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Lamoriello leaves Devils, becomes Maple Leafs GM

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 3:48 PM / News

Mike Brophy - Correspondent

TORONTO -- Lou Lamoriello's burning desire to win led to a life-altering change Thursday.

Lamoriello, who turns 73 in October, resigned as president of the New Jersey Devils to become the 16th general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was hired by Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan and replaces Dave Nonis, who was fired after Toronto finished 27th in the NHL standings last season.

"The thing that has driven me all of my life is winning," Lamoriello said after being introduced at Air Canada Centre. "The commitment that the Toronto Maple Leafs have made when they brought Brendan in and brought (coach) Mike Babcock in, to me the only thing that can happen is having success. Winning doesn't happen because you say it; winning happens because of everything you do that leads to it."

DeBoer says Sharks will have captain in '15-16

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 1:26 PM / News

The San Jose Sharks haven't had a captain since Joe Thornton wore the "C" in the 2013-14 season, but coach Peter DeBoer said that will change this season.

"I feel very confident by the first game of the season, we'll have a captain," DeBoer told 95.7 The Game in San Jose on Wednesday. "It's not something we are going to drag around as a distraction this year. We're going to move past that. I think the players are ready for that too, they just want to play some hockey and get this thing back on track."

Coyotes, City of Glendale agree on resolution

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 1:10 PM / News

GLENDALE, ARIZONA --- The Arizona Coyotes and the City of Glendale announced today that the two parties have agreed on a resolution to their ongoing legal dispute. The City of Glendale will release details of the proposed amendments to the existing arena management agreement this morning on the city's website, The Glendale City Council will vote on the amendments to the agreement on Friday, July 24 at Glendale City Hall. Details of that city council meeting are also posted on the city website.

"This revised agreement represents a positive outcome for both the city and the Coyotes," said Glendale Acting City Manager, Dick Bowers. "It also allows us to move forward in a way that keeps an important economic driver in our community. That's important for business and it's important to our citizens."

Babcock: Lamoriello hire 'home run' for Maple Leafs

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 12:02 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock considers the addition of Lou Lamoriello as general manager to be a win for everybody in the organization.

Lamoriello resigned Thursday as president of the New Jersey Devils, a position he held for 28 years, to become the 16th general manager of the Maple Leafs.

"Lou has been about winning," Babcock told on Thursday. "Lou is a guy who has pushed himself to get better every single day. I think a senior management guy joining our team, understanding what the vision and what the plan is, is a home run for all of us.

"Everyone concerns themselves with the team on the ice; the team off the ice precedes the team on the ice. I think we're set up very good."

Penguins to keep record-setting goalie Murray in AHL

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 9:35 PM / News

It looks like Pittsburgh Penguins goalie prospect Matt Murray will have a chance to break his American Hockey League shutout-streak record by returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

The Penguins plan to keep Murray in the AHL rather than use him as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup.

"He's not coming in here and beating out Marc-Andre Fleury and taking over this team," assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald told the Penguins website in remarks published Wednesday. "We love what we have down the line here, and it is down the line. He just turned 21. He needs to play hockey games. You can't develop if he's sitting on the bench. That's just a fact."

Murray, the AHL Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year, seems fine with that plan.

"I think either way could be good for me," Murray said.

Stars D-man Johns hopes to make NHL debut in '15-16

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 6:55 PM / News

Stephen Johns was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Dallas Stars along with Patrick Sharp earlier this month, but unlike Sharp, the defenseman is no lock for an NHL roster spot.

"I am just going to be like every other guy here, battling for a spot, competing and doing whatever I can," Johns told the Stars website Wednesday. "Personally, I think I am ready, but it's not up to me. I am going to do the best that I can, play the best hockey I can and try to impress them."

Avalanche's Grigorenko eager to play for Roy: report

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 6:20 PM / News

Mikhail Grigorenko, who was traded to the Colorado Avalanche by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2015 NHL Draft, is hoping a reunion with Patrick Roy can spark his game.

Roy coached the forward for two seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"I can't wait for the opportunity to have him as a coach again," Grigorenko told the Denver Post on Wednesday. "I had my best years in Quebec, and it was great having Patrick as a coach. He was great to me and taught me a lot of things on and off the ice. I can't thank him enough for what he's done for me already, and I can't wait to have him as a coach again."

Ducks sign defenseman Manson to two-year extension

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 1:16 PM / News

The Ducks have signed defenseman Josh Manson to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Manson, 23 (10/7/91), collected 0-3=3 points with a +1 rating and 31 penalty minutes (PIM) in 28 games for Anaheim last season. Manson made his NHL debut on Oct. 31 at Dallas and earned his first career NHL point (assist) on Nov. 16 vs. Florida. The 6-3, 217-pound defenseman began the season with Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL, Norfolk), scoring 3-9=12 points with 47 PIM in 36 games.

Devils hope to sign Larsson long-term: report

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 10:45 AM / News

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero remains confident he can get restricted free agent defenseman Adam Larsson signed before his salary arbitration hearing on July 29, according to NJ Advance Media.

Shero told the website Tuesday he hopes to sign Larsson to a long-term contract. Larsson, who had NHL career highs with three goals, 21 assists and 24 points in 64 regular-season games in 2014-15.

"We have the date for arbitration, so I'll talk to (agent) J.P. Barrie again at some point this week and compare notes and see if something might be done on a longer term deal if possible," Shero said. "If not, at least you have a date, so there is going to be a contract either way whether it's the arbitration or negotiating. We have a little bit of time here and Lou [Lamoriello] always says if you have time you use it.

"I think both sides are doing that and trying to do what makes sense for both the player and the team."

Stars' Hemsky feels improved after hip surgery: report

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 9:42 AM / News

Dallas Stars right wing Ales Hemsky is spending a good portion of the summer recovering from hip surgery and said he is improving and aimed at having a bounce-back season.

"I can already feel I have more motion," Hemsky told the Dallas Morning News in a report published Tuesday. "It's just been two months and I know I have a long way to go, but I can feel the difference."

Hemsky had 11 goals and 21 assists in 76 games last season playing the majority of the season alongside center Jason Spezza. Hemsky didn't score his first goal of the season until Nov. 28 against the Minnesota Wild.

"It was a lot of pressure I was putting on myself, and I think I worked through that," he said. "This feels completely different."

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