The Coaching Carousel Blog

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-24

Follow me at @IanEsplen for fun and Flames   Tonight I thought I'd take a bit of a break from the draft rankings to have a little fun. And by fun I mean I thought I'd take a look at what coaches might be a good fit with that openings that are vacant now, or will likely be vacant shortly. Enjoy   Edmonton Out- Dallas Eakins In- Willie Desjardins Thoughts- The rumours are everywhere that the team hates him. And while losing Ryan Jones because of the coach isn't too much of a blow, players talk, and the Oilers will have their work cut out for themselves to lure any UFAs as long as Eakins is there. Enter a coach that has won at every level. Desjardins knows how to p

Wayback Wednesday: Speaking of Sweeps

Source: The Leafs Nation
Date: 2014-04-24

Last night, the Montreal Canadiens swept Mike Kostka and the rest of the Blue and White in the first round. People would probably care about this more if it happened in 2013, but today, that means the elimination of the Tampa Bay Lightning. But that got me thinking; forget just winning a playoff series, when was the last time the Leafs swept a team?

Morning Mashup

Source: Maple Leafs Hotstove
Date: 2014-04-23

Links The Emergence of Sam Carrick The LeafsNation Henrik Lundqvist leads New York Rangers past Philadelphia Flyers National Post Bigger, stronger Boston Bruins beat Detroit Red Wings again National Post Montreal Canadiens complete sweep of Tampa Bay Lightning National Post Don Cherry says there’s ‘no excuse’ for Matt Cooke’s hit on Tyson Barrie National Post Anaheim Ducks and Dallas Stars both felt for Stéphane Robidas when he broke his leg for a second time National

Phil Kessel tells Leafs fans to 'relax' on Twitter

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-04-22

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel made an oopsie on Twitter yesterday, tweeting "Night fishing with friends doesn't get much better". 23 minutes later, after getting his notifications tab destroyed by Leafs fans, he realized that playoff hockey in Toronto - which did not happen this year - would have actually been better. He replied by telling Leafs Nation to 'relax'. He has deleted both Tweets now. The blame's not all on him though for the Leafs missing the post-season. The 26 year old forward did have the sixth most points in the NHL this season, with 80 tallies in 82 games. 

The Hurricanes unrestricted and restricted free agents

Source: Puckrant
Date: 2014-04-22

The frustration of another Carolina Hurricanes season has passed, and now fans are beginning to wonder what player changes are going to happen this offseason. Although big name players have been thrown around a lot in trade rumours, it is impossible to know if the Canes will actually deal any of the core players on the team this summer. As I have said numerous times I think this core is going to be left alone for now (Jeff Skinner, Alex Semin, the Staals, Andrej Sekera, Justin Faulk, Anton Khudobin.) These guys are going to get the chance to gel and improve together next year, and if we see another failed season - then huge changes could be on the horizon. There is a possibility however th

Marlies youth a boost for Leafs

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2014-04-22

Just by reaching the playoffs, the Marlies have created a potential shake-up of the stale Maple Leafs’ depth chart.

Leafs' Kessel faces backlash after fishing tweet

Source: Toronto Sun
Date: 2014-04-22

If Phil Kessel was fishing for compliments via Twitter, this wasn’t the way to do it.

Mirtle: Why hockey’s new statistics aren't going anywhere

Source: The Globe and Mail
Date: 2014-04-22

The way the Maple Leafs won games this season tested the limitations of what some of these numbers can tell us

Phil Kessel blasted by Maple Leafs fans after tweet about night fishing

Source: Yard Barker
Date: 2014-04-22

The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs just once in the past nine seasons. They lost to the Boston Bruins in the opening round last season and missed the postseason this year with a 38-36-8 record. As you might expect, Maple Leafs fans are getting a bit restless. Many of them decided to take […]

NHL Rumors: Predators, Canucks, Hurricanes, Oilers and the Maple Leafs

Source: My NHL Trade Rumors
Date: 2014-04-22

Tweet Josh Coops of the Tennessean: Ranking potential Predators coaching candidates: 1. Peter Laviolette 2. Phil Housley 3. Terry Murray 4. Dean Evason 5. John Stevens 6. Willie Desjardins 7. Dan Bylsma Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province: To get more a more experienced goalie that Eddie Lack or Jacob Markstrom, the Canucks would could […]

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