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GM Shero fired by Penguins; Bylsma coach for now

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 12:32 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Penguins fired general manager Ray Shero on Friday but have retained coach Dan Bylsma, Penguins president David Morehouse announced Friday during a press conference at Consol Energy Center.

Assistant general manager Jason Botterill was named interim GM, and Morehouse said he is a candidate for the full-time position. The announcement came three days after the Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round after holding a 3-1 series lead.

Morehouse said the search for a new GM has begun, but Pittsburgh is not specifically targeting anyone other than Botterill. The new GM will evaluate Bylsma and the rest of the coaching staff before a decision is made on their future in Pittsburgh, Morehouse said.

"The new GM will be charged with overseeing and revamping our hockey operations with the goal of returning the team to championship form," Morehouse said. "Part of his initial duties will be to evaluate our hockey operations department, including the coaching staff, and make decisions in the best interest of the franchise moving forward.

"Our ownership group led by Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle felt that it was time to move the franchise in a new direction. Like our fans, they have been very disappointed with our early exits from the playoffs. They made this decision because we believe new leadership can help us get back on track to achieve our goal of winning the Stanley Cup."


Wild's playoff loss still stings for coach Mike Yeo

Friday, 05.16.2014 / 12:08 AM / News


Mike Yeo had planned to spend Thursday getting his Minnesota Wild ready for Game 7 of their Western Conference Second Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Instead, the third-year coach was addressing the media at Xcel Energy Center about the bad break that ended the Wild's season.

An overtime dump-in hit a stanchion in the glass behind the Minnesota net and caromed right to Chicago's Patrick Kane, whose goal won Game 6, 2-1, on Tuesday and sent the Wild home for the summer. Yeo's pain was apparent two days later.

"To be perfectly honest, I'm still a little bit bitter," Yeo said. "There's still a little bit of disbelief. You wake up in the morning and think 'OK, I'm on my way to work.' Obviously it's a season, it's long, it's hard. There's a lot of incredibly great emotions that go along with some of the tough parts and it just comes to a grinding halt."


Sharks to part with Boyle, Havlat; move Burns to D

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 8:49 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson promised to make changes after a historic collapse against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he's already begun.

During a conference call Thursday, Wilson said the Sharks will part with forward Marty Havlat, won't re-sign veteran defenseman Dan Boyle, and will move Brent Burns back to defense after his first full season as a forward.

Boyle, an impending unrestricted free agent, played six seasons for San Jose after coming from the Tampa Bay Lightning in a trade July 4, 2008. Boyle had 68 goals and 269 points for the Sharks, including 12 goals and 36 points this season, which was marred by a concussion.

Boyle turns 38 in July, and Wilson made it clear the Sharks will ramp up their mission to become a "younger, more aggressive team."


Malkin to join Russia for World Championship

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 6:57 PM / News


Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin will join Russia for the remainder of the 2014 IIHF World Championship being played in Belarus.

The Penguins were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Tuesday with a Game 7 loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Second Round.

The IIHF website said Malkin will join the Russian team Sunday. It plays Germany that night in a preliminary-round game, and faces Belarus on Tuesday.


Latvia upsets U.S., Canada routs Denmark at Worlds

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 4:18 PM / News


Zemgus Girgensons (Buffalo Sabres) scored the go-ahead goal with 5:25 remaining Thursday and Latvia pulled off a 6-5 upset of the United States in a preliminary-round game of the 2014 IIHF World Championship played at Minsk Arena in Belarus.

Latvia (3-1, 9 points), which is led by Sabres coach Ted Nolan, ended a six-game losing streak to the U.S. in the tournament by beating the Americans for the first time since 2001.

"It was an up-and-down game. We went up there, they went up there," Girgensons told the IIHF website. "But we have to stop taking so many penalties. A lot of them were our own fault."

Brock Nelson (New York Islanders) and Tyler Johnson (Tampa Bay Lightning) scored power-play goals in the second period to rally the U.S. (2-2, 6 points) from a 3-1 deficit, but Latvia never let the United States pull in front in the third.


Konopka releases statement regarding suspension

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:32 PM / News


Buffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka released the following statement on Thursday following the announcement that he has been suspended 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program:

"I deeply regret that I have tested positive for a prohibited substance in violation of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program. I accept full responsibility for this error. As a professional athlete I am responsible for what I put in my body, and I am to blame for this mistake.

"I want to make it clear that this violation occurred because I ingested a product that can be purchased over-the-counter and which, unknown to me, contained a substance that violated the program. Unfortunately, I did not take the necessary care to ensure that the product did not contain a prohibited substance. I want to stress, however, that I did not take this substance for the purpose of enhancing my athletic performance.

"I apologize to my teammates and to the Buffalo Sabres organization, as well as to my friends and family. I have learned a great deal from this experience, something I hope to be able to share with younger players. I will accept this suspension and continue to work hard to prepare for the 2014-15 season."


Penguins forward Bennett to have wrist surgery

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:24 PM / News

Wes Crosby - NHL.com Correspondent

PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Beau Bennett needs surgery to repair a hand/wrist injury that never fully healed.

He is scheduled to have surgery next week and said he expects to be prepared for training camp next season.

Bennett was expected to return in early March after missing three months. A setback kept him out for another few weeks; he finally returned March 28 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. He played in the final nine regular-season games and the Penguins' first 12 Stanley Cup Playoff games but was scratched for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Second Round series against the New York Rangers. He said Thursday he wasn't completely healthy in the postseason.

"Unfortunately that setback I had was a back-to-square-one setback," Bennett said. "They gave me the option to either play with it or get [the surgery] done then and there in February, and I was kind of sick of watching and I was taping it and hoping for the best and that kind of limited me in that way."


Sabres' Konopka suspended 20 games

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 2:00 PM / News


NEW YORKBuffalo Sabres forward Zenon Konopka has been suspended for 20 games for violating the terms of the NHL/NHLPA Performance Enhancing Substances Program.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension is accompanied by mandatory referral to the NHL/NHLPA Program for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health for evaluation and possible treatment.

The player's contract expires with the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. The term of the suspension will be served at the beginning of any new contract.

The National Hockey League will have no further comment on this matter.


Islanders' Tavares skating, cleared for full activity

Thursday, 05.15.2014 / 11:22 AM / News


New York Islanders captain John Tavares has been cleared to skate and his recovery from a knee injury that ended his 2013-14 season is going well, he told a Buffalo radio station Thursday.

"Everything's pretty much back to normal," Tavares told WGR 550 in Buffalo. "I was cleared last week to resume full activity, so I skated with the London Knights [of the Ontario Hockey League] as they're preparing for the Memorial Cup for three days and three practices, and I feel really good.

"I'm just happy I'm able to put this behind me, move forward, and look toward next season."


Sharks owner backs GM Wilson, coaching staff

Wednesday, 05.14.2014 / 6:41 PM / News

NHL.com Staff

The majority owner of the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday publicly expressed support for general manager Doug Wilson and Wilson's support of the staff led by coach Todd McLellan.

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