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by George Malik on 06/07/11 at 08:06 PM ET
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo, you can add Todd Richards’ name to Bob Boughner as one of the candidates to replace Brad McCrimmon behind the Red Wings’ bench:
The Wild has made it clear to NHL teams that they have permission to speak to the former Wild coach, who has one more year left on his Minnesota contract. Richards has begun to be contacted by NHL teams seeking assistant coaches.
According to multiple league sources, Richards has interviews lined up with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock and Columbus Blue Jackets coach Scott Arniel within the next week. Detroit is looking to replace Brad McCrimmon, who stepped down, while Columbus is looking to replace Bob Boughner, who also stepped down.
Most interesting though: According to sources, the Winnipeg franchise has already reached out to Richards and plans to interview him in the near future for an assistant coaching position. This would lend further credence to reports that Manitoba Moose coach Claude Noel, Richards’ mentor from their days together in Milwaukee, could soon be replacing Craig Ramsay as coach.
My gut still tells me that, somewhere along the line, the Wings will both consider simply promoting Keith McKittrick, the team’s video coordinator…and I have to believe that Babcock’s attempted to get permission from the Phoenix Coyotes to speak to his old pal Dave King…
Also of marginal Wings-related note this evening: The Windsor Star’s Dave Waddell reports that local hockey coach Andy Paquette will head to Voskresensk to take part in Igor Larionov’s hockey camp:
Paquette will conduct skill sessions for two weeks at The Igor Larionov Pathway to Success Developmental Camp beginning June 19. The camp is by invitation only for the top Russian and European players born between 1995-1997. Several Russian pros will also attend the camp as students, including former Windsor Spitfire Andrei Loktionov.
“Igor wanted me to come for the whole three-week camp, but my schedule would only allow two weeks,” Paquette said. “I’m really excited about this.”
The invitation came after Larionov, now a player agent among the many hats he wears in retirement, asked if some Russian players could skate with the Belle Tire 1997 team Paquette coaches in Detroit. After watching a few sessions of Paquette’s work, Larionov was impressed.
“I thought he was just being nice when he told me I did a really excellent job,” Paquette said. “It surprised me when he said I want you to come to my camp in Russia.”
Paquette said what Larionov liked was the intensity of his practices, the tempo and the way he interacted with his players on the ice.
“I told him I’d read a lot of books written by [Anatoly] Tarasov and [Viktor] Tikhonov and he must have seen some pretty interesting ideas from them,” Paquette said. “He’s seen the best in the world. He told me, ‘You’ll blow them away.’ That’s the highest compliment you can get when a peer or a person who has accomplished more than you says something like that. There’s nothing better.”
• Yahoo Sports’ Neate Sager posted a Q and A with Plymouth Whalers forward and top prospect Rickard Rakell;
• The Flint Journal’s Adam Biggers penned a tribute to Tim Thomas;
• If you find yourself at a Dallas Mavericks game, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth‘s Frank Heinz reports that you can expect to see Mike Modano in the stands (and happy 41st birthday to Mr. Modano!);
• And thanks for the memory, the Toronto Star’s Dan Robinson (bleh):
2009: PITTSBURGH PENGUINS VS. DETROIT RED WINGS
The rout: After losing the cup to the Red Wings a season earlier, the Penguins were frothing for redemption in the 2009 finals. But with series tied at two games a piece, the Red Wings pounded the flightless birds 5-0 in Game 5, chasing Marc-André Fleury from the net.
The consequence: Sidney Crosby and the Penguins were about to let another Cup slip from their grasp. But Pittsburgh returned with a gutsy 2-1 win to force Game 7.
The outcome: Max Talbot scored the two most important goals of his life in the second period of Game 7 at Joe Louis Arena. With Crosby hobbling on a knee injury, Detroit cut the lead in half in the third. But Pittsburgh held on, overcoming the blowout demons of Game 5 to win the cup.
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