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Leafs put GM search on the backburner

Toronto still has an opening at the general manager position, but it does not look like the Maple Leafs will be filling that opening any time soon. According to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, a new GM is low on the summer priority list for the Maple Leafs. The Leafs fired former GM Dave Nonis on April 12, and Toronto has operated so far this offseason with a group of player personnel...
Via Fox Sports
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings get reflective in hunt for right-shot defenseman

Aside from the Mike Babcock talk, one of the most popular topics of conversation in Detroit all season was the hunt for a right-shot defenseman. At one point, rumors had the Wings in hot pursuit of Toronto's Dion Phaneuf, but that interest soon faded. Now, a report from Pro Hockey Talk claims the Red Wings will look within to find an answer for their right-handed blue line deficiencies...
Via Fox Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

What's next for the Lehigh Valley Phantoms?

  View image | gettyimages.com Just when you thought the Philadelphia Flyers were done with their coaching search (a search that ended up with arguably the most interesting hire of the 2015 offseason), it's going to have to start back up again. GM Ron Hextall can cross hiring a head coach off this summer's to-do list. He can cross off finding assistant coaches as well. It...
Via Flyerdelphia
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Stanley Cup odds in 2016

With the recent hiring of former Grand Rapids head coach Jeff Blashill, the Detroit Red Wings are trying to make their way back to a place that seems lost without them, the Stanley Cup title picture.  This past season, the Wings advanced to the postseason for the 24th straight season, dating back to the 1989-1990 season.  Unfortunately for Red Wings’ fans, another trip to the...
Via isportsweb.com
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Ducks granted permission to speak with MacLean

According to hockey insider Pierre LeBrun, the Anaheim Ducks have been granted permission to speak with former Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean.The Senators had previously stated that no team had asked for permission to speak with the former coach.The Ducks will look to fill the assistant coach vacancy left after they fired Brad Lauer earlier this month. MacLean had served...
Via Fox Sports
13 days ago  |  Discuss

The Toronto Maple Leafs Draft Needs

View image | gettyimages.com As the Chicago Blackhawks and Tampa Bay Lightning continue to play a compelling and thrilling Stanley Cup Final the other 28 teams are gearing up for the annual entry draft. There are a number of compelling young prospects set to be selected, including the top prizes of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel who will be selected number 1 and 2 respectively...
Via TopSportsReport
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Pens and Erreything Else: June 10th, 2015

Here is what you might have missed with the Pittsburgh Penguins, the NHL, and Erreything Else.  I lost my first attempt at this article, so I had to do this over again.  It’s more fun than deja vu. THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS – Forbes online has an article on the motivation of Mario Lemieux for selling the Penguins.  Essentially, he has completed his goals as an owner and the...
Via The Pensblog
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Recap: Jeff Blashill named the new head coach of the Red Wings

This morning, ‘the worst kept secret in Detroit sports’ was finally revealed as Jeff Blashill was named the new head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. The 41-year old Blashill becomes the 46th head coach in Red Wings history and is now the second youngest in the NHL behind newly appointed Devils head coach John Hynes. A Michigan native, and the first U.S. born head coach of...
Via The Majors Detroit
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings Officially Name Jeff Blashill New Head Coach

DETROIT — The moment Mike Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings, Jeff Blashill was the obvious candidate to replace him. In fact, this coaching hire seemed more like a succession plan that was in place for about a year before Babcock’s departure. The 41-year-old Blashill was introduced Tuesday as Detroit’s new head coach. Blashill has coached Detroit’s minor league affiliate...
Via NESN.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings: Jeff Blashill announced as new head coach

A new era of Detroit Red Wings hockey has begun in Hockeytown, as the Red Wings have officially announced the hiring of Jeff Blashill as the team’s newest head coach.  Blashill, 41, becomes the team’s 27th head coach in team history.  He replaces Mike Babcock, who left Detroit for Toronto on May 20th, after signing an eight-year deal worth a reported $50 million. Blashill was...
Via isportsweb.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings sign Jeff Blashill as new head coach

The wait is over. The Detroit Red Wings have officially annouced the signing of Jeff Blashill, coach of the Red Wings’ AHL affiliate team, the Grand Rapids Griffins as the successor to Mike Babcock  after he left the Wings to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill was the favorite to get the job. It was the worst kept secret in the NHL. The  press conference was held at Joe...
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20 days ago  |  Discuss

Former WMU Coach Jeff Blashill named Red Wings Head Coach

Another former college head coach has been named head coach in the NHL. Noah Trister, the Globe and Mail -- Jeff Blashill was hired Tuesday by the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly un-suspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit’s minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons...
Via Goon's World
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Red Wings hire Jeff Blashill to replace Babcock

DETROIT (AP) Jeff Blashill has been hired by the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly un-suspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons, and he was an obvious candidate for the Red Wings once Babcock left. Detroit general manager Ken...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings hire Blashill to replace Babcock as head coach

