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Coyotes goalie Smith will build off Canada gold

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:26 PM / News

ArizonaCoyotes.com

GLENDALE – At the end of the season, goalie Mike Smith wasn't sure if he wanted to play for Team Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship.

He was honored to have been invited, of course, but he'd just finished a challenging and frustrating season with the Arizona Coyotes and the annual international tournament was thousands of miles away in the Czech Republic. On top of that, he had just played for Team Canada – and won a gold medal – last year at the Winter Olympics.

Clearly there were plenty of reasons for Smith to say thanks but no thanks to Team Canada and skip the World Championship. Nevertheless, Smith accepted the invitation hoping to begin his off-season on a high.

It was a wise decision.

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Video game to add playoff beards to new version

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 9:05 PM / News

NHL.com

Playoff beards are coming to "NHL 16" from EA Sports.

The video game company will include the Stanley Cup Playoff tradition in its newest version, available in September.

"One of the oldest and most iconic traditions in hockey has arrived," the company said on its website. "With accurate representations of beard patterns, length, thickness, and growth rates for individual players, the road to the Stanley Cup just got hairier."

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Senators owner Melnyk has successful liver transplant

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 8:49 PM / News

OttawaSenators.com

OTTAWA - The Ottawa Senators organization is confirming that team owner, Eugene Melnyk, underwent a successful liver transplant today at Toronto General Hospital.

Mr. Melnyk went into surgery at noon today and the transplantation was successfully completed at 8:05 p.m.

Mr. Melnyk and the anonymous donor are both resting comfortably and doing well.

To read more from the Senators website, CLICK HERE.

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Todd McLellan named coach of Edmonton Oilers

Tuesday, 05.19.2015 / 7:13 PM / News

Derek Van Diest - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- Todd McLellan was introduced Tuesday as Edmonton Oilers coach.

He replaces Todd Nelson, who took over after Dallas Eakins was fired 31 games into the 2014-15 season, and will be Edmonton's seventh coach in eight seasons.

"Todd was at the top of my list for a number of reasons," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "I thought the fit was right with our personnel. I thought the fit was right with the way I manage, and in this business when you want to get a top coach, you have to act quickly. It's almost like a free agent for players; if you're not in there first, you're probably not going to get that guy. I made it an effort that he was a guy we were going to go after and we were going to go after hard."

McLellan, 47, was 311-163-66 the past seven seasons with the San Jose Sharks. He coached San Jose to six consecutive Stanley Cup Playoff berths before failing to qualify this season. In April, McLellan and the Sharks agreed to part.

"I'm happy here. I didn't need to go to other places," McLellan said. "It wasn't about money or anything like that. It was about opportunity and family for me. I'm comfortable in Edmonton. Family-wise, my wife has family here, I have family here. I'm a Western Canada guy (born in Melville, Saskatchewan). I feel good about being here. After all those years in California, I think I still like the snow a little bit, so that will have to come into play. It felt right; your gut sometimes tells you that you're doing the right thing, and my gut was telling me that."

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Sharks get OK to interview Bylsma: report

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 11:14 PM / News

The San Jose Sharks have been given permission to interview Dan Bylsma for their coaching position, ESPN.com reported Monday.

The website also said Mike Babcock was scheduled to speak with the Sharks this week to discuss a possible future with the organization, but Babcock said he is done speaking with teams. It is unknown if he interviewed with the Sharks.

Bylsma was fired by the Pittsburgh Penguins after last season with two years remaining on his contract. The Penguins reached the Stanley Cup Playoffs in each of the six seasons he coached, and he led Pittsburgh to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He was 252-117-32 in the regular season.

ESPN reporter Craig Custance said Bylsma turned down two jobs before this season; Custance did not identify the teams.

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Babcock done meeting teams, decision soon: report

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 9:12 PM / News

NHL.com

Mike Babcock said Monday he is done speaking with NHL teams about becoming their coach and will announce a decision Wednesday.

The Detroit Red Wings coach will meet with general manager Ken Holland on Tuesday, Babcock told Mlive.com.

"Just going to revisit everything one more time," Babcock said. "I've talked to all the teams I'm talking to."

The Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues asked permission to speak with Babcock, according to the website.

"I learned a lot. I talked to lots of good people," Babcock told writer Ansar Khan. "I kept Kenny abreast the whole time. We'll talk one more time [Tuesday] and then I'll sit down with my family one more time [Tuesday] night and make a decision."

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Blue Jackets will name captain on Wednesday

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 8:57 PM / News

NHL.com

The Columbus Blue Jackets will name their next captain at a press conference Wednesday.

"We know who it's going to be," Davidson told Columbus Business First in an interview published April 30. "... He's popped, he's a person that's carried himself with outstanding leadership."

The Blue Jackets alerted season-ticket holders in an email and announced it on their website Monday.

The Columbus Dispatch said it is expected only the captain, not any alternate captains, will be revealed.

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Boyle returns to Lightning lineup for Game 2

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 8:13 PM / News

David Satriano - NHL.com Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Brian Boyle is in the lineup for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday.

Boyle, who did not play in the Lightning’s 2-1 loss in Game 1 on Saturday because of an undisclosed injury, took line rushes with Brenden Morrow and J.T. Brown before the game.

In 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games, Boyle has a goal and an assist, and Lightning captain Steven Stamkos discussed Boyle's importance to the team Monday.

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Capitals' Green enters offseason with uncertain future

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 4:08 PM / News

Katie Brown - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green said he thinks the best years of his NHL career are ahead of him.

Green, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, will have to make some tough decisions about his future this summer. They could involve saying farewell to the place he's spent his entire NHL career.

"I just want to play on a competitive team that wants to win," Green said. "That's really the ultimate factor that comes into play for me, and I know that Washington's a competitive organization. It's hard to think of the uncertainty of this summer and what might happen. It's probably a little scary at times for myself to think that anything could happen."

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Melnyk appreciative of fans' efforts in liver search

Monday, 05.18.2015 / 2:50 PM / News

OttawaSenators.com

The Ottawa Senators issued the following statement on the health of owner Eugene Melnyk

We lead such busy lives in today's world it is often a challenge to appreciate how important and vitally dependent we are on being in good health.

The past few months have presented me with the greatest challenge of my life and up until most recently, it has been very personal and private.

Over the last few weeks, my declining health became considerably more critical and urgent. During this time, my family and a few very close friends have worked tirelessly to help save my life.

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I don't think it's really truly going to sink in until we drop the puck, to be honest. I know there's going to be a lot of smoke and mirrors with the media attention and all that. We came [Monday] and it was sort of a light day to get things organized. We just want to focus in on the business aspect, the game itself. That's what we're preparing to do. Get these next couple of days out of the way and it's game on.

— Lightning captain Steven Stamkos on playing in his first Stanley Cup Final