December 01 2011 03:57PM
The response to Anaheim’s firing of Randy Carlyle has been barely contained glee in many quarters. Over at SBNation’s blog Anaheim Calling, the news was inititally celebrated with an ALL CAPS POST. Puck Daddy’s Greg Wyshynski called the decision to swap Carlyle for Bruce Boudreau (fired on Monday by the Washington Capitals) a “genius move.” Helene Elliott opined that the Ducks had tuned Carlyle out.
However good the reasons may have been for firing Randy Carlyle, the decision does not reflect well on Ducks general manager Bob Murray. How so? I’ll explain.
December 01 2011 03:18PM
Before heading into Friday’s contest with the Hurricanes, the Jets had played 21 games, basically the quarter-pole of the 82-game regular season. At 8-9-4 at that point, the Jets need to pick it up if the long-starved fans of the city with the windiest intersection in Canada are to see playoffs as a reality in the Phoenix-like return (Editorial Update: Jets won 3-1 over Carolina to hit .500 on Friday November 25).
December 01 2011 02:27PM
With 13 of the next 15 at home, many have been harping on the fact that the Winnipeg Jets season will boil down to how these next bundle of games will play out.
For what it's worth, those many people are somewhat right.
December 01 2011 01:05PM
On November 12th, Milan Lucic of the Boston Bruins ran Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres. Miller's teammates stood by picking flowers. They either couldn't or didn't want to do a thing. Lucic is a beast to handle, that is clear, but a team like the Sabres who feel they are on the rise needed to respond.
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December 01 2011 07:16AM
Whether or not it's fair to Claude Noel, the question has to be asked? How long before Randy Carlyle is (a) hired by the Winnipeg Jets and (b) how long before Carlyle takes over from Claude Noel as coach of the Jets?
The former is anyone's guess. While the Jets will probably deny any interest in Carlyle, the fact remains that he is beloved by both chairman and owner Mark Chipman and the team's assistant GM, and Chipman's close confidant, Craig Heisinger.