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xmyth writes...

Closed Door Meeting!

Posted Monday | Comments 10
My sources are telling me that early indications point to Sutter firing Playfair. Details to come.
Another April, another disappointing playoff series. But this time, this team was the most talented in the league, had the most individual season ticket holders in the NHL, was playing against a team that they matched up well against during the season, and was favored by some to win the Stanley Cup. And lest we forget Peter Forsberg, who came here because he thought we ...
Goalie220 writes...

What did you call me???

Posted Saturday | Comments 4
As I am sitting here at 2:00am listening to Baba O'Reilly, I got to thinking. (No smart aleck remarks from a certain Stars fan either! You know who you are!) I have been called a lot of things. Some good some bad. The obvious good ones are husband, father, friend. But, one of my favorite things to be called is "Coach". It is also one of the most powerful things to b...
After Mr. Sutter met with Media on his state of the Franchise Speech the Media walked away just as confused if not more. He refused to comment on the future of Coach Playfair or on the Contracts of Iggy and Kipper does that mean kipper and iggy are traded and Playfiar fired? Heck no it means that Sutter is not going half cocked and firing Playfair and jumping to any co...
From the team's website: http://flyers.nhl.com/team/app?articleid=316734&page=NewsPage&service=page John Stevens, who took over for Ken Hitchcock last season, will have some veteran NHL players serving as his assistants next season. Joe Mullen, who until this past season was the all time leading US born goal scorer, and Jack McIllhargy, former Flyer, will be his assi...
I thought I would write a blog on a suggestion from a fellow Poster Flame Head I hope I got his name right which was the relationship of Sutter and Keenan. First of all I have been told that Sutter Learned his coaching ability from Mr. Keenan. Which mean there was a history between the two gentlemen and they have mutual respect, also Sutter knows how Keenan coache...
FLAMESTR writes...

life of a a coach

Posted Saturday | Comments 7
[b]MIKE KEENAN THE GOOD, THE OKAY, THE UGLY THE LIFE OF A COACH[/b] The life of a coach can be good, okay, and even ugly. It's no different for the new coach of the Calgary Flames, Mike Keenan. The Stats were found at two sites http://en.w...
Just read something interesting on TSN.com in the Article about Dead McAmmond talking to TSN. ([url]http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=219333&hubname=nhl[/url]) [quote=Sens Headcoach John Paddock]"I think for the good of Steve Downie. He needs to be suspended for a long time. We were cheering for him the last two christmas times (World Junior Championships) and h...
Michel Therrien seems to have more in common with the late Rodney Dangerfield than just a few facial expressions or similar gestures would indicate . It appears, from my point of view, that like Dangerfield, Therrien "Don't Get No Respect" either. I was reading different articles over the past couple of days and there are a number of people that think Therrien needs to ...
The Maple Leafs and Canucks got an early jump on the off-season. Some thoughts: -Toronto did the right thing in firing Paul Maurice. It gives him the whole summer to find a new job, and it also gives the new GM a free hand to name his own bench boss. It appears as if they Leafs will have that new GM in place before the draft. Obviously Dave Nonis is a candidate, but I'd...
So for people like me who don't know a lot about the AHL coaches out there that may possibly become the next head coach of SJ, there was an article on http://www.sharkspage.com/ that gives a breakdown of three of the top contenders in the league: Kevin Dineen, Mike Haviland, and Roy Sommer. The one that stood out to me the most was Haviland. In the article is a link t...
It's been a couple days since we got the great news about the Sharks hiring of a new head coach, and now we have to wait until camp to find out what changes will be made. What we already know is that he's been coaching for 14 years (11 as a head coach, and 3 as an assistant) and that his teams have [i]never[/i] missed the play-offs, and even winning championships and Coac...
FLAMESTR writes...

Flames on the weekend

Posted Sunday | Comments 7
The Flames made a couple of transactions on the draft weekend that tell me that Sutter is beginning to retool the squad. First of all they traded Alex Tanguay along with their 5th rounder to the Montreal Canadians for first round pick this year and the 2nd next year. Minutes later, they acquired LA Kings forward Michael Cammalleri and a 2nd rounder in the Conroy acqu...
Strongisland writes...

NOLAN DONE.....

