Randy Sexton a fan of the Dale Tallon hiring

It’s happened a few times the past few years and Randy Sexton would
like to see it again. Departed general managers have lately had a
tendency to stick with the team that is replacing them, and Sexton would
welcome the same opportunity after the Florida Panthers hired Dale
Tallon in his place.

an AP report:

On a conference call with reporters
Wednesday, Sexton called Tallon a
“very, very worthy choice” for the franchise.

Sexton says he has told Tallon he would “help him in any way that he
needed it,” and planned to speak with Florida’s new GM again in the
coming weeks.

There’s no questioning that Dale Tallon
brings a nice pedigree to the Panthers after building the Chicago
Blackhawks into the team it is today, but perhaps having Sexton on board
in some capacity would be beneficial.

Tallon was fired as the GM
of the Blackhawks in part because of the salary cap trouble he put the
team in, with the fax snafu being the final straw. Sexton could help
assist Tallon in building a team with a lower payroll, one that doesn’t
have the ability to spend to the cap every single season.

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    “We beat this thing”: Eddie Olczyk declares he’s cancer-free

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    It’s the news every hockey fan wanted to hear.

    On Thursday night’s Chicago Blackhawks broadcast on NBC Sports Chicago, Eddie Olczyk, who was diagnosed last summer with colon cancer, told the hockey world some great news.

    “I got the call on March 14 at 5:07 p.m. letting me know my scans were clear,” an emotional Olczyk said as he stood next to long-time broadcast partner Pat Foley. “I’ve never heard a better phrase in my life. I’m now 10 days on with the rest of my life.”

    Olczyk, 51, had surgery after his diagnosis and had his last chemotherapy treatment on Feb. 21.

    “All the cancer is gone – we beat this thing,” Olczyk said, thanking a handful of people, from colleagues at NBC to the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL to his family members, wife and four kids. “And I say ‘we’ because it has been a team effort. We all beat this and I’m so thankful for all the support and prayers. They worked. I’m proud to stand here before everybody and say we beat this thing.”

    Foley called Olczyk’s battle with cancer, “heroic.”

    Olczyk was scheduled to have a scan in April to see how his chemo treatments had gone, but that scan was moved up due to emergency hernia surgery, according to Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times.

    “I’ve had enough crying to last me a lifetime,” Olczyk said. “I can’t emphasize enough just the support out there… just the texts, the email, the letters. I’ve received thousands and thousands of mail. I won’t be able to thank everybody, but I just want everybody to know on behalf of Eddie Olczyk and his family, we’re forever grateful for the support and the prayers and well wishes we received over the past seven months.”

    Olczyk said one thing he realized through his battle is that he found out he was way tougher than he thought he ever was.

    “If I can inspire one person to stay away from this, then I guess it was well worth it going through it,” he said.

    Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

    Grubauer, Capitals shut out Red Wings

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    If you were looking for a barn-burner, this game wasn’t that.

    While the Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Islanders combined for 13 goals, and the Carolina Hurricanes and Arizona Coyotes scored 11 in total, the Washington Capitals and their hosts, the Detroit Red Wings, played 60 minutes with just one goal between them.

    It wasn’t nearly as exciting in the goal-scoring department, but the win for the Washington Capitals put a bit of separation between themselves and the Pittsburgh Penguins and Columbus Blue Jackets, who the Caps (93 points) lead by four points now.

    Brett Conolly’s third-period marker at 6:41 was all the Capitals needed for their

    Andreas Athanasiou appeared to make it 1-0 in the first period on a nice wrister, but a goaltender interference challenge by Washington was successful after Tyler Bertuzzi was judged to have made contact with Grubauer. This one was pretty cut and dry, as far as GI calls go.

    The loss for the Red Wings meant they were officially eliminated from playoff contention, something that had been known for a while but hadn’t happened in the mathematical department.

    Grubauer was solid, making 39 saves for his third shutout of the season. At the other end of the rink, Jimmy Howard wasn’t too shabby either, stopping 25-of-26. All he needed was a bit of run support.

    Prior to puck drop, the Red Wings announced that defenseman Mike Green, who was hampered by a neck injury back in February, will go under the knife, ending his season.

    Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck

    WATCH LIVE: Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks

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    [Puck drop at 10 p.m. ET, CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE]


    Golden Knights

    Jonathan MarchessaultWilliam KarlssonTomas Tatar

    David PerronErik HaulaJames Neal

    Ryan CarpenterCody EakinAlex Tuch

    Tomas NosekPierre-Edouard BellemareRyan Reaves

    Brayden McNabbNate Schmidt

    Shea TheodoreDeryk Engelland

    Jon MerrillColin Miller

    Starting goalie: Malcolm Subban

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    Evander KaneJoe PavelskiMelker Karlsson

    Tomas HertlLogan CoutureMikkel Boedker

    Timo MeierChris TierneyKevin Labanc

    Barclay GoodrowEric FehrJannik Hansen

    Marc-Edouard VlasicJustin Braun

    Paul MartinBrent Burns

    Brenden DillonDylan DeMelo

    Starting goalie: Martin Jones

    Cam Ward delivers an all-time own goal (video)

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    We’ve seen some pretty interesting own goals throughout NHL history, and now Cam Ward has staked his claim for one of the strangest.

    The Carolina Hurricanes goaltender scored on himself in one of the most bizarre plays ever seen in the NHL.

    The puck, as you can see, hops into the skate of an unknowing Ward as the veteran netminder went out to play a puck that was rimmed around the boards.

    Ward, does what he would normally do after trotting out behind his net, and gets back into his crease. Unsure of where the puck is, he drops into the butterfly. The problem is the puck is stuck in his right skate, which goes over the goal line.

    It’s hard to explain, so let’s roll the footage:

    The play-by-play man on Fox Sports Carolinas had a good point: Why wasn’t the play blown dead? Even if the ref has his eye on the puck, there was no way of Ward knowing what he was about to do.

    Is there even a rule for that?

    Either way, one of the strangest goals in recent memory counted in a game few were probably watching to begin with.

    It’s probably safe to assume Ward (and goalies around the NHL) are going to find some way as to not let that happen again.

    Scott Billeck is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @scottbilleck