Mike Halford

Ottawa Senators coach Dave Cameron talks to players during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Florida Panthers, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. The Panthers defeated the Senators 2-1 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
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Report: Canucks interview Cameron, Acton for vacant assistant’s gig


Vancouver’s search for Willie Desjardins’ new assistant coach is underway.

Per TSN 1040, former Ottawa head coach Dave Cameron and veteran hockey man Keith Acton — who last served as an associate in Edmonton — have interviewed for the position, vacated when Glen Gulutzan departed to take the head coaching job in Calgary.

Cameron had previously interviewed for an assistant’s gig in Detroit, and the aforementioned Flames position that went to Gulutzan. He’s quite close with Desjardins, having served as his assistant on Canada’s silver medal-winning team at the 2010 World Juniors.

Acton, who appeared in over 1,000 NHL contests as a player, has a wealth of experience behind the bench. He’s served as a right-hand man for the Flyers, Maple Leafs, Rangers and Blue Jackets, before his most recent two-year stint in Edmonton.

It’s fair to suggest Cameron and Acton aren’t the only candidates in the running. There has been some thought the Canucks could promote AHL Utica bench boss Travis Green, who’s thought to be a NHL-coach-in-waiting. Green was reportedly in the mix for the Anaheim job, before it went to Randy Carlyle.

Related: Travis Green says ‘I think I’m ready’ to coach in the NHL

Jackets lock in Jones with six-year, $32.4 million extension

Columbus Blue Jackets' Seth Jones, left, works for the puck against Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Columbus, Ohio Friday, March 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)
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Columbus took care of business on Wednesday morning, locking in prized RFA blueliner Seth Jones to a big six-year, $32.4 million extension — one that carries at $5.4M average annual cap hit.

“Acquiring Seth Jones was very important to our organization and reaching a long-term agreement with him to remain a Blue Jacket was a priority, so we are extremely excited about having done so today,” Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said in a release.  “At 21, Seth is just beginning to tap into his potential as a player.

“He has everything you look for in a defenseman and is going to be a very important player and leader on our team for many years.”

The deal, first reported by Sportsnet, will keep Jones in Columbus through 2022, and is similar to the deal another RFA — Nashville’s Filip Forsberg — signed earlier this week. Like Jones, Forsberg inked a six-year extension (albeit for $36 million) and, like Jones, Forsberg signed his coming out of his entry-level deal.

Acquire from the Preds in a midseason trade for Ryan Johansen, Jones is considered one of the brightest young defensive prospects in all of hockey. He scored 20 points in 41 games with the Jackets last season in a noticeably increased role from the one he had in Nashville, and had his minutes jump from 19:39 per night to nearly 25 per under John Tortorella.

In March, Jones was named to the Team North America roster for the World Cup of Hockey.

With today’s deal he gets a pretty nice pay raise, coming off an ELC in which he made $925,000 annually. Jones also becomes the Jackets’ highest-paid blueliner and fourth highest-paid player, behind Sergei Bobrovsky ($7.4M annually), Brandon Saad ($6M), Brandon Dubinsky ($5.8M) and captain Nick Foligno ($5.5M).

With today’s deal, the Blue Jackets also eliminated the offer sheet possibility. There were rumblings a team would make a play for Jones in that fashion, and that concern was heightened yesterday when reports of another RFA defenseman, Jacob Trouba, was rumored to be getting a monster offer sheet from Boston.

Looking ahead, it’s likely Kekalainen will need to do some maneuvering to get his team better positioned under the salary cap. Per General Fanager, the Jackets already have just $42K in cap space left with only 21 players under contract for next season.

Preds prospect Trenin breaks leg while cycling, out four months

SUNRISE, FL - JUNE 27:  Yakov Trenin poses for a portrait after being selected 55th overall by the Nashville Predators during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27, 2015 in Sunrise, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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From the Nashville Post:

Yakov Trenin, the Nashville Predators’ top pick in the 2015 NHL draft, will miss this week’s prospects camp and most – or all – of training camp due to a broken leg he sustained during an accident back home in Russia.

According to general manager David Poile, the 19-year-old center was biking with friends when he was forced off the trail and into a tree.

Trenin, 19, was taken 55th overall in his draft year, then proceeded to score 26 goals and 61 points in 57 games last season for QMJHL Gatineau.

Poile said the organization is “really high” on Trenin and noted that, while the plan was likely for him to return to junior this season, the club had anticipated him participating in training camp and perhaps some of the preseason.

With the broken leg, and a recovery period Poile estimated at four months, those plans are pretty much dashed. Trenin is going to Nashville later this summer for the majority of his rehab.

Canucks fined for tampering, though Benning ‘intended no harm with his comments’

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27:  Jim Benning, General Manager of the Vancouver Canucks is seen prior to the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The NHL has come down on Vancouver GM Jim Benning for remarks made during draft weekend in Buffalo.

From the league:

The Vancouver Canucks organization has been fined $50,000 for violating NHL By-Law 15, the National Hockey League announced today.

“Canucks General Manager Jim Benning violated the provisions of NHL By-Law 15 relating to inappropriate public comments by speaking generally to his Club’s potential interest in players under contract to other NHL Clubs,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

“I spoke with Jim and accept his representation that he intended no harm with his comments and that he will handle similar questions from the media differently in the future,” the Deputy Commissioner added.

The League will have no further comment on the matter.

Benning found himself in hot water after admitting the Canucks were interested in a pair of players —  Tampa Bay captain Steve Stamkos, and Habs blueliner P.K. Subban.

“The price would be really high to acquire a player like that,” Benning said of Subban. “We’ve done our due diligence, like we do with all the players who are out there. But it’s a long way from completing a trade like that.”

Those comments irked Montreal GM Marc Bergevin.

“I was not happy and I’m still not happy about that,” Bergevin said, per the Vancouver Sun. “The league is looking into it. He crossed the line. I don’t know where the line was crossed but he definitely crossed the line. It can’t happen.”

Following the NHL’s ruling, the Canucks released the following statement:

Report: Wings have talked to Ducks about Fowler trade

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Earlier, we passed along a report of Detroit’s interest in Blues d-man Kevin Shattenkirk and St. Louis’ sky-high asking price in return — rookie phenom Dylan Larkin.

In light of that, not surprising to learn the Red Wings have kicked tiers on a seemingly more attainable blueliner.

Per the Free Press, GM Ken Holland “has talked to Anaheim about Cam Fowler in recent weeks.” This shouldn’t come as any huge surprise — Fowler is young (24 years old) and would be a nice injection onto a blueline featuring the likes of Niklas Kronwall (35) Jonathan Ericsson (32) and Mike Green (30).

Coming off a year in which he had 28 points in 69 games, Fowler — a good offensive d-man — is also quite affordable. He has two years left on a five-year, $20 million deal with a $4M average annual cap hit, which Anaheim may be forced to flip away after inking Sami Vatanen and still needing to come to terms with Hampus Lindholm.

In terms of fit, Fowler is a solid power-play presence, something Detroit needs to upgrade. The Red Wings PP 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.

It’s a big reason why former assistant coach Pat Ferschweiler — who ran the man advantage last season — has been re-assigned to the press box, replaced by ex-Wild bench boss John Torchetti.