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GMs learn salary cap, expected to discuss OT format

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

LAS VEGAS -- The NHL's general managers open a busy 48-hour window here with their annual end-of-season meeting Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first time the general managers will meet in Las Vegas. Generally this meeting takes place during the Stanley Cup Final, in one of the participating cities.

The managers learned the upper limit of the salary cap for the 2015-16 season will be $71.4 million, with the lower limit $52.8 million.

Oilers fire head amateur scout MacGregor, four others

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 6:23 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers on Monday fired head amateur scout Stu MacGregor as well as four other members of the amateur and professional scouting department.

"We have to get better drafting and developing players," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said while speaking with the media.

MacGregor had been director of amateur scouting since 2007, and a scout for the Oilers since 2000.

"I wanted to lean out the staff a bit, I wanted to reposition some people in duties, and these are hard decisions that we have to make; that I had to make," Chiarelli said.

The Oilers, who have the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, are expected to take Erie Otters center Connor McDavid. The Oilers also have the 16th pick in the first round, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have 10 picks in all, tied for the most of any team.

McDavid had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games for Erie this season.

Assistant coach Gwozdecky leaves Lightning

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 6:17 PM / News

TAMPA -- Assistant Coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning to pursue other opportunities, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Gwozdecky has been with the Lightning on head coach Jon Cooper's staff for two seasons, most recently helping the franchise to the 2015 Eastern Conference Championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire Lightning organization, would like to thank George and his family for giving us the past two years," said Yzerman upon making the announcement. "He helped turn a young, unproven team into the Eastern Conference Champions and we appreciate his professionalism and dedication."

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Oilers fire four members of scouting team: report

Sunday, 06.21.2015 / 10:20 AM / News Staff

Stu MacGregor, who has served as head amateur scout for the Edmonton Oilers since 2007, was fired along with three other members of the Oilers scouting team on Saturday night six days before the first round of the 2015 NHL Draft, according to a report by Bob McKenzie of TSN.

The Oilers also fired head pro scout Morey Gare. MacGregor and Gare had each been with the organization for over a decade. Two additional scouts not named in the report were also fired.

The Oilers hold 10 picks in this year's draft, including two first- and two second-round selections. The organization won the NHL Draft Lottery in April to gain the No. 1 pick for the fourth time since 2010. The 2015 NHL Draft is June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

Alex Carpenter first pick of new pro women's league

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 7:45 PM / News

Alex Carpenter of Boston College became the first player drafted into the new National Women's Hockey League on Saturday when the New York Riveters selected her with the top pick.

Players who had completed their junior seasons in college were eligible for the NWHL's first draft, which was held in Boston at Harvard University's Bright-Landry Hockey Center. Each of the 20 players selected Saturday can sign with the team that drafted her after completing her senior season, or she can opt for free agency and sign with one of the league's other three teams.

In addition to the Riveters, the NWHL's other teams are the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts and Connecticut Whale. The league's inaugural season is scheduled to begin in October. Free agency begins Aug. 17, when rosters will be finalized.

Islanders' Okposo could be on trading block: report

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 7:19 PM / News

New York Islanders right wing Kyle Okposo may be a trade chip for general manager Garth Snow at the 2015 NHL Draft in Sunrise, Fla., next week, Newsday reported Saturday.

Okposo, who is entering the final season of his five-year, $14 million contract, missed 22 games this season after having emergency surgery in January to repair a detached retina. He finished the season with 18 goals and 33 assists in 60 games. Okposo had two goals and one assist during the Islanders' seven-game first-round loss against the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Two sources told Newsday that nothing is imminent.

Flames sign forward Backlund to multiyear contract

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 5:42 PM / News

Center Mikael Backlund signed a multiyear contract with the Calgary Flames, the Flames announced Saturday.

Terms were not disclosed, but TSN reported it is for three years and $10.725 million.

"I just wanted to get a good deal for a few years in Calgary," Backlund said in comments tweeted by the Calgary Sun.

Comcast founder, cable pioneer Roberts dies at 95

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 4:14 PM / News

Ralph Roberts, founder of Comcast, died Saturday at the age of 95.

Comcast Spectator, a subsidiary of Comcast and a Philadelphia-based sports entertainment company, owns the Philadelphia Flyers.

"Ralph Roberts was an innovator, a visionary who revolutionized the cable industry and the patriarch of an outstanding family," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. "Founder of Comcast and chairman emeritus, Ralph was a devoted partner and friend of the National Hockey League. We send deepest condolences to Ralph's family and his countless friends. He will be dearly missed."

Wild GM Fletcher to meet with Dubnyk: report

Saturday, 06.20.2015 / 1:54 PM / News

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher is scheduled to meet face-to-face with pending unrestricted free agent goalie Devan Dubnyk in Las Vegas next week, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Dubnyk will be attending the 2015 NHL Awards on Wednesday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN). He is a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, given to the League's top goaltender, and the Masterton Award, given to the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Fletcher will also be in Las Vegas for League meetings before flying to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for the 2015 NHL Draft, where he will meet with Dubnyk's agent, Mike Liut, with hopes of re-signing the goaltender.

Sharks GM won't rule out bringing back Niemi

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 7:04 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks are cutting ties with three players but could bring back starting goaltender Antti Niemi, general manager Doug Wilson said Friday.

Wilson said he's already told 36-year-old defenseman Scott Hannan and fourth-line forward John Scott they won't be re-signed. The Sharks also waived 32-year-old forward Adam Burish on Friday and will buy out the final season of his four-year contract, which will cost them $1,233,333. Burish was waived Nov. 23, cleared waivers and was reassigned to Worcester of the American Hockey League.

Niemi and defenseman Matt Irwin will become unrestricted free agents on July 1, but Wilson said he has talked to the players' agents and left open the possibility of re-signing one or both.

"They would like to be here, but unrestricted free agency is a two-way street," Wilson said. "It has to be a match for us. But would they like to be here? I think they've answered those questions publicly. It's just whether it fits for us and them and what the alternatives are for all parties involved."

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