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 Posted: Wed Apr 13th, 2016 07:30 pm
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WWE Monday Night Raw was hosted at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Monday, and four wrestling superstars were surprised with custom Kings jerseys prior to the event.
The @LAKings presented @HEELZiggler,@IAmJericho@RicFlairNatrBoy & @MsCharlotteWWEw/personalized jerseys! #RAWpic.twitter.com/mihj4WOJal
β€” WWE (@WWE) April 11, 2016
Chris Sutter, son of head coach Darryl, presented jerseys to Ric and Charlotte Flair, Dolph Ziggler and Chris Jericho - whose father Ted Irvine spent parts of three seasons with the Kings between 1967 and 1970.
What an honour to receive my dad's @lakings jersey today from #ChrisSutter and the #LosAngelesKings!pic.twitter.com/7IySMr1PNu
β€” Chris Jericho (@Y2JIsReal) April 12, 2016
The younger Sutter even had a chance to 'woo' with Ric Flair in the Kings dressing room before the show.
WOOOOOOO!Chris Sutter and @RicFlairNatrBoy before @WWE#Raw.https://t.co/D57YPeHHnk
β€” LA Kings (@LAKings) April 12, 2016






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With Mike Richards set to face the team he spent the first six years of his career with, Washington Capitals head coach Barry Trotz has promoted the forward to the team's third line, beside Jason Chimera and Marcus Johansson.

"I'm excited to see him play in the playoffs," Chimera said of Richards, per CSN's Chuck Gormley. "He's one of those guys that gets it done. He always brings out the physicality. Guys like him and (Justin Williams) always seem like the bigger the game the bigger they play. It’s a different dynamic for sure."

Richards has struggled to produce during his short tenure in Washington, recording just five points in 39 games. But Gormley notes that like Chimera, Richards has averaged more points per game during the playoffs (0.70) than in the regular season (0.65) during his career.

"He has the ability to slow things down when everything gets hectic," Trotz said of the two-time Stanley Cup champion. "In the playoffs he's been a player who finds a way to affect the game in a positive way. It's the same with Justin Williams."

He and Williams - his former Los Angeles Kings teammate - both boast incredible 7-0 career records in Game 7's, and the Capitals hope this veteran experience can finally bring them the playoff success that's escaped them in the past.

Game 1 between the Capitals and Flyers is scheduled to begin Thursday at 7:00 p.m. ET.

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It was a scary sight Wednesday when New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was high-sticked by teammate Marc Staal.

The 34-year-old went down in a heap after he appeared to take a Trevor Daley shot to the neck. Further review showed it wasn't the shot that sent the netminder kicking in agony on the ice, but rather Staal's stick going through his mask.

Lundqvist remained in the game after receiving a few eye drops from the medical staff - but only briefly.



Antti Raanta started the second period, and Lundqvist wasn't on the Rangers' bench.
During a stoppage of play in the second, head coach Alain Vigneault said Lundqvist is day to day.
Lundqvist will be re-evaluated Thursday.

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Bruce Boudreau has suffered his last heartbreak in Anaheim.

The Ducks announced Friday, two days after their fourth consecutive loss in a Game 7 on home ice, that they relieved Boudreau of his head coaching duties.

The fastest coach to 400 wins, Boudreau's time in Anaheim ends with four consecutive division titles, and a sparkling 208-104-40 record. But for all his regular-season success, which includes another 200 wins in five seasons as the Washington Capitals' head coach, Boudreau has guided his ultra-talented teams past the second round once, and hasn't reached a Stanley Cup Final.

His success, though, which includes organizing both the league's top power play and penalty kill, and also his ability to completely reshape the Ducks' scheme on the fly this season, will ensure he's not out of the game for very long. Fans and pundits alike are already linking him to the vacant Ottawa Senators job.

General manager Bob Murray, who many thought was also vulnerable, released this statement:

"I would like to thank Bruce for his hard work and dedication to the franchise. This was a very difficult decision to make. Bruce is a good coach and character person, and we wish him the best of luck in the future."

Murray will presumably be charged with finding Boudreau's successor.

