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  • Jets officially tab Rick Bowness as head coach
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, July 3, 2022

    The Winnipeg Jets officially named Rick Bowness as their new head coach on Sunday.

    • Bowness became the eighth head coach in franchise history and third since the team relocated to Winnipeg prior to the 2011-12 season. TSN reported Bowness signed a two-year deal worth $2.5 million per season.

      "We're very excited to hire Rick Bowness as the third head coach of Jets 2.0," Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff said. "Rick brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, both in the NHL coaching ranks and as a player and coach in the city of Winnipeg. Rick is a fantastic hockey mind and an even better person and we're confident he will lead this team to new heights."

      The Jets reportedly were pursuing Barry Trotz for their coaching vacancy before turning their attention to Bowness, who stepped down as head coach of the Dallas Stars on May 20.

      "I'm tremendously excited for the opportunity presented to me by Kevin Cheveldayoff, Mark Chipman and the ownership group to serve as the head coach of the Winnipeg Jets," Bowness said. "It's amazing that forty years after the original Jets gave me my first taste of coaching, I get to return to Manitoba to lead this talented group of players in front of such a passionate fan base."

      Interim coach Dave Lowry took over the Jets in December after coach Paul Maurice resigned 28 games into the season with a 13-10-5 record.

      In 54 games as head coach, Lowry posted a 26-22-6 mark, and the Jets fell out of the playoff picture after three appearances in the past four years.

      Bowness, 67, has been behind an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant.

      He guided the Stars to a wild-card spot in the Western Conference this past season. Dallas, however, fell in seven games to the Calgary Flames in the first round.

      Bowness owns a 212-351-28 record with 48 ties during his head coaching stints with the Jets (1988-89), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98), then-Phoenix Coyotes (2003-04) and Stars (2019-22). He also served in assistant coaching roles with those teams as well as the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

      --Field Level Media

  • Predators acquire D Ryan McDonagh from Lightning
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, July 3, 2022

    The Nashville Predators acquired Ryan McDonagh from the Tampa Bay Lightning on Sunday in exchange for fellow defenseman Philippe Myers and forward Grant Mismash.

    • McDonagh, 33, spent parts of five seasons with the Lightning, helping them to two Stanley Cup titles (2020, 2021).

      He has four seasons left on a seven-year, $47.25 million contract he signed with Tampa Bay on July 1, 2018. He has a no-trade clause.

      "Ryan McDonagh is the ultimate team player who will bring experience and leadership to our lineup," Predators general manager David Poile said. "A former captain of the New York Rangers, a two-time Stanley Cup winner and four-time Stanley Cup finalist, we couldn't be more thrilled that he waived his no movement clause to come to Nashville. With the ability to play in any situation, he immediately strengthens our defensive corps."

      McDonagh recorded 26 points (four goals, 22 assists) in 71 games this past season. He has 337 points (71 goals, 266 assists) in 783 career games with the Rangers and Lightning.

      Myers, 25, collected four points (one goal, three assists) in 27 games with Nashville.

      He has totaled 33 points (seven goals, 26 assists) in 142 career games with the Philadelphia Flyers and Predators.

      Mismash, 23, posted 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 57 games last season with Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

      --Field Level Media

  • Panthers' Anthony Duclair has surgery to repair Achilles tendon
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 2, 2022

    Florida Panthers forward Anthony Duclair underwent successful surgery to repair his Achilles tendon and is expected to return midway into the 2022-23 season, the team announced Saturday.

    • Duclair, coming off a career-high 31-goal season, sustained the injury during an offseason training session.

      Duclair, 26, also set personal bests in assists (27) and points (58) for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Panthers, who set franchise records in both wins (58) and points (122) in 2021-22.

      It was the second season with Florida for Duclair, who has 252 points (120 goals, 132 assists) in 470 career games with the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators and Panthers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks F Brock Boeser agrees to 3-year, $19.95M deal
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, July 2, 2022

    The Vancouver Canucks and forward Brock Boeser agreed to terms on a three-year, $19.95 million contract.

    • The deal announced Friday will pay him $6.65 million annually through the 2024-25 season.

      Boeser, 25, registered 46 points (23 goals, 23 assists) in 71 games in his sixth season with the Canucks in 2021-22.

      It was his fourth 20-goal campaign in the past five seasons and boosted his career totals to 256 points (121 goals, 135 assists) in 324 games.

