Timing is everything. We have all heard the saying before and most people that I associate with have tried to follow it.

You don’t break up with your girlfriend the day before her birthday.

You don’t call someone when their favourote show is on.

And you NEVER go to the washroom when your team is in overtime.

Until this season I thought NHL teams also believed in the saying. Because of that, us fans were able to make educated guesses as to when moves would be made. If a coach was on the hot seat, we were able to look at that team’s schedule and gage when would be the best time for the team to give him the ax. This year has been different, we have seen numerous moves made that have had us scratching our heads because the timing was just…well…weird.

Habs fire assistant coach Perry Pearn hours before a game

I understood that the firing was about sending a message to the team, but for Pierre Gauthier to do the deed that close to game time was strange. Especially since much of an assistant coach’s job is to do the grunt work in preparation for the next game, which I’m assuming he had done at that point. So basically, they made sure they were ready for the game, then fired him.

165 hours

That’s how long Bruce Boudreau was on the unemployment line after getting fired by the Capitals. The Ducks snatched him up pretty much destroying any record for quickest hiring of a coach. Even Usain Bolt was impressed with that time. Which brings us to…

980 Days

That’s how much time Randy Carlyle had left on his contract extension when Anaheim gave him the boot. He signed the extension on December 1st 2011 and fired 115 days later.

Jacques Martin Fired hours before a game

Pierre Gauthier strikes again! The team was struggling and the move was not a shock in any way, but these moves usually come right AFTER the game. This news would have been even bigger if Randy Cunneyworth spoke french.

71 Days

The amount of time Bluejackets GM Scott Howson waited too long to fire Scott Arniel. On October 30th Columbus had just one win in the first 11 games of the season and most thought that would be the perfect time to make a change. Mr Howson waited…and waited…and waited. He wanted to make sure they sunk to new levels of sucking before he actually pulled the trigger.

20 minutes

Time remaining in last night’s Habs-Bruins game when Mike Cammalleri was traded to Calgary. Again, the actual move was not surprising seeing as he called his team “losers”, but I do not remember ever seeing a player traded during a game. Pierre Gauthier is proving he doesn’t give a rats ass about timing. It wouldn’t surprise me if he traded a player while he was on a breakaway.

Surprising year to say the least, but teams are keeping us on our toes. I’m going to go listen to “Time is on my Side” by The Rolling Stones, clutch song!

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Let’s head to the Links

If you decided to hold your breath until Mike Green comes back, you would definitely die (CSN Washington)

Remember that brawl at the Winter Classic between the Flyer and Ranger fans? Well police have issued an arrest warrant (Pro Hockey talk)

Check out this video of JaromirJagr…uhhhm…..just watch it (Puck Daddy)

Wondering how the players were selected for the All Star Game? Dirty Dangle has their ideas

There were many surprises with the list of this year’s All Stars, including Denis Wideman’s own that he got picked (Washington Post)

It looks like the consensus “snub” this year was Scott Hartnell, how does he feel about it? (CSN Philly)

Will Shane Doan be traded before the deadline? (The Fourth Period)

Are the Rangers keeping Sean Avery from other NHL teams? (NY Post)

and finally….FILTHY…just FILTHY