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The Calgary Flames relieved Bob Hartley of head coaching duties, the club announced Tuesday.

The firing comes less than a year after Hartley won the Jack Adams Award for the NHL's top coach, having guided the team to a 45-30-7 record (97 points), a playoff berth, and a first-round win over Vancouver in 2014-15.

This past season, however, the Flames finished 26th in the NHL standings.

Calgary is now one of four teams looking for a new head coach, along with Ottawa, Anaheim, and Minnesota.

Hartley had served as Calgary's bench boss since 2013, posting a record of 134-135-25 over four seasons.

Associate coach Jacques Cloutier will also not be returning to the club.

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The Calgary Flames fired Bob Hartley on Tuesday, adding his name to the list of NHL head coaches to be relieved of their duties in recent weeks.

Also looking for work are Mike Yeo, Bruce Boudreau, and Dave Cameron after having been deposed by Minnesota, Anaheim, and Ottawa, respectively.

While the four teams mentioned above look to fill their vacancies, others around the league could or should be considering making a change behind the bench.

Here are three head coaches next in line to be fired:

Michel Therrien - Montreal Canadiens

Declared safe at the end of a disastrous regular season by Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, Therrien shouldn't get too comfortable about his long-term future in Montreal.

The loss of Carey Price to injury for much of 2015-16 is a handy fallback for a team that completely went off the rails following a perfect 9-0-0 start, but that's only part of the story in Montreal last season.

Not only did the Canadiens power play continue to struggle, but questions abounded in regards to Therrien's deployment of defenseman P.K. Subban and forward Alex Galchenyuk, both of whom are key pieces of the puzzle for the bleu, blanc, et rouge.

If the Canadiens struggle out of the gate next season with a healthy Price, replacing the coach should be the first step towards righting the ship.

Patrick Roy - Colorado Avalanche

Like Hartley, Roy is a recent Jack Adams Trophy winner (2014), having dined out on high save and shooting percentages recorded by the Avalanche during his first season as head coach.

Instead of taking further steps forward, and with luck no longer on their side, Colorado's growth has stagnated, a troubling trend from such a young and potentially dynamic group.

Last season, the Avalanche recorded a Corsi rating of 44.2 at even strength, dead last in the NHL. What that means is they regularly allowed more shot attempts against than they recorded, which is not a recipe for success. They ranked 29th in that category in 2014-15, and 25th during Roy's coach of the year season, so their inability to out-attempt the opposition is a clear, self-destructive pattern.

If Roy can't figure it out soon, Joe Sakic will have no choice but to axe the legendary former goalie.

Ken Hitchcock - St. Louis Blues

Yes, the St. Louis Blues are still alive and well in the Stanley Cup Playoffs under the guidance of veteran coach Hitchcock.

As good as the team has been since he took over the job in 2011 (regular-season record of 224-103-36), the Blues' playoff woes are well documented.

This is the first year he's been able to take the team past the first round, and beating the Dallas Stars to advance to the Conference Finals is certainly no guarantee.

Boudreau was let go by the Ducks for failing to win when it matters most, and if the Blues fail to make good on a prime opportunity to advance deep into the postseason, a change behind the bench is probably in order.

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from tsn.ca:

The Arizona Coyotes are set to name 26-year-old John Chayka as their new general manager at a news conference on Thursday.

Chayka, who is being promoted from assistant general manager, turns 27 on June 9. He will become the youngest GM in NHL history.

According to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, Coyotes head coach Dave Tippett will have an increased role with the club.

Chayka will be younger than 15 players on the current Arizona roster.



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Barely a full month into their offseason, the Ottawa Senators' front office has undergone a complete makeover.

In April, longtime general manager Bryan Murray stepped down to take an advisory role with the team and handed over the reins to Pierre Dorion, who formerly served as assistant GM.

Dorion wasted no time making an impact, relieving former head coach Dave Cameron of his duties and hiring Guy Boucher. Dorion is optimistic about the direction in which his team is heading.

"I'm as, or more, confident about the decision (to hire Boucher) as any that I've made in my hockey career," Dorion said Monday.

