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Ilya Kovalchuk Leads SKA St. Petersburg To KHL Title

Apr 19, 2015 6:44 PM

Ilya Kovalchuk led SKA St. Petersburg to its first Kontinental Hockey League title Sunday as the team clinched a 4-1 series victory over Ak Bars Kazan, according to an ESPN.com report.

Kovalchuk scored two goals as SKA beat Ak Bars 6-1 on the road in Game 5 to secure the Gagarin Cup.

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Vegas Ticket Drive Reaches 11,000; Expansion Likely To Wait

Apr 19, 2015 6:51 PM

The trial season-ticket drive by prospective owners of a new NHL franchise in Las Vegas is expected to top the 11,000 mark by the end of Monday, a source told ESPN.com.

While there remains belief within the hockey community that the NHL will become the first major professional sports league to put down stakes in the gambling mecca, it is now believed that the earliest a team would begin play is the 2017-18 season.

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Oilers Rewarded With Another No. 1 Draft Pick

Apr 19, 2015 1:14 AM

The Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and the right to select Connor McDavid with the top pick.

The Oilers bucked the odds Saturday night after finishing 28th in the NHL standings. They had an 11.5 percent chance to win the lottery.

The franchise is in position to draft the Erie Otters center described as a once-in-a-generation talent.

"I can't tell you how exciting it is for us to win this lottery," Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said during a telephone conference call. "Any team would be just over the moon about winning the lottery. We're the same. It's a game-changer."

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Tags: Edmonton Oilers, Draft, Draft Misc

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Jarret Stoll Arrested In Las Vegas

Apr 18, 2015 1:53 AM

Kings center Jarret Stoll was arrested Friday for suspected cocaine possession at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino's Wet Republic pool complex.

Las Vegas police said Stoll is being held at the Clark County Detention Center.

Stoll also was suspected of possessing Ecstasy, and NHL security was notified, police told the Las Vegas CBS affiliate.

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Tags: Los Angeles Kings, Legal, Misc Rumor

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Flyers Decide To Fire Coach Craig Berube

Apr 17, 2015 1:33 PM

The Flyers fired Craig Berube after two seasons on Friday, just the latest coach in a list four decades long who could not deliver a championship. GM Ron Hextall made the announcement two days after a press conference where he left Berube's fate in limbo.

"I didn't feel like he got enough out of our group collectively," Hextall said.

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Stars Sign John Klingberg To Seven-Year Deal

Apr 17, 2015 1:38 PM

John Klingberg, who led all NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points, has signed a seven-year extension with the Stars, the team announced Friday.

A source told ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun that the deal is worth $29.75 million, an average of $4.25 million per season.

"John is a very special player, possessing a creativity and skill level that few in this League can match," Stars GM Jim Nill said in a statement. 

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Tags: Dallas Stars, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Bruins Fire GM Peter Chiarelli

Apr 15, 2015 12:43 PM

The Bruins have fired GM Peter Chiarelli after missing the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons.

The Bruins announced Chiarelli's firing in a statement Wednesday, saying that the move was "necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term."

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Shanahan Promises More Changes For Maple Leafs

Apr 13, 2015 10:47 PM

In a little more than a year as president of the Maple Leafs, Brendan Shanahan has fired the team's GM, two different head coaches and several assistants and scouts.

"(Players) understand yesterday was just the beginning, that there will be some changes," Shanahan said Monday, a day after firing GM Dave Nonis, interim coach Peter Horachek, his staff and several scouts.

With a long-term vision in mind, Shanahan and his already-established staff will hire a new GM and coaching staff and begin the process of trying to build the Maple Leafs into not just a playoff team but a Stanley Cup contender.

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Last-Place Sabres Fire Coach Ted Nolan

Apr 13, 2015 1:40 AM

Two last-place finishes and an imperfect working relationship led Sabres GM Tim Murray to the conclusion to fire head coach Ted Nolan on Sunday.

The decision was made after a lengthy evaluation which ended with Murray's exit interviews with Sabres players, a day after Buffalo closed its season with a loss to the Penguins.

"I don't think it was a bad fit. I don't think it was a great fit," Murray said. "Maybe it's just chemistry. Maybe it's just two different personalities."

