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Stars sign Klingberg to seven-year contract

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 11:00 AM / News

NHL.com

The Dallas Stars signed defenseman John Klingberg to a seven-year contract Friday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Dallas Morning News reported it has an average annual value of $4.25 million.

Klingberg, 22, led NHL rookie defenseman with 40 points and was second with 11 goals. His 21:50 average ice time in 65 games was third on the Stars.

"John is a very special player, possessing a creativity and skill level that few in this League can match," general manager Jim Nill said. "He fits in perfectly with where our core is at age-wise and his impact on our team was felt immediately. We expect him to build off of his rookie season and continue his development towards becoming an elite all-around defenseman."

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Jaroslav Holik, former Czech star forward, dies at 72

Friday, 04.17.2015 / 9:54 AM / News

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Jaroslav Holik, who helped his native Czechoslovakia win the Olympic bronze medal and World Championship gold in 1972, died at age 72, the Czech Ice Hockey Association announced Friday.

Holik is the father of former NHL center Bobby Holik.

Jaroslav Holik won seven Czechoslovakian league titles with HC Dukla Jihlava. He was a regular on Czechoslovakia national teams from 1964 to 1973, scoring 57 goals in 142 international games. He won a bronze medal at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics and months later won gold at the 1972 IIHF World Championship. He helped Czechoslovakia win silver medals at the World Championship in 1965 and 1966, and bronze medals in 1969, 1970 and 1973.

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Chiarelli fired as Bruins GM after nine seasons

Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 6:32 PM / News

Matt Kalman - NHL.com Correspondent

BOSTON -- The Stanley Cup Playoffs won't include the Boston Bruins for the first time in eight years, but CEO Charlie Jacobs and president Cam Neely said Wednesday the decision to fire general manager Peter Chiarelli after nine seasons was about more than the Bruins' 41-27-14 season and ninth-place finish in the Eastern Conference.

"I can appreciate the fact that our fans would probably like us to get a little more specific as to why," Neely said during a press conference at TD Garden, "but we believe that we made the decision moving forward to help improve the hockey club. I don't want to take away anything that Peter accomplished here. I mean, he's going to go down in history as the GM that brought the Stanley Cup back to Boston, the first time in 39 years, so that says a lot about his abilities as a general manager.

"You know, we just felt, and it's not just this particular year not making the playoffs … we just felt moving forward was the best thing for us to do. It was not an easy decision to come to. A lot of conversations about it, but we felt it was the best thing to do moving forward."

The Bruins went 386-233-85 after Chiarelli was hired in the summer of 2006. Chiarelli's tenure included the Stanley Cup championship in 2011, a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2013 and a Presidents' Trophy for the 2013-14 season.

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Sharks coach McLellan needs time to ponder future

Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 5:33 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks cleared out their lockers Wednesday, but coach Todd McLellan's future with the organization remained unclear.

McLellan, the winningest coach in Sharks history, has one year left on his contract. Sharks general manager Doug Wilson plans to review McLellan's performance before making a decision, and McLellan said he still needs to further discuss with his family before he decides what he wants to do.

"I need a little more time," McLellan said. "I'm sure the organization needs a little more time."

McLellan was named Canada's coach for the 2015 IIHF World Championship earlier this week. He said he expects a decision on his fate with the Sharks well before he leaves San Jose on April 24 to join the Canadian team.

Wilson, on the other hand, said there is no timetable for making that decision.

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Berube's future as Flyers coach remains undecided

Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 4:50 PM / News

NHL.com

A decision has not been made on Craig Berube's future as Philadelphia Flyers coach, general manager Ron Hextall said Wednesday.

"He's our head coach and if something changes I'll let you guys know," Hextall said during a press conference in Voorhees, N.J. "At this point in the process ... we're going to evaluate everything, as I said, and at this point the decision hasn't been made."

Hextall said he and Berube spoke Sunday and the coach "was fine with it."

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Flames sign Providence goalie Gillies to contract

Wednesday, 04.15.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

CalgaryFlames.com

CALGARY, AB -- The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed goaltender Jon Gillies from Providence College of the Hockey East Conference.

The South Portland, Maine native played three seasons with Providence in Hockey East and was drafted by the Flames in the third round (75th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. In 38 games during the 2014-15 season the 6'6", 225 lb. netminder led Hockey East in goals against average (2.01) and save percentage (.930), he was honoured as the 2014-15 Hockey East Goaltender of the Year, and he was named the NCAA Division 1 Tournament Most Outstanding Player in leading Providence to the national championship. Over his 108-game NCAA career he recorded 60 wins, 13 shutouts, a 2.08 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

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USA Hockey names 16 to World Championship roster

Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 6:06 PM / News

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USA Hockey on Tuesday announced the first 15 players who will represent the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship, which will be played May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.

The initial group includes 10 skaters who played in the NHL this season: defensemen Justin Faulk (Carolina Hurricanes), Jake Gardiner (Toronto Maple Leafs), Torey Krug (Boston Bruins), John Moore (Arizona Coyotes) and Connor Murphy (Arizona Coyotes); and forwards Mark Arcobello (Arizona Coyotes), Matt Hendricks (Edmonton Oilers), Trevor Lewis (Los Angeles Kings), Jeremy Morin (Columbus Blue Jackets) and Ben Smith (San Jose Sharks).

Goaltender Alex Lyon (Yale University), defenseman Mike Reilly (University of Minnesota), and forwards Dylan Larkin (University of Michigan), Steve Moses (Jokerit, KHL) and Dan Sexton (Nizhnekamsk Neftekhimik, KHL) round out the current group.

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Canada names 19 to World Championship roster

Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 4:18 PM / News

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Hockey Canada on Tuesday announced the first 19 players who will compete in the 2015 IIHF World Championship. to be held May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.

Goalies Martin Jones (Los Angeles Kings) and Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes) have been selected, along with five defensemen: Tyson Barrie (Colorado Avalanche), Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Jake Muzzin (Kings) and David Savard (Columbus Blue Jackets). Among the 12 forwards picked are Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) and Jason Spezza (Stars).

Seventeen of the 19 players picked have previous international experience and nine have competed in the World Championship. Muzzin and Savard will represent Canada for the first time.

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Senators assistant Reeds dies after battle with cancer

Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 2:18 PM / News

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Ottawa Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds, 55, died Tuesday of cancer.

"It is with very heavy hearts that all of us within the Senators family remember Mark, who was truly a wonderful father, husband, player, coach and friend," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk told the Senators website. "Mark's charismatic fighting spirit was present right until the end. We are all better for having had the opportunity to work so closely with Mark, whose passion for life, hockey and his family will leave an indelible mark on our organization. The entire Ottawa Senators organization sends its deepest condolences to the Reeds family."

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McLellan to coach Canada at World Championship

Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 12:10 PM / News

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San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been named head coach for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, May 1-17.

Jim Nill, general manager for the Canadian national men's team, made the announcement Tuesday.

McLellan will be assisted by Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, Sharks assistant coach Jay Woodcroft and Peter DeBoer.

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This team has been a real treat to say you've been the head coach of them. I'm extremely proud of this group ... after the disappointment of (the Game 6 loss) is digested, it's always a lot easier as a coach when your team has emptied its tank, and that team emptied its tank for me for three months.

— Senators coach Dave Cameron after getting eliminated in the first round by the Canadiens