Steve Yzerman has been named the Detroit Red Wings general manager. He stepped down from his role as the Tampa Bay Lightning general manager last September, wishing to spend more time with his family in Michigan.
Detroit’s former GM Ken Holland has been “promoted” to Senior Vice President as was announced during press conference on Friday.
Christopher Ilitch, Steve Yzerman and Ken Holland live at Little Caesars Arena. https://t.co/iO50sXVnV1— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) April 19, 2019
Lightning chairman and governor Jeff Vinik expressed his thoughts on Steve Yzerman’s new position.
But how does it affect the Lightning? The Athletic’s Joe Smith on Yzerman’s leaving and who he might take with him [The Athletic, paid content]
Don’t be surprised if Verbeek, the Lightning’s chief pro scout, joins Yzerman in Detroit. Verbeek’s contract is up June 30, and he is aligned with Yzerman, who was responsible for him coming to Tampa Bay in the first place. It’s unknown whether Detroit has asked for permission to speak with Verbeek.
Then there’s Murray, who has been the secret MVP of the franchise. Murray has been the architect of Tampa Bay’s drafts since 2011, netting steals like Brayden Point, Anthony Cirelli and Nikita Kucherov, who he nabbed in the second round. Losing him would leave a huge void.
The Monsters wrestled home ice away from the North Division champs by thwarting the Crunch offense with a steady diet of blocked passes and interrupted shots. While the Syracuse power play was in early-season form, converting both opportunities they had, Syracuse couldn’t generate enough clean shots at even strength to counter Cleveland’s offense. Add in a couple of careless penalties in the third period, and the Crunch ended up on the losing side.
Syracuse.com’s Lindsay Kramer discusses how Andy Andreoff is important for his team and what challenges he will face during the Playoffs. [Syracuse.com]
This was Andreoff’s first full AHL season since 2013-14 with Manchester, but he never reacted to a slammed door in Tampa Bay as though playing for the Crunch was a dead end. That’s a large reason why Syracuse earned the North Division banner and opens a first-round AHL playoff series at home against Cleveland this weekend.
Before the start of the first round, Carter Verhaeghe, Karl Goehring and Cleveland Monsters broadcaster Tony Brown were invited to a special Calder Cup Playoffs preview edition of Crunch Weekly
We were joined by Carter Verhaeghe, Karl Goehring and Cleveland Monsters broadcaster Tony Brown on a special #CalderCup Playoffs preview edition of #CrunchWeekly. #RaiseIt #SyrCrunch https://t.co/q6LUmtRmra— Lukas Favale (@LukasFavale) April 19, 2019
The Orlando Solar Bears earned a win over the South Carolina Stingrays and are now just one victory away from advancing to the South Division Finals.
SOLAR BEARS WIN!!! Orlando hangs on for a 4-1 victory in Game 3, and now leads the series 3-1.— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) April 20, 2019
We have a chance to advance tomorrow with Game 5 set for 7:05 p.m. from the @NChasColiseum!#HereWeCome pic.twitter.com/EbXOsjM9HH
The Tampa Bay Lightning prospect Mitch Hults speaks about his excellent play in the first games of postseason.
"It's playoff hockey. You've got to have a short memory out there. If you have a bad shift, go out there and keep playing."— Orlando Solar Bears (@OrlandoHockey) April 19, 2019
Mitch Hults on how taking a shift-by-shift approach to his game has led to success — the @tblightning prospect leads Orlando with three goals. pic.twitter.com/6r4YsjBFof
Seldo continues reporting about the Lightning prospects from junior leagues [Raw Charge]
Only two Tampa Bay Lightning prospects remain in the playoffs and they both play on the same team. The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League Rimouski Oceanic have advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals - the first ECF in a decade, as the QMJHL seeded their playoffs 1-16 from 2009 to this year.
The Tampa Bay Lightning expressed their interest in Russian defenceman Artyom Sergeyev, who has previously played for the Syracuse Crunch [Raw Charge]
Meanwhile, the Lightning blueline will see some changes during the offseason. Dan Girardi, Anton Stralman and Braydon Coburn are unrestricted free agents this summer and the Lightning management are probably looking for some depth players to add to their roster. Sergeyev has experience playing in the AHL and won’t have any issues with adapting as many players coming from the KHL do.
For the first time in the NHL history both conference champions have been eliminated in the first round.
The NHL revealed finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
The finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for perseverance and dedication to hockey are here! Congratulations to @NickFoligno, @RobinLehner and Joe Thornton. #NHLAwards presented by @Bridgestone pic.twitter.com/9mvKlPcyYV— NHL (@NHL) April 19, 2019
Meanwhile, in the KHL, CSKA Moscow have won their first Gagarin Cup Trophy. It was also the first time when the winner was decided in only four games.
New York Islanders prospect Ilya Sorokin has been named MVP of the 2019 Gagarin Cup Playoffs.
Jaromir Jagr scored 4 goals against HC Motor and helped his team to return to the Czech Extraliga for the first time since 2013-14 season.
47-year old Jaromir Jagr scored 4 goals in Kladno's promotion clinching game today..... pic.twitter.com/8rbhRztSUx— Robert Söderlind (@HockeyWebCast) April 19, 2019
Team Sweden announced its first batch of players for the upcoming World Championship. Victor Hedman and Anton Stralman will not participate due to injuries.