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from the Columbus Dispatch,
Bob Murray has withdrawn his name from consideration to become the Blue Jackets general manager, The Dispatch has learned.
Murray, the Anaheim Ducks vice president of hockey operations, interviewed with the Blue Jackets on Friday and notified the team on Sunday that he was no longer interested in the job.
“The Blue Jackets were extremely interested in (Murray),” said an NHL source, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “Bob spent Saturday discussing it with his family, and he’s decided he’s in a very good spot right now with Anaheim, that he wants to stay put.”
thanks to a KK member for posting this in the KK Forum...
from the CP via TSN,
Chris Pronger a backstabber? Corey Perry a headhunter? Chris Neil a villain? Dean McAmmond a faker?
Accusations and insinuations ruled the day Monday following Pronger’s one-game suspension for a shot to McAmmond’s head in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final.
The most heated talk was from Neil, the feisty Ottawa Senators winger who was accused by Anaheim GM Brian Burke of trying to take Ducks forward Andy McDonald’s head off with an elbow. McDonald was not hurt on the play.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Sabres general manager Darcy Regier is confident he and coach Lindy Ruff will be back in Buffalo next season. Co-captains Chris Drury’s and Daniel Briere’s futures with the team are less certain.
“Both of us expect to be back,” Regier said Monday, referring to himself and Ruff, whose contracts expired after this season. “There’s been work that’s been positive and I don’t expect any changes going forward. We’ll get there at some point.”
What’s yet to been determined is the Sabres’ plans in attempting to re-sign Briere and Drury, both eligible to become unrestricted free agents July 1.
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
Fans are understandably sick of hearing about financial issues, but a couple of recent revelations bear noting.
One is that it appears that the NHL Players Association will exercise its right to have the salary cap raised to the maximum permissible level. That should push it over $50 million.
Those of you who remember commissioner Gary Bettman’s assurance that the salary cap he needed to impose would keep ticket prices down might wonder about this.
Bettman could have prevented the year-long shutdown of the league by accepting a PA proposal that would have set payrolls at approximately $42 million. He refused, saying that such a figure was beyond the reach of owners. Two years later, we’re at $50 million.
more on this, plus a few other NHL topics, including the Pronger suspension…
I learned something this morning while glancing at page 4 of the LA Times Sports section: not only is hockey still played professionally but the team from Anaheim is actually in the Stanley Cup Finals. Who knew? And the game is on NBC tonight.
I don’t know a single guy who plays for the Ducks (apparently they dropped the “Mighty” from their official name) but I’m going to watch. Hopefully a lot of other people will too, because hockey really deserves more respect than it’s currently getting….
Why the Times can’t give a (sort of) local team that is 2 wins away from the championship better coverage than page 4 is also a mystery (but just one of many mysteries at the Times). [Note: below the fold on page 1 of the sports page thee is a column about a guy named Pronger who plays for the Ducks, but the actual series coverage is buried on Page 4.]
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
After my rant about getting the runaround from a van driver the other night, it occured to me that I am risking my reputation with the NHL as one of the few rays of sunshine among a sullen media mob that is only too quick to explode into self-righteous anger over such trifles as the chablis not being exactly the right temperature or the wireless Internet connection cutting in and out all night.
So I come here today not to bury anyone but to praise Frank Brown, Gary Meagher, Julie Young, Jamie Horan and the rest of the NHL communications staff. They all did a tremendous job on Sunday, turning what could have been another long, frustrating day for the media into a piece of cake.
Yes, they are doing a great job along with everyone involved with the NHL. I have been able to provide KK readers with numerous updates because of their efforts. It is also a shame some of the MSM is not using the same resources made available, but hey, you do know where to find it if you are reading this!
Q. I just wonder, I understand Dean McAmmond is skating. Will he play?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: I don’t know. I just talked to him briefly. He’s taking a light skate. See how he feels afterwards. Obviously, we have to talk to the doctors
before we let him play, but he’s trying. He’d like to play. But in talking to him, he’s certainly not 100% at this moment.
Q. Is it mental right now with Dany Heatley?
COACH BRYAN MURRAY: He’s very physical. If he gets his legs going a little better and does a few things with the puck, things will happen for him. He had kind of a similar start to another series and then got going pretty well. Dany is one of the people that the line plays well. He’ll play real well. And we’ve got to get Spezza getting him the puck more and Alfy getting back to his game.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Niedermayer and Beauchemin will probably both approach 35 minutes in ice-time, about five minutes more than what Niedermayer is accustomed to, while O’Donnell will be well into the 20s. But at this point in the season, Carlyle is not worried about wearing anyone out.
“I would liken it to putting all the bullets in the gun,” Carlyle said. “You can’t put any in the holster at this time. There’s four games left in the series. That’s four games left in the season and you’re going to utilize all the personnel you see fit.
“Are you going to worry about overusing someone? You worry about tonight.”
Tonight marks the debut of Don Cherry on NBC. Famous for his forthrightness, brashness, arrogance, fashion sense, and general volume, Cherry hits the U.S. airwaves tonight to show off his own brand of hockey entertainment for more of the world to see.
Last week, Chris Zelkovich at the Toronto Star asked,
Don Cherry says he’s ready for America. But is America ready for him?
That question will be answered Monday night when the star of Coach’s Corner makes his U.S. network television debut on NBC.
Meanwhile, I thought I prepare the uninitiated for what to expect. There are many looks to Cherry, and while most die-hard American hockey fans know The Don well enough, I figure plenty of casual fans may be in for a surprise. So here’s a photo album of the Many Faces of Cherry...
In case you missed it over at Abel to Yzerman, a couple of BJ bloggers are hosting a draft party.
I sure would love to attend, but it will be a last minute decision for me.
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