Quenneville interested in coaching Olympics, on board with participating in ’18


Joel Quenneville has won two Stanley Cups in the last four years, the kind of success that would put him in the running for an Olympic coaching job.

So, would such a gig interest him?

“Yeah, it’d be great,” Quenneville said, per ESPN. “I think the Canadians, they’ve done an outstanding job, that staff. I commend them on what they’ve accomplished over the last couple of Olympics.

“They’ve been perfect. I’m happy for them.”

Mike Babcock, who’s been one of Quenneville’s coaching rivals over the last few years in the Detroit-Chicago series, has led Canada to gold at consecutive Winter Games. By the sounds of it, Quenneville would like to get in the mix and, on Tuesday, told CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada radio he was on board with NHLers participating in the 2018 games in Pyeongchang.

“I’m fine with the whole process. I don’t mind it, I think the players are excited about it,” Quenneville explained. “I think at the start of the year we had a lot of guys competing for [Olympic] jobs, and I think that was a healthy situation to be in from our team environment.

“Watching it from a fan’s perspective, I thought there were some excellent games, exciting games. It’s a little different style of game than we’re accustomed to seeing but, at the same time, I think everybody having a chance to represent their country and come back being a champion is something that’s thrilling.”

Chicago had 10 players participate in Sochi, six of whom medaled: Marcus Kruger, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya all won silver with Sweden while Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews captured gold for Canada.

Finally, it’s worth noting that — as a dual-citizenship holder — Quenneville could theoretically coach Canada or the U.S. So, which would he choose?

“I don’t know,” he said (smiling, according to ESPN). “We’ll see. I’m a Canadian. I don’t know if that’s … We’ll see.”

Oilers get Kronwall’d – in more ways than one

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When someone gets clobbered by Niklas Kronwall, they get Kronwall’d.

(His detractors may insist that the definition require the words “dirty” or “illegal,” but that’s a debate for another day.)

It’s easy to get lost in those thunderous hits and forget that the  Swedish defenseman also brings some skill to the table.

He made a big impact – literally and figuratively – in Detroit’s 4-3 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers on Friday.

First, the Kronwalling:

Next, Kronwall’s overtime-winner:

It hasn’t always been pretty, but the Red Wings are leaning on guys like Kronwall and Dylan Larkin to stick with it.

Tonight’s win extends their point streak to six games (4-0-2), with five of those contests going to overtime.

Dubinsky – Crosby’s nemesis – gets the last laugh on Friday

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Brandon Dubinsky isn’t a household name like Sidney Crosby is, yet for all the hype that Crosby vs. Alex Ovechkin gets, Dubinsky is the sort of guy who truly rankles No. 87.

It’s been getting that spotlight since the Columbus Blue Jackets faced off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in a brisk playoff series, though it wouldn’t be surprising if the bad blood stemmed to Dubinsky’s days with New York.

To some, Dubinsky’s cross-check on Crosby will resonate far more than the end result of this game:

The bottom line is that he’ll get the last laugh, at least for now. (In-game, that moment merely drew a minor penalty.)

That’s because Dubinsky set up the overtime game-winner, and the cherry on the top of that spite sundae came with Crosby being on the ice when it happened:

They’re not just rubbing the Penguins the wrong way.

Even Dubinsky kind of sort of admits that he may have been in the wrong.


More and more, the Blue Jackets are looking like a nuisance … possibly one that will grind their way to an unlikely playoff berth. They improved to 8-4-0 in November after a disastrous 2-10-0 October.

In other words, there’s at least a chance that we may see these increasingly bitter rivals butt heads in another playoff series.

Eichel’s sweet snipe helps Sabres snap six-game skid

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The Buffalo Sabres probably deserved better during at least some chunks of their six-game skid, yet Jack Eichel swooped in on Friday to remind fans that there’s a light shining at the end of the tunnel.

You can watch his goal from tonight’s eventual 4-1 win against the Carolina Hurricanes in the video above.

That’s not necessarily the absolute height of his on-ice magic, yet it clearly gave his team a lift:

Call this a healthy reminder that Eichel has the ability to change games, something Buffalo fans hope to get used to.

Report: Likely no suspension for Matt Beleskey’s hit on Derek Stepan


Alain Vigneault went there in comparing Matt Beleskey‘s hit on Derek Stepan to the notorious check Aaron Rome delivered on Nathan Horton many moons ago, but the league seems to disagree.

While Rome sat through that memorable Stanley Cup Final between Boston and Vancouver, it sounds like Beleskey won’t face any further discipline, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

In the unlikely event that anything changes, PHT will make note.

The next game between the Rangers and Bruins takes place at Madison Square Garden on Jan. 11. Will these bad feelings linger?