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NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11:  Patrik Elias #26 of the New Jersey Devils celebrates the win with teammate Cory Schneider #35 after the game against the Minnesota Wild on November 11, 2014 at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.The New Jersey Devils defeated the Minnesota Wild 3-1.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Schneider (core muscle), Elias (knee) undergo successful surgeries: Devils


Today’s release, from New Jersey’s PR staff:

“On Wednesday, Patrik Elias underwent successful surgery on his right knee. The procedure was performed at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City by Dr. Riley Williams. We will continue to monitor Patrik’s rehabilitation and progress.

“On Tuesday, Cory Schneider underwent successful surgery to repair a core muscle injury. The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers of the Vincera Institute in Philadelphia. His expected recovery time is approximately six weeks.”

Schneider’s procedure seems pretty straightforward, and his recovery time is unlikely to interfere with his participation in training camp.

Which makes Elias’ surgery the more intriguing of the two.

The Czech winger turned 40 in April and, with no contract for next season, there’s major uncertainty regarding his playing future. There was some speculation Elias would retire after returning from a lengthy absence in April, and scoring three points in a season-ending victory over Toronto.

It certainly would’ve been a nice sendoff.

But it’s possible this latest knee procedure is designed to allow Elias to return, and potentially re-sign with the only NHL club he’s ever known. He’s spent his entire 20-year career in New Jersey and is the franchise’s all-time leader in goals, assists and points.

Only Ken Daneyko and Martin Brodeur have played more games in a Devils uniform than Elias, but that could change should Elias return next season. He would need to appear in 44 games to pass Daneyko for first all-time.

Related: Elias (knee) feels ‘as good as I’m going to feel,’ wants to play again this season

Report: Detroit expected to interview ex-Columbus coach Richards

Todd Richards

The remodel of Jeff Blashill’s coaching staff in Detroit is already underway — earlier this week, the Red Wings hired longtime Boston assistant Doug Houda.

And now, they’ll reportedly speak with another veteran coach.

Per MLive, the club is “expected” to interview former Wild and Blue Jackets bench boss Todd Richards for an assistant’s role on Blashill’s staff.

Richards is currently the assistant coach of Team USA at the World Hockey Championships, and would (presumably) be unavailable for interview until the end of the tournament.

But it’s easy to see why Detroit would wait to speak with him.

Blashill is reportedly looking for an “innovative” coach to spark the team’s power play, which was average at best during the regular season and went completely south in the playoffs, going 1-for-25 in an opening-round loss to Tampa Bay.

During Richards’ last full season in Columbus, the ’14-15 campaign, his club boasted the NHL’s fifth-best power play, connecting at 21.7 percent.

The year prior, the Jackets finished 11th in the league with the man advantage, en route to just the second playoff appearance in franchise history.

Richards, 49, would also meet the other criteria Blashill wants out of an assistant — NHL experience.

MORE: Marc Crawford was tied to the Red Wings job, prior to accepting in Ottawa

“A number of the candidates that I’d like to talk to are guys that have had NHL head coaching experience,” Blashill said, per MLive. “It certainly won’t be restricted to just that but there’s decisions throughout the year and throughout games that if somebody’s been through those roles they’ve got a unique perspective and one that I’d like to be able to learn from and grow our staff as a result of.”

Richards has coached in three different NHL markets — he was an assistant in San Jose prior to his time in Minnesota and Columbus — and has over 400 games on his resume.

He’s also worked with NHLers on various international platforms. Richards was an assistant coach on the U.S. team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, and was the head coach of last year’s bronze medal-winning team at the Worlds.

The coaching vacancies in Detroit came after former assistant Tony Granato took the head coaching job at the University of Wisconsin, and Pat Ferschweiler — who ran the power play last season — was re-assigned to work out of the press box.

Canucks won’t say if Ducks have asked to interview Travis Green

5 Apr 1998:  Center Travis Green of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in action during a game against the Calgary Flames at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, California.The Ducks and Flames tied 3-3. Mandatory Credit: Jed Jacobsohn  /Allsport
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Anaheim has a pretty deep list of candidates for its vacant head coaching gig, but one guy continues to stand out among the rest:

Travis Green, the head coach of Vancouver’s AHL affiliate in Utica.

Green, who’s been under Vancouver’s employ for the last three years, has already been floated as a potential replacement for Bruce Boudreau in Anaheim — but it remains unclear whether or not the Ducks have asked the Canucks permission to speak with him.

