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Canada names 19 to World Championship roster

Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 4:18 PM / News

NHL.com

Hockey Canada on Tuesday announced the first 19 players who will compete in the 2015 IIHF World Championship. to be held May 1-17 in the Czech Republic.

Goalies Martin Jones (Los Angeles Kings) and Mike Smith (Arizona Coyotes) have been selected, along with five defensemen: Tyson Barrie (Colorado Avalanche), Brent Burns (San Jose Sharks), Aaron Ekblad (Florida Panthers), Jake Muzzin (Kings) and David Savard (Columbus Blue Jackets). Among the 12 forwards picked are Claude Giroux (Philadelphia Flyers), Taylor Hall (Edmonton Oilers), Tyler Seguin (Dallas Stars) and Jason Spezza (Stars).

Seventeen of the 19 players picked have previous international experience and nine have competed in the World Championship. Muzzin and Savard will represent Canada for the first time.

Senators assistant Reeds dies after battle with cancer

Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 2:18 PM / News

NHL.com

Ottawa Senators assistant coach Mark Reeds, 55, died Tuesday of cancer.

"It is with very heavy hearts that all of us within the Senators family remember Mark, who was truly a wonderful father, husband, player, coach and friend," Senators owner Eugene Melnyk told the Senators website. "Mark's charismatic fighting spirit was present right until the end. We are all better for having had the opportunity to work so closely with Mark, whose passion for life, hockey and his family will leave an indelible mark on our organization. The entire Ottawa Senators organization sends its deepest condolences to the Reeds family."

McLellan to coach Canada at World Championship

Tuesday, 04.14.2015 / 12:10 PM / News

NHL.com

San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan has been named head coach for Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, May 1-17.

Jim Nill, general manager for the Canadian national men's team, made the announcement Tuesday.

McLellan will be assisted by Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, Sharks assistant coach Jay Woodcroft and Peter DeBoer.

Shanahan says no shortcuts for Maple Leafs rebuild

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 4:22 PM / News

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- When Brendan Shanahan interviewed a year ago for the position of Toronto Maple Leafs president, the reason he wanted the job was to build a team capable of winning the Stanley Cup.

That remains Shanahan's primary goal, and he hopes the organization's restructuring that began Sunday is a major step in that direction.

Shanahan fired general manager Dave Nonis, his coaching staff including interim coach Peter Horachek and assistants Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix, chief pro scout Steve Kasper and director of player development Jim Hughes. Some members of the scouting staff were also let go.

Shanahan said he has no interest in being Maple Leafs GM, and added his plan is not something unique from what the other 29 teams in the NHL are trying to accomplish. It is about drafting, developing and showing patience with players.

"The challenge in Toronto is not coming up with the plan but sticking to the plan," Shanahan said. "That is the hard part. Our vision is to draft and develop our own players. I think every decision we make has to be about building a winning organization that can sustain itself year after year after year through the draft."

Kessel, Phaneuf want to return to Maple Leafs

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 2:32 PM / News

Mike Brophy - NHL.com Correspondent

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs' two most central figures insist they want to return to the team for the 2015-16 season.

Captain Dion Phaneuf and right wing Phil Kessel made that very clear when Maple Leafs players met with the media for the final time this season at Air Canada Centre on Monday.

"I signed an eight-year contract last year and I love Toronto," Kessel said. "The fans have been great to me and I love the guys and love playing here. I want to be here. Like I said, I love Toronto and I don't want to leave."

"I expect to be back," Phaneuf said. "I signed here for seven years and I want to remain a Toronto Maple Leaf. It is an honor to play in this city for this organization."

Todd Richards to coach U.S. at World Championship

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 2:15 PM / News

NHL.com

Columbus Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards will coach the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic next month, USA Hockey announced Monday.

Richards will be joined by Dan Bylsma and Greg Carvel, who will serve as assistants.

Richards has coached the Blue Jackets the past four seasons, leading them to the Stanley Cup Playoffs last season.

Stars captain Benn to have offseason hip surgery

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 1:28 PM / News

NHL.com

Dallas Stars captain Jamie Benn will have offseason hip surgery followed by 4-5 months of rehabilitation, according to the Stars website.

Benn played through the injury for most of the season but that didn't stop him from becoming the first player in Dallas Stars/Minnesota North Stars history to win the Art Ross Trophy. His hat trick in the Stars' season-ending win against the Nashville Predators helped him pass New York Islanders center John Tavares by one point for scoring title.

Benn scored 47 of his 87 points following the All-Star break, and 16 points in the final seven games of the season, to finish with career-highs in goals (35), assists (52) and points in 82 games. He was named the NHL's First Star for the week ending April 12 after scoring five goals to lead the Stars to three straight wins.

Benn, Pavelec and Stone named stars of the week

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORKDallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Winnipeg Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec and Ottawa Senators right wing Mark Stone have been named the NHL's "Three Stars" for the week ending April 12.

FIRST STAR – JAMIE BENN, LW, DALLAS STARS

Benn led all players with five goals and 10 points to capture his first career Art Ross Trophy and power the Stars (41-31-10, 92 points) to three consecutive victories. He registered at least three points in all three of his appearances, including 2-1-3 in a 5-1 win over the San Jose Sharks April 6 and 0-3-3 in a 4-0 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks April 8. Benn closed the season by recording 3-1-4 in a 4-1 victory over the Nashville Predators April 11, including his second career hat trick and an assist with 8.5 seconds remaining in regulation to surpass New York Islanders center John Tavares (38-48-86) by one point for the scoring title. The 25-year-old Victoria, B.C., native established career highs in goals (35), assists (52) and points (87) while skating in all 82 games this season. That included 12-11-23 in the final 12 games of the campaign, highlighted by five three-point performances.

Oilers, Yakupov agree to terms on two-year contract

Monday, 04.13.2015 / 11:59 AM / News

EdmontonOilers.com

The Edmonton Oilers have announced that they have agreed to terms with forward Nail Yakupov on a two-year contract extension.

The 21-year-old established a new career high in points with 33 (14-19-33) in 81 games this season. The second half of the season is where Yakupov really put up numbers. Post All-Star break, Yakupov recorded 21 of those 33 points, including nine of his goals. From February 9-18, Yakupov had a point streak of six games. He had a five-game streak from March 9-18.

At the trade deadline, Oilers General Manager Craig MacTavish said he was pleased with the improvements Yakupov was making and that they were eager to extend him following the completion of his entry level contract.

Sabres fire coach Nolan after 23-win season

Sunday, 04.12.2015 / 9:58 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - NHL.com Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres have made a coaching change for the second consecutive season.

Sabres general manager Tim Murray fired coach Ted Nolan on Sunday, along with assistant coach Danny Flynn. Murray announced the contracts of assistant coaches Bryan Trottier and Tom Coolen would not be renewed.

Buffalo (23-51-8) finished last in the NHL with 54 points. It's the second consecutive season the Sabres finished with the worst record in the NHL, but they improved from last season when they went 21-51-10 with 52 points.

"I didn't foresee us being a 30th-place team," Murray said. "Certainly after the trade deadline, trading out guys I had a big part in that, there's no question and I own that. But up to the trade deadline I was open to keeping guys, I was open to maybe discussing contracts with guys that were coming due, but the place we were in was the place we were in.

"We had one pretty good run where the team played well and the goaltending was outstanding and I think we went on quite a losing streak after that, I think maybe 14 games or something like that. That's a hard question. If we finish 24th and showed great improvement, is it possible that wouldn't have happened? I guess that's possible."

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