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NHL Roundup: Stars bring back Gainey as consultant

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Former Dallas Stars general manager Bob Gainey has rejoined the organization as a consultant, the team announced Thursday.

"I'm a big fan," Stars president and CEO Jim Lites told reporters. "We're excited because of what Bob brings to this market, to this team and to the needs we've identified collectively. I just think he is going to be great."

Gainey, who played of five Stanley Cup Championship teams with the Montreal Canadiens, joined the Stars as head coach in 1990 and became GM in 1992. He stepped down as coach in 1996, but stayed as GM through 2002.

The Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999 under his watch.

"His experience and wisdom in this business is second to none, and he'll be an incredible asset as we continue to build our team to championship levels," GM Joe Nieuwendyk said in a statement.

Gainey, 58, was also GM in Montreal from 2003-10. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Lites said Gainey could work in a number of issues, including as an extra voice for Nieuwendyk.

---Defenseman Clayton Stoner signed a two-year contract extension with the Minnesota Wild, the team announced Thursday.

Stoner, 27, is a part a defensive unit in rebuild mode. He scored one goal and had four assists in 51 games last season, and led the team in plus-minus rating.

---The NHL Board of Governors has approved the sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group led by St. Louis beer distributor Tom Stillman, the league announced Wednesday.

The sale price wasn't disclosed, but multiple reports had it at about $130 million.

Stillman's group is buying the team from a group headed by Dave Checketts and his Sports Capital Partners Worldwide. The group is the eighth ownership organization since the Blues came into existence in 1966.

---Center Saku Koivu re-signed with the Anaheim Ducks, agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal to return for a 17th NHL season.

Koivu, 37, scored 38 points in 74 games last season, his third in Anaheim. The free agent would have garnered attention, but wanted to stay with the Ducks.

"I'm confident and really optimistic," Koivu said. "I didn't need more time to wait and see where this is going to go."

Koivu spent his first 13 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens, including 10 years as captain, before coming to Anaheim in 2009.

He played in his 1,000th career NHL game on March 12, becoming just the fifth Finnish player to reach the milestone.

---Anaheim Ducks star Ryan Getzlaf broke a tie midway through the third period to lead Canada beat Switzerland 3-2 Wednesday night in the world hockey championships.

Edmonton's Jordan Eberle and the New York's Islanders' John Tavares also scored for Canada, which moved to 3-0 in Group A play. Damien Brunner and Goran Bezina scored for Switzerland (2-2-0).

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