Travis Green felt he was ready to be a head coach in the NHL, and he came very close to landing the job in Anaheim.
But the Ducks decided instead to bring back Randy Carlyle, so Green will be headed back to Utica for a fourth straight season to coach the Canucks’ AHL affiliate, the Comets.
“I think it came right down to the wire,” Green told The Province newspaper. “They had to make a tough decision and they went with a guy who has had success in the NHL and won a Stanley Cup (Anaheim, 2007). He’s a very good coach and I have a lot of respect for a lot of coaches, and you hope one day that you find a fit.”
Green is only 45 years old, so he’s got time to be patient. But he’s only got a year left on his contract with the Canucks, and that will only lead to more speculation about his future. Expect his name to be front and center next offseason should any NHL jobs become available. It might even happen sooner, depending what happens this year in Vancouver.
“Timing is everything. It’s not a sprint for me,” Green said. “There’s a reason I went to junior (Portland) for five years and a reason I went to the AHL and have stayed on as a head coach. I talk about the process a lot and I preach it.”
After being hit into the boards during a scrimmage, defenseman Michael Campoli had to be stretchered off the ice this morning at Sabres development camp, according to the Buffalo News.
The Sabres wished Campoli well via Twitter, and he was apparently talking and smiling. There’s been no official update on his condition, but one is expected later in the day.
An undrafted 18-year-old who’s committed to play for Boston College next season, Campoli reportedly “went to the ice, tried to get up, but immediately went back down” after being hit. He reportedly stayed motionless on the ice for about 20 minutes while medical personnel and the Buffalo Fire Department worked to stabilize his neck. He was then taken to hospital in an ambulance.
There’s never been any question about his talent. But when Josh Ho-Sang slept in and was late for the first day of New York Islanders training camp, it sure brought up the many, many questions about his attitude.
The Isles sent him back to junior and told him to “grow up”.
Embarrassed by the demotion, he proceeded to lead the Niagara IceDogs in scoring. His 82 points were 23 more than the next highest total on the team. He added 26 more points in 17 playoff games.
The Isles were pleased with what they saw.
“He’s focused in,” the club’s director of player development, Eric Cairns, told NHL.com. “He took some steps this year towards being a more reliable guy off the ice, as well as on the ice. He’s a mature guy, but he also needs to keep on learning the steps to do the right things at all time, which is normal for a lot of different young men. It’s not the first time anything like that has happened, it’s not going to be the last. But he seems to be in as good a place as I’ve ever seen him.”
H0-Sang will turn pro next season, likely starting in the AHL with Bridgeport. He still thinks about what happened at camp, but he’s looking forward to showing the Isles he’s serious about his career.
“I know I still have a lot to prove to the NHL guys,” he said. “I want them to respect me and know that I’m not there to waste their time.”
The Anaheim Ducks have reportedly re-signed Korbinian Holzer to a one-year deal. Assuming the report is accurate, the addition of Holzer gives them nine defensemen for next season, including restricted free agent Hampus Lindholm and youngster Shea Theodore.
Nine defensemen is, of course, too many defensemen, which is why many still believe that Cam Fowler will be traded at some point in the offseason. Fowler himself has said he expected to be dealt and was “honestly pretty surprised” it didn’t happen during draft weekend.
For GM Bob Murray, an alternative to trading Fowler would be trying to move Kevin Bieksa or Clayton Stoner. However, that might not be possible, since Bieksa has a no-movement clause and Stoner may not have a market.
Fowler, just 24 years old, could net the Ducks a nice return.
“When I saw how Cam Fowler was able to have a presence at the NHL level as an 18-year-old, and to watch his development to where he is today, he’s a prototype NHL defenseman.” said head coach Randy Carlyle, per the Ducks’ website. “He has great qualities. He can skate, move the puck and get involved with the rush. He’s a joy to coach.”
In the end, the solution may be as simple as putting Holzer on waivers or keeping Theodore in the minors.
But a Fowler trade is the move that everyone’s watching for. Because remember, it’s not just about the Ducks having too many defensemen for next season; it’s also about the expansion draft and the fact he can become an unrestricted free agent in two years.
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The Carolina Hurricanes have signed 23-year-old forward Victor Rask to a six-year, $24 million contract extension.
A second-round draft pick of the Hurricanes in 2011, Rask set career highs last season with 21 goals and 48 points.
“Victor has gotten better every season that he’s been a part of our organization,” said GM Ron Francis in a release. “He is a big part of this team’s present and future, and we are thrilled to sign him to a longer-term deal.”
Rask joins Jordan Staal, Jeff Skinner and Justin Faulk as the only ‘Canes signed for at least three more years.
The deal also inched the club over the salary floor, per General Fanager. Carolina was the only team still below it.
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