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  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015
    Blues to retain Hitchcock as coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    After shopping around, the St. Louis Blues decided to stick with head coach Ken Hitchcock, who signed a one-year deal on Tuesday.

    • Hitchcock's current deal expires June 30. He watched as the Blues were granted permission to pursue Mike Babcock, but Babcock signed a record contract May 20 to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

      Hitchcock has been in St. Louis since 2011, guiding the Blues to four straight playoff appearances.

      The 63-year-old won a Stanley Cup championship with the Dallas Stars in 1999.

      Hitchcock is second on the Blues' all-time wins list.

  • Monday, May 25, 2015
    Maple Leafs sign F Carrick
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year contract Monday.

    • Carrick, 23, collected two points (one goal, one assist) and nine penalty minutes in 16 games with the Maple Leafs this season. Carrick made his NHL debut on Nov. 1.

      The Stouffville, Ontario, native skated in 59 games with the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League, registering 27 points (nine goals, 18 assists) and 112 penalty minutes. Carrick has collected 66 points (25 goals, 41 assists) in 140 career AHL League games.

      Carrick was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the fifth round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    Murray, Sather, Yzerman named GM of year finalists
    By The Sports Xchange

    All three finalists for the NHL general manager of the year award have teams competing in the conference finals.

    • Bob Murray of the Anaheim Ducks, Glen Sather of the New York Rangers and Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning were named the finalists Friday.

      Voting for the award -- by all 30 club general managers, a panel of NHL executives, and print and broadcast media -- is conducted at the conclusion of the second round of the playoffs.

      Murray, whose Ducks currently hold a 2-1 lead on the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western final, constructed an Anaheim roster that had the top record in the Western Conference for the second consecutive season, captured its third straight Pacific Division title and had its second-best regular-season record in franchise history.

      Murray acquired center Ryan Kesler in a draft-day trade last June and defenseman Simon Despres at the trade deadline in March. Murray is a finalist for the third consecutive season. He finished second in voting in 2012-13 and captured the award in 2013-14.

      Sather assembled a Rangers roster that set franchise records for wins and points in capturing the third Presidents' Trophy in franchise history. The Rangers also led the NHL and set club records for road wins (28) and points (58).

      New York advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the third

      time in the past four seasons. Sather is a finalist for the first time since the award was introduced in 2009-10.

      Yzerman's Lightning returned to the final four with just two holdovers from the 2011 squad that advanced to the conference finals -- cornerstone center Steven Stamkos and defenseman Victor Hedman.

      Bolstered by key acquisitions through the draft (Nikita Kucherov, Ondrej Palat), via free agency (Brian Boyle, Valtteri Filppula, Tyler Johnson, Anton Stralman) and trades (Ben Bishop, Ryan Callahan, Jason Garrison), the Lightning set franchise records with 50 wins and 108 points during the regular season. They also led the league with 262 goals and 32 home wins.

      Yzerman is a finalist for the award for the second time, finishing second in balloting in 2010-11.

      The Rangers and Lightning are currently battling in the Eastern Conference finals.

      The top GM will be announced June 24 during the 2015 NHL Awards from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    NHL notebook: Lightning's Carle to miss Game 4
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle will not play Friday night against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    • Carle was ruled out with an undisclosed injury on Friday morning after he was shaken up during a collision with New York's Derek Stepan during Game 3 on Wednesday night. The Lightning won 6-5 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

      The 30-year-old Carle had not previously missed a playoff game this year. He has two points and is averaging 16:35 of ice time during the 2015 postseason.

      In 59 regular-season games, Carle had four goals and 14 assists.

      ---The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League.

      The 23-year-old van Riemsdyk notched one assist in 18 games in his first professional season with the Blackhawks. The Middletown, N.J., native also collected three assists in eight regular-season games with Rockford.

      ---The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms with forward Michael Keranen on a two-way contract for the 2015-16 season.

