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Coaches Under The Gun

from CBC,

The nine new coaches aren’t going to be let go so capriciously, and there are at least that number who either earned another full season after 2007-08 success or are entrenched veterans — Boudreau and Claude Julien being in the first category, and Lindy Ruff and Dave Tippett among those in the latter group.

That only leaves, at most, about a dozen candidates who could be sent packing before the season is out. Here are five of those candidates:

Peter Laviolette, Carolina Hurricanes

The Hurricanes have yet to reappear in the playoffs since winning the Stanley Cup in 2006.

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Canadiens On The Offensive

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

It’s an ironic and somewhat startling move that reveals much about this coach: a calculated decision to do away with the role he personified during a stellar 19-year playing career.

As the Montreal Canadiens kick off their 100th season, Guy Carbonneau is electing not to ice a line of specialized checking forwards.

Instead, he will throw his lot in with a rotation of three offensive lines that will share more or less equal slices of ice time, and an aggressive, physical “energy” line that will likely play only sparingly.

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NHL Ice No Place For Politics

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When Palin drops the puck, there inevitably will be photos taken of the Ranger and Flyer participating in the ceremonial draw. When circulated throughout the Internet, these photos are likely to imply endorsement. If the Governor of Alaska is presented with a Flyers’ jersey—or appears wearing one—it will represent the implied endorsement of the NHL team.

Snider’s Comcast may own the Flyers, but he, like all NHL owners, are merely leasing their teams and their teams’ trademarks from the league. The Flyers logo and the Rangers logo are property of the NHL. Snider has no right to use these teams and these players as props to further his own political agenda.

The Flyers’ colors have historically been orange and black. The owner is now attempting to use this storied franchise in order to turn his home state red.

Shameful.

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  Tags: ed+snider, sarah+palin

Keep An Eye On Bouwmeester

from Dave Hyde of the Sun-Sentinel,

Watch Jay Bouwmeester. He’ll tell the whole story of this Panthers season. Everyone wonders if keeping a failed coach as general manager makes sense, if trading the top scorer was smart, if there’s finally a blueprint to the playoffs and not another skate through the wilderness.

Watch Bouwmeester.

He’ll answer your questions.

We talk a lot these days about how pro athletes don’t care enough, how they put money before winning or get long-term contracts and quit working. Bouwmeester did exactly what fans want star athletes to do.

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Morning Line

“Oh, I’m sure there’s a lot of people with crayons right now writing down a parade route.  But it’s one game, and it’s part of the process. Tonight, we were fortunate enough to not make many mistakes and our attention to detail was pretty good. I’m really proud of the group, they paid attention. We’ve really only had eight practices and to have the game figured out somewhat tells you a lot about our players.

“They bought in, and we’ve had a lot of fun. They’re having a great time in there right now and they should—they beat the Stanley Cup champions. It’s a tremendous accomplishment and it can only do good things for our confidence, I hope.”

-Leafs coach Ron Wilson after defeating Detroit last night.  More on the Leafs/Wings from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Audition Time For The Ice Crew

Behind the scenes look at auditions for the LA Kings Ice Crew.

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Malkin’s No Radulov

from Dave Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

Yes, Metallurg Magnitogorsk WAS offering Evgeni Malkin $11 million U.S., but he told them to forget it ... In a wide-ranging interview with the Russian Sovetskii Sport publication, Malkin said he told Metallurg he had a new, valid contract with the penguins, and “I’m not Radulov.”..
Asked about the assistant captain logo he now sports, he smiled: “Coach Therrien came up and said I should be wearing it ... I said I wasn’t sure about my English, and he told me you have to start one day, might as well do it now.”

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Wings Raise The Banner

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Nicklas Lidstrom smiled and waved to the Joe Louis Arena crowd.

Coach Mike Babcock fought the urge to cry as he accepted their accolades.

One by one, the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings walked the red carpet to be recognized for their achievement of last season.

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The Five That Have Four

from Brian Compton of NHL.com,

For anyone involved with the Detroit Red Wings’ run to the 2008 Stanley Cup championship, Thursday night’s pre-game festivities at Joe Louis Arena will be an unforgettable experience.

For 5 players on the Wings’ roster, it will be the fourth time they get to partake in such a special event. Remarkably, in an age that features constant movement and salary cap casualties, 5 men have been in Motown for the 4 Stanley Cups that have been won since 1997.

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The Good Guy Charade

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

...Even Flames President Ken King has said that Bertuzzi, having paid his penalty (an indefinite suspension that amounted to 20 NHL games, approximately $500,000 in lost salary, plus assault charges that yielded a year’s probation with community service and no criminal record), deserves a second chance. Despite polls that indicate a split opinion in that regard, King maintains that fans in Calgary are willing to give it to the notorious forward.

Funny, but I can’t help but wonder who speaks for Steve Moore.

Moore can’t say much on his own. The matter, more than four years removed from the terrible event, has still not made its way into court. Because of that, there is a moratorium regarding public comments on the case in Canada.

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  Tags: steve+moore, todd+bertuzzi

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