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I kind of "stole" the prime quotes from the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column for my Malik Report overnight entry, but I smiled broadly and nearly laughed out loud form the Blog Cave while reading Holland tell Matheson the same dang thing--almost word for word--that Babcock's been repeating to journalists and radio talk show hosts who can't or won't believe that Babcock will remain with Detroit when he can coach anywhere he wants after his contract's up a summer from now:
“I don’t believe the grass is greener on the other side of the fence … I believe he’s happy in Detroit, but there are options,” said Holland, whose contract is also up next July, but will certainly get a new one from owner Mike Ilitch.
Holland has got the Red Wings into the playoffs in each of his 17 seasons. There were three Stanley Cup championships in 1998, 2002 and 2008, plus a Game 7 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009.
Late-season rallies were required to keep a 23-year playoff streak alive while the Red Wings integrated lots of young players — Gustav Nyquist, Riley Sheahan, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurko, Danny DeKeyser — into the lineup each of the last two years.
“Two years ago, we won our last four games to get into the playoffs. This year, we got in again (despite a terrible run of injuries),” said Holland. “Mike’s a tremendous coach, if not the best coach in the league, then one of the best.”
Matheson's main column focuses on Babcock and Holland, but he also included this nugget of wisdom from Ottawa Senators assistant coach Perry Pern (regarding Barry Trotz's attempts to get Alex Ovechkin to "buy in" to playing defense, as Matheson addressed in a Sunday afternoon column):
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Look, they threw Pearn under the bus. They say he’ll have another job in the organization if he wants to stay–they still owe him his salary. This is the same guy they went hard to keep in the summer of 2010 when he seriously thought of taking the Edmonton Oil Kings’ junior post. Pearn and Derek Laxdal, who’s done a nice job as head man, were the front-runners with current Oilers’ farm team coach Todd Nelson also in the mix.
Pearn took the fall in Montreal. But, the GM who can talk all he wants about Pearn being a good man (blah, blah, blah), has to look in the mirror. What kind of job has he done?
-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can read more on this topic.
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced Wednesday that assistant coach Perry Pearn has been relieved of his duties.
“I want to thank Perry Pearn for his contribution to the Canadiens’ organization over the past three years. He remains a very knowledgeable coach with a strong work ethic and is a true professional. I offered Perry to remain with the organization in a different role,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.
Perry Pearn joined the Canadiens organization as an assistant coach on July 6, 2009. This was his third season with the club. A native of Stettler, Alberta, Pearn made his NHL debut as an assistant coach with the Winnipeg Jets in 1995-96.
I do believe Pearn and Martin go way back, so there may be more to this…
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.