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Flyers sign Russian defenseman Medvedev

Wednesday, 05.20.2015 / 12:39 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers have signed 6-3, 187 lb free-agent defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev, according to general manager Ron Hextall.

Medvedev, 32 (8/27/1982), is a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia. He comes to North America for the first time after a long professional career in his home country. He has played in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) since its inception in 2008 and spent three seasons prior to that playing in the KHL’s predecessor, the Russian Elite League.

For the past eight years, Medvedev has played for Ak Bars Kazan, the last seven of which have come as a member of the KHL. He has appeared in 373 career games for the team, recording 37 goals and 128 assists for 165 points, along with 408 PIM and a +100 rating.

To read more from the Philadelphia Flyers website, CLICK HERE.

Crosby says McLellan 'really good' coach: report

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 11:46 PM / News

Sidney Crosby said he was impressed by coach Todd McLellan, who was hired by the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday.

McLellan was coach and Crosby was captain of Canada, which won the IIHF World Championship gold-medal game in Prague on Sunday.

"He was really good. The whole staff was really organized," Crosby told on Tuesday. "We had to adjust a little bit playing on the big ice, and all the European teams know how to use it to their advantage and how to play on it. But everything was pretty clear-cut as far as exactly what we needed to do. Nothing surprised us."

McLellan says Sharks remain 'tremendous team'

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 11:22 PM / News

Todd McLellan said Tuesday he believes his former team, the San Jose Sharks, remains in good position to contend for the Stanley Cup.

McLellan, 47, was being introduced as Edmonton Oilers coach, less than a month after parting with San Jose.

"They still have a tremendous team," McLellan said of the Sharks, according to "They have tremendous athletes in that locker room. They'll be a force to be reckoned with."

Devils vets Elias, Zajac unsure of future under Shero

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 10:56 PM / News

New Jersey Devils veteran forwards Patrik Elias and Travis Zajac said this week they are unsure of their future with the team under new general manager Ray Shero.

"I really don't know," Elias said in an interview with on Monday. "I know Mr. Shero is a very respected GM. He did a great job in Pittsburgh and in Nashville when he was part of it (as an assistant GM). So, I know, in that regard, he's very respected and I believe he's going to do a great job for this organization going forward. I guess it's up to him to kind of talk to me about it and let me know where he stands with me.

"Honestly, if he wants to change things around and this is not a place for me anymore, it's OK. It happens. And if he wants to keep me around and still be a part of the team, then I'll be more than happy."

Coyotes goalie Smith will build off Canada gold

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:26 PM / News

GLENDALE – At the end of the season, goalie Mike Smith wasn't sure if he wanted to play for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

He was honored to have been invited, of course, but he'd just finished a challenging and frustrating season with the Arizona Coyotes and the annual international tournament was thousands of miles away in the Czech Republic. On top of that, he had just played for Team Canada – and won a gold medal – last year at the Winter Olympics.

Clearly there were plenty of reasons for Smith to say thanks but no thanks to Team Canada and skip the World Championship. Nevertheless, Smith accepted the invitation hoping to begin his off-season on a high.

It was a wise decision.

Video game to add playoff beards to new version

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:05 PM / News

Playoff beards are coming to "NHL 16" from EA Sports.

The video game company will include the Stanley Cup Playoff tradition in its newest version, available in September.

"One of the oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey has arrived," the company said on its website. "With accurate representations of beard patterns, length, thickness, and growth rates for individual players, the road to the Stanley Cup just got hairier."

Senators owner Melnyk has successful liver transplant

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 8:49 PM / News

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators organization is confirming that team owner, Eugene Melnyk, underwent a successful liver transplant today at Toronto General Hospital.

Mr. Melnyk went into surgery at noon today and the transplantation was successfully completed at 8:05 p.m.

Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous donor are both resting comfortably and doing well.

To read more from the Senators website, CLICK HERE.

Todd McLellan named coach of Edmonton Oilers

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 7:13 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Todd McLellan was introduced Tuesday as Edmonton Oilers coach.

He replaces Todd Nelson, who took over after Dallas Eakins was fired 31 games into the 2014-15 season, and will be Edmonton's seventh coach in eight seasons.

"Todd was at the top of my list for a number of reasons," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "I thought the fit was right with our personnel. I thought the fit was right with the way I manage, and in this business when you want to get a top coach, you have to act quickly. It's almost like a free agent for players; if you're not in there first, you're probably not going to get that guy. I made it an effort that he was a guy we were going to go after and we were going to go after hard."

McLellan, 47, was 311-163-66 the past seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks. He coached San Jose to six consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berths before failing to qualify this season. In April, McLellan and the Sharks agreed to part.

"I'm happy here. I didn't need to go to other places," McLellan said. "It wasn't about money or anything like that. It was about opportunity and family for me. I'm comfortable in Edmonton. Family-wise, my wife has family here, I have family here. I'm a Western Canada guy (born in Melville, Saskatchewan). I feel good about being here. After all those years in California, I think I still like the snow a little bit, so that will have to come into play. It felt right; your gut sometimes tells you that you're doing the right thing, and my gut was telling me that."

Sharks get OK to interview Bylsma: report

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 11:14 PM / News

The San Jose Sharks have been given permission to interview Dan Bylsma for their coaching position, reported Monday.

The website also said Mike Babcock was scheduled to speak with the Sharks this week to discuss a possible future with the organization, but Babcock said he is done speaking with teams. It is unknown if he interviewed with the Sharks.

Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins after last season with two years remaining on his contract. The Penguins reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the six seasons he coached, and he led Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He was 252-117-32 in the regular season.

ESPN reporter Craig Custance said Bylsma turned down two jobs before this season; Custance did not identify the teams.

Babcock done meeting teams, decision soon: report

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 9:12 PM / News

Mike Babcock said Monday he is done speaking with NHL teams about becoming their coach and will announce a decision Wednesday.

The Detroit Red Wings coach will meet with general manager Ken Holland on Tuesday, Babcock told

"Just going to revisit everything one more time," Babcock said. "I've talked to all the teams I'm talking to."

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues asked permission to speak with Babcock, according to the website.

"I learned a lot. I talked to lots of good people," Babcock told writer Ansar Khan. "I kept Kenny abreast the whole time. We'll talk one more time [Tuesday] and then I'll sit down with my family one more time [Tuesday] night and make a decision."

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