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The Pittsburgh Penguins are expected to announce Jim Rutherford as their new General Manager.
It is scheduled to start at 1:00pm ET and you can watch it below...
from the Calgary Flames,
The Calgary Flames announced today they have named Craig Conroy and Brad Pascall as Assistant General Managers. Conroy, Pascall and Senior Vice-President and Assistant General Manager Michael Holditch, will report directly to General Manager Brad Treliving. Additionally, Troy Crowder joins the Flames in player development.
The newest addition to the Flames staff is Brad Pascall who has served as Vice-President of Hockey Operations/National Teams with Hockey Canada since 2010. He brings an abundance of international hockey experience as he has worked in various capacities with Hockey Canada for the past 18 years. He served as Hockey Canada’s Senior Director of Men’s National Teams from 2006 to 2010 and was the Senior Director of Communications from 1998 to 2009.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
It is hours after the opening game of the Stanley Cup and the chatter inside Noah’s Bagels on Thursday morning is all about how strong the Los Angeles Kings looked in the third period and how exciting Justin Williams’s winner in overtime was. Signs of support can be found in storefronts all along Manhattan Beach Blvd. and other neighbouring streets.
One at the Pitfire Artisan Pizza invites customers to come in for the game … and there’s no confusion over what game they’re referring to.
Yes, this is becoming a Kings town now — far more than it was even two years ago during the run to the franchise’s first championship. The support is particularly strong in Manhattan Beach, a 30-minute drive from the Staples Center if you’re blessed with good traffic, in part because so many members of the organization make their homes here.
Numerous players, both past and present, are among the 35,000 lucky souls that occupy this suburb of Los Angeles. As are general manager Dean Lombardi and head coach Darryl Sutter.
from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Set aside whatever you think about how he comes across as an NBC commentator — yes, “Brooks Or-PECK,” too — and isolate on his NHL resume: He began as a scout with the Penguins in 1990. A year later, he was an assistant coach and remained so for the Stanley Cups in 1991-92. The next year, he took the same job in Hartford. A year after that, he was assistant GM, then a month later head coach. It was a rapid ascent, but he flamed out just as quickly after going 23-37-7. Pat Verbeek, a winger on that team, famously called his coach's firing “the best thing that could ever have happened to the Whalers.” Moving on to Ottawa, McGuire scouted, then was assistant coach in 1995 until being fired within three months....
McGuire had to bottom-feed with the ECHL for his next job, coaching the Baton Rouge Kingfish to seventh place, then tore up the rest of a three-year contract to try broadcasting.
He quit. He quit hockey. He never again coached, scouted or generally managed anything. He called games, learned names, memorized players' hometowns, dressed nice and shook a whole lot of hands.
I'm going to type this yet again: This could be your next GM, Pittsburgh.
Oh, for real. It isn't by accident that his name has gone public with no response from the Penguins, even behind the scenes. Trust me, given the laughingstock they've become over this across the continent, they'd have quashed this in a heartbeat if motivated. Nor is it by accident that McGuire has felt comfortable discussing the job in radio interviews. In one, he felt bold enough to say Shero “probably didn't deserve to get fired.”...
I'll ask again: What's going on here?
more, including additional candidates...
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
With so many of the league’s significant players headed toward 2014 free agency re-signing with their clubs mid-season, unattached stars will be scarce on July 1, when the courting period ends and unrestricted free agents can ink contracts with the highest bidder — or the one that offers them the best chance to win a Stanley Cup.
The NHL’s salary cap is expected to rise from $64.3 million to $71 million, according to commissioner Gary Bettman’s projection, so expect some hefty contracts for these 14 in-demand players.
14. Jussi Jokinen
Age on July 1: 31
Team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Position: Left wing
2013-14 cap hit: $3 million
Stay or go? Stay
Why he’ll get paid: Scooped from the Hurricanes at the 2013 trade deadline for the low price of a conditional sixth- or seventh-rounder, the Finn returned to his 20-goal, 50-point form in Pittsburgh’s high-octane offence. Though Pittsburgh’s second-round exit from the playoffs was disappointing, Jokinen cannot be blamed. He scored seven goals and added three assists in 13 playoff games this spring and has been a great fit on the Pens’ second line. And don’t overlook his shootout skills, which can help a team pick up valuable standings points in this era of parity.
Latest dirt: During locker cleanout, Jokinen expressed his wish to return to the Penguins, and they’d be foolish not to give him a modest raise and bring him back.
TSN style and a few go way back...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For years, the Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi has compared Doughty’s development to that of the Hall of Famer Ray Bourque. They are two players who, in their draft years, were identified as both supremely talented and clueless about conditioning. Doughty’s nickname was Dough Boy, and Bourque was associated with too much doughnut consumption. Bourque eventually became a chiselled NHL specimen, and one of the great players of his era. But he didn’t win the first of his five Norris trophies until he was 26.
Doughty is fitter than he was, but he can still get better in that area of the game, according to Kings coach Sutter.“I think when you do all the analytics on athletes, he’s a long ways from being as good as he’s going to be just because of his age,” Sutter said.
“You learn to manage your ice time better; you become a better shot selection guy; you become a better penalty killer. You learn the league better, you learn players on the other teams better, the nuances of star players. You learn how to handle your practice habits, nutrition, what you do on game days. All that stuff. As I say, there’s a big difference between being 25 and 35.”
June 6th, 1944: More than 150,000 Allied troops land on the beaches of Normandy, France, as part of the largest seaborne invasion in history. Known as "D-Day," the name and date loom large in the memory of the war—perhaps second only to December 7th, 1941. These two dates stand on opposite ends of American involvement in World War II, and their meaning could not be more different. D-Day put the Allies on a decisive path toward victory. Beginning with the Normandy beaches, they pushed back against Axis forces until Germany was forced to surrender less than a year later. Their achievements were not accomplished without tremendous sacrifice, however, as the Normandy invasion resulted in over 6,000 American casualties.
To commemorate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, VHP presents a handful of collections of American servicemen and women who took part in the invasion. These stories represent the wide variety of individuals without whom D-Day would not have been a success: soldiers and sailors, doctors and nurses, enlisted men and officers, engineers and beachmasters, seasoned veterans and those who had never before been in combat. Here, in their own words, they describe D-Day—and what came after.
continue for stories from the Veterans History Project...
from Darren Rovell of ESPN,
The team broke its team records for most ticket sales on a single game and most merchandise bought per fan and broke a Staples Center record for the most standing room tickets sold, according Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG, which owns the Kings and the Staples Center.
"We've been breaking a lot of records this year, including record sponsorship revenue and record ratings," Beckerman said.
The team broke a single-game ticket sales record thanks to continuing to dynamically price the playoff tickets it sells to the general public. The face value paid by fans who buy tickets to Stanley Cup Final games in Los Angeles is 65 percent higher than what the season ticket holders pay, Beckerman said. The team capped season ticket sales at 16,000 this season and have another 1,000 people on the waiting list.
Fans at Wednesday's game also spent an average of nearly $30 each on merchandise alone, while total spent on food, beverage and merchandise alone grossed more than $1 million, an all-time Kings single-game record, Beckerman said....
On Thursday, the New York Post said that AEG and Kings owner Philip Anschutz was weighing whether he should sell the Kings. Beckerman categorically denied that his boss has even given it a thought.
"The L.A. Kings are not for sale," Beckerman said. "The AEG strategy is to bring content and real estate together and that's exactly what we have with the Kings and the Staples Center. Phil is ecstatic with our business both on and off the ice."
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