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Robin Lehner didn’t think being dealt to Golden Knights was a possibility, but is happy it happened

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In one of the more unexpected trades of the NHL Trade Deadline, Chicago Blackhawks netminder Robin Lehner was traded to the Golden Knights in a last second deal that sent goalie Malcolm Subban, prospect Slava Demin and a 2020 second round draft pick to the Windy City.

Lehner had a feeling he would be moved due to all the rumours surrounding him, but didn’t expect in his wildest dreams he would end up on the Golden Knights to serve as Marc Andre Fleury’s back up. It was definitely a surprise, but a welcome one.

“Hearing from a few teams, Vegas came out of nowhere…I was a little shocked, but very excited, pleasantly surprised.” said Lehner.

“Heck of a hockey team in here, and fun to join a team that has a chance to win the Cup. I’ll try to be as good as I can and help when I can.”

The 28=year old, who signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Blackhawks this past offseason, has posted a 16-10-5 record, 3.10 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 33 games this season.

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Mikko Koivu’s days with the Minnesota Wild are numbered

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It’s the end of an era in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Wild announced on Friday that they will not be bringing back captain Mikko Koivu for the 2020/2021 campaign.

“His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup. Off the ice, Mikko’s impact in the State of Hockey was immeasurable as he went out of his way to make a positive impact on so many people in our community, including his charitable contributions to Children’s Minnesota.” said Wild GM Bill Guerin.

“We thank Mikko for everything he has done for our organization and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

The 37-year old has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the franchise. During his tenure in Minnesota, he posted 205 goals, 504 assists and a plus-70 rating in 1028 games. Koivu, who was been the Wild captain since 2009, is the franchise leader in games played, assists and points.

Rumors have suggested that the veteran will continue his playing career in his native Finland. He is not interested in playing for any NHL franchises other than the Minnesota Wild.

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Geoff Ward becomes 20th head coach in Flames history

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The Calgary Flames have decided that Geoff Ward is their guy moving forward.

The team officially removed the interim tag from the 58-year old, making him the full-time head coach heading into the 2020/2021 season. He has officially become the 20th head coach in franchise history.

Ward, who replaced Bill Peters behind the bench in November due to his racism scandal, led the Flames to a 25-15-3 record this past season.

The Flames ended up beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, but fell short in the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Stars.

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Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy named 2020 Jack Adams Award winner

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The Boston Bruins may have seen their playoff run end in disappointing fashion, but that shouldn’t take away from their incredible season. They were the only team to reach 100 points prior to the league’s shutdown do the coronavirus pandemic, and as a result had the NHL’s best record in 2019/2020.

Bruins head coach Bruce Cassidy has been rewarded for his contributions to the team’s success this past season. It was announced on Wednesday night that he has taken home this year’s Jack Adams Award, a trophy given to the NHL’s coach of the Year recipient.

“You think about your family. It’s been a long road,” said Cassidy while reflecting on winning the award during a Zoom press conference.

“Started at the bottom in Providence. Thankful for the opportunity. Fortunate to get the chance in Boston.”

The 55-year old, who took over as Bruins bench boss in February 2017, has posted a 161-66-34 record in his three-plus season tenure with the franchise. During that span, they have reached the playoffs every season, and came within a game of winning the Stanley Cup back in 2019.

He signed a multi-year extension with the Bruins prior to the season back in September 2019.

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