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Tid for Tat and this will be That!

by Bill Davidge / Columbus Blue Jackets

May 17

Peter Laviolette will return to coach Carolina this fall. Speculation arose that Peter was on his way out. It is a great profession when you win, but boy have a bad season and one can look elsewhere. He has 3 years remaining on his deal.

Jacques Martin will not coach the Florida Panthers next year but will remain as GM until 2012. It will be an interesting choice of who will follow him behind the bench. Could it be from the coaching carousel of the old guard or does he take a chance on an AHL apprentice.

Kimmo Timonen will be back in the lineup in the 5th game against Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh. Suffering from a blood clot in the ankle he has not played in the series but will certainly be a welcomed addition to the matchup game and the power play.

The Toronto Maple Leafs are looking for a coach. Could it be Doug Gilmour who has dedicated his post playing career to development. He is adamant about feeling he is ready as a 44 year old who has played and been around the game in several capacities…but…can the Leafs afford the fact that he has not stood behind the bench as a decision maker.

Blake Wheeler, the number one pick for Phoenix in 2004, will forgo his senior year at Minnesota to turn pro. He has grown since then to a hulking 6'5" 225lb. man. He led the Gophers in scoring with 35 points last year.

Canada and Russia will play in the Gold Medal game in Quebec City. The line of Heatly, Nash and Getzlaf have scored 20 goals in the tournament and will be a force to be reckoned with for sure. Both teams went undefeated during the prelims and now face-off to see how wears the prize.

St. Louis has signed T.J. Oshie for next year. The speedster has been given comparisons around the league to other players but the one that steps to the front is the Brendan Morrow. Short on stature but high on grit and desire, leadership is a solid quality shared by both.

I am watching the Stars and Red Wings at this moment and one has to give the Stars credit, they show no quit and the want to keep playing. Up 2-1, the Wings have give up a couple of odd man rushes, something that is very uncommon to this team. It has been a pleasure to watch the games in HD with Versus and NBC. There has been great intensity from the front of the net out. Things should not change from the predicted final of Pittsburgh and Detroit.

Stay tuned!


*Throughout the season, AAA brought you the Broadcaster's Blogs - "Davidge Dishes" and "Rimer Ramblings". The Columbus Blue Jackets broadcasters will try to keep you updated on all the offseason action through their blogs, especially when the Blue Jackets get to the free agency period.

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