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Canucks want to trade Lack or Markstrom: report

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 6:46 PM / News

Goaltender Ryan Miller will remain with the Vancouver Canucks next season, but either Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom likely will not.

Canucks general manager Jim Benning on Wednesday said he is looking to trade Lack or Markstrom.

"I want to keep an older experienced goalie and Ryan is that guy," Benning said in an interview with TSN 1040 Radio, according to the Vancouver Sun. "Then we are going to decide on either Lack or Markstrom. I don't feel comfortable going into the season with two young goalies. Ryan for sure will be back."

Blackhawks honor late equipment manager at rally

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:59 PM / News Staff

The Chicago Blackhawks handed out a championship belt to the player of the game after each victory this season. During the rally at Soldier Field on Thursday celebrating their Stanley Cup championship, the belt was presented to C.J. Reif, the 9-year-old son of their late assistant equipment manager, Clint Reif.

Reif, 34, died unexpectedly on Dec. 21 and is survived by his wife and four children. He had been with the Blackhawks for nine seasons.

"So we don't got the belt with us here right now, but I was fortunate enough to receive it from [Brandon Saad] and we got to give it to the best player, voted on by myself, in Game 6," forward Kris Versteeg said. "So I think Patrick Kane had a pretty good game. Brad Richards. Everybody showed up.

"But this is really about Clint Reif and the Reif family. We hold them really dear to our heart. And this is his son, C.J. And he gets the belt from all of us."

Blue Jackets name Kenny McCudden assistant coach

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 5:04 PM / News

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have added Kenny McCudden to the coaching staff as an assistant coach, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. He joins the Blue Jackets after spending 16 seasons as the skating and skills coach of the American Hockey League’s Chicago Wolves.

The Chicago native, who originally joined the Wolves in 1994, spent three seasons with the club from 1994-97 and then returned prior to the 2002-03 season. He was a part of teams that qualified for the former International Hockey League Turner Cup Playoffs three times and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs on eight occasions. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Final and capture the Calder Cup championship in 2008.

“Kenny has worked with players at every level from young kids to NHL All-Stars and is a very well-respected skills and skating instructor,” said Blue Jackets Head Coach Todd Richards. “He adds a new dimension to our staff and I’m really excited about the contributions he’ll make to our team.”

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Avalanche hope to extend O'Reilly before next season

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 4:48 PM / News

Rick Sadowski  - Correspondent

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche remain hopeful of signing forward Ryan O'Reilly to a contract extension before the 2015-16 season, general manager Joe Sakic said Thursday.

O'Reilly, 24, has one year remaining on a two-year, $12 million contract and would be eligible for unrestricted free agency after next season.

The Avalanche lost free-agent center Paul Stastny to the St. Louis Blues last summer and would attempt to trade O'Reilly if they aren't able to agree to a new contract.

"I've had early conversations with his representatives," Sakic said. "We know where they're at. Like I said [in April], I'd like to have him signed by the start of the season hopefully. But right now is the time where we're focusing on the draft and free agency to see where we can improve our team."

Sabres hire Terry Murray, Barr as assistant coaches

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:43 PM / News

The Buffalo Sabres today announced that Terry Murray and Dave Barr have been hired as assistant coaches to serve on head coach Dan Bylsma’s coaching staff.

Murray returns to the NHL coaching ranks after spending the last three seasons as head coach of the Lehigh Valley/Adirondack Phantoms (AHL). Prior to his time with the Phantoms, Murray was head coach of the Los Angeles Kings from 2008-09 to 2011-12, coaching the team to a 139-106-30 record in that time.

Murray began his coaching career as an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals in the 1983-84 season. In total, he has spent 15 seasons as an NHL head coach with the Capitals, Kings, Philadelphia Flyers and Florida Panthers, compiling a 499-383-130 regular-season record. His 1,012 regular-season games as head coach rank him 20th in NHL history and his 499 wins rank 22nd. Murray led his teams to the playoffs in 10 of his 15 seasons, earning a 50-51 mark in 101 playoff games, including a Stanley Cup Final appearance with the Flyers in 1996-97.

Blackhawks celebrate Cup again, eye future success

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:40 PM / News

Brian Hedger - Correspondent

CHICAGO -- From an hour-long parade to start the day to a sea of red and black at a raucous rally to cap it, the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated their 2015 Stanley Cup championship on Thursday.

"Last time we did this, we were saying it was two in four years," forward Patrick Sharp told the crowd at Soldier Field. "Now we're proud to say it's three in six. Everybody wants to know which was the best Cup … 2010 was special, 2013 was special, but there's nothing like winning the Cup on home ice in front of your fans."

That's exactly what they did three nights prior with a 2-0 victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center. Ever since, it's been one big party in a city that's gotten a lot of practice at it recently.

Two main themes stuck out at the rally. The first is the Blackhawks' desire to win a fourth title in seven seasons. The second is how much they think about former assistant equipment manager Clint Reif, who died at age 34 in December.

Conn Smythe winner Duncan Keith combined both into one final sentiment before leaving the podium.

"Let's keep this red machine rolling, baby!" Keith shouted. "This one's for Reifer! Let's do it again, eh? Four sounds better than three."

Wild's Cooke placed on waivers, to be bought out

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 3:36 PM / News

The Minnesota Wild announced it has placed forward Matt Cooke on waivers for the purpose of giving him his unconditional release.

"In order to give our team more salary cap flexibility for the upcoming season we needed to make this difficult decision," said Fletcher. "We thank Matt for his time with the Wild and wish him the best going forward."

If he clears waivers, Minnesota will buy-out the final year of Matt Cooke's contract as allowed by the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement. He will be bought out and become an unrestricted free agent, eligible to sign with any team in the NHL, except Minnesota.

Senators coach Cameron signs two-year contract

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 2:40 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

Dave Cameron signed a two-year contract as coach of the Ottawa Senators, general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday. The two sides had agreed to terms June 4.

The Senators went 32-15-8 this season after Cameron replaced Paul MacLean on Dec. 8, including a 23-4-4 finish to overcome a 14-point deficit and earn the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Eastern Conference. Ottawa lost to the Montreal Canadiens in six games in the Eastern Conference First Round.

"I think [the coaching change] opened a lot of lanes for young players in particular," Murray said. "The young guys got a chance to play. Dave wasn't afraid to take a veteran out if he had to. In some cases it was injury, but in a couple of cases he just put other guys in and played them, and it gave them a chance to grow and there was some excitement because of that.

Coyotes hire Rolston as AHL coach

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 1:13 PM / News

Arizona Coyotes general manager Don Maloney announced today that Ron Rolston has been hired as the coach of the Springfield Falcons, the Coyotes AHL affiliate.

"We are very pleased to name Ron as our new head coach for the Springfield Falcons," said Maloney. "Ron is an experienced head coach and a great communicator. He has an excellent track record for developing players and we are confident that he is the right coach to lead our top prospects."

Hurricanes agree to terms with defenseman Jordan

Thursday, 06.18.2015 / 11:43 AM / News

RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League's Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Michal Jordan on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Jordan $625,000 for the 2015-16 season.

"Michal took great strides last season, and continued that progress when he represented his home country as it hosted the World Championship," said Francis. "He's still a young defenseman, and we expect him to continue to improve going forward."

Jordan, 24, established NHL career highs in games played (38), goals (2), assists (4) and points (6) during the 2014-15 season with Carolina. The Zlin, Czech Republic native ranked sixth on the team with 61 blocked shots in just 38 games. He also appeared in 30 games on the American Hockey League (AHL) level with Charlotte, totaling 11 points.

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