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Philly hires goalie coach Dillabaugh, formerly of Los Angeles

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The Philadelphia Flyers have named a replacement for ex-goalie coach Jeff Reese.

Kim Dillabaugh, who spent the last eight years in charge of the Kings’ goalie development, was hired on Friday, the club announced.

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Dillabaugh comes to the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings, where he spent the last eight seasons working in a goaltender development role for the club. In his time with the Kings, Dillabaugh contributed to the development of Jonathan Quick, Jonathan Bernier and Martin Jones, while also working with goaltenders at the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs, and prospects playing elsewhere in professional and amateur hockey.

During Dillabaugh’s time with the Kings organization, Los Angeles won two Stanley Cups and made the Conference Finals one other time, while Manchester won one Calder Cup and reached the Eastern Conference Finals two other times.

The goalie coach position in Philly is one worth monitoring, especially after what happened to Reese last season. A favorite of No. 1 goalie Steve Mason, Reese was fired abruptly in March after eight seasons on the job, amid rumors he had a “simmering relationship” with management and head coach Craig Berube.

Reese has since landed as the goalie coach in Dallas. Philly, meanwhile, added to its goalie depth on the opening day of free agency by signing Michal Neuvirth to back up Mason.

Kings pick up Enroth to back up Quick

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After trading away Martin Jones, the Los Angeles Kings have signed a backup for Jonathan Quick.

Jhonas Enroth is the new No. 2, inking a one-year deal reportedly worth $1.25 million.

Enroth spent 2014-15 split between Buffalo and Dallas. The 27-year-old finished with a record of 18-26-2, 3.07 goals-against average and .904 save percentage.

Those aren’t great numbers, but on a better defensive team, Kings management will be hoping they can improve.

Sharks sign Jones to a three-year, $9 million extension

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The San Jose Sharks have signed pending restricted free agent goaltender Martin Jones to a three-year, $9 million deal, PHT has confirmed.

Jones, who was dealt by the L.A. Kings to the Boston Bruins at the NHL Draft, was acquired by the Sharks from the Bruins on Tuesday.

The 25-year-old has appeared in 34 career NHL games all with the L.A. Kings. Jones was 4-5-2 to go along with a 2.25 G.A.A. and a .906 save percentage in 15 appearances last season.

“I think I’m ready to definitely take that step and play more hockey games,” Jones said during a conference call on Tuesday. “I had a great two years in L.A. learning from Jonathan Quick. It’s been a big couple of years in my development and I’m looking forward to the new challenge.”

Jones is expected to challenge Alex Stalock for the starting role in San Jose next season.

“It’s going to be fun to be honest with you,” Jones said. “You get to play those guys a lot. Obviously, they have a great team. To be able to play those guys is fun. I’m looking forward to it.”

No question: Price wins Vezina Trophy by decisive margin

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For the first time in his career Carey Price is the winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender.

The Habs’ starter beat out Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne.

Price won 44 games during the 2014-15 season beating Jacques Plante’s franchise record. His 1.96 G.A.A. and .933 save percentage led all goalies this season.

Earlier in the evening Price won his first Ted Lindsay Award.

Here are the full voting results:

Pts. (1st-2nd-3rd)

1. Carey Price, MTL 144 (27-3-0)
2. Pekka Rinne, NSH 60 (1-15-10)
3. Devan Dubnyk, MIN 28 (1-4-11)
4. Braden Holtby, WSH 26 (0-7-5)
5. Henrik Lundqvist, NYR 6 (1-0-1)
6. Corey Crawford, CHI 3 (0-1-0)
7. Andrew Hammond, OTT 1 (0-0-1)
Jonathan Quick, LAK 1 (0-0-1)
Cam Talbot, NYR 1 (0-0-1)

Here’s a list of the Vezina winners and second-place finishers since 1990:

Year Winner Runner-up
2015 Carey Price, Mtl. Pekka Rinne, Nsh.
2014 Tuukka Rask, Bos. Semyon Varlamov, Col.
2013 Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
2012 Henrik Lundqvist, NYR Jonathan Quick, L.A.
2011 Tim Thomas, Bos. Pekka Rinne, Nsh.
2010 Ryan Miller, Buf. Ilya Bryzgalov, Phx.
2009 Tim Thomas, Bos. Steve Mason, CBJ
2008 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Evgeni Nabokov, S.J.
2007 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Roberto Luongo, Van.
2006 Miikka Kiprusoff, Cgy. Martin Brodeur, N.J
2004 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Miikka Kiprusoff, Cgy.
2003 Martin Brodeur, N.J. Marty Turco, Dal.
2002 Jose Theodore, Mtl. Patrick Roy, Col.
2001 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Roman Cechmanek, Phi.
2000 Olaf Kolzig, Wsh. Roman Turek, St. L.
1999 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Curtis Joseph, Tor.
1998 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Martin Brodeur, N.J
1997 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Martin Brodeur, N.J
1996 Jim Carey, Wsh. Chris Osgood, Det.
1995 Dominik Hasek, Buf. Ed Belfour, Chi.
1994 Dominik Hasek, Buf. John Vanbiesbrouck, Fla.
1993 Ed Belfour, Chi. Tom Barrasso, Pit.
1992 Patrick Roy, Mtl. Kirk McLean, Van.
1991 Ed Belfour, Chi. Patrick Roy, Mtl.
1990 Patrick Roy, Mtl. Daren Puppa, Buf.

Report: Dean Lombardi tabbed as U.S. GM for 2016 World Cup

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While reports indicate that Canada will name Doug Armstrong as its GM for the 2016 World Cup, the U.S. will make Dean Lombardi its GM, according to John Hoven of Mayor’s Manor.

It’s unclear when this may be made official – assuming it is the case – while TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports that Canada is set to confirm Armstrong’s posting on Monday.

As the architect of the Los Angeles Kings, Lombardi faces a challenging summer, but few would deny that he’s accomplished great things in building a roster that won two Stanley Cups.

In particular, he managed some serious bargains that are only running out recently; Justin Williams’ $3.65 million cap hit is set to expire while Jonathan Quick registered less than a $2 million price the first time he raised the Cup, just to name two examples of crucial savings.

Lombardi is easily one of the best executive options the U.S. boasts, even with the Kings missing the playoffs in 2014-15.

Hoven points to Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards as a possible top candidate to be Lombard’s choice as head coach:

At the most recent IIHF World Championships, Todd Richards, coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets, served as Team USA’s head coach. He previously served as an assistant coach at the 2014 Olympics and 2010 IIHF World Championships. Word is, he is considered a strong candidate for the 2016 World Cup job, as he guided the team to a bronze medal last month in Prague. Dan Bylsma and Ron Wilson will likely also receive some consideration and/or potentially serve as assistants.