Semin had career lows in goals (six) and points (19) this season and is due to make $7 million next season. He has three years remaining on his contract, worth $21 million.
"It's too early to say," Francis told the Raleigh News & Observer earlier in comments published Wednesday. "We're looking at all the options. Is it best to keep [Semin] here or should we do something else? At the right time we'll do what's best for our organization."
Scott Stevens, who served as a co-coach for part of this season with the New Jersey Devils, will not be back as an assistant under John Hynes in 2015-16.
Devils general manager Ray Shero told Northjersey.com he doesn't know if Stevens will remain with the organization in another role. Stevens met with Hynes regarding the position of assistant coach; Shero announced the hiring of Alain Nasreddine and Geoff Ward as assistants on Wednesday.
"The decision with Alain (who will coach the defensemen) wasn't about Scott; it was more about Alain," Shero told reporter Tom Gulitti. "I don't want to speak for Scott moving forward because his focus was his coaching. So, in terms of that moving forward, we just want to give Scott some time to if he wants to [pursue coaching elsewhere]. That [coaching] is what he had talked about with John, that's what he talked about with me, so [rather than] move forward in any other direction at this point, we'll just give it some time to see where he'd like to go with his career."
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed goaltender Jack Campbell to a one-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Campbell, 23, posted a 14-14-5 record with a 3.03 goals against average, a .907 save percentage and two shutouts in 35 regular-season games this season for the Texas Stars, Dallas' top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. He also appeared in one playoff contest and posted a 3.03 goals against average and a .889 save percentage. Additionally, he played seven games for Idaho of the ECHL and went 5-2-0-0 with a .945 save percentage and a 1.73 goals against average.
Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today that the club has signed defenseman Patrik Nemeth to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Nemeth, 23, recorded three assists (0-3-3), six penalty minutes and 16 shots on goal in 22 games with Dallas during the 2014-15 campaign. The defenseman missed 52 games after suffering an arm laceration on Oct. 18 vs. Philadelphia. The Stars were 14-6-2 in games in which he played.
Columbus drafted Reilly, 21, in the fourth round (No. 98) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He withdrew from the University of Minnesota in the spring with the intention of starting his professional career. Columbus held his rights until June 15, after which he became an unrestricted free agent.
"He exercised his right in the [Collective Bargaining Agreement] to talk to other teams," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told the Blue Jackets website. "He narrowed his list down to two or three teams and we're not one of them. We did everything we could, but we have to make other plans now. He was a good prospect for us, but we have to move forward. … This was something that we were waiting for. This effects the decisions we make from this point on [in the offseason], and now we have to make other decisions accordingly."
A former Sabres forward, Mair rejoins the organization after spending the last 18 months as a coach with the Academy of Hockey at HARBORCENTER, where he was responsible for educating aspiring hockey players and coaches both on and off the ice through clinics, on-ice instruction and classroom teaching. Before joining the Academy of Hockey staff, Mair began his coaching career in 2012-13 as director of player development for Canisius College.
Hockey Hall of Fame member Chris Chelios on Wednesday was named by USA Hockey as one of three assistant coaches for the 2016 United States National Junior Team that will complete in the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship in Helsinki, Finland.
It's the first time Chelios, an advisor to hockey operations for the Detroit Red Wings, will be on a WJC coaching staff. He has played a big role developing and mentoring the Red Wings' top prospects during the past five years.
The Winnipeg Jets are pleased to announce they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Anthony Peluso on a new two-year contract worth an AAV of $675,000.
Peluso, 26, completed his third season with the Jets appearing in 49 games, registering one goal and one assist to go along with 86 penalty minutes. Peluso was acquired off waivers by the Jets on January 6, 2012.
Newark, NJ – The New Jersey Devils today named Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine as assistant coaches. They will join Head Coach John Hynes on the team's staff. The announcement was made by Devils' General Manager Ray Shero.
"I welcome Geoff Ward and Alain Nasreddine to the Devils' organization, and look forward to working with both of them," said Shero. "John Hynes and I both feel that these are the ideal individuals to help develop and work with our players on all levels."