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Jets Make Shawn Matthias Available In Trade

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The Winnipeg Jets are making it clear to other teams in the NHL that forward Shawn Matthias is available in trade, according to Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet.

Matthias isn’t an offensive force, but a good depth player, with position versatility, on a two-year $4.25M deal he signed back in 2016 with Winnipeg.

 

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Sharks’ Joe Thornton Suspended One-Game

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San Jose Sharks’ center Joe Thornton has been suspended for Game 4 of their first round series against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Department of Player Safety officially announced.

Thornton, 39, was hit with the suspension for his illegal check to the head of Vegas forward Tomas Nosek.

“I honestly thought I barely touched him” Thornton said of the incident, according to The Mercury News’ Curtis Pashelka. “He just came right back; it was just one of those plays that it is what it is. I think my son hits me like that six times a day, it’s just a weird position to put himself in. That’s all.”

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Kings Request Permission To Speak With Todd McLellan

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The Los Angeles Kings are embarking on a search for a new head coach and have already announced that they are moving on from interim head coach Willie Desjardins.

According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the Kings have asked the Edmonton Oilers for permission to interview former head coach Todd McLellan.

McClellan appears to be the target of the Kings coaching search.

McLellan was fired back in November of this season.

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Kings Will Not Bring Back Willie Desjardins

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The Los Angeles Kings have informed interim head coach Williw Desjardins that he will not be brought back next season.

According to The Athletic’s Lisa Dillman, the Kings are currently working on a new coaching hire, although nothing is considered to be imminent.

“Today we thanked Willie Desjardins for his effort and dedication while serving as our interim head coach,” Kings general Rob Blake said in a statement.

“We wish Willie and his family nothing but the best going forward. The process for hiring our next head coach is underway and we look forward to conducting a thorough search for the right person to lead our team.”

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