Posted Monday | Comments 0
[img]http://images.tsn.ca/images/stories/20080714/nolan_47149.jpg[/img] Ted Nolan's rocky reign as Islanders coach is now over. According to reports GM Garth Snow and Ted Nolan have decided to part ways. Kudos to Owner Charles Wang and Co. for giving Ted another go at an NHL bench and getting his foot back in the door, and at YoDingDong we wish Ted the best. This is th...
There was an article on Tuesday on the Sharks site announcing that the Development Camp will be taking place for the next 5 days at Sharks Ice in San Jose. Unfortunate for us, the camp is closed to the media and the public, to allow for the guys to work without feeling judged. McLellan will be there, but not on the ice. He will be observing and mentoring from a room abo...
For those of you who are not as up to date on the news coming out or going into San Jose, David Pollack of the Mercury News is reporting another name that was leaked for yet another possible assistant coach. If you read my previous blog, you would know that we've already heard of Trent Yawney out of Chicago, and Jay Woodcroft out of Detroit, and now we have Todd Richar...
As it has been rumored for the past week now, the names of the new assistant coaches in San Jose were officially announced today by Doug Wilson. Three of the names (Trent Yawney, Jay Woodcroft, and Todd Richards) were already leaked in the media over the last few days, but a couple new names were also mentioned in the press release. Of all the new additions, the one I'm ...
This is just so amazing to me considering we rarely, if ever, heard such things coming from RW. But once again, McLellan attributed the trouble the Sharks encountered in the third to a mistake he made behind the bench: [quote]Coach Todd McLellan volunteered afterward that one reason his team didn't have the legs to compete in the third period was his bench management, ...
The Tampa bay Lightning have fired Barry Melrose because of a bunch of overpaid, whining, pretty boys who didn't like being called out for making EXTREME amounts of money and being LAZY. This is a sad day for hockey. Melrose demanded his players skate hard every shift. He stated that they are an incredibly talented team, but that gets you nothing if you don't work har...
Lindy Ruff took over the head coaching job in Buffalo in July 1997. Since then Buffalo has only made it to the finals once, and everyone knows how that one ended (cough cough...no goal...cough cough). During that same time period, there have been 137 coaching changes in the NHL. That's 11.42 changes per year, or about one-third of all NHL teams. Darcy Regier has als...
FLAMESTR writes...

STOP THE MADNESS

Posted Tuesday | Comments 10
Why is it so easy for teams to fire coaches? I mean, the moment the team starts losing its edge, it is always the coach that gets the ax before the gm. I think it is really hypercritical. Think about it - who is the guy who hired the coach in the first place? Now come on, what are you saying about yourself when you fire the person you hired? This kind of reminds me about...
amerk626 writes...

If Sutter Leaves...

Posted Monday | Comments 2
Aside from figuring out what free agents he wants to try to sign and re-sign, how to handle the upcoming draft, and what direction to steer this seemingly broken Devils team towards, Devils GM Lou Lamoriello may be faced with another problem if head coach Brent Sutter decides to step down from his post and part ways with the Devils. I think the hiring of Brent Sutter w...
''Its a blindfold kick back type of a game Called the Kansas City Shuffle Whereas you look left and they fall right Into the Kansas City Shuffle Its a they-think you-think you don't know Type of Kansas City hustle Where you take your time Wait your turn And hang them up, and out to dry'' It was just last night that I was watching the movie [i]Lucky Number Slevin...
thejerseydevil writes...

Good Riddance

Posted Tuesday | Comments 7
I did not expect to have to write about this, at least not until the summer of 2010, but the powers that be have forced my hand. Today, Brent Sutter has announced that he has resigned from the head coaching position for the Devils, deciding that he'd rather hang around Alberta and save his dying junior hockey team. Now as a statement on its own, that's perfectly reasonable...
Most Devils fans would like a coach who could stay for 5-6 years behind the bench without Lou firing them or quiting because they are "home sick." There are a few coaching opions who are overlooked that would make good choices. I do not want Lemaire back, he didnt work out for the Wild, I do not want him to come here. Sorry Devils fasn who wanted him back. Pat Burns: B...
thejerseydevil writes...

Remember This Name

Posted Thursday | Comments 4
Since the resignation of Brent Sutter, many names have been tossed about as far as prospective replacements, from the expected (John MacLean), to the qualified (Peter Laviolette), to the downright strange (Ted Nolan). But if the Lamoriello-run Devils are notorious for anything, it's going off the board. When everyone at the 1990 draft loved Trevor Kidd, the Devils loved Ma...
An open letter to the future coach of the New Jersey Devils Dear Future Coach, First of all, welcome! You have just signed on for a job that requires seemingly no good reason to be fired. In fact, no Devils coach has lasted more than three years since Jacques Lemaire stepped down in 1998. Incidentally, if you happen to be Jacques Lemaire, welcome back—and please kn...
Ah, mid-July. The time of year when its very easy to get away from all things hockey related. Free agency has died down to a trickle, and most players and executives are on vacation. It's the time of year when a mid-scrimmage fight at prospects camp becomes the top headline on a team's website. Except of course, if you're the New Jersey Devils, who still did not have a hea...
If the last 10 years are any indication, we should expect a few coaching changes over the upcoming season. There were 11 coaching changes so far since the calendar turned to 2009. That means over 1/3 of the teams have a new guy behind the bench. So, is there anyone left to fire? Also consider, there are only 2 coaches left in the league who have been in place for more ...
landsharkhockey writes...

