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Mark Hunter Dismisses Islanders Rumor, Comments On Leafs Departure

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Former Toronto Maple Leafs assistant general manager Mark Hunter is not far removed from his departure from the Leafs and he already has to swat away rumors of his next move.

One of the rumors has him heading to the New York Islanders, joining former Leafs’ GM Lou Lamoriello, something Hunter addressed.

“Isn’t it quick how people want to (make those connections?)” Hunter said, according to the Toronto Sun’s Terry Koshan.

“There is nothing to that. I have not talked to Lou. Lou has a million things going on right now. He has bigger fish.”

Hunter referred to the Maple Leafs general manager gig, a position he interviewed for that ultimately went to Kyle Dubas, calling it a “job you dream for”.

Despite his disappointment, Hunter says he is not bitter over how things played out in Toronto.

“No, I don’t get bitter,” Hunter said. “People make decisions and Shanny [Toronto team president Brendan Shanahan] had his reasons. (I) feel good about what has happened with the team, where we have gone and where we can go. Sure, it’s disappointing. But we all make decisions and move ahead and don’t look back.”

Hunter will have to wait until June 15th to find a new gig, thanks to a non-compete agreement.

 

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Penguins Sign Oula Palve

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed European center Oula Plave to a one-year, entry level contract, according to an official team announcement on Monday.

Palve’s new deal is for the league minimum $700K and includes a $92.5K signing bonuses. There are also games-played incentives that could total $132.5K.

Palve is coming off a solid season withTPS Turku in the Finnish sm-Liiga , leading the team with 16 goals and 35 assists in 53 games.

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Caps’ T.J. Oshie Likely Out For The Playoffs

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The Washington Capitals will be without winger T.J. Oshie for whjat appears to be the entire postseason, according to Isabelle Khurshudyan and Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.

Oshie’s injury is being termed as an upper-body issue by the team, but Oshie was seen in a sling following a hit from Carolina Hurricanes winger Warren Foegele.

Despite the hit, the Department of Player Safety opted not to hand anything down in terms of discipline on Foegele.

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Red Wings Hire Steve Yzerman

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The Detroit Red Wings have hired franchise icon and former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman to take over the post as their general manager.

Current general manager, Ken Holland, will move to a position called Senior Vice President and has inked a multi-year contract extension to remain with the club, according to TSN’s Gord Miller.

Yzerman stepped down from his role as GM of the Lightning in September but he is largely responsible for building the roster that led Tampa Bay to a President’s Cup this season, matching the NHL record for wins in a single season, posting a 62-16-4 record this past season.

Yzerman could be bringing some members of the Lightning front office to Detroit with him, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

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