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Report: NHL executive Shanahan to join Leafs

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 8:10 PM / News

Brendan Shanahan reportedly will resign his position as NHL Senior Vice President, Player Safety and Hockey Operations to join the Toronto Maple Leafs this weekend, according to a report Thursday.

The Toronto Star said Shanahan's resignation could come as early as Friday to take a senior management role with the club.

This season, the Maple Leafs appeared headed for a second straight trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but an eight-game losing streak which began in mid-March severely hurt their chances. Toronto was eliminated on Tuesday, when it lost 3-0 to the Tampa Bay Lightning, and has made the playoffs once in the past nine seasons.

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Union College tops Boston College to make title game

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 7:47 PM / On Campus

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

PHILADELPHIA -- Shayne Gostisbehere hopes to eventually play his games here at Wells Fargo Center. He did a nice job impressing his future home fans Thursday at the Frozen Four opener.

Gostisbehere, a 2012 third-round pick (No. 78) of the Philadelphia Flyers, had two assists to help Union College advance to the NCAA championship game with a 5-4 victory against Boston College.

Daniel Ciampini had a hat trick for Union, which will play for its first NCAA title Saturday (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) against the winner of the second semifinal Thursday, between North Dakota and Minnesota (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2).


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AHL announces First and Second All-Star teams

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:31 PM / AHL Update

NHL.com

The American Hockey League on Thursday announced the 2013-14 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams as voted by AHL coaches, players and media in each of the league's 30 member cities. Each player will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection.

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Maple Leafs sign Rupert to entry-level contract

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 12:12 PM / News

NHL.com

The Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday signed forward Ryan Rupert to a three-year entry-level contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Rupert, 19, had 73 points (21 goals, 52 assists), 54 penalty minutes and a plus-36 rating in 68 regular-season games for the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. In 10 playoff games, Rupert has three goals, seven assists and 10 penalty minutes.

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In the Cage: Final goalie ranks and a look ahead

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 12:00 PM / Fantasy Hockey Draft Rankings, Advice and Analysis

Justin Goldman - NHL.com Correspondent

This fantasy hockey season was truly the Year of the Goalie.

When the Winnipeg Jets' Michael Hutchinson and the Anaheim Ducks' John Gibson made their NHL debuts Monday night, they became the 91st and 92nd goalies to appear in a game this season. On Thursday night, John Curry will become the fifth goalie to suit up for the Wild this season, extending the total to 93. That's an impressive number, because only once since the 1999-2000 campaign has there been more than 92 goalies to appear in a season (94 in the 2003-04 season).

With so many unknown fantasy goalie assets weaving their way in and out of starting lineups this season, the only thing more impressive than the number 92 would be the play of the class of 22 rookies. After Gibson's 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday night, rookies have a combined 103-81-25 record. Their 2.52 goals-against average and .912 save percentage (5,658 saves on 6,206 shots) also includes 15 shutouts.

It's hard to believe we're wrapping up the third year of "In the Cage" articles, but in doing so, let's look back at some of the best fantasy goalies from the regular season.

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No Stanley Cup Playoffs clinching scenarios Thursday

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 11:25 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

NHL.com

No team can clinch a Stanley Cup Playoffs berth Thursday, but much remains at stake for several clubs. Below are some playoff implications for games Thursday:

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Prospector Files: Like father, like son for Reinharts

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / Prospector Files

Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer

Former NHL defenseman Paul Reinhart has a pretty good idea what it takes to reach the next level.

He spent 11 seasons in the League with the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks and is the father of three successful hockey-playing sons: Max, Griffin and Sam.

Max was a third-round pick (No. 64) of the Flames in 2010 and Griffin was selected No. 4 by the New York Islanders in 2012. Sam's turn will come at the 2014 NHL Draft at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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Bruins' Rask should take home Vezina Trophy

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / Trophy Tracker

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

With the 2013-14 regular season rapidly coming to a close, NHL.com looks at some of its biggest storylines and award contenders.

Until last season, the Vezina Trophy belonged to the veterans of the goaltending position for much of the past two decades.

Starting with Dominik Hasek's first victory in 1994, there was an 18-season period where only twice did someone younger than 29 win the Vezina (Jim Carrey was 21 in 1996 and Jose Theodore was 25 in 2002). Sergei Bobrovsky won in his age-24 season in 2013, and it's likely someone is going to make it two in a row for the 28-and-under crowd this season.

Entering play Tuesday, the top six goaltenders in save percentage with at least 42 starts all are 27 years old or younger.

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Red Deer prospect Fleury has NHL role model

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 3:00 AM / 2014 NHL Draft - Philadelphia - June 27-28, 2014

Aaron Vickers - NHL.com Correspondent

As a toddler Red Deer Rebels defenseman Haydn Fleury had his first brush with the NHL. He just might not have known it at the time.

At age 3 Fleury's babysitter in his hometown of Carlyle, Saskatchewan, was current St. Louis Blues forward Brenden Morrow, then a star with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League and a 1997 first-round pick of the Dallas Stars.

The impact of having Morrow around was immediate.

"Growing up I always wanted to be the same number he was," said Fleury, a potential first-round pick in the 2014 NHL Draft. "He was a good role model for me. I know being from a small town he had to move away at a young age to go to Portland. It kind of set me up to want to go the same route he was. He was just a good role model for me as a young kid."

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Playoff Countdown: West playoff spot up for grabs

Thursday, 04.10.2014 / 2:00 AM / Drive to the Playoffs

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

The conclusion to 2013-14 NHL regular season is fast approaching. After game play Wednesday, the League is down to 37 games remaining on the schedule, with 11 to be played Thursday. Yet, much remains to be decided in the frantic run to the finish line, including playoff qualification, playoff positioning and numerous individual accomplishments and milestones. To celebrate the four-day countdown to the end of the season April 13 and the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 16, NHL.com will provide a piece of playoff-related content each day.

The eight teams that will represent the Eastern Conference in the Stanley Cup Playoffs have been decided, with the final two punching their tickets Wednesday night.

For the 23rd consecutive postseason, the Detroit Red Wings will have an opportunity to play for the championship. Detroit clinched a playoff berth Wednesday by earning a point in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Columbus Blue Jackets, meanwhile, will compete in the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. Columbus clinched a spot with a 3-1 win against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

There is still much to be determined, however. Playoff matchups still need to be determined in each conference, and one postseason spot is still available in the Western Conference.

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— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie