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Report- Tallon Done As GM In Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Josh Mora of CSNChicago,

Late Monday night sources told me the Blackhawks had fired Dale Tallon as GM and replaced him with Assistant GM Stan Bowman.  With Rick Dudley already gone to Atlanta this off-season, it means that the Blackhawks have turned over virtually their entire front office since John McDonough came in as president, with Bowman being the lone exception.

First, some thoughts about Bowman.  Stan is a very sharp guy.  Though his background is the financial side, rather than the player/scouting side, he’s been around hockey all his life.  (He was named after the Stanley Cup for Pete’s sake!)  He’s been involved in the decisions about on-ice personnel since I’ve been around the team.  With Stan, the club is in good hands going forward.

But how Stan ascends to the general manager’s position, and how it became available in the first place, betrays big political maneuverings in the front office.  Those kinds of things are never healthy—not when those conflicts are ongoing, and in the end they aren’t healthy for those who survive the conflict.  These kinds of manifestations of petty jealousies are worrisome for a franchise that has had so much going in the right direction.


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  Tags: dale+tallon

New Jersey Devils Hire Coach Jacques Lemaire

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

While I think it was a mistake for the New Jersey Devils to wait this long before hiring a coach, they got out of that situation in the best possible way by hiring Jacques Lemaire as coach.  Jacques Lemaire is my pick as best coach in the NHL.  Lemaire has had successful stints as coach of the Devils in the 1990’s and the Minnesota Wild.  He won coach of the year in both stops and won the Stanley Cup in his New Jersey stint.  He is one of the few coaches in the NHL who can consistently get results out of his team that are better than their talent level.

New Jersey has not been an organization that is friendly to coaches under Lou Lamoriello’s management.  They cycle through a coach every year or two.  The Devils coach is treated like a disposable part.  On two occasions the coach has been fired at the end of the season, when things appear to be going well, in order to try to shock the team into a big playoff run.  It last happened unsuccessfully when current coach of the year Claude Julien was fired in 2007.

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Rangers/Coyotes Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have acquired left wing Lauri Korpikoski from the New York Rangers in exchange for right wing Enver Lisin.

Korpikoski, 22, appeared in 68 games with the Rangers last season as a rookie, recording 6-8-14 and 14 penalty minutes (PIM). He also collected two assists while appearing in all seven of the Rangers’ playoff games last season.

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  Tags: enver+lisin, lauri+korpikoski

Oilers Sign Pair

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today, the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Chris Minard and defenceman Matt Nickerson.

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Running Into Ryan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blogger meets Ryan Getzlaf at a local restaurant…

from Suzanne Broughton of The Mom Blog at the OC Register,

He and his girlfriend, Paige, were gracious and obviously used to blathering fans armed with cameras, random Ducks facts, and stupid questions.  I think I managed to get out a “Good luck this season. You’re awesome,” but besides that, I barely acknowledged how grateful I am for his character, for being a good role model to my son, for his sacrifice to the game, for demonstrating to all of us what courage and good leadership looks like in an athlete.


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Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

With shock waves now dissipated from the NHL shake-up that always occurs during the free agent signing period, there are situations around the league that surprise me:

    1. The San Jose Sharks have not tweaked their roster. I never believed the team was going to trade Joe Thornton.  But after another playoff collapse, I fully expected the Sharks to make a trade to change their look and placate fans Given their cap situation, a trade was their best option. But GM Doug Wilson hasn’t yet made a move.

continue for four more situations…

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Callahan Comes To Terms With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Ryan Callahan.

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Boyd Gordon Signs With Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center/right wing Boyd Gordon to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gordon, 25, completed his sixth professional season with the Capitals in 2008-09 and registered five goals and nine assists. He was third on the team with a 56.1% faceoff percentage in the regular season and led the team in the playoffs at 63.3%. Gordon was also third on the team in shorthanded ice time, playing an average of 3:39 per game, and his 16 penalty minutes tied Viktor Kozlov for the fewest on the team for anyone who played more than 30 games. He had two game-winning goals and the Caps were 12-0-1 when Gordon recorded a point (5-0-0 when he scored a goal).

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  Tags: boyd+gordon

Panthers Show Interest In Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Gorten of the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

I finally was able to get a hold of free-agent winger Alex Tanguay’s agent today for a few minutes on the phone.

Tanguay’s agent, Robert Sauve, said the Panthers are one of five or six teams he’s talking with that Tanguay is considering signing with.

“They’re one of the teams we’ve talked to, but that’s about all I can say,” Sauve said. He added that he’s received “a few offers,” but wouldn’t say whether the Panthers have made an offer.

“We’re still looking at everything, trying to find the best situation for him,” Sauve said. “We’re going to take a little more time. We have a feeling we’re close with some teams, but we don’t know how much time it’s going to take to finalize.”

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Bettman & Daly Will Answer Questions Regarding Phoenix Bids

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Church of Bloomberg,

National Hockey League officials agreed to answer questions about why potential buyers of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes dropped out in favor of Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, lawyers in the bankruptcy said.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner William L. Daly will be deposed later this month in New York by attorneys who question their roles in the proposed Reinsdorf bid, lawyers for the league and the Coyotes said today in court.


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