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Wild, Jenys agree on entry-level contract

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 5:23 PM / News

The Minnesota Wild has agreed to terms with center Pavel Jenys (pronounced YEH-nihsh) on a three-year, entry-level contract starting with the 2015-16 season.

Jenys, 19 (4/2/96), collected 45 points (15-30=45) and 45 penalty minutes (PIM) in 63 games during his first season of hockey in North America with the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) in 2014-15. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound native of Brno, Czech Republic, led Sudbury in scoring, ranked T-1st in assists and T-2nd in goals. He signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with the Iowa Wild of the American Hockey League (AHL) on March 24 and recorded three assists in eight games with Iowa. Jenys tallied two goals in 29 games for Brno Kometa in the Czech Republic League and 19 points (13-6=19) in 26 contests in the Czech Republic Junior League in 2013-14.

Shero named GM of Devils; Lamoriello still president

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 4:37 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

Ray Shero was named the fourth general manager in the history of the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Lou Lamoriello, who had served as Devils GM since April 1987, made the announcement. Lamoriello will remain New Jersey's president of hockey operations.

"I think we have to be realistic in life in different areas and be honest, and right now this is the perfect time and the perfect person with great experience [in Shero]," Lamoriello said on a conference call. "Ray has been in a couple of different organizations and had a year off, had a chance to step back and figure what went wrong and what went right and how things could be different."

Shero was GM of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 2006-14. The Penguins went to the Stanley Cup Final in consecutive seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09, winning the Stanley Cup in 2009.

Jets name Manitoba Moose as new AHL affiliate

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 1:31 PM / News

True North Sports & Entertainment Limited today announced its American Hockey League franchise will be called the Manitoba Moose and unveiled the team's primary, secondary and wordmark logos, as well as the home and away jerseys for the 2015-16 season.

In March, True North had announced its plans to relocate the AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club from St. John's, NL to Winnipeg, MB for the beginning of the 2015-16 hockey season. The Moose will play their home games at MTS Centre.

The team's new logos feature some slight improvements and modifications, but are based on those used by the Manitoba Moose franchise that previously played in Winnipeg for 15 years between 1996 and 2011 in both the IHL and AHL. As the official affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets, the Moose have adopted the colours of the Winnipeg Jets and will wear the Winnipeg Jets home and away jersey templates. Per AHL rules, the Moose will wear their white jerseys at home and dark (navy) jerseys on the road.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Sunday, May 3

Monday, 05.04.2015 / 2:08 AM / News

NHL Public Relations


The Tampa Bay Lightning scored four power-play goals, two by Nikita Kucherov, to take a 2-0 series lead against the Montreal Canadiens.

* The Lightning took a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the third time in franchise history; they got both wins on the road for the second time in franchise history. The other instance was April 29 and May 1, 2011 at the Washington Capitals (4-2 W and 3-2 OT W) en route to a four-game sweep in the ESF.

* The Lightning, who were swept by the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round of the 2014 playoffs, improved to 7-0-0 this season vs. Montreal (regular season and playoffs). During the regular season, they became the first team to sweep a season series of at least five games against the Canadiens since 1983-84, when the Buffalo Sabres went 8-0-0.

Capitals goalie Grubauer completes NHL/AHL double

Saturday, 05.02.2015 / 3:50 PM / News

Washington Capitals goaltender Philipp Grubauer on Friday became the second goaltender in as many years, but the fifth in 78 years, to win an NHL and an American Hockey League playoff game in the same postseason.

Grubauer and the Hershey Bears defeated the Worcester Sharks 10-4 in Game 4, clinching their AHL Eastern Conference quarterfinal series.

Grubauer and the Washington Capitals defeated the New York Islanders 4-3 in Game 2 of their NHL Eastern Conference First Round series on April 17.

Penguins' Letang making progress in recovery

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 6:51 PM / News

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang told NHL Live on Friday that he is progressing well in his recovery from a late-season concussion that kept him out of the Eastern Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"I'm doing great, making some progress," Letang said. "I've had a lot of meetings with different doctors, and time will get me better, and obviously I want to be ready for training camp."

Mrazek, Howard to battle for No. 1 job with Red Wings

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 4:28 PM / News

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Petr Mrazek was the Detroit Red Wings goaltender for their Eastern Conference First Round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning and played well in a seven-game defeat, but he'll have to compete with Jimmy Howard to claim the No. 1 job next season, general manager Ken Holland said Friday.

"My message to those guys today was professional sports is about competition and the competition begins again in September," Holland said as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers at Joe Louis Arena.

"If you didn't like the way the season ended, then get in the gym and do the work and be ready to be better next season. If you liked the way it finished, then get in the gym and make sure things keep going your way."

Red Wings coach Babcock not rushing into decision

Friday, 05.01.2015 / 3:25 PM / News

Paul Harris - Correspondent

DETROIT -- Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said he doesn't know where he'll be next season, but he does know it will be behind an NHL bench.

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Friday he wants it to remain his team's bench.

Babcock, who coached this season in the final year of his contract, talked about his future as the Red Wings cleaned out their lockers two days after their season ended in a 2-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of their Eastern Conference First Round series.

"In the next 10 days Ken and I will talk about it," Babcock said. " … And I'm going to talk to my wife to see how she feels about it."

Islanders coach Capuano to return next season: report

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 10:30 PM / News

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano and his staff will return next season, general manager Garth Snow told Newsday on Thursday.

"Our coaches did a great job, whether it was preparing our players or with the communication between coaches and players, which was outstanding," Snow told the newspaper after the Islanders finished their clean-out day. "There were some aspects of our game, whether it was with our penalty kill that struggled early on and became a strength for us by the end, or our power play, which was a strength at times early on and we didn't have one in the playoffs. That's an area of concern. We'll analyze all different areas of our team and try to get better."

Red Wings target May for Babcock contract: report

Thursday, 04.30.2015 / 8:56 PM / News

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Thursday that he would like Mike Babcock to return as coach.

"He's regarded in the industry as one of the top coaches in the game, if not the top coach," Holland told "He's in the prime of his career. Our hope is that Mike wants to stay, but he's positioned himself to have the option to explore."

Babcock has led the Red Wings to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of his 10 seasons in Detroit, but his contract expires June 30. Detroit has lost five of its past six playoff series and hasn't advanced past the second round since 2009.

The Red Wings would like to sign Babcock to a long-term contract before his current one expires, but Holland said there is no timetable for when Babcock will make his decision.

"There's an element of urgency, but not hours or days," Holland said. "Probably in the month of May."

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