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Devils to consider Oates, Stevens for staff: report

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 11:22 PM / News

Adam Oates and Scott Stevens will be considered as assistants under New Jersey Devils coach John Hynes if Oates and Stevens are willing, general manager Ray Shero told on Tuesday.

The website said Oates and Stevens, who finished this season as Devils co-coaches with Lou Lamoriello, each interviewed for the job that went to Hynes, who was introduced Tuesday.

"That is something that will be addressed in terms of assistant coaches, and I haven't gotten that far with John, but they will definitely have that conversation," Shero said after the formal news conference. "That's certainly going to be up to John with his staff."

Petry happy with Canadiens, so didn't test market

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 9:21 PM / News

Sean Farrell - Correspondent

MONTREAL -- Defenseman Jeff Petry signed with the Montreal Canadiens before he ever got a chance to test free agency, and his teammates are happy he will prove to be more than a trade-deadline rental.

Petry agreed to terms with Montreal on a six-year, $33 million contract Tuesday, less than a month before he was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.

The 27-year-old Michigan native had three goals and seven points in 19 games with the Canadiens after he was acquired from the Edmonton Oilers prior to the NHL Trade Deadline on March 2.

"Pretty much all signs pointed towards testing the market, and then once the trade happened and I joined Montreal, the mindset started shifting," Petry said via conference call from his home in West Bloomfield, Mich. "And then as time went on and I got to play in the environment and see how I was valued within the organization, I think that kept pushing things more towards the side of not testing the open market."

Blackhawks' core in position for historic Cup win

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 8:35 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Winning the Stanley Cup is a dream for millions of youth hockey players, and ends up remaining a fantasy for most.

Winning it twice is an incredible achievement. Moving beyond twice is when the really exclusive clubs start to come into play, and that is the opportunity at hand for many of the core members of the Chicago Blackhawks.

Seven Blackhawks (Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Patrick Sharp, Marian Hossa, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and Niklas Hjalmarsson) are four wins from having their names engraved on the Cup for a third time.

Ducks evaluating if Boudreau will return as coach

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 7:48 PM / News

Curtis Zupke - Correspondent

ANAHEIM -- Anaheim Ducks general manager Bob Murray said Tuesday he is evaluating whether coach Bruce Boudreau will return next season.

Murray said he was digesting Anaheim's loss to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Final, the third straight season the Ducks lost a Game 7 at home. Whether that is enough to consider changes was left open after Murray was asked if Boudreau would be back.

"With everything, I'm evaluating the whole hockey team, and that's not a yes or a no," Murray said. "I'm evaluating everything. I've got to talk to some players. I've got to evaluate everything, I would assume. I'm not thinking about anything right now. Again, I may sound slow to you guys (reporters), but it takes me a while to sit back and replay everything.

"I do think the coaching staff took some strides this year. I will say I was fairly happy with the overall performance of my coaching staff this year."

Blackhawks' Desjardins enjoys Cup Final buzz

Andrew Desjardins - Special to

Chicago Blackhawks forward Andrew Desjardins will be blogging for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

TAMPA -- The time since we won Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks on Saturday was really valuable so we could get recharged.

We knew we had a few days to really get the body rested and to just prepare again mentally.

You just relax.

I didn't do too much, just stayed in the apartment and hung out with my family and spent as much time as I could with them. You've been away from your family throughout the playoffs because of the travel, days at the hotel, so it was nice to have a few days with the family.

Media Day new for Lightning, old hat for Blackhawks

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 6:00 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Arpon Basu - Managing Editor

TAMPA -- Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Killorn was on one knee, listening to coach Jon Cooper go over a drill on the whiteboard at practice Tuesday when his eyes drifted into the stands behind him at Amalie Arena.

The reason Killorn was distracted was because there were at least 20 cameras recording the moment, a fairly routine talk between a coach and his team.

"Jeez," Killorn thought to himself, "what are they filming?"

Welcome to the Stanley Cup Final, Alex.

The first official event of the NHL championship series was Media Day on Tuesday, with every player from the Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks available to speak to reporters about the series, hockey in general, or about any subject under the sun.

It can be an overwhelming experience for players who haven't gone through it.

McDavid, Eichel start Combine interview process

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 5:35 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- Erie Otters center Connor McDavid and Boston University center Jack Eichel got their first taste of what life might be like in the NHL during the first day of team interviews at the 2015 NHL Scouting Combine on Tuesday at First Niagara Center.

McDavid interviewed with two teams, among them the Edmonton Oilers, who hold the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. He has three interviews remaining Wednesday.

Eichel had three of his scheduled six interviews Tuesday, including one with the Buffalo Sabres, who hold the No. 2 pick.

Blackhawks' Toews gets high praise from Yzerman

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 5:16 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Masisak - Staff Writer

TAMPA -- Steve Yzerman is a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and someone many current NHL players look up to as one of the superstars of their youth.

Yzerman, the longtime Detroit Red Wings captain and current Tampa Bay Lightning general manager, said Tuesday at Stanley Cup Final Media Day that Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews is a better player than he was.

"Well, we [each] wore No. 19," Yzerman said when asked about Toews. "The reality is Jonathan is bigger, stronger … better. He just is. Tremendous all-around player, great person. I got to meet him at the World Championships in person for the first time in 2007, in Moscow. He played for us right out of North Dakota. Fit in on the team, one of our best players.

"Over the course of my career, my play evolved and became, through (Red Wings coach) Scotty Bowman and the way he wanted our team to play, we became more defensive-minded players, more well-rounded players. And Jonathan's been that since Day One when he came into the League. Just a complete hockey player. So he's stronger than me. I don't think I could even take him in a race, so probably faster. Just a better hockey player."

Lightning's Filppula eager for another chance at Cup

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 5:15 PM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Corey Long - Correspondent

TAMPA -- It's been seven years since Tampa Bay Lightning center Valtteri Filppula won the Stanley Cup. He's ready for another celebration.

Filppula won the Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Detroit Red Wings and he's the only player on the Lightning roster with a Stanley Cup ring. Now 31, Filppula wants to relive the excitement all over again.

The Lightning will face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

"This is what you play for; this is where you want to be," Filppula said Tuesday of winning the Cup. "In my first three years in the [NHL], we made the conference final and the [Cup] Final twice. So you think it's going to happen again, and it doesn't. I'm just happy to be back here."

Garrison: Lightning feeling excitement of community

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 5:04 PM / Player's Blog with the Lightning's Jason Garrison

Jason Garrison - Special to

Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison will be blogging for periodically throughout the Stanley Cup Final.

TAMPA -- Let's start this off by looking back.

As soon as we won Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Friday, obviously there was a lot of excitement, but it was the first time I came back to my cell phone after a game to find, I think, over 120 text messages.

As fun as it is, as much as you're trying to embrace it all, trying to take it all in, we know we haven't done anything yet because there is still another series to go. But that said, and this goes back to my point about the text messages, there is just so much support out there for me, for us.

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I first met him when I was 19 years old and he coached me for 13 consecutive years. I don't know how many athletes who have had that pleasure. Al Arbour was a man that left us not only feeling like champions, but left us with a lot of great memories that we can carry on through life.

— Islanders Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin on former coach Al Arbour, who passed away Friday at the age of 82