April 2018 - Hockey Wiretap

Maple Leafs Will Not Retain Lou Lamoriello As GM

Apr 30, 2018 2:04 PM

The Toronto Maple Leafs will not bring back Lou Lamoriello as general manager for the 2018-19 season, the team announced Monday.

Lamoriello's contract expired at the end of this season. He held the post since July 2015, when he was hired from the New Jersey Devils by Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan.

In a statement, Shanahan said Lamoriello, 75, would transition to a senior adviser role.

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Sabres Win NHL Draft Lottery

Apr 29, 2018 2:08 AM

The Buffalo Sabres won the NHL draft lottery Saturday night, earning the opportunity to draft potential franchise defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.

"We're really looking forward to adding a great player to the team," general manager Jason Botterill said.

The Sabres haven't selected first overall since drafting center Pierre Turgeon in 1987.

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Mike Babcock, Auston Matthews Deny Rift

Apr 28, 2018 2:33 AM

Mike Babcock was at his daughter's graduation when he received a text message from a friend about reports of a strained relationship with star center Auston Matthews.

"I'll find out in the morning," the Toronto coach replied. "I'll meet him. I'll ask him in the morning."

As the Maple Leafs cleaned out their lockers Friday in the wake of a seven-game-series loss to the Bruins in the first round of the playoffs, Babcock and Matthews addressed speculation the coach had "lost" his player during the series.

 

 

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Oilers To Retain Coach Todd McLellan

Apr 28, 2018 2:29 AM

Todd McLellan will return as coach of the Oilers next season without assistants Ian Herbers and Jim Johnson.

The team said Friday that McLellan will keep his job and that Herbers and Johnson have been relieved of their duties.

The Oilers missed the playoffs with a 36-40-6 record.

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Sabres Sign Victor Olofsson To Two-Year Deal

Apr 25, 2018 1:56 AM

The Buffalo Sabres have signed Victor Olofsson to a two-year contract after he scored a Swedish Hockey League-leading 27 goals last season.

The Sabres selected Olofsson in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. The forward has spent the past three seasons in the SHL, collecting 50 goals and 49 assists in 150 regular-season games. Overall, Olofsson had 60 goals and 117 points in 200 games.

 

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Flames Hire Bill Peters As Head Coach

Apr 23, 2018 4:10 PM

The Flames have hired Bill Peters as the team's head coach.

The Flames introduced Peters at a news conference on Monday at Scotiabank Saddledome. He resigned as head coach of the Hurricanes on Friday after four seasons and a year remaining on his contract.

The Flames fired Glen Gulutzan and assistants Dave Cameron and Paul Gerrard last week after missing the playoffs with a 37-35-10 record.

In his NHL head coaching debut, Peters went 137-138-53 with the Hurricanes but wasn't able to get the team into the playoffs.

 

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Chuck Fletcher Out As Wild GM

Apr 23, 2018 4:07 PM

Chuck Fletcher will not return as general manager of the Minnesota Wild, owner Craig Leipold announced Monday. Fletcher's contract was up after this season, and the team decided not to offer a new one.

Brent Flahr, senior vice president of hockey operations, will serve as acting general manager.

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Auston Matthews Has Top-Selling Jersey For 2017-18

Apr 20, 2018 6:12 PM

Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews had the top-selling jersey among NHL players for the 2017-18 season, topping last year's leader Sidney Crosby of the Penguins.

Matthews, 20, was fourth in jersey sales in 2016-17, when he won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year.

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Bill Peters Resigns As Hurricanes Head Coach

Apr 20, 2018 12:48 PM

Carolina Hurricanes head coach Bill Peters has resigned, the team announced Friday.

Peters, 51, went 137-138-53 in his four seasons with the Hurricanes, who missed the Stanley Cup playoffs for the ninth consecutive season -- the longest drought in the NHL.

"I have a lot of respect for Bill as a person and coach," owner Tom Dundon said in a statement. "We thank him for his time with the Hurricanes and wish him success in whatever comes next."

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Flames Fire Coach Glen Gulutzan

Apr 18, 2018 1:14 AM

The Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons.

Gulutzan, 46, guided the Flames to the playoffs after his first season in 2016-17, though the Flames were swept in the first round by the Ducks. The Flames missed the playoffs this past season with a 37-35-10 record. The team especially faltered down the stretch, losing 17 of its last 24 games.

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Ken Hitchcock Retires From Coaching
Ken Hitchcock is leaving the Stars as head coach to become a consultant with the team.

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Tod Leiweke Will Be CEO, President Of Seattle Hockey
Seattle Hockey is the group that has been authorized to redevelop KeyArena and bring an NHL team to the city of Seattle.

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Red Wings Are Bringing Back Jeff Blashill
The Red Wings are bringing back coach Jeff Blashill for a fourth NHL season.

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Red Wings Sign GM Ken Holland To New Two-Year Deal
Ken Holland has been the Red Wings GM since 1997, and is considered a great evaluator of talent.

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Rangers Fire Coach Alain Vigneault
The Rangers finished 34-39-9 and missed the NHL playoffs for the first time since the 2009-10 season.

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Coyotes Sign Antti Raanta Through 2020-21
Coyotes goaltender Antti Raanta will earn $12.75M over the next three seasons.

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Blackhawks To Retain Coach Joel Quenneville, GM Stan Bowman
The Blackhawks have failed to quality for the playoffs for the first time in a decade.

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Wild Lose Ryan Suter For The Rest Of The Season
Ryan Suter fractured his right ankle in Saturday night's loss to the Stars.

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Henrik, Daniel Sedin To Retire After 17 NHL Seasons
Henrik Sedin has 1,068 points in 1,327 games, including 828 assists. Daniel Sedin has 1,038 points in 1,303 games, including 391 goals.

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NHL Names Karlsson, Raanta, Eichel 'Three Stars'
William Karlsson led the NHL with 3-6-9, including a pair of shorthanded goals, in four games last week.

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