      "We're very happy to have worked out a new deal for Brock," general manager Patrik Allvin said in a news release. "He is a very talented player and has been an effective goal scorer throughout his entire career. We look forward to seeing his game progress in the years to come. Now that his contract is in place for three seasons, Brock can shift his entire focus to his on-ice performance."

      A first-round pick (23rd overall) by Vancouver in 2015, Boeser tied for the team lead last season with six game-winning goals and ranked second on the Canucks with 11 power-play goals. Both numbers were career highs for the Minnesota native.

      --Field Level Media

  • Canucks add Mike Yeo, Jeremy Colliton to coaching staff
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    A pair of recent NHL head coaches joined the Vancouver Canucks' staff on Friday.

    • The team announced Mike Yeo, most recently the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, was named an assistant coach on Bruce Boudreau's staff and Jeremy Colliton, the ex-head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks, will take over the same post at the AHL affiliate Abbotsford Canucks.

      Trent Cull was promoted from Abbotsford to an assistant coaching job at Vancouver.

      Yeo, 48, was previously the head coach of the Minnesota Wild (2011-16) and St. Louis Blues (2016-18). The Blues fired him early in the 2018-19 season before turning things around and winning the 2019 Stanley Cup.

      Yeo took over for the Flyers after they fired Alain Vigneault early in the 2021-22 season. The team went just 17-36-7 under Yeo's watch the rest of the way. He is 263-217-62 all-time as a head coach.

      Colliton, 37, spent three-plus seasons leading Chicago and brought the team to one playoff appearance, though it came during the expanded 2020 postseason during the pandemic. He was fired after the Blackhawks started the 2021-22 campaign 1-9-2. In 205 games as head coach, Colliton amassed an 87-92-26 record.

      "I am so excited to help bring this group of coaches together," Boudreau said in a news release. "When I started the conversations with Mike Yeo, it became clear to me that he would be an excellent addition. Working with (general manager) Patrik (Allvin) to create a well-rounded staff was very important for us as we look to continue to build upon the momentum we experienced last season."

      Boudreau is entering his first full season leading the Canucks after he was hired in December to replace the fired Travis Green.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Jets finalizing deal to name Rick Bowness as coach
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    The Winnipeg Jets are finalizing a deal to name Rick Bowness as their new head coach, TSN reported Friday.

    • The Jets reportedly were pursuing Barry Trotz for their coaching vacancy before turning their attention to Bowness, who stepped down as head coach of the Dallas Stars on May 20.

      Interim coach Dave Lowry took over the Jets in December after coach Paul Maurice resigned 28 games into the season with a 13-10-5 record.

      In 54 games as head coach, Lowry posted a 26-22-6 mark, and the Jets fell out of the Stanley Cup playoff picture after three appearances in the past four years.

      Bowness, 67, has been behind an NHL bench for a record 2,562 regular-season games as a head coach or an assistant.

      He guided the Stars to a wild-card spot in the Western Conference this past season. Dallas, however, fell in seven games to the Calgary Flames in the first round.

      Bowness owns a 212-351-28 record with 48 ties during his head coaching stints with the Jets (1988-89), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98), then-Phoenix Coyotes (2003-04) and Stars (2019-22). He also served in assistant coaching roles with those teams as well as the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning's Nicholas Paul signs 7-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    Forward Nicholas Paul signed a seven-year, $22.05 million contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday.

    • Paul, 27, could have become an unrestricted free agent on July 13.

      He recorded 32 points (16 goals, 16 assists) in 80 games this season split between the Ottawa Senators and Tampa Bay. He totaled 14 points (five goals, nine assists) in 21 games with the Lightning after being acquired from the Senators for forward Mathieu Joseph and a fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft on March 20.

      Paul made an impact in the playoffs, collecting nine points (five goals, four assists) in 23 games. He scored both of his team's goals in Tampa Bay's 2-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference first-round series.

      Paul completed a two-year, $2.7 million contract in 2021-22.

      He recorded 80 points (34 goals, 46 assists) in 248 career games with the Senators and Lightning. He was selected by the Dallas Stars in the fourth round of the 2013 NHL Draft, however he was traded to the Senators in a deal that included Jason Spezza on July 1, 2014.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sharks dismiss coach Bob Boughner, staff
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    The San Jose Sharks parted ways with head coach Bob Boughner and the rest of his coaching staff on Friday.

