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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.

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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.

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Getzlaf avoided major scare

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07:44 AM ET 04.17 | Forgive Ducks fans for that sigh of relief. [Anaheim forward] Ryan Getzlaf appears to avoided a major injury after taking a puck to the face in Wednesday's playoff match against the Dallas Stars. After the game, Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau said Getzlaf was receiving [stitches], but as far as he was aware Getzlaf did not break any bones and should be ready for game 2 on Friday night. Getzlaf suffered the injury in the final minute of the Ducks' 4-3 victory, while blocking a point shot by Stars centre Tyler Seguin. Boudreau sounded less optimistic about the status of forward Matt Beleskey, who is suffering from a lower-body injury. Boudreau said Beleksey will "hopefully" play on Friday night. Beleksey scored a goal and added an assist against the Stars on Wednesday night.

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Will Miller crack?

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07:42 AM ET 04.17 | The arrival of Ryan Miller to the Gateway City sets up as the final piece to the puzzle. The expectations placed upon Miller are simple: His abilities between the pipes are to elevate the St. Louis Blues from very good to great. Great, as in Stanley Cup champions and nothing short. Is it a pressure-packed spot for Miller? You bet. But that's the reality facing the 33-year-old netminder right now, and everybody's watching to see how he deals with it. Some players relish that level of scrutiny. Some are driven by it. Miller says it's just part of the gig. "I'm just another piece. I'm trying to take that approach," he said following Wednesday's practice in anticipation of opening the playoffs Thursday against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks. I don't feel it's a make-or-break situation."

Calgary Sun

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