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Babcock says goodbye to Red Wings: 'I love it here'

Friday, 05.22.2015 / 12:13 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said Friday what led him to leave the Detroit Red Wings after 10 seasons as coach was the need for a new challenge.

"I love it here," Babcock said after cleaning out his office at Joe Louis Arena. "But I also think that it was time for me … I wanted a different challenge."

Babcock was hired by the Maple Leafs on Wednesday, signing an eight-year, $50 million contract, according to TSN and Sportsnet.

Babcock said Friday it wasn't only the money that lured him to Toronto.

"Is it about money? Sure it's about money," Babcock said. "But there was enough money in every place that it didn't factor into the decision. I already have enough nice suits. I'm good."

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Shero expects Elias to be 'big part' of Devils in 2015-16

Friday, 05.22.2015 / 12:03 AM / News

NHL.com

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero on Thursday said he expects forward Patrik Elias to be a "big part of this team" next season.

Elias said earlier in the week he did not know what his role would be and he was willing to leave the only NHL team he's ever played for, if needed.

Shero told Northjersey.com he will talk to Elias in person soon. The two have spoken only by phone since Shero was hired to replace Lou Lamoriello on May 4.

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Blashill says he wants to be Red Wings coach

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 11:32 PM / News

NHL.com

Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill said Thursday he wants to succeed Mike Babcock as coach of the Detroit Red Wings.

"Yes, I want to be the next head coach of the Detroit Red Wings," Blashill told the Detroit Free Press. "An ultimate goal of mine was to become an NHL head coach; obviously, within this organization, it's a great organization to be part of."

Babcock on Wednesday left the Red Wings after 10 seasons to become coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was introduced in Toronto on Thursday, when Blashill was leading the Griffins, Detroit's top farm team, in preparation for the American Hockey League Western Conference Finals against Utica. Game 1 is Sunday.

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Sabres GM resumes search, won't reveal candidates

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 8:28 PM / News

NHL.com

Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray said he is continuing his search for a coach but on Thursday would not reveal who the candidates might be.

Murray did confirm to WGR Radio that the Sabres negotiated with Mike Babcock, who on Wednesday left the Detroit Red Wings to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs. But Murray refused to confirm an ESPN.com report that he will be interviewing former Pittsburgh Penguins coach Dan Bylsma.

"I just don't feel like making the list public," Murray told the Buffalo radio station. "I have no preconceived notions that I want a veteran NHL guy or that I want a young guy to grow with young players. I’m looking for the best guy, the guy that comes in here and is a good fit."

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Brodeur ready for challenge as Blues assistant GM

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 5:47 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- When Martin Brodeur announced his retirement as a player, he had an idea where he wanted his life to go. He just didn't know where that would be.

Brodeur, who retired from the NHL with the most regular-season wins (691), shutouts (125), games played (1,266) and minutes played (74,439), joined the St. Louis Blues front office as a senior adviser to general manager Doug Armstrong in January and was named assistant general manager on Wednesday.

"I'm really excited to join the organization," Brodeur said Thursday. "I had a good learning curve last season jumping in after retirement and going as a senior adviser to Doug. That led me to make the decision to stay long term here in St. Louis and I'm really excited for the opportunity."

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Shanahan says Maple Leafs in no rush for new GM

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 4:32 PM / News

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- It is traditional for teams to hire a general manager first and let him choose his coaching staff.

However, when a coaching candidate with the stature of Mike Babcock suddenly becomes available and expresses interest in coaching your team, you jump all over it.

That is what Toronto Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan did in hiring Babcock who coached the Detroit Red Wings the past 10 seasons.

Now Shanahan, who will turn his attention to finding a new GM for the Maple Leafs, said he's in no hurry.

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Hitchcock, Blues still talking about possible return

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 4:30 PM / News

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have not made a decision regarding who their coach will be next season, but the dialogue between general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Ken Hitchcock is ongoing.

Armstrong and Hitchcock, whose contract expires June 30, are having conversations to decide whether the 63-year-old will return for a fifth season.

Armstrong, who addressed the media Thursday on the signing of Martin Brodeur to a three-year contract as assistant GM, would not commit to when the Blues will make their decision on a coach.

"I'll again go back to what we talked about at the end-of-the-year meeting," Armstrong said. "We weren't going to put a specific date on when we're going to have a decision. Ken and I have had really good communication since the end of the season. When I was in Europe, we talked quite a bit. We're talking again now. We're both still discussing what we need to do to get better going through the process. I certainly can say we're a lot closer to the finish line now than we were two or three weeks ago, but we're not there yet."

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Larkin, Red Wings agree on entry-level contract

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 3:35 PM / News

ChicagoBlackhawks.com

DETROIT – The Red Wings today announced that they have agreed to terms with center Dylan Larkin on a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.

Larkin was Detroit’s top choice in the 2014 NHL draft, selected by the Red Wings with the 15th pick of the first round. The Waterford, Mich., native spent the 2014-15 season with the Big Ten’s Michigan Wolverines, ranking among team leaders with 15 goals (2nd), 32 assists (T1st), 47 points (2nd), a plus-18 rating (T2nd) and 151 shots (1st). He ranked 11th in the nation in scoring and was second among freshmen, behind Boston University’s Jack Eichel, earning national recognition as an a Second Team All-American and within the conference as Big Ten Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten and All-Big Ten Rookie Team.

The 18-year-old also represented the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal and with the men’s national team at the 2015 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. At the WJC, he led his country with seven points (5-2-7) in five games, tying for the tournament lead in goals. With the men’s national team, he skated in all 10 games and helped the U.S. capture the bronze medal as the second-youngest member of the team.

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Senators owner 'recovering well' after liver transplant

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 3:20 PM / News

NHL.com

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering after having a successful liver transplant, his doctors said Thursday.

"Both the recipient [Melnyk] and the donor are currently stable and recovering well from their operations," said Dr. Atul Humar, medical director of the multiorgan transplant program at University Health Network in Toronto. "… Mr. Melnyk is in our transplant ICU but he is awake, he is smiling and he is answering questions."

Several weeks ago, Melnyk was assessed by doctors who determined he was in urgent need of a liver transplant. He had the procedure Tuesday.

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Babcock wants to put Maple Leafs 'back on the map'

Thursday, 05.21.2015 / 1:19 PM / News

NHL.com

Mike Babcock won two gold medals coaching Canada's team. His next goal is to win with "Canada's team."

Babcock was introduced as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday, one day after it was announced he was leaving the Detroit Red Wings.

"I believe this is Canada's team and we need to put Canada's team back on the map," Babcock said.

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