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NHL Rumors: Hurricanes, Senators, Rangers, Flames, Oilers and Sabres

  • The Fourth Period: There has been talk that the Hurricanes could look to trade Eric Staal this offseason.

    “I’ve been here a long time. I love it here. I’ve had success here. I know and I believe we can again, and I can be a part of that,” Staal told reporters on Tuesday.

    “I think I can be part of the right things going forward. Obviously, my career isn’t going to be forever, and I want to play in the playoffs. I don’t want to continually miss the playoffs and have these types of interviews at the end of the season. We’ll see what happens here in the next little while.”

  • Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun: Brennan thinks that if they can find the fit, they should trade Craig Anderson. If they move him, they should be able to fill a roster needs or add to their draft picks. He is entering his final season of his deal and could be looking for a three or four year contract.  If re-signed, where would that leave Robin Lehner? Brennan also doesn’t think that Jason Spezza will be back.
  • Larry Brooks: It is possible that the Rangers will use an amnesty buy out on Brad Richards.

    “It’s been in the back of my mind to a certain extent, it would be a lie if I said it wasn’t there,” the 33-year-old center said. “But it’s not affecting me or weighing on me, or having any impact on my preparation or my game.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”I’ve heard that the Flames could have had Nyquist and Tatar for Bouwmeester or another player but chose not to” … ”Based on my information, that was the Wings’ package for Bouwmeester, but not for Iginla”
  • John Vogl: Sabres GM Tim Murray on the possibility of buying out Ville Leino: ”Very good possibility.”
  • Bruce Garrioch: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: ”Changes will need to happen,”
  • Jonathan Willis: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish listed his four core players: Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Justin Schultz.
  • Jason Gregor: Oilers MacTavish on pending RFA Justin Schultz: ”I’m open to both scenarios either a longterm or a bridge contract.” Jim Matheson: MacTavish on Shultz: ”He is developing player. Potential is limitless. I would consider long-term deal.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray: ”I want to rebuild properly, which takes time. It doesn’t have to take years.”
  • Mike Harrington: Sabres GM Tim Murray reaffirmed that they could draft Aaron Ekblad, not a guarantee that they draft a forward.

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NHL Free Agent Rumors: Kassian, Hainsey, Loktionov, Grabovski and Timonen

  • Ian Mendes:: Senators GM Bryan Murray: ”Matt Kassian’s not in our plans — and we’re not in his plans.”
  • Chip Alexander: Hurricanes pending UFA Ron Hainsey likes the fit and will ”see how it goes.”
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Andrei Loktionov wants to remain in the NHL next season and with the Hurricanes.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals pending UFA Mikhail Grabovski wouldn’t mind remaining in Washington, but would want to know which way the organization is going.

    “Nobody knows what’s going to happen here, so it’s made me disappointed too,” Grabovski said Tuesday. “I want to know, first before I sign, who’s going to be coach, who’s going to be general manager, because nobody knows and lots of stuff is being said.”

    “I just don’t want to have same experience I have before in Toronto when [former coach] Ron Wilson is gone just after I sign, and they bring in a coach who don’t really want me,” Grabovski said. “For me it’s important that people believe in you and trust. Adam Oates, he bring me here with McPhee. They trust me as a player, and I do my best in the half-season I played. I can do better. [When] people trust me, I feel this and I play better, good hockey.”

    Grabovski is believed to be looking for a four or five year deal in the $5 million per season range.

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Flyers GM Paul Holmgren on if he wants pending UFA Kimmo Timonen back next season.

    “Absolutely,” he said, though it’s highly probable the defenseman would take a pay cut from his $6 million salary. “We’ve talked a couple times during the year and put it on the shelf, and we’ll talk again in a couple months. I know his family is very big in his life, and his kids are getting older and he wants to be around them more. But he loves to compete, and if he wants to come back, we’ll figure it out.”

    Timonen doesn’t want to start thinking about retirement.

    “Once you start thinking about it, you don’t think about the game as much,” he said. “During the Olympics, I knew it was my last game and it was really emotional. I knew it was the last time I put the Finland jersey on. But I haven’t made up my mind yet here.”

