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MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Saturday a four-year contract extension for head coach Michel Therrien (2015-16 to 2018-19).
“We're very happy to have agreed to a contract extension with Michel Therrien for multiple seasons. Michel is an accomplished and experienced coach who has instilled a culture of hard work in our organization while helping develop our young players. Michel and his coaching staff work in a unique and demanding hockey market and the team's success over the last two seasons are a reflection of their excellent work. This decision reflects our desire for stability and consistency within our hockey operations department”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
Now 50, Michel Therrien has coached close to 1,100 games in professional hockey (592 games in the NHL and 501 in the American Hockey League).
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has acquired center Louis Leblanc from Montreal in exchange for a conditional fifth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
Leblanc, 23 (1/26/91), has scored 5-5=10 points with a +4 rating and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 50 career NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens. Leblanc made his NHL debut with Montreal in 2011-12, leading team rookies in goals and ranking second in scoring (5-5=10) and assists. The 6-0, 180-pound center also appeared in eight games for the Canadiens in 2013-14, going scoreless with a +1 rating and four PIM.
HOLLYWOOD SEQUEL: KINGS WIN SECOND STANLEY CUP IN THREE YEARS
The Kings captured their second Stanley Cup in three seasons in a double-overtime thriller, edging the Rangers 3-2 on a goal by Alec Martinez 14:43 into the second extra period of Game 5.
The dramatic win completed an epic playoff run in which the Kings achieved several notable feats in postseason play:
* The Kings clinched the Stanley Cup in their 26th game of the postseason, the most ever by a Stanley Cup champion and tied for the most by any playoff team. The previous teams to play 26 games in one postseason: the 1987 Flyers and 2004 Flames, who both dropped seven-game series in the Stanley Cup Final.
added 2:19pm, It appears the tweet has been removed. Sorry.
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 14, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup last night with a double-overtime 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final. The thrilling contest averaged 6.0 million viewers; making it the most-watched Game 5 in six years and helping NBC win the night in primetime, according to Fast National data from The Nielsen Company. Los Angeles and New York both scored their second-best local-market ratings ever for an NHL game on NBC or NBCSN.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants,
You will hear this term a lot leading into free agency: There is a “price point” the Wild is willing to reach for certain players. Thomas Vanek is no longer a given. Four or five months ago, I think it was a given. But the bright future that many of the kids provide the Wild coupled with Vanek’s tough postseason with Montreal has changed things.
The Wild has a lot of players 28 and older, a lot of players 24 and younger. You don’t want to get too many players north of 30 on long-term deals, so there’s a specific price point I think the Wild’s willing to reach with Vanek. I don’t get the impression the Wild’s willing to sign him to a long-term deal anymore. Vanek will have good options in free agency, so is he really going to sign in Minnesota for two or three years? Hard to believe, especially after reportedly turning down a seven-year, $49 million deal with the Islanders. While that contract probably won’t be on the table with any team anymore, he certainly should still be able to get decent term of four or five years with some teams.
much more on the Wild...
from Mark Potash of the Chicago Sun-Times,
... here are my final 2014 Stanley Cup playoff power rankings:
1. Kings — The new gold standard of the salary-cap era NHL. The Kings have won two of the last three Cups and are an amazing 8-1 in series without home-ice advantage in the last three years.
2. Blackhawks — Couldn’t put the hammer down. Subpar defensively. Could barely roll three effective lines let alone four — and still came within inches of winning another Stanley Cup.
3. Sharks — They’ll spend all summer wondering how they let a 3-0 series lead dissipate against the Kings in the first round.
4. Ducks — This team has talent — and issues. The No. 1 team in the West, they lost a 3-2 series lead vs. the Kings and were embarrassed in Game 7 at home — falling behind 5-0 in a 6-2 loss.
We'll close out this season with the Stanley Cup game winning goal called by Jim Hughson of Hockey Night in Canada.
added 2:24pm, The French version of the goal by RDS is below...
It's over but it is just starting.
Yes, the 2013-14 NHL season is complete but that does not mean the hockey coverage stops.
Between now and let's say mid-July, KK will be covering the buy-out period, the NHL Awards Show, the NHL Draft, the UFA period and of course trades.
I want to thank all of you for reading and commenting at KK and on Twitter and hope to continue what we do on a daily basis.
Now sit back and prepare for all the off-season fun.
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