      Keranen, 25, tallied 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 70 games during his first season of hockey in North America with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League in 2014-15.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    Lightning's Carle to miss Game 4 vs. Rangers
    By The Sports Xchange

    Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Matt Carle will not play Friday night against the New York Rangers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals in St. Petersburg, Fla.

    • Carle was ruled out with an undisclosed injury on Friday morning after he was shaken up during a collision with New York's Derek Stepan during Game 3 on Wednesday night. The Lightning won 6-5 in overtime to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

      The 30-year-old Carle had not previously missed a playoff game this year. He has two points and is averaging 16:35 of ice time during the 2015 postseason.

      Lightning coach Jon Cooper didn't indicate how he might juggle the Lightning lineup in Carle's absence.

      "This is where you find out if guys are pros or not," Cooper said. "It's a game we all love to play, but it's also in some respects, it's your job. These guys are expected to, when your name is called, to come in and do the best you can and keep yourself in shape.

      "Our guys and our staff have done a great job with players that haven't been in the starting lineup but potentially could come in. You look at everybody from, you know, if it is Barberio to (Jonathan) Drouin, (Vladislav) Namestnikov, (Jonathan) Marchessault, go down the list."

      In 59 regular-season games, Carle had four goals and 14 assists.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    Wild sign F Keranen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Minnesota Wild agreed to terms Friday with forward Michael Keranen on a two-way contract for the 2015-16 season.

    • Keranen, 25, tallied 37 points (10 goals, 27 assists) in 70 games during his first season of hockey in North America with the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League in 2014-15.

      The 6-foot-1, 176-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden, recorded 52 points (17 goals, 35 assists), 47 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating in 52 games for Ilves Tampere in Finland's Elite League in 2013-14.

  • Friday, May 22, 2015
    Blackhawks recall D van Riemsdyk
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Chicago Blackhawks recalled defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League on Friday.

    • The 23-year-old van Riemsdyk notched one assist in 18 games in his first professional season with the Blackhawks. The Middletown, N.J., native also collected three assists in eight regular-season games with Rockford.

      Signed as a free agent on March 24, 2014, van Riemsdyk tallied his first professional point with an assist on Nov. 9 against San Jose. He recorded 75 points (16 goals, 59 assists) in three seasons at the University of New Hampshire.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    NHL notebook: Babcock ready for 'massive' challenge in Toronto
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mike Babcock said he enters his new job as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs with his "eyes wide open" and understands it will be a "massive, massive challenge."

    • Babcock, who received an eight-year contract reportedly worth a record $50 million, was introduced Thursday as the Maple Leafs' coach.

      "They've made a long-term commitment to me," the 52-year-old said. "In turn, I've made a long-term commitment to the Leafs, and our plan is to grow the team."

      Babcock spent 10 years as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, leading them to the Stanley Cup in 2008. His record in Detroit was 458-223-105, and the Wings made the playoffs every year.

      He said it was a "hard decision" to leave Detroit but he did "the best thing for Mike Babcock and his family and for the next 10 years."

      ---Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering at a Toronto hospital after a liver transplant earlier this week.

      The surgery was made possible by an anonymous fan of the team, who donated part of his or her liver.

      Dr. Atul Humar said the 55-year-old Melnyk remains in intensive care but is awake and talking.

      Dr. David Grant, who led the transplant team, said the donor wanted Melnyk to be able to enjoy family and friends and "most importantly to bring the Stanley Cup home to the Ottawa Senators."

      ---The Boston Bruins signed forward Joonas Kemppainen to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

      The deal could be worth up to $700,000 at the NHL level.

      In the Finnish Elite League during the 2014-15 season, Kemppainen played 59 games and had 11 goals and 21 assists. In 19 playoff games, he added 10 goals and 14 assists.

      ---The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with center Dylan Larkin on a three-year, entry-level contract, the team said Thursday.

      The Red Wings drafted Larkin 15th overall in 2014. As a freshman at Michigan last season, he tallied 47 points (32 assists) and ranked 11th in the nation in scoring while earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and all-conference honors.

