Given a grace window by Phoenix general manager Don Maloney of roughly 10 days to speak with Brad Treliving, Burke added to his front office Monday in naming the Coyotes assistant GM to fill the vacancy created by after Jay Feaster was relieved of his duties on Dec. 12.
"When we asked Phoenix for permission, we fully expected that they would say, 'You can talk to him after the draft and not before,' in which case we would've waited," said Burke, the Flames' president of hockey operations who had served as interim GM since Feaster's dismissal. "What changed was that they said we were free to talk and hire Brad. They gave us a tight window to do it and we got the deal done in that time.
"I'm sure everyone thinks the happiest guy in the room is Brad, but it's probably me."
McPhee was the catalyst for that change as the Capitals' chief architect, overseeing countless players, several coaches and the stylistic changes that accompanied that turnover.
Yet there was one transformation McPhee could not complete during his nearly 17-year tenure: turning a franchise long associated with regular-season success into one that replicated it in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
It was for that reason team owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick opted not to renew McPhee's contract, informing him Saturday that the Capitals were in need of a fresh perspective.
Leduc, 19, had 15 points (six goals, nine assists) and a plus-13 rating in 63 games in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, splitting time between the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Rimouski Oceanic. Leduc was traded midseason and had two assists and a plus-9 rating in 11 playoff games with Rimouski.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- With the announcement Monday that Hall of Famer Ron Francis is taking over as executive vice president and general manager of the Carolina Hurricanes, the franchise made its most noteworthy front-office shift since arriving in North Carolina in 1997. What happens next will begin playing out over the summer.
Francis replaces Jim Rutherford, whose 20-year tenure as general manager included winning the Stanley Cup in 2006 and a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in 2002, with Francis serving as Hurricanes captain. Rutherford will remain with the team as president in an advisory role, representing the franchise at NHL functions such as the Board of Governors meetings.
Francis has worked in a variety of roles with the Hurricanes since his retirement as a player in 2004, including two-plus seasons as associate coach. He has spent the past three years as director of hockey operations. He expressed a clear vision for the type of player he wants on the Hurricanes roster.
The Capitals announced the changes Saturday following a two-week organizational investigation. Leonsis and Patrick met with McPhee and Oates on Thursday before making their final decision late Friday.
"It came down honestly to, after all of the work that we did and the due diligence for Dick and I, to sit down and say, 'Do we think this team with this leadership can compete for and win a Stanley Cup going into next season?' And our answer was obviously no," Leonsis said Saturday. "That's why we made the change."
Crisp, 20, signed a three-year contract. Carr, 22, signed a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
"I played with a cast on my wrist the whole second half of the year," Bishop said.
The injury was unrelated to the dislocated elbow Bishop sustained near the end of the regular season that forced him to miss the entire Eastern Conference First Round series against the Montreal Canadiens. Bishop was targeting a Game 6 comeback, but the Lightning were swept in four games.
Fayne will need a rehabilitation period of eight to 10 weeks.
"Just a normal groin situation," Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger. "The eight-to-10 weeks is total rehab."
Noonan signed a two-year contract; Rissling signed a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.
I just wanted to do something to take my mind off the shot and let me relax a little bit. It seemed like the fans liked it. I'm glad I was able to score.