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Capitals' Ovechkin eager for fresh start

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 7:25 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Things have changed drastically for Washington Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin.

Since the 2013-14 season ended, his team has fired its coach, Adam Oates, and its general manager, George McPhee, the only manager Ovechkin has known during his NHL career.

McPhee has been replaced by Brian MacLellan, who had served as an assistant to McPhee for the past seven years. Oates was replaced by Barry Trotz, the longtime coach of the Nashville Predators.

Ovechkin says he is curious how things will play out and he knows the organization has made a huge commitment to get the team back to being a Stanley Cup contender.

"The whole organization made a big step by firing George, firing Adam," Ovechkin said Monday during media availability for the 2014 NHL Awards. "The organization wants to make improvements. Thank God they don't fire me yet. I'm still here with a Capitals jersey. We'll see."


New contracts expected for Toews, Kane: report

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 6:58 PM / News

Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and right wing Patrick Kane are signed through next season, but a new contract for each could be signed as early as next week, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.

Toews and Kane each signed five-year contracts with Chicago on Dec. 3, 2009, and the Sun-Times reported they very well may agree to new deals on the same day again. Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told the newspaper earlier this month that he would like to have both players signed by July 1.

"We've been kind of going hand-in-hand almost our entire careers," Toews said from Las Vegas on Monday. Toews is in Las Vegas for the 2014 NHL Awards Show on Tuesday. "When we came in as rookies, and we've just been included in the same discussion for a lot of things, namely our second contract, and probably this time again. The chances of that are good. But at the end of the day, he's got his own needs and his own family, and you have to respect that as well."


Hartnell convinced Columbus has winning foundation

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 6:58 PM / NHL Insider

Craig Merz - Correspondent

COLUMBUS -- After forward Scott Hartnell got over his initial shock last week of being told by Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall that he longer fit in their plans, he hoped to make the best of the situation.

For the 32-year-old Hartnell, that meant waving his no-trade clause to join the Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade Monday that sent forward RJ Umberger back to his former team. The Flyers also received the Blue Jackets' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Umberger, 32, had requested a trade after the season because his playing time had diminished under coach Todd Richards even as the Blue Jackets moved toward their second Stanley Cup Playoff appearance in franchise history.

On the other hand, Hartnell completed the first year of a six-year, $28.5 million contract, which carries an average annual value of $4.75 million through the 2018-19 season.


O'Reilly hopes to remain with Avalanche

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 6:56 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan O'Reilly wants to play for one team next season. It's the same team he played for last season, the only team he has ever played for in the NHL.

"There's no question that I want to be in Colorado next year and try to win [there]," O'Reilly said Monday during Media Day for the 2014 NHL Awards. "My agent knows that."

He needs a new contract if he wants to play for the Avalanche again. It's already shaping up as a testy negotiation, even though coach Patrick Roy said Monday there is no bitterness between the club, including president of hockey operations Joe Sakic, and O'Reilly.


Canadiens' Markov signs three-year extension

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 6:22 PM / News

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

Some players dream of the day they finally reach unrestricted free agency.

The very thought of reaching it for the first time in his career was making Andrei Markov cringe.

Andrei Markov
Defense - MTL
GOALS: 7 | ASST: 36 | PTS: 43
SOG: 131 | +/-: 12
The Montreal Canadiens defenseman avoided having to think about what would happen July 1 by agreeing to a three-year contract extension Monday with the only NHL team he has ever played for.

"I'm glad that deal is done," Markov said in a conference call with reporters. "I was a little bit nervous when the time was getting close to July 1. I knew I wanted to stay in Montreal, and I had a feeling it was going to happen."

Financial terms were not released, but Markov's new contract reportedly has an average annual value of $5.75 million with a full no-trade clause the first year and a limited no-trade after that.

Flyers sign Brayden Schenn to multi-year extension

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 6:01 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension with center Brayden Schenn, they announced Monday.

Per team policy, no financial terms were disclosed. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported it's a two-year deal worth an average of $2.5 million per season.

Schenn, 22, recently completed his third season with the Flyers and had 41 points (20 goals, 21 assists) in 82 games. In his three seasons with Philadelphia, he has 40 goals and 45 assists in 183 regular-season games and 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games.


Hurricanes name Steve Smith assistant coach

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 5:57 PM / News

The Carolina Hurricanes named Steve Smith assistant coach, they announced Monday.

Smith will join new coach Bill Peters and assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour behind the Hurricanes' bench. Peters was hired last Thursday to replace Kirk Muller.

Smith, 51, served as assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers the past four seasons. The Glasgow, Scotland native also spent one season as an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames in 1997-98 before returning to the ice as a player for the Flames for three more seasons.

"Steve had a solid career as a player and has gained valuable coaching experience with two teams, especially when it comes to working with young defensemen," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said.


Flyers' Giroux stunned to learn of Hartnell trade

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 5:21 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

LAS VEGAS -- Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux was absolutely flabbergasted to find out Scott Hartnell was traded Monday morning.

How shocked was Giroux?

He didn't believe it when he woke up to a series of texts from Hartnell saying he had agreed to be traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick.

"I woke up this morning to him texting me and saying he was gone," said Giroux, here for the 2014 NHL Awards Show. "I didn't believe him so I started chirping him, and then I found it was true. It's sad; not a fun day."


Blake, Forsberg, Hasek, Modano lead 2014 Hall class

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 5:13 PM / Hall of Fame

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

Two of the most talented European-born players to play in the NHL highlight the Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2014, which was announced Monday.

Goaltender Dominik Hasek of the Czech Republic and Swedish center Peter Forsberg were joined by American center Mike Modano, along with defenseman Rob Blake, coach Pat Burns and referee Bill McCreary.

"When we go through the meetings, we make it very clear that is the Hockey Hall of Fame. It is a world-renowned Hall of Fame," said Columbus Blue Jackets president John Davidson, who is chairman of the selection committee. "This tells me our game is growing worldwide and our game is being recognized all over the world for the great game that it is. When we have a class like this that is coming into the Hall, I think it says a lot about our game and how worldwide it really is."

The inductees were chosen by an 18-person committee this past weekend in Toronto. The 2014 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place Nov. 17.


Iginla negotiations loom over Bruins' offseason plans

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 4:10 PM / NHL Insider

Matt Kalman - Correspondent

After his team was ousted from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference Second Round, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli wasn't panicky.

He alluded to the tweaks he might make to his lineup and the organization in the aftermath of the elimination that came two rounds earlier than the previous season, when the Bruins lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in six games in the Stanley Cup Final.

One month and one Stanley Cup championship by the Los Angeles Kings later, Chiarelli sounds like a man sticking to his initial post-defeat plan.

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