      Larkin, 18, scored five goals in five games for the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, and he helped the national team win the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    Red Wings have deal with Michigan star Larkin
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with center Dylan Larkin on a three-year, entry-level contract, the team said Thursday.

    • The Red Wings drafted Larkin 15th overall in 2014. As a freshman at Michigan last season, he tallied 47 points (32 assists) and ranked 11th in the nation in scoring while earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year and all-conference honors.

      Larkin, 18, scored five goals in five games for the United States at the 2015 World Junior Championship in Toronto and Montreal, and he helped the national team win the bronze medal at the 2015 World Championship in Prague, Czech Republic.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    Bruins sign Finnish forward Kemppainen
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins signed forward Joonas Kemppainen to a one-year, two-way contract on Thursday.

    • The deal could be worth up to $700,000 at the NHL level.

      In the Finnish Elite League during the 2014-15 season, Kemppainen played 59 games and had 11 goals and 21 assists. In 19 playoff games, he added 10 goals and 14 assists.

      The 27-year-old recently competed in the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship, ranking third on the Finnish team in goals (three), second in assists (six) and second in points (nine) in eight games.

      The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Kajaani, Finland, native has spent the past nine seasons in the Finnish Elite League and has totaled 62 goals and 99 assists in 464 regular-season games. In 65 postseason games, he had an additional 13 goals and 20 assists.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    Senators owner Melnyk recovering from liver transplant
    By The Sports Xchange

    Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is recovering at a Toronto hospital after a liver transplant earlier this week.

    • The surgery was made possible by an anonymous fan of the team, who donated part of his or her liver.

      Dr. Atul Humar said the 55-year-old Melnyk remains in intensive care but is awake and talking.

      Dr. David Grant, who led the transplant team, said the donor wanted Melnyk to be able to enjoy family and friends and "most importantly to bring the Stanley Cup home to the Ottawa Senators."

      Melnyk's family thanked the donor via a statement. The family had made a public appeal for a donor last week, and 500 people responded. Grant said more than 20 of them are willing to donate to others who need livers.

      "So many lives will be saved as a result of this appeal, and we as a community should be very proud of these heroic, caring individuals," Grant said.

  • Thursday, May 21, 2015
    Babcock ready for 'massive' challenge in Toronto
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mike Babcock said he enters his new job as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs with his "eyes wide open" and understands it will be a "massive, massive challenge."

    • Babcock, who received an eight-year contract reportedly worth a record $50 million, was introduced Thursday as the Maple Leafs' coach.

      "They've made a long-term commitment to me," the 52-year-old said. "In turn, I've made a long-term commitment to the Leafs, and our plan is to grow the team.

      "You know, I've had a lot of opportunities to coach Canada's teams and enjoyed that immensely," he added. "Whether you believe it or not, I believe this is Canada's team, and we need to put Canada's team back on the map."

      The Maple Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967 and have missed the playoffs in nine of the past 10 seasons. They are coming off a 30-44-8 season that ended with the dismissal of the entire coaching staff and general manager David Nonis.

      Babcock spent 10 years as coach of the Detroit Red Wings, leading them to the Stanley Cup in 2008. His record in Detroit was 458-223-105, and the Wings made the playoffs every year.

      The Canadian-born coach led the national team to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014. He also took Anaheim to the Cup Finals in 2003 and became the first NHL coach to win 50 games in each of his first four seasons.

      The Red Wings tried to keep Babcock, offering $4 million per season over four or five years, and the Buffalo Sabres reportedly offered $5 million per season.

      He said it was a "hard decision" to leave Detroit but he did "the best thing for Mike Babcock and his family and for the next 10 years."

      "You want to be in an environment where people care, and this fan base here, in my opinion, really cares about the Leafs," he said. "And they want us to be good, and they understand that we're going to be in a long process to where they want to go. So I embrace this opportunity of coaching the Maple Leafs. ... In the end, I've made the right decision and I'm excited about it."