    • With less than a week until the NHL draft, which begins next Thursday, the club is without a permanent general manager and any coaches with the dismissal of assistant coaches John MacLean and John Madden and assistant coach/video Dan Darrow.

      Doug Wilson, who assumed the general manager role in 2003, stepped down in February for health reasons. Joe Will is the interim general manager.

      "As we progress through our search for the next general manager of the Sharks following 19 seasons under Doug Wilson's leadership, it has become apparent that the organization is in the process of an evolution," Will said in a statement. "The bottom line is we have missed the playoffs for the past three seasons, which isn't acceptable to our owner, our organization, or to our fans. As part of this evolution and evaluation, we felt it was in the best interest of the club to allow the next Sharks general manager to have full autonomy related to the make-up of the on-ice coaching staff moving ahead.

      "I want to thank Bob, John, John and Dan for their dedication and commitment to the Sharks organization. The past two-plus seasons have been extremely challenging -- on and off the ice -- and Bob and his staff worked admirably under some very difficult circumstances. This change is not an indictment of their performance as much as it is a recognition of the complete organizational reset that we feel is in the best interest of the team at this point."

      Boughner, 51, coached the Sharks for two-plus seasons, taking over when Peter DeBoer was fired 33 games into the 2019-20 season. Under Boughner, the Sharks were 67-85-23 and never made the playoffs.

      Boughner previously coached the Florida Panthers to an 80-62-22 mark in two seasons (2017-19).

      Before the 2019-20 season, the Sharks had made the playoffs in the previous 19 of 21 campaigns.

      --Field Level Media

  • Reports: Bruins set to hire Jim Montgomery as head coach
    By Field Level Media / Friday, July 1, 2022

    The Boston Bruins' next head coach will be former Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery, multiple media outlets reported on Thursday.

    • Reports say the deal for Montgomery will be made official on Friday, when his contract as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues expires. The deal will reportedly be for three years at $2 million per year.

      Montgomery, 53, saw instant success after being hired by Dallas in May 2018, leading the Stars back to the playoffs that year following a two-season absence.

      The good times were short-lived, though. Only 31 games into the following season, Montgomery was fired for "unprofessional conduct." Stars general manager Jim Nill said there was a "material act of unprofessionalism" that resulted in Montgomery's departure, though he didn't provide further details.

      Less than a month later, in early January 2020, Montgomery announced he had checked himself into rehab for alcohol abuse.

      In September of that same year, the Blues added Montgomery as an assistant coach on Craig Berube's staff.

      Just prior to his experience in the NHL, Montgomery spent five seasons as the head coach at the University of Denver, during which time Denver went to two Frozen Fours and won an NCAA championship in 2016-17.

      He also experienced success as head coach of the United States Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints from 2010 to 2013, leading the team to league championships in 2010-11 and 2012-13.

      Montgomery played in 122 NHL games from 1993-94 to 2002-03, scoring nine goals and notching 34 points with the Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Stars.

      Montgomery replaces Bruce Cassidy, who was fired by the Bruins after six seasons. Cassidy has since accepted the head coaching position with the Vegas Golden Knights.

      --Field Level Media

  • Red Wings hire Derek Lalonde as new head coach
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Detroit Red Wings executive president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced Derek Lalonde as their new head coach on Thursday.

    • Lalonde has spent the last four years as an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

      The 49-year-old helped the Lightning reach the playoffs four straight times, including back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 2020 and 2021 and three straight Stanley Cup Final appearances.

      In Lalonde's first year with the team, he helped Tampa Bay earn the franchise's first President's Trophy in 2018-19.

      "I'm very pleased to announce Derek as our new head coach," Yzerman said in a statement. "We feel he is ready to take the next step in his career as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings."

      Detroit has a history of success, but the franchise has struggled recently. After earning a spot in the postseason 25 straight times and winning the Stanley Cup four times in that span, the Red Wings have missed the playoffs for six consecutive years.

      "I'd like to thank (team owner) Chris Ilitch and the entire Ilitch family, as well as Steve Yzerman and the Red Wings management team for entrusting me with the opportunity to lead this historic franchise," Lalonde said in a statement. "I'm ready to get to work with our group. There's a very bright future ahead in Detroit."

      --Field Level Media

  • Stars sign G Scott Wedgewood to two-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    The Dallas Stars and goaltender Scott Wedgewood agreed to a two-year contract extension Thursday.

