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NHLPA, NHL announce team payroll range for 2015-16

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

NHL Public Relations

NEW YORK/TORONTO -- The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players' Association today announced that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2015-16 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $52.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $62.1 million and an Upper Limit of $71.4 million.

Granato returning, Chelios added to Red Wings staff

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:05 PM / News

DETROIT Detroit Red Wings Executive Vice President and General Manager Ken Holland announced today that the team has finalized its coaching staff under new head coach Jeff Blashill. Tony Granato and Pat Ferschweiler will work behind the bench with Blashill as assistant coaches. Additionally, Chris Chelios will expand his current role with the team and join the coaching staff, Dave Noel-Bernier has been hired as video coach and Jim Bedard will return for his 19th season as goaltending coach.

Granato, 50, returns to the Red Wings bench for the 2015-16 season after helping Detroit extend its postseason streak to 24 during the 2014-15 campaign, while reaching 100 regular-season points for the 13th time in the past 14 full NHL seasons. Granato brings extensive NHL experience to the team’s coaching staff, with 13 seasons in the league as a player in addition to 10 as an assistant coach and three as a head coach. The Downers Grove, Ill., native began his coaching career as an assistant with Colorado in 2002-03 and took over as the Avalanche’s head coach midseason. Combined with a second stint in the same role during the 2008-09 season, Granato compiled a 104-78-17-16 regular-season record during his three seasons as head coach, clinching a playoff berth twice and winning a Northwest Division crown in 2003. He also served as an assistant coach for the Avalanche from 2005-08.

GMs learn salary cap, expected to discuss OT format

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 12:00 PM / News

LAS VEGAS -- The NHL's general managers open a busy 48-hour window here with their annual end-of-season meeting Tuesday afternoon.

This is the first time the general managers will meet in Las Vegas. Generally this meeting takes place during the Stanley Cup Final, in one of the participating cities.

The managers learned the upper limit of the salary cap for the 2015-16 season will be $71.4 million, with the lower limit $52.8 million.

Analytics, stats making way into draft process

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

This season the NHL took a deep dive into the world of advanced analytics, taking the "fancy stats" debate more into the mainstream.

That trend soon could reach the amateur hockey level.

More teams are using advanced analytics in their quest for any extra information they can find when judging prospects.

Players picked at the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., certainly will be viewed through that spectrum.

The first round of the draft is Friday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, SN, TVA Sports); rounds 2-7 are Saturday (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"I think the trickle down has started to seep into the majority of organizations," Florida Panthers director of scouting Scott Luce said. "I think all organizations are trying to fine-tune what and how they can take the data and how they can use it and better utilize it for decision-making when it comes to making a draft pick at the draft."

Crosby remains no-doubt No. 1 pick in 2005 re-draft

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor will take a look back at the NHL drafts from five, 10 and 15 years ago this week, leading up to the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. How would a redo of those drafts look today?

There wasn't much debate regarding who the first pick of 2005 NHL Draft would be, and 10 years later there isn't much more Sidney Crosby could have done for the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins were the lucky team that won a special lottery drawing for the right to pick first, and the reward has been a player who has ranged from outstanding to dominant during the past decade.

Crosby has won the Hart Trophy twice, the Art Ross Trophy twice and two Olympic gold medals. He captained the Penguins to the 2009 Stanley Cup one season after helping them reach the Stanley Cup Final.

A number of the players picked after Crosby have done pretty well also. But with 10 years of hindsight, how would that draft go if the same players were made available today?

Pacific Division team needs entering 2015 NHL Draft

Tuesday, 06.23.2015 / 3:00 AM / 2015 NHL Draft

Mike G. Morreale - Staff Writer

The 2015 NHL Draft will be a great opportunity for teams to shore up positions of need with an injection of energetic, young talent.

As the first round of the draft draws near, there's no better time to take a glimpse at the possible draft needs of all 30 NHL teams.

While there still may be trades and surprises in the works leading up to the draft, which will be held June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla., the priorities likely will remain the same. Here's a breakdown of what Pacific Division teams could be looking to do when they arrive in Florida.

Oilers fire head amateur scout MacGregor, four others

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 6:23 PM / News

The Edmonton Oilers on Monday fired head amateur scout Stu MacGregor as well as four other members of the amateur and professional scouting department.

"We have to get better drafting and developing players," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said while speaking with the media.

MacGregor had been director of amateur scouting since 2007, and a scout for the Oilers since 2000.

"I wanted to lean out the staff a bit, I wanted to reposition some people in duties, and these are hard decisions that we have to make; that I had to make," Chiarelli said.

The Oilers, who have the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, are expected to take Erie Otters center Connor McDavid. The Oilers also have the 16th pick in the first round, acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins. They have 10 picks in all, tied for the most of any team.

McDavid had 120 points (44 goals, 76 assists) in 47 games for Erie this season.

Assistant coach Gwozdecky leaves Lightning

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 6:17 PM / News

TAMPA -- Assistant Coach George Gwozdecky is leaving the Tampa Bay Lightning to pursue other opportunities, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced today. Gwozdecky has been with the Lightning on head coach Jon Cooper's staff for two seasons, most recently helping the franchise to the 2015 Eastern Conference Championship and a berth in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Jon Cooper and I, along with the entire Lightning organization, would like to thank George and his family for giving us the past two years," said Yzerman upon making the announcement. "He helped turn a young, unproven team into the Eastern Conference Champions and we appreciate his professionalism and dedication."

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Wild have methodical plan for first round of 2015 draft

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 5:24 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher and assistant general manager Brent Flahr share the same opinion when it comes to the 2015 NHL Draft.

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 will be June 27 (10 a.m. ET; NHLN, TVA Sports).

"This is a deep draft; we've known that for a while," Flahr said Monday in a video on the Wild's website. "There's a number of different positions. If you talk to a lot of teams the top 11 or 12 players in the draft will be probably similar on each teams' list, they're probably in a little different order. … It's just a matter of what teams do in front of us and we'll take the best player we can."

The Wild take a methodical approach to the first round, according to Fletcher.

Stars believe best plan is to pick best player available

Monday, 06.22.2015 / 4:34 PM / 2015 NHL Draft

Steve Hunt - Correspondent

FRISCO, Texas -- Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill said Monday that he will use the same simple approach to the 2015 NHL Draft that he's used in the past: Select the best player available.

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

"Really with every pick you're taking the best player," Nill said Monday. "My philosophy's always been take the best player. It's all about assets. The more assets you have, the better assets you have, the more currency you have to make moves down the road."

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