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 Posted: Mon Apr 13th, 2015 04:24 pm
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Jaromir Jagr finished his 21st NHL season by equalling The Great One.

The ageless Florida Panthers forward scored the eventual game-winning goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the New Jersey Devils, and he hit a milestone in the process.

Jagr's marker in the third period was his 204th career power-play goal, tying Wayne Gretzky for 14th on the all-time list.

Gretzky accomplished the feat in 63 fewer games. Dave Andreychuk holds the record with 274 power-play goals in a 23-year career.

After Saturday's victory, Jagr said he is close to signing a contract extension with the Panthers.

The 43-year-old scored six goals and added 12 assists in 20 games after a midseason trade from the Devils.

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Forget Dion, Phil and James.

The Toronto Maple Leafs' core is now Brendan Shanahan, Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter.

On Monday, the president answered for his triggering of the organization's mass exodus, telling reporters his tight-knit staff needed to be decisive and take action to atone for the team's failings this season.

He spoke candidly, confirming a full-blown rebuild is the necessary recourse and stressed the importance of finding personnel that shares "our vision" - speaking of his, Dubas's and Hunter's.

And it seems those who don't, are next out the door.

"There are no shortcuts. Shortcuts have gotten this organization into trouble in the past. This has to be a build we're committed to."

"The challenge in Toronto is not coming up with a plan. The challenge in Toronto is sticking to it," he added.

Shanahan told reporters that Hunter will be in charge of player personnel until a general manager is appointed and he's uninterested in taking on the role himself.

He also confirmed that sweeping changes will touch the roster as well, calling on a need for players with "greater character."

"Yesterday was just the beginning," he said.

Without singling out any current roster players at fault, Shanahan expressed the desire for having players enjoy being a Maple Leaf, even if the record stays relatively the same through the process.

"You have to have enthusiasm to be a Leaf - even when times are tough. And that's why fans were probably so upset this year."

There is one thing, though, that would change their destructive plans. And that requires the ping pong balls landing on the Maple Leafs logo Saturday.

"It would certainly speed things up," he said with a massive grin.

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Shanahan wants to have a general manager in place before the draft, but won't set a deadline
He did not rule hiring a coach before a general manager, or the coach having any additional responsibilities in terms of player personnel
He said the rebuild will take "as long as it takes"

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The end of their latest disappointing season is only the beginning for the rebuilding Edmonton Oilers.

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish has a long list of priorities as he enters the offseason with an eye to Edmonton taking a step forward in 2015-16, and he shared some of his plans with reporters at a year-end press conference Monday.

"It's going to be a very busy summer," said MacTavish, who will join the team's amateur scouts at the upcoming World Under-18 Championship.

Edmonton has already overhauled its amateur scouting procedures, but MacTavish is focused on adding already-proven players, acknowledging the Oilers' need some critical pieces - especially on defense.

"We've got to make some additions (on the blueline)... Make no mistake, we have the assets to go out and acquire proven players." MacT

— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 13, 2015
Whether or not a trade is in the offing remains to be seen. Edmonton has plenty of assets in terms of youth and potential and MacTavish is excited about the development of players like Nail Yakupov and Oscar Klefbom.

"I don't know that I've seen a transformation like that in all my years in hockey," MacTavish said about Yakupov's season, in which the 21-year-old recorded 12 points in his first 50 games and 21 in his final 31.


MacTavish praised Klefbom, saying the Oilers need a couple more defensemen like him. He is also interested to see what recent first-round draft picks Darnell Nurse and Leon Draisaitl bring to training camp next season.

Arguably the biggest decision MacTavish faces is behind the bench, where interim head coach Todd Nelson has made strides with the roster after replacing Dallas Eakins mid-season. The Oilers general manager appears to be taking a patient approach in his search for a permanent coach, which could bode well for Nelson.

