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Jets Give Maurice New Deal

Coach Paul Maurice has been given a four-year extension by the Jets, according to an ESPN.com report on Wednesday.

Maurice and GM Kevin Cheveldayoff appear to be agree on some of the team's needs.

One of them is keeping Ondrej Pavelec as the team's starting goaltender.

Via ESPN.com


Panthers Get Top Pick In NHL Draft

NHL draft lottery losers last year, the Panthers had their number come up this year.

The Panthers bucked the odds Tuesday by jumping up a spot and earned the right to the top pick in June. Florida, which finished 29th in the league, vaulted ahead of the last-place Sabres, who had the best odds of winning the lottery held in Toronto.

"It means a lot to us. We've very excited," said Travis Viola, Panthers president of hockey operations. "We're looking to continue to build on our core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity."

Via ESPN.com


Burke Responds To Tortorella With 'Shut Up'

Flames interim GM Brian Burke defended his coach Bob Hartley on Monday and said Canucks coach John Tortorella "oughta keep his mouth shut."

Burke responded to Tortorella's postgame comments after Sunday's game in Vancouver, where the Canucks won the regular-season finale.

Tortorella had objected when Canucks forward Daniel Sedin was hit from behind and driven into the boards by Flames forward Paul Byron late in the second period.

Via ESPN.com



Predators Fire Coach Barry Trotz

David Poile, Predators President of Hockey Operations/GM announced today that Barry Trotz’s coaching contract will not be extended and that the organization will immediately begin a search to identify a new head coach for the 2014-15 season. Trotz has been offered a position within the organization’s hockey operations department and will consider his options before making a decision on the position.

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“Our organization has high expectations and we have not met them in the past two seasons,” Poile said of making the most difficult decision of his 30-plus year general manager career. “As a result, it is my decision and determination that we need a new voice and a new direction. Our change in direction began over a year ago as we have made several personnel changes, including trading of long-time veteran players and a change to our coaching staff last offseason. Our goal is to return to the playoffs with the ultimate goal of contending for the Stanley Cup. We know that once we get into the playoffs, anything is possible.

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“I also want to thank Barry for everything he has done for our franchise. He has been the face and voice of our team for 15 years. He created, developed and lived The Predator Way – on the ice, in the office and in the community. There could be no finer ambassador for the Predators or Nashville than Barry Trotz. He has laid a foundation and culture that will benefit the next coach of the Nashville Predators.”

Via Press Release


Devils GM: DeBoer Will Be Back Next Season

Devils GM Lou Lamoriello squashed any remaining questions about the future of coach Pete DeBoer on Sunday, according to an ESPN.com report.

In an admittedly uncharacteristic move for Lamoriello, who seldom speaks publicly about negotiations or terms, the GM said DeBoer is under contract with the Devils for next season and will be back coaching the team.

Via ESPN.com


DeBoer Vague On Future With Devils

With rumors rampant about the Maple Leafs' interest in coach Pete DeBoer as a potential successor to Randy Carlyle, and reports surfacing Sunday about a potential contract extension with the Devils, DeBoer was asked about his future in New Jersey.

Does he expect to be back next season?

"I don't know," he said in his pre-game briefing with the media. 

Via ESPN.com


Bruins Win Presidents' Trophy

Fans stood and waved gold and black towels as the Bruins claimed the Presidents' Trophy for the NHL's best regular-season record.

"We've still got to do some work here in order to get the trophy that we all really want," Boston coach Claude Julien said.

David Krejci scored two goals as the Bruins dominated the Sabres 4-1 Saturday in a game between teams at opposite ends of the standings.

Via ESPN.com


Only One Canadian Team In Playoffs

For the first time since 1973, there is just one Canadian team in the NHL playoffs. The Canadiens represent the nation's only hope of ending a 21-year Stanley Cup drought.

"It's not fun, for sure," said Flames forward Mike Cammalleri, who spent parts of three seasons with Montreal. "The players on the team, I can tell you for sure, feel it. It weighs a lot on you, no doubt.

"That's part of also what makes it so special to play in a Canadian market. When it goes the other way, there's no more rewarding feeling."

Via ESPN.com


Source: Brendan Shanahan To Join Leafs

Brendan Shanahan appears set to leave his job as NHL disciplinarian and become the Maple Leafs' president, a source confirmed to ESPN.com on Thursday.

An announcement is expected as early as Friday, according to the source.

Via ESPN.com


Ten Weeks After A Stroke Letang Returns Against Wings

Less than three months after a stroke put his season in jeopardy, Kris Letang is back to work for the Penguins.

The defenseman made his return Wednesday night as the Penguins hosted the Red Wings, winning 4-3 in a shootout. 

Letang had an assist while playing 22 minutes, 30 seconds in his return.

Via ESPN.com