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Odds of Winning Tonight’s NHL Draft Lottery Drawing

The NHL will hold their draft lottery drawing tonight at 8:00 PM EST. The odds of obtaining the first overall pick are as follows:

1st – 25.0% – Buffalo Sabres
2nd – 18.8% – Florida Panthers
3rd – 14.2% – Edmonton Oilers
4th – 10.7% – Calgary Flames
5th – 8.1% – NY Islanders
6th – 6.2% – Vancouver Canucks
7th – 4.7% – Carolina Hurricanes
8th – 3.6% – Toronto Maple Leafs
9th – 2.7% – Winnipeg Jets
10th – 2.1% – Anaheim Ducks (via Ottawa)
11th – 1.5% – New Jersey Devils (Forfeit pick but are included in the drawing)
12th – 1.1% – Nashville Predators
13th – 0.8% – Phoenix Coyotes
14th – 0.5% – Washington Capitals

If the NJ Devils win the lottery, the NHL will hold a re-draw. The Devils will select 30th overall.

The Islanders have until June 1st to decide if they will keep their 2014 first round pick or send it to the Sabres as part of the Thomas Vanek – Matt Moulson trade. If the Islanders keep the pick, the Sabres will get their 2015 first round pick.

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NHL Rumors I: Weber, Kesler, Edler, Reimer, Tavares and Ward

  • Nashville Predators: Predators GM David Poile said that Shea Weber will definitely be in Nashville next season.
  • Ben Kuzma: Canucks Ryan Kesler: ”I didn’t ask for a trade. It’s best to keep that in house. Not going to comment — it’s not right.” Farhan Lalji: Kesler wouldn’t comment  on the rumors of “a list” that he provided to Canucks management.
  • Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun: There is talk that Canucks Alex Edler could be asked to waive his no-trade clause this offseason. He has five years at $5 million a season left on his deal. Edler would like to stay in Vancouver.
  • Toronto Sun: Pending RFA James Reimer is unsure on his future.

    “The hockey world is a crazy place. This has been my team and I have really enjoyed it, and it has been a huge blessing. I always dreamed this would be the organization that I stay with my whole career, so we will see what happens.”

    If Reimer wants a trade, speculated landing spots could be the Jets, Flames, Islanders and Oilers.

  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders John Tavares doesn’t want to leave the team despite recent rumblings.

    “I signed six years because I wanted to be here. There’s no part of me that wants to leave,” Tavares told Newsday during Monday’s breakup day. “I think [the talk] is a product of the team not winning, and the perception around here from other markets is always a lot different from what actually happens. I know we’ve still got some great things we can accomplish here and my mindset hasn’t changed.”

    “I’m excited to come back next year and I’ve always loved being here.”

  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes Cam Ward and his family consider Raleigh home: ”I want to be here.”

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NHL Rumors: Sabres, Canucks, Penguins, Kings, Panthers, Senators and Maple Leafs

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Sabres GM Tim Murray is willing to trade almost anyone. He’s been shopping Chris Stewart, Christian Ehrhoff, Luke Adam and Drew Stafford. They will also listen to offers on Marcus Foligno, Johan Larsson and Chad Ruhwedel.

    “He’s just open for business,” said a league executive about Murray before the weekend. “He hasn’t drafted any of these current guys.”

    Pat LaFontaine interviewed 15 people before deciding on Tim Murray.

    Coyotes assistant Brad Treliving may be one of the top candidates for the Canucks GM position.

    The Penguins and Blackhawks were close to trading for Ryan Kesler at the deadline. Trading Kesler could be revisited at the draft.

    There could be lots of changes in Carolina this offseason.

    Penguins coach Dan Bylsma will be under the microscope if they don’t go far into the playoffs.

    The Kings could be a landing spot for Mike Cammalleri.

    John Ferguson Jr. could be the top candidate to replace Brendan Shanahan.

    One option for Martin Brodeur next season is to mentor Marc-Andre Fleury in Pittsburgh. The Islanders also need a goaltender.

    Panthers GM Dale Tallon may be on the hotseat. Garrioch suggests bringing in Doug MacLean as president to help Tallon.

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Senators will have to decide if they want to re-sign pending UFAs Milan Michalek, Ales Hemsky and Matt Kassian. One year away from free agency will be Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan, Craig Anderson, Clarke MacArthur and Marc Methot. Spezza knows changes are coming.

    “I don’t look at it that way. I think that when you do have a season of disappointment there’s going to be change in the room. This isn’t going to be the same group next year and we’re all well aware of that,” said Spezza, in his first year as captain.

  • Steve Simmons: Dave Nonis’ inclination may have been to keep Randy Carlyle as coach. Brendan Shanahan may not think that way. Reports from New Jersey may be that Shanahan would like Peter DeBoer as they coach. Simmons likes the Leafs core of Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk, Jonathan Bernier, Tyler Bozak, Morgan Rielly and Jake Gardiner, but the contracts of Dion Phaneuf, Joffrey Lupul and David Clarkson will make it hard for them to build around their young core.
  • George Richards: Panthers defenseman Ed Jovanoski said wants to play year. The Panthers will have to pay him $4 million whether he plays or not. Steve Simmons: (responding) The Panthers will look to trade Jovanovski if possible. They are fed up with his lack of leadership as he’s not showing the kids the way.
  • Hockey Night in Canada: Hotstove Tonight. Panel discussing the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Predators.

