A lack of coach’s challenges opened the door for controversial calls. Could a lack of preparedness create different types of controversy?
In Saturday’s edition of TSN Insider Trading, Darren Dreger revealed that the NHL won’t give the coach’s challenge a “test drive.”
He noted that some arenas haven’t “officially gone through the facilities test yet,” so the league is worried that rolling it out in the pre-season would allow some teams to develop a competitive advantage.
The “solution” is … to roll it out during the first night of the regular season. Coaches will get their first taste of the procedure when the games matter.
Do recall that playoff races sometimes come down to the last day of the season, so tempers could be short if things don’t run smoothly.
Ray Shero’s familiarity with Tyler Kennedy from their Pittsburgh Penguins days only went so far, as the New Jersey Devils released him from his PTO on Friday.
Kennedy was with the Penguins from 2007-08 to 2012-13, yet he’s starting to become something of a journeyman.
(Although he probably feels more like a pinball.)
During his time in Pittsburgh, he sporadically put up nice possession stats, though one wonders how much that had to do with Jordan Staal.
It could be that he’s struggling to find a niche, as he might not be adept enough at any one facet of the game to really make himself marketable. His agent will once again have his work cut out for him.
At 29, one would think he’d get a shot somewhere, although Kennedy might have to accept more reps in the AHL than he would prefer.