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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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Red Wings’ Anthony Mantha Out Four To Six Weeks

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The Detroit Red Wings will be without bright spot forward Anthony Mantha, who has developed impressively this season, will miss four to six weeks with a hand injury and will undergo surgery today, according to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

Mantha injured his hand while fighting with Patrik Nemeth of the Colorado Avalanche, a game that resulted in the two-game suspension of Tyler Bertuzzi.

Mantha has picked up 14 points in 27 games this season.

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Flyers Hire Chuck Fletcher as General Manager

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The Philadelphia Flyers have announced the hiring of Chuck Fletcher as the team’s new general manager, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Fletcher, who becomes the eighth man to serve as GM in franchise history, will take over for Ron Hextall who was fired back in November.

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Devils’ Steven Santini Sent To AHL On Conditioning Loan

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The New Jersey Devils have sent defenseman Steven Santini to the AHL on a conditioning loan as the 23-year old works his way back from a broken jaw, according to NHL.com’s Tom Gulitti.

Santini has played in only one game for New Jersey this season, struggling to catch on as a full-time player for the Devils, and has only played in 76 NHL games during his short career after the Devils selected him with the 42d pick in the 2013 NHL draft.

 

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