Thursday, May 21, 2015

Andrew Hammond Extended by Ottawa Senators

The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Andrew Hammond to a three-year deal according to TSN. The deal is valued at $4.05 million over the three years of the extension. The netminder known as the "Hamburglar" would have been one of the most sought after free agents this summer if he had not re-signed with Ottawa. His spectacular play towards the end of the 2014-15 season helped guide Ottawa into the playoffs. In 24 regular season games, Hammond put up a minuscule 1.79 goals-against-average this past season.




Brodeur Named Assistant GM for St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues have named former New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur as their assistant general manager according to a recent report at NHL.com. It was announced as a three year deal. Brodeur had been advising with the St. Louis Blues after a brief stint as their backup goaltender however he wanted a larger role. As reported in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, part of the interest on Brodeur's part was related to stability in a hockey position, a scenario to which he has been accustomed.







Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Babcock to Coach Toronto

Although it was reported that Mike Babcock was in negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres, he eventually wound up going to the team with the most cachet, the Toronto Maple Leafs. Some thought he would stay with his longtime employer, the Detroit Red Wings. The San Jose Sharks were also noted to have filed the requisite paperwork in order to speak with Babcock however they were probably never in close contention for his services. Babcock becomes the 30th head coach in the Toronto Maple Leafs storied history. He will take over a team that many think has underachieved in recent years. After making the playoffs and almost beating the Boston Bruins in seven games two years ago, the maple leaves failed to qualify for the playoffs this past season after a head-coaching change in the middle of the campaign.







Bruins Name Sweeney as GM

The Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney as their new General Manager according to a press release from the team. Sweeney will be the eighth GM in the Bruins' history according to the release.



Oilers Announce McLellan as Head Coach

As expected, the Edmonton Oilers announced Todd McClellan as their new head coach as reported on TSN. The agreement is a five year deal. The Edmonton Journal has published a good overview of McLellan's NHL a career. It notes that the former San Jose Sharks head coach was the second fastest NHL head coach to reach 300 career regular-season wins trailing only Bruce Boudreau.

The Edmonton Oilers and general manager Peter Chiarelli got the man they wanted for the head coach position as evidenced by this quote at NHL.com:
"Todd was at the top of my list for a number of reasons," Oilers general manager Peter Chiarelli said. "I thought the fit was right with our personnel. I thought the fit was right with the way I manage, and in this business when you want to get a top coach, you have to act quickly.







Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Babcock to Buffalo?

A report has recently surfaced indicating that Mike Babcock has been in contract negotiations with the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. The Buffalo Sabres are one of three NHL teams, other than Babcock's current team the Detroit Red Wings, who are in contention for his services including the San Jose Sharks and Toronto Maple Leafs. It is widely expected that Mike Babcock will announce where he will be coaching next year on Wednesday.




Sharks Join Babcock Pursuit

Although it was initially reported that only two NHL teams had filed the necessary paperwork to speak with current Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock, it has since come out that the San Jose Sharks have also filed the required paperwork and will be speaking with Mike Babcock in advance of his decision, expected this week on where he will coach next season.

The Sharks head coach position opened after the regular season, when the team and Todd McLellan parted ways. McLellan is expected to be formally announced as the head coach of the Edmonton Oilers this week.







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