Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Dineen’

Top Line: More ugly cheap shots; Martin Jones of Kings still perfect; more links

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By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Adam Oates thought this was a good hit. George McPhee loved it. I suspect their feelings might be somewhat different if the player on the receiving end in the video above had been Alex Ovechkin instead of Brayden Schenn. Gotta believe there’s supplemental discipline coming for this one. Schenn turns slightly just before contact is made, and that might mitigate the actual sentence, but this is a nasty, reckless hit that was all about causing maximum damage rather than separating a player from the puck. My guess is that we won’t see Wilson again until well after Christmas.

• Give the Red Wings credit: you didn’t hear anyone step up to defend this Kyle Quincey hit on Ryan Getzlaf. It was less vicious, but no less dangerous. Have to believe that Brendan Shanahan will want to talk with the Detroit defender after this one.

• Steve Simmons writes that the latest injury suffered by Montreal enforcer George Parros illustrates the continuing human tragedy that results from allowing fighting to continue in hockey. Even as a pro-fighting advocate, I’ll admit that Simmons makes the case against fighting as eloquently as anyone.

• Jarome Iginla says that the gruesome finger injury he suffered on Saturday night kinda freaked him out, but “it looked worse than it was.” From this, I surmise that Iginla has a different standard for gauging the severity of injuries than I do.

• Martin Jones earned his third shutout in six starts as his record in the NHL remained perfect. He’s got his eyes set now on Bob Froese’s record of eight consecutive wins to start a career.

• Winnipeg GM Kevin Cheveldayoff said Tuesday that he won’t make changes simply to silence his critics. That makes sense. What he might want to consider, though, is making changes because his team can’t hold a third-period lead against the Sabres. Patience, faith, trust … these are all necessary qualities for a general manager, but a functioning nose is important, too. If his can’t detect the stench coming off his team this season, he might want to get his schnozz checked out.

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  • Published On Dec 18, 2013
  • Top Line: Ilya Bryzgalov deal is the white flag for Oilers; more links

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    Ilya Bryzgalov has signed with the Edmonton Oilers

    If anything, wiggy Ilya Bryzgalov will bring personality to Edmonton’s net. (Alexander Nemenov/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • If Ilya Bryzgalov is the answer, these truly are desperate times in Edmonton.

    • The upshot of Craig MacTavish’s busy Friday night? “Wait’ll next year, Edmonton fans.”

    • If there’s a mercy clause in Ryan Miller’s contract, he’s probably ready to invoke it. Buffalo’s goaltender was pelted with 34 shots through two periods (that’s 85 total for his last five) as the Sabres hit rock bottom in a 6-2 loss to the Ducks.

    • Uh-oh…Anaheim’s power play is waking up.

    • Kevin Dineen took the fall yesterday, but the problems in Florida go much deeper than the men behind the bench.

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  • Published On Nov 09, 2013
  • Florida Panthers fire coach Kevin Dineen; Peter Horachek steps in

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    Coach Kevin Dineen was fired by the Florida Panthers

    A 3-9-4 start made Kevin Dineen the second NHL coach to get the boot this season. (Eliot J. Schechter/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    You knew it was only a matter of time before Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon took measures to right his listing hockey team. This morning, he did.

    After suffering a seventh consecutive loss Thursday night in Boston, and just days after saying that his coach’s gig was safe, Tallon fired Kevin Dineen along with assistants Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay Friday. Peter Horacheck was named as Dineen’s replacement on an interim basis.

    “After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” Tallon said in a press release. “We have not met the expectations that we set forth at training camp and it is my responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure that our club performs at its maximum potential. We thank Kevin, Gord and Craig for their hard work and dedication to our organization and the professionalism that they displayed throughout their tenure.”

    Horacheck was serving as head coach of Florida’s top farm team in San Antonio. “He’s a no-nonsense guy, a good communicator,” Tallon said. “We’ll give him a chance to show his wares.”

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  • Published On Nov 08, 2013


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