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Video- MLSE President On Brendan Shanahan And Mike Babcock

via Sportsnet,

MLSE President Tim Leiweke talks about his pride for Brendan Shanahan, who he says with the Babcock signing proved he’s a great president.

 

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If You Are Claude Julien, How Do You Feel Today?

via CSNNE,

Claude Julien has the Boston Bruins head coaching job. But there's plenty of question as to how long he'll have that job. So in Don Sweeney's inaugural press conference as the Boston Bruins general manager, he addressed Julien's standing.

"I have some things that I want to sit down with Claude and go through in a very orderly fashion, as to where I think things need to change and what direction we need to change as a group," Sweeney said. "Also, acknowledged to Claude that I think tremendously of him as a coach and as a person, so it's just about lining up philosophical approaches that I believe in, that he believes in and that we can move forward.

"As I said, some of that will involve personnel decisions. Some of that will involved staff member decisions and/or changes. That's to be determined. He's the coach of the Boston Bruins as of today, for sure."

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Toronto Maple Leafs Release On Mike Babcock

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Brendan Shanahan, President and Alternate Governor of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced today that Mike Babcock has been named the 30th head coach in the club’s history. Babcock, 52, joins the Leafs after serving as head coach of the Detroit Red Wings for the past 10 seasons.

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Mike Babcock To Toronto

via Elliotte Friedman tweets,

babcock to Tor

8 years, maybe an out after five.

Front-loaded deal...high salary in first two years

May also have discussed Shanahan taking GM role, or Babcock/Shanahan having final say over personnel decisions.

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The Babcock Watch

from TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres and the Detroit Red Wings are out of the running for head coach Mike Babcock according to TSN Insiders Bob McKenzie and Aaron Ward.

Ward reports that Babcock has decided to leave the Red Wings while McKenzie says the Sabres are out of the running for the highly coveted coach.

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NHL Short Notes

TUESDAY’S RESULT
Home Team in Caps
Chicago 3, ANAHEIM 2 (3OT) – series tied 1-1
 
KRUGER, BLACKHAWKS EVEN SERIES WITH TRIPLE-OVERTIME VICTORY
Marcus Kruger scored at 16:12 of triple-overtime to end the longest game in the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs and help the Blackhawks even the Western Conference Final at one game apiece.
 

 
* The Blackhawks have contested the last four triple-overtime games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, including one other this year: April 21, 2015 vs. NSH (101:00, 3-2 W in Game 4 of FR), April 17, 2014 at STL (100:26, 4-3 L in Game 1 of FR) and June 12, 2013 vs. BOS (112:08, 4-3 W in Game 1 of F).

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A Three-Year Deal For Andrew Hammond In Ottawa

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Don Sweeney The New GM For The Boston Bruins

Boston, MA - Boston Bruins President Cam Neely announced today, May 20, that the Boston Bruins have named Don Sweeney the General Manager of the Boston Bruins.

Chief Executive Officer of Delaware North's Boston Holdings Charlie Jacobs, Neely and Sweeney will hold a press conference at TD Garden on Wednesday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m.

"Don Sweeney stood out amongst an incredibly talented group of candidates that we considered for this hire," said Jacobs. "He carries a unique and impressive mix of playing experience, front office experience and business acumen. Don has complete understanding of what it means to be a Bruin and we have full confidence in him to steward the organization back to being Stanley Cup contenders year in and year out."

”Don has excelled in every role he has been in with the Bruins organization and has a comprehensive understanding of every aspect of our hockey operations department," said Neely. "His commitment and drive to bring a championship caliber team to the Boston fans was evident every step of the way through this search process, and I am confident that his leadership of our hockey operations department will lead to success."

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The Blackhawks Win The Battle

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So after all of that -- the head-butted goal that wasn’t, the 118 shots on goal, the 244 shot attempts, the cross bars and posts and glorious chances that literally numbered in the dozens through the course of 116 minutes, 12 seconds of delirious playoff hockey -- the question is: What comes after epic?

Because that’s what Game 2 of the Western Conference finals was right from the get-go when the Chicago Blackhawks jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on two power-play goals on through to the moment that Marcus Kruger somehow managed to knock down a Brent Seabrook point shot and then sweep it past Anaheim Ducks netminder Frederik Andersen at 16:12 of the third overtime.

A titanic tilt.

At its most basic, the Kruger goal -- one that came on just his second shot on goal -- gave the Blackhawks a 3-2 victory and tied this conference finals series at one game apiece.

There are still miles to go in this series before a winner is crowned. But it is impossible to dismiss this game as simply one in a series of possibly seven, with a berth the Stanley Cup finals on the line.

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Victor Hedman Has Arrived

from Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times,

The time has arrived. He has arrived.

Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman is no longer the kid with potential. He's no longer a future star.

When it comes to Hedman, it isn't about "someday'' or "eventually'' or "down the road.''

Hedman is a star. Right now.

It's happening right before our very eyes.

If you've watched the Lightning this season — if you've watched the Lightning in these playoffs — you've seen the maturation and evolution of a hockey player. From boy to man. From prospect to standout.

Victor Hedman has arrived.

"He's an unbelievable defenseman,'' teammate and forward Alex Killorn said. "Not just on our team, but throughout the league, he's one of the best defensemen in the league.''

He can play offense. He has a goal and seven assists in the playoffs.

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