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Flames captain Giordano says he'll be ready for camp

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 7:00 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

LAS VEGAS -- Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano said he will be ready to go for training camp in September after missing the last quarter of the regular season and Calgary's two-round run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs because of surgery to repair a torn biceps tendon.

Giordano was injured on Feb. 25 in a game against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center. He led all defensemen with 48 points through 61 games at the time he was injured.

"I feel almost 100 percent, it's just a strength thing now," Giordano said Tuesday. "As far as the repair it went really well. Just trying to get strong again."


Leafs sign Granberg, Erixon, agree with Hyman

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 5:20 PM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Tuesday that the hockey club has signed defencemen Petter Granberg and Tim Erixon to one-year contracts. The Maple Leafs also announced today that the club has come to terms with forward Zach Hyman on a two-year entry level contract.

Granberg, 22, was held pointless in seven regular season games with the Maple Leafs this past season. The Gallivare, Sweden native also registered 15 points (one goal, 14 assists) in 53 regular season games with the Toronto Marlies during 2014-15. Granberg, a fourth round selection (116th overall) by the Maple Leafs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, has skated in eight career NHL games, all with Toronto.


McCrimmon added to Canada staff for World Juniors

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 4:42 PM / News

Kelly McCrimmon, general manager and coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League, was added as an assistant coach for Canada for the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, Hockey Canada announced Tuesday.

McCrimmon replaces D.J. Smith, who was hired as an assistant coach by the Toronto Maple Leafs on June 16.

Dave Lowry, coach of the Victoria Royals of the WHL, will coach Canada at the 2016 WJC, which will be played in Helsinki, Finland, from Dec. 26-Jan. 5. Joining McCrimmon on Lowry's staff are Dominique Ducharme, coach of the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Martin Raymond, coach of the Drummondville Voltiguers of the QMJHL.


Granato returning, Chelios added to Red Wings staff

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

DETROIT Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the team has finalized its coaching staff under new head coach Jeff Blashill. Tony Granato and Pat Ferschweiler will work behind the bench with Blashill as assistant coaches. Additionally, Chris Chelios will expand his current role with the team and join the coaching staff, Dave Noel-Bernier has been hired as video coach and Jim Bedard will return for his 19th season as goaltending coach.

Granato, 50, returns to the Red Wings bench for the 2015-16 season after helping Detroit extend its postseason streak to 24 during the 2014-15 campaign, while reaching 100 regular-season points for the 13th time in the past 14 full NHL seasons. Granato brings extensive NHL experience to the team’s coaching staff, with 13 seasons in the league as a player in addition to 10 as an assistant coach and three as a head coach. The Downers Grove, Ill., native began his coaching career as an assistant with Colorado in 2002-03 and took over as the Avalanche’s head coach midseason. Combined with a second stint in the same role during the 2008-09 season, Granato compiled a 104-78-17-16 regular-season record during his three seasons as head coach, clinching a playoff berth twice and winning a Northwest Division crown in 2003. He also served as an assistant coach for the Avalanche from 2005-08.


NHLPA, NHL announce team payroll range for 2015-16

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association today announced that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2015-16 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $52.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $62.1 million and an Upper Limit of $71.4 million.


GMs learn salary cap, expected to discuss OT format

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

LAS VEGAS -- The NHL's general managers open a busy 48-hour window here with their annual end-of-season meeting Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first time the general managers will meet in Las Vegas. Generally this meeting takes place during the Stanley Cup Final, in one of the participating cities.

The managers learned the upper limit of the salary cap for the 2015-16 season will be $71.4 million, with the lower limit $52.8 million.


Oilers fire head amateur scout MacGregor, four others

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 6:23 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers on Monday fired head amateur scout Stu MacGregor as well as four other members of the amateur and professional scouting department.

"We have to get better drafting and developing players," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said while speaking with the media.

MacGregor had been director of amateur scouting since 2007, and a scout for the Oilers since 2000.

"I wanted to lean out the staff a bit, I wanted to reposition some people in duties, and these are hard decisions that we have to make; that I had to make," Chiarelli said.

The Oilers, who have the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, are expected to take Erie Otters center Connor McDavid. The Oilers also have the 16th pick in the first round, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have 10 picks in all, tied for the most of any team.

McDavid had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games for Erie this season.


Assistant coach Gwozdecky leaves Lightning

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 6:17 PM / News

TAMPA -- Assistant Coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning to pursue other opportunities, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Gwozdecky has been with the Lightning on head coach Jon Cooper's staff for two seasons, most recently helping the franchise to the 2015 Eastern Conference Championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire Lightning organization, would like to thank George and his family for giving us the past two years," said Yzerman upon making the announcement. "He helped turn a young, unproven team into the Eastern Conference Champions and we appreciate his professionalism and dedication."

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Oilers fire four members of scouting team: report

Sunday, 06.21.2015 / 10:20 AM / News Staff

Stu MacGregor, who has served as head amateur scout for the Edmonton Oilers since 2007, was fired along with three other members of the Oilers scouting team on Saturday night six days before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, according to a report by Bob McKenzie of TSN.

The Oilers also fired head pro scout Morey Gare. MacGregor and Gare had each been with the organization for over a decade. Two additional scouts not named in the report were also fired.

The Oilers hold 10 picks in this year's draft, including two first- and two second-round selections. The organization won the NHL Draft Lottery in April to gain the No. 1 pick for the fourth time since 2010. The 2015 NHL Draft is June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.


Alex Carpenter first pick of new pro women's league

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 7:45 PM / News

Alex Carpenter of Boston College became the first player drafted into the new National Women's Hockey League on Saturday when the New York Riveters selected her with the top pick.

Players who had completed their junior seasons in college were eligible for the NWHL's first draft, which was held in Boston at Harvard University's Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Each of the 20 players selected Saturday can sign with the team that drafted her after completing her senior season, or she can opt for free agency and sign with one of the league's other three teams.

In addition to the Riveters, the NWHL's other teams are the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale. The league's inaugural season is scheduled to begin in October. Free agency begins Aug. 17, when rosters will be finalized.

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Quote of the Day

It's very special, obviously; there is draft day and then there's the day that you sign your first deal. It's been a crazy couple of weeks and I'm very honored to be able to do that."

— Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid on signing his first professional contract