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Maple Leafs Fire GM Nonis, Coach Horachek

Apr 12, 2015 1:35 PM

Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Maple Leafs, announced today that the club has relieved GM David Nonis and Interim Head Coach Peter Horachek of their duties. The Club announced that coaches Steve Spott, Chris Dennis and Rick St. Croix (goaltending) have also been relieved of their duties while Steve Staios will resume his duties as Manager of Player Development. As the club seeks a new GM, Leafs' Assistant GM Kyle Dubas and Director of Player Personnel Mark Hunter will share the responsibilities on an interim basis.

Named Senior Vice President and GM on January 9, 2013, Nonis held a record of 94-97-21 in 212 games in his position with the Maple Leafs, and holds an all-time record as a GM of 224-188-46 in 458 games between the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto. He originally joined the Maple Leafs’ organization as Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations on December 6, 2008.

Hired by the Maple Leafs as an assistant coach on July 11, 2014, Horachek was named interim head coach on January on 7. In his time behind the bench, Horachek compiled a record of 9-28-5 in 42 games. He holds a career NHL coaching record of 35-64-9 in 108 games between the Florida Panthers and Toronto.

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Sabres Have Best Chance At No. 1 Pick In NHL Draft
The Sabres have locked up the worst overall record and the best odds in drafting either Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel.

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Craig Berube Still Flyers' Head Coach
The Flyers players have given Craig Berube lukewarm reviews following a 33-31-18 season.

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Jamie Benn Wins NHL Scoring Title
Jamie Benn edged John Tavares by one point, finishing the season with 35 goals and 52 assists.

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Robyn Regehr Retiring After 15 NHL Seasons
Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr announced his retirement on Saturday night.

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Flames Clinch Playoff Berth, Eliminate Kings
The Flames defeated the Kings by the score of 3-1 on Thursday night.

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Predators Sign Steve Moses To One-Year, $1M Deal
Steve Moses set the KHL's goal-scoring record in 2014-15, netting 36 goals in 60 games for Jokerit.

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Canucks Sign Derek Dorsett, Luca Sbisa To Extensions
Derek Dorsett has career highs with 25 points and 18 assists in his first season with the Canucks.

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Wings Lose Cole For The Rest Of The Season
Erik Cole will miss the rest of the season because of a spine contusion.

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Rangers Win Presidents' Trophy
The Rangers defeated the Devils by the score of 4-2 on Tuesday night to win the Presidents' Trophy for the third time in franchise history.

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Brad Richards Out Three Games; Kyle Baun Will Make Debut
Kyle Baun signed with the Blackhawks after completing his junior season at Colgate.

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NHL Names Hammond, Schenn, Foligno 'Three Stars'
Andrew Hammond helped the Senators continue their playoff push by posting a 3-0-1 record.

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Flyers Expected To Fill Need For No. 1 Defenseman From Within
Because of salary-cap problems, Ron Hextall said that player would have to come from within the organization.

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Blues, Blackhawks Generate Offense In Low Risk Ways
The Blues and Blackhawks can generate offense from their blue lines, but do so in a way that should they turn the puck over they're not at risk of becoming the victim of a quick counterpunch.

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Kings Sign Tanner Pearson To Two-Year Extension
Tanner Pearson has signed a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension with the Kings.

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Dustin Byfuglien Suspended Four Games For Crosscheck
Dustin Byfuglien drove his stick into the back of J.T. Miller's head while falling to his knees.

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Sidney Crosby Scores 300th NHL Goal
The Penguins lost 4-1 to the Flyers on Wednesday night as Sidney Crosby upped his NHL-leading point total to 80.

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Kane Practices With Hawks, Return Uncertain
Patrick Kane has yet to be cleared for contact at practice.

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Alex Ovechkin Scores NHL-Leading 50th Goal
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin scored No. 50 in a season for the sixth time on Tuesday night in a 4-2 win over the Hurricanes.

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Las Vegas Ticket Drive Moving Forward
The trial season ticket drive to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas has exceeded its original target.

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NHL Names Dubnyk, Atkinson, O'Reilly 'Three Stars'
Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk went 4-0-0 with a 1.22 goals-against average last week.

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