Coach K says heís finished; USA Basketball is mum
NEW YORK Ė Mike Krzyzewski again said Tuesday he doesnít plan to return as the United Statesí menís basketball head coach after leading the Americans to two Olympic gold medals.
Saying ďmy stance hasnít changed,Ē Krzyzewski told ESPN Radio he expects USA Basketball to name a new coach this summer.
The Hall of Fame Duke coach said during and after last summerís Olympics that he wasnít planning to return to the position heís held with the national team since 2005. However, he still hasnít confirmed that decision with USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo, who has said they will talk after the college season.
Krzyzewski led the Americans to Olympic gold in 2008 and 2012 and a world basketball championship in 2010. The Americans also won bronze in the 2006 worlds, their first tournament under his guidance, and havenít lost a game since.
Canadiens, Stars swap stars: Michael Ryder for Erik Cole
PHILADELPHIA Ė Less than 24 hours after picking up a career-best three assists in a loss at Nashville, the Dallas Stars dealt right wing Michael Ryder and a third-round draft pick to the Montreal Canadiens for right wing Erik Cole in a swap of veteran forwards.
The 32-year-old Ryder has six goals and eight assists in 19 games this year for the Stars.
Ryder returns to the organization that drafted him in the eighth round of the 1998 draft.
The 24-year-old Cole has three goals and three assists in 19 games for the Canadiens.
Cole won a Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2006 and has 222 goals and 235 assists in 721 career games.
Kings trade Simon Gagne back to Philadelphia
LOS ANGELES Ė The Los Angeles Kings traded Simon Gagne back to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday for a conditional draft pick, sending the struggling left wing back to the city where he had his greatest NHL success.
Gagne spent his first 10 NHL seasons with the Flyers but won his first Stanley Cup title last season in Los Angeles after a late-playoff return from a concussion. He hasnít scored a goal in 11 games this season for the Kings, who decided the veteran didnít fit in coach Darryl Sutterís system.
Gagne had 259 goals and 524 points in his decade with the Flyers, who traded him to Tampa Bay in July 2010. The Kings signed him a year later, but Gagne has scored just 24 goals in 108 games since leaving Philadelphia.