NHL notes: Stars coach Lindy Ruff selected as associate coach for Team Canada at Sochi Olympics

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Dallas Stars coach Lindy Ruff was selected as an associate coach for Hockey Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the club announced Monday.

Mike Babcock of Detroit will be the head coach.

Ken Hitchcock, former coach of the Stars, and Claude Julien join Ruff as associate coaches.

Babcock, Hitchcock and Ruff were members of the Canadian men’s hockey coaching staff at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, B.C., where Canada won its eighth Olympic gold medal.

Hockey Canada will host an orientation camp from Aug. 25-28 in Calgary.

The 2014 Olympic Winter Games run from Feb. 6-23, with the men’s ice hockey tournament going from Feb. 12-23.

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• Maple Leafs: Toronto re-signed defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to a three-year deal Monday, avoiding salary arbitration.

Gunnarsson, 26, had one goal and 14 assists in 37 games last season. In 224 career regular-season games, all with the Leafs, Gunnarsson has 12 goals and 57 assists with 58 penalty minutes.

The Leafs also announced that they agreed to an affiliation with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.

• Jets: The Winnipeg Jets re-signed center Bryan Little to a five-year contract worth $23.5 million on Monday.

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