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Columbus Has Their Coach

Blue Jackets General Manager Scott Howson will introduce the fifth head coach in franchise history at 3:00pm tomorrow.

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ will introduce coach Scott Arniel at 3 p.m. on Tuesday


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Columbus Still In Need Of A Coach

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Guy Boucher has declined an offer to become the Blue Jackets’ coach, The Dispatch has learned.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson would not comment on the report, and Boucher did not immediately return a call seeking comment.


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Whitney Expected To Go UFA Route

from TSN,

Ray Whitney’s days with the Carolina Hurricanes may well be coming to an end.

On Monday, Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford told the Raleigh News Observer that he does not expect the 38-year old to re-sign with the ‘Canes prior to the July 1st deadline when Whitney can become an unrestricted free agent.

“I think it will be difficult with where he will be at, contract-wise,” Rutherford told the NewsObserver. “I expect him to go into July (and the free-agent market). It appears that’s the way it’s going to go.”


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What The Flyers Should Do

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

A few observations/suggestions before boarding a plane and heading back home, where the Flyers face a deficit of three games to two in the Stanley Cup Finals against Chicago:

1. Michael Leighton should start Wednesday. Leighton has rebounded nicely from poor performances throughout the playoffs. Besides, Brian Boucher doesn’t look 100 percent healthy yet.

2. The Flyers need Mike Richards and Jeff Carter to step up. Excluding an empty-net score by Carter, they have combined for one goal and a minus-11 rating in the Finals. Carter won’t admit it, but he doesn’t seem to be himself and is undoubtedly bothered by his still-healing foot. The Danny Briere line has been spectacular, but it needs some support.

3. Insert Dan Carcillo into the lineup in Game 6….


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Watching Game 5 On NBC

NEW YORK – June 7, 2010—Last night’s Stanley Cup Final posted the best overnight rating for a non-overtime Game 5 in eight years. The game generated a 4.0 overnight rating and 7 share, the best for a non-OT Game 5 since 2002 (4.5 on ABC, Carolina-Detroit). 

Game 5 featured Chicago defeating Philadelphia, 7-4, with the largest winning margin of the series. The 4.0 overnight is up 54 percent vs. last year’s Game 5 (2.6) between the then-defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, featuring Sidney Crosby. In 2008, Detroit and Pittsburgh played a three-overtime Game 5, which generated a 4.3 overnight rating.

Best Non-OT Game 5s Since 2002
2010 Chi-Phi 4.0
2003 Ana-NJ 3.5
2006 Car-Edm 2.9
2009 Det-Pit 2.6
2007 Ana-Ott 2.4

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Comebacks Can Happen

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Just for fun, we went back to our Game 5 column from last season, when the Red Wings flattened the Penguins 5-0 to take a 3-2 series lead heading back to Pittsburgh. This series has mirrored that one in that Chicago won the first two games at home while Philadelphia held serve in Games 3 and 4.

A year ago, the Penguins looked so badly beaten in Game 5, it was hard to imagine they could deny the powerful Red Wings a second straight Stanley Cup. They did, of course, as the Penguins won Game 6 and stole Game 7 in Detroit.

The Flyers have until Wednesday to prove they can once again rewrite history, and prove they aren’t history themselves.


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Morning Line

For the first time in the final, perhaps even in the playoffs, the opposition had the common sense to target the Flyers defence. Philadelphia has elected to go mainly with four defencemen in the final, so wouldn’t you think the opposition would target them at every opportunity – pound them into the ground?

Yet New Jersey, Boston and Montreal, in the first three rounds, and Chicago through the first four games of the final, let them off the hook.

Chicago’s best chance of winning the Cup rests in its ability to physically wear down the Flyers top four on defence.

-Mike Brophy of Sportsnet.  More hockey notes from Mr. Brophy.

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Devils Narrow Coaching Search

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Michel Therrien and John MacLean appear to be the favorites for the Devils’ coaching job, and Craig MacTavish and Mike Keenan are no longer in the running.

Therrien, the former Canadiens and Penguins coach, is the likely choice if general manager Lou Lamoriello goes outside the organization. MacLean, the coach of the Devils’ AHL Lowell affiliate, is the promote-from-within candidate. Other possible candidates have included Ken Hitchcock, Kirk Muller and AHL coach Guy Boucher.


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Question For The Next Two Days- Who Starts In Goal For The Flyers?

from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Eighty-two games in the regular season. Twenty-two games in the Stanley Cup playoffs. And now, for the Flyers, one final game of goaltender roulette.

On a night when the Chicago Blackhawks asserted themselves in a way that neither team had been able to accomplish to this point, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette finds himself in the position of having to make a huge decision as his team now faces elimination.

Who is the goaltender, Michael Leighton or Brian Boucher?


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Pronger Ready To Forget Game 5

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

“I’m day-to-day with hurt feelings,” Pronger said sarcastically when asked about the rough ride he received from the Hawks and their fans Sunday night.

How quickly will he be able to put one of the worst nights of his career in the rear-view mirror?

“Real quickly; it’s already gone,” Pronger said. “I don’t remember anything.”

Actually, Pronger remembers how much fun Byfuglien seemed to be having during his breakout performance Sunday night. It clearly did not sit well with Pronger, who much preferred the frustrated and ineffective Byfuglien from earlier in the series.

“I guess he is well-rested,” Pronger said, bringing into focus that Byfuglien had been harassed into submission in the first four games.


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