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For Fleury, demons always around the corner

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07:56 AM ET 04.18 | Here we go again, Marc-Andre Fleury. Fleury admitted to feeling nerves before the puck dropped. "I did, yeah." He said it was fun to get back in goal for a playoff game but called it "stressful." He admitted to having to take a deep breath after MacKenzie's goal. "I tried to relax and stay calm and stay with it. Stop the next one and go from there. The more shots that came, the more comfortable I felt." ... Fleury might have turned back those demons Wednesday night, but he knows they'll be back Saturday to take another crack at him in Game 2. "One game at a time. ... One shot at a time," he said, quietly Fleury allowed himself a tired smile. He was right, it had been a stressful night. More such nights are ahead, many more, he is hoping. His smile was a combination of joy, exhaustion and relief. But mostly relief.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Hextall on Vancouver's short list

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07:55 AM ET 04.18 | As the playoffs pick up across North America, so, too, does a general manager search in Vancouver. The list of candidates to fill the [Canucks GM vacancy] is slowly taking shape. One person in the mix is Philadelphia Flyers assistant general manager Ron Hextall, according to the Vancouver Sun. Hextall joined the Flyers last year after serving seven years within the Los Angeles Kings organization and was part of the management team that won the Stanley Cup in 2012. "I do want to be a general manager," Hextall told NHL.com in July. "I talked to (Flyers GM Paul Holmgren) about that when we talked about this job. If something else becomes available, I at least want to look at it. He was absolutely fine with that." Multiple reports have also pegged Boston Bruins assistant general manager Jim Benning.

Toronto Sun

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Threat of roster overhaul looms in Phoenix

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07:54 AM ET 04.18 | When Coyotes GM Don Maloney looks ahead to 2014-15, what does he see? What everyone seems to agree on is that the chemistry of the group needs some tweaking. Besides internal options and free agency, the Coyotes are also open to executing trades -- and the targets may be players 23 to 25 years old who complement enthusiasm with experience. "We have to look at our group and say we need more energy," Maloney said. "We need more hunger into our group, and maybe we got a little complacent with people being here too long." The Coyotes aren't about to buck their long-standing philosophy of not rushing prospects to the NHL, but they seem to be more open-minded than usual. ... "The goal is to move forward and sometimes just because you say young players come in, that doesn't mean you take a step backward," [Dave Tippett] said.

The Arizona Republic

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Leonsis leaves coach, GM twisting

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07:45 AM ET 04.17 | And, so, George McPhee and Adam Oates wait. If [Ted Leonsis] is going to jettison McPhee and Oates -- or just McPhee, as seems possible -- he should have done it Monday. It isn't as if he hasn't had plenty of time to look at his dysfunctional team this season and make decisions about who should -- or should not -- lead it into the future. Instead, Leonsis met with McPhee on Monday, slapped a gag order on him, refused to speak to anyone in the media himself and said he might take up to two weeks to decide what to do. Talk about leaving people twisting in the wind. The Caps haven't won the Stanley Cup, but McPhee built a team that has sold out virtually every game at Verizon Center the past five seasons. He has earned the right to not be left wondering what his future holds.

The Washington Post

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Ice thinning under Muller, too

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07:44 AM ET 04.17 | Kirk Muller, the owner of an 80-80-27 record in Carolina, has one year left on his contract -- and he may not return. The first question asked of [Muller] on Wednesday was about his status with the Carolina Hurricanes and if he would return as coach next season. "As of right now I'm the coach of the Carolina Hurricanes," Muller replied. But the fact Muller was holding an end-of-year press conference at PNC Arena three days after the season, after the Canes again missed the Stanley Cup playoffs, may have been an answer in itself. Muller, who has one year left on his contract, said he has met with general manager Jim Rutherford and Ron Francis, vice president of hockey operations, to evaluate the season. The Canes failed to reach the playoffs for a fifth straight year and the third time since Muller was named coach.

News & Observer

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