Jets’ Maurice adjusting to life in Winnipeg

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After being ushered in as the Jets’ head coach in January, Paul Maurice finally had time to relocate his family to Winnipeg this summer.

Talking to JetsTV, Maurice says he’s settling in nicely in the Manitoba capital after signing a new four-year extension in April.

“It was a lot of travelling early on. We got (here) about the middle of July and never really left,” he said. “We settled into Winnipeg, found a place to live, got the kids in school – all those things that parents understand you’ve got to go through.

“Now we’re here. We’ve been here for quite some time and really enjoyed the summer.”


Maurice, 47, knows a thing or two about moving his family around.

The Ontario native coached the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes franchise from 1995-2003 leading the Canes to a Stanley Cup final appearance in 2002. After a stint with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, Maurice took over the coaching duties of the parent club, the Maple Leafs, from 2006-08. But after two consecutive years of missing the playoffs, he was fired.

In 2008, Maurice returned to Carolina to take over from Peter Laviolette, who had replaced him in 2003.

Maurice also spent a year overseas coaching in the KHL.

“For people that have moved a lot, like our family, they certainly understand. There’s so much that goes into just the logistics in getting your family set up,” said Maurice.

He’s also looking forward to getting on the ice with his kids and their teams.

“I like to get out on the with them, I’m not sure that I coach them a whole lot, as a matter of fact I’m sure I don’t, but I like to get on the ice when they’re on the ice,” said Maurice. “When I get a chance to do that, that’s been a lot of fun.”

Maurice better enjoy the time with his family because come October, he’s got the tall task of bringing playoff hockey back to Winnipeg. The Jets/Atlanta Thrashers organization has not qualified for the postseason since their lone appearance in 2007.

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Islanders agree to terms with Mathew Barzal on 8-year extension

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Mathew Barzal has agreed to terms with the New York Islanders on an eight-year extension, a move that keeps the franchise’s top forward under contract for the balance of his prime.

The deal is worth $73.2 million with an annual salary cap hit of $9.15 million, according to a person with knowledge of the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team did not announce terms.

Barzal has led the team in scoring, or been tied for the lead, every season since he became a full-time NHL player in 2017-18. He has 349 points in 411 regular-season and playoff games for the defensively stingy Islanders, who qualified for the postseason three consecutive times before an injury- and virus-altered last year.

“We feel recharged,” Barzal said recently. “We feel like everybody had good summers and worked hard, and we got that excitement back.”

Barzal, now 25, is coming off putting up 59 points in 75 games. The offensive star will now be asked to round out his game.

“I’m a fan because Mat has the ability to raise his game and to be a special player,” general manager Lou Lamoriello told reporters at the team’s practice facility on Long Island. “And now, with this contract and our faith in him, (it) puts that responsibility on him. We’re trusting that. It’s up to him to respond to that.”

Senators goaltender Cam Talbot out 5-7 weeks with injury

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OTTAWA, Ontario — Ottawa Senators goaltender Cam Talbot is expected to be out five to seven weeks with what the team called an upper-body injury.

The Senators initially called Talbot day to day with what they hoped was a minor injury. Instead he’s now expected to miss at least the first month of the NHL season.

Ottawa claimed goalie Magnus Hellberg off waivers from the Seattle Kraken upon announcing Talbot’s expected absence. Hellberg, who played for Sweden at the Beijing Olympics could split time with countryman Anton Forsberg while Talbot is out.

The Senators acquired Talbot from Minnesota during the offseason to make him their starter after the Wild opted against bringing him back along with Marc-Andre Fleury. Talbot, 35, had a 2.76 goals-against average and .911 save percentage this season.

Losing Talbot is a blow to the Senators, who also acquired winger Alex DeBrincat from Chicago and signed longtime Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux as part of a move toward contending and ending their playoff drought.

Blackhawks’ Boris Katchouk sidelined by ankle sprain

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CHICAGO — Blackhawks forward Boris Katchouk will be sidelined for four to six weeks with a left ankle sprain, the team announced.

The 24-year-old Katchouk played almost 12 minutes during a 3-0 preseason loss to Detroit on Saturday night. He was acquired in a multiplayer trade with Tampa Bay in March.

The Blackhawks open the season on Oct. 12 at Colorado.

The team also said forward Jujhar Khaira is day to day with a right ankle injury.

Ducks’ Urho Vaakanainen crashes into boards, leaves on stretcher

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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Ducks defenseman Urho Vaakanainen was taken off the Honda Center ice on a stretcher after he crashed into the end boards in the first period of Anaheim’s preseason game against the San Jose Sharks.

The Finnish defenseman was conscious and alert with full movement in his extremities at UCI Medical Center, the Ducks said.

The frightening incident occurred midway through the opening period when Vaakanainen smashed into the boards at a dangerous speed behind the Sharks’ net. Vaakanainen appeared to be concentrating on the pass he had just made to Derek Grant, who scored the Ducks’ opening goal on the assist.

Vaakanainen’s teammates came onto the ice and gathered around him as he was taken away on the stretcher.

The Ducks acquired the 23-year-old Vaakanainen from Boston last March in the deal that sent longtime Ducks defenseman Hampus Lindholm to the Bruins. After recording two assists in 14 games for the Ducks last season, Vaakanainen is attempting to win a top-six role on Anaheim’s defense this fall.