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Is Renney Next?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

When I asked about the chants of “Fire Renney” and “Fire Sather” and how much blame he needs to take for the unrest and slumping team, he said:

“I take full responsibility for where this team is right now. That’s incumbent with the position. My job is to correct this, get us winning, get us feeling better about ourselves. I look to be a solution. It’s as simple as that.”

Actually, it’s more complicated. I’m starting to get the feeling that some players—-not all—-have tuned Renney out, and as the old saying goes, you can’t get fire of all the players.

My growing suspicion is that if the Rangers don’t respond with wins Monday in St. Louis and at home against the Islanders on Wednesday, the successful coach of almost five years may not get a reprieve.

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Pittsburgh’s Desperation Move

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The Pittsburgh Penguins were Stanley Cup finalists in 2008.  Though they didn’t win the cup, many people picked them as a team that had a good chance to win the cup in the future.  However, this season has not worked out according to that plan.  Defensive injuries to Sergei Gonchar and Ryan Whitney left the Penguins defensively vulnerable.  Even with the league’s top scorer in Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, who is in third place, the Penguins have not succeeded.  The Pens have a 27-30 record (with five losses counted as regulation ties).  They are currently in tenth place in the East Conference.  They are five points out of the playoffs.

Something had to be done to try to change their fortunes.  The easiest something is usually to change the coach.  That was the Penguins choice.  Michel Therrien has been fired.  This is his fourth year as Pens coach and although he has had a relatively successful winning record; it is the team’s talent level that gets most of the credit.  Therrien has never seemed like a top coach.  It seemed more like a case of a good young team that was ready to make a big leap forward when he joined the team.

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Therrien Fired

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dan Bylsma has been named interim head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, replacing Michel Therrien, it was announced tonight by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

Bylsma, 38, has been serving as head coach of the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. He will coach his first game with the Penguins Monday at 2 p.m. against the New York Islanders at Nassau Coliseum.

Therrien was relieved of his duties this evening, and assistant coach Andre Savard was reassigned within the organization.

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Gaborik Skating

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russo’s Rants,

Marian Gaborik is skating, Risebrough said, and Risebrough maintains that he expects Gaborik to eventually return to the Wild’s lineup, not somebody else’s. However, Risebrough said Gaborik has a big physical that he must pass March 3 in order to really ramp up his training. You know me by now. I’m a conspiracy theorist. I find it interesting that 1) Risebrough knows the date because he normally lets Tom Lynn handle details about most everything and 2) March 3 is one day before the trade deadline. Or maybe it’s just a coincidence, eh?

Risebrough did his best to lower expectations for any “magical trade deadline” move for a scorer. Risebrough said, grinning, “He’s recovering,” meaning Gaborik.

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Paid Attendance Talk In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero & Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning announced a crowd of 17,249 for Saturday’s game with the Capitals at the St. Pete Times Forum.

But if a recent pattern is an indication, tickets sold likely were significantly fewer.

Numbers provided by Hillsborough County, which owns the 13-year-old facility, show that through December (the latest data available) the team sold an average of 14,119 tickets for 16 dates. Announced crowds, however, averaged 16,698.

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Expect An Avs Deal In The Next Few Days

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’m not officially on the beat this weekend, but I can pretty much guarantee there will be at least one trade by the Avs in the next few days. The moves will start to happen, folks.

I’ve seen the rumors about Ryan Smyth being on the block, and I don’t think he’s going anywhere. Not in this economic climate, and not with the money and term left on his deal….

But I do think Jordan Leopold will be traded, and maybe Brett Clark and/or Ruslan Salei too. Remember those Jaro Halak rumors I wrote about a couple months ago, too? Don’t be shocked if he still ends up in Denver after all.

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What Do The Rangers Do Now?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This was a throwback to the pre-lockout days when the Rangers were a miserable collection of underachievers and the Garden crowd amused itself by chanting for the dismissal of the GM and the coach.

That was this afternoon, when the reeling Rangers were humiliated 5-2 by the Flyers after falling behind 5-0 midway through the second and the crowd intermittently chanted “Fire [Glen] Sather” and “Fire [Tom] Renney.”

How low can they go? Who knows?

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Tears Of The Clowns? Heck Yes Dive Fans. You’re Invited Too. It’s A Live Blog.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As requested, a Motown reference.

By the way, after reading the Chiefs’ minimalist approach to todays blog, can I assume that this is the Live Blog for the Dives game?

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Sharks May Make A Defensive Depth Move At Trade Deadline

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Because the March 4 trade deadline is just a little more than two weeks away and that’s what hockey writers are supposed to do at this point. I know that because we exchange emails a lot and I’m starting to get a few of them asking what I think the Sharks might be up to.

The limited salary cap space is an obvious limiting factor. Beyond that? I’m not in the room when these matters are discussed and Doug Wilson has earned a reputation around the NHL as a non-gabber on such matters.

But if I had to (educated) guess, I’d say he might be in the market for a depth defenseman, not because the team has soured on Alexei Semenov or Derek Joslin — it hasn’t — but because another veteran with more playoff experience couldn’t hurt if any one of the Top Six end up injured.

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Note From Plissken: I’m Done

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just got the word from Snake Plissken:  he’s had enough and he’s moving on.  Said the level of conversation around here wasn’t what he’d expected and that he’s headed to northern California where it’s a bit more…cosmopolitan.

Meanwhile…

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