Jerome Verrier notched a pair of goals in Thursday's Memorial Cup tiebreaker between Rimouski and Quebec City to help the Remparts advance in the tournament.
Verrier had 15 points in 20 playoff games this season, as the undrafted 21-year-old is trying to make an impression in his final year of major junior eligibility.
The Philadelphia Flyers have announced that they've signed prospect Radel Fazleev to an Entry Level Contract. Financial terms have not yet been released.
Fazleev, still just 19 years old out of Russia, was the 168th overall in 2014's Entry Draft. Fazleev had a career season in his second campaign with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL, registering 18 goals and 51 points in 71 games. He also tallied four goals and 14 points in 17 postseason games as Calgary peaked at the Eastern Conference Final.
Sven Baertschi notched a natural hat trick Thursday night in Game 3 of the AHL Western Conference Finals to lead Utica to a 4-1 victory over Grand Rapids.
Baertschi has six goals and 12 points in as many playoff games so far during the Comets' run. He was shut out in two NHL playoff games against Calgary in April, but has served his organization well in the minors as Utica is two wins away from making the finals.
Tampa Bay's Brian Boyle isn't buying into the notion of "Garden Mystique", as his Lightning head into Game 7 versus the New York Rangers on Friday night.
Said Boyle, "Why would I fly up from Florida if I bought it?" As sarcastic as he may be there, Boyle does have a point. The Rangers may be 7-0 all-time at home in Game 7's, but as his coach Jon Cooper notes out, "We haven’t been a part of that history." Boyle for his part played in the Rangers' last two home Game 7's but didn't factor in the scoring. He also has just two points in 18 games for the Lightning this postseason.
The NHL has announced the schedule for the upcoming Stanley Cup Final. It'll begin on Wednesday, June 3rd and the puck will drop at 8PM eastern each game.
Game 2 will be played Saturday, June 6th with Games 3 and 4 to take place on the following Monday and Wednesday. The series will conclude the following Wednesday, June 17th should it go the distance. As for home ice advantage, the New York Rangers hold it should they advance. The Anaheim Ducks have it should they and the Lightning advance. While Chicago will give way regardless. Home ice is determined by whoever has the most standings points during the regular season.
The groups for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey appear to have been set.
Group A will consist of Canada, Czech Republic, USA, and the Europe All-Stars. While Group B will consist of Finland, Russia, Sweden, and the U23-North Americans. Each nation will play a game against their groupmates with the top two teams in each group advancing to the semi-finals. The championship final will be a best-of-three series. The World Cup of Hockey is slated to run from Sept. 17th to Oct. 1st, with each game being played in Toronto's Air Canada Centre.
Former long-time NHL head coach, and bench boss of the AHL Lehigh Valley Phantoms Terry Murray would accept an offer to be a Flyers assistant coach once again next season.
Murray has guided the Phantoms to an underwhelming 94-101-23 record over the last three seasons, and was last an NHL coach with the LA Kings in 2011-12. Unfortunately for Murray, he was ousted just 29 games into what turned out to be a Stanley Cup winning season. Murray said that he is "very realistic where things are in the game and my age now and years of experience I have in the game." Noting that he would "absolutely" embrace being Dave Hakstol's assistant. Murray does have experience specifically as a Flyers assistant coach, having spent 2003-09 in the position.
Bryan Murray has made it known that the 2015-16 season will be his final as GM of the Ottawa Senators.
So long as the 72 year old's health allows, Murray will transition into an advisory role after his contract expires next season. "I like the idea of being active, being somewhat important in what you do," Murray noted. "[I like the idea] of sharing some knowledge to the young people that will eventually take over here." Murray has been part of the NHL since making his debut as the head coach of the Washington Capitals in 1981-82.