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NHL Rumors I: Kesler, Kane, Brodeur, Ward, Staal and MacLean

  • Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province: Canuck Ryan Kesler has already asked for a trade out of Vancouver. The organization may now realize that he needs to be dealt. Pierre LeBrun on an ESPN podcast:

    “In terms of Kesler, not only do I think that he’ll be traded, but I think maybe even the onus will have changed.

    It began with him asking for a trade, but now I would say that the organization probably realizes that they need him out.

    Not because he’s a bad person or a bad player, but because he’s their best asset to move. You’ll get a lot for him. The Anaheim Ducks and Penguins were extremely interested in him, but couldn’t convince Gillis to do it.

    Now you add in a whole pile of other teams at the June draft and I think that’s the first trade you make if you’re the new GM of the Canucks.”

    Botchford thinks that if the Jets are going to move Evander Kane, the Canucks should be all in. The Canucks need to hope the Kings don’t step in.

  • Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Devils coach Peter DeBoer hasn’t revealed his goaltending plans. Could Martin Brodeur already played his last game as a Devil?

    “Not really. I’ll be honest – I haven’t thought about that game,” Brodeur said. “I might have played my last game here. Who knows? I’m not sure what’s going to happen over the weekend. We’ll see. It’s something that we’ll have to talk about.”

    It is possible that Brodeur does return to the Devils next season, but he understands the if they want to move on without him and run with Cory Schneider as their No. 1

    “I don’t expect them to come running after me,” Brodeur said. “We’ll see. Again, that’s a situation I have to be OK with regardless of it it’s here or somewhere else. But I have to talk to a lot of people in the off-season and make my own decision. Regardless of if I stay or leave, the Devils are in unbelievable hands with Schneids.”

  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Anton Khudobin appears set to be their No. 1 goalie next season. Trading Cam Ward and his $6.3 million salary will be their top priority. The Hurricanes may also look at trading Eric Staal. Head coach Kirk Muller could be fired after the season.
  • Ian Mendes: Senators coach Paul MacLean said he hasn’t talked to owner Eugene Melney or GM Bryan Murray about his job security. He doesn’t expect to talk to them until after the season.

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NHL Rumors II: Jets, Predators, Canucks, Panthers, Hurricanes, Oilers and Maple Leafs

  • Elliotte Friedman: Evander Kane’s recent benching doesn’t mean he’ll be traded by the Jets. There would be plenty of teams interested if they decide to trade him. Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff may quietly test the trade market for Kane. The Jets could look to trade a defenseman for a forward to increase their options.

    Friedman thinks the Predators may take a run at Thomas Vanek.

    For the Canucks: “the Aquilini family’s gone quiet, letting the season play out before announcing any decisions. One owner said last week he thinks they are looking at the financial implications of a “clean sweep,” starting all over again. It’s a big number, because you also have to factor in the replacements and how much that will affect your on-ice business. Do you want to buy out anyone? What do you want to add? Mike Gillis was telling the truth last week when he said he didn’t know if he’d be back. I don’t think anyone there knows yet what ownership will do.”

    Friedman could see the Panthers having interest in Dave Bolland.

  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: (mailbag) Hurricanes Eric Staal could be made available, but the cost would be huge. If the Oilers were interested, the Hurricanes would likely be looking for something other than Sam Gagner and Nail Yakupov. They would be interested in getting a high end defenseman back. Staal has a cap hit of $8.25 million cap hit with salaries of $9.25 million and $9.5 million. The Hurricanes may be more interested in moving Cam Ward. If Paul Maurice remains with the Jets, Matheson could see them taking a run at Ward. The Jets would then need to find a taker for Ondrej Pavelec.
  • The Fourth Period: The Hurricanes are expected to move goalie Cam Ward this offseason. Eric Staal and Jeff Skinner’s name has been in the rumor mill. The Leafs were among the teams that inquired about Skinner earlier this season. The Canes had spoken with a few teams about Ward, who holds a no-trade clause.
  • The Fourth Period: Nikolai Kulemin doesn’t appear to be in the Leafs future. They did have him on the trade market earlier in the season, but decided to hold on to him. It has been rumored that the Penguins could have interest in the pending UFA. James Reimer and Nazem Kadri are expected to be traded this summer.

