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Status of search for live liver donor for Eugene Melnyk

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 10:44 PM / News

OttawaSenators.com

OTTAWA –The Ottawa Senators organization is able to pass along the following information regarding efforts to identify a suitable live liver donor for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

- To date, over 500 donor applications have been received by the University Health Network’s (UHN) Donor Assessment Team.

- The UHN and the Senators organization can confirm that more than 12 candidates have been identified and selected to go through the donor screening process at Toronto General Hospital. These candidates are at various stages of the screening process.

- The UHN Donor Assessment Team led by Dr. Gary Levy is continuing to encourage any interested individuals to complete the donor assessment form and to fax them to 416-340-4317. They are working through the weekend and will continually review and prioritize all completed forms as they are received.

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Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Saturday, May 16

Saturday, 05.16.2015 / 5:29 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

MOORE'S LATE HEROICS POWER RANGERS TO 1-0 LEAD IN EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat tied the game at 6:45 of the third period, but Dominic Moore scored the go-ahead goal with 2:25 remaining in regulation to lift the New York Rangers to a 1-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final.

* Moore, who played with the Lightning from 2010-12, scored his first goal of the postseason (13 GP). His last goal was also a game-winner, on April 11 at the Washington Capitals in New York’s regular-season finale (4-2 W).

* Moore has four career playoff game-winning goals, three in the past two years, in 82 postseason games. He has 11 in the regular season (685 GP), including the first of his career (regular season and playoffs) at Tampa Bay on Nov. 10, 2005, as a rookie with the Rangers.

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Senators owner Melnyk awaits liver transplant: report

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 11:08 PM / News

NHL.com

Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk could receive a liver transplant in a matter of days after more than 2,000 people responded to his plea for a donor made Thursday.

The Senators on Friday updated Melnyk's condition and were optimistic.

"If people continue to respond like this, we definitely will find a donor," Senators president Cyril Leeder told the Ottawa Sun.

Melnyk, 55, could have surgery as soon as this weekend, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

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Senators update search for Melnyk liver donor

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 9:11 PM / News

OttawaSenators.com

OTTAWA –The Ottawa Senators organization is able to pass along the following information regarding efforts to identify a suitable live liver donor for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk:

- The response has been overwhelming, with more than 2,000 calls and emails received and numerous applications sent to the Donor Transplant Team in Toronto since Thursday afternoon.

- The fax line to the Donor Assessment Office is sometimes busy due to volume so we continue to ask potential donors to keep trying the fax line over the weekend to submit their completed forms.

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Babcock says he'll make decision within week

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 7:15 PM / News

NHL.com

Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock, whose contract expires at the end of June, said Friday in an interview with Darren Dreger of TSN that he expects to reveal his next job within the next week.

"The decision date is going to be moved up," Babcock told Dreger in an interview conducted at the IIHF World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic. "I'll bet you by [May] 20, I'm going to know what I'm doing."

Detroit general manager Ken Holland, also in the TSN interview, had said he was hoping to have Babcock's answer by May 25. The Red Wings on May 8 granted Babcock permission to speak with other NHL teams.

Holland said he offered Babcock a contract extension last summer.

"We're going to have a good coach behind the bench next year," he said. "I hope it's [Mike]."

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Therrien, coaching staff will return for Canadiens

Friday, 05.15.2015 / 4:17 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin on Friday assessed a Stanley Cup Playoff exit that left them short of their ultimate goal, and among the many things discussed, he said Michel Therrien and the coaching staff would return next season.

"What I can confirm is that Michel Therrien and his group of coaches did exceptional work this season, so I have no reason to make a change," Bergevin said.

Therrien coached the Canadiens to the Atlantic Division title and they defeated the Ottawa Senators in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round before they were eliminated by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round in six games.

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Oilers getting close to hiring coach: report

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 10:36 PM / News

NHL.com

The Edmonton Oilers are close to hiring their next coach, no later than the end of the month, the Edmonton Journal reported Thursday.

Reports suggest it will be Todd McLellan, who left the San Jose Sharks after coaching them for the past seven seasons. McLellan is in Prague coaching Canada in the IIHF World Championship, which ends Sunday.

McLellan reportedly met with Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli during the tournament.

"I think the [hiring] process is moving forward," Oilers vice president of communications Tim Shipton told the newspaper. "I don’t get the sense that they want it to be a long, drawn-out effort. The process continues. I don't think things are signed, sealed and delivered with any coach at the moment."

No decision is expected before Monday.

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Canadiens' Pacioretty, Beaulieu dealt with injuries

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 6:00 PM / News

Sean Farrell - NHL.com Correspondent

BROSSARD, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens left wing Max Pacioretty said Thursday he was fortunate to have played in the Stanley Cup Playoffs after sustaining a concussion late in the regular season.

After experiencing severe symptoms, Pacioretty missed only the first game of the Eastern Conference First Round against the Ottawa Senators after not playing in Montreal's final two regular-season games.

The Canadiens were eliminated in the second round by the Tampa Bay Lightning with a Game 6 loss Tuesday.

Pacioretty sustained the injury on April 5 when the back of his helmet hit the boards after he was checked by Florida Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov.

"When it happened, it was pretty bad at first," Pacioretty said. "The first two days we were still in Florida, I was locked down in my room and luckily I had my dad there. My family lives down there so my dad was at the game and he drove me home. As soon as the sun went down we would go outside for the next two days and eat outside.

"He was very worried about me and that was tough on me, and kind of made me take a step back and think about my family and stuff. But I had very bad symptoms for two or three days, but as soon as they went away I don't think I felt anything significant."

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Senators owner Melnyk in need of liver transplant

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:33 PM / News

NHL.com

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."

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Howe to be honored with new Detroit River bridge

Thursday, 05.14.2015 / 5:30 PM / News

NHL.com

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.

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