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From Jeremy Rutherford at Morning Skate at STLtoday.com,
On Wednesday, John Davidson acknowledged that the Blues are talking to Dave Nonis about joining the team’s management staff. This seemed a bit odd since Nonis, recently fired as the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks, is looking to resurface as a GM and has been linked to the vacancy in Toronto.Is Larry Pleau going somewhere? The answer is “No” and “Yes.”
Pleau, who’s been in the Blues’ GM chair for 10 years, will enter the final month of his contract in June. While it might seem that the Blues are about to relinquish Pleau of his duties or re-assign him within the organization to make room for a guy like Nonis, that is not the case. At least not yet.
Davidson says the Blues need another set of eyes in the sky.
From Morris Della Costa at the London Free Press,
There’s no question the heat is on Peddie. He talked about the two websites dedicated to petitions to get him removed as CEO. One website, firerichardpeddie.ca, has close to 14,000 signatures.
He comes under constant criticism about his performance. Most people would say they don’t read the newspapers. Not Peddie.
“Presidents are people, too. We bleed. I read all of it,” he said. “Some people say they don’t (read) but I have to. There may be something there we have to correct or be mindful of. It’s tough some days. But this job is not for the fainthearted. You have to be comfortable that you are doing the right thing.”
*I’m not sure Peddie should be too concerned about FireRichardPeddie.ca—of the 14,000 “signatures”, it would appear that about 13,860 are advertisements for viagra and vicodin.
from Cole’s Notes at the Vancouver Sun,
One of the sights I most look forward to, in the Stanley Cup playoffs, is that of Scotty Bowman standing in a hallway outside a locker room or sitting in the stands watching a practice ... or trying to watch one.
His solitude never lasts long because he knows everyone and everyone knows him, or thinks they do. There are few faces in hockey more familiar than the man who has won nine Stanley Cups with three different franchises and, at 74, he looks a decade younger.
from Stan Fischler of the Hockey Journal,
• Just Musing Dep’t. If the Rangers made a pitch for Patrick Marleau, it wouldn’t surprise us. …
• Something To Watch Next Year Dep’t. If Evgeni Malkin continues to upstage Sid Crosby, how’s the supposed Top Banana going to feel being down a bit in the bunch? …
• Atlanta’s front office puzzle should be sorted out in the next week or so. …
more hockey talk from the Maven…
Spector has the latest trade and free agent talk too…
One of the better lines from Melrose- To Linda Cohn of ESPN, “Don’t be a referee, you’re an anchor”!
Watch Barry in action breaking down the Stars win last night…
from Carl Steward of Inside Bay Area,
Reading the long list of possible candidates to coach the San Jose Sharks, only one name runs me up against the boards and slams me with intrigue—Mike Ricci. If nothing else, what a face to identify your increasingly faceless franchise, eh?
Stop snickering. I know there are a lot of things wrong with pinning Ricci’s name high on the candidate board. He has barely stopped playing, he’s never coached, and with those long locks and that hard-knock hockey mug, he doesn’t really look like a coach. He’s not button-down or buzz-cut, and unlike Ron Wilson, probably doesn’t spend half his day logging line rotations and brainy theorems into his laptop.
from Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
It makes a difference how the Flyers go out.
If their season ends tonight, or Sunday in Pittsburgh, or whenever, it matters how this team plays its final periods of playoff hockey. It matters because that last impression will linger in the minds of these players and their fans.
There is a huge difference between feeling like a young team on the rise and feeling as if the Pittsburgh Penguins took their lunch money.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Imagine if Hossa had ended up a Hab or a Sen? Perhaps those teams still would be playing instead of watching the Penguins attempt to sweep the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final tonight, a berth in the Stanley Cup final hanging in the balance.
And maybe, just maybe, it would have been the Pens who would be on the golf course now had Shero not stepped up to the plate and snatched Hossa.
It is an entirely different Marian Hossa you see playfully wandering around the dressing room these days. Gone is the omnipresent frown he sported during all those playoff shortcomings with the Senators and Thrashers, replaced by a huge grin worthy of a talented goal scorer who finally is becoming the money player during playoff time that so many thought he should be.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
So I move on to a blog that will only make Don Cherry shriek in horror and stick a pen in his eye. (Best Coach’s Corner Everrrrrrr!)
The Red Wings are not only Detroit’s team, they are Team Earth. Never has one hockey club had such a worldly roster: Canadians, Americans, Swedes, Russians, more Swedes, Czechs, a Finn. Sure, other teams have had more countries represented, but not in these numbers. The Wings have a chance to become the first team with a 50-50 North American/European split to win the Cup.
“I don’t look at nationalities, I just look for good hockey players,” says Wings General Manager Ken Holland.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Stars owner Tom Hicks said before Wednesday night’s game that he is pleased with the team’s co-general manager configuration and would like to take “interim” off of the titles for Les Jackson and Brett Hull.
“I look forward to having negotiations with them to talk about what the future is going to be,” Hicks said.
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