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One name that has surfaced as a possible dark horse candidate for the San Jose Sharks' head coaching gig is long time NHL'er, and former Shark, Dave Lowry.

With 19 seasons and 1,084 regular season games of experience, plus 111 more games in the playoffs at the NHL level, Lowry is no stranger to the rigors of top level of hockey. He even spent 1997-2000 with the Sharks, making the playoffs in each go. But he's a dark horse behind rumored candidates Dan Bylsma, Randy Carlyle, Peter DeBoer, and Adam Oates, all of whom boast time as top dog time behind an NHL bench, with success to boot. "It’s all about opportunities, but opportunities with the right people," Lowry said of the rumor about his candidacy. It should be noted that Lowry was an assistant coach with Calgary from 2009-12, and he's been a very successful head coach in the WHL. He won Coach of the Year with the Victoria Royals in 2013-14, and has gone a combined 83-50-11 over the last two seasons.
May 22 - 9:00 PM

Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, and Glen Sather of the New York Rangers have each been named as finalists for NHL GM of the Year, as voted on by their fellow GM's, a panel of NHL executives, and members of the media.

It should be noted that the voting is done after the second round of the playoffs is finished. Yzerman's Lightning finished second in the Atlantic, but he didn't make any major moves leading into nor during the season. Murray's Ducks won the Pacific, and he acquired Ryan Kesler prior to the season and Simon Despres at the trade deadline. Sather's Rangers meanwhile won the Presidents Trophy for best record in the NHL, he signed Kevin Hayes before the season and acquired Keith Yandle at the trade deadline.
May 22 - 8:03 PM

No one wants to be the backup, let alone the third string goalie and Calgary's Joni Ortio has his sights set on their starting gig in 2015-16.

"That’s what I’ll be looking to do next September in camp and trying to steal that number one job," Ortio said during his exit interview on Tuesday. He may have a leg up on his big plans, as backup Karri Ramo is a free agent if he isn't re-signed by July 1st. "It’s going to be the two best guys in training camp that are going to get the spots. That’s what our standards are over here." Ortio has just 15 games of NHL experience since being drafted 171st overall in 2009. He's 8-6-0 with six Quality Starts against just three Really Bad Starts with 35 goals 346 combined shots with Calgary. His numbers with AHL Adirondack last season were more encouraging, going 21-13-1 with a .912 save percentage and a 2.69 GAA in 37 games. He'll be entering his age-24 season in September as well. "No one is guaranteed a spot. I’ve got to work hard."
May 22 - 7:39 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk and not return to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16.

If Sobotka ever does return to the NHL, with the Blues or to whomever they trade his rights to, he'll still have a season at $2.275 to fulfill per his arbitration from last summer. In the meantime, Sobotka is entering his age-27 season and will be looking to improve upon his 10 goal and 38 point total from last season.
May 22 - 7:12 PM

Despite being the first players to benefit from the relaxed Soviet-era rules on Russians playing in North America, hockey legend Slava Fetisov is calling for a Soviet-style restriction on young Russians from coming over.

The goal is simple, Fetisov wants Russian fans to see "our most talented guys, the ones who the people come to see" for longer. The restriction would be in place until the player turns 28, which would allow Russians to see the players through their most productive years. It should be noted that Fetisov is now a senator in Russia. He was also restricted from coming over to the NHL until he was 31 years old, six years after being drafted for the second time.
May 22 - 7:01 PM

Jim Hiller will move with Mike Babcock to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Hiller served as an assistant coach under Babcock with the Detroit Red Wings in 2014-15 and was credited with turning around Detroit's power play. The Red Wings went from converting on 17.7% of their opportunities with the man advantage in 2013-14 to 23.8% this season. Toronto meanwhile finished near the bottom of the league in 2014-15 with a 15.9% power-play success rate.
May 22 - 6:34 PM

Buffalo Sabres GM Tim Murray currently has two picks in June's NHL Entry Draft, and he's willing to trade one of them.