    • The extension is worth $2 million ($1 million average annual value) and will keep Wedgewood in the Lone Star State through 2023-24.

      Wedgewood, 29, projects as the Stars' second option in net behind Jake Oettinger.

      He arrived in Dallas in March via a trade with the Arizona Coyotes. He saw action in eight games, starting seven, and went 3-1-3 with a .913 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average.

      At the NHL level, Wedgewood played two stints with the New Jersey Devils (2015-16, 2020-21) and two with the Coyotes (2017-18, 2021-22). In 77 career games (68 starts) he has a 23-33-14 record and a .906 save percentage along with a 3.10 goals-against average.

      --Field Level Media

  • Sabres sign G Craig Anderson, 41, to 1-year contract
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, June 30, 2022

    Goaltender Craig Anderson is returning to the NHL for a 20th season.

    • Anderson, 41, signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million to remain with the Buffalo Sabres on Thursday.

      He posted a 17-12-2 record with a 3.12 goals-against average and .897 save percentage in 31 starts in 2021-22. He joined the Sabres last July on a one-year contract worth $750,000.

      "He gave us a chance to win when he was in the net," Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said Tuesday during an appearance on WGR 550.

      "He played well, and he also gave our team confidence. When you look at our young D corps, just that kind of mentorship that he showed I think really went a long way for some of our defensemen."

      Anderson owns a 308-264-69 record with two ties in 683 career games with the Chicago Blackhawks, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche, Ottawa Senators, Washington Capitals and Sabres.

      An Illinois native, Anderson was selected by the Blackhawks in the third round of the 2001 NHL Draft. He began play in the NHL during the 2002-03 season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kings acquire Kevin Fiala from Wild
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    The Los Angeles Kings acquired forward Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday in exchange for defenseman Brock Faber and a first-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

    • Fiala can become a restricted free agent on July 13.

      TSN reported Fiala will sign a seven-year contract with an average annual value of just under $8 million. He played last season on a one-year deal worth $5.1 million.

      Fiala, 25, recorded career-high totals in goals (33), assists (52), points (85) and penalty minutes (52) in 82 games last season.

      He has collected 283 points (124 goals, 159 assists) in 419 career games with the Nashville Predators and Wild. He was selected by the Predators with the 11th overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

      Faber, 19, had 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in 32 games while serving as captain of the University of Minnesota during the 2021-22 season. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and represented the United States at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Panthers' Anthony Duclair mulls Achilles surgery
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, June 29, 2022

    Florida Panthers forward Anthony Duclair is considering surgery to repair his Achilles tendon, The Athletic reported Wednesday.

    • Duclair, coming off a career-high 31-goal season, would face a lengthy recovery if he opts to have the procedure. He sustained the injury during an offseason training session and met with doctors this week to discuss his options, per the report.

      Duclair, 26, also set personal bests in assists (27) and points (58) for the Presidents' Trophy-winning Panthers, who set a franchise record with 122 points (58-18-6) in 2021-22.

      It was the second season with Florida for Duclair, who has 252 points (120 goals, 132 assists) in 470 career games with the New York Rangers, Arizona Coyotes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Ottawa Senators and Panthers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning dealt with myriad injuries during Final
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, June 28, 2022

    Injuries played a role as the Tampa Bay Lightning fell short in their bid to win three straight championships.

    • General manager Julien BriseBois updated the status of star centers Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov and others on Tuesday, two days after a 2-1 season-ending loss to Colorado in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

      BriseBois said Point sustained a significant quad tear in his leg in Game 7 of the first round against Toronto. He sat out for 10 games, returned for Games 1 and 2 against the Avalanche and then didn't play again.

      Kucherov suffered a sprained MCL during the Final, most likely from a cross-check by Colorado's Devon Toews in Game 3. He was limited to a goal and three assists in the series against the Avalanche.

      Injuries also affected Bolts forwards Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (MCL), Brandon Hagel (broken foot), Corey Perry (shoulder), Anthony Cirelli (shoulder) and Nick Paul (shoulder, MCL), and defenseman Ryan McDonagh (finger).

      BriseBois said all of the players are expected to be healthy in time for next season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche favored to repeat after sportsbooks take hit on Cup title
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Colorado Avalanche lifting the Stanley Cup for the third time in franchise history proved to be painful for sportsbooks.

