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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- John Tortorella of the Columbus Blue Jackets received Adidas Authentic Jake Gardiner Womens Jersey a one-year contract extension following a season in which he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's coach of the year. General manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced the move Monday. Financial terms were not released. "John Tortorella and his coaching staff have done a terrific job since his arrival nearly two years ago," Kekalainen said in a statement. "He is one http://www.authenticottawasenators.com/authentic-jason-spezza-jersey of the top coaches in our game and we are excited about what lies ahead for our club with John as our head coach." Tortorella was entering the last year of a five-year, $10 million deal he signed with Vancouver in 2013. Columbus sent a draft pick to Vancouver in 2015 as compensation for hiring Tortorella. Since joining Columbus, Tortorella has led the Blue Jackets to an 84-57-16 record and .586 winning percentage. Columbus had a 50-24-8 record and 108 points last year, the NHL's fourth-best record. This was a 32-point turnaround from 2015-16. "I'm very appreciative of the opportunity I have to coach this team and be part of a wonderful community that has been very welcoming to my family, so I thank the McConnell family, Mike Priest, John Davidson, Jarmo Adidas Authentic Cam Atkinson Womens Jersey Kekalainen, our staff and the entire organization," Tortorella said in a statement. "I'm proud of the steps we've taken as a team and I look forward to continuing to work with a very good group of coaches and players." MOSCOW -- Longtime Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov signed with Russian club Ak Bars Kazan on Monday. The team said the 38-year-old Markov signed a two-year contract to play in the Kontinental Hockey League, a week after Montreal said it would not keep the defenseman for a 17th NHL season. No salary details were given. Markov will be reunited with Ak Bars coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov, who coached Markov on Russia's Olympic team in 2014. "I'm fired up to work and hope we'll be successful," Markov said. The move means Markov could end up playing at the Olympics in February. Russia is expected to be the favorite for an Olympic tournament without NHL players. It should have Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk -- both of whom now play in the KHL -- in its team, while Canada and the United States http://www.authenticcolumbusbluejackets.com/authentic-brandon-saad-jersey plan to have rosters made up of professionals playing in Europe and on college and major junior teams. Russia hasn't won an Olympic medal in men's hockey since taking bronze in 2002. "Everybody understands it's a business and whatever decision (the) NHL made, it's their decision," Markov said last week. "But for the athletes, it's a great experience, it's a great feeling and to represent your country in such a big tournament, it's huge and it's something special." Markov had 119 goals and 453 assists for 572 points in 990 NHL games. NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- General manager David Poile has made it clear he's been looking for a top center since first hired to build the Nashville Predators 20 years ago. He believes he has just that in Ryan Johansen, and that's why the Predators rewarded the 24-year-old center Friday with an eight-year, $64 million contract. It's the biggest deal the franchise has ever handed Adidas Authentic Daniel Alfredsson Womens Jersey out. "I think he is ready to take that next step to become an elite player in the National Hockey League," Poile said. "Your actions say volumes about what you and how you feel, how this is the longest contract that we've ever given out since I've been here. Eight years, the money is significant, but we feel we got the right man to be our No. 1 center for a lot of years." The Predators now have Johansen under contract at an average of $8 million a year through the 2024-25 season, and linemates Filip Forsberg and Viktor Arvidsson are signed for the next five years after Arvidsson signed a seven-year, $29.75 million deal last weekend. Poile said that was the goal this offseason. "We got our whole core signed up for a lot of guys for a lot of years, and I hope we've chosen correctly," Poile said for a team that lost the Stanley Cup in six games to Pittsburgh in June. "I believe we've chosen correctly." Johansen, who turns 25 Monday, tied for the lead in scoring with 61 points (14 goals, 47 assists) over 82 games this season. He had 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 14 playoff games this spring before acute compartment syndrome ended his postseason in the Western Conference final. Johansen said he is fully recovered and working on conditioning with the team's strength coach. Nashville traded for Johansen in January 2016, swapping defenseman Seth Jones to Columbus for the http://www.authentictorontomapleleafs.com/authentic-james-van-riemsdyk-jersey young center. He is one of five NHL players with at least 45 assists in each of the past three seasons, along with Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Backstrom, Ryan Getzlaf and Erik Karlsson. Johansen says he tried to embrace the challenge of proving in the Predators' run to their first Stanley Cup Final that he is a top center and sees Nashville as the place where he belongs. "Just the class that they've shown with myself and committing and trusting me and believing in me for these next eight years is just so humbling and so excited for the next chapter, which is coming up fast with the short summer," Johansen said.This leaves only one big decision remaining for Nashville. Captain Mike Fisher, 37, is expected to decide within the next week whether he wants to return or retire
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