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Sharks scout, ex-D Marchment dies at 53

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MONTREAL (AP) Former NHL defenseman Bryan Marchment died Wednesday in Montreal, his agent said. He was 53.

Longtime agent Rick Curran confirmed Marchment's death to The Associated Press. Marchment was attending the NHL draft in Montreal as a scout for the San Jose Sharks.

A cause of death was not immediately available.

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Wild GM Guerin says Kaprizov in Russia

MONTREAL (AP) Minnesota Wild general manager Bill Guerin said Kirill Kaprizov remains in Russia and is doing well, denying a report the star winger returned to the U.S. and adding the team is trying to find out more about the situation.

Russian newspaper Sport-Express reported Wednesday that Kaprizov immediately returned to the U.S. after Philadelphia Flyers goaltending prospect Ivan Fedotov was taken to a remote military base in northern Russia because his name was linked to fraudulent military identification.

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Devils name Kate Madigan assistant GM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) The New Jersey Devils have named their first female assistant general manager, making Kate Madigan the sixth woman to hold the title in the NHL.

General Manager Tom Fitzgerald announced the promotion Wednesday, the day before the NHL draft.

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Sharks hire Grier as NHL's 1st Black GM

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks' three-month search for a general manager ended with a barrier-breaking hire as the team made longtime NHL forward Mike Grier the first Black GM in league history.

"It means a lot to me," Grier said at his introductory news conference Tuesday. "It's not something I take lightly. I realize there's a responsibility that comes with the territory. But I'm up for it. How I carry myself and how this organization carries himself, I think we'll do well and hopefully we'll leave a footprint and open some doors for people to follow."

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Leafs promote Wickenheiser to asst. GM

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs have promoted Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser, Ryan Hardy and Darryl Metcalf to assistant general manager and hired Curtis Sanford as a goaltending coach.

Wickenheiser, a four-time Olympic gold medalist with the Canadian women's hockey team, joined the Leafs as assistant director of player development in 2018 and was promoted to senior director of the department last year.

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Champion Avalanche re-sign F Cogliano

DENVER (AP) The Stanley Cup championship celebrations are quieting down for the Colorado Avalanche. Time to get down to the business of defending their title.

Colorado's first big move in what's sure to be a busy offseason was re-signing veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to a one-year deal Tuesday. The 35-year-old Cogliano played a gritty role in helping the Avalanche hoist their first Cup since 2001.

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Pens sign G DeSmith to 2-year extension

PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Penguins are sticking with Casey DeSmith, signing the team's No. 2 goaltender to a two-year contract extension on Tuesday that carries an average annual value of $1.8 million.

The signing gives the Penguins a dependable option behind All-Star Tristan Jarry. The 30-year-old DeSmith played in 26 games for Pittsburgh in 2021-22, going 11-6-5 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .914 save percentage. His three shutouts tied a career high set in 2018-19. He set a franchise record for saves made in a shutout on April 21 when he stopped 52 shots by the Boston Bruins.

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Campbell named 1st female asst. in AHL

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. (AP) The Coachella Valley Firebirds have hired the American Hockey League's first female assistant coach.

Jessica Campbell is ready for the opportunity.

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Rangers give F Gauthier 1-year extension

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have given forward Julien Gauthier a one-year contract extension.

Rangers general manager Chris Drury announced the move on Tuesday.

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Isles hire Houda, Wiseman as assistants

EAST MEADOW, N.Y. (AP) The New York Islanders have hired Doug Houda and Brian Wiseman as assistant coaches, the team said Tuesday.

Houda joins new Isles coach Lane Lambert's staff after six seasons as an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings. He had worked the previous decade in the same role with the Boston Bruins, who won the Stanley Cup in 2011.

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