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Compensation For Fired Coaches

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dave Hodge of TSN,

Obviously, Dan Bylsma was Buffalo's first choice to succeed Ted Nolan as coach of the Sabres….er, well, second choice…..so the matter of draft pick compensation owed to Pittsburgh wasn't about to get in the way.

But what if Bylsma and another candidate had similar credentials, Bylsma was favoured narrowly and the other prospective coach came with no strings attached? And what if the Sabres decided to take a pass on Bylsma as a result? After all, a third-round draft pick is something of value in every other sense. Teams don't give them away with a shrug of the shoulders.

If the issue of compensation meant that Bylsma did not get the Buffalo job, he'd be justifiably upset. The Penguins would still be paying him, and the Sabres, while having to live with their decision, would wonder why they couldn't sign the best coach available free of charge. In that case, I'm guessing Bylsma and every other coach would push for a rule change, and so would the Sabres. That ought to happen, anyway. Thumbs down to draft pick compensation for fired coaches. 

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All Bob McKenzie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

Before he hit the road, McKenzie (BM) took time to answer 20 Questions from National Post, talking about minor hockey grudges, giving the finger to newspapers and the time a Canadian hockey legend wanted to drop the gloves in the visiting dressing room.

1. Where do you think you would have landed had The Hockey News not offered you the job as editor-in-chief in 1982?

BM: I probably would have been a cop. When I graduated Ryerson, all I wanted to do was be a hockey writer for one of the Toronto dailies … I was desperately trying to get hired full-time by the Globe, the Sun or the Star, to cover hockey. I wasn’t having a lot of success, and I was getting frustrated. I used to leave the Globe and Mail after a rewrite shift and I’d walk out the front door, and I’d turn around and give the Globe the finger. Then I would get in my car, I would get on the Gardiner and, as I was going by — the Star on the right-hand side, the Sun on the left-hand side — I’d give each of them the finger every night because they hadn’t hired me.

2. What would have made you a good police officer?

BM: Oh, I don’t know. It’s a good question. I don’t know if I would have been.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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RANGERS, LIGHTNING DECIDE EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL IN GAME 7
A berth in the Stanley Cup Final is on the line when the Rangers play host to the Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final at Madison Square Garden. Both clubs are contesting their second Game 7 of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs – the Rangers defeated the Capitals (in overtime) in the Second Round (2-1 W), while the Lightning eliminated the Red Wings in the First Round (2-0 W).
 
The Rangers have won six consecutive Game 7s dating to the 2012 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals vs. OTT. That is tied for the longest such streak in NHL history, a mark set by the Red Wings from 1949-64 and equaled by the Bruins from 1983-94. The Rangers also have won each of their seven all-time Game 7s at Madison Square Garden; they are the only team in NHL history that has played at least four Game 7s at home and won each contest.

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‘Marchy’s’ ready, but is there space on the Wings’ roster for him?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Grand Rapids Griffins' defense is very balanced, but there are certain players that really jump out at you as NHL-ready, if not a little "over-ripe"; for the Griffins, Teemu Pulkkinen, Alexey Marchenko and Xavier Ouellet in particular look like players who are biding their time in the AHL until the Wings can find spots for them.

The Free Press's Helene St. James duly notes that Marchenko's more than ready to play NHL hockey, though the Wings' summer roster plans (see: free agency) will likely affect both Marchenko and Ouellet as they're waiver-exempt for another season:

Marchenko, 23, is likely to be a part of Detroit's defense corps from the start of next season. He played 13 games with the Wings this past season, but he was limited by an injury suffered at the end of February. He was back in the lineup for the regular-season finale and played in the first two playoff games when former coach Mike Babcock favored Marchenko over Brendan Smith.

At 6-feet-3, Marchenko adds size, and he has the rare asset of being a right-handed shooter. He was tops on the prospect defense depth chart in 2014 when a sprained ankle set him back significantly. It wasn't until this past season that he regained the form that impressed the Wings' front office.

St. James continues, and there are no questions about Marchenko's mobility any more. He's an incredibly useful multi-tool defenseman; at the AHL level, he's got some offensive flair, but at the NHL level, he's more of a Brad Stuart type, a safe, steady puck-mover, and you can't have too many of those kinds of players...

