NHL-National Hockey League roundup

April 24 (The Sports Xchange) - Peter Chiarelli, fired by the Boston Bruins last week, was named president of hockey operations and general manager of the Edmonton Oilers on Friday. Chiarelli will report to chief executive officer Bob Nicholson and be responsible for all aspects of hockey operations. Nicholson, named CEO on Monday, and Chiarelli know each other from Nicholson's time with Hockey Canada. Chiarelli was part of the group of NHL general managers who helped assemble Canada's gold medal-winning team at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. - - - The Nashville Predators said star defenseman Shea Weber will not play in the rest of the playoff series against the Chicago Blackhawks. Weber sat out Nashville's 5-2 win in Game 5 on Thursday, the third straight game he has missed with a lower-body injury. The team said Weber does not have an ACL injury, contrary to at least one report, but he will not play Saturday in Game 6 in Chicago. The Predators need to win that game to force a Game 7, for which Weber also would not be available, according to the team. - - - Goalkeepers Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild, Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens and Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators were named finalists for the Vezina Trophy on Friday. The award, which goes to the best goalie in the league, was voted on by the general managers of the 30 NHL teams at the end of the regular season. The results will be revealed on June 24 during the NHL Awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Dubnyk made 38 consecutive starts to set a franchise mark and posted a 27-9-2 record with a 1.78 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and five shutouts. Price posted the most wins in the league and in franchise history, with 44. The first-time Vezina finalist also led the NHL in goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933) and tied for second in shutouts with a career-high nine. Rinne was 41-17-6, tying for second in wins and ranking third in goals-against average. - - - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is not saying whether or not NHL expansion will happen. But if it does, he has a price in mind. The right price would be around $500 million, Bettman said Friday at an Associated Press Sports Editors meeting. That would be a sizable increase from the last NHL expansion in the late 1990s, when the Nashville Predators, Columbus Blue Jackets and Minnesota Wild were added. Bettman said the NHL Board of Governors would set the fee and discuss expansion at the appropriate time. No meetings are scheduled on the subject. - - - The Detroit Red Wings assigned right winger Teemu Pulkkinen to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League. Pulkkinen, an AHL All-Star this season, captured the Willie Marshall Award as the league's top goal scorer, tallying 34 goals despite playing in only 46 games due to time spent in Detroit. - - - Winnipeg Jets goaltender Connor Hellebuyck has been named to the U.S. roster for the 2015 IIHF World Championship in the Czech Republic. Hellebuyck, 21, was selected by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. He will join Team USA at the world championship for the second consecutive year. The tournament will be May 1-17. - - - (Editing by Mark Lamport-Stokes)