NHL News and Notes: Vigneault Signs on With New York

There have recently been some serious happenings across the NHL besides the Stanley Cup Finals kicking off. The NHL began dishing out many of their annual awards. A few noteworthy signings have taken place, some coaches shown the door, while others found new homes.

As far as coaches go, John Tortorella was canned in New York. Alain Vigneault was sent packing in Vancouver and Ralph Krueger was let go in Edmonton. Though the Rangers hired Vigneault today, as he will serve as Tortorella’s replacement. San Jose extended Todd McLellan’s contract. The terms were not revealed.

The Penguins signed Dan Bylsma to a two-year extension following a trouncing at the hands of the Bruins. GM Ray Shero then proceeded to re-up with Evgeni Malkin, locking him up with an eight-year $78 million deal.

Dallas came to terms with former Ottawa Senators blue liner Sergei Gonchar. They also revealed a sharp new uniform change that the Stars players will dawn this coming season.

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The Stars new look uniforms

Philadelphia added veteran defenseman Mark Streit, bolstering their back end depth. Streit captained the Isles for many years. His contract is up upon conclusion of the Cup so the Flyers will be forced to strike a deal.

The Red Wings signed winger Drew Miller on for three more years. Miller will be raking in $1.35 million per season.

Nashville inked defensemen Roman Josi to a mega seven-year deal worth $28 million.

Also a debate continues to rage out in Phoenix, as the future of the franchise seems to be filled with uncertainty. Many around the team insist the Yotes will be staying put.

For those of you following the NHL’s future stars down in the AHL, Syracuse is squaring off with Grand Rapids in the Calder Cup Final.

Tonight the NHL will announce the Hart, Vezina, and Calder Trophies.

Bryan Bernard – NHL contributor – TitleTownSpors Network

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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