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Amongst the Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons' notes:
What Leafs management likes most about Nazem Kadri — his inherent cockiness — is also what they like least. It’s good to have that when you’re producing. Kadri’s assist Friday night in Columbus was his first in 18 Toronto games, dating back to last season. ... Determined to get David Clarkson back on track this season, the Leafs coaching staff watched every game he played in his final two seasons in New Jersey this summer to get a sense of what he did well. So far, the reset, as Randy Carlyle calls it, seems to be working out just fine.
With 712 wins, Joel Quenneville is two seasons away from moving past Al Arbour on the NHL list of all-time coaching victories. He will end up second but nowhere near Scotty Bowman’s 1,244 wins . Quenneville, by the way, began his coaching career as a playing assistant to Marc Crawford with the Leafs farm team in St. John’s.
This is a tough time for hockey royalty: Gordie Howe, Arbour, Pat Quinn are all struggling. Wish all of them, and others we may not know about, the best. And from football, our friend, Dick Thornton, who writes via e-mail: “I’m fighting the best I can.” You can follow Tricky Dicky at http://www.coachthornton.com.
Simmons continues at length...
from Curtis Rush of the Toronto Star,
Fifteen years later, Pat Quinn has lulled the hockey world into almost complete acceptance of one of the most bloated, awkward injury terms ever in use.
The dreaded “upper- or lower-body injury”.
This is just coach-speak to protect players from being targeted by opponents.
It’s a terminology that only a lawyer — or someone with a law degree, like Quinn — would dream up. Or a coach who sees hockey as a war and reporters as spies. That was Quinn too.
In the spring of 1999, as coach of the Maple Leafs, Quinn popularized the term across the NHL, and spawned a generation of coaches who rely on this form of cover-up.
“I don’t go to the games, I don’t feel welcome there. I don’t question that. It’s people running a business and it’s been a very successful business.”
-Pat Quinn on the Vancouver Canucks organization. More from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
First thing you need to do is increase the number of voters. Currently there are 18, 14 of whom must support a candidate to grant admission to the Hall. That tight gap makes it too easy for a small bloc to prevent someone from gaining admission for any perceived flaw or slight. More to the point, it gets a little too incestuous, too tightly knit. Open it up a bit, decentralize the voting power and get some new blood in there.
What’s the right number? I don’t know, maybe 25? 50? I’ll leave that up to you. You don’t want to be like baseball where everybody but the popcorn vendors chime in, but there are experienced voices out there that could contribute to the process. More of them need to be heard.
And when you get around to adding those voices, how about breaking up the old boys club a bit? Yes, the NHL is and always should be the primary focus of the Hall. But it’s the Hockey Hall of Fame, not the NHL Hall of Fame. You’ve allowed women in as honored members. Now how about a couple of women on the selection committee? A few more European voices wouldn’t hurt, either, judging by the absence of players like Vladimir Krutov, Sergei Makarov and Sven Tumba iu the Great Hall.
And while we’re on about members, maybe you could have a talk with the guys about the builders category. I’m sure there’s a reason why everyone who’s ever been a part-owner of the Calgary Flames is in while legendary coaches like Pat Burns, Fred Shero and Mike Keenan have been snubbed time and again, but it needs to be addressed. And seriously: Don Cherry. It’s time.
And then there’s the process. It’s a little too…Canadian.
from the CP a The Hockey News,
Pat Quinn knew it was an innocent mistake, especially at the outset of a weekend meant to celebrate hockey’s greats.
But after the 66-year-old was referred to as a “retired coach” during an event at the Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday, he made sure to set the record straight.
“I am not retired at this point,” Quinn said in an interview. “I’m not working as much as I have in the past, but you know what? I have no complaints.
“If there was something come along that got me more involved, I’d be happy for that too.”
The something he has in mind is a return behind the bench. Quinn has spent parts of 20 seasons as a NHL head coach, including last year in Edmonton.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
Pat Quinn isn’t asking Steve Tambellini for much. Or, for that matter, for anything more than a man of his stature in the game deserves.
