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NHL Suspends Cooke Seven Games

The NHL cracked down hard on Matt Cooke, suspending the Wild left wing for seven games Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com


Bettman: Several Suitors For Islanders

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said he spoke with Islanders owner Charles Wang as recently as Tuesday morning and that Wang has received a "number of expressions of interest" in the potential sale of the team, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com


Ducks Had Warned Refs Of Stars' Physical Play

The Ducks thought things got a little out of hand with how the Stars poked, prodded and punched captain Ryan Getzlaf in Game 3 on Monday night, according to an ESPN.com report.

"Well, I mean I think it was pretty obvious out there," Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau said when asked if the physical play crossed the line. "We've warned the refs about them. It's just something that I guess you do anything to win, but it's not something that I think our team would do. We'll take them and be as physical and be as mean as they want, but obviously they know there's something wrong with his jaw, so they're going after it."

Via ESPN.com



Penguins Rally Over Jackets, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Brandon Sutter, Lee Stempniak, and Jussi Jokinen scored in a span of 2:13 of the third period to revive the Penguins from yet another two-goal deficit in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jackets on Monday night.

Now up 2-1 in the best-of-seven series, the Penguins got off to a horrible start, but took charge in the final two periods.

Via ESPN.com


Sharks Score Seven Unanswered Goals To Take 2-0 Series Lead

Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to erase an early two-goal deficit and the Sharks rolled to a 7-2 victory Sunday night over the Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series, according to an ESPN.com report.

Via ESPN.com


Seabrook Suspended Three Games For Hit On Backes

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook was suspended three games by the NHL Department of Player Safety on Sunday for his hit on Blues forward David Backes during Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round series, according to an ESPN.com report

Via ESPN.com


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