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Senators coach Cameron agrees to two-year contract

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 2:56 PM / News

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Dave Cameron has agreed to terms on a two-year contract as coach of the Ottawa Senators, general manager Bryan Murray said Thursday.

The contract will be signed once a technical point is resolved.

"It's agreed to and we're waiting on some language," Murray said. "One paragraph to make it firm."

Cameron, 56, took over when Paul MacLean was fired Dec. 8. Cameron was an assistant on MacLean's staff since 2011-12.

The Senators were 32-15-8 under Cameron, including a 23-4-4 finish to overcome a 14-point deficit and earn a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

TSN's McKenzie, Kings' Nickson honored by Hall

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 12:14 PM / News Staff

TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie was named the 2015 winner of the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award for excellence in hockey journalism, and Los Angeles Kings radio voice Nick Nickson the winner of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to broadcasting, the Hockey Hall of Fame announced Thursday.

McKenzie, 58, began contributing to TSN in 1987 while he was editor-in-chief of The Hockey News. He also was a longtime columnist for The Toronto Star.

"There's a reason life-long hockey writer, broadcaster and author Bob McKenzie has a million Twitter followers. There's a reason he is known affectionately by his colleagues in the industry as 'The Godfather.' And that reason is simple: There is no more authoritative voice in the game of hockey than McKenzie's voice," Scott Burnside, president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association, said in a statement.

U.S. names Ron Wilson coach for 2016 World Juniors

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 11:40 AM / News

Evan Sporer - Staff Writer

Ron Wilson was named coach of the 2016 United States National Junior Team on Thursday.

The 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship will take place Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Helsinki, Finland. The United States has won a medal at the World Juniors in four of the past seven years, including gold in 2010 and 2013.

"There's been a few opportunities for me to jump in, but I never thought I was really ready," Wilson said. "After this year's World Championships, I started to think, 'Jeez, why wouldn't I want to be the coach of the U.S. World Junior National Team?' I think it would be a great experience, the only experience I haven't had in hockey."

Capitals forward Eric Fehr has elbow surgery

Thursday, 06.04.2015 / 10:54 AM / News

Forward Eric Fehr had successful elbow surgery Wednesday, the Washington Capitals said.

"According to the doctors who performed the surgery, if rehabilitation goes well, Eric will be healthy for the start of the 2015-16 regular season," the Capitals said in a statement.

Fehr can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Blue Jackets let '11 pick Reilly talk to other teams

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 9:19 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have granted 2011 draft pick Mike Reilly permission to speak to other teams after failing to agree on a contract.

Reilly, along with agent Pat Brisson, began that process this week at the NHL Scouting Combine at First Niagara Center. He can officially become a free agent June 15 but would have to wait until July 1 to sign with a team other than Columbus.

Reilly, who was selected in the fourth round (No. 98) of the 2011 NHL Draft by the Blue Jackets, made public his desire to test the free agent market after opting to forego his senior year of eligibility at the University of Minnesota.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on Wednesday told The Columbus Dispatch that Reilly can talk with "whoever he wanted to talk to."

Penguins, Morgan Stanley to review strategic options

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 7:35 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins confirmed today that they have engaged Morgan Stanley to oversee a review of their strategic options.

Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle lead the partnership that has owned the Penguins for the past 16 years – a tenure highlighted by winning the Stanley Cup in 2009 and opening a state-of-the-art arena, CONSOL Energy Center, in 2010.

"We conduct periodic reviews of our business and, because we have received several inquiries about the franchise in recent years, we decided to engage Morgan Stanley for their insight and counsel," Lemieux and Burkle said in a joint statement. "After buying the team out of bankruptcy, ensuring its long-term future in Pittsburgh and creating a strong foundation for continued success, we believe it is time to explore our options."

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Red Wings to name Blashill coach next week: report

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 6:13 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings will name Jeff Blashill as their coach next week, reported Wednesday.

Blashill, coach of Detroit's American Hockey League affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins, led them to the Calder Cup in 2013 and to the playoffs in each of his three seasons behind the bench. Grand Rapids was eliminated by the Utica Comets in the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday, and exit meetings are scheduled for Monday. There will be a press conference at Joe Louis Arena to announce the hiring, the website said, citing an unidentified source.

Stevens interested in staying with Devils: report

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 1:44 PM / News

Scott Stevens said Wednesday he would be interested in remaining on the New Jersey Devils coaching staff as an assistant following the hiring Tuesday of John Hynes as coach, according to

"I haven't looked elsewhere," Stevens said. "The Devils are my first choice, no question about that."

Stevens, 51, was captain of the Devils' three Stanley Cup championship teams and served as an assistant coach and special assignment coach in the organization prior to taking over behind the bench along with Adam Oates and general manager Lou Lamoriello on Dec. 26 after coach Peter DeBoer was fired.

Capitals extend AHL affiliation with Hershey Bears

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 11:17 AM / News

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2015-16 season, Capitals president Dick Patrick and Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst announced today.

The Bears, one of the AHL's elite franchises, recently completed their 10th season as Washington's AHL affiliate under the current agreement. Hershey has qualified for the playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons and won the Calder Cup in back-to-back seasons as the champions of the AHL in 2009 and 2010 as well as in 2006. Hershey has reached the Calder Cup final in four of the 10 seasons it has been affiliated with Washington under the current agreement.

"We are extremely pleased to extend our affiliation with the Hershey Bears," said Patrick. "In our view, Hershey is a top franchise in the American Hockey League, and we look forward to our top prospects continuing to develop in a successful and winning culture in Hershey."

Senators owner Melnyk discharged from hospital

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 10:41 AM / News

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators organization is confirming that team owner, Eugene Melnyk, was discharged earlier this week from Toronto General Hospital after undergoing a successful liver transplant on May 19, 2015.

"Mr. Melnyk's recovery has been proceeding very well since undergoing his transplant," said Dr. Atul Humar, the Medical Director of the University Health Network's Multi-Organ Transplant Program. "As with all of our transplant patients, Mr. Melnyk has been monitored closely by his transplant team and his general health has improved to the point where he can begin the next phase of his recovery. In addition, we are pleased to report that the anonymous donor has also been discharged and is doing extremely well."

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