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NHL Live announces Renney firing!
added 12:08pm, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,
In the midst of a late-season tailspin and with the strong possibility of his team missing the playoffs, Rangers head coach Tom Renney was dismissed today after more five years behind the bench.
No replacement was immediately named.
Ending weeks of media speculation, Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather cut the cord today. A team spokesman said assistant coach Perry pearn also was fired. Mike Pelino and goaltending coach Benoit Allaire remain.
Update 12:13pm - On Fan590, Nick Kypreos is suggesting that John Tortorella is being targeted by the Rangers as a replacement.
added 1:08pm, from Mark Hermann of In the Crease at Newsday,
Renney addressed the team in what was an emotional session, players said. Lundqvist agreed with the notion that it is odd inasmuch as, earlier in the season, Renney was considered maybe the top coach in the league. “He didn’t change,” the goalie said, adding that it is a results business and when the results aren’t there, changes have to come.
Wade Redden felt it personally, acknowledging that Renney always was loyal to him despite his struggles, and implied that he owes it to his now-former coach to step it up and justify that faith.
added 1:18pm, Steve Zipay of Blue Notes says Sather trying to get a deal done with Tortorella.
from Bob Cole of Blogs and Columns at CBC,
I will never forget the first time I met the great Bobby Orr - another number four, another classy gentleman.
It was back in the 1968 Stanley Cup final in Montreal. That spring the Canadiens were playing the St. Louis Blues and ultimately swept the series.
Anyway, CBC Radio had brought me to Montreal to do the fourth game, which was, of course, the last game in the series. Ted Darling was doing the play-by-play, Fred Sgambati was the host and I was brought in to do a few odds and ends. Basically, they wanted to see what I could do.
Bobby, who was rookie of the year the previous season, won his first of eight Norris Trophies in 1968. He was brought in to Montreal along with his Boston Bruins teammate Derek Sanderson, who was the rookie of the year.
I had never met either young man, but I managed to get a CBC camera and set up an interview with them at the old Mount Royal Hotel.
via the Atlanta Thrashers,
HLN anchor Christi Paul will sing the U.S. National Anthem prior to the Thrashers game on Tuesday, Feb. 24 vs. the Colorado Avalanche.
Paul, who joined CNN in 2003, anchors HLN weekdays from noon – 5 p.m. on the cable network. She has sung the anthem at other professional sporting events including the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians as well as the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the defunct International Hockey League.
from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,
The league’s two best players are Russian. Four of the top 11 scorers are Russian. Three of the top 10 goalscorers. Even Sidney Crosby’s yapping during yesterday’s loss to Washington was an implicit acknowledgment of the truth: Crosby is only the second-best player on his own team and the league’s best and most exciting player is Alexander Ovechkin, not Crosby.
In a single week with the Montreal Canadiens, we got the entire spectrum the Russians bring to the game: Alex Kovalev - ordered to take two games off by GM Bob Gainey, - stormed back with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the struggling Senators.
Ovechkin scored another of his highlight-of-the-century goals against the Habs in Washington. His great young rival Evgeni Malkin, the next night in Pittsburgh, led the Penguins past the Canadiens.
And finally, the Kostitsyn brothers were scalded for their open association with one Pasquale Mangiola, who faces drug and weapons charges….
Many Canadian fans have the impression that Russians play only when they want to, that they are inscrutable, that all they want is to cash the paycheques and live the good life.
Some of it is true of certain players. Some is not.
from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Team officials privately, and coach John Stevens publicly, say the trade deadline probably won’t provide a big headline. There are salary-cap constraints and a limited number of available players who could make a big difference and, anyway, they like the team they have now.
“If the deadline comes and goes and the team that’s here is the team that’s here, I think we’re pretty confident this group can compete with anybody,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re looking for anybody to come in here and save the day. If we were to make any changes at all, I think it will be to complement what’s already here and not to resurrect anything.”
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Which leads to the one list I have that is more complete than any other, and that is the list of players the Jackets won’t pursue – be it because the players are too old, too expensive, or would cost too much (first-round pick plus) to import. So far, I have on that list Jay Bouwmeester, Lecavalier, Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina, Jason Spezza, Olli Jokinen, Doug Weight, Keith Tkachuk and Nik Antropov. In a couple of the cases – Jokinen, Antropov, Tkachuk – I personally don’t think the player’s personality fits in Columbus.
read on to find out who the Blue Jackets may have interest in…
from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,
After the game, Crosby was asked about the words thrown in his direction from the Caps; “that’s always the case,” he said. “You know, it doesn’t change from team to team.”
Crosby was also asked about his second-period shoving match with Ovechkin; “I don’t know, I was skating to the bench and he pushed me from behind so I just gave him a shot back,” Crosby said. “That’s hockey, and he likes to run around these days, so that was it.”
“It was not a cheap shot,” Ovechkin said. “It was a game moment. If he don’t like it, it’s his problem.”
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Negotiations have been ongoing between Ian Laperriere and Avalanche management toward a contract extension. But no agreement has been reached, and Laperriere is aware he could be dealt to another team by the NHL’s March 4 trade deadline if one can’t be made.
But Laperriere made it clear after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes that he wants to finish his career with the Avalanche.
“I don’t want to go anywhere else. But I’ve got no control over that,” said Laperriere, who has had a good season, at plus-2 with seven goals and 17 points. “If I do go somewhere else, I’ll go wherever they tell me to go. It’s a business, and we’ll see what happens in the next couple weeks.”
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
“No matter what, I have to listen, to anything that gives us a chance to be a better team next year,” Murray said. “I’m not about just getting in the playoffs and then losing in the first round. It’s about getting in and being capable of winning.”
Even if the Ducks were to sneak into the playoffs, they would appear likely to be seeded seventh or eighth and face a daunting opening-round challenge against a powerhouse foe such as the defending champion Detroit Red Wings or San Jose Sharks. The idea of making a deep post-season run, then, appears dubious at best.
“I’m losing thoughts of that,” Murray said. ” I thought some spark might come, some passion, some chemistry. It hasn’t happened. It hasn’t happened yet.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Sather was asked whether coach Tom Renney’s job is safe, whether the head coach who has taken the Blueshirts to the playoffs in each of his three full seasons behind the bench, would be on the ice for the club’s next practice session.
“I’m not going to get into that. You know that,” the general manager told The Post. “I’m not going to talk about that at all.”
Sather similarly deflected a question about his intentions regarding Sean Avery, who remains in Hartford on loan from Dallas.
“Sean is another team’s property,” Sather said before bobbing and weaving when asked when and if he would ask the Stars to place the winger on re-entry waivers so the Rangers could claim him.
“It’s more complicated than that,” Sather said. “There are cap issues. There might be other things going on that no one knows about….”
more and watch below for post-game reaction from Renney, Lundqvist and Drury.
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