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Quinn fired as Rangers continue overhaul

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NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers fired coach David Quinn and three assistant coaches Wednesday after missing the playoffs with one of the NHL's up-and-coming young teams.

The move is the first major one from new general manager Chris Drury, who took over last week after the team fired popular president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton in the beginning of a major front-office overhaul.

In a brief statement issued by the team, Drury thanked Quinn and the otherss and said the Rangers will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.


Sabres GM disputes word of Eichel rift

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Buffalo Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams intends to move ahead with "players who want to be here" and that - for now - includes disgruntled captain Jack Eichel.

Adams on Wednesday said Eichel has not requested a trade and disagreed with his team captain's assessment of there being "a disconnect" with the Sabres over how to treat a herniated disk that has sidelined him since early March. In raising questions about his future in Buffalo on Monday, Eichel said he favored having surgery.


Expansion Kraken make first signing

SEATTLE (AP) The expansion Seattle Kraken signed the first player in franchise history Wednesday after agreeing to terms with free agent center Luke Henman on a three-year entry level contract.

Henman, 21, currently plays for the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He will complete the season with the Armada before joining Seattle for its rookie training camp later this year.


Caps' Ovechkin, Backstrom return in win

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Capitals got Alex Ovechkin back on the ice feeling "100%" heading into the playoffs. Winning was just a bonus.

Michael Raffl scored from a tight angle with 1.8 seconds remaining, Ovechkin saw his first extended action since April 22 and the Capitals beat the short-handed Boston Bruins 2-1 on Tuesday night in the teams' regular season finale.


Jets rout Canucks to clinch 3rd in North

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) Blake Wheeler had two goals and two assists, Connor Hellebuyck stopped 24 shots for his fourth shutout of the season, and the Winnipeg Jets beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 Tuesday night to clinch third place in the North Division.

Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists, Mark Scheifele added a goal and an assist and Mason Appleton also scored for the Jets. Hellebuyck finished with his 24th career shutout.


Avs have shot to take West over Vegas

DENVER (AP) Gabriel Landeskog recently caught a teammate staring at him over breakfast.

More specifically, the Colorado Avalanche captain's bent nose, which also featured a fresh-looking scratch.


Toews' health question hover over 'Hawks

CHICAGO (AP) The question hovered over the Chicago Blackhawks throughout a promising season, and it remains in place right now.

What exactly is going on with Jonathan Toews?


Zibanejad cites virus for Rangers' woes

Mika Zibanejad didn't want to use COVID-19 as an excuse for his slow start this season.

With just three goals in the New York Rangers' first 27 games, there were questions about his struggles.


Ducks mull changes after lost season

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Anaheim Ducks' playoff drought has reached three seasons because they were the NHL's worst offensive team for the second time in three years.

The Ducks can't score, and so they can't win. That's the root of the worst season in franchise history by points percentage, and the source of Anaheim's longest playoff drought since 2002.


McDavid clear front-runner to win Hart

Using any metric, Connor McDavid's 100-plus point season makes the Edmonton Oilers captain the clear frontrunner for the NHL MVP award.

Other than teammate Leon Draisaitl's 81 points entering play Tuesday, no one else was within 30 points of McDavid in his bid to win a second Hart Trophy.

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