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Dan Bylsma hired as coach of Buffalo Sabres

Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 8:23 PM / News

Joe Yerdon - Correspondent

BUFFALO -- The Buffalo Sabres got the experienced, Stanley Cup-winning coach they were looking for to help them move their rebuild into the next stages.

The Sabres on Thursday introduced Dan Bylsma as the 17th coach in their history. Bylsma spent 5 1/2 seasons coaching the Pittsburgh Penguins and led them to the Stanley Cup in 2009. He's eager to turn the NHL's 30th-place team in each of the past two seasons into a winner again.

"The developing, the winning, the culture of winning and developing that with your group and your team is going to be something I learned with the Pittsburgh Penguins, something you developed," Bylsma said. "It wasn't something that we had because you had certain players on your roster, and that's something that we have to immediately get into the Buffalo Sabres organization, get into our DNA, get into who we are and how we play and develop that culture with this group.

Peter DeBoer hired as coach of San Jose Sharks

Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 7:08 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Peter DeBoer was one of three finalists from a pool of 21 candidates when the San Jose Sharks hired Todd McLellan as their coach seven years ago.

DeBoer was the last candidate standing this time after San Jose general manager Doug Wilson conducted a lengthy search to replace McLellan, who left the Sharks on April 20.

Wilson introduced DeBoer as Sharks coach at a press conference at SAP Center on Thursday.

DeBoer had no NHL coaching experience seven years ago but was a decorated junior hockey coach. Since then, he has coached six-plus seasons in the NHL, the first three with the Florida Panthers and the next three-plus with the New Jersey Devils. The Devils reached the Stanley Cup Final in 2012, DeBoer's first season with them, but lost to the Los Angeles Kings in six games. He's been fired twice, first by the Panthers after 2010-11 season and then by the Devils in December following a 12-17-7 start.

"He went to Florida, a challenging situation. Never an excuse," Wilson said. "He goes to New Jersey and takes every experience and builds on it and says, 'OK, how can I be better?' I really admire that. I really do."

Coaches hired 'haven't affected' Devils' search: report

Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 4:52 PM / News

The New Jersey Devils could be the only NHL team looking for a coach with two of the three other remaining openings filled Thursday.

The San Jose Sharks hired Peter DeBoer, and the Buffalo Sabres hired Dan Bylsma to fill those vacancies.

Other than the Devils, the Detroit Red Wings are likely to promote Grand Rapids coach Jeff Blashill, according to reports.

"What's transpired around the League really hasn't affected me," Devils general manager Ray Shero told on Wednesday.

Capitals' Backstrom has arthroscopic hip surgery

Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 10:28 AM / News

Center Nicklas Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery Wednesday and is expected to recover before the start of training camp for the 2015-16 season, the Washington Capitals announced Thursday.

"Nicklas Backstrom underwent a successful arthroscopic surgery on his hip on Wednesday afternoon," the Capitals said in a statement. "Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season."

Senators' Murray to leave GM job after 2015-16: report

Thursday, 05.28.2015 / 9:18 AM / News

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray expects the 2015-16 season to be his final one in his current position, he told CBC Wednesday.

Murray, 72, announced in November 2014 that he had inoperable Stage 4 colon cancer and he has been receiving chemotherapy since then.

"I'm not as energized as I once was, but age has a little to do with that as well as the sickness," Murray said.

Sharks to name DeBoer coach on Thursday: report

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 11:08 PM / News

Peter DeBoer reportedly will be announced as San Jose Sharks coach Thursday.

The Sharks have scheduled a press conference for 1 p.m. PT Thursday to introduce DeBoer as their coach, the San Jose Mercury News reported.

The newspaper said Sharks players have been invited to the event at SAP Center.

"From everything I've heard, he's the right guy for this job," forward Tommy Wingels told the newspaper. "I know the players here, I haven't talked to too many, but the guys I have been in contact with, we're excited for him to be at the reins of this team."

Gallagher should be next Canadiens captain: Lafleur

Wednesday, 05.27.2015 / 6:22 PM / News

Brendan Gallagher should be named captain of the Montreal Canadiens, Hockey Hall of Fame member Guy Lafleur said Wednesday.

Lafleur, an ambassador with the Canadiens, told the Montreal Gazette that Gallagher deserves the captaincy because of the way he handles himself on and off the ice.

"A captain shouldn't be chosen on the amount of goals he's going to score," Lafleur said. "[Gallagher] really impressed me every night I saw him play. He's aggressive, he wants to win. He gets some bad shots from opponents, he takes a lot of hits, and there's not too many guys on the team that work like he does."

Lightning forward Paquette a scratch for Game 6

Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 8:06 PM / News

Dan Rosen - Senior Writer

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning center Cedric Paquette is a scratch for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers on Tuesday.

Vladislav Namestnikov, who hasn't played since Game 1, is in the lineup in Paquette's place.

The Lightning lead the best-of-7 series 3-2.

Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper said Paquette was "very questionable" during his pregame press conference Tuesday morning.

Hitchcock agrees to one-year contract with Blues

Tuesday, 05.26.2015 / 3:35 PM / News

Louie Korac - Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues will turn back to a familiar face and voice.

The way general manager Doug Armstrong spoke Tuesday to announce that the Blues signed Ken Hitchcock to a one-year contract, there never seemed to be a doubt whether the 63-year-old would return to coach St. Louis for a fifth season.

Hitchcock's contract was set to expire June 30. He and Armstrong took time after the season to reflect on certain issues, but each is comfortable with the other and seems fine with a one-year extension.

"I just had to make sure that the passion level that's going to be necessary in November, December, January, February ... the dog days of the season, that Ken still had that passion," Armstrong said. "I didn't want him to come back and feel that he was coming back out of anger and disappointment. I wanted him to come back out of excitement and energy. When we talked, I felt that. I felt that talking to him and I felt that talking to members of his staff that there's a real excitement in getting back to work here."

Devils ask to interview Bylsma for coach: report

Sunday, 05.24.2015 / 4:24 PM / News

The New Jersey Devils are believed to have permission to talk to Dan Bylsma about their coaching position, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday.

Devils general manager Ray Shero hired Bylsma in 2009 with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bylsma replaced Michel Therrien as coach on Feb. 15 and less than four months later led the Penguins to the Stanley Cup.

Bylsma was fired as Pittsburgh coach following the 2013-14 season, a few weeks after Shero lost his job as GM in the wake of the Penguins being eliminated by the New York Rangers in seven games of the Eastern Conference Second Round after holding a 3-1 series lead.

"I believe Dan is a really good coach," Shero told earlier this month. "He'll be a head coach again in the National Hockey League, but I've got to do what's best for the Devils and Dan's got to do what's best for him, and if that leads us a certain way, so be it."

Bylsma's contract with Pittsburgh runs through the 2015-16 season, which is why a team would need permission to interview him.

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