NHL notes: Canucks expected to hire Tortorella on Tuesday

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The Vancouver Canucks have scheduled a news conference for Tuesday afternoon when they reportedly will introduce John Tortorella as the team’s new coach, according to nhl.com.

Sources told espn.com that other candidates such as John Stevens and Scott Arniel were told they no longer are in the running.

Tortorella, who was fired by the New York Rangers after losing a second-round playoff series in five games to the Boston Bruins, was in Vancouver on Friday, when Canucks general manager Mike Gillis said he was a candidate for the job.

Tortorella would replace Alain Vigneault, who was let go after seven seasons shortly after the Canucks were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the San Jose Sharks. Vigneault was hired last week as Tortorella’s replacement as Rangers coach.

Stars sign two

The Dallas Stars signed Matt Fraser and Cameron Gaunce each to one-year, two-way contracts.

Fraser, a 23-year-old winger, had one goal and two assists in 12 NHL games last season. He scored 46 points in 62 games with the Texas Stars and was an AHL All-Star.

Gaunce was acquired in April when the Stars traded Tomas Vincour to Colorado. The 23-year-old defenseman scored a goal and four assists in nine games with the Texas Stars.

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• Canadiens: Multiple reports say that Montreal will buy out the remaining year of Tomas Kaberle’s contract. The 35-year-old defenseman played in 10 games for the Canadiens last season and had three assists. He is a four-time All-Star and won a Stanley Cup in 2011 with Boston.

• Jets: Claude Noel was given a one-year extension to coach Winnipeg through the 2014-15 season. The Jets have gone 61-56-13 two seasons under Noel but missed the playoffs both years.

• Wild: Veteran goalie Niklas Backstrom agreed to a 3-year, $10.25 million contract extension with Minnesota. The 35-year-old Backstrom has spent his entire seven-year career with the Wild and was 24-15-3 in 2013 with a .909 save percentage but missed the playoffs with a sports hernia.

• Panthers: Forwards Bobby Butler and Eric Selleck agreed to contracts. Butler, 26, who was acquired from Nashville earlier this month, agreed on a two-year deal while Selleck, 25, who made his NHL debut last season, got a one-year deal.

• Flood: The record flood that submerged Canada’s third-largest city, Calgary, has begun to recede. The Saddledome, home of the NHL’s Calgary Flames, was filled 15 feet high with water, leaving crews to pump out 300,000,000 gallons from the facility.

• Sharks: Forward Martin Havlat has undergone surgery to help repair the injured groin that sidelined him during the playoffs, and will not be an option to be bought out of the final two years of his contract. Since being acquired from Minnesota two years ago, Havlat has missed 51 regular-season games but had 15 goals and 30 assists in 79 games.

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