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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Some of you are sick of (Doug) MacLean. You wish he’d go away—farther away than Toronto. If that’s the case, please carry on to previous posts here on Puck-rakers. Lots of information in the last 24 hours.
For the rest of you who may find amusement, embarrassment or even a kernel of truth in what MacLean says, here’s the rant:
“I’ve talked to lots of people about the interview process in Columbus. You have to keep it in perspective. The president of the team gets all of his hockey information from Google. He Googles everything, and that’s where he gets his hockey knowledge. I mean, Scott Howson … I like Scott Howson, I think he’s a good guy.
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Crank up the calliope, comb the hair on the bearded lady and prep the fry-oil for the baloney. Doug MacLean, that crafty carnival barker, is back in business.
On Thursday morning, it was reported that MacLean had taken a job as “advisor” to Jim Balsillie, who is attempting to pry the Coyotes out of Phoenix and move the team to Hamilton, Ontario….
Since MacLean was fired in Columbus—where, he said last week, Charlie Manson got better treatment—he has been working for The Fan 590 radio and Rogers Sportsnet television in Toronto. In the past, MacLean has used his platform to make uncooth remarks about John H. McConnell, late owner of the Jackets and his former boss. But that is another story. For months on end, MacLean has spent airtime to criticize Balsillie. An example of one of his typical riffs: “You can’t pick up a franchise and move it anywhere you want. It opens up a can of worms. ... I’m pro-NHL and I don’t think that somebody should be able to move into someone’s backyard and play. I don’t agree with that.”
MacLean took a 180-degree turn when it became apparent that 30 other owners were unwilling to hire him—and Balsillie was.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
The surprising news that former Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Doug MacLean was joining forces with Jim Balsillie, whom he had roundly criticized the past year, prompted an acrimonious radio interview between MacLean and radio host Bob McCown on yesterday’s edition of Prime Time Sports.
McCown had spent the better part of two hours ripping MacLean for what he characterized as an opportunistic move before bringing him on the show.
After deliberately calling the veteran radio host “MacGowan” during the interview (McCown riposted by calling him “Mac-Kleen”), a pugnacious MacLean accused McCown of backstabbing him. “It’s not unlike you when someone’s not in the studio to battle you face to face that you’re at your best. … For you to say it’s suicidal for me [to join Balsillie] with the NHL … it was suicidal for me with the NHL when I became a friend of yours.”
If Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie is successful in his bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes through bankruptcy court, it appears he is getting ready to hit the ice running.
Sportsnet has learned Balsillie will soon name former Columbus Blue Jackets president and current Roger Sportsnet panellist Doug MacLean an advisor to Balsillie’s company PSE.
MacLean, who brings 22 years of hockey experience to Balsillie’s team, is expected to help bridge the gap between getting the Coyotes out of the courts and on to Hamilton ice in the event Balsillie lands the team.
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Hosts are Rod Black and Doug MacLean, former GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Phil Esposito will be on the show today, and Neil Smith in the studio from 4-5pm as well. Also, their ‘Outside the Box’ segment today features Kato Kaelin to talk about OJ Simpson.
Doug MacLean is guest hosting on Fan590 today and just mentioned Gerard Gallant interviewed for the Islanders job yesterday. Now, before the rumors start to fly, he just interviewed, that is all.
Doug said Pascal Leclaire elected not to go to arbitration so he will either sign with Columbus or will hold out until he gets a contract he likes.
Doug also mentioned Detroit is the best hockey city in the states, no doubt about that, and said with the Wings cutting some ticket prices for the upcoming season, well, it may send some fear around the rest of the US based teams. If the Wings can’t move tickets, well, there may be a league-wide problem.
from the Palm Beach Post,
The only man who has coached the Panthers to a victory in the playoffs is interested in returning to his old job.
Doug MacLean, who guided the Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final in his first season and also made the playoffs in his other full season in Florida, said today he would like to return to coaching and hopes to talk to General Manager Jacques Martin about the Florida vacancy.
Now, it’s highly unlikely the deal in Tampa will go through. It’ll take a minor miracle for it all to get settled and go through before the end of the season. Thus, the Blue Jackets will have to keep on paying MacLean. The remainder they owe is about $450,000.
That money would come in handy right about now if general manager Scott Howson is eagerly working the trade market. Certainly, that would be some nice “play money” at the trade deadline.
A $450,000 chunk doesn’t sound like much. But if a $1.8 million player is acquired at the trade deadline, the salary he’s owed the rest of the season—about 1/4 of the way to go—is roughly $450,000. There are some pretty good $1.8M players out there.