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    NHL notebook: Babcock gets record deal to coach Maple Leafs
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mike Babcock bolted Detroit for a record eight-year deal that could be worth up to $50 million from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • Babcock was engaged in contract talks with multiple teams for more than a week before Wednesday's decision. The deal reportedly will pay Babcock nearly double the highest ever salary for a coach in the NHL.

      Babcock, 52, led the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup.

      The Detroit Red Wings had offered $4 million per season over four or five years, and were outbid by at least two other teams before the Buffalo Sabres dropped out of the bidding Tuesday night. The Sabres reportedly offered $5 million per season, and the San Jose Sharks showed strong interest.

      ---The Boston Bruins promoted Don Sweeney to general manager to replace his former boss.

      Sweeney, 48, had served as the team's assistant general manager for the past six seasons under former general manager Peter Chiarelli, who was fired on April 15.

      The Bruins missed the Stanley Cup playoffs this season for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Bruins went 41-27-14 for 96 points, two behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

      ---Longtime NHL goaltender Martin Brodeur was named assistant general manager by the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

      The Blues and Brodeur reached agreement on a three-year contract, general manager Doug Armstrong announced.

      The 43-year-old Brodeur set records for wins (691), shutouts (125), games played (1,266) and minutes (74,439) by a goaltender during the first 21 years of a spectacular 22-year career for the New Jersey Devils. He was signed to a one-year contract by the Blues on Dec. 2 after a knee injury to starting goalie Brian Elliott left the team short at the position.

      ---The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms with goaltender Andrew Hammond on a three-year, $4.05 million contract extension Wednesday.

      Hammond will earn $1.2 million in 2015-16, $1.35 million in 2016-17 and $1.5 million in 2017-18.

      Hammond, 27, had a record of 20-1-2 in 24 games with the Senators this season, posting a 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage, while recording three shutouts.

      ---The Philadelphia Flyers signed defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev.

      Medvedev, 32, is a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia. He comes to North America for the first time after a long professional career in his home country. He has played in the Kontinental Hockey League since its inception in 2008 and spent three seasons playing in the KHL's predecessor, the Russian Elite League.

      For the past eight years, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound Medvedev has played for Ak Bars Kazan, the last seven as a member of the KHL. He has appeared in 373 games for the team, recording 165 points (128 assists), along with 408 penalty minutes and a plus-100 rating.

      ---The San Jose Sharks signed forward Joonas Donskoi to an entry-level contract.

      Donskoi, 23, finished the 2014-15 season with 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) and a plus-13 rating in 58 games with Karpat of the Liiga -- Finland's top professional hockey league.

      At the 2015 IIHF World Championships, Donskoi had eight points (five goals, three assists) and a plus-4 rating in eight games for Finland that helped the team register a 6-2 record and an appearance in the quarterfinals.

      ---The Columbus Blue Jackets named forward Nick Foligno as the sixth captain in franchise history.

      Foligno follows defenseman Lyle Odelein (2000-02), forward Ray Whitney (2002-03), defenseman Luke Richardson (2003-05), defenseman Adam Foote (2005-08) and forward Rick Nash (2008-12). Columbus has not had a captain since trading Nash to the New York Rangers before the 2012-13 season.

      Foligno, 27, is coming off the best season of his eight-year NHL career as he set career highs in virtually every offensive category with 31 goals and 42 assists for 73 points with 50 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating in 79 games. He led the team in goals, points, plus/minus rating, power-play goals (11), shooting percentage (17 percent) and multi-point games (17).

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Blues elevate Brodeur to assistant GM
    By The Sports Xchange

    Longtime NHL goaltender Martin Brodeur was named assistant general manager by the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday.

    • The Blues and Brodeur reached agreement on a three-year contract, president of hockey operations and general manager Doug Armstrong announced.

      The 43-year-old Brodeur set records for wins (691), shutouts (125), games played (1,266) and minutes (74,439) by a goaltender during the first 21 years of a spectacular 22-year career for the New Jersey Devils. He was signed to a one-year contract by the Blues on Dec. 2 after a knee injury to starting goalie Brian Elliott left the team short at the position.