If they have, well, the Canucks aren’t saying. From the O.C. Register:

[Green] has some Ducks ties, having played 108 of his 970 NHL games with Anaheim over two stints in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons and the 2006-07 season.

A Canucks spokesman said Vancouver general manager Jim Benning would not comment on whether the Ducks have asked for permission to speak to Green, but they showed interest in him early last season when the team got off to a slow start with Boudreau.

Greene, 45, would be a really intriguing hire. He’s been a winner at both the junior level (with WHL Portland) and at the AHL level, having led the Comets to the Calder Cup Final last season.

And though he was a bit player during that aforementioned ’06-07 campaign — appearing in just seven games — Green was teammates with Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, Todd Marchant (now the director of player development) and Scott Niedermayer (now a special assignment coach).

So needless to say, his ties to the organization run deep.

Green, widely considered to be one of the brightest young coaching candidates in the American League, is under contract for one more season in Utica, but reportedly has an out-clause to pursue an NHL job.

He’s on record saying he thinks he’s ready to make the leap to the big leagues.

Report: Prized prospect Buchnevich set to join Rangers

TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 4:  Pavel Buchnevich #19 of Team Russia skates against Team Sweden during a semi-final game in the 2015 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship at the Air Canada Centre on January 4, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Team Russia defeated Team Sweden 4-2 to advance to the gold medal game against Canada. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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One of the brightest young talents in the Rangers organization could soon be on his way to North America.

Per the Post, Pavel Buchnevich — the 85th overall pick in 2013 — is close to signing his entry-level deal, possibly by this weekend.


[Buchnevich] has representation both in North America and in Russia, so the process is not always straightforward. But The Post has been told that Buchnevich has declared his intent to join the Rangers after deferring that decision last year.

If the deal is indeed consummated, the plan would be for Buchnevich — who does not speak English — to spend as much of the summer as possible training in New York in order to become acclimated to his surroundings.

The Russian forward, who only turned 21 last month, is coming off a quality KHL campaign split between Cherepovets Severstal and SKA St. Petersburg, scoring 16 goals and 37 points in 58 games.

The Post notes Buchnevich has drawn comparisons to Washington Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov.

Where the youngster plays next year remains to be seen. Given his pedigree and skill set, it’s likely he’ll get a crack at making the Rangers’ roster out of camp, which would fit with the plan to get him to North America as soon as possible.

But much will depend on what GM Jeff Gorton does this offseason.

Up front, the club has three UFAs in Viktor Stalberg, Dominic Moore and Eric Staal. The latter two are not expected to receive new deals, while Stalberg could return on the cheap — he scored nine goals and 20 points on a $1.1 million deal this year, which was fairly good value.

Those three are likely low on Gorton’s priority chart, however.

The Blueshirts GM has some key RFAs to negotiate with — Chris Kreider, J.T. Miller, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath — and there have been rumblings about a potential buyout of Dan Girardi, who’s under contract through 2020 with a $5.5 million annual cap hit.

No coaching changes coming for Isles, says Snow

New York Islanders coach Jack Capuano, who was hit with a puck during the third period, has a cut on his nose as he speaks to the media after Game 1 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. The Islanders defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-3. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

This won’t come as much of a surprise, but — after winning their first playoff series since 1993 — the Isles are keeping their coaching staff intact.

That’s the plan from GM Garth Snow, anyway.

“There’s a great respect from our players to the coaches and vice versa,” Snow told Newsday on Tuesday. “Sitting through these meetings with the players, there’s a respect that’s impressive to me. Our team is prepared, they’re in great condition, for me I’m very thankful to have the coaching staff we have.”

This means that Jack Capuano, currently the fourth-longest tenured coach in the NHL, will be back for his seventh year on the job. That also means all of Capuano’s staff — assistants Doug Weight, Greg Cronin and Bob Corkum — will be back for another kick at the can as well.

The question about a possible coaching change was posed because, on July 1, Scott Malkin and Jon Ledecky take over as majority owners from Charles Wang. You know, the old “new bosses want their own hires” sort of thing.

But in addition to Capuano and staff deserving to stay on board, there’s also the issue of timing. If Malkin and Ledecky did want to make a change — and to be clear, nobody is saying that — July 1 would be a tough time to make it.

The NHL draft will have already come and gone, and July 1 also corresponds with the opening day of free agency.

Snow also told Newsday he doesn’t expect to make any front office changes this summer, either.