The Coaching Plank

Posted Tuesday | Comments 4
It's been a pretty good year so far for job security in the NHL ranks compared to recent history, but nothing lasts forever. Last season, 1/3 of the teams changed coaches. This year, (not counting Gretzky "stepping down"), only one coach has been fired so far, and the results of that move haven't been spectacular. So, it remains to be seen how many more dominoes will fa...
Rick Kowalsky, who spent the last four seasons coaching Trenton (ECHL), was promoted to head coach of the Devils’ AHL affiliate in Albany, N.Y. Kevin Dean will replace Kowlasky as head coach at Trenton while former Devils assistant coach Tommy Albelin will be an assistant coach at Albany. Vince Williams will remain as assistant coach at Trenton. “A commitment ...
The young Leafs need a Killer of a coach not a lame duck. He blames his players but takes no responsibility and from any reporter that covers him he's a prick to boot.
There are some nights when I think Don Cherry has lost his mind - and suits and ties do nothing to convince me otherwise. That being said, Don Cherry was 100%, absolutely spot on tonight. The four points Grapes made tonight were brilliant: 1) What the hell was Hamhuis doing taking a dirty, cheap shot at Bolland's head? 2) Bryzgalov is a joker and should keep his ...
NJDAaron1 writes...

New Coach? PARISE

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
The Devils are yet to hire a coach. Most fans and experts say (including Eklund) Michael Therrien will become the coach. But Ken Hitchcock former Flyer coach is a HIGH possibility as well. NOW PARISE.... Parise, the Devils organization, and the fans all together would love to avoid arbitration. I think Parise and the Devils will avoid it and will come up w...
NJDAaron1 writes...

DeBoer

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
According to the most important man on Hockey Buzz. Eklund. Peter DeBoer from Florida will be named the Devils' head coach this afternoon. I say at around 5 to 6 PM.
NJDAaron1 writes...

HEAD COACH!!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Peter DeBoer has been named HEAD COACH! Just after I write the blog of Eklund's Rumor DeBoer is named HEAD COACH. CONGRATULATIONS PETER DONT LET US DOWN!
Wouldn’t it be nice if just once Ron MacLean actually challenged one of Don Cherry’s outlandish assertions and made him support it with some substance? Seriously though, if you throw in a few Cherry-wanna-be’s, like Mike Milbury or Doug MacLean, the so-called expert analysis segment of your favourite hockey program is filled to the brim with unsupported rhetoric f...
So I was watching the Pittsburgh game last night and just got onto thinking of what Dan Bylsma was able to accomplish over the past year and a half, while missing his top 2 players (Crosby and Malkin) for a significant portion of time. It got me thinking how much I would love to have a guy like this running the Leaf’s bench and then it got me thinking even more. Currentl...
After a close-call win against the conference dwelling Hurricanes, the Maple Leafs dropped two hard fought games this weekend against two good teams, Buffalo & Vancouver, who for the most part, played a little better than Toronto did over the 60 minute span. Yes, both games had glaring errors. Neutral zone turnovers, horrible PK, a couple soft goals, HORRIBLE refer...
[b]When you look back at the 2011-2012 season and try to grade the team and its coach, one thing is easy to pick up on. They missed the playoffs. It is easy to say, “Well, he did great for a while, so obviously he has what it takes to coach in the NHL, right?”[/b] Yes, you have to assume that because he was able to get his team playing first-place lights out hocke...
The Penguins have made some changes in their coaching staff during this off season and based on last years sweep by the Bruins, we expect to see some of those changes reflected in how they play the game on the ice. I think it's pretty clear the hiring of Jacques Martin is a sign that Ray Shero wants his team to be able to respond better in situations where their origina...
[img]http://www.journalpioneer.com/media/photos/unis/2011/07/01/2011-07-01-04-47-01-dave%20sens%20rookie%20camp1.jpg[/img] Hello everybody and thank you for reading once again. It has been a couple months since I've had a chance to write, but exams ended just in time for me to trek back home to Ottawa for games 3 & 4. I just arrived home from the second OT loss in a row...
LazarBeam writes...

