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Hurricanes name Steve Smith assistant coach

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 5:57 PM / News

The Carolina Hurricanes named Steve Smith assistant coach, they announced Monday.

Smith will join new coach Bill Peters and assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour behind the Hurricanes' bench. Peters was hired last Thursday to replace Kirk Muller.

Smith, 51, served as assistant coach for the Edmonton Oilers the past four seasons. The Glasgow, Scotland native also spent one season as an assistant coach for the Calgary Flames in 1997-98 before returning to the ice as a player for the Flames for three more seasons.

"Steve had a solid career as a player and has gained valuable coaching experience with two teams, especially when it comes to working with young defensemen," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said.


Yzerman honored with Order of Hockey in Canada

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

Steve Yzerman, general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, was one of three people invested into the Order of Hockey in Canada by Hockey Canada.

Yzerman was honored for a 22-year playing career with the Detroit Red Wings that earned him enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame, but also for his role as general manager of Canada's men's hockey gold medalists from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and 2014 Sochi Olympics.

In a playing career spent entirely in Detroit, Yzerman totaled 692 goals and 1,755 points, both in the top 10 in NHL history, and captained the Red Wings to three Stanley Cup championships. He also won a gold medal at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics.


Coyotes name change to become official at 2014 draft

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 2:49 PM / News

The Phoenix Coyotes officially will become the Arizona Coyotes during the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft on June 27 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, TSN, RDS).

"We are very excited that our franchise will change its name to the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Entry Draft this week," Coyotes co-owner and president Anthony LeBlanc said. "Becoming the Arizona Coyotes makes sense for us since we play our games in Glendale and the city is such a great partner of ours. We also want to be recognized as not just the hockey team for Glendale or Phoenix, but the team for the entire state of Arizona and the southwest. We hope that the name 'Arizona' will encourage more fans from all over the state, not just the valley, to embrace and support our team."


Gallant believes Panthers' fortunes can turn quickly

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 1:23 PM / News

Alain Poupart - Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- In his two seasons as an assistant coach with the Montreal Canadiens, Gerard Gallant saw the team go from having the third pick in the 2012 NHL Draft to reaching the 2014 Eastern Conference Final.

He sees the same kind of possibilities with the Florida Panthers, who introduced him Monday as their new coach.

"When the opportunity came up that they were looking for a head coach, you look at their roster and you look at their core players, I think it's a great opportunity," Gallant said. "I was in Montreal two years ago when I first started and that team was in 27th place. The League is so close, the teams are so close together now, you can turn things around in a hurry here and that's what I see with the Florida team."

Gallant became the 13th coach in franchise history, and sixth in the past 10 years, when he officially was hired Saturday.


Blue Jackets send Umberger to Flyers for Hartnell

Monday, 06.23.2014 / 1:02 PM / News

Scott Hartnell
Left Wing - CBJ
GOALS: 20 | ASST: 32 | PTS: 52
SOG: 207 | +/-: 11

The Columbus Blue Jackets traded forward R.J. Umberger and a fourth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft on Monday to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Scott Hartnell.

Umberger had 18 goals and 34 points in 74 games for the Blue Jackets in 2013-14.

The 32-year-old left wing spent his first three NHL seasons with the Flyers, who traded him to the Blue Jackets in June 2008 for two draft picks. The trade came weeks after he had 10 goals in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help the Flyers reach the 2008 Eastern Conference Final.

"R.J. is a versatile guy who can play all positions," Flyers coach Craig Berube said. "He's a good penalty killer who skates well. He's a veteran who has been around a long time and knows how to play the game properly. He'll be used in a lot of different areas. I think with our team it is nice to have a real versatile guy like him."


Lightning's Lindback to become free agent: report

Sunday, 06.22.2014 / 6:11 PM / News

The Tampa Bay Lightning will not issue a qualifying offer to goaltender Anders Lindback, The Tampa Tribune reported Sunday.

Lindback, 26, went 8-12-2 with a 2.90 goals-against average and .891 save percentage in 23 games for the Lightning this season. He appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games, going 0-3 with a 3.91 GAA and .881 save percentage.

Since the Lightning won't issue Lindback a qualifying offer, he can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.


Penguins' top choice to coach out of mix: report

Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 6:23 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins' choice to be their next coach "is going to go in a different direction," general manager Jim Rutherford told the Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Friday.

That coach is believed to be Willie Desjardins, who TSN reports will be named coach of the Vancouver Canucks.

Rutherford said he will resume his search next week and plans to hire someone by July 1.

“We couldn't make it work," Rutherford told the newspaper. "... I'm going to take the weekend to sort some things out."


Panthers name Gerard Gallant coach

Saturday, 06.21.2014 / 5:52 PM / News

Gerard Gallant is the new coach of the Florida Panthers, general manager Dale Tallon announced Saturday.

Gallant replaces interim coach Peter Horacek, who was let go in April after taking over when Kevin Dineen was fired in November.

"We are pleased to welcome Gerard as the new head coach of the Florida Panthers," Tallon said in a statement. "He is an individual with tremendous character, integrity and a strong passion for the game and has experience as an NHL head coach. Gerard is an excellent teacher and motivator who possesses the leadership qualities and hockey knowledge that are necessary to lead our team."


Rangers buy out forward Brad Richards

Friday, 06.20.2014 / 11:57 PM / News

Brad Richards of the New York Rangers received a compliance buyout of his contract Friday.

Richards had six years remaining on the nine-year, $60 million contract he signed in 2011; his contract carried a $6.67 million NHL salary-cap charge.

“Tough last few days ... I loved being a Ranger and living in New York and playing at MSG in front of great fans," Richards said in a statement released by the team. "I've met many new friends, excellent teammates and staff, and I have memories that I will cherish for a lifetime."


Devils reportedly sign Janssen; Leafs sign Kozun

Friday, 06.20.2014 / 4:59 PM / News

The New Jersey Devils have signed right wing Cam Janssen to a one-year, two-way contract, according to The Record. The report states Janssen will make $575,000 if he's in the NHL next season.

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