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Blue Jackets name Kenny McCudden assistant coach

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:04 PM / News

ColumbusBlueJackets.com

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have added Kenny McCudden to the coaching staff as an assistant coach, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. He joins the Blue Jackets after spending 16 seasons as the skating and skills coach of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

The Chicago native, who originally joined the Wolves in 1994, spent three seasons with the club from 1994-97 and then returned prior to the 2002-03 season. He was a part of teams that qualified for the former International Hockey League Turner Cup Playoffs three times and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs on eight occasions. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Final and capture the Calder Cup championship in 2008.

“Kenny has worked with players at every level from young kids to NHL All-Stars and is a very well-respected skills and skating instructor,” said Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards. “He adds a new dimension to our staff and I’m really excited about the contributions he’ll make to our team.”

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Avalanche hope to extend O'Reilly before next season

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 4:48 PM / News

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche remain hopeful of signing forward Ryan O'Reilly to a contract extension before the 2015-16 season, general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday.

O'Reilly, 24, has one year remaining on a two-year, $12 million contract and would be eligible for unrestricted free agency after next season.

The Avalanche lost free-agent center Paul Stastny to the St. Louis Blues last summer and would attempt to trade O'Reilly if they aren't able to agree to a new contract.

"I've had early conversations with his representatives," Sakic said. "We know where they're at. Like I said [in April], I'd like to have him signed by the start of the season hopefully. But right now is the time where we're focusing on the draft and free agency to see where we can improve our team."

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Avalanche open to trading first-round draft pick

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 4:05 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Rick Sadowski  -  NHL.com Correspondent

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday he would consider trading the No. 10 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

"We wouldn't rule anything out," Sakic said. "When you get to the draft, a lot of things happen, a lot of different opportunities. If any opportunity comes, whether you're going up or down, we'd have to look at that for sure. But if we stay at 10, we'll be content at 10."

Barring a trade, the Avalanche will have six selections in the June 26-27 draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. They have a top-10 pick for the fourth time since arriving to Denver in 1995.
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Senators taking offers for goalies Anderson, Lehner

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:55 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - NHL.com Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is trying to trade a goaltender and perhaps clear some room under the NHL salary cap. The Senators have Craig Anderson, Robin Lehner and late-season hero Andrew Hammond under contract for next season.

In a marketplace where there are other teams trying to move goaltenders, it looks like Murray will have his work cut out for him.

"I think what's happening at the moment is teams are going team-to-team and kind of seeing what the price is to get a goaltender," Murray said. "All I've said to each one of them is, 'If you want the best one, you better call Ottawa because we have the best guy to trade.' I sincerely believe that.

"We certainly are open for business and we do have a few moves we'd like to make, an upgrade or two on the team if we could, and obviously moving a couple of contracts would have to be a part of that deal."

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Sabres hire Terry Murray, Barr as assistant coaches

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:43 PM / News

BuffaloSabres.com

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Terry Murray and Dave Barr have been hired as assistant coaches to serve on head coach Dan Bylsma’s coaching staff.

Murray returns to the NHL coaching ranks after spending the last three seasons as head coach of the Lehigh Valley/Adirondack Phantoms (AHL). Prior to his time with the Phantoms, Murray was head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2008-09 to 2011-12, coaching the team to a 139-106-30 record in that time.

Murray began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals in the 1983-84 season. In total, he has spent 15 seasons as an NHL head coach with the Capitals, Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers, compiling a 499-383-130 regular-season record. His 1,012 regular-season games as head coach rank him 20th in NHL history and his 499 wins rank 22nd. Murray led his teams to the playoffs in 10 of his 15 seasons, earning a 50-51 mark in 101 playoff games, including a Stanley Cup Final appearance with the Flyers in 1996-97.

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Blackhawks celebrate Cup again, eye future success

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:40 PM / News

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- From an hour-long parade to start the day to a sea of red and black at a raucous rally to cap it, the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2015 Stanley Cup championship on Thursday.

"Last time we did this, we were saying it was two in four years," forward Patrick Sharp told the crowd at Soldier Field. "Now we're proud to say it's three in six. Everybody wants to know which was the best Cup … 2010 was special, 2013 was special, but there's nothing like winning the Cup on home ice in front of your fans."

That's exactly what they did three nights prior with a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Ever since, it's been one big party in a city that's gotten a lot of practice at it recently.

Two main themes stuck out at the rally. The first is the Blackhawks' desire to win a fourth title in seven seasons. The second is how much they think about former assistant equipment manager Clint Reif, who died at age 34 in December.

Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith combined both into one final sentiment before leaving the podium.

"Let's keep this red machine rolling, baby!" Keith shouted. "This one's for Reifer! Let's do it again, eh? Four sounds better than three."

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

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:36 PM / News

MinnesotaWild.com

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.

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Sabres face tough decisions after likely pick of Eichel

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

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com 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."

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Panthers seek help on wings in first round of draft

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

Alain Poupart - NHL.com 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).

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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 NHL.com/draft for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports, rankings and video.

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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

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