Sens vs Habs Game 4: Preview

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
[img]http://cdn.fansided.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/96/files/2015/04/bobby-ryan-nhl-ottawa-senators-carolina-hurricanes-850x560.jpg[/img] Welp. This morning we saw how Dave Cameron will be lining them up tonight when the Sens will avoid the sweep. MacArthur-Turris-Stone Michalek-Zibanejad-Ryan Condra-Pageau-Lazar Hoffman-Smith-Neil Its fair to say Hoffman will ha...
I’ve been back and forth on whether or not I think getting Babcock is a “Must” for the leafs. One thing is for sure and that is Toronto needs a complete make over in how desirable they are to free agents, coaches, scouts and anyone else in the industry. I think about teams like the Yankees in baseball, players want to go to New York because it comes with an air of re...
zjmac writes...

Richie Removal Rumors

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Since the start of the 2015-2016 regular season, there have been talks around the league that Columbus Blue Jackets head coach Todd Richards could be on the hot seat or fired from his position. Richards was hired by Columbus in 2012, and helped lead the Jackets into the playoffs for only the second time in the club's history. He also coached the same team that won their fi...
With rumors swirling in Columbus as result of a possible shakeup, John Tortorella and Guy Boucher have been mentioned as possible replacements for current head coach Todd Richards. It is just really wrong for there to be so much blame on Richards since there are a couple reasons why his squad may not be off to the greatest start. He has had slow starts to the season wi...
Kraqule writes...

Flames- Coaching Change???

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
First I must commend Bob Hartley on demanding a strong work ethic and compete level in Calgary. These are not easy intangibles to build but with that being said the young Flames need a true tactician. A coach that can take these brilliant hockey minds like Monahan, Gaudreau, Bennett, and Hamilton and take them to the next level. [b]Current Issues:[/b] The Flames sit ...
Kraqule writes...

Flames- Coaching Change???

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
First I must commend Bob Hartley on demanding a strong work ethic and compete level in Calgary. These are not easy intangibles to build but with that being said the young Flames need a true tactician. A coach that can take these brilliant hockey minds like Monahan, Gaudreau, Bennett, and Hamilton and take them to the next level. [b]Current Issues:[/b] The Flames sit ...
The rankings will give a point 1 gets 30, and 30th gets point Enhanced Stats: SAT 1. LA Kings, 2. Pittsburgh Penguins, 3. Anaheim Ducks, 4. Nashville, 5. Dallas, 6. Tampa, 7. St Louis, 8. Detroit, 9. Toronto, 10. San Jose, 11. Carolina, 12. Winnipeg, 13. Montreal, 14. Washington, 15. Chicago, 16, Philadelphia, 17. NYI, 18. Boston, 19. Edmonton, 20. Florida, 21. Calgary, ...
The associate coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets has retired to spend time with his family. Hartsburg, 52, has enjoyed three seasons in Columbus, including a postseason appearance. Hartsburg coached three games this year when John Tortorella was out with broken ribs, going 2-0-1. With his retirement, this means Tortorella can go out and get a guy he likes, unless he p...
Even though this may become my most controversial blog to date, my Blue Jackets progression article today discusses the upside that head coach John Tortorella has for this young club. Tortorella is a proven winner. He is the winningest American hockey coach with 480 wins. He has won a Stanley Cup with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 with guys including Brad Richards, M...
THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 25 Stanley Cup Round One Disappointment and NHL Coaches Shuffle Debate 1 |NHL Coaches Shuffle Debate 2 |Western Conference Round One Recap and Round Two Preview Debate 3 |Eastern Conference Round One Recap and Round Two Preview Brad Burud and Blake Friars debate the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Was it what ...
Well the news we have been expecting for the past couple weeks was finally made official today as the Oilers announce Glen Gulutzan, Trent Yawney, and Manny Viveiros as assistant coaches with Todd McLellan. A couple quick notes from the press conference. - McLellan has said that the special teams will be worked on collectively. However he expects Gulutzan and Viveiro...
zjmac writes...

CBJ---Everyone Extended

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
In this today, we will hit the news and noteworthy information on the contract extensions on the front office and coaching staff, and tournament and training camp notes. Front Office staff and management were all given new contract extensions, including President John Davidson, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen, and associate general manager Bill Zito. Davidson has be...
THE DEBATE – Hockey Podcast | Episode 34 The Hot Seat, Injuries, and Young Roster Breakers Brad Burud and Blake Friars prep for the start of the NHL regular season. What coaches and general managers are on the hot seat. There are definitely a few that better be looking over their shoulder. Injuries have already plagued some teams heading in to night one of the regu...

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