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‘Yotes hire ex-Canucks assistant Brown; Anderson out


The Phoenix Coyotes have added a veteran presence to their coaching staff, bringing aboard former Chicago, Columbus, Anaheim and Vancouver assistant Newell Brown.

The Coyotes also announced they’ve parted ways with assistant John Anderson, the former Atlanta Thrashers head coach that served as Dave Tippett’s assistant in the desert since 2011.

Brown, 51, was dismissed from the Canucks in late May, along with fellow assistant Rick Bowness and head coach Alain Vigneault.

(Of note, all three have now found new jobs — Vigneault with the Rangers, Bowness with the Lightning and Brown with Phoenix)

Brown had been linked to a possible job with Vigneault in New York.

Primarily in charge of the power play, Brown initially achieved great success in Vancouver (the Canucks had the NHL’s best PP in 2010-11, at 24.3 percent).

But, last season, the unit struggled mightily and finished a disappointing 22nd (15.8 percent) in the league.

Brown — coming aboard to work with Phoenix’s power-play, according to GM Don Maloney — will be buoyed by the recent signing of Mike Ribeiro.

The former Washington Capital led the NHL in power-play assists last year, with 21, which should help a Coyotes team that finished 25th in the NHL (14.8 percent) with the man advantage last season.

Torres offered in-person hearing, potentially setting up long suspension

Torres hit

What will Raffi Torres get this time?

The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.

It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. While Torres is not considered a repeat offender as his last suspension came more than 18 months ago, the NHL still retains the right to consider his history when deciding on this matter.

Among other incidents, he was once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.

You can see the hit below:

And here it is slowed down:

Torres got a match penalty and Silfverberg left the game. Fortunately, Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau said that Silfverberg could have returned, but was kept out for precautionary reasons.

Flames acquire Freddie Hamilton, brother of Dougie

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Roughly three months after acquiring Dougie Hamilton, the Calgary Flames have brought his brother on board too.

Freddie Hamilton was pried away from the Colorado Avalanche for the cost a 2016 conditional seventh-round draft pick, per the Avalanche’s website. The Flames announced that he will report to AHL Stockton.

Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.

This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.