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KHL: Alex Ovechkin must get out of NHL contract


08:10 AM ET 04.12 | If Washington Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is ever interested in going back to Russia to play hockey, he'll have to get out of his NHL contract first. Kontinental Hockey League president issued a statement to TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun on Friday amid speculation that the league may try to court the three-time Hart Trophy winner in the near future. "Per the terms of our memorandum of understanding with the NHL as it relates to respecting player contracts, Ovechkin would only be free to join a KHL club if he negotiates his way out of his existing contract with the Washington club," said Medvedev in the statement. "Should that situation come to pass, I have no doubt there are KHL clubs who would have interest in his services."


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Will the KHL tempt Ovi?


08:02 AM ET 04.11 | George McPhee may not see a new deal in Washington, which means all sorts of shaking up could take place in D.C. We don't believe that the owner, Ted Leonsis, has actually tipped his hand at this point but we do know that McPhee's deal is up at the end of the year. There have not been any talks about an extension. So the betting money, the whispers coming out of Washington, are that there is a better chance than not that there is a change. ... Now what does that mean for Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin? He is a lightning rod for that team -- 50-goal scorer but almost minus-50 as well. There have been some whispers out of the KHL in Russia that would they try ... one of the clubs over there try to approach Ovechkin like they did with Ilya Kovalchuk a year ago, if not this summer then certainly over the next couple of years.

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Leafs making Carlyle wait


08:02 AM ET 04.11 | Coming off a game in Florida, Randy Carlyle ripped his team's present effort, but it's his future on the line. [Carlyle's future] as coach of the Maple Leafs will not be determined quickly -- especially with Brendan Shanahan becoming president of the hockey club as of today. Even before the addition of Shanahan, there were too many factors in play for general manager Dave Nonis to move quickly on Carlyle. ... [As of Thursday] Nonis was not leaning one way or the other on his coach. And he's highly unlikely to make any head coaching decision for days, maybe weeks. There is, he concedes, ample evidence for changing coaches. But there is as much historical evidence, maybe more he says, for sticking with Carlyle. As one Leafs executive said: "Where are you going to find a better coach?"

Toronto Sun

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Blues loss comes with steep price: Oshie


08:01 AM ET 04.11 | We learned Thursday that the Blues may have their captain back by the playoffs, but another injury matter now looms large. [And already playing without David Backes], the Blues lost T.J. Oshie after a vicious head shot by the Wild's Mike Rupp. ... Oshie was cycling the puck when he was caught completely off guard by Rupp, who delivered a nasty shoulder shot to the head, sending the Blues winger to the ice for several minutes. Oshie had trouble standing before finally heading to the locker room for observation. Rupp left the game, too, with a match penalty and a five-minute major for intent to injure. "It's tough," Blues forward Jaden Schwartz said. "Obviously we didn't like the hit. He's an important player to our team. At this time of the year, you don't want to see injuries like that."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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B's exec on Canucks radar


07:59 AM ET 04.11 | Mike Gillis is out in Vancouver, and the changes going forward will be the charge of Trevor Linden. Linden said the GM search had already begun and would involve internal and external candidates. The internal candidates are assistant GMs Laurence Gilman and Lorne Henning, both of whom are highly regarded. The external candidates likely will include Boston Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning, who just so happens to have played with Linden in Vancouver and helped build the team that beat the Canucks for the 2011 Stanley Cup. Linden said receiving permission to speak to candidates could affect the timing of the decision, and he said he wanted a team that didn't sacrifice offense by defending well. That last comment doesn't bode well for coach John Tortorella, who ground down a skilled team this season.

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