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Experience Not Necessary

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While there are several accomplished National Hockey League coaches eager to work, more and more it appears teams are going down the road less travelled to fill their head coaching vacancies.

This week, the St Louis Blues extended Davis Payne’s contract by two years, removing the interim label and rewarding a coach with zero previous NHL coaching experience.

Payne was promoted from Peoria, the Blues AHL affiliate after veteran coach Andy Murray was fired in January. Columbus, Tampa Bay, and as of today, the Atlanta Thrashers, are all in the market for a head coach and early indications from these teams is that they will consider all options.


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The State Of The Oilers

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from Steve Speaks of EdmontonOilers.com,

Less than 24 hours after winning the top pick in the NHL Draft Lottery, Oilers GM Steve Tambellini was back in Edmonton for his end-of-season press conference at Rexall Place.

Media packed the conference room and questioned Tambellini on a number of topics, including the upcoming draft, what went wrong this past season, the status of certain high-profile player personnel, and prospect development.

Here are the highlights:

“We have good people, good players, but we have to make some change,” he said. “Going into this year’s draft, you know there will be potentially more change. We’re going to try to do some things there as far as moving bodies.

“If I was to stand up here in front of all of you and say, ‘If I make one trade, if I make one good free agent signing then things are going to be better,’ that’s not true. I’m not going to be the person to tell you that there’s a quick fix,” he stated.


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Live Blogging From A Corner In Winslow, Arizona

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I hinted at this yesterday and I understand if a few of you take exception.

Take it easy bitches.  This is destiny and it starts tonite.  It’s been ten months since a JV team took our Cup.  I’ve got a real good feeling that the road home starts at 10 EST with a “road” game in Phoenix.  The transplants will be out in force and we’ve got our own, brand new mascot ready to work his magic.

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Win Tickets! The 3rd Annual “Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe” Contest

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

I am proud to announce the 3rd Annual “Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe” Contest.  As a passionate hockey fan you likely hate the commentary of hockey analyst Pierre McGuire.  You may also be planning to attend a playoff game this year.  If so, the 3rd Annual “Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe” Contest is your chance to express yourself, make hockey history, earn glory and accolades, and win a pair of tickets to the Toronto Maple Leafs game of your choice next season in Toronto.

We want to make sure the prize, glory, and accolades go to the right person, so I recommend emailing me in advance to let me know of your attempt at:


The rules of the 3rd Annual “Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe” Contest are simple:

Make a sign which says, “Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe”.  Go to an NHL playoff game.  Get your “Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe” sign behind Pierre Mcguire’s head on TV at some point during the broadcast.

Two tickets to a Toronto Maple Leafs game of your choice in Toronto at the ACC during the 2010-2011 regular season.

If you don’t make an attempt to win the contest, please tell as many hockey fans as possible about the 3rd Annual “Pierre McGuire is a Douche Canoe” Contest.  It’s the least you can do.  With everyone working together to spread the word, we hope to have a winner this year.

Thanks everybody.  Good luck to all.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“If they don’t want me here and they want to move in a direction or rebuild or believed they could do better, I would look at it. Absolutely.  ou want to play where you’re wanted and have people believe in you. But I don’t think that’s the case (in Calgary).

“Obviously, they have decisions to make. If they want me here, yeah, I do want to be here. Again, it’s not because it’s just easy or it’s comfortable. I want to win.  I want to win and there’s only so many years, and the years go by fast. I believe with some adjustments we can be a lot better team this year.”

-Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames.  More from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail.

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The First Playoff Puck Drops In About An Hour - Are You Ready?

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Top 10 Saves Of The Season

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The best of the best from the NHL regular season.

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2600 Mile Road Trip Underway

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Well the 8 Cities in 8 Days Tour trip is underway. I left my New Jersey home at 2:15 Tuesday afternoon and pulled into my Pittsburgh hotel at about 8 p.m., which was pretty good time considering the boondoggle at the 78 tollbooth in Easton Pa., where construction at the toll plaza resulted in a 30-minute delay. (It didn’t help that I forgot my EZ Pass either….

The complete route
Matawan to Pittsburgh—365 miles
Pit to Buf—219 miles
Buf to Newark—389 miles
Newark to Washington—219 miles
Washington to Philadelphia—139 miles
Philadelphia to Boston—312 miles
Boston to Ottawa—439 miles
Ottawa to Montreal—100 miles
Montreal to Matawan—431 miles



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A Highlight Year For The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (April 14, 2010)- The curtain came down Sunday on the National Hockey League’s 92nd regular season, and from a business perspective it was another one for the record books. Consider these highlights:

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Burke’s Wish List

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Claiming he had absolutely no fear of being fired if his vision for the Maple Leafs does not come to fruition in the near future, general manager Brian Burke unveiled his off-season shopping list Wednesday.

To that end, his wish list includes:
1. A Top-6 forward;
2. Adding more size to the roster;
3. Augmenting team toughness.

Easier said than done.

But Burke maintains he will stick to his plan of building from the net out. In other words, most of the focus this summer will be on the forward ranks, with the blue line and goaltending corps seemingly set.


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