NHL Gossip: Paul Coffey the head coach? NHL coaches on hot seat and more

March 10, 2018
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The Edmonton Oilers may be changing head coaches at the end of the season, and if they do, Paul Coffey could be an option.

On his podcast, Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman speculated that Coffey could be on the Oilers coaching staff.

David Staples of Edmonton Journal says “It would be unremarkable if he (Paul Coffey) were named as an assistant coach” but as a head coach he has no experience.

Kurt Leavins of Edmonton Journal adds to it by saying Coffey is not qualified to be the head coach of Oilers.

4. Paul Coffey. Don’t believe for a moment that Paul Coffey is in serious contention to be the Oilers next head coach. He’s not qualified. But given the shambles the Oilers power play is in, I do think he’s a prime candidate to replace Jay Woodcroft. When your man advantage is 31st in a 31-team league, you should be sending out resumes. And Coffey knows a thing or two (pun intended) about a big league power play.

With the season winding down in the NHL, we will see more articles on coaches and GM’s on the hot seat.

The latest one is a list of NHL coaches on the hot seat from Kevin Allen of USA Today.

Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers: The Rangers have committed to a rebuilding plan, which usually means giving younger players expanded opportunities. Vigneault has a reputation for being tough on younger players. He’s been second-guessed on how he’s handled Pavel Buchnevich. The change in direction would seem to dictate a change behind the bench.

In the NHL, there are players you love to hate, and depending on your favorite team you may hate one player more than other fan bases.

When it comes to Brad Marchand of the Bruins, I think we can all agree we dislike him unless you’re a Bruins fan.

Today he did something in the ‘what were you thinking’ category.

I’m not one to quickly judge when it comes to players, but this was just dirty play. I am assuming the NHL will want a hearing.

Evander Kane is a good fit for the San Jose Sharks, according to Paul Gackle of the Mercury News.

Good news for Sabres fans who want Kane to re-sign with the Sharks, so the Sabres get the first-round pick.

I’m sure he has grown up, and the troubled past is behind him. Right?

A series of accusations — assault in 2014, sexual assault in 2015 and harassment and disorderly conduct in 2016 — never resulted in charges but sullied Kane’s reputation nonetheless. The infamous tracksuit incident in Winnipeg reflected the immaturity of an average 23-year-old, an episode that Kane, now 26, says he learned from.

Toronto Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello is quiet about his future, but most are. Toronto is in a playoff spot, and there is talk around the league on his future because he is in the final year of a three-year deal.

Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun thinks it’s time for the Leafs to end their silence on Lamoriello.

In all likelihood, Brendan Shanahan knows exactly how he is going to proceed and maybe those involved are aware as well. But until an announcement on Lamoriello’s future is made, he signed on for three years as GM and when the three years are up, there will be confusion and speculation around the team. It’s the kind of blue and white noise they can put to rest – if Shanahan goes public with his plans.

When the New York Islanders’ John Tavares says he is not having fun, don’t overreact.

The soon to be free agent scared the Islanders fan base this past week and he also made other fan bases smile.

How? well with “Obviously, this isn’t a whole lot of fun right now,”

But don’t worry, Neil Best of Newsday explains what happened.

BANFF, Alberta — It was a seemingly self-evident quote not in need of further discussion.

“Obviously, this isn’t a whole lot of fun right now,” John Tavares said Monday in Vancouver after the Islanders lost yet another overtime crusher.

But these days, almost anything the Islanders’ captain says is open to interpretation by those with an interest in the mindset of the free agent-to-be.

Islanders head coach Doug Weight is in his 2nd season, and Andrew Battifarano of Islanders Point Blank wonders if Weight can handle the magnitude of Islanders job.

Watching this interview, it looked like a person lost and not ready to answer questions after a tough loss. Just watching his body language, he was so uncomfortable and couldn’t wait to walk back to the confines of the locker room.

This was a guy that played close to 20 years in the NHL. It’s not like he doesn’t have the experience talking to reporters after a tough loss. This shouldn’t be new to him.

The best trade deadline pickup may not be from a trade but a free agent signing.

Brian Gionta went to the 2018 Winter Olympics to captain Team USA, and when he came back, he signed a contract with the Boston Bruins on trade deadline day.

In five games with the Bruins Gionta has six points (2g, 4a).

With a point per game, Gionta looks like a great addition to a playoff team.

(h/t grshftx)

Ron Francis and Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon had stylistic differences.

Chip Alexander of News & Observer has more on the story of why Canes owner Tom Dundon reassigned Ron Francis.

“I think it was just whenever he and I came to the conclusion,” Dundon said in an interview. “You get to know each other, you work together for a while. I think we both sort of figured it out over time. I don’t think there’s anything special about the timing. It was just when he and I came to the conclusion about our stylistic differences that as you work together you get to understand.”

So how is the GM search going for the Hurricanes?

TSN hockey insiders Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger had some updates on Twitter.

Chris Hueber
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Known as @NHLGossip on Twitter, Chris has covered NHL rumors for 6+ years.

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