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Oil Kings reflect on stunning Memorial Cup title run

Monday, 05.26.2014 / 10:47 AM / News

Ed Klajman - NHL.com Contributor

LONDON, Ontario -- Edgars Kulda had just been named the most valuable player of the 2014 Memorial Cup after leading the resilient Edmonton Oil Kings to the franchise's first junior hockey championship with a 6-3 upset victory against the top-ranked Guelph Storm.

After outshining a long list of high NHL draft picks he played alongside and against, Kulda was asked about his standing as NHL Central Scouting's 145th-ranked North American skater for the upcoming draft.

In the typically jovial and playful manner that made him a media darling at the tournament, the 19-year-old Latvian laughed, shrugged his shoulders, and coyly avoided giving a direct answer about anything related to the draft.

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Kulda, Oil Kings top Storm to win 2014 Memorial Cup

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 9:38 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Edmonton Oil Kings forward Edgars Kulda doesn't want to go through another NHL draft without hearing his name called. If his performance at the 2014 Memorial Cup was a final audition, he shouldn't be concerned.

Kulda had a goal and two assists to help Edmonton to a 6-3 win against the Guelph Storm on Sunday to win the national championship of Canadian junior hockey. He was named the most valuable player of the tournament.

"I kind of got lucky with that," Kulda said of winning MVP, according to The Canadian Press. "I don't know how I got it, honestly. It's a pleasurable surprise for me. I'm happy to get that one too."

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Worlds: Russia tops Finland to win gold medal

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 5:44 PM / News

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Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins scored at 15:38 of the second period to break a tie and helped Russia to a 5-2 win against Finland in the gold-medal game of the 2014 IIHF World Championship on Sunday at Minsk Arena in Minsk, Belarus.

Sergei ShirokovAlex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Danis Zaripov and Viktor Tikhonov scored to give Russia its fourth gold in the past seven years at Worlds (2008, 2009, 2012). Russia avenged a loss to Finland in the quarterfinals of the 2014 Sochi Olympics and won their fifth gold medal since the 1991 breakup of the Soviet Union.

"It's a different tournament [after the Olympics], but it's great to win it," Russian forward Nikolai Kulyomin told the IIHF website. "We were all coming here to win. The Russian team is always playing to win."

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Jagr announces retirement from international play

Sunday, 05.25.2014 / 5:44 PM / News

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New Jersey Devils forward Jaromir Jagr announced his retirement Sunday from international hockey as a member of the Czech Republic national team it lost 3-0 against Sweden in the bronze-medal game of the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.

"That was my last game for the Czech Republic," Jagr told reporters. "I'll be back to play in the NHL next year [with the Devils], but I won't play for my country again."

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Russia to meet Finns in gold-medal game at Worlds

Saturday, 05.24.2014 / 7:40 PM / News

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Sergei Shirokov scored the eventual game-winning goal with two minutes remaining in the first period, Danis Zaripov and Yevgeni Medvedev each had two assists and Russia defeated Sweden 3-1 to advance to the gold-medal game at the 2014 IIHF World Championship in a game played at Minsk Arena.

Russia will face off against Finland, a 3-0 winner against the Czech Republic in the second semifinal, in the championship game on Sunday.

Sergei Plotnikov and Anton Belov also scored for Russia after Oscar Moller opened the scoring for Sweden 19 seconds into the game. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (Columbus Blue Jackets) made 22 saves for Russia and Anders Nilsson (New York Islanders) stopped 31 of 34 shots in a losing effort.
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Edmonton advances to Memorial Cup final

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 11:54 PM / News

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Curtis Lazar scored at 2:42 of the third overtime to give the Edmonton Oil Kings a 4-3 victory against the Val-d'Or Foreurs on Friday in the semifinal game of the 2014 Memorial Cup at Budweiser Gardens in London, Ontario.

Edmonton faces the Guelph Storm in the championship game Sunday (4 p.m. ET, NHLN-US).

Lazar, a 2013 first-round pick (No. 17) of the Ottawa Senators, got to the front of the Val-d'Or net and tipped a low shot from the left point by Cody Corbett past the outstretched pad of Foreurs goaltender Antoine Bibeau.


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Canucks introduce Jim Benning as new GM

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 5:43 PM / News

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

VANCOUVER -- Trevor Linden and Jim Benning hadn't spoken since they were teammates on the Vancouver Canucks in 1988-89, but it didn't take long to realize they were on the same page about fixing the current edition of the franchise.

Linden introduced Benning as the Canucks' new general manager on Friday, a move many predicted soon after general manager Mike Gillis was fired in early April and Linden took over as president of hockey operations the next day. However, Linden insisted he didn't make up his mind until reconnecting with Benning.


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Devils sign two 2012 picks to entry-level contracts

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 4:36 PM / News

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Forwards Ben Johnson and Ben Thomson on Friday signed entry-level contracts with the New Jersey Devils. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Johnson, who will turn 20 next month, finished tied for third on the Windsor Spitfires of the Ontario Hockey League this season with 53 points (28 goals) in 59 games. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward led the Spitfires with four goals and six points during the 2014 OHL playoffs and then joined Albany of the American Hockey League upon completion of his junior season.

Johnson, a third-round pick (No. 90) in the 2012 NHL Draft, had 66 goals and 128 points in 191 games during his junior career.

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Lightning sign Johnson to three-year contract

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 3:33 PM / News

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Tyler Johnson signed a new three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday. Financial terms of the contract were not released, but Elliotte Friedman of the CBC reports it's worth $10 million.

Johnson could have become a restricted free agent this summer.

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Sharks' Robinson adds development job to role

Friday, 05.23.2014 / 2:19 PM / News

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Larry Robinson was named associate coach and director of player development by the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

Earlier this week the Montreal Gazette reported Robinson had signed a three-year contract to remain with the Sharks, where he has been an associate coach for the past two seasons.

"Larry is one of the most respected minds in hockey and we are thrilled to continue having him involved with our organization," general manager Doug Wilson said.

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