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Lamoriello timeline highlighted by three Cup wins

Thursday, 07.23.2015 / 10:24 AM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

The banners that hang from the ceiling of Prudential Center are there in part because of how Lou Lamoriello ran the New Jersey Devils for 28 years as general manager.

Lamoriello, the longest-serving GM in the NHL, relinquished that position May 4 and hired Ray Shero to replace him. Lamoriello, 72, remained as president of the Devils, but he resigned that position as well Thursday and was named general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Under Lamoriello's leadership the Devils went to the Stanley Cup Playoffs 21 times, won nine division titles, went to the Stanley Cup Final five times and won the Cup in 1995, 2000 and 2003.

Here are some highlights from Lamoriello's tenure with the Devils:

Penguins to keep record-setting goalie Murray in AHL

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 9:35 PM / News

It looks like Pittsburgh Penguins goalie prospect Matt Murray will have a chance to break his American Hockey League shutout-streak record by returning to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season.

The Penguins plan to keep Murray in the AHL rather than use him as Marc-Andre Fleury's backup.

"He's not coming in here and beating out Marc-Andre Fleury and taking over this team," assistant general manager Tom Fitzgerald told the Penguins website in remarks published Wednesday. "We love what we have down the line here, and it is down the line. He just turned 21. He needs to play hockey games. You can't develop if he's sitting on the bench. That's just a fact."

Murray, the AHL Goaltender of the Year and Rookie of the Year, seems fine with that plan.

"I think either way could be good for me," Murray said.

Stars D-man Johns hopes to make NHL debut in '15-16

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 6:55 PM / News

Stephen Johns was traded by the Chicago Blackhawks to the Dallas Stars along with Patrick Sharp earlier this month, but unlike Sharp, the defenseman is no lock for an NHL roster spot.

"I am just going to be like every other guy here, battling for a spot, competing and doing whatever I can," Johns told the Stars website Wednesday. "Personally, I think I am ready, but it's not up to me. I am going to do the best that I can, play the best hockey I can and try to impress them."

Avalanche's Grigorenko eager to play for Roy: report

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 6:20 PM / News

Mikhail Grigorenko, who was traded to the Colorado Avalanche by the Buffalo Sabres at the 2015 NHL Draft, is hoping a reunion with Patrick Roy can spark his game.

Roy coached the forward for two seasons with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

"I can't wait for the opportunity to have him as a coach again," Grigorenko told the Denver Post on Wednesday. "I had my best years in Quebec, and it was great having Patrick as a coach. He was great to me and taught me a lot of things on and off the ice. I can't thank him enough for what he's done for me already, and I can't wait to have him as a coach again."

Ducks sign defenseman Manson to two-year extension

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 1:16 PM / News

The Ducks have signed defenseman Josh Manson to a two-year contract extension through the 2017-18 NHL season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Manson, 23 (10/7/91), collected 0-3=3 points with a +1 rating and 31 penalty minutes (PIM) in 28 games for Anaheim last season. Manson made his NHL debut on Oct. 31 at Dallas and earned his first career NHL point (assist) on Nov. 16 vs. Florida. The 6-3, 217-pound defenseman began the season with Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL, Norfolk), scoring 3-9=12 points with 47 PIM in 36 games.

With contract resolved, Predators' Smith raring to go

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 11:15 AM / NHL Insider

Craig Smith is armed with a long-term contract and a desire to build off one of the best seasons in Nashville Predators history.

The 25-year-old center followed up career highs of 24 goals and 52 points two seasons ago with 23 goals and 44 points in 2014-15, and Nashville rewarded him Monday with a five-year, $21.25 million contract shortly after a salary arbitration hearing.

"The Preds wanting to do a five-year [contract] is a testament to their confidence in my ability," Smith told the Predators website Tuesday. "Once you have that as a player, and you know you're wanted, it feels good to hear they think you can produce, but it's also a lot of responsibility. I believe I'm ready to take that on, and I'm excited to go into next year and score goals and win a lot."

Devils hope to sign Larsson long-term: report

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 10:45 AM / News

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero remains confident he can get restricted free agent defenseman Adam Larsson signed before his salary arbitration hearing on July 29, according to NJ Advance Media.

Shero told the website Tuesday he hopes to sign Larsson to a long-term contract. Larsson, who had NHL career highs with three goals, 21 assists and 24 points in 64 regular-season games in 2014-15.

"We have the date for arbitration, so I'll talk to (agent) J.P. Barrie again at some point this week and compare notes and see if something might be done on a longer term deal if possible," Shero said. "If not, at least you have a date, so there is going to be a contract either way whether it's the arbitration or negotiating. We have a little bit of time here and Lou [Lamoriello] always says if you have time you use it.

"I think both sides are doing that and trying to do what makes sense for both the player and the team."

Stars' Hemsky feels improved after hip surgery: report

Wednesday, 07.22.2015 / 9:42 AM / News

Dallas Stars right wing Ales Hemsky is spending a good portion of the summer recovering from hip surgery and said he is improving and aimed at having a bounce-back season.

"I can already feel I have more motion," Hemsky told the Dallas Morning News in a report published Tuesday. "It's just been two months and I know I have a long way to go, but I can feel the difference."

Hemsky had 11 goals and 21 assists in 76 games last season playing the majority of the season alongside center Jason Spezza. Hemsky didn't score his first goal of the season until Nov. 28 against the Minnesota Wild.

"It was a lot of pressure I was putting on myself, and I think I worked through that," he said. "This feels completely different."

Holtby, Capitals far apart on arbitration figures: report

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 5:55 PM / News

Goaltender Braden Holtby, a restricted free agent who is scheduled to go to arbitration Thursday, has submitted a request for $8 million per year, while the Washington Capitals have offered a one-year, $5.1 million contract, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.

A one-year contract would make Holtby, 25, a restricted free agent again next summer.

Sources told the Post the Capitals previously offered Holtby a multiyear contract worth about $5.5 million per season but Holtby wants more than $6 million per year.

Cody Franson speaking with Bruins, other teams

Tuesday, 07.21.2015 / 3:28 PM / NHL Free Agency 2015

Unrestricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson said Tuesday he is in discussions with five or six teams, including the Boston Bruins, but he's not sure when he will sign a contract.

"There are some very interested [teams], but some teams are in cap situations and all the rest that comes with it," Franson during a radio interview with TSN 1040 in Vancouver. "So everything is just kind of slowly rolling, but definitely [we] have some action."

Franson played the past three seasons each on a one-year contract. He said he is looking for a multiyear contract this summer. Last season carried a $3.3 million NHL salary-cap charge.

"Obviously, I'd like to get something a little more than one year," he said. "I'm sick of doing one-year deals. But we're open to all suggestions, really."

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