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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 31st, 2014

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Trottier, who won the Cup with the Avs in 2001 as an assistant coach, will be helping coach the Sabres.

The Buffalo Sabres have reached an agreement to hire Hall of Fame forward Bryan Trottier as an assistant coach under Ted Nolan. Sources with close ties to the organization said the move could be announced sometime within the next week.

Nolan has been looking for help since firing assistant coaches he inherited when he took over for Ron Rolston last season. Teppo Numminen and Jim Corsi were not hired back while Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton were reassigned. Sacco accepted a job as a pro scout before leaving last week to become an assistant with the Boston Bruins.

Greene will be staying in New Jersey.

The New Jersey Devils signed defenceman Andy Greene to a long-term contract extension Wednesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed

The 31-year-old Greene, who has spent his entire eight-year NHL career with the Devils, had one year remaining on his current contract at $3.5-million.

“No question, it was important for us to have Andy with us long term,” said Lou Lamoriello, the Devils’ president and general manager. “Everyone knows how much Andy means to our organization. He’s our top defender. He carries the most time on the ice. He’s on the ice for power play, penalty killing. We have to find ways to get him off the ice. That’s how important he is. And he’s a quiet leader, the way he handles the young defencemen. He’s a pure Devil. We’re the only team he’s been with.”

How can a NHL Referee command respect?

I have never been a big believer in demanding respect. Rather, I believe in commanding respect. When someone commands respect, they have earned it. That goes for the relationship between hockey officials and players, officials and coaches, and supervisors and employees. It's a two-way street.

Wearing a striped shirt with an orange band creates a lot of responsibility. What it does not automatically create is personal respect. That has to be earned through a combination of accountability and acceptability. Above all, you must respect the game and give respect to others who have earned it before you can expect it in return.

In my dealings with others on the ice, I always tried to follow a few simple but crucial tenets:

ESPN has a list of fan-voted  "Best Franchise Player" per NHL team.