July 23, 2012
NHL notes: Bruins re-up Julien
By QMI Agency
Winning the Stanley Cup will go a long way to keeping an NHL coach employed.
Sure, it's been a year since the Boston Bruins won the Cup but Claude Julien is still reaping the benefits --in this case, a new contract. The Bruins signed Julien to a multi-year extension Monday.
Julien, who is going into his sixth season coaching the Bruins, ended Boston's 39-year Stanley Cup drought in 2011. His record since joining Boston is 228-132-50 and the Bruins have finished with at least 91 points for five straight years.
AND HABS INK NO. 3 PICK
Forward Alex Galchenyuk, the third player taken in the NHL draft last month, signed a three-year, entry-level ontract with the Montreal Canadiens Monday.
No terms of the deal were released but it's likely similar to the contract signed by Galchenyuk's former teammate with the Sarnia Sting, first overall pick Nail Yakupov, who signed with the Edmonton Oilers Monday.
Galchenyuk played in just two regular-season games with the Sting in 2011-12 due to a serious knee injury. The year before, as a rookie with Sarnia, he had 31 goals and 52 assists in 68 games.
HUNTER RE-JOINS CAPS
A Hunter will be behind the bench of the Washington Capitals next season after all.
No, not Dale Hunter. This time it's former NHL tough guy Tim Hunter, hired by the Caps Monday to serve as an assistant coach on Adam Oates' staff.
Hunter returns to the Caps, where he was an assistant coach to Ron Wilson from 1997 to 2002. He was let go by the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he was again part of Wilson's coaching crew, after last season.
Hunter joins Oates, goalie coach Olie Kolzig and assistant Calle Johansson on the Caps bench. He coached all three of his colleagues during his first tenure in Washington.
The Winnipeg announced Monday an extension of their American Hockey League affiliation with the St. John's IceCaps for one additional season, through the 2014-15 season ... The Ottawa Senators inked winger Kaspars Daugavins to a one-year contract, avoiding an arbitration hearing. Daugavins had five goals and six assists with the Sens last season, his first in the NHL ... Forward Sergei Kostitsyn also avoided going to arbitration, signing a two-year, $6 million deal with the Nashville Predators. Kostitsyn had 17 goals and 26 assists last season ... Winger Drayson Bowman signed a two-year, $1.2 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. The 23-year-old split last season between Carolina and Charlotte of the AHL.