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Trotz a model of constancy as milestone approaches

Thursday, 11.10.2011 / 11:40 AM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

NASHVILLE -- After his playing career ended, Barry Trotz began settling into a life after hockey, but he had not completely cut the cord. He was 22 and acting as an assistant coach at the University of Manitoba, where he had spent his final playing days, and working his way up the corporate ladder at a billion-dollar computer company as a part-timer.

Then came the call.

It represented the pull of home, but also the opportunity to jump in with both feet into a career in hockey. The Dauphin Kings, a Tier II junior team in Manitoba for which Trotz had once played in his hometown of 8,000, needed a coach and general manager. The club was in debt and was looking for a young person with local ties to hire on the cheap.
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Sharks' Burns eager to face former club

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 7:26 PM / NHL Insider

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Brett Burns, Dany Heatley and Devin Setoguchi will have no trouble recognizing their opponents Thursday night when the Minnesota Wild visit San Jose.

Burns was a member of the Wild until being dealt to San Jose on June 24 for a package of players that included Setoguchi. Ten days later, Heatley went from San Jose to Minnesota for Martin Havlat in a one-for-one swap.

The Wild won their fifth in a row by winning 3-0 in Calgary on Tuesday, then flew to San Jose and worked out there on Wednesday. At 8-3-3, they are second to Edmonton in the Northwest Division; the Sharks, 8-4-1 after Monday's 4-2 win against Los Angeles, are second in the Pacific.

Burns, for one, is eager for a chance to face the team with which he spent eight seasons after being drafted in the first round in 2003.
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Hurricanes amazed, reflect on Ground Zero visit

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 6:24 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

Jamie McBain was in Spanish class at Shattuck-St. Mary's School when he first heard of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Eric Staal was at the billet of one of his American-born teammates with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. Brian Boucher was in the dressing room with his Philadelphia Flyers teammates on the first day of training camp.

Everyone has a story, a memory of where they were on that day. For members of the Carolina Hurricanes, Wednesday was a day to remember the 9/11 attacks, but also to see how far Ground Zero has come.

The Hurricanes toured the World Trade Center site, complete with a ride to the top of 1 World Trade Center and a stroll through the recently opened 9/11 Memorial.
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Boudreau makes Capitals feel the agony of defeat

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 3:22 PM / NHL Insider
What do you get after a three-goal loss on home ice? If you're the Washington Capitals, you get the wrath of Bruce Boudreau.

The coach put his players through a grueling, two-hour-long practice at Kettler Capitals IcePlex in Arlington, Va., Wednesday, about 13 hours after losing 5-2 to the Dallas Stars. Players were down on the ice catching their breath as Boudreau made them skate four sets of suicides in front of the gathered media.
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League's six new coaches seeing positive results

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 12:34 PM / NHL Insider

Adam Kimelman - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

There were six new coaches hired this offseason, and their new bosses have to be happy with what they've seen so far.

Three of the six have guided their new teams into the top eight in their respective conference, led by Glen Gulutzan, who has the Stars first in the NHL with 22 points. The others are all within three points of a playoff spot. Considering all six teams that changed coaches missed the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the starts bode well for future performance.

NHL.com takes a look at the six new coaches to see just how they are faring with the ups and downs of the first six weeks of the 2011-12 season.
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Gulutzan doing as much teaching as coaching

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 10:32 AM / NHL Insider

Steve Hunt - NHL.com Correspondent

When the Dallas Stars brought Glen Gulutzan aboard as coach in June, one question surrounding the hiring of the veteran minor-league coach was how he would handle the transition, since he had no coaching experience in the National Hockey League.

But what Gulutzan didn't have in NHL experience, he more than made up for in enthusiasm, organization and a knack for teaching the game. The 40-year-old grew up in a teaching background and holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Saskatchewan.

