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Maple Leafs CEO Leiweke stepping down

Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 7:07 PM / News

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Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment announced Thursday that president and CEO Tim Leiweke will leave the company.

Leiweke will remain with MLSE until June 2015 or until a successor is appointed.

"It's an honour to lead MLSE, a world-class organization in a city and a country so passionate about sports. But with new opportunities on the horizon, it's time for me to begin the transition from sports and entertainment executive to entrepreneur," Leiweke said, according to The Canadian Press. "Right now, my total focus is here at MLSE and I look forward to working with the Board and MLSE team to continue strengthening our franchises while ensuring a smooth transition to a new leader."

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Avalanche goalie Giguere announces retirement

Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 3:20 PM / News

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Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere announced his retirement Thursday after 16 seasons in the NHL.

The 37-year-old earned 262 victories in 597 regular-season games and won a Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 2003, when the Ducks lost the Cup Final to the New Jersey Devils in seven games.

Giguere, a first-round pick (No. 13) of the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 NHL Draft, finished 262-216-50 with 25 ties, a 2.53 goals-against average, .913 save percentage and 38 shutouts for the Whalers, Calgary Flames, Ducks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Avalanche. He went 33-17 with a 2.08 GAA and .925 save percentage in 52 playoff games.

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Charity games honoring Demitra begin in Slovakia

Thursday, 08.21.2014 / 11:36 AM / News

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Longtime NHL forward Pavol Demitra is being honored in a series of charity exhibition games in Slovakia this week, nearly three years after he and 43 other passengers died in a plane crash in Yaroslavl, Russia.

A group of Slovakian All-Stars and alumni from the St. Louis Blues, along with others such as Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara, are participating in three games to raise money for grass-roots hockey in Slovakia. The Slovak Stars beat the Blues alumni 9-8 in a shootout in the first game on Wednesday in Poprad. Game 2 will be played Friday in Trencin, followed by the final game on Saturday in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.

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MacArthur, Senators agree to five-year extension

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 10:56 PM / News

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Forward Clarke MacArthur agreed to terms with the Ottawa Senators on a five-year, $23.25 million contract extension, the team announced Tuesday.

The contract starts with the 2015-16 season, has an average annual value of $4.65 million, and keeps him with the Senators through the 2019-20 season.

"Obviously last year wasn't what we were looking for (failing to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs), but it's a young team and I still feel we're on the up-and-up," MacArthur told the Ottawa Sun on Wednesday. "For me, to get a deal of this length, it gives me a chance over the six years to try and help make this team a winning team. I'm looking forward to that."

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Sharks will start camp with no captain, alternates

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 10:54 PM / News

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The San Jose Sharks will begin training camp without a captain or alternates, coach Todd McLellan said Wednesday.

Forward Joe Thornton has been captain since prior to the start of the 2010-11 season. Forward Patrick Marleau, who was captain from midway through the 2003-04 season until 2009, was an alternate captain last season. Defenseman Dan Boyle, who signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, was the other alternate.

"It's a big honor and it's a big responsibility so it's a little strange when they take it away from you," Thornton told David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News.

McLellan said it would be an open competition to determine the next captain.

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Hurricanes say Semin will be ready for training camp

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 8:10 PM / News

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Carolina Hurricanes forward Alexander Semin will be ready for training camp after offseason wrist surgery, general manager Ron Francis told the team website Wednesday.

"Based on the information I have, absolutely yes," Francis said in a Twitter Q&A.

Reports surfaced earlier in August that Semin was not fully recovered and was returning to the United States for additional rehab.

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Sharks' Torres out indefinitely with knee infection

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 6:25 PM / News

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San Jose Sharks forward Raffi Torres will miss the start of the season because of a setback with his previously injured right knee, general manager Doug Wilson said Wednesday.

"We expect Raffi to return to the team during the 2014-15 season, but no official timeline for his return is being set at this time," Wilson said in a statement.

Torres could miss a significant amount of time, possibly as much as half of the regular season, Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area reported.

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Sabres name Cunneyworth player development coach

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 3:43 PM / News

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The Buffalo Sabres announced Wednesday that Randy Cunneyworth, who worked mainly in player development with the Rochester Americans in the American Hockey League last season, will become player development coach.

Cunneyworth, 53, rejoined the Sabres organization in Nov. 2013 as a scout and then served as a special assistant and player development coach in Rochester. Prior to returning to Buffalo, he served as interim coach for the Montreal Canadiens. He was coach of the Americans for eight seasons (2000-2008) after his 16-year career as a player in the NHL.

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Free agent Hayes agrees to terms with Rangers

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 3:18 PM / News

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Free-agent forward Kevin Hayes agreed to terms on a contract with the New York Rangers, the team announced Wednesday. Details were not revealed.

Hayes became an unrestricted free agent Saturday when he and the Chicago Blackhawks, who selected him in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft (No. 24), could not agree to a contract.

"My goal is to be on the team come [October]," Hayes told the Rangers website. "I'm going to do everything I can for that to be accomplished. Ultimately it's on myself and how I perform."

Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton had high praise for their new signing.

"He's a big man that has all kinds of skill, nice hands, hockey sense," Gorton said. "We just saw him as -- once he became available -- as a guy that's pretty close to playing. He has a lot of the things we're looking for."

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NHL announces changes to Draft Lottery format

Under phase-in plan, odds will be adjusted to reflect increasing competitive balance in 2015; Lottery will be expanded to determine first three selections in 2016

Wednesday, 08.20.2014 / 3:00 PM / News

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NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today changes to its Draft Lottery, a weighted system implemented and utilized to determine the order of selection in the first round of the NHL Draft for the 14 Clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs (or the Clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

These changes will be phased in over a two-year period, beginning with the Draft Lottery in 2015.

2015 NHL Draft Lottery

The odds of winning the first overall selection in the NHL Draft for the 14 non-Playoff teams will be adjusted to more appropriately reflect the current state of competitive balance in the League. This will result in a more evenly-balanced allocation of odds, with the 10 highest-finishing non-Playoff qualifying teams receiving higher (better) Draft Lottery odds than they received previously and the four lowest-finishing teams receiving lower (worse) odds. The revised set of odds will remain in effect year-to-year in the future.

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