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NHL coaches: Wait until the first domino falls

Their general manager is on more solid footing than the coach, ownership is miffed at another spring in which Stanley Cup expectations weren’t met and there’s expected to be a shake-up of some sort in the hockey operations department — whether it involves the bench boss or his assistants.

This is the situation in San Jose. It parallels the uncertainty in Vancouver.

Detroit Red Wings set for $20-m NHL free-agency bonanza

We speak here of the Detroit Red Wings and the approximately $20 million they have at their disposal to chase free agents, and an owner, Mike Ilitch, with the track record indicating he’s going to do just that. Question is, will realignment go ahead after Collective Bargaining Agreement talks are finished or not?

Canadiens will buy out rest of Scott Gomez’s terrible contract

After the Canadiens formally announced that Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin will take over their vacant general manager’s job, Louis Jean of Sportsnet reported on AM 590 in Toronto that Gomez’s contract will in fact be bought out by Montreal.

Oilers unlikely to swap No. 1 pick, despite fans’ speculation

Maybe all you folks with those trade ideas to move the No. 1 overall pick in the June NHL entry draft should forward your proposals to Steve Tambellini. You could go right to the guy making the final call, never mind voicing your opinion on the talk shows and the blogs.

CANADIENS HIRE BERGEVIN AS NEW GENERAL MANAGER

The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference at 2pm et/11am pt to introduce Marc Bergevin as their new general manager.

You can watch it live on TSN and TSN.ca and listen in on TSN Radio 990 at TSN.ca/Montreal.

Bergevin most worked last season as the assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks under Stan Bowman – his seventh with the franchise.

Could Niemi end up in Columbus?

The Columbus Blue Jackets are ready to move on from Steve Mason. Could Antti Niemi be the answer?

According to the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson said:

“We need a different look in goal. We need better play from that position. I told Steve in our exit interviews (earlier this month) that we’re going to have a different look at that position next year, but that right now, nobody can predict what form that’s going to take.”

Hurricanes looking at Devils captain Zach Parise

For the first time, the Hurricanes have identified a first-line caliber winger to play with Eric Staal as their top priority.One could argue a No. 1 defenseman is a more pressing need, but let’s not quibble. It’s taken them so long to acknowledge that Staal has been held back by sub-par linemates that one should never discount such progress.General manager Jim Rutherford has declared that owner Peter Karmanos is willing to spend the money, and a not-too-subtle whispering campaign has identified New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise as the No. 1 target.
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/04/30/2034516/de*****-canes-may-target-njs-parise.html#storylink=cpy

What To Do With Mason?

Three years ago, a popular discussion in NHL circles was a debate about rookie goaltenders: if you started a franchise, would you rather have Steve Mason of the Blue Jackets or Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators as your building block?

Bolts need long-term answer at goalie

A perfectly laid out plan often gets tossed in the trash before it can be executed.

Or at least, that’s what appears to be the case in regards to the Tampa Bay Lightning’s seemingly endless search to find a long-term goaltender.

Rational thought led many to believe the trades made by Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman prior to the deadline were done with a primary focus in mind – acquire as many assets as possible and use them to work out a deal with the Vancouver Canucks to acquire 26-year-old goaltender Cory Schneider.

Should the Edmonton Oilers trade their top pick for Jordan Staal?

On Hockey Night in Canada, there was much speculation that Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins could be had for the right price, mainly because the Penguins might want to change things up and Staal might want a bigger role on a new team, as he is playing behind Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin right now. Said analyst Glenn Healey: “This player is not going to ask to be traded but the hockey world knows something has got to happen.”