That organization and attention to detail has served him well throughout a successful minor-league coaching career, including the previous two seasons with the Stars' American Hockey League affiliate, the Texas Stars. He twice led Texas to the Calder Cup Playoffs, including a run to the 2010 finals.
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Jagr received good advice from close friend

Wednesday, 11.09.2011 / 1:00 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

"He was the only one that knew (what teams) I was talking to beside my agent. And he knew I was talking to probably five or six teams, coaches and GMs, but the Flyers were not involved. Every time I talked to the GM, what they told me I told my friend. Then two days before free agency I was talking to the Flyers. After that I talked to my friend, and he said, 'That's it.' I don't know what he knew, but he said, 'You're talking to me about them differently than other teams.'" -- Jaromir Jagr

VOORHEES, N.J. -- Jaromir Jagr's impact in Philadelphia has been felt inside the dressing room, on the ice, and up and down the Flyers' lineup.

Claude Giroux is off to the best start of his young career. Scott Hartnell is redefining his role as a power forward. Jakub Voracek's dream of playing with his boyhood idol is coming true. Peter Laviolette is thrilled to have a veteran with Jagr's status to point to as an example of how a strong work ethic can pay off in goals and wins.

Jagr has 6 goals and 9 assists through 14 games, including 11 points over his current seven-game point-scoring streak. He's serving as the right wing on the Flyers' top line with Giroux and Hartnell. They quickly have formed one of the NHL's most dominant lines this season.

"He's an elite player, he really is," Laviolette said of Jagr.

But according to Jagr, the only reason he brought his elite talent to Philadelphia is because his closest friend of more than 30 years told him that's what he should do.
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Blues to honor Demitra, Korolev

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 3:01 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

"I know there's so many guys around here who have been touched by them. I think it's going to be great to give them the right honor that they deserve."
-- Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

ST. LOUIS -- Not only will it be a special night for the St. Louis Blues, who will unveil their fourth coach in the last six years (Ken Hitchcock), but it also will be an emotional night for those that had connections with Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev.

The team will honor the former Blues players prior to Tuesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Demitra and Korolev were among the 45 victims of the tragic plane crash in Russia that was carrying the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv KHL hockey team to their season opening game. The plane crashed upon takeoff, with one member of the flight crew being the only survivor.
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Experience, adaptation spell success for older goalies

Tuesday, 11.08.2011 / 11:05 AM / NHL Insider

Kevin Woodley - NHL.com Correspondent

National Hockey League goaltenders don't all get old.

Some just get more experienced.

How else to explain the ascension of the aged between the pipes, a geriatric charge up the statistical puck-stopping leaderboard led by Boston's 37-year-old record-setter Tim Thomas last season, and Edmonton's Nikolai Khabibulin this year? The Bulin Wall turns 39 in January, and with a miniscule 0.98 goals-against average and .963 save percentage shows no signs of crumbling.

For both, the feats are all the more remarkable coming off debilitating injuries that contributed to poor seasons before the renaissance. A serious hip problem cost the Bruins' goalie his starting job in 2009-10, and Khabibulin underwent back surgery in 2010, explaining, in part, a dismal showing last season.
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Coaching change a reminder to Blues more expected

Monday, 11.07.2011 / 5:44 PM / NHL Insider

Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent

ST. LOUIS -- When veteran defenseman Barret Jackman laces up his skates Tuesday night against the Chicago Blackhawks, he'll be playing for the fifth coach in his National Hockey League career.

That may be not viewed as out of the ordinary, but considering this is Jackman's 10th NHL season, the defenseman hasn't had much of a chance to get comfortable with anyone.

It's often a shock when a player gets traded or a coach gets fired, as was the case Sunday night when the Blues made their fourth coaching change in six seasons with the firing of Davis Payne, who was replaced by 59-year-old Ken Hitchcock.

With lofty expectations being tempered by a 6-7-0 start, Payne's dismissal let the players know the accountability lies within the locker room doors. Payne just happened to be the fall guy.
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Quote of the Day

It's always a little bit weird, but it moves on. They've got a good team, and they played well tonight. I think that's just part of it.

— Peter Laviolette on facing his former team (Flyers) for the first time since his departure