Could Guy Carbonneau be the next coach of the New Jersey Devils

The New Jersey Devils are believed to be on the verge of naming a new head coach and former Montreal Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau can’t seem to keep his name out of the discussion. Tom Gulitti of the Devils blog Fire & Ice headed up the Carbonneau to N.J. rumblings on Wednesday, but as we learned later in the day – the three time Stanley Cup winner (all as a player) denied that he was in line to take the Devils coaching gig:

“It’s not the first time I’ve heard (the rumors),” Carbonneau said. “I sent my resume to all the (NHL) teams looking for a coach after the season. Six teams I received no answers.”

Carbonneau had stepped down from his role as head coach of the Chicoutimi Sagueneens of the QMJHL earlier this week, sparking speculation that he would join a long line of former Habs players/coaches to take over the coaching reigns in New Jersey. Whether or not Carbonneau’s denial was genuine or a delay tactic until an official announcement can be made remains to be seen, but all of this scuttlebutt seems to have Devils fans’ interest peaking.

Kevin Sellathamby at SBNation’s home of the Devils, In Lou We Trust, believes Carbonneau would be a good fit for the team. Carbonneau could be just what the Devils’ power play needs, even though the coach won’t be coming with his former special teams guru Kirk Muller in tow:

During his time in Montreal, one stat sticks out- his team’s power play percentage. Of Course, the Habs did have Power Play Specialist Andrei Markov healthy and functional during the time. They also benefitted from massive seasons from Sheldon Souray, Michael Ryder and Mark Streit. However, after guys like them and Saku Koivu, he didn’t have much help. Alex Kovalev was Alex Kovalev- either a dominant scoring forward or a below average offensive forward. Most of his forwards outside of Kovalev (when he did play) were either above average or just average. While the Devils don’t have a legit PP specialist like Markov, they do have two top tier forwards- Ilya Kovalchuk and Zach Parise (if and when he re-signs). Another factor to consider is Matt Taormina- considering Carbonneau found Streit’s niche as a PP specialist, Taormina could potentially thrive in that role given by Carbonneau, seeing as he was effective in limited time that role.

This isn’t the first time this summer that Carbonneau’s name has popped in NHL coaching discussions, he was also rumoured to be in the running for the previously vacant position in Dallas before Glen Gulutzan got the job. It should be noted that Carbonneau only coached Chicoutimi for the final 15 games of the season after the firing of Richard Martel, so it’s not as though he was neccesarily expected to carry on the duties for next season. Carbonneau is also part-owner of the Sagueneens.

C’mon Lou, give us something soon… all this speculation is getting tiresome.

Couturier sets goal to make Flyers out of camp

The 8th overall pick (acquired from Columbus in the Jeff Carter trade) in June’s draft, Sean Couturier, has his sights set on making the Philadelphia Flyers. Via Philly.com:

“My main goal is going to be to make the team,” Couturier said yesterday as the Flyers opened their annual development camp in Voorhees. “When it comes to [training] camp, I’ll just work hard and show what I got. It’s going to be up to the staff to decide what they do with me.”

Now all he needs is Paul Holmgren to go on another drinking binge trading frenzy and ship out some key veterans to make room for the kid.

P.K. Subban talks ‘giving back’

Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban joined Tim and Sid on Wednesday to talk about joining the joint cause between Georges Laraque and the NHLPA that has sent humanitarian help to earthquake ravaged Haiti.

Puck Daddy’s Dimitry Chesnokov chats with Evgeni Malkin

A great, long interview piece from Chesnokov that delves into a number of topics. Malkin talks everything from celebrity life in Russia to cigarettes and of course, Matt Cooke:

We are lucky that he [Cooke] plays for Pittsburgh. If he played for another team, he would provoke us. He uses what he can do: get a person angry. He brings us power plays and we score goals. When Cooke came to our team we won the Stanley Cup. That’s why I’d vote with both hands for him to stay in Pittsburgh. Of course, it happens sometimes when Cooke goes overboard — I don’t know if this is psychological or some kind of anger — he is overcome with emotions on the ice. I hope there won’t be any more episodes like the last one. If we’ve won the Stanley Cup with him, that means that he’s a good player.

Remnants (or lack thereof) of the Lightning’s Brad Richards trade

Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes examines what’s left from the 2008 trade that sent Brad Richards to Dallas. In a roundabout way, all that remains is Teddy Purcell and Eric Brewer… which doesn’t actually sound all that bad.

1-on-1 with Corey Perry