    • The Avalanche opened the season as the betting favorite by most oddsmakers and remained in that position throughout the season. That included at BetMGM, where Colorado opened at +600 and saw its odds shorten to +375 by the end of the regular season.

      The Avalanche entered the Stanley Cup Final at -190 and by the end they had drawn the most title tickets at BetMGM at 25.7 percent, as well as the highest handle at 32.9 percent.

      "The Avalanche were preseason favorites to win the Stanley Cup and represented a significant liability for the sportsbook all season," said BetMGM sports trader Christian Cipollini.

      Colorado is the heavy favorite to repeat in the 2022-23 season, opening at +450 at BetMGM, +400 at DraftKings and +450 at FanDuel.

      As of Monday afternoon, the Lightning's odds of claiming their third Cup in four years stood at +900 at both BetMGM and DraftKings and +1000 at FanDuel.

      2022-23 Stanley Cup Title Odds (BetMGM)

      Colorado Avalanche (+450)

      Toronto Maple Leafs (+850)

      Tampa Bay Lightning (+900)

      Florida Panthers (+1000)

      Carolina Hurricanes (+1200)

      Vegas Golden Knights (+1400)

      Edmonton Oilers (+1600)

      Calgary Flames (+1800)

      Minnesota Wild (+1800)

      New York Rangers (+2000)

      Pittsburgh Penguins (+2000)

      St. Louis Blues (+2200)

      Boston Bruins (+2500)

      New York Islanders (+3000)

      Washington Capitals (+3500)

      Dallas Stars (+4000)

      Los Angeles Kings (+4000)

      Nashville Predators (+5000)

      Detroit Red Wings (+5000)

      Vancouver Canucks (+5000)

      Philadelphia Flyers (+6600)

      Winnipeg Jets (+6600)

      Buffalo Sabres (+6600)

      Anaheim Ducks (+8000)

      New Jersey Devils (+8000)

      Ottawa Senators (+8000)

      Chicago Blackhawks (+10000)

      Columbus Blue Jackets (+10000)

      San Jose Sharks (+10000)

      Seattle Kraken (+12500)

      Montreal Canadiens (+15000)

      Arizona Coyotes (+50000)

      --Field Level Media

  • Sedin twins, Roberto Luongo, Daniel Alfredsson named to Hockey HOF
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    Daniel and Henrik Sedin did most everything together during their playing careers. Now the identical twins will enter the Hockey Hall of Fame together, too.

    • The Sedins were named to the Hall of Fame's Class of 2022 on Monday, along with their longtime Vancouver Canucks teammate Roberto Luongo, Ottawa Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson, Finnish women's hockey star Riikka Sallinen and Black hockey icon Herb Carnegie.

      The Canucks made Daniel and Henrik Sedin the second and third overall picks in the 1999 NHL Draft. They entered the league together in 2000 and spent their entire 17-year careers in Vancouver, with Daniel Sedin on the wing and Henrik Sedin playing center.

      Henrik Sedin scored 1,070 career points (240 goals, 830 assists) while Daniel had 1,041 (393 goals, 648 assists). They also won Olympic gold together, starring for Sweden at the 2006 Turin Games, and appeared in one Stanley Cup Final, a seven-game loss to Boston in 2011. Henrik Sedin won the 2010 Hart Memorial Trophy for the league's most valuable player.

      Luongo was one of the premier goaltenders of his generation and ranks fourth all-time in wins (489), second in total saves (28,409) and second in games played (1,044) by a goaltender.

      In a 19-year career with the New York Islanders (1999-2000), Florida Panthers (2000-06, 2014-19) and Canucks (2006-14), Luongo posted a .919 career save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average. He also won two Olympic gold medals playing for Canada.

      Alfredsson played 17 of his 18 NHL seasons with Ottawa. His career honors included the 1996 Calder Trophy for rookie of the year and the 2013 Mark Messier Leadership Award. He put up 1,157 points (444 goals, 713 assists) in his 18 seasons, the last of which came with the Detroit Red Wings. He holds the Senators' franchise records with 426 goals, 682 assists and 1,108 points.

      Alfredsson won gold at the Olympics as well, playing with the Sedins for the victorious Swedish team in 2006.

      Sallinen is the all-time leading scorer among European women in international competition, according to Sportsnet, having scored 123 points (63 goals, 60 assists) for Finland's national team.

