One (last regular season) week around the NHL April 3-10
At 10 p.m. sharp Sunday night, NHL.com announced the official playoff schedule. The regular season comes to an exciting end, and the post season gears up.
The full schedule can be found here
Quote of the Week
When I saw the headline on NHL.com Pronger channels Dr. Seuss I had to read more. and this is what he said to the media when asked about his time table of injury return:
“I’m not going to get into semantics with what happened or what didn’t happen, or when I’ll be back or won’t be back, when I will play or won’t play,” said Chris Pronger, of the Philadelphia Flyers. “It’s kind of like green eggs and ham.”
Entertaining Twitter of the week
NHL.com started the hashtag #HawksHappy after Chicago clinched that eighth spot despite a loss to the Wings.
All of the fun responses which include everything from cake to a roller coaster ride can be read here
Players, Teams, General Management
Coaching changes come strong
Jacques Lemaire announces he will not return to coach next year
Lemaire, current coach of the New Jersey Devils, announced today that he will be retiring and not returning to the head coach position. He replaced the fired John MacLean in December of this season and pulled the Devils out of their rut in the second half of the season, not enough to make it to the post-season though. He has decided to return to retirement.
Pete DeBoer fired as Panthers head coach
The Miami Herald reported today that Pete DeBoer after the season came to an end with a win over the Capitals. Goaltender Vokoun got the shutout 1-0, and DeBoer heard just hours after the game end of his termination after three seasons with the Panthers. Read the whole article here
Cory Clouston fired from Ottawa
The Senators organization yesterday placed the blame for an ill season on coach Clouston. He was fired along with two assistant head coaches, Greg Carvel and Brad Lauer. NBC’s Pro Hockey talk reports that Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray received a three year extension alongside the firings.
Injuries around the league
Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings, Lower body injury
NHL.com reports that Zetterberg may miss the start of the Wing’s playoff series against Phoenix with a lower body injury. He left the Detroit Carolina game last week with the injury and as not returned to game play since.
And so it begins
Wednesday marks the first game of the following series:
Capitals and Rangers in Washington.
Penguins and Lightning in Pittsburgh.
Canucks and Blackhawks in Vancouver.
Wings and Coyotes in Detroit.