Other head-coaching vacancies exist in Dallas and New York (Rangers).
“John definitely wants another opportunity in the National Hockey League,” former Flyers assistant under Stevens, Jack McIlhargey, told the Vancouver Sun recently. “That’s his goal. He’s a classy guy who does an excellent job. He’s very organized, very knowledgeable and a very good communicator.
“He deserves another chance and he is ready. He’s a very, very good coach.”
Stevens has also been a head coach in the AHL (Philadelphia Phantoms, 2000-06), so he has experience developing younger players, something that Canucks general manager Mike Gillis has said will be a prerequisite for landing the job in Vancouver.
Dubinsky won’t change, and he won’t go easy on Crosby
“Nope,” Dubinsky said. “You know, I’ve played the same way my whole career and I’m not going to change. The next time I have an opportunity to play (Crosby), I’m going to play him hard.”
In case you’re wondering, that next opportunity comes on Dec. 21 in Pittsburgh, assuming that both players are healthy and not suspended.
One can understand Dubinsky’s perspective, although such honesty would be that much more interesting if there’s another incident with Crosby. His initial reaction to the hit was interestingly candid, admitting that his “stick rode up” on his adversary.
Would that stance – which, from a harsher view, might seem flippant to Dubinsky’s critics – open the door for a bigger future bit of a discipline?
Maybe, maybe not … but at least his comments aren’t as inflammatory as what John Tortorella said (at least on the record).
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