Boston report says Ftorek fired
TFP Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 05, 2003
The Fourth Period –
Radio station 1510 The Zone in Boston quoted a source as saying that Boston Bruins head coach Robbie Ftorek will be fired as soon as tomorrow and will be replaced by general manager Mike O’Connell. Assistant coach Jim Hughes will also be fired, but assistant coach Wayne Cashman will be retained. Mike Sullivan, currently the head coach of the Bruins’ Providence affiliate will join the the big club as an assistant as well the source said
A TFP source contacted O’Connell who vehemently denied the report and guaranteed that Ftorek would be behind the bench for tomorrow night’s game at home against the New York Islanders.
TFP was the first to report that O’Connell had spoken to former Bruin Ray Bourque about becoming the coach of the Bruins. Although TFP has not received official confirmation of Bourque declining the offer, it appears as though he has, at least for now. There were also reports that O’Connell had offered the job to current broadcaster and former coach of the year Jacques Demers, a report that Demers denied.
Brad Isbister was benched and will be a healthy scratch.
* Has André Savard made an offer for Nolan??? *
* Georges Larque Available? *
* Wings willing to include Zetterberg or Datsyuk in a deal? *
* What the hell was A.Savard looking at on the last trip?? *
Who does Slats really want from the Flames?
Iginla on his way to Philly? (again)
The Blue Jackets ready to deal?
I know…it’s been awhile; but I’ve been busy with schoolwork so I haven’t had time for articles lately. Rest assured, though, that I’m still alive and well, though excuse me if I get a few details wrong…I’ve been out of the loop for a while.
Anyway, this week’s hits:
No “sure bets” on Deadline Day
Alfredsson defers cheques…and warms hearts
On the radar screen: Sergei and Anna, the Nashville Predators and their season ticket base, Lost Causes, Hull, the NHL and losing, and a lot more
Stan “The Maven” Fischler, from FSNY/MSGNetwork, writes some interesting stuff from around the NHL.
Will the NHL really consider shootout? ESPN Loved it!
Chris Drury appears to be the odd man out.
Alexei Yashin not a good 1st line player, not a good 2nd line player, not a good 3rd line player and not a good 4th line player. What good is he?
Richter could still make it, he loves the game too much.
O’Connel to go a la Glen Sather behind the bench!?
An awesome game that could happen next season between the Edmonton Oilers, and New York Rangers with an attendance of 40,000 FANS!!!!! GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!
According to the 24-hour sports radio station The TEAM 990 in Montreal and RDS.CA there is speculation that Robbie Ftorek will be let go very soon.
Mario Lemieux is the only untouchable on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, and that’s only because he’s the owner reports Dave Molinari in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Other Penguins including forwards Martin Straka, and Jan Hrdina and goalie Johan Hederg could certainly be moved before March 11th says Molinari.
Maybe it’s Mike Keenan that the Rangers have been missing the last few years.?.?.
The Fourth Period – Everyone knows the teams that are rumored to be likely to make the most noise before the trade deadline. Philadelphia, Detroit, Colorado, Toronto, Nashville…that’s right, Nashville. The Predators added Oleg Petrov from Montreal and GM David Poile is hinting there may be more to come.
“I think the way things are going for us, our club is definitely not going to be a seller at the [March 11] trade deadline. I’ll certainly be canvassing teams that are out there that have forwards available,” Poile told the Tennessean. With injuries to Andreas Johansson and David Legwand rumors are surfacing that Poile is interested in Buffalo’s Chris Gratton.
It is unclear as to whether the Sabres will trade any any of their better players before the deadline considering their ownership situation. But if Tom Golisano is very close to becoming the Sabres next owner, as some insiders suggest, its possible that the NHL office could consult him before giving the okay to a deal involving Gratton. Gratton will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, giving Buffalo the right to match any offer he receives from another team.
Everyone is shocked by the Kings stupid trade giving up yushkevich for a 7th and 4th rounder. I think there might be a little more to it than just a stupid GM.
According to the Ottawa Sun:
Sources yesterday confirmed Alfredsson has agreed to defer $200,000 of his salary to clear money in the budget if the club wants to add a player before next Tuesday’s NHL trade deadline.
OK…. why does Ftorek still have a job? Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy.
Here are the top candidates for the Head Coaching job in Boston:
I know, I know, nothing like flogging a dead horse. But hey, it’s Trade Deadline season – anything goes.
My Take on this Situation
With March Madness coming up, there will be lots of action going down in the next week. Check out the latest rumors involving the Leafs, Sens, Canadiens, and more!!!
The Fourth Period – According to the Toronto Sun, Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley appears to be willing to become a Maple Leaf. “If it arises that Toronto has some interest in me, it is something I am going to look at,” the Hurricanes defenceman said yesterday. “I think for any Canadian kid, to play in Toronto would be a thrill. I think it would be exciting for anyone to put on the Leafs uniform.”
With everyone’s opinion on what moves and players the Leafs need, I’m going to give my Expert analysis on what I know the Leafs need to fix their weakness and to give them that better shot at winning Lord Stanley…
Acording to TSN.ca Florida Panthers general manager Rick Dudley says he is “going to look at some options” to try and improve the team as the March 11 trade deadline approaches.
“We’ve got a couple of positions where we’ve got a lot of people,” Dudley tells the Palm Beach Post. “If we can be a better team through movement, we’re going to do that. We’re going to see if there’s anything that could put us over the hump.”
According to ESPN.com Bill Guerin is likely out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing emergency surgery Saturday to relieve blood buildup in his thigh. He suffered the injury Thursday at Ottawa.
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke “conceded” he was unable to pry defenceman Mathieu Schneider from the LA Kings, instead settling for adding depth by obtaining Dmitri Yushkevich yesterday. Clarke stated if another deal for a defenceman can be made by the deadline, he’ll do it.