DETROIT -- Jeff Blashill has been hired by the Detroit Red Wings, ending a fairly un-suspenseful coaching search that began when Mike Babcock left to take over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Blashill has coached Detroit's minor league affiliate in Grand Rapids for the past three seasons, and he was an obvious candidate for the Red Wings once Babcock left. Detroit general manager Ken Holland...
Via AP on Fox
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Marlies hire Sheldon Keefe as head coach

Former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe has been named the head coach of the Toronto Marlies, the team announced. Full details on the announcement of Sheldon Keefe as our new head coach can be found here: http://t.co/i6gblenVwr #MarliesLive — Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 8, 2015 The move has been long rumored ever since the Marlies let go of Gord Dineen...
Via Puck Drunk Love
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Toronto Marlies hire Sheldon Keefe as head coach

Former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe has been named the head coach of the Toronto Marlies, the team announced. Full details on the announcement of Sheldon Keefe as our new head coach can be found here: http://t.co/i6gblenVwr #MarliesLive — Toronto Marlies (@TorontoMarlies) June 8, 2015 The move has been long rumored ever since the Marlies let go of Gord Dineen...
Via Bloguin Best
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings will announce Jeff Blashill as the new head coach Tuesday

According to various reports, the Red Wings will announce Jeff Blashill as the team’s new head coach during an 11 AM ET press conference Tuesday from the Joe Louis Arena. Wings announce 11 a.m. Tuesday press conference. Jeff Blashill will be named new head coach. — Ansar Khan (@AnsarKhanMLive) June 8, 2015 The Red Wings also made mention of a ‘special announcement’ on...
Via The Majors Detroit
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings set to name Jeff Blashill new head coach

What seemed like a formality has finally come to fruition as the Detroit Red Wings have reportedly hired former Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill to be their next head coach. It’s not official yet, and terms of the proposed deal haven’t been announced. Wings' announcement of Jeff Blashill hiring expected next week. Story: http://t.co/BFElgvzWLD — Ansar Khan (...
Via Bloguin Best
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Red Wings set to name Jeff Blashill new head coach

What seemed like a formality has finally come to fruition as the Detroit Red Wings have reportedly hired former Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Jeff Blashill to be their next head coach. It’s not official yet, and terms of the proposed deal haven’t been announced. Wings' announcement of Jeff Blashill hiring expected next week. Story: http://t.co/BFElgvzWLD — Ansar Khan (...
Via Puck Drunk Love
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jeff Blashill to be named the next Red Wings head coach next week

What all Wings fans thought would happen since the departure of Mike Babcock looks like it will finally come to fruition. According to Mlive.com’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings will name Griffins bench boss Jeff Blashill as the team’s new head coach during a press conference next week. The Red Wings will announce Blashill’s hiring during a press conference next week at Joe Louis...
Via The Majors Detroit
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Mike Babcock’s legacy begins and ends with Maple Leafs

“I believe this is Canada’s team and we need to put Canada’s team back on the map.” After 10 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings organization, Mike Babcock is taking his talents north of the border. Despite numerous reports indicating the Toronto Maple Leafs were no longer in the running to acquire the highly coveted […] The post Mike Babcock’s legacy begins and ends with...
Via Along the Boards
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues: Ken Hitchcock’s return demands a roster shuffle

The little song and dance with the St. Louis Blues and Ken Hitchcock has officially come to an end. After courting Mike Babcock and losing him to loads of money in Canada, General Manager Doug Armstrong called Ken Hitchcock back and told him let’s give it another year. That’s right. A one year deal brings back a coach who hasn’t gotten past the second round in his last four...
Via STLSportsMinute
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock Re-Signs For One More Season

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran head coach Ken Hitchcock for another season. The Blues and Hitchcock announced a one-year contract Tuesday. Financial terms were not disclosed. Hitchcock took over as Blues coach during the 2011-2012 season. He has led St. Louis to an NHL-best 175-79-27 regular-season record since then. The postseason has been a different...
Via NESN.com
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues retain Hitchcock as head coach for another season

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues are sticking with veteran coach Ken Hitchcock for another season. The Blues and Hitchcock on Tuesday announced a one-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. Hitchcock took over as Blues coach during the 2011-2012 season. He has led St. Louis to an NHL-best 175-79-27 regular-season record since then. The postseason has been a different story...
Via AP on Fox
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Hockey: Mike Babcock is Not the Solution in Toronto

View image | gettyimages.com The Toronto Maple Leafs finally won something. On Thursday, the team announced the signing of veteran coach Mike Babcock to an eight-year, $50 million dollar contact— making him the highest paid coach in NHL history. The news broke Wednesday afternoon, and while early reaction has been positive from fans, does this really make the Leafs a better...
Via The Fantasy Fix
May 26, 2015  |  Discuss
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