Author: Mike Halford

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Devils retain goalie coach Terreri


On Friday, the New Jersey Devils announced that Chris Terreri would remain on as the club’s goaltending coach, essentially completing new bench boss John Hynes’ coaching staff.

Terreri, 50, has served the club as goaltending coach since 2009-10, after spending eight seasons in a similar role at the American Hockey League level. His hire came after a lengthy playing career in which he won a pair of Cups with the Devils — in 1995 and 2000 — and appeared in over 400 NHL contests all told.

His presence on Hynes’ staff is significant. Following the departure of longtime GM Lou Lamoriello for the newly-minted Ray Shero, the Devils have undergone a significant change in which much of the “old guard” — including Lamoriello favorites Adam Oates and Scott Stevens — were pushed out. Oates and Stevens were replaced by Alain Nasreddine and Geoff Ward, but Terreri will remain in place to continue working with Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid.

Journeyman goalie MacDonald signs in Germany

New York Islanders v Montreal Canadiens

Joey MacDonald is headed overseas.

MacDonald, the 35-year-old goalie that’s spent time with the Red Wings, Bruins, Islanders, Maple Leafs and Flames, has opted to sign with German League outfit Schenninger Wild Wings, the club announced on Friday.

MacDonald spent last season with Montreal’s AHL affiliate in Hamilton, going 10-9-6 with a .910 save percentage and 2.77 GAA.

A veteran of over 100 NHL contests, MacDonald had his busiest year on Long Island in 2008-09, starting a career-high 46 games. He later enjoyed a nice spell in Detroit from 2010-12, emerging as a capable backup for Jimmy Howard.

His last big-league work came in ’13-14, when he appeared in 11 games for Calgary.

Sweeney: ‘Highly unlikely’ Soderberg back in Boston


Sure looks like Carl Soderberg, who tied for third on the Bruins in points last year, is on his way out of town.

Following reports from earlier this month that Soderberg wouldn’t be re-signing in Boston, GM Don Sweeney met with the media on Friday and all but confirmed it:

Soderberg, who turns 30 in October, scored 48 and 44 points in his first two full seasons with the Bruins after spending the early parts of his professional career in the Swedish Hockey League. He emerged as a dependable forward for Claude Julien last year, averaging nearly 17 minutes per night, and proved a fairly solid contributor during Boston’s ’14 playoff run, scoring six points in 12 games.

It’s not entirely surprising Soderberg is headed to market. The Bruins are in the midst of a cap crunch — to that end, Sweeney said they have a cheaper replacement in house in Joonas Kemppainen, a “player of a similar nature” signed out of the Finnish League earlier this offseason.

Soderberg’s probably keen to test the waters of what looks like a thin UFA class. He averaged just a shade over $1 million annually on his last deal, and is in line for a raise.

Soderberg has also reportedly been tied to Swiss League club HC Lugano, though his agent denied the move back in April.

Columbus adds McCudden to Richards’ coaching staff

Kenny McCudden

The Blue Jackets have hired former Chicago Wolves skating and skills coach Kenny McCudden to serve on Todd Richards’ staff, the club announced on Thursday.


The Chicago native, who originally joined the Wolves in 1994, spent three seasons with the club from 1994-97 and then returned prior to the 2002-03 season. He was a part of teams that qualified for the former International Hockey League Turner Cup Playoffs three times and the American Hockey League Calder Cup Playoffs on eight occasions. He helped the Wolves advance to the 2005 Calder Cup Final and capture the Calder Cup championship in 2008.

“Kenny has worked with players at every level from young kids to NHL All-Stars and is a very well-respected skills and skating instructor,” said Richards. “He adds a new dimension to our staff and I’m really excited about the contributions he’ll make to our team.”

McCudden will join associate coach Craig Hartsburg and fellow assistant Brad Larsen on the Columbus bench.

Sens sign Pageau, head coach Cameron to two-year extensions

Ottawa Senators v New York Rangers

The Ottawa Senators made a pair of fairly significant moves on Thursday, signing both head coach Dave Cameron and forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau to two-year extensions.

Pageau, 22, really flourished after Cameron took over for Paul MacLean last year, and finished with career-highs in games (50), goals (10), assists (nine) and points (19). As a result, he’ll now earn $900,000 annually on his new deal and, perhaps even more importantly, will now be on a one-way deal. Pageau has spent a considerable amount of time with AHL Binghamton over the last few seasons, but now looks to be a full-fledged NHLer.

As for the head coach…

Cameron, 56, officially inked the extension GM Bryan Murray put on the table soon after Ottawa was eliminated from the postseason. The deal is well deserved; Cameron took over on Dec. 8 and led Ottawa on one of the greatest playoff rallies in league history — the Sens went 32-15-8 for 72 points over 55 games during his tenure, overcoming a 14-point deficit to make the playoffs on the final day of the regular season.