So the Flyers upped the ante; dropping within the first spherical wasn’t ok for Boston; Vegas is making yet one more transfer for a (barely tarnished) new toy behind the bench; Winnipeg (amongst others) is ready on Barry Trotz; the Islanders have made their transfer; Dallas is looking for a coach; Steve Yzerman is looking out in Detroit; there’s an unusually massive pool of accessible teaching candidates, however nope, the Devils are good, they’ll simply stand pat with Lindy Ruff after one other disastrous season on the ice.
9 playoff misses within the final 10 years for a corporation that left its championship pedigree behind at Exit 16W and possesses an obvious lack of will inside possession to deal with the problem, which could truly be possession’s unwillingness to show issues over to an autonomous, independent-thinking hockey one who has a historical past of Stanley Cups on his résumé.
I’d like to see what Claude Lemieux would have the ability to do with that New Jersey group, which has amassed a fairly truthful quantity of younger expertise, however continues to be far lower than the sum of its components and is an ignored little brother within the NHL scheme of issues.
Lemieux, an agent, has no front-office expertise. However he has a lifetime of championship expertise within the sport, having received 4 Cups with Montreal (1986); New Jersey (1995 and 2000) and Colorado (1996). He has one of many extra fertile minds within the sport and has all the time acknowledged the significance of surrounding younger expertise with brick-layers.
If there have been ever a corporation in want of a shake-up, it’s the Devils. If there ever had been a person to shake issues up, it’s Lemieux.
John Tortorella, in the meantime, was all the time first on Philadelphia common supervisor Chuck Fletcher’s want record, in keeping with a well-placed supply who had this hiring on his radar weeks and weeks in the past.
Maybe the coach now makes two individuals on the planet who consider that the Flyers can by some means “retool” themselves into rivalry with out enterprise a big makeover that goes past Tortorella’s demanding persona.
If there might need been considerations about Tortorella suppressing younger elite expertise within the wake of his appraisal for ESPN of the Geese’ Trevor Zegras-Sonny Milano alley-oop, that’s no challenge with the Flyers, who’re basically bereft in that space and are in determined want of the identical form of course correction required in New Jersey.
Hey, there, how do you suppose Kevin Hayes, the antithesis of a Tortorella Sort A persona and with solely 4 years to go on his deal beneath which he’s incomes a mean annual worth of just below $7.143 million, goes to make out beneath this new regime?
The Blackhawks, in an obvious try and crater as rapidly as doable, are searching for a commerce accomplice for 24-year-old star winger Alex DeBrincat.
That’s opposite to the group’s obvious try and do a sluggish dive to the underside a 12 months in the past by buying after which signing Seth Jones to an eight-year contract value a cap hit of $9.5 million per.
And sure, after elevating the problem early final season, I’ll elevate it once more now and possibly not for the final time: What’s Patrick Kane’s value as a rental to our Rangers after the hockey membership was shut down 4 straight instances by Tampa Bay?
No, Jonathan Toews doesn’t enter the dialogue.
Once more, there’s a plethora of teaching candidates with expertise, however NHL decision-makers shouldn’t overlook Marc Savard, who in his first season behind the bench guided Windsor (and Will Cuylle) to the OHL finals earlier than taking place to Hamilton in seven video games.
We’re informed that if Joel Quenneville applies to Gary Bettman for reinstatement following the coach’s actions/inaction within the Blackhawks’ Kyle Seashore scandal and coverup and if that request is granted, the coach might properly return behind the Panthers’ bench subsequent season within the wake of the second-round sweep by Tampa Bay, by which the best scoring staff within the NHL recorded a sum of three objectives.
And if not again to Dawn, maybe a transfer to Seattle if GM Ron Francis is keen to interchange Dave Hakstol, who apparently has the primary few weeks to a month of the 2022-23 season to solidify his job as head coach, and what’s that?
That Pink Wings roster, by the best way, is screaming out for David Quinn to take over behind the bench. If not, then the one-time Rangers coach, whose work helped lay the inspiration for this 12 months’s leap, might properly be the man to guide the following technology of younger Bruins, who, in keeping with of us with some perception into the scenario, had been basically deserted by Cassidy.
And the younger guys won’t have been the one ones.
Surprise what Cam Neely and Don Sweeney, president and GM, respectively, of the B’s, must say about their very own accountability in the event that they’d been teammates with their govt selves again within the day.
In fact it is going to be Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov or Andrei Vasilevskiy.
However will a courageous soul or two on the Conn Smythe voting panel solid a poll for Connor McDavid, the playoff scoring chief within the clubhouse with a nine-point lead (33-24) over Kucherov getting into Recreation 2 of the finals?
Certainly, McDavid, who recorded his 33 factors (10 objectives, 23 assists) in 16 video games throughout Edmonton’s run to the convention finals, stands to change into the primary participant in twenty years to guide the playoffs in scoring with out advancing to the Cup ultimate, since Colorado’s Peter Forsberg pulled it off in 2002.
The truth is, Forsberg , who additionally did it in 1999, and Bernie Federko, who tied for the lead in 1986, are the one two gamers to finish the weird feat since 1970.
The second the NHL permitted gamers on career-long LTI (long-term injured reserve) to be traded is the second that enforcement of collective bargaining settlement circumvention turned a joke.
Lastly, conserving tabs as a result of any individual has to do it, however the Penguins’ first-round defeat to the Rangers marked the eleventh time within the final 12 years a staff with Brian Burke within the entrance workplace didn’t make it so far as the second spherical of the playoffs.
Certainly that is the form of info that was not available throughout Slap Pictures’ current hiatus.