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Maple Leafs fire Randy Carlyle as coach

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 11:48 AM / News

Shawn Roarke - Director, Editorial

Randy Carlyle paid the price for the inconsistencies of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The coach was fired Tuesday because of the inability to get his team to play in a consistent manner through the first three months of the season, according to David Nonis, the team's senior vice president and general manager.

"One of the things you have all heard me say since training camp is we felt we need to see some level of consistency, and I think we would all agree we've shown some good stretches, but I don't think I can stand in front of you and say we have been consistent," Nonis said at a Tuesday morning press conference. "We just felt that at this point that this was the right time to make the change and move ahead and try to get this team playing like we have been during periods of this season."

Assistant coaches Peter Horachek and Steve Spott will handle the coaching duties when the Maple Leafs host the Washington Capitals on Wednesday at the Air Canada Center.

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Rangers assign forward Duclair to junior team

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 10:22 AM / News

NHL.com

The New York Rangers on Tuesday assigned forward Anthony Duclair to the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Duclair comes off a World Junior Championship tournament in which he had four goals, eight points and a plus-11 rating as Canada won the gold medal.

The 19-year-old had one goal and seven points in 18 games for the Rangers. He was a third-round pick (No. 80) in the 2013 NHL Draft.

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McDavid, Eichel add to reputations at World Juniors

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 9:30 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- The border battle between forwards Connor McDavid of Canada and Jack Eichel of the United States, the projected top two picks in the 2015 NHL Draft, never fully materialized at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Still, each player certainly had his fair share of highlight-reel moments.

In the end, McDavid added a WJC gold medal to his trophy case while Eichel went home empty-handed for a second straight year in what will likely be the final opportunity for each player at the tournament designed for the best junior-aged players in the world.

Each player is expected to be making contributions in the NHL in 2015-16.

"I think the team picking first [at the NHL Draft] needs to give equal consideration to each of them," NHL Network analyst Craig Button said. "Neither one of them has given me any reason to change that outlook."

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NHL.com's 2015 World Juniors All-Tournament Team

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 9:06 AM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

TORONTO -- There were plenty of magical moments to share and players to praise during the 11-day journey to crown gold medalist Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

When Canadian fans weren't rooting for the host nation, their allegiance shifted to the darlings from Denmark. The Danes gave us one of the more memorable locker room celebrations at the WJC when, after a 4-3 shootout victory against Switzerland on Dec. 30 to earn a berth into the playoff round, they huddled, jumped and sang behind closed doors and were deemed hockey heroes in their country.

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Bruins recall Czech forward Pastrnak

Tuesday, 01.06.2015 / 8:43 AM / News

NHL.com

Forward David Pastrnak was recalled by the Boston Bruins on Tuesday.

Pastrnak, who was playing for the Providence Bruins (American Hockey League), was on temporary duty with the Czech Republic's Under-20 team, playing in the IIHF World Junior Championship. He had one goal and six assists to lead the Czechs in scoring in their run to a loss in the quarterfinals.

Pastrnak will practice with Boston on Tuesday and be available for the game Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins (8 p.m. ET, NBCSN, TVA).

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