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June 27, 2013

NHL Trade: Colorado Avalanche Acquire Alex Tanguay From Calgary Flames In 4 Player Exchange

The Colorado Avalanche acquired forward Alex Tanguay, along with defenseman Cory Sarich, from the Calgary Flames on Thursday in a four-player trade.

The Avalanche sent forward David Jones and defenseman Shane O’Brien to the Flames.

“This trade adds needed size up front and grit on the back end while also allowing us to get younger,” Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. “We like the fact that Jones plays a north/south game, drives hard to the net, kills penalties and is a right-hand shot. O’Brien is a hard guy to play against, knows how to get under the skin of the opposition and stands up for his teammates. We are pleased to add both of these players to our organization.”

The Avalanche traded him to Calgary in 2006 after he had a career-high 29 goals and 78 points. He scored 22 goals and had a career-best 81 points in 2006-07, his first season with the Flames. But after one more year in Calgary, he spent a season with the Montreal Canadiens and another with the Tampa Bay Lightning before returning to the Flames in 2010-11, putting up 22 goals and 69 points in his return. He declined to 13 goals and 49 points in 2011-12 and finished with 11 goals and 27 points this past season.

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June 10, 2013

Coaching Updates: Dallas Stars, John Tortorella, New York Rangers, Lindy Ruff

  • Recently-dismissed New York Rangers head coach John Tortorella is on the radar as the Dallas Stars conduct their search for a new head coach, a source told ESPNNewYork.com. The Stars have yet to seek permission from the Rangers to speak with Tortorella, however. Tortorella was fired less than two weeks ago after the Rangers disappointing second-round exit from the playoffs.
  • The New York Rangers have sought and received permission from Buffalo to speak with former Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, a source confirmed Monday. The news was earlier reported by Hockey Night in Canada during Saturday’s broadcast. Ruff was fired by the Sabres in February after 16 seasons. Before his ouster, he was the longest-serving active NHL head coach.
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June 10, 2013

NHL Signing: Nashville Predators Sign Roman Josi To 7-Year Contract Extension

The Nashville Predators signed defenseman Roman Josi to a seven-year, $28 million contract Monday, securing the other piece of their top defensive line.

“I think last year we saw the growth in Roman almost like no other younger player we’ve had, probably the best comparison I could come up with is Shea Weber and Ryan Suter,” general manager David Poile said. “The irony of that of course is Roman fit in very nice into Ryan’s position last year.”

Josi replaced Suter and was teamed with Weber, whose 14-year, $110 million offer sheet was matched by Nashville last July. Poile said signing Josi was a top priority for a player who was a restricted free agent.

“Just turning 23 last week, I think the potential is certainly there for Roman to be one of the best defensemen in the National Hockey League,” Poile said. “Obviously, signing him to seven years ensures that we will have our top defense pairing intact for any number of years with he and our captain Shea Weber. I think the foundation continues to get stronger here with in the last year.”

Since November 2011, the Predators have signed goaltender Pekka Rinne, Weber and now Josi to long-term contracts. Forward Patric Hornqvist signed a five-year deal for $21.2 million in April.

Josis was Nashville’s third draft selection in 2008 at 38th overall in the second round. He had 18 points in 48 games for the Predators this season, topping what he did as a rookie in 2011-12. He ranked 19th in the NHL in total minutes played and wound up playing 23½ minutes a game, a jump of more than 5 minutes. He has 34 points in 100 regular-season games.

The defenseman also led Switzerland to a silver medal at the world championships — that nation’s first medal in 60 years. Josi also was the first Swiss named Most Valuable Player, best defenseman and a tournament All-Star.

“His growth was tremendous, and that carried over to the international stage,” Poile said.

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June 10, 2013

Edmonton Oilers Will Name Dallas Eakins As New Head Coach Today

The Edmonton Oilers will introduce Dallas Eakins as their new coach Monday, two days after firing Ralph Krueger, according to TSN.

Eakins is the coach of the Oilers’ AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.

Krueger led the Oilers to a 12th-place finish in the Western Conference in his lone season.

The Oilers have missed the playoffs seven straight years. They were 19-22-7 in the lockout-shortened season.

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June 8, 2013

Dallas Stars Acquire Sergei Gonchar Rights, Agree To Two-Year Contract

The Dallas Stars yesterday acquired the rights to defenseman Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Today the Stars and Gonchar have agreed to terms on a two-year, $10 million contract with defenceman Sergei Gonchar, TSN reports. The deal is pending the completion of signed paperwork. Gonchar’s agent, JP Barry, was given permission to find a trade partner for Ottawa when the Senators decided not to re-sign the veteran defenseman. The 39-year-old played the past three seasons for Ottawa, recording 15 goals and 76 assists. He has played 1,177 games in 18 NHL seasons.

