NHL coaching changes

Keeping track of hockey news can be difficult in many parts of the country, as hockey doesn’t necessarily tend to get the national coverage of more universally popular sports like baseball, basketball and football. This is why a number of fans in areas that don’t see a lot of hockey coverage turn to specific DirecTV packages. For example, if you are in the Ohio area, head to http://www.tvbydirect.com/directv-deal/OHIO-OH-direct-tv.html for information on such packages. Once you have access to more sporting news, it can be easier to keep track of your own preferences, rather than just what companies like ESPN and Sports Illustrated deem news-worthy. Heading into December, actually, hockey has been full of highlight news, including a couple of significant coach firings that are sure to impact the league moving forward.

The most significant change so far this season was just made by Washington Capitals GM George McPhee, who made a somewhat surprising decision to fire coach Bruce Boudreau. The Capitals have been one of the best teams in the league for several seasons now, largely thanks to superstar Alex Ovechkin. However, as any hockey fan will recall, the Capitals have had a bit of trouble sustaining their regular season success in the playoffs. Due to this inability to finish strongly, as well as strong indications that Ovechkin has been and would have remained unhappy with Boudreau, McPhee seems to have decided that it’s best to make a change now. Stepping up to replace Boudreau will be the inexperienced Dale Hunter, who has never coached an NHL team, but has a tough reputation and has won at lower levels. Now, all eyes will be on Hunter and Ovechkin, as they work together to reverse a surprisingly unsuccessful early stretch of hockey and look toward eventual playoff success.

The other significant coaching change that has just taken place heading into December is with a less successful team in the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes get something of a bad reputation, largely just for being a hockey team located in the south. However, for most of the team’s short history in Carolina, it has been either a contender or a team on the edge of the playoffs. This season, however, the Hurricanes are off to a horrible start, despite having a roster that looks very similar to the one that missed the playoffs by a single game last year. This has led management to send coach Paul Maurice packing, ended his second coaching period with Carolina. Kirk Muller will take the reins and attempt to bring Carolina back to playing a respectable level of hockey.

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Oilers place Souray on re-entry waivers

via Bob Mckenzie:

Sheldon Souray on re-entry waivers.

via Bob Mckenzie:

EDM realizes dmen are hot commodity right now and hoping someone will see Souray as good value. A claim has not been pre-arranged, I am told

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Blues trade Johnson, McClement and a 1st for Shattenkirk, Stewart and a 2nd

via NHL.com:

The St. Louis Blues made their second major deal in less than 24 hours when they dealt former No. 1 overall pick Erik Johnson to Colorado early Saturday.

Hours after sending captain Eric Brewer to Tampa Bay for junior defenseman Brock Beukeboom and a draft pick, the Blues dealt Johnson, also a defenseman, to the Avs along with forward Jay McClement and a first-round pick for rookie defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, third-year forward Chris Stewart and a second-round pick.

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Hurricanes trade White to Sharks

via The Fourth Period:

Sharks acquire Ian White.. done deal now

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Blue trade Brewer to Lightning for Beukeboom and 3rd

via Bob Mckenzie:

STL’s Eric Brewer has agreed to waive his NTC to go to TBay. Deal will be completed shortly.

UPDATE:

via CBC:

The St. Louis Blues are shipping defenceman Eric Brewer to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for the rights to prospect Brock Beukeboom and a third-round draft choice in 2011.

Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/story/2011/02/18/sp-brewer-traded-lightning.html#ixzz1EQZYzD8w

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Sharks trade Derek Joslin to Hurricanes

After having a tough time trying to crack the lineup this year the Sharks have dealt Joslin.

via Hurricanes:

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has acquired defenseman Derek Joslin (JAWS-lihn) from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for future considerations.

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Sharks to make a move for a D?

via Mercury News:

Don’t have the names involved yet, but expect a move or two from the Sharks shortly.

Unless something falls apart at the last minute, this likely will be the right-handed shooting defenseman that GM Doug Wilson reportedly has been seeking since last summer.  And while (cap) space needs to be cleared, don’t expect the departing player to be someone from the everyday lineup.

And this doesn’t mean, sources say, that Justin Braun still isn’t part of the late season plan in San Jose.

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Bruins trade Wheeler and Stuart to Thrashers for Peverley and Valabik

With Tomas Kaberle the Bruins are now over the salary cap and will have to make another move.

via Darren Dreger:

Bruins may have another deal involving Blake Wheeler in the works. Leafs not involved.

UPDATE:

via Bob Mckenzie:

BOS trades Wheeler/Stuart to ATL for Peverley/Valabik.

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Leafs trade Kaberle to Bruins for Colborne, 1st and conditional pick

via Darren Dreger:

Colborne, Bruins 1st and a conditional pick to Toronto for Kaberle. Trade call still has to confirm. Not sure if last tweet went thru.

UPDATE:

via TSN:

Tomas Kaberle’s time as a Toronto Maple Leaf has finally come to an end.

After 12 seasons in blue and white, the Maple Leafs have traded the veteran defenceman to the Boston Bruins in exchange for prospect centre Joe Colborne, the Bruins’ first round pick in 2011 and a conditional draft pick.

via RealKyper:

Just spoke to #Leafs Thomas Kaberle , he told me ” It just was time to move on”. “Excited at the chance to go to Boston”

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Senators trade Elliot to Avalanche for Anderson

via Ian Mendes:

Brian Elliott is headed to Colorado. Trade done. Working on details.

I’m thinking Craig Anderson could be coming back this way.

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