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Panthers fire Horachek, seek experienced coach

Tuesday, 04.29.2014 / 1:10 PM / News

Alain Poupart - NHL.com Correspondent

SUNRISE, Fla. -- Florida Panthers general manager Dale Tallon says it's time for the team to have an experienced coach.

Tallon made that clear Tuesday after interim coach Peter Horachek was relieved of his duties. Like Kevin Dineen, the man he replaced in November, and Dineen's predecessor Peter DeBoer, Horachek had never been an NHL coach before leading the Panthers.

"We just felt as a group that it wasn't quite the right fit with the direction we're headed in," Tallon said in a conference call. "The last few coaches have had no NHL coaching experience and as a group we thought we needed to get somebody with probably more NHL coaching experience. That was the reason behind this.

"We're going to identify the guys that are available and get the best available candidate that has the most experience probably."
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Flames name Treliving as new general manager

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 7:51 PM / News

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Brian Burke was willing to wait longer to find the next general manager of the Calgary Flames. He didn't have to, thanks in part to the Phoenix Coyotes.

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."

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McPhee looks to future as tenure with Capitals ends

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 2:35 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

ARLINGTON, Va. -- For nearly two decades as Washington Capitals general manager, George McPhee was the constant in an ever-changing organization.

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.

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Islanders sign Leduc to entry-level contract

Monday, 04.28.2014 / 12:06 PM / News

NHL.com

The New York Islanders on Monday agreed to terms with defenseman Loic Leduc on a three-year, entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

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.

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Francis replaces Rutherford as Hurricanes' GM

Sunday, 04.27.2014 / 12:20 PM / News

Kurt Dusterberg - NHL.com Correspondent

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.

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Capitals fire Oates as coach, won't renew GM McPhee

Saturday, 04.26.2014 / 6:38 PM / News

Adam Vingan - NHL.com Correspondent

WASHINGTON -- Displeased with the direction the Washington Capitals were trending, owner Ted Leonsis and president Dick Patrick let go of general manager George McPhee and coach Adam Oates.

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."

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