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NHL Rumors: Canucks, Flames, Isles, Caps, Canes, Canadiens, Panthers, Leafs, Predators and Bruins

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Canucks ownership will need to decide if one or both of John Tortorella and Mike Gillis will be back.

    Expect Flames coach Bob Hartley to return next season. Top candidates to for the Flames GM position: George McPhee, Laurece Gilman, Dave Poulin and Claude Loiselle.

    There could be at least three groups that have spoken with Charles Wang about buying the Islanders.

    Capitals coach Adam Oates may be fired after the season.

    The Hurricanes may look to trade Cam Ward (two-years with a $6.7 million cap hit). The Flames, Islanders, Sabres and Capitals could be looking for a goalie this offseason.

    Ron Francis (pending Hurricanes GM) will have to decide if they will buy out the remaining four years and $28 million left on Alex Semin’s contract.

    Ken Hitchcock’s job may be on the line if they have an early playoff exit.

    Rumors are that the Canadiens and P.K. Subban’s camp have only held preliminary talks, with serious negotiations talking place after the playoffs. He could get an eight-year contract worth around $7.5 million per season.

    There are rumors that the Panthers will try to sign pending UFAs Dave Bolland and Matt Moulson.

    Thought is that Dallas Eakins will be back with the Oilers next year. Mark Messier could be a coaching option for them down the road.

  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the Leafs top priority this offseason should be to re-sign Dave Bolland.

    Simmons thinks Randy Carlyle will be the Leafs coach next season.Simmons wonders if the Predators will fire Barry Trotz and if the Penguins don’t have a successful playoffs, will they fire Dan Bylsma?

    The Leafs, Avalanche and Lightning will be interested in Leo Komarov this offseason.

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: The Bruins will have about a  $4.5 million salary cap penalty next season for bonus overages for Jarome Iginla, Dougie Hamilton and Torey Krug. They have $62 million already committed for next year. Pending RFAs: Krug, Matt Bartkowski, Reilly Smith and Jordan Caron.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: John Tortorella won’t be back as the Canucks coach unless ownership chooses him over GM Mike Gillis. Tortorella may be spreading word that Jay Feaster is a GM that he could work with.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller could be let go by incoming GM Ron Francis.

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Afternoon Hits: Injuries, Scratches, Lines and Some Starting Goalies

  • Tracey Myers: Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said that Patrick Kane could start skating “as early as tomorrow.”
  • Andy Strickland: Blues Alex Steen (upper-body) and Barrett Jackman (lower-body) are day-to-day. Their injuries are not serious, but they won’t play tonight.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson didn’t skate today and looking unlikely that he’ll play tomorrow. Hasn’t been on the ice since Sunday.
  • Sam Carchidi: Flyers Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup tonight. He could have returned on Tuesday but they game him the extra rest.
  • Ken Wiebe: Looking like Devin Setoguchi will be a healthy scratch for the fourth time in the last five games.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes not at practice: Alex Semin (illness), Jiri Tlusty (upper-body) and Ron Hainsey.
  • Aaron Portzline: Blue Jackets lines: Jenner – Johansen – Letestu; Calvert – Dubinsky – Atkinson; Foligno – Anisimov – Umberger; Comeau – MacKenzie – Boll.
  • Ansar Khan: Red Wings lines: Nyquist-Legwand-Franzen, Tatar-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson/Bertuzzi.
  • Katie Carrera: Capitals lines: Grabovski-Backstrom-Ovi; Johansson-Beagle-Brouwer; Chimera-Fehr-Ward; Penner-Kuznetsov-Wilson. Volpatti extra. Defensive pairings: Alzner-Carlson; Orlov-Green; Erskine-Carrick.
  • Michael Smith: Hurricanes lines: Loktionov-E. Staal-Terry, Gerbe-J. Staal-Dwyer, Skinner-Nash-Lindholm, ??-Malhotra-Dvorak.
  • Pierre LeBrun: Flyers Steve Mason will battle Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky tonight.

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NHL Rumors: Leafs, Flyers, Habs, Panthers, Jets, Sharks, Canes, Wild and Canucks

  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: The Leafs have lost eight in a row and changes could be coming. Coach Randy Carlyle could be the scapegoat. A management source indicated that drastic move(s) in the next 24-48 hours was unlikely though.
  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The Flyers gave up a couple draft picks for defenseman Andrew MacDonald, and they plan on trying to re-sign the pending UFA.

    Thought is that the Canadiens will sign Andrei Markov to a three-year contract extension before July 1st.

