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Ray Shero is very confident in his hire of head coach John Hynes.

"There are three things that I think you can identify the New Jersey Devils moving forward, and that is going to be fast, that's going to be attacking, and that's going to be supportive," Shero said. The Devils gave up a 2016 third round draft pick to get Hynes who was the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins' AHL Affiliate Wilkes Barre-Scranton of the AHL the last five seasons.
Source: Tom Gulitti
Jun 3 - 1:21 AM

Anaheim Ducks GM Bryan Murray lamented James Wisniewski's lack of ice time during the playoffs.

Wisniewski saw just 13 games with the Ducks after being acquired at the trade deadline from Columbus, and not a single game during Anaheim's 16-game postseason journey. "The professionalism he showed was outstanding," Murray said. "I wish he’d gotten an opportunity because I know he would have played well." Wisniewski found himself without a job after Simon Despres, acquired at the trade deadline from Pittsburgh, surprised the staff. "I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t realize Simon [Depres] would jump in a play like this. He just took a job. He was excellent." Despres put up seven points in 16 playoff games after six points in 16 post-trade deadline games with Anaheim. Wisniewski, for what it's worth, will ding the cap at $5.5M the next two seasons but only cost $8M in actual salary.
Jun 2 - 8:53 PM

Anaheim Ducks' GM Bryan Murray wouldn't comment one way or the other when asked if coach Bruce Boudreau would return for the 2015-16 season.

"I’m evaluating everything," Murray said. "I haven’t talked to the coaching staff yet. I thought the coaching staff made great strides this year." And in each of Boudreau's three seasons as Anaheim's bench boss, they've advanced a round. However this is the second consecutive season they've exited in Game 7 with a whimper. To wit, Boudreau now has the dubious distinction of having a 1-6 career record in Game 7's. Boudreau also has one season left on his contract with the Ducks.
Jun 2 - 8:45 PM

LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi called his conversation with free agent to-be center Jarret Stoll "gut-wrenching."

"I did. It’s safe to say, in all honesty, it was probably the most difficult meeting I’ve had in my career," Lombardi described as he spoke of the team's overall controversy-laden season. Lombardi also cited his intention to bring in "guest speakers and educators to talk to players and staff members about domestic violence and drug issues." Stoll, now 32 years old, is coming off a three-year cap hit of $3.25M with the Kings. However he has yet to complete his process through the courts on his felony drug charge.
Jun 2 - 8:36 PM

On Tuesday, LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi announced that the organization will receive additional education about domestic violence and drug issues.

"We all need to learn about it," Lombardi emphasized. Obviously, the domestic violence aspect relates to the on-going court battles Slava Voynov has created. But Lombardi seemed to take a more personal approach towards the educational and authorial aspect, "This is my fault. We spend time teaching them systems, nutrition and everything else, but we missed a big step here, in terms of ensuring that they understand right and wrong." It's a bit jarring to hear anyone say professional athletes, or otherwise, need such education. But mistakes are part of the human experience, if not outright condition, and Lombardi appears set to address the issues by bringing in outside speakers and educators to speak to players and staff.
Jun 2 - 8:30 PM

Some details of Jeff Petry's new contract have been released.

Petry will receive a modified no-trade clause along with his $5.5M cap hit. However his salary will be $7M for 2015-16 and 2016-17. Then his salary will drop to $6M and $5M the following two seasons before finishing at just $4M in 2019-20 and 2020-21.
Jun 2 - 7:59 PM

Coming off a resurgent season with Nashville, 35 year old Mike Ribeiro is looking for a multi-year contract.

Ribeiro put up 15 goals and 62 points for Nashville, which ranked just a point behind leader Filip Forsberg. While it appears his 'priority' is to re-sign with Nashville, Ribeiro "wants something longer than one year." Ribeiro is coming off a $1.05M cap hit, which was significantly down from the $5.5M cap hit he was bought out of by Arizona.
Jun 2 - 7:35 PM

Tampa Bay defender Matt Carle has already spilled the beans on the Lightning's big plan to beat the Chicago Blackhawks - tire out two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith out.

