Tue. Jun 28th, 2022
Claude Lemieux is exactly what Devils need in next leader

So the Flyers upped the ante; shedding within the first spherical wasn’t adequate for Boston; Vegas is making 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 may be an unusually giant 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.

Nine playoff misses within the final 10 years for a company 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 really 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 might like to see what Claude Lemieux would be capable to do with that New Jersey group, which has amassed a fairly honest quantity of younger expertise, however continues to be far lower than the sum of its elements and is an ignored little brother within the NHL scheme of issues.

Lemieux, an agent, has no front-office expertise. But he has a lifetime of championship expertise within the recreation, 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 recreation and has at all times acknowledged the significance of surrounding younger expertise with brick-layers.

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Claude Lemieux
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If there have been ever a company 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 at all times first on Philadelphia basic supervisor Chuck Fletcher’s want checklist, based on a well-placed supply who had this hiring on his radar weeks and weeks in the past.

Perhaps the coach now makes two folks on the earth who consider that the Flyers can by some means “retool” themselves into competition with out enterprise a major makeover that goes past Tortorella’s demanding persona.

If there may need been issues about Tortorella suppressing younger elite expertise within the wake of his appraisal for ESPN of the Ducks’ Trevor Zegras-Sonny Milano alley-oop, that’s no concern with the Flyers, who’re primarily 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 Type A character and with solely 4 years to go on his deal below which he’s incomes a median annual worth of slightly below $7.143 million, goes to make out below this new regime?


The Blackhawks, in an obvious try to crater as shortly as attainable, are looking for a commerce companion for 24-year-old star winger Alex DeBrincat.

That is opposite to the group’s obvious try to do a sluggish dive to the underside a yr in the past by buying after which signing Seth Jones to an eight-year contract price a cap hit of $9.5 million per.

And sure, after elevating the problem early final season, I’ll increase it once more now and doubtless not for the final time: What is Patrick Kane’s price as a rental to our Rangers after the hockey membership was shut down 4 straight occasions by Tampa Bay?

No, Jonathan Toews doesn’t enter the dialogue.

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Alex DeBrincat
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Again, 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 instructed that if Joel Quenneville applies to Gary Bettman for reinstatement following the coach’s actions/inaction within the Blackhawks’ Kyle Beach scandal and coverup and if that request is granted, the coach may properly return behind the Panthers’ bench subsequent season within the wake of the second-round sweep by Tampa Bay, through which the best scoring group within the NHL recorded a sum of three targets.


And if not again to Sunrise, maybe a transfer to Seattle if GM Ron Francis is keen to exchange 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 Red Wings roster, by the way in which, 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 yr’s leap, may properly be the man to guide the subsequent technology of younger Bruins, who, based on people with some perception into the state of affairs, had been primarily deserted by Cassidy.

And the younger guys won’t have been the one ones.

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David Quinn
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Wonder 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 government selves again within the day.


Of course will probably be Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel Landeskog, Steven Stamkos, Nikita Kucherov or Andrei Vasilevskiy.

But 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 Game 2 of the finals?

Indeed, McDavid, who recorded his 33 factors (10 targets, 23 assists) in 16 video games throughout Edmonton’s run to the convention finals, stands to change into the primary participant in 20 years to guide the playoffs in scoring with out advancing to the Cup closing, since Colorado’s Peter Forsberg pulled it off in 2002.

In reality, 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 bizarre 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 grew to become a joke.

Finally, maintaining tabs as a result of someone has to do it, however the Penguins’ first-round defeat to the Rangers marked the eleventh time within the final 12 years a group with Brian Burke within the entrance workplace didn’t make it so far as the second spherical of the playoffs.

Surely that is the form of data that was not available throughout Slap Shots’ current hiatus.

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