Former Canucks goalie Kirk McLean lands job as Avalanche goalie coach

If there’s a random joy in hockey that I like it’s seeing players that I grew up watching get coaching jobs. Sure, it’s got that special side effect of saying, “Dude, you’re getting so old now,” but seeing names and faces from your formidable years as a hockey fan is great. Case in point, the Colorado Avalanche have hired one of the big names of the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals to be their new goaltending coach

The Avalanche today confirmed the hiring of Kirk McLean, who won 245 games in an NHL career that spanned 16 seasons, as the team’s goaltending consultant.

McLean, 44, tended goal for New Jersey, Vancouver, Carolina, Florida, and the New York Rangers, and was best known for his nearly 11 full seasons with the Canucks from 1987-88 until his January 1998 trade to the Hurricanes.

McLean, of course, lost out to Mike Richter and the New York Rangers in seven games in that 1994 Final. Without McLean, however, the Vancouver Canucks don’t even make it that far as he played out of his mind all throughout those playoffs. Considering that McLean is replacing Jocelyn Thibault in Colorado as goalie coach, I think our fill for former 90s goaltenders has been met.

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    Update: Wisniewski tore ACL 47 seconds into ‘Canes debut

    James Wisniewski, John-Michael Liles, Elias Lindholm
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    Last night, we passed along news that veteran d-man James Wisniewski — acquired from Carolina at the draft — suffered what looked to be a serious injury just 47 seconds into his ‘Canes debut, and was ruled out for the remainder of the night.

    Now, he’s been ruled out for a lot longer than that.

    From the club:

    Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman James Wisniewski will undergo surgery on his left knee after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Thursday night’s game in Nashville.

    Recovery time for the injury is estimated at six months.

    This is, obviously, a tough development for both player and club. The ‘Canes were counting on Wisniewski to be a regular contributor on defense this year, and help improve last year’s middle-of-the-pack power play.

    Wisniewski, meanwhile, was looking to bounce back from a disappointing ’14-15 campaign. He was shipped out of Columbus at the deadline to Anaheim but never made an impact for the Ducks, failing to see any playoff action as Anaheim made it all the way to the Western Conference final.

    Jordan Weal to make NHL debut for Kings

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    Two days after an uninspiring performance versus San Jose, the Los Angeles Kings will be getting an injection of youthful enthusiasm tonight versus Arizona.

    Coach Darryl Sutter confirmed today that Jordan Weal will make his NHL debut at Staples Center.

    A 23-year-old center, Weal is expected to replace Andy Andreoff and skate between Kyle Clifford and Jordan Nolan on the fourth line.

    “It’s really exciting,” Weal told LA Kings Insider. “A lot of work has gone into getting to this part of my career, and the hard work’s just going to continue. It’s going to keep going, and I’m trying to do as much as I can in this game and keep improving from this game moving forward in trying to solidify a solid spot in the lineup.”

    The 70th overall pick in 2010, Weal had 69 points in 73 games last season for AHL Manchester.

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