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
Q. Will that be something you would look at as part of the
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
The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins are going to take their rivalry outside on Saturday.
The Flyers visit the Penguins in a Stadium Series clash at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, beginning at 8 p.m. ET. You can catch the action on NBC or online with the NBC Sports Live Extra.
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Here are some links to check out for tonight’s game:
Goalie nods: Murray, Neuvirth get the call at Heinz Field
Kris Letang won’t play in outdoor game; Schultz game-time decision
NHL On NBC: Penguins, Flyers meet in Stadium Series
Giroux: ‘It’s all business’ between Penguins and Flyers at Heinz Field
The Tampa Bay Lightning and Arizona Coyotes have made a minor league trade.
The Bolts on Saturday acquired right winger Stefan Fournier from the Coyotes in exchange for right winger Jeremy Morin, who has played 82 career NHL games between the Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets.
Fournier stands six-foot-three-inches tall and 226 pounds. He has two goals and four points in 29 games with the Tuscon Roadrunners in the AHL.
Morin, who has spent the majority of his pro career in the Blackhawks organization, has been a productive minor league player over the years. He has nine goals and 21 points in 43 games this season with the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL.
The New York Islanders entered today with a three-game winning streak and holders of the final wild card spot in the Eastern Conference.
But yeah, it’s been a disastrous start for the Islanders on Saturday. The Blue Jackets scored three times in the first period, chasing Thomas Greiss from the New York net after he stopped 14 of 17 shots faced.
Jean-Francois Berube entered the game to begin the second period and promptly surrendered a goal to Josh Anderson, who scored his 12th of the season.
Oh, look at that: Another heated melee involving the Anaheim Ducks and L.A. Kings.
You’ll recall a first-period fight fest in a pivotal Pacific Division game between these teams almost one full year ago. On Saturday, in another meeting between these California rivals, the Ducks and Kings were once again at odds.
This latest conflict? Well, Corey Perry was involved. Again. (Last year, order had been restored during a brief scrum before Perry gave an extra shot to a Kings player, resulting in mayhem.)
Perry was called this time around for interference on Anze Kopitar. Kings players, as you might expect, suddenly rushed over before Nate Thompson and Brayden McNabb squared off in the main event.