Baertschi will be out for several weeks.
Baertschi will be out for several weeks.
Forward Pierre-Édouard Bellemare, who stars in the Swedish Hockey League for Skelleftea, scored in the third round of a shootout Friday to give France a stunning 3-2 victory against Canada in preliminary-round action of the 2014 IIHF World Championship at Chizhovka Arena in Belarus.
The victory was the second by France against Canada at the World Championship dating back to 1931; the French previously defeated Canada 4-1 in April 1995. The Canadians, who defeated France 9-1 at the 2011 WC and 7-2 in 2012, fall to 8-2 all-time against France.
"You look at that team after they won that game, that's like winning a Stanley Cup for them," Canada coach Dave Tippett told The Canadian Press.
Erie Otters center Connor McDavid, who many project to be the No. 1 pick at the 2015 NHL Draft in Florida, was selected by Medvescak Zagreb in the second round (No. 77) of the Kontinental Hockey League draft Thursday.
Zagreb will hold McDavid's KHL rights, but that likely won't matter since the 17-year-old prodigy is expected to suit up for an NHL team in 2015-16 right out of training camp.
Carlyle's job status had been in question since a late-season collapse by the Maple Leafs and the hiring of Brendan Shanahan as their new president.
Dansk, 20, was a second-round pick (No. 31) by the Blue Jackets in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Dansk, a native of Tumba, Sweden, has spent the past two seasons with the Erie Otters of the Ontario Hockey League, compiling a 40-32-7 record with a 3.25 goals-against average, .897 save percentage and six shutouts in 85 appearances.
He was the co-winner, alongside fellow Otter Devin Williams, of the Dave Pinkney Trophy for Top Team Goaltending in 2013-14 after Erie allowed a league-low 170 goals in 68 games en route to posting franchise records for wins (52) and points (106) in a season.
Grimaldi, 21, comes off a season in which he led the University of North Dakota with 17 goals and 22 assists as it reached the NCAA Frozen Four semifinals. He was named MVP of the NCAA Midwest Regional after helping UND defeat Wisconsin and Ferris State.
"We are very pleased to have reached a contract agreement with Rocco," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon said. "He is a hard-working forward who possesses speed along with great vision on the ice. We look forward to his continued growth and development within our organization."
The St. Louis Blues extended the contract of coach Ken Hitchcock through the 2014-15 season on Wednesday.
In addition, associate coach Brad Shaw and assistant coach Ray Bennett will return.
Ron Hextall called Wednesday the culmination of a 15-year dream.
After playing 11 of 13 NHL seasons with the Flyers, Hextall moved into a scouting role with the organization after he retired in 1999. He returned to Flyers in the summer of 2013 as assistant general manager and director of hockey operations after seven seasons as assistant general manager with the Los Angeles Kings.
"When [chairman Ed] Snider brought me in and talked about offering me this job, not only did I reach my goal of being a general manager, I got my dream job," Hextall said during a press conference at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. "I'm thrilled to be sitting here and I'll do the best job I can do. I'll work hard toward reaching the ultimate goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Philadelphia."
The tournament begins May 9 and ends May 25.
Ovechkin will be Russia's captain. It is his 10th World Championship appearance; the Moscow native has 46 points (27 goals) in 56 games and won a gold medal with Russia in 2008 and 2012.
Ovechkin scored 51 goals this season to win his second consecutive and fourth career Rocket Richard Trophy. It was his fifth 50-goal season in the NHL.
The two worked together for the United States at the 2014 Sochi Olympics with Poile as general manager and Laviolette as an assistant coach. Poile was impressed with Laviolette's preparation and game plans and liked Laviolette's experience and motivational abilities.
Yet Poile wanted to do his homework. It was 17 years since he hired a coach and he wanted to get it right. So Poile spoke with some who played for Laviolette with the Carolina Hurricanes, who he coached to the 2006 Stanley Cup, and the Philadelphia Flyers, who he brought to the 2010 Cup Final. Poile spoke to Predators center Matt Cullen, who won the Cup with Laviolette in Carolina.
Poile might have ended his search where he started. The Predators announced Laviolette on Tuesday as the successor to Barry Trotz, who coached the team for its first 15 seasons. Poile, the third-longest tenured general manager in the NHL, said his confidence in the hire was about as high as any decision he had ever made.
"Peter is a very successful coach," Poile said. "Am I glad that we have that an experienced coach who won a Stanley Cup? Yes, sir. That's good. All of the criteria is great. Again, I think I knew all that but I wanted to check it out with other people, other players. Again, I just did my due diligence. This is arguably the most important decision we're making this offseason."
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