“Steve has his whole organization, and I hope he sees where I can fit in and do (something meaningful). I don’t want to carry bags,” Quinn said on Sunday afternoon, addressing his job status for the first time since he said he was blindsided by his firing as head coach on June 22.
As another hockey season dons, and rookies from five NHL teams hit the ice here in B.C.‘s interior, Quinn sat next to Tambellini in the stands of the South Okanagan Events Centre discussing his future with the Oilers. With one year left on a deal he signed to coach the team, both know the post of senior advisor could mean anything, really.
For now, Quinn just wants it to have some substance.
“I don’t want to go off in the sunset yet,” the 67-year-old grandfather said.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Pat Quinn isn’t going to beg Sheldon Souray to stay in Edmonton….
“It’s been no secret here. He’s made it clear for a long time (that he wants a trade),” said Quinn, who spoke with the discontented defenceman on Monday.
“I’m one of those guys that if you don’t want to play here, don’t screw around, get the hell out.”
“We have a hard enough time trying to build team framework. I always believed you should be able to look around that room and look into a teammate’s eyes and say ‘I’m giving it my best and I want you to do the same. That’s how a team builds trust.
“If you have one guy sitting over there who doesn’t bloody well want to be here, how do you build trust, how do you have a team? You don’t.
“Sheldon knows how I feel about that sort of thing.”
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
After the Edmonton Oilers 3-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks on Friday night, a game that saw its share of altercations and trash talking, Oilers coach Pat Quinn addressed the media and talked about the need for players to be tough.
Said the Old Time Coach: “You got to go get those things. Some small guys will do it, some guys won’t. On the other side, there’s chickenshit, there’s chicken big guys, too, you know. They got four or five guys on their team (the Ducks) that probably got some yellow and brain stains in their drawers tonight when they thought it was going to get a little tough.”
“We were playing three-quarter-ice hockey. Bring it out, bring it up, give it to them, come back in our zone, play like hell for a while, and if we get it out, make a quick change and put another set out that takes it up, turns it over and goes back to its end.
-Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn after losing to the Flames. More from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider.
Pat Quinn, head coach of the Edmonton Oilers, has been fined $10,000 for inappropriate public comments made following Thursday night’s game against the Calgary Flames, the NHL announced Friday.
“Mr. Quinn’s comments were inappropriate and without justification,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
The money goes to the NHL Foundation.
Quinn’s comments concerned an incident between the Oilers’ Sheldon Souray and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla that took place 18 seconds into the second period when Souray crashed into the boards after being tripped by Iginla, who spilled on top of the Oiler defenseman.
Colin Campbell, the NHL’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, told sportsnet.ca that the league is looking into the comments.
“The League disagrees with Pat Quinn’s post-game comments and his characterization of the Souray-Iginla collision,” Campbell said in an e-mail. “I have had preliminary discussions with (Oilers GM) Steve Tambellini about Mr Quinn’s comments.”
Scott Hartnell had a 15-minute conference call with Colin Campbell, the NHL’s Lord of Disciplone, on Friday morning….
The Flyers winger denied the incident.
“We’re all pretty honest players,” said Hartnell, who was back on the ice Friday morning practicing with the Flyers. “You don’t want to be eye gouging … we’re not savages. Anyone who knows me knows I’m not a savage. I just play the game hard.”
from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
Pat Quinn has just had a swishy salon haircut and pedicure – first-time ever for the latter.
Just sprucing up for his NHL coaching comeback.
“Show opens Saturday night,” he chuckles down the blower from Edmonton.
Back behind a big-league bench, where the 66-year-old belongs, after two seasons of quasi-idling. With the Oilers, a club that’s missed the playoffs the past three years, Quinn – despite the acquisition of netminder Nikolai Khabibulin and Mike Comrie – is the singularly bold-face cast addition.
“I won’t be coaching like I’m some kind of star,” he demurs. “If I start to believe that I’m coming in here on some kind of white horse – or worse, if the players think that – it will just make the job tougher.”