But Kronwall, Ericsson, DeKeyser, Quincey, Smith (restricted) and Kindl are already on the Wings' roster, and it doesn't benefit Marchenko to play as a 7th defenseman.

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Video- Stanley Cup Final TV Spot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

 

Press release is below...

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The Buffalo Sabres Have Their Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

“I’ve done quite a bit of growing the last year looking at the game, so I plan to bring that to the coach I’ll be with the Sabres,” Bylsma said in First Niagara Center. “There is, I think, a bright future ahead for this team.”

The Sabres insist they are better already because of Bylsma. They conducted on-and-off chats with him for a month before finalizing a reported five-year, $15 million contract.

“We improved today by hiring him,” General Manager Tim Murray said. “His record as an NHL coach speaks for itself.”

Bylsma arrived in Buffalo as the most accomplished coach since Scotty Bowman brought his five Cups to town in 1979. Bylsma went 252-117-32 during six seasons with the Penguins, accumulating a points percentage (.668) that is the best in NHL history among coaches with at least three years of experience.

It takes outstanding players for a team to be that good, and Bylsma had them with the Penguins. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin are in the argument for best player in the world, and Pittsburgh’s lineup had other All-Stars while Bylsma was on the bench.

The Sabres believe their young prospects will be just as good. Having someone who knows how to coach and handle elite talent is a plus for the organization.

“I’ve coached star players in Pittsburgh, and that’s going to be the case with the young talent that’s coming to the Buffalo Sabres,” said Bylsma, who repeatedly said it’s just as important to develop a winning environment. “It wasn’t something you had just because you had certain players on your roster. That’s something that we have to immediately get into the Buffalo Sabres’ organization, get into our DNA, get into who we are and how we play, and develop that culture with this group.”

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From Both Sides Before Game 7 Of The Eastern Conference Finals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune,

It would be one of the all-timers.

If the Lightning beat the Rangers tonight at Madison Square Garden, where the Rangers never lose Game 7s, it would be the greatest victory in franchise history this side of June 7, 2004, the night the Stanley Cup was held high over Lightning heads.

If the Lightning beat Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist tonight at the Garden, it might be like that night in Philadelphia in 2003, when Ronde Barber silenced Eagles fans and demons as he ran that interception back to seal a Bucs trip to the Super Bowl. It would be a moment that would live forever in Tampa Bay.

It’s the kind of challenge the Lightning need to embrace with heart and soul if their season is to continue on to the Cup finals. The task is not impossible. It will just take 20 men with an idea that they just can’t shake: This is our time.

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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

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Video- Ready For Game 7 Between The Tampa Bay Lightning And New York Rangers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Anyone care to submit a predication for tonight?

 

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All Peter DeBoer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

Q: Other than Brent Burns with Team Canada, and Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton in an under-18 tournament two decades ago, is there anyone else on the Sharks you’ve coached before?

A: No, no. Everybody gets a fresh, clean slate and that’s the way it should be. When you go through a tough year like last year, I think that’s what the players want and I think the benefit of having a new coach is you can provide that.

Q: The Sharks missed the playoffs for first time under Wilson. What’s the primary thing that needs to change to make this team more successful?

A: I’m going to roll up my sleeves here this summer. I don’ t think there’s one thing. I think there’s a lot of things.

I want to talk to the players. I’ve had some good conversations with Doug. I want to watch some more game film. I’ve got some ideas in my head but I can’t box it up for you in one package here.

I can tell you I believe it’s fixable. The biggest thing that’s going to be fixed and the most comforting thing to me is the character of this group. You have a lot of proud people here that aren’t too happy about where they were sitting at the end of last season.

My history with that is if you’ve got character and you’ve been through that you’re ready to push back. I think we’re going to see that.

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The Latest On Johan Franzen

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen hasn't given up hope that he'll play hockey again, and neither have the Detroit Red Wings.

Franzen suffered a concussion on Jan. 6 that ended his season. But he is slowly working his way back and, according to general manager Ken Holland, showing improvement.

"I'm told he's working out every day," Holland said on Thursday. "The expectation is that over the course of the summer he's going to be healthy.

"I expect to see him in training camp. I expect to see him playing hockey next year. Until I hear otherwise, that's how I'm going to proceed."

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