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by Paul on 03/27/11 at 11:08 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The rumblings have started in Minnesota that Todd Richards won’t survive as coach in part because of the unrest with the fan-base and owner Craig Leipold’s unhappiness with a payroll that’s at the cap ceiling. Richards has done yeoman work with a middling offensive squad and was done in when captain Mikko Koivu broke his finger, but he might take the fall. Craig MacTavish, biding his chance for another head coaching shot, was in the running for that job once before. You can bet Ken Hitchcock’s name will be mentioned, too, but it’s pretty fluid. What if Bruce Boudreau (Washington Capitals) or Claude Julien (Boston Bruins) don’t survive and they’re available?
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Also from Matheson,
To see Calgary Flames forward Daymond Langkow skating hard and firing pucks in practice Saturday morning was a heart-warming sight, 370 days after he broke his neck.
But his will can’t trump his salary, so Langkow was a spectator against the Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place.
Langkow has defied long odds to return after an Ian White shot smashed into the back of his neck in Minnesota on March 21, 2010, but the Flames are at the NHL’s salary-cap ceiling and can’t afford to put Langkow, who has played 1,013 league games, in their lineup.
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