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Todd McLellan named coach of Edmonton Oilers

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 7:13 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Todd McLellan was introduced Tuesday as Edmonton Oilers coach.

He replaces Todd Nelson, who took over after Dallas Eakins was fired 31 games into the 2014-15 season, and will be Edmonton's seventh coach in eight seasons.

"Todd was at the top of my list for a number of reasons," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "I thought the fit was right with our personnel. I thought the fit was right with the way I manage, and in this business when you want to get a top coach, you have to act quickly. It's almost like a free agent for players; if you're not in there first, you're probably not going to get that guy. I made it an effort that he was a guy we were going to go after and we were going to go after hard."

McLellan, 47, was 311-163-66 the past seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks. He coached San Jose to six consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berths before failing to qualify this season. In April, McLellan and the Sharks agreed to part.

"I'm happy here. I didn't need to go to other places," McLellan said. "It wasn't about money or anything like that. It was about opportunity and family for me. I'm comfortable in Edmonton. Family-wise, my wife has family here, I have family here. I'm a Western Canada guy (born in Melville, Saskatchewan). I feel good about being here. After all those years in California, I think I still like the snow a little bit, so that will have to come into play. It felt right; your gut sometimes tells you that you're doing the right thing, and my gut was telling me that."

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Sharks get OK to interview Bylsma: report

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 11:14 PM / News

The San Jose Sharks have been given permission to interview Dan Bylsma for their coaching position, ESPN.com reported Monday.

The website also said Mike Babcock was scheduled to speak with the Sharks this week to discuss a possible future with the organization, but Babcock said he is done speaking with teams. It is unknown if he interviewed with the Sharks.

Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins after last season with two years remaining on his contract. The Penguins reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the six seasons he coached, and he led Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He was 252-117-32 in the regular season.

ESPN reporter Craig Custance said Bylsma turned down two jobs before this season; Custance did not identify the teams.

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Babcock done meeting teams, decision soon: report

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 9:12 PM / News

NHL.com

Mike Babcock said Monday he is done speaking with NHL teams about becoming their coach and will announce a decision Wednesday.

The Detroit Red Wings coach will meet with general manager Ken Holland on Tuesday, Babcock told Mlive.com.

"Just going to revisit everything one more time," Babcock said. "I've talked to all the teams I'm talking to."

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues asked permission to speak with Babcock, according to the website.

"I learned a lot. I talked to lots of good people," Babcock told writer Ansar Khan. "I kept Kenny abreast the whole time. We'll talk one more time [Tuesday] and then I'll sit down with my family one more time [Tuesday] night and make a decision."

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Blue Jackets will name captain on Wednesday

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 8:57 PM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets will name their next captain at a press conference Wednesday.

"We know who it's going to be," Davidson told Columbus Business First in an interview published April 30. "... He's popped, he's a person that's carried himself with outstanding leadership."

The Blue Jackets alerted season-ticket holders in an email and announced it on their website Monday.

The Columbus Dispatch said it is expected only the captain, not any alternate captains, will be revealed.

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Boyle returns to Lightning lineup for Game 2

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 8:13 PM / News

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle is in the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Boyle, who did not play in the Lightning’s 2-1 loss in Game 1 on Saturday because of an undisclosed injury, took line rushes with Brenden Morrow and J.T. Brown before the game.

In 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Boyle has a goal and an assist, and Lightning captain Steven Stamkos discussed Boyle's importance to the team Monday.

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Capitals' Green enters offseason with uncertain future

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 4:08 PM / News

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green said he thinks the best years of his NHL career are ahead of him.

Green, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will have to make some tough decisions about his future this summer. They could involve saying farewell to the place he's spent his entire NHL career.

"I just want to play on a competitive team that wants to win," Green said. "That's really the ultimate factor that comes into play for me, and I know that Washington's a competitive organization. It's hard to think of the uncertainty of this summer and what might happen. It's probably a little scary at times for myself to think that anything could happen."

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Melnyk appreciative of fans' efforts in liver search

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 2:50 PM / News

OttawaSenators.com

The Ottawa Senators issued the following statement on the health of owner Eugene Melnyk

We lead such busy lives in today's world it is often a challenge to appreciate how important and vitally dependent we are on being in good health.

The past few months have presented me with the greatest challenge of my life and up until most recently, it has been very personal and private.

Over the last few weeks, my declining health became considerably more critical and urgent. During this time, my family and a few very close friends have worked tirelessly to help save my life.

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Flyers hire college veteran Hakstol as new coach

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 2:12 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Dave Hakstol was named coach of the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday.

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said he wasn't interested in hiring a big-name coach, he wanted the right coach. And he said in making the announcement that he believes he found him.

"I wasn't going to choose the coach that was the people's choice, the popular choice," Hextall said. "I was going to pick the coach that I felt like for this franchise from today, next year and moving forward was the right coach. And Dave is the right coach for this franchise at this point."

Hakstol spent the previous 11 seasons as coach of the University of North Dakota. He replaces Craig Berube, who had been fired April 17 after two seasons.

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Babcock, Sharks to speak about coaching job: report

Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 10:17 PM / News

NHL.com

Mike Babcock is scheduled to speak with the San Jose Sharks this week to discuss a possible future with the organization, ESPN.com reported.

Babcock, who would like to make a decision about his future by Wednesday, initiated contact with the Sharks, CSNCalifornia.com reported Sunday.

Babcock's contract with the Detroit Red Wings expires June 30.

The Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak with other NHL teams May 8. They want to bring back their coach of the past 10 seasons and were aiming for a resolution by May 25.

Babcock told TSN he wanted to make a decision by May 20.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, May 17

Sunday, 05.17.2015 / 7:56 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

DUCKS CONTINUE HOME DOMINANCE, TAKE SERIES LEAD

Three different Anaheim Ducks players scored multiple points and Frederik Andersen made 32 saves to help the Ducks remain perfect at home in the Stanley Cup Playoffs (6-0) and take a 1-0 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks with a 4-1 win in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final at Honda Center.

* The Ducks are one win shy of matching their playoff record of seven consecutive home victories, established from April 30 to June 7, 2003 when they made their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. Sunday marked Anaheim's first win against Chicago at Honda Center since March 20, 2013 (0-3-0).

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— Anaheim forward Matt Beleskey on scoring the overtime winner Monday to give the Ducks a 3-2 series lead against the Blackhawks