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June 6, 2013

NHL Signing: Colorado Avalanche, Patrick Bordeleau Agree To Three-Year Contract

The Colorado Avalanche signed left winger Patrick Bordeleau to a three-year deal on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old enforcer led the team in hits (116) and finished second in penalty minutes (70). He also scored two goals and had three assists in 46 games.

Executive vice-president of hockey operations Joe Sakic said Bordeleau brings “toughness” to the lineup. Bordeleau made his NHL debut on January 19 in Minnesota and scored his first goal in Los Angeles on April 11 against the Kings.

Bordeleau played the first half of 2012-13 with Lake Erie of the American Hockey League. He had seven points and 91 penalty minutes in 29 games while skating for the Monsters.

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June 6, 2013

Patrice Bergeron Gives Boston Bruins 3-0 Series Lead Over Pittsburgh Penguins

Patrice Bergeron tipped home the double-overtime game-winner for the Boston Bruins in their 2-1 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 3 on Wednesday night.

Quite a playoff thriller Wednesday night that was full of everything great about playoff hockey: back-and-forth action, superb goaltending, players sacrificing their bodies to make plays, (Gregory Campbell reportedly broke his leg blocking a shot, effectively ending his season) and a brilliant game-winner started by grisly veteran Jaromir Jagr. The 41-year-old stripped the puck away at center ice and fed it to Brad Marchand who centered it to a rushing Patrice Bergeron to redirect home, after 95:19 of playing time. David Krejci had the game’s first goal, 1:42 into the game. Milan Lucic had the other assist. As expected, Zdeno Chara led the way with 41:55 of ice time.
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June 5, 2013

Duncan Keith Suspended For Game 4 Of Western Conference Finals

Duncan Keith was suspended one game for his high stick to the chin of Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter in Game 3.

Keith said it was accidental, but he did acknowledge to trying to hit Carter as a retaliation to his slash to his hand. Carter needed 21 stitches. Keith is consider a repeat offender because he was banned five games last March for an elbow. “This is more serious than a case of a player simply having to be responsible for his stick,” said NHL vice president of player safety Brendan Shanahan. “It is not an accidental high stick, nor is it a defensive high stick to an opponent. This is a retaliatory high stick to an opponent that causes an injury.” Shanahan goes on to say, “Even if Carter did chop down on Keith’s hand, that still does not justify the extent of Keith’s actions.” Look for Sheldon Brookbank to be inserted into the lineup for Game 4.
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June 5, 2013

NHL Playoffs Update: Los Angeles Kings Finally Down Chicago Blackhawks, Boston Bruins Look To Take 3-0 Series Lead

The Los Angeles Kings cut the Chicago Blackhawks lead in the best-of-7 series to 2-1, with a 3-1 win last night and improved to 8-0 in the postseason at Staples Center. Dating back into the regular season, Los Angeles has won 15 games in a row in its own building. Game 4 will be at Staples Center on Thursday (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

The Boston Bruins have jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Tonight is Game 3 at TD Garden in Boston and the Bruins look to take a commanding 3-0 lead.  (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, RDS).

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June 5, 2013

NHL News: Dallas Stars, Mike Modano, Jim Nill, Glen Gulutzan, Vancouver Canucks, Dallas Eakins

  • The Dallas Stars are going green something closer to the Minnesota green they wore before the NHL team moved to Texas 20 years ago. The Stars unveiled a new logo on Tuesday with a redesigned jersey heavy on the green that retired franchise icon Mike Modano donned after the Minnesota North Stars made him the top overall draft pick in 1988. Modano, who spent 20 of his 21 seasons with the franchise that drafted him, was wearing No. 9 again when the team celebrated the new look by announcing that his number will be retired in Dallas on March 8.
  • Also mentioned in the Mike Modano retirement article is that the Stars new general manager in Jim Nill, said Tuesday he is “very close” to naming a new coach after he fired Glen Gulutzan.
  • The league’s competition committee recommended on Tuesday that visors be mandatory for all players entering the league, beginning next season. The group also suggested that hybrid icing be tested during the 2013-14 preseason, as were shallower nets. Under the proposal, someone who has played in the NHL will have the option of not wearing a visor, but all players entering the NHL beginning next season could be required to wear a visor.
  • A frontrunner to fill the coaching vacancy in Vancouver may be emerging. CBC’s Elliotte Friedman suggests the head coach of Toronto’s AHL club may soon sit down for a second chat with Vancouver Canucks management. “Glen Gulutzan‘s interview with the Vancouver Canucks will be some time this week. I still think there will be more candidates (Kings assistant John Stevens, for example). But there is a growing sense they really like Dallas Eakins, who coaches the AHL Toronto Marlies. Word is Eakins will do a second interview with Vancouver.”
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