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The New Head Coach For The Calgary Flames Is Bill Peters

CALGARY, AB - The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Bill Peters as the franchise's 19th head coach. Peters joins the Flames after spending the past four seasons as the head coach with the Carolina Hurricanes.

A native of Three Hills, Alberta, Peters brings 21 years of coaching experience to the club. Prior to serving the Hurricanes, the 53-year-old was an assistant coach with the Detroit Red Wings from 2011-12 through the 2013-14 season. Before that, he led the American Hockey League's Rockford IceHogs for three campaigns from 2008-09 and 2010-11. 

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GM Chuck Fletcher Done In Minnesota

SAINT PAUL -- Minnesota Wild Owner, Craig Leipold, today announced the organization will not renew the contract of Executive Vice President and General Manager Chuck Fletcher.

"I want to thank Chuck Fletcher for his substantial contributions to our franchise over the past nine years," said Leipold. "Through his strong work ethic, integrity and vision, Chuck and his staff built a winning culture and a perennial playoff team. For all of that I am grateful. I feel it is time for a new approach aimed at delivering a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey. I wish Chuck and his family the very best going forward."

The search for a new General Manager will begin immediately. Until a replacement is found, Brent Flahr, Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations will serve as acting general manager.

added 4:50pm, Watch Craig Leipold meet with the media below...

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The Philadelphia Flyers Needed To Be At Their Best Against The Pittsburgh Penguins

from Dave Isaac of the Courier Post,

Sean Couturier played two games with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee and was still, by far, the Flyers’ best player.

He notched the winner in Game 5 and followed it up with a hat trick and two assists in the Flyers’ 8-5 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, his first career five-point game and second playoff hat trick. Had the injury occurred in the regular season, he surmised, he would have missed four weeks. He’ll have plenty of time to recover because the Flyers’ season is over at the hands of the two-time defending champions who aim for a three-peat.

“There’s probably different reasons,” why the Flyers lost the series, Couturier said. “Early in the series we didn’t play our best. Today we let a two-goal lead slip. It shouldn’t happen in the playoffs. We’ll learn from it and become a stronger team next year.

“They’re the type of team where you make one mistake and they’ll make you (pay). It’s that simple. I don’t think they outplayed us. They just…they got their chances and capitalized right on them. It hurt us today.”


If you missed the highlights and handshakes, watch them here.

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The Nashville Predators Put Away The Pesky Colorado Avalanche

from Joe Rexrode of The Tennessean,

Nashville, your professional hockey team might be all right after all.

Denver, yours has a future and deserved the ovation it got Sunday at Pepsi Center after a postseason that wasn’t supposed to happen went longer than anyone not affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche would have guessed.

Winnipeg, you said you wanted Nashville, and Nashville you shall get.

Maybe this will hurt the Predators in that pending, monster series against the Winnipeg Jets, and maybe it will help. Extra work and travel on one hand, affirmation of this team’s resolve on the other. We’ll find out in the next couple of weeks. But on Sunday the Predators earned the right to bask for a few moments in a 5-0 throttling of the Avs to take the first-round series 4-2, because every series victory in the Stanley Cup playoffs is something.


Watch the game highlights below.

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Video- The Best Of Sunday’s NHL Playoff Games

Just south of 3 1/2 minutes long.


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NHL Short Notes

The Penguins and Predators, who met in the 2017 Stanley Cup Final, both advanced to the Second Round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.


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The Nashville Predators Will Meet The Winnipeg Jets In Round 2 Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

The Preds defeated the Colorado Avalanche 5-0 to win the series 4-2.

The series against the Jets shoud be must watch.


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The Pittsburgh Penguins Advance To The 2nd Round Of The Stanley Cup Playoffs

Jake Guentzel had 4 goals and an assist for the Penguins, Sean Couturier had 3 goals and 2 assists for the Flyers in an 8-5 win by the Penguins.

The Pens will meet the winner of Washington/Columbus.

added 6:17pm, Watch the handshakes below.

added 8:33pm, game highlights below...

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Video- Claude Giroux Hit On Carl Hagelin

Hagelin has not returned.


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Your Calder Trophy Finalists

NEW YORK (April 22, 2018) – New York Islanders center Mathew Barzal, Vancouver Canucks right wing Brock Boeser and Arizona Coyotes center Clayton Keller are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Calder Memorial Trophy, awarded “to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition,” the National Hockey League announced today.

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association submitted ballots for the Calder Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 20, during the 2018 NHL Awards™ presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Following are the finalists for the Calder Trophy, in alphabetical order:

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