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Buffalo Sabres Make Some Coaching Changes

BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 16, 2014) --- The Buffalo Sabres today announced several changes to the team’s coaching staff, effective immediately: Assistant coaches Joe Sacco and Jerry Forton have been offered reassignment within the organization’s hockey department; the contract of assistant coach Teppo Numminen will not be renewed; goaltending coach Jim Corsi will not return as part of the team’s staff next season.

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Keep McPhee And Oates

from John Feinstein of the Washington Post,

If Leonsis is going to jettison McPhee and Oates — or just McPhee, as seems possible — he should have done it Monday. It isn’t as if he hasn’t had plenty of time to look at his dysfunctional team this season and make decisions about who should — or should not — lead it into the future.

Instead, Leonsis met with McPhee on Monday, slapped a gag order on him, refused to speak to anyone in the media himself and said he might take up to two weeks to decide what to do.

Talk about leaving people twisting in the wind. The Caps haven’t won the Stanley Cup, but McPhee built a team that has sold out virtually every game in Verizon Center the past five seasons. He has earned the right to not be left wondering what his future holds.

But beyond common decency, he and Oates deserve to keep their jobs.

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Quick Picks Round One

Alright with the Stanley Cup finals kicking off (okay facing off) tonight figured it was time I post my picks for the first round so that I can either say “I told you so” or you can say it to me in about week and a half – two weeks schedule and series length TBD.

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“The Rules Do Not Change During The Playoffs”

from Kerry Fraser of TSN,

The margin for victory between all the teams is very slim and mistakes made by players and officials are magnified at this time of year. Simply put, mistakes can be the difference between a team and an official from going on in the playoffs or going home!

Last night I joined James Duthie for a brief segment in the playoff preview show shot in Studio 9 at TSN where I will be monitoring games and officials' calls on a nightly basis throughout the first round. James asked me what I will be looking for from the Officials the moment the playoffs begin. My response was for strict adherence to the letter of the law. The rules do not change during the playoffs and neither should the expected standard of enforcement! The referees have often been accused of putting their whistles away during the playoffs. Far too many times we have seen the score and time of a game factored into the refs' judgment as to what constitutes an obvious penalty.

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Morning Line

Steve Mason was not at practice today.

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Your First Round NHL On-Ice Officials

via NHL Officials,

Referees
Francis Charron, Paul Devorski, Gord Dwyer, Eric Furlatt, Dave Jackson, Mark Joannette, Steve Kozari, Chris Lee, Wes McCauley, Brad Meier, Dean Morton, Dan O'Halloran, Dan O'Rourke, Chris Rooney, Tim Peel, Kevin Pollock, Francois St.-Laurent, Justin St.Pierre, Kelly Sutherland, Brad Watson

Linesmen
Derek Amel, Steve Barton, David Brisebois, Lonnie Cameron, Scott Cherry, Michel Cormier, Greg Devorski, Scott Driscoll, Darren Gibbs, Shane Heyer, Brad Kovachik, Matt MacPherson, Steve Miller, Brian Murphy, Jonny Murray, Derek Nansen, Brian Pancich, Pierre Racicot, Jay Sharrers, Mark Shewchyk

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NHL Short Notes

SNEAK PEEK AT WEDNESDAY’S ACTION
All Times Eastern
Montreal @ Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m., CNBC, CBC, RDS, SUN
Columbus @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN, CBC, FS-O, ROOT
Dallas @ Anaheim, 10:00 p.m., NBCSN, TSN, RDS (JIP), FS-SW, FS-W

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Paul Maurice Staying In Winnipeg

via TSN,

Paul Maurice has agreed to a four-year contract extension to remain head coach of the Winnipeg Jets.

Maurice became the Jets' interim coach on Jan. 12 when he replaced the fired Claude Noel.

Maurice, 47, is coaching his third NHL franchise. He had two stints with the Hartford Whalers/Carolina Hurricanes and also coached the Toronto Maple Leafs for two seasons.

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Bruce Boudreau Wants The Cup

from Lance Pugmire of the LA Times,

Maybe a man who has steered his teams to six regular-season division titles but never gotten one past a second-round playoff series is supposed to keep quiet about his longing to hold the Stanley Cup.

That’ll never be Bruce Boudreau.

The Ducks coach, who will lead his Western Conference top-seeded team into the postseason Wednesday night against the wild-card Dallas Stars, unabashedly has obsessed about the best-known trophy in sports.

“Think about it every single day of my life,” Boudreau told The Times on Monday. “When I’m by myself, when I take a walk … since I’ve been 10 years old.

“It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. It’s not a question of the will and the want not being there. It’s a question of, sometimes you’ve got the opportunity and you’ve got to make good on it.”

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USA Hockey Proposes A Look-Up Area On The Ice

from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,

Despite a series of rule changes and awareness campaigns aimed at eliminating spinal cord trauma, amateur hockey players continue to sustain paralyzing injuries from crashing into the boards. Tom Smith of Swampscott, Mass., had the extraordinary misfortune to incur two separate spinal injuries, in 2008 and 2009.

“Hockey was my life,” said Smith, 24, who walks with the aid of two canes. “I didn’t want anyone to have the game of hockey ripped away from them because of a head injury, a neck injury, any injury. So we came up with the Look-Up Line.”

The line is essentially a visual warning track, alerting players to their proximity to the unyielding boards. USA Hockey’s board of directors will vote on a proposal to adopt the Look-Up Line when it meets on June 6 in Colorado Springs.

If the measure is approved, every arena under USA Hockey’s jurisdiction will paint a 40-inch-wide bright orange band on the ice along the boards. The arenas will have to comply by 2017, but the board could also vote to expedite the change as a matter of safety.

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