      After joining the Blues for seven games and posting a 3-3-0 record, Brodeur announced his retirement as a player on Jan. 29 and moved into the front office as a senior adviser to the general manager.

      Brodeur also ranks first in NHL postseason history in starts (204) and shutouts (24) and second in wins (113). He played in 10 NHL All-Star Games, led the NHL in wins nine times, shutouts five times and games played six times, and was a member of three Stanley Cup winners with the Devils (1995, 2000, 2003).

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Sharks sign F Donskoi
    By The Sports Xchange

    The San Jose Sharks signed free agent forward Joonas Donskoi to an entry-level contract Wednesday.

    • Donskoi, 23, finished the 2014-15 season with 49 points (19 goals, 30 assists) and a plus-13 rating in 58 regular-season games with Karpat of the Liiga -- Finland's top professional hockey league.

      At the 2015 IIHF World Championships, Donskoi had eight points (five goals, three assists) and a plus-4 rating in eight games for Finland that helped the team register a 6-2 overall record and an appearance in the quarterfinals.

      "Joonas plays a solid two-way game and combines a mix of offensive skill and defensive responsibility," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He has proven to be one of the more dynamic players in a strong league and we are excited to add a player with his skill set to our organization."

      The 6-foot, 190-pound native of Rahee, Finland, has tallied 156 points (60 goals, 96 assists) and a plus-41 rating in 271 career regular-season Liiga games.

      Donskoi was originally drafted by Florida in the fourth round (99th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Babcock to coach Maple Leafs in record deal
    By The Sports Xchange

    Mike Babcock bolted Detroit for a record eight-year deal that could be worth up to $50 million from the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • The Maple Leafs will introduce Babcock at a press conference on Thursday.

      Babcock was engaged in contract talks with multiple teams for more than a week before Wednesday's decision. The deal will reportedly pay Babcock nearly double the highest ever salary for a head coach in the NHL.

      Babcock, 52, led the Detroit Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup. The Canadian-born coach led the national team to Olympic gold medals in 2010 and 2014. He also took Anaheim to the Cup Finals in 2003 and became the first NHL coach to win 50-plus games in each of his first four seasons.

      The Maple Leafs fired Randy Carlyle in January. Toronto will sacrifice a third-round pick for signing Babcock, who was under contract until the end of June with Detroit.

      The Red Wings had offered $4 million per season over four or five years, and were outbid by at least two other teams before the Buffalo Sabres dropped out of the bidding Tuesday night. The Sabres reportedly offered $5 million per season, and the San Jose Sharks showed strong interest.

      The highest-paid coach in the NHL was Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks, who earns $2.5 million per season.

      Grand Rapids Griffins coach Jeff Blashill is expected to get strong interest from the Red Wings to be elevated to the head coaching position and replace Babcock.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Flyers sign D Medvedev
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Philadelphia Flyers signed free agent defenseman Yevgeni Medvedev on Wednesday.

    • Medvedev, 32, is a native of Chelyabinsk, Russia. He comes to North America for the first time after a long professional career in his home country. He has played in the Kontinental Hockey League since its inception in 2008 and spent three seasons prior to that playing in the KHL's predecessor, the Russian Elite League.

      For the past eight years, the 6-foot-3, 187-pound Medvedev has played for Ak Bars Kazan, the last seven of which have come as a member of the KHL. He has appeared in 373 career games for the team, recording 165 points (37 goals, 128 assists), along with 408 penalty minutes and a plus-100 rating.

      During his seven years in the KHL, Medvedev has won two Gagarin Cup league championships with Ak Bars Kazan (2008-09, 2009-10) and has been a three-time KHL All-Star. He has also represented Russia internationally for the past four years, winning gold medals at the World Championships in 2011-12 and 2013-14, and a silver medal in this year's World Championships in Prague that ended last weekend. Medvedev also represented Russia at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Senators sign G Hammond to 3-year extension
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Ottawa Senators agreed to terms with goaltender Andrew Hammond on a three-year, $4.05 million contract extension Wednesday.

