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NHL notebook: Devils hire Shero to serve as general manager

By The Associated Press
After a 28-year run, Lou Lamoriello is stepping down as the Devils general manager and handing the job to former Penguins GM Ray Shero. The 72-year-old Lamoriello announced the change Monday, noting he will remain as president of hockey operations. He said he has considered stepping down for a while and that ...

Hockey notebook: Canada routs Germany at worlds; Crosby scores goal

Wire Reports
PRAGUE — Canada eased to another high-scoring victory at the ice hockey world championship on Sunday by overwhelming Germany, 10-0. Edmonton forward Taylor Hall had a hat trick for Canada, which produced an even more dominant performance than in its opening ...

NHL notebook: Wings coach Babcock isn’t rushing decision

Wire Reports
Mike Babcock said he’s not rushing into any decisions about his future. The Detroit coach, whose contract is expiring, expects to meet with Red Wings general manager Ken Holland at some point in the next 10 days, and Babcock said Friday ...

NHL notebook: Ovechkin, Price, Tavares get Hart nods

Wire Reports
Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Canadiens goalie Carey Price and Islanders forward John Tavares are finalists for the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player. Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association submitted ballots at the end of the regular ...

NHL notebook: Rangers’ Zuccarello sidelined with upper body injury

Wire Reports
Rangers forward Mats Zuccarello is out indefinitely with what the team calls an upper body injury. Zuccarello is a versatile wing who sees time on power plays and as a penalty killer. He was hit in the head with a shot ...

NHL notebook: Commission Bettman says expansion fee would be around $500M

Wire Reports
Commissioner Gary Bettman isn’t saying whether NHL expansion will happen. But if it does, he has a price in mind. The right price would be around $500 million, Bettman said Friday at an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting. That would be a ...

NHL notebook: Ex-Penguins defenseman Gill retires

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Hal Gill, a 6-foot-7 defenseman who spent 16 seasons in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009, retired Thursday. In addition to his two seasons in Pittsburgh, Gill played with Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Nashville and ...

NHL notebook: Islanders captain upset by Capitals forward’s hit on Visnosky

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Islanders captain John Tavares issued a warning to the Capitals after watching teammate Lubomir Visnovsky crumple to the ice after a big check. “We can also hit guys like that,” Tavares said a day after Visnovsky was hurt during an overtime ...

NHL notebook: Sharks, McLellan part ways after 7 years

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Todd McLellan is out after seven years as coach of the San Jose Sharks. The team announced Monday that McLellan and the Sharks agreed to part ways after the team missed the playoffs for the first time since 2003. ...

Oilers defy odds, win NHL Draft lottery

By The Associated Press
The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft lottery and the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid with the top pick. The Oilers bucked the odds Saturday night after finishing 28th in the NHL standings. They had just an ...

NHL notebook: Flames coach Hartley fined $50K for late-game melee

By The Associated Press
Calgary coach Bob Hartley was fined $50,000 by the NHL for his responsibility for a brawl late in the Flames’ 4-1 loss Friday in Vancouver. The brawl resulted in 132 minutes in penalties, including six game misconducts — three of which ...

Philadelphia Flyers fire coach after 2 seasons

Wire Reports
The Flyers fired coach Craig Berube on Friday after just two years as the team missed the playoffs this season. Berube went 75-58-28 (.553) with Philadelphia and went to the postseason last season. This season, the Flyers finished sixth in the ...

NHL notebook: Senators say Stone has right wrist fracture after slash

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Senators general manager Brian Murray says forward Mark Stone suffered a microfracture of his right wrist and some ligament damage, and his status is “very questionable” for Ottawa’s first-round playoff series with Montreal. Stone was slashed by Montreal defenseman ...

NHL notebook: Ducks’ goaltender Gibson sits out practice

By The Associated Press
Ducks goalie John Gibson, a Whitehall native, missed practice Monday with an upper-body injury. Gibson, 21, hasn’t played since April 3 for the Ducks. He missed much of the season with injuries and did a stint in the minors, going 13-8 ...

NHL notebook: Panthers re-sign 43-year-old Jagr to 1-year deal

By The Associated Press
Jaromir Jagr got the Panthers’ offseason off to a flying start. And even after they missed the playoffs for the 13th time in 14 years, the Panthers are optimistic about their future. Jagr signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract Sunday to stay ...

Canadiens’ Pacioretty’s postseason status still questionable

Wire Reports
Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, who has been out with an injury, skated Saturday morning in Montreal. But Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said the forward’s status for the start of the playoffs still is uncertain. Pacioretty hasn’t played since  April 5 when he ...