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Sharks Hire Peter DeBoer As Head Coach

May 27, 2015 9:10 PM

The San Jose Sharks will hire Peter DeBoer to replace Todd McLellan as head coach.

The decision to hire DeBoer ends a lengthy search that started April 20 when the team and McLellan announced that he would not be back for an eighth season in San Jose. 

After three seasons without making the playoffs in Florida, DeBoer was fired by the Panthers following the 2010-11 season.

He took over the Devils in 2011-12 and led New Jersey to the Stanley Cup finals in his first season where they lost to Los Angeles. 

Josh Dubow/AP

Tags: San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor

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Chris Hansen: No NHL First Seattle Arena Plan Yet

May 26, 2015 10:15 PM

Seattle arena investor Chris Hansen has remained open to the idea of a hockey team being the first tenant for a proposed facility in the city's stadium district even if his focus is on basketball.

Even with indications that Seattle could be a viable expansion market for the NHL, no one has come to Hansen's group with a proposal for a hockey franchise to be the initial occupant.

''We've had a lot of informal discussions with people about this, but us or the city have yet to be presented with any kind of offer. I mean any kind of even basic offer that would be the opening point for negotiating something,'' Hansen said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday.

''I just want to make that clear. No one has come forward and made an offer to do this in a way that would be unacceptable or acceptable. There hasn't been any negotiation around the terms of how this could be changed. We've taken a very simple approach: Don't make it worse for us and don't make it worse for the city and use your own creativity and just come back to us with something that is fair and we don't have anything back yet.''

The lack of formal discussions around a potential hockey franchise was surprising, considering his original memorandum of understanding with the city of Seattle and King County was approved more than two years ago and immediate NBA prospects have dimmed.

Tim Booth/AP

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Ken Hitchcock Stays With Blues On One-Year Contract

May 26, 2015 10:13 PM

The St. Louis Blues have agreed upon a one-year contract for Ken Hitchcock to return as head coach.

''This is unfinished business for me,'' Hitchcock said. ''I don't want to coach to coach, I want to coach to win. I couldn't find a better spot.''


Both Hitchcock and general manager Doug Armey referred to the term ''detoxing'' since the Blues were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.


Tags: St Louis Blues, Misc Rumor

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Dan Bylsma Free To Take Any Head Coaching Job Offered To Him

May 24, 2015 3:23 PM

Dan Bylsma is free to take any job opening that is offered to him.

Though Bylsma was fired last June, he remains on Pittsburgh's payroll because his contract runs through the end of next season.

Buffalo, San Jose, New Jersey and Detroit have coaching openings.

John Wawrow/AP

Tags: Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, Misc Rumor

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Lightning Expect Matt Carle To Play In Game 5

May 24, 2015 3:22 PM

The Tampa Bay Lightning expect Matt Carle to return to the lineup for Game 5.

Carle, who missed Game 4 on Friday with an undisclosed injury, had played in all 16 Stanley Cup Playoff games prior to that. He took part in the morning skate and was optimistic.

"I feel good," Carle said. "I don't know if I'm playing yet, but we will see."

David Satriano/

Tags: Tampa Bay Lightning, Injury

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Blackhawks Beat Ducks 5-4 To Even Series

May 24, 2015 12:56 AM

Antoine Vermette scored at 5:37 of the second overtime, and the Blackhawks beat the Ducks 5-4 on Saturday night to tie the Western Conference finals at two games apiece, according to an report.

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

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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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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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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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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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Kucherov's Overtime Goal Gives Lightning Series Lead
The Lightning defeated the Rangers 6-5 in overtime on Wednesday night.

Bruins Name Don Sweeney New GM
Don Sweeney has served the past six seasons as the assistant general manager in Boston.

Maple Leafs Hire Mike Babcock As Head Coach
Mike Babcock joins the Leafs after serving as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 10 seasons.

RealGM Staff Report

Blackhawks Prevail In Third Overtime To Even Series
Marcus Kruger scored the game-winning goal at 16:12 of the third overtime.

Oilers Name McLellan New Head Coach
Todd McLellan has a 311-163-66 coaching record in the regular season, but is 30-32 in the playoffs.

Report: Mike Babcock In Contract Talks With Sabres
Mike Babcock remains under contract with the Red Wings through June 30.

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.

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