Trotz, Capitals begin discussing contract extension

ARLINGTON, Va. — Barry Trotz and the Washington Capitals have begun discussing a contract extension that would keep the pending free agent coach around for next season and beyond after winning the Stanley Cup.

Trotz and general manager Brian MacLellan met Wednesday to talk about a new deal. MacLellan says he'll meet with ownership over the next week and that he doesn't believe either side feels pressure to get a deal done given Trotz's contract expires June 30.

MacLellan and the Capitals opted not to extend Trotz last summer following a second consecutive Presidents' Trophy-winning season that ended with a second-round exit at the hands of the eventual-champion Pittsburgh Penguins. After winning the Cup at Vegas, MacLellan said Trotz would be back if he wants to be.

-- The Associated Press

Pellegrini named Islanders assistant GM

The New York Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello announced that Steve Pellegrini has been named Assistant General Manager. He will work alongside current Assistant General Manager Chris Lamoriello.

Pellegrini joins the Islanders after working for the New Jersey Devils as the Vice President of Hockey Operations since 2006. With the Devils, Pellegrini worked on all hockey-related matters, including and not limited to, contract negotiation/salary arbitration preparation, collective bargaining agreement/salary cap compliance, scheduling and scouting.

"Steve brings over 20 years of knowledge and experience to our hockey operations," Islanders President and General Manager Lou Lamoriello said.

Prior to joining the Devils, Pellegrini spent eight seasons as Group Vice President of the NHL's Central Registry Department (1998-2006). There, he served on the league's CBA negotiating committee and assisted on CBA rules and regulation enforcement.

Pellegrini served as the Director of Hockey Administration from 1995 through 1998 for the Edmonton Oilers. He began his professional career working in the NHL's Community Relations Department in 1991.

At the competition of the 1991 school year, Pellegrini earned his graduate degree in sports administration from Montreal's Concordia University in 1991. He received his undergraduate degree in history from King's College at The University of Western Ontario.

-- The New York Islanders

Carolina brings back Daniels, complete Brind'Amour's staff

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes are bringing back Jeff Daniels as an assistant coach.

General manager Don Waddell announced the hiring of Daniels on Monday and completed the staff for new coach Rod Brind'Amour.

The 49-year-old Daniels was an assistant with the team from 2003-08, was part of the staff that won the Stanley Cup in 2006 and has been the organization's manager of pro scouting since 2015.

He also coached the Hurricanes' AHL affiliate in Charlotte from 2008-15, and has worked in player development and scouting for Carolina.

Waddell says Brind'Amour "has a great understanding for the experience and knowledge that he brings to the table."

-- The Associated Press