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Flyers re-sign MacDonald, sign Gostisbehere

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 3:30 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

VOORHEES, N.J. -- The Philadelphia Flyers took care of their defense for the short term and long term Tuesday.

Veteran defenseman Andrew MacDonald signed a six-year contract extension, and 2012 third-round pick Shayne Gostisbehere signed an entry-level contract. Financial terms were not released, but multiple media reports placed the value of MacDonald's contract at $30 million.

MacDonald was acquired March 4 from the New York Islanders in a trade for a third-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, a second-round pick in 2015, and minor-league forward Matt Mangene.

"We kind of hashed it out a couple different ways," MacDonald said. "Ended up finishing on six [years] and I felt like a good, long-term commitment was great for me and they agreed with it. Obviously it's a big commitment for them, a big commitment for me. It's a good deal."

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said the fact MacDonald is 27 years old made the six-year length a palatable option.

"Because of his age we didn't mind six years," Holmgren said. "We talked about a lot of different scenarios, even longer than six years, but settled on six."

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Senators owner Melnyk says MacLean will return

Tuesday, 04.15.2014 / 11:32 AM / News

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Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean will return next season, owner Eugene Melnyk confirmed during a conference call Tuesday.

"Paul is our coach and he's going to be our coach going into next year," Melnyk said, though he added "changes will need to happen."

One year after making the Stanley Cup Playoffs and eliminating the Montreal Canadiens in a first-round upset, the Senators finished 11th in the Eastern Conference with a 37-31-14 record.

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Trotz out as Predators coach after 15 years

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 6:50 PM / News

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- In what can only be described as a heart-felt love letter to the Nashville Predators and the city he called home for 17 years, Barry Trotz said an emotional goodbye on Monday to the organization that he coached from its inception, a span of 1,196 regular-season games.

"I'm from Dauphin, Manitoba, and I didn't know much about Nashville," Trotz said. "I was in Portland, Maine, working for their minor-league team. I never thought I could find a better place, better people. Come to Nashville, I found out. It's incredible."

Always among the most accommodating and thoughtful coaches in the NHL with the media, Trotz proved no different on a day when general manager David Poile announced that the Predators would seek a new coach after 15 seasons, 557 wins and seven appearances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs under Trotz.

Trotz, who was offered a different job within the organization, said he had "zero ill will" towards the franchise, but that he wants to coach next season and would accept a position if offered one. Poile said he would grant another NHL team permission to talk to Trotz if the Predators are asked.

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Maple Leafs task Shanahan with changing culture

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 3:18 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs are hoping they've found the man who will help turn around a franchise that hasn't won the Stanley Cup since 1967.

The Maple Leafs formally introduced Brendan Shanahan as president Monday and tasked him with guiding an organization that has made the playoffs just once in the past nine seasons.

"I'm not sure the Leafs have [the right culture]," Maple Leafs CEO Tim Leiweke said. "This is something these two gentlemen [Shanahan and general manager Dave Nonis] will have to work on. I definitely sense that we lack an identity and right now we're a team that lacks direction, and we want to change that."

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Capuano to remain coach of Islanders

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:55 PM / News

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Jack Capuano will return as coach of the New York Islanders next season, general manager Garth Snow said Monday according to Newsday.

The Islanders ended the season winning three straight and going 8-2-2 over their last 12, but finished 14th in the Eastern Conference with a 34-37-11 record one season after making the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007.

Capuano replaced Scott Gordon early in the 2010-11 season and has compiled a record of 118-120-39. The Islanders also took the Pittsburgh Penguins to overtime in Game 6 before losing their Eastern Conference quarterfinal-round series last spring.

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Canucks' Daniel Sedin feeling better after hit

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 1:42 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin was back at Rogers Arena on Monday for a season-ending press conference, and showed no ill-effects after being taken off the ice on a stretcher during the Canucks' game Sunday.

Sedin left Vancouver's 5-1 win against the Calgary Flames at 17:16 of the second period following a hit from behind into the boards by Flames forward Paul Byron. Sedin was taken to an area hospital for further evaluation and imaging. He was released before midnight and said he felt "OK" on Monday.

Byron was penalized with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct.

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De la Rose signs entry-level contract with Canadiens

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 12:32 PM / News

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Jacob de la Rose, a 2013 second-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens, on Monday signed a three-year, entry-level contract that will begin next season. Financial terms of the contract were not released.

De la Rose, the 34th pick of the draft, had seven goals and 13 points in 49 games with Leksand in the Swedish Elite League this season. He also had three goals and three assists to help Sweden win the silver medal at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship.

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Lindback, Gibson and Johansen named stars of week

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 12:00 PM / News

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NEW YORKTampa Bay Lightning goaltender Anders Lindback, Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson and Columbus Blue Jackets center Ryan Johansen have been named the NHL's “Three Stars” for the week ending April 13.

FIRST STAR – ANDERS LINDBACK, G, TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING

Lindback posted a 3-0-0 record with a 0.67 goals-against average, .975 save percentage and one shutout to help the Lightning (46-27-9, 101 points) earn four consecutive victories and clinch home-ice advantage in their first-round playoff series against the Montreal Canadiens. He stopped all 25 shots he faced in relief of Ben Bishop in a 3-0 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs April 8. Lindback then made 34 saves in a 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers April 10. He capped the week by recording 18 saves, and denying all three attempts he faced in the shootout, to pick up his third career shutout and first since Dec. 13, 2010, in a 1-0 triumph over the Washington Capitals April 13. The 25-year-old native of Gävle, Sweden, appeared in 23 games this season, compiling an 8-12-2 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and .891 save percentage.

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Time to get your beard on

Hockey fans called to grow one for the team

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 11:23 AM / News

NEW YORK – The Beard-A-Thon®, presented by Just For Men® is back and hockey fans across North America are invited to join in a great hockey tradition and grow their own playoff beards for the 2014 Stanley Cup® Playoffs. While supporting their team, beard growers will also raise money for hockey charities across North America.

In the past five seasons, more than 30,000 fans have participated in the Beard-A-Thon program raising over $2.5 million for hockey related charities. This season, the goal is to raise an additional $1 million through the participation of beard growing fans across the country.

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Maple Leafs' Bernier needs surgery for sports hernia

Monday, 04.14.2014 / 10:58 AM / News

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Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier confirmed Monday he will have surgery to repair a sports hernia.

Jonathan Bernier
Goalie - TOR
RECORD: 26-19-7
GAA: 2.68 | SVP: 0.923
Bernier, who is scheduled to have the surgery Wednesday, missed the Maple Leafs' final four games of the regular season and nine of the last 14. Toronto ended up losing 12 of its last 14 to drop from third in the Eastern Conference standings to 12th.

The news first was reported by Maple Leafs beat reporter Jonas Siegel of TSN Radio 1050 in Toronto.

In his first season as a full-time starter after Toronto acquired him from the Los Angeles Kings, the 25-year-old went 26-19-7 in 55 games, with a 2.68 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage that ranked eighth in the NHL.

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