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The New York Islanders‘ firing of Garth Snow and Doug Weight shouldn’t impede their attempts to re-sign John Tavares.

On Monday, the team announced that Snow and Weight were relieved of their duties and that president of hockey operations, Lou Lamoriello, will assume the role as general manager. Following the announcement, Lamoriello noted that the club’s attempt to re-sign its captain did not factor into the personnel changes.

“That certainly has not and did not enter into any of the decisions that were made,” Lamoriello said, according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.

Tavares will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Last month it was reported that Lamoriello had met with Tavares on behalf of the Islanders ahead of officially joining the team as president of hockey ops.

Tavares has spent his entire nine-year career with the Islanders since being picked first overall in 2009, where he’s tallied 272 goals and 621 points in 669 games.


Masai Ujiri had a difficult decision to make after yet another disappointing playoff exit by his Toronto Raptors: Would the team part ways with longtime – and widely respected – head coach Dwane Casey after seven seasons?

With Casey’s dismissal Friday morning, Ujiri finally played his hand. That doesn’t mean it was an easy choice for the team president.

“I hope coach Casey gets Coach of the Year,” a downbeat Ujiri told the press at Friday’s post-firing press conference. “He deserves it.”

Casey piloted the Raptors to a franchise-best 59-23 record in the regular season and their fifth straight playoff appearance, matching the team’s total postseason trips in the 18 years prior to Casey’s arrival in 2011.

“What an unbelievable human being,” Ujiri said of Casey. “It made this the hardest thing I’ve done in my life. (General manager) Bobby Webster and I went to speak to him. I never met anyone that classy in my life.

“I can I honestly say that I don’t know if I’ll work with a better person.”

The Carolina Hurricanes terminated the contract of president of hockey operations Ron Francis on Monday, the team announced.

The club also announced that Joe Nieuwendyk has resigned as a pro scout and advisor.

The move comes after Francis was reassigned from his general manager duties to president of hockey operations back on March 7. Since then, the team has reportedly seen a number of GM candidates pull themselves out of the running for the job. According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the GM role has been appointed to Don Waddell for the time being.

Last week, former head coach Bill Peters signed with the Calgary Flames after opting out of his contract with the team.

On the flip side, the Hurricanes were lucky enough to acquire the second overall pick on Saturday at the draft lottery, which Waddell feels should make the team more appealing to potential coaches and GM candidates.

The Minnesota Wild‘s season was prematurely put to bed, and the team’s owner isn’t enjoying the afterglow.

Craig Leipold offered an adult-themed analogy when asked Monday to follow up on a comment that his team hasn’t been good enough.

“I just don’t see us with this team getting to the (Stanley Cup Final),” Leipold told reporters, including The Athletic’s Chad Graff, as he addressed the decision to not renew general manager Chuck Fletcher’s contract. “I think we’re a good team but not good enough right now.”

A reporter then asked what “good enough” looks like, to which Leipold replied, “It’s like pornography. You know it when you see it.”

The Wild have qualified for the playoffs in each of the last six campaigns, but lost in the opening round in the last three and failed to advance past the second round during Fletcher’s nine-season tenure.

There’s a joke in there about going unfulfilled, but we’re not going to make it.

Chuck Fletcher’s tenure as general manager of the Minnesota Wild is over, as the club revealed Monday that it will not renew his contract.

The search for a new GM will begin immediately. Brent Flahr, the team’s senior vice president of hockey operations, will serve as acting GM until a replacement is found.

Wild owner Craig Leipold said Monday that the coaching staff will remain in place, according to The Athletic’s Chad Graff.

Minnesota made the playoffs in each of the last six seasons, but lost in the first round in each of the last three years and failed to advance past the second round on Fletcher’s watch.

Fletcher shaped the Wild roster for the last nine campaigns after being hired in May 2009.

He signed forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to dual 13-year, $98-million contracts on July 4, 2012, and drafted the likes of forwards Mikael Granlund and Jason Zucker (2010), as well as blue-liners Jonas Brodin (2011) and Matt Dumba (2012).

Fletcher also acquired goaltender Devan Dubnyk from the Arizona Coyotes for a third-round pick in 2015.

He was the second GM in Wild history after Doug Risebrough.

The New York Rangers officially fired head coach Alain Vigneault on Saturday night.

The news comes hours after the Rangers wrapped up their regular season with a 5-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, dropping New York’s record to 34-39-9, good for last in the Metropolitan Division.

Hired in 2013, Vigneault coached the Rangers to a regular-season record of 226-147-37 during his five-year tenure, leading the club to the Stanley Cup Final in 2014 and a Presidents’ Trophy campaign the next season that resulted in another Eastern Conference Finals appearance.

The team stumbled in 2017-18, however, and as the Rangers continue to rebuild on the fly, Vigneault appears to have lost favor as the bench boss to right the ship.

NBC Sports has an interview with 2018 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jeff Jarrett, who discussed his upcoming induction. Below are a few highlights:

Being fired on live WWE TV when WWE purchased WCW in 2001:

“Vince does a lot of things well. And he knows how to produce great TV. To me that night was just good TV.

“It’s a business and I knew that I was going to be getting paid on my Turner contract for about another eight or nine months, so I didn’t even think to address it that night.”

Being inducted the same weekend as AJ Styles defending the WWE Championship at WrestleMania:

“I don’t believe in coincidences, only convergences and AJ headlining and me going into the Hall of Fame is perfect. He’s been a friend since the early days of our relationship and it’s been great to watch him progress as a performer. I can’t say enough about the guy.”

If this is the right time for him to be inducted into the Hall of Fame:

“Quite frankly I’ve thought about that. Who am I? Why am I going in now? They asked and I had to do a head-scratcher because it was literally a shock. There are less than 200 wrestlers in the Hall of Fame and you think about the thousands of guys that have laced up the boots and I’m going to be one of those 200. It just doesn’t seem right in my brain.”

Jarrett also discussed being inducted into the Hall of Fame 32 years from the day of his first match, his family, not being a part of WWE in the early 2000s and more. You can read the full interview by clicking here.