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Riggle, Daughtry to headline 2015 NHL Awards

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 12:30 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

LAS VEGAS – The 2015 NHL Awards™ special salute to the best regular-season players and performances will be hosted by actor and comedian Rob Riggle and will feature a live musical performance from rock band Daughtry followed by a full concert on Wednesday, June 24 at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League announced today. The two-hour primetime awards show will broadcast live at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada. Tickets to the 2015 NHL Awards go on sale today at any MGM Resorts box office location.

Capitals extend AHL affiliation with Hershey Bears

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 11:17 AM / News

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals and the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2015-16 season, Capitals president Dick Patrick and Hershey president and general manager Doug Yingst announced today.

The Bears, one of the AHL's elite franchises, recently completed their 10th season as Washington's AHL affiliate under the current agreement. Hershey has qualified for the playoffs in nine of the last 10 seasons and won the Calder Cup in back-to-back seasons as the champions of the AHL in 2009 and 2010 as well as in 2006. Hershey has reached the Calder Cup final in four of the 10 seasons it has been affiliated with Washington under the current agreement.

"We are extremely pleased to extend our affiliation with the Hershey Bears," said Patrick. "In our view, Hershey is a top franchise in the American Hockey League, and we look forward to our top prospects continuing to develop in a successful and winning culture in Hershey."

Senators owner Melnyk discharged from hospital

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 10:41 AM / News

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Senators organization is confirming that team owner, Eugene Melnyk, was discharged earlier this week from Toronto General Hospital after undergoing a successful liver transplant on May 19, 2015.

"Mr. Melnyk's recovery has been proceeding very well since undergoing his transplant," said Dr. Atul Humar, the Medical Director of the University Health Network's Multi-Organ Transplant Program. "As with all of our transplant patients, Mr. Melnyk has been monitored closely by his transplant team and his general health has improved to the point where he can begin the next phase of his recovery. In addition, we are pleased to report that the anonymous donor has also been discharged and is doing extremely well."

Strangis: Olczyk brings horse sense to Cup Final

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 10:00 AM / Lightning vs Blackhawks - 2015 Stanley Cup Final

Ralph Strangis - Special to

Horse players remember the misses more than the hits. The ones that didn't pay are the ones they talk about. Cashing tickets are part of the routine, even the big ones, and they all run together. Mostly they're just vouchers for the next play anyway.

So when Eddie Olczyk tells you about his 2015 spring, the first story he'll recite likely will concern the unprecedented daily double he missed by a nose.

When the New York Rangers lost Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final to the Tampa Bay Lightning, it took away the opportunity for Olczyk to work the Belmont Stakes and the Stanley Cup Final on the same day.

Instead, Olczyk will call only the Final between the Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks, which starts with Game 1 at Amalie Arena on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, TVA Sports).

Coyotes considering options with third pick in draft

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 9:48 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

BUFFALO -- The last time the Arizona Coyotes owned a top-five pick in the NHL Draft was eight years ago when center Kyle Turris was chosen third in 2007 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus.

Coyotes general manager Don Maloney, who was serving as GM at the time Turris was drafted, enters the 2015 NHL Draft, to be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., with the No. 3 pick once again. Despite what many scouts claim to be as deep a prospect pool as there has been in some time, Maloney said he remains open-minded with regard to the No. 3 choice.

"There's a couple of defensemen we really like, some centermen and some dynamic wingers, but we have all kinds of options," Maloney said. "I'm not locked into anything. We do have holes to fill on our roster next season, so if we can fill a hole and get a relatively high pick in return, that's an option."

Kings GM Lombardi wants conditioning to be focus

Wednesday, 06.03.2015 / 12:06 AM / News

The Los Angeles Kings failed to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season, but general manager Dean Lombardi has elected to view it as an opportunity more than a disappointment.

The Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 and advanced to the Western Conference Final in 2013. But by missing the playoffs by finishing fourth in the Pacific Division, two points behind the third-place Calgary Flames, the Kings got something they haven't had in quite a while: a full offseason.

"You've heard me mention this before about the idea of the conditioning and nailing that down," Lombardi said Tuesday. "Because of what had happened in the past, it was more recovery-based offseasons than upgrading our conditioning. A lot of time was spent on evaluating that, coming up with standards now that we have that opportunity."

Islanders to keep logo, uniforms in Brooklyn: report

Tuesday, 06.02.2015 / 11:26 PM / News

The New York Islanders will not change their logo or jerseys when they begin playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn next season.

"One of the things we wanted to do is reiterate again, because I think fans are still concerned, that the Islanders will keep their iconic logo as well as their primary home and road jerseys," Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark said Tuesday, according to Newsday.

The jerseys likely will include a commemorative patch for the inaugural season in Brooklyn, according to Yormark, who is in charge of the Islanders' business affairs.

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.

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