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Capitals hire Todd Reirden as assistant coach

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 6:28 PM / News

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The Washington Capitals on Wednesday hired Todd Reirden as an assistant to new coach Barry Trotz.

Rierden, 43, joins Washington after spending the past four seasons working as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Penguins under Dan Bylsma, who was fired earlier this month. Reirden and fellow Pittsburgh assistant Tony Granato were let go when the Penguins hired Mike Johnston as Byslma's replacement earlier Wednesday.

During his time with Pittsburgh, Reirden primarily worked with the Penguins' defensemen and power play.


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Kings sign forward Gaborik to seven-year contract

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 3:43 PM / News

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The Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday signed forward Marian Gaborik to a seven-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the average annual value is $4.875 million, according to multiple sources.

The contract brings to a close a remarkable stretch in Gaborik's career that began when he was acquired by the Kings from the Columbus Blue Jackets at the NHL Trade Deadline in exchange for forward Matt Frattin and two draft picks. Coming off his second deadline-day trade in the past year, Gaborik found his stride in Los Angeles, scoring a League-high 14 goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and leading the Kings to their second Stanley Cup championship in the past three seasons.

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Penguins name Mike Johnston new coach

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 2:24 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins ended their nearly three weeks without a coach by appointing former Portland Winterhawks coach Mike Johnston to the position Wednesday.

Johnston, whose NHL experience comes from his time as assistant/associate coach of the Vancouver Canucks from 1999-2006 and associate coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2006-08, had been coach and general manager of the Western Hockey League's Winterhawks for the past six seasons.

Johnston replaces Dan Bylsma, who was fired June 6.

"As a career coach, you aspire to get to these positions," Johnston said. "And certainly I've been in the National Hockey League before as an associate coach, but to coach at this level is something I've aspired to do. It's been my goal, it's been my dream and I'm really thrilled to be standing here today.

"When I first started coaching, I coached in a small college in Alberta and four years into my job, I sent a letter to several NHL general managers and I said, 'I've been coaching for four years now … and I'm ready to coach in the NHL.' Just keep it in mind."

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Lightning use compliance buyout on forward Malone

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 9:43 AM / News

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The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday used the second of their two compliance buyouts on forward Ryan Malone.

Malone, 34, had one year at $2.5 million remaining on a seven-year, $31.5 million contract he signed prior to the 2008-09 season.

Malone scored 20 or more goals in three of his first four seasons with the Lightning, but was limited to 11 goals in 81 games over the past two seasons.

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Oilers acquire Nikitin from Blue Jackets for draft pick

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 9:30 AM / News

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The Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday traded defenseman Nikita Nikitin to the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Nikitin, 28, then agreed to a two-year contract with the Oilers; media reports indicate the deal is worth $9 million, with an average annual value of $4.5 million.

He had two goals and 15 points in 66 regular-season games for the Blue Jackets and was scoreless in five Stanley Cup Playoff games.

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Lightning sign Callahan to six-year contract

Wednesday, 06.25.2014 / 9:26 AM / News

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The Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday signed forward Ryan Callahan to a six-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but according to multiple media reports it's for $34.8 million, or an average annual value of $5.8 million. Callahan also reportedly receives a no-trade clause for the first four years of the contract.

"I couldn't be happier to be part of the Tampa Bay Lightning organization for the next six years and I am excited for this new chapter of my career," Callahan said. "Tampa Bay has been a great place to live and play from the day I got there. As soon as the season ended I knew it was a place I wanted to be."

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