    • Hammond will earn an average of $1.35 million per season -- $1.2 million in 2015-16, $1.35 million in 2016-17 and $1.5 million in 2017-18.

      Hammond, 27, had a record of 20-1-2 in 24 games with the Senators this season, posting a 1.79 goals-against average and .941 save percentage, while recording three shutouts.

      Hammond took over the No. 1 job after the Senators lost Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner to injuries.

      Hammond tied an NHL record by giving up two goals or fewer in 12 consecutive starts to begin his career and went his first 15 starts without a regulation loss (14-0-1), helping the Senators rally to claim the first wild card into the Stanley Cup playoffs from the Eastern Conference.

      Hammond started and lost the first two games of the first-round playoffs against the Montreal Canadiens before Anderson started the remainder of the series. The Senators lost in six games.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Blue Jackets name Foligno team captain
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Columbus Blue Jackets named forward Nick Foligno as the sixth captain in franchise history on Wednesday.

    • Foligno follows defenseman Lyle Odelein (2000-02), forward Ray Whitney (2002-03), defenseman Luke Richardson (2003-05), defenseman Adam Foote (2005-08) and forward Rick Nash (2008-12). Columbus has not had a captain since trading Nash to the New York Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season.

      "Over the past three seasons, Nick Foligno has distinguished himself on the ice, in the dressing room and in our community," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement. "He has earned the respect of his teammates, coaches and our fans through his work ethic on and off the ice, as well as his passion for the game and compassion for others. We are proud to introduce him as the next captain of our hockey club."

      Foligno, 27, is coming off the best season of his eight-year NHL career as he set career highs in virtually every offensive category with 31 goals and 42 assists for 73 points with 50 penalty minutes and a plus-16 rating in 79 games. He led the team in goals, points, plus/minus rating, power-play goals (11), shooting percentage (17 percent) and multi-point games (17).

      Foligno ranked 10th-tied in the NHL in points and 12th-tied in goals, and served as a team captain at the 2015 NHL All-Star Game held at Nationwide Arena.

      The Blue Jackets were hampered by injuries throughout the season. They missed the Stanley Cup playoffs after qualifying the prior season, but won a franchise-record nine in a row and 12 of 13 to finish the season 42-35-5 for 89 points.

      "He's ready for this next step," coach Todd Richards said. "We faced lots of adversity, and leaders become visible in moments like that."

      Foligno was selected this past season as the winner of the club's Community MVP Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies community stewardship.

      The Buffalo, N.Y., native has registered 279 points (116 goals, 163 assists) with 473 penalty minutes in 545 career games with the Blue Jackets and Ottawa Senators. He has 131 points (55 goals, 76 assists) and 174 penalty minutes in 194 games with Columbus.

      Ottawa's first pick (28th overall) in the 2006 NHL Draft, Foligno spent five seasons with the Senators before joining the Blue Jackets in July 2012.

      Foligno represented the United States at the 2009 and 2010 IIHF World Championships and spent just over a year with the United States National Development Program before a three-year stint with the Ontario Hockey League's Sudbury Wolves from 2004-07.

  • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    Bruins promote Sweeney to GM
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Boston Bruins promoted Don Sweeney to general manager on Wednesday to replace his former boss.

    • Sweeney, 48, served as the team's assistant general manager for the past six seasons under former general manager Peter Chiarelli, who was fired on April 15.

      "I am fully aware of everyone's expectations to move the organization forward," Sweeney said in a statement released by the team. "The challenges ahead rests with the players, the coaches and the management group to work hard to make the necessary changes to bring the Bruins back to the forefront of contending for the Stanley Cup."

      The Bruins missed the Stanley Cup playoffs this season for the first time since the 2006-07 season. The Bruins went 41-27-14 for 96 points, two behind the Pittsburgh Penguins for the second wild card in the Eastern Conference.

      "Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire," chief executive officer Charlie Jacobs said. "He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen. Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out."

