All about Vokoun
According to reports from a Czech newspaper (via the Edmonton Journal), Tomas Vokoun has no intention of taking his talents to the KHL. In fact, Vokoun claims to have garnered significant interest from both the Philadelphia Flyers and Phoenix Coyotes.
The soon to be 35-year old goaltender wishes to play for a team that has a shot at a Stanley Cup. According to the Czech paper (Mlada fronta Dnes), Vokoun believes the Colorado Avalanche are a team that would give him a decent chance at winning hockey’s Holy Grail. Interesting…
Flyers take steps towards signing Bryzgalov
Ilya Bryzgalov met with Philadelphia Flyers goaltending coach Jeff Reese on Thursday, while his agent Ritch Winter began negotiations with Paul Holmgren, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
A buyout for Drury? Not so fast
Breaking news this morning from Larry Brooks at the New York Post:
It appears as if the Rangers will be unable to buy out the final season of Chris Drury’s contract because of a degenerative condition in the captain’s left knee that apparently will render him medically unable to play next season, The Post has learned.
While Drury has yet to file the necessary paperwork, sources report he plans to do so. The Rangers, who had been planning a buyout, could file a grievance against Drury, but that is a remote possibility, at best.
Mounting a challenge is problematic on numerous levels, but winning a grievance would cost CEO Jim Dolan approximately $2.7 million in cash, given insurance ramifications.
This, of course, is bad news for Drury, who more than likely will be facing the end of a distinguished 12-year NHL career at the age of 35, which he turns in August.
Minnesota finds their coach
Mike Yeo, not Craig MacTavish, will be the Minnesota Wild’s third head coach according to reports. Somewhat surprising news in spite of the media attention given to MacTavish throughout the Wild’s coaching search. Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune offered his take on Yeo and the challenges he’ll face:
I never did get the impression that [Chuck] Fletcher was all that enamored with the veteran choices out there, which should have been an indication all along that Yeo would be the guy. But again, this is a business, he swung and missed the first time around with a certain type of coach and I didn’t think he’d have the guts to go that route again.
But the reality is unless he can turn the Wild into a winner, he’s running uphill already. The comparisons to [Todd] Richards will be hard to escape — both from Pittsburgh’s organization, both coaching in Wilkes-Barre, both with little to no NHL playing experience, both with little head-coach experience.
Dallas finds their coach
Lost in the Stanley Cup shuffle was the news of the Dallas Stars reportedly set to name Glen Gulutzan as their new head coach. Brandon Worely of Defending Big D breaks down the impending hire:
While the news has still not been made official just yet, all signs are pointing to Glen Gulutzan becoming the next head coach of the Dallas Stars. If you skip Marc Crawford, Gulutzan becomes the third new coach of the Stars to make the jump from coaching in the minors to getting his first NHL head coaching job with Dallas. The last time the Stars promoted directly from their minor league affiliate, Ken Hitchcock spent three seasons turning the Stars into a Western Conference powerhouse.
Gulutzan is a coach that knows the organization well and has been instrumental in building hockey into an extremely popular sport in Austin. He’s a very charismatic coach who gets along well with the media, who is honest while being very sincere and forthcoming publicly. His ability to connect with the fans and the public is going to be a big key into repairing the damage done the past three seasons and he’ll be counted upon to not only help rebuild the hockey team, but also to help restore the faith of a fanbase that is hungry for anything resembling hope.
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