Coyotes purchase AHL affiliate, plan to move team to Tucson

The Arizona Coyotes announced Tuesday that they signed an agreement to purchase their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Falcons, pending approval from the AHL Board of Governors.

Once approved, the Coyotes plan to move the team closer to home, relocating the franchise from Springfield, Mass. to Tuscon, Ariz. for the start of next season.

They plan to play in the Tucson Convention Center, according to Arizona Sports' Craig Morgan. The arena seats about 6,700 for hockey.

The Falcons finished last in AHL attendance this season, averaging just over 3,100 fans per game.

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Report: Senators met with Mike Yeo for head coach position

The Ottawa Senators have begun interviewing candidates for their vacant head coaching position, and among those interviewed is former Minnesota Wild coach Mike Yeo.

Senators general manager Pierre Dorion met with the 42-year-old over the weekend, TSN's Darren Dreger reports. Yeo was fired in February after the Wild lost 13 of 14 games, and was replaced by John Torchetti.

Over five seasons with Minnesota, Yeo led the Wild to three consecutive postseason berths from 2013-2015, only to be eliminated by the Chicago Blackhawks in all three playoff appearances.

On Monday, Luke Richardson - who had coached the Senators' AHL affiliate for the past four seasons - left the organization after Dorion told him he was not on their list of potential coaching candidates.

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John Scott finally gets his family van for winning All-Star MVP

John Scott's All-Star tale received its storybook conclusion Monday ... at the local Honda dealership.

The NHL's polarizing reigning All-Star MVP picked up his winnings - a brand new family van - for captaining the Pacific All-Stars to a win in the event's first ever 3-on-3 tournament back in January.

But though Scott has only just collected his new ride, the final two seats were claimed just a few days after captivating the hockey world in late January.

The MVP's wife, Danielle, made Scott the father of four girls Feb. 5, delivering twins.

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NHL UFA Updates – April 19, 2016

Breaking down the latest Sportsnet update on this summer’s top NHL UFAs. SPORTSNET: Luke Fox recently provided an update to his ranking and rumors on this summer’s top-16 NHL unrestricted free agents. The highlights: Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos still tops Fox’s list. The mutual decision to put off talks until season’s end has […]

Watch: Flyers’ PA announcer urges fans to stop throwing bracelets

Though a 6-1 home loss to the Washington Capitals was embarrassing enough, the most disappointed member of the Philadelphia Flyers organization may have been longtime PA announcer Lou Nolan.

Related: Flyers' White after fans throw bracelets: 'I'd have done it too'

As fans began littering the ice with commemorative bracelets, Nolan warned the Wells Fargo Center crowd to stop, by pleading:

"Hold those wristbands in your hands, show some class. This is Philly, not somewhere else in the NHL."

Eventually, the Flyers were given a delay of game penalty due to their fans' efforts, and Nolan couldn't help but voice his displeasure with the crowd as he announced the penalty, giving a sarcastic "Way to go!"

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Jonas Hiller returns to Switzerland, signs 3-year deal with EHC Biel

Jonas Hiller's headed home.

The veteran netminder signed a three-year contract with Switzerland National A outfit EHC Biel, ending his nine-year professional run in North America before testing the unrestricted free-agent market this summer.

Hiller had an ugly final NHL season, stopping pucks at an .879 clip and winning 11 times in 26 appearances for the lottery-bound Calgary Flames. But the 34-year-old did string together some quality seasons over the course of a seven-year run with the Anaheim Ducks, winning 162 times in 307 starts before signing with Calgary in 2014.

He began his professional career in the Swiss league with HC Davos in 2001, spending five seasons there.

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NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – April 19, 2016

Check out today’s collection of notable NHL playoff game recaps and news. NHL Playoff Game Recaps THE WASHINGTON POST: The Washington Capitals humiliated the Philadelphia Flyers with a lopsided 6-1 victory in Game Three of their best-of-seven opening-round series. It was the first home game for the Flyers since team founder Ed Snider passed away […]

Watch: Pearson’s OT winner gives Kings 1st win of the series

The Los Angeles Kings have life thanks to Tanner Pearson.

The 23-year-old scored the overtime-winner just 3:47 into the extra period Monday. Pearson collected the puck at the Sharks' blue line and walked in, snapping a shot five-hole on San Jose Sharks goaltender Martin Jones to give the Kings a 2-1 victory in Game 3 and cut the Sharks' series lead to 2-1.

The win guarantees the Kings will have a chance at redemption at home in Game 5 after dropping Games 1 and 2 at Staples Center.

The Kings will have the chance to even the series Wednesday.

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Ex-NFL star Ronnie Lott pumps crowd up, lets Sharks out of dressing room

Few people were as pumped for Game 3 between the San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings than Ronnie Lott.

The former San Francisco 49ers great kicked off Monday's contest by getting the crowd fired up and then letting his beloved Sharks out from the dressing room.

The send-off seemed to get the Sharks going as the team would open the scoring just 30 seconds into the contest.

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