Veteran New York Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi was the subject of criticism following his Game 1 giveaway that led to the L.A. Kings overtime winner.
His teammates have defended him, however what occurred has prompted the question about what a coach’s role is in this situation – does Alain Vigneault himself sit down and talk with Girardi about the gaffe, or does that responsibility fall to others on the team?
During Friday’s Edward Jones Face Time session, NHL on NBC analyst Jeremy Roenick discussed Dan Bylsma’s dismissal in Pittsburgh and shared his thoughts on how long — or, how not-so-long — Bylsma would be out of a job.
Currently, there are three NHL gigs available: Vancouver, Carolina and Florida. The Canucks could be a fit — director of player personnel Lorne Henning was Bylsma’s assistant coach in Anaheim from 2002-04 — and don’t discount the ‘Canes or Panthers, both of whom appear keen on adding a veteran head coach with plenty of NHL experience.
Where does Bylsma go from here?
Penguins seek complete directional change without sweeping roster moves
One aspect of teams going deep into the Stanley Cup Playoffs that’s often talked about is depth. Being able to sustain injuries and a lack of production from players makes the run for the Cup so daunting.
Former Stanley Cup champion Ken Daneyko says the Los Angeles Kings have enough depth to make them the team to beat as he shared in his chat on Edward Jones Face Time.
The Kings face the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 at 8:00 p.m. ET from United Center in Chicago on NBCSN Sunday night. Will that depth show through or will it be all about the superstars taking control?