A couple of weeks ago the leafs had fired Quinn as the head coach. Now Ferguson decided that the leafs wanted Maurice to be the coach and now he is. This was the right move and I think Paul Maurice would be a great coach. Now the leafs had been struggling with injury problems and players being retards and losing.
There will be a new Memorial Cup victor this year. The London Knights were swept by the OHL Champion Peterborough Petes in 4 straight one-goal games (2 in overtime). Gilbert Brule (VAN) and the Vancouver Giants dominated the WHL playoffs and were the first team to win their respective league. The QMJHL crown is still up for grabs but the teams contending for the championship are the Moncton Wildcats and the Quebec Remparts who will both be in the Memorial Cup as Moncton is the host city. I will preview all the teams involved and let you know about the key players.
According to various reports, General Manager Pierre Lacroix of the Colorado Avalanche has stepped down as GM, but will remain as President of the team. Ten years of great success, Lacroix will go down in history as one of the best general managers in the NHL. Keep the good memories with you Pierre, you earned great respect from me and hope yuo hire the right GM for the Avs!
Big question could arise, however. Will Joe Sakic stay?
Sportsnet.ca — The same company that twice tried to bring the NHL to Hamilton, Ont., is now preparing a bid for the Pittsburgh Penguins with the intention of relocating the team.
It is almost hard to believe but the Phoenix Coyotes (dating back to the days as the Jets) have not won a playoff series in almost 20 years. This is during an era where there have been only 3 repeat champions, 5 teams that have played in back to back finals and 9 expansion teams added where 6 have won a playoff series, 3 have gone to the final and 1 has won a cup. In fact, the Yotes have as many series wins in their 26 season history as the 02/03 Minnesota Wild. Suffice to say the Coyotes are due.
But the wait is far from over as the current Coyotes are nowhere near a position to compete.
According to the Globe and Mail, Paul Maurice will be named the next head coach of the Maple Leafs as early as Friday.
Ottawa not so Sensational.
It’s not Duck season in Colorado.
Devils may blame an organization for their losing.
California’s unfriendliness with Oil.
Flyers center Peter Forsberg will have to undergo surgery on both of his feet in the offseason and will be aiming for a return date of January, 2007.
Colorado Avalanche.com- Avalanche defenseman Ossi Vaananen has been cleared medically and will be available for Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Thursday night at Pepsi Center.
Senators goaltender Dominik Hasek, who has been out of the lineup since February with an adductor muscle strain, also participated in the full pre-game skate on Wednesday. The veteran goaltender said he’s feeling much better after practising for a second straight day.
“I feel like a goalie again,” Hasek said. “I am the closest I have been. I can do everything. I can go up and down. I can jump and I can move around.”