“I’m in a place where I know. I mean, I know Edmonton. I’ve known it for years. I’m in a place where I like the people I’m working with. I felt the same, when I was in Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, wherever. I put on that sweater, that’s who I work for. It’s no trouble at all.”
-Edmonton Oilers Coach Pat Quinn. More on Quinn from Mark Spector of Sportsnet.
from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,
Pat Quinn is a helluva quote, that’s for sure, based on his recent interview with Dan Tencer of 630 CHED, where he essentially said goodbye to Oilers goalie Dwayne Roloson and criticized Oilers attack ace Ales Hemsky for not passing the puck.
Here’s Quinn on Roloson and the Oilers goaltender position: “We know there is very likely to be a change in goaltending.”
And here he is on Hemsky: “You’ve got a great talented center here that never distributes the puck. Is he a great talent? Yeah. But he’s like playing with the Lone Ranger.”
added 8:55am, from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
There have been no discussions between the Oilers and Kotalik’s agent, Larry Kelly, on a new deal, with the NHL free-agent store opening for business in less than two weeks.
Kotalik hasn’t told Kelly to tell the Oilers he’s going to try free agency, but the Oilers’ inaction so far would seem to indicate they are prepared to let the 30-year-old winger walk.
That seems strange, considering that Kotalik had seven goals and 11 points and was plus-six in his 19 games with the Oilers after they acquired him from the Buffalo Sabres at the trade deadline.
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
If you looked at the Edmonton Oilers Tuesday morning and assessed that — new coaches or not — they are not a Stanley Cup contender, you’d get no argument here.
But if you ever thought that this was a team vulnerable to being outcoached, or you wondered whether a new set of opinions was required to raise the compete level of a soft and easy-to-play-against club, then you can put those opinions to bed as of this morning.
Pat Quinn, fresh off his gold medal win with Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Junior Championship, will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour with Commissioner Gary Bettman.
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from John Kreiser and John McGourty of NHL.com,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk on Wednesday denied media reports that he’s made any decisions on the future of coach Craig Hartsburg and General Manager Bryan Murray.
“Contrary to what is being reported today by the media, I have made no decisions with respect to any personnel changes within the Senators organization,” Melnyk said in a statement released by the team. “Winning remains our No. 1 priority, and there is a collective focus by our management, our coaching staff and our players to deliver this to our fans.”
TSN also has a story up regarding these rumors.
From Mike Milbury at CBC’s hockey blog:
As a coach, he was tremendously successful in Philadelphia, and he’s the last Leafs bench boss to produce a competitive team. On top of that, he is fiercely loyal and a very fair man. What’s not to like about a guy like this?
Critics would say that Quinn has never been an X’s and O’s guy. Maybe, but the essence of coaching is far deeper than a Hockey Canada manual. It is more about managing people, setting expectations for players and making them accountable for achieving those goals.
The best coaches I have ever been around have one thing in common: they know their players’ emotional and psychological makeup and, armed with that knowledge, find ways to motivate then. Further, they inspire a loyalty from their players, who come to realize over time that the guy behind the bench wants them to succeed. From all that I know, Pat Quinn is this type of man and coach.
from the Hamilton Spectator,
Pat Quinn will be given his 10th major international coaching position tomorrow.
Sources close to the scene told The Spectator this morning that the former Toronto Maple Leaf coach will be named Tuesday as the coach of Canada’s national junior hockey team for the 2008-09 world junior championships, to be held in Ottawa over the Christmas holiday.
From Joe O’Connor at the National Post,
He gave both men [Brian Burke and Ron Wilson] their first big breaks in the NHL back when he was the general manager of the Vancouver Canucks. Quinn met Burke well before that, in 1977, when Burke was a player and he was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Maine Mariners.
“Brian really took a shine to me,” he said. “I think he liked that I was someone who would always give him an honest answer.”
