Stars add veteran coach Rick Bowness

The Dallas Stars beefed up their coaching staff Friday, naming veteran bench boss Rick Bowness as an assistant coach.

Bowness is the latest addition to new coach Jim Montgomery's staff. He comes to Dallas after five campaigns with the Tampa Bay Lightning, who let him go in May.

The 63-year-old has been in the coaching ranks for more than three decades, including five stints as head coach with the Winnipeg Jets, Boston Bruins, Ottawa Senators, New York Islanders, and Phoenix Coyotes.

He's the Stars' latest hire since assistant coach Todd Nelson, who spent the last three seasons with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins.

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Report: Hurricanes, Lindholm far apart on contract, trade possible

The Carolina Hurricanes and Elias Lindholm are not seeing eye to eye.

Lindholm's camp and the club met on Friday to discuss a new contract. The meeting didn't go well and both sides remain far apart, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

LeBrun adds that now a trade "is very much possible." That comes after LeBrun also reported Lindholm is garnering interest on the trade market.

The 23-year-old has completed his entry-level contract and will become a restricted free agent on July 1. He recorded a second consecutive 40-plus-point season in 2017-18 and tied for fifth on the Hurricanes with 16 goals.

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Lightning sign Domingue to 2-year, $2.3M contract

Louis Domingue won't be bolting anywhere this offseason.

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed the goaltender to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $1.15 million, the team announced Friday.

Domingue was acquired midseason to back up Andrei Vasilevskiy and performed admirably, posting a .914 save percentage and a 2.89 goals-against average in 12 games.

The 26-year-old spent the previous three seasons of his career with the Arizona Coyotes. He owns a lifetime .907 save percentage and a 2.98 goals-against average in 96 NHL games.

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Report: Jets’ Enstrom will test free agency

Winnipeg Jets defenseman Toby Enstrom will test free agency when the market opens July 1, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.

Enstrom recorded one goal and six points in 43 games during the 2017-18 season.

In May, the Winnipeg Free Press reported that Enstrom's tenure with the Jets was likely finished, in large part due to being scratched during the Western Conference Final against the Vegas Golden Knights. Enstrom was reportedly playing through a rib injury and was upset by coach Paul Maurice's decision.

Enstrom has spent his entire career with the Atlanta Thrashers/Winnipeg Jets organization after being drafted 239th overall in 2003.

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Canucks sign Granlund to 1-year deal

The Vancouver Canucks signed centerman Markus Granlund to a one-year contract valued at $1.4 million, the team announced.

"Markus is a versatile forward with the ability to play in all situations," general manager Jim Benning said. "He plays a complete, two-way game and has shown he can produce offensively. We look forward to seeing Markus continue to develop as a Vancouver Canuck this season."

Granlund registered eight goals and four assists in 53 games for Vancouver last season. He was drafted 45th overall by the Calgary Flames in 2011.

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Sabres will not retain Robin Lehner for 2018-19 season

Buffalo Sabres general manager Jason Botterill confirmed that the team will not retain goaltender Robin Lehner for the 2018-19 season.

"We've made a decision on Robin Lehner. It was a difficult decision. Robin is not coming back next year. We felt we had to make some adjustments," Botterill told reporters Friday.

More to come.

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Report: Kovalchuk’s agent expected to meet with Bruins, Kings, Knights, Sharks

After weeks of speculation, Ilya Kovalchuk's preferred NHL destination is starting to become much clearer, as the highly sought-after winger's agent is expected to meet with four teams Friday to discuss acquiring the sniper's services, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun.

Those front-running teams are the Boston Bruins, San Jose Sharks, Los Angeles Kings, and Vegas Golden Knights.

It was previously reported that Kovalchuk was meeting with both the Kings and Sharks, but Friday's report reveals that both the Bruins and Knights are also serious contenders to land the former 52-goal man.

Rumors have swirled regarding Kovalchuk and his desire to return to North American arenas since March. And there has been no shortage of teams showing interest in the 35-year-old Russian.

Kovalchuk hasn't suited up in the NHL since 2013, but scored 31 goals and added 32 assists in 53 games with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL this past season.

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Report: Senators looking to deal Anderson

The Ottawa Senators continue to try and turn the page on a difficult campaign and a strenuous offseason, as the team now searches for a new home for veteran netminder Craig Anderson, according to TSN's Frank Seravalli.

Related: Senators trade Hoffman to Sharks for Boedker

Reports regarding Anderson's potential departure come only days removed from Mike Hoffman's trade to the San Jose Sharks, as Sens general manager Pierre Dorion looks to shake things up.

Related: Sens GM on trading Hoffman: 'Our dressing room was broken'

Anderson is under contract with Ottawa for the next two seasons at a cap hit of $4.75 million. He also has a modified no-trade clause that allows him to submit a list of 10 teams that he would not accept a trade to.

The 37-year-old had a rough season in 2017-18, registering a 23-25-6 record to go along with two shutouts, a 3.32 goals-against average, and a lowly .898 save percentage.

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Red Wings name Dan Bylsma assistant coach

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Dan Bylsma as an assistant coach, the team announced Friday.

Bylsma most recently served as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres, but was released in April 2017 after the team failed to make the playoffs in his two seasons with the organization.

The 47-year-old is best known for his stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins, which included a Stanley Cup win in 2009. Pittsburgh fired him in 2014.

Bylsma also played 429 games in the NHL, split between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.

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