John Tortorella was named the new coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets on Wednesday after the club fired Todd Richards. The Blue Jackets are 0-7-0 after losing 4-0 at home to the New York Islanders on Tuesday. Tortorella, 57, signed a three-year contract. He leads American-born coaches with 446 wins and is set to coach Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. ...more
San Jose Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Peter DeBoer announced that Steve Spott will serve as the second assistant coach on DeBoer's staff. Spott most recently spent the 2014-15 season as an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs. ...more
The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Brad Lauer as assistant coach, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced. Lauer, a native of Humboldt, SK, spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach with the Anaheim Ducks. He helped Anaheim to a 51-24-7 record and 109 points last season, tied for the most in the NHL's Western Conference....more
We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.
— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
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