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Lundqvist, Rangers Beat Lighting To Even Series

May 23, 2015 1:46 AM

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist reverted to his reliable ways after two subpar performances, and Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis emerged from playoff scoring droughts Friday night to help the Rangers shut down the Lightning 5-1 in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Lundqvist stopped 38 shots after allowing 12 goals while losing the previous two games as New York evened the best-of-7 series 2-2 heading back home for Game 5 on Sunday night.

Tags: New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Bettman Expects Salary Cap To Increase Five Percent

May 22, 2015 2:17 AM

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman expects the salary cap for the 2015-16 season to settle in around $71M, depending on the fluctuations of the Canadian dollar.

Appearing between the first and second periods of Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night, the commissioner said he expects the salary cap to climb five percent from this year's cap figure of $69M.

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Fetisov Wants To Prevent Young Russians Jumping To NHL

May 22, 2015 7:59 PM

Former Red Wings star Slava Fetisov has called for Russia to reintroduce Soviet-style restrictions to prevent promising young hockey players from moving to the NHL.

Fetisov, who is now a senator in Russia, tells Russia's R-Sport news agency that federal law should be used to stop Russian players from moving to North America before they turn 28.

Tags: Detroit Red Wings, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Ducks Edge Hawks, Take 2-1 Series Lead

May 22, 2015 2:13 AM

Frederik Andersen made 27 saves, helping Anaheim kill off five power plays, and the Ducks beat the Chicago Blackhawks 2-1 on Thursday night for a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference finals.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Maple Leafs Hire Mike Babcock As Head Coach

May 20, 2015 2:29 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Mike Babcock as head coach

Babcock, 52, joins the Leafs after serving as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 10 seasons.

Under his leadership in Detroit, Babcock posted a 458-223-105 regular season record as he became their franchise leader in games coached (786) and wins. In his time with the Red Wings, the club twice captured the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s regular-season champion (2005-06 and 2007-08) and made the playoffs in each of his 10 seasons. 


Prior to joining the Red Wings, Babcock spent two seasons with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (2002-04), where in his first season as head coach he led the Ducks to their first appearance in the Stanley Cup Final. 

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings, Buffalo Sabres, Misc Rumor

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Kucherov's Overtime Goal Gives Lightning Series Lead

May 21, 2015 3:11 AM

The Lightning answered every challenge from the Rangers before taking control of the Eastern Conference finals on Nikita Kucherov's overtime goal.

Kucherov delivered his second winner of the playoffs 3:33 into the extra period Wednesday night, giving his team a 6-5 win and 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series that continues Friday night.

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Bruins Name Don Sweeney New GM

May 20, 2015 5:05 PM

Don Sweeney, who played 16 seasons in the NHL, was named the new general manager of the Bruins on Wednesday.

Sweeney, 48, replaces Peter Chiarelli, who was fired April 15. Sweeney, who has served the past six seasons as the assistant general manager, becomes the eighth GM in franchise history. The 2015-16 season will be his 10th in the Bruins' front office.

Tags: Boston Bruins, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Oilers Name McLellan New Head Coach

May 20, 2015 2:07 AM

Todd McLellan was hired as the new coach of Oilers on Tuesday, according to an report on Tuesday.

"We're not going to talk about playoffs here," said McLellan, sitting beside Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli for the announcement.

Tags: Edmonton Oilers, San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Blackhawks Prevail In Third Overtime To Even Series

May 20, 2015 3:08 AM

The Blackhawks captured a 3-2 triple-overtime win over the Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals at the Honda Center on Tuesday night.

Blackhawks forward Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal at 16:12 of the third overtime.

Tags: Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Report: Mike Babcock In Contract Talks With Sabres

May 19, 2015 4:17 PM

A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that Mike Babcock is in contract talks with the Sabres to potentially become their next head coach.

The person said private negotiations were taking place by phone between Babcock and Sabres GM Tim Murray on Tuesday afternoon.

Babcock is still under contract with the Detroit Red Wings through June 30.

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Misc Rumor

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San Jose Sharks Plan To Interview Dan Bylsma
Dan Bylsma was fired by the Penguins last June, but remains under contract with Pittsburgh.

San Jose Mercury News

Tyler Johnson's Hat Trick Helps Lightning Even Series
The Lightning defeated the Rangers by the score of 6-2 on Monday night to even their Eastern Conference series.

Oilers Close To Hiring Todd McLellan
Todd McLellan just won the gold medal as Team Canada's coach at the World Championships.

Chris McFarland Leaves Blue Jackets Organization
Chris McFarland was a member of the Blue Jackets franchise for 16 years.

Press Release

GM MacLellan: Capitals 'On The Right Path'
There's an opportunity for the Capitals to win a Stanley Cup title in the next 3-4 years with Alex Ovechkin.

Report: Mike Babcock To Visit With Sharks
The Sharks are one of four teams that sought permission to talk with Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock.

San Jose Mercury News

Jaromir Jagr Retires From International Competition
Jaromir Jagr scored six goals for the Czech Republic in the World Championship.

Flyers Name Dave Hakstol Head Coach
Dave Hakstol led North Dakota to seven Frozen Fours in 11 seasons as head coach.

Sidney Crosby Leads Canada To Worlds Gold
Canada defeated Russia 6-1 to win the hockey world championship on Sunday.

Ducks Open Series With Win Over Hawks
The Ducks defeated the Blackhawks 4-1 on Sunday.

Moore's Goal Gives Rangers Win Over Lightning
The Rangers defeated the Lightning 2-1 on Saturday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals.

Babcock Receives Other Offers, Will Decide By May 20
The Red Wings have given Mike Babcock time to talk to other teams.

Canadiens Cut Veterans Malhorta, Gonchar, Weaver
Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said "they did great service for our team."

NHL Playoff Scoring Drops To Three-Year Low
The 4.88 goals per NHL playoff game is the lowest since 2012.

Avs Sign Andreas Martinsen To Entry Deal
Andreas Martinsen has spent the last three seasons playing for Dusseldorfer in Germany's top professional league.

Press Release

Ovechkin To Join Russia At World Championship
Alex Ovechkin has helped Russia win three world championship titles.

Ducks Sign Ondrej Kase To Entry Level Deal
Ondrej Kase, 19, helped Chomutov of the Czech-2 league to its league championship this spring.

Press Release

Rangers Advance To East Finals With Game 7 Win Over Caps
The Rangers will play the Lightning in the Eastern Conference finals.

Lightning Defeat Canadiens, Advance To East Finals
The Lightning won by the score of 4-1 on Tuesday night to eliminate the Canadiens in six games.

Ryan Callahan Out Indefinitely
Lightning right winger Ryan Callahan underwent an emergency appendectomy on Monday night.

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