It's unlikely they'll move off of Jack Eichel at second overall, but Murray seems to want to either move up in the draft or acquire another quality young player for his 21st overall pick in June. For what it's worth, the last three players selected at 21st overall were; Robert Fabbri (St. Louis, 2014), Frederik Gauthier (Toronto, 2013), and Mark Jankowski (Calgary, 2012). But Riley Sheahan (Detroit, 2010) is the last player to make an impact from that particular slot.
May 22 - 6:30 PM

Rick Nash may have just seven points in 15 games for the Rangers this postseason, but he scored a big point with his teammates on Thursday night.

Nash set up a private screening on the Entourage movie, which seems to have provided a needed jolt of positivity to the Rangers. "We had some good times as a team yesterday," Derick Brassard said. "We had a team dinner, a good meeting. We would feel pretty good about ourselves winning this game tonight and going back in our building." They'll feel even better if they can put together a victory in Game 4 on Friday night.
May 22 - 5:47 PM

Jonathan Drouin, Jonathan Marchessault, and Vladislav Namestnikov will be scratched from Friday's Game 4 against the New York Rangers.

With the Lightning leading the series 2-1, and after having scored a dozen goals the past two games, Coach Cooper doesn't seem compelled to make any unnecessary changes to the lineup. Of note, the one change that he is making is defenseman Mark Barberio will play in place of the injured Matt Carle.

The New York Rangers will continue to roll out the same lineup on Friday night in Tampa Bay for Game 4.

Down in the series 2-1 and having given up a dozen goals over the last two games, it wouldn't have been surprising to see Coach Vigneault make a lineup change. But it appears that Matt Hunwick, Chris Summers, and Ryan Bourque will continue to watch from the press box instead.
Source: Corey Long
May 22 - 5:26 PM

Henrik Lundqvist is feeling confident despite two rocky starts.

"Well, 12 goals in two games, of course you're going to question somethings," Lundqvist said. "But I have a lot of confidence in myself and the way I play and the way we play as a team. I think we all feel we can beat this team. Just small corrections that need to be made here and then we're right there. Obviously special teams have been a big part of the series so far. It's something we focus on. It's a new day a new opportunity to feel good about your game and try to get a win." Rangers coach Alain Vigneault has already made it clear that Lundqvist will start on Friday. Despite surrendering 12 goals in his last two contests, he still has a 2.12 GAA and .926 save percentage in 15 playoff contests.
May 22 - 5:10 PM

Canucks GM Jim Benning isn't sure where Jacob Markstrom fits in yet.

Markstrom had a 1.88 GAA and .934 save percentage in 32 AHL regular season games and he's been just as effective in the playoffs. However, he's struggled in his NHL stints. Markstrom is set to become a restricted free agent this summer so Benning's evaluation could ultimately determine whether Vancouver re-signs him or attempts to deal his rights. If he decides that Markstrom is ready to be a full-time NHL goaltender, then he might even go as far as to try and trade Eddie Lack to create the necessary space.
May 22 - 4:11 PM

Trevor van Riemsdyk, who had wrist surgery in April, is medically cleared to play.

van Riemsdyk only resumed practicing on Friday though, so we have our doubts about him being inserted into the lineup. Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn't rule out the possibility of van Riemsdyk joining Chicago at some point during their playoff run, although he's doesn't think it will be on Saturday for Game 4 of the Western Conference Final. If nothing else, this is an opportunity for van Riemsdyk to get an idea of what it's like to be a part of an NHL team in the playoffs.
Source: CSN Chicago
May 22 - 3:31 PM

Brandon Saad considers Game 4 on Saturday to be a "must win."

"We let one slip away last night so we have a big one coming up," Saad added. Chicago suffered a 2-1 loss to Anaheim on Thuesday after squeaking ahead with a triple-overtime victory in Game 2. The Blackhawks will certainly have their work ahead of them if they drop Game 4, but they're talented enough and have done well enough in this series to make it hard to dismiss them even if Anaheim takes a 3-1 series lead.
May 22 - 3:02 PM

Michael Keranen has inked a on-year extension with the Minnesota Wild.

Keranen had 10 goals and 37 points in 70 AHL games in 2014-15. He had a great 2013-14 campaign in SM-liiga with 52 points in 52 contests, but we wouldn't count on him having fantasy value next season. Keep in mind that he's 25 years old, so his offensive upside is limited.
May 22 - 2:03 PM

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