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Flyers add Murphy to coaching staff, drop Paddock

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 3:56 PM / News

The Philadelphia Flyers added Gord Murphy to their staff as an assistant coach Wednesday and announced John Paddock will not return next season.

Murphy, 47, will be entering his 12th season as an NHL assistant coach. He was most recently an assistant coach for the Florida Panthers from 2010-13. He entered the coaching ranks in 2002 with the Columbus Blue Jackets following his retirement as a player, and held that job until June 2010.

"I'm very excited and really looking forward to the opportunity and challenge of working with the Flyers organization and with Craig Berube and his staff," Murphy said. "I couldn't be more thrilled for this opportunity for myself and my family coming back to Philly.

"As a former player and now the last 11 years in my role as an assistant coach, I consider myself a good teacher with a good balance of experience. I really look forward to working with and mentoring the defensemen everyday by having them continue to improve and get the Flyers to where we all want to be."


Canadiens to retire Lapointe's jersey in 2014-15

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 3:54 PM / News

Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Guy Lapointe will have his No. 5 jersey retired during the 2014-15 NHL season. The team will make a formal announcement Thursday at 11 a.m. ET at the Canadiens Hall of Fame at Bell Centre.

Lapointe was a member of the heralded "Big Three" with Larry Robinson and Serge Savard that anchored the Canadiens defense in the 1970s and played a key role in Montreal winning the Stanley Cup six times during the decade, including four straight from 1976 to 1979.


Oilers' Ference wins King Clancy Memorial Trophy

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 3:30 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

Edmonton Oilers captain Andrew Ference was named Wednesday as the recipient of the 2014 King Clancy Memorial Trophy, presented annually by the NHL to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.

Ference will be honored at the 2014 NHL Awards, to be held at the Encore at Wynn Las Vegas on June 24 (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC).


Presenters, performers named for 2014 NHL Awards

Two-hour broadcast on NBCSN, CBC will feature musical performance by Phillip Phillips

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 3:30 PM / 2014 NHL Awards

NEW YORK – Current and former NHL stars, including members of the 2014 Stanley Cup® champion Los Angeles Kings, headline the lineup of presenters, nominees and special guests for the 2014 NHL Awards™, the National Hockey League's celebration of the best of the 2013-14 season, on and off the ice. Hosted by renowned television and radio broadcaster George Stroumboulopoulos, the 2014 NHL Awards will broadcast live from the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the U.S. and on CBC in Canada.


2014 Beard-a-thon raises over $300,000 for charity

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 2:08 PM / News

EAST AURORA, N.Y. – With the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup® Playoffs officially in the books after the Los Angeles Kings' victory in the Final over the New York Rangers, beard-growing season in the NHL is over. An annual effort that sees fans, celebrities, and NHL players grow their beards in a charitable drive to raise funds for various North American charities, this year's Beard-A-Thon®, proudly presented by Just For Men, raised over $300,000 for NHL team charities. This brings the program's total collection close to $3 million since launching in 2009.

Across the nation, over 4,000 hockey fans took part in this year's Beard-A-Thon. Participants in Beard-A-Thon vowed to grow and maintain a playoff beard during the duration of their team's run in the NHL Stanley Cup® Playoffs. Beard growers invited family, friends, and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. Fans who were unwilling, or unable, to grow a playoff beard could also pledge their favorite NHL players.


Islanders GM Snow shopping Boyle's rights: report

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 1:44 PM / News

New York Islanders general manager Garth Snow is looking to trade the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle after not yet signing the pending unrestricted free agent, according to's Pierre LeBrun.

TSN's Darren Dreger reports Boyle is intrigued by the Islanders' offer but remains undecided. He is committed to signing a two-year contract.

"I don’t know if we’ll get anything done, but we'll see what's out there," Snow told Wednesday. "We've talked to a couple of teams, we'll see if anything comes to fruition here."


Kings' Cup win graces latest Sports Illustrated cover

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 1:12 PM / News

The goal scored by Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez to win the Stanley Cup in double overtime against the New York Rangers has been immortalized on the regional cover of the latest issue of Sports Illustrated.

SI's new edition shows Martinez's one-timer off the rebound of a Tyler Toffoli shot beating Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in the second overtime of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on June 13, and features the headline: "Make It Reign: The Kings Are A Rising Dynasty Built to Last."


U.S. looking for high-compete players for 2015 WJC

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 1:03 PM / 2015 World Junior Championship

Adam Kimelman - Deputy Managing Editor

Jim Johansson, like the rest of the hockey world, watched the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final and saw how the game needs to be played to be successful.

"You saw in the NHL playoffs, whoever came over the boards for the Los Angeles Kings was pretty hard to play against," said Johansson, the assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey and the general manager of the United States for the 2015 World Junior Championship. "The World Juniors has become that. The skill level is really high across all the countries. It comes down to goaltending and the guys that are really hard to play against as a 23-man team unit and keep coming in waves."

Those skilled, competitive players are what he's looking for to fill the roster for the United States at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship. That starts with USA Hockey's National Junior Evaluation Camp, which will be held Aug. 2-9 at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.


Booth receives compliance buyout from Canucks

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 12:15 PM / News

Vancouver Canucks forward David Booth cleared waivers on Wednesday and the team has used their second of two compliance buyouts on him.

Booth, 29, had one season and $4.75 million remaining on a six-year, $25.5 million contract he signed prior to the 2009-10 season while playing for the Florida Panthers.

"We wish David all the success in the future and thank him for his contributions with the Canucks," general manager Jim Benning said in a statement Tuesday after Booth was placed on waivers.


Sabres buy out Leino contract: report

Wednesday, 06.18.2014 / 12:15 PM / News

Buffalo Sabres forward Ville Leino cleared waivers Wednesday and the team has used one of their two compliance buyouts on him, according to multiple reports.

Leino, 30, had three years remaining on a six-year, $27 million contract he signed prior to the 2011-12 season. The annual average value of the remaining contract is $4.5 million per season.

Leino signed the contract after he set career highs with 19 goals and 53 points for the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011-12. He did not have a goal in 58 games this season and had 15 assists. Leino has 10 goals and 46 points in 137 games with the Sabres.

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