Tag: Ron Wilson

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PHT Morning Skate: Sharks rebuild talk makes no sense


PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

So… Just why are the San Jose Sharks seemingly ready to do a rebuild? Sure they can deal Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, but why bust up a Stanley Cup contender? James Mirtle asked that question and says it doesn’t make a lick of sense.  (Globe And Mail)

With Jordin Tootoo on waivers from the Detroit Red Wings and destined to be bought out, they’re wondering in Winnipeg if he’d be a good fit with the Jets. (Winnipeg Free Press)

Ron Wilson and Marc Crawford are both candidates to land the coaching job in Pittsburgh. What year is it again? (Toronto Sun)

With all the talk going on about the Washington NFL team’s nickname, some have asked what’s up with the Chicago Blackhawks. (Chicago Tribune, The Hockey News)

There are some in Edmonton who are expecting the Philadelphia Flyers to trade with the Florida Panthers to get the No. 1 overall pick and take Aaron Ekblad. That’d be a bold way for the host team to make a splash. (Broad Street Hockey)

The Team USA roster for the World Junior Evaluation Camp in August was released — Have a look at who USA Hockey is looking at for the next World Junior Championships. (USA Hockey)

New Jersey Devils prospect Steven Santini is one of those names and he spoke with Tom Gulitti about getting another shot to represent his country. (Fire & Ice)

Finally… The Arizona Sundogs of the CHL have been doing anything they can to drum up attention to sell tickets including burying their owner alive. (Canoe)

Randy Carlyle seems to get how the media works in Toronto

Randy Carlyle

When Ron Wilson was coaching the Toronto Maple Leafs, his relationship with the rabid media there was dicey to say the least. Randy Carlyle, for the time being, seems to have a better handle on things these days.

Carlyle told the Leafs website he knows demands and expectations are a bit higher in Toronto than they were in Anaheim and he knows he has to be understanding of how things are there.

“You have to be honest and truthful, and you try to give them as much of the information that you deem necessary in the situation that you’re involved in,” Carlyle said.

“You respect the position that they’re in, be as honest as you possibly can be, and treat them the way you’d like to be treated.”

Common courtesy? Surely ye jest. Compare that to how Wilson handled things on occasion being uptight or even downright cruel to reporters and suddenly the feisty Carlyle seems like a dream.

McKenzie on Ron Wilson coaching Caps: Don’t hold your breath

Ron Wilson

If you judge Ron Wilson by his inability to bring the Toronto Maple Leafs to the playoffs, you’re ignoring a big chunk of his impressive coaching career. Perhaps the highlight of that time was when he helped the Washington Capitals make a surprise run to the 1998 Stanley Cup finals before the Detroit Red Wings dismissed them in little time. Combine that success and his ability to coach an attacking style (not to mention his willingness to embrace technology) and a reunion at least makes some sense.

TSN’s Bob McKenzie believes that there’s little chance of that actually happening, though.

“I know some are talking up Ron Wilson, Part Deux, in D.C., but I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that to happen.”

McKenzie is probably correct, but it doesn’t change the fact that Capitals GM George McPhee has some really tough questions to answer this season – starting with his new head coach and what direction the team will take. There are mixed feelings about how long McPhee will take to choose the next bench boss – some say before the draft, McKenzie says it could happen as late as August – yet either way this looks to be a pivotal  summer for a franchise suffering from a bit of an identity crisis.

Underneath Randy Carlyle’s gruff exterior lies a heart of gold

Randy Carlyle Carter Ashton

You can accuse Randy Carlyle of being grumpy, crotchety, irritable or even surly — just don’t call him miserly.

The Toronto Maple Leafs head coach is almost generous to a fault.

For further evidence to this claim, check out Terry Koshan’s piece in the Toronto Sun about the Leafs finding a backup for Jonas Gustavsson after James Reimer was lost to an upper-body injury:

Jussi Rynnas was to back-up Gustavsson Thursday. Rynnas had been sent down to the Marlies on Wednesday, with Ben Scrivens recalled. But Scrivens was sent back to the Marlies after practising on Wednesday with the Leafs.

“(Scrivens) is clearly the No. 1 guy down there and the player deserved an opportunity to earn NHL dollars for a day (approximately $2,800 US) as a reward,” Carlyle said. “For his development and the long-term status of the organization, we feel it is important for the Marlies to have as much a chance for success and that is why he came up yesterday and practised with us, got paid NHL dollars and is now back with the Marlies for their weekend.”

To be fair, this might not all be Carlyle’s idea. Ever since Brian Burke extended Ron Wilson’s contract, Toronto’s really been pushing the “reward employees regardless of what they do at the NHL level” program.

PHT Morning Skate: Where Dustin Penner sees his big ending as a new beginning

Dustin Penner

PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

Dustin Penner is finishing his season strongly after being the butt of jokes for most of the year. He sees this as a new beginning as he heads to free agency after the year. (L.A. Times)

The Lightning aren’t giving up the dream of the postseason. And why shouldn’t they? No one else seems to want to make it. (Tampa Tribune)

Things are so bad in the East even the Hurricanes are sneaking back into the race for eighth. No, really, they’re five points back of Washington after beating Winnipeg last night. (News & Observer)

Taylor Hall says he feels “normal” after being concussed by Cory Sarich. (Edmonton Sun)

The Blues are going to be extra careful with Andy McDonald and his shoulder injury. (Post-Dispatch)

Former Leafs coach Ron Wilson has some stories, man. (TSN)

Bobby Ryan has just about had it withe officiating this season. (OC Register)

Radulov watch: Barry Trotz is hoping to have Alexander Radulov in the lineup on Thursday. (Predators)

Finally, watch gangly goalie Anders Lindback make a sprawling save on Jason Blake. (NHL)