Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Wagner Back With Ducks

Anaheim Ducks center Chris Wagner is back with the team, as reported in the Orange County Register, after suffering an upper body injury in game two of the Ducks first round playoff series against the Winnipeg Jets.

Wagner saw nine games of regular season service with Anaheim this year, and put up 28 points in 48 games with the Ducks AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals.

Monday, May 4, 2015

New Jersey Hires Shero

The New Jersey Devils have hired former Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Ray Shero to the same position according to a recent post at ProHockeyTalk. Longtime New Jersey GM Lou Lamoriello will remain with the team in the role of President of Hockey Operations. In eight years with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ray Shero brought home a Stanley Cup. Next on the list of hires for New Jersey will be a full-time head coach. The Devils were coached by Adam Oates and Scott Stevens for the last piece of their 2014-15 NHL season.

Lou Lamoriello had served as the New Jersey Devils' General Manager since way back in 1987. During his tenure in the GM capacity, Lou guided the Devils to three Stanley Cup Championships (1995, 2000, and 2003).

Both Ray Shero and Lou Lamoriello will consult with the Devils' team owners on major decisions, however, the new permanent head coach will be determined by Shero according to the team's website.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Capitals Recall Schmidt

The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Nate Schmidt from their AHL affiliate in Hershey as tweeted by Mike Morreale of NHL.com.

Schmidt had 4 points in 39 games with the Capitals this season and in 19 games with the Hershey Bears he put up 9 points.

The recall move is believed to be largely insurance for an injured Tim Gleason. According to an article in the Washington Post, Schmidt will take warm-ups with the Capitals before game 3 against the Rangers, and if Gleason is deemed healthy enough to play that game, Schmidt will be reassigned to the Bears as they compete in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs against the Hartford Wolfpack.

Sabres' Biggest Need

The Buffalo Sabres' biggest need is a top line right winger according to a recent article in the Buffalo News by John Vogl. Tyler Ennis has shown much improvement, and as Vogl writes, "has shown flashes of brilliance". If he is on the second line, the Sabres become a stronger team.

Looking to unrestricted free agency, All-Star caliber right wingers are scarce. Martin St. Louis may be the most sought after, however, he has made his desire to stay in New York City clear. A trade could be a possibility. The most likely chips Buffalo could include in a package would be related to their high draft slot. Don't expect them to part with their number two overall pick though, which will most likely be spent on Hobey Baker Award winning Jack Eichel.

Giordano Skates With Flames

Calgary Flames captain Mark Giordano has been out of the team's lineup since late February when he suffered a torn biceps which required surgery. And although the Flames have overachieved in the absence of their captain, defeating the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the NHL playoffs, they certainly could use the on-ice talent of their team leader. There is no specific time table for Giordano's return. there was a positive sign for Calgary in Giordano's skating with the Flames at a recent practice however, as reported by ESPN.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bourque Recalled by Rangers

As reported in a tweet by New York Daily News writer Pat Leonard, the New York Rangers recalled forward Ryan Bourque for today's playoff game against the Washington Capitals. In 73 games with the AHL Hartford Wolfpack this season, Bourque, a 2009 Rangers draft pick, scored 12 goals and had 20 assists.

Howard: Trade Request Not in Plans

Although rookie netminder Petr Mrazek played phenomenally for the Detroit Red Wings towards the end of their 2014-15 season, eventually ending in a seven game series with the Tampa Bay Lighting, veteran Red Wings' goalie Jimmy Howard has no plans to request a trade in the offseason according to Sports Illustrated. Quite the contrary, Howard plans on competing for the starting position in Detroit's net for 2015-16. Howard was drafted by Detroit in 2003 and has had the lion's share of time in net for the Red Wings since the 2009-10 season.

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