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The Winnipeg Jets are finalizing a deal to name Rick Bowness as the club’s new head coach, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Bowness stepped down as Dallas Stars bench boss in May after three seasons. Peter DeBoer then took the job after being fired by the Vegas Golden Knights.

Paul Maurice stepped down as Jets coach in December. Dave Lowry finished the season behind the bench on an interim basis. Winnipeg missed the playoffs for the first time since 2017 after finishing sixth in the Central Division with a 39-32-11 record.

The Jets heavily pursued Barry Trotz for their head coaching vacancy, but the Winnipeg native and 2018 Stanley Cup winner informed the club he won’t coach anywhere next season.

Bowness has a long track record behind an NHL bench. The 67-year-old coached the original Jets before they relocated, the Stars, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and then-Phoenix Coyotes. He’s also served as an assistant with the Vancouver Canucks and Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Boston Bruins named former Dallas Stars bench boss Jim Montgomery the 29th head coach in franchise history, the team announced Friday.

“Jim has a winning history, and throughout the interview process, he conveyed his ability to connect with all types of players while also demanding that his teams play with structure. We are excited for Jim to begin to make his imprint on our team,” general manager Don Sweeney said.

Montgomery served as an assistant coach on the St. Louis Blues’ bench for the past two seasons. He was named head coach of the Stars before the 2018-19 campaign and led them to the playoffs after they failed to qualify the previous two seasons.

The Stars fired him midway through the following campaign due to unprofessional conduct. Less than a month after his dismissal, Montgomery revealed that he checked into rehab for alcohol abuse.

Overall, the Stars went 60-43-10 under Montgomery.

Montgomery replaces Bruce Cassidy, who was fired by the Bruins after they were eliminated by the Carolina Hurricanes in the first round of the playoffs.

Boston made the postseason in each of Cassidy’s six seasons as head coach, but the team only advanced past the second round once. The Bruins fell to the Blues in seven games in the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.

Cassidy was hired by the Vegas Golden Knights shortly after his departure from Boston. The Bruins announced that they signed Sweeney to a multi-year contract extension earlier this week.

The Vancouver Canucks and winger Brock Boeser agreed to a three-year extension worth $6.65 million per season, the team announced Friday.

“We’re very happy to have worked out a new deal for Brock,” Canucks general manager Patrik Allvin said. “He is a very talented player and has been an effective goal-scorer throughout his entire career. We look forward to seeing his game progress in the years to come.”

Boeser was set to become a restricted free agent after playing out the final season of a three-year contract that carried a $5.875-million cap hit.

His new deal includes a 10-team no-trade list in 2024-25, according to CapFriendly. The 25-year-old can reach unrestricted free agency at the end of that season.

Boeser put up 23 goals and 23 assists in 71 games this season. He matched his goal total from the shortened 2020-21 campaign in 15 fewer games, but he potted three fewer points in 2021-22.

The Minnesota product saw an uptick in production after Bruce Boudreau replaced Travis Green behind the bench in December.

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His 19 goals in 49 contests under Boudreau translates to a 32-goal pace over an 82-game season, which would be a career high. The closest he’s come to cracking the 30-goal plateau was in 2017-18 when he lit the lamp 29 times.

Drafted 23rd overall by the Canucks in 2015, Boeser was a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2018. He has 121 goals and 135 assists in 324 career contests.

It’s possible Ryan McDonagh has played his last game as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The team is working with the veteran defenseman to find a potential trade destination he’d accept, sources told Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

McDonagh, 33, has four years left on his contract with a $6.75-million cap hit and a full no-trade clause, per CapFriendly.

The Lightning are already $2 million over the salary cap and have multiple pending unrestricted free agents they’d reportedly like to keep, including forwards Ondrej Palat and Nick Paul.

Additionally, 24-year-old Mikhail Sergachev, who’s currently third on Tampa Bay’s left defense depth chart behind Victor Hedman and McDonagh, appears ready for a larger role. Sergachev will also be a restricted free agent after next season.

McDonagh’s underlying numbers over the past three seasons aren’t overly impressive, but he’s still strong defensively.

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The Wisconsin product also averaged 21:47 of ice time per game in the last three regular seasons and 23:10 during the Lightning’s last three Stanley Cup Final runs. He recorded 26 points in 71 games in 2021-22.

McDonagh’s teammates were apparently disappointed to hear of the possibility that he may be moving on.

The St. Paul, Minnesota, native came to Tampa Bay in 2018 in a trade from the New York Rangers, along with J.T. Miller, in exchange for a 2018 first-rounder, a conditional 2019 second-rounder, Libor HajekBrett Howden, and Vladislav Namestnikov.

The Detroit Red Wings hired Tampa Bay Lightning assistant coach Derek Lalonde to be their next head coach.

Lalonde spent the last four seasons serving on the Bolts’ bench and he helped the team to three straight finals appearances as well as two consecutive Stanley Cup championships in 2020 and 2021.

“I’m very pleased to announce Derek as our new head coach,” Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said. “He has proven himself as an excellent coach at every level and has spent the last four seasons in the National Hockey League as part of a very successful program in Tampa Bay. We feel he is ready to take the next step in his career as the head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.”

Lalonde was named an assistant coach in Tampa in 2018 when Yzerman served as the team’s vice president and general manager.

This is Lalonde’s first full-time head coaching job at the NHL level, but he was previously the head coach of the AHL’s Iowa Wild from 2016-18 and of the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye from 2014-16.

He also briefly stepped in as head coach for the Lightning in late December when Jon Cooper was placed in COVID-19 protocol. The Bolts won two games under Lalonde’s guidance.

