton, ON native spent 16 games on injured reserve with before returning to the lineup for the team’s last four regular season games.

Chiarot was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the fourth round, 120th overall at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

To read more from the Winnipeg Jets website, CLICK HERE.

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