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'Canes extend GM Francis through 2018-19

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) The Carolina Hurricanes have signed general manager Ron Francis to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, the team announced Tuesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

"I appreciate the fact that (owner Peter Karmanos Jr.) is willing to give me the extension," Francis said. "We're going in the right direction, so it's exciting to help continue that."

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Capitals happy to keep Reirden, Lambert

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) After the best regular season in franchise history, the Washington Capitals almost lost two assistant coaches to other NHL teams.

Todd Reirden was a finalist for the Calgary Flames' head coaching job and Lane Lambert for the Colorado Avalanche's. The Flames hired Glen Gulutzan in June, and then after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy the Avalanche hired Jared Bednar last week. That left Jack Adams Award-winning coach Barry Trotz's staff intact for another run at the Stanley Cup.

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Plekanec to captain Czech World Cup team

NEW YORK (AP) Tomas Plekanec has been chosen captain of the Czech Republic's team for the World Cup of Hockey.

Plekanec was Czech captain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics and the 2012 and 2016 world hockey championships. He has been the Montreal Canadiens' alternate captain for the past two seasons.

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Avs hire Bednar to replace Roy as coach

Joe Sakic had to rush his coaching search after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy. He doesn't believe the Colorado Avalanche rushed their hire.

After interviewing candidates with varying degrees of NHL coaching experience, Sakic ultimately chose Jared Bednar as the team's new coach. Bednar spent the past 14 seasons as a minor league coach, most recently winning the American Hockey League's Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters, and the previous nine as a minor league player,.

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Crosby named Canada World Cup captain

The process of selecting Sidney Crosby as Canada's captain for the World Cup of Hockey was a simple one.

"It was: `This is what we're going to do. Any questions? Next," general manager Doug Armstrong recalled.

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Rangers, F Pirri agree to 1 year, $1.1M

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Brandon Pirri on a $1.1 million, one-year deal.

The 25-year-old Pirri spent last season with the Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks, recording 14 goals and 15 assists in 61 games. His 29 points were a career high.

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Sweden selects Enroth for injured Lehner

NEW YORK (AP) With goaltender Robin Lehner still not fully healthy, Sweden replaced him on its World Cup of Hockey roster with Jhonas Enroth.

The Buffalo Sabres' starting goalie was bothered by a right ankle injury for much of last season that limited him to 21 NHL games. Lehner underwent surgery in March and had been working to get ready for the World Cup, which begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.

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Referee Rank wins Canadian Mid-Amateur

BROMONT, Quebec (AP) NHL referee Garrett Rank won his third straight Canadian Men's Mid-Amateur title Friday, closing with an 5-under 67 in windy conditions for a six-stroke victory.

The 28-year-old Rank, from Elmira, Ontario, finished at 19-under 269 at Golf Chateau-Bromont. He earned a spot next year in the Canadian Open.

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Panthers deal Bolland, Crouse to Coyotes

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have acquired prospect Lawson Crouse and veteran Dave Bolland's contract from the Florida Panthers for two draft picks.

Arizona sent a 2017 third-round pick and a conditional 2018 second-rounder that could become another 2017 third to Florida. The Coyotes are taking on the final three years of the injured Bolland's deal to pick up Crouse, the 11th pick in the 2015 draft.

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Coyotes hire NHL's first female coach

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Coyotes have hired Dawn Braid as skating coach and say she is believed to be the first full-time female coach in NHL history.

Braid has a long association with the NHL.

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