      Sweeney becomes the eighth GM in franchise history. He will enter his 10th season in the front office, joining the Bruins in 2006 as the team's director of player development. He was named to the position of director of hockey operations in 2007 before being promoted to assistant general manager in September 2009.

      His portfolio expanded further in 2014 when he was appointed as general manager of Boston's American Hockey League affiliate in Providence where he oversaw all hockey operations.

      "Don has excelled in every role he has been in with the Bruins organization and has a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of our hockey operations department," Bruins president Cam Neely said. "His commitment and drive to bring a championship caliber team to the Boston fans was evident every step of the way through this search process, and I am confident that his leadership of our hockey operations department will lead to success."

      Drafted by the Bruins in the eighth round in the 1984 NHL Draft, Sweeney went on to play four seasons at Harvard University.

      The defenseman played 16 seasons in the NHL, including 15 in a Bruins uniform. He played his final NHL season with the Dallas Stars in 2003-04.

      Sweeney had 52 goals, 273 points and was plus-112 in 1,115 regular-season games for the Bruins and Stars. He helped the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final in 1990 and had nine goals and 19 points in 108 Stanley Cup playoff games.

      "I am both excited and humbled for the opportunity to be named the general manager of the Boston Bruins," Sweeney said. "I would like to thank the entire Jacobs' family and specifically Mr. Jacobs and Charlie, as well as Cam, for bestowing the confidence and trust in me to direct this historic franchise in which I have been a part of for 24 years. My family and friends have been extremely supportive throughout the general manager search process and I certainly want to acknowledge them today to show my heartfelt appreciation."

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    NHL notebook: Oilers hire McLellan as coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers filled their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday, naming Todd McLellan to the position.

    • The move, reported for several days, makes him the 14th coach in franchise history.

      The 47-year-old McLellan guided the San Jose Sharks to six playoff appearances and two Western Conference finals in seven years. His 195 wins in his first four seasons behind the bench are an NHL record.

      In 540 games with the Sharks, McLellan posted a 311-163-66 record. But while enjoying regular-season success, the Sharks struggled in the postseason under McLellan.

      After missing the postseason this year, the Sharks and McLellan mutually agreed to part ways.

      --Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is ready to make a decision about his future, and an announcement is expected Wednesday.

      Babcock has multiple suitors and set a deadline of Wednesday, after he visits with general manager Ken Holland a second time in the past two weeks.

      --The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Jakub Nakladal from TPS Turku of the Finnish SM-Liiga to a one-year, entry level contract.

      A native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, Nakladal played in 50 games for TPS Turku of the SM-Liiga last season and finished three goals, 12 assists and 63 penalty minutes.

      --John Spano Jr., who once tried to purchase the New York Islanders, was convicted on fraud-related charges in Ohio and could face up to 16 years in prison.

      The 50-year-old Spanos pleaded guilty Monday to 16 counts of forgery after he collected close to $70,000 in sales commissions on fraudulent accounts that he created. He remains free on bond before sentencing next month in a Lake County (Ohio) courtroom.

      In 1996, Spano conned the NHL into believing he was a wealthy Texas businessman when he attempted to buy the Islanders. After persuading banks to lend him $80 million to purchase the team for $165 million, he was unable to make a $5 million down payment and the scheme unraveled, leading to an FBI investigation.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Flames sign Finnish league D Nakladal
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Calgary Flames signed defenseman Jakub Nakladal from TPS Turku of the Finnish SM-Liiga to a one-year, entry level contract on Tuesday.

    • A native of Pardubice, Czech Republic, Nakladal played in 50 games for TPS Turku of the SM-Liiga last season and finished three goals, 12 assists and 63 penalty minutes.

      Most recently, Nakladal was part of the Czech Republic team at the 2015 IIHF World Championships. He led the team's defensemen with five assists in 10 games.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Oilers hire McLellan as coach
    By The Sports Xchange

    The Edmonton Oilers filled their head coaching vacancy on Tuesday, naming Todd McLellan to the position.

