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Columbus Names Ian Clark Goaltending Coach

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Ian Clark has joined the organization as goaltending coach. Clark most recently served as the Vancouver Canucks goaltending coach and consultant from 2002-10.

“We are very pleased to welcome Ian to our coaching staff,” said Blue Jackets Vice President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Scott Howson. “He has a tremendous amount of experience working with NHL goaltenders and helping them improve their level of play. We look forward to him working with all of our goaltenders and strengthening that position throughout our organization.”

“Having worked with Ian in the past, I believe his work ethic, knowledge of the goaltending position and the way he communicates with players will make him an excellent addition to our staff,” said Blue Jackets head coach Scott Arniel. “He has worked with a number of very successful NHL goaltenders and will be a great resource for our players at this very important position.”

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Blues Re-Sign T.J. Hensick

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward T.J. Hensick to a two-year contract extension.

Hensick, 25, played in 13 games for the Blues last season, recording three points (one goal, two assists) and played in 59 games for the Blues’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, Peoria Rivermen, registering 69 points (21 goals, 48 assists).  The 5’10”, 190-pound forward’s 69 points led the Rivermen and ranked 10th in the AHL while his 48 assists led the team and tied for fifth in the AHL.  Hensick played in his third AHL All-Star game when he represented the Western Conference at the 2011 AHL-All Star Classic.

The Lansing, Michigan native was acquired by the Blues from Colorado in exchange for Julian Talbot on June 17, 2010 and was originally drafted by Colorado in the third round (88th overall) of the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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Flames/Rangers Trade

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today they have acquired from the New York Rangers left winger Roman Horak (Chilliwack/WHL), and two Rangers 2nd round picks (projected to be 43rd and 57th overall) in this year’s NHL Draft in exchange for defenceman Tim Erixon and Calgary’s 5th round selection in the 2011 NHL Draft.

Horak, a native of Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, is coming off a career season with the Chilliwack Bruins where he netted a career high 26 goals along with 52 assists for 78 points in 64 games playing alongside Flames 2009 3rd round pick Ryan Howse. Horak just completed his second season with the Chilliwack Bruins and was originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the 5th round (127th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.

“Once we realized that we were not going to be able to come to terms with Tim Erixon, we wanted to make sure we turned that pick into an asset,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “We are excited to be able to get a player of Roman’s caliber in addition to landing two second round picks in the upcoming draft.”

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Oilers Extend Contract Of Head Amateur Scout

Edmonton - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed Head Amateur Scout Stu MacGregor to a three-year contract extension.

MacGregor, 54, is responsible for the team’s amateur scouting staff and directs Edmonton’s table at the National Hockey League Entry Draft each year with the rest of the Oilers scouting and management team. Last year MacGregor and his staff selected first overall and chose Windsor Spitfire’s forward Taylor Hall with the team’s first-ever number one draft pick. Next month, MacGregor and the Oilers will once again pick first overall in Minnesota on June 24th.

“We are extremely pleased to have Stu agree to a three-year extension,” said Tambellini. “He and his staff continue to do a great job bringing in talent and character to the Oilers.”

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Islanders:  Mangano’s Economic Development Plan

New York Islanders Media Advisory

MANGANO TO ANNOUNCE MAJOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & JOB CREATION PLAN

Mineola, NY - Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano will be joined by hundreds of local business, community and labor leaders on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in announcing a major Economic Development and Job Creation Plan to build a world-class sports-entertainment destination center.  After months of intense media speculation, the County Executive will also announce plans to pursue the construction of an Indian gaming casino.

When:
Wednesday
May 11, 2011
11:00 a.m.


Where:
Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Floor of the Arena - Enter at Box Office
1255 Hempstead Turnpike
Uniondale, NY 11553

 

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Wings Sign Gustav Nyquist

Detroit, MI… Detroit Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland today announced that 21-year-old forward Gustav Nyquist has been signed to a two-year entry-level contract. As per club policy, no further terms of the deal will be announced. Nyquist will join the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) immediately.

Originally selected by Detroit in the fourth round (121st overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Nyquist has spent the past three seasons with the University of Maine Black Bears (NCAA) where he has twice been named a Hockey East First Team All-Star. The 5’11”, 170 lb. center was also named to the conference’s All-Rookie Team in 2008-09 after a stellar freshman campaign with the Black Bears. Nyquist has been a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award as the top collegiate player in the country each of the past two seasons (this year’s winner will be announced on April 8). In 113 career NCAA games, Nyquist has tallied 144 points (50G-94A) in addition to 68 penalty minutes.

Prior to enrolling at the University of Maine, Nyquist starred with his hometown Malmö Redhawks in Sweden’s premier junior league (SuperElit) where he registered 75 points (32G-43A) in 66 games played over the course of two seasons.

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Moller Recalled By Kings

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled (emergency basis) forward Oscar Moller from the Ontario Reign (ECHL), Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

This will be Moeller’s second call-up to the Kings this season.  In four games (Dec. 11 to Dec. 18) he recorded three points (1-2=3) and zero penalty minutes.

Moller, 22, has played in 59 games with the Manchester Monarchs (AHL) this season, serving as a team alternate captain.  He has 50 points (23-27=50), 34 penalty minutes and a plus-13 rating.  His 50 points and 23 goals rank second on Manchester, while his 27 assists are tied for third on the club.  Moller has also netted four short-handed goals, tied for third in the AHL.

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Lightning Sign Undrafted FA Goalie Pat Nagle to 2-Year Entry Level Contract

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed undrafted free agent goaltender Pat Nagle to a two-year entry-level contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman said.

Nagle, 6-foot-3, 185 pounds, played in 37 games with the Ferris State (Mich.) Bulldogs this season, posting an 18-14-5 record with a 2.02 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.  He ranked fifth in NCAA Division-1 in GAA, tied for ninth for shutouts with three and tied for 10th in save percentage.  Nagle also set school records for GAA and was tied for second in save percentage. 

A native of Bloomfield, Michigan, Nagle was named to the All-CCHA First Team this past season and was named a Hobey Baker Memorial Award candidate.  He received CCHA Preseason Second-Team honors and was also selected to Inside College Hockey.com’s First-Half All-CCHA Team.

Nagle has played in 101 career games with Ferris State from 2007-10.  During that time he recorded a 2.32 GAA and a .916 save percentage with a 45-42-11 record with five shutouts.  Nagle has improved his GAA in each of the previous three seasons, going from 2.84 in 2008-09 to 2.02 in 2010-11.

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Oilers Sign Tanner House

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with free agent forward Tanner House on a two-year contract.

House, a Cochrane, Alberta native, just completed his senior year with the University of Maine Black Bears where he finished tied for 4th in team with 35 points (10G,25A) as well as 56 penalty minutes in 35 games. He won the Gladiator Hockey Best Defensive Forward in Hockey East with a +13 in league play, which ranked 10th among conference skaters.

The 6’1”, 195-pound captain of the Black Bears majored in Finance at the U of Maine finishing with a remarkable 3.8 GPA and was named the recipient of the University of Maine M Club’s Dean Smith Award, presented annually to the top male and female student-athlete at Maine.

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Thrashers acquire Festerling from Habs

Atlanta Thrashers Press Release:

The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Brett Festerling from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for goaltender Drew MacIntyre , according to General Manager Rick Dudley

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