      Carnegie is considered the best Black player to have never played in the NHL. The league's color barrier kept Carnegie from making the league during his heyday in the 1940s and 1950s. Carnegie, who passed away in 2012 at age 92, was a star forward who spent most of his career in the Quebec Senior Hockey League and also founded one of Canada's first hockey schools.

      The class will be inducted on Nov. 14 at Meridian Hall in Toronto.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bruins sign GM Don Sweeney to extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Boston Bruins signed general manager Don Sweeney to a multiyear contract extension on Monday.

    • Financial terms were not released by the club. His contract was set to expire on Thursday.

      "Under his management, the Boston Bruins have been one of the winningest franchises in the league and a perennial playoff contender year in and year out," Bruins CEO Charlie Jacobs said in a statement. "While we recognize there is work to be done to achieve the ultimate goal of bringing the Stanley Cup back to Boston, I'm confident that Don's commitment to being best-in-class on and off the ice will help us climb that mountain once again."

      Sweeney's priority No. 1 is finding a head coach. He elected to part ways with Bruce Cassidy earlier this month.

      Sweeney, 55, was named Bruins GM ahead of the 2015-16 season. He started with the club in 2006 as director of player development.

      The Bruins are one of just four Eastern Conference teams (Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Washington Capitals) to reach the playoffs in each of the past six seasons. They were eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Carolina Hurricanes last month.

      Sweeney was named General Manager of the Year following the 2018-19 season, in which the Bruins advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.

      --Field Level Media

  • Leafs D Timothy Liljegren signs 2-year extension
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Timothy Liljegren agreed to a two-year, $2.8 million contract extension Monday.

    • Liljegren, 23, registered 23 points (five goals, 18 assists) in 61 games during the 2021-22 regular season.

      The 2017 first-round pick (17th overall) has played in 74 games since making his Maple Leafs debut on Jan. 18, 2020.

      Liljegren has also accumulated 73 points (11 goals, 62 assists) in 148 games with the AHL's Toronto Marlies.

      --Field Level Media

  • Blackhawks name Luke Richardson head coach
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    The Chicago Blackhawks on Monday officially named Luke Richardson as their new head coach.

    • Richardson, 53, replaces interim coach Derek King, who went 27-33-10 after Jeremy Colliton was fired on Nov. 6.

      "We are excited having a seasoned coach like Luke join the organization as head coach," Blackhawks general manager Kyle Davidson said in the release. "Throughout the interview process, it became evident that he not only had every quality we were looking for in a head coach, but also is a high-character individual that was perfect to lead this next era of the Chicago Blackhawks."

      He filled in behind the Montreal bench during the 2021 NHL playoffs while coach Dominique Ducharme was in the COVID-19 protocol. The Canadiens went 3-3 during that stretch, which included eliminating the Vegas Golden Knights and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

      "I am honored to be trusted with this opportunity to coach an Original Six franchise like the Chicago Blackhawks," said Richardson.

      Richardson was the head coach of the AHL's Binghamton Senators from 2012-16 and has also worked as an assistant with the Ottawa Senators and New York Islanders.

      A defenseman from Ottawa and a 1987 first-round pick by Toronto, Richardson played parts of 21 seasons in the NHL with the Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Tampa Bay Lightning and Senators.

      The Blackhawks missed the playoffs in four of the past five seasons and haven't made it past the first round since winning the 2015 Stanley Cup.

      --Field Level Media

  • NHL commissioner Gary Bettman misses Game 6 due to COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Monday, June 27, 2022

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tested positive for COVID-19 and didn't participate in the postgame ceremonies after the Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup on Sunday night.

    • Deputy commissioner Bill Daly handled the presentation of the Stanley Cup to the Avalanche. ABC play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough revealed that Bettman wasn't conducting the festivities due to a positive test for the virus.

      Bettman reportedly is feeling better but remains in COVID-19 protocol. The 70-year-old has been commissioner for 19 years.

      The Avalanche defeated the host Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 in Game 6 on Sunday.

      Earlier this month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver was in COVID-19 protocol during the NBA Finals. Deputy commissioner Mark Tatum presented the Larry O'Brien Trophy to the Golden State Warriors after they won the series in Game 6 over the Boston Celtics.

      --Field Level Media

  • Avalanche coach: 'We'll see' about Andre Burakovsky for Game 6
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar kept it close to the vest when asked about forward Andre Burakovsky's availability for Sunday's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final against the host Tampa Bay Lightning.

    • "We'll see," Bednar said of Burakovsky's potential return to action.

