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30 Thoughts On A Monday

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• If the Coyotes make the playoffs, though, the NHL’s coach of the year should be Sean Burke. Burke—tall and lean—targeted Mike Smith in free agency, partially because they have similar builds. He felt he could work with that. Clearly, Smith believes in Burke, too, looking good after a rough season in which he spent time in the AHL.

• Very interesting reactions to Rinne’s new deal with Nashville. “Statement contract,” said one exec. “Fair deal for both sides,” said another. That seems to be the majority opinion. Saw some media claiming that $7 million is too much for a goalie, but I disagree here. This is not just about a goalie. This is about a franchise that becomes the Kansas City Royals or Pittsburgh Pirates if it doesn’t get at least one of Rinne/Suter/Weber signed and soon.

• Watching Capitals’ Bruce Boudreau and Alexander Ovechkin reminds me of Scotty Bowman and Steve Yzerman doing battle in 1994. Boudreau doesn’t have Bowman’s pedigree, but Ovechkin should know short-term pain turned into long-term gain for Yzerman.

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• Watching Capitals’ Bruce Boudreau and Alexander Ovechkin reminds me of Scotty Bowman and Steve Yzerman doing battle in 1994. Boudreau doesn’t have Bowman’s pedigree, but Ovechkin should know short-term pain turned into long-term gain for Yzerman. 

 

& Elliotte you ought to know from viewing each close up & personal that OV isn’t Yzerman in personality or Ego

Posted by Evilpens on 11/07/11 at 11:52 AM ET

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Reminds me a lot more of Bowman and Federov. If Boudreau was anything close to Bowman as a coach.

Posted by From The Hockey Wastelands from Cleveland on 11/07/11 at 01:30 PM ET

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