    • The move, reported for several days, makes him the 14th coach in franchise history.

      The 47-year-old McLellan guided the San Jose Sharks to six playoff appearances and two Western Conference finals in seven years. His 195 wins in his first four seasons behind the bench are an NHL record.

      In 540 games with the Sharks, McLellan posted a 311-163-66 record. But while enjoying regular-season success, the Sharks struggled in the postseason under McLellan.

      After missing the postseason this year, the Sharks and McLellan mutually agreed to part ways.

      Asked Tuesday for his impressions of the Oilers when the Sharks played them, McLellan said, "I think there were games where, if you could get off to a good start and push them out of the game, and get to the mental aspect of them not being in it for the whole night, you thought you had a chance to succeed .That's something we’ll have to change. There's going to be games where it's not going your way, but you're not out of it. You have to fight through it and you have to keep going.

      "They haven’t had a lot of success as far as wins and losses go, so you have to find other ways to build that mental strength. That comes before the games are even played. That comes in practice. That comes in meetings. That comes in being good teammates. So we have some things to work on."

      McLellan most recently was the head coach for Team Canada at the 2015 World Hockey Championship. The team took the gold for the first time since 2007 and finished with a 10-0 record.

      "We are extremely happy to introduce Todd as our new head coach," Oilers president of hockey operations and general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "He is a high energy person and a high level thinker who will work well and demand the most from our group. Todd has had success at many levels and we are looking forward to him leading our team next season."

      Before McLellan became San Jose coach, he spent three seasons as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings and was a head coach with the Houston Aeros in the American Hockey League and the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey Legue.

      Todd Nelson took over the Oilers in December on an interim basis after Dallas Eakins was fired. Edmonton finished the season 24-44-14.

      The Oilers won the NHL draft lottery and have the No. 1 pick on June 26, when it is expected they will select Erie Otters forward Connor McDavid.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Man who tried to buy Islanders found guilty of forgery
    By The Sports Xchange

    John Spano Jr., who once tried to purchase the New York Islanders, was convicted on fraud-related charges in Ohio and could face up to 16 years in prison.

    • The 50-year-old Spanos pleaded guilty Monday to 16 counts of forgery after he collected close to $70,000 in sales commissions on fradulent accounts that he created. He remains free on bond before sentencing next month in a Lake County (Ohio) courtroom.

      In 1996, Spano conned the NHL into believing he was a wealthy Texas businessman when he attempted to buy the Islanders. After persuading banks to lend him $80 million to purchase the team for $165 million, he was unable to make a $5 million downpayment and the scheme unraveled, leading to an FBI investigation.

      Spano pleaded guilty to fraud and theft charges in New York and was sentenced to nearly six years in prison. He also was ordered to pay $11.9 million to the Islanders and victims of other scams, including hockey legend Mario Lemieux.

      After Spano was released from prison, he returned to Ohio and started a finance company that collected money for services never delivered and landed in prison again for more than four years after he pleaded guilty in federal court.

      Upon his second release from prison, Spano landed a job as a salesman and began creating fake accounts with fradulent commissions that led to the latest conviction.

  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015
    Red Wings' Babcock near decision
    By The Sports Xchange

    Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock is ready to make a decision about his future, and an announcement is expected Wednesday.

    • Babcock has multiple suitors and set a deadline of Wednesday, after he visits with general manager Ken Holland a second time in the past two weeks.

      Holland has been optimistic about the Red Wings retaining Babcock with a deal worth $3.25 million per year over the next four years. But based on reports, at least four teams are interested in bringing Babcock aboard, including the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks. TSN's Bob McKenzie reported the Sabres could push their annual offering to or beyond $5 million.

      "Just going to re-visit everything one more time (with Holland)," Babcock told MLive.com. "I've talked to all the teams I'm talking to. I learned a lot. I talked to lots of good people. I kept Kenny abreast the whole time. We'll talk one more time (Tuesday) and then I'll sit down with my family one more time (Tuesday) night and make a decision."