I’m going to assume that the reason for the delay in officially announcing Alain Vigneault as New York’s next coach is because it was Father’s Day Sunday. I would guess that there would be an announcement today. I don’t guess that his presence will help Brad Richards any. And Rick Nash would probably get 75 next year with any coach – no coach can get much more out of him. It’s some of the other players who will benefit from a new voice in the room – guys like Del Zotto.
I do have a tiny concern over Brassard. After all, he was flying under Tortorella. Messing with that could change things (and often does).
Remember Bill Thomas? Never got going, as you know. He finally gave up on the NHL and signed to play in the KHL.
Line combos last game for Boston, if you didn’t catch them:
Horton – Krejci – Lucic
Marchand – Bergeron – Jagr
Kelly – Paille – Seguin
Daugavins – Peverley – Seguin (again)
These were the most common combos, per Frozen Pool. I thought Paille was fantastic. In fact, I thought he was great in the Pittsburgh series as well – not to mention that he had three points in the New York series. I remember being very interested in him as a prospect, and he actually had 19 goals and 35 points in 2007-08. But he never built on that and instead became a defensive specialist.
Line combos last game for Chicago:
Saad – Toews – Hossa
Sharp – Handzus – Kane
Shaw – Bolland – Bickell
Bollig – Kruger – Frolik
One loss and Coach Q bumps Bickell of the Kane line… as would any of us, given that they’re running out of games to get it right.
No word on whether Mark Arcobello‘s one-year contract is a one-way deal. Generally when that news is hard to dig up, the answer is ‘no’. The 24-year-old is another in a long list of small, skilled guys that I root for to get a shot. But it’s not like the Oilers have a group of young forwards with high upside…plenty of room for him I’m sure. Yep.
I heard a sports talk radio host harping on how great Corey Crawford is. And later in the segment he scoffed at the notion of Ray Emery starting and getting them this far. We can forgive his ignorance – as a sports host he needs to know about a variety of sports and thus is not exceptional in any one. But Crawford is an average goalie behind an elite coaching system. It’s cut and dried – you don’t need any more proof than what is staring you in the face. The radio host gave the answer outright, even if he didn’t know it –