    Though, then assistant GM Mike Santos (fired) denied there was a offer on the table for Dmitry Kulikov, sources say there was an offer and that Santos wasn’t kept in the loop.

    The Jets could be taking a wait-and-see approach with regards to their coaching. Could they look at Randy Carlyle if the Leafs let him go.

    Neither the Sharks or Dan Boyle are in a rush to get an extension done. They will wait until the off-season. The Lightning could be interested if he hits the open market.

    Hurricanes coach Kirk Muller will likely be looking for a new job at the end of the season.

    If the Wild let coach Mike Yeo go at the end of the season, names that could come as replacements are Marc Crawford and Peter Laviolette.

  • Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: You have to think there will be a coaching change in Vancouver. David Booth could be bought out after the season. Booth, has been one of their better players of late. The Canucks will also have to decide what to do with Alex Edler, who has a no-trade clause. If they decide to keep Edler, they could look at buying out Jason Garrison. They would like to keep Ryan Kesler. If they do trade him, they will need to find another center.

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Morning Hits: Faulk, Gelinas, van Reimsdyk, Penguins and Maple Leafs

  • Renaud Lavoie: Justin Faulk’s deal with the Hurricanes contains a modified no-trade clause in which he would accept a trade to 15 teams.
  • Rich Chere: Devils Eric Gelinas said he “completely understands” if they want to use a veteran deferenseman down the stretch and that he’s willing to play wing if need be.
  • James Mirtle: Leafs James van Reimsdyk said that he didn’t push his brother to become a Maple Leaf, advised him that they have “too many good young d-men.”
  • Hope Smoke: Pierre LeBrun: ”I don’t feel right about the Penguins team. I worry about Fleury & their defensive awareness as a unit in the playoffs” … ”The heat is on Bylsma and he can be in trouble if they don’t go on a long run”
  • Hope Smoke: Kevin Dineen on TSN radio last week: ”I coached the Ducks farm team when Carlyle coached the Ducks & we had to mimic his style” … ”I would sit back and think, well you have Pronger, Niedermayer and Beauchemin so you can sit there and play that style” … ”Sometimes it’s based on personnel and my feeling is, you work with what you have” … ”I look at the Leafs as a high end skill team. I don’t look at them as a defensive team” … ”If I was coaching against the Leafs the defense is something that I’d like to exploit”

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Morning Rumors: Staal’s, Skinner, Ward, Subban, Miller and Maple Leafs

  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes Jim Rutherford is expected to step down as the teams general manager after the season. He could remain on as their president, a position he currently holds as well. Ron Francis is expected to take over the GM position. Francis has been working with Rutherford and handles many of their day-to-day operation duties.
  • Hope Smoke: Doug MacLean: ”I was told a couple of weeks ago that Ron Francis will take over as GM in Carolina”
  • Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports: Friedman thinks at least one offensive minded Maple Leafs forward will be moved for a more defensive player.Both P.K. Subban and Ryan Miller have chosen to wait until after the season to talk contract, despite their teams willing to talk.

    After the season the Hurricanes and Eric Staal will see if their relationship is worth preserving. Eric has been playing on the wing with Jordan and Alex Semin.

    It’s likely that the Hurricanes could look to move out some salary this summer. Two players who they could look at moving are Cam Ward (no trade clause) and Jeff Skinner. Other teams have been told that Ward is healthy. The Hurricanes may be willing to eat some salary to move Ward.

    Last summer the Hurricanes put Skinner’s name out there, but didn’t seem that serious about moving him. They wanted to see what value he had.

  • Hope Smoke: Nick Kypreos: ”The Hurricanes are going to make everyone available at the draft. The Staals, Skinner, Ward anyone for the right price”
  • Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun: P.K. Subban is believed to be looking for an $8 million per year deal, and hopes to remain with the Canadiens.

    “I’ll tell you this right now: My goal coming into the NHL was to help the Montreal Canadiens win a Stanley CUp. It still is,” Subban told the Sun on Saturday.

    “If I’m not a Montreal Canadien, it won’t be because I don’t want to be there. I have every intention of being there, playing my entire career there.

    “If it doesn’t happen, it’s because it’s a business and not because I don’t want to be there.”

  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: ”If Leafs miss the playoffs one of two things will happen, replacing the coach or trading guys like Kadri/Gardiner”
  • Hope Smoke: James Mirtle: ”At the end of last season the Leafs needed help down the middle & on D. They then went & spent their money on Clarkson”
  • Hope Smoke: Bob McKenzie: “Is Spott the eventual replacement for Carlyle? I think the Leafs hired him to be the Marlies coach & he needs time there”

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