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Senators owner Melnyk in need of liver transplant

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:33 PM / News

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is in need of a liver transplant, team president Cyril Leeder said Thursday.

Melnyk, 55, has been dealing with major health issues since mid-January and was hospitalized because of liver-related issues three weeks ago.

"The need is very urgent and the family has exhausted their local internal network and we wouldn't be making the public plea unless it was a very urgent and serious situation," Leeder said. "This is a life-threatening situation."

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued this statement:

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Eugene Melnyk. We hope a suitable donor is found quickly."

Howe to be honored with new Detroit River bridge

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:30 PM / News

The Gordie Howe International Bridge will span the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Prime Minister of Canada Steven Harper and Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday in Windsor.

The publicly owned bridge, which is scheduled to open in 2020, will be named to honor the 87-year-old hockey icon who was born in Saskatchewan and spent 25 years with the Detroit Red Wings.

"His career, not just his career in hockey but in sports, has symbolized and has been about an unprecedented combination of skill, strength and ability," Harper said, according to the Red Wings website. "That's everything you want this particular bridge, this great international bridge, to be.

Canucks sign defenseman Jordan Subban

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:25 PM / News

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks General Manager Jim Benning announced today that the Canucks have signed defenseman Jordan Subban.

Subban, 20, recently completed his fourth season playing for the OHL Belleville Bulls. This season, Subban set new career-highs and finished first on the team in goals (25), powerplay goals (8), and points (52) in 63 games played. His 25 goals on the year are the most by a Belleville Bulls defenseman in a single season in franchise history. Subban also finished ranked eighth amongst OHL defensemen in scoring (25-27-52).

The Rexdale, Ontario native has appeared in 253 OHL regular season games with the Belleville Bulls collecting 165 points (57-108-165) and 203 penalty minutes.

Senators' Melnyk appeals to public for liver donor

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 2:43 PM / News

The following statement regarding Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk was posted to the team's official Web site Thursday.

OTTAWA – This past season our fans witnessed the remarkable and historic rally of their Ottawa Senators to overcome the largest regular-season point deficit in National Hockey League history to successfully qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

During this spectacular comeback many of our fans noticed the unusual absence of the Senators' number one fan and team owner, Eugene Melnyk.

Mr. Melnyk has consistently remained very private on matters of a personal or family nature.

Today, the club wishes to share with the hockey community and our fans that Mr. Melnyk has been sick and battling major health issues since mid-January. Since then, his medical care and treatment have been the sole focus for him and his family.

AHL announces division realignment for 2015-16

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 6:57 PM / News

The American Hockey League on Tuesday approved division realignment that will be in effect for the 2015-16 season.

There will be two divisions in each conference. In the Eastern Conference, the Atlantic Division will have eight teams and the North Division seven teams. In the Western Conference, the Central Division will have eight teams and the Pacific Division seven.

The AHL had three five-team divisions in each conference for the 2014-15 season.

Wild goalie Harding expected to retire: report

Tuesday, 05.12.2015 / 12:28 PM / News

Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding is expected to retire because of complications from multiple sclerosis, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Harding's three-year, $5.7 million contract expires June 30.

"I wouldn't want to speak for him, but he has bigger issues than just hockey," Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher told the Tribune.

Brodeur says return to Devils 'few years' away: report

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 11:27 PM / News

Martin Brodeur does not anticipate joining the New Jersey Devils front office anytime soon, the former goaltender told Monday.

The Devils hired Ray Shero to replace Lou Lamoriello as general manager last week and Brodeur said he believes the organization is heading in a different direction.

"Especially with the change [the Devils] made, I think it's a great opportunity for me to take a step back and go somewhere -- or stay somewhere -- that I'll be able to learn and do things I want to do and try to learn as much as possible and who knows what the future [holds]," Brodeur told writer Tom Gulitti.

Dubnyk, Wild will try to agree on contract to stay

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 5:25 PM / News

Dan Myers - Correspondent

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Goaltender Devan Dubnyk wants to remain with the Minnesota Wild, and the feeling is mutual.

Dubnyk is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He has said in the past and reiterated Monday he hopes to stay in Minnesota long term.

"There's no reason why I wouldn't want to be here; it's been a lot of fun for me and definitely the most fun I've had in my career," Dubnyk said. "I'm not going to go look elsewhere if there is no need to, and obviously that depends on what comes and how those conversations are going."

Babcock meets with Sabres GM, owner: report

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 9:58 AM / News

Mike Babcock met with Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Sunday to discuss a possible future with the organization, according to The Associated Press.

Babcock flew to Buffalo on Sunday and spent the afternoon with Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The Sabres are one of five teams with a coaching vacancy after firing Ted Nolan on April 12.

Approached Sunday by a reporter at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Babcock refused to comment and Pegula only said, "Hello."

The Detroit Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak with other NHL teams May 8. Babcock's contract with the Red Wings expires June 30. The Red Wings want to bring back Babcock and are aiming for a resolution by May 25.

Penguins will not pursue Babcock to coach: report

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 9:49 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins will not ask Mike Babcock to become their coach, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review on Saturday.

"We have our coaching staff in place," Rutherford told the newspaper. "We will not be pursuing him."

Coach Mike Johnston's first season with the Penguins ended with a Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round.

"We are committed to our present coaching staff," Rutherford said.

Babcock on Friday was given permission by the Detroit Red Wings to explore other NHL opportunities. His contract expires June 30, but the Red Wings want to have a resolution this month.

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