      Burakovsky, who briefly participated in the morning skate on Sunday, has been sidelined since sustaining an apparent hand injury in the Avalanche's 7-0 romp over the Lightning in Game 2 of the series.

      Tampa Bay has rallied to win two of the next three games to trail 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

      Burakovsky scored in overtime to give Colorado a 4-3 win in Game 1 on June 15. The 27-year-old Austrian collected a goal and an assist in Game 2 on June 18 before taking a shot off his hand from Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman in the second period.

      Burakovsky has recorded eight points (three goals, five assists) in 12 games during the postseason. He registered career-high totals in goals (22), assists (39) and points (61) in 80 games during the regular season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Lightning's Brayden Point unlikely to play in Game 6 vs. Avs
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    The Tampa Bay Lightning are not expected to have forward Brayden Point in the lineup on Sunday night when they attempt to stave off elimination against the visiting Colorado Avalanche in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    • Lightning coach Jon Cooper said he doesn't anticipate altering his lineup for Sunday's game, meaning Point would not draw back in after missing the team's past three games.

      "It's unfortunate because it's a severe injury," Cooper said without getting into specifics of the exact injury that is plaguing Point.

      Tampa Bay, which is bidding for a three-peat as Stanley Cup champion, trails 3-2 in the best-of-seven series. Colorado needs one more win to hoist the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.

      Point sustained a lower-body injury on May 14 in Game 7 of the first-round series against the Toronto Maple Leafs. He missed the team's next 10 games before returning for the series opener against the Avalanche.

      Point, 26, has two goals and three assists in nine playoff games.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alex Ovechkin scores a goal ... in soccer
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, June 26, 2022

    Alex Ovechkin has a nose for the net, regardless of sport.

    • The Washington Capitals superstar captain signed a one-day contract with soccer club FC Dynamo Moscow on Saturday. He then took to the pitch later that day and scored a goal to help his club record a 5-0 victory over Amkal in an exhibition match.

      Ovechkin's goal had a familiar look to it. After all, he scored from the left side -- like so many of his one-timers from the left faceoff circle on the ice.

      The three-time Hart Trophy recipient celebrated on the pitch with much the same intensity and enthusiasm as he traditionally does on the ice.

      Ovechkin has scored 780 goals to reside 21 shy of matching Gordie Howe for second all-time in NHL history. Wayne Gretzky tops the list with 894 goals.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Barry Trotz won't coach in 2022-23
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, June 25, 2022

    Stanley Cup-winning coach Barry Trotz won't pursue an NHL coaching job for 2022-23, he told NHL.com

    • The New York Islanders fired Trotz, 59, on May 9 after a 37-35-10 (84 points) season, which wasn't good enough to make the playoffs. He said he will divert his time this upcoming season toward personal issues.

      "I've got some things personally that I've got to take care of, family-wise that I've got to take care of," Trotz said Friday. "I didn't feel ... if I'd said I'll take the job, I think I would have done any team a little bit of a disservice and myself a disservice because to be a coach in the NHL, it is demanding and it requires your all. It just does, emotionally it just does, mentally it just does. So I couldn't go down that path."

      Trotz said he isn't ruling out a return to coaching. Just not yet.

      "I've been doing this for 25 straight years and I've put a lot of stuff on the back burner and I think it's time. The one thing I do know, and it's a mistake that everybody makes, is you think you have time and you don't," he said. "And so this is my time when I can get to a lot of things I've put on the back burner. I have to take care of those, for peace of mind for everything so I will be 100 percent in if I get back into it and I'll be a better coach for it."

      A native of Manitoba, he told the Winnipeg Jets he wasn't interested in their open coaching job.

      "Winnipeg came after me in terms of wanting me to be part of the organization and I was really impressed with their commitment to winning. ... I've got relatives that work for the Jets and friends that work security there, people I went to school with. I know lots about the Jets. They've got a tremendous organization and a real family atmosphere. But I could not commit to any team; it wasn't just Winnipeg, it was every team that I had talked to because I had to know I was 100 percent in."

      Trotz has 914 career victories in 23 seasons with Nashville (1998-2014), Washington (2014-18) and the Islanders. The Capitals won the Stanley Cup in 2018.

      His 914 wins are the third-most in NHL history behind Scotty Bowman (1,244) and Joel Quenneville (969). He is a two-time winner of the Jack Adams Award.

      --Field Level Media