Add another team to the official Mike Babcock coaching sweepstakes.
According to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the San Jose Sharks have officially filed the necessary paperwork to compensate the Detroit Red Wings should they hire Babcock away from the Detroit Red Wings. The Sharks join the Buffalo Sabres and Toronto Maple Leafs as clubs that have agreed to compensate the Red Wings.
We know our four teams for the Memorial Cup now. Thanks to Oshawa’s ousting of Connor McDavid and the Erie Otters, the Generals will represent the OHL, joining Kelowna of the WHL, plus Quebec (the hosts) and Rimouski in the QMJHL. So who is favored to win it all? Ah, that’s a thorny question in a tournament that often surprises. But let’s take a look at what you should know about the four worthy squads in contention.
When the coaching vacancy opened up in Edmonton, paired with a few comments by Mike Babcock about the youth in Tampa Bay, it appeared that the Detroit Red Wings bench boss, who is now a free agent coach, was set to move to the Oilers to coach young guns. Not so fast, though.
According to a report from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, it’s Babcock’s protege, Todd McLellan, who will instead be patrolling the Oilers bench next season. Though Friedman said there’s no done deal yet, he added it would take quite the breakdown between now and McLellan officially signing a contract for the former San Jose Sharks coach not to be behind the Edmonton bench next season. Read more
Major junior playoffs have reached the final series, while the AHL post-season is well into the second round. An incredibly exciting 2014-15 campaign is nearing its end, so I’m opening up the Hot List a bit to younger prospects. Like those that came before them, they are the players you’ll want to know and that we’re excited to see in the NHL one day.
The Vancouver Canucks’ season ended less than two weeks ago, but speculation over their off-season plans keeps percolating in the Vancouver media.
The status of their blueline remains the hot topic. Ed Willes of The Province believes something’s got to give this summer, noting GM Jim Benning’s willingness to ask players carrying no-trade clauses to waive them.
It’s believed a veteran blueliner like Kevin Bieksa or Dan Hamhuis, who each have full no-trade clauses and a year remaining on their respective contracts, could be approached about moving on. Benning intends to re-sign restricted free agent rearguard Yannick Weber, but he’ll have to free up some cap space to do so. Read more
The ultimate act of benevolence is to do something good for someone else with little attention or fanfare for yourself. Fitting, then, that the NHL Foundation Award is among the league’s lesser-known annual honors. It’s awarded to the NHL player ”who applies the core values of (ice) hockey – commitment, perseverance and teamwork – to enrich the lives of people in his community.”
Like with the Masterton Trophy, each team nominated one of its players. A judging panel then voted, producing three top vote getters as finalists. The finalists are:
Depending upon the whims of the management teams in Boston and St. Louis, we could be in for one of the most fascinating off-season games of coaching musical chairs we’ve seen in years – perhaps even ever.
With the Detroit Red Wings eliminated from the playoffs, the Mike Babcock Sweepstakes™ are about to begin. Todd McLellan is already on the market and Ken Hitchcock’s future is uncertain in St. Louis. Meanwhile, the new GM in Boston will have the opportunity to decide whether or not Claude Julien is going to be his head coach moving forward. Read more