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Sharks GM won't rule out bringing back Niemi

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 7:04 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- The San Jose Sharks are cutting ties with three players but could bring back starting goaltender Antti Niemi, general manager Doug Wilson said Friday.

Wilson said he's already told 36-year-old defenseman Scott Hannan and fourth-line forward John Scott they won't be re-signed. The Sharks also waived 32-year-old forward Adam Burish on Friday and will buy out the final season of his four-year contract, which will cost them $1,233,333. Burish was waived Nov. 23, cleared waivers and was reassigned to Worcester of the American Hockey League.

Niemi and defenseman Matt Irwin will become unrestricted free agents on July 1, but Wilson said he has talked to the players' agents and left open the possibility of re-signing one or both.

"They would like to be here, but unrestricted free agency is a two-way street," Wilson said. "It has to be a match for us. But would they like to be here? I think they've answered those questions publicly. It's just whether it fits for us and them and what the alternatives are for all parties involved."

Sharks GM will listen to offers for ninth pick in draft

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 6:30 PM / News

Eric Gilmore - Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is ready to listen to any and all offers for the ninth pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, especially once the draft gets underway on June 26 in Sunrise, Fla.

The Sharks have gone eight straight years without selecting a player in the top 10, but they are scheduled to pick ninth this year after finishing 22nd in the overall standings in 2014-15.

However, after shedding older players and stockpiling draft picks during the past two seasons, Wilson said Friday he is leaving open the possibility of a trade.

"When you get to that point and sit on the draft floor, sometimes things get offered out of left field," he said. "Sometimes people move up a spot, move down a spot. Our history speaks to we've done all those things. You listen in this business.

Stars will not re-sign forward Horcoff: report

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 5:22 PM / News

The Dallas Stars will not re-sign forward Shawn Horcoff, who will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, general manager Jim Nill said Friday, according to Stars Inside Edge.

Dallas' depth up front and a surplus of young forwards would have reduced Horcoff's role, and that's something the 36-year-old isn’t ready for yet, Nill said. Horcoff, acquired from Edmonton in July 2013, had 18 goals and 49 points in 153 games during two seasons with the Stars, including 11 goals and 29 points in 2014-15.

Flyers will retain assistant coaches

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 5:08 PM / News

Flyers general manager Ron Hextall announced that the club will retain assistant coaches Gord Murphy, Ian Laperriere and Joe Mullen, who will join new coach Dave Hakstol.

Bruins' Sweeney set to make mark in first draft as GM

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 4:26 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Kristen Nelson - Staff Writer

New Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney has been busy since his promotion on May 20.

While making a multitude of phone calls and learning as much as he can from other GMs around the NHL, Sweeney has had about a month to prepare for the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla.

The first round is June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 will be June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

Slated for the No. 14 pick, Sweeney said Friday he is comfortable with the Bruins' spot in the first round given the depth of the draft pool. However, Sweeney said they have discussed moving up or dropping back in position for the first round.

"I'm going to look at every option. I'm not really going to turn down anything," Sweeney said. "I think this situation I'm in now, I have to have my ears wide open."

Hockey stars align with fans from the world of entertainment for 2015 NHL Awards

NHL legends and stars from TV, movies, music and sports to join host Rob Riggle and rock band Daughtry at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 4:15 PM / 2015 NHL Awards

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, June 24, NHL stars past and present – including members of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks – and hockey fans from the world of entertainment will join host Rob Riggle and musical performer Daughtry for the 2015 NHL Awards, a special salute to the best regular-season players and performances from the 2014-15 season, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

The two-hour primetime awards show will broadcast live at 7:00 p.m. ET / 4:00 p.m. PT on NBCSN in the U.S. and Sportsnet in Canada. Tickets to the 2015 NHL Awards – which include admission to both the Awards show and the full Daughtry concert immediately following – are available for purchase at any MGM Resorts box office location or online at or

Maple Leafs acquire rights to Hyman from Panthers

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 3:00 PM / News

The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired the rights to unsigned center Zach Hyman and a conditional seventh-round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft from the Florida Panthers on Friday in exchange for center Greg McKegg.

Hyman, 23, completed a four-year collegiate career with the University of Michigan by scoring 22 goals and 54 points in 37 games as a senior, and was a Hobey Baker finalist. The Panthers selected him in the fifth round (No. 123) of the 2010 draft.

Flyers view 2015 NHL Draft as critical moment

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 2:38 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Philadelphia Flyers general manager Ron Hextall said Friday he sees the 2015 NHL Draft as an important point in his tenure.

The Flyers have 10 picks at the draft, including No. 7 and No. 29 in the first round.

The 2015 draft will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The first round is June 26 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"This is a very critical draft for us," Hextall said Friday in a video on the Flyers website. "I think one of the more critical drafts in years. We've got to hit. We have to hit here. We do have a lot of picks and we have some holes to fill. We need to keep young players coming. So this is a critical point for us, that's for sure."

Bruins working toward new contract for Hamilton

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 1:36 PM / NHL Insider

Kristen Nelson - Staff Writer

Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said Friday that he knows the other 29 NHL teams noticed defenseman Dougie Hamilton's breakout 2014-15 season.

Paired with Bruins captain Zdeno Chara for most of the season, Hamilton had career-bests of 10 goals and 42 points while averaging 21:20 of ice time.

Now those same teams will be watching the Bruins to see if they can sign Hamilton to a new contract before July 1, when he would become a restricted free agent.

Senators' Cameron stressing hard work this summer

Friday, 06.19.2015 / 12:30 PM / NHL Insider

Chris Stevenson - Correspondent

OTTAWA -- Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron already is working on having his team pick up where it left off this season.

Cameron, 56, went 32-15-8 after replacing Paul MacLean as coach in December. On Thursday, he signed a two-year contract that runs through the 2016-17 season.

The Senators were the story of the final two months of the 2014-15 regular season; they went 23-4-4 down the stretch and overcame a 14-point deficit to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was the largest such margin in NHL history. They lost in six games to the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference First Round.

Cameron had the Senators play a more aggressive forechecking system, and he gave some young players a bigger role.

Young players often can regress after a quick start to their careers and Cameron is mindful of that. He said to prevent any backsliding, there's been an emphasis placed on summer conditioning.

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