Burke lasted one season with Maine before deciding law school was a better idea. He was reborn afterwards as a hard bargaining players’ agent, just as NHL salaries were rocketing to the moon. And a lot of hockey people didn’t like it when Quinn recruited failed minor league pro to work for him in Vancouver in 1987.
from the Palm Beach Post,
Two promising and qualified candidates for the Panthers’ coaching job emerged this week when former Toronto coach and general manager Pat Quinn and current New York Rangers assistant coach Perry Pearn expressed interest in the job.
Quinn and Pearn both told The Palm Beach Post that they have enjoyed a close working relationship with Panthers GM Jacques Martin and would relish the challenge of ending the team’s eight-year playoff drought.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The 65-year-old Quinn, who led Team Canada to gold at the U18 world championships earlier this month in Russia, told the Sun yesterday he’s healthy, happy and “not ready to retire.”
“I’m on the record as saying if there’s an opportunity, I would welcome the chance to coach in the NHL again,” said Quinn, whose last NHL coaching stint ended after the 2005-‘06 season, when he was fired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. “I’m not ready to retire. I still feel good. My health is good and if there’s an opportunity I’m not going to pass it up.
“I’m not sure what’s happening in Ottawa and I haven’t had any discussions with anybody there. I do know they’ve got a strong team there and a talented group. I know the people there and I know how hard they’ve worked and what a great job they’ve done. I’ve never been the type of person to go canvassing for a job, that might have to be something I consider.”
From Cory Wolfe at Canwest News via the National Post,
Education and hockey were intertwined all along for Quinn. Following high school, he accepted a scholarship to Michigan Tech. However, he was ruled ineligible for American collegiate hockey because he had previously signed over his hockey rights to the Detroit Red Wings.
“I ended up back at home and I got a job with the steel company which is where most of my pals were working,” says Quinn. “It was a good job; it was Stelco at the time. But I quickly figured out that’s not where I wanted to spend the rest of my life, working shifts.”
Quinn headed west to Edmonton and joined the junior Oil Kings for the 1962-63 season. The club went on to win the Memorial Cup. The Oil Kings’ success didn’t propel Quinn directly into the NHL spotlight.
...and more of a brief biography on Pat Quinn, not quite ready with a “retirement plan” as yet. A happy birthday to Quinn who turns 65 on Tuesday.
Pat Quinn via George Gross of the Toronto Sun,
“Obviously, so far, I haven’t done a good job adjusting. However, if I were approached by the Leafs, I’d have to think about it. Mind you, I can’t imagine that they would approach me, but I can tell you that working for the Maple Leafs was the highlight of my hockey career.
“I sincerely hope that they straighten out their problems. I feel badly about the Toronto situation. I have an affection for some of the players and some people in the organization.”
From Craig Custance at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Quinn, who last coached in the NHL in 2006 with the Toronto Maple Leafs, spent the last five seasons of his playing career with the Atlanta Flames as a defenseman. He still keeps in touch with the players from those teams who live in Atlanta, such as Tim Ecclestone and Eric Vail. His daughter was a swimmer at the University of Georgia. Recently, he went pheasant hunting in Montana with former Falcons great Tommy Nobis.
So when Bob Hartley was fired and word spread that Thrashers general manager Don Waddell was looking for a new coach, why wouldn’t Quinn be interested?
“I think after a year away, I wasn’t quite ready to be in retirement,” said Quinn, when reached on his cellphone while visiting Winnipeg, Manitoba. “I still feel healthy and have a passion to be involved.”
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
At 64, some wonder whether the game has passed him by and whether he’ll get another shot. I disagree that his age is a problem, and obviously so does he.
“No I don’t think that’s a key thing,” Quinn said. “It has nothing to do with my mind or my progressiveness in the game. I’ve often been ahead of the curve on a lot of things, and still feel the same way. I haven’t lost that desire to find ways to help clubs win hockey games and help players get better. As far as age, my health is terrific and I still have that edge. If you look at other sports, clearly in baseball and in football, it doesn’t seem to impede some of the guys that are running teams there. ...
“In fact the older, more experienced hand in certain situations might be the best way to go.”