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“Associate coach Craig Ramsay has been relieved of his coaching duties with the Tampa Bay Lightning Hockey Club,” executive vice president and general manager Jay Feaster said. “We thank Craig for his seven years of service to this franchise and for his hard work and dedication in helping us become Stanley Cup Champions.
“Head coach John Tortorella has begun the process of identifying and interviewing coaching candidates to serve as his top assistant. No timetable has been placed on filling the position.”
added 12:34pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In a curious and unusual move that means John Tortorella will be the Tampa Bay Lightning’s coach for the foreseeable future, the NHL team essentially fired long-time associate coach Craig Ramsay today. Officially, Ramsay was “relieved of his duties” by general manager Jay Feaster. This was an extraordinary development for a lot of reasons, beginning with the fact that Ramsay was one of the NHL’s highest-paid assistants (hence, the “associate” coach designation).
from the AP via Newsday,
Rick Tocchet, the former hockey star at the center of a gambling ring investigation, was due in court Friday for an unspecified reason.
The state Attorney General’s Office announced the scheduled appearance. Neither Tocchet’s lawyer, Kevin Marino, nor David Wald, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office would comment.
But unexpected court appearances can often signal a defendant is entering a guilty plea.
Post will be sticky until Monday.
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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Corey Perry grew up little more than an hour down the highway, played his junior hockey two hours from the Air Canada Centre, and never had the chance to be a Maple Leaf.
For Toronto, he is yet another symbol of what has been lost in the quick-fix generation,
Wojtek Wolski was born in Poland, grew up around the city, played his junior hockey in Brampton. Like Perry, Wolski would have been a perfect Leaf.
The Fan590 in Toronto mentioned today that Brian Leetch is hanging them up. More as it becomes available.
added 10:33am, from the CP via TSN,
Star defenceman Brian Leetch officially retired Thursday, ending an 18-year career that featured two Norris Trophy wins and 10 all-star selections.
The 39-year-old sat out the entire out 2006-07 season after spending 2005-06 with the Boston Bruins, when he recorded five goals and 27 assists in 61 games.
“I have been fortunate to be an NHL player since 1988,” Leetch said in a statement. “I missed being in the NHL this past season, but believe it was the right time for me to stop playing.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators coach stopped short of accusing goalie J.S. Giguere of wearing illegal equipment, but confirmed he’s already asked the NHL’s pad police if the Anaheim Ducks’ goalie is complying with the league’s tight restrictions. The Senators will open the Stanley Cup final Monday in Anaheim.
“It’s got to be illegal,” said Murray with a laugh. “It’s legal, I know that. I was there, it’s questioned all the time. It’s measured all the time and it was approved all the time. But, he does wear it well doesn’t he?”
from On The Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Negotiations between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and the agent for left wing Ryan Smyth should begin in another week or two, but it will rank as a major upset if the Isles sign Smyth before he has a chance to sample the NHL free-agent market on July 1.
That doesn’t mean the Islanders are out of the running for Smyth. Far from it. It just means they are likely to have a lot of competition.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The only thing less impressive than Maxim Afinogenov’s postseason was his nonchalance about getting knocked out in the conference finals. The Sabres winger basically brushed off losing to Ottawa in five games and suggested he was satisfied with the Presidents’ Trophy.
“I think we had a good run,” Afinogenov said. “Yeah, we lost, but I think we fight until the end. The whole team was exciting. It was a good season anyway.”
Yawn. Is this a guy the Sabres want on their team while they’re trying to keep co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere? Afinogenov is a seductive talent, an electrifying player who puts people in the seats.
from the Toronto Star,
The Stanley Cup final is coming here, south of the Hollywood Hills, in the shadow of Disneyland, among the palm trees, sprawl and smog of Orange County.
But the folks in coffee shops are far more likely to be talking about Phil Spector’s murder trial than the remarkable success of the Anaheim Ducks, who dispatched the Detroit Red Wings in six games to claim the NHL’s Western Conference title.
Here in the outskirts of the world’s entertainment capital, hockey remains a tough sell. But not an impossible one, thanks to the plucky Ducks.
from bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
But here’s what’s even harder to imagine: ESPN failing to have hockey mentioned in the first 30 minutes if it were involved with the sport. Once the NHL left ESPN, it basically ceased to exist.
It’s not just “SportsCenter.” If the NHL were carried by ESPN, they’d be talking about it on the “Dan Patrick Show” (not a word Tuesday in the more than 90 minutes we suffered through) and the stars of the sport would be schmoozing with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on their highly popular morning show.
Such exposure generates interest and interest generates ratings and revenue.
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