"We're going to see what that landscape looks like and then we're going to make a decision." MacT on #Oilers head coach next season

— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 13, 2015

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Ted Nolan has no hard feelings after the end of his second stint coaching the Buffalo Sabres.

Nolan, who was fired Sunday, released a statement Monday thanking the organization and the fans for supporting him during his time behind the bench.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kim and Terry Pegula, Pat Lafontaine, my coaches and the Sabres management, players, medical, training, arena and public relations staff for all of their support over the past two seasons. Above all, I want to thank the fans and the beautiful people of Buffalo! THANK YOU BUFFALO!!! Yours in spirit, Ted.

Nolan has a 187-227-38 (19 ties) record in 471 career games as an NHL head coach. He won the Jack Adams Award with Buffalo in the 1996-97 season.

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Patrick Kane is back just in time for the playoffs.

Medical staff for the Chicago Blackhawks have cleared Kane to return to the lineup seven weeks after he suffered a broken clavicle.

The original timeline for Kane's injury suggested he would return in May, but recent reports suggested he could return ahead of schedule. The Blackhawks open their postseason on the road against the Nashville Predators on Wednesday and Kane now appears very likely to dress for the contest.

The Blackhawks released the following statement from head team physician Dr. Michael Terry on Monday:

Patrick Kane suffered a broken left clavicle on February 24, and underwent successful surgery to repair the fracture on February 25. Patrick has been working extremely diligently with his rehabilitation and has recently returned to full-contact practice without any difficulty. After discussions with Patrick and the team, and examining Patrick today, we collectively feel it is appropriate, with minimal risk, for him to return to full participation.

Kane's presence in Chicago's lineup cannot be overstated. He has 91 points in 93 career playoff games and won the Conn Smythe Trophy when the Blackhawks captured the Stanley Cup in 2013.

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The Boston Bruins have fired general manager Peter Chiarelli, president Cam Neely announced Wednesday.

The team will not name an interim general manager at this time.

Bruins chief executive officer Charlie Jacobs and Neely will lead the search for a new GM, a search that begins immediately.

Boston’s current assistant general managers, player personnel staff and coaching staff will remain in place for now.


"We are grateful for Peter's service to the Bruins organization over the last nine seasons," said in a release.

"His efforts undoubtedly helped the team achieve great success during his tenure and he helped restore the proud tradition of Boston Bruins hockey. We ultimately feel that this change is necessary in order to ensure sustainable success for the club both in the short term and the long term. Our search for a new general manager will begin immediately."

Chiarelli served as GM for nine seasons, after being named the seventh GM in club history on May 26, 2006.

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I think the Bruins fired the wrong guy and should have let Claude Julien go instead of Chiarelli. It became painfully obvious a few months ago that most of the Bruins had tuned Julien out and it was time for a change behind the bench. I'm guessing the Bruins will look outside the organization and check out all the possible candidates but will eventually promote Don Sweeney from Assistant GM to GM. I just hope whoever the new GM is that he brings in a new Head Coach.



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More house cleaning in Boston.


from bruins.nhl.com:

Boston Bruins President Cam Neely, announced today, Wednesday April 15, that Amateur Scouts Mike Chiarelli & Denis Leblanc, and European Head Scout Jukka Holtari, have been relieved of their scouting duties with the Boston Bruins.




Mike Chiarelli spent seven seasons with the Bruins based out of Ottawa and was responsible for scouting prospects in Ontario.




Leblanc, based out of Quebec, spent the previous eight seasons in the Bruins organization.




Holtari, responsible for scouting efforts in Europe, was based in Finland. 2014-15 marked his eighth season with Boston.





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Are Shanahan and Neely having a Presidential Power Forward Pissing Contest to see who can fire the most staff members in a week or something?