Boucher returns to the NHL after two seasons coaching in Switzerland. He was with the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2011-13, posting a record of 97-78-20.

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After being fired by the Anaheim Ducks following their fourth Game 7 loss in as many years, Bruce Boudreau needed just eight days to find a new coaching home, agreeing to a four-year contract with the Minnesota Wild on Saturday.

Though he is joining another club that has struggled in the postseason in recent years, Boudreau is confident the Wild can be successful soon.

"I think they're a really good team, and I think they can win," Boudreau told NHL Network, per Chad Graff of the Pioneer Press. "At my age, I think they can win in the next two years."

The 61-year-old won three playoff series in four postseason appearances with the Ducks - all in six games or less. Boudreau will now look to continue his incredible regular-season success while hoping to put his 1-7 career record in Game 7s behind him when he arrives in St. Paul, Minn.

"A couple bounces and everybody would say, 'Wow, this guy never loses Game 7s,'" Boudreau laughed, according to Michael Russo of the Star Tribune. "But we get there. Look, I'll take my chances on a Game 7 home or away any day of the week."

Minnesota may be the perfect place for Boudreau to turn around his luck, as the Wild have a perfect 3-0 record in Game 7s since joining the league in 2001.

He'll be introduced as the team's fifth head coach in franchise history on Tuesday.

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The Los Angeles Kings and head coach Darryl Sutter agreed to terms on a multi-year contract extension, the team announced Friday.

The news comes a day after Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times reported an agreement on a new deal.

While terms of the contract were not disclosed, Dillman reports that Sutter's annual salary will exceed the $3 million per year due to Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd McLellan.

Sutter has been at the Kings' helm since the 2011-12 season. In his tenure, he's coached the club to two Stanley Cups while amassing a regular-season record of 186-112-45 in 343 games.

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A big trade just announced between Vancouver and Florida.


To Florida
Centre Jared McCann ( Vancouver's 1st round pick in 2014 - 24th overall ) 18 points in 69 games last year with Vancouver
2016 2nd round pick ( 33rd overall )
2016 4th round pick ( 93rd overall ) 

To Vancouver
Defenseman Erik Gudbranson - 9 points in 64 games last season with Florida
2016 5th round pick ( via NY Islanders - 139th overall )




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Defenceman Erik Gudbranson was acquired by the Vancouver Canucks in a trade with the Panthers on Wednesday night that sent centre Jared McCann to Florida.

Vancouver also got Florida's 2016 fifth round pick (NYI) and the Canucks sent their second and fourth round picks in the upcoming draft to Florida.

The 24-year-old Gudbranson had two goals, seven assists and a plus-3 rating 64 games for the Panthers last season. He also appeared in six playoff games.

He ranked third on the Panthers in hits (150), fourth in blocked shots (73) and fourth in average ice time per game (20:06). The third overall pick of the 2010 draft, Gudbranson ranked second on the Panthers and led Florida defencemen in average ice time in the 2016 playoffs (26:54) in addition to ranking second on the team in blocked shots (8).

The six-foot-five, 216-pound defenceman has 11 goals and 32 assists in 309 regular season games over five seasons with the Panthers.

On the international stage, Gudbranson earned a silver medal as a member of Canada at the 2011 World Junior Championships. He also won gold at the Ivan Hlinka Tournament in 2009.

The 19-year-old McCann had a strong rookie season with the Canucks in 2015-16, scoring nine goal and nine assists in 69 games with a minus-6 rating.



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LA will have a new Captain next season.


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The Los Angeles Kings will be naming a new captain for next season as TSN Senior Hockey Reporter Frank Seravalli tweeted on Friday that Dustin Brown has been told he will no longer wear the 'C' for the team.

Brown captained the Kings to Stanley Cup victories in 2012 and 2014.

The 31-year-old has six years remaining on his eight-year contract worth $5.875 million a season.

In 641 games with the Kings, Brown has 181 goals and 388 points. He wore the 'C' for eight full seasons, the longest-serving captain in franchise history.



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What an albatross that contract is.



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