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Report: Canucks initially wanted no part of John Tortorella

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09:53 AM ET 04.13 | So what are the chances Trevor Linden's first act as president of the Canucks will be to hire a general manager whose first act will be to fire John Tortorella, with the coach owed $8 million for the next four years -- and this just after ownership fired GM Mike Gillis with what is believed more than $8 million remaining on his contract over the next four years? If Tortorella survives this train wreck of a season, the incoming GM must know the coach will want to tear everything down -- there may not be much left -- in order to build it back up in his own image. Everyone knows what that image will reflect. That is standard operating procedure for Tortorella. Obviously Gillis -- who committed the equivalent of Suicide by Talking when he went on the radio April 3 and essentially told ownership, "Him or me" -- did not share the coach's vision, any more than Glen Sather did at the end in New York. Oh, and who actually was responsible for hiring Tortorella? Well, The Post has learned when Sather asked Gillis for permission to talk to Alain Vigneault last year, the Rangers GM asked the Vancouver GM if he wanted permission to speak to Tortorella. The answer, in a word, was "No." A week or so later, the answer became "Yes."

New York Post

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Why Caps front office, coach are on hot seat

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10:12 AM ET 04.13 | Four years ago, as the Washington Capitals were about to clinch the Presidents' Trophy with the best regular season record in the NHL, owner Ted Leonsis declared that his team had arrived as one of the league's elite. Dynamic and overwhelming on offense, Washington entered the playoffs that year a feared juggernaut, only to be eliminated by the Montreal Canadiens in the first round. In the four seasons since that high-water mark, the Capitals have gone through three coaches, four styles of play and six goaltenders. They have tried to reinvent Ovechkin and rotated through numerous supporting cast members. But no version has advanced past the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. This season, the Capitals surpassed that level of disappointment by failing to reach the postseason for the first time since 2006-07, prompting speculation about the job security of General Manager George McPhee, team President Dick Patrick and Coach Adam Oates.

Washington Post

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Potential Isles buyer reportedly courted Brendan Shanahan

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09:56 AM ET 04.13 | According to a well-placed source, Brendan Shanahan had been courted during the winter by Andrew Barroway, who is seeking to buy the Islanders. Barroway was interested in having Shanahan become either GM or president of the club. Brooklyn's loss becomes Toronto's gain.

New York Post

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Martin Brodeur's last game as a Devil?

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11:03 AM ET 04.12 | It appears as if Martin Brodeur will get at least one more chance to play for the Devils. After his team's 3-2 shootout loss to the Islanders on Friday night, Devils coach Pete DeBoer said his choice would be for Brodeur to start again in Sunday afternoon's regular-season finale against the Boston Bruins at Prudential Center. "I'd like Marty to play on Sunday, but I haven't spoken with him about that," DeBoer said.

NJ.com

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Ryan Malone arrested on DUI, cocaine charges

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09:21 AM ET 04.12 | Lightning left wing Ryan Malone was arrested Saturday morning on charges of driving under the influence and cocaine possession. "We are aware of the situation concerning Ryan Malone this morning," general manager Steve Yzerman said in a statement. "Ryan will not travel with the team to Washington today, but beyond that we cannot comment further at this time." According to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's report, Malone, 34, was arrested at 5:40 Saturday morning on Platt Street and Rome Avenue S in Tampa. There were no other immediate details. Malone was being held on $2,500 bond.

Tampa Bay Times

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