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Lightning's Lindback to become free agent: report

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 6:11 PM / News

The Tampa Bay Lightning will not issue a qualifying offer to goaltender Anders Lindback, The Tampa Tribune reported Sunday.

Lindback, 26, went 8-12-2 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 23 games for the Lightning this season. He appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games, going 0-3 with a 3.91 GAA and .881 save percentage.

Since the Lightning won't issue Lindback a qualifying offer, he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


Winter Classic, rivalries highlight 2014-15 schedule

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 4:00 PM / Schedule

The Chicago Blackhawks will be the opponent for the Washington Capitals in the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

That's one of the highlights of the schedule for the 2014-15 NHL season, which was released Sunday. The Blackhawks and Capitals will meet on Jan. 1 in what has become the League's marquee regular-season game.

This will be the second Winter Classic for each team. Chicago played host to the Detroit Red Wings in 2009 at Wrigley Field, and the Capitals were at Heinz Field to play the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2011. The Blackhawks also participated in the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series against the Penguins in the snow at Soldier Field.


Crosby favored to win Hart at 2014 NHL Awards

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Awards

It has been seven years since Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player for the only time.

Injuries have kept Crosby from piling up individual hardware since, and in recent years teammate Evgeni Malkin has won the trophy once and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals has earned it three times. But the Pittsburgh captain is a heavy favorite to win the Hart Trophy again on Tuesday at the 2014 NHL Awards, which will take place at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC).


Tavares stays No. 1 in 2009 re-draft

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at the NHL Draft from five, 10 and 20 years ago this week, leading up to the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. How would those drafts look today?

Heading into the 2008-09 season, there was little doubt center John Tavares was the best player available in the 2009 NHL Draft. Five years later, there's little question he's the best player from that talented group.

A few of the other forwards have made an impact, with more ready to as soon as next season, and some impressive defensemen have the look of budding stars.


Team-by-team draft needs: Atlantic Division

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The 2014 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams. Although there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Atlantic Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Philadelphia. Keep in mind the possible fits for each team are based on draft position.


Penguins' top choice to coach out of mix: report

Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 6:23 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins' choice to be their next coach "is going to go in a different direction," general manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Friday.

That coach is believed to be Willie Desjardins, who TSN reports will be named coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

Rutherford said he will resume his search next week and plans to hire someone by July 1.

“We couldn't make it work," Rutherford told the newspaper. "... I'm going to take the weekend to sort some things out."


Panthers name Gerard Gallant coach

Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 5:52 PM / News

Gerard Gallant is the new coach of the Florida Panthers, general manager Dale Tallon announced Saturday.

Gallant replaces interim coach Peter Horacek, who was let go in April after taking over when Kevin Dineen was fired in November.

"We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers," Tallon said in a statement. "He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team."

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