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from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
But the truth is he never should have been the head coach of the Hawks.
He didn’t earn the job, he didn’t deserve the job, and he couldn’t do the job.
It changes nothing about his place in Hawks history. It’s merely a chapter to forget.
It might have been different had he gone to the minors to learn his craft, but Savard never wanted to make that commitment, and he only received the position because Bill Wirtz - a decade prior - had promised him a shot someday.
added 3:16pm, Tim Sassone of the Daily-Herald calls the move “gutless”.
added 3:25pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Sometimes, it IS the coach’s fault when a team struggles — and a change inevitably must be made. Other times — and this is one of them — it’s just the expedient thing to do.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:
[The New York Rangers] trip seems to have more than compensated in team chemistry what it had cost in practice time during a rushed training camp. That’s more tangible than the cool million dollars they earned by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the preseason Victoria Cup in Switzerland.
American professional leagues do not release figures on exactly how much real compensation they receive for these trips, but the fact that they keep doing it tells you it is worth their while.
“Playing overseas is a marketing investment—for the league and the team,” said Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics and head of the MBA program at Cass Business School in London. “The long-term benefit is that the league will develop a new fan base.”
Henrik Zetterberg did not participate in the morning skate and is out for tonight’s game against the Canucks.
Darren Helm has been called up from Grand Rapids.
A sneak preview of the NHL Network’s new show “Voices”. The show profiles NHL broadcasters who bring life to the game with their words and calls.
A preview with Joe Bowen…
from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,
Bryce Salvador proves that NHL players aren’t just meant to shoot the puck.
Salvador, a veteran defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, not only has hockey sense, but boasts an impressive amount of business sense to boot. Salvador has been involved in various businesses during the past several years, opening hockey training facilities, restaurants, and most recently, starting Fan-Tastic Sports Interactive with partner Brian McKinney.
Fan-Tastic Sports is every hockey fan’s dream, treat, and challenge.
Per NHL Live, Denis Savard has been fired as Chicago coach. No replacement named yet, but as E.J. Hradek states, if Bowman takes the job, it will tell you how good Scotty feels the team could be.
Also, Joel Quenneville is within the organization too.
added 12:14pm, Pierre LeBrun at ESPN confirms.
added 12:19pm, Hradek states Bob McKenzie says Quenneville will be named coach.
added 12:21pm, TSN story with Quenneville as the new coach of the Chicago Blackhawks.
added 12:29pm, via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have named Joel Quenneville the 37th head coach in franchise history, replacing Denis Savard, who was relieved of his duties earlier on Thursday.
“This was an extremely hard day for this organization and for me personally,” Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon said. “Denis is forever a part of our organization. We made a tough decision that we strongly feel is the right one as we continue to evaluate our team and create a championship caliber organization that can sustain success. Joel brings us a wealth of experience and a winning track record that will have an immediate and lasting impact.”
added 1:01pm, via the Chicago Sun-Times,
“I put our young kids in a position to succeed. I thought we were on the right track.”
“I understand the business,” Savard said. “We made a commitment to our fans, and they’re going for what they think is the best coach available.”
via Russo’s Rants,
Marian Gaborik is out tonight with a lower body injury.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I knew it was a long shot, but I e-mailed the Dallas Stars asking whether Sean Avery would be interested in speaking with ESPN.com ahead of his big games next week in the New York area—Monday at the Rangers against his former team and Wednesday at New Jersey against Martin Brodeur.
Shockingly enough, I got a big “no” from the Stars.
“Sorry, but Mr. Avery is not doing any media right now,” Stars PR man Rob Scichili said in an e-mail. “He is not doing one-on-one/set-up interviews at all. He made that crystal clear to us yesterday.”
continued with more NHL topics inlcuding Duck, Avs and Fabian.
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
• The new third jerseys of the Oilers, Sabres, Blues, Canucks, and Bruins (but not the Hurricanes or Thrashers).
• The depth of knowledge and perfectly timed inflections of Hockey Night in Canada play-by-play man Jim Hughson. It will take fans a while to get used to him as CBC’s No. 1 guy, but trust me, we’re witnessing the early days of what will be a legendary career.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
At the Bell Centre last night, a century less a year after the Canadiens’ historic first game, the encomiums - glowing, praiseful words, if your Latin is rusty - were still overwhelming.
Right through a needlessly nailbiting 4-3 shootout victory over the Boston Bruins.
It began hours earlier as a playoff-like atmosphere gripped Montreal well before the home opener of the Canadiens’ 100th season. This after the team had taken five of six possible points in three road games, then returned home to a city where hockey matters and all else is filler until the next game.
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