Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/16/06 at 10:43 AM ET
The debate is raging in Vancouver. Someone must be sacrificed to the hockey gods to appease them after the Canucks missed the playoffs. Who is it to be? Coach Marc Crawford has been on shaky ground for a long time, but general manager Dave Nonis ignored the advice of his confidantes and kept him on. He may not feel comfortable doing so for much longer. Nonis himself probably is safe for a while. He inherited Crawford and likely will be given a chance to make amends with his own man behind the bench. Even though Bryan McCabe is the highest-profile Group 3 (unrestricted) free agent on the Maple Leafs, the team will have to make some difficult decisions regarding other players in the same boat. Or they might have their decisions made for them if the player goes elsewhere while the Leafs dither. Still on the subject of contracts, which is, unfortunately, a way of life in the new artificially regulated NHL, there's an intriguing situation brewing in Minnesota. The Wild, a team which understandably doesn't want to spend much money because it may have an unsold seat some day, must try to come to terms with Marian Gaborik.read on
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