Kukla's Korner Hockey
by George Malik on 10/09/13 at 12:06 AM ET
What becomes of Peter Laviolette and how much heat is there now on Paul Holmgren?
[Darren] Dreger: For the moment Laviolette and his family are trying to stay below the radar. Obviously Laviolette is not happy with the way things ended with the Philadelphia Flyers so he may lay low. He wants to coach again in the NHL and given his resume it's believed that he will get another opportunity.
If things don't materialize in the NHL say before Christmas, I'm told Laviolette would consider going over to Europe and coaching there. It's not too far-fetched that Laviolette and his family would consider that.
As for Holmgren, he was looking for Ron Hextall. Since Holmgren took over as GM of the Flyers he has been constantly trying to lure Hextall from the Los Angeles Kings. There's no imminent danger for Holmgren and the belief is he will go out on his own terms and Hextall ultimately would be his successor.
George McPhee has made a lot of good moves for the Washington Capitals but the Martin Erat trade is not looking particularly strong.
McKenzie: This is a simmering story that could boil over in the not-too-distant future. The Capitals give up a top prospect in Filip Forsberg at the Trade Deadline last year for Erat and Michael Latta. Latta was sent down at the beginning of the season and brought back up now. But Erat has been an afterthought for head coach Adam Oates. He can't get into the lineup in any appreciable way. He's playing 6-9 minutes in each game so far playing on a fourth line and playing behind guys like Marcus Johansson, Brooks Laich, and Jason Chimera. If they don't get this guy into the lineup soon I would imagine it's coming to a head.
Could Brodeur-Schneider become a big and awkward story as the season goes along?
LeBrun: It's a good thing for New Jersey Devils head coach Pete DeBoer. Yes, it's a delicate situation; you have the all-time winningest goalie in Martin Brodeur being pushed by an up-and-coming star goalie in Cory Schneider. How do you handle it? First of all, the Devils have 22 sets of back-to-back games, that leads the entire NHL. Split those games, that takes care of that headache for at least a quarter of the year.
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