Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 11/24/13 at 09:32 AM ET
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- With American Thanksgiving set for Thursday, there have been three coaching changes — Philly, Buffalo and Florida — but there could be more. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen hasn’t played the coach firing card since he took the job with the Jackets which means Todd Richards is in trouble. The Jets aren’t pleased with what’s happening and the whisper campaign about coach Claude Noel is louder. The Islanders like coach Jack Capuano, but they’ve been underachieving and GM Garth Snow hasn’t shied away from changes in the past
- Three teams say there is a lot of chatter and most of it is coming from the Sunshine State. After sending Versteeg back to the Hawks, Florida GM Dale Tallon isn’t done. He’d like to move RW Scottie Upshall, LW Tomas Fleischman, RW Brad Boyes, RW Tomas Kopecky, C Marcel Goc and C Shawn Matthias before the deadline. There is a market for D Dmitry Kulikov with lots of teams interest, but he may bolt for the KHL. Upshall and Fleischmann are immoveable because of their contracts but Tallon may find someone to take Goc, Kulikov and Matthias off their hands before the deadline. The Panthers wanted to move Versteeg so badly they picked up $6 million in salary and I’m told by a NHL executive Tallon is “open for business. He’s even willing to take on cash.”
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