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Babcock meets with Sabres GM, owner: report

Monday, 05.11.2015 / 9:58 AM / News

Mike Babcock met with Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula on Sunday to discuss a possible future with the organization, according to The Associated Press.

Babcock flew to Buffalo on Sunday and spent the afternoon with Pegula and general manager Tim Murray. The Sabres are one of five teams with a coaching vacancy after firing Ted Nolan on April 12.

Approached Sunday by a reporter at Buffalo-Niagara International Airport, Babcock refused to comment and Pegula only said, "Hello."

The Detroit Red Wings granted Babcock permission to speak with other NHL teams May 8. Babcock's contract with the Red Wings expires June 30. The Red Wings want to bring back Babcock and are aiming for a resolution by May 25.

Penguins will not pursue Babcock to coach: report

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 9:49 PM / News

The Pittsburgh Penguins will not ask Mike Babcock to become their coach, general manager Jim Rutherford told the Tribune-Review on Saturday.

"We have our coaching staff in place," Rutherford told the newspaper. "We will not be pursuing him."

Coach Mike Johnston's first season with the Penguins ended with a Game 5 loss to the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round.

"We are committed to our present coaching staff," Rutherford said.

Babcock on Friday was given permission by the Detroit Red Wings to explore other NHL opportunities. His contract expires June 30, but the Red Wings want to have a resolution this month.

BU goalie O'Connor agrees to contract with Senators

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 8:38 PM / News

Boston University goalie Matt O'Connor has agreed to a two-year entry level contract with the Ottawa Senators.

"I had to go someplace where I'm going to develop and I feel that Ottawa is a great place for me to develop as a goalie," O'Connor told the Senators website Saturday.

O'Connor, who finished his junior year with the Terriers, was one of the most sought-after undrafted college free agents. The 23-year-old helped BU reach the national championship game this season, and had a 25-4-4 record, a .927 save percentage and 2.18 goals-against average.

"We are very excited to welcome Matt to the Senators family," Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray said in a statement. "Matt is a fine example of both the type of player and person that our organization looks for when we are acquiring talent. We are confident that under the tutelage of our player development staff, Matt will have the opportunity to develop into an outstanding National Hockey League goaltender."

Devils co-owner discusses future under GM Shero

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 4:23 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- When Joshua Harris was announced as co-owner and chairman of the New Jersey Devils in August 2013, he was adamant about being in it to win it.

The past two seasons, the Devils have failed to meet his expectations. After not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past three seasons, New Jersey has reached the postseason once in the past five and has finished no higher than fourth in its division.

Harris, a self-proclaimed impatient individual driven to succeed in whatever he does, is confident that the recent addition of Ray Shero as general manager is the first step in rectifying the state of the franchise.

Shero was hired May 5 at the recommendation of former GM Lou Lamoriello, who is now president of hockey operations. Harris met with the media on Saturday at Prudential Center during a roundtable discussion about the recent changes and the outlook moving forward.

Lamoriello confident Devils moving in right direction

Saturday, 05.09.2015 / 4:18 PM / News

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey Devils president of hockey operations Lou Lamoriello watched and listened as team co-owner Joshua Harris talked about the recent changes within the organization in a roundtable discussion with the media on Saturday at Prudential Center.

Lamoriello, who first approached Harris and co-owner David Blitzer about the possibility of hiring Ray Shero as general manager, is confident the pieces are in place to help the Devils move in the right direction. Shero was hired May 5 after a 28-year run by Lamoriello in the same role.

Lamoriello, 72, said there is a process that needs to happen to achieve the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup.

"Look, everybody wants to win," Lamoriello said. "Everything is going to be done within the power and the knowledge to win, but the winning is the end result of everything else you do. You never put winning before doing the things necessary that give you the ability to win, and that's the focus we are taking right now.

"[Harris and Blitzer] have given us the resources and they are going to do everything they can to help this organization."

Jets forward Ladd will be ready for camp after surgery

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 10:19 PM / News

Winnipeg Jets forward Andrew Ladd had surgery for a sports hernia and will be recovered in time for next season.

"Ladd is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for training camp in September," the Jets said in a statement Friday.

Ladd will be the fourth Jets player to have surgery (Jacob Trouba, Toby Enstrom, Adam Pardy) since they were swept by the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

"Hopefully I'll get over that, get healthy and get back to the grind of another regular season," Ladd told NHL Live on Tuesday.

Red Wings will allow Babcock to talk to other teams

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 9:56 PM / News

The Detroit Red Wings have granted coach Mike Babcock permission to talk to other NHL teams.

The window for teams to talk to Babcock began at 12 p.m. Friday and is expected to remain open until late May, according to TSN's Bob McKenzie. The Red Wings want to bring back Babcock and are aiming for a resolution by May 25.

"People can read it into it what they want," Babcock told the Detroit Free Press. "There is no decision made at all. We really like it here. My family loves Detroit. It's way easier for my family to stay here, 100 percent easier. My kids are all going away, but they still want to come back to Detroit on Thanksgiving. They want to come back to Detroit in the summer to work out. So it's way easier for them."

Babcock's contract with the Red Wings expires June 30.

"I want Mike here if Mike wants to be here," general manager Ken Holland said, according to Red Wings beat writer Bill Roose. "That's always been my attitude with players and with personnel. If there's a better opportunity for you elsewhere then you probably should pursue it.

"I want Mike to be here because he thinks this is the best situation for him, for his family, for his career."

Oilers' Hall, Eberle praise McLellan as coach: report

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 5:25 PM / News

Todd McLellan has interviewed for the coaching job with the Edmonton Oilers, according to the Edmonton Sun.

The former San Jose Sharks coach, coaching Canada at the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic, told the newspaper he has met with Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli during the tournament. Chiarelli also met with Oilers players taking part in the tournament and has traveled to Arizona for scouting meetings, according to the Sun.

"You don’t know what he’s thinking, but I saw Peter Chiarelli," Oilers forward Taylor Hall, playing for Canada, told the Sun in remarks published Friday. "I don't know if they interviewed, but he’s a great coach. I have a ton of respect for what he teaches and I've learned a lot so far."

Though refusing to discuss how the interview went, McLellan said in general terms that Edmonton would be a desirable location for any coach.

Sharks agree to lengthy lease extension at SAP Center

Friday, 05.08.2015 / 4:36 PM / News

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and the San Jose Sharks announced that an agreement has been reached between the Sharks and the City of San Jose for a lease extension to allow the Sharks to remain at SAP Center potentially through 2040.

The terms of the agreement will be discussed by the Mayor and City Council in a public hearing on Tues., May 19 in the San José City Council Chambers.

Discover extends NHL sponsorship, unveils new card

Thursday, 05.07.2015 / 2:00 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – The National Hockey League (NHL) today announced the renewal of a multiyear sponsorship with Discover Financial Services (NYSE: DFS) in the U.S. As part of this agreement, Discover remains the Official Credit Card and Official Payment Service Partner of the NHL and for all U.S.-based League events through 2019.

In addition, Discover will deepen its engagement with hockey fans of all 30 NHL teams with the launch of its NHL Discover it card. Starting now, NHL fans can apply for an NHL Discover it card and choose to add the NHL Shield or their favorite team's logo from among all 30 NHL teams at The card offers:

• Five percent cash back in categories that change each quarter, up to the quarterly maximum, and one percent cash back on all other purchases

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