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Another weekend in the books. The NHL season is over and its time for the playoffs to start. Here is the top hockey news for Monday, April 8th from the weekend that was. Today’s stories include Florida gets Joel Quenneville, Black Sunday in the NHL, Playoff Schedule released, Lightning tie record for wins, Blues re-sign Jay Bouwmeester, Predators win Central Division, Blue Jackets Clinch Final Playoff spot, Michael Hutchinson replaces Garrett Sparks, and Connor McDavid avoids serious injury

Top Hockey News for Monday, April 8th

After firing Bob Boughner there were several reports coming out linking Joel Quenneville and the Panthers. On Monday, the Panthers made it official by announcing Quenneville as the new head coach.

Similar to Black Monday in the NFL, the NHL has Black Sunday. First, LA announced Willie Desjardins will not return as head coach.

Then Buffalo GM Jason Botterill said Phil Housley would not be returning as bench boss.

With the playoffs set, the NHL announced the first round playoff schedule.

The historic season for Tampa Bay concluded tying the record for most wins in a season.

The Blues re-sign Jay Bouwmeester to a team friendly one year contract.

It took until the final day of the regular, but the Nashville Predators clinched the Central Division.

All the moves at the deadline paid off as Columbus clinched the final playoff spot in the East.

Big news out of Toronto as Michael Hutchinson will replace Garrett Sparks as the backup.

Connor McDavid avoided serious injury on Saturday night, and will not play at the Worlds.

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing the NHL Notebooks, Behind Enemy Lines, and Daily Links segments for Murphys Hockey Law and Boston Hockey Now an affiliate of National Hockey Now. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey as one coach put it "he is the student of the game. When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim coaches a local high school team in New Jersey. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer

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