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The Montreal Canadiens played half of Game 1 without P.K. Subbanafter the defenseman was ejected for slashing Mark Stone in the second period of Wednesday's contest against the Ottawa Senators.
5 min major and 10 min misconduct in the playoffs for THIS? Poor Subban...Subban received a major penalty and a game misconduct for the slash, which occurred 8:23 into the second period with the Canadiens leading 2-1. Montreal prevailed 4-3 to take a 1-0 series lead.
The only other game misconduct in P.K. Subban's NHL career came against the #sens during the 2013 playoffs.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 16, 2015
Stone left the game briefly but returned before the end of the period. He left the game again after playing one shift to start the third before returning again.
Subban appears unlikely to face supplemental discipline for the slash,according to reporters.






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lobo316 wrote: The Montreal Canadiens played half of Game 1 without P.K. Subbanafter the defenseman was ejected for slashing Mark Stone in the second period of Wednesday's contest against the Ottawa Senators.
5 min major and 10 min misconduct in the playoffs for THIS? Poor Subban...Subban received a major penalty and a game misconduct for the slash, which occurred 8:23 into the second period with the Canadiens leading 2-1. Montreal prevailed 4-3 to take a 1-0 series lead.
The only other game misconduct in P.K. Subban's NHL career came against the #sens during the 2013 playoffs.
— Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) April 16, 2015
Stone left the game briefly but returned before the end of the period. He left the game again after playing one shift to start the third before returning again.
Subban appears unlikely to face supplemental discipline for the slash,according to reporters.






Little biased maybe in that I'm a Habs fan but pretty sure Ottawa was working the officials  trying to make it seem like Stone was more hurt than he was.  Stone's constant back and forth off the ice and to the locker room ended up being Stone no selling the hit in the end.  The we have Dave Cameron all but promising retaliation if Subba isn't suspended.  That will probably get him a talking to and possibly a fine.  Subban while supposedly a world class defenseman isn't the sharpest knife in the drawer at times and I'm predicting his hot headedness gets him in more trouble in this series.



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The five and a game will be enough since Stone came back and played. If he hadn't, then PK getting a game off might have happened. Injuries = suspensions...kind of a shitty way to do business but it's the precedent the NHL has set.

The Ottawa coach, Dave Cameron, should be seeing a hefty fine himself after his post0game presser, where he said there were two solutions: Suspend PK, or let one of his Ottawa guys go out and slash/injure one of Montreal's stars and only give the Ottawa player 5 and a game.

The league HATES shit like that. He'll probably get fined prety good for that bit.

Cameron is a pretty weird guy from what I've seen of him, and if someone on Montreal does get hurt next game, he's probably quite fucked after saying that.

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Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone has been diagnosed with a microfracture of his wrist after receiving a slash from Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban in the team's contest on Wednesday night.

Injury update: #Sens Mark Stone has suffered a microfracture of his right wrist & his availability for the series is unknown at this time.

— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) April 16, 2015
Subban was ejected from the game after the slash.

It was announced Thursday that he wouldn't receive any further discipline for the act, although the news arose before Stone's injury was made public.

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Sorry Ottawa Senators fans, but P.K. Subban will not be getting in any more trouble.

The Montreal Canadiens defenseman, who was ejected in the second period of Wednesday's contest against the Senators for slashing forward Mark Stone, will not face any further discipline, reports ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.

Subban received a major penalty and a game misconduct for the slash, which occurred 8:23 into the second period with the Canadiens leading 2-1.

LeBrun reports that NHL discipline chief Stephane Quintal believes the penalty was a sufficient punishment for the incident.

The two teams will meet again on Friday where there may be retaliation from the Senators, according to Senators head coach Dave Cameron.

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Head coach Dave Cameron will avoid a fine for his comments following the Ottawa Senators' Game 1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday, reported Sportsnet's John Shannon.

Cameron said after the game that if the NHL didn't suspend P.K. Subban for slashing and injuring Mark Stone, Ottawa would be willing to trade a five-minute major to gain retribution.

His words clearly not carrying much weight, Cameron failed to lobby for a Subban suspension, as well.

The NHL can place $25,000 fines on teams for lobbying the department of player safety for discipline.

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