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NHL notebook: New Maple Leafs coach Babcock bids farewell to Detroit

By The Associated Press
A day after being introduced as the new coach of the Maple Leafs, Mike Babcock was back in Detroit, speaking with reporters in the Red Wings’ dressing room. In what was something of a farewell address to the organization and the city, Babcock thanked Detroit owner Mike Ilitch, described the past ...

NHL notebook: Sabres interested in former Penguins coach Bylsma

By The Associated Press
Buffalo received the Penguins’ permission to interview Dan Bylsma about the Sabres’ coaching vacancy, ESPN.com reported Thursday. In an interview on Buffalo’s WGR-Radio on Thursday, Sabres general manager Tim Murray declined to confirm the report by saying, “I just don’t ...

NHL notebook: Babcock lands 8-year, $50M deal to coach Maple Leafs

Wire Reports
Mike Babcock moved from one Original Six franchise to another Wednesday, agreeing to an eight-year, $50 million deal to coach the Maple Leafs. The Maple Leafs announced the hiring to put to an end months of speculation about Babcock’s future with ...

NHL notebook: Babcock, Sabres talking contract

By The Associated Press
eaSTERN CONFERENCE Tampa Bay vs. N.Y. Rangers May 16: N.Y. Rangers 2, Tampa Bay 1 May 18: Tampa Bay 6, N.Y. Rangers 2; Series tied 1-1 Today: N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay, 8 p.m. Friday: N.Y. Rangers at ...

Rossi: Choosing scorers over Cup playoffs

By Rob Rossi
On Sunday afternoon, hockey fans had to choose between viewing the most anticipated series of the Stanley Cup playoffs and an international championship match involving ...

NHL notebook: Flyers’ choice of Hakstol as coach comes as surprise

Wire Reports
Once the surprise news hit Philadelphia, Flyers diehards — heck, NHL fans everywhere — all sounded a bit like they should have been Jeopardy contestants. Who ...

Crosby, Canada defeat Russia to secure hockey world title

By The Associated Press
PRAGUE — Penguins center Sidney Crosby led Canada to its first hockey world championship title since 2007 on Sunday with a goal and an assist ...

NHL notes: Rangers will have Boyle, probably not Zuccarello

Wire Reports
e_SBlt Rangers defenseman Dan Boyle will be available for Saturday’s Game 1 against the Lightning, but winger Mats Zuccarello is unlikely to be ready, coach Alain Vigneault said. Boyle was knocked out of Wednesday’s game after a hit by Capitals ...

NHL notebook: Capitals captain Ovechkin guarantees victory

Wire Reports
Coach Barry Trotz says he has no problem with captain Alex Ovechkin’s assertion that the Capitals will eliminate the Rangers in the second round of the playoffs. Indeed, Trotz said Monday: “I love it.” Trotz added: “That’s what leaders do. I think ...

NHL notebook: Babcock talks with Leafs about coaching position, report says

Wire Reports
Mike Babcock’s coaching interview tour took him to Buffalo, N.Y., on Sunday, when he met with Sabres owner Terry Pegula about the team’s opening. The Red Wings coach declined comment and referred questions to Pegula when the two got ...

NHL notebook: Babcock gets permission to talk to other teams

Wire Reports
Mike Babcock can start testing the open market. The Red Wings granted a request from the coach for permission to speak with other teams. Babcock’s contract is expiring this offseason, and his status is the main question facing the Red Wings ...

NHL notebook: Belarus stuns United States at world championships

By The Associated Press
Belarus beat the United States for the first time with a 5-2 victory Thursday at the world championships. Belarus’ milestone win in Ostrava was its third in the group stage and a major step to advance to the quarterfinals for the ...

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 ...

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 ...