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Oilers hire Chiarelli as president, general manager

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 6:06 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers hired Peter Chiarelli as president of hockey operations and general manager Friday.

Kevin Lowe, former president of hockey operations, was reassigned outside of the hockey operations department but remains vice chair of Oilers Entertainment Group.

Craig MacTavish, who was general manager since 2013, remains with the Oilers but his role has not been established.

The Oilers also announced the resignation of Patrick LaForge, president and COO of the Oilers Entertainment Group.

"Peter is going to lead this group," Oilers CEO Bob Nicholson said. "He's going to be president of hockey operations and general manager. He's going to make sure that he has strong people around him, and I know that we're going to get this organization headed in the right direction."

Predators captain Weber to miss rest of first round

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 4:52 PM / News

Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will miss the remainder of the Western Conference First Round series against the Chicago Blackhawks because of a lower-body injury, the Predators announced Friday.

Weber was injured in Game 2 on a hit by Chicago forward Brandon Saad at 9:20 of the second period. Weber appeared unable to put any weight on his right leg as he left the ice. He did not travel to Chicago for Games 3 and 4, and did not play in Game 5.

The Predators trail the best-of-7 series 3-2 with Game 6 on Saturday at United Center in Chicago (8 p.m. ET; NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2).

Oilers hire Chiarelli for front-office position: report

Friday, 04.24.2015 / 12:02 AM / News

Peter Chiarelli, fired as general manager by the Boston Bruins last week, will join the Edmonton Oilers' front office, according to multiple reports Thursday.

Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman reported that the Oilers are expected to announce the hiring at a news conference Friday.

Chiarelli met with the Oilers on Wednesday, though TSN reported that the meeting was not necessarily for the job of general manager, a position now held by Craig MacTavish. New CEO Bob Nicholson has said that all aspects of hockey operations are under review.

Friedman reported the exact structure of the Oilers' front office with Chiarelli was not immediately known.

Defenseman Gill retires after 16 NHL seasons

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 3:18 PM / News

Defenseman Hal Gill, who played 16 NHL seasons and won the Stanley Cup in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins, has announced his retirement.

Gill was an eighth-round pick (No. 207) of the Boston Bruins in the 1993 NHL Draft. He played 1,108 games for the Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Wednesday, April 22

Thursday, 04.23.2015 / 2:25 AM / News

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Ryan Kesler scored twice in the third period, including the eventual series-clinching goal, to guide the Anaheim Ducks past the Winnipeg Jets and into the second round of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

* Anaheim swept a best-of-7 series for the fourth time in its history and the first time since the 2006 Western Conference Semifinals vs. the Colorado Avalanche. Their other series sweeps came in 2003 en route to the franchise's first berth in the Stanley Cup Final (WQF vs. Detroit Red Wings and WCF vs. Minnesota Wild).

* The Ducks fell behind 1-0 late in the first period, but Emerson Etem tied the game less than 90 seconds later. Anaheim overcame a deficit in each contest in the series, and was the first team in NHL history to win three consecutive games in one playoff series when trailing entering the third period (Games 1-2-3).

* Overall, the Ducks led for only 38:26 during the four games, including a total of 11:21 in the first three. The Jets held the lead for 68:45 and the clubs were tied for 138:01.

* The Elias Sports Bureau says 38:26 is the least amount of time any team has ever led in a four-game series sweep. The previous record was 40:49 set by the Red Wings vs. Anaheim in the 1997 Western Conference Semifinals.

Sabres sign BU forward Rodrigues to contract

Wednesday, 04.22.2015 / 12:43 PM / News

The Buffalo Sabres have signed free-agent forward Evan Rodrigues to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Rodrigues recently finished his senior season at Boston University, recording 61 points while helping the Terriers advance to the championship game of the 2015 NCAA Tournament. An assistant captain of the 2014-15 Terriers squad, he ranked second in the nation in assists per game (0.98) and in total points (61). His four points in two games played in this year’s NCAA Tournament earned him Most Outstanding Player of Northeast Regional and All-Regional Team honors in the NCAA Tournament.

Bruins captain Chara has fracture in fibula

Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 6:19 PM / News

Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara has a non-displaced fracture of his left fibula.

He does not need surgery, the Bruins said. He reportedly will not be able to play for Slovakia in the 2015 IIHF World Championship, which begins May 1.

Stanley Cup Playoffs notebook: Monday, April 20

Tuesday, 04.21.2015 / 1:56 AM / News

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Down 4-3 after 40 minutes, Ryan Kesler scored the tying goal with 2:14 remaining in regulation and Rickard Rakell scored at 5:12 of overtime to power the Ducks to a 3-0 series lead.

* The Ducks also earned victories in Game 1 and Game 2 after facing a one-goal deficit through 40 minutes. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Ducks are the first team in NHL history to earn three consecutive wins when trailing entering the third period within a single playoff series.

* Elias also says that from March 21-30, 1943, Boston won Game 1, Game 3 and Game 5 of their series versus Montreal after trailing when entering the third period of each contest.

* The Ducks' third-period comebacks have continued a trend from the regular season. In 2014-15, Anaheim set an NHL record for wins when trailing at any point in the third period (18). The Ducks also matched a League record with 12 victories when trailing after two periods (12-23-0).

Sharks, McLellan mutually agree to part ways

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 8:34 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks and Todd McLellan parted ways Monday, beginning what general manager Doug Wilson said will be a methodical search at all levels, from college to the NHL, for a replacement for the winningest coach in Sharks history.

"We don't want to rush," Wilson said during a press conference at SAP Center. "I want to get the right person. There's people that would like to coach here. We've got a lot of good players. We're in a good position to go forward. There will be some coaches that will probably become available in the next little while. So I don't want to rush the decision from a shortened pool."

Wilson said he'll look for a coach who can "take us to the next level" and be in place for years to come.

"There will be people who will come available shortly," Wilson said. "We will not be limiting it to one pool of coaches either. It can be coaches from all aspects, whether it be college, junior, NHL."

Nicholson named CEO of Oilers Entertainment Group

Monday, 04.20.2015 / 4:20 PM / News

EDMONTON – Daryl Katz, Chairman of Oilers Entertainment Group (OEG) announced today Bob Nicholson has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. Nicholson, who joined the organization as Vice-Chair in June of 2014, will take over an expanded set of responsibilities within OEG that includes authority over all aspects of business and hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Club. Mr. Nicholson will continue to serve as an Alternate Governor for the Edmonton Oilers on the NHL Board of Governors.

"Since joining OEG, Bob has devoted his time to assessing all aspects of the organization," said Mr. Katz. "Going forward, he will have clear responsibility for OEG's growing sports and entertainment business, and all the support and latitude he needs from me to lead the Oilers back to being a Stanley Cup contender. Bob is the ideal person to lead the organization forward. He is a bold thinker, a strong consensus builder and a very fine individual."

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