If the Washington Capitals come calling, Jon Cooper isn't going to turn a deaf ear.
Cooper, coach of the recently crowned AHL-champion Norfolk Admirals, told the Washington Times he might well be interested in the Caps' vacancy. The team has been looking for a new head coach since Dale Hunter resigned following a playoff loss to the New York Rangers.
"I've put myself in a position that if I could have an opportunity to go to an NHL team that was the right fit for me and for management, I'd be crazy not to look at that," Cooper told the Times. "Let's be honest, if I was standing outside looking at me, I would probably sit here and say, 'Well, look how much he's won the last two years, the streak, he won the Calder Cup.' I'm probably a chic name right now. And in this business, that's good."
Cooper, a 44-year-old from Prince George, B.C., guided Norfolk to a 28-game winning streak during the regular season and went 55-18-3 overall. He has won championships in three other leagues, plus at the high school level.
The Detroit Red Wings will decide in early July if they want Swedish forward Tomas Holmstrom back.
Holmstrom, a pending unrestricted free agent, is mulling over his future but appears open to returning to the Red Wings if they want him, according to the Detroit Free Press. The 39-year-old told the Free Press his wife and kids want him to play another season.
The Red Wings already have 11 forwards under contract and want to re-sign restricted free agents Darren Helm and Justin Abdelkader so the ball is in the team's court, not Holmstrom's. Coach Mike Babcock has already said that Holmstrom's role would be reduced if he returned.
BIG BUCKS FOR BRUINS
The Boston Bruins ponied up nearly $17 million to keep forwards Chris Kelly and Gregory Campbell in yellow and black.
The two veteran forwards signed extensions with the Bruins Tuesday, with Kelly getting a four-year, $12 million deal and Campbell a three-year, $4.8 million contract.
The new deals give Kelly a pay raise of roughly $900,000 per year and Campbell got a bump of $500,000.
Both centres were due to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
The Bruins have commited nearly $64 million in salaries for next season, including the cap hits for goalie Tim Thomas and injured forward Marc Savard. Thomas plans to take next season off, though, so the Bruins could find a way to clear his cap hit off the books.
OILERS INK PROSPECT
The Edmonton Oilers' stable of young stars has grown again.
The Oilers signed 18-year-old Swedish defenceman Oscar Klefbom, a first-round draft pick in 2011, to a three-year, entry-level contract Tuesday.
Klefbom had two goals in 33 games with Farjestads BK Karlstad of the Swedish Elite League in 2011-12 and helped Sweden win the gold medal at the 2012 world junior tournament in Alberta.
LAPPY ALL DONE
Philadelphia Flyers forward Ian Laperriere announced his retirement Tuesday, a day after the NHL season officially ended.
The 38-year-old spent the last two years working with Flyers prospects while suffering the effects of post-concussion syndrome.
Laperriere spent just one season playing for the Flyers -- he also played for the St. Louis Blues, New York Rangers, L.A. Kings and Colorado Avalanche, topping out at 1,083 games in his career -- but he left his mark with the Philly faithful.
"I'm just glad I had a chance to wear the Orange and Black," Laperriere said during a conference call with reporters. "It was my shortest time here compared to the other teams I played for, but that's probably one of my biggest regrets: not having a chance to play longer than that in this great organization."
The gritty forward had 121 goals and 215 assists during his NHL career.
CANUCKS EYING ARNIEL
Scott Arniel is on the Vancouver Canucks' radar as a possible replacement for Craig MacTavish as head coach of their minor-league affiliate.
The former Columbus Blue Jackets coach could be in line to take over the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. The job opened up when MacTavish quit to take a gig with the Edmonton Oilers.
"Scotty would be on our list, for sure," Canucks assistant general manager Lorne Henning told the Vancouver Sun. "There will probably be five or six guys and Scotty will be one."
Arniel, who coached the Canucks' farm team when it was in Winnipeg, was fired by Columbus after starting the 2011-12 season 11-25-5.
"As a coach, you're always looking at opportunities," he told the Sun. "I want to be an NHL head coach again but I don't know if there is anything for me this year. Certainly there are some assistant jobs available but this one is intriguing."