Waddell: No coaching change this season

Not every decision Don Waddell has made has been a good one. He’s in a
tough situation in Atlanta, but his inability to hold on to his top
players has to be alarming. He certainly tried his best with Ilya
Kovalchuk, and not every situation was his fault. His decision to not
make a coaching change before the end of the season, despite the
Thrashers most likely falling out out of the playoff hunt with a
six-game losing streak,
is one of his better ones.

Q. Will you make a coaching change between now and the end of the

A. No.

Q. Will that be something you would look at as part of the
end-of-year evaluation?

A. I think everything has to be evaluated. Obviously, if we don’t get
to where we want to be all positions need to be evaluated. It’s part of
the business. We all want to win and have success and make the playoffs
and if we don’t reach our goals that we feel were  attainable you have
to look at every avenue in the organization.

Too many times teams are quick to make coaching changes as they fight
the quest to win as soon as possible. It works for some teams — the
Penguins come to mind — but generally mid-season changes don’t so much
for an immediate change.

John Anderson is a good coach who has had incredible success at the
AHL level. He deserves to have the chance to not only continue to build
the team with Waddell, and at least deserves a shot to finish the
season. That is, of course, if Waddell and Anderson are still in Atlanta
next season.

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    Getzlaf didn’t love the ‘dead’ atmosphere at Coyotes game

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    Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf wasn’t impressed with at least two things last night in Arizona:

    1. His team’s performance in a 4-2 loss to the Coyotes.
    2. The atmosphere inside Gila River Arena, where the announced attendance was just 11,578.

    “It’s hard. When you come into a building … it’s dead,” Getzlaf told the O.C. Register. “Nothing against the fans. It’s hard to fill a big building like this and have the amount of people in it to build your energy. So you have to do it yourself. You have to be ready when you step on the ice. I thought we came out flat.”

    Anaheim’s record fell to 8-11-4 with the defeat.

    The Coyotes’ average attendance also fell, to 13,144 in eight games.

    Jarred Tinordi becomes the latest youngster to be sent to the AHL for ‘conditioning’

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    Like Frank Corrado (see here), Tomas Jurco (see here), Stanislav Galiev (see here), and Patrik Nemeth (see here) before him, Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi is off to the AHL for a conditioning stint.

    Tinordi, 23, has yet to play a single game for the Habs this season; however, because he’s no longer exempt from waivers, the former first-round pick has remained on Montreal’s roster.

    It’s an issue that’s received a good deal of attention lately. Some believe the league should do something about it, lest more young players get “stuck” in the NHL.

    Tinordi will only be allowed to spend two weeks in St. John’s, as per the rules of his conditioning loan.

    Safe to say, if you’re an NHL general manager who thinks Tinordi still has potential, Marc Bergevin would welcome your best offer.

    Stars place Lehtonen on IR, call up Campbell and Nemeth

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    Kari Lehtonen will miss at least a few games with the upper-body injury he suffered the other night against Ottawa. The Dallas Stars announced today that they’ve placed the 32-year-old goalie on injured reserve, retroactive to Tuesday.

    With Lehtonen out, Jack Campbell has been called up from AHL Texas to be Antti Niemi‘s backup. The Stars host Vancouver Friday, with a game at Minnesota Saturday.

    Campbell, the 11th overall pick in the 2010 draft, has struggled in the AHL this season, going 3-3-0 with an .873 save percentage.

    The Stars have also recalled defenseman Patrik Nemeth after the 23-year-old completed his 14-day conditioning assignment.

    Related: Campbell credits ECHL stint for turning his game around

    Gleason ends tryout with ‘Canes

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    Tim Gleason has likely played his last NHL game. The 32-year-old defenseman has informed the Carolina Hurricanes that he no longer wishes to continue his professional tryout.

    “Tim informed us today he wasn’t going to continue to pursue his tryout,” said GM Ron Francis, per the club’s website. “He looked and felt good physically, but didn’t feel up to the grind of the NHL mentally.”

    Gleason started last season with Carolina before he was traded to Washington in February.

    In his career, he’s played 727 NHL games, plus 32 more in the playoffs.