Lalonde is replacing Jeff Blashill, who parted ways with Detroit after the 2021-22 season. The rebuilding Red Wings finished in sixth place in the tough Atlantic Division with a 32-40-10 record and failed to make the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

The young squad continued to make strides despite another losing campaign. Rookies Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond especially injected plenty of excitement into Hockeytown.

“I’m thrilled to be named head coach of the Red Wings. … I’m ready to get to work with our group. There’s a very bright future ahead in Detroit,” Lalonde said.

Jim Pappin, the former NHL forward credited with the Toronto Maple Leafs’ last Stanley Cup-winning goal, has died. He was 82.

The Maple Leafs and Chicago Blackhawks announced the death Wednesday on social media.

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jim Pappin,” the Maple Leafs said. “Jim played five seasons in Toronto, winning the Stanley Cup in 1964 & ’67. Named one of the 100 Greatest Leafs, he scored the Cup-winning goal and led the team in scoring in ’67. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Later, the Blackhawks said: “The ‘P’ in the MPH Line tallied 444 points in 488 games in Chicago and ranks 17th all-time for franchise scorers with 216 goals. Our hearts go out to Jim’s family and friends.”

Pappin was given credit for Toronto’s second goal in a 3-1 series-ending victory over Montreal in Game 6 on May 2, 1967. Linemate Pete Stemkowski deflected it in, but allowed Pappin to take credit to earn a contract bonus.

Pappin also played on Toronto’s 1964 Stanley Cup championship team, spending part of five seasons with the Maple Leafs.

Traded to Chicago in 1968, he had his biggest offensive seasons with the Blackhawks with MPH Line mates Pit Martin and Dennis Hull, finishing with career highs of 41 goals, 51 assists and 92 points in 1972-73.

After seven seasons with Chicago, he spent the 1975-76 season with the California Seals and followed the franchise to Cleveland the following year for his final NHL season.

In 767 regular-season games in 14 seasons in the NHL, Pappin had 278 goals and 295 assists. In 92 playoff games, he had 33 goals and 34 assists.

The San Jose Sharks fired head coach Bob Boughner, the team announced Friday.

Assistant coaches John Madden, John MacLean, and Dan Darrow were also let go.

Boughner took over behind San Jose’s bench during the 2019-20 campaign and had one year left on his contract. He posted a 67-85-23 record through 175 games with the club and never qualified for the playoffs.

San Jose is also seeking a new general manager. Joe Will held the position on an interim basis this past season after 19-year veteran Doug Wilson stepped down.

“As we progress through our search for the next general manager of the Sharks following 19 seasons under Doug Wilson’s leadership, it has become apparent that the organization is in the process of an evolution,” Will said.

“The bottom line is we have missed the playoffs for the past three seasons, which isn’t acceptable to our owner, our organization, or to our fans. As part of this evolution and evaluation, we felt it was in the best interest of the club to allow the next Sharks general manager to have full autonomy related to the makeup of the on-ice coaching staff moving ahead.”

The NHL’s coaching carousel has been in full swing since the regular season ended, with nine clubs making changes behind the bench.

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed forward Nick Paul to a seven-year contract extension worth $3.15 million per season, the team announced Friday.

Paul was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 13. The Lightning acquired him from the Ottawa Senators at this past season’s trade deadline for Mathieu Joseph and a 2024 fourth-round pick.

Paul was an immediate fit in Tampa, recording 14 points in 21 regular-season games. He played a key role in helping the club reach its third consecutive Stanley Cup Final, producing nine playoff points while averaging over 18 minutes per contest.

His previous deal paid him $1.35 million per season.

The Lightning are currently above the league’s $82.5-million salary limit for next season. Paul was one of the club’s key free agents this summer, along with veteran winger Ondrej Palat. Tampa Bay is reportedly working on finding a trade with defenseman Ryan McDonagh to help clear some cap space.

The Buffalo Sabres are bringing back veteran netminder Craig Anderson on a one-year, $1.5-million contract, the team announced Thursday.

It will be the 20th NHL season of the 41-year-old’s career.

Anderson posted a .897 save percentage and 3.12 goals-against average in 31 games with the Sabres last season.

“He gave us a chance to win when he was in the net,” Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams said Tuesday during an appearance on WGR 550.

“He played well, and he also gave our team confidence. When you look at our young D corps, just that kind of mentorship that he showed I think really went a long way for some of our defensemen.”

Barring any further additions in goal, Anderson projects to share the crease with 2017 second-round pick Ukko-Pekka Luukkonen next season.

Nazem Kadri is set to cash in after enjoying a career year right before entering unrestricted free agency. Even though his value is at an all-time high, his No. 1 choice would be returning to the Colorado Avalanche.

“How could it not be?” Kadri said on Sportsnet’s Real Kyper and Bourne.

He added: “The Kroenkes have been great supporters of mine and made it clear to me that they’d like me to stay also, but we understand that there’s a business aspect involved. We’re going to try to work together.”

Kadri set personal bests in assists (59) and points (87) in just 71 games and came up four goals shy of matching his career high of 32. He was excellent during the postseason, too, registering 15 points in 16 games. Kadri also scored the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in his first contest back from thumb surgery.

Even though he’s set to enter his age-32 campaign, Kadri will be a hot commodity on the open market.

“I’ve shown what my worth is, and I’m just looking forward to watching this all develop,” he said.

Kadri’s previous contract paid him $4.5 million annually, but he’s expected to receive a sizable raise – whether it be from Colorado or another team.