Report: ‘All signs now point’ to Maple Leafs hiring Treliving as GM

The Toronto Maple Leafs' search for a new general manager appears to be coming to a close.

"All signs now point" to the Maple Leafs naming former Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving as their new GM, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Tuesday.

Treliving has reportedly been "very high" on Toronto's list of candidates to replace Kyle Dubas as general manager.

The Maple Leafs announced on May 19 that Dubas would not return after five seasons at the helm, and team president Brendan Shanahan subsequently noted his interest in hiring an experienced candidate.

Former Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin met virtually with Shanahan on Friday, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported earlier Tuesday on "Insider Trading." LeBrun added that despite this meeting, Treliving remained the "front-runner" for the position.

Treliving spent nine years as Calgary's general manager before parting with the team in April. The Flames reportedly denied the Pittsburgh Penguins permission to speak with Treliving earlier in May, but they have since allowed him to speak with both Pittsburgh and Toronto provided he does not participate in discussions around the upcoming NHL draft, according to Sportsnet's Eric Francis.

The Flames made the playoffs in five of nine seasons during Treliving's tenure as general manager. Calgary reached the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs twice in that span, losing in five games each time.

Toronto has qualified for the postseason in seven consecutive seasons but has just one series win in that period. The Maple Leafs knocked off the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round in April before losing to the Florida Panthers in five games in Round 2.

The Maple Leafs and Pittsburgh Penguins are the two NHL teams currently without a general manager.

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DeBoer: Stars didn’t have much left after avoiding elimination twice

After his team staved off elimination twice against the Vegas Golden Knights, Dallas Stars head coach Peter DeBoer didn't believe there was much left to give during Monday's blowout, season-ending loss.

"Every time you go to an elimination game, it takes a toll physically, mentally," he said after the 6-0 defeat. "It's hard to refill that tank over and over again. I just didn't think there was a lot left tonight."

Including Game 7 against the Seattle Kraken, the Stars played in four elimination contests in these playoffs. The Golden Knights, meanwhile, have yet to play in a contest with their season on the brink.

Vegas dominated Game 6, controlling 68.4% of the scoring chances, 60% of the shots, and 69.6% of the expected goals at five-on-five, according to Natural Stat Trick.

The Stars never had a chance to get into the contest after the Golden Knights erupted for a three-goal lead in the first period.

Veteran forward Joe Pavelski didn't have an answer as to why the Stars came out flat on home ice.

"There's a lot of give and take throughout the playoffs, there's a lot of highs and lows," he told reporters postgame. "You just expect more out of yourself in situations like this. ... Definitely wanted more tonight out of this game."

He added, "I've been a part of different runs like this. I had a lot of belief in this group, so to come up a little short, it's always tough because you thought there was more out there for us."

Tyler Seguin thought the Stars earned themselves a better fate.

"I didn't think we deserved to go out the way we did tonight," Seguin said. "Hockey's hard, man. Game 1, we didn't play great, but we probably could have snuck it out.

"Game 2, you play great and they sneak it out. ... I'm still proud of this group and how many responses we've had throughout the whole year."

The Stars (47-21-14) finished one point behind the Colorado Avalanche for the No. 1 spot in the Central Division.

Though Dallas fell short of making the Stanley Cup Final for the first time since 2020, DeBoer is pleased that his team managed to exceed expectations during his first season behind the Stars' bench.

"There's a lot to be proud of. There's only four teams left standing out of 32," he said. "I don't think at the beginning of the year a lot of people had us pencilled as one of them. There was a lot of work put in by our group."

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Report: Predators hiring Andrew Brunette as new head coach

The Nashville Predators are hiring Andrew Brunette as their new head coach, replacing John Hynes, reports ESPN's Kevin Weekes.

Brunette was nominated for the Jack Adams Award last season after piloting the Florida Panthers through their Presidents' Trophy-winning campaign in his first year as an NHL head coach.

He served as an associate coach for the New Jersey Devils in 2022-23.

Brunette has some experience within the Predators organization. He played for Nashville in 1998-99 and is credited with scoring the franchise's first-ever goal.

The 49-year-old netted 11 goals and 20 assists in 77 contests as a Predator and amassed 733 points in 1,110 career NHL games.

Brunette stepped in as Panthers head coach on an interim basis after Joel Quenneville resigned in October 2021. Brunette had been an assistant coach on Quenneville's staff since 2019.

Florida dominated the regular season but was ultimately swept by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round. After falling short in the postseason, the Panthers moved on from Brunette and hired Paul Maurice.

The Panthers went 51-18-6 under Brunette's direction.

Hynes had one year remaining on his contract. The Predators finished the 2022-23 campaign fifth in the Central Division with a 42-32-8 record and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2013-14.

In four seasons as head coach in Nashville, Hynes put together a record of 134-96-18. Hynes' Predators never advanced past the opening round of the playoffs.

Brunette will be the first head coach of Barry Trotz's tenure as general manager. The Predators announced in February that former executive David Poile was stepping down from the position after a 26-year run at the helm.

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Report: Capitals to hire Spencer Carbery as head coach

The Washington Capitals intend to name Spencer Carbery their new head coach, reports The Athletic's Tarik El-Bashir.

Carbery spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 41-year-old guided the Capitals' AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears, to the league's best regular-season record in 2021.

More to come.

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Golden Knights shut out Stars to reach Stanley Cup Final

The Vegas Golden Knights dominated the Dallas Stars 6-0 in Monday's Game 6 to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.

Vegas had dropped consecutive games after taking a commanding 3-0 series lead. It's the second time the Golden Knights will play for the Stanley Cup; they lost the 2018 finals against the Washington Capitals in their inaugural season.

The Florida Panthers await the Golden Knights in the finals. Florida completed its sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final on Wednesday. Neither franchise has won the Stanley Cup.

William Carrier's goal 3:41 into the opening frame proved to be the eventual winner. William Karlsson netted two goals to reach 10 in the playoffs, setting a new Golden Knights franchise mark in a single postseason.

Adin Hill made 23 saves for his second shutout of the series.

The Stanley Cup Final begins Saturday in Las Vegas at 8 p.m. ET.

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