NHL Rumor Wire – May 18th, 2011

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero says, former NHL star Jaromir Jagr will not be courted by the Penguins.

From Rob Rossi (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Jaromir Jagr has an invitation to take a vacation and Sidney Crosby is on one.

Penguins general manager Ray Shero could probably use a diversion from the wild speculation regarding two legendary players in franchise history.

Shero, who is meeting with the amateur scouting staff this week at Consol Energy Center, suggested Tuesday that Jagr won`t be courted to play for the Penguins next season and stressed that Crosby`s reported postseason setback was really just a slight “step back” along his recovery from a concussion.

Yesterday, Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed that Paul Maurice will remain as head coach next season.

From Chip Alexander (newsobserver.com)

RALEIGH — Carolina Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed today that Paul Maurice would remain as head coach next season and that Ron Francis would return to the front office.

Maurice has a year left on his contract with the Canes. Francis served as assistant general manager before Maurice was named coach in December 2008, replacing Peter Laviolette. Francis then became associate head coach on Maurice’s staff while retaining his duties as director of player personnel.

“It’s something that had been planned for over the last couple of years,” Rutherford said of Francis’ move back to assistant GM. “It’s really what he wants to do.”

Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk has has started exploratory phone conversations with potential new coaches for the Stars.

From Mike Heika (Dallas Morning News)

I just got off the phone with Joe Nieuwendyk, and he said he has started exploratory phone conversations with potential new coaches for the Stars.

Nieuwendyk said the process to get a new coach could be slow, and said he and the front office are walking a sort of tightrope in trying to get this done. On one hand, he would like a new owner to be a part of (or at least aware of) the selection process, and with Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi in an exclusive 30-day negotiation window, there is a chance Gaglardi could be the owner by early June. On the other hand, there is nothing new this week to be reported on the sale and there still is a matter of clearing the new owner through bankruptcy court _ something that could take the process into July or even later if complications pop up.

Philadelphia Flyers forward Dan Carcillo may have played his last game as a Flyer.

From Sam Carchidi (Philly.com)

Will he be serving the suspension with the Flyers or with another NHL team?

The Flyers are undecided about whether to re-sign the potential restricted free agent.

I can understand both sides.

Carcillo, 26, brings much-needed energy to the Flyers with his hustling play.

Then again, his penchant for bad penalties has proved costly.

It figures to cost a little over $1 million to re-sign the player affectionately known as “Car Bomb.” Is that too much for a player who dropped in goals (12 to 4), points (22 to 6), plus-minus ratings (plus-5 to minus-14) and time on ice (11:15 per game to 7:46 ) from 2009-10 to 2010-11?


Tags: Carolina Hurricanes Dallas Stars Dan Carcillo Jaromir Jagr Jim Rutherford Joe Nieuwendyk Paul Maurice Philadelphia Flyers Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero

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