Keith leads all skaters with an average 31:35 of ice time per game in the playoffs, plus total ice time logged with 537:04. Keith also ranks eighth overall with 18 points, and second with 16 assists, which leads all defensemen in both categories. Considering Keith also won the Cup in 2010 after winning gold with Team Canada at the Olympics, perhaps counting on fatigue to (finally) set into him is an unwise bet.
Source: Joe Smith
Jun 2 - 6:59 PM

Mackenzie Skapski's summer will not be fun as he recovers from arthroscopic hip surgery.

Skapski underwent arthroscopic hip surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip, and he'll need four to five months to recover. This is an unfortunate turn of events for the 20 year old netminder who had a career season. He went 15-8-3 with a .914 save percentage and a 2.40 GAA across 28 starts for AHL Hartford. Skapski even made two spot-starts with the Rangers, beating Buffalo twice and stopping all 44 shots after allowing his only goal on his first NHL shot in the process.
Jun 2 - 6:46 PM

Nate Thompson played through a shoulder injury.

Thompson might need surgery, but that won't be known until after he has an MRI. Thompson had two goals and six points in 12 playoff contests.
Jun 2 - 6:30 PM

Jeff Petry has re-signed with Montreal for six-years and $33M, making his cap hit just $5.5M per season. He also holds a partial no-trade clause.

Petry came over from the Edmonton Oilers at the trade deadline for a second and fourth round pick in the 2015 Entry Draft. The 27 year old put up 10 points in 31 games after the trade for Montreal, including the playoffs. For his career, Petry has 20 goals and 81 points in 314 career games thus far. For what it's worth, Petry now carries a cap hit similar to Brooks Orpik, Dan Giardi, and Duncan Keith.
Jun 2 - 6:20 PM

Sergei Gonchar wants to play one more season in the NHL.

Gonchar has been in the NHL since 1994-95 when he broke in with the Washington Capitals, where he spent the first 10 of his 22 seasons thus far. Gonchar currently ranks 149th all-time in points with 811, which also ranks 16th all-time among defenseman. In addition, Gonchar ranks eighth all-time among Russian born players in the NHL. Now 41 years old, Gonchar is coming off a two-year contract that dinged the cap at $5M per season. He's no longer the point producer from the blue line he used to be, having topped the 30-point plateau just once this decade, but the future Hall of Famer surely has something left to give a team looking to boost their power play.
Jun 2 - 6:11 PM

With their move to Brooklyn, it looks like the New York Islanders will be in need of a new radio broadcast station.

The Islanders have been on 88.7 FM WRHU Radio Hofstra University the last five seasons with a simulcast on 103.9 FM LI News Radio the last three seasons. While play-by-play announcer Chris King has done a superb job, CEO Brett Yormark has made it known that the Isles need and want a bigger broadcast. Problems is, the Rangers are already on ESPN New York, and the New Jersey Devils are on WFAN. This means the Islanders are already out on the two biggest and best options not only for New York, but for the country because New York boasts the strongest national signals. As has been the hallmark of the Islanders' success since GM Garth Snow took over, ingenuity may have to win the day.
Jun 2 - 5:34 PM

Garret Mitchell has inked a two-year, two-way contract with the Washington Capitals.

Mitchell had eight points and 121 penalty minutes in 64 AHL games in 2014-15. He would be worth keeping an eye on as a potential source of PIM if he makes the Capitals' opening game roster, but we wouldn't count on that happening.
Jun 2 - 5:27 PM

Noel Acciari has reportedly inked a two-year, entry-level contract.

Acciari had 15 goals and 32 points in 41 NCAA games with Providence College in 2014-15. He was also named Hockey East's best defensive forward. It's worth emphasizing that the Bruins haven't confirmed this signing yet, but he'll be a nice addition to their organization if he does come on board.
Jun 2 - 4:22 PM


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