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Florida Panthers win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 9:09 PM / News

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It's been 20 years since the Florida Panthers headed to the NHL Draft with the No. 1 selection, but they will do so this summer in Philadelphia.

The Panthers will pick first in the 2014 NHL Draft after winning the lottery Tuesday. As the 29th-place team in the final 2013-14 NHL standings, the Panthers entered with an 18.8 percent chance (second best) of getting the No. 1 pick.

The Buffalo Sabres had the best chance to win the lottery (25 percent) based on their 30th-place finish but will pick second.

The draft will be held June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center, with the Philadelphia Flyers as host. It will be the first time the Panthers have the No. 1 pick since 1994, when they selected defenseman Ed Jovanovski. Florida won the lottery in 2002 and 2003 but each year it traded the pick prior to the draft.

"It means a lot to us, we're very excited," Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola told TSN. "We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high."

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Laviolette to coach U.S. at World Championship

Jones, Gardiner, Trouba among first 15 players named to roster

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 6:29 PM / News

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Peter Laviolette has been named coach of the United States Men's National Team that will compete at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus beginning next month, USA Hockey announced Tuesday.

Laviolette, who will be coaching the U.S. for the third time, will be assisted by Joe Sacco, Phil Housley and Don Granato. The Americans are coming off a bronze medal in 2013.

Laviolette, 49, was coach for the U.S. at the World Championship in 2004 and 2005, guiding the Americans to the bronze medal in 2004. He was coach for the U.S. at the 2006 Torino Olympics and served as an assistant to Dan Bylsma at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

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Signings roundup: Union's Bodie agrees with Rangers

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 5:14 PM / News

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Defenseman Mat Bodie, who recently captained Union College to an NCAA championship, signed a free-agent contract with the New York Rangers on Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bodie, 24, had a goal and an assist in a 7-4 win against the University of Minnesota in the championship game Saturday at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. He finished his senior season leading all Union defensemen with 39 points (eight goals).

"We have been tracking his development for four years," Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told BlueshirtsUnited.com. "He's a real character kid who we think adds a hard to find element to our defensive depth going forward. Being captain of a championship team just adds to what he is as a player."

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Flyers re-sign MacDonald, sign Gostisbehere

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers took care of their defense for the short term and long term Tuesday.

Veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald signed a six-year contract extension, and 2012 third-round pick Shayne Gostisbehere signed an entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released, but multiple media reports placed the value of MacDonald's contract at $30 million.

MacDonald was acquired March 4 from the New York Islanders in a trade for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2015, and minor-league forward Matt Mangene.

"We kind of hashed it out a couple different ways," MacDonald said. "Ended up finishing on six [years] and I felt like a good, long-term commitment was great for me and they agreed with it. Obviously it's a big commitment for them, a big commitment for me. It's a good deal."

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the fact MacDonald is 27 years old made the six-year length a palatable option.

"Because of his age we didn't mind six years," Holmgren said. "We talked about a lot of different scenarios, even longer than six years, but settled on six."

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Senators owner Melnyk says MacLean will return

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 11:32 AM / News

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Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean will return next season, owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed during a conference call Tuesday.

"Paul is our coach and he's going to be our coach going into next year," Melnyk said, though he added "changes will need to happen."

One year after making the Stanley Cup Playoffs and eliminating the Montreal Canadiens in a first-round upset, the Senators finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 37-31-14 record.

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Trotz out as Predators coach after 15 years

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- In what can only be described as a heart-felt love letter to the Nashville Predators and the city he called home for 17 years, Barry Trotz said an emotional goodbye on Monday to the organization that he coached from its inception, a span of 1,196 regular-season games.

"I'm from Dauphin, Manitoba, and I didn't know much about Nashville," Trotz said. "I was in Portland, Maine, working for their minor-league team. I never thought I could find a better place, better people. Come to Nashville, I found out. It's incredible."

Always among the most accommodating and thoughtful coaches in the NHL with the media, Trotz proved no different on a day when general manager David Poile announced that the Predators would seek a new coach after 15 seasons, 557 wins and seven appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs under Trotz.

Trotz, who was offered a different job within the organization, said he had "zero ill will" towards the franchise, but that he wants to coach next season and would accept a position if offered one. Poile said he would grant another NHL team permission to talk to Trotz if the Predators are asked.

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Maple Leafs task Shanahan with changing culture

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:18 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping they've found the man who will help turn around a franchise that hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1967.

The Maple Leafs formally introduced Brendan Shanahan as president Monday and tasked him with guiding an organization that has made the playoffs just once in the past nine seasons.

"I'm not sure the Leafs have [the right culture]," Maple Leafs CEO Tim Leiweke said. "This is something these two gentlemen [Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis] will have to work on. I definitely sense that we lack an identity and right now we're a team that lacks direction, and we want to change that."

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Capuano to remain coach of Islanders

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:55 PM / News

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Jack Capuano will return as coach of the New York Islanders next season, general manager Garth Snow said Monday according to Newsday.

The Islanders ended the season winning three straight and going 8-2-2 over their last 12, but finished 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 34-37-11 record one season after making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Capuano replaced Scott Gordon early in the 2010-11 season and has compiled a record of 118-120-39. The Islanders also took the Pittsburgh Penguins to overtime in Game 6 before losing their Eastern Conference quarterfinal-round series last spring.

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Canucks' Daniel Sedin feeling better after hit

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:42 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin was back at Rogers Arena on Monday for a season-ending press conference, and showed no ill-effects after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during the Canucks' game Sunday.

Sedin left Vancouver's 5-1 win against the Calgary Flames at 17:16 of the second period following a hit from behind into the boards by Flames forward Paul Byron. Sedin was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation and imaging. He was released before midnight and said he felt "OK" on Monday.

Byron was penalized with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

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De la Rose signs entry-level contract with Canadiens

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 12:32 PM / News

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Jacob de la Rose, a 2013 second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, on Monday signed a three-year, entry-level contract that will begin next season. Financial terms of the contract were not released.

De la Rose, the 34th pick of the draft, had seven goals and 13 points in 49 games with Leksand in the Swedish Elite League this season. He also had three goals and three assists to help Sweden win the silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery