Edmonton named assistant coach Ralph Krueger to replace Tom Renney as head coach. The promotion was announced Wednesday, and Krueger, 52, was given a three-year contract. Krueger spent the past two seasons as an assistant under Renney, whose contract was not renewed. Krueger played and coached in Europe and was coach of the Swiss national team from 1997-2010.
St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock, who led the Blues to their first playoff series win in a decade last season, agreed to a one-year contract extension through the '13-'14 season with a mutual option for '14-'15.
Calgary acquired defenseman Dennis Wideman from Washington for AHL defenseman Jordan Henry and a fifth-round draft pick in the '13. Wideman then bypassed free agency by signing a five-year deal worth $5.25 million per season.
Right winger Craig Adams is on the NHL Players' Association's 31-member team that will attempt to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement. Talks are scheduled to begin Friday in New York. ... The prospects tournament in Ontario that the Penguins participate in every September has been canceled because of the uncertainty surrounding the league's labor situation.
Carolina coach Kirk Muller said he will experiment this preseason with using brothers Jordan Staal and Eric Staal on the ice together. The Hurricanes acquired Jordan Staal from the Penguins Friday.
NHL players association executive director Don Fehr said the season could start without a new labor agreement if both sides agree to continue talks beyond the Sept. 15 expiration of the current deal.
First Published June 28, 2012 12:00 AM