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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Scotty Bowman not having a brother available for hire, the Kings on Thursday introduced Terry Murray—younger brother of Ottawa General Manager Bryan Murray—as their new coach.
Murray, who will be 58 on Sunday, has several virtues.
Chief among them is that he is known as a good teacher, which will be useful as the Kings become young enough to double as a day-care center.
Also that he’s not Marc Crawford, the previous coach, who relentlessly hammered the young players who are expected to form the team’s core for years to come
from Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post,
The Panthers, trying to increase ticket revenue and stimulate season-ticket sales, designated five of their first 16 home games as so-called premium games when the NHL announced its 2008-09 schedule Thursday.
Visits by the defending champion Detroit Red Wings, the New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens are among the games that will carry a $25 surcharge on every single-game ticket. Season tickets and other ticket packages will be exempt from the surcharge.
Doug MacLean is guest hosting on Fan590 today and just mentioned Gerard Gallant interviewed for the Islanders job yesterday. Now, before the rumors start to fly, he just interviewed, that is all.
Doug said Pascal Leclaire elected not to go to arbitration so he will either sign with Columbus or will hold out until he gets a contract he likes.
Doug also mentioned Detroit is the best hockey city in the states, no doubt about that, and said with the Wings cutting some ticket prices for the upcoming season, well, it may send some fear around the rest of the US based teams. If the Wings can’t move tickets, well, there may be a league-wide problem.
Terry Murray – formerly the Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, Florida Panthers and the Philadelphia Flyers, where he led that club to the 1997 Stanley Cup Finals – has signed a multi-year contract to coach the Kings. He replaces Marc Crawford, who coached the Kings the past two seasons and was relieved of his duties on June 10. Murray becomes the 22nd head coach in Kings history.
“I am very excited about this opportunity,” said Murray, who has a 360-288-89 record over 11 NHL seasons as a head coach. “This will be my biggest challenge as a coach. There is a lot of work ahead and it will take a collective effort to execute the plan we have in place. I am looking forward to training camp and to getting the process under way.”
Said Lombardi: “We are very pleased that Terry has accepted this challenge. He has a wide range of coaching experience and he understands the importance of teaching, which is critical to the building process.”
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired former NHL goaltender Mike Vernon as special assistant to the vice president of hockey operations today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced. Vernon’s duties will be to assist in hockey-related matters and to provide guidance to the team’s goaltenders.
“The Tampa Bay Lightning are thrilled to add a former Stanley Cup Champion to our staff,” vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “Mike’s past experience and knowledge will be a true benefit to the organization and it will be critical to us as we continue to make changes within the team to improve it.”
from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,
I’m at the point now where the games – or at least training camps – have to start or I’ll lose my mind. Enough of this off-season business, most of the fun is over with anyway. One month is enough time off, isn’t it?
With that said and with next season’s lineups taking form, here are a few teams I can’t wait to watch, listed alphabetically:
Chicago Blackhawks: Combining Brian Campbell’s spin-o-rama with head coach Denis Savard has video montage potential. Campbell’s offensive wizardry both with the puck and dishing it off only adds to the already exciting mix of players in the Windy City.
Have fun breaking down the schedule at NHL.com.
added 12:18pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The first pucks in the 91st NHL regular season will drop in two European countries that have supplied the League with a number of premier players over the last two decades.
Sweden and the Czech Republic have opened their doors to the NHL for many years now by developing greats like Nicklas Lidstrom, Daniel Alfredsson, Henrik Lundqvist, Jaromir Jagr and Dominik Hasek.
The NHL will give back in early October when the first major event of what should be a star-studded 2008-09 season takes place. The New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins will compete in the NHL Premiere on Oct. 4-5 in Prague and Stockholm.
added 12:27pm, SCHEDULE NOTES
Share the Stanley Cup with Kris Draper.
from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,
A Winter Classic is the best way to settle the score.
I see beautiful retro sweaters. The NHL is wearing orange, and the KHL is wearing black. All black, from head to toe. The NHLers have mullets.
I see a European sized rink.
Because I see that the venue is in Russia.
My vision carries me over the Atlantic, over Europe, over Moscow, high over the Red Square because the WCIII will be played in Siberia. Of course.
from Rob Simpson at BostonBruins.com,
Trekking with Zdeno – Day 4
Three hours of sleep on night 3 and a relatively flat day ahead: Things were looking up.
It was time to cross the “saddle”, the seven-mile plateau-like ridge between Mawenzi and our ultimate destination, Kibo